54 Disney Dream Romantic Cruise Reviews

We got an amazing, last minute deal on this cruise and decided it would be a nice little, weekend get-away for just me and my wife. We had and absolutely wonderful time. the Disney Dream is an amazing ship. the Crew was incredible and ... Read More
We got an amazing, last minute deal on this cruise and decided it would be a nice little, weekend get-away for just me and my wife. We had and absolutely wonderful time. the Disney Dream is an amazing ship. the Crew was incredible and we had the time of our lives. And being able to get a quick glimpse of the Blood Moon was na added bonus. We booked a GTY-5C and got Cabin 8038, port-side forward. The room was great and large. and we had more than enough room for the two of us. Our Stateroom Host, Wayan, was amazing and made sure ore every need was met. We loved our veranda. we spent every morning sipping coffee and watching the world go by. Room service was great and made sure our coffee was delivered each morning, hot and on time. Cabanas is always great and we love the selections, especially for lunch. We think the spread is excellent with a great variety. we did visit Palo's twice (a lot for a 3 night cruise), once for Brunch on our Nassau port day, and once for dinner after a pretty good day at Castaway Cay. Brunch at Palo's is ALWAYS amazing....and MUST for everyone ever cruising on Disney. The food is absolutely amazing and well worth the extra money. We have the save server both trips to Palo's, Katia, was very attentive, and very sweet. She mad for a very exceptional experience. This was our first dinner at Palo's, and we loved every minute of it. The food was great the the setting was perfect. Sunset on the Dream during dinner made for a very special time. Our Server, Ivan, and assistant server, Bernard, at our rotational dining were also great. They were very attentive, and lots of fun. on the first night, brought out a birthday cake for me and sung me Happy Birthday. Even our head Server Rakesh got in on the act. It was a very pleasant surprise, and very un expected, but Disney seems to always go way above and beyond. This being our 10th Disney cruise, we didn't attend any of the shows or movies on board. we've seen most of the shows and really just wanted to spend quality time together. Nassau is old news, so we never get off the ship at the port. We were expecting bad weather for the Castaway Cay day, so we got off the Ship early and enjoyed a leisurely walk around the island before returning to the ship for another great lunch at Cabanas. then we hung out on our veranda and watch the rain come in and the number of passengers who managed to get caught in the rain before heading back to the ship. We can't blame Disney for the weather, and they went way out of their way to plan activities onboard the ship because of the weather. For us, bad weather days are still magical and fun. We love Disney and only wish this cruise was way way longer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the ... Read More
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the Oasis-class ships are nothing but mere floating malls in the ocean - no theme, no character. We wanted a cruise that was going to be memorable before I head to a long deployment. After much deliberation, we went back to the Dream as our last cruise with them three years was exactly just that - it was magical. This cruise went out exactly the same way as we had it three years ago. We got our transportation arranged from the airport, and the whole embarkation process was smooth like before. Once on the ship, we had our cabin on the tenth deck, middle, just below the pool deck. I found our location to be very convenient to wherever we needed to go. We had access to two nearby elevators, and the pool deck are just a deck up. We also noted that our balcony is directly below the pool deck, so like an awning, it was well protected from the elements which I found nice. The room itself had shown some age to it. I'm not sure when and if the ship have ever been refurbished, but with my OCD, I quickly found scuff and wear marks on the light switches and fixture parts that have been heavily touched through the years. Expecting a premium product for this price, it was hard for me to see past that glare of the wear. Our embarkation lunch at Cabanas were not too pleasant. It was way too crowded, open tables were hard to find, and I found some of the servers unwelcoming. Once we got our seats, we did find the food less desirable than the last time we were on the ship. We brought these issues to management and were given immediate answers to our concerns. Over the following days, we experienced the same magical moments that we had the first time we cruised with these ship. Public spaces were clean and looked just as ornate as before. For those that haven't cruised on this ship, Disney did not spare on the small details in creating their theme on the ship. Their shows were of Broadway caliber, especially beauty and the beast. Their character meet and greets were always a hit with the kids, if you don't mind waiting up to a half hour. And because this was a holiday themed cruise, they went over the top for showcasing Santa. As well, their pirate show fireworks on the top deck was an extravaganza. Hands down it was the coolest experience I've ever had at Sea. Our day at Castaway Cay was just Divine. I still can't forget how beautiful and perfect the island looked. It didn't feel over crowded and there were ample opportunities to just unwind and take it all in. Buffet services followed us there and it was great. No complaints. Food was something that this ship have to at least revamp. It was almost the same menu we had three years ago, so we were not as excited this time. Also, we were not served lobster on this cruise, not one time, which I found surprising. On the other hand, we were able to enjoy our previous favorites instead. I was about to write off Disney from our future cruise consideration after this trip, but what made us book another future cruise with them is the fact that our daughter had the best time of her life at their Kids club while the peace of mind it gave us allowed us parents to enjoy our own time at Sea. I don't think we even want to risk trying that out with other cruise lines and be disappointed. Another biggest factor that made us decide to book another future cruise with them is their customer service. They truly went above and beyond to ensure that, despite the issues we raised, we had a magical experience on this ship. Our guest manager was exemplary, and nothing short of commendable. When we disembarked, we felt highly satisfied that the cruise fulfilled our expectations. So much that we ended up cancelling our Royal Caribbean cruise for next year, and ended up prebooking our next Disney cruise with an even bigger family in tow. Disney cruises are not the cheapest out there, but the many repeat cruisers we had on board can't be wrong on going again for the Disney experience. With the amount of people already prebooking their cruise, we can't be wrong on making that decision either. It's simply the best cruise experience for families, and definitely something to strongly consider if you've never cruised with Disney cruises before. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
9th Cruise with Disney and 4th on the Dream. We were looking for a quick get-away for me and the wife, and love everything Disney's ships have for adults only cruisers. The Dream is absolutely perfect. Embarkation is super easy. ... Read More
