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  1. Just got off the Fantasy's 11 night Southern Caribbean sailing last week. If anyone has any questions, I am happy to answer! Here are a few big things I noticed: 1) Wifi, Free iMessage and Messaging in Navigator App - This was a welcome addition and made communication much easier. I saw families using walkie talkies on the first day but never again after they must have figured out the iMessage thing. This free perk is NOT advertised or talked about very much, so make sure to take advantage of it. I guess the next question is-- When will DCL expand free iMessage to other ships? Hopefully it hits the magic in time for our trip next summer! However, DCL unfortunately still uses the awful megabyte based wifi program. We cruised a different line last year and it was cheaper for a full day of unlimited access than it was for the Small package on DCL. 2) AFT Vibration and Movement - Our room was Midship-Aft (Deck 10) and we really felt the shaking, rattling, and rolling of the ship, as mentioned by others on this forum and DISboards. We felt major vibration almost every night (we went full speed, or close to full speed for the first 4 days, and then the last 3 days). We were also woken up at 6:00 every morning by rolling carts above us in Cabanas/pool deck. I know 2 sailings before ours there were issues with the 'shaft' and people were speculating the shaking issue may have gotten better since then. I heard there were issues on the 3 night cruise after ours-- When will DCL fix this issue once and for all? My family will now avoid all Fantasy sailings unless we are in the FWD section or Concierge because of this. Made sleeping very hard. 3) High Castaway Club concentration and unwelcoming atmosphere from other passengers - A Crew member told me that of the roughly 4000 passengers, about 3,300 were returning castaway club members on this sailing. And of that, more than half were gold or platinum. This is obviously great for Disney, but it created somewhat of an unwelcoming and uninviting atmosphere for silver members and first time cruisers. Most of the good excursions were taken by the time our window opened up, and many of the 'experienced' cruisers we felt were snobs and didn't want anything to do with us lowly silvers. Luckily, we already have our gold sailing booked for next year 4) Great Itinerary and Great ship-- but we like the Magic/Wonder better. - We loved most of the islands and loved the itinerary. However, I think there's a lot to be said about being on the SMALLER ships, especially for a long sailing. We sailed the 12 night Med a few years back on the Magic and loved every minute of it. The ship was too big to navigate for 11 days, and is great for shorter voyages, but that more intimate and smaller feel fits my family's needs in a better way for longer trips. 5) I think we've found our cruise line home - I think this sailing (despite some of the negative comments above) confirmed our preference to Disney over other cruise lines. If we take more cruises in the future, they will 99% chance be on Disney. Our family does NOT go to the parks, we are not DVC members, and we are not crazy about the characters. We like Disney because they are clean, there is stuff to do for everyone, their rooms are nice, the service is excellent, and they clearly care about the guest. We have cruised on two other lines recently and while we liked those trips also, theres nothing like Disney. Sorry if most of these points come across as negative, just some of the overarching things I noticed! Food was decent, but got much better as the voyage progressed. Kids had a ball at Edge and Vibe. We thought the cruise staff team was excellent. Great staff and service in all departments, as usual. We contacted guest services about the rolling and vibration in our room and they sent gifts to our room and checked up on us every day. Very nice considering it was something mostly out of their control.
  2. Hello CC Community, We are on the upcoming Fantasy 11 Night Southern sailing on July 27 which includes a stop in San Juan. In the past week or so, Cruise ships have been cancelling due to safety concerns in Old San Juan regarding protests against the governor. Celebrity, MSC, and Royal have cancelled calls for this week. I know Disney usually errs on the side of caution in regards to port safety, so what do you think the likelihood is that Disney will cancel the Fantasy's next call in early August? If and when this stop is cancelled, when would we be likely to find out so we can make alternative port adventure plans? hurricane18
  3. Hello, This will be our first cruise ever so I am a newbie to all of the ins and outs of choosing a room. We are doing the Very Merry Eastern Caribbean with 2 adults and a 3 and 5 year old on the Disney Fantasy. I am debating between a regular Deluxe Oceanview with Verandah and a Family Deluxe Oceanview with Verandah. Right now we are in 9568 (standard deluxe) but it is right in front of the elevators which I do not like. I understand a starboard side is better for views on port days so am looking at those rooms. Other options are 9542 (standard deluxe) which is further from the elevators (but still close) and also 8604 which is a family deluxe and further from the elevators, but the 8th floor (is it that big of a difference?). Price difference is $600. Is 9 that much better than 8? (We have younger kids, so will the extra walking matter? I’ve never been on a cruise ship so don’t comprehend how big they are). Is the extra space with a family deluxe worth it? I understand it has a bigger balcony which appeals to me. I don’t understand the whole clear vs. white walls on the balconies and the pros/cons - I believe 8604 is clear. Is being closer to the elevators all that bad? Thanks in advance to all who reply. Your expertise is greatly appreciated. Candace
