Disney Dream Cruise Review by cruisealert: Great Disney Family Vacation
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Great Disney Family Vacation
We flew in the day before and spent the evening at the Radisson. Their pool the next morning was great fun, but the rooms need to be upgraded -- did not feel real clean. Sofa bed did not pull out, but the provided roll away beds -- for additional $10/bed. But the shuttle service from the airport and to the ship is excellent and customer service at Radisson is good. Just need to remodel
We left the hotel at 11;30 and had easy embarkation process. We were on board by around 12:15 and found some deck chairs. Then went to our rooms to drop stuff off and change into swim suits. We were able to get 3 adjacent staterooms 9076 and 9078 (connected) and 9080. All 3 had connecting balconies -- so the communication was easy. We (the grandparents in 9080) had the two young 7 year old grandsons -- with 2 great bunk beds. They were always set up while we were at dinner.
We ate at 2nd seating every night, although we had hoped for 1st seating. Worked out fine. They always served the More children promptly and the food was excellent. Very impressed. Our table servers, led by Gilbert from Philippines, was superb. At the end of each dinner, he did magic tricks-- enthralling all of us. It was great eating at 3 different venues but keeping our friendly wait-staff. Especially liked the atmosphere of Animator's Palette -- with the smart talking turtle.The other meals (breakfast and lunch) were always good and never any long lines. Ice cream by the pool was always available and we were only 2 levels away.
The two children's pool were too small and always crowded. Adult pool was nice, but we wanted to be with our family. We made it work. Kids loved the huge Aqua Duck ride -- live a water roller coaster (and they allow grandparents.
Our first port was Nassau and we opted for the excursion to Blue Lagoon to play with the Dolphins. About a 25 minute boat ride and a first class facility -- well trained dolphins. Had a fun day including about 2 hours at the end to spend on their wonderful private beach. The next day was at Castaway Cay. We started with the snorkeling excursion. Very well done, but the waves/wind was too strong for our two youngest grandsons. That still gave us over 4 hours to spend on the beach . We all enjoyed it and had a good Barbecue for lunch -- all included. Beautiful beach and fun slides to use out in the water. Definitely children friendly.
We enjoyed the shows each night - 3 Disney shows and a great ventriloquist/comedian. Also saw 3-d move Iron Man 3. Used Oceaneers Lab for our 7 year old grandsons and they liked it..
Last day was a sea day and it was very relaxed and calm. Weather was perfect each day. Our rooms were spacious -- even with the 4 of us. All luggage fits under the beds. Split bathroom -- shower and sink in one and toilet and sink in the other. TV was good but limited.
Disembarkation was very smooth. We opted to roll our suitcases off the next morning (no 1030 packing deadline the night before. We ate 2nd, so we did not have to get off until 9 and going through customs was easy. Our driver met us and took us to Downtown Disney where we spent 6 fun hours -- including lunch and then got to the airport -- with same driver (who kept all our luggage during those 6 hours. Overall, a great Disney experience. Food, shows, room, service and ports were all excellent. Disney does it right for a family vacation. Less
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