9th Cruise with Disney and 4th on the Dream. We were looking for a quick get-away for me and the wife, and love everything Disney's ships have for adults only cruisers. The Dream is absolutely perfect. Embarkation is super easy. We always use Disney Transportation from MCO and it is stream lined to the point we have nothing to worry about. We check in at our home airport and never see our bags again until they arrive at our cabin on the ship. We always arrive at the cruise terminal early, and we are usually assigned a boarding group no higher than 4. we virtually walk on the ship and start enjoying our vacation right away. This ship is very clean and we start having fun right from the beginning. We love the adult pool areas, there always quiet and we can lounge around and just do what ever! when we feel like being young again we hang out in the family pool area and watch the kid splashing around in their pool. The funnel-vision always has fun movies and on Sunday, they showed the football game. Our cabin was great, very clean, and wonderfully maintained by our Stateroom Host, Ketut. This was a last minute vacation for us, and we book a GTY 5C. This was a new and nervous experience for us, because we like choosing our cabin and location. We were pleasantly surprised when we received a 5A cabin on level 9, aft. We could walk right up to Cabanas and the pool on deck 11. The location was perfect and we will definitely book another GTY. We love the rotational dinning and we are never disappointed with the food. this was our first experience with the late dinning, and I must say I prefer to eat earlier, but we lived with it. Our wait staff was great. Jeanpierre and Gusi took really good care of use and met our every need. Animator's Palate is always fun and we love the interactive screens around the room. we dined at Royal Palace on our final evening and it was absolutely great. We loved the food and the service and can't imagine how it could have been any better. We Dined at Palo's on the second evening, and this was our first experience there for dinner. We make it a habit to have brunch there every cruise, but booked so late, the brunch was sold out. The dinner at Palo's is out of this world. I had a steak that was so tender, you could cut it with a fork. My wife was more adventurous, and had Dover Sole. it was outstanding. Our server, Berniece, made sure our every need was met and she really made dinner magical and fun. I definitely would recommend Palo's, either brunch or dinner, (Both if possible). Room services was also great. We ordered Coffee, which was delivered to our room every morning around 7 so we could enjoy a cup, out on our balcony, watching the waves go by. Then we would leisurely get dressed and head up to Cabanas for a light breakfast. We love the buffet for breakfast and lunch and Disney always has a great variety of food. I usually hit-up the dessert area at lunch, first thing, before seeing what other delicacies to enjoy. We've experienced Nassau on several cruises, so we make a point to hang out on the ship and skip this port. the weather was great so we lounged in the adult area on the upper deck and enjoyed the sun, a great drink and read a book or napped in the heat. Castawy Cay is absolutely beautiful. the adult areas are always clean and well maintained. Again, the weather was warm, but a little windy, but not enough to hamper our beach time. The drink service was great and lunch on the island was outstanding. We live for Castaway Cay and would love another 3-day cruise if they only went there and skipped Nassau all together. Just happened to run into Goofy on the upper Deck on evening and got some great shots with him. We didn't go to any of the shows. Our only disappointment was this cruise was only 3 nights. We've never been on one that short and it really seemed to fly by. we just love Disney Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 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, other people ... 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
Sail Date June 2018
We took this cruise in May 2018 and I really wanted to love it but unfortunately it was awful! It was just me and my husband (from the UK) and it was to follow our 6th WDW holiday -we are huge Disney lovers ! We thought it would be ... Read More
We took this cruise in May 2018 and I really wanted to love it but unfortunately it was awful! It was just me and my husband (from the UK) and it was to follow our 6th WDW holiday -we are huge Disney lovers ! We thought it would be the icing on the cake ....but how wrong were we ! Sorry to those that love the Dream but I can only tell it from the experience we had........... On embarkation It started well ....we had a valuable tip to go straight to the Enchanted Garden for lunch and it was the quietest most civilised meal of the holiday (barring Palo of course) ....if we had gone to the Cabanas then (which we went and had a look at while we waited for the cabin to be ready) my DH said he would have got straight off ! The whole ship was absolutely packed and areas like the Cabanas like a rugby scrum ! The pools (even the adult ones were shoulder to shoulder with people and very unappealing as i felt it was akin to sharing bathtub waters with strangers just yuk ! I expected the main pool to be like this but was not prepared for the adult pool and areas to be so rammed. The adult areas were also invaded by children running around to see their parents and babies screaming in pushchairs (their adults obviously thought a baby was ok to bring into adult areas) and Disney staff just looked on so no enforcement. It was not just the sheer numbers of people but the behaviour of such a lot that was appalling ...no manners,pushing and shoving,speaking to each other in conversation that was to our English ears shouting level ! The public areas just made our heads ring with the noise and this continued into the 3 main restaurants and into the theaters ! The composition of the passengers on board was made up of something like 75% South Americans,20 % US and Canadian and 5% Brits I wonder if some cheap offers got thrown out last minute to fill the ship as one lady I spoke to had only booked days before at a discount. For some reason we were seated next to 2 South American families with young children who spent the entire meal time every night running round the tables chanting out and actively encouraged and joined in with by their parents who found it hilarious as the waiters dodged round them. The main waiter for our area was Columbian and was able to converse with these families so I suppose that's why he was allocated but he was very poor indeed. He gabbled the menu so fast you could not understand what he was saying and punctuated reading it to us with animal noises to describe the meat as if we were idiots ! He was also incredibly pushy that we should leave him an excellent rating.... The assistant server meanwhile was absolutely a lovely man and we rated him very highly indeed. The assistant knew and called us by name but the main waiter just kept calling us his "beautiful family" which he used for everyone ...it became grating believe me ! Before someone accuses me of being racially biased let me just say that some of our best friends are Brazilian - but they do not behave like that !! The food we found medicore at best and some dishes were just downright poor. The waiter did warn me not to have a pasta lobster dish as he said it was horrible but there was nothing else I wanted so I chanced it ...he was right ! A starter bowl of tomato soup consisted of about a tablespoon of soup topped with and inch of mushy soggy croutons ! Any meat dish served we soon realised was in thick chunks or slices and very chewy ...just not nicely presented at all. I did not have the will to complain all I wanted was to eat our meal as quickly as possible and get out of there away from the racket of the kids. I often went and got a couple of slices of pizza or a burger from the quick serve windows straight after dinner to fill myself up as I had eaten so little of the main