Disney Dream Cruise Review by jrbdad: Making your own pixie dust
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Making your own pixie dust
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Got to the terminal early -- 10 am; had to wait outside, got in and got boarding number 2!!! Asked supervisor about upgrades and we were waitlisted. Embarkation was a breeze, got situated with the spa, excursions, kids' club, ate lunch, did the AquaDuck, went to DVC meeting, dinner first night at Animaters' Palette -- awesome! Great food -- better service. Kruno & Pla -- they were awesome. Back to the room -- excursions had come through -- fishing at CC day 1; then the phone rings -- would you all be interested in an upgrade to Concierge -- Cat OOV? Ummm....yes!!!! Tour the facilities, make arrangements, repack, transfer rooms, unpack and settle in. Disney got the concierge level right! Wow!
Castaway Cay was paradise -- the boys all went on the fishing excursion -- well worth it! We each caught at least 20. The girls slept in and swam. We ate and then met back up to swim some more and then head back to the ship.
Rainforest Spa was worth the extra expense -- we More used the heck out of it. The tiled lounge chairs -- I want one at home!
Next day was Nassau -- again, easy off and easy on -- we did Atlantis on our own. Liked it and would do it again. Back to the ship for more spa time, Remy's that night -- best meal in my life! Unbelievable!
Day at sea -- whoever said you'd be bored -- had to try to be bored. We've been on two cruises, a total of 8 nights and don't feel like we've done 1/3rd of what is available -- and no casino! I used the fitness center most days -- very nice. We had the couples' massage that day -- might have been the best massage ever. We did Palo that night and it was just as good as on the Wonder. Loved it -- not quite Remy's, but it's not supposed to be. Wife went to accupuncturist after dinner and thought it helped her shoulder pain.
Back to Castaway Cay -- we lucked up and got a family cabana -- someone had cancelled -- it was so worth it. A great last day. Cabana included snorkel gear, bike rental, etc. -- LOVED the bike ride -- great family activity.
Ship was beautiful -- better than expected. Service -- from concierge, to guest services, to restaurant servers, to Castaway Cay, to shop on-board -- definitely Disney quality.
Stateroom was wonderful -- we liked it so much (family of 5) that we booked it again for next year -- even though we had to pay the price for concierge. Stateroom host was wonderful -- wish we could take him home with us.
Concierge lounge staff -- can't say enough good things about them -- the young ladies handling the food and drink knew what you liked by day 2 and had it ready for you.
DD10 liked the Oceaneer's Lab, but she's about to outgrow it. DS13 did not like the Edge for the tweens -- so we moved him up to the Teen Club -- no problem. DS15 liked the Teen Club -- Vibe and DS13 liked it once he went. I highly recommend them going to the meet & greet the first night -- let them loose. We had to prod them a bit -- but once they did, the LOVED it! Will be interesting to see how DD10 likes the Edge next year.
Food was great throughout.
We only went to one show -- Disney's Believe -- it was incredible! Fantastic, near Broadway quality. We had seen most of the others on the Wonder, so didn't go again. But we were so glad we went to see Believe. Pirate party was fun and firework were great.
Disembarkation couldn't have been easier. We were in our own car -- the porter took our luggage all the way through customs and helped us load the car. Again, great service. Less
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Cabin review: V12010
Cabin was very close to the concierge lounge, but decently far enough away from the "gated" entrance to that level. Very close to the elevators. Room had a double couch bed vs three individual beds like some of the Cat 4's -- but we "made due." Loved the split bathrooms -- but I usually showered in the men's locker room to save time and space -- worked well. Rooms are just above the fitness center and spa -- so that was super convenient, just below the tween club. Can't wait to stay there again!
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