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Disney Fantasy Questions

We are going on our first Disney Cruise in May 2013 on the Disney Fantasy. I am super excited! For those of you who have been before, what are the "must" things we should do? It's just myself and the husband. We don't have kids. We are a young couple.

Besides the normal relaxing by the pool, etc. I will take any suggestions/advice.

Are the "extra" restaurants worth the money? How much extra is it?

Any info on the Fantasy would be great!!! We are going on the 7 day, to Grand Cayman, Castaway Cay, Cozumel, and Costa Maya!

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I haven't been on the Fantasy, but I was on the Dream, which is it's sister ship. I went for an adults only vacation as well. The links in this piece go to articles that were posted on the main page about grown up fun on the Disney Cruise.

I spent time at the Senses Spa, which was absolutely lovely. We had rainforest room passes, and my traveling companion got a shave.

The stage shows are fantastic, don't miss those. The Pirates in the Caribbean Deck Party and fireworks at sea are also a lot of fun, so be sure to pack your pirate clothes!

We had dinner reservations at both Palo (Northern Italian, was $20 per person extra I think) and Remy (French/American, was $75 extra per person), which are the two adults only restaurants both completely worth the up charge. There will also be a brunch and a tea available at those restaurants.

There will be some sort of classes or tours offered in the enrichment series. Wine tastings, shopping seminars, behind the scenes tours and the like are a lot of fun.

I highly recommend having coffee and croissants delivered by room service every morning. It's nice to have some coffee and a nosh while getting ready in the morning.

On Castaway Cay there's an adults only beach called Serenity Bay, but in addition it's fun to sign up for shore excursions. We did the Jet Ski tour and had a blast!

I've been to Cozumel, but I just went shopping on the strip, I didn't take any tours. There's a FANTASTIC Dolphin experience in Costa Maya that I had booked, it's right at the end of the pier and pretty new. Sadly, the waves were too high and we didn't get to go into port that day.

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I haven't been on the Disney Cruise to Cayman before, but I have been to Cayman on another cruise! My sister is a travel agent and recommended that we go to Sting Ray City on an excursion. She told us to book with an off ship company as their prices are very comparable and sometimes cheaper and the trips are a lot smaller groups which allows for more time at the stops as less people have to get in and out of the water at each stop. She compared the Cruise ship excursions with cattle boats. lol. We went with a company called Captain Marvin's. It was close to the place you dock and the crew was great! Never had to worry about getting back to our cruise on time and had an absolutely phenomenal time. We had 2 snorkel stops and the stop at Sting Ray City which is a shallow area the sting rays come to for food and socialization. They were like big wet puppy dogs brushing up against our legs. We even held and fed them. It was one of the most incredible experiences we have ever had in our lives and we've done a lot! Can't wait to go back!! yay
On your stop at Cozumel, make sure to stop in at Carlos and Charlie's! OMG Fun Fun Fun! Be prepared to stumble back to the boat after doing the conga line, dancing on the tables and having shots poured down your throats!
Be wary in Cozumel of being pounced upon by time share sellers when you get off the boat. Tell them have a nice day and be on your way. Most people who do buy into it are pressured. Big time scam. They pressure people into buying, waving fantastic gifts in your face and you can get into a contract that will be 100 years long, having to be passed down to your kids and theirs. RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY! Wink
Also while we were in Cozumel, we went para sailing. OMG what a rush! Another off ship tour. Oodles and oodles of fun!
In Costa Maya we went on a beginners scuba dive. It was nice, but unfortunately I am very buoyant and they didn't use enough weight so I couldn't stay down so I ended up snorkeling while the rest did the dive. My hubby and 18 year old son said that most of the dive was learning safety and how to breathe proper so they did very little actual scuba swimming. If you want to scuba and aren't certified, I recommend you get certified before you go so you can enjoy a full scuba dive.
Castaway Cay was on our first cruise in 89. It was a relaxing and glorious day that was our favorite day on our honeymoon. Smile
I do recommend you look into off ship excursions. Just google them. There are so many out there that have something for everybody! Have a fabulous time!!!

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Read the navigators (Disney ship news letter) and on embarkation day sign up for tastings or seminars as soon as you board the ship. You can pre purchase rainforest passes or spa treatments and activities online. I recommend the snorkeling on castaway cay( hidden mickey alert) There's bingo, an art gallery, the pubs/bars and Palo is fantastic! So worth the $20 for dinner. The Fantasy has Satellite falls on the top deck and don't forget the 2 for 1 drink specials daily. Order coffee and cookies at night. The carafe will keep the coffee hot until the next morning. Oh and Mickey bars too but they don't last until morning Smile

We'll be sailing on the Fantasy this Saturday clapping yay Less than 36 hours until I'm back home! Woohooo muchlove yay awesome

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Hurlymcgurly wrote:
She told us to book with an off ship company as their prices are very comparable and sometimes cheaper and the trips are a lot smaller groups which allows for more time at the stops as less people have to get in and out of the water at each stop.

A cautionary tale...

My inlaws always book with local companies instead of through the cruise ship and so far have had good luck. When we traveled with them in March, I too booked my expensive dolphin swim for two with the company instead of through the cruise line because I got a better price. On the day of my excursion the seas were too rough and we couldn't make port.

Because I had booked through the company, I lost all of my money. If I had booked through the ship, I would have been reimbursed.

I will go through the cruise line from now on for the "insurance" factor.

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Kristen K. wrote:
I too booked my expensive dolphin swim for two with the company instead of through the cruise line because I got a better price. On the day of my excursion the seas were too rough and we couldn't make port.

Because I had booked through the company, I lost all of my money. If I had booked through the ship, I would have been reimbursed.

I will go through the cruise line from now on for the "insurance" factor.

I know there are some companies that are like that, but if you read reviews of the different companies, many will refund if you can't make it off ship due to conditions. Make sure to read reviews. That way you can see which companies are true to their word and which are just saying.

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For the company I was booked with I couldn't get a refund, but they would offer me 365 days to chose a rain date. They also said that I could transfer it to a friend. The issue then became that I was not headed back any time soon, nor were any of my friends.

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YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME!!! I WOULD HAVE GONE!!! lol yay