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Sail Date: February 2015
We took our grandchildren on the same cruise last year. This year their ages were 10 and 7. Bothe time we booked two separate cabins one for the grandchildren and one for us. Great idea if you can afford it. We generally do not splurge ... Read More
We took our grandchildren on the same cruise last year. This year their ages were 10 and 7. Bothe time we booked two separate cabins one for the grandchildren and one for us. Great idea if you can afford it. We generally do not splurge when it comes to hard earned money. The rooms were booked early enough to be adjoining with an inside door connecting them. Did not get a veranda room since we felt that it would not be used. If the weather was good the kids would be either at the water sport area or on the shore with us. Also I felt it would be safer, whether this concern was substantiated or not I do not know. We felt both cruises were excellent. Much depends upon the serving staff. Last years were far better than the ones that we had this year. Both times they were excellent. A few suggestions to consider. .1. We decided not to part take in the "fancy restaurants" this time. Last year we felt it was a waste of money. The service and food were just as good when we ate with the kids. Perhaps we may be hard to please. We are New Yorkers and used to extremely fine restaurants. The Disney Cruise restaurants that you are assigned to are up to par with some very fine places around the world. As a side note, we do quite a bit of cruising. Believe it or not the Disney Dream food and service were far better than the Queen Mary across the Atlantic! Sssh! You can order special dishes if you wish. Our grandchildren love Caesar salad and they were happily served it at each meal. Gladly gave they servers an extra tip at the end of the voyage. 2. If you go to Nassau then consider the dolphin experience. We did it last year and believe it to be worth the expense. It was a great experience. Also splurge and get the video. I would usually expect it to be a total hype. Someone advised me to get the video and I feel it was well worth it. Another suggestion if you go to Nassau. Do not go on the Atlantis Adventure if you can choose the dolphins. I not only found this to be a big mistake but feel they need to get another vendor to arrange this tour. When you get there all it is - is another large waterpark. We did not even get chairs. There were literally hundreds of people, probably visitors, hotel guests and or other cruise passengers. No chairs were available on a very sunny and hot day. Many were reserved for "who-knows-who". You could get the same experience at the Red Hook Brooklyn public pool. The cost was also ridiculous. We ate a the fast food stand "Peices". The fried fish was good after a long wait on line avoiding the sea gull poop. In retrospect perhaps we could have been better off staying on board (we previously went to the dolphins). I suppose most of the kids went ashore at that time and our grandchildren would be able to easily get on the AquaDuct without much wait. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Just returned from our MLK weekend cruise to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay on the Disney Dream. I've been on several cruise lines, but this has been my first (but not last) Disney cruise. I'm a travel agent, so I had a fairly ... Read More
Just returned from our MLK weekend cruise to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay on the Disney Dream. I've been on several cruise lines, but this has been my first (but not last) Disney cruise. I'm a travel agent, so I had a fairly large group (50 people) travel with me. Mostly adults, but we did have 8-10 kids between 8-16 travel with us. Great experience from the initial booking to the actual disembarking. Unlike the other cruise lines, Disney allows you to bring on your alcohol. This was a great bonus for the adults. It saved everyone quite a bit of money. And the free sodas (except when ordered in room service) was also great. You did not need a soda package like the other cruise lines. There were several great bars that were under utilized by the adults. Maybe it was the time of the year, but none of them were ever busy. Pink is beautiful. Evolution was also pretty cool. Check out the R&B band too. They were pretty good. All of the food was pretty decent. Make sure you check out the brunch at PALO. Best $25pp I've ever spent. The service is exceptional. Berny was our server and she was awesome. Nicole at the front desk of Palo was great too. In the dining room we had Lorenzo and Rashuan. They took very good care of our large group. I would have to say that the food selection at Royal Palace was my favorite, and then Enchanted Garden. I didn't too much care for the food at Animator's Palate, although the experience in there was great for the younger travelers. You definitely don't have to dress up in that restaurant. Lots to do on the boat for all ages. I only wish the basketball court didn't close at 6pm. By the time we came back on the ship it was closing so my son was really disappointed. I heard it re-opened at midnight, but by that time we were mostly in the movie theaters as it was too cool to be out on the deck. Loved all the movies....but why does Disney charge for popcorn?? That should be included in my opinion. And the glasses don't get cleaned after each 3D movie, so make sure you sanitize them. Other than that, we really enjoyed seeing some of the movies that were still out in the theaters or ones that had recently left the theater. Another downside, the pictures are wayyyy to expensive. $20 a pop, and they're only one size. The cd was $149 for 10 pics. That's 1/3 of what I paid for my portion of the trip. lol. I think Disney would really capitalize if they made the pictures available online after the trip (when people have some more money to spend) or either make different sizes available at different rates. They print all of those pictures and they go to waste. All of the pictures turned out really good, but I only left with 3 because I thought it was ridiculous to spend that much money. My stateroom: When I was assigned my room, I couldn't find any pictures online. Although all the rooms pretty much look the same, I really liked the location of my room. We were the last rooms in the aft. We were pretty much in the corner, next to the handicap room (which is HUGE). The balcony was great. We had two loungers and two regular chairs, along with a table. We barely used it, but for the price, it was great to have--especially when pulling up to the ports. Since we seemed to back in, we had the best view. If you're looking at the back of the ship, we were right above the Mickey painting (and next to the flag). It does get a little noisey when pulling in to the port, but it wasn't enough to bother me. The boat does get a little rocky back there at night...but I think that's because they speed up at night. It wasn't enough to get you sea sick or anything but you definitely feel it more than when staying in the midship (in my opinion). Albert was our stateroom guy and he was amazing. Two thumbs up! Castaway cay was very nice. And the food was very good. All of the boating excursions got canceled due to the wind, so we just layed out on the beach and a few did the aqua bikes and snorkeling. Disney definitely has the best customer service hands down! I would definitely book again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This was our first cruise ever. We went to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. We left out of Orlando. We flew in a day early and rented a car, stopped at Universal Studios, then stayed at Country Inn close by the port. The next day ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. We went to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. We left out of Orlando. We flew in a day early and rented a car, stopped at Universal Studios, then stayed at Country Inn close by the port. The next day we returned the rental car and they shuttled us to the port. When we arrived at the port there were people there who immediately took our luggage and were very helpful. We did not have to wait in line for a long time to get "checked in" and then we were able to walk right on to the ship. We were greeted as we walked on to the ship and able to go straight to the Windjammer for lunch. We had absolutely the best time on this cruise. Our cruise director was absolutely amazing and I would recommend any cruise that he is on. This is a smaller ship but had tons of entertainment but we were able to relax when we wanted to also. We did enjoy a few of the shows. I would HIGHLY recommend the marriage game show! I was in tears laughing so hard. It was great! When we arrived back at port we decided to take our own luggage off and were able to get off the ship very quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
The three day cruise to Castaway Cay was the perfect ending to my wife's 50th birthday celebration. This was our 4th cruise on a 4th different cruise line, so we have experienced many different styles up to this point. Starting with ... Read More
