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Perhaps our experience at Disney World and Disneyland caused us to expect too much out of this cruise. From the moment we arrived at the Port Authority terminal until the moment was were set free 4 days later, we felt like cattle being ... Read More
Perhaps our experience at Disney World and Disneyland caused us to expect too much out of this cruise. From the moment we arrived at the Port Authority terminal until the moment was were set free 4 days later, we felt like cattle being herded to slaughter. Within 5 minutes of stepping foot on the ship, we were accosted by mostly men in Disney uniforms trying to hustle us to buy beer and bottled water. It was very unnerving at first. We were trying to find available lounge chairs (which was a task unto itself) and it was loud and hectic and these men kept coming up to us. We could hardly understand a word they were saying but we thought they were trying to tell us we couldn't sit in the chairs we had found. We finally realized they were hustling us to buy water bottles. When we declined, they were obviously very annoyed and huffed off muttering unintelligible words under their breath but clearly loud enough for us to hear. Thank goodness we couldn't understand them anyway. It was about this point when we realized we'd may have made a terrible mistake to take this cruise. Shortly after setting sail the captain came over the loud speaker to tell us we'd be hitting very rough waters. He explained we'd be experiencing 15 foot swells that would cause the ship to moan and that they'd be giving away complimentary seasick medication (note: this would be the first and only complimentary thing we would experience the whole trip outside of most meals). Almost every crew member had their hand out for a tip the entire time and if you didn't give them a tip amount they expected you would surely feel their wrath. Sure enough, before long the ship started rising up and then you would just wait and brace yourself for it to crash down. You couldn't walk without holding on to something. Barf bags began piling up in the bathrooms. It was a new level of hell on top of what was already feeling like a very bad vacation decision. I was trying to take care of our two children while barely being able to sit up myself. It was a nightmare. Surely the captain knew we were in store for these conditions prior to setting sail. Had we been informed we would not have boarded. Shame on Disney! Outside of screaming children and Disney music, you didn't feel the magic of Disney that you expect from the theme parks. The crew doesn't speak much. They mostly work with their heads down and it starts to make you wonder what kind of working conditions they are experiencing. The gluttony of the cruisers began to feel very glaring against the backdrop of the unhappy crew members. I couldn't help but feel quite guilty. Perhaps the most awful aspect of the cruise was the hassle of getting something to drink when you needed it. As we lay on our stateroom floor trying to suffer through the rocking ship, I called room service and asked for some ginger ale. They would deliver it but at an additional charge plus a service fee and a tip, of course. We couldn't even get a water delivered to our room without a fee. So we had the choice of walking up 5 flights of stairs (the elevators were always too full to squeeze on) to get our own water out of the soda machine or stay in the room and drink warm sink water. Trying to get something to drink was a constant struggle on this trip. At 11pm when you're exhausted and thirsty, it's hard to muster the energy to climb the stairs to get a drink. And since we'd already be gauged on the price of this miserable trip, it was hard to justify $4 for a drink to be delivered. Why on earth Disney doesn't make easier arrangements to keep a few bottles of water in your mini-fridge is beyond me and made for a miserable effort every day. I guess this is what they guy hustling the water bottles at the start of the trip was trying to say? In short, if you are on the fence about whether a Disney cruise is a good decision (as we were!) I hope this review helps. If I had read a review like this prior to purchasing the trip, I would have sought a vacation at an all-inclusive resort where I would not have suffered 4 days of seasickness and had been able to drink a glass of water rather easily each night and would not have been smacked with a $200 bill at the end of the trip for additional tips. It's hard to stomach tipping a wait-staff when you were too sick to even dine in the restaurants for half of the trip due to the rough waters. On the 2 occasions we did have dinner, you were treated like an assembly line and the food was thrown at you with little care or concern to see if you were even delivered the items you ordered. (Hint: we weren't). Hope this review saves another family from the terrible experience we suffered. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Just returned from a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream with family including a 4 yr and 7 yr old. What a fun time - Disney does it right! We had adjoining cabins with verandahs --- this was a plus because the room are ... Read More
Just returned from a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream with family including a 4 yr and 7 yr old. What a fun time - Disney does it right! We had adjoining cabins with verandahs --- this was a plus because the room are quite tight. Food was fantastic, entertainment was great for all ages and the service was unbelievable! All you had to do was ASK and it was done! Children had a great time in the Kids Club and were always eager to go again. Germ control was a priority as hand wipes were handed out entering every dining room. Children went through a hand washing station when entering their area of play. My daughter and I had massage treatment at the spa which was most enjoyable. We did not go ashore at Nassau as we had been there previously. Just stayed on the ship and enjoyed a less busy day. Highly recommend this cruise for families! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were on Disney Dream cruise that sailed March 2/2018 to March 5/2018. On the third day 03/04 there was a wind, so they cancelled Castaway island (Disney private island) and we spent that day on the cruise. I really disappointed, the ... Read More
We were on Disney Dream cruise that sailed March 2/2018 to March 5/2018. On the third day 03/04 there was a wind, so they cancelled Castaway island (Disney private island) and we spent that day on the cruise. I really disappointed, the most important point to choose Disney cruise is the stop at Castaway Cay. I strongly expect that the Disney will give some form of concessions to its guests. unfortunately, they didn’t do anything, they didn’t give any indemnity or concessions. It was so sad, disappointing we are students we hardly find time and money to go this trip. we have never been on any Disney cruise before. We spent so much money on flights from Philadelphia PA to Orlando FL, we rent a car to go to Port Canaveral. That day I talked with Guest Services when we were on the cruise but they told that no concessions will make to the passengers. After we back from the cruise, I sent an email asking them for compensation, but they didn't respond until today, I never hear back from them In addition, I forgot an expensive important item on stateroom, I called them every day asking if they find it. each time they respond with the same response " Unfortunately, nothing matching the description of the item has been turned in. When the Dream returns, we will take another look and should anything matching the description turn up, we will let you know", and surprisingly they never get back to me. The first two days we were so happy and thinking to repeat the same experience with our friend and family and recommend it to them. But now, we will never ever do any Disney vacations again. And when my school's professors and classmates asked me, I dod not recommend it to them and I told them my awful experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chosen as first cruise for 4,7,10 years old grand children.... Ship's focus and infrastructure for kids to age 6 exceeds that of other cruise lines... Connecting 8th floor balcony rooms port side aft are more spacious than ... Read More
Chosen as first cruise for 4,7,10 years old grand children.... Ship's focus and infrastructure for kids to age 6 exceeds that of other cruise lines... Connecting 8th floor balcony rooms port side aft are more spacious than comparables without mice.... Dining room seating structure is spread over 3 different themed venues during 4 days.... Menus choices are few and offer rather basic dinner options for adults.... Service for staterooms as well as dining rooms are excellent.... Buffet options are sufficent, service is ok at best... Prices for the cruise, purchases on board and Disney Island as well as Excursions are disproportionately overpriced. Photo sales staff included and charged for unwanted photos. Some of the organizational staff proved highly incompetent and ineffective. Support for wheelchair access during embarkation and debarkation is almost non existent and disorganized at best. Disney's mandatory Emergency drill is an unduly lenghty, disorganized ordeal. We will not sail Disney again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have been on the Dream in August of 2013 again in August 2014 and twice in 2015 in August and December. To say the least this is the absolute best cruise around. They have more fun and exciting things to do for kids and adults than you ... Read More
