Photos from Fantasy Eastern Concierge cruise

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What do you most look forward to doing on the Fantasy?

  1. Riding the Aquaduck

  2. Dining in Palo and/or Remy

  3. Relaxing in the Rainforest Room

  4. Solving a Midship Detective Agency crime

  5. Shopping on shore and/or on ship

  6. Sailing with Mickey and Minnie

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  1. jilljill

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    Found this on DCL's website. Since it says it's for Concierge Guests to me that includes guests of all ages and not just adults.


    As a Concierge Guest, you'll enjoy the benefits of the ship's Concierge level special services and exclusive access to dedicated areas on the ship. The Concierge Lounge is centrally located amongst the Concierge Suites on Deck 12. In a stylish, modern setting, Guests can relax in quiet comfort, sip a cocktail, access the Internet, watch news on a large-screen TV and enjoy complimentary food and beverages offered throughout the day. From the Lounge, Concierge Guests have their own private entrance, an exclusive Concierge-only sun deck where they can soak up the sun in their exclusive onboard oasis. Enjoy tranquil breezes, cooling water misters, cushioned lounge chairs and a bar stocked with water and refreshments.
     
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  3. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Thanks! I spent time up there every day but didn't see kids there my cruise. There were a lot of families with young children in concierge and they were often in the lounge but I don't think the sun deck was that interesting to children - not compared to everything else on the ship.

    I also never saw a bar on the sun deck. I would grab water and refreshments in the lounge on the way up to the sun deck.
     
  4. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Here's what the hair dryer in the room looks like. In our room it was in the desk drawer and our outlets were on the desk. In the one bedroom there were outlets in the bathrooms and the hairdryer was in the master bath.
     
  5. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Before dinner we met out friends for a "hen" night for mom since tomorrow was their vow renewal. Dad took the opportunity to run off to find a gift for mom in the gift shops (Mom had picked something up for Dad the night before the trip at the Hilton across from Downtown Disney.)

    We met at Ooh la la in Europa.

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    The place is decorated like a bordello. We took over one corner, under plush drapes and on a massive velvet hard couch with little throw pillows and a few strange shapped chairs. Another hard to explain place in Europa. It was very dark and my only photos are photos of us being silly and having fun. Chris from Denmark was our server there every night (Kristina is her name but you can't have more than one with the same name in the same department and we already met Kristina in the concierge lounge).

    As sis mentioned the drinks are expensive and the theme of the drink offerings are champagne or sparkeling wine cocktails.

    Technically children are allowed in Europa before 9pm. It is confusing though because people would bring children into Ooh la la and then were told it was adults only (even before 9). I don't really know what a child would do in Ooh la la. It's not even that comfortable for adults to hang out in! I saw every night Chris and the bartender having to tell people that children weren't allowed there.

    Here's another shot of the space outside Ooh la la that has the two tables I never saw anyone at.

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    This is a bathroom door in Europa. The toilet section is designed like Barcelona, Spain.

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    I think the bathrooms and the decor is the reason kids are allowed in Europa before 9pm. They want everyone to see how cool the mosaics are in the toilets.
     
  6. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Tonight we are in

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    I liked how each restaraunt had different table settings.

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    We were at a long table that was sideways to the fountain.

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    North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli
    With roasted Garlic and sweet Basil scented Tomato Juice
    I learned how tomake this later in the cruise and can probably scan the recipe if I can find it in my papers from the cruise and if you are interested.

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    Spinach and Raspberry Salad
    Tender Spinach tossed with fresh Raspberries, toasted Pine Nuts, and crumbled Gorgonzola and a Raspberry Vinaigrette

    I honestly don't remember eating this. Maybe I took a picture of someone else's plate? I said we went to Ooh La La for drinks before dinner. It's amazing I have any photos of anything!

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    Slow Roasted Prime Rib
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  7. jegsnakkernorsk

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    A photo of the fountain taken from the entrance

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    I never sat in these so can't comment on them really.

    That night mom, Sis and I went for a walk on Deck 4
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    One of our friends from Buffalo speed walked every night on Deck 4 before bed. It was less crowded than earlier in the day and the air is nice at night. She would do a few miles every night!
     
  8. Uncleromulus

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    jegsnakkernorsk:

    Remy and Palo dinners are high priority for our cruise!!!

    Been To V&A many times, so will be especially interested in how they compare. Must say from photos of Remy I have seen--it looks quite impressive!!

    And I can see why there has to be a difference between "adults only" and "Concierge only".
     
  9. jegsnakkernorsk

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    You will love it. We did brunch, tea and the parents also had dinner at Palo. We also did Remy on Pirate Night.

    At Palo we had Laszlo as our server at brunch and then he also served my parents after their vow renewal. He was a very hard working but also fun-loving server. We really enjoyed him.

