Disney Fantasy to be christened in New York City on March 1

With all of the bad news about the Costa Concordia in the press, it is really nice to hear about something good, really good.

And Disney is good.

Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line’s 4,000-passenger twin to the Disney Dream, which is currently being finished in the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, will be christened during a special ceremony on March 1 in New York City. The choice of a godmother to the ship has not yet been revealed. The first revenue cruise will take place March 31 after a series of preview media and travel agent sailings earlier in March.

Disney Fantasy, the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, offers many of the same features as Disney Dream with a few twists. First, it will feature a completely different itinerary, sailing on seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral, Fla., in contrast to Disney Dream, which sails on three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral. Ports of call on the Eastern Caribbean will include St. Maarten and St. Thomas, as well as Disney’s Castaway Cay. The Western Caribbean sailing will include Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 will stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Disney Fantasy also will have two new 45-minute Broadway-style stage shows in the ship’s Walt Disney Theatre, including “Wishes” and “Disney’s Aladdin a Musical Spectacular,” in addition to “Disney’s Believe.” Shows featuring comedians.

The ship also will feature a completely re-themed adult entertainment zone, now called Europa in contrast to The District on Disney Dream. Europa will feature bars and clubs with a European theme, including La Piazza, a lounge inspired by Italian piazzas; O’Gill’s Pub, an Irish bar with a sports focus; Ooh La La, a French champagne bar; and The Tube, a nightclub with a large dance floor themed along London’s Underground. Like Disney Dream, Fantasy also features the Skyline bar, which has “live” views of famous European cities.

Also new on Fantasy is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirates League, which will specialize in princess and pirate makeovers during the voyage. The Muppets will also be featured in a new interactive adventure quest for guests nine and older.

On the dining front, Disney Cruise Line’s rotational dining remains with the Royal Court, Enchanted Garden and Animator’s Palate. But Animator’s Palate gets a second show called “Animation Magic,” during which guests will be able to draw their own animated characters and see them included as part of the show with Disney characters. The show, which has already won technical awards, joins “Undersea Adventure,” the show featuring an interactive Crush turtle character. Also featured on Disney Fantasy is Remy, the high-end French restaurant overseen by a two-star Michelin chef, and Palo, Disney’s Northern Italian restaurant, which is now on all four Disney ships.

New on the top decks of the ship is AquaLab, a water play area, which joins the now iconic Aqua Duck water coaster. Also new on what was formerly a sun deck far forward is Satellite Falls, an adult area featuring a small shaded pool with cascading falls. There’s also more shade on all the decks for those who don’t want to spend as much time in the sun.

— Travel Pulse

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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