Australian and New Zealand Disney travellers, the Disney Fantasy is now a cruise vacation reality.
When the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet launches March 31, 2012, it will live up to its name, bringing Disney fantasies to life with entertainment, activities and dining experiences specifically designed with seven-night cruises in mind.
Given the longer itineraries planned for this ship, the creative team had an opportunity to produce an extended portfolio of Disney offerings. The Disney Fantasy continues the innovations that Disney Cruise Line has brought to the cruise industry with:
- The launch of a new Disney ship includes the premiere of two new Broadway-style stage spectaculars in the lavish Walt Disney Theatre. The signature show “Disney Wishes” is a 45-minute musical journey about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child. “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” is a fast-paced musical comedy where Aladdin, the “street rat” of Agrabah, meets a Genie who grants him three wishes, battles the evil Jafar and falls in love with Princess Jasmine.
- The princess and pirate fantasies of young guests come to life with the Disney Cruise Line debut of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League. Here, young girls can transform into their favorite princess, creating just the look for dinner at the elegant Royal Court restaurant. When the popular deck party “Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean” is on the evening schedule, young sailors can unleash their inner buccaneer with a Pirates League treatment.
- Nightlife takes a European twist with Europa – an entertainment district of high-energy, sophisticated clubs and lounges inspired by the night spots of Italy, France, Ireland and London. Europa is a continent of adult nighttime fun without borders. La Piazza is a lounge that draws inspiration from stylish Italian plazas. Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of European cityscapes. O’Gills Pub is a rollicking Irish bar and Ooh La La is an elegant French champagne bar. The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club reminiscent of swinging London.
- Families find splashing fun in AquaLab – a brand-new water play area on the upper deck. This fanciful 1,800-square-foot space features a variety of water “experiments,” created by Donald Duck’s nephews, designed to drench, soak and saturate guests with pop jets, geysers, bubblers, falling water, squirting walls and more.
New Fantasy twists on “Dreamy” fun
The Disney Fantasy also puts some new twists on fun familiar to guests who have cruised on the Disney Cruise Line sister ship, Disney Dream:
- The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy, starring in an interactive adventure quest. While playing “The Case of the Stolen Show,” guests move around the ship, uncovering clues to discover the culprit behind the disappearance of Kermit’s banjo, Fozzie’s squirting flower, Gonzo’s crash helmet, Animal’s drum sticks and the Swedish Chef’s cleaver. It’s a new spin on the self-paced game concept introduced on Disney Dream that “hides” the clues in pieces of Enchanted Art – wall art that magically animates when guests approach. “The Case of the Stolen Show” is one of a trio of Midship Detective Agency games that may be played through the ship’s Enchanted Art.
- While dinner may be served twice at popular Animator’s Palate, the show accompanying the meal is different each evening guests visit. All new aboard Disney Fantasy, guests’ cartoon creativity comes alive during dinner in a show called “Animation Magic.” On another evening, the room is immersed in a vivid undersea environment and Crush makes a special appearance, swimming around the restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests.
A “sister ship,” but …
The Disney Fantasy is a sister ship to the Disney Dream which launched in early 2011. Both cruise ships are 1,115-feet in length, with 1,250 staterooms and suites and 4,000-passenger capacity. And both are warm and welcoming, elegant and richly detailed – harkening to the golden age of ocean-liner travel of the 1930s.
Guests will recognize differences the moment they enter the Disney Fantasy’s atrium lobby. Its three-deck expanse is graced with sophisticated Art Nouveau-inspired details and patterns in hues of vibrant blue, green, pink and gold.
From the ceiling hangs a cascading chandelier, more 22 feet diameter at the ceiling and descending 13 feet, this one-of-a-kind work of art evokes green and blue peacock hues in stained glass and crystal beads.
