Aboard the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship, adults can escape by day in their exclusive 18+ Quiet Cove and Satellite Falls areas. But by night, the entertainment shifts indoors to Deck 4 aft, as the nightclubs and lounges of Europa command attention by way of elaborate themes and intricate decor inspired by the countries of Europe. And while adults party the night away, younger passengers can enjoy D-Lounge, a family-friendly nightclub filled with music, comedy and games.
Europa offers adult passengers (18+) on the Disney Fantasy a chance to get away for the night, with clubs, pubs, and lounges open as late as 2 a.m. Five distinctly decorated areas virtually take guests to Italy, Ireland, England, France and, depending upon the moment, Greece, Spain, Hungary or Russia for a bit of lounging, winding down, or even heating the night up with high-energy dancing.
It’s a vast improvement over The District on the Disney Dream, providing the same basic layout of hangouts but with more spacious areas, better seating arrangements, more inviting themes, and an overall more relaxing environment. Take a quick tour of Europa in the video below, followed by a closer look at each of its unique areas.
Video: Europa adult nightclubs and lounges overview on the Disney Fantasy
Acting as an entryway into Europa, La Piazza feels like an open-air lounge, as its Italian name suggests, though it is certainly tucked away inside the aft of the ship. It’s a welcoming area to sit, grab a drink, socialize, and even enjoy a fantastic little 3-piece jazz band that performs on occasion. Many will pass through the area on their way to the other enclosed nightclubs and lounges of Europa, so sitting in La Piazza is not only a great way to relax, but also to people watch.
Video: La Piazza lounge on the Disney Fantasy
A circular bar in the center takes inspiration from an Italian carousel, with hundreds of individual lights providing a whimsical feeling. The bar menu includes classic Italian drinks, such as sparkling Prosecco, Moretti Peroni beer, red and white wines, grappa, limoncello and after-dinner sips served with almond biscottis.
Fine Whines Jazz entertains La Piazza patrons with instrumental jazz standards and a few sing-along songs.
Seating is a bit sparse in La Piazza, but cozy if you can grab it.
The Italian theme continues through the area, complete with a Vespa – a perfect late-night photo op.
Around the backside of the carousel bar is the continuation of the “open air” theme, a little cafe with more seating and a gateway to other areas of Europa.
It’s in this cafe area that Europa saved my still-hungry stomach after a poor dinner at Animator’s Palate. I was surprised and delighted to find a few free finger foods on a small buffet that included chicken skewers, jalapeno poppers, and beef empanadas, along with a few desserts.
Out of Europa’s themed areas, La Piazza was one of my favorites for its casual “outdoor” atmosphere and excellent live entertainment.
For those looking for a feistier time with flair, O’Gill’s Pub takes Disney Fantasy passengers into a traditional Irish bar and lounge, saturated in shades of green and flocked with shamrocks. It’s a drinker’s paradise with plenty of room to spread out, converse, and even watch some TV.
Video: O’Gill’s Pub on the Disney Fantasy
There’s no shortage of four-leaf clovers throughout the decor of O’Gill’s Pub, almost to the point of overkill. From the entrance doors, to the windows and dividers, to the floor, green clovers are a predominant design element.
But all the green is balanced well with warm tones of brown and red mixed into ample comfortable seating areas and into the bar.
Drinks at O’Gill’s include a red lager draft made especially for the pub. O’Gills also has its own private label Irish Cream and vintage Irish whisky. Flat-screen televisions provide passengers with access to live sporting events, like the March Madness basketball games that were taking place while I was onboard the Inaugural cruise, with plenty of routy guests yelling back at the TVs while rooting for their favorite teams.
Ooh La La
A complete contrast to O’Gill’s Pub, the luxurious and whimsical Ooh La La pub is inspired by a French boudoir, with soft colors and textures dominating its design. It’s the coziest of the lounges in Europa and most uniquely pleasing to the eye.
Video: Ooh La La lounge on the Disney Fantasy
Relaxing on a velvety chaise lounge amidst the quiet comfort of Ooh La La is a particularly enjoyable way to end a day on the Disney Fantasy. But the bar commands attention here, taking cues from the Pink champagne lounge on the Disney Dream but incorporating those recognizable bubbles in a more tasteful way.
Limited edition, private label Ooh La La Champagne by Taittinger is served from the bar, featuring Jessica Rabbit from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” on the bottle, close to $200 each.
Even without partaking in the exclusive champagne, relaxing in Ooh La La is time well spent, a mind-clearing relief from the daytime commotion of the Disney Fantasy’s pool decks.