We have been on the Dream in August of 2013 again in August 2014 and twice in 2015 in August and December. To say the least this is the absolute best cruise around. They have more fun and exciting things to do for kids and adults than you can count. From the minute you arrive at port to embark you feel like they care. Everything seems to flow extremely smoothly like its to good to be true. On board the food is to die for and the restaurants and so cool. Animators Palace is our favorite just cause of the interaction the kids get in there. Deck 11 where the pool and "fast food" style food is, is just amazing. The staff is second to none and they work their butts off to make you feel important. If you have a bad time on this cruise then your the problem lol. There is to much more to list. Over all from a score of 1-100 its a 100 with bonus points. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I booked the Disney Cruise for our Grandson who is 4 and our two adult boys. The welcome aboard experience was fun! The ship is beautiful and so much to do. The dinning experiences were wonderful! Our entire family ... Read More
My husband and I booked the Disney Cruise for our Grandson who is 4 and our two adult boys. The welcome aboard experience was fun! The ship is beautiful and so much to do. The dinning experiences were wonderful! Our entire family absolutely loved Antimators Palate. Our nightly servers were wonderful, they really connected with our grandson. The two ports were fabulous! Enjoyed our day at Atlantis and the Dolphins experience was amazing. Very much enjoyed Cast Away Cay, the food was delicious! Very enjoyable and relaxing. There were a few things that were disappointing and misleading however. They advertise their water rides you must meet the MINIMUM height of 38 inches. Our grandson is exactly 38 inchs tall. When he went to ride the two water slides they refused to let him ride. They stated he needs to exceed 38 inches when the actual signage reads minimum! Sadly we had to deal with unnecessary tiers! The only options were the Nemo infant/ toddler play area or the pool that was crowded. The other pools closed/ covered for other activities. The high pressured alcohol sales was overwhelming! On several occasions when needing directions or had questions, we experienced many language barriers and the employees couldn't understand English well enough and was misinformitive. Overall it was a good vacation, would just like these items addressed should we decide to cruise Disney again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
OK. Coming out with anything but A++++ reviews of anything Disney can subject you to a backlash that makes coming out as a Trump supporter pale in comparison. We have many friends who are Disney addicts and have been on numerous DCL ... Read More
OK. Coming out with anything but A++++ reviews of anything Disney can subject you to a backlash that makes coming out as a Trump supporter pale in comparison. We have many friends who are Disney addicts and have been on numerous DCL cruises as well as numerous annual trips to the parks. Yeah, we aren't "those" people. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE Disney, but it isn't like air and water is to life with us. Taking a DCL cruise was a bucket list item for us and with the kids getting older, now was the time. Found a good rate (for a Disney cruise "good rate" is kinda subjective) over 2 school holidays and we went ahead and booked it. Arrived the night before and stayed at the Hampton Inn Brickell in downtown Miami and it was awesome. Perfect pre or post cruise hotel. 15 min drive to the port and 35 minutes later we were on the boat. Now is Disney can just figure out a way to get the park lines to move that fast! Once on the boat, we immediately went to the pool decks to let the kids start swimming and once we saw the pools, our hearts sunk. We knew the kids swim areas were small on the ship, but we didn't realize they were THIS small. Kiddie pool was maybe 15 ft across and at any given time there would be 20-30 kids running around screaming, splashing, fall on eachother, elbowing each other, etc. It was like a kiddie Thunderdome and watching my 7 year old autistic son try to survive that environment was more stressful than Id have liked. The main pool wasn't much better. VERY small and at any given time packed with tons of kids to the point where you could hardly see the water for all the kids and life jackets. This is what I don't understand. Disney has more money than most small countries and can afford to build whatever they want. They build a boat to hold 2700 people, of which an easy 1500 will be kids, and make the pools smaller than what you'd find in a run down apartment complex. On the "at sea" day, it was truly a nightmare with every child on the boat in and around the small pools. Im sure Disney has some sort of reasoning behind this, and Id love to know what it was. The 2 water slides were ok but always packed too. Ultimately, we were VERY disappointed in that. As far as the room and the rest of the ship, it was very nice. The room was by the aft elevators and was in the perfect spot. Easy walk up or down a cpl floors to get to all the restaurants and the pool decks since they were all in the aft part of the ship. The room was very nice and clean. Beds were amazing. Split bathrooms was a genius idea and having the balcony was a welcome escape of the madness every now and then. Food was BY FAR the best Ive ever eaten. ANYWHERE. Heard DCL does their food up well, but never expected this. They could take the lunch buffet to any casino in Vegas and serve it for dinner and charge $100 per person all night long. And that was lunch!! Dinner was even better. Cabanas was just amazing. Every type of food you could possibly want. Dishes from all over the world made it an adventure every time we went to eat. I got to try alot of dishes Id never had before. Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, you name it. Plus piles of fresh shrimp and stone crab claws and snow crab legs at each meal. Absolutely beyond compare. The sit down restaurants were great too. Lumiere's and Animator's Palate were as promised. Especially AP. We knew it would be fun, but seeing it in person made it even better. Having the wait staff rotate with you nightly to different restaurants was a great idea. They knew what the kids wanted and didn't want and treated us like old friends. This was a smart move by Disney. Ice cream and pizza was the one area where we came out ahead. Kids easily ate 40 ice cream cones over 4 days and we kept the pizza place in business. Not the best pizza, but it filled a void when you were hungry. Room service was good. the BLT was a big hit with us. The steak panini was great too. Would have liked to have a few more choices, but what we had was good. As for drinks in the room, bring your own soft drinks or be prepared to pay for them with room service. Knowing the kids would inevitably want a soft drink while in the room and knowing I wouldn't want to walk up to the pool desk to the soda fountain, we brought a pack of 8 oz pepsi bottles with us. Was definitely a smart move. As for the ship, incredibly clean and well kept. Never saw garbage or anything dirty. Public areas were as clean as your stateroom. After a cpl of days, the Disney themed music kinda begins to wear on you. For the first day or 2 its fun, but after hearing songs from Mary Poppins 500 times while walking around the ship, jumping off becomes a viable option. I didn't go on a Disney cruise expecting to hear hard rock or even most pop music around the pool because most of it isn't really what Id call kid friendly, and Im ok with that. Instead Disney has a playlist of about 25 songs that are palatable to families and plays it on a loop. Over and over and over again. I am a huge U2 fan, but you can only hear "Beautiful Day" so many times before you wished Bono never wrote that song. Again, small things, but when you can't get in the pools and are relegated to sitting on a chair watching the kids, pool music was all we had. The entertainment. Disney really stresses and PR's their kids clubs. They looked very fun and there were always kids in there, but my 12 year old daughter had no desire to go in one by herself and they aren't really set up to take special needs kids, so as a result we didn't use them. As a result, we felt like there wasn't much else to do activity wise. At night after dinner we literally wandered around the ship to pass the time while we waited for our stateroom to be turned down for the night. We did go to 2 of the live shows in the theater and the