The changes keep coming for the Disney Cruise Line. The cruise company announced a number of changes regarding port locations for ships and sailing schedules for the next few years in December, as reported by Travel Agent Central. But perhaps the biggest change to occur for the cruise company in 2012 happened last week, as reported by the USA Today, when the company officially took delivery of the Disney Fantasy. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the ship is heading to New York to be officially christened at the beginning of March.
When does the Disney Fantasy make is maiden voyage and why is the ship so important?
According to the Cruise Ship News, the Disney Fantasy is scheduled to make its maiden voyage on March 31. As the USA Today article states because it is the fourth ship under the Disney flag, the Dream more than doubles the capacity that Disney experienced with its original two ships, the Magic and the Wonder. With four ships Disney Cruise Line can sail different courses thereby increasing the potential experiences offered.
How many people does the Fantasy hold?
The Disney Cruise Line Blog reports the Fantasy has 1,250 staterooms and is capable of holding 4,000 passengers in addition to over 1,400 crew members. In addition, the Disney Fantasy is 1,115 feet in length and 125 feet wide and features 14 decks. Therefore, even with more than 5,000 people on board, the ship is large enough to still provide some areas for quiet time.
Are the entertainment options on the Fantasy the same as the Disney Dream?
As the USA Today article states, the Fantasy will feature the AquaDuck water roller coaster that appears on the sister ship the Dream. In addition, as the Disney Cruise Line Blog indicates, a number of nightclubs, restaurants, lounges, and entertainment options will beckon passengers with specialized sections for adults, teens, tweens and kids. Plus, a movie theater on the ship will feature first-run 3D movies as an option, and the ship will have an exclusive show as well.
Where will the ship be stationed?
As the USA Today report mentions, the Disney Dream will join the Disney Wonder in Port Canaveral, Florida, which is where the ship will head after being honored at the beginning of March. From the home port in Florida, the massive ship will alternate between Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Jason Gallagher is a former travel professional with a decade of experience in the industry. He remains an avid traveler and hotel fan with exposure to technology and trends in properties across the United States.