As with each Disney Cruise Line ship that launched before it, the Disney Fantasy has an atrium lobby statue celebrating a classic Disney character. Other Disney ships feature Mickey at the helm, Ariel sitting pretty and Admiral Donald striking a pose. The pièce de résistance of the Fantasy lobby is Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s, Minnie is cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side – posed for keepsake pictures with guests.
Beyond the lobby …
There are places and experiences, dining and entertainment concepts that are hallmarks of the Disney Cruise Line experience. Here’s more of what’s in store during a Disney Fantasy cruise:
H2Ohhh! - When the Disney Dream launched, it boasted the AquaDuck, first water coaster at sea. A 765-foot long, twisting-and-turning scream machine, the get-wet attraction has been a huge hit with guests. Aboard the Disney Fantasy, the AquaDuck is joined by AquaLab, a water area where families can play among pop jets, geysers and bubblers. There also are separate pools for children, families and adults – plus a special splash-and-play area for little ones.
Something for All Ages - Disney Fantasy continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of special, fun-filled clubs, labs and cafes for guests of all ages – Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab for young children (ages 3-10), Edge for tweens (ages 11-13), Vibe for teens (ages 14-17) and Cove Café for adults – plus the family club D Lounge and It’s a Small World Nursery. In all the youth and family areas, there are activities and games supervised by crew members. In addition, Edge and Vibe are rendezvous spots for age-group games, quests and tours that take tweens and teens on adventures throughout the ship.
Fun and games - At Goofy’s Sports Deck, the nine-hole, Disney-themed miniature golf course isn’t “just plain Goofy.” It also stars Goofy’s son, Max. The interactive holes emphasize various golfing lessons – but, of course, with goofy twists. There are simulators that provide a variety of state-of-the-art virtual sports-gaming experiences, ping pong and foosball tables, and a basketball court that can be configured into mini-soccer or volleyball court. For adults, the fitness center in Senses Spa is well-appointed with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight machines, and offers personal training sessions and instructional classes in yoga, Pilates, aerobics and more.
Pampering and relaxation - Senses Spa & Salon offers therapeutic and beautifying personal care services for men and women in a retreat spanning two decks. It offers spa treatments, massages, body wraps, facials, aromatherapy, manicures, pedicures as well as a rainforest- themed aromatherapy steam room and sauna. While most of Senses Spa & Salon is for adult guests 18 and older, Chill Spa – a separate spa for teens offers a wide variety of spa services and treatments, including facials, manicures, scrubs and more.
Family dining - With “rotational dining” serving up a changing menu of magical restaurants and different cuisines, dinnertime is an adventure unto itself. Royal Court, an exquisite dining room fit for a princess, and Animator’s Palate with its two different shows are just two of the venues that guests experience. While the restaurant theme and menu may change every night, servers stay with each family throughout the voyage, to provide personalized service.
Adult dining - Adult couples and groups can reserve a dinnertime at two adult-exclusive restaurants – Palo, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, and Remy, an upscale and romantic dining experience serving French-inspired cuisine. Both restaurants come with stunning ocean views and a more formal dress code befitting the ambiance.
Shows and deck parties - The staged entertainment in the lavish Walt Disney Theatre are just part of the entertainment offerings on the Disney Fantasy. A highlight of each cruise is the “Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean” deck party and the fireworks spectacular “Buccaneer Blast,” choreographed to a dramatic musical score from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. There are also movies galore, both on deck and in the Buena Vista Theatre, a cinema with plush stadium-style seats that screens first-run movies and digital 3-D films.
Techno-wizardry -On Disney Fantasy, reality includes jaw-dropping experiences resulting from cutting-edge technology – whether it’s the young kids at Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab participating in fun and games on a huge, dynamic interactive floor alive with sights and sounds … or the family sitting together at a live performance enhanced by over-the-top effects … or the family settling down in an inside stateroom with a real-time view of the sea passing by outside via a “magical porthole.”
The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Rates for the seven-night Caribbean cruise itineraries on the Disney Fantasy start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included.
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