kids really enjoyed them. Very much Disney on Ice type shows...without the ice. We did get treated to many showings of Black Panther since it opened while we were on the cruise, but since Im really not amped about the movie to begin with, we didn't go. They had movies playing frequently in 2 theaters and for some, that's a great option but if you didn't really care for Marvel and Star Wars movies (my wife and daughter could care less) your options were thin movie wise. Character appearances seemed pretty regular, but we skipped out on them. We have plenty of character photos from our times in the parks. Alcohol. This is a big thing for me. Not because I want to get drunk, but I like to have a few drinks, especially when Im on vacation. Drink prices were pretty good and they had several packages for beer or wine. We bought a beer pkg the first day which came with 24 16oz beers of my choice, and a DCL cooler for $130. Yeah, thats alot of money, but if you stop and do the math and consider the convenience of not having to flag down a waiter or go to the bar for every drink (and pay another service charge each trip), it was worth it. Plus all the beers fit in the room fridge and our steward regularly brought us ice for the cooler. it was a very nice fabric soft sided cooler too, so having that by the pool and on Castaway Cay was great. DCL lets you bring on beer or wine and I brought a cpl of bottles of wine and my wife and I enjoyed them in the evenings on the balcony. We'd order a cheese plate from room service and it made a nice pre dinner snack with the wine. Castaway Cay. Very well laid out island with alot of potential. Packing 2700 people on the beaches they have makes for some very congested areas. We were able to find a place a little away from the crowds, which made it better. Water was pretty cold (didn't stop the kids though) and the amount of rocks in the sand and water wasn't what we'd have liked to have seen, but it is what it is. Guess when they dredged up all that sand for the beaches they couldn't sift the rocks out. Id like to see them expand the area and give that many people a little more elbow room. The lunch on the island was just so so . Like I said, the island has a ton of potential and Id like to see them expand a little bit more. Nassau is Nassau. Nothing special there. My daughter got to experience her first foreign city and that was fun, but after a cpl of hours t shirt shopping with her, we got back on the ship. The other BIG thumbs down on DCl was the internet. It is sold in packages and unlike other cruise lines, its sold in MB packages, not GB packages. I don't go on a cruise to spend my time on social media, but having an almost teenage daughter, wifi connectivity is a matter of life and death to her. Logging on the first day, DCL offers you a free 50MB pkg to try to the system. Not really knowing how many MB it would take to use any of the apps on my phone, I logged on to the DCL Navigator app literally to see what the prices were for the other packages. I clicked to 2 pages on the app and poof, nothing. I had already gone through the 50 MB in 2 pages. After hours of begging from my daughter, I allowed her to access her Snapchat for 5 minutes the next day using the wifi, knowing we could find free wi fi in Nassau the following day. 5 minutes on Snapchat cost me $19.99. Unreal. This was incredibly chintzy and disappointing. Im guessing DCL wants families to spend time together on the ship and not on their phones, which I 100% agree with, but for those of us who have to stay connected for work, on top of the teenagers wifi addictions, it made for a bit of a headache. For me it was a welcome escape when I sent my boss a screenshot of the internet prices and told him unless he wanted to pay for them, Id read all work emails when we got back to Miami! As for wifi in Nassau, we found a weak signal in a Burger King and it was just enough for my daughter to reconnect to her friends for a bit. Lots of other places around town offer free wi fi, so just pick one and save your $ on the ship. My wife, who is by far the big Disney person in our family, summed up the whole trip on the sea day as we were watching 30 kids fight to the death in the kiddie pool. "Im waiting for that aha moment. That moment where it hits us and we say Disney was worth the extra cost and effort. I never got it". For her to say that, it said something. We completely get the Disney thing and would never discourage people from taking a DCL cruise. On the other hand, we won't be taking another one ourselves. There is no doubt that our kids will have a better time on another cruise line with more activities (bigger pools, water activities, etc) and we will pay alot less for it and we will leave our Disney experiences to the parks. If you aren't a true Disney fanatic, I can't help but think you will probably be a little disappointed in your overall experience. The food and staff in my opinion really saved the trip for us. Disney got those things down pat and were the highlight of our cruise. Just know what you are getting for your $$ and you will be ok. Understand there is no escaping the Mouse when you are on a ship with him like you can when you are at the parks!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I had heard such wonderful things about Disney cruises so wanted to give them a try. As far as cruise ships go, it was a nice ship, but not any more special than other cruise ships. The extras of Disney are the quality shows in the evening ... Read More
I had heard such wonderful things about Disney cruises so wanted to give them a try. As far as cruise ships go, it was a nice ship, but not any more special than other cruise ships. The extras of Disney are the quality shows in the evening and the personal touch they give like the announcement when you board the ship. The negatives are that the pool is extremely small and the waterslides are just okay. There was no rock wall or extra activities such as a mini golf course as are on other ships. It is the best bet if you are looking for character interaction for your children. Embarkation went well, but the disembarkation was not smooth at all. It turned into a free for all after breakfast and the lines were crazy long. People were cranky having to wait. I prefer other times where each color is called at a certain time. Overall a nice time and would consider going again for the kids. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Last year we sailed the Disney Dream and loved it. This year we decided to try the Disney Magic. The Magic is a smaller and older ship. It is showing some signs of wear, but overall is well maintained and clean. For what it's worth, ... Read More
Last year we sailed the Disney Dream and loved it. This year we decided to try the Disney Magic. The Magic is a smaller and older ship. It is showing some signs of wear, but overall is well maintained and clean. For what it's worth, we were told it is going into dry dock soon for some maintenance and updates. As a smaller ship, it was really easy to get around. The midship elevators could get a bit crowded but forward and aft were usually quick moving and often times we had an elevator to ourselves. The only time there was a really long wait for elevators was right after a major event (the pirate party etc). We were always able to find a seat near the pool and at the buffet. Restaurants were good. The buffet was always well stocked for breakfast and lunch. It was typical buffet food and plenty filling and satisfying. The poolside restaurants offered good food (burgers, pizza etc), and room service was prompt. The main dining restaurants were great as well. We were the last cruise to eat at Carioca's. It is being reworked into a Tangled themed restaurant now. Animator's Palette on the Magic is amazing (better than the one on the Dream in my opinion). Lumier's was probably my least favorite in regards to theme but the food was good. Our dinner staff was great. They always had a positive attitude and were willing to go the extra mile to make our meals the best they could be. They even entertained our children making hats and doing magic tricks. We splurged for Concierge this trip and it was well worth it. The Concierge team was top of the line, super friendly and full of energy. They truly made our trip magical. Andy and Kemisha were the greatest. They are gems and I hope Disney truly appreciates them, their customer service skills and their dedication. I hope to sail with them again sometime and wish them all the best. They deserve it! They define what customer service should be. The second we stepped off the ship to head home, we missed them. Ports were good. Key West was beautiful. We didn't do an excursion. We opted to walk around and explore on our own, which was economical and worked out well. We stayed on the ship when it was docked at Nassau and had a Cabana at Castaway Cay. Overall it was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
ALL the staff on the ship went above and beyond to be kind and help you. Our wait staff (Herman and Juan) were amazing. Herman entertained the children at our table with magic and went out of his way to take care for us. The food was ... Read More
