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Disney Fantasy

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Overview
Disney Fantasy in New York City

The Disney Fantasy sails into New York City for its christening ceremony. The Disney Cruise Line ship will be homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida and sail 7-day cruises year-round to the eastern and western Caribbean.

Disney Fantasy Photo Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line
The 4000-passenger Disney Fantasy was christened in New York City on March 1, 2012, and has her maiden voyage on March 31 from her home port of Port Canaveral, Florida. The new Disney Fantasy is the fourth ship in the Disney fleet and is a sister ship to the Disney Dream launched in January 2011. Those who have sailed on the Disney Dream will not be disappointed; the Disney Fantasy has a familiar feel and similar layout. However, the Disney Fantasy has several enhancements that I think the cruising public will love.

This article primarily focuses on the differences between the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. Many of these differences are due to the planned itineraries for the new ship. Although both the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sail from Port Canaveral year-round, the Disney Fantasy sails 7-day cruises to the eastern or western Caribbean, while the Disney Dream sails 3 to 5 day cruises to the Bahamas. Longer cruises require more diversity on a ship such as more dining options, more production shows, and more onboard activities and entertainment for guests of all ages. The Disney Fantasy designers have thoughtfully addressed these requirements.

What hasn't changed on the Disney Fantasy? The cabin layouts and categories are the biggest area that has remained unchanged. Both the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have 1,250 cabins and suites, and the layouts and categories are about the same. Like her sister ship, the Disney Fantasy has 1,100 outside cabins, and over 900 of these have a private verandah. The new ship has 21 suites, the largest of which measures over 1,700 square feet. The 150 inside cabins feature a virtual porthole that provides a look at what's going on outside via video cameras on each side of the ship.

Our About.com Guide to Theme Parks was one of the first to sail on the Disney Fantasy. His perspective on how the new cruise ship compares to a theme park is an interesting read.

The next five pages provide details of the Disney Fantasy.

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