meal. Our Palo Brunch was absolute delight though. The ship itself was beautiful and our cabin was very nice as was our cabin host who looked after us well. The shows were West End standard but you really had to concentrate to block out the screaming kids and those running up and down the aisles unchecked while the show was on. Especially annoying was the families coming in half way through asking you to get up and edging past so they could get in the middle of the row ! Lifts between floors were a nightmare ...we never managed to get in one that wasn't packed after waiting at least 10 mins the whole trip. The rubbish left in hallways and and ledges around the ship was another bug bear ...half full cups of coke,half eaten food,etc etc a very bad indictment on the sort of people responsible ...the poor cleaners ! The rain started the evening we boarded and poured down the whole of the next day in Nassau (luckily we had not intended to get off) and all the night causing the Pirates fireworks and outdoor party to be cancelled. Castaway Key fortunately was hot and sunny but with impending bad weather at anytime in the afternoon forecast a lot of the activities were cancelled. The fireworks were let off that night in the pouring rain with only those right at the front on Deck 11 able to see them due to the overhang. It was torrential so nobody ventured out onto the open decks. So just to finish off our trip when we collected our suitcases from the Terminal both were damaged. The corner section where a wheel was on both had been totally cracked /smashed in and the wheel pushed up inside the body of the case . The staff member on the customer service desk was totally incompetent did not seem familiar with the reporting procedure on the computer at all and made the report out 3 x before she managed to complete it correctly ( she kept losing the screens !) She could not operate the digital camera properly and wrote the details on a white board in a yellow marker and then tried to photograph this next to the damage before realising that yellow on a white board does not show up ! She then tried in light green with a similar result ! My Dh was losing it by then and suggested she got a black pen from somewhere. This she eventually did and after nearly an hour of fiddling around we left her promising to tie both cases up under one report number with all the photos .Our confidence in this was not high She told us to claim through our travel insurance. I got onto DCL then as I thought they should be liable and did not see why we should incur more expense to ourselves by going through the travel insurance for purchasing replacements. Fortunately they agreed to cover the cost of near identical replacement cases ...but not before I had to photograph the cases and damage myself ....yes you guessed it the original report they had got through contained no photographs whatsoever ! So there's my sorry tale. DH is adamant that he will never cruise again and I feel so bad having spent so much money on it. I think a lot of things conspired against us but the behaviour of the other people on board was by far the worst I have ever encountered in our many visits to WDW and DLP parks. I probably should have complained to DCL about the whole experience but having had to about the cases I felt it would be seen as yet another customer just trying to get compensation and I did not want to be viewed like that ! Quite honestly it has taken me this long to even want to speak about the whole sorry experience and admit to such a huge waste of money on what was supposed to be a special treat but turned into a disaster ! Read Less
Sail Date May 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
We traveled with a family group of 10, similar to our cruise a few years ago on the same Disney ship with a different group of 10. We definitely built the excitement given our excellent experience on the first cruise, but it failed to ... Read More
We traveled with a family group of 10, similar to our cruise a few years ago on the same Disney ship with a different group of 10. We definitely built the excitement given our excellent experience on the first cruise, but it failed to measure up this time. Out of Disney/s control, our daybag was stolen during our excursion to Atlantis Aquaventure. We reported the robbery to Atlantis and Disney, but neither took steps to address the issue. Even just asking if there was anything that they could help us with would've made some difference. Our stateroom host didn't set up our beds reliably and chatted on his phone instead of greeting us. It sounds snotty, expecting someone to pause their conversation to say 'good morning,' but that has been my experience on other cruises. My husband and I booked a Couples Choice spa appt, and were very disappointed. The suite was not as pictured on the website-- "canopied roman daybed" actually means 2 chaise lounges. And Bathing ritual means being sent to the communal locker room to await an open shower (even though there was a lovely shower in the suite- we were not permitted to use it). And after the jacuzzi soak and massage, they sit you back down and give a very hard sell trying to make you buy spa products. $179 for 10 packs of bath salts! We spent nearly $600 including gratuity, and I was shocked at the gimmicky sales pitch at the end of our appt-- so much for floating out of the spa. I will give much credit to our servers in the restaurants- my youngest has a food allergy and they did a great job taking care of her, and were friendly and fun every dinner. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Disney Dream is the perfect weekend getaway for any couple. Drove from Atlanta and stayed at Port Canaveral the night before the cruise. (Highly recommend the Homewood Suites) Had a leisurely morning and headed to the boat around 11am ... Read More
Disney Dream is the perfect weekend getaway for any couple. Drove from Atlanta and stayed at Port Canaveral the night before the cruise. (Highly recommend the Homewood Suites) Had a leisurely morning and headed to the boat around 11am and on-board at 11:45. (Platinum Castaway get on-board first) Lunch at Cabana's (Buffet style, Deck 11 aft), Drinks around the Adult Pool bars (Deck 11/12 Forward); Cove Bar or Currents Bar. (Captian Mai-Ti's are the best) Spa Raffle at 3pm (Deck 11 Forward). Lifeboat Drill at 4 pm and then skipping the Sail a Way party with the masses, headed to the Rainforest Spa (Private adult spa area Deck 11 forward/ $100 for couple for whole cruise) and sat in the hot tubs overlooking the front of boat as we head out of port and towards the Bahamas. We enjoy eating the first night at the adult restaurant Palo (Deck 12 Aft - Reservations Required) and don't forget to get there early and enjoy a crafted cocktail at the Meridian Bar. 10:45pm is the best adult gameshow (MUST SEE) "Match your Mate" in Evolution's (Deck 4 Aft) Long Day, but plenty of comfortable places to catch a nap during the day. Wake up the next morning, get some coffee and watch the Captian bring the Dream into Nassau. Relaxing couples day, we stay on the boat, have a great breakfast at Cabana's, hit the Rainforest for Steam Room, Sauna, Hot Chairs and Hot Tub. Ate Bruch at Polo: Great Spread and Variety of First Class Food. (Reservations Required). More relaxing time untill 5:45 Dinner with a drink before at the BonVoage Bar located Deck 3 Lobby. After a wonderful dinner, order whatever you can eat....we head to the 687 Pub and watched College Football till Midnight. Wake up the next morning, get some coffee and watch the Captian bring the Dream into Castaway Cay. Ate sit down breakfast at Royal Palace, great food and excellent service. Hit the adult beach and island bars before heading back to ship to relax in the rainforest and Adult pool bars. Great Diner at night, head to the district area (Adult Area with 5 different types of bars,Deck 4 aft) for more relaxing time together. All Disney Staff are top-notch and will make your stay "Magical". Always book your next Cruise while onboard to recieve 10% off plus $100 onboard Credit. See you again in Feb. Disney Dream. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Did we have a good time? Yes. Could the cruise have been better? OH, YES! Would we do it again? Only when we have a grandchild to take along, in three or four years. Was it over priced compared to a normal cruise? Not just YES, but Heck ... Read More