ALL the staff on the ship went above and beyond to be kind and help you. Our wait staff (Herman and Juan) were amazing. Herman entertained the children at our table with magic and went out of his way to take care for us. The food was amazing also. Our room steward was amazing!! I was so impressed that Disney requires you to wash hands before going into ANY eating place. You don't hear about Disney passengers getting sick do you??? It was a short 3 day cruise, wish had been longer but my daughter and grandaughter (8yrs old) had a blast. Her favorite was the amazing shows that they had. We enjoyed them as much as she did. Disney's private Island is beautiful, very clean and the sand is like powder. One of the most impressive things was the embarking, we did not have to wait at all. I have never experienced such fast service on any of the cruises I have been on. They were SO organized. Thank you Disney. It is worth saving up to do this cruise at least once in your life. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a ... Read More
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a large ship and it is very nicely maintained. The cabin was spotless and the public spaces are well kept. Disney has a good idea about rotational dining. We ate in a different restaurant each of the 3 nights and our wait staff moved with us. We particularly liked the Animators Palate as the pictures on the walls became animated and the characters in Nemo entertained us throughout dinner. You should make sure to see this. The Disney food was excellent in the dining rooms. Cabanas is the name of the buffet. It was typical cruise buffet except there were a couple of upgrades to their food, namely the crab claws and shrimp at lunch. We tried the Aquaduck water slide and it was a lot of fun. Put this on your to do list if you do this cruise. There was an adult pool and hot tub area without kids if you want a little serenity. The kids pool area was mobbed and the pools too small. Service from the host (room steward) and main restaurant wait staff was outstanding. They really go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your meals and your cabin. They paid a lot of attention to the kids and this was appreciated. The ship stops at Nassau and this is not one of my favorite ports. We did not do an excursion. The ship has better things going on. The Disney private island was much better than expected and superior to other cruise lines islands. We stayed at the family beach as there were kids with us. I would have liked to see the adult beach, it was probably less crowded. Disney did a nice job with embarking and disembarking. We did not experience delays. 12:30 is a good time to get on board. We left the ship carrying off our own luggage. I wish it could have been a little later than 7:00 A.M. Would I go again? Probably. My wife is a Disney disciple. She would go again in a heartbeat. The biggest negative of the cruise was the price. A few months ago, I took a 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas for less money than the 3 night Disney cruise. Although I did enjoy the Disney cruise, I didn't see twice the value. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first cruise ever and our first Disney cruise. I had heard a lot of good things about DCL and had high expectations. Our only disappointment was that the weather wasn't as warm as I would have hoped, but that's out ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and our first Disney cruise. I had heard a lot of good things about DCL and had high expectations. Our only disappointment was that the weather wasn't as warm as I would have hoped, but that's out of our control. We arrived at port and waited to get through security and customs and get our key to the world cards for the ship. That whole process took maybe 30-45 minutes. When we walked onto the ship, our name was announced and the crew at the entrance clapped and cheered us in. We quickly realized there was SO much to do and we would have to plan our activities wisely. The food choices were great, but felt like the same thing night after night. Steak, chicken or fish at every restaurant. Pirate night was awesome and after fireworks Cabana's buffet opened back up with different menu items (tacos, baked potatoes, crepes and lots of desserts) but did not seem well prepared for the amount of people that would all flood in at once. We did an Atlantis Aquaventure excursion in Nassau. Our time was listed to start at 9:30 and I assumed we would be able to go straight to Atlantis at that time, but that was only when you were assigned to meet up on the ship with everyone else doing that excursion. I got really worried that we would not have much time at the water park by the time they got through having everyone sign a waiver and navigated us to the pick up spot at the port. It was 10:30 before we got to Atlantis, but thankfully it wasn't super crowded and the fact that we didn't have any lines for rides probably helped us to be able to still do everything we wanted to. Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, was amazing! The water was a little cold but later in the afternoon was fine for snorkeling. There were several servers coming around throughout the day to take orders for bar drinks and bring them back to you. Our servers and stateroom host were great and very friendly and helpful. They would remind us of events going on and make sure we had what we would need for going ashore and where to go for ship activities. We had a great time on our cruise and would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Because my granddaughter is a Disney person and we made her 6th birthday special for her. It was except for that god awful dinner food. I am still I’m shock cause of that food. When people ask me how my cruise was I tell them it was ... Read More
Because my granddaughter is a Disney person and we made her 6th birthday special for her. It was except for that god awful dinner food. I am still I’m shock cause of that food. When people ask me how my cruise was I tell them it was awesome but the food in the main dining I wouldn’t feed to a dog. I’ve never seen so much wasted food as I seen on this cruise. As of right now I would never book another Disney cruise again. I don’t appreciate being told how much I should tip someone. My granddaughter was in the oceanography club and spent two hours total cause she loved the ship more and it cost me a 60 tip for two hours. We didn’t get our final billing till the morning of our departure. I looked over it quickly and didn’t pay attention to that tip that they charged my card. Two hours doesn’t warrant a such a large tip. For the money people pay for this cruise the food should be edible and you should be able to tip what you want. Thank you for listening. Lynn Munday Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had a great time on the Disney Magic on our 5 day cruise out of Miami. The food was good from breakfast to late night snacks. We liked the room service which was included unlike many other cruise lines. The service from everyone was ... Read More
We had a great time on the Disney Magic on our 5 day cruise out of Miami. The food was good from breakfast to late night snacks. We liked the room service which was included unlike many other cruise lines. The service from everyone was great. We especially enjoyed our dinner server. The entertainment was enjoyable for all in our group ranging in age from 7 to 60s. We especially liked the pirate night activities and fireworks. Our captain did a wonderful joy finding an area without rain to have the fireworks. Our balcony room was very nice with a great room host who whenever we saw asked how we are enjoying our stay. We liked the split bath. It made getting ready a bit easier for all. Seeing all the Disney characters was fun. The whole family had a blast. We can't wait to go on another wonderful Disney cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We booked this cruise for grandsons 5th birthday. My husband, myself, daughter 27yo and son 24yo joined him. We all had a blast. Disney is top of line -we went when our kids were 13 and 10 and this trip was just as great. ... Read More
We booked this cruise for grandsons 5th birthday. My husband, myself, daughter 27yo and son 24yo joined him. We all had a blast. Disney is top of line -we went when our kids were 13 and 10 and this trip was just as great. Everything from pier to ship went above and beyond- don't let the age of the ship fool you. The ship is clean, in great shape and does not show age. Interior room was fine for us--we had us in one and kids in one next to us (crazy that adjoining door was $600 more) --we didn't need it that bad! Our first cruise in 2003 we could not dock at Disneys private island, we did this time and it was the best private island I have seen. So much to do for all ages. I really wish Disney was not so much more expensive than other lines, husband says now that we did it once we wont do again--:( Can get a great experience on NCL or Royal Carribbean with great kids clubs as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I just got off my very “FIRST” Disney cruise today on the Disney Dream. (Sailing Dates 1/19-1/22). I have been on over 50 cruises with Princess Cruises, which is a cruise line I have forever been very loyal with. My friend wanted to ... Read More
