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Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
Ship Name: Disney Fantasy
2012 Itineraries: Eastern and Western Caribbean
The sister ship follow-up to the much buzzed-about Disney Dream, the late March debut of the Disney Fantasy will incorporate Dream’s winning mix of family-friendly offerings, plus, pick up where she left off. The fourth ship in the Disney fleet, the 4,000-passenger vessel will offer expanded dining and entertainment areas, for both kids and adults alike – all infused with state-of-the-art technology, theatrical stage shows, and plenty of Disney magic.
Expect Dream-reminiscent entertainment options like first-run 3-D movies, no fewer than three equal-opportunity pools (one for kids, one for families, and one just for adults); AquaDuck, a veritable water coaster at sea; and an 18-and-older entertainment district (dubbed Europa on the Fantasy) and dining rooms (Palo and Remy). But also look for new cool-off features like the AquaLab, a water-play area equipped with a variety of geysers, jets, and bubblers, as well as Satellite Falls, an adults-only circular splash pool with a “rain curtain.” Plus, guests will discover an elaborate new animation-themed dinner show, a "princesses and pirates" boutique, and a Muppets-themed interactive adventure game.
The ship will sail alternating 7-night eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel) itineraries, with a stop at Castaway Cay (Disney’ private isle), from Walt Disney World-neighboring Port Canaveral, Florida. The ports are primed for memorable family-friendly activities, to boot, like snorkeling with stingrays, swimming with dolphins, or simply building sandcastles under the Caribbean sun.
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