This was our 14th cruise overall, 3rd on Disney and the 2nd on the Dream (1st being March, 2011). Previously, we sailed on Disney "adults only." This time, family accompanied us including our 2 1/2 year-old grandson.
Between the family time together, perfect weather, and all the Disney touches, we had a wonderful cruise. Outside of maybe not getting new glasses in our cabin 2 of the 3 days, and some of the fish dishes being slightly disappointing, we really have no complaints. Getting on and off the boat was easy. Everyone made you feel welcome. Despite the number of people obviously on board, I never got the sense of over crowding (except when moving about the ship during the muster drill). The pools got a little crowded at times but we never failed to find a lounge chair or table. My grandson loved the Nemo Reef and for the most part, even it had a manageable number of children in it when he went.
The cabin was very nice but knew that from our March, 2011 cruise. We More
did get adjoining/connecting cabins this time and found that to be great!
Service was outstanding in the cabin and in the dining room.
Castaway Cay was enhanced since we first visited it in 2009(we were unable to dock in 2011 due to windy conditions) so we appreciated the additions. Someone who posted a review 1-2 before this (also for a May sailing) mentioned about it being crowded. Well, there are ALOT of people on these boats but we went to the 2nd area (by the 2nd restaurant) and found it wasn't too bad at all.
The shows were good. Villains might be of less interest and "scary" for the younger set (grandson skipped that one) but otherwise wonderful and expertly done. The Pirate Party was fun but I can see the point of the fireworks being on the late side for a lot of children.
Two things mentioned in reviews for May, 2012 -- and possibly the same sailing we were on)I would like to comment on: #1) breakfast on the day you disembark. Cabanas was mentioned. I was unaware it was even open! Rather you were given a scheduled breakfast time/location based on your dining time/room from the night before. We found this very nice, organized, and that it made for a smooth departure. We experienced no lines to get off, get our luggage or to go through customs. If it worked differently for them, they maybe did not take advantage of the system provided. And #2)the scent in the cabins possibly via the A/C system: this is a mystery to me. Maybe it was a cleaner or something used by the cabin stewart or some pick up from an adjoining cabin but we did not experience that at all. (I would not have liked it either!)
Bottom line: great cruise. Would do it and Disney again. Would love to try the Fantasy to see the differences they say are on it (vs the Dream) and to experience a longer Disney cruise. Less