Oops: Disney Dream Cruise Review by bluelatitudes
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It would be interesting to do an entertainment space per passenger comparison between cruise ships. Based upon actual ship population rather than a stateroom formula. Remember Disney gets a lot more on the ship with the all of the kids stacked in the stateroom. I do not think I have ever sailed on a ship with fewer venues.
DCL should have a look at use rate for the few venues they have on board the dream. The Pink Room was virtually vacant, the adult swimming area rarely used. Same for the other bars. This was not due to lack of interest; but instead, was due to lack of interest on Disney's part for the above teenage experience.
Lets get the Food Network gang out on the cruise ships. Disney would come in somewhere in the low middle for food even though they are on the high end for costs. And unless you order from the kids menu, the Disney menus are best sorted for the 40 somethings and above.
I think Disney is protected by its foreign flag. Otherwise OSHA would find the decibel levels in the dining rooms and public venues completely unhealthy. I think the professional cruise reviewers should travel with a decibel meter and compare ships.
Do not get a 5th floor balcony cabin, all the other decks who are bored out of their gourds spend time gazing upon these balconies.
Do not get cabins on Deck 6 forward or Deck 5 aft. These cabins are above the Vibe and Evolution respectively. If Disney does get it together and make these viable adult venues, then you will not get a lot of rest. It is already very loud in these cabins as it is.
It makes no sense why Disney does not offer more Dining alternatives. Palos should have opportunities daily. Remy's at 75 dollars a plate was crazy. It was good food, probably would rank in the top 10 in any major city, but at the cruise price what it is, 75 dollars a piece. Really? Palos is worth the money, it is now the standard on cruise lines to offer something like this and we found the 20 dollars a plate acceptable and within the industry norms. How about a venue that caters to adults that want to have fun?
That is my final thought for DCL. Adults are the ones who pay for the cruise. Adults want to have fun too. Sure, we all love seeing a Disney show with all the characters we grew up with. And we think it is fun to watch all the kids dressed up like princesses standing in line for their 10 seconds with Cinderella. Funnest thing we saw on the cruise? Believe it or not, they had baby races - you know like turtle races - in the main atrium during our at sea day. For the little ones, the Disney Dream is like Disney World on a 10 year old sugar high. DCL needs to give us older kids a little EPCOT on the cruise, we all still walk through Fantasyland, and we get on Thunder Mountain every once in a while, but adults and adult families have other interests. The other cruise lines noted for their entertainment and partying always put some energy in their children's programs, Disney should do the same for its adult programs. Less
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