    When us gals went to tea we had Marianne from Denmark. She's very sweet and has served on the Magic for years. I remember reading a TR a couple years ago raving about her in the main dinning rooms.

    At Remy we had Yannick who really blew me away with his professionalism. He was on a whole other level. He was able to tell when I wasn't entirely thrilled with one of the courses, even though I said it was good. He questioned further and I admited I found it too spicy. The next course he sent back. It arrived at the waiter station and the servers were ready to present it and all the sudden the tray went back. He said the dish wasn't prepared to his liking and when he doesn't think his guest will like something he sends it back to be corrected. I was floored. I would recommend Yannick to you.

    As for wine service, my parents and I both did the wine pairing and we were pleased. Mom and dad are members of Chaine de Rotisseurs and they recognized most of the wines we were served and liked the pairings. I was happy as well. I perfered the assistant sommelier, Christian, to the main guy from Sweden. Maybe it's the Norwegian and Danish in me that kept me from liking the Swede, but Christian seemed to give a lot more information and detail about the wines, that I appreciated. And I think he poured a better glass. :)


    Remy has a lot of the perks you might be used to from V&A like the little stool brought over for ladies' purses. And mom and sis were escorted back to their seats when each left for the restroom during the course of service.

    Each of the ladies got two roses. They weren't terribly busy that night and most people didn't seem to have the wine pairing. I hope people do take advantage of Remy and also the wine pairing. It was worth it!
     
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    Today is the special day. My parents have been married nearly 36 years and my sister and I organized a vow renewal for them onboard the Fantasy. Although my mom did keep misspeaking and saying vow removal instead of renewal. We joked that that was the reason dad agreed to it because he thought it was a vow removal :rotfl:

    We had breakfast in the concierge lounge because we had early morning appointments (8 AM) for pedicures in the spa. The lounge is supper convenient and I think it is good spread considering it is continental. The croissants are really fresh and flaky and big enough to share.

    My sister and I got mani/pedi’s on the Magic last year but this year on the Fantasy it seemed more like a sales pitch the entire time. Plus they didn’t do a great job. I still enjoyed it since I haven’t had a pedicure since the Magic last year but my sister was disappointed. Sometimes it is hard to recreate memories and I think that is what I was aiming for with booking the pedicures onboard the Fantasy.

    After the spa we decided to play the Muppets game on the midship detective agency. It was still early and we were still 10 minutes before the game opens at 9 AM. The game takes you past a lot of staterooms so they probably don’t want people to play too early so as not to disturb others. There were a few of us lined up to get out assignments. Don’t worry if someone in front of you is doing the same case as you (puppies, Muppets, or art theft) the system sends you to different locations and after the first clue you have your map to decide where you want to look next for clues.

    The Muppets was more challenging than the stolen art game but it was a lot of fun. If I were to rank them based on difficulty I would say stolen puppies is the least difficult, then stolen art, then Muppets. Although we never actually played stolen puppies this is what I observed from others.

    It was raining that morning so a lot of people were playing midship detective games. As we were finishing up the game we asked a cast member if the aquaduck was open in the rain and he said yes so it was off to our rooms to throw on swimsuits and head to the duck for the first time.

    The skies were starting to clear but there was no line for the aquaduck. We rode twice. Both times I rode with my sister and both times I managed to hit her getting in. The first time with my elbow to her leg and the second time my foot to her head – honestly not on purpose!

    The aquaduck is so much fun!!!

    For lunch, I really wanted to order the steak sandwich from room service. Dad spent twenty minutes deciding what he wanted. And then all four of us ended up with steak sandwiches that we ate at the table in the one bedroom suite.

    My sister and I went to the concierge lounge to grab some sodas when we ran into PJ. We told him that we went on the aquaduck and said how much fun it was. He then said you have to try it at night. We've heard this a few times from cast members including during the first musical. But the problem is the aqauduck closes at 10:00 every night. We have late dinner which means before dinner it is still light outside and by the time we are done with dinner the aquaduck is already closed. So we said this to PJ who told us that we would have to skip dinner one night for the aquaduck. We enjoy the restaurants too much for that : ) we suggested that they keep it open late at least one night on future cruises to accommodate the late diners or stop telling people to "try it at night" since that really isn't feasible for so many.

    Soon it was time for our hair appointments – all except my dad of course. We had scheduled up-dos which turned out so nice!

    At 5:00 we headed to Outlook Lounge on the 14th deck (the fake flume) for the Vow Renewal. My sister and I set up pictures from their wedding in 1976 and our friends soon arrived to fill the seats. It is an intimate setting perfect for a vow renewal with a beautiful view of the water and upper decks. And honestly we filled the room with our party of 9. So it is a small room but absolutely perfect for us. There is a grand piano in the corner and a musician is part of the package for the wedding/vow renewals.

