We traveled with our aunt who stayed in an adjacent room and by day two she made a comment that pretty much summed up Disney hospitality: "They think of everything."
The ship itself, launched in 1998, is not one of the newest cruise ships in the industry but it is beautifully maintained from bow to stern and you feel that Disney magic as soon as you come on board. Staff and crew are all very friendly and readily available and service is top notch.
Breaking it all down:
With a lack of AC in the terminal and some computer issues the process seemed a bit longer than it probably was. By all accounts this is not the norm but even with the computer causing delays the process went fairly quickly.
No two menus are alike and as you rotate restaurants on board each evening your wait staff travels with you. The food was very good each night (though the beef wellington on our final evening was a surprising disappointment) but our best meals, by far, were at Palo. Palo is worth the additional $20 per person. Presentation and food is outstanding with the most elaborate bruch you will ever likely experience.
Of course there is the usual fast food fare buffets and they're perfectly fine and available almost all day.
Staterooms on Disney ships are larger than the industry average and it's readily apparent as soon as you step through the cabin door. Plenty of storage space, separate toilet and shower (with a tub, no less) and enough room to move around with a family of four.
Complaints from other reviewers that staterooms are small are likely from those who have never cruised before. If you have cruised before you"ll appreciate the size of the staterooms.
You won't find better entertainment options on other cruise lines. With a different show each night featuring exceptionally good talent and Broadway quality production values parents and kids alike will be entertained.
It's hard not to have a good time at Disney World and with shuttle service to the park and cold water awaiting you when you return in the evening for the trip back it's very nearly a perfect excursion (the heat can knock the wind out of you, of course).
Castaway Cay is absolutely stunning and there's plenty to do or, if you prefer, absolutely nothing to do but lounge all day. Your servers from dinner await you at the lunchtime BBQ.
The Bahamas? Again, plenty to do or just make a casual day of it.
Yes, fireworks at sea!
THE PIRATE PARTY
A common complaint about the Pirate Party (which is followed by a big pirate feast) is that it kicks off rather late, too late for younger kids who either can't stay awake or on the verge of completely losing it by 9:30. To ensure that all can attend it starts after the second seating for dinner. Lots of kids are completely burned out by this point but most are still going strong.
NO gambling on board so if your primary goal is to blow a pile of cash in a casino you may want to catch another cruise (though they do offer bingo). Other than that, there are plenty of adults only areas which include lounges, clubs, pools and restaurants.
SO, yes, wonderful time had by all and highly recommended for those travelling with or without children.