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Disney Fantasy Review

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  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars 4.5
  • Expert Rating:4.0-stars 4.0
  • Traveler Rating:4.5-stars 4.3
    • Couples: 4.7
    • Families w/ young children: 4.5
    • Families w/ older children: 5.0
    • Singles/Friends: 5.0
    • Groups: 3.7
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2012
  • Ship Size: XL
  • Total Cabins: 1,250
  • Restaurants: 6
  • Pools: 3

How it Ranks: Disney Fantasy ranks #2 out of 4 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Launched in March 2012, the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy is Disney's newest ship. Nearly identical to its sister ship, Disney Dream, the two ships are 40 percent bigger than their predecessors. Though both ships flaunt a similar design, the Disney Fantasy distinguishes itself from the Disney Dream with an art nouveau style that pays homage to the 1930s — including a statue of Mademoiselle Minnie wearing a feather headband in the three-story atrium lobby. In terms of dining, guests can pick from nine restaurants, including two specialty venues and three main dining rooms with designated themes. Like other areas of the ship, staterooms are designed with families in mind. While Inside Staterooms can comfortably fit three or four guests and measure 169 square feet, larger ocean view category rooms and suites are appointed with verandahs and can accommodate up to five people — making a great option for larger families. Regardless of which cabin category you select, you'll have access to standard in-room amenities, like flat-screen TVs, minifridges and iPod docking stations. Onboard entertainment is just as family-oriented, with Goofy's Sports Deck activity center offering mini-golf, basketball courts, ping pong and foosball tables as well as a virtual sports simulator (for an extra fee). Come nightfall, guests of all ages can enjoy live performances at two theatres, including the Walt Disney Theatre that plays Disney Digital 3-D movies and exclusive Broadway quality shows throughout the cruise. What's more, younger guests can take advantage of age-appropriate kids and teens' clubs and that offer immersive activities and supervised games. And while the ship is a little smaller than some of its mainstream competitors, staterooms are larger on average, a major selling point for families seeking extra wiggle room. While some past cruisers lament battling crowds at common areas like pools and buffets, with a 3-to-1 passenger to crew ratio the ship maintains a higher level of customization than larger megaships, which tend to prioritize nonstop entertainment over personalized service.

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Disney Fantasy Cabins

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Disney Fantasy Deck Plans

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 24 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.