46 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Bahamas Disney Dream Cruise Reviews

would be, but several things happened.that really left us feeling bad about our much anticipated vacation. I would like to first say the ship, stateroom, and services were great. We are a family of 5, and our verandah accommodations ... Read More
would be, but several things happened.that really left us feeling bad about our much anticipated vacation. I would like to first say the ship, stateroom, and services were great. We are a family of 5, and our verandah accommodations never felt cramped. Disney thought of everything in terms of storage and sleeping bunks, 2 sinks, etc. This exceeded my expectations. The food and restaurant experiences were also very good (albeit every dinner seemed to go on 30-45mins longer than we would have liked). The servers work hard but we were left closing the place each night! They were great about my gluten sensitivity, and my children's overall pickiness. Generally I wouldn't complain about the dining experience. Now comes the bad stuff: My 13 year old and my 6 year old enjoyed the kids clubs. My 10 year old however did not. The Oceaneer clubs were listed for ages 3-12, however my 10 year old daughter felt very out of place there and that most of the activities were geared towards the younger kids. It was explained to us that she could go to the tween club (with my 13 year old), but there she felt too young and that the older kids were all wondering why she was there too. I did not feel the staff did much to make her feel welcome at either of the clubs. The real reason I could not recommend this trip to others, is for the experience we had at the Disney owned island, Castaway Cay. What started out as a lovely day (we rented kayaks/paddle boats and really enjoyed the BBQ), ended in every parent's worst nightmare. My two younger children were missing for approx. 90mins and the procedures the employees carried out in securing and assuring us their safety were deplorable. My children were found by the Disney staff and brought to a secure location within 20mins of us knowing they were lost. What was totally LUDICROUS was the lifeguards did not know this procedure, and they kept my husband and I, in a total panic and had us searching in the vicinity for the 90mins or so until we were told where they were. I had every horrible thought of abduction in my mind during this time. Thank God they were safe in the end, but what else is horrible is the way my 10 year old was again treated by the staff. She could describe exactly where we were located, and kept telling the caretakers, but they dismissed her and kept saying that "the lifeguards would be looking for us-her parents!"She was as upset as we were at our reunion. When we got back to the boat, all of us a bit frazzled we spoke to Guest Services. There the man nicely registered our concerns, but my husband and I were truly left feeling like they didn't really care to do anything different/improve the training of staff etc. The guest services rep listened, but I don't know what the follow through will be to avoid the situation for other families. I even carefully wrote out on our evaluation at the end of the trip; that we had a bad experience and I would like a representative from Disney to contact us further. It's been a week now, and still nothing. So in the end, I can only convey I was disappointed in our expensive trip that we all had looked so forward to. I really hoped it would offer fun and relaxation for all the members of our family, and honestly I and my 10 year old, still have anxiety over what we experienced. We definetly won't be looking to Disney for any vacations again.I really wish I could have just said the Disney cruise was everything I read and hoped it Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
It started with no porters at the pier. I dropped off my family and went to park the car. When I got back to the curd they were still there. Our luggage was taken by porters. However we were not allowed in the terminal. So we were sent to ... Read More
It started with no porters at the pier. I dropped off my family and went to park the car. When I got back to the curd they were still there. Our luggage was taken by porters. However we were not allowed in the terminal. So we were sent to stand in line in the parking structure. An hour later when we were allowed in the terminal we were glad that it was air conditioned. We were given a number three boarding card. Once boarding started people just crowded the entrance. There was one person there but he did not check the cards so anyone could enter and probably did. When we first walked on the ship we noticed how large and wide open the atrium was. It turned out it was the main area to have your photo taken with characters. Unlike the theme parks you usually had to wait 30 minutes to take photos. When photos are taken they scan your card so they know where to place your photos. You then go to your book and the printed photos are there for you to choose from. Because of the high cost of the cruise we selected an inside cabin with a virtual port hole. It had a camera outside so you could see what is outside in that location if you had an ocean view cabin. Not very often Disney characters would float by the window. The cabin had two bath rooms. One with a tub and sink and one with a sink and toilet. There was not much closet and drawer space for the three of us. For dinner we ate in three different dining rooms with the same staff each night. We did not care much for the food in the main dining room. The dining room you are assigned the last night of the cruise is where you had breakfast. If you had early seating at dinner you had to eat the early seating for breakfast. If you had late seating you ate the later breakfast before you left the ship. The shows in the main show room were not up to the usual Disney productions. We really expected more. There is also a movie theater that shows first run movies. Soda is free most places on the ship. However near the two theaters you had to pay for them. Most places on the ship that has free soda are the fountain type drinks. They were not mixed very well. I would have preferred a can soda. On the lido deck the buffets had many food options. Like I mentioned before the food was nothing special. The pool area was always crowded. Like all cruise lines. The aqua duck ride was fun. Not as good as a good water slide. The ship was nice. It had many different wall arts that would come to life once in awhile. The adult areas were the only place you could go without hearing a Disney song being played. There were two pay extra to eat dining rooms. One was $25 per person and the other was $75 per person. There were the usual gift shops on board with many Disney items. Our twelve year old spent many hours in the “Edge” for passengers his age. We made two ports of call. Nassau and Castaway cay. Castaway cay had a lot of free food. There are many beach things you can pay for or just have a free beach day. It was a cruise and we had a good time. The ship was nice. The service was as good as other lines. The food was not. We expected much more form Disney. I guess we expected too much. The price was so much more than our other cruises so we expected more and did not get it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We chose the Disney Dream because so many people had raved about the experience. Let me say that the customer service was exceptional from embarkation to debarkation. The cleanliness of the room and the cabin steward were excellent as ... Read More
