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86 Disney Orlando (Port Canaveral) Cruise Reviews

My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part ... Read More
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part you're surrounded by kids. The adult areas on the boat were generally as packed as the other areas of the boat. The food in the dining room was very good along with the service. We went to Palo twice and it was really exceptional. Food in Cabanas and the stands on the main deck was awful for the most part. Breakfast had to be the worst. The good news is that we were always able to find a table even on sea days. For entertainment, the first-run movies in the Lake Buena Vista theater were a big plus. We saw them all. The shows were hit or miss. The Aladdin show was really cute. The big pirate extravaganza was terrible; even the fireworks were too short. Castaway Cay was by far the best day of the cruise. The beaches are gorgeous and the water is crystal clear. The adult beach was very relaxing with plenty of beach chairs and separate facilities. The BBQ lunch was only so-so. The cabin was average size, but clean and comfortable. We had a kid in a nearby cabin who kept going in and out of his cabin by slamming the door so hard our things would jump on the desk. He would then proceed to run up and down the hallway for, what seemed Ike, hours. This was at all times of the day. Sleeping was not an option with this kid near us. And that was the main issue: Where in heaven's name are the parents? Many of the kids seemed to have little to no supervision, even when the parents were with them. If we decide to cruise again, we would not choose Disney. If we had small children, we might feel differently, but for adults who are not enamored with Disney, it's not for us. Overall the service was good and there were some nice pluses, but we'll use RCL or another line if we decide to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 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 February 2014
We took our second cruise on Disney Dream for the altered itinerary for Caribbean (Nassau, day at sea, Castaway Cay). As others have noted Disney is a bit more expensive but the staff, service and overall experience is worth the extra ... Read More
We took our second cruise on Disney Dream for the altered itinerary for Caribbean (Nassau, day at sea, Castaway Cay). As others have noted Disney is a bit more expensive but the staff, service and overall experience is worth the extra cost. Things are well communicated, organized and thought out. the only negatives we have to report are that the ship is a bit weathered. There was a lot of maintenance ongoing from painting to varnish to fixing leaks in the Aqua Duck, etc. there is clearly a lot of wear and tear and we saw the same all over the ship from the cabins to the deck chairs, to the furniture in the dining rooms to the carpet in the atrium. It may be time for Disney to invest in some "downtime" for the Dream to get her "spiffed-up" and back to proper form. We sailed exactly 1 year ago and I can tell you that there was definitely a change to the condition of everything noted above. The other negative was the food. Generally not bad. We were in the second seating so I think that we sometimes got food which had been pre-prepared and then sitting for the 2nd seating - so everything was very dry and overdone. the kids enjoyed the Clubs immensely and also the 24 hour ice cream machines and the choices at Cabanas for breakfast and lunch. The shows were also just OK. the comedian and ventriloquist we had was much more adult oriented and not a big hit with the kids and the Golden Mickeys and Believe were re-runs from the shows we saw last year - disappointing. Overall - an excellent cruise. nice ports of call and Castaway Cay is a fantastic location. The crew and staff are awesome and make up in many ways for the issues noted above. We will most likely return and give it another try. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I just returned from a 7-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy with my husband, my parents, and my brother's family (he has 2 girls ages 3 and 6). This cruise was my 2nd Disney cruise. I have sailed many times with Carnival, and once ... Read More
