On today's show, Mark talks with David Duffy, Jim Urry, Kevin Eld, Michael Jung, and Ozer Balli from on board the Disney Fantasy's media preview cruise.
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Mark shared three interviews from the media preview cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy:
David talked a little about what he's been working on for the ship and what's new aboard the Fantasy, including the theatrical shows and the nightclub district. Mark then discussed the kids' spaces with David.
Mark brought up David's constant attention to what's going on with the entertainment and the continuous improvement process, and David discussed the constant evaluation that results in changes based on how guests respond to the offerings. David explained how the Pirate Night festivities have been adapted based upon how gests have chosen to experience the event.
Kevin discussed the major difference in putting on a show in a theater on a ship, then Kevin and Michael talked about the challenges of creating a theater on a ship where every cubic inch is precious.
Jim talked a little about how the ship's entertainment is like a repertory theater, and the factors involved with keeping everything straight.
Mark, Michael, and Kevin discussed some of the approaches used to make the staging appear more complete while limiting space requirements. Michael then talked a bit about what is new or modified from the Disney Dream and Jim talked about some things that people may not realize is entirely choreographed.
Ozer talked a bit about some of the unique challenges related to running a hotel at sea. He explained how Disney Cruise Line stages the orders and coordinates the delivery of supplies for each ship.
Mark asked Ozer about what is involved in taking care of 1,250 staterooms every day and turning them around when the ship docks. They also discussed the need to handle sanitary issues on board to prevent the spread of disease.
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