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Old 12-06-2012, 09:06 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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Once you enter the buffet itís like a whole different world. It takes up the entire AFT end of the ship. Itís a huge semi circle. Both sides are an exact duplicate of the food stations with a bar at the back, and some outdoor seating. No lines, you just walk up to the station you want, get your food and move on to another station or sit down. This is a huge improvement from other ships.








The doors on both sides of the buffet are always open so you can get out to the outside decks from there.
The food was awesome. Here is where I must compare the ships. The food was much better on the Fantasyís buffet compared to the Magic and Wonder. Their food has gone downhill in the buffet the last few cruises we have taken on the Magic and Wonder.
Not sure if itís true but I heard people talking that they are going to change Topsiders on the Magic to have separate food stations like the Fantasy next year to help ease the lines there too.


Now it was time to find our room. We were in 10654 which was AFT deck 10. We were next to the last room in the hallway. It was a perfect location. We were only 3 doors walk from the elevator. We had a nice balcony. There is an overhang above our balcony which didnít obstruct the view (It was high up) but it did block rain and hot sun from the deck which was really nice.








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Soon it was time for our cruise meet in the Vista Cafť. So many great people to meet but I never got around to everyone. Then it was time for the safety drill. This time we were not required to wear our life jackets which made it much easier to navigate down 6 flights of stairs.

It was short drill and soon the Deck Party was in full swing on deck 11. This party was much better than others I have been to. Lots of characters on stage dancing. With no divider between the pools, it made for a huge area for people to attend the party. It didnít feel crowded at all. That was great planning by Disney.





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Then as we pulled out the channel I put on my Mickey hand to wave at the people on shore watching us pull out.



Sunset as we pulled out.



Looking down as we went out the channel we saw 2 Dolphins, then 3 more and by the time we were out to sea we had seen a total of at least 15 Dolphin. They move so fast ití hard to get a photo of them, but look for black spots and rippled water and hopefully you can make them out.





I am not going to bore you with all the day to day activities we did, letís just say there is something for everyone to enjoy. Instead I am going to post photos now of different areas of the ship for a bit.
Then I will talk about our excursions and the shows and of course the hidden Mickeyís I found around the ship later in the report.

I will also scan our Navigators from eveyday and save them on a file so anyone who wants to see them you can contact me to get a copy and will try to just post it too. My e-mail is by my signature, just be sure and put Navigator on the subject line or i will delete you. It may be ther first of the year before I get that done.
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Here are some photos of the Restaurants:





This menu didnt come out as good as i hoped for but if you can zoom in or enlarge you may be able to read it.










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The Royal Court Menu
The tile mosiacs were awesome!!











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Love this light. It looks like Cincerellas Coach. The bread baskets look like coaches too. I had a photo of one but it was one of the photos that disappeared.










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The Enchanted Garden

The only elevator to get to this restaurant is te Mid ship one or use the stairs in the atrium.

Love the lights in all the restaurants. The pictures don't do them justice.









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The clubs are almost all together in the AFT section, deck 4. That was perfect for us. We just got on the AFT elevator by our room and went straight down to the club area.
Aft is the most convenient place on the ship if your booking a room.

Just around the corner of the elevator to the right is The Tube which has a few family events in the daytime but is all adult entertainment at night. It is British themed and the dance floor lights up as well as the ceiling changes color all the time. We attended a few shows in this venue. There is also a door into the Skyline bar in there


This is British themed and colors change constantly.

It is hazy looking due to the lighting part of the time.







John Charles Performing a family show. He is so funny.

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To the left of the elevator was another door into The Skylight Lounge. Sorry we never got a photo of it. Itís always so dark in there to show off the views that a photo just wouldnít work well with my camera.
Now when you leave the Tube Lounge it was so much fun to walk straight ahead into a weird sort of hallway toward La Piazza. I am not sure how to explain this area but itís full of twists and turns with tall brown walls that resemble walking through a rock tunnel to the next club. Itís really cool.
They have bathrooms in there that are unbelievable. You have to look in them, including the handicap ones. They are all different. I had my husband take photos of the menís rooms and I got the ladies rooms. The tile in these rooms was so beautiful. My pictures donít do them justice.

This is the curvy hallway heading towards La Piazza.



Different shots of the bathrooms.





This one is near Animators Pallet







The Mosiacs are just amazing in person.
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