Dispatch, Disney Fantasy: The floating playground

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Cruise editor Donna Tunney was on a preview cruise of the Disney Fantasy. Her second dispatch follows. Click to read Donna's first dispatch.

It seems to me, a first-time Disney Cruise Line guest, that there are two completely different worlds coexisting onboard the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy.

One caters to adults, with places such as the Satellite Sun Deck and Quiet Cove Pool, both areas reserved for those 18 and older; Senses Spa and Salon, offering every conceivable relaxation treatment and a fitness center; sophisticated dining venues; and a wide variety of lounges where one can kick back with a cocktail.

The other, of course, is focused on activities for youngsters. As one might expect, Disney has spared no expense in trying to make every child believe in “Disney magic.”

On a three-night media and VIP preview cruise that sailed March 26 from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy’s homeport, a guided tour helped put the ship into perspective.

The outdoor areas are loaded with activities such as Goofy’s Sports Deck, Nemo’s Reef, Donald’s Pool, Mickey’s Pool and the AquaDuck, a 765-foot-long water coaster. The AquaDuck made its debut on the Disney Dream last year.

Supervised indoor play areas include It’s a Small World Nursery, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Vibe, each equipped with activities for specific age groups.

And then there are the little things, like “enchanted artwork.” Twenty-two pieces of art are arranged around the ship, each depicting a set of Disney characters and each equipped with technology that senses the presence of anyone who approaches.

Step up to one of them and the characters spring to life, performing a short skit with a musical accompaniment.

It’s truly enchanting, even for a grown-up.

Follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly. 

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