I just returned from a 7-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy with my husband, my parents, and my brother's family (he has 2 girls ages 3 and 6). This cruise was my 2nd Disney cruise. I have sailed many times with Carnival, and once with Royal Caribbean. We did not book flight or ground transportation through Disney. I am going to give a list of pros and cons from my point of view, and I apologize if it gets a bit lengthy. Pros: * The staff was wonderful- not one cast member was not helpful, friendly, and enthusiastic. Every cast member we met was nice and genuinely seemed happy to be working on the ship. Anything you needed or wanted was done right away, and with a great attitude. * Cleanliness- the ship was very clean, and any issues were immediately remedied. Bathrooms were spotless. * We love that you can bring your own alcohol on this line! * The drink prices were very reasonable, and the drinks were strong- no skimping on the booze here. * The shops were well stocked and well placed. * The digital photography was a nice addition, and the new organization of the photos (kept in folders instead of sifting through a million pictures on the wall) was great- it allowed you to save all of your pictures and make your decisions at the end instead of having to pick quickly before the shots were removed. * The shows in the Animator's Palate restaurant were very entertaining and unique. * The room service menu, call response, and delivery were far better than on the Magic. * The on-demand offerings on TV were a nice perk. * The announcements were not too frequent, and they were loud and clear enough to be understood. * The 2 different age splash zones were a great addition to the pools for the kids. * The sports area was well-organized and supplied. * The ship had excellent access and accommodations for people with disabilities. * The Aquaduck water slide was a lot of fun, especially at night. * The adult deck area, Quiet Cove, was a very nice retreat- plenty of recliners, nice hot tub and pool, a swim-up bar, indoor cafe, and no kids. * Food was good, but not remarkable. Animator's Palate was the only restaurant with any entertainment at dinner. * Ambiance on the ship was great; really nice decor, themes, and layout. * Signage was excellent- it was very easy to know where you were and where you wanted to go. * Embarkation and Debarkation were very organized and smooth, with very reasonable waiting. * I really enjoyed watching movies in the main movie theatre, though a few more choices would have been nice. The theatre itself had very comfy chairs and good viewing and sound. * My nieces loved the kid's clubs so much we were prying them out of there every night. The 6 year old particularly enjoyed the crafts and character visits. * Loved the online app (free wireless for the use of the app only)- it really did let you know everything that was going on. Cons: * The prices- every add-on (photo prices, Princess tea party, spa prices, bingo, etc.) was so expensive it was prohibitive. We went with plenty of spending money, but were quite put off by the prices. * Very few adult activities- there were huge gaps of time with nothing scheduled for adults, and it was mostly only trivia. Much of the trivia and games were exactly the same as on the Magic- to the point where I was answering things simply from having memorized them last cruise. The only reason I can even comment on Bingo prices was that I was bored enough to go play it a few times (again, staff here was enthusiastic and fun). On other ships I've played adult scavenger hunts, scattegories, mini game shows, etc. These activities were not offered for adults, unless it was once an evening in the dance club late in the evening. * All activities, including adult offerings, closes at midnight. I can stay out later at any bar at home. * We were in port for very short times in Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. The only port we had a full day in was Castaway Cay, Disney's private island * Re-boarding after tendering in Grand Cayman took forever- I literally got through TSA faster than that. * They got rid of the character breakfast that was offered on other Disney cruises. * No comedians- there was one excellent juggler and one very poor ventriloquist. (Note- my husband and I did not attend the main theatre shows, but the rest of the family enjoyed them a great deal). * The Europa area that is supposed to be adults-only after 9pm definitely wasn't. Kids were kept out of the Tube nightclub, but were in all of the other adult bar and lounge areas. * The piano bar was extremely far away from everything else (deck 14), and only 1 elevator led to it. * This may seem silly, but they don't award Disney medals at any onboard games, trivia, or activities- I really liked those. We won a million keychains, and I saw a few luggage tags and water bottles given away, but those were rare. * Regular TV station choices were extremely limited, and went out frequently as the ship sailed. There was no Olympic coverage available at all. * There were only 2 clocks that we found outside of staterooms on the entire ship. It's not a casino- why can't I know what time it is? This was especially annoying because we changed time zones, so it was tough to keep track. * In the adult area there was a small buffet set up for late-night snacks (wings and stuff), but we never, ever, even once saw food in it. * The drinks at formal night were more available and of better quality on the Magic. * Pirate Night (my favorite) was more fun, had more activities, and better ambiance on the Magic. Overall, I will return because my family chooses the vacations, but I would sail Carnival if it was my choice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
