This was my 14th cruise and I'm here to tell you, adjust your expectations because Disney Dream is worthy of its name. Our experience was only two nights and three days and I'm envious of everyone going on a longer journey.
Here are the highlights:
1)the new parking garage at Canaveral is a piece of cake. EZ entrance in and VERY short walk to check-in. Check-in was a breeze. We were on-board within 15 minutes of parking.
2)We had a deluxe inside stateroom and were amazed by its size and lay-out. Queen bed (with pillow-top mattress) centered under a magical porthole. The magical porthole is a video screen that is fed by an camera outside the ship. It functions like a window--you see everything going on, day and night. You wake up with natural light and can watch the birds as they swoop behind the ship. You don't feel like you're in an inside cabin at all! And, just for fun, every once in a while Tinkerbell, or Dumbo, or Goofy appears in the porthole.
Lots of storage space in rooms--clever storage trunk that doubles as table in front of couch. WONDERFUL separation of shower/bath and sink and toilet. AND, curtain between queen bed and couch area. And an inside stateroom with a bathtub? Unheard of. Our room was also very quiet as it was the only inside room at the front of the ship.
3)Food--We had early dining--each dining room is differently themed and they rotate you through the dining rooms. Same table number, same servers but different dining rooms with different thems. We ate at Royal Palace (where the Disney princesses visit and Animator's Palette, where Crush the Turtle talks to diners using an interactive video screen. The food was specatacular and the service what you would expect from Disney.
4)Shows--We saw The Golden Mickeys and Believe. Believe is a new show created just for Dream. Both built on Disney themes and were beautifully executed. The dancing, acrobatics, pyrotechnics and story-lines were terrific. No matter which Disney movies or rides speak to you, there's something for you in both shows. and don't miss the fireworks from the ship--spectacular.
5)The nightlife and clubs--District 9 is the club area--every room is a winner. Evolution spun some great DJ tunes (though the dance floor was a little too slippery for my shoes), the Skyline bar is a visual wonder, PINK is, well, PINK! And 687 is a sports fan's best bet. Club D has karaoke. We spent a little time in each.
6)the adults only area (Serenity and cove Club) are nice respites for the over 18-set.
7)We only went to Castaway Cay for the day. It is huge--there is no end to the activities (though many were cancelled due to high winds on our trip). We went straight to the adult beach and just soaked up sun and Bushwackers (try one or two!). Friends who rented bikes were thrilled with the trails and views.
8)the spa--Unfortunately, they charge for daily use of the steam room and tropically themed shower area BUT you can just go into the gym and the ladies changing room has a steam room. (Who wants a co-ed steam room, anyway!) It is a beautiful spa--the mosaic heated lounge chairs (with reading lights) that overlook the water are a great place to rest after a massage or work-out.
We didn't have kids with us but were envious of those with little ones. This is a childhood's dream come true--characters are around ALL the time, everywhere. And though there were long lines for the AquaDuck, I didn't hear anyone complain that the pay-off wasn't worth it.
They are still working out some kinks with staffing and service (our room service breakfast was wrong, there was no ice one evening) and I wish there were a simple, pocket-sized deck plan but overall the experience was a wondrous one.