A few weeks ago, I got on the Fantasy for a 7-Night Western Caribbean cruise. It was an amazing trip, and I enjoyed both of the ports we visited. As a result of poor weather conditions, we couldn't stop at Grand Cayman or Jamaica, which was pretty disappointing. The cruise went like this:
Port Canaveral-Day at Sea-Cozumel-Day at Sea 2-Day at Sea 3-Star Wars Day at Sea-Castaway Cay
If you love days at sea, this cruise would have been great for you! Our four days at sea gave me plenty of time to take pictures around the ship, and I took a few, roughly 1,150 (plus a few hours of videos)! Here are my best from that unrealistically high number.
My family and I arrived early at the terminal, so we waited for a while in the terminal's parking garage. Luckily, it was a nice place to take my first pictures of the Fantasy and the terminal.
After coming back inside, my family's boarding group got called and we excitedly walked through the yellow Mickey Mouse ears toward the ship. After telling a cast member our last name, we were welcomed into the atrium!
Each morning of the cruise, I got up early because the whole ship is empty at 6 in the morning! This was no problem for me, but it turns out staying up until 1 watching Star Wars and then waking up at 6 isn't a great idea. Who knew? One morning, I went to Goofy Golf while it was empty to take pictures of each hole.
This says "I see you rock putter swing easy at Mt. Cup to defeat your friends." Somehow I could read the message by looking at the picture but not by looking at the actual sign, which is kind of Goofy.
If you go down a deck, you'll be at the AquaLab. This area was originally exclusive to the Fantasy, but has been added to the Magic and Wonder. The Dream doesn't have it, and because of this there's a small difference between the two AquaDucks. On the Fantasy, there is a small section at the end of the slide where the tube is blue, as seen in the photo. I don't know why it's blue, maybe just to make the slide more interesting to look at from the AquaLab. On the Dream, this section of the tube is white, not blue.
Forward from there is the pool deck and AquaDuck. The AquaDuck is my favorite feature of the Dream and Fantasy, and I really hope the Wish has a similar or enhanced version of it. On this cruise, I took advantage of our later dinner and rode the AquaDuck almost every night during the 5:45 dinner. I often had a raft waiting for me by the time I climbed the 70 steps! I also rode the AquaDuck when it was completely dark outside for the first time on this cruise, and I think it was more fun and exciting than during the day.
During the 5:45 dinner seating, the lifeguards often changed the wait time to 0 minutes.
In my opinion, Mickey's Slide (top) is the worst part of the pool deck on the Dream and Fantasy. It's small and underwhelming compared to the Twist n' Spout (bottom) on the Magic and Wonder. The Twist n' Spout curves down two decks while Mickey's Slide just spins down one. To create the best possible slide combination, the Wish should have both an AquaDuck and a Twist n' Spout. You never know what Disney will surprise us with.
Near the pools is Nemo's Reef, a water area for younger children.
Up on deck 12 is the Funnel Puddle Pool. While it is near the Quiet Cove, the adults-only pool area, this is a family pool.
I've never noticed how weird the map of deck 13 is.
I spent a lot of my time on the Fantasy in Vibe. It's nearly identical to the Dream's Vibe, so I knew what to expect. The counselors were great, and the activities I participated in were all fun. I didn't play as much Super Smash Bros. as usual, however. Most of the people I played with were bad at the game, and I got bored of beating them and their yelling. I figured there were better ways to spend my cruise. One night while I was playing Super Smash Bros. with some people, Goofy came to Vibe and played with us. To my surprise, he was good! I guess when he's not playing on his sports deck, he must play Super Smash Bros!
Let's take a break from the ship and move on to Cozumel, the first port we visited.
The water from the pier in Cozumel.
I featured this picture in a recent post, which you can read here.
In Cozumel, to get to anywhere from the ship, you're required to walk through a shopping mall. It has everything you'd expect from a tourist-heavy mall, like deafening music and people trying to sell you Cozumel themed merchandise.
I found Mexican Lays chips at a store in the mall.