I just got off my very “FIRST” Disney cruise today on the Disney Dream. (Sailing Dates 1/19-1/22). I have been on over 50 cruises with Princess Cruises, which is a cruise line I have forever been very loyal with. My friend wanted to have a girl’s weekend trip, as she is a big Disney fanatic, and has sailed with Disney prior. I agreed to do a Disney cruise, as we both love cruising, and I have read in numerous places how Disney was top notch as equated to a luxury like line. I have been to Disney World many times, and have stayed at one of the resorts before. This leading to I had high expectations of a high-quality cruise. However, this was the WORST cruise experience I have ever experienced. First off, the website, is the worst out all cruise lines to navigate and find anything, especially when looking for things within your reservation. Poorly done is an understatement. When entering the ship, the ships decor is lovely and refined, and I loved the mini personalization of the announcements of the guest name / family while entering the ship. That’s a very nice touch. As is the subtle dinesney music playing throughout the ship. The animated pictures on the wall were unique and spectacular, leaving you with that magical Disney feel. My main issues that lead to great disappointment were the following: A good part of the crew were some of the rudest crewed who were not well-mannered. Nobody says hi, at all to you, giving a passenger a very unwelcomed, cold feel. A cruise is where you go and make into your home for a few days. This did not feel like home at all! One of the assistant cruise directors apart of the entertainment team definably stuck out. I was running in the Castaway Cay 5k. When I went down to the runners meet up spot in Evolution, there was a girl working there, when I asked her a simple question, gave me a nasty dirty look and rolled her eyes at me, and grunted at me instead of answering my question politely. That was totally unnecessary. I know it was early in the morning, but I am sorry this is your job, and you but your personal things off to the side. Terrible customer service. On several occasions I had many crew in shops and up in cabanas completely ignore me like I didn’t exist when I would stop to ask them something. Instead they pushed me off the side and walk into me as they walk away. This all seemed very un-Disney like. The y also would get super annoyed with you if you were not purchasing anything. I experience that both at the shops onboard and at Vanellopes sweet shop. I was given massive eye rolls on that, and they immediately stopped talking to me and quickly walked away from you a cold feeling, like you were no longer of any importance. Don’t worry I made sure after those gestures to NOT buy any ice ream or things from the shop just based on principal. That’s is not how you treat others, let alone a passenger. I had a lovely cabin steward (Arta), who did an excellent job, and did his very best with answering questions and cleaning the room. I was surprised and shocked however that bathrobes are not provide to passengers even by request to have in the cabins. To be told bathrobes are only available for concierge guest is beyond ridiculous. I almost feel like that is going back to the day of the Titanic, and you are insinuating their different classes of passengers onboard, over a silly simple common cruise cabin amenity. We all overpay to sail on this cruise line, all because of the Disney trademark name, giving a very POOR Disney experience. Another BIG GREAT DISSAPOINTMENT was the quality of food. I understand there are hundreds upon hundreds of kids onboard, and they would never know the difference between what is good quality tasting vs. what is not, but honestly a lot of that food was not eatable, and tasted like cardboard. Up on the open deck, that pizza is like microwavable pizza, gross and disgusting, and it was a super tiny piece like a TV dinner. They should have a more gourmet style of adults. I had asked for 2 different slices on evening as a late-night snack. The most hysterical part of my vacation really. When I asked for a piece of cheese pizza, the girl threw a slice of cheese on top of my margarita pizza slice. I was very confused about that. Then I said no, I would like a slice of cheese pizza, so the girl threw another slice of cheese on my place. Finally, it clicked with her I meant a slice of pizza. A common thing I saw and encountered in those outdoor deck eateries, a lot of the crew do not speak nor understand English. Being a school teacher, I fully understand language barriers and learning a language, but the cruise line needs to be offering ESOL course to help them perfect and understand English if you’re going to have them work for you. Another food experience fiasco I encountered was at that sandwich shop on the open deck. The guy had dropped my sandwich on the counter missing the dish, and the meat and the rest of the insides came out all over the counter. He took his must throw it all back together, and right onto my dish. I could see everything, and I think he was hoping there was an imaginary wall where I couldn’t see what he was doing, as he then tried serving me now unsanitary sandwich. I politely told him, may I have a fresh sandwich as that fell. During another occasion I was given a cold grilled cheese sandwich. Then I gave back asking them if they could heat up. They looked at me like I was crazy, and he clearly did not understand what I was asking, as I originally asked that sandwiches were hot/warm as grilled cheese is always served warm. I ended up giving up, as I must have been alien from another planet. Lastly on the food upstairs, please explain why spoons are not included in the napkin of silverware that is wrapped up at all the tables. Only forks and knives, but to spoon. Makes zero sense, especially when you get soup of certain desserts at cabanas. The main dinning room, I had an awesome kind waiter Alan, and his assistant Valen who were lovely. Took excellent care. The Matri’D in my section came over nightly to check up on my friend of I. I appreciate Rakesh for doing so. My issue with the service throughout the main dinning room, is how you train you waiters, and servers. I was shocked to see no one pulls a chair out the passenger and pushes them in as they are seated, and places the napkin on the passenger’s lap. This was new to me the whole self-service vibe. Not enjoyable, as I like to feel like I am on vacation. The food was special or nor outstanding. I had a lot of food come out cold, but the icing on the cake for me was how the fish is never cooked all the way through. For the first time ever, I have ever sent food back to the kitchen because was not cooked properly, or simply tasted disgusting. Not sure why, they don’t season any of their dishes, and the food was exceptionally bland. The presentation is also not impressive. Bar service was horrible, no one wants to assist or want my money when I am ready to order a drink. There was one drink that was sent back as it was simply gross, the bar tender overring someone in PINK was super unfriendly, and not welcoming, and he kept ignoring and pushing me off like I wasn’t there. Very rude, we never returned to that bar. Open deck was only other place we tried to get a drink, but that was a big FAIL. I ended up giving up. I also hated, hated, hated the fountain drinks being self-service. No one comes around asking if you would like a drink such as a cocktail, soda, water or whatever. When on a cruise I want to be served and pampered. Disney definitely does not pamper their passengers, nor do they make you feel like your special or any one important I read that one loud and clear. The paper cups are also not classy at all. Makes the ship seem cheap looking. I will however on a positive note, tell you the ONLY thing you got right and did an outstanding job on, is the shows. The Broadway shows were magnificent, and those set designs and costumes were stunning and gorgeous. You truly give a full Broadway experience, as I have gone to several Disney shows on actual Broadway and West End. The shows were mind blowing, and I wanted to give a huge applause to the Singers and Dances. Fabulous job! Also, another positive note meets and greet with characters wonderful, and well organize. Please know, I have never in my entire life ever has to contact to some with complaints and of disappointing experiences. I’m really just informing of you my dissatisfaction, so you can learn and fix these negatives this on your ship / line to work on improving the quality of your name. I have no intentions or desire to EVER try another Disney Cruise again, and I received such a sour taste in my mouth from this experience. I also have tons or people who ask me frequently for cruise suggestions, and I don’t have any intentions of recommending this line to anyone, including family and friends. Your cruises are overly costly compared to many other cruise lines, but cruises are defiantly not Disney’s expertise, falling very short on the satisfaction radar. You claim and advertise how you give a luxurious experience, which is false. Because of the name “Disney” does not atomically mask the poor unsatisfactory services provided onboard your ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my third cruise, the previous two being with larger Royal Caribbean ships (Freedom and Oasis). We picked this Disney cruise as we wanted a short getaway to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday and the timing fit the bill. We ... Read More
