Disney Dream Cruise Review by kickboard: One of the best cruises I have been on to date
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One of the best cruises I have been on to date
We booked this 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Disney Dream only 7 days in advance, so it was all a bit last minute and rush. We also wondered if being just the 2 of us (kids are grown up), whether Disney would be the right sort of ship for us. Because of the late booking we had no Disney paperwork, luggage tags etc, just our confirmation from the travel company we had booked through. We need not have worried, once we were verified, our bags were taken and labelled by the porter and we parked our car in the next door parking garage. A short walk and we were in the terminal (after security) checking in. Within 20 mins we were on the ship making the way to Cabanas for a buffet lunch, this was very busy and finding a table took some time. The food was nice and a good indication that the standards for food would be good. It's also welcome to see that on the pool deck there are free drinks (including sodas) available - no soft drinks package needed here!
At 1:30 we made our way to the More cabin (now when we booked we chose a VGT - guaranteed stateroom with verandah (kept the cost down) and it was a pleasant surprise we were allocated one in the top of our category (5A) on deck 10 (starboard). The room was markedly spacious compared to some we have seen, with a queen bed and sofa and table, with a lovely verandah! A quick unpack and we were off to explore the ship. Facilities are excellent and the amount of space dedicated to the kids clubs etc very impressive (well it is Disney). After our mandatory life boat drill (they check off all cabins by means of swiping your room key - so no hiding in your cabins here), we were soon making our way out of Port Canaveral. It soon became apparent that the mix of passengers included all ages, families, couples, seniors, so our worries about being out of place were soon dismissed. We also noticed there are numerous over 18 areas on the ship which even on sail away we noticed being politely enforced, so quiet areas for adults are abundant.
We saw the show in the Walt Disney theater (as we are on a late dinner seating), which was as polished as the many shows you see at any of the theme parks - very very good. We then casualled up for Dinner in the Animators Palate to meet our servers and dinner companions for the first time. We had been sat with similarly aged couples whose company was most pleasant. Our servers introduced themselves and we were soon enjoying the experience. By the way dinner was delicious with in our opinion portion sizes were spot on to satisfy but not over-inflate!
Next day was a sea day with plenty to get involved in for all ages, sea was calm, sun shining, just a lovely day to relax. That night we were in our next restaurant on the rotation (our servers too) again a lovely meal with no problems.
The next morning we arrived into Nassau and we breakfasted early because we had booked the aquaventure at the Atlantis resort. This was quite expensive but well worth it because although the resort is not my cup of tea the water park was most definately. After a quick tour, we checked out the aquariums and "the dig" before changing and trying out the lazy river (lockers available). Now lazy it is not! After a few hundred yards we were plunging down rapids in our tubes before another slower section. There is ever a wave machine that for one section sends waves down the river (it can be quite rough). There is also a conveyor to take you back up after all this. Fantastic!
Next day Castaway Cay which is best described as Disney Island, bikes beaches, food etc etc really beautiful.
Then back to Port Canaveral where the next morning disembarkation is a case of leaving your stateroom with you hand luggage (all other bags left out and collected previous evening), going to breakfast (allocated time in the last restaurant you ate in), then off the ship (usual queues in the atrium). So overall
Just for Kids - def not
Food - excellent
activities - numerous and excellent
Ports of call - excellent
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Port and Shore Excursions
Great excursion, see main review , but when we walked out into the town just kept being pestered by taxi and vendors all the time - not great