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Everything is in DCL ship-shape: Disney cruise design with Art Deco flair

A short photo tour of the Disney Fantasy, with a look at some of its Art Deco style and Disney theming. Here, the atrium lobby.
A short photo tour of the Disney Fantasy, with a look at some of its Art Deco style and Disney theming. Here, the atrium lobby.
D.K. Peterson. All rights reserved.

My husband's and my first impression of the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, was how beautiful and well-maintained it is.

Disney's attention to detail and theming are apparent on the Disney Cruise Line ships, as a tour of the Disney Fantasy reveals.
D.K. Peterson. All rights reserved.

Entering the ship’s atrium for the first time, with your name announced, offers a grand introduction. It showcases the ship’s design, a combination of Art Deco and Disney elements. The atrium set high expectations for the rest of the Disney Fantasy, expectations that were met whenever we explored a new part of the ship. It’s almost overwhelming in beauty and attention to detail; I often carried a camera with me.

The Disney Fantasy also offered an environment rich for exploration, with or without the type of Disney rides associated with the theme parks (still, try the AquaDuck). The ship is large, much larger than I expected – even when knowing its numbers. There are plenty of public spaces and activities around which to organize your day: pools and deck areas with activities, kids clubs and lounges, spa and fitness center, theatres and stores. Not to mention the restaurants and other opportunities to eat and drink.

With so many public spaces, and so many activities, I also knew there would be no worry we’d get bored and “have to” relax with a book and drink by one of the pool. Instead, any such down-time would become a welcomed and necessary part of our cruise.

In fact, we were still finding new things to do after seven nights. The space and variety made the possibility of taking subsequent cruises more appealing. We like traveling with the combination of having new experiences and enjoying familiar comforts. (And the ship’s size and variety means it’s possible to do even before going to new ports or booking different port adventures.)

Our Disney Fantasy stateroom was comfortable, a good place to sleep or just relax. It was tastefully appointed with understated touches. The room’s subtle nautical, travel theme – found in such details as the artwork, color scheme and lighting – are Disneyfied with hidden Mickeys or other Disney touches. Plus, our stateroom host provided us with Disney towel animals every night of the cruise, along with our turndown service (with chocolate).

A Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah, our stateroom was also surprisingly roomy at 246 square feet; with just two adults we had room to spare even though we packed heavy. A family of four might need to get creative with space, but DCL’s smart design maximizes the space. The bed rests high enough to slide suitcases underneath and a storage ottoman offers more storage. A divided bathroom (shower and sink in one, toilet and sink in another) allows two people to get ready at the same time. The shower is a bit small, but well designed. The verandah offered daylight, additional sitting space, and a place enjoy the changing views; catching sunrise and sunset from our verandah became one of the day’s highlights.

The rooms are also well-appointed and in good condition. The bed and couch were very comfortable. The desk big enough to work at and has outlets the hair dryer and charging devices. The flat-screen TV that played ship announcements, cruise information and shows, select channels, and a selection of Disney entertainment good for a mid-afternoon break. H2O products are used in the bathroom. There is a mini-fridge to help keep beverages cold or to hold a post-afternoon snack.

Maintenance of the ship was something that Disney guests could see happening throughout the cruise. Every day, I noticed Crew Members working unobtrusively to keep the Disney Fantasy looking, well, fantastic. Whether it was keeping the public restrooms spotless, doing touch-up paint jobs, or cleaning out dryer lint in the laundry room, the ship was well cared-for. In talking to Crew Members across all levels let me with the impression that DCL’s emphasis on maintenance was also a source of personal pride.

Note: I sailed aboard Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, on a 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary. I booked travel with Michele of Pixie Vacations, a travel agency specializing in Disney vacations. Michele’s help was invaluable in helping me plan my trip. I paid all my own travel expenses and my opinions are my own.

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