Disney Dream Cruise Review by bcrace: Disney was a Dream!
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Disney was a Dream!
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our first cruise on Disney, and the first that we've taken with our 4-year old at all. We thought that the shorter duration would give us a chance to see if there were any issues (seasickness, etc.) with our little one traveling with us. Our mistake - no problems at all with her, other than the fact that the cruise was just TOO SHORT! Three days was just enough to get comfortable on the ship - and then we had to get off!
Having traveled on a number of lines in the past, I must say that I was quite impressed with the embarkation process - we pre-registered on the Disney website, drove ourselves to the port, and walked right into the terminal on the third floor pedestrian bridge. Once inside, what seemed like a madhouse turned out to be a well-oiled machine. Within 10 minutes, we were through the check in line, and, since our boarding group had already been called, we walked right on and were announced to the ship.
The accomodations were fine - a standard More balcony room with a pullman bed for the 4-year old (which had a nighttime sky and Peter Pan constellations painted on the ceiling). Our room steward was very attentive and even left the pullman down for us so that we could use it for naps.
Kids club was a bit of a bust for us. Our child is a little shy, and when we dropped her off at the club, we got a call 15 minutes later on our wave phone letting us know she wanted to be picked up. Not a big deal - we loved spending time with her, but, for the next Disney cruise, we'll be sure to go to the 'open house' activities where parents and kids can be there at the same time. I think, had we done that, she would have been more comfortable and spent more time there. That said, the space itself was really fantastic and we're sorry she didn't make more use of it.
Dining was good - it did not really live up to our previous experiences on Celebrity and RCCL, but was reasonably close. And the dining rooms were fantastic - the 'Crush Show' at Animator's Palace was amazing and incredibly interactive. Whatever you do - don't miss dinner in that restaurant.
Entertainment was excellent - shows were all geared to the younger kids, but very well produced and performed. We loved them, too! And the Pirate Night festivities were absolutely great - not every day you get to see fireworks shooting off your ship at night!
The staff was great; very attentive, without any of the resentment you sometimes experience on other lines. From the guy cleaning up the buffet to the captain, everyone had a few minutes to spare to talk, and everyone called our daughter 'princess', which she loved. And - yes I did say the captain - our daughter sighted him on day 2 and literally ran up to him screaming 'The Captain, The Captain!'; to his credit, he stopped, knelt down with her, spoke with her for a few minutes, and gave her a big hug. Big win for Disney in her eyes!
Nassau was - well - Nassau. We didn't get off the ship, and it seemed that quite a few other cruisers made the same choice; so much for a quiet port day on board... Castaway Key was FANTASTIC - snorkeling was amazing and the waterpark was a big hit.
Disembarkation was as easy as embarkation - Disney really has this down and other cruise lines should stand up and take notice. They made the most annoying part of the cruise (to us) very simple and efficient.
Overall, a great cruise, except that 3 DAYS IS NOT ENOUGH! We'll never make that mistake again - 7 days are a minimum to really experience all that Disney has to offer! Less
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