I recently sailed on the Disney Dream with my 19 year old son and 23 year old daughter. They had sailed Disney before. They were bored, bored, bored. My 19 year old watched enviously as the teen club had their own deck space and a myriad of activities throughout the day. My 23 year old did not want to be stuck with the old folks and there was very little for her to do. So, if you are under 30, and want to pay several thousand dollars to do nothing in an admittedly beautiful setting, book your cruise now. Disney is unique with no casino, it seems like it took the casino spaces and at the same time lumped the adult activities in with it. It is kind of nice being on a ship without all the smoke and noise and late night revelry that a casino brings. I know that a casino brings in big revenue for cruise ships so they can charge less. Disney should be able to charge less as well because it provides very little adult entertainment, fewer dining venues, frankly much lower quality food than the other cruise lines, and stuffs them on their ships like no other ship - not even Carnival during Spring Break (been there done that). But all passengers get to pay a higher price to pay for the unlimited free child entertainment - of which Disney does a marvelous job. However, it completely neglects all those above the age of 17 and absolutely disregards families with single parents, adult children, singles, and non-standard families.
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.