Did we have a good time? Yes. Could the cruise have been better? OH, YES! Would we do it again? Only when we have a grandchild to take along, in three or four years. Was it over priced compared to a normal cruise? Not just YES, but Heck YES? Did we feel we were treated well? Depends on who on the ship we are talking about; some folks were really wonderful, others were horrible. Did Disney’s Treatment meet our expectations? Again, it depends on who you are talking about---the customer service folks before the cruise, the customer service (Purser’s office) on the ship, the cabin attendant, or the folks in the dining rooms or bars---or the folks at Port Canaveral who got us on the ship. Let’s take it bit by bit. Our reservations guy was wonderful. If you need a good reservation agent, go to Vacations-to-go and ask for Finn. He is terrific. Got us exactly the room located where we wanted it. Disney’s pre-cruise “customer service” needs MAJOR overhaul. They don’t know a thing about the ships offerings, when it comes to electrical power for medical devices in the cabins, they know nothing about food offerings for people who are Gluten intolerant, and they really don’t seem to care about customers. That is a hard thing to say, especially about a Disney company, but it is true. 1. They told us there were outlets on both sides of the bed for CPAP medical devices. Wrong! There was one outlet on one side of the bed. [To be fair; that is an improvement over most cruise ships. But, what they told us was WRONG ---and that (as Edith Ann always said), “Is the Truth!”]---so lousy pre-cruise information. 2. We are both Celiacs---i.e. we are gluten intolerant & they also told us we couldn’t eat anywhere except in the main dining rooms. Wrong! Anywhere on the ship we went when we asked we were told, “OF COURSE, we can take care of you.” So, another WRONG! 3. They really need to do some staff training for their call center. Their email replies to need to be reviewed by managers, who actually know about the ship, so they can correct incorrect information. Boarding: Usual herd operation with a difference---there is a Disney character on hand---to greet people and have photos taken with them. The actual ‘processing’ was about the same. Show your passport, get a card, and off you go right onto the ship. Couldn’t have been easier, and with the character there entertaining all, actually a bit fun. Then, you get ON the ship. Greeting you and welcoming you is terrific. Very nice” line up” saying, “Welcome Bill and Gwen.” Of course, our ‘boarding time’ was 13:15 and the last ships tour was at 13:30. So, we missed that, and were lost most of the cruise. There really should be a ships tour at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00 to get late boarders (did I mention they ASSIGN you a boarding time?) a chance to explore the ship. It is a big, beautiful ship. It has lots of ‘adult’ areas---if you either stumble on them (as we did) or find them ahead of time in the ‘Ship Information’ online. Which mentions The District’ (four or five bars and dancing), and the Meridian Bar at the stern, but doesn’t really give enough information about them. We did enjoy the pool and hot tubs in the adult only area of the foredeck. We did enjoy the bar that was open there during the day; we would have enjoyed the second bar that had gluten free tap beer---but it didn’t open until 17:00---and we were looking for a drink at 13:00; not very nice scheduling, we thought. There is a nice bar in the main atrium of the ship. The bar tender there really didn’t know how to make a dry martini. Even when I carefully & fully exactly explained how I wanted it made. Unfortunately, she’ll probably never learn, since the tip is built in---not added on---so she’ll never be punished for doing it wrong. There are great Disney shops toward the bow; expensive, but nice. There are lots of opportunities for folks with kids or grand-kids to enjoy meeting ‘Characters’ and ‘Princesses’ which looked just great. We are looking forward to bringing our little “Princess” when she is five or six. We loved watching them and thought, “we’ll be there in a few years!’ Our dining experience---unlike what 800 customer service warned us about---couldn’t have been better. We first went up to the buffet and asked if we could get anything eat, being Celiacs. “Of Course!” (to our surprise!), they said. A Maitre’d appeared, asked us what we’d like, and had an attendant go back into the kitchen and got us exactly what we wanted. No problem at all! When we got to the main dining room, they gave us a table for two (really appreciated, since we get so tired of explaining what gluten intolerance is), right by the wall, and gave us an incredible meal. AND---it was my wife’s birthday cruise---and the turtle (from Finding Nemo---Crush) came around and wished my wife Happy Birthday! Lead the section in singing Happy Birthday to her. Incredible! One note on main dining: You change dining rooms daily, but you KEEP your Matre’de, your waiter, and your assistant waiter. Our Maitre’d --- Rexson --- was terrific. He made our cruise really special. Our waiter ---Emile---and assistant waiter---Aziz--- were also terrific---so attentive, so nice, so caring. So careful, to see we got nothing but Gluten Free. Including! Ta-Da! Gluten Free donuts at breakfast! Gluten Free waffles at breakfast! Gluten Free blueberry pancakes at breakfast! OMG! Can I just LIVE on this ship? And dinner---we had French Onion soup---Gluten Free bread covered with wonderful dripping cheese. We had Escargot that was so tender and so garlicy that it was just incredible. And, gluten free hot rolls or bread each meal. We were in paradise! Our cabin (9664) was very comfy. Our Cabin Stewart (name we can’t remember) was just wonderful. Two sinks in two bathrooms. Each is a ½ bath actually; but with a difference. One has the shower (& larger sink area) --- immediately claimed by my wife; and one has the water closet (& adequate sink area) --- which I was happy to have. The room ‘may’ be a bit smaller as a result; we couldn’t tell if it was. Didn’t seem like it… The balcony seemed the same size and was nice to get some fresh air or watch the sea go by. It had a nice door that slide sideways, instead on inward, which was also nice. Our problem with CPAP breathing machines sent me down to the pursers desk/customer service. They didn’t have an extension cord (you are forbidden to bring your own extension cord or power strip in “The Rules,” sent before the cruise) but they did offer a power strip. For a $50.00 deposit unless, you returned it at the end of the cruise. I returned mine, before the 08:00 “GET OUT OF THE ROOM” deadline---and they’d charged it to my American Express--- anyway. Still dealing with that issue… Other folks we found incredible on the ship included Claudette in The Pink Bar (Champagne) and Stephan in the Meridian Bar at the stern. She really knows her bubbly and found one my wife loved. Stephan was a master of Scotch (my weakness) and introduced me to a wonderful smoky single malt I’d not before found (& I’ve visited Scotland). Both were terrific. FYI---it is really NOT a three day cruise----it is two & ½ or ¾ days but three nights. Breakfast on debarkation day is at 0615! Is there a world at 0615? Are you kidding me? Off the ship by 10:00, since you don’t board until noon---that is not three days---on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We just got back a few days ago from our cruise and to be honest we had some hesitation about going just as Adults (our children were at their grandparents). We wanted to go on a cruise for our 8th anniversary (my wife's first, my ... Read More
We just got back a few days ago from our cruise and to be honest we had some hesitation about going just as Adults (our children were at their grandparents). We wanted to go on a cruise for our 8th anniversary (my wife's first, my 7th) and this was the only cruise available for the dates we needed and the port we wanted. The reviews were all amazing but for a few who claimed that this cruise was "NOT FOR ADULTS" They made it seem as if it would not be Romantic or enjoyable for Adults, HOW WRONG THEY WERE!!! We ate at the specialty restaurants all 3 nights, Palo and Remy, Palo being our favorite! Now my wife is a super picky eater and she RAVED about the quality of EVERY dish she ate including the dessert! The lady sitting in the table behind us had multiple food allergies and I heard the chef come out and speak with her and accommodate anything and everything she requested...when her food came out, I literally heard her gasp with excitement with each bite and then she said "Are there stars in my eyes, I have never been so happy with my food" I spoke to her after and she was so so pleased with everything as well. The entire cruise we stuck to the 18 and over adult only areas and had an absolute lovely (and romantic) time. DO NOT let the other reviews concern you about not being ADULT friendly....we only saw children (who were all having a great time) as we walked from place to place on the ship. There are PLENTY of places to go and enjoy yourself without having children around. We did the wine tasting and visiting all the adult only bars and pool areas. Last but not least, we visited Serendipity Bay (Disney's private Island) which was the ADULT only area of the Island and it was Marvelous! Peaceful, fun and they had a BBQ from 11:30am-2pm that was fantastic, amazing rib eye steak cooked right on the grill in front of you, they had burgers, bratwurst, hotdogs, chicken, mahi mahi, sides and salad...as well as ice cream....We had a fantastic time and my wife fell in love with cruising especially with Disney, I have been on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and a few others and they were all very nice, Disney just does it better, their service and attention to detail is EXCEPTIONAL. Bravo Disney and again, please DO NOT be afraid to travel as Adults only, you will NOT be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ for the 2 of us on top of the allotted nightly dinners to do this. We had planned on spending more as we knew that wine wasn't included with the meal. The awkwardness started by the choice of caviar and cheeses, then wine pairing for dinner, then trying the special truffles that they had you smell in the box and then the cheese cart after the entrees. Each was an extra 50+ to the meal. Each time we turned something down, we were made to feel awkward and looked down on. It really dampened the experience. On top of that, the portions were even smaller than usual for this caliber of a restaurant. We left hungry and ended up going to the buffet after the Pirate celebration and firework show! I have dined at the French and Canadian restaurants in Epcot. I have dined at Be our Guest and at Cinderella's Royal table for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. We were always treated first rate and never uncomfortable. This was a very new and very disappointing experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My 6 year old, and 12 year old both had a blast. My 12 year old spent the vast majority of time at The Edge...we rarely saw her. My 6 year old was in love with meeting the princesses, going to the boutique, and swimming in the pool. My ... Read More
My 6 year old, and 12 year old both had a blast. My 12 year old spent the vast majority of time at The Edge...we rarely saw her. My 6 year old was in love with meeting the princesses, going to the boutique, and swimming in the pool. My nearly 14 month hold, however, only went to the Edge a few times, and was bored the rest of the time. The horrible teens running around the ship, nearly slamming into people, literally falling out of the elevators when the doors opened...they were from The Vibe. I wouldn't sign the paper allowing her to go there. I didn't want her to be a part of all of that. Embarkation was great. We had a deluxe family veranda suite with concierge service so we were able to get on the ship with no waiting except for security which is expected. The ship is beautiful for sure, but the pools are fairly small. So they filled fast. We had dinner once in The Enchanted Garden which we all kind of felt was out dated. The Royal Palace was beautiful. We ate there twice. We were supposed to eat at the Animator's Pallet but we skipped it. We were just too full...but I was really looking forward to seeing the changing walls. The movie selection looked great, but we never really had time to go because they didn't time the movies well...they cut into dinner, and other things that were happening on board. Like the live shows. Or sleep (starting Moana at 11pm??). They didn't start during the times we were sitting twiddling our thumbs with nothing to do. Service was fine, the concierge was great. I came down with a cold or something starting on day one, and day two the concierge provided my husband when he asked where to find it, with dayquil for free. I went in after and got nyquil so I could sleep better. The excursion in Nassau we went on was the hour city bus tour and Ardastra Gardens (which is a zoo). While Nassau looks like it has a lot of potentially beautiful areas, the bus tour didn't show much of it, and took us to a little parking lot where there were people waiting to sell stuff. So if you decide to take this excursion, make sure you bring some cash or stay in the bus. The zoo was sad. I honestly hate to say that because it's pretty there, and the kids had fun. The flamingo "show" didn't seem so nice when you realize it's just a guy scaring the birds to run around. Very few animals are in enclosures...the majority are in cages. There was one monkey there, alone, in a large cage. The highlight there though was the feeding of the parrots by hand. They land on your arms and eat apple slices from your hand. If I were to ever go to Nassau again, I'd probably do my own research and figure out where to go based on time there...but most likely I'd stay on the boat. We planned on a glass bottom boat tour in Castaway Cay but the choppy water was too rough and so most (or many) excursions there were canceled including that one. So we just went back to the boat...which ended up being for the better since it poured and there were tons of people in line getting soaked trying to get back on the boat. The character meet and greets took 30+ minutes to get through the lines and by the time you got to the line, you were actually in another line...the one you wanted to see was closed some 10 people up in line. Their billing is odd on the ship. My mom ordered a drink from Currents and bought me a bottle of water (with my cold I was pounding the water). On her bill it was charged as a non-alcoholic drink for $11.44. They didn't separate them and we were really confused...we thought they charged us that much for a bottle of water. I took my daughter to the boutique for a princess makeover. I chose the crown package for $70. That charge was on our bill, but so was another for something like $250 both labeled the same. So when we