  4. Just off the Disney Fantasy's six-night western cruise to Cozumel, Costa Maya and Castaway Cay. This was our 4th Disney cruise and 3rd on the Fantasy. We travelled as a family of eight (78 y/o parents, F54, M54,D29, S27, D23 & S11) We spent a week in Vero Beach prior to the cruise so we had our first experience with actually driving to the port and not taking the Disney express directly from the airport. Disney has the embarkation & disembarking thing down so no issues here. Weather was perfect the entire trip which makes everything better! As seasoned Disney cruisers we did not attend any of the shows but did catch Toy Story 4 and Aladdin in the movie theater....both were good. We had the early dinner seating (5:45pm) which is way too early but the 8:45 late seating is way too late....Disney really should consider the ATD plan that other cruise lines have, however, this would seriously mess with the rotational dining plan that they currently have. Service in general was excellent, however, for the first time our dinner servers were not that great......we passed it off at first but by the third night they were just completely out of sync.....mixed up orders, empty water & wine glasses, etc. and no real interaction with our table like we have had in the past. The head server stopped by and asked how things were going so I took the opportunity to nicely explain our dissatisfaction. The next night the guys were spot on! We also were provided with a bottle of champagne and the remaining nights were excellent. I don't know what he said to them but whatever it was it worked! Cozumel was the first port....we have been there many times so we were trying to find something different to do while in port. We decided upon the catamaran trip to Isla Pasion, a private island with food, drinks and various activities. I will give this excursion a 9+ rating and found it to be one of the best port excursions we have ever had....this was booked directly through Disney. Costa Maya was next....we never visited this port and upon first sight it really didn't look like anything special but once ashore we found it had a very nice port area with all kinds of things to do. I went diving (again booked thru Disney) and again found the excursion very good.....diving was very good (for the fellow divers out there....think Cozumel about 20 years ago) Final stop was Castaway Cay.....this was it's usual fun time with snorkeling, bike ride and just lounging on the beach. We had balcony cabins 7570 & 7568.....solid mid-ship rooms with good access to everything. Worked out in the gym on three days.....small but everything you need. We typically got in at around 7:15am and had no trouble getting a treadmill or using the weights/machines. Did not use any of the spa services. Room steward provided us simple but efficient service and all bartenders we encountered were excellent....especially Larry in the Meridian cigar bar next to Palo & Remy. For those cigar smokers out there, this is an excellent place to settle in after dinner to enjoy a smoke and adult beverage overlooking the rear of the ship....great place to catch the sunset! My 11 y/o only used the kids club a few times and was happy watching movies on funnel vision, playing miniature golf and basketball during the two sea days. One tip I definitely will pass along.....once onboard everyone heads to the food buffet at Cabana's.....which is really good but gets crazy crowded.....so instead of battling the crowds for food and a seat they usually have at least one of the dining rooms open (this cruise it was Animator's Palate) for a more relaxing sit down lunch. This cruise was at capacity (4000) with many kids so the pools midship were packed but overall I did not feel crowded the entire cruise. The adults only area at the front of the ship has all the amenities needed to avoid the crowded pools and have a bit more of a relaxing experience. Once again we had an excellent experience and any issues we had (dining mainly) were quickly addressed and resolved.
  5. We are going to be on the fantasy and I can’t find how much I have to pay for tips per person 2 adults and a 9 and 5 year old it’s a 7 night cruise can anyone tell me how much tips will be for the servers and stateroom host
  6. Anyone recently off the Fantasy? What shows did they have for a seven night cruise? How was the food? George
  7. What is the earliest you can get off this ship? Looking to get an early flight from Orlando airport What is the earliest I can get? I saw a 10:05 am can I make this flight? thanks for any help
  8. Hello there! I'm considering going on a cruise to the Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy. I'm a huge Disney fan but my parents are worried there might not be enough adult activities on board for them. What adult activities are available? Thanks 🙂
  9. I'm new to Disney cruising, can anyone tell me if they have outlets in the bathroom to use a water pik that plugs in? Thanks!
  10. We are on the Disney Fantasy June 8th sailing. How many days before the cruise can I expect to get the documents. Luggage tags, airline tickets booked by Disney etc. Thank you, Tom
  11. Hello there! I'm considering going on a cruise to the Caribbean aboard the Disney Fantasy. I'm 19 and in university, so I'm too old for the teens club. Are there any organized activities/meet-ups for this age range? Thanks 🙂
  12. We have cruised many times over the years and we are now considering our first Disney Cruise. I have been looking at different sites and places to book to get the best price. My question is when looking at Balcony/Veranda rooms they have different categories and i was wondering if any one could explain them to me. I have never really cared on our other cruises but if i am spending the money i want to make sure i get the right room. I get motion sick so i always stay mid ship and I NEED a room where the bed is on a wall so we are moving with the ship and not against it. (hope this makes sense) Thank you in advance for any answers.
  13. I’m new to Disney and still trying to figure out the cabin categories. I plan to book on Fantasy and it appears the aft balconies are 5E. They’re available on decks 6-9 for the same price so I’m trying to decide what’s the best cabin (6910, 7194, 8684, 9174 or 9674).
  14. We will be sailing on the Fantasy soon and Rapunzel is my granddaughter's favorite Princess. She wasn't on the Fantasy last year but now that one of the other ships has a Rapunzel themed dining room I was hoping she would now be on all ships. Has anyone recently sailed on the Fantasy and remembers?
  15. Hi we are celebrating our sons birthday on our cruise and is turning 5. He loves bunkbeds but we are 3 to the room and I noticed they push that it needs to be 4 to a room. I want it for him to enjoy. How do we make this magic happen?
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