The three day cruise to Castaway Cay was the perfect ending to my wife's 50th birthday celebration. This was our 4th cruise on a 4th different cruise line, so we have experienced many different styles up to this point. Starting with arrival and embarkation - Port Canaveral was a dream in itself compared to some other ports we have gone through previously. I opted for the pre-pard onsite parking - upon our arrival at the port, we were greeted with nothing but very friendly staff more than willing to talk and aid us in our arrival. I pulled up to the curb and a Disney employee helped unload our luggage with a friendly greeting. After dropping the luggage off, we made a quick drive across the street to the parking garage, parked, and within minutes was in the terminal checking in. After a very quick check-in (had already done online check-in), we waited about 15-20 minutes for our boarding zone to get on the ship - all in all, very quick and painless and the best boarding experience we have ever had. Stepping onto the ship, our first impression was wow! The ship was in impeccable condition - well maintained and very clean. Disney is a fanatic about cleanliness - they are handing you antibacterial wipes at every place where food and drink are served. We had lunch at the buffet (Cabanas) which was average - we have had better buffets on other ships, but still good. Having free soft drinks included in cruise price was a great bonus - another Disney plus. One of our concerns taking our first Disney cruise was the fear of children running everywhere, but they have done a great job of setting up 18 and over areas - there are special deck and pool areas, as well as an entertainment district in the back of one deck that is 18 and over at night. Onto our room- we booked a Navigator's Verandah room and ended up being upgraded to a full standard balcony room at no extra charge - Room 8660 which is Starboard AFT. The room was laid out very nice - a bathroom separated into two rooms- one with shower/tub and sink, and the other with toilet and sink - largest bathrooms we have had on a cruise ship. Large closets, a queen size bed, and a sofa rounded out the large room. The balcony was great - first time for us and I will have a hard time not booking one in the future - makes the room feel so much larger and is great place to unwind away from everyone on deck. We also had the benefit of a front row seat on the pirate fireworks night - great view! We had always had midship rooms for comfort sakes, but no vibrations or rocking in the AFT room this time. Entertainment was incredible - most elaborate sets and production we have ever seen on a ship. As expected, all were with the great wholesome Disney touches, but always had a few adult jokes thrown in. Pirate night was fun with the deck party and the fireworks from the boat. Disney main dining is truly unique - three different themed restaurants in three nights with your server moving with you. The first night we had Animators Palate- an artist's studio theme with a heavy dose of Nemo on the many screens throughout the restaurant. I had stated in my reservation that we were celebrating my wife's birthday and at the end of the meal, they brought her a little cake and sang happy birthday. As we got up to leave after our dinner, an animated turtle from Nemo "swam" up to the screen above our table and wished my wife happy birthday - really cool touch, but hey, this is Disney, so I would expect something special. The food was good that night - I had red snapper - very good. They gave my wife a "birthday" button that she wore the next day - every crew member that passed her wished her a happy birthday - a nice touch. The second night we went to the Enchanted Garden - it was pirate night and my wife dressed up as a pirate. This was the best meal so far - had a sea bass that was very good. The last night was an optional dress up night - we chose to do so and we dined at the Royal Palace. Another good meal - the rack of lamb was very tasty. All in all, the servers were excellent and the food was very good as well. Day activities were varied and we had some pretty good fun. We learned how to make towel animals, played some trivia games, and even participated in the Mickey 200 - a pinewood derby event where the cars are made primarily from vegetables - a fun and unique idea. The highlight of the trip was Castaway Cay - a truly beautiful island. We opted for the 18+ beach at the far side of the island - just a short tram ride from the ship, which docks right at the island- no tenders. The beach had chairs and umbrellas all set up - no charge. The water was crystal clear and the sea life abundant. We saw live starfish, conch, fish, and even a stingray! Disney provided a BBQ lunch on the island - again, a separate one was for 18+. All in all, a wonderful day and instantly had us talking about coming back again. All good things must come to an end, so we arrived back in Port Canaveral around 6am - a quick breakfast at the buffet and we elected to walk off with our luggage and were off the ship by 7:15am. Again a very smooth operation. We had always been spooked a little by the higher cost of Disney cruises, but after taking this one, it is worth the money. The all around quality of the ship, activities, service and food coupled with the impeccable cleanliness makes it a great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
From start to finish everything was perfect on this cruise. The boarding process was quick and painless, and once onboard the ship was beautiful and spotlessly clean. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating at all times. Our ... Read More
From start to finish everything was perfect on this cruise. The boarding process was quick and painless, and once onboard the ship was beautiful and spotlessly clean. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating at all times. Our waiters Dwight and Richard were the best. My kids loved them. Our stateroom hostess Lidia was so friendly and went out of her way to take care of us. Each night we would have a different "Towel Animal" on the bed. She kept our stateroom neat and tidy. Not an easy task with two messy teenage girls. The food was great and there was always plenty to eat. We loved the AquaDuck water coaster and just lounging on the deck. It was fun to be able to watch movies on the huge screen or the football games on Thanksgiving day. Even though there were over 4000 passengers on the cruise you never felt like you were in a crowd. We stopped in Nassau on the first day. Unless you want to spend large amounts of money to use the facilities at the Atlantis there was not much of draw there. We did get of the ship and walk around for a while, but then went back onboard and enjoyed a day when a lot of the passengers were not onboard. Day 2 was spent at Disney's private island, "Castaway Cay." It was absolutely wonderful. We swam in the clear blue water, rented bikes and road around the island and enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch on the island. We could have spent more time here. Back on board that night was the Pirate night. With all kinds of pirate themed activities culminating in a Pirate Deck party complete with fireworks and a dance party. Day 3 was a relaxing day at sea. We enjoyed all of the shows and saw a few of the first run movies available in the theater. We worried about the waiting to get our luggage with over 4000 people on board, but it was well organized and we had our bags were off to out shuttle in a matter of minutes. We had people for age 11 to 80 in our party and everyone truly enjoyed the experience and there were things for all age groups to do. I highly recommend Disney cruises and the Disney Dream Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
We've taken seven cruises with NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) and decided to take our first cruise with Disney to celebrate our 5 year old daughter's birthday. Having searched reviews before to see the differences between NCL and ... Read More
We've taken seven cruises with NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) and decided to take our first cruise with Disney to celebrate our 5 year old daughter's birthday. Having searched reviews before to see the differences between NCL and Disney without success, I thought I would use this opportunity to share what I discovered on this trip. We did Disney, Sea World, and Universal Studios in the 5 days prior to our cruise. Cruising post-theme parks was the right idea we discovered. Relaxing on the ship after walking parks was well worth the wait. Couldn't imagine going the other way. We stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Cape Canaveral the night before the cruise. This hotel was only about a mile from the Disney Cruise Terminal and had a shuttle service available at $3 per person. We enjoyed a nice dinner at Rusty's on Port Canaveral the night before and watched all the cruise ships depart the port. The process of checking in to Disney was similar, but smoother to our past experiences with NCL. Disney owns their own terminal and has this process down pat, versus NCL often using random terminals and employees that work for other cruise lines as well - but still it was much faster with Disney. Going through security, a guard had to take my daughter's birthday ballon "for security purposes", which made no sense. She was bawling. Out of the blue, that same security office found us in line and gave her a stuffed Minney Mouse - which quieted her right down. Nice touch Disney! Having recently sailed on the Norwegian Gem, which was built around the same time and at the same shipyard as the Disney Dream, I expected many similarities - but found few. The Dream was certainly a bit more glamorous but I didn't enjoy the ship layout as much as I have found on the NCL ships we have sailed (The Jewell, The Gem, and The Sun). While the casino was obviously absent on the Dream, I didn't like that the adult nightclub areas were buried at the back of the ship. Not many people ever found them and they were often vacant of people at night. In fact, there was really no nightlife in the adult clubs on the Dream at all compared to the NCL ships. The pools on the Dream were the smallest cruise ships pools I have ever seen. They were instantly filled with kids all the time and didn't look inviting. Still, I liked the display overhead of constant Disney movies. The hot tubs on the Dream were two metal tanks on the edge of the ship that reminded me of cow troughs versus hot tubs. On NCL, they have several round, welcoming jacuzzi tubs about their ship. Still, the water features for the kids were nice. The Aqua Duck waterside was worthy of a two trips down it. Both of my kids were board with it after two rides and never did it again. It wasn't all that it was made out to be in the marketing and TV commercials. One thing I liked on Disney verses my past experiences on NCL is that Disney actually enforces their rules - to a point (more later). For example, they have adult areas on the ship and adult pools. Those areas were great and it was nice to take a break away from children. It would nice to see NCL do this on an outside area of their ships during the day rather than just in their nightclubs. Still, I learned quickly that even if I tried to walk my child through an adult area, a Disney crew member was quickly there to remind me that no kids were allowed. On NCL, in my past experiences, there were signs with rules, but they were never enforced. One of the most important features for cruising for my