The Disney Fantasy: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Disney Fantasy is a floating pleasure palace. Because there are so many cruise liners and the Fantasy itself has so many features, we've done our best to supply you with the basic information you'll need as you plan your vacation.

The Disney Fantasy sails predominantly in the Caribbean, plying the warm waters off of the Yucatan, Cozumel, the Florida Keys, Grenada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Most of the ships itineraries last for seven days and span significant portions of the region.

Passenger Ship
The Disney Fantasy is a massive 130,000 tons and boasts 14-decks and 1,250 staterooms, enough to accomodate 4,000 passengers. The boat is regally decorated in gold and is reminiscent of the old Cunard lines despite the whimsical touches of the Disney brand. The Atrium features a grand piano, a grand staircase and, rather notably, a bronze statue of Minnie Mouse carrying a steamer trunk.

Special Features
The Disney Fantasy is designed for families and couples and, as such, offers a wide variety of amenities and activities. The ship's Youth Clubs provide young cruisers with the chance to enjoy an arcade, a wonderland for princesses and even an age appropriate nightclub. There is also plenty for adults to enjoy, including three pools, a 3-D movie theater and live musical theater.

The Disney Fantasy's staterooms range widely in size and appointment, but all boast large comfortable beds and fun touches. The Concierge Royal Suites contain whirlpool tubs, media libraries, wet bars and so many other luxuries, cruisers may not feel compelled to venture outside of their room. The smaller inside staterooms are less glamorous, but still far from cramped.

Fares vary depending on itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel, but range up from $2,000 for a weekly sojourn based on staterooms and itinerary options.

Disney Fantasy passengers have a lot of opportunities to get on shore or in the water. There are shore excursions to see ruins on St. John, where old sugar plantation and forts are plentiful, and to snorkel in the clear Caribbean water. The boat also frequents Castaway Cay, where passengers can enjoy a wide sandy beach.

Dining Experiences
Passengers on the Disney Fantasy can choose from a wide variety of restaurant options that run the gamut from family friendly to the glamorous. The Royal Court, which reflects the romance of Cinderella and Snow White, is particularly lovely.

Maiden Voyage
The Disney Fantasy made its first trip in March 2012.

In The News
The Disney Fantasy helped save four men lost at sea.