This was my third cruise, the previous two being with larger Royal Caribbean ships (Freedom and Oasis). We picked this Disney cruise as we wanted a short getaway to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday and the timing fit the bill. We took my youngest son (12) and her son (9) along. We wondered if Disney would be worth the extra money, and in some areas, it definitely is. The entire experience is themed with great detail and created with the customer at the center. Even the cruise terminal in Port Canaveral is beautiful with pleasant staff. The ship itself is gorgeous. It's like a luxury ocean liner, super clean, well maintained with a stunning promenade deck. We loved the exterior promenade deck on Freedom and missed it on Oasis, so I was very pleased to have one on the Dream. It is even outfitted with timeless wooden deck chairs, with comfy padding and some "hidden" recesses to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean (which you come to appreciate). The main atrium is stunning and we often saw characters there. The only part i found a little hard to navigate were the aft elevators that took you into the buffet (Cabanas) so you had to navigate through there just to get to the pool deck and back to the elevators, whether you were going to the buffet or not. This entailed a lot of frequent hand sanitizing when you cut through. We couldn't really figure out a more efficient way to get around there as the upper levels directed you down through the buffet to get outside. Our stateroom was toward the aft, so we did this route a lot. The buffet itself was delicious. Lots of quality healthy and treat choices. There was always variety, lots of seafood, carved meats and steamed veggies in addition to the more traditional buffet offerings. The desserts were actually really good - not like those gelatinous, squishy ones that are so common in other buffets. They had real flavour and creamy texture, if cream based. I'll get to the dining rooms in a minute. The pools are small, but there's lots of room for seating. We liked to sit on the 12th deck and look down onto the pool area and there was always plenty of seating there. We had a few go's on the AquaDuck. My son did it on the first afternoon and it was chilly, so very short lines but a quick exit into a dry towel! The boys did it the second day in the morning while docked at Nassau, with short lines again. The lines certainly built by lunch time. We all did it on the Castaway Cay day. We let the ship empty out, had a late breakfast and then walked onto the ride. We did it twice and then headed to the island. Still plenty of chairs available ashore and the weather was much nicer later in the day. Everyone else seemed to do it the other way and wait in lines to exit the ship, rush for chairs and then wait in lines at the AquaDuck later in the afternoon. I think we had a good plan. We had a deluxe family stateroom with balcony and it had plenty of room. I do wish it had a murphy bed like some of them did because the main bed does not separate into two smaller ones like it does on the Royal ships. This meant we had to share the main bed as the other options were a small pull down and single sofa bed. I guess Disney figures only couples travel with families? We had a love/hate relationship with the split bathroom. It was sort of convenient to have the two spaces but it always seemed like whatever you needed was in the other room and it still required coordination to get us all ready for dinner. Robes arrived on the first night (they were soft and cozy) and then slippers the next day. Frequent treats arrived in our stateroom for no reason, which was a great surprise and very appreciated. We got a couple of fruit plates, chocolate dipped strawberries and cookies. Room service is also included and we ordered coffee/tea and light breakfast for the early morning balcony time before heading to the buffet for something more substantial. We also ordered a cheese plate to have with our celebratory champagne for my sister's special day. Speaking of food and dining, we LOVED our servers that attended us every night. They were fantastic (Steph from Wales and Aline from Brazil). The dining rooms were lovely and the food ranged from pretty good to outstanding. We didn't have anything we didn't like but the tomato sauce was a bit processed tasting all over the ship. I liked that the portion sizes were reasonable and although we had late dining, I never felt too stuffed to sleep. I did not like that the other guests feel free to let their children scream, yell, run around, climb all over the banquets and roll around on the floor all through dinner. It's like they figure since they paid so much for a Disney cruise they can let their kids run hog wild. It certainly put a real stress on dinner every night. Our sons endured having other kids crowd them out on the banquets as they pushed their toys, napkins, cups, cutlery, etc all over and around them, while their parents shouted over the top of everything. My twelve year old enjoyed the tween club (the Edge) and used it as an escape from the screaming children most days and evenings. Even during the excellent theater production of Beauty and the Beast, families let their kids talk and yell all through it. We didn't go to the Golden Mickey's or the final theater production but we did attend the Pirate party at night and saw the fireworks, which was a lot of fun. They have a buffet at night during the pirate party but we were full from dinner so didn't eat anything. It looked good though. I feel that a Disney cruise is worth the extra money, due to all the small touches and general quality. If you have a family with small kids and don't mind a lot of noise, it's a great choice. I think those days are behind me though and I'll probably stick with Royal Caribbean for a different feel on board. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my 2nd Disney Cruise and my only complaint was that it was too short! Every member of the crew was very attentive. The ship was always clean and the food was very good. We are a couple without children and really enjoyed all of ... Read More
This was my 2nd Disney Cruise and my only complaint was that it was too short! Every member of the crew was very attentive. The ship was always clean and the food was very good. We are a couple without children and really enjoyed all of the adult only areas. There are TONS of spaces away from screaming children that are peaceful (deck 11,12 and 13 front of the ship) The adults only beach is fabulous at Casaway Cay. It was the quietest beach I’ve ever been on plus the cook out for the adults only side of the island was probably my favorite meal. They grill ribeye steaks for the adults beach that were delicious ( no steaks on family beach I’ve heard) My absolute favorite part of the cruise was the high quality production of Beauty and the Beast. Disney invests a lot of time and money into providing high quality entertainment. This production was better than most traveling Broadway productions I’ve seen. Other fun activities we enjoyed were: seeing Coco, attending trivia, an animation class and Bingo! Such a lovely weekend getaway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
As grandparents of 8, our children arranged this cruise on the basis of their previous experiences with Disney. This was our first encounter with the cruise line, and this review is essentially aimed at individuals whose sole purpose is ... Read More