After years of thinking about it, asking friends, and doing research, we finally settled on the Disney Fantasy as the ship on which we would take our very first cruise. We are a couple in our 50's with one remaining child at home, a ... Read More
After years of thinking about it, asking friends, and doing research, we finally settled on the Disney Fantasy as the ship on which we would take our very first cruise. We are a couple in our 50's with one remaining child at home, a teen who would be turning 15 while on the cruise. The reasons we chose Disney Fantasy were multiple: highly recommended by friends, family friendly, Disney always does everything first-rate, and the fact there was a youth club (the Vibe) where our son could hang out and make new friends. I was a bit nervous about the experience (pre-cruise) not knowing at all what we could expect. But wow, wow, wow, was it ever amazing!! From start to finish, everything about this cruise was absolutely top-notch! From the accommodations to the staff, the food, the service, the entertainment, the Vibe teen club, the atmosphere, the cleanliness, the beauty, the excusions, it was just a wonderful, wonderful vacation for our family. Even the two other families whom we were paired with for dinner seemed like an absolutely perfect match for ours. To be truthful, at first I was uncomfortable with the idea of eating dinner with the same strangers every night (what if we didn't get along?) But we seemed well-matched and it turned out we got along great! As for the live Disney shows, they were fun show-stopping live musicals and the young people who starred in them displayed tremendous, energetic talent night after night. There were many other lively shows and entertainment as well, too many to mention! Now, on to the staff. The staff was courteous and friendly, and strove to attend to every need we ever had... Deck 11 was the popular place to be much of the time. From 24 hour self-serve soda and coffee machines, self-serve ice cream machines available much of the day, burgers, pizza, wraps, the huge Cabanas buffet (where we ate at most breakfasts and lunches), to the pool, the Aquaduck ride and the enormous wide-screen tv which overlooked it all playing one Disney movie or feature after the other. This is also where the fun, fun deck parties were had. (The pirate party and fireworks afterwards were so much fun!)...On the upper-most decks is where those over 18 went to sunbathe and relax. There were servers coming to you often, asking if you needed a drink (which were an extra cost, but we didn't mind as we're not drinkers). At the theater, there were several newer Disney movies being shown at no extra cost at various times, including "Frozen", "Saving Mr. Banks" and the newest "Thor" movie. In your room, all the other Disney animated movies and Disney/Pixar movies were available to watch on demand. (However, we spent very little time in our room, so we only watched a couple)...For dinner, we had second seating (dinner at 8:15) which I was concerned about, as our family normally eats around 5:00 and we hate going to bed on full stomachs. But it turned out to be a great experience which we enjoyed fully! We alternated between three different restaurants---Enchanted Garden, The Royal Court, and Animator's Palate. However, we had the same wonderful wait staff and table mates along with us for each dinner. There was also the option of paying extra to eat at Remy's or Palos' but we didn't do that. We indulged ourselves and ate a lot at these dinners to be honest, but hey it was a cruise! On your menu, you had several appetizers, soups/salads, main courses, and desserts to choose from (different each night) Some main dishes on the menu included lobster tail, beef wellington, steak, red snapper, barbecue ribs for example. As for the excursions, we had three of them. St. Maartens, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay (which is a pristine island privately owned by Disney). Of the three, I didn't care for St. Maartens' to be honest. It is a poor island, divided into Dutch and French sides, Dutch being the poorer and more run-down of the two. We went to a beautiful beach (called Waikiki Beach) on St. Maartens, but it was marred somewhat by the constant presence of local vendors trying to get you to buy their wares, but they were only quietly intrusive to be honest. And as soon as you said, "No thank you", they would move on without trying to haggle with you. St. Thomas was lovely. We took the tram up high so we could overlook the island and the view was extraordinary! Castaway Cay was our favorite excursion. It is just beautiful, and the water is so clear and the sand so clean. You could snorkel there, float in tubes, take bike rides, etc. or just sunbathe on the sand. They even served an amazing, huge barbecue lunch there for us all including all the fixings: burgers, ribs, coleslaw, potatoes, chips, dessert, ice cream, soda, etc....As you see, I could go on and on about this trip and how wonderful it was, and I know I have left out so many great things. But I would encourage you and your familiy to experience it for yourselves. You won't be disappointed!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
