On the heels of Disney’s annual shareholders meeting which did not have any big reveals like last year, Disney Cruise Line announce the new experiences planned the Disney Fantasy first dry dock. DCL is enhancing the fleets newest ship for guests of all ages which will be available for guests to enjoy this May beginning with a 3-night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral. The 18-night dry dock will begin on April 29, 2017 when the Fantasy heads from Port Canaveral to a shipyard in Freeport Bahamas. Some of the new features the addition of two popular Disney franchises Star Wars and Marvel and new new onboard shopping venues.
In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, an immersive youth space onboard the Disney Fantasy, the new Star Wars: Command Post takes kids on a journey where they will train with heroes of the Star Wars saga and help with missions against the First Order. Here they kids will embark on an intergalactic voyage that will send them straight into the Star Wars universe! Battle the Dark Side like never before at the Star Wars: Command Post, a hidden Resistance base that transports new recruits to a galaxy far, far away—Disney’s Oceaneer Club, to be exact! Young Rebels will be thrilled to train with some of their favorite heroes from the legendary film saga… think you have what it takes? Connect to holographic models of the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing Fighter spacecraft or even the Death Star via the interactive “holotable,” a high-tech control hub that provides one-of-a-kind Star Wars adventures. Rookies beware: missions will land you in face-to-face combat with First Order Stormtroopers.
In addition, at the all-new Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids will learn from real-life Super Heroes the heroic values of enlightenment, worthiness and loyalty. In this innovative space children can learn the ways of the mystic arts under the mentorship of Doctor Strange, who is making first-ever appearances onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship. Here, young trainees can hone their heroics while preparing for battle with some of the most notorious villains in the Marvel Universe. Children will also interact with and open portals to different locales around the Marvel Universe, and immerse themselves in an exclusive gaming experience that will unleash their inner strength, become Avengers and discover the true meaning of super powers.
These new Star Wars and Marvel offerings onboard the Disney Fantasy are the newest addition to a growing list of exciting innovations that allow guests to interact with these universes throughout Disney experiences on land and at sea. I’m estimating that Star Wars will take over the Nemo sub area as was the case with the Millennium Falcon on the Disney Dream and Marvel Super Hero Academy will move into the Monsters Inc area which was converted into Disney Infinity on the Dream. I just speculating, but I suspect the space on the Dream embracing the now defunct Disney Infinity platform will eventually be converted into a Marvel space.
Similar to Vanellope’s on the Dream, guests can treat themselves to a decadent indulgence at the Sweet on You, a brand-new specialty ice cream emporium featuring 20 hand-crafted gelatos, 16 ice cream flavors, 32 tempting toppings, homemade chocolate, truffles, a large selection of candy and more. The ice cream shop located just steps away from the family pool is themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, and designed with charming art details. While DCL did not say specifically, they alluded to the location by mentioning ‘steps away from the family pool’, that Sweet on You will take over the arcade outside Cabanas just as Vanellope’s did on the Dream.
For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will dedicate a space for an outside vendor… Well, as long as you do not count Shutters. The world’s premier jewelry and iconic American luxury brand, Tiffany & Co., will have an exclusive store aboard the Disney Fantasy. Guests can indulge in timeless collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the effortlessly elegant Tiffany T collection and other glamorous pieces featuring renowned Tiffany & Co. diamonds. Guest will have the opportunity to peruse Tiffany’s timeless designs and discover why their quintessential little blue box is known ‘round the globe. Adults can indulge even the most dazzling fantasies by browsing legendary jewelry collections synonymous with luxury and style.
Tiffany & Company will be located in the Vista Gallery area off of the Atrium on deck 4 next to the Vista Cafe according to updated deck plans.
These additions are part of an overall commitment by Disney Cruise Line to invest in their ships, helping to deliver incredible family vacation experiences for years to come. While making these enhancements to the Disney Fantasy, crews will also perform regularly scheduled and wide-ranging maintenance that keeps the fleet in tip-top shape, further demonstrating the unwavering commitment by Disney Cruise Line to continually elevating the guest experience.
DCL was slim on the details which has been the case with the recent dry docks of the Dream and Wonder. Nothing was mentioned about adding a cover or hot tub to the concierge sun deck or any other small changes around the ship. Frankly, I appreciate the under promising and over delivering approach. It has worked very well with the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder dry docks.
The innovative new enhancements debut on Disney Fantasy sailings starting May 17, 2017 from Port Canaveral, Fla. This first sailing will visit the Bahamas on a 3-night voyage with two scheduled stops at Castaway Cay. Beginning on May 20, the ship will resume a regular sailing schedule that includes 7-night voyages alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean.