This was our first cruise with Disney. We woke up as the ship coming to dock at Nassau. The water was pristine teal color. Atlantic hotel can be seen on the left side. We recommend a binocular here. With it, we can see people at the Atlantic hotel's pyramid. Travelling with a 2.5yrs old, our hands were full. We played safe and not venture out to Nassau. The Dream has so much to enjoy in a safe environment.
Food Galore. The Cabanas serves food pretty much at breakfast and lunch. Otherwise, you can get hamburgers, pizza, salad, fries, soft serves, sandwiches, soft wraps, soda, milk, tea, etc. at pretty much all hours and as many times as you want. At the more formal hours of dinner, you are preassigned to a table at a restaurant, a different one each night. Superb foods. Disney guests will not go hungry at any hour of the day.
Disney characters were available for the kids, at one showing per day. It takes awhile to wait in line. Movies in the theater were showing 4 or 5 different ones in total of the entire trip; each movie shown twice. Walt D theater had two great shows; one was too scary for a 2+ yrs old.
Putt Putt golf, a ping pong table, basketball court were in the top deck, back of boat. I agree that swimming pools size and number were not enough for the kids. Packed. Kids can play while parents look at shows on the big screen, Funnelvision. Shops open only when ship not in port.
At Castaway, a cart passenger train continuously bring people to and from the beaches. Great BBQ treat in the large pavilion. You pretty much use your room card key for everything you buy or reserve.
Take pictures and video. This is something kids will remember for a long time. Every worker tries hard to be friendly with a smile. Disney's plan to assign you two servers who will move with you each night as you go to another restaurant meant to create a relationship or a connection with customers. They have a great biz plan as they hire these people from different countries to give customers a feeling or an interaction with friendly people from another country. It works. These folks signed on a 6 month contract and work 7 days a week for Disney. After that, they get 2 months off and will get new contract if Disney says so. And that is when your review of them comes into play. You are asked to review your two restaurant servers, their boss who make an appearance per night, and the hostess who does your room. All of them speak English with some sort of accent and appear to be very good people.
While you're at dinner, the hostess prepares you room for the evening, lower the bed from wall or ceiling. And she puts them up during lunch hours. Every evening, she'll leave the sheet schedule of shows and activities for the next day.
Tip about the food. Don't take a lot, just a sample of each and you will be full.
Our 10 yrs old was pretty much self sufficient at Oceaneer Club. That occupied about one third of his time on the boat. We feel that we could have enjoy this trip more if our youngest is over 5 yrs old. Younger than that, you'd find yourself looking after them so much that you miss out on something in the schedule.
Overall, this is one vacation to enjoy.