family, which in addition to my 5 year old daughter includes my 11 year old son, is the kid's club areas. While we expected Disney to knock the socks off NCL in this department, we were deeply disappointed. Sure, the Dream had three times the kids' club that NCL ships have. They were top notch facilities with all the bells and whistles. I am sure no one at sea has a better kids club area for kids than Disney Cruise ships. However, it was a kid factory on the Dream, and I mean that in a negative sense. The staff in the kids area on the Dream were impersonal, and almost not human. They were like drones. When we dropped our daughter off, none would take her into the club unless we begged them. The first time we did drop off, my daughter walked in and no one greeted her, welcomed her, or anything. She quickly started to cry - which we could observe by peeking around the corner. After 30 seconds of seeing no staff was coming to attend to her, I went in to see her. Unlike on NCL, the Dream kid's club staff did allow parents into the Kids Club, the only other perk I found verses NCL. I spent some time going from station to station with my daughter. The staff kept recommending my daughter go to one of their numerous computer labs to make a fairy or a Minnie on a computer. No one ever asked if my 5 year old daughter could read. I quickly learned that none of their computer programs worked unless you could read. In one lab, I quickly found myself helping 4 other 4 and 5 year olds use the computer while a staff member was attending to another kid in the corner. After one kid beside me was crying uncontrollable for over a minute, I finally called that staff member over since she seemed oblivious to it, and she finally attended to the crying kid. I ended up just leaving with my daughter and no one asked why she wasn't staying. While we did go back to the kids club two more times during the cruise, and my daughter did end up staying both times - we were very disappointed and urned for NCL's kids club. On NCL, the kid's club staff remembered our kids names and greeted them whenever they came. When they departed, they acted sad to see the kids go. On NCL, they bonded with our kids and that was more important than all the fancy toys and gadgets the Dream offered. For this one reason, we will cruise on a NCL ship again with our daughter while she is young verses a Disney Ship. In past reviews about Disney, people either say they love or were disappointed in the food. Again, with only NCL as a comparison, I will say that the food on the Disney Dream was about 15 to 20% better than food we have had on NCL ships in the past. We never had any meals that weren't really good at all. On NCL, sometimes you get a hockey puck of a steak and the buffets sometimes have some rubbery veggies. We had no complaints about any of the Dream's food and thought dining time was one of the better parts of the cruise. It was our first experience away from "Freestyle" dining that NCL offers. I thought I wouldn't like it, but ended up liking it better on Disney. We were set for the first dining at 5:45pm and it was nice to walk right into the restaurant and be seated right away. On any NCL ship we have been on, we've always had to wait with a buzzer for our turn to eat when going to the common restaurants. We didn't dine in any of the specialty restaurants on the Dream, nor did we ever feel the need to. The Animator's Palate wasn't all it was made out to be as far as talking to Crush the turtle (he came by once during our meal and only talked to the table next to us for 3 minutes, then we never saw him again - so that was quite a disappointment - unless your seat is right next to a big screen, Crush won't come to you), but that, the Enchanted Garden, and the Royal Palace, as well as having the same servers each night was a much better experience for us than we have had on an NCL ship. One thing we noticed differently about NCL versus Disney was the crew demographic. On the Dream, the crew we interacted with was mostly from India on 6 month contracts. They were very friendly of course - but a bit more stand-off-ish than we were used to on NCL. On NCL, the crew in the dining areas and kitchen are mostly from the Philippines on 9 month contracts. We found that the crew on NCL was just slightly more friendly and easier to interact with than the Disney crew - but we aren't sure whether that was a result of their nationality and demographic, or by policy. It seems like there were always more officers available to talk to and address concerns with on NCL verses the Dream. On the Dream, the Indian people didn't have as many officers as the Filipino's have on the NCL ships. Again, not sure why that is? Not a deciding factor either way - both crews were top notch. We enjoyed our cabin on the Dream versus cabin's we have had on NCL ships in the past. The separation of the toilet and shower was a nice amenity. As was access in our cabin to all the Disney movies ever made on-demand. Other than that, the cabins and service were about the same. The shows on NCL were far better than shows on the Dream, which was surprising. Granted, our daughter liked seeing the Disney characters in the shows, and that was well worth it. For adults however, NCL has never let us down. The Dream's shows were just, "okay". The second major difference between NCL and Disney besides the kid's club was the activities on the ship. We were so overwhelmed with all the things to do on the Dream, we actually felt less relaxed and under pressure more than we wanted to attend and do as many of them as possible. By my 2nd day on a NCL ship, I have usually seen and used most of the ship features. After 4 days on the Dream, I know I only ever saw half the ship. I only learned about a mini-golf course on the back deck of the Dream while I was debarking at the end of the cruise and another passenger mentioned it. This isn't to say that NCL doesn't offer enough to do, but Disney is certainly over the top. As I said, I kind of wish I had less options on the Dream so I wasn't so pressured to not miss something. I never really go to enjoy one feature on the Dream very long. The third major difference on the Dream between other NCL ships we have sailed was the Spa. This is the 2nd most important area of the ship for us after the Kids' Club. While the Spa staff, reception, massages, and treatments on the Dream were comparable to NCL ships, we were disappointed by what the daily spa pass offered on the Dream versus what we have experienced on the Norwegian Gem or Jewell. For $29 a day on the Dream, we had access to a coed room with 8 or so heated chairs, two small whirlpools with almost no jet power, and two steam rooms. This was a far cry from the large adult's only pools, powerful jetted tubs, and large men or woman's private areas on the NCL ships on what was around a $100 pass per cruise. We expected much more from Disney in this area and were very disappointed. If you are a Spa-at-sea person, NCL beats Disney hands down in this category. A quick mention on the port visits on this cruise. We did Atlantis Aquaventure in Nassau . It was our second visit to the water park at Atlantis and it is well worth the money for the visit. The water park there is AMAZING. One warning, the "Lazy River" is anything but. In fact, I don't think that ride would even be legal in the US. My wife cracked her head and has a major bruise on her back from the ride down that rapid river ride. My 5 yo daughter has bruises and bumps all over her. I survived without a bump - but there should be more cautions there to protect people from banging off the walls and bottom of the river. Fun ride - but not for those that aren't well prepared! Castaway Cay blows NCL's Great Stirrup Cay out of the water of course - but if you are just looking for a beach day as we were, that didn't matter much to us. The Disney lifeguards were quite "giztabo-like" in managing the rules on Castaway Cay, which got annoying. It seemed they were always yelling at someone for something. They used old voice-powered loud hailing tubes versus more modern ones and you could never understand what they were yelling. At times the life guards started yelling for missing people from families, etc, and I gave up trying to listen to what they were yelling about. In summary, with the exception of the Spa and Kid's Club, I would say that the Disney was about 10 to 15% better at what they do and offer than NCL. However, if having your kids cared for in an area where the counselors seem genuinely interested in them and relaxing in a larger spa is important to you, NCL is the place to be. We certainly weren't sold that Disney was better than NCL and will probably go back to NCL, even if the steaks may not be as nice, or the line for the freestyle dining is a bit longer. We are happy that we cruised on the Dream and will have wonderful memories of that trip. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip however and a chance to see how Disney does what it does. Seeing all the Disney characters and enjoying their show as very satisfying. A few quick final observations. We never saw so many adult couples fighting randomly as we did on the Disney Cruise. Not sure if was a weird anomaly or what - but it seemed whenever we were in an elevator, waiting for one, or in a theater before a show, there was at least one couple nearby in a some sort of a "couple's love fight". While on our cruise, Vanna White and Pat Sajek came onboard to film a promo for Wheel of Fortune. The camera crews set up in public access areas, but on both occasions that I approached the filming areas, out of line-of-site of the cameras, I was rudely told to "go away" by Disney crew and not approach the filming areas. The crew should have either roped off the area or filmed in a location not accessible to Guests if they didn't want us checking things out. I was a bit put off by this. It went back to Disney's constant willingness to keep it's Guests in line. One time, I went to use the main staircase in the lobby area only to be yelled at by a crew member that I couldn't use the stairs. I looked around and couldn't figure out why. So, I asked the guy yelling at me and he said it was because they were setting up to take photos of Guests. Okay - so if they were setting up and no one was using the stairs yet, what was the big deal of stopping me from using them for a minute - no one else was around? The same thing happened on Castaway Cay when we arrived early at their water slides on the family beach. There were no lines and hardly any people there, so I swam under the rope to go do the slide again with my daughter after doing it the first time. I was practically physically attacked by a life guard for that action! He made sure I knew that I had to swim all the way back to the beach and cross over the rope there, not any earlier. I left the slide area after that. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Our group of 3 included a first time cruiser and we are so happy we chose Sensation! We had so much fun on this ship. The staff was not only polite and professional, but a lot of fun. Our cabin steward called us by name every time he saw ... Read More
Our group of 3 included a first time cruiser and we are so happy we chose Sensation! We had so much fun on this ship. The staff was not only polite and professional, but a lot of fun. Our cabin steward called us by name every time he saw us and my favorite crew member was Pablo, an assistant to the cruise director. We went to some of the "less popular" games/events where he was in charge and were glad we did! He presented his "ship on a stick" trophy as if it were an Oscar! FUN!! We were a little concerned that unlike R/C Enchantment, the ship doesn't go to a private island, but instead has a day at sea. I still prefer the island stop, but not a deal breaker at all. The ship was full of activites on the sea day, but the pool did get a little crowded with a full ship. We have never cruised with 3 in a cabin before, but our stateroom was perfect. The "bunk" was wall mounted and our cabin steward put it up and down as if he read our minds. The bottom twin beds were pushed together as a king and we still had room to move. Highly recommend this room if there are 3 cruisers in a party. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This was our first cruise so I really dont have a lot of information about other ships to compare with other than what I've read on here. I will just give a heads up as to our experience. it was GREAT!! First off if you are doing this ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I really dont have a lot of information about other ships to compare with other than what I've read on here. I will just give a heads up as to our experience. it was GREAT!! First off if you are doing this on a budget and need to figure out transportation from MCO to the port/hotel.. I recommend Cocoa Beach Suites or 4 points Sheridan. They are sister hotels we stayed at CBS on the night after our cruise and they offered a free shuttle and parking for my rental car during the cruise. $84 for a King size suite that had the seperate bedroom, kitchenette , living room etc.. not the Ritz but it was nice for the price. on that same note Carnival charges $35 per person per trip for their shuttle, for us that would have been $140 and not letting us get to hotel etc. Rental car at Advantage was $85 + 14 in gas.. We drove down A1A , Kennedy Space Center , the mall, all at half the price almost of the shuttle.. OK NOW ON TO THE CRUISE AND SHIP ITSELF This ship is a little smaller than the others we saw in port but make no mistake it is a monster of a ship still. Yes it is purple but you get used to it pretty quick. The counter was quick and easy - I honestly do NOT recommend First to the Fun. I wanted to get it but after getting there was glad my wife talked me out of it. We were curbside to poolside in 20 mins or so.. got there around 1145-1200... My room was ready by 1, luggage by 3. There was constantly workers cleaning the ship so no worries of garbage laying around. THE FOOD: The food was really good. My wife tried and LOVED Mongolian Wok.. I tried a few of the grill offerings, the ice cream machine was ehh.. pizza was good, didnt try the deli... Room Service - my wife liked the Reuben , the steakloin on french was ok.. but the Grilled cheese was great... MAIN DINING ROOM -ECSTASY When you arrive, check your table.. if you see a worker in there ask if your table is one that Ide Burgas will be taking care of, if not, ask to switch to his!!! I can not stress this enough . This guy is the highlight of the whole ship.. he has a charm and personality that is unmatchable. He joked with us, pranked us, kept our glasses and plates full ( I had multiple starters and/or entrees every night) . I will attempt to upload a video of him dancing on the last night and share a link here later... The food was good as I said , multiples each time.. Seaday Brunch, Eggs Benedict is the way to go.. like lil yolky egg Mcmuffins. if you order cheesy grits ask for it minus the jalapeno as it was SUPER hot. STEWARD short and sweet.. We had the Upper 1.. porthole at the very front of ship. our steward ( pronounced Again) was on top of his game. kept our room clean, had awesome towel animals every night, great for info, I even left my keys in the room once and he saw me in the hallway , I explained what happened , he said ' no worries Mr. Phillip, I'm here.' ENTERTAINMENT I am 37 years old and married so didn't check out Kaleidoscope or any of the 'clubs'.. we went to the adult comedy shows and while cursing was plentiful, I've never seen my wife laugh so hard.. We watched Curves , which was a lil risque.. (guys sit up front or on the aisle on bottom floor lol ) We caught part of the love and marriage which was a newlywed type show with fellow cruisers, it was ok. Far From Over was pretty good , the purple rain segment was the best. Be sure to check out Tsurita in the main lobby ( also youtube rapping with Tsurita) . Music Degree is the bar band by the Casino. They are kind of in the hallway , but these guys are Impressive. they are all from the Philippines but sound just like Pink Floyd, Def Lepard , 3 Doors Down and many of the other rock bands they are covering.. Jason Jase Apps was our Director. HE IS AN IDIOT!! not that bad kind of idiot, like the outgoing , anything for a laugh, pretty funny guy idiot.. He is on the tv stations a lot and hosts the shows.. NASSAU / MELIA/ JITNEY #10 We got off the ship and I will tell you , nothing on this site can prepare you for the complete overload of Vendors that will approach you before Bay street.. offering taxi rides, hair braids, bracelets, water, etc.. it was a lil overwhelming.. to get the jitney just head into town, we went down the back street along the ships to go by the Harley shop, then at the Straw Market ( you will know it as it will have steps all around the building and tons of women yelling for you to come check their shops) . then turn right on bay street about 2 corners to George, buses are parked on the corner.. hop on tell the driver you destination (MELIA) and off you go. Rate is 1.25 , we paid 2 just to give a tip. He dropped us right in front of the Melia and we went to the Daq Shaq. Gotta say, we were disappointed. Good maybe just hyped too much on here. Took our drinks into Melia with no problems. bought our day passes. If you do this resort, on your way to the beach be sure to stop at the towel tent across from the bar as they have a waiver you have to sign before you can do any of the activities.. snorkeling is very fun.. I'm a novice swimmer, but you get a life vest from them and just float with it over their reefs. I swam over and photo'd a stingray on one of the reefs.. The Jitney back was a bit longer at 3 oclock with all the school kids etc.. shops were nice. We tried the conch fritters. and then waded thru the vendors again on the way back to ship.. EXPERIENCE We had a good time. As soon as you get on the Lido deck , waiters will offer you drinks left and right.. On the first night they advertise the Fun Shops having Liquor sales.. this is a great price .. we got 4 bottles of flavored Bicardi rum/ Captain Morgan for $29. this gave us raffle tickets for a prize pack later that night. WE WON! got another Bicardi bottle, Crown Royal and Amarulla... Now what they dont tell you right off is that it is not delivered till 8-10 pm saturday night (last night of your cruise) so DO NOT PLAN TO DRINK IT ON SHIP... you also are not advised till last night of Customs form to claim any purchases in Nassau or onboard and the limits you have (one bottle of liquor per person). Luckily the customs guy didnt bat an eye when we told him about them and winning them.. BTW I have an awesome way that worked to take a case of bud light or whatever onboard ( I did Twisted Tea) I will share if you message me on it. dont want to put it right out there in case these boards are watched any.. The last day at sea was a lil rocky due to a storm coming in. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Having cruised multiple times (Disney, Carnival, NCL, Princess and Holland I have a good basis for reviewing. Disney makes their cruises Funtastic. They are my number One cruise line. Embarkation is a breeze; this was the shortest and ... Read More
Having cruised multiple times (Disney, Carnival, NCL, Princess and Holland I have a good basis for reviewing. Disney makes their cruises Funtastic. They are my number One cruise line. Embarkation is a breeze; this was the shortest and easiest time to get through the process than any other cruise I have experienced. And disembarkation was so easy-we had assigned breakfast times and restaurant when we finished eating the announcement came we had cleared customs and we walked off ship, got our luggage and were on the way to the airport. This whole process was quick and easy. The Ship is beautiful the staff is well informed and very helpful. We had two large porthole rooms which were perfect for us. We had a two year old and a 5 year old and they loved sitting in the porthole. Every night we had towel creatures in our room. So much fun the night we came back and there was a towel monkey wearing a pair of sunglasses hanging from the ceiling. The shows were wonderful, we saw two 3d movies on board in the lovely theatre. The kids used the pool and the splash zone and it was hard to get them out of there. The 5 year old loved the kids club and all the activities for her. Castaway Cay: Love it! We went parasailing and enjoyed the beach and snorkeling. I have been to other Cruise Islands and Castaway Cay surpasses all of the other islands by miles. Umbrellas or trees over each chair. The ship was filled to capacity and there were enough beach chairs for everyone and all in good locations. Disney knows how to do it right. One night at Dinner-we ordered our meals and the head waiter said you need to order the Sea Bass and he brought a plate for us to share. Of course it was delicious as was all the food. The dining rooms were decorated beautifully. On another night the 5 year old came to dinner dressed up in her Princess dress and the staff at the door (15 people) announced that there was a Princess in the Hall and they all started applauding our Little Princess-her face was just beaming. Thank you Disney for a Magical Experience.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Enchantment of The Seas is a lovely ship that has been stretched 73 feet ... so it is longer than other ships in the same category. It's a clean ship and well appointed. The new "R" Bar (formerly the Champagne bar is ... Read More
