You may think the Disney Fantasy cruise ship is all about the kids, but step aboard and you’ll find fun for all ages. In fact, it’s about helping people of all ages remember what it’s like to be a kid again (in all the best ways).
The Aquaduck did it for me. It’s a 765-foot long roller coaster slide at sea and it offers up an incredible experience as you glide on a raft through a clear tube suspended above the ship. No, it’s not scary, and yes, it’s a blast. Plus, you’ll never see another view like it! As the President of the Disney Cruise Line told me, it’s the most fun to ride the Aquaduck at night.
The Europa entertainment district offers up the adult only fun that parents may need while on board. It’s a bit of a trip to bars around the world, from Ooh La La to the Tube of London. Skyline impressed me most with its changing skyline images (in these photos, the traffic is moving!).
Everyone will love the Walt Disney Theater with its Broadway caliber shows. Disney Wish showcases some of your favorite songs and characters from a variety of Disney movies. Disney’s Aladdin–a Musical Spectacular is a comedy packed with high tech extras that will drop your jaw. Even the deck parties are packed with techno-wizardry that are awe-inspiring. And only the Disney Cruise Line offers fireworks at sea.
There’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to transform your little ones into the character of their choice (pirates are popular here, especially on pirate night!).
The AquaLab compliments all of the amazing pool options. It includes fun water experiments that kids of all ages will enjoy. Nemo’s Reef area is just the right size for the smaller children.
There are interactive games (animated characters on screen can actually talk back to you!!) at Disney’s Oceaneer Club. There’s Edge for teens 11-13, Vibe for teens 14-17 and Cove Cafe for adults. It’s a Small World Nursery and Club D Lounge round out the options.
The food is excellent (dessert is always my favorite!) and the restaurants incorporate special Disney touches, from the lights shaped like flowers that actually bloom and change colors in the Versailles to the “create your own characters” and watch them come to life experience of Animator’s Palate.
I didn’t make it past the lobby of Senses Spa (my one complaint about the experience is that you better book fast if you want an appointment!), but I was on a shortened version of the seven day trip, so it may not be an issue for those on the week long cruises.
The state rooms feel roomier than others I’ve stayed in with my family and you can tell someone accounted for every inch in the planning.
There truly is something for everyone on board. And it’ll be tough to leave without touching base with some flash of your own childhood at some point during the cruise.