Dispatch, Disney Fantasy: A cruise fit for a princess

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Cruise editor Donna Tunney is on a preview cruise of the new Disney Fantasy. Her first dispatch follows.

Fairy princesses are particularly big here on the Disney Fantasy. I’ve seen little girls wearing tiaras and waving wands as they dance or skip their way along corridors or through public areas.

At the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, girls can be transformed into princesses, with glittery gowns or tutus, jewelry, glass slippers … you get the picture. (On “pirate night,” which happens once on each cruise, the boutique also sells pirate costumes for boys.)

Bibbidi Bobbidi looks like a fancy adult salon, with comfortable chairs in front of mirrors. “Fairy Godmothers” help the girls choose their costumes, style their hair, polish their fingernails, etc.

The boutique offers a menu of packages to choose from. The “Castle” plan buys a hair styling, “shimmering makeup,” and a costume with a wand, a tiara and shoes. The price: $184.95.

Some packages cost less and some cost more. The deluxe “Royal Sea” package — complete with a “Princess Royal Rolling Trunk” — runs $595.95.

I milled around the boutique for a few minutes. After taking a few pictures, I looked up to see three sets of parents in line at the boutique’s front desk, making reservations for their daughters. And the ship hadn’t yet left the dock.

My guess is that if there’s any place where a 9-year-old girl can become convinced that she’s a princess, this is where it will happen.

It’s an ingenious idea — the next step in the evolution of a Disney experience that enables fortunate little girls to not only get their pictures taken with a Disney princess but to actually become princesses themselves. It’s a memory unlikely to fade over time.

Follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly. 

Correction: The first version of the dispatch mistakenly said Donna Tunney was on the Disney Dream. 

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