You guys. I just went on a cruise on the brand spankin' new Disney Fantasy and it was AMAZEBALLS! Disney let The Stir get a sneak peek of its newest ship, the Fantasy, and I can't wait to tell you all about it starting with the most important thing: FOOD.
Now most cruise lines are pretty good about feeding kids what they like to eat, but Disney is not about "like." Disney is about love, imagination, and fantasy -- in other words, dining on board the Fantasy isn't just about eating. It's a full-on fairytale experience.
The Disney Fantasy has three dining rooms for dinner each with a different theme (you rotate rooms each night). Royal Court is like Cindrella's ballroom. Enchanted Gardens is modeled after the gardens of Versailles with lights that change as evening deepens into night. And Animator's Palate surrounds you with giant paintbrushes and pencils. In that last room, you color an illustration on your place mat before you order. And then they take all those drawings and actually animate them on screens around the dining room while you eat. See what I mean in the slideshow below!
The food was all fresh and flavorful. Lunch and breakfast were buffet-style, whatever your heart's wish will come true -- whether that's sushi, stir-fry, or roast beef with mashed potatoes and lime green jello. (I kid you not, they placed the lime green jello right there between the meat and potatoes so you wouldn't even have to look for it.) Yes, they quietly pipe Disney movie theme music everywhere you go. And I liked it.
Picky eaters will love the food. Kids of all ages will love the food. Vegetarians will love the food. The typical childless, pickled lamb's tongue-noshing hipster (not that there's anything wrong with that) may not love this food, but I was plenty satisfied. You can call ahead with special dietary needs (for you gluten-free folks). Here's even more info on the food. And with free soft-serve ice cream cones any time you want, how can anyone complain?
Have you ever sailed on a cruise? What did you think about the food?
Image via Disney; Slideshow images via Adriana Velez