We chose the Disney Dream because so many people had raved about the experience. Let me say that the customer service was exceptional from embarkation to debarkation. The cleanliness of the room and the cabin steward were excellent as well. The food was ok in the dining rooms. I actually enjoyed the buffets better than the selections and quality found in the main dining rooms. Because I am not the biggest Disney Fan, and my daughter is simply a "fun" fan, we were not overjoyed with all things disney on this ship. There opportunities to take lots of pictures with all of the characters from Disney. My daughter simply wanted to swim in the pool and on the beach.....and thats exactly what she did. The kids program was also phenomenal. Overall, I think the cruise was fun! We truly enjoyed ourselves. I do think that there are other cruise lines that provide a more "whole family" enjoyable experience. I would go again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This is our third Disney cruise, we have sailed the Fantasy twice and this was our first time on the Magic. We are a family of 5 l; my husband and I mid-thirties with children aged 5, 3 and 18 mos. We traveled with two other families who ... Read More
This is our third Disney cruise, we have sailed the Fantasy twice and this was our first time on the Magic. We are a family of 5 l; my husband and I mid-thirties with children aged 5, 3 and 18 mos. We traveled with two other families who had children ranging in ages from 16 to 9. We were a table of 14 for dinner. My review will be based only on my perspective. Overall it was an ok cruise but for the cost it should have been better than ok. In fact, for our third Disney cruise it was, notably, by far the worst of the three. The short story - pros: *We were in group 2 and on the boat by 11:15 *Boat was spotless *Home for 4 days and no one caught anything from the boat (yay) *kids loved the camp *baby loved the nursery - staff was outstanding *Room was clean and nice *Room service was quick *Whiskey tasting was outstanding Cons: *Some kind of "technology" issue kept us standing outside of the port for about an hour *Castaway Cay was a total train wreck; I really feel Disney put us in actual danger *Service in the main dining room was poor *Food in main dining was poor *Coffee is the worst coffee I have ever had (still) *The ship shits down at like 11pm, midnight the latest - no food options except room service and literally nothing to do *Food at Palo wasn't as good as I have had before The details of the trip: We should have known we were in for it when our trip larger started on the curb at Port Canaveral. Some Disney employee did tell us we were outside because of some technology miscommunication so we stood there for a good 45 Min in the heat; it was kind of a mess getting in. That said, we are Castaway club Silver and the line for that was quick so once we got our key to the world card, we had time to get camp wristbands and then board. The ship was, as always, spotless and grand. Greeted by name and cheered for by crew. Unlike the past 2 trips, however, no one escorted us to the elevator or anything. It was fine, however, as it truly was not busy. We got a table to seat all 14 of us although the buffet didn't open until 11:45 sbut it was fine. Food was ok; less options than I remember especially for the kids but fine. We then went to our rooms as the Navigator said they would be ready at 1:30 but they were a good 15 min late so we sat in the crowded hallway waiting but again no big deal. Seriously tho, Disney, don't print 1:30 if you need till 1:45. Say 2pm and look like a hero at 1:45. Whatever I digress. The biggest issue of the trip was Castaway Cay which was our last day but such a big deal I will jump there next. I ran the free 5K and I have before so nothing changed there. Got off the boat, no one checked our IDs tho we needed them to get our bibs at check in. The race is more fun and not chip trimmed but they give you a bib as a souvenir and a "medal" that's made of rubbery plastic at the end. It's fun. There was an overcast which was great for running as it was breezy. Our family had a cabana and I asked a Disney employee "is there a storm coming" they said "no, the captain radioed the island, should blow past us". Ok so great. I laid around waiting for the rest of my family. They showed up about 20 min later and the host for the Cabana came, Lindsey. The sky looked way worse. I said "should we leave?" He said basically the same thing, storm should blow out to sea, hopefully miss us but if it does drizzle stay in the cabana, it's safest covered. Well we had TORRENTIAL rain with literally 50 MPH wind gusts. All 14 of us were totally stranded for almost three hours in our cabana. No food, no real shelter, freezing as we used all the dry towels and got soaked. It was awful. Lightening less than 100 yards away from us. All of the kids were terrified - the adults too! Shame on you Disney. I get no one can control the weather and you don't want people to miss out, but someone HAD to have seen this three hour monsoon on a radar - how you can encourage guests to remain out in weather like that is beyond me. Absolutely awful. We didn't have to pay for the cabana but still - the risk was terrible. The food was not as good as on other Disney sailing; my steak was overlooked on two different nights with two different preparations and they forgot to serve at least one person at our table. They only do Crush at the Animators Palate and not the animated drawings which was a let down as we only ate there once. The coffee is terrible. I think this is a known issue with Disney but still - fix it! They don't do enough chocolate desserts and the menu on Pirate night is the WORST! It's all spicy and seafood - I really struggle with that menu but that is true of all Disney pirate nights I have attended so far. We did have brunch at Palo. This was our third time and the only time didn't have calzone on the menu this time or the filet minion! Food was OK. I had the veal that was loaded with mushrooms that were hidden underneath which wasn't pleasant to me, but for some this could be a bonus. The chicken parm was good as were the desserts but the buffet sections were wierd. They had Nutella breadsticks and the next table had shrimp and prosciutto - just odd. It was worth the $30 but I was let down because I have had better at Palo! Camps were always a crowd pleaser for my kids and every time I called the nursery to check on my baby they were sweet and happy to check on him for me and gave me a full report. They never called me to take him for any issue and when I did check on him by stopping by and looking through the one way mirror - he was always happy and playing with an adult. They were always very professional and kind, excellent employees! We didn't get off in Nassau but those who did said it was nice. I did use the gym to run on the treadmill and that was very nice and clean and not too busy. They added a hot tub to the concierge sun deck; we were not Conceirge but one family who was with us was and that was a nice add - hope the do same with the Fantasy soon! We waited a long time for the Aquaduck but that's to be expected. 45 min with my kid was actually fun time for us to talk and giggle so it went quickly. I don't know why the soft serve ice cream and pizza stands close - I know other cruise companies serve this 24 hours. It's not a big deal for us but once in a while you kind of want a late night snack and the kids are asleep so room service isn't the best option. This never bothered me before but with the lousy dinner service it really stuck out to me on this trip. Disembarkation was a breeze; breakfast at our assigned table with our family before we lesurley walked off was great. I did fee relaxed on our drive home so it was overall an OK trip but having sailed Disney before I really was dissapointed with this trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I both agree the Ship is beautiful the cast members very friendly and helpful. Getting on and off the ship very organized. our main disappointed was in the quality and quantity of our meals. The salad bar consisted of ... Read More
