Disney Dream Cruise Review by near the beach: We expected much more from Disney.
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We expected much more from Disney.
Embarkation: Orlando (Port Canaveral)
It started with no porters at the pier. I dropped off my family and went to park the car. When I got back to the curd they were still there. Our luggage was taken by porters. However we were not allowed in the terminal. So we were sent to stand in line in the parking structure.
An hour later when we were allowed in the terminal we were glad that it was air conditioned. We were given a number three boarding card. Once boarding started people just crowded the entrance. There was one person there but he did not check the cards so anyone could enter and probably did.
When we first walked on the ship we noticed how large and wide open the atrium was. It turned out it was the main area to have your photo taken with characters. Unlike the theme parks you usually had to wait 30 minutes to take photos.
When photos are taken they scan your card so they know where to place your photos. You then go to your book and the printed photos are there for you to choose from. More
Because of the high cost of the cruise we selected an inside cabin with a virtual port hole. It had a camera outside so you could see what is outside in that location if you had an ocean view cabin. Not very often Disney characters would float by the window. The cabin had two bath rooms. One with a tub and sink and one with a sink and toilet. There was not much closet and drawer space for the three of us.
For dinner we ate in three different dining rooms with the same staff each night. We did not care much for the food in the main dining room.
The dining room you are assigned the last night of the cruise is where you had breakfast. If you had early seating at dinner you had to eat the early seating for breakfast. If you had late seating you ate the later breakfast before you left the ship.
The shows in the main show room were not up to the usual Disney productions. We really expected more. There is also a movie theater that shows first run movies. Soda is free most places on the ship. However near the two theaters you had to pay for them.
Most places on the ship that has free soda are the fountain type drinks. They were not mixed very well. I would have preferred a can soda.
On the lido deck the buffets had many food options. Like I mentioned before the food was nothing special. The pool area was always crowded. Like all cruise lines. The aqua duck ride was fun. Not as good as a good water slide.
The ship was nice. It had many different wall arts that would come to life once in awhile.
The adult areas were the only place you could go without hearing a Disney song being played.
There were two pay extra to eat dining rooms. One was $25 per person and the other was $75 per person.
There were the usual gift shops on board with many Disney items.
Our twelve year old spent many hours in the “Edge” for passengers his age.
We made two ports of call. Nassau and Castaway cay. Castaway cay had a lot of free food. There are many beach things you can pay for or just have a free beach day.
It was a cruise and we had a good time. The ship was nice. The service was as good as other lines. The food was not. We expected much more form Disney. I guess we expected too much. The price was so much more than our other cruises so we expected more and did not get it. Less
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