This is our family's 20th cruise (or there about). We only had three days I could get all of us together, and my Disney fan daughters (19 and 23) voted for the new Dream. We shared one cabin (4 of us) since it was so such a short cruise - space was adequate but we were on top of each other somewhat. Good thing we had a balcony to escape to.
We signed up for the earliest boarding time available; embarkation was quick and easy and we were on board by 11.45am. We were given Silver castaway lanyards for our key cards; loved the new cards that you did not have to insert into the slot to gain access to the ship, stateroom, etc. Our cabin steward Louis was amazing; welcomed all of us by name and was so accommodating.
I know this is the nature of the beast, but there were just too many people trying to eat in the restaurants on embarkation day.We did not have unmanageable crowds other times. Dining room service was good; food very good and was presented well.
We looked forward to the Aqua Duck - unfortunately a 45 min to 1 hour wait to ride it. During pool time, we hung on the top deck as the bottom deck was full of little children - not a bad thing but it was just nice to have some quiet since our kids were grown. There are adult only areas but you have to seek them out. Entertainment - went to the Disney Dream and Villan shows....good but a bit cheesy. The younger kids seemed to like them a lot. First run movies were great but wish they played poolside instead of only in the theater.
Fitness center - very small but never really crowded. Did not get to work out since the time on board was short.
SPA - My daughter had a pedicure - $86 with tip for a so so job. Thought that was overpriced even by cruise ship standards.
Ports - had day passes to Sandals in Nassau - $20 cab ride each way but we sailed and hung by the pool. Castaway Cay we headed to Serenity Beach and rented bikes. Mostly to keep warm as we did not pick the warmest weekend to travel. Wish they had hot tea and cocoa at the beach!
Overall a nice weekend but the ambiance is different with adult kids than when ours were smaller...like being locked in Fantasyland for three days. Not a bad thing - just different! Disney has a quality product and they do a good job appealing to different audiences. Oh yes and the soda/pop fountains were welcome - pop included in the fare is great.