In The Flesh, On The (DISNEY) FANTASY, Part Three

Peter Knego wraps up his recent inaugural cruise on board Disney Cruise Line’s sparkling new DISNEY FANTASY with a visit to Castaway Cay.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

DISNEY FANTASY at Castaway Cay.

When we awoke, DISNEY FANTASY was berthed at Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay. It was gorgeous but windy as we disembarked.

DREAM approaching FANTASY.

As we made our way toward the island’s beaches and attractions, a familiar apparition was approaching. DISNEY DREAM had come back for a second rendezvous with her baby sister.

DISNEY DREAM off Castaway Cay.

The two ships exchanged whistle salutes, including “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “Whistle While You Work” and others, as the DREAM pivoted around to show herself off to her mirror image. Seeing both ships together in such a spectacular setting was quite the thrill.

DREAM pivots off FANTASY.

After giving her best in show, the DREAM flirtatiously sailed off.

Water slides, distant DREAM and "dunker".

On the Cay, we explored various facilities such as the stingray feeding ground, a number of bars, pretty little coves with turquoise water, a “swim out” platform with water slides, a “dunker” and water cannons and much more.

Castaway Cabana.

A cabana was open for media inspection. It had access to a private cabana-only beach and came with a stocked fridge, suntan lotion, hammock, cushioned deck chairs, an indoor living room, snorkel gear and more. Day rental price: $500.00.

DISNEY FANTASY and Castaway Cay.

We did the water slides, had lunch (a barbeque buffet), then settled in along the long stretch of all-access beach.

DISNEY FANTASY awaits.

And I had to take one more round of photos of the FANTASY just as the light began to brighten her starboard side.

FANTASY's fury.

Back aboard, we managed to squeeze in another workout before we hit the high seas. Up on deck, the wind was howling but the ship looked radiant.

"Disney Believe" in the Walt Disney Theater.

We caught the 6:00 showing of “Disney Believe”, about a workoholic father who discovers his inner child with the help of a genie in the Walt Disney Theater. The genie was far better cast in this year’s production and the show was impressively staged and performed, as one would expect with a Disney production.

Walt Disney Theater, facing starboard.

The Walt Disney Theater seats 1,340 guests and shows are typically shown before second seating dinner and after first seating dinner to accommodate all the children on board.

DREAMy duo.

We joined friends in the 128 seat Palo ($20 per person extra tariff) Italian Restaurant and while we were waiting for our table at the neighboring indoor/outdoor Meridian Bar, our jaws dropped when the stern of DISNEY DREAM came into view.

DISNEY DREAM falls astern.

Gradually, the FANTASY overtook her older sister in the swells off Grand Bahama Island. Our third encounter was possibly the most spectacular of all as the two ships sailed side-by-side in a very linerly style.

Palo, facing forward.

Palo is situated in a lofty position on the starboard side of aft Deck 12. On the port side is the pricey ($75) French dining venue Remy, which a few hand-picked members of the press group would be enjoying that evening.

Palo antipasti.

Dinner in Palo begins with a selection of antipasti, olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar, served tableside.

Palo pollo main course.

I had a spicy Penne Arabbiata and Insalata Caprese for my appetizer and salad, then enjoyed a fantastic chicken entrée. For dessert, a chocolate soufflé…

Monday, March 26, 2012

Enchanted Garden, facing aft.

Although we skipped out on Enchanted Garden the night prior, we had another chance just prior to disembarking the DISNEY FANTASY to have breakfast in the Versailles-inspired dining room. Through the course of dinner, a day passes with flowers blooming, then closing up, the sun setting and ultimately, stars lighting up the sky.

DISNEY FANTASY totally random carpet shot.

In a week, let alone three short, hurried days, it is impossible to sample all that the DISNEY FANTASY offers but it was fun to try.  Please stay tuned for a heavily-illustrated Decked! tour of the ship…

End of Blog.

Special thanks: Tom Cassidy, Martin Cox, Jason Lasecki, James McAuliffe

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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