Photo Credits

The Dream and the Fantasy are Disney's two largest ships. We cruised on the Fantasy's 25th sailing, August, 2012, for seven nights in the Caribbean. The Fantasy – on the right - is 130,000 gross tons, 1,115 feet long, 121 feet wide, and has 1,250 staterooms with a capacity of 4,000 guests. It is the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line, and the largest.

Dumbo and his pal Timothy Mouse paint the logo on the ship's prow. The Fantasy is registered in Nassau, Bahamas.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto, watched the Inaugural Voyage depart, but were on board for our cruise. They made frequent appearances, always in the appropriate attire for casual, formal or theatrical occasions (lol). Other Disney characters, and all the Disney princesses, make appearances and are, of course, available for photo-ops.

Our elegant and roomy stateroom had one of the largest balconies on the ship. It extended out further than others, and had room for four chairs and a table.

Our accommodations, of course, were not to be compared with the
Roy O. Disney Royal Suite. Next time?

The Roy Suite has a commanding ship-wide verandah.

Throughout the ship are interesting carpets, such as this one in our cabin corridor. The semaphore flags spell out DISNEY FANTASY in International Code.

Soon after the ship is underway, the SAIL-AWAY welcome show is performed on the deck, which later slid back to reveal the pool.

Swimming and TV. No escape.

The AquaDuck is a long, fast tubular water-slide which surrounds the upper deck. Much fun, day and night. A long vertical drop has been added to the slide since this photo was taken.

It's like a river raft on steroids, and fun for all ages. Check out the animated video.


The Atrium is the nexus of activity, with a formal staircase, a grand piano for entertainment each evening, and a grand marble entrance entrance at center to one of the dining rooms. In addition to cove lighting, the atrium has a stained-glass-and-crystal chandelier designed by modern glass-artist Dale Chihuli which lights the grand space day and night.

We ate in three dining rooms, rotating each evening. The first is the Royal Court, entered from the marble Atrium. A brightly-lit ceiling creates an airy atmosphere. Clever sectioning with low walls increases privacy and makes each of the dining rooms onboard, which need to accommodate about 650 people at a seating, seem actually rather cozy.

Starchy white table linens and imaginative napkin-folding enhance every place setting.

Bread is served from a Cinderella Coach basket.

The second dining room is The Enchanted Garden, where tables surround a fountain in a greenery setting. The Disney "D" is (too?) prominent on the banquets.

During dinner the atmosphere changes from afternoon to evening, as "moonlight" comes on, and lanterns open up like flowers.

Porthole dining on the open sea. Menus in all the restaurants have a variety of wonderful choices.

The third dining room aboard is the Animator's Palette. Here, walls are decorated with artists' round animation drawing boards, art supplies and video screens of various sizes showing cartoon sequences.

The film-strip soffit lighting changes from white to colors as the dining room evolves from "black-and-white" to color during the meal - early animation to Technicolor.

The menu has a finely-ribbed renticular plastic window over sketches of Mickey the Sorcerer which seem to move.

Diners are given crayons and sheets of paper with outlines in which to sketch their head, hands, body and feet.

The sketches are gathered up without explanation. At the end of the evening a number of the sketches (including mine), were transferred into an animated musicale in which various groups of diners' self-sletches danced across the many screens in the room, marching, twirling and cavorting, against varied fantasy backgrounds: a technological and artistic tour-de-force, flattering to the guest "artists". Regardless of the technology, this must have required considerable hands-on skill to produce. I hope they are still doing in neverthless.


The two island ports which the ship visited, Saint Maarten and Saint Thomas, provide crystal clear waters, quiet beach relaxation, and popular optional tours.

We visited on this trip, the butterfly exhibit, a small screened-in enclosure with a great variety of colorful specimens. We learned that none of the species flying about are native to the island, and since they live only a few days, new larvae are flown in daily.

Docking at Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island, affords a relaxing day of swimming and sunning, topped off with an all-day delicious barbecue on the beach.

An island crew sets up the beach and keeps all in pristine condition.

The Pelican Plunge Waterslide is a delightful contraption.

Castaway Cay VIDEO

As the sun sets, the ship takes on a jazzy nighttime look.

Colored lighting enhances the top deck.

Pirates of the Caribbean is a musical performed outdoors on deck, where a floor rolls out to cover the swimming pool.

Jack Sparrow is, of course, a major Disney character now.


Disney is the only cruise line to date shooting fireworks at sea. "Weather permitting" has prevailed on every Fantasy cruise to date, including ours.

The large and luxurious Walt Disney Theatre seats some 2,500 people and presents several elaborately staged shows during the cruise.

Mickey, Minnie and other characters host the entertainment in the theatre.

Pinocchio is a segment of a musical revue called Wishes.


Aladdin is a sumptuous 90-minute book musical.

The magic carpet ride swooping in the clouds high over the stage is impressive!


The handsome Art-Deco Buena Vista Theatre, seating 400, is used for movies, bingo, and other smaller events.

For bingo, automated hand-held devices allow you to play dozens of "cards" at once. We each had "84 cards". An image of the card with the most spaces covered appears on a little video screen. I won $140, but we spent more than that for our two multi-card devices. Both theatres are equipped with Dolby 3D, and capable of playing back 7.1 soundtracks - no more 35mm film.

"After hours," special elevators speed to Europa.

Here are found several intimate night-club bars to give drinkers aboard a sense of going "clubbing" at sea.


We saw a wonderful magician in The Tube (above and below), which is themed on the London Underground.

Perhaps the most elegant and imaginative lounge is the Skyline Bar, where animations of cityscapes appear on large video screens, with people seen walking and cars driving in the streets of Florence. Every 20 minutes, the screens change to show a different famous world city.

Now we are in Paris!

Ooh, La La is a plush Victorian champagne bar with it's own exclusive Tattinger champagne.

Cozy couches for a quiet evening at sea.

O'Gill's Pub is an old-time neighborhood Irish bar with live sporting events on high-definition TVs.

La Piazza is modeled after a colorful vintage carousel and draws inspiration from decorative outdoor plazas in cities throughout Italy.

As revelers are still asleep, a deck hand is lining up the chairs, and cleaning the deck for another day at sea.

All in all, a great cruise on a marvel of a ship! Viva Fantasy! Long may she sail!

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