Enchantment of The Seas is a lovely ship that has been stretched 73 feet ... so it is longer than other ships in the same category. It's a clean ship and well appointed. The new "R" Bar (formerly the Champagne bar is wonderful with a central location in the Centrum, it seems live music is always playing and the dance floor is full ... The deck has more deck chairs then I have ever seen on ships twice the size ! This is a good thing...no worries about ever finding a seat. The cabins are nice, clean and updated ...entertainment was stellar and so was the food ! You will enjoy Enchantment...   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
My daughter and son-in-law decided on this cruise for their honeymoon, then asked everyone who could to join them. About 15 of us took them up on the offer and we had a wonderful time. Out cabins ranged from outside cabins to junior ... Read More
My daughter and son-in-law decided on this cruise for their honeymoon, then asked everyone who could to join them. About 15 of us took them up on the offer and we had a wonderful time. Out cabins ranged from outside cabins to junior suites, and everyone raved about the clean and spacious rooms and friendly service they enjoyed from the ship's crew. The ship was large enough to be on your own if you wanted quiet time, but small enough to be able to find others in the group if they wanted to be found. While "the kids" enjoyed the rock climbing wall, miniature golf, and boogie boards, the "older folk" enjoyed the pools, hot tubs, and sunning on deck -- not to mention all of the great food, entertainment, bars, and the casino. We made sure we checked out the buffet and dining rooms daily and ate an exquisite meal at the steakhouse one evening. We also took advantage of several excursions on our shore days, ranging from beach outings, to dolphin and stingray swims, to salsa, salsa, salsa lessons. One offering I would recommend to everyone is the cabin-to-home airport luggage service. Nothing like not worrying about your bags until you're home at the baggage carousel. I would recommend this cruise to adult groups such as ours or for families, as the smiles on the faces of the little ones on board as they interacted with the Madagascar characters was heartwarming. Well done, RCL! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
On August 24th, 2014, my husband, my five year old and I went onto Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral. This was our first cruise and because of our experience on this cruise, we plan on going again sometime next year. First off, we ... Read More
On August 24th, 2014, my husband, my five year old and I went onto Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral. This was our first cruise and because of our experience on this cruise, we plan on going again sometime next year. First off, we booked ONLINE to park our vehicle at the gated Radisson parking lot in which we paid $40 for five days of parking. (http://www.parkportcanaveral.com/) I recommend booking online because I learned that it is cheaper online then going in person. When we arrived at the parking lot, we had to park our car and the staff helped us load our 4 luggage's and three carry on's. Yes we come with a lot of baggage. We tipped like $3, any who they drove us to the port in which these men who are not affiliated with the cruise line helped take our luggages to the ship and we tipped the man like $5. Anyway, when we got to the port, you have to go through security, they checked our boarding passes, our bags went through the scanner and they checked ID's and birth certificates and or passport. We sat and waited about an hour (Staff passed around chips and water for free) and must I say we did not purchase that Fast to the Fun passes and we were glad we didn't because it went quick. Upon boarding,we took pictures with our own camera and went to the pool area. I recommend bringing your bathing suits in a bag and a change of clothes because luggage's don't get to the rooms till 3 hrs later. We also purchased the ocean view room and we were happy with it. We had a king size bed and there is also a wall pull out bed. We were on the Riviera deck. We were greeted with alcohol which was $8.75. We bought one and shared it. At 4 pm, they were serving lunch. The food is delicious I must mention. It does get PACKED and People do get Greedy!!! So let me fast forward a bit. That same day, the captain announced that we were no longer going to Nassau Bahamas which was suppose to be our second stop before going to FreePort Bahamas because there was a Hurricane and Nassau port was closed. We were supposed to go to Key West, FL after FreePort Bahamas. However, the Hurricane passed and we still went to Nassau. On Monday August 25th, we arrived at FreePort, we were greeted by Taxi Drivers, and vendors. We decided and I do recommend going to Lucaya Beach, it is FREE and the water is AMAZING (NO WAVES). We paid $5 for each person to get onto the taxi, but they charge $10 so that you can do round trip and they give you a card which means you paid round trip. After a 30 minute ride, we got to Lucaya Market Place, we bought some stuff, took pictures and headed on over to the beach. Don't rent those beach chairs, I didn't because it was dirty and they rent them for $10. The man who rents them is rude. We just put our towels down. Also, I forgot to mention that when you get to Lucaya Market Place, there is a woman that sells coconut with Daiquiri ($7) it is very delicious at a coconut stand. Oh yeah, look around before buying shirts, souvenirs, and other stuff because I noticed that we got ripped off several times. The same stuff I bought at FreePort, Nassau was selling some of it for cheap. For instance, at FreePort we were charged $5 a shot glass and at Nassua $1.95. Yes I know!!!! My husband and I did not buy any food because throughout the day Carnival Cruise serves food so we never went hungry, I think we actually gained like 10 pds from our entire trip eating on the cruise. Moving on, you can bring coconuts and alcohol on to the cruise but they will have you give them the alcohol until the last day of your cruise ship in which your steward will bring it to your room at 9 pm. Our steward was Eufrancio. He was nice and sweet. After coming back from FreePort, we ate, hit the swimming pools, the water slides and the jacuzzi. By the way, children take over the Jacuzzi's. If you are bringing children, Carnival does provide FREE daycare services but after 10 p.m. they charge a fee. The next day when we got to Nassau, we first walked around downtown and found a FREE beach called Junkanoo. It was about a 10 minute walk from the port. There were no waves but we left because we heard people saying that Atlantis was a better beach. We ended up paying $4 for a taxi to Atlantis. Must I say that everyone who went to Atlantis Beach regretted it. It seemed so ghetto there and no one got into the water because surprisingly the waves were HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Even the life guards kicked people out of the water. We got bored and took a taxi back to Nassau Downtown. When we got to downtown, we explored, bought so many things even liquor and I bought Quenepas (a fruit found at most islands like Puerto Rico) it was a $1 a bag. Nassau downtown stores sell some cheap stuff. After some time, we went back on to the boat a bit early because the line to the ship gets packed. The next day is all ship day. If you're wondering, they do take pictures of you but it is $21.99 a Picture, not a package but a picture. The picture frames are affordable though. There was liquor tastings, shows, there's the casino, bar's, etc. If you do not want to dress elegant for the fine dining then you can always eat at the buffet on the lido deck 10. By the way, pizza and ice cream is 24-7. Fine dining is free as well as the buffet and so is Mangolian Wok. We chose our own time dining. It does get packed but we didn't mind. If you do fine dining, the waiter's are strict. They will put your napkin on your lap if you don't. Our waiter cut our son's meat and fed him twice (it was weird) but whatever. Also, my husband and I bought 9 bottles of liquor from both the ship and Bahamas in which four bottles of Bacardi was $35, and he bought other alcohol bottles and also from the Bahamas. If you're wondering about Customs, don't be because mu husband and I were TOLD that custom's might give us problems for buying 9 bottles of liquor and for bringing fruits back to the U.S. and we were honest on our customs paper about the fruits. There was no metal detectors, or scanners, we just presented our ID's, birth certificates and passport and our customs paper once we got to customs on the very last day and we were sent off to our shuttles. Our whole trip was great. We did not purchase any excursion's. Glad we didn't. One last thing, people complained and even my husband and I noticed the ship moving way too much. Many times we had to grab onto something because the boat rocked back and forth.. Good luck newbies. 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Sail Date: July 2014
DW and I are seasoned cruisers with 14 under our belt most with Carnival. Our past cruises have all been in the 7-8 night range on all the newer ships including two each on the Dream and Breeze. So we probably had less than big ... Read More
