Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


April 10, 2012

Children not mandatory for grand Disney cruising

— By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Children not required for a grand vacation on a Disney cruise.

Really. I tried it.

Alone, all by my grown-up self. Totally pleased with the results.

And surprised.

“Very Disney but very adult.”

That’s what Joe Lanzisero says about Disney Cruise Line’s brand-new ship christened the Fantasy.

He should know since he’s in charge of imagination engineering for all ages for the four ships in this fleet. Vice President, Creative is his real title.

“We raised the bar a little more on the Fantasy,” he said in March, the month of her inaugural sailings, “to have something for everyone.”

They wrapped abundant experiences on this 14-deck ship into the glamour of ocean liners crossing the Atlantic decades ago, the age of Art Nouveau and steamer trunks.

I crossed the pond on one of those years ago, the fabled QE II. Elegant but stuffy was my take.

This brand-new version of ocean liner elegance is ever so much more fun. Chic and sophisticated with whimsy discretely involved.

My QE II deck mates fretted about their feather boas and ball gowns. Truly. My Disney Fantasy shipmates rode the sky-high AquaDuck water coaster, sipped elegant cocktails under a Barcelona skyline and shared yoga on the beach.

Sure I recalled cruises and Disney holidays with the children I raised, and sure I imagined myself sharing fun with the current generation of little Tibbetts on the Disney Fantasy, but here’s my full disclosure: images of enjoying spaces and places on this ship with adults popped into my head the most.

Europa is the ship’s entertainment district and I imagined myself to be clubbing in Europe. Sexy champagne bar. Irish pub. 18th century French boudoir.

Details like a Vespa with sidecar to sit in and sip limoncello, grappa or sparkling Prosecco since this is La Piazza, designed like an Italian plaza.

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