As grandparents of 8, our children arranged this cruise on the basis of their previous experiences with Disney. This was our first encounter with the cruise line, and this review is essentially aimed at individuals whose sole purpose is NOT to dump their kids off in a holding pen so that they can go party. It is also important to note that our preferred cruise line is Oceania, and that we have traveled extensively on their ships over the past several years. By the standard of Oceania, our experience was extremely disappointing. After spending the preceding night in a nearby hotel, we parked in the Disney lot and arrived early for our designated 12:15 boarding at Port Canaveral. This process greatly resembles waiting for popular rides at Disney World; long lines in a crowded and noisy venue. Once aboard, our stateroom -- a veranda suite -- was adequate. Not nearly as nice as cheaper rooms on Oceania (which has the reputation for being "upscale"). The only exceptional trait was the that bathroom was divided in half, so that there are two separate sinks (one with the toilet, the other with the shower). Dinner the first night was at the "special" restaurant -- for $30 extra/person one gets the "privilege" of eating food that's about on a par with Macaroni Grill. The service is exceptional, but the food is "just OK" at best. During our three day cruise, we drew the following impressions: (1) Disney overbooks its cruises to the point that so many children and adults were in the pools that anyone wishing to join in would crush an existing occupant; (2) The food service crew follows your party around to the 3 major restaurants. I suppose this is reasonable on some level, but the regimented nature of the "dining" resembles boot camp. Servers make a big show of being attentive -- they know everyone's name, etc. and are quite adept -- but the food options are meager and the quality of the food is suspect. (3) Compared to other cruises we've taken, and to all-inclusive resorts, the breakfast buffet is reminiscent of basic training. No large quantities of cut fruit, made-to-order omelets, crepes, etc. No. Instead, you line up and ask for one of 3-4 types of fruit (the obvious ones), and are then handed one or two tiny slices. Huh? (4) The money-grubbing that's so evident at Disney theme parks is in full evidence. There's a coffee bar and a candy shop. Both charge extra (??). For the amount that one pays for a Disney cruise, having charges added for such niceties struck us as extremely tacky. Alcohol, certainly. But a $5 cup of dark roast coffee? The two ports that are visited on this cruise are Nassau and Disney's Castaway Cay. The former needs little explanation. A good place to buy diamonds and other pricey merchandise. Castaway Cay was a nice surprise; a privately owned island devoted to sand and sun. For an extra charge (nearly $1000) our group reserved a large bungalow to get out of the sun. It came equipped with non-alcoholic beverages, some light snacks, and towels. Food on the island is provided from two large cafeteria style grills. The food is fine; it's just what you'd expect at someone's backyard BBQ, with several additional dishes thrown in. Not up to the standard of any on-ship buffet, but OK. So, did our grandchildren and children have a good time? Yes, I think they did. As is obvious to anyone reading this review, the Disney Cruise Line isn't thinking about adults when it builds its ships and arranges events/food/entertainment. For what older adults pay for these trips, Disney simply does not measure up. If you're being dragged along to watch your grandchildren play, then maybe it's worth the money and aggravation. Having been spoiled by "real" cruise lines, we won't be back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Daughter running in WDW Marathon so we decided to take cruise also so she could run in the Castaway Key 10K Challenge. First time on Disney and generally impressed. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Quality of food and ... Read More
Daughter running in WDW Marathon so we decided to take cruise also so she could run in the Castaway Key 10K Challenge. First time on Disney and generally impressed. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Quality of food and service superb. Entertainment very enjoyable. Watching the children interact with the characters brought a smile to our faces. Cleanliness of our stateroom and the public areas outstanding. Castaway Cay very enjoyable even on a cloudy day that turned to rain. Crew very good at adapting to rainy weather for two days of cruise. However, my daughter's spa massage experience led her to tears when she returned to cabin. Twice her upper body was improperly exposed. Spa run by same people that provide spa for RCL where my daughter has had numerous massages and never had this occur. Spa manager apologized and refunded fee after we complained. But the evening after the massage was NOT "the happiest time on earth." Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I am a big DCL fan and this is my 13th cruise with Disney; second cruise on the Dream. I was treating my daughter and 3 of her friends to a mega Disney vacation. We had just spent 4 days at Walt Disney World so this was to be a sun and fun ... Read More
I am a big DCL fan and this is my 13th cruise with Disney; second cruise on the Dream. I was treating my daughter and 3 of her friends to a mega Disney vacation. We had just spent 4 days at Walt Disney World so this was to be a sun and fun cruise. We arrived at the port around 1 pm, checked in and basically walked on board. We headed up to Senses Spa to get our appointments and Rain Forest pass then grabbed a late lunch at Cabanas. It was a wonderful experience. The cast members were great: our hostess, Patrice, was wonderful and we talked every morning. The dining staff was excellent, Kevin showed us several magic tricks at the end of dinner. Our Port Adventure was a beach day at Blue Lagoon. It was so nice, the beach was clean, we had our pick of loungers. It was not crowded at all. It felt like we had the island to ourselves. Lunch and 2 drinks were included so we didn't have to pay out more unless you wanted an alcoholic drink. The water was cold but it was sunny and warm enough to enjoy the day. Unfortunately just before we were ready to leave a thunderstorm developed and we were drenched on the return trip. But they had lots of dry towels to hand out just past security check in. They certainly look out for you! I had a seaweed wrap with full body massage which was heavenly. After you were wrapped up they lowered you into a heated water bath. So relaxing! We enjoyed brunch at Palo. It was such a decadent and ritzy meal. Would definitely do this again. We were sad to leave the ship and are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My wife and I had previously traveled on the Bahamas Celebration and RC Grandeur of the Seas, but now wanted to take our kids on a Disney cruise. We booked the trip in July and waited a long six months for our trip. When we arrived at ... Read More
My wife and I had previously traveled on the Bahamas Celebration and RC Grandeur of the Seas, but now wanted to take our kids on a Disney cruise. We booked the trip in July and waited a long six months for our trip. When we arrived at the port, we had a scheduled arrival time at 10:45am and ended up pulling in around 10:15am. There were very few cars and could pull right up to have our bags placed with the crew. Parking was easy and was a flat fee of $68 (paid before you enter). We collected or bags and went to the terminal. It was a VERY cold morning and had a short line for the DCL staff to check passports. We then went through security and headed up to the check-in area. It was a fast check-in and we had to wait until 11:30 before our group was called (we were in group 5). Going in they took our picture and we headed up the gangway. We ate lunch at Cabana’s on the 11th deck and the food was great! I love seafood and the crab claws and shrimp was a hit with me, and the panko-breaded cod was very tasty. The kids had lots of choices and my 6yo son really liked the pizza (I have had better, but he really liked it). Our rooms were ready at 1:30pm (the hallways are blocked until that time) and went to get everything setup. Since we arrived at the port early, our bags were pretty much there by 2pm. We had our 2yo son get a nap before the Sail Away party and we were good to go. The party was fun, but cold. Once we were out in the ocean, you could feel some movement, but nothing bad. We had the early dinner time for the trip and went to Enchanted Garden. The food was very good and the service was top-notch. Our waiters were very nice and wanted to go above and beyond. We were able to catch the evening show (Believe) and it was incredible! My 2yo sat through the whole show and was excited. The shops were open after going into open water, so we checked out a couple stores after the show. The stateroom was ready when we returned and the murphy bed was pulled down and the sofa bed was ready. The blackout curtains were very effective and loved having them the next morning. Our next day was in Nassau and we planned to spend some time on the ship before walking around the stores in port. The water in the pools onboard were very warm, but the slides had cold water in them. Due to the cold snap during the previous week, the water cooled down quite a bit. We did to the Aquaduck and it was a blast, but just cold. My 2yo was not allowed in the pools (must be potty trained and no swim diapers). The Nemo area was fun for him and he spent some time there. We ended up going back to the room to get warm and went back to Cabana’s for lunch. Pretty much the same items, but they had crab legs that day. We went out to Nassau in the afternoon and it was what I expected – lots of people offering cab rides and trying to sell things. We did get to the main shopping area and checked out DelSol, but headed back after that. I do not think we will get off the ship next time, or at least not leave the pier. There ended up being four ship in port that day, but it did not seem overly crowded on the pier. For dinner, we were in Royal Palace and beef tenderloin was perfect