Disney did not disappoint again. Our first DCL cruise was 2 years ago and we still had plenty of magical moments! (Note: My reviews have the good and the so-so in them -- every line has room for improvement!)
Being that we were using rewards points from the cruise line's card, we went pretty frugal and booked cat 12 and ended up in a cat 11. The basic inside rooms on DCL are fine and more than enough room for 2 adults. Our fare was $599 pp and total cost came in under $1500 including rt port transfers. Our pre cruise night was a $109/night web deal at Dolphin -- well worth it for that price.
The food: Outstanding. Disney really sets itself apart with the customer service in this area, too. The head waiter was always around, the waiter and asst waiter were always attentive and eager to please. The desserts were just ok, but the savory foods were absolutely outstanding. Palo was fabulous, too. Although we still think the Emerald Room on Carnival Glory was the best meal of our lives, twice. It was more intimate and just a superior quality.
The room: Like I said, it was sufficient. The walls are pretty thin, though. We could hear our neighbors on either side (including a screaming baby) most of the time. The bathroom was little and the shower curtain stuck to me. Ugh. Hate that. The base NCL showers blow DCL out of the water. Regardless, aft 5 deck was lovely and not very busy. The room steward did the "knock and barge in without a response" thing a few times, which was annoying. This seems par for the course on cruise lines these days. We did call on the first day about the screaming baby, but we were told that the ship was full. Although our table mates in a balcony room did get moved due to a screaming baby, so it seems like it might be a "money talks" sort of thing. Anyway.
The entertainment: We saw Up and Bolt in 3D -- very cool. We also caught Golden Mickeys. To be honest, we don't care much for the non adult oriented shows on DCL. It would be great to get the kids all wrapped up in jammies and take them to a princessy skit, but.....no thanks.
The quiet cove pool has started being un-quiet with cheesy muzak-y boat songs in the afternoons.
Kid would love the offerings, though. It's a Disney cruise! Although there were a lot of completely unruly and unhappy kids to be found all the time. I didn't get that!
The spa: Paid $148 I think for a 7 day pass for husband and I to use the rainforest room. Not worth it. The NCL spa area was a hundred times better. This spa was clearly aged and had no whirlpool or plunge pool. There was also no view.
Overall: We've realized that we need more port days on DCL because of the lack of adult stuff to do. This is no fault of DCL, but it was obvious that DCL's attempt to be a cruise line for families and for couples too was not successful. Our next DCL cruise would be no longer than 4 days, I'm sure. But the service and cleanliness will be hard to match on our next endeavour.
There are opportunities for improvement here -- but overall it's still the best line we've been on.
Our utopian cruise line would have great food, cleanliness, and impeccable service like DCL.... with better adult shows, lots of ports, and more activity offerings.