We’re thrilled that the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, earned the top honor – Best Large Ship – in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards this week.
The Disney Fantasy also received the top spots in four other categories – Large Ship Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service. Winners were selected based on reviews submitted by cruisers for sailings taken in 2012. Thank you, fans!
See more from the Disney Fantasy in the posts below:
Just last week Disney Channel star Jason Dolley, who plays PJ on the TV show “Good Luck Charlie,” sailed on the Disney Fantasy with his entire family. He brought a video camera along, and lucky for us, he was nice enough to share some of the footage. Take a look at this clip of highlights from his family vacation:
If you had to choose one highlight of your last family vacation with Disney, what would it be?
It’s the Disney Fantasy’s first holiday season at sea, and you can be sure the ship is dressed to impress! Guests and crew alike, along with your favorite Disney friends, were all pretty excited when they saw the 20-foot tree in the lobby for the first time. Check out how happy Minnie looks…
With more than 300 pieces of custom décor, I thought it would be fun to show you some close-up shots and let you name where they are located on the ship. We’ll start with the décor in one venue I’m pretty sure you’ll guess right away…
Did you get it right? These princess-themed ornaments are part of the beautiful fairy tale embellishments in Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Now for the tougher ones. Which spaces on the Disney Fantasy are adorned with these themed details? Put your thoughts in the comments and then check the Disney Cruise Line Facebook page for the answers!
It’s the Disney Fantasy’s first holiday season, and guests and crew alike are excited about all of the holiday festivities taking place this month and next. When guests arrived to the ship this week, they were welcomed with a very special surprise – the ship decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer!
Check out this fun video as Santa’s elves worked quickly to put up the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree in the Disney Fantasy’s atrium lobby:
You’ll get to see other décor throughout the ship in upcoming posts from Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado, who will be sharing more about the Disney Fantasy’s first holiday season.
I imagine there’s a good amount of relaxing going on at Castaway Cay today after our extravagant Thanksgiving feast last night. But I also imagine there’s a good bit of joy being spread since guests were greeted on the island with a beautiful Christmas tree, “snow flurries,” holiday island music and their favorite Disney friends in holiday attire!
The Disney Dream also got her holiday makeover this week, and the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are ready to be decorated this weekend. Do you share the Disney cruise tradition of decorating for the holidays this week?
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Do you love Remy as much as me? Well then I have some great news for you! In addition to dinner at this elegant restaurant aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, you now have a second gourmet culinary option with the recently introduced Champagne brunch.
In this video, Disney Cruise Line Food and Beverage Manager Salah Chetbi takes us inside Remy to give us a look at the popular Champagne brunch experience, which falls into the same must-do category as dinner at Remy…
Offered on sea days during cruises four nights or longer, the Champagne brunch is $50 and begins with a complimentary glass of French bubbly. An optional pairing with three additional Champagnes (Taittinger Prestige Cuvée Rosé, Pommery Gold and Moët & Chandon Ice) is an additional $25.
While dinner at Remy is a lengthy experience, brunch is enjoyed in about an hour and a half, still with an unparalleled experience. And while the atmosphere is unquestionably elegant, brunch is a bit more relaxed. Dressy attire is required, but men do not have to wear a jacket as they do at dinner.
Let’s take a closer look at what the six-course meal includes…
Brunch starts in the private wine room with Champagne and pata negra – the finest Spanish ham in the world.
Once you’re seated, the first course is a fluffy gnocchi paired with a light-as-air chili foam. That’s followed by lobster cannelloni, topped with a dollop of caviar and baby vegetables.
Next up, sea bass atop a bed of soft-cooked scrambled eggs, garnished with corn, and veal tenderloin with herb sauce accompanied by a potato croquette. A decadent chocolate duo dessert wraps up the extravaganza.
Is anyone else as hungry as I am now? Tell us in the comments which course you expect will become your favorite!
For more on Disney Cruise Line dining, check out the posts below:
At Disney Cruise Line, we are always looking to add new and exciting destinations to create the variety of itineraries our guests love.
Starting on the November 3rd sailing, the Disney Fantasy will, for the first time, visit the historic capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, during its 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. With so many places to explore, San Juan boasts history with its iconic “Old San Juan,” a World Heritage Site, and adventure with “El Yunque,” the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Parks Service.
Here are some great Port Adventures for your entire family to enjoy from San Juan:
Rainforest Nature Walk and Waterfall Adventure – Follow expert nature interpreter guides on a nature walk through El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system. Discover its beautiful flora and fauna before relaxing at a majestic waterfall.
Hands-On Criollo Cooking Demonstration – Learn about traditional Puerto Rican foods, including popular dishes like plantains, meats and local spices. You’ll savor the homemade meal you prepare during this hands-on cooking experience!
Whatever you choose to do in San Juan, the city will delight you with its historic charm, hospitality, adventure and delicious cuisine. Make sure to allow time for a stroll through the beautiful streets and taste some of the local dishes – like plantains. My favorite is the “mofongo!”
As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!