My husband and I both agree the Ship is beautiful the cast members very friendly and helpful. Getting on and off the ship very organized. our main disappointed was in the quality and quantity of our meals. The salad bar consisted of iceberg lettuce croutons and sliced tomatoes. We practically had to beg for walnuts and raisins to add to our oatmeal, they have cast members to serve you at the buffet and they would use a teaspoon to add your toppings we had to ask for more several times which was very frustrating. I have a gluten allergy and was told numerous times that I could order anything on the menu and they would make it for me, nice right, wrong. I ordered a waffle and hash browns on the second day and they brought me a frozen toaster waffle, I couldn't have the potatoes because they prepare them off the ship, what? My husband ordered French Toast it was so small he ate it in 4 bites. If that wasn't bad enough they serve you your syrup, if you are like me I like to add syrup as I eat I don't want my breakfast floating in syrup but not having enough is also a pain. I am an adult I can't have my own syrup on the table? Going to dinner is very important to us and we found the Disney dinning did not even come close to our experience on other cruise lines. Most of my meals very bland and once again when I tried to order something not on GF menu which the staff continuously encouraged I was told it was prepared before being brought to the ship. I am used to having limited options don't offer what you can't deliver. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Just an average cruise and not any better than our three previous carnival cruises. The extra money you pay to take a Disney cruise is for the included soft drinks and some Disney characters throughout the ship. We spent mothers day (the ... Read More
Just an average cruise and not any better than our three previous carnival cruises. The extra money you pay to take a Disney cruise is for the included soft drinks and some Disney characters throughout the ship. We spent mothers day (the day before our cruise) at magic kingdom and saw most of the princesses and characters there. If you intend on taking this cruise to see princesses then as soon as you embark the ship make a b-line to guess services to get a ticket to see them. They're only available from 11am to 2pm on the 1st day. We missed out on getting tickets and went to guess services around 3:30 the 1st day and the girl at the desk told us they were out. We didn't worry about it since we were at magic kingdom the previous day and after seeing what the princesses looked like in the ship. We thought they looked more like the real thing at the park. We enjoyed the Disney shows at the theater 6pm or 8pm. So make sure you go. The food - what I heard everyone that I know that took a Disney cruise is that it was awesome. So my expectations we high and we were very disappointed with the food and the quality. I had steak that was so chewy I felt I was eating rubber. The family next to us complained about the food to the dining room manager the 1st night and for the remainder of the cruise they tried to accommodate them at dinner and gave them a free wine bottle. So complaint the 1st night you're there :) Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Gorgeous ship! Outstanding service! Fantastic kids' program, gorgeous private island, and unbelievable shows! Hard to complain, isn't it?? I feel, somehow, dirty, complaining about Disney......but, the food was terrible!!! Worst, ... Read More
Gorgeous ship! Outstanding service! Fantastic kids' program, gorgeous private island, and unbelievable shows! Hard to complain, isn't it?? I feel, somehow, dirty, complaining about Disney......but, the food was terrible!!! Worst, I have ever had of the 4 other cruise lines we've traveled on. I took my daughter and her two sons, and the kids absolutely loved it! Their favorite part was the water slides.....all 3 of them. We felt the food was so bad that we'll probably not do another cruise by Disney. With the $$$$ the charge, and Disney's reputation to uphold, I don't know how their could serve such substandard fare. We also were a little disappointed with the crowd control boarding and disembarking the ship and the small size of all the pools; but we could have overlooked these if the food had been at the very least - decent! I'm so sorry to report this. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Was a little disappointed with this cruise, not as great as expected. We were staying at the Beach Club at WDW, so we took the shuttle bus from there to the port. Very easy. We were with our children and two young grandsons. We had ... Read More
Was a little disappointed with this cruise, not as great as expected. We were staying at the Beach Club at WDW, so we took the shuttle bus from there to the port. Very easy. We were with our children and two young grandsons. We had adjoining family staterooms with balconies. The rooms were very large and and nicely laid out, they slept five, the bathroom was great, two choices of shower heads and kept very clean. As a frequent cruiser, I felt the food was just okay. The portions seemed small to me, and for the price of this cruise, there was no Lobster night. The activities were mostly for girls. With the exception of Pirate Night. The early show was only 20 minutes, the later show and longer one was at 10:30, why so late?. We really did not go to any of the shows, The ship itself is gorgeous with great detail and a lot of nice lounges for adults, the restaurants were really beautiful. The only time I felt overwhelmed by children, was at the pool. Wall to wall children. But the adult only part of the ship was terrific. We did a day excursion to Atlantis which was great for the kids, they stayed at the beach and hubby and I went to the Casino. Did okay. Castaway Cay was terrific. We had a great day there and the BBQ was really good, Disney should build a hotel on that island. Disembarkation was a little annoying, only because if you had early seating for dinner, you had to have breakfast on the last morning at 6:45AM. Have never been on a cruise with such a requirement. Finding our luggage was very organized and Disney took us to the airport. I probably will not take another Disney cruise, it was not worth the money we paid for it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
The problem with Disney Cruise Line is that before you book your trip, you stop and ask yourself, "Is it really worth it?" As you know you are basically paying double than other brands so you go into the cruise with high ... Read More
The problem with Disney Cruise Line is that before you book your trip, you stop and ask yourself, "Is it really worth it?" As you know you are basically paying double than other brands so you go into the cruise with high expectations. Sadly, they were not met. The biggest issue was the food. The food was not really good. I thought the food was actually better at the windjammer than at the MDR. Several nights, I left hungry. I think they want to be creative but the meals fall short. But to be fair I did eat at Remys and Palo. The food is incredible at Remys but I am a bit of a picky eater so I didnt like everything there but my dinner partner loved it. Palo was great and I had a nice time there. It was also annoying that the hours of the places were really limited. The windjammer was only open for a short time and the breakfast in the MDR was only open for 1.5 hours in the morning. It wasnt open at night so you could get a quick snack. The pizza, sandwiches, and hamburgers weren't that they great but that stand was open later. I was also disappointed with the kids menu. They actually served corn dogs in the MDR. How is that even healthy, just give a kid a hamburger. I only ate in the MDR twice but the healthy option was a repeat. It was a turkey bolognese but when I ordered it for my daughter the pasta was hard. The shows were great and my daughter loved meeting the characters but we did have to wait in lines. So if you want to see the princesses it is better to show up 30 minutes before or you will be stuck in a really long time. The private island is really great. I really enjoy the adult only section. The boat is pretty empty during that day so it is a great time to enjoy the pool and the aqua deck with crowds and lines.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
