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Old 12-06-2012, 08:06 AM   #1
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Our Fantastic Fantasy Cruise! 11/24/12

11/24/12 to 12/1/12 Fantasy Cruise Trip Report

This was our 22nd cruise on DCL, but the first cruise on The Fantasy. My best description is AWESOME!!!! FANTASTIC!! EXCITING!! FUN!!!
I will warn you this will be a long report but hopefully not too boring. I will try to have more photos than writing.
Saturday we drove to the port which only takes us slightly over an hour.
Seeing how large this ship is was amazing. This cruise it is just me, Kathy and my husband, Greg. Two grandparents enjoying Disney like a couple of kids.







We drove right up to the terminal with no lines around 11:00 a.m. and dropped off our luggage and parked in the lot next to the terminal for a quick exit upon our return. It cost $20 more than the parking garage but we knew we would be tired when we got back and would be happy to have the car so close.
Itís not fair to compare this ship to The Magic and The Wonder, so I will try not to do that too much as each ship is great in its own way. I love them all.
Most of my report will be photos to show the beauty of the ship but I do have 2 comments I want to share. These are NOT complaints but my opinion on 2 things I didnít care for on the ship. But they are minor items which probably nobody else would even notice. These are just my opinion.
When you step out of the bathroom or shower room into your cabin there is a high ridge which is very easy to trip on. They have one small sign saying to watch your step inside the door but I think they need a bright safety strip across the step also. I tripped 3 times before I even noticed the sign. We both tripped multiple times on this but luckily we caught a hold of the door to break our fall. I can see how people could easily get hurt.
The 2nd item is the new system where when you enter your room there is a slot on the wall where you must put your Key Card or a plastic card such as a credit card in a slot to activate the lights and heat / cooling system in your room. Most people use their key card. It is so easy to walk out and leave your key card in that slot, and then youíre locked out if youíre leaving at separate times. We often come and go separately.


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Many people come and go at different times, so that is kind of awkward, plus on a hot day if you set your AC and then remove your card it turns off, so when you return to your room later itís not cool, its hot. In the summer months it could be a problem. So bring a different card like a school ID or your AARP card, something that isnít a credit card to leave in the slot to keep your cooling system working. Next time we will know to do this so we wonít have to use our Key card. It was a real pain for us.
Those are the only things I didnít like.
Ok, now for the fun.
First we walked to the back of the terminal for Concierge check in (Platinum members can do that) and we were the only ones there. It took all of 2 minutes and they escorted us over to the entrance to the ship, opened the rope for us and we walked right in to have our photo taken and then onto the ship we went. Our boarding number said #1 which was a first for us.
As usual they announce your name as you enter the atrium which feels so good because now it feels real. Our vacation has arrived. WOO HOO!!
Here are a few shots of the Atrium all dressed up for Christmas. This is the first thing we saw upon boarding the ship.










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We stopped to stand and look up in amazement at the beauty of the atrium. They were assembling the Gingerbread house across the atrium. It took 3 days of our cruise before they finished it. It took them 7 days all together and it was the first time that Marshall (Head Chef for pastries) and his crew had ever done a Gingerbread house. It smelled so good!! I think they did an amazing job.














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Just to the right of the Gingerbread House was the Bon Voyage Lounge. It was very small. There is a small bar with stools and 2 sitting areas across from the bar area. Maybe 8 to 10 people could sit there. A few ladies from my cruise meet thread and I had a Pin trading meet there the 2nd day of the cruise and a few had to stand. If I had known how small it was I wouldn’t have suggested having a meet there. However it was very pretty there











They had a cool looking throne chair for a Queen behind this lounge and on the opposite side (across from guest services) was a Kings throne. The tile was really beautiful behind the thrones. I will try and post photos of them at the end of this report. I need to find them.

Finally we got over the amazement of all the beauty around us and the size of the atrium area and found the long hallway past the Royal Court, towards the AFT and Animators Pallet.
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Then we found the AFT elevator and went up to Cabanas on deck 11. This elevator comes out right in the middle of Cabanas Buffet. It’s so nice and easy to use. When you step out of the elevator there is someone to hand you a wipe for your hands and you can go left or right and you’re in the buffet.
This entire area makes you feel you’re in a Cabana. The ceiling and wall dťcor including a cool Pelican by the elevator all resemble a cabana.

This is the AFT elevator . Note all the details in the ceiling and window to make it feel like your in a Cabana.



I loved this Pelican






This buffet has the most awesome decor. The lighting changes from blues to orange and each section is themed a bit different. Plus a few hidden Mickey's are to be found here.
I love some of the lights. They look like kites and are brightly colored.



One of the kites I was talking about.

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These clocks show the time of all the Disney parks around the world.



These are replicas of the Castles in Disney parks.

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We sail in March and this was a perfect overview for us! Thank you for all your time putting to together and sharing! It was a lot of work! This cruise we will have our 4 and 1.5 year old with us but hope when they get older webcam be like you and your husband and cruise by ourselves on these amazing ships 20+ times!
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