    The best surprise was Captain Marco was the officiant. The Captain doesn’t do many vow renewals or weddings and it was really special that he officiated my parents vow renewal. The vow renewal was really special!

    After a quick bite of wedding cake and champagne toast we were all off to see the musical Wishes. This was my favorite show onboard. It is great for anyone who likes to channel surf. Basically you get the best parts from each movie. Still can’t believe the productions they put on!

    We then headed back to my parents suite for some more champagne and laughs in celebration of the vow renewal before dinner. My parents had reservations at Palo that evening and the rest of us were in Royal Court.

    Upon arriving in Royal Court we saw our surprise! We were seated at the Royal Court table in the center. Since it was just one man and six women we were quite the sight. The lone male was hamming it up being the “Lord” at court, with three women on either side. Apparently people asked our head server, Jaime, who we were and how was it that one man was with so many women. Our head server simply replied that he didn’t know the man’s secret : ) And our friend told the head server that he was fine with six women but any more than ten he has to call for back up. Which Jaimie was pleased to offer his support.

    That evening we went to Skyline bar for the first time. Unfortunately the drinks were not the greatest, well actually, they were flat out undrinkable. The drinks all had strange ingredients like pepper and paprika not typical cocktail ingredients. Plus we sat through at least 4 cities (12 minutes per city) before out drinks arrived. I was the only non drinker which turned out good for me because the frozen drink they got from the Tube was great! Although at first when I said I don’t want something with alcohol the server told me that the drinks don’t taste like alcohol. When I clarified that I don’t want any alcohol he offered non-alcoholic beer – not exactly what I had in mind, but the frozen drink they brought was perfect. The real drinks being so terrible the bartender took them back and made more traditional cocktails that were much better, but we wouldn’t be back to Skyline. We were really missing Sessions on the Magic that night! Especially Stanislav and Abby who made the best drinks!
     
  12. jegsnakkernorsk

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    The morning of the second day at sea, third day of the cruise, the four of us went down to see about booking another cruise. Sis and I wanted to do the Panama Canal and mom was loving the relaxing pace of the cruise so much she wanted to come too.

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    This fella, I think his name was Joel, was amazing. He was so patient and helpful as we looked at the available staterooms and picked out the one bedroom suite for the three of us to share.

    The cruise goes from Miami to LA and Sis and I are looking forward to adding Disneyland to the end of the trip.

    I would recommend visiting this section of the ship early in the cruise. The lines got really long. I think they could have a few people from port excursions or DVC or adventures by Disney come over to help when the line gets so long (it was longer than the character photos - 45 minutes to an hour - at the end of the cruise).
     
  13. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Great for spending it in the spa!

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    Sis and I had this view as we sat for pedicures.

    Three people can get pedicures at one time.

    They don't have many choices of colors though they do have Shilac and do it for pedicure too. We had a choice of red or red or red for our regular pedicure.

    I wouldn't recommend a pedicure on the Fantasy, but if you do it and want to do it with a friend, book early as the slots fill up.
     
  14. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Even in the rain Aquaduck was running and there was hardly a wait.

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    yes we took photos of everything - even inside the water roller coaster


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    you can see out pretty well

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    and on a sunnier day -

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  15. jilljill

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    Wonder why the Aquaduck closed at 10pm each night? On the Dream it was usually open until 11:00-11:30 each night? It was like that on both Dream cruises we've been on in 2011 and 2012.
     
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    One of the cast members told us it was open till midnight but the navigators everyday only listed it open to 10. We asked Andy in concierge and he said that it closed at 10. Maybe they have shorter times on the Fantasy since it is a longer cruise :confused3

    But -- spoiler alert -- this story has a happy ending -- stay tuned :goodvibes
     
  17. CaliforniaGirl09

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    Can't wait to read more! We are leaving for our first Fantasy cruise in two weeks, and have a second one booked for Spring Break next year--that one in concierge, so I'm really enjoying this TR. The sun deck looks awesome!
     
  18. jegsnakkernorsk

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    Jealous you will be on the Fantasy in two weeks!!! Sun deck was awesome and the ship itself is awesome. Thanks for posting!
     
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    Take time, if you can, to look at some of the cool things they have on display in the Concierge Lounge...

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    Lead's us back to the Midship Detective Game! This time the Muppets missing props case.

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    not part of the case - but fun interactive art near the Bibidi Bobidi Boutique

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    one of the muppet's state room or 1/2 a stateroom!

    dad really got into this game

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    If anyone want some tips - I would recommend doing the paintings in the vacinity of where you start first and go up and down a few floors instead of walking the ship lengthwise each deck - seemed a little less walking and faster. There are some areas with two interactive paintings so if you do the one, don't forget to do the other.

    It also helped that I had taken a photo of the door - when we needed to look at a clue again we just looked at it on my camera!

    You don't have to be a trained code cracker to solve the case, but it doesn't hurt to have one with you! :)
     

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