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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and I have been on about 40 cruises; seven of which were with multiple grandchildren. We have taken 4 Disney cruises with them, 3 of which were on the Dream. It is such a beautiful ship and children are so well treated that I ... Read More
My husband and I have been on about 40 cruises; seven of which were with multiple grandchildren. We have taken 4 Disney cruises with them, 3 of which were on the Dream. It is such a beautiful ship and children are so well treated that I can't imagine why anyone traveling with children of any age would not choose Disney if they could afford it. Although we usually travel with just two kids at a time, this cruise we took everyone in the family along for our 50th anniversary. Grandchildren's ages went from 2-15. The two-year-old did not hit the clubs; the others loved them. We did not see the 12 or 15 year old except at dinner and at some shows. The food was great; the shows were great, although I think it is time for "Believe" to be retired. I have seen it 4 times in 7 years. "Golden Mickeys" same vintage but I like it better. Beauty and the Beast was done so creatively and so beautifully. Voices were so good; staging so good. You get what you pay for on Disney. Our server did origami for the 3 little ones every night. Our room steward, Rex, did a superb job and had that knack of all great stewards of slipping in when you are at breakfast and when you are at dinner and keeping your room in top shape. We had an extended balcony. Was that ever nice!! So large and so pleasant. The only fly in the ointment was that people dressed like pigs on formal night much less other nights. Cut off denim mini-shorts; flip flops; swim cover ups. What is wrong with these people? Love the way Disney sleeps children separately from each other and does not make use of uncomfortable pull out beds. I plan to take two grandchildren on a Halloween cruise in 2019. Already took two on another one and it was GREAT. I do have to say that the photographers for the Princess Gathering overexposed most of the pictures, but knowing they would (from an earlier cruise), I ordered only digital prints so I could fix them. Or almost fix them. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Everything about our cruise went exceedingly well. I went with two granddaughters. Getting through the pre-boarding process was fast and easy. Wait staff was always great and food was really good. Added $ to the gratuity of the main waiter ... Read More
Everything about our cruise went exceedingly well. I went with two granddaughters. Getting through the pre-boarding process was fast and easy. Wait staff was always great and food was really good. Added $ to the gratuity of the main waiter who held onto and returned gloves that were part of the 8 year old's pirate costume. Loved our stateroom and host. Added $ to his gratuity because he was so thorough. Fun times with onboard and port events. Prepaid photo package- worth the money. Shopped onboard at every opportunity. Youngest granddaughter enjoyed the Oceaneers Club. Bottom line, very enjoyable experience. I filled out an onboard review and one online after returning home. All positive. Once in a lifetime trip, probably, for us. More expensive than our previous cruises but we willingly went and enjoyed. After arriving home, I noticed an additional $10.00 had been added to the card charges the day after we left the ship. I never gave it much thought until days later. I mean $10 wasn't a significant amount and most people probably wouldn't have paid any attention to it. But I had reviewed the printed out charges from the day we disembarked and everything seemed to be accounted for, so curiosity caused me to call DCL to inquire. After a lengthy wait and a few holds, I was told that the $10 was for a missing DCL laundry bag. I asked what it looked like since I was truly clueless. I explained I never saw that bag and I was the one who had used the closet where it was supposed to reside. You would think I would have noticed it when I put clothes in there or took out the life vests as soon as we got in the stateroom. Well, I have since read reviews that this has happened to a number of people. It's hard to know what you may be accused of taking (and charged for) if you don't have a checklist of what's supposed to be in there. For some reviewers it was a phone for $200. Minor, I know, but kind of sour note to an otherwise great time. Sorry we only used plastic grocery bags for our dirty laundry. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise because we had a terrible winter, we are bad at renting lake houses (the weeks we choose are invariably colder than normal), and I noticed that the Fantasy, the only DCL ship I hadn't been on, had a 3 night that was at ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we had a terrible winter, we are bad at renting lake houses (the weeks we choose are invariably colder than normal), and I noticed that the Fantasy, the only DCL ship I hadn't been on, had a 3 night that was at Castaway Cay on my BDay. Sold! Booked it at the end of January; sailed July 11. We started sailing DCL in 2003 with the Wonder, then Magic in 2004 and Dream in 2016, so this grand slam took 15 years. (in contrast, I heard one older couple on the ship say this was their 69th DCL cruise!) I have wanted to try aft cabins but none were available, but we booked 9148, a veranda cabin 10 cabins from the back. I know the debate about "get an inside and save your money and go to the common areas to see the ocean" but we enjoy our time on our own veranda. Embarkation was smooth. I had everything filled out including our post-cruise trip right to the airport with Disney transporting our checked bags, so it took about 4 minutes to check in. We had stayed at Disney the night before but opted for a towncar service so we would know when we were leaving for the ship, rather than DCL busses going. We were in boarding group 7. Hey people in the terminal, you're all getting on, no need to hover over the previous boarding groups! We went right to Cabanas and were the first people to choose an outside table. Good food, I focused on shrimp and a slice of prime rib. If you like crab legs they had tons of those too! We did opt to get a half case of water and a little DCL cooler with it (only 2 of us, and we did drink them all). At 130 promptly the cabins opened and we dropped off our carry on bag. We looked around the ship and went to the 230 DVC presentation, which is always fun even though we never win the stateboard credit. Got another DVC hat. After muster drill we found things to do and see until Aladdin, which I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone! Then we did 70s trivia in O'Gill's pub, which I think I came in 2nd in (a total genius young gentleman got a perfect score). Our first dinner was in Animator's Palate. Our server was Freddy and assistant was Nicha; can't say enough about how attentive and great they were. The truffle appetizer was great; my steak was a little dry medium and I switched to medium rare after that. The desserts never disappoint; I had chocolate walnut cake. Crush taught my husband to say "Happy Birthday" to me speaking whale. We had decided to not go to Nassau so we got up early and had some light breakfast in Cabanas, then headed to the spa when they opened; I had purchased day passes ahead of time. We watched the boat docking at Nassau from the rainforest room, alternating between the hot tubs and the warm chairs. This went on for about 2 hours. I have read that on sea days these chairs are "hogged", but we were the only ones in there. We then spent 10-1130 in the adult pool. BTW, at 8 AM there were chairs at both other pools without towels, right in front. They had closed Aquaduck for a crew drill until noon, and at 1130 I thought it was open and dragged my husband over there (I did it in 2016 when we had our then teen son with us but husband had not). It was not open, but opened at about 1150 and we waited about 10-15 minutes in line. It is very fun, but the worst part for an overweight (not obese) 55 year old is getting out of the damn tube! Lunch at cabanas and back to the adult pool until 315, when we finally got out and got ready for our mixology class, which was a blast and I would recommend to anyone over 21. You get pay $20 each, get 5 drinks (you get to make at least one of them), have fun and learn a little. Since my BDay was the next day I got a much bigger chocolate martini which was yummy. If you go on the Fantasy make sure you visit Lionel in Skylines! We went and changed for pirate night and then spent some time up at satellite falls watching the ocean before we did 80s trivia. I won this one---perfect score, baby! I narrowly defeated the same young man who beat me the night before, and I was still tipsy! Maybe that's the key. Dinner at Enchanted Garden. I had the lobster ravioli appetizer and the prime rib and the orange yogurt cake for dessert, plus they brought me ANOTHER dessert to celebrate my BDay. Between two desserts at late seating and 5 drinks earlier, I did NOT stay up for the pirate fireworks. CC day, up at 7 for a (very) light breakfast in Cabanas, then got off the ship right at 830. Walked right to the Serenity Bay tram and was in the water by 9 or shortly after. Our first two trips we had 3 kids under 11 or 12, and last trip CC had a monsoon from 10 AM on, so this was our first chance to enjoy Serenity Bay, which we really did! I rented a float. Tide was decently high in the morning, but by the time we left after 1 it had gone pretty far out. I kept using sunscreen