After cruising more than 20 times on most other lines, my husband and I (retired, in our late 60's) finally bit the bullet and tried a Disney cruise last January. We were impressed with several things we think Disney did very well. The embarkation and especially debarkation was flawless. We have NEVER gotten up from a breakfast table before and been told to "just leave the ship." There were NO lines, waiting, fumbling--just empty gangways--a real pleasure.
The rotational dining was fun and a well managed concept. We enjoyed our adult table for 8 and excellent servers who all stayed together for the whole cruise. Food was good and reflected theme of each restaurant. We didn't spring for Palo additional fee dining.
Castaway Cay was a nice retreat and even started the day with a 5K run for my husband. (We had been at WDW for the marathon weekend preceding cruise so this was another opportunity for a completion medal). Picnic lunch was good and everything but liquor was included for day.
All soda pop was free! This was the first/only ship we've ever been on with this feature, and surprisingly, it didn't seem to be that popular. Maybe younger generation is more heath conscious and steering clear of sodas.
Photo gallery had a package deal for 100% of the pictures they took of you. A possible plan if you were in line for all those princess pictures. We appreciated that all OUR pictures were in a binder. They did face recognition the first day and then gathered all subsequent shots together. (NO hunting down walls of floppy photos to still not find the one you knew they took.)
We wished we'd discovered the animation classes earlier. The one we attended was a lot of fun and we did draw Goofy!!
Pirate night deck party was fun with fireworks. Whole day was themed (Castaway Cay during day.)
We didn't have children, so could avoid the long lines for every imaginable Princess or Hero that went on 24/7 in the Atrium.
We didn't like the theme of one stage production---"Not Enough Evil Left in Under World"--Aw toooo bad!
The ship was newly upgraded and those of us in interior cabins were disappointed that the Magic Porthole had not been added to interior rooms.
The 4 day cruise cost about double what a RCCL cruise from next pier over and including their Cocoa Cay comparable day would have cost. We had a good time, but won't go again soon. We have two RCCL cruises booked for Jan. '15 after the marathon weekend.