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

Continue with Peter Knego with an activity-filled day at sea on board Disney Cruise Line’s brilliant new DISNEY FANTASY during the ship’s first inaugural cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida prior to the 130,000 gt ship’s March 31 maiden voyage.

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Sarturday, March 24, 2012

All photos by and copyright Peter Knego 2012 unless otherwise noted.

Cove Cafe, facing port.
Cappuccini and croissants in the Cove.

We began our morning with double shot cappuccinos and croissants in the Cove Cafe overlooking the adults-only Cove Pool Area on forward Deck 11.

Behind the scenes begins.

After lunch, we joined a small tour guided by Disney imagineer Bob Zalk, who demonstrated how the DISNEY FANTASY’s Midship Detective Agency interactive game is played.  By manipulating a card badge, the paintings and artwork in various parts of the ship are brought to life to reveal clues in a mystery game that both adults and children were playing throughout the cruise.

Gametime in the Oceaneer Lab.

We next converged over the Magic Playfloor in the Oceaneer’s Lab, where foot movements control everything from frogs’ tongues to laser guns in a variety of games that were well beyond my learning curve.  Think horizontal Wii with a Disney theme…

Magical porthole.

And then, to one of the Interior Cabins with its Magical Porthole, which features a projection of a live scene outside the ship that has the occasional surprise cameo by a well-known Disney character.  Disney has turned what is normally the least desired accommodation into a very hot ticket.

AquaDuck overlook.

No cruise on the Disney DREAM Class ships would be complete without a ride on the 765 foot long AquaDuck water coaster. Unlike some sea-going water slides that look like they are strangling the ship, this coaster is as beautiful as it is fun to ride. And the view from the platform overlooking the pool area is worth waiting in line for.

AquaDuck underlook.

Aqua Duck hurtles raft riders in a loop out over the sea and back, above the pool area and through the funnels…

End of duck.

…before landing its dazed cargo into a pretty yellow trough.

The Cove Pool, facing port.

After that, we enjoyed a rather uncharacteristic recline in a sun-drenched deck chair in the adults-only Cove Pool area and a dip in the wading pool.

Animator's Palate, facing aft.

Tonight’s dinner was in the Animator’s Palate, where we were surrounded by high definition video screens that played flood-oriented snippets of classic Disney and recent Pixar films.

Animator's Palate table setting.

Before ordering our food, we were asked to draw our own custom character on the placemat template.

Animation Magic at the Animator's Palate.

That character would eventually come to life using the DISNEY FANTASY’s “Animation Magic” technology. Cleverly, each section of the room broadcasts its own group of animated characters, allowing multiple opportunities to see one’s creation dance across the screen.

Animator's Palate dessert trio.

The Animator’s Palate dessert trio was nicely presented.

Distant DREAM.

Up on deck, all gathered to witness the Pirates In the Caribbean fireworks spectacle. Only Disney ships are equipped to launch fireworks and the event is part of a huge deck party that includes a pirate battle and the appearance of lead pirate Jack Sparrow from the blockbuster films. But first, a glowing ship approached from our port horizon, revealing herself as none other than the DISNEY DREAM.

Fireworks over DREAM.

Once alongside, the DREAM’s fireworks erupted. She later crossed our bow and began a horn exchange of popular Disney tunes with the DISNEY FANTASY.

Funnel fireworks.

As the sparkling DREAM dieseled off into the darkness, our own fireworks display was launched. This first close encounter of the two behemoths was a pretty magnificent way to finish off our day at sea.

End of Part Two. Much more to come…

Special thanks: 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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