so we did not burn--it's really important, we saw some folks looking like lobsters that night. Ate at Cookies 2 at 1130--wish you could get a small portion of steak, they gave me a huge one and I did not finish it. Everything was wonderful there;it is cook out BBQ food, not a gourmet feast. During my whole day at CC I had two conch coolers; after that mixology class I wanted to take it easy on alcohol. We spent more time on the beach but on one side were dark clouds and thunder (no one got out, LOL) and we even saw a water spout on the other side, but no rain where the DCL people were. We did get out about 1:30 and made our way to the other areas to take some other pics and do some shopping. We got onboard at about 230; husband went to the adult pool and I showered, then went to the DCL desk and booked another one for next summer. I was going to switch lines, but the Mouse got me again. Got a picture with Captain MIckey (how can you not?) Dinner at Royal Court, I had the iced lobster and jumbo shrimp appetizer and the chateaubriand with the grand mariner souffle for dessert. Went to the cabin to put bags out, did some shopping and I went back to go to sleep. Husband was going to see a movie but went to the wrong theatre LOL and the performers were rehearsing, so he just came back as well. We had the 8AM breakfast and then disembarkation was so smooth; we only had one carry on and a tote bag and nothing to declare, so off the ship by 9, onto a DCL bus and off to MCO. Had a few hours to kill before our 145 flight, but if the ship had been delayed we would have appreciated the time. I would highly encourage anyone to celebrate things on DCL. Since Friday was my "actual" bday (as the booking agent put it) every time I did anything I got a "Happy Birthday" from the crew, even when I wasn't wearing my button (like when I got my drinks at CC). It always gave me a huge smile. I had really thought this was my last DCL cruise. In fact I had booked a 6 night Carnival for the same price next year. But dammit it if the crew didn't go so far above and beyond and give me such a damn warm fuzzy feeling, I booked a 4 night for next June (for our "actual" anniversary) on the Dream with two days at CC instead. That chocolate martini was pretty powerful kool-aid! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Why did we choose this Cruise? 1. Our 7yr.old Grandsons first cruise 2. It's Disney. 3. It's Disney Our travel agent said it would be great. She was right! She said you can drop your child off at the "oceaneers ... Read More
Why did we choose this Cruise? 1. Our 7yr.old Grandsons first cruise 2. It's Disney. 3. It's Disney Our travel agent said it would be great. She was right! She said you can drop your child off at the "oceaneers club" for kids and they'll be happy. She was right! Our grandson did not want to leave. allways told me" one more hour","one more hour" The food was plentiful, delicious and everywhere. Dinner service each night was great.Servers were very attentive and helpful. Food was Great Entree's and if you want to sample one or two, just fine! Cabin service was attentive ,quick and conscientious. Offered advice for going off the ship and other helpfull information. One negative comment but I understand. you can bring champagne and wine on your carry-on but we brought liquor and they had to hold it until we disembarked. Drink prices onboard are reasonable but we spent a few hundred dollars in beer and cocktails. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Son wanted to cruise on Disney. I didn’t care. I personally would rather go back to Disney World. We had a good experience for the most part. Our servers were excellent & friendly. I’m not a fan of sharing a table, ... Read More
Son wanted to cruise on Disney. I didn’t care. I personally would rather go back to Disney World. We had a good experience for the most part. Our servers were excellent & friendly. I’m not a fan of sharing a table, other people didn’t have to, my son had an issue with it. I wish we were told prior. We bought the $300 photobook with the thought they would take pictures of us. That’s the biggest joke ever. We got 58 pictures of us, probably 15 were nice, we had to look for people to take pictures of us. We approached one lady to ask her to take a picture of us, she said no, I only take pictures in the dining room. If you do the math, that’s $5 for each picture. It’s a ripoff. This was the biggest disappointment of the whole cruise. When I ask my son what he liked the most, he says the detective game. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Our love for Castaway Cay is why we booked this B2B Double Dip cruise on the Dream. Disney's private Island is packed full of interesting and fun things to enjoy, or adults only Serenity Bay has your relaxing covered also. This trip is so ... Read More
