Disney Dream Cruise Review by Seasoned Digger: Disney Dream
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We have taken many cruises in the past but this was our first cruise on a ship hosting a "family" itinerary. It was our anniversary and we were treating children and grandchildren to the trip. The ship is large but, with lots of kids, as you might imagine, a day at sea can get somewhat congested. The ship is very clean, well run and organized. The meals are at set times (a choice of two seatings which are arranged ahead of time, so if you want an early seating, you need to sign up for it early at the time of booking) at the same table number with the same staff every night. However, over the course of three or four nights, we were rotated through three dining rooms, so there was variety in the experience. The staterooms are not spacious but, with fold-down bunks, fold-out sofas and a double bed in the room, you can really cram a family into one room if so desired. The toilet is in a small cubicle with a sink but is separate from the shower/tub (tiny and round) cubicle which also has More
its own sink, a nice touch. However, if you can afford it, two connecting staterooms (one for the kids and one for the parents) is best. That way, the kids can go down early in a separate area and not be disturbed by the adults (or vice-versa). That also gives you two bathrooms for the family. One caveat: the staterooms at midship on deck 10 are right under the pool and activity area on deck 11 and you can hear running footsteps all day and night. We did not find that to be objectionable but, given the choice, I would drop down one deck. Activities for the adults are few but there are several "adult only" locations where one can find some quiet. And, even better, these adult areas are rarely used by most of the adults who have to be chasing the kids around. Pictures can be taken by Disney photographers everywhere in the ship and they show up 3 hours later in a folder under your stateroom number (after being sorted by the computer using "facial recognition" software). They are kind of pricey, but you can be assured of good family-group photos that way. All-in-all, a fine ship, well run, that delivers a great cruise for kids and their parents. Less
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