DW and I are seasoned cruisers with 14 under our belt most with Carnival. Our past cruises have all been in the 7-8 night range on all the newer ships including two each on the Dream and Breeze. So we probably had less than big expectations for a three night cruise on a 90's era, though retro-fitted, ship. This was a much needed quick get-a-way for us and our hearts and minds always turn to cruising when we need a break. Embarkation was painless and quick. Boarding started at 11:30 and the Captain's Lounge at this terminal was as nice as we have been in. Went directy to Cabin with FTTF program. Cabin ready. Our one bag not delivered until well past 3:00. Not an issue as we were "pool" ready! and enjoying the decks by 12:15 The ship was clean and well maintained but dated in general decor. Really not an issue with us. Easy to get around and we especially liked the Lido dining area aft. Spectacular place to have the Deli and Pizza stations. We ate all of our meals here and never entered the dining room. We found the food to be definetly above average for Carnival and quite good in general. This was far and away the best Lido breakfast we have had on any ship. Room service was also excellent. We were in cabin V-27, obstructed view Jr. suite. Just like a regular balcony cabin on most other newer ships. Blacony smaller and the obstructed view was over a small work boat and 1/2 of a regular life boat. Still nice views and very adequate, Nicely furnished and well maintained by a very attenttive steward. Very quite part of the ship forward Nassua is Nassua and working your way through the cab/excursion folks is a chore. Day pass at Atlantis was nice and expensive but would do it again. Nice ammenities an AWESOME "lazy" river. We enjoyed the one sea day and were out and about early for choice lounge locations. Pool crowded but just as expected. This was a really nice cruise for us and it really felt like it was longer as were pretty much in "beach bum" mode. Nice cabin, good food and great company make for a really good cruise.! Already booked again for November. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
This was part two of our vacation. We stayed at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimee prior to our cruise. We were with a larger group that had chartered busses from Orlando to the port so transportation was a no-brainer. Upon arrival at the port ... Read More
This was part two of our vacation. We stayed at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimee prior to our cruise. We were with a larger group that had chartered busses from Orlando to the port so transportation was a no-brainer. Upon arrival at the port the shore staff procured a wheelchair for my father and we were moved through check-in rather quickly and easily. Shore staff was friendly and very helpful in getting us on the ship. Once on board (11:30) we were directed to the Windjammer Cafe as rooms would not be available till 1:00 PM. We had a good lunch despite the crowd and then went to the pool deck lounge area to relax while we waited on staterooms. When we arrived to our stateroom we found it to be very clean and relaxing. Our children and my father were in the next stateroom and there was a walkthrough portal between our balconies allowing us to easily share our balcony areas. We dropped our carry-ons and decided to explore the ship. As we headed to the elevators we ran into our luggage and took it back to our rooms right away, this was all within a half hour of getting to our staterooms. We explored the ship and met a great number of staff as we did and found them all to be very friendly. We spent a great deal of our cruise on the pool deck enjoying the open air. Rey and Myra at the poolside bar were the best and took great care of my eintire family for the whole cruise. Always remembered names and drink choices and friendly beyond belief. First time cruisers will definately want to look into the drink packages. We purchased the Royal Replenishment for our teens and The ultimate and premium packages for myself and wife. The Ultimate package had paid for itself for me on the first day as i was drinking top shelf cocktails. All of the packages we purchased included a souvineer cup that can be refilled at several locations on the ship. Dinner service in the My Fair Lady dining room was excellent. Our server was absolutely terrific and on the spot with anything we requested. He was upbeat and always had a funny joke or trick to keep the table entertained. Bread was brought to the table regularly and water glasses never got below half full. Extra appitizers were brought to the table regularly as were desserts and an occasional extra entree. I wish I could remember his name as his service was excellent. Our room was kept in excellent shape by our room attendant Mona. There was always extra towels and a different towel animal on the bed every day. We also had the next days ship ativities (Cruise Compass) on the bed every evening. Our youngest nearly lived in the teen center while on board and our oldest spent time enjoying shows, the casino, and the pool areas with us. The casino was fair but the bar seemed to be crowded and busy quite often. Shows in the Orpheum Theatre were entertaining and fun. There are activities available for every age group throughout the ship and unfortunately we missed many of them just because our cruise was so short. Our first port at CocoCay was a bit disappointing due to the weather. The staff tried to be as accomodating as possible considering the fact that everyone was trying to shelter out of the rain. It appears that this would have been a great stop to relax on the beach and play in the water had the weather cooperated. Our second port was Nassau. We didnt buy one of the cruise sponsered tours but rather chose to barter a tour with a local van taxi driver. He showed us around Nassau and took us to the places we wished to go including the beach for several hours. He dropped us righ back at the docks where we walked around for a few hours shopping before returning to the ship. Debarkation was quick and easy and we were off the boat and through customs in under a 1/2 hour. Overall a very enjoyable cruise and we didnt want to come home!. We will be sailing with Royal Caribbean again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
I can't say enough about how much of an enjoyable time that me and my family had on our first cruise. My husband and younger son were very uneasy about cruising in the first place but after this adventure my husband booked another ... Read More
I can't say enough about how much of an enjoyable time that me and my family had on our first cruise. My husband and younger son were very uneasy about cruising in the first place but after this adventure my husband booked another one. The ship was super clean and everything ran like a well oiled machine. Just outstanding service across the board. My only dislike is the child groupings for activities. My youngest son who is 10 was grouped in with the toddlers and he hated that. They should have a grouping that separates the toddlers from the pre-teens. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Two college age sons and I had four nights on the Sensation. My second cruise, their first. Traveling in May allowed us to get a good price and each have our own ocean view room. We drove overnight and arrived in the morning on Sunday. ... Read More
Two college age sons and I had four nights on the Sensation. My second cruise, their first. Traveling in May allowed us to get a good price and each have our own ocean view room. We drove overnight and arrived in the morning on Sunday. Rode to the ship using the Radisson parking bus. Embarking the ship went very smoothly. With a four night cruise, we packed lightly. With only a backpack and small suitcase for each of us, we carried them all the way to our room after we got our room key. The ship was in good shape. On board, we enjoyed the hot tub, karaoke, comedians and food. We chose anytime dining. Several times we ordered extra and the staff gave us what we asked for. Mostly, we enjoyed the ship, especially the sunsets. In Freeport we snorkeled with Unexso and in Nassau, we scuba dove with Bahama Divers. Both were lots of fun and well run. After snorkeling or scuba diving, we did some local shopping or had a snack before heading back to the ship. For scuba, we did a discover Scuba dive, since two of us were not certified. This trip was a great value for us and I recommend it for others. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together. We had so much fun. Some particulars.... We live in Orlando so drove to the port. We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if ... Read More
There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together. We had so much fun. Some particulars.... We live in Orlando so drove to the port. We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if it was worth it. We did get to board 1st and the cabin was clean and ready but the luggage still showed up a couple of hours later. Not a big deal but probably would say it was worth it if the luggage got there sooner. With the FTTF we did get to disembark right after the Diamond people which was nice. We got off at 8:30 and were home in Orlando by 10:00am. Just a warning....after many successful rum runner attempts....I was finally busted. They got three of them, but they didn't get it all. While my husband was upset, I explained to him that hey we tried....we didn't succeed. Flame away, this and that won't stop me from trying again. While it did start out as an attempt to save $$, it ended up being nice to enjoy having a drink in your room at your convenience. Anyway...the rooms were great! The staff was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to sail on Carnival again and again.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
To begin....We are well traveled cruise people. Usually we go on the rather upscale small ships. This time we decided to take our grandchildren, Boy aged 9 and girl aged 7, on the Disney Dream. Quite honestly I was expecting to regret the ... Read More
