Disney Dream Cruise Review by Dytaylor: Amazing
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Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our second Disney Cruise. The first one with children ages 15 and 2 years old. We knew the cruise would be a great family vacation, but in true Disney form it was Magical for everyone.
From the moment we arrived in Port Canaveral terminal the morning we embarked everything was flawless. Check in was so easy and we breezed on to the ship around 12:00. We had lunch at Cabanas and then walked around the ship until time for the staterooms to open. When Disney says something will start at a certain time then it does and when they say the staterooms won't be ready until 1:30 they mean it. At exactly 1:30 they opened the doors to the hallways and we made our way to our room.
Our room host Luenath Kapako stopped by and introduced himself and showed us around our room how everything worked and asked if we had any questions before leaving. He even made special arrangements for our two year old to have a rail up on his bed since he is not used to sleeping in a real bed More yet. He made sure our room stayed spotless every day and each night left us little gifts which the boys loved getting.
We love how Disney does the rotation dining. It really makes each night seem special. Our servers were Andras Gulyas and Lorenzo Fraschia. They were GREAT! I cannot say enough good things about them. From the very first night we fell in love with them. They treated us like royalty and made each member of our family feel like we were their only table. They had a special place set for our two year old from the very first night. Our first restaurant was Animator's Palate. We ordered chocolate milk which wasn't on the menu for our younger son. They were very accommodating and from that night on had a glass of chocolate milk waiting for him when we arrived at our table. Every night they would ask our boys what they had done that day and what their favorite thing was so far. We loved them so much we looked them up on Facebook when we got home and hope to keep in touch with them.
The food was outstanding in every restaurant we were in. Even our picky eaters found things on each menu that they liked. We also ate our share of food from the food court area by the pool. That food was just as good as the dining rooms. And of course the all you can eat ice cream was a huge hit.
We went to one show while on board which was Believe. It was great and we wished that we had tried harder to make the other shows after seeing that one.
We loved getting to meet the characters every day. We would read the navigator every day and made sure we were in the right location at the right time. The characters take special time with each family and make the kids feel so special. Our little guy loved the dance parties in the lobby.
We did not get to make use of the children's clubs. Our youngest was too young for them and not potty trained yet. I had read before the cruise that there would be open house times when he could go in with us and get to play, but those times were usually early morning or very late at night so we did not utilize that option. Our older son did go to the arcade quite a bit and met a few kids in there.
The day of disembarkation we carried our own luggage off. It was no problem to take it with us to breakfast where we said goodbye to our favorite servers. Going through customs was so easy no problems at all. We then boarded a Disney bus which took us on to Magic Kingdom for a few days.
On the third day of our cruise the host left a book on all the 2015 cruises available and a flyer detailing all the incentives for booking while on board. We were having such a great time we all looked through the book and found the best cruise for us. We will be sailing again in June of 2015. Next year we hope to make it to more shows and utilize the kids clubs more. Overall I would say this was the best family vacation we have had and we have been to Disney World twice. The cruise is great for all ages and I highly recommend Disney Cruise Line to everyone. Less
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Cabin review: 9642
Our cabin was excellent. Plenty of room for all of us. Our boys 15 and 2 years old loved the bunk beds. They also loved sitting on the veranda and watching for other boats or when we would port. I was afraid of noise since it was across from the crew area, but it was never loud at all. It was closest to the aft elevators which took us the first day to figure out that the walk was much shorter when we took those elevators. Using the under the bed storage was very helpful in getting our suitcases out of our way and there was plenty of drawer storage for our things. We loved the split bathrooms it made getting four people dressed each day much easier. At first I thought having the hairdryer plug in at the desk and not in the bathroom would be inconvenient, but it actually worked out for the best so I was not in everyone's way while others were getting ready. Disney thinks of everything and I guess this is one other area where they thought out the details. We booked this room again for our next cruise.
Port and Shore Excursions
This is by far the best part of the trip. The beaches are gorgeous and it never seemed crowded. The food was good and we really enjoyed getting drinks on the beach. We loved how the ship photographers would come by and snap random pictures. Of course we bought them all. The water slides were a lot of fun and the activities they had such as the crab races and character dance party were a nice break from the beach. On our next cruise we picked the one that spends two days at Castaway Cay simply because it is a piece of heaven on earth and we didn't want to leave.
Atlantis is HUGE! Once we made it there and finally found the lockers which were about as far away from everything as they could be we made our way to find the rides. The rides are somewhat hidden and not very well marked, but eventually we found our way. We had to split up because the little kids areas were not very close to the bigger slides, but we switched it up and each parent got to spend time doing big kid and little kid things. Having kids ages 15 and 2 makes that necessary on almost every occasion. The aquarium was something we could all enjoy together so we spent quite a bit of time walking through there. There is a lot of walking to do in Atlantis and you will not see it all in the time you have there even if you stay until the last bus leaves, but it is fun and so much better than trying to navigate the dirty streets downtown. We would do this excursion again when our younger son is older and can do more things.
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