This was our 8th cruise with DCL and our best yet! Everything (yes, everything!) was clean, in excellent condition, gorgeous, and comfortable. The crew from Captain Henry to the maintenance to stewards and all were friendly, engaging, and performed their duties with a smile. The food was plentiful, fresh, and well prepared - and delicious!
We arrived at the terminal (Disney's own) a little early (9:45 a.m.) and after a brief wait (other passengers were still disembarking), we quickly cleared security and were checked in. Our boarding number was 6 and we were on the ship by 11:45. We were invited to dine at Cabanas (top deck, aft, buffet dining) but chose to wait until the Enchanted Garden (deck 2, midship) opened and left full of delicious shrimp, stone crab, soup, and all kinds of great food (including fantastic ice cream for dessert).
Our stateroom was ready at 1:30 (our was deck 9, all the way forward, starboard) which was a family oceanview - large porthole, extra length (compared to regular ocean view rooms) and was very comfortable for the 3 of us - our grown son was able to go with us. He slept on a murphy bed which was directly next to the porthole and we had a queen bed - all were very comfortable! Our cabin steward, Pornchai, was amazing - he knew us each time we passed him and was always quick to make sure we were happy and willing to help with anything we needed. He kept our room immaculate and well stocked - including the cute towel animals and evening chocolates!
Our dining servers (Mihaly, Suwitra, & head server, Ali) were equally efficient and friendly - met all of our requests with a smile and great service! We watched their interactions with other guests and their interactions with the children were what you'd expect of Disney - friendly and engaging. One child was too tired to eat and too young to be left in his stateroom alone, so our servers created a 'bed' for him using chairs, tablecloth & napkins. That was so sweet!
The shows in the theater were all well executed and entertaining. We chose not to disembark at Nassau or Castaway Cay - as being our 8th cruise, we've done these things and just enjoy the quiet and 'lack of people' on the ship. The pools and the AquaDuck are viturally empty and it's a great time to take advantage of those. The dining room (only Cabanas is open on Castaway Cay day) only had a few guests but had plenty of food. Husband & son enjoyed the "Detective" game which took them all over the ship in search of clues - cute for all ages. One of the highlights for me was watching "Jack Jack's Diaper Dash" in the lobby - only crawling babies could 'race' - it was just cute overload!
We so enjoyed this cruise that we booked our 35th Anniversary cruise next May on the Dream (another 4 day). This next time we will be in a 'regular' oceanview room on deck 2 near midship. We've cruised with Disney with and without children and won't sail with any other cruiseline! There are plenty of activities for adults without kids and having the children around is fun.