To begin....We are well traveled cruise people. Usually we go on the rather upscale small ships. This time we decided to take our grandchildren, Boy aged 9 and girl aged 7, on the Disney Dream. Quite honestly I was expecting to regret the decision. To our surprise it was a fantastic experience. During to planning of this trip practically everyone's advice was to expect it to be great. We were not disappointed . We got two staterooms (adjoining). One for the kids one for us. The price differential was not much compared to a family suite. I highly recommend this choice. We opted for portholes rather than a balcony. Also a good decision. Probably would not even have used it. Now for the review; The main swimming areas were wonderful for the kids. Do not expect to find any faults. It is what it is. Lots and lots of people but that is what is expected. Kids had a great time. It was like bring a beach chair to Grand Central Station if you want to watch the kids.Rather long waits for the slide and the aqua-tube. I cannot see how Disney can attempt to improve it. Adults can always hide out in the 18 and above areas. The only real complaint is that there should be more shaded areas for adults. Food was excellent and service was superb.I am comparing it to the top cruise lines. I cannot understand how anyone can complain. The children can order from the adult menu. In fact the servers even made special arrangements for the kids wishes. The wanted Caesar Salads every night even when it was not on the menu. One night we went to "Remy's" (with children. The servers took good care of the kids in the dining room without us. I highly DO NOT recommend Remy's!!! If you like French dining this was rather good but definitely NOT worth the cost. They actually overcharged for alcohol cocktails. And did not correct the bill. They though they were excessively fancy. Not better than an average french dining locale in a major city. Save your money and tip the servers well downstairs. Castaway Island was nice but crowded. Take the bikes for a ride. Visit the Dolphins. Expensive but a one time experience.and disease prevention. In summation the trip was great. Well organized a extremely concerned with good hygiene   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and 2nd cruise for our family. Although the 6 of us have travelled extensively (all 50 states and international), we are new to cruising. Our only other experience was a Norwegian Cruise last year ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and 2nd cruise for our family. Although the 6 of us have travelled extensively (all 50 states and international), we are new to cruising. Our only other experience was a Norwegian Cruise last year to Alaska – which was great. As a comparison, domestically I tend to stay in 3-4 star places, internationally 4-5 star hotels. Embarkation from Port Canaveral was easy and painless. Much easier than Seattle. Just drive in and either park or drop luggage then park. The service was perfect. Then the typically security and boarding. Nothing to improve. It was very smooth. Public Rooms were great – others commented on a “worn” look to the Enchantment, but we didn’t notice that at all. Everything was well designed. The couch/lounge chairs in the theater was an interesting approach vice the NCL Jewel’s more theater-like seating. The cabin was the only area showing some wear, but it was still very nice. The bathroom was much tighter than our NCL mini-suite. But the rest of the room had plenty of space for 5 of us to gather to await the final family member to be ready – there is always one! The Fitness center was a bit tight, but I did like the wrap around view. The only real disappointment there was that it only had a drinking fountain and no cups. You either had to walk to a bar for a glass of water, or pay for a bottle. Disappointing. The running track was usable – if you were willing to get up early or dodge the sun bathers. It was nice that it was an even ¼ mile! Rates for the Holiday were more than double normal, but when your wife is a teacher you only get vacation during high periods. Dinning was a totally mixed affair. The Main Dining Room food was excellent in 90% of cases. Great steaks, wonderful fish, great salads. Then they’d bring 4 mini-shrimp and call it a cocktail. But overall, the food was outstanding. The only real issue was the mass seating. On our NCL, with anytime dinning, we’d just show up, wait 0-10 minutes, get seated, order, and eat. On the Enchantment, we’d be seated and although our servers were great and took our orders promptly, we’d wait at least 30-45 minutes for appetizers. So it was very slow. 90-120 minutes a day for dinner. The Windjammer (buffet) was satisfactory, but nowhere near the quality of the NCL buffet. I’d rate this as notably better than I’d expect at a “mall” buffet place (but cannot speak from experience), but just good food – not great. Blasé fare. Just wish the MDR had been open for breakfast and lunch every day. We didn’t make much use of the entertainment – too short a cruise with so many other options. The Comedian was great (and a nice guy – thanks Max for the chat on the tender waiting for the waves to subside). The “last summer” run movies were nice too. Didn’t see any other shows except the welcome (which helped convince us to not prioritize anyone but the comedian). We took one shore excursion to snorkel and they did their job for the money. Nothing more. But I credit them for working on New Year’s Day. Coco Cay likely would have been fun, but we had an unexpected squall hit after we were on the island. The afternoon was spent on the tender while the crew very carefully and safely unloaded us all. The New Year’s festivities were very nice – too windy for a poolside party unfortunately, but a great party in the Centrum with free champagne at midnight (or better champagne for a charge). The trip was well worth it and we had a great time. Not too many little ones – guess those families paid double for the Disney Cruise running the same itinerary or maybe Carnival on a similar itinerary as well. Thanks, Enchantment staff, for a great holiday to remember. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Sail date: Dec. 23, 2013 Cabin 8126, Junior Suite Good: Our cabin – so quiet and spacious. Great storage Leroy - stateroom attendant – really worked hard to fix problems he did not create. WOW attitude! Erhan and Naceur – our ... Read More
Sail date: Dec. 23, 2013 Cabin 8126, Junior Suite Good: Our cabin – so quiet and spacious. Great storage Leroy - stateroom attendant – really worked hard to fix problems he did not create. WOW attitude! Erhan and Naceur – our waiter and assistant each night Cabanette on Coco Cay - AMAZING Food in the dining room Stage and Screen show Clips of shows we missed the night before on TV Very smooth embarkation Snorkeling on Coco Cay Wonderful holiday decorations Apology from Guest Services Bad: Gifts and Gear items not delivered Shore Excursions desk not open when we boarded When Shore Ex desk was open – only one person working it for about 45 minutes. Line did not move. Different prices quoted in email from Crown and Anchor for Cabana than what was available at Shore Ex desk No account on TV…had to go to Guest Services to see account. Had to go to Guest Services seven or eight times to resolve Gifts and Gear. Tried to change drink package to go down one level from what I purchased and was then charged for an extra drink package! Gifts and Gear assorted fruit and cheese basket to be delivered the first day turned into a basket of fruit and a plate of only brie on the second to last night. Not enough soda machines…. had to wait 10 – 12 minutes in between fill ups. That is not exactly “unlimited”. Windjammer floor wet and no one seemed to care when a guest fell due to the wet floor. Had to stand in line every night to get into the dining room. Wanted to book the next cruise on the morning of departure…no one was working the office. They just left some fliers out. Overall: We had a great time but I am not sure I would go on EOTS unless I had an amazing deal. Ready to book with Royal Caribbean – but on a different ship. This four night cruise was to see if my husband likes cruising. A year and a half ago I did a seven night cruise on Freedom of the Seas with a girlfriend. And my husband wanted to give it a try so we picked this quick, four night cruise over Christmas. We stayed at the Marriott in Cocoa Beach and had a room with a bit of an ocean view- but enough for me to see our ship come in at 6 a.m. We arrived at Port Canaveral a little before 11 a.m. and we had a short wait to get onboard. Once onboard, I went straight to the Guest Services desk to reserve a Cabana or Cabanette and to change our drink package. I originally booked two Classic Packages – all the beer, wine, soda you want so my recovering alcoholic husband could have all the NA beer he wanted. The rule at the time of booking was that each cabin member over the age of 21 had to buy the same package. All I wanted was soda, but I bought the $207.00 package to follow the rule…so $414.00 for the two of us to not have a drop of alcohol. I was very pleased to find out that the package rule changed and I called RCCL the day before my cruise to change it. They said I had to go to Guest Services. Back to the line in Guest Services….once I reached the counter they told me the guys selling the packages had to make the change. I asked about the cabana and was told I had to go to Shore Excursions…which was not open yet. I was very surprised that the Shore Excursion desk was not open as soon as they started to allow passengers onboard. I went to the beverage guys and they changed my Seapass sticker and made me sign something that said I was changing the package. I asked where my refund would show up and the guy said Guest Services would tell me that later that night. I asked for the back copy of what I signed and he said I could not have it!! I repeated to make sure I heard it right that I could not have a written copy of what I signed and that he had no idea where my refund would show up. I went off to the spa to make a hair appointment because you cannot make that type of spa appointment online. That was not a problem. I went to the Park Café but it was not open yet. We went to the Windjammer and I left my husband there to go to the Shore Excursion desk. The line was long and I was in it for 40 minutes because only one person was working the desk. Eventually, a second person showed up and had a shopping bag with a Santa hat in it for the guy working hard at the counter trying to handle the huge line. The price for the cabana was higher than was quoted to me in an email from Crown and Anchor and the two person cabana for $120.00 from the same email did not exist. I booked the $50.00 cabanette – one of the best decisions I made for this