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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Have been on over 35 cruises, but this was first for Disney. Went with daughter and grandson. The ship is amazing, but expected to see characters walking around. Not people waiting in line for pics you have to pay for. Cabin was very nice ... Read More
Have been on over 35 cruises, but this was first for Disney. Went with daughter and grandson. The ship is amazing, but expected to see characters walking around. Not people waiting in line for pics you have to pay for. Cabin was very nice and having 2 sinks was great....room service was good and fast food on deck 11 good. Aqua duck was fun... big let down was food in dining room... breakfast and dinner was awful except filet minuon one night.. I had heard the food was great... I am not fussy, entrees were terrible... must better on rccl.. staff was great except for rooom steward.... forgot many things we asked for and told us on morning of departure as we were leaving room ... you know you have to get out of room by 8... it was 5 til 8.... I will never do Disney again.. way to expensive even with Florida rate... castaway cay was great Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This is our 4th Disney cruise, traveling with three boys ages 5, 4 & 2 years old. We've stayed in the Walt Disney Suite once before, and it really upgrades your trip beyond belief! Concierge on board attentive to details, they care ... Read More
This is our 4th Disney cruise, traveling with three boys ages 5, 4 & 2 years old. We've stayed in the Walt Disney Suite once before, and it really upgrades your trip beyond belief! Concierge on board attentive to details, they care about the smallest details and assure your perfect vacation. The staff that assisted on this trip Angeline, Christine & the infamous Danny. The checkin at Port Canaveral on this trip was a bit disappointing. Usually once they check you in at Concerige they'll give you the lanyards for your cards which never happened, and someone is assigned to walk you on board and take you up to the lounge. The person who escorted us left us at the entrance to the ship, and as we were making our way to the elevators a staff member came and escorted us to an elevator pushed the button and let us go up on our own. Not a huge deal, but sometimes it's the small stuff that's noticed when you're expecting it and it's not delivered. The cruise ship was busy because it was labor day weekend, and lots of kids in their last week of summer vacation with a big bang. Although the crowds were big, the lines were not bad - the character greetings were reasonably timed, cabanas had good service and turned tables quick. We ordered Palos to our room one night, the food came on time and was delicious. Our room attendants were wonderful, attentive, and cared about the integrity of the room and the smiles on our faces. Open bar as always in the lounge 5-10pm, always with generous portions and with wonderful service. The only thing I can say about the lounge (as well as other ships) when I notice someone asking for a specific wine that's pretty common to get - they tell them they don't have it, instead of going the extra mile to grab it from another bar which can easily be done. They prefer not to make clean margaritas because of the time consuming, but they'll do it when it's slow. Cabana, OMG have you had one? This is the FIRST time we've had one, what in the world have we been thinking about not doing this before? It was WONDERFUL! The concerige staff convinced us to get one because they knew we would appreciate it, and they were so right. Our boys really wanted to ride the tram as always, but they do offer golf cart ride from the ship straight to the cabana if desired. Once at the cabana, you can push a button and they will come to your room if you need to order drinks, more towels, anything else you desire or a ride to grab food or go to other parts of the island. Bathrooms are right outside of the cabana. For those traveling with little ones, they have pack n plays already inside for you. It is a MUST HAVE if you can grab one. Do yourself a favor, go on a Disney Cruise....if you don't get the Royal Suite at least consider concerige - it is worth every penny! * Open bar 5-10pm * Conceirge land to assist with reservations prior to arrival & personal requests * Priority walk on and walk off * Conceirge lounge with high quality food spread throughout the day * Unlimted water, sodas, milk, etc in room * Two stateroom attendants, dedicated to concerige suites on each side * Priority show tickets & character tickets * Priority cabana rental The list goes on.............. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We sailed the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise, and all we can say is "WOW!" Disney does cruising right. The entertainment was the best we had every seen on a cruise, and the friendliness and work ethic of the staff was ... Read More