The most dramatic improvement over the nightclubs of the Fantasy’s sister ship is the transformation of Evolution on the Dream to The Tube on the Fantasy, offering the same dance club layout with a far more enjoyable theme. Inspired by the London underground, subway elements are not-so-subtly worked into The Tube’s decor, but even without any subtlety, it works to separate The Tube from just another dance club.
Video: The Tube nightclub on the Disney Fantasy
A journey to The Tube begins in one of Europa’s most unique areas, a winding corridor sculpted like a modern, refined cave.
This hallway actually connects a few areas of Europa and isn’t exclusive to The Tube, but that is where it ends up. And within its curvy walls are several restrooms, each featuring a few surprising design elements of their own. Inside, mosaics display a Spanish influence, with mirrored ceilings completing the unique motif.
Back down the hall, the entrance to The Tube is reminiscent of traveling down a subway tunnel, passing through a circular opening to enter the nightclub.
Once inside, though the dance floor’s lighting is certainly the center of attention, the entire club features subway-inspired details, including hanging handles and maps on the seats and carpet.
Distinctly English telephone booths add to The Tube’s British decor.
The bar features six cocktails inspired by The Tube, including the 1863 (the year the train opened) with vanilla vodka and Imperial English Breakfast Tea.
And then there’s the dance floor, where passengers aboard the Disney Fantasy can release any remaining energy until 2 a.m. each night with DJ-spun tunes.
Throughout Europa, The Tube is the hot spot of activity, a contrast to the casual elegance and relaxing environments found in the rest of the area’s lounges. But for those looking for extra late night fun, The Tube is the place to be.
The only repeat lounge from the Disney Dream is Skyline, expanded and improved on the Disney Fantasy. The widely-praised lounge now features virtual, changing nighttime views of city skylines that include St. Petersburg, Russia; Athens, Greece; Florence, Italy; Budapest, Hungary; Paris; London and Barcelona
Video: Skyline Lounge on the Disney Fantasy
The Skyline lounge has the most contemporary feel of all of Europa’s areas, making guests feel as if they’re sitting atop a luxurious city high-rise penthouse, peering out panoramic windows. Clean lines, muted colors, and modern furnishings offer a sophisticated way to socialize.
But Skyline isn’t completely separate from the Europa theme. In addition to offering European “views,” an alcove features a variety of Beatles memorabilia.
Skyline also features a digital fireplace and changing light-up menu. Signature cocktails, inspired by the Skyline cities include Barcelona’s El Conquistador with strawberry, basil and fresh cracked pepper, the Aphrodite from Athens with thyme, coriander, rosemary, basil and mint, and Florence’s Sogno di Cioccolato with sweet cocoa, agave nectar and whipped cream.
At night, all of the nightclubs and lounges of Europa are off-limits to anyone under 18 years old, so families looking to enjoy nights together on the Disney Fantasy will want to head to the nearby D-Lounge, offering a variety of activities and entertainment. It’s a spacious place to lounge around and have a few laughs.
Video: D-Lounge family nightclub on the Disney Fantasy
The “D” of D-Lounge of course stands for Disney and family-friendly fun is injected into all elements of this all-ages nightclub, with a schedule posted outside indicating what activities will be available throughout each day and night on board the Fantasy’s 7-day cruises.
Plenty of seating, multiple stages, and an open dance floor accommodate the wide variety of happenings that take place within D-Lounge.
Karaoke can be comedic or a killer for the ears, depending on who’s performing. From down the hall, I heard a few screeching renditions of otherwise enjoyable songs by Guns ‘n’ Roses and Adele. But amidst all the painful variations of pop hits are the occasional standout performances. One singing teenage girl duo I stumbled upon (who just so happened to be my stateroom neighbors) brought with them a ukelele to play on stage.
Beyond karaoke, games, dance parties, contests, bingo, and other activities are available in D-Lounge, detailed on the ship’s Personal Navigator guides.
During the late night hours on board the Disney Fantasy, most of the ship shuts down. Pools are off limits. Decks are being cleaned. Restaurants stop serving. Shows have concluded. Shops are closed. But Deck 4 is still very much alive after dark, with Europa welcoming adults well past midnight in an entirely enjoyable, often relaxing, and occasionally upbeat mix of nightclubs and lounges. And D-Lounge provides younger guests a place to hang out with their families and enjoy a few laughs as the ship sails across the the moonlit ocean.
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(Photos by Michelle Moss and Ricky Brigante)