We had the most amazing, awesome and magical time on the cruise. It was very hard to disembark on the last day. I will try and include all the highlights so that you get a good sense of the fun that we had.
Getting on the ship was easy as Disney has its own very efficient terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida. They announce you as you walk onto the ship which to us was completely embarrassing but over quickly. The entrance you walk into is the main atrium area and it is beautiful with lots of Disney touches.
We headed straight for lunch at Cabanas the buffet restaurant. There is a huge variety of food including piles of prawns, meat off the bone and a huge selection of deserts. Also on Disney the Soft Drink and tea and coffee is all included which is great! Cabanas has the cute seagulls from Finding Nemo.
You are allowed into your rooms at 1.30pm and your luggage will arrive sometime after that. We also decorated our door with magnets and hung up our fish More
extender. What is a fish extender? It is a prearranged gift exchange organised on the Disney forums. You agree to give a gift to everyone in the group and in return you receive one from everyone too. It is fun and you get a variety of items. It is called a fish extender as it is hung on the fish shaped hook outside your stateroom. However ours was a seahorse for some reason.
Every evening there is a show on which we watched before dinner as we had the late dinner seating. They are full on Disney musical productions unique to the Disney ships. We liked them all. I would recommend sitting downstairs to be more a part of the action. One night we got to watch the new Monster’s University in 3D, as Disney owns it. On the ship they show all the new Disney movies. Also in your stateroom you can watch a TON of Disney movies on your TV for free as well.
Dinner for the first night was at Royal Palace which is French inspired food hence the escargot and French onion soup. On Disney you get the same servers every night but you rotate around the three restaurants. You also get assigned a table with dining companions. They try to match you with others similar to you. So we were on a table full of honeymooning couples.
Our first full day was at the port of Nassau in the Bahamas. Most people tended to head to the beaches or to the Atlantis resort where there is a water park and aquarium. We walked around the town instead and enjoyed seeing some of the historical sites and the view over the water.
Dinner that night was at Animator’s Palate which is definitely my husband's favourite restaurant. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun. Crush the turtle comes around on the screens and talks to people and hears what you say and answers you.
The next day was Castaway Cay day. This is Disney’s private island. It was a cloudy, rainy day although still warm. We got cute Disney ponchos to wear and bravely headed out into the rain. We ended up having an awesome day at the adults-only beach. They have private Cabanas along the beach. While we were unable to book our own cabana we ended up spending time with some friends in theirs and if we could we would book one next time. We had a great time swimming in the sea in the inflatable tubes and fighting seagulls for our lunch.
That evening was pirate night. This meant that there was the movie instead of a show. The waiters dressed up as did a lot of the guests and there was a huge party on the top deck. Oh yeah and Disney has the only fireworks at sea!!
We had brunch at one of the adults-only restaurants Palo. It was absolutely delicious!! There was a wide variety of buffet brunch items and you could order all sorts of hot dishes too. The service is very attentive and it was well worth visiting. If get a chance to go on a Disney Cruise again we would like to try dinner at one of the speciality restaurants. There is an additional charge but it is worth it.
We spent time at the pool and also in the hot tubs. The hot tub in the adult only area had a partially clear floor and you could see the sea!! We went on the water coaster the Aquaduct as well and it was fun to zoom out in the clear tube over the sea.
In some ways Disney is definitely primarily a family cruise. I mean that is to be expected being a Disney themed cruise but generally we were able to enjoy the adults only facilities and never felt that any area was over run with noisy kids. Perhaps the kids clubs keep many of them busy?
There was one area that was lacking. This was the night life. We attended many of the trivia sessions and there wasn't many people there at all. We won once primarily because we were only one of three teams there and not because of our superior brain power.
The bars were very quiet at night and by about 11pm there weren't many people out and about. Really for us this wasn't really an issue as we are not great party people but if you are looking for all night fun and craziness you most likely won't find it on the Disney ships.
On our last night we were at the Enchanted Garden for dinner. This was probably our least favourite restaurant but the dessert was nice. We also really liked our servers and were sad to say goodbye to Ale and Franko who always kept us entertained and well fed.
The last morning arrived all too quickly. We still hadn’t played mini golf, played electronic games at the Arrr-cade or tried Remy the adults-only French restaurant. We can definitely see ourselves booking another Disney cruise in the future. Even though we don't have children we found there was plenty for us to do. Also we were never bothered by the number of children on board especially as there were lots of adults-only areas to escape to. It was a lovely, relaxing and enjoyable cruise. Goodbye Disney Dream we will see you again soon! Less