Our love for Castaway Cay is why we booked this B2B Double Dip cruise on the Dream. Disney's private Island is packed full of interesting and fun things to enjoy, or adults only Serenity Bay has your relaxing covered also. This trip is so convenient, just walk off the ship at your leisure and walk back on when you are ready, it is Disney themed but not too much. The barbecue on the Island is available, along with fresh fruit and of course ice cream stations, leave your wallet back at the ship as the food has been calculated into the price of your cruise. Libations are available for an additional fee but again the ship key card will allow for payment. The first Nassau day we stayed and had a spa day, with Disney Chase there is a discount on spa services on Port Days. The second stop at Nassau we visited the British Colonial Hilton, walking distance from the ship, this cruise is our absolute favorite. The only criticism is small but worth mentioning, we felt it was "lazy" to repeat the theater offerings and the same movies continuously played, they could have had more of a variety. Dino in the adult lounges was entertaining adding to the evenings but we would have enjoyed additional shows, Believe was on two nights as well as Beauty & the Beast two nights. Rotational dining is fantastic, the servers take great care to make sure you are happy. The food is honestly quite good, just a bit boring on Pirate night. The fireworks are amazing and the cruise director Carly & her helper Lee were entertaining without being silly or over bearing. Jessica the guest services leader was wonderful and could be observed out and about making sure you were enjoying your vacation, a wonderful and warm lady. Love the itinerary, love the Dream as the cast members are quite friendly, only wish additional shows/movies were available. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Well we chose this cruise because it was the top shelf of cruise lines catering to families. Of course you pay up front, but hey it's Disney. I will say without a doubt that I would rather pay the excessive prices for a cruise over the ... Read More
Well we chose this cruise because it was the top shelf of cruise lines catering to families. Of course you pay up front, but hey it's Disney. I will say without a doubt that I would rather pay the excessive prices for a cruise over the parks. I couldn't stand the thought of paying thousands of dollars to basically stand in line in the heat for a 2 - 3 minute ride if we're lucky. The decor was beautiful, staff were nice, food was ok. Let me explain. This is going to sound weird, but the buffet food was top notch, but the dinner EVERY NIGHT left much to be desired. They offer top shelf dessert items as well as a specialty cocktails, but are at an additional cost (fine print on the menu). The kids were happy in the clubs, which surprisingly did not incur an additional expense. They are meticulous about hygiene and offered sanitized wipes everywhere you went to keep the contamination of any virus down. I was surprised with how many times I felt nickeled and dimed while on this cruise. I expected to be whisked away for a leave my worries and wallet behind, but absolutely not. Mikey was into our pockets at every turn from pictures to the soft drinks. I'll just say after spending what we all spend for a disney cruise, I thought that if I preloaded a little over $1,000 onto the stateroom that we could have the cruise of our dreams. NOPE, it was not enough. All in all, it was a very nice cruise to have taken with the family and my kids enjoyed the vacation. I most likely will not book this every year as initially planned, but overall we left happy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
My wife and I have always sailed on Celebrity but this one was all about the grand kids. Knowing we would be surrounded by kids of all ages we were a little nervous as we like a laid back atmosphere but we were surprised as it wasn't bad ... Read More
My wife and I have always sailed on Celebrity but this one was all about the grand kids. Knowing we would be surrounded by kids of all ages we were a little nervous as we like a laid back atmosphere but we were surprised as it wasn't bad at all and I have to admit it was worth it to see all the young ones so captivated. Ship was beautiful and well maintained. Cabin was spotless and well laid out with plenty of open floor space. The best set up for families I've ever seen but a little short on closet space. Split bathroom is another great feature for families. Staff and service was typical Disney 1st class as well as the activities and programs. Oceaneers club was so good our kids wanted to stay all day. th The shows were fabulous but get there early to get good seats together and that goes for the deck shows such as pirate night and fireworks as well. The