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››Preview: Disney Fantasy


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isney’s ‘imagineers’, the creative brains behind the ship, have taken into account that Fantasy will be sailing week-long cruises, so one of the fi rst changes you’ll


notice is the new ship’s pool and sun decks have been adapted for more sunbeds and splash pools, as well as shade and cabanas.


Up at the bow on Deck 13 a giant dome, the main purpose of which is to receive TV transmissions, doubles as Satellite Falls, a calm circular pool with a tiled bench in the centre and surrounded by a rainfall curtain. A new splash pool nearby has an enchanting bubble fountain fi lled with a fi ne mist. Naturally, the children have not been forgotten. Aft of the second funnel is AquaLab, a play area where they can splash around to their hearts’ content, pretending to plug leaky pipes and imagining they are controlling the fl ow of water in the Aqua Duck water coaster which circles the deck. In the central lobby, Minnie stands at the foot of a sweeping staircase greeting every passenger by name as they board the ship. New to Fantasy, and occupying space on the


atrium’s upper level used for meeting rooms on Dream, is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, full of fancy dress costumes for potential princesses (one day a week it’s transformed into a hoard of tricorn hats, bandanas and eye patches for Pirate Night). Uniquely, Disney ships feature “rotational dining” using three separate restaurants, each with


14 | APRIL/MAY 2012


Apart from Dumbo, and a greeting from Minnie Mouse, you might expect Disney Fantasy to be a twin to Disney Dream. You’d be wrong, writes John Honeywell


distinctly different decor and themes. On Fantasy, the Versailles-inspired Enchanted Garden is virtually identical to the same room aboard Dream. Animator’s Palate looks the same, with its giant pencils and brushes, and huge plasma screens, but as well as an interactive show featuring Crush from Finding Nemo, the new version incorporates diners’ own cartoon fi gures from sketch pads and crayons on each table. The creations are taken away and ingeniously incorporated into the movies, dancing alongside Mickey Mouse and the gang. Each contributor gets their name in the credits, and the original artworks are delivered to cabins later. Adults also get their own play area too – on Disney Dream it’s called “The District,” on Fantasy it has become Europa and there have been some changes here too. The popular Skyline Lounge has been expanded; Dream’s American sports bar has been replaced by an Irish-themed pub O’Gills, and the Champagne Bar is now called Ooh La La and is decked out like a velvet-lined boudoir. Passenger accommodation is virtually unchanged – the magic portholes which were a popular innovation on Dream’s inside cabins now boast an extended cast of surprise characters who pop up on the screens which also display a live view of the sea outside. As always, Disney’s attention to detail is unmatched. Fantasy will be a superb addition to Disney’s cruise fl eet, now four strong.


Main Disney’s Karl Holz celebrates with Minnie Mouse and Bernard Meyer of shipbuilders Meyer Werft at the offi cial fl oat out in Pappenburg, Germany Top Disney Fantasy plaque Middle Fireworks at the fl oat out Bottom Animator’s Palate


››Fact file Length 1,115 feet Number of decks 14 Gross tonnage 129,690 Cabins 1,250 Beam 122 feet


Passengers 2,500 (double occupancy), 4,000 (all beds)


Crew 1,458


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