should've been lining up for express walk off (early debarkation), we went to guest services to find out why we were charged so much. It turns out it was an event charge (which I knew about) for the Royal High Tea Party. It had nothing to do with the boutique...except that's where they charge it. So it says the boutique. This held us up, as there were only 2 people working at the counter...on debarkation day, when a bunch of people have questions about their bills, or other things. So...express debarkation is that you leave at like 7am. This would be before the rest of the people on the ship, except the harsh reality is that half the ship turns out to do it. (likely to catch early planes, and avoid staying another night in Orlando, or wherever they're at). When you are royal caribbean concierge, you leave before everyone else, so it's not crowded, no lines, etc. It's nice because you get out to the parking lot and there's no traffic to fight. We didn't need to worry about that since we had a private transfer but for others, you pay a LOT for concierge...perks are a good thing. And they're absent on Disney Cruises. RC you get reserved seating at shows...not Disney. After taking a RC cruise and comparing these two I really felt let down. The private transfer we used was Happy Limo. It was amazing when they swapped out a minivan for an actual limo and picked us up from the Art of Animation resort to take us to the ship. Not so much when the next driver who was speeding and nearly killed us when he didn't see the stopping cars and swerved into a lane that was ending on the right just to prevent hitting anyone. It wasn't a horrible trip or anything, I just won't be doing another Disney Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
One of the advantages of our recent move to Florida is to take advantage of the easy access to ports for quick weekends away. With our birthdays bracketing the recent weekend, we chose to celebrate the two of us on the Disney Dream. ... Read More
One of the advantages of our recent move to Florida is to take advantage of the easy access to ports for quick weekends away. With our birthdays bracketing the recent weekend, we chose to celebrate the two of us on the Disney Dream. Full disclosure to ensure a proper frame of reference. First, I worked on cruise ships (not Disney) for over four years, so my comments will occasionally reflect my insights and biases of one who has been part of the industry. Second, we are Disney Vacation Club members and were able to use our vacation club points to book the stateroom, and this was our fifth cruise on Disney ships, second on Dream. Yeah, we like Disney, but I can still analyze service delivery with a critical eye. If you have never sailed Disney out of Port Canaveral you are missing one of the best port experiences in the world, and that is not an overstatement. Port access is simple and their private parking garage is right in front of the dock. Yes, you can get offsite parking cheaper, but paying the premium certainly was worth the ease of access. Disney allows you to schedule your embarkation time and it helps distribute guest throughout the check in period. We arrived just before our 10:45am check in and breezed through our terminal check in, having completed all the primary documentation online before we arrived. The one downside of this terminal is insufficient seating. About 1/3 of the guests stood in line for character photos (a great distraction of kids), 1/3 were in the seats, and the rest either became floor sitters or wall leaners. However, we didn't have long to wait and were on board by 11:20am. The personal announcement of each boarding 'family' as you enter the atrium is a nice touch, especially for first time cruisers, as you walk through their gauntlet of applauding crew members. All in all, one of the best embarkation processes in the business. Rooms were available as advertised by 1:30pm and I am a big fan of the size of these rooms, which are larger than any I've experienced on other lines (including my much loved former employer). We booked a verandah stateroom on Deck 7, just forward of the forward lifts and staircase. One of the great Disney features is the split bathroom with a sink in each bathroom, one paired with the toilet and the other with a combination shower/tub. When we brought children on the ship this was a real blessing for four of us. Even with only two of us sailing this was a much appreciated feature. The separate seating area and desk are quite large, and although the balcony is not very large, I will never sail without the opportunity to get outside for sunrises, sail aways, and to listen to the ocean at night. Public areas for Disney ships are not as open as on other ships that I like, which is one of my few complaints. They have a lot of separate 'rooms' which is good for providing different experiences but can make the ship feel like a bit of a maze, at times. We did find our favorite public room however, the Skyline Lounge. This quite bar with rotating images of some of the famous city skylines in the world was a wonderful place to have quite adult conversation with great bar service in a comfortable settling. Our other favorite 'room' was the Walt Disney Theater, which is a truly beautiful and classic venue. The Disney shows are great for Disney fans as they tend to be structured around simple story lines intended to allow them to fit in as many Disney 'hits' as possible. Personally, I would have preferred that they focused on one 'show,' but the talent is definitely there and, again, if you like Disney you will enjoy the performances. One of the best surprises of this sailing was the improvement I've seen in DCL food over the past several years. Rotational Dining, where the same service team accompanies through three distinct themed 'main' restaurants, is still a Disney signature. What has improved is the quality of food served, with virtually every dish falling into the very good to excellent realm. The buffet on Deck 11, Cabanas, is still too small and fairly limited for a ship this size, but there is increased quality and selection among the dishes offered. When it comes to private islands, Disney is in a class by itself. Castaway Cay is a cut above, with separate beaches for sports, family, teens, and adults. The island suffered only minor cosmetic damage from the recent hurricane, although the seas on the adults only beach, Serenity Bay, were anything but serene the day we were there due to high current which had stirred up way too much sea grasses for a pleasant in water experience. But if we had chosen to move back to the sheltered 'family beach' side, we would have had much better conditions. We chose the quiet of no kids, and enjoyed the time nonetheless. One area where I was slightly disappointed was in the general crew friendliness. Disney used to be the standard by which all others were measured, but even at the theme parks I've noticed a degradation. You will never get a perfect experience on any ship, but well over half of the crew would walk by you on this ship without an acknowledgment. Our room steward, despite cleaning the room well, was invisible to us the entire three days which was stunning to me from my knowledge of expectations in this regard. We did have an exceptional dining room team of Jean Pierre and Juan, and Bladimir, Bonny, and Jan in the Skyline Lounge were very warm and welcoming. Sofia in the shops was also representative of the desired style, but the rest of the crew generally only engaged when I reached out to them, and for some, not even then. Time to sprinkle more Pixie Dust on most of them. ;-) One other negative is the size of their fitness club. For a ship that can carry 3400 guests, this room was remarkably small. Definitely falls way below the standard of the rest of the ship. Disembarkation was as smooth as could be. Disney uses breakfast service on the last morning to control the flow and it works. We comfortably left the ship by 8:45 with no wait at the gangway or in the terminal and were in our car and on the road by 9:05am. Definitely the best disembarkation I've ever experienced. Disney is made to serve families with children, but as two adults enjoying a weekend celebration, we both had a great time. Having an adults only pool area, adult beach, nice lounge to have a drink, and a beautiful stateroom made this a wonderful weekend trip. Overall, kudos to the ship and crew. I know how tough this job is . . . and you did it remarkably well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows ... Read More
