Disney Dream: Take 2 After a not so great 3-day sailing aboard Disney Dream two months ago in September (reported here 9/12 as the "Good and the Bad") my wife and I decided to give it another go. So having just returned, this report should be titled, "The Good and the Better".
Just about everything. From embarkation, to the buffet lunch, to our stateroom (we splurged on a category 4E balcony this time), to the ports of call, the evening dining, the coffee cafes, the bars, we were very pleased this cruise.
The wait staff at dinner and our table assignment couldn't have been better. Branko and Sam did everything possible and then some to make our dining experience memorable. The menu selections provided amazing variation and all was cooked to perfection. Dining this time was an event rather than a challenge (see the "Good and the Bad" report 9/12).
Breakfast and lunch was always taken at the buffet. No complaints. The selection was wide and varied, and everything we tried was above par. The outdoor tables on the far aft rail provide a cozy setting and a wonderful view of the ship's wake.
If you can swing it -- get a balcony cabin with a starboard view. The fireworks display after the Pirate's Party is amazing from your comforts of your cabin.
Lamb, scallops, and prime rib at dinner. Delicious!!
The Meridian bar veranda. As aft as you can go behind Palo's and Remy. Fantastic view. Great drinks. Great service. Rarely used by other cruisers. Wonderful place to view the sunset.
687 Sports bar -- great draft beer. Didn't show our football game but several other games were available for viewing.
Castaway Cay was again, simply terrific. The island was affected by the last hurricane as evidenced by the browning vegetation, a few downed trees, and some beach erosion at the adult beach but everything else seemed no worse the wear.
Note: Cabana's sit down meal service at dinner is only available the second night of a three day cruise. Plan accordingly for if you choose not to visit the main dining rooms or Palo's or Remy on other nights your choices are limited to burgers and pizza, or room service.
7:00 A.M. walk off disembarkation just can't be beat. 15 minutes from stateroom through customs to the street to waiting transportation. Pack light and drag your bags. Plus no worry about having your luggage outside your cabin at 10:30 P.M the previous evening.
Would we do it again? Without a doubt.