A little background: I've been on 25+ cruises(Disney, Celebrity, RCI, Princess, Costa, Carnival, Big Red Boat, Cunard), my husband has been on 8 cruises, and our 4 year old daughter has been on 7 cruises. Our only other Disney cruise ... Read More
A little background: I've been on 25+ cruises(Disney, Celebrity, RCI, Princess, Costa, Carnival, Big Red Boat, Cunard), my husband has been on 8 cruises, and our 4 year old daughter has been on 7 cruises. Our only other Disney cruise was the Magic out of NYC in June 2012. Our cruise on the Fantasy, was absolutely fantastic! Let me say right off, I wasn't that impressed with the Magic. We paid top dollar, the ship was small (I don't like the small ships) and she was showing her age a bit. We booked the Fantasy while on the Magic and I knew I was going to love this ship! We flew Newark to Orlando a week before the cruise and stayed at the Art of Animation (which was nothing fancy, but decent value for money)....We went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and the Candlelight Processional, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, had breakfast with Jake (of the Neverland Pirates), and had breakfast at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and friends. It was an absolutely fantastic week....and exhausting! We were looking forward to relaxing on the cruise. We left Orlando Friday morning after breakfast and spent the day at Kennedy Space Center, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I had tried to get the "free" tickets from my NJ congressman but they never materialized. Instead we spent A LOT of money on admission, the extra tour of the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building), and some NASA souvenirs. We'll visit again but skip the extra tour since there was enough to do without it. We checked into the Country Inn and Suites....hotel was fine and very convenient to the terminal. I had pre-booked parking but once we arrived at the terminal we decided to park there since it was close to our 10:30 check-in time. As it turned out, this was unnecessary since they do not let you in the cruise terminal 1 minute before 10:30! Check-in was extremely smooth. We were given boarding group #2. I had pre-registered my daughter online for the kid's club so we went to the counter to get her bracelet. While waiting to board my daughter had her picture taken with both Minnie and Mickey and we walked a bit around the terminal. At 11:30 we boarded the ship. Having your family announced as you step on the ship is one of the nice little Disney touches. Immediately we went to guest services to book the Gingerbread House making class (limited availability) and to book the Princess Tea. At almost $300 for 1 adult and 1 child, I was undecided about booking the tea but decided to do it. I couldn't believe when I was told that it was only offered 1 time during a PORT day. Since we already had plans for the day, we passed on the tea. Stupid decision by Disney! A few minutes later we were up on deck 11 and my daughter was waiting for Nemo's Reef to open. This was the first cruise that she had worn her bathing suit to board (will ALWAYS do that!). Once our stateroom was open we went to drop off our few carry-ons. Wow, our stateroom was wonderful!! We had a verandah - which after using it almost NEVER convinced me not to get one again. But what was so surprising was the space - it was a big room, split bathroom was not really a big point for us, but the storage - about 7-8 drawers, and 2 closets with lots of hangers...!! This stateroom put our same category Magic stateroom to shame! We went up to Cabanas for lunch. Food was good. We then headed to the D Lounge where we met our group. I would highly recommend joining your cruise meet-up group as soon as one is formed. You'll likely get a lot of information there - especially for first time cruisers. I learned about the gingerbread house class through them and also about requesting a specific dining rotation. They also put together the FE exchange, a lot of meetings, some excursions, etc. It was very nice to meet the people I'd been interacting with for months before the cruise. After that we went back to our stateroom and met our stateroom host, Leon, who had all (3) our suitcases delivered to us pretty quickly. We unpacked, I hung up our magnets on our door, and our FE (our first time participating). Before we knew it, it was time for dinner. We had first seating, which at 5:45 is really too early, but the second seating is just too late. On our previous Disney cruise we had a table to ourselves (on other cruises we rarely ate in the dining room). It's our vacation-family time and I'm not much of a "small" talker but I thought it would be nice for my daughter to have some other kids to talk to. It was a good decision. We were paired with a nice family who had a boy (8) and twin girls who were a month older than my daughter. The girls did become very good friends even sitting together at a couple of the shows. Loved our assistant server. He anticipated what we needed and each night had our drinks waiting for us. The food ranged from not good to pretty good to the occasionally very good. I know food is subjective - my husband didn't think the food was good but most nights out of 3-4 courses, I was happy if 2 were good. On one occasion, I had 3 that were very good. Desserts rarely live up to my expectation on any cruise. I'm a chocolate lover and rarely is there any good chocolate dessert. There were a couple of nights that there was nothing that appealed to me so I had a Mickey bar - for the first time. I'm hooked. :-) I do like the trio option for desert - a little taste of a few different desserts. The biggest issue I had in the dining room was the number of times our waiter brought up the "excellent" on the comment cards. Not once, not twice, but FOUR times. (Our waiter on the Magic brought it up as well.) He told us about it on the first night (Saturday). He brought it up on Wednesday to make sure that he was giving us "excellent" service/food and asking if there was anything he could change. He brought it up on Thursday to tell us that we would be getting the comment cards "tomorrow". And he brought it up on Friday to tell us how important that we rate everything "excellent". In all fairness he was a good waiter (had Indian food specially made for my husband one night, did magic tricks with the kids, etc.) but that was just such a turnoff. The rest of my review by category: DINING: In addition to my comments above...We skipped dinner one night and had room service, which was good. Chocolate chip cookies were definitely good. Cabanas had a very good choice of breakfast items. The made-to-order eggs/omelettes better than the ones sitting under the lights. Worst thing: bacon. I have never had anything so tasteless! We only ate lunch in Cabanas the day we boarded. Lots to choose from then as well. Loved the shrimp (crab okay). Mostly we skipped lunch or had a late afternoon soft ice cream (addictive!) - or ate in port. Overall I thought the food was good. ENTERTAINMENT: The welcome aboard show is very lame - the characters were the highlight. I liked Aladdin and Believe, Wishes not so much. The farewell show was only saved by the woman ventriloquist and the characters. Frozen was shown in the Walt Disney Theater and we enjoyed that. (We found out the movies that would be shown on board from our FB group so didn't go see it before the cruise.) Overall the shows are good - I would not go so far to say they are Broadway quality (as some people do). I personally feel that I "have to see the shows" so I don't miss anything. :-) We did see Believe at a 3:00 p.m. matinee, which I loved having the flexibility of doing - the theater was packed. Liked the couple in the atrium who provided music nightly. Saw Monsters University in the movie theater (on the night we went to the matinee of Believe) but did not have enough time to see any of the other movies. KID'S CLUB: My daughter turned 3 on the Magic and would not go to the kid's club. On our next cruises 6 months later (NCL Epic, Carnival Breeze) and our cruise the this past June (NCL Breakaway) she went in those clubs and loved each of them. So I figured she would go on the Fantasy. She wouldn't. Supposedly the best kids club at sea and I can't get her in! Will try again in June 2015! ON BOARD BOOKING: We did a dummy booking - with the intention of booking June 2015 on the Fantasy for my daughter's 6th birthday. Current itineraries are only out through April of 2015. I'm definitely going to re-think the verandah thing.... PORTS: I've done the Western Carib before and didn't enjoy the Mexican ports so much. This time I loved them. And what a nice change from the Eastern Carib!! I only booked one excursion and we winged the rest (I'm a planner so I never do that!). In Grand Cayman we got an island tour for the 3 of us (total $40) that went to the turtle farm (one of my daughter's favorites), Hell (brief stop), and 7 Mile Beach where we had an excellent lunch at Calico Jack's and spent some time on the beach. Our driver/guide was really good and informative. In Costa Maya, we booked the Chacchoben Mayan Ruin tour with Native Choice. I NEVER book the overpriced and crowded ship's