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
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ for the 2 of us on top of the allotted nightly dinners to do this. We had planned on spending more as we knew that wine wasn't included with the meal. The awkwardness started by the choice of caviar and cheeses, then wine pairing for dinner, then trying the special truffles that they had you smell in the box and then the cheese cart after the entrees. Each was an extra 50+ to the meal. Each time we turned something down, we were made to feel awkward and looked down on. It really dampened the experience. On top of that, the portions were even smaller than usual for this caliber of a restaurant. We left hungry and ended up going to the buffet after the Pirate celebration and firework show! I have dined at the French and Canadian restaurants in Epcot. I have dined at Be our Guest and at Cinderella's Royal table for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. We were always treated first rate and never uncomfortable. This was a very new and very disappointing experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Just got home after spending 3 nights onboard the Disney Dream. Our group of 13 had an infant, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and married couple without children. Our first Disney cruise was mostly positive. The value for money ... Read More
Just got home after spending 3 nights onboard the Disney Dream. Our group of 13 had an infant, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and married couple without children. Our first Disney cruise was mostly positive. The value for money is good and the variety of activities was excellent for our mixed group. The ship is well laid out, and comfortable once you are at any area. Our staterooms were excellent, well appointed and were cleaned twice each day. We had 2 connected rooms, accessible room and a double room, all family rooms with balconies on the 8th deck. The entertainment was excellent although more children centric, but if that is not your thing, this is not cruise line for you, so bring your child, inner child or stay out. The seating in the theater has some restricted views in some seats, something that we had to live with from the accessible seats on the 3rd deck level, but after experimentation we found the fourth level to have a better view. We had to be at the theater 30 minutes early as only couple of seats are accessible. The staff while courteous, are not trained to offer help to people with disabilities. The bigger offenses came from other guest who will run over you every step of the way, specially when you are getting on the elevator, getting on or off the ship or at anyplace that is crowded. Some people were kind enough to offer you help, while many others jumped in front of you as you slowly make your way leaving you at the back of the growing line. Based on our experience, I believe Disney should offer priority help to people with disabilities, not because they should not wait in line, but because other people are jumping the line. Overall I would say that we all had a wonderful time, and other than some minor difficulties in getting the Grandparents through frantic people From all ages, cultures and manor levels. We did a private tour of Nassau because we couldn't establish if the tours were suitable for people with disabilities, we were glad we did, as our guide gave us an excellent historic and scenic tour of the island with total controll for when and where to go. The only other complaint was with the seating at the resturant, we did not like our table the first two nights in the corner of the resturant and next to the serving station one night and in a separate room the second. We complained both nights and the head server insisted that this was, "what was reserved for us" he wouldn't understand that, it was done deal the first night but it was up to him to give us a better table the next night, then the whole thing repeated the second night, and he kept saying "this is what you reserved" and he could not understand that we did not pick tables and it is ok to have a bad table the first night but not every night, he finally understood and we had a reasonable table for the last night. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Absolutely perfect for our granddaughter's 4th Birthday Celebration ~ Disney always does everything first class ~ my first cruise ~ would highly recommend for families with small children ~ such a pleasure and a lovely adult area for ... Read More
Absolutely perfect for our granddaughter's 4th Birthday Celebration ~ Disney always does everything first class ~ my first cruise ~ would highly recommend for families with small children ~ such a pleasure and a lovely adult area for a little R&R:)!!! We really appreciated the 3 dining rooms and having our same waiters with us each night; such a nice way to get to know our staff and interact with them. Very personable staff on the Disney Cruise. Entertainment was even more than we could appreciate. The live shows were amazing. Having the characters all over the ship was a real highlight for our granddaughter. We were very pleased with the food; plentiful and very tasty. The process to board was fast and efficient. The disembarking process was rather show. Not really sure how I feel about the tipping process with cruising. Our staff was wonderful, but so was the price we paid for the cruise, but I understand that this is the same across the board. Overall our experience was Excellent!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our ... Read More
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our servers never really seemed available for us, so we started going to Cabana's for dinner. Our servers at Cabana were amazing. My daughter does not like french fries, and would ask for broccoli instead, the service team would go out of their way to make sure she got broccoli every time without the other mixed vegetables. We only had one issue that we are still waiting for resolution from, my daughter was pushed down 2 steps by a character handler then pushed out of the way by the same handler. Guest services nor the handler have ever so much as apologized. If that incident (which is on video and has been presented to them) had not happened we would have no hesitation about going on another Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We were a 3-generation group of 6. This was the 17th cruise (4th Disney) for my husband and me and the 2nd cruise (both on Disney) for the rest of our group. We had a wonderful time -- due in combination to whom we were with and the cruise ... Read More
We were a 3-generation group of 6. This was the 17th cruise (4th Disney) for my husband and me and the 2nd cruise (both on Disney) for the rest of our group. We had a wonderful time -- due in combination to whom we were with and the cruise and all it offered. If you have read even 4 of these reviews, I am sure you get the idea. That said I will be brief and list by PROS and CONS -- both IMO. PRO: convenience of Port Canaveral, cabins are great (love you can get connecting cabins), ship is beautiful, service is top notch, great kids activities (meet & greets -- especially Princesses were frequent and well done), very up to date technology in kids areas, stage shows very well done, private island (Castaway Cay) very nice. CONS: food -- while good to very good -- was not hot when served (minor but is was the rule rather than exception), entertainment could be more diverse, need more seating in atrium, is pricey (you can debate if the higher price is worth it. My standard answer is yes and no). Bottom-line: we had a great time and I do love the way Disney does things. The attention to detail they show at the resorts carries over to their ships. Will we go again? Most definitely. But I also think a try at RCCL and Princess (probably my favorite line) with the kids is in the future as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our family's second Disney cruise, first time on Dream, (first cruise was on Magic in 2013) and this time we brought along grandma and grandpa in adjoining stateroom. We settled on this 4 day cruise because it fit our ... Read More
This was our family's second Disney cruise, first time on Dream, (first cruise was on Magic in 2013) and this time we brought along grandma and grandpa in adjoining stateroom. We settled on this 4 day cruise because it fit our schedule for spring break from school and because it just cost a little bit less and that was welcome. We have two children who are (as of this review) 6 and 4. Embarkation day we spent eating lunch and riding the AquaDuck. It was all about the AquaDuck for my kids. There's only one of me, though so they had to take turns riding it (they're not big enough to go by themselves yet) and that was kind of a bummer. It's a super fun ride, to be honest, but sometimes when the line is very long, I don't quite understand the wait times. But - here's a tip - board the ship in your bathing suit and head up to Deck 11 right away. We had super short wait times when we boarded the ship around noon. It wasn't until much later in the afternoon, say around 3 pm when the lines started to get kind of silly. We enjoyed our harbor cruise around Nassau and it was an OK value for a cruise-line-booked excursion. My dad (grandpa) has some difficulties getting around and it was tough for him to make the walk from the ship to the pick up point, but he did make it and enjoyed it. We learned there is a somewhat irregular (free/gratuity) shuttle bus that will transport passengers from the cruise ships to the harbor building and back which is the primary pick up point for most excursions. (We took this shuttle back to the boat later.) Castaway Cay was definitely the highlight of this cruise. We'd never been before but everyone in our whole party loved it. It's just custom built to be a super fun day at the beach with the family. There are tons of activities to do for people of all ages and abilities. Another tip - try to get off the boat early because then you will have more of the facilities to yourself. I debarked at 8:45 am and basically had the entire snorkeling lagoon to myself for a good hour. All of the morning-feeding fish where out and it was just a lovely time - me, the lifeguards and the fish all swimming around. We are all looking forward to heading back to Castaway Cay in the future. That night was also pirate night and our kids were super excited - we were all in costume and took lots of pictures. We were the last family to get a picture with Captain Jack Sparrow before he rescued our ship from a bunch of nasty pirates. The fireworks were fun and the we all enjoyed them. Our final day was an at-sea day. We adults had champagne brunch at Palo which was magnificent. The one drawback was that the basketball court is like directly over the restaurant - this noise was sometimes a little bit distracting from the otherwise wonderful ambiance. We also had reservations for Remy this night but opted to cancel them because we were double booked at Animator's Palate and my wife really wanted to see the "show" with Crash from Nemo. We were still so full from brunch, it probably would have been a waste. While we were at Palo, the kids were in the Kid's Club activities - every time we put them in Kid's Club it took like 15 minutes to convince the kids to leave they were having so much fun every single time I went to get them. This particular day, my daughter had just finished playing in the Green Army Men Bootcamp from Toy Story and my son was doing a mystery puzzle game with Smee and Cap'n Hook from Peter Pan. (Two of his favorite characters, by the way.) They hardly wanted to leave. One really nice thing about the club is that if your kids are in there over a meal time (like breakfast, lunch or dinner) they will get fed by the team. I can't say enough about how much my kids liked the kids club activities - there always seemed to be a crazy amount of stuff for them to explore and do both with other kids and the counselors. One other fun thing my son and I did was the "Midship Detective Agency" game. This is an interactive video game where you run all over the ship with your own specialized badge and find special "interactive artwork" which gives you clues about your particular case that you can solve. Overall, I think we all had a great time, but to be honest, my wife and I felt like 4 days was just not enough time to really fully enjoy all of the amenities and activities that Disney packs on to their ships. We rebooked a "placeholder" cruise onboard because it's such a good deal and we are looking for a longer itinerary for our next trip - we just need more time than 4 days on DCL. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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
We chose the Disney Dream as it fitted in with our vacation, we were a family of 8 from Australia with 3 teenager girls & 5 Adults, We have cruised many times before with a lot of other lines, but at this time we put the Disney Cruise ... Read More
We chose the Disney Dream as it fitted in with our vacation, we were a family of 8 from Australia with 3 teenager girls & 5 Adults, We have cruised many times before with a lot of other lines, but at this time we put the Disney Cruise line at No1. From the minute you check in to when you leave the staff are always friendly, helpful and make it a very memorable holiday. We all of us we chose a family outside cabin with porthole, which was fantastic, the space in the cabin was great, the cupboard & wardrobe more than ample, the separate shower to toilet was just wonderful. The meals were wonderful, from the dining for breakfast to the buffet for lunch and the different restaurants for dinner we couldn't fault it, and the staff were exceptional. We docked at Cozumel & Costa Maya because of Hurricane Mathew which were great, even though we didn't do an excursion loved our time ashore. The entertainment was as good as anything you would see at a show anywhere, and quite a lot of bars to get away from the characters & children if you thought you needed to. Our family loved the water slide and spent quite a bit of time in the pools. We would cruise with them again in a heartbeat and are now looking at other places in the world Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch ... Read More
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch which was an extra charge but it's now become a staple that we will always book! The food was the best we have ever had anywhere. I felt we were taken care of the whole time. Their private island was purely magical. The water was perfect and just beautiful. It's amazing for being on a family ship I really didn't see many kids around until pirate night. Also on board they were premiering Petes Dragon in 3 d in their big theatre room. We only got to see one movie because there really was so many things to do on board. I don't want to brag but my table won 90s music trivia. It was pretty awesome! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We sailed on the Disney Dream July 8th through the 11th 2016. This was our summer family vacation and it was the best decision ever! I was a little worried about the expense but Disney never ceases to fail! The Dream is immaculate! Endless ... Read More
We sailed on the Disney Dream July 8th through the 11th 2016. This was our summer family vacation and it was the best decision ever! I was a little worried about the expense but Disney never ceases to fail! The Dream is immaculate! Endless shows, deck parties, food, all just amazing! We had the same server the entire cruise. My favorite was Animator's Palate but the steak at Royal Palace was so delicious too! The kids really enjoyed Flo's cafe fast food service. They loved the burgers, hot dogs and pizza! My favorite is Disney's private island Castaway Cay! We loved it so much we booked a longer cruise because 3 days just wasn't enough. We are sailing the Fantasy in April 2017 with the Star Wars dat at sea. I can't wait to see the navigator for the daily activities so I can get custom made outfits for our family. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We wanted to take a family vacation that would appeal to the adults as well as my 20 month old daughter. She LOVES Mickey and the Princesses. I had read that Disney cruises were amazing and worth the money. So I thought we would give it a ... Read More
We wanted to take a family vacation that would appeal to the adults as well as my 20 month old daughter. She LOVES Mickey and the Princesses. I had read that Disney cruises were amazing and worth the money. So I thought we would give it a try; and boy, it didn't disappoint! We started our trip with a day exploring the Magic Kingdom. We stayed at the All-Star Movie Resort. I didn't see the point of staying at a more expensive resort when we were only staying for one night. For a value resort, I thought it was fine. I loved the Toy Story décor and building we stayed in. They also had a great playground and pool for the little ones. The biggest plus to staying at the Disney resort was that the Disney Cruise line bus picks you up right at the hotel. No stressing over driving to the Port or loading luggage. It is quite a haul (90 minutes I believe) so bring snacks and activities for the little ones. I was truly impressed with Disney's Embarking process. I have gone on 2 Carnival cruises and thought Embarkation was a nightmare, like going to the airport. But with Disney it was smooth sailing. It's decorated nice, and in true Disney fashion all the small details were present. They were playing Disney tunes, and even Mickey was there taking pictures and greeting guests. Do the "online check-in" and print the forms ahead of time, that speeds up the process. We literally were dropped off by the bus, through embarkation and on the boat within 30 minutes. And with a toddler that's no easy task! The boat itself in GORGEOUS. I was immediately impressed by the décor and attention to detail. The staff works hard to keep it clean and tidy. It's Disney but not over the top. The restaurants were amazing, I loved Animator's Palette. We actually were at a great table where my lo got to interact with Shred. As far as the food goes, I thought it was good/above average but nothing that blew me away. And that's ok, it wasn't bad by any means. What definitely sets them apart from other cruise lines in the Service. I had read that the service was great. But the service was amazing. Every night at dinner our team of servers greeted my daughter first asking "how was your day princess?" They went above and beyond; they cut my daughter's food for her, entertained her and overall were an absolute joy to talk to. As the days went on and we were getting to know them, we found out they both had small children. I can't imagine being a way from my child for 4 months at a time. I have so much respect for them. As far as the entertainment, it was top notch. My daughter LOVED the Dreamers. Every time they played in the Atrium we were there and dancing. The shows were amazing. We missed the Villain show, but the Golden Mickeys and the other show was great, entertaining for the whole family. Pirate Night and fireworks were amazing. The best part about the cruise was all of the character sessions! If you were to go to the Disney parks you can wait upwards to an hour to meet Mickey. On the cruise we were able to meet all the characters and princesses and at most waited 10 minutes. I also loved that the characters would just show up and dance with the kids or join in on the activities. All and all, I wish we had more time to explore the ship and partake in the activities. Unfortunately, on a 3 day cruise you run out of time to experience everything. The cabin was amazing! Compared to other cruise lines I've cruised with, it's double the size. We opted for the Ocean view veranda but didn't pick our cabin upfront. We saved like $300 by letting Disney "assign" us a cabin. That was the best thing that could have ever happened to us! We got a hidden gem, we ended up with an end veranda that was double the size. The other thing I loved about the cabin was all the small details they took care of. We have a 20 month old daughter so they provided a pack n play and a diaper genie (nice touch!) I was worried about what we were going to do with all those diapers. Also, having a bathtub in the cabin was nice, and I like that the shower is separate from the restroom. I was very impressed with the cabin overall, I have nothing negative to say about it. Ports and Shore excursions - Castaway Cay is remarkable. What a great place! I could stay there for a week! I loved that they had some fun activities for the kids too. There was Hermit crab races and a Dance party with Minnie and Goofy! Nassau on the other hand was not so great. We opted to do a Beach day and tour of Atlantis (for the 3 of us was $220) not worth it. I'm sad to say Nassau has really gone down hill. Atlantis was nice, but not worth that price tag. If I were to do it again, I would have spent that day we were docked at Nassau on the boat. Overall, we had an amazing trip. My daughter loved it, she still talks about the "Mickey Boat". I would hands down go on another Disney cruise, preferably one that has 2 stops to Castaway Cay. I would highly recommend taking your family, Disney will not disappoint! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Yes, all of the reviews are accurate. No one does it better than disney. You know the experience will be unique from the time you step on board. This was a first cruise for my son and 4 grandchildren. We had two connecting cabins and truly ... Read More
Yes, all of the reviews are accurate. No one does it better than disney. You know the experience will be unique from the time you step on board. This was a first cruise for my son and 4 grandchildren. We had two connecting cabins and truly enjoyed the time together. The kids were disappointed that the pool on board was so small until the first excusion then they did not notice the small ship board pool. They loved the tube and watching movies while in the pool. The dining room staff was exceptional. The children did not want m to leave. They all loved it, even the teenager. She partied till 1am and the 9 and 10 year Olds were totally engaged with activities. Disney's island was exceptional. The ability to eliminate all bugs is a feat and only disney can manage that. The food on the island was fresh and delicious. The Atlantis excursion was fun. It gave the kids af chance to run aound and play in a real swimming pool. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My thorough review of our first Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream, very lengthy LOL (I took over 600 pictures, but here are just a few): This was our first ever cruise. Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids ages 6 and 16). We decided to ... Read More
My thorough review of our first Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream, very lengthy LOL (I took over 600 pictures, but here are just a few): This was our first ever cruise. Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids ages 6 and 16). We decided to go a day early and stay overnight in Port Canaveral, spent some time at Cocoa Beach, did some shopping, had breakfast, lunch and dinner, slept and the next morning (day of cruise) while having breakfast is when my 6 year old received her call from Mickey & Minnie, although the call didn’t go as expected she was still very excited. I’ll have to post that video later. We stayed at LaQuinta which was only about 6-7 miles from the port, hotel was a little dated, it was only one night but I don’t think I would stay there again. Embarkation: Not too bad, very well organized and we didn’t feel like we were waiting around too long, it gave us time to look around the port (not much to see) take some pictures, and get my daughters magic band for youth activities, our Port arrival time was 10:45am, I picked an early arrival time just to give us time to explore the ship while it wasn’t very crowded, we had lunch and it left us plenty of time before the mandatory safety drill that started around 4 pm. Passports are not required if you are returning to the same U.S. Port you left from, but are good to have just in case there is an emergency. Also, travel insurance isn't required, but just to have a peace of mind, I would suggest you get it. We picked the late dinner seating time which was 8:15pm each night and it worked out perfectly, we all made sure we downloaded the Disney Cruise Navigator App, that allowed us to text each other while onboard since there was no Wi-Fi, they give you 50MB for free, but you will easily use that up within 15 minutes, or you could purchase one of their plans, I didn’t feel we needed it because we kind of wanted to disconnect from everything and just enjoy this vacation with limited interruptions. Now let me get to my son (16 year old), when he found out about the cruise he wasn’t very excited about it, and I was a little worried that he wouldn’t enjoy it, when we spent 7 days at Disney World, he didn’t have a great time (the only teen I know that don’t enjoy roller coasters), weeks before we left he kept asking us if he could stay with a friend while we all went without him, I wasn’t going to do that. Well, on the first night he met about 10 other teens from South Carolina and a few other states that he spent 98% percent of his time with, I told him he was free to do what he wanted as long as he met us for dinner each night at 8:15pm and for the Pirate Night which is a huge event that they have on Disney cruises, he spent most of his time in “Vibe” a teen only club, us parents aren’t even allowed to go in there (I’m sure there’s ways around it, but I didn’t bother too much), so I didn’t get many pictures of the inside, I was able to get a picture of the teen private pool and lounge area, and of course he didn’t take many pics which was expected LOL, let's just say he didn't return to our room until about 2-4am each morning, he was having the time of his life. Everything was smooth sailing. We were in stateroom 2044 which was Midship on the 2nd deck, I selected an ocean view room that had a huge port hole and an amazing view, thought about getting a room with a verandah but I didn’t think we needed it since we didn’t spend much time in our room. We were just steps away from the Enchanted Garden restaurant and very close to elevators (we did not hear lots of noise at all). Our room was mostly used for sleeping, shower and to change clothes, Room was spacious by ship standards, but we may go with connecting rooms next time, we had no problems navigating with the 4 of us in there. Queen bed was high enough for all luggage to slide easily under the beds to allow more space, room also had two closets, some shelves, drawers, a safe and there were 2 bathrooms, one with the shower/tub combo and a sink, the other with toilet and a sink. Cabin cleanliness was great, and our room host, Aida, was the best, she greeted us all by name which was very welcoming, our room was cleaned twice a day and we had no issues at all with anything there. The ship itself is amazing. Everything was clean clean clean, there was never a time when I didn’t see a DCL crew member cleaning something and there is so much to do, we literally only got about half done of what was available (never even made it to several bars, the sports deck, or some of the other restaurants). In the end, that’s marketing genius by Disney, as people will just have to come back again to do it all. I spent most of my time near the pool deck watching movies or on Deck 11/12 in the adult only lounge, just relaxing and enjoying some cocktails. Food: REALLY good. I was shocked at the quality given it is mass produced. Cabanas buffet for breakfast and lunch is easy, and outstanding, for breakfast we went to Royal Palace and enchanted gardens, as it is still served buffet style, it’s a little more formal, you are seated immediately and didn’t have to worry about looking for a table as you do at Cabanas. Dinner was simply amazing. Here is the key point for a great dinner: LISTEN TO YOUR WAIT STAFF! They will tell you a couple options that you should get. Trust their recommendations. But, if you must, like me, take a chance on something they don't recommend, our staff went ahead and brought what was requested, waited a few minutes, then brought the recommended dish anyway! And of course, they were 100% on point with it. Our server, Ek, was the best! There just aren’t enough words to describe how amazing he was, our laugh every night was during dinner when he made it a point to always bring my son a cheeseburger with whatever he ordered, only because he know that’s all he really ate during the cruise, he would bring him a cheeseburger as an appetizer, another for dessert and another to to-go….it was so hilarious! The wait staff also really took the time to know the family and what we like. For example, the first night my son ordered a lemonade and my daughter ordered chocolate milk. Each additional night, when we got to our table, a lemonade and chocolate milk was already waiting for them with their name on it. That’s service. If there was a dessert you liked from another restaurant that they didn’t have on the menu, they would have it made it delivered to your table if you wanted it. The shows were also well done and the right length for kids. Here are my excursion thoughts: 1. Atlantis - Bahamas – All personal preference, I wouldn’t waste my time. I did get off the ship to look around at the different shops and to purchase liquor. Otherwise, Stay on the ship and explore everything the ship has to offer, there are still tons to do onboard while the ship is docked. I will say that when I travel I dont do a lot of sleeping, I was up every morning around 5am just walking around and exploring the ship. When we made it to Nassau some people did decide to go over to Atlantis, I’ve been to a water park before and that’s all it is. For $180 per person for the day on Atlantis, it’s not worth it at all, but if you really feel the need to go, I would recommend booking a room at Atlantis, you will not stay the night there but you will get admission for 4 people when you book an overnight stay. It will be a hassle packing up for the day, getting off early in the morning and then rushing back to the ship by 5:00pm. There is a Casino there if you want to go gamble, I don’t gamble, but I guess if you do gamble and you hit big that would offset the cost. 2. Castaway Cay - Another moment of marketing brilliance by Disney. "Hey, let’s buy an island, turn it into another money maker!" It worked. I do think you should get off ship for this one. Snorkeling is really fun and easy to do, beaches are really nice, plenty of loungers, chairs and hammocks, so we didn’t need to rush to find a spot, the food was great at the BBQ place. You could go parasailing, rent jet skis or bikes and there are plenty other things to do. Now, I will say…the weather was not the best, after only being on the island for a little while, it began to rain really bad so we decided to get back on the ship, took my daughter back to the kid’s club and we went to the adult only deck and chilled in the hot tub with some drinks. My kids loved going to the youth clubs, so much for them to do. My 6-year-old could not wait for us to drop her off there each day so she could play, Oceaneer’s Club/Lab was open until 11:30-12am every night and the teen club was open until 1am-2am. It was stress free, great child care, and the adults got to go get some drinks in the adults only areas. It worked out great for everyone, the youth clubs would call or send you a text if your child wanted to be picked up, you will have to have your KTTW card and a secret password before the child is released to you, teens could go and leave the clubs as they pleased (they have their own private entrance). Before entering and leaving the youth clubs they always made sure you washed your hands, I loved that…they also had staff at the entrance of every restaurant or self-serve stations handing you sanitizing wipes before and after dining. Character Meet n Greets - Be prepared for long lines (up to 30-45 minutes each character) just to get a picture. It’s crazy, but I set reminders in my phone so we could arrive a few minutes early to be some of the first in line, my daughter loved it, her favorite characters are Minnie, Mickey and Rapunzel! We did see a few live shows and also went to the movie theatre on the ship called Buena Vista theatre to check out the movie, “Moana” they had an early show at 8:30am, so only my daughter and I woke up, had breakfast and went to see that while the fellas slept. Some of the other moves that were showing were, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon, Dr, Strange, Lion King, Pocahontas, etc. Movies will vary based on ship and the time of travel. THESE ARE ALL INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE CRUISE. Is Disney expensive? Well, it depends on what you consider expensive, I thought it was worth every penny. But I think overall, if you skip some of the way over-priced excursions and just enjoy the ship and different ports, it is worth it. The only thing you would spend additional money on are: Souvenirs, excursions, port purchases (I only purchased liquor to bring home), spa treatments, the adult only restaurants which were Palo and Remy (approx. $40-50 per person). You can also prepay your tips before your cruise, when you receive your itinerary in the mail it will tell you how much your tips will be per person/per day (children included) any additional tips you would leave in the envelopes left in your room at the end of your cruise. A 15% gratuity is automatically added to your check for alcoholic beverages, and 18% is automatically added for spa services. Some things that I thought were “must-haves” or just fun to do were the door magnets and fish extenders, most guest decorate their stateroom door with magnets, I was in a fish extender group of only 10 families so I didn’t need to make or bring much, you can choose to join a group of more families if you like, just keep in mind that you have to walk around and deliver these to each stateroom, we delivered ours as soon as we were able to check in to our room which was about 1:30pm, since I had items that could be used for this cruise, I thought delivering early would be best, some people do not deliver their gifts until the last day. I decided to make each family a “Bare Necessities” kit, that included items like (hand sanitizer, tissue, toothbrush, Advil, toothpaste, shout stain remover, wipes, cotton swabs, close pins for hanging wet swimsuits, etc.) and I also gave each family a “Disney Movie Snack Pack” that had snacks they could take with them to the movies so they didn’t have to spend much on purchasing snacks on the ship. I also took personalized travel cups for beverages since the cups at the fountains are very small, drink fountains are open 24 hours a day. You could eat all you want, the ice cream station was amazing and you could enjoy as many ice cream cones as your heart desires. Disney standards are second to none. The food and service were exceptional. We were worried about having too many children on the cruise with it being Disney but there are so many adult only areas that we had plenty of time to ourselves. All in all, this vacation was amazing! I am already planning the next Disney Cruise, it was just plain exceptional. I am planning for more than 4 days next time, there are simply too many things to do, I can’t wait to be on board again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
For first time cruisers, we tried our best to prepare by listening to the advice of prior cruisers. However, nothing could prepare us for the absolutely best time we have ever had. We stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt 2 days prior. ... Read More
For first time cruisers, we tried our best to prepare by listening to the advice of prior cruisers. However, nothing could prepare us for the absolutely best time we have ever had. We stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt 2 days prior. Instead of choosing to ride the Disney Cruise shuttle (could not find the contact info), we opted for a private car which turned out perfect as we had 8 bags. Boarding went smoothly as we had already prepared the forms on-line. Once boarded we had a bit of confusion as everyone tried to use the mid-ship elevators. Next time we will use the aft or forward elevators. The ship itself was immaculate in every detail. I am the type who looks for flaws, but could not find any. This told me that Disney was going to live up to the hype you always hear about. Once settled into our cabin, which was a family cabin with private veranda and very spacious, we set about exploring the ship. Disney has so many information centers that it is impossible to get lost. Our room host was wonderful and has obviously mastered the art of making animals out of towels. Dining was easy and the wait staff always discreetly informed you that most specialty drinks in the dining rooms were extra. Most mornings we ate at Cabanas and never had problems finding a table to sit and eat. We have tweens who were thoroughly entertained at "Edge", in addition to watching Star Wars. Plenty to do on board for all ages. In fact you cannot do it all in one 4 day cruise. The adult section has plenty of space, great bar staff and the night club scene is on par with some of the finer hotels. One thing we would do differently is only schedule one prime dinner at Remy or Palo. We were hard pressed to make it to Palo, but Remy is an experience one should not miss. In addition, we recommend that you listen very carefully to the Disney videos people make. Some of them act as if you will die of thirst if you do not bring a travel mug to use at the free drink stations. The truth is, is that the cups are for 12 ounces of liquid and are more than enough to handle your thirst. We also purchased a steamer so it was not taken out of our bag versus an iron. We opted for the Junkaroo/fort shore excursion in Nassau, but were a bit disappointed because the vendor backed the departure time up by 3 hours, which of course impacted our shopping time. Next cruise we will look very closely at other excursions or just going to the shopping district. Castaway Cay is a wonderful feature only Disney has. Again plenty to do from just getting some sun to para sailing. We only managed to see a fraction of the Cay. Disembarkation is a sad day indeed. We had so much fun and worry free travel that we just did not want to face reality. That said Disembarkation went swift and smooth. A few pointers; bring something that will illuminate your cabin at night, you will not believe how dark they get once you are out at sea. Water bottles for the room are necessary and you can fill them up each day at the drink stations. You don't need to bring body wash or shampoo. Disney provides plenty and it is good stuff. Unless there is a formal night or you plan to eat at one of the specialty restaurants do not pack formal. Cruise casual is the dress of the day, so shorts, polo shirts, t-shirts, bathing suits etc are what to bring. Sit back and enjoy yourself, let Disney do the heavy lifting and be prepared for a truly magical time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Disney Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 3.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 2.0 3.7

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