Look below for more updates from Disney Cruise Line:
I want to put you to the test again today to see if you can spot which is which in the adult nightlife spaces, Europa (Disney Fantasy) and The District (Disney Dream).
Is it the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? Bonus points if you can name the exact location! Gives us your answers in the comments and check back later today to see how well you know Disney Cruise Line’s two newest ships.
I can hardly believe it … but we’ve come to the end of our second season of HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney”!
Over the last two years, I’ve tried to share with you a bit of the magic behind the camera, as we’ve helped the HGTV Designers create these unique backyards. So, for my last Disney Parks Blog post for the season, I wanted to do something a bit different.
Television is a hugely collaborative medium. It takes hundreds of people countless hours to create what you see in each of these half-hour programs. That said, I’m sure it’s not a secret to anyone that somebody has to take command. In other words, there needs to be a “Master of the Vessel.” (Hey – tonight’s show is about Disney Cruise Line, so I should use a maritime expression, right?) On HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney,” that job belongs to Jay Shatz, the head of JayTV, and the series’ Executive Producer.
As you can imagine, we’ve worked very closely with Jay and his team, and we’ve had an incredible amount of fun making the series. I thought you might like to hear a bit of his perspective about how these shows are created. So, I asked him to share. Jay writes:
Our casting team looks at hundreds of wonderful videos from families, but every once in awhile I hear a scream from their office, “JAY. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS!!” That’s exactly what happened when we looked at the entry video from the Galloway Family following their vacation on the Disney Fantasy. We’ve included their amazing entry video in this episode of HGTV’s “My Yard Goes Disney” – you’ll be blown away at the crafting magic done by Marcy Galloway. She’s a passionate and very talented crafter who not only sews Disney-inspired outfits for the whole family, she also creates some of the coolest Halloween costumes you’ve ever seen.
Tonight’s episode will take you aboard the newest vessel, the Disney Fantasy, as a Disney Cruise Line-inspired backyard sails its way to the home of a very special family. Marcy was our inspiration to create a backyard makeover that encourages Harlie (6) and Grayden (4) to use their imaginations as they remember their voyage onboard the Disney Fantasy. The kids LOVED the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, went crazy in the Aqua Lab, and most of all, loved the experience of cruising at sea with mom and dad.
Plus, watch this episode and you’ll see one of my favorite memories of the series: riding shotgun in a follow-up car as a newly restored pirate ship cruised at 45 miles an hour down I-75 towards the Galloways’ backyard!!
This episode is bittersweet for me because it’s our season finale. Over the past 8 months, I’ve had a chance to meet a dozen amazing families and transform their backyards into magical and unique spaces. Each yard and each family is different, but every project is built around the theme of sharing Disney memories with family and friends. Whether it was a cool cabana and pool inspired by Castaway Cay, or a fast moving zip-line capturing the speed of Expedition Everest, each family we worked with wanted (and got!!) a backyard that would become a gathering place to share their Disney memories with the most important people in their lives. As we wrapped up the Galloway shoot and I looked around the yard packed with happy kids and their parents, I felt blessed to share all this wonderful energy with these great families.
And to top it off…..I got to meet Jake the Never Land Pirate!!!! (That’s me in the picture with host Brandon Johnson, and Jake — I’m the one on the right). What an amazing way to cap off an incredible year of “My Yard Goes Disney”!! Thanks to everyone for watching and sharing in these magical experiences. Join us on HGTV tonight at 5:30 pm.
Perhaps my favorite thing about working on this show has been talking with you here each week. And I look forward to sharing more stories on lots of other things we’re working on. Meantime, I’m excited to tell you that our friends at HGTV have decided to continue airing encore broadcasts of “My Yard Goes Disney,” Sundays at 5:30 pm, so keep watching for your favorite families, yards, and Disney memories.
But what about the magical touches not as easy to spot? There are plenty, and we want to put you to the test to see who can tell us which design details are from which ship.
Is it the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? The answers are posted below:
1. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
2. A. Disney Dream / B. Disney Fantasy
3. A. Disney Dream / B. Disney Fantasy
4. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
5. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
6. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
If you’ve been to Skyline on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream, most likely this chic lounge became one of your favorite spots in the ship’s nightlife district. With its “windows to the world,” you get an ever-changing bird’s-eye view of stunning city skylines in panorama – making it easy to feel like you’ve been transported without even stepping off the ship!
New to Skyline on the Disney Fantasy is a “passport” you can get stamped throughout your cruise for seven hand-crafted martinis, themed to each of the featured cities. By purchasing the Passport to Skyline, you end up saving the cost of one martini, plus some. What’s more, you get a cool keepsake – a booklet with recipes for the martinis and gorgeous photos of the seven city skylines.
Since this lounge on the Disney Fantasy is part of Europa, it showcases spectacular European locales, including Athens, Florence, Budapest, Paris, London, Barcelona and St. Petersburg.
Here’s the recipe for my favorite martini in Skyline. Can you guess which European city it represents?
1 ½ oz 901 Tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3 oz Agave Nectar
1 Luma cube
Shake and strain with a pinch of paprika. Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with half paprika rim.
For more drink recipes from around Disney Parks, check out these posts: