New Disney Cruise Ship Caters to Groups

A new, group-friendly Disney cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy, will set sail from Port Canaveral, Fla., on March 31, The Walt Disney Co. announced last week.

The ship, which offers several private-event venues — including a 1,340-seat theater and a 399-seat theater for large groups, as well as several lounges, restaurants and other venues that can be privatized for group events by a full-service onboard events team — will sail on seven-night Caribbean itineraries that alternate between east (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and west (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel), stopping either way at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

"The Disney Fantasy is a spectacular addition to our fleet and builds on the creativity, innovation and artistry that are hallmarks of Disney Cruise Line," said George Aguel, senior vice president of The Walt Disney Co. "Meeting professionals will discover that the Disney Fantasy is well-suited for their needs, whether they be business meetings or family incentives."

The Disney Fantasy, which is the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, was christened on March 1 in New York City during a star-studded celebration at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. The celebration featured performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Cannon and Heather Headley, as well as Mariah Carey, who served as "Disney Fantasy godmother" by leading attendees in a New Year's Eve-style countdown that triggered the eruption of a 6-foot tall bottle of champagne with confetti and streamers as a traditional bottle of champagne broke against the ship's hull.

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