Having looked through all the reviews on this website a lot before we left on our cruise, and during the time when we were deciding which cruise line to go on, I thought I'd offer my two cents. We chose the Disney cruise for our 10 year old daughter's sake, and found it to be lots of fun for adults and kids no longer into Disney Princesses. The boat was beautiful and immaculate, with enough activities to keep us all busy. When we just wanted to chill out, the Disney movies (and others) on demand in our stateroom was awesome. Like other reviews, we found the pools to be woefully too small to accommodate so many people/kids. And after a while, the water was an uninviting murky color anyway -- so no thanks! We did enjoy the hot tubs -- again, need more and/or bigger ones. We sailed right after Royal Caribbean had 600-700 people get sick, so when Disney clamped way down on the sanitizing while in Costa Maya, I thought we were in for an awful time. We did hear that a few people were sick, but their extra care in preventing everyone from being near the food obviously contained a potential outbreak. Dining rooms and the food and food choices were amazing, also they totally make sure kids are happy with typical kid food available, as well as fancier foods. Our daughter's favorite was Animator's Palate. Didn't get a chance to dine at Palo or Remy, but would have liked to. Cabana's (breakfast and lunch buffet) was good, but got really congested around the buffet and in the dining area. Food choices were good, but I have to give the scrambled eggs and bacon low marks. We are bacon eaters and there was never any crispy bacon that wasn't totally dripping with grease. In fact, all bacon sat in a pan with a 1/2 inch of grease on the bottom. Yuck! Need to offer chewy greasy bacon in one pan, and crispy bacon on paper towels in another pan. We tried so hard to like the bacon....
Like others had said, the children's programs were really top-notch. Our 10 year old begged us not to make her go there, but once she met another little girl (thanks for pairing us up at dinner with a family that had a 9 year old daughter!) and they went together, they both loved it. A lot of fun activities and computer games keep them happy. The one thing my daughter really enjoyed was the detective game that had us running all over the ship for days it seemed. Very clever! Good way to figure out how the ship is laid out!
We really miss the ice cream station -- bad. Ice cream on demand is a wonderful thing.
The shows were awesome and although we didn't ever stand in line to get a photo with a Disney character, if was fun watching little kids getting their photo taken with Mickey or whoever.
The staff go above and beyond to make sure you're happy -- remembering your personal likes and dislikes. That's awesome service!
A few things that really bugged us: we booked 3 months in advance and couldn't get into early seating for dinner. Our daughter is hypoglycemic and we begged over and over again to be allowed into early seating, but to no avail. So, we dealt with it and the 8:15 seating wasn't too bad. Didn't like feeling full (but happy!) at 10pm, but what else could we do? The problem we had was that Cabana's closed at 2pm every day, so for those with the late seating, you would need to eat a late breakfast and late lunch (3 or 4pm) in order to accommodate eating so late. The only place to eat after 2pm is Flo's V8 Café and it was just burgers and fries, and other fast food. We didn't pay a LOT of money for this cruise to get burgers and fries after 2pm.