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Disney Fantasy Begins Caribbean Sailings
Disney Cruise Line welcomes the Disney Fantasy, the fourth and newest ship in their fleet. The ship sails from Port Canaveral, Florida, on alternating seven-night Caribbean itineraries. A sister ship to the Disney Dream, the 130,000 ton Disney Fantasy offers many of the line's tried-and-true popular venues and a number of innovative new features as well.
The new Disney Fantasy has 1,250 staterooms and suites and can carry up to 4,000 passengers. Here are just a few of the ship's highlights:
Get Wet. One of the Disney Dream's favorite features is AquaDuck, a 765-foot long water coaster. The Disney Fantasy has its own AquaDuck along with AquaLab, a 1,800-square-foot water play area on the Fantasy's upper deck that features geysers, pop-up jets, squirting walls and more. AquaLab is a great "get wet" alternative to the main pool area for kids, while younger tots in swim diapers can play at Nemo's Reef.
Relax and Chill Out. Guests 18-years of age and older will enjoy relaxing at Satellite Falls, a large circular splash pool area with benches and a soothing rain curtain found on Deck 13 of the Disney Fantasy. This water feature is surrounded by lots of deck space where guests can sun in loungers or chill out in the shade under a canopy. The multi-level Quiet Cove Pool with its own Cove Bar is another popular adult spot as well. Those seeking even more pampering should check out Senses Spa & Salon for adults 18 and over, offering a wide array of treatments, rainforest-themed aromatherapy steam room, and whirlpool hot tubs and heated mosaic tile relaxation chairs with stunning ocean views. Chill Spa provides a separate spa area with treatments for teens.
Play With the Muppets. Disney Fantasy guests can join the Muppets in an interactive adventure aboard the Disney Fantasy. "The Case of the Stolen Show" is a self-paced experience where families can help the Muppets find missing show props by uncovering clues hidden around the ship. The quest utilizes unique game cards and over a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art, allowing players to experience several possible endings and multiple randomized events. This is one of three Midship Dectective Agency games that can be played onboard using the ship's Enchanted Art.
Bring Characters to Life. Like the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy features the Animator's Palate dining room. On the Fantasy, however, families are able to experience the process of animation through a new show called "Animation Magic." At dinner, guests are able to draw a character of their own design on a special placemat. The placemats are then collected and used as part of the show. Mickey Mouse appears on the dining room's screens and brings guests' characters to life in a cool marching and dancing sequence. The newly designed characters also show up in scenes from Disney movies alongside characters such as Minnie Mouse, Snow White and Cinderella. At the end of the show, guests see their names listed in the credits as a guest animator. Kids and adults love this experience and it demonstrates how the animation process works - with a little bit of magic and pixie dust, of course!
Party European Style. Adults can have their own fun aboard the Disney Fantasy and enjoy nightlife European style. Sophisticated clubs and lounges inspired by places in Italy, France, London and Ireland can be found in Europa, the Fantasy's entertainment district designed exclusively for adults. Disney Cruise Line describes Europa as "a continent of adult nighttime fun without borders." Skyline is a bar that entertains guests with aerial ever-changing views of European city skylines. O'Gills Pub is a stereotypic Irish pub and Ooh La La is an upscale French champagne bar. The Tube is a hip metropolitan club that brings to mind the London nightlife scene, while La Piazza is a centrally-located open lounge with an inviting Italian theme.
Enjoy the Show. Guests on the Disney Fantasy can enjoy the premiere of two new Broadway-style shows. The first, "Wishes," is a 45-minute spectacular about three best friends who learn the importance of staying connected to their inner child. Character shows are always a favorite, and "Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular" is a popular hit. In this musical comedy, Aladdin meets a Genie who grants him three wishes. In line with the movie script, Aladdin falls in love with Princess Jasmine, battles Jafar, and has many adventures along the way. The magic carpet ride portion of this show is particularly impressive.
Play Dress Up. Parents can watch their kids turn into princesses and pirates with the help of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League, new on the Disney Fantasy. Newly bedecked little princesses will love showing off their look for dinner at the Royal Court restaurant and having their pictures taken with Disney Princesses during the Princess Parade. Boys can transform themselves into pirates for "Mickey's Pirates IN the Caribbean" night with the help of The Pirates League.
Indulge in Epicurian Delights. Enjoy superb adults-only dining experiences at Disney Fantasy's two alternative restaurants: Palo and Remy. Palo offers outstanding Northern Italian cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list and outstanding service, all served in a setting with sweeping ocean views. At Remy, guests can sample sophisticated French-inspired gourmet cuisine created by two award-winning chefs.
The Disney Fantasy sails from Port Canaveral, Florida, offering seven-night itineraries that alternate between eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel) Caribbean routes. All sailings include a visit to Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. For more information, visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500, or contact your favorite travel agent.
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