the soufflé was my favorite dessert (I had two of them). We did the pirate party that night and met some more characters. The lines were long for some of them, but nothing like Disney World. We opted to head back to the room after the party so my wife could rest and the kids could get to bed. I went out to do some shopping and catch the end of Star Wars. They were doing Beauty and the Beast that night, but wanted to wait for Sunday so we could enjoy the pirate party. The last full day was at Castaway Cay and the weather was perfect! The only issue was with the ocean temperature. The bridge report channel said the water was 79, but our guess is 69. It was very cold and not too many people were in the water. It was also very windy and most of the port adventures were cancelled. The lunch was tasty and we loved the Olaf and Sven cups with the non-alcoholic frozen drinks. Just be mindful there is a 7.5% VAT on all purchases. The gift shops had lots of neat items that were not available on the ship, so do not wait to get back on because most of the items will not be there. We learned if we saw something in any of the shops, it will probably the only place to find it (even on the ships). We headed back to the ship around 3pm and just enjoyed the nice weather. Our last meal was at Animator’s Palette and was tons of fun! The food did not disappoint once again and they are also very good with getting meals if the kids are picky. We finished up dinner and headed for some more shopping, but it was very busy since it was the last night. We went to the last show for Beauty and the Beast at 8:30pm, but there was a delay, and the cruise director came out around 8:45pm and said the lead characters all got seasick after the prior show and the understudies also go seasick, so they had to cancel the show. We did not think the ship was rocking that bad, but we did feel it as we moved to certain areas of the ship. The winds were in the 35mph range and the seas were pretty high (maybe 15ft). Our room on deck 8 was moving quite a bit, but we did not feel sick. There was some pretty major rocking around 4am, but again did not make us sick. Getting off the ship the last day was pretty simple. Our bags had to be out by 10:30pm the night before and we had our day bag ready to head out for breakfast. Depending on your dining rotation and time determines where you eat in the morning. Our time would have been 6:45am, but we just went back to Cabana’s. They did not have as much food, but still some good choices. We went down around 8:30am to leave and to get our Shutter’s USB drive. Just a tip – if you think you want the full digital package, buy it before you leave online for $199 since it is $230 on the ship. There was a bit of a delay going down the gangway since they were scanning cards at the end. Our luggage was down on the first floor in our section (Tinkerbell Green) and there was a crew member there to help us take the luggage through customs out to the car. Customs was a breeze and we were sadly back to the car. We were all very sad to be leaving the ship. It was above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined! The ship is kept in amazing shape and the common area bathrooms were always clean. They do quite a bit to keep hands clean and to ensure any bugs are not spread around. The crew was extremely nice and all of the character meetings were great. We wish it was longer, but school schedules got in the way. In the end, we are already planning our next cruise for October or November to catch a Halloween or Christmas-themed event. If you are a fan of Disney, please do not hesitate to book a cruise on the Dream!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I love cruising, I love kids, I love Disney! I’m still waiting for the WOW and we are home after 4 nights on this worst trip ever! The ship is gorgeous, the staff is incredible, but the food is disgusting and the wait times for a ... Read More
I love cruising, I love kids, I love Disney! I’m still waiting for the WOW and we are home after 4 nights on this worst trip ever! The ship is gorgeous, the staff is incredible, but the food is disgusting and the wait times for a character picture is ridiculous. Why anyone would subject themselves to this when you can spend less and stay at Disney and have a great experience - I have no idea! The best part of the trip were the two guys in the dining room - Alvin and Enlish - they were super attentive to Maddox ( my 6 yr old grandson). There’s nothing to do on the ship except drop your kids off at the club or lab and do what? Watch a Disney movie? Absolutely ridiculous! Do yourself a favor - go to Orlando and stay in a nice resort, eat the food you want, go where you want to go! Disney is making a fortune off of bad food and boring activities. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Great for kids, not for adults....not enough activities for adults. Those they had were unenthusiastic...trivia was a bust, the staff didn't care about the experience at all. food was OK, nothing spectacular...Cabana Buffett was ... Read More
Great for kids, not for adults....not enough activities for adults. Those they had were unenthusiastic...trivia was a bust, the staff didn't care about the experience at all. food was OK, nothing spectacular...Cabana Buffett was horrendous, we only went once. The weather prevented us from docking at Castaway Cay and that was a major disappointment. Nothing offered for this, just a really uninspired sea day. The dining room staff was obviously overwhelmed with the amount of people on the ship, and complaints that they had to give up a day off!! I can. cross this off my bucket list, it is not worth the money unless you are focused solely on the children's enjoyment. Disney is not offering good value for the money they charge for this cruise. On the 3 night cruise Beauty and the Beast has 4 performances, it was very good, but once is enough and no other entertainment, other than music in the lounge is offered. It was too cold to do anything outdoors and the activities offered indoors was to say the least, uninspired Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We normally cruise on Celebrity, but chose this cruise to be with friends who have kids under the age of 10. As a childless couple that just turned the 50-year milestone, we were were worried that hundreds of screaming kids would make us ... Read More
We normally cruise on Celebrity, but chose this cruise to be with friends who have kids under the age of 10. As a childless couple that just turned the 50-year milestone, we were were worried that hundreds of screaming kids would make us want to jump overboard. We were pleasantly surprised. Disney does such a good job of keeping the kids occupied that we barely noticed them. There was a decent-sized adult pool area, as well as several bars which were adults-only after 9pm. These provided a nice escape on those few occasions when we had reached our kid limit. Overall, this cruise was much more casual than those we have taken on Celebrity. No one really dressed up for dinner, and many wore shorts and tees to dinner. Others dressed up a bit. It was nice to know you could, but didn't have to. The food is better on Celebrity, which also has more specialty dining choices. We did NOT like Disney's rotational dining at all. I think I should be able to choose where I eat, and with only one specialty restaurant on ship, you are pretty much stuck with their rotational nonsense. We ate in Tiana's Place and Triton's, but skipped Animator's Palate because we had Palo reservations on those nights. Tiana's was very loud with some sort of dancing alligator running thru the restaurant. It was annoying, service was slow (1 hr and 45 min) and the food was meh. However, we enjoyed Triton's and found the service there to be much quicker. We also had brunch and dinner in Palo, which was very good. However, if you are only doing one specialty meal, make it brunch. The selection and quality are amazing, and the service can't be beat. The Disney shows were of course great, but one goes a long way. Unless you are a Disney fanatic, they get old quickly. There was no adult dance club, which we missed. There was no casino. They had a variety of trivia in the pub, which was fun. Fewer activities for adults than on Celebrity, which is to be expected on this type of kid-centered cruise. I had occasion to visit the medical bay and was impressed by the quality of treatment I received. The doctor called to follow up with me for the next two days, which was a nice touch. But, it was expensive and they don't take insurance ($160 to just see the doc). I assume this is pretty standard across the various cruise lines. We found Disney to be expensive, and it is not a good value unless you have kids. We definitely felt we were subsidizing everyone else's child care. You definitely pay a premium to be on Disney, especially during the holidays. All in all, it was a pleasant week, but I don't think I'll ever sail Disney again. Unless you have kids, there are better options available. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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