We sailed the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise, and all we can say is "WOW!" Disney does cruising right. The entertainment was the best we had every seen on a cruise, and the friendliness and work ethic of the staff was exceptional. We cruised with kids ranging from 6-14, and there was something for everyone. Our oldest loved Vibe and Edge, and our youngest (who usually hate kids clubs) begged us to go back to the Oceaneer Lab again and again. We opted for the late dining (8:15) which was a bit tough for the little ones (6 and 7) but, honestly, we wouldn't have wanted the earlier seating. We heard from other people that they were rushed to be ready for the early dinner, and then their kids would fall asleep during the shows. The late dinner watches the shows at 6:15pm, and they were so fantastic that we would've hated for the kids to be too tired to watch them. Also, having the late dinner seating meant our disembarkation breakfast was at 8 am (not at 6:15! Which is what the early dinner seating gets assigned). Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless. We took the Disney bus to and from the airport, which was about a 40 min drive. TIPS: 1. If your child gets a band for the Oceaneer Club, make sure to return it before 11pm the night before disembarkation. The $12.95 for the band will get credited back to your account. If you forget, your child gets to keep the band but you pay the $12.95. 2. Take the time to get to know your servers, Stateroom host, etc. Disney employees on this ship have the most amazing life stories! And they are such hard working, friendly people. 3. Yes, there are a LOT of kids on this cruise. It's Disney. I've read other reviews where people complain about the number of kids and that the cruise is not adult friendly. In my opinion, there are PLENTY of activities for adults only (Spa, tastings, etc). However, if you want to take a cruise where you don't see kids, don't do Disney. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I attended this cruise in honor of my nephews 10th birthday.Almost everything went very well.Service staff was very attentive, they bent over backwards to please us. Food was great, I loved how the cruise organized the restaurant dining to ... Read More
I attended this cruise in honor of my nephews 10th birthday.Almost everything went very well.Service staff was very attentive, they bent over backwards to please us. Food was great, I loved how the cruise organized the restaurant dining to prevent overcrowding.The ship was very clean & well maintained.Excursions to Bahamas & Castaway were great.To me, the downfall of the trip was in the lack of activities & entertainment.The environment may have been festive for kids, but not adults.Activities shut down around 11:00p.I was really disappointed with entertainment & activities,there was a fee to play bingo, karaoke & other activities lasted approx 1/2hour, there were no dance parties that I know of, not even for the farewell.Other cruises had a more festive environment, and more adult friendly activities.I would not recommend this cruise for people without children.This is definitely geared towards parents of young children and maybe people above 60 who may want to retire to bed early.I know there are many parents with children on this cruise, and they need to pick their children up from the clubs on-time,but there are also childless people on the ship too.Disney needs figure out how to strike a balance between the 2 groups.Childless people spend a lot of money on this cruise & they should be happy too.Disney needs to figure out how to make the nightlife better, or just market the cruise to kids & family only.I was given the impression that this cruise is just as much fun for adults as it is for kids, but it simply wasn't true.Myself ,my husband & 3 young adult children ,and my sister(who happens to have young children) were bored on the ship for the most part.Where's the nightlife Disney? Please find the balance.We paid too much money to be so disappointed with entertainment & activities.Don't market this to childless adults if you are not going to change this.Just market it for families with young children! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Did this cruise with my whole family. Me, Husband, Kids (15 &11), sister and her husband and their kids (9 & 13), my adult brother and our parents. (11 in total). We had a wonderful time. Food, service, even the attitudes of the ... Read More
Did this cruise with my whole family. Me, Husband, Kids (15 &11), sister and her husband and their kids (9 & 13), my adult brother and our parents. (11 in total). We had a wonderful time. Food, service, even the attitudes of the team members were impeccable. Kids loved the "aqua duck" water slide and pools. Disney movies are constantly being shown at the kid pool area and are fun to watch. Dining was excellent. Great service and wonderful restaurants. We stopped at Nassau and Castaway Cay. In Nassau we did a self guided tour of an old fort and of the "Queen Steps". Easy walk, tho hot. Plan this before you go as there in no internet for your phones to work, so maybe have a pre-printed map of the area. Cabs and Uber are easy to find. Lots of tourist shopping available too. Castaway Cay was an awesome island. The kids played for hours in the bay. We didn't rent any items. We had snorkeling gear which we used and Disney supplied dive vests. I would strongly recommend sunblock as sunburn is easy to get and I noticed a lot of red hurting people. Read Less
3 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
4 Helpful Votes
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
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