Mexican stop signs say "Tall", but they also translate to "Stop". I should start calling stop signs tall signs.
This sign translates to "There is no passage". It's basically a Do Not Enter sign.
In Cozumel, my family and I went to Mr. Sancho's, a resort about twenty minutes away from the cruise ship port. It's all-inclusive, meaning we could eat all the food and have all of the (non-alcoholic, my blog has kid in the name) drinks we see. It has a private beach, pools, and an inflatable play area in the ocean. I had a great time there and would like to go back in the future.
"Thank's for you visit"
The red, white, and blue ship is a ferry. It runs from Cozumel to mainland Mexico.
The Fantasy left shortly after we got back on.
The next day was supposed to be a stop at Grand Cayman, but because of bad weather, we couldn't stop.
While we were stopped, the water around us got really calm.
One day while wandering around the ship, I found some interesting pictures in the deck 7 Forward elevator lobby.
On this cruise, we had great dinner servers, so I should probably talk about the restaurants.
The next night at Animator's Palate was the Animation Magic show, where you draw on the placemat and the drawings come alive. When dinner was over, I noticed something unusual on the floor.
The compass at the entrance of Animator's Palate.
Our last day was Castaway Cay. Like in August, I did the Vibe-exclusive excursion, the Wild Side, and it was even more fun than last time. There were only eight people on the excursion, so it felt much more laid back than in August. Also, nobody got hurt this time, which is always a plus. We went snorkeling, rode bikes, and rode a speedboat. I didn't take any pictures on the excursion, so you'll just have to take my word that it was fun.
This visit to Castaway Cay was probably the best day I've ever had on the island. I spent the morning on the Wild Side and then spent the rest of the day at Hideout. It was such a relaxing day and I can't wait to go again!
A castaway tree on Castaway Cay.
Here's a closer look at the map of Castaway Cay.
After lunch at Cookie's BBQ had finished, some seagulls came to get their lunch.
This is the message on the other side of the welcome sign.
This looks like something you'd find in a Disney Cruise Line advertisement.
Anyway, when I got back on the Fantasy after a great day at Castaway Cay, I went up to the pool deck to eat ice cream and ride the AquaDuck. Speaking of ice cream, I was incredibly disappointed with the flavors on this cruise: Only vanilla, chocolate, banana, and strawberry. There was no blueberry or mango (or coconut, but I wasn't too sad it wasn't served). Each day I anxiously checked back to see if there was blueberry, my favorite, and to my disappointment, there was none.
Later that day, when I was in the pool with a friend, I looked up and saw these unusual but pretty clouds. In a rush to take a picture, I got out of the pool and grabbed my phone. My friend probably thought I was crazy for randomly getting out of the pool, but hey, the picture is cool!
I had taken about 920 pictures by that night. I knew I could get to 1000, so I took pictures of random things I saw around the ship, including...
A wet paint sign,
A life preserver,
The atrium's peacock carpet,
The atrium's peacock design on the elevators,
A towel dog,
And Shutters. On the last night of the cruise, it was extremely busy. If you want to buy your photos from the cruise, don't go after dinner on the last night. Like the AquaDuck, go during the 5:45 dinner for significantly less people.
The last night is always the worst. I didn't want the cruise to end, because there were so many things I didn't do. I didn't go to the Oceaneer Club to compare it to the Dream's, I didn't go to Sweet on You, I didn't go to Grand Cayman or Jamaica, I didn't see any of Disney's live shows, I didn't order room service, and I didn't hear the special Star Wars ship horns.
That's why my parents booked the exact same cruise next year: Same ship, same week, same itinerary, and hopefully better weather!
This post took me forever to finish. It wasn't fun to work on, and I probably forgot about a lot of my photos, but I hope you enjoyed it. Taking over 1000 pictures is great, but next time I'll organize them into smaller, more manageable posts. You may have noticed I didn't write about Star Wars Day at Sea. This is because I have another post on the way about it. I also have one coming for the Vista Gallery, my Midship Detective Agency experiment, and maybe even one about the shops. I'll get those out as soon as I can!