We're first time cruisers, and traveled with two childrend, ages 6 & 4. We booked this trip as a way to do something special for the kids. Chose this particular cruise and cruiseline b/c of the Dream Works commercials. Our kids LOVE Dream Works movies and think the characters are "cooler" than Disney.
Our ship, Liberty of the Seas, was beautiful. It was bigger, newer and nicer than any other ship we saw. In fact, it blew the other ships away in eye appeal. Everything was spotless inside and out.
Our boys were too small for the Flow Rider and the rock climbing wall, but they loved the mini-golf and the arcade, and especially enjoyed the great H2O Zone splash park area and the little lazy river and hottubs in the kids' area. We also enjoyed the large 3-D movie theater w/ Dream Works movies.
The service on the ship was great. we never saw a frown on anybody's face, everyone was eager to assist us.
The entertainment we saw was the ice skating show, and it was flat-out AMAZING. I'm talking 5-star entertainment w/ extremely talented skaters.
But with all of that praise in mind, we were sadly disappointed with the Dream Works experience. Perhaps my expectations were way too high, but we were expecting to see Dream Works characters all over the place, all the time. I assumed the characters would be there to greet us as we boarded the ship and would be there at the Kids' Club constantly. I envisioned Poe (from Kung Fu Panda) giving the kids funny karate lessons and Shrek teaching them how to act like Ogres and Hiccup (from How to Train Your Dragon) teaching them to "ride a dragon", etc, etc, etc..... There was nothing like that at all. In fact, it was basically a typical adult-oriented cruise, with approximately 5 short appearances by the Dream Works characters in addition to the one grand parade of characters.
Again, we chose this cruise instead of a Disney cruise, so I was expecting a somewhat disney-esque experience. We bought 4 plane tickets to Miami, instead of simply driving to New Orleans or Galveston for a non-Dream Works cruise. So overall, we left disappointed in spite of the wonderful ship and the beautiful weather.