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Our Recent Disney Fantasy Cruise: Ports of Call

My family and I recently sailed on the Disney Fantasy. It was our third Disney Cruise Line vacation, and the first since the industry opened up again. I thought I’d share some of our experiences with you, so that you can decide if now is the time for your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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We had three ports of call on our vacation. We stopped at Nassau, The Bahamas, Cozumel, Mexico, and Costa Maya, Mexico. We were supposed to stop at Castaway Cay, but the seas were too rough to dock at Disney’s private island. Instead, extra activities were added that day, and we headed out to sea.

Credit: Paula K

Missing Castaway Cay wasn’t the only change. Our original itinerary was San Juan, Puerto Rico and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Our itinerary was changed 48 hours before we sailed, and then again the day of. We were handed sheets as we boarded with the new itinerary.

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There were no excursions that we were interested in at any of the three new ports, so we decided to just get off the Disney Fantasy after breakfast and explore a bit.

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Instead of everyone debarking at the same time, we needed to join a Virtual Queue. This was through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. There wasn’t a wait any of the three times, but we didn’t try to join right as the ship was given the all clear.

As in the past, we needed to have our Key to the World Cards and picture IDs when we got off of the ship. We also made sure that we had pictures of our vaccine cards with us on our phones. We never needed them, but we didn’t eat in any of the ports.

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We had been to Nassau before. It’s not my favorite port, although I love other parts of the country. I thought that Cozumel was much nicer, and I like Costa Maya a lot. We only had a little over four hours in Costa Maya, because it took us a day and a half to get back to Port Canaveral.

Credit: Paula K

I was disappointed when our original itinerary was scrapped. That said, other cruise lines canceled some vacations just days before we sailed, so we were happy that we were still on. We did not receive any type of compensation because of the changes.

Related: Our Recent Disney Fantasy Cruise: Characters

Credit: Paula K

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If you’re sailing with Disney Cruise Line in the near future, mentally prepare for a change in ports of call. Ours was not the only cruise that had last minute modifications.

Related: Our Recent Disney Fantasy Cruise: The Final Day

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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