excursions but was really tempted in Costa Maya because we were only in port for 4 1/2 hours. My emails back and forth with Native Choice made me comfortable enough to go with them. It was an excellent choice and an excellent tour! We were 3 couples and 3 girls in a very comfortable van. The native guide was extremely knowledgeable. We arrived at the ruins ahead of the Disney buses and went to the farthest ruins starting in the back. We had the ruins all to ourselves. It was amazing. We made our way forward passing the throngs of people on the Disney tour. So glad we weren't part of that! (Our table mates DID go with Disney and paid A LOT for the 5 of them! We paid for $110 for the 3 of us, which was less than what they paid for just the 2 adults.) Oh...and one of the highlights for us was stopping at a stall at the side of the road where women were selling pineapples. Whole pineapples, juice, and pineapple slices and chili powder are available. We got the slices with the chili powder on the side. The pineapples were SO sweet and juicy and the combination of the sweet and the spicy from the chili powder caused a delicious explosion in my mouth!! We realized we had little cash for Cozumel, so went to guest services to ask where the ATM was on the ship. There wasn't one! I have never been on a ship that didn't have an ATM. The cast member told us (incorrectly) where we could get US$ from an ATM. Off the ship, we walked and walked and walked to that ATM, which didn't dispense US$. We walked and walked and walked back....and saw a sign at Senior Frogs that said they had an ATM with US$....which was broken! However, next door near the post office, we did find one and several other people in line in need of US$. We got a taxi and headed to Paradise Beach. There was a $2 per adult fee to use their facilities (beach/pool) and adults needed to spend an additional $10 each on food/drinks. The beach was really nice and we had a great time. When it started to rain we headed to the bar area near the pool. Once the rain stopped we went into the pool. It was a huge pool (I loved the loungers in the water). After swimming for a while we decided to stay for lunch. I had the Mexican platter which was an assortment of Mexican food (some I did not recognize), which was delicious. Too soon it was time to head back to town. We were able to do a little shopping before getting back on the ship. Castaway Cay was fun. We got off the ship as soon as we could. Beautiful Christmas tree was on the pier. Snapped a couple of photos with Donald Duck and a couple of family photos in front of Dumbo on the back of the ship. Boarded the tram to the family beach, Pelican Point. Got some loungers and headed down to the water. It wasn't very hot (mid 70's expected for the day) and the water was cold...! Beautiful, clear water with big fish swimming by. Best to just dive right in! We had a great time on the beach. BBQ lunch at Cookie's (or was it Cookie's Too?) was good. I love the day at Castaway Cay because for me it's "forced" relaxation! I really enjoyed the Western Caribbean ports. The only disappointment was the amount of time we had in Grand Cayman (5 1/2 hours) and Costa Maya (4 1/2) hours. Oh...and I forgot about the nightmare experience of tendering in Grand Cayman!! It took us over an hour to get off the ship once they got the tour groups off. If you're pre-booking your own excursion, be sure to take that into account! ACTIVITIES: There are enough activities for children on board IF your children participate. My daughter loved Nemo's Reef and the pools. As on our Magic cruise we spent a lot of time in line for photos with the princesses and characters. If you try to see most/all of them, it does interfere with the timings for other activities. (We never made the gingerbread house making class because we were on line for the princesses or somebody!) The activities for adults seemed to be mostly tastings (alcoholic with a fee). Of course, if I was sailing childless, I'd be fine to sit by the pool and read all day. :-) CHARACTERS/PRINCESSES: There is ample opportunity to interact with the characters and princesses. They had the princess gathering 3 times during the week. You meet 4 princesses at one time. The lines for this get VERY long and the princesses were there for almost 2 hours the first time! I recommend getting on line at least 30 minutes early. For all the other characters, we usually got on line 15 minutes before the scheduled time. My daughter loved doing this... I purchased princess dresses from the Disney store's semi-annual sale - great deal and my daughter loved dressing up. I loved the different outfits the characters wore at different times - Christmasy sweaters, formal for formal nights (although I was disappointed that Mickey was dressed in his captain's uniform and not the tux he had on the Magic). We didn't have any issues with people getting nasty on line