cruise. I then made a reservation for a table by a window for the dining room. My husband was very irritated that the first hour of the cruise involved me running around following directions from RCCL that were not correct and he had to eat lunch alone. Not a good start. We got into our stateroom – a junior suite 8126 and it was really nice. Our stateroom attendant came in right away and introduced himself. Leroy was a difference maker for my husband and he was so much better than the stateroom attendant I had on the Freedom. The room was very nice with lots of storage. I could not find a Room Service menu (it was in the desk drawer), but I was very pleased with the room. Over the cruise, we heard short rumbles a couple of times a day, but no noise other than that from the pool deck. We were really pleased with how quiet the room was and how attentive Leroy was. I was a little bit surprised that the fruit and cheese basket I ordered, brownies for my husband that I ordered and the chocolate strawberries that I ordered were not there. On the Freedom, all of the items ordered from Gifts and Gear were in the stateroom right from the start. The ship started to leave and it was rough once we got out of the channel. My husband had on the patch and then we added the Seabands. I wore the Seabands as well. I never had a problem on the Freedom, but I was sick to my stomach by the time we went to dinner. Our waiter was Erhan from Turkey and we enjoyed him very much. He worked like a synchronized swimmer with Naceur from Tunisia. At each meal I watched waiters with their assistants and they looked irritated with each other. These two moved quickly, with a quick smile and a joke to make sure everything was perfect. Once my husband realized that he could order something else if he did not like something, he really enjoyed the dining experience. The maître’d was moving all around and even helped to bus tables. He spoke to us several times. I never recall a maitre’d picking up dishes! We went back to our cabin to unpack and to try and deal with the motion of the ship. We skipped the shows that night. The next day at Coco Cay was worth the whole cruise. We got up early and we were the first ones at the cabanettes. This is a private beach area with two chairs, a shade thing, floating mat, two huge bottles of water in ice, a fruit plate and later on – a bar was set up. There was one attendant and she (nicely) chased off anyone who did not have a reservation. This was all for $50.00 and SO worth it. Everyone in the cabanette area was quiet – no kids. It was SO peaceful. My husband was the only one snorkeling and all the fish followed him around. He said it was a truly remarkable experience to be the only one in the water. Nassau was icky…and mainly closed since we arrived on Christmas day. We did walk over to the Queen’s Staircase. The guide at the start was very good. My husband went up and one of the vendors at the top tried to take his money from his hand and when he quickly put it back in his pocket – the woman put her hand in his pocket and followed him when he ran away from her. Creepy. Geoffrey was running trivia that same day and no one showed up for it. He was really nice and answered every question we had about the ship and then played trivia with my husband. He could have packed it up and gone on a break…but he basically entertained the two of us for an hour! Another WOW attitude! Day at Sea was nice – hubbie won me many a pen at trivia! Getting off the ship was easy – but we were disappointed that the office onboard the ship for future cruises was not open that morning. We had about four hours to kill onboard that morning and would have liked to have spoken with someone. In summation, the crew was SO much better than the crew on the Freedom. The Freedom OTS should have training given to them by the Enchantment OTS. The Guest Services, Shore Excursions and Gifts and Gear took up a lot of my time when one visit to Guest Services should have resolved everything. I am ready to cruise again!   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
First off, if you don't love Disney, then this probably will be a little too much wholesome fun for you. However, being Disney lovers who also wanted a couple friendly/romantic type of vacation, we wondered when we decided to spend ... Read More
First off, if you don't love Disney, then this probably will be a little too much wholesome fun for you. However, being Disney lovers who also wanted a couple friendly/romantic type of vacation, we wondered when we decided to spend our anniversary on if we really could have the best of both worlds. Let me just say that DCL delivers! Dining We chose the second seating for dinner and hardly even noticed other kids around, but then, that could've been because we were seated with another great couple and had almost nonstop conversation the whole time. On our second night, we ate at Palo, which was a very reasonable surcharge of $20 per person. Our waiter was amazing and provided both excellent service and fun personal interaction. He was very knowledgeable about the food, which was phenomenal. That said, with three dining rooms that are included in the regular rotation, the need for paying extra for variety in dining just isn't there. We only ate a late breakfast at the buffet, which we loved (I'm a smoked salmon addict, and they had THREE KINDS of it!) and a bit of a snack at the poolside counter service spots in the late afternoon. The food on Castaway Cay was great for lunch, especially all of the fresh fruit that they offered. Also, another plus for us on this cruise was that soda was included in the price. I have seen beverage packages on other cruise lines that cost around $17/person per night. While DCL is certainly pricier than many other cruise lines, just taking into account and extra $34 per day you'd pay elsewhere for equivalent beverage packages, the value of free non-alcoholic beverages adds up a lot on longer cruises. Stateroom Our stateroom was roomy with lots of storage for our belongings. We had a family room with a verandah that was also handicap accessible, making it lacking in the standard tub, but also having more square footage than a standard room. Bed was comfortable, LOVED the Disney Spa toiletries! If they weren't so darned expensive to buy from Disney, I would be shelling out for that at home. Of course, the hidden Mickeys in the room were not so hidden for the most part, but we just loved how the room had a classy, elegant feel, yet had the whimsy of the Mickeys tastefully sprinkled here and there. Service Bar service was always excellent for us, with little wait to get our drinks. The housekeeping was excellent and always provided cute towel animals with each turn down service. Our servers/waiters were solid for dinner. They were personable and were familiar with the dishes. At both the regular dining rooms and Palo, we received a special treat for our anniversary, which was a lovely extra. Sometimes the dining room waitstaff were a bit slow, but that would be my only critique. Embarkation involved a long-ish line that moved fairly quickly, and debarkation was an absolute breeze! Get up, eat breakfast, and go! We opted to keep our luggage, as it was just the two of us and we didn't have but a suitcase on wheels each to maneuver. Ship Activities/facilities/entertainment The nightly shows and deck parties that we attended were truly magical. The talent level was up to Disney standard. We laughed. I cried, and we both enjoyed all three nights at the shows. We were glad that there were plenty of places for a couple in their 30's, such as us, to get away from the crazy family crowds and enjoy some quieter, more romantic times. The adults only pool was shallow and not super roomy, but having the bar there and a place to dip my feet without worries of getting splashed by a 10 year old perfecting his cannonball was really nice. We spent some time in the bar that is on the top deck, forward. Standing up there with the wind blowing in my hair and a drink in my hand after dinner at night was certainly enjoyable. Speaking of drinks, the Mr. bought a DCL beer mug and got discounts on draft beer plus a souvenir to take home, which was a great value. We also bought a wine package to have three bottles during our cruise from the standard selections, which we drank with dinner. This was, in my opinion, also a great deal, as we enjoy having wine with meals and aren't too fussy about which kind goes with what foods. Castaway Cay's serenity bay was a wonderful beach escape for adults only. After the stingray experience, we relaxed and enjoyed the quiet peace and the beautiful views. The only thing missing from this ship was nightlife. It just wasn't there, which is not surprising. Not only that, but a late night game similar to the newlywed game was still so wholesome it ventured into cheesy territory. Come on, it's a bar. We're all over 21. You don't have to use phrases like "the magic happen" (air quotes included) for euphemisms. I know it's Disney, but sheesh! All in all, if you're a couple and you love Disney, this ship can be a real Dream!   Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2010
This was our 3rd cruise on disney (15th cruise overall) and 2nd on the Dream. We just love the ship! The adult area is really enforced but there is a family area on the deck just above the adult pool so if you are with children you do ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on disney (15th cruise overall) and 2nd on the Dream. We just love the ship! The adult area is really enforced but there is a family area on the deck just above the adult pool so if you are with children you do have access to the nice, warm adult pool with swim up bar. the food is excellent and the pirate night party is a blast! People do dress for pirate night in costumes, but there are loads of people who dont!. We had late seating, with an infant, and it went beautifully. Animator's palate is always a really great experience! all in all, i highly recommend cruisng with disney, their attention to service, detail and children can't be beat! The service on board is impeccable, anything you desire you can pretty much get when it comes to food and drink! My hubby won the grand prize at bingo! his first time playing! Disney entertainment is among the best we have seen! Read Less

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