We were skeptical about booking a Disney Cruise as we have no kids. But we heard about the amazing service and true Disney feel of the ships so we took a chance and rolled the dice..... AND MAN WE HIT THE JACKPOT!
Embarkation- Probably the easiest of all the cruises we have ever done. They were quick, polite, organized and we were onboard 30 minutes after they began boarding (and we were in group 13). One thing we loved was the fact we were allowed to bring on our own alcohol with no limitation or restrictions (Again traveling without kids so we were looking to relax).
The Ship- The Dream lives up to her name. It truly is a floating Disney park, and they keep it as clean as the parks. You will always see crew members scrubbing or cleaning something, and they are very proud of their ship. The Modern interior design is beautiful, from the lobby atrium with the grand staircase, The District with it's amazing modern and up to date design is probably the most amazing and underused part of the ship (It's for adults only after 9pm), To the Open Decks with the Aqua duck and the Adults only areas. We loved the fact we had our own pool, our own cafe, and several adult only bar areas. The entire front of deck 11 and 12 are adults only, with amazing views of the front of the ship.
The Dining- We were on a 3 day cruise so we were scheduled to dine in each of the three restaurants on specific nights. We started in the Enchanted Gardens on Deck 2 Midships. It is a great themed dining area with lots to see while you dine. Second night we were in the Royal Palace, which for it's name it is a let down. I have seen just as beautiful spaces on other ships. Our last night was in Animators Palate, which was honestly both sensory overload and underwhelming at the same time. We had heard such amazing things about this space and were disappointed in our experience. We sat in the middle of the room away from the video screens and while we were trying to take everything in we missed a lot. You have the same wait staff in all three of your venues as they shift with you. Darko and Casimo were great, a lot of fun and very attentive. Overall though the food left me expecting the Disney wow. We have had better and more interesting food on Carnival. Cabanas, the buffet, was simply amazing though. I have never had a cruise line continually offer fresh seafood on it's buffet day after day.
entertainment - While geared for kids, there is always something to be done, weather it is a first run movie in the movie theater (we had Planes, Monsters U, Iron Man 3, and Lone Ranger) to one of the amazing evening shows. Disney Characters are always around somewhere and it's fun to see the kids get so excited when a character comes out of the lift. Pirate night was AMAZING the whole show complete with Jack Sparrow jumping off the fake smoke stack (The forward smoke stack is fake and contains the tween club) and the fireworks. We didn't take in many adult activities in the District as we were wanting to relax.
Disembarkation- Simply the best, fastest, we have ever gotten off the ship. We carried our own luggage out and were told we would disembark @ 7am since we are carrying our own luggage. We were about 20th in line to get off the ship and we made it through customs and were in our car leaving at 7:20am. I really wish other cruise line's would take a look at how well this is executed!