nor did we have any issues with the lines being cut-off before everyone got to see the character they wanted. The cast members were VERY good about this. If the timing was 11:00 for 15 minutes, they didn't cut the line off until 11:15. Several times the characters went over the allotted time. I do have a thing about those autograph books though...just don't get it. Takes so much time and then....my daughter saw everyone else doing it and after we got a journal as an FE gift, she was hooked. Ugh! I was now one of "those" parents with the kid with the stupid autograph book. :-) FIRST TIME EXPERIENCES: FE: we loved participating in the Fish Extender gift exchange. My daughter loved coming back to our stateroom to see what was waiting for her. She even came all around the ship with me to distribute our gifts. A tip I'll remember for next trip is to save some gifts for the last couple of days. You get so much in the first few days that it was so nice to get some things towards the end of the cruise. Aquaduck: My daughter was tall enough to go but the cast member gave us such a hard time. He literally spent 5 minutes measuring her only to declare that she was too short. A piece of paper could not have fit between her and the bar. In the end, I went alone and really wasn't so impressed. It was quite claustrophobic and not something I'd do again. Pelican Plunge: Now THIS was cool! My daughter WAS tall enough to go. The cast member at the top was so nice and helpful to all the kids who went up with one parent. Parents went down first and he took care of sending the younger kids down. My daughter declared it "awesome" and wanted to do it again and again. Room Service: We were so tired one night - it can be difficult getting back from port and getting to dinner by 5:45 - that we decided to order room service. Service was prompt, food was good, and chocolate chip cookies were very good! Mickey Bars: How come I never had these before?? CROWDS: I'm sure the ship was completely booked. We never once had an issue getting a table at Cabanas or a seat in the theater. The lines for the characters and princesses did get long but we just allowed enough time to get to see them. MISC: I specifically booked this vacation so that we would see all the Christmas decorations at the parks and on the ship. We were not disappointed! The tree lighting ceremony on the ship was nice and all the decorations were great. I would definitely recommend a cruise and/or a trip to WDW during the holiday season! On the Magic we left a large Vinylmation and a Winnie the Pooh plate at guest services for signatures. This time I left a photo mat that turned out really well. As usual we over packed. With the new relaxed dress code in the dining room, I'm going to pack a lot less next cruise! Disney knows how to do it. The cast members are all genuinely nice, the ship is beautiful, and there are just so many extra "Disney touches" that distinguish DCL from other cruise lines. Our cruise was really not that much more expensive than going on the Oasis/Allure or a similar ship. DISEMBARKATION: Wonderful and so efficient! We were going to have something to eat at Cabanas but were cleared to disembark. We left the ship, got our luggage, went through immigration/customs, and were in our car by 8:30 a.m.! I'd definitely book an earlier flight home next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was my 11th cruise. I took my grandson for his 5th birthday. I have sailed with Princess, NCL, RCCL, Carnival and the defunct Premier cruise line. I expected much more from this cruise. It was Disney!! The food was average at best. ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise. I took my grandson for his 5th birthday. I have sailed with Princess, NCL, RCCL, Carnival and the defunct Premier cruise line. I expected much more from this cruise. It was Disney!! The food was average at best. The dining room service was upsetting. The first night I asked to change tables. The party sitting with us was obnoxious. I stated my concerns to our waiter and he ignored me. By the last night I didn't even go to the dining room. The children's activities were exceptional except for the character meet n greet. There were times you stood in a long line only to have the character leave before you seen them.The pool areas were very crowded, not enough chairs. The entertainment was everything I expected, amazing shows! I was also impressed with the transportation to and from the airport. In summary: Less than impressive service, less than impressive food, great shows, well run kids program, lack of chairs by the pools, overcrowded, nice cabin. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Know my biases up front: -not a fan of crowds -Fan of Wind Jammer (3 times) -Enjoyed 7 day on Disney Magic Good: -Cabins, Deluxe family with verandah -kids activities -Castaway Cay -friendliness of crew -embarkation process was ... Read More