food start to finish for main dining room was the best I've had on any cruise. We did have one very scary "near miss" when we found an almond sliver in a peanut/tree nut declared allergy menu and thankfully seen before it was ingested. They did an amazing job the whole cruise with that allergy concern with that one exception. Getting on and off the ship was efficient and smooth. You do pay up for this level of experience but it was very much worth it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We took our 8 year old grand diva on the Disney Magic. We are young grandparents (49/47) So I believe we were more excited then she may have been. From the VERY beginning Disney was a First Class Act. From Check In to Check Out. ... Read More
We took our 8 year old grand diva on the Disney Magic. We are young grandparents (49/47) So I believe we were more excited then she may have been. From the VERY beginning Disney was a First Class Act. From Check In to Check Out. Everything went smoothly. I was so nervous how she would do with the wait and the crowd prior to boarding. Disney had it all covered. Characters Characters Characters. The entire Staff made sure once we hit the pier, we didn't have to worry about a thing. They took such great care of us. The staff was amazing. Your Servers will become your best friends the entire cruise. If you lucky enough to get VICTOR, you will walk away with many many great memories for sure. I was extremely pleased with the rotation of the dining. Every dining room was amazing and they remember everything about you. What you like, what you cant eat and what you what 2 helpings of each day. Shows Shows Shows. WOW!. Food Food Food WOW! If you can, get a stateroom with a Verandah. Portside. You will not be disappointed EVER. If you twisted my arm to give 1 thing which I was less happy - it would be the breakfast buffets. Nothing really made me personally jump for joy BUT my grand diva loved it. Espec her Mickey waffles and Cereal. You cant go wrong with finding food you like. On Deck you can eat eat and eat some more.(or get 100 ice cream cones like me hehe - real soft serve) We all had an amazing time! I see why people continue traveling with disney. I would for sure try a different ship and go again. Disney, Job Well Done! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We had concierge suite 8582 and it was the most beautiful suite we have ever seen or stayed in. It was impeccably clean and and kept that way all 5 days. There was never a disappointment with the turn-down service or anything else related ... Read More
We had concierge suite 8582 and it was the most beautiful suite we have ever seen or stayed in. It was impeccably clean and and kept that way all 5 days. There was never a disappointment with the turn-down service or anything else related to the stateroom. If you are fortunate enough to have Andrae as your wait service staff in the dining rooms you will never be disappointed. He made our granddaughter feel special and, for us, that's what we were looking for. He is such a hard worker and it is apparent that he strives to make you leave the dining room happier than when you came in. All of the food we had was just out of this world. Speaking of happy; Andy from concierge was SO amazing! I wish I could remember the names of the young ladies in concierge because they were all so happy and willing to assist in any way they could to make you feel like you were the only people on that ship. I don't understand how they did that with 2,000 other people on it, but they did! Again...Andy, ladies, I can't thank you enough for making this first Disney Cruise for us so special. Rina from the spa, thank you for giving me the most relaxing 2 hours I've had in a long time. Ladies, I recommend you write her name down and make an appointment with her as soon as you board the ship. Her skills are amazing and she makes you feel like you've known her forever. There are two reasons I didn't give this experience 5 stars. The first is the character experience. I wish they could figure out a way to make the characters more accessible to the kids. With so many people, the lines were a mile long. The second reason is the swimming pools. There were so many people in the swimming pools that it was a place to get wet but no room to swim around. Kids were wall to wall. I don't know how it could be improved though. Neither of these things kept us from having an exceptional vacation. There is so much to do on the ship. My granddaughter LOVED the Royal Tea with the princesses. Please book ahead. It is an amazing experience...and bring your princess dress! Disney does such a great job making your little princes and princesses feel special. One can tell that a lot of thought goes into the experience for them. Read Less
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