We have tried other cruise lines (Princess, NCL and Carnival) and saw a decent deal for a verandah cabin on the 4-Night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. Since we love Disneyworld and Disneyland and have been impressed with the quality of Disney vacations we decided it would be a great opportunity to try Disney Cruise Line, even without bringing the kids.
We had a great time, don't get me wrong, but I think because we hold Disney to a higher standard, it overall it did not live up to our expectations. We knew Disney Cruise Line would be highly kid-oriented, which was fine for us, and we didn't mind the kids' entertainment, but the adult offerings did not make this cruise worthwhile for us as an adult couple.
Check-in was quick and easy, the ship was pristine and beautiful. Our room and verandah were huge! The production shows were great, but one night they simply didn't have a show, instead they showed the new "Planes" movie in the theater. You had to BUY the popcorn for $6 (something Princess offers for free along with milk and cookies. This seemed very desperate for a Disney cruise that is much more expensive than others. They needed more entertainment in public spaces. A comedian, or even a juggler would have been refreshing to attend at night. Even the karaoke didn't have anyone participating (not even a crew member to get things going).
We were able to sign up (meaning pay) for a mixology class (it was the only one not sold-out). This was a lot of fun and I wish they had more opportunities like this.
The food was disappointing. Maybe because they need to appeal to such a wide age group. For instance, in the dining room we had scallops and they were over cooked and sandy, you couldn't chew them without cracking a tooth. Most of the other offerings we tried were lackluster, with the exception of the carrot soup at lunch at the Royal Palace dining room and the Grand Marnier soufflé at dinner also at Royal Palace. We took advantage of room service and had them deliver Mickey ice cream bars (not on the menu, but we learned about on cruise critic!) which was a nice treat to have on the verandah.
The buffet is not open during dinner hours, just "Tow Maters Grill" which is counter service, open until 11. It would have been nice to have another option for dinner, especially considering our disappointment with the dining room offerings.
The service was fine, not exceptional, but good. The waiters went out of their way at dinner to say that they wanted to make our experience the best it could be, but then were not around when I would have liked to exchange my dinner for something more appealing. Some things we come to expect on a cruise were lacking: They sometimes offered fresh ground pepper, but not until our meals were half eaten; they brought us an anniversary cake and sang, but not until after we had eaten the dessert we had ordered and were ready to leave.
Our favorites: The fireworks at sea were amazing! Castaway Cay adult section of the island was beautiful and really relaxing! There was plenty of space, umbrellas for shade, lots of chairs, great service and even the buffet was not too crowded. Being able to walk of the ship and not have to deal with tender boats was a huge plus! Having the trams to drive you around the island was genius!
There was plenty of adult deck space, the adult pool and hot tubs were busy but we really enjoyed them!
We did have a nice trip, we just were expecting a lot more from Disney. We will choose other cruise lines before we ever take another Disney Cruise