Know my biases up front: -not a fan of crowds -Fan of Wind Jammer (3 times) -Enjoyed 7 day on Disney Magic Good: -Cabins, Deluxe family with verandah -kids activities -Castaway Cay -friendliness of crew -embarkation process was improved over last Disney Cruise Bad: -crowded, almost everywhere, almost always -food, not bad, but ranks at bottom of the 5 cruises we've done, fish was consistently overcooked, and everything at Animator's Palate was on the cold side. -no dinner dress code, shorts and tank tops welcomed in main dining -smoking, to get away from the crowds, we'd retreat to our cabin's verandah, but we were often greeted with smoke from other guests. Nassau: -Is a busy Capital city, but traffic really picks up after school let's out around 3. -Cheryl's Taxi & Tour is great. Craig is a friendly and proud Bahamian, who's proud of his country and makes for a great guide.   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
Sail Date October 2013
I recently (Aug 31- Sept 7) took a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean with my family. I can't say for my parents, but I LOVED IT. it was definitely a memorable cruise, to say the least. Embarkation We rented a car in Florida, ... Read More
I recently (Aug 31- Sept 7) took a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean with my family. I can't say for my parents, but I LOVED IT. it was definitely a memorable cruise, to say the least. Embarkation We rented a car in Florida, so we took a shuttle from the car dealer (is that what you would call it?) to the port. A little hectic, but we all managed. once we got there, we proceeded through customs (which took maybe 15 mins TOPS). after customs, we had to check in. everything went really smoothly and we were on the ship within a half hour of getting to the port. i was amazed, as this was my second cruise ever (first on Dis) and this was probably the fastest embarkation ever. Entertainment There was DEFINITELY enough to do on the ship. The pool was "meh" at best, as it got disgustingly cloudy, crowded, and began to smell after the first few days. Yes it SMELLED. Horrible. The Aquaduck never seemed to have an overly long line, which was GREAT. unfortunately, we encountered 20+ mph winds, so it was closed 90% of the time. The shows were AMAZING. Like i can't even begin to describe them. the movies however, were 'meh". they showed the same movies over and over, and there were only 3 movies playing. they were Monsters Uni, Planes, and The Lone Ranger, playing on different days alternating between 3D and not 3D. i can safely say that i have seen Planes at least 6 times, and Lone Ranger 2 times. i wish i was kidding. Dining I loved having the same waitstaff each night. They were SOOOOOO nice and friendly. The only thing that i didn't like (but didn't hate either) was when the head waiter tried "setting me up" with the boy at the table next to us. it was funny, and the kid seemed nice, but it was awkward with my parents after. We ended up with a 6 person table with a 3 person party (due to error or something, i didn't mind) and that meant that we got a window seat every DR except for Animators Palate. The food on the first night was amazing and seemed to slowly regress as the days went on, so much that they had us eating "corn 3 ways" on the last night. it was probably the weirdest thing I've ever eaten. Excursions In Costa Maya, we went to a Jungle Beach Break. Awful. The beach was disgusting (there were plastic cups and food on the sand), and i got stung by a jellyfish. i know that it was not the resort's fault, but it sort of just killed the rest of my day. In Cozumel, we went on a Horse Back Tour. This was wonderful, even though we rode through a torrential downpour and were swarmed by mosquitos. Again, that could not have been prevented, but it was a wonderful excursion and the people were nice and cheerful throughout the tour. But my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE excursion was the Stingray City Snorkel Excursion in Grand Cayman. This was AMAZING. The water was so warm, the people so friendly, and the stingrays were just awesome. they would swim right up to you and you could pet them. they were, basically, "big, slimy puppies". It was just absolutely amazing. Sailing this was interesting. The first few days, there was smooth sailing, calm water, and bright blue sky. a few days later however, there was a "tropical depression", and that caused the waves to be QUITE rough. so, pretty much, you could constantly feel the ship rocking. For at least 2 days, you weren't allowed on the jogging path, as it flooded and the ship was rocking too much. YAY. Thats pretty much it! Fabulous vacation, but bit could have been better.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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
Sail Date January 2010
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