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Old 04-06-2013, 07:57 PM   #16
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We are sailing in July on this cruise and will be booking excursions soon. Any recommendations based on what you did and what you heard from others?
I was on the Fantasy Western in February. Loved every second of the trip, even though we also had bad weather. We weren't able to go to Grand Cayman at all, even though Captain Marco tried valiantly to get us there; he even sailed to the other side of the island, hoping it would be less windy/choppy. I bet you won't have the same trouble in July, though!

We did the Dolphin swim at Dolphinaris in Cozumel. The facility was gorgeous and we all had a wonderful time (there were 3 kids (7 & 9) and 4 adults in our group. I totally recommend it, but be prepared in advance for expensive pics they sell at the end!
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:13 PM   #17
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We are on the Fantasy Eastern, sailing June 1st. Our DIS group is looking for a place to have a meet and greet just before the muster drill. Can you recommend a place that we could hang out for about 30 minutes?
Were thinking perhaps D Lounge....
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:21 PM   #18
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We are on the Fantasy Eastern, sailing June 1st. Our DIS group is looking for a place to have a meet and greet just before the muster drill. Can you recommend a place that we could hang out for about 30 minutes?
Were thinking perhaps D Lounge....
If you want to be inside, the Vista Lounge on Deck 4 is a nice place to meet.

Sometimes the D Lounge is not open if an event is not scheduled.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:33 PM   #19
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If you want to be inside, the Vista Lounge on Deck 4 is a nice place to meet.

Sometimes the D Lounge is not open if an event is not scheduled.
Perfect! Thank you!!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:48 AM   #20
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We are heading out in a couple weeks on the Fantasy Western. Do you remember what movies they were showing in the theatre?
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:31 AM   #21
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Just got off the same cruise. I found the weather was perfect all week except Friday, Castaway Cay day. I have the tAn to prove it. :-). Very appreciative that the Captain gave it a second shot to get to CC in the afternoon. Over all a great cruise. Just sad for that little boy.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #22
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Western. And sitting at the airport to go home.

Great time. Weather wasn't beautiful
Everyday. Didn't get to castaway until 2:30 and had to leave at 5:30.

Any questions?
I was on the cruise as well. Weather was only an issue on Friday morning. Otherwise, I thought the weather was great. Not too hot, but there was plenty of sunshine.

Crew did a great job setting up Castway Cay for such a short stop.

More to follow.

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:53 AM   #23
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I booked an 11B GTY on the Fantasy for this October. I am a little apprehensive going to a bigger ship as our only experience was the Magic which seemed to be the perfect size for our family.

How was the magical porthole? Do you have children? Did they really get into it? What do you see at night through the magic porthole?

If you close the privacy curtain can you swing the TV behind the curtain so you can watch from bed? Our kids will go to be before us (sleeping on sofa and pull down) so I'm hoping to be able to watch tv.

How full was your sailing? Our TA just told me our ship is almost at capacity. Did you have a hard time getting seats at the pool? What about the shows at night? I've read here that you need to be there about an hour in advance if you want to sit with your family.

Thank you for your insight.
We have been on both and loved both.

Our sailing must have been close to full.

Fantasy is bigger and there are more people, but there are also more things to do. DS particularly loved the Goofy Golf (and we never had to queue to play) and he did the detective agency game 5 times! We rode the aquaduck before going ashore on a port day so no wait at all, and he loved the Aqua Lab which was also not busy, so not bothered that the pools were busy. And yes, the pools were busy, that said when DS went in there was always space on the side for one of us to sit and watch and at least a couple of chairs available for the rest of us to share.

Turned up at the theatre usually about 25 mins before show and always got seats together - there were 5 of us. Did have to ignore a couple of people who were trying to reserve whole rows to do this!!! So if you need a whole row, you will need to get their earlier!

Found the bars with the family shows on very busy, they had to put on a video feed to another bar for some of these. But these bars are quite small so if you want to see any of these earlier is best.

Don't know re magical porthole as we had a veranda.

Yes, the TV swings out so can put outside the curtain when it is closed.
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We would walk into the show a few minutes before show time and never had trouble finding seats together.

Don't plan on watching too much TV unless you're into the sports and/or news: CNBC, BBC, FOX News, ESPN etc. They did also have ABC but it hardly ever worked.
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wondering if they did anything special for Easter: easter dinner, characters in different customes, etc
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #26
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wondering if they did anything special for Easter: easter dinner, characters in different customes, etc
They delivered small bags of Easter candy to the kids and small display outside of the dining room with candy to take. That was all that I saw.

They did have services. Catholic mass everyday including Easter Sunday and two other services on Sunday too.
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I was on the cruise as well. Weather was only an issue on Friday morning. Otherwise, I thought the weather was great. Not too hot, but there was plenty of sunshine.

Crew did a great job setting up Castway Cay for such a short stop.

More to follow.

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Did they have the big BBQ waiting for you? The food is so good!!
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We would walk into the show a few minutes before show time and never had trouble finding seats together.

Don't plan on watching too much TV unless you're into the sports and/or news: CNBC, BBC, FOX News, ESPN etc. They did also have ABC but it hardly ever worked.
We primarily watched the movie channels last time (Pixar Movie, Classic Disney Movie, Disney Movies and new releases). Are these channels available on the Fantasy? If they are we will be all set.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:01 PM   #29
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We primarily watched the movie channels last time (Pixar Movie, Classic Disney Movie, Disney Movies and new releases). Are these channels available on the Fantasy? If they are we will be all set.
Yes they are! And the movie channel functions as a DVR. We were able to pause the movies and then watch them later when we returned to our stateroom!
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We are on the Fantasy Eastern, sailing June 1st. Our DIS group is looking for a place to have a meet and greet just before the muster drill. Can you recommend a place that we could hang out for about 30 minutes?
Were thinking perhaps D Lounge....
My family is on this sailor too!
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