Mariah Carey christens the Disney Fantasy cruise ship

The new Disney Fantasy cruise ship is one step closer to sailing after it was christened in a ceremony last night in New York City.

Mariah Carey was chosen as the Disney Fantasy’s godmother, and she led the audience in a countdown that triggered a 6-foot tall bottle of champagne in the Atrium Lobby to erupt and shower onlookers with confetti and streamers as a traditional bottle of champagne broke against the ship’s hull.

Mariah Carey christens the Disney Fantasy cruise ship

The evening also included performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Cannon and Heather Headley.

“From stem to stern, the Disney Fantasy was designed and built with the singular purpose of surprising and delighting our guests, helping them make memories to last a lifetime,” said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs.

When the Disney Fantasy begins sailing on March 31, 2012, it will continue the innovative approach Disney Cruise line brought to family cruise vacations with a collection of new guest experiences specifically developed for the ship’s seven-night itinerary.

Highlights include:

Technological Wizardry. . .

  • Animator’s Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a new show called “Animation Magic.”  At dinner, families are encouraged to draw a character of their own on a specially designed placemat.   Once the placemats are collected, the magic begins as Mickey takes to the screens and brings the guests’ characters to life as they march across screens around the dining room and even step into scenes from beloved Disney movies side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.
  • The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy!  Guests can join the world-famous Muppets for interactive adventure quest to find missing show props by uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art around the ship.   Guided by a map and holding a unique game card in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil games and clues to find the missing items.  “The Case of the Stolen Show” is a self-paced adventure game that features several possible endings and multiple randomized events – so each time a guest plays, they have a different game experience.

Splashtacular Family Fun. . .

  • Soaring above the upper decks of the Disney Fantasy, guests will find the AquaDuck a 765-foot long, twisting-and-turning water coaster that has been a huge hit with guests sailing on the Disney Dream.   Several new water surprises are set to debut on the Disney Fantasy including AquaLab — a water play area on the upper deck filled with a variety of water “experiments,” created by Donald Duck’s nephews, designed to drench, soak and saturate guests.  This fanciful 1,800-square-foot space features pop jets, geysers, bubblers, falling water, squirting walls and more.
  • On Deck 13 forward, guests 18-years of age and older will find a new relaxing respite. Satellite Falls is a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain that provides cool comfort and is surrounded by ample deck space where adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers or relax in the shade under a canopy.

World-Class Entertainment. . .

  • The launch of a new Disney ship includes the premiere of two new Broadway-style stage spectaculars in the lavish Walt Disney Theatre. The signature show “Wishes” is a 45-minute musical journey about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child. “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” is a fast-paced musical comedy where Aladdin, the “street rat” of Agrabah, meets a Genie who grants him three wishes, battles the evil Jafar and falls in love with Princess Jasmine.

Club Hopping Across Europe. . .

  • Nightlife takes a European twist with Europa – an entertainment district of high-energy, sophisticated clubs and lounges inspired by the night spots of Italy, France, Ireland and London. Europa is a continent of adult nighttime fun without borders. La Piazza is a lounge that draws inspiration from stylish Italian plazas. Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of European cityscapes. O’Gills Pub is a rollicking Irish bar and Ooh La La is an elegant French champagne bar. The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club reminiscent of swinging London.

The Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral, Fla. on seven-night Caribbean itineraries that alternate eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). All itineraries will include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

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  3. marge laz says:

    Just wanted to share. My daughter and her new husband
    celebrated their honeymoon on the Disney Fantasy about
    a month or so ago. enjoyed everything but,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    My brother and his family sent surprise wedding gifts to
    them on the ship. They received champagne, fruit, flowers,
    tote cruise bag with cards attached telling them who it was
    from, They never received any other card telling them that
    also inclued was a couples massage on Castaway Cay. When
    they got home they saw an ‘ON BOARD CREDIT’ on their
    bill.They had no idea what it was for and that they were supposed to get the massages. My brother and family were very
    disappointed . My niece called Disney cruise customer service and was shocked by the rep saying it was my daughter’s fault and it only merited an apology. Remember she had no idea that this was ordered for them until she got home and my niece asked her how HER MAGICAL MASSAGE WAS. My daughter is a real Disney nut, even worked at Epcot. My son in law proposed
    to her at her personal brick that I bought her for her 16th birthday by the Magic Kingdom. My daughter says “this is so
    un Disney”. This was either sold to my niece incorrectly or a person did not put a massage card in their room. It was not there fault. They are Disney Vacation Club members and look forward to many more visits but now they are so disatisfied.
    Remember, you only get your honeymoon once.

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