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows and other entertainment was amazing. Every morning there was a navigator paper in her room telling us the daily events times and places. There was an app for your phone called the Disney cruise and that helped us throughout our stay on the ship. Our first Port of Call was Nassau Bahamas and it was a very interesting does it. There was a cast member on the ship that advised us where to go, where not to go and how to shop for jewelry so we were able to know exactly what we were buying. He also told us if we had any questions about our purchase to have the store manager page him and he would come to the store and assist us. Our second Port of Call was at Castaway Cay, Disney's own island. Where we were able to do a 5K, have lunch and swim in the most clear water I've ever seen. Our last day was a baby. It was most relaxing and I was sorry that it was over. I definitely will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch ... Read More
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch which was an extra charge but it's now become a staple that we will always book! The food was the best we have ever had anywhere. I felt we were taken care of the whole time. Their private island was purely magical. The water was perfect and just beautiful. It's amazing for being on a family ship I really didn't see many kids around until pirate night. Also on board they were premiering Petes Dragon in 3 d in their big theatre room. We only got to see one movie because there really was so many things to do on board. I don't want to brag but my table won 90s music trivia. It was pretty awesome! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We love, love, LOVED our 4 night Disney Cruise on the Dream. My husband and I were celebrating our honeymoon. My husband was the one who wanted to add a Disney Cruise to our itinerary, but I was ambivalent...but only for a very short ... Read More
We love, love, LOVED our 4 night Disney Cruise on the Dream. My husband and I were celebrating our honeymoon. My husband was the one who wanted to add a Disney Cruise to our itinerary, but I was ambivalent...but only for a very short period of time once we embarked. We felt like royalty the entire time we were on board. Dining: The rotational dinning was great and fun. Mostly, the food was top notch, with a few items that were a little unremarkable. My husband's favourite restaurant was Animator's Palate likely because he was targeted for the interactive bit with Crush, the turtle from Finding Nemo. I liked the Enchanted Garden best as it was the prettiest. Palo: We went to Palo for brunch. The good was excellent and the service awesome. The desserts were extraordinary! We will definitely do brunch again on our next cruise Remy: The best dining experience of our cruise, was definitely our evening at Remy. Dressed to the nines, we felt like royalty as we enjoyed our 9 course meal. As we were celebrating our honeymoon, we opted o be a little luxurious and ordered caviar, a fancy bottle of champagne and the Misoyaki beef on top of the regular bill. the food at Remy was the best food we have ever had in our life without competition. If you can afford it, we recommend the spluging on a night there AND order the Misoyaki (and extra $55 pp). It is the best steak you will have in your life. Period. Rooms: We had a room with a verandah. The beds were super comfy and we enjoyed having breakfast on the verandah one morning. In the future, we will save a few $ and get an inside room. We didn't spend much time in the room. Entertainment: The shows were spectacular! Even though they were geared to children, they were so well done, we felt apart of the magic. The theatre is beautiful and we enjoyed the experiece thoroughly. Only complaint is that you have to pay extra to have popcorn. $3.50 USD a box. Swimming pools: They are small and they are crowded. This is the only area of the cruise that I think Disney needs to rethink. We stuck to the adults only pool and had to vie for space and stake out spots to enjoy. Quiet cove was very nice otherwise, except that children walked through the adults only space all the time. We get that its a Disney Cruise, but would have liked more child/adult separation in this area. Bars: 4 nights wasn't long enough to enjoy all the bars, but the ones we went to were fun and well staffed. Booze: If you're a beer drinking, make sure to invest in a Disney Stein so you can get 20oz for the price of 16oz. You can also buy a souvenir glass for their drink of the day. We had mixed feelings about the drink of the day. It is made en mass and was served from large containers. They were far more yummy in the morning than later in the day. Honeymoon extras: They gave us buttons that we wore on our lanyards that told the whole world we were on our honeymoon. Everyone made extra efforts to congratulate us which was loads of fun. They decorated our bed one night in fresh rose petals and extra chocolates, which was romantic and tasty. They sang to us at dinner one night with a special celebration dessert. They were awesome! Castaway Cay: Loved this island. Pure paradise. We spent the first part of the day at Serenity Bay, their adults only beach, which was quiet and beautiful. The second half, we joined the kiddies and went snorkeling. The waters were beautifully clear and it was fun to see all the fishies. I long for the day we can return. Price: It was expensive. Everything we did cost extra and the bill kept adding up. We spent way too much money. We knew that and were happy to splurge on our honeymoon. We haven't cruised enough to know how much we may have overpaid. We plan on going on more cruises in the future, but will approach it from a more financially savvy position. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
3 night from Port Canaveral. Ship is sparkling clean. You never have to wait for any type of service; only true wait is for AquaDuck water slide. Level of service from crew is truly excellent. The Disney Dream is the Four Seasons on ... Read More
3 night from Port Canaveral. Ship is sparkling clean. You never have to wait for any type of service; only true wait is for AquaDuck water slide. Level of service from crew is truly excellent. The Disney Dream is the Four Seasons on water. Room was spacious and nicely appointed. The kid factor is a bit high in summer, so if you're a couple without kids, try to avoid the summer vacation season. Second dining rotation usually doesn't have a ton of rug rats, except in summer. Meridian lounge aft on deck 12 in between Palo and Remy is a great place to sit outside on a beautiful deck and have a cocktail with a great view of the ocean. Palo for dinner is amazing. The standard dining options are good. Standard coffee on board is a weak point--the cove cafe is available for truly good coffee on deck 11 aft in the 18+ section. The Rainforest is a good option for Nassau if you're not planning on getting off the ship. The Rainforest is a cheap cruise addition. Most guests do Nassau once and that's it, so plan on doing something on ship. If you have the time, do the 4 day with double dip in Castaway Cay. Serenity Bay is a quiet and picture perfect spot to sunbathe and float in the crystal clear water. The Castaway Cay Cabanas are nice, but not a great value - the level of service is weak in this one area. Overall, Disney Dream is a world class vacation option and--even considering the price--a really good value. If you can swing it, go concierge. Warning, it's addictive. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We booked a Disney cruise after speaking to several people that have taken them and after reading reviews. We booked a 1 bedroom concierge suite which was great but not worth the extra charge. Checkin at Port Canaveral was at the ... Read More
We booked a Disney cruise after speaking to several people that have taken them and after reading reviews. We booked a 1 bedroom concierge suite which was great but not worth the extra charge. Checkin at Port Canaveral was at the "Concierge Desk" but it still took about 20 minutes. They then walked us to our deck and were told the room was ready. Our room 11008 had 2 full bathrooms, a dining area, a huge jetted tub, a nice size balcony and 2 TV's. The balcony was very noisy with kids running around above, below and beside us. We ate all three dinners in the formal dining rooms and should have gone to the fast food areas. The dining room food was terrible and there was NO..I repeat NO lobster. Out of 8 cruises (first on DCL) this was the very first time lobster was not served. We were very disappointed to say the least as were others around us. Our advise is to skip the formal dining rooms. Went to 2 of the 3 shows onboard. GREAT! Dont miss them and we recommend enter the theater from deck 4 and sit in the balcony. Popcorn was 3.50 a bag... There was a small pool area for adults only but it was not very appealing as the view was not very good from it. We spent most of our sundeck time on the forward deck 12 which was very nice. There was a small waterfall area there to cool off. Also plenty of towels so dont worry about bringing your own. The private island adult area was spectacular. Lots of chairs and umbrellas. The water was beautiful and the BBQ was just ok. Our advise is to take the kids on a DCL cruise but if you want a nice peaceful time take a different cruise line. ALso, if you take a cruise for the food....pass on DCL. Im sorry this is a pretty negative review but I guess my expectations were just too high. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower ... Read More
After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower and upper decks of lounge chairs all to ourselves. We cannot express how delightful it was to spend so much time during our cruise in The Cove. Throughout our cruise, The Cove bar and pool was our own private paradise. Disney Cruise Line really has a nice balance of adults only, teen clubs, kids clubs, and other activities to keep everyone happy. The Disney Dream’s Senses Fitness area located on deck twelve, forward, offers the same state of the art equipment that you will find in a number of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts as well as Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Senses Fitness Area also offers a number of free and a la carte fitness classes with complimentary abdominal and yoga classes offered during each of our morning visits, and these classes are sure to help you show last night’s dinner who’s boss! One thing worth noting is that we were completely unaware of the family style dining that takes place on Disney Cruise Lines. Unfortunately we were seated with a group that was not enjoying their time onboard, to say the least. One of the lovely couples we met during our cruise recommended we not waste another second of our trip as unhappy diners. In result, we went to guest relations where they made this change for us. For the rest of our cruise we were seated at a private table which was a dream! Disney Cruise Line’s dinner service, at least in our experience, does not include any major productions or fanfare during your dinner seating. If you plan to dine at the Royal Palace to see Disney princesses, you will be highly disappointed. Unlike Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, there were no characters, and there was no song and dance during dinner service at any of our meals. For us, this was a nice change from the norm of other cruise lines. The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks at Sea show is the perfect example of how Disney Cruise Line pulls out all of the stops with its daily entertainment. From deck parties to Broadway style shows that rival those in its parks, Disney certainly knows how to put on a show. There is truly nothing like the Fireworks at Sea show, and this alone is completely worth every penny. We truly believe the purchase and development of Castaway Cay is one of the best decisions the Walt Disney Company has ever made. We were so glad our cruise itinerary included a stop at Castaway Cay. The island is perfectly laid out with endless activities, and there is a flawless balance between family and adult where one does not impede on the other. The only down side was that we eventually had to leave this perfect island in the sun that had as wanting to sign up as permanent residents by the time our day had ended! Although we've enjoyed our time aboard other cruise lines in the past, we can say without a doubt that the level of service we received, the amount of included onboard amenities, the quality of food offerings, and the unique dining opportunities with rotational dining on the Disney Dream far surpassed any of our experiences on other lines. Our Disney Cruise Line experience was truly a dream come true. For all of these reasons and so much more, Disney Cruise Line has made repeat cruisers out of us and we are very much looking forward to our future sailings with DCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I were planning on getting married but since we already had 3 kids we figured a big over the top wedding wasn't for us, and since we met on the beach years before we figured we would take a vacation and have our wedding ... Read More
My husband and I were planning on getting married but since we already had 3 kids we figured a big over the top wedding wasn't for us, and since we met on the beach years before we figured we would take a vacation and have our wedding on a beach somewhere. Days later I get an e-mail for discounted Disney Cruises, so after looking into it, why not!? We decided to have our wedding aboard the Disney Dream. Although we wanted the beach wedding, storms weren't having it so we had our wedding on the boat with a pianist, reception, cake cutting ceremony and the captain of the ship married us, while Nassau Bahamas and Atlantis was sitting in the backdrop, at sunset. The boat is so luxurious and the service is top notch. We stayed in a Deluxe Family Suite with a private verandah, which slept 5, which was spacious enough for all of us. Every night we had a new animal or character in the room on the bed. I loved every minute of the cruise. The one thing I loved the most is that there was endless amount of entertainment for the children. Since we cruised with a total of 22 people in the party, we were able to even have alone time in the spa for a few hours while the kids were in the kids zone, and when it came time for dinner, my siblings went to get them out while we enjoyed a private dinner at Palo. Palo, is a must if you would like some alone time with your spouse while your kids are running rampant in the "Oceaneers Club" haha. The shows were as good as watching a musical on Broadway! The food was excellent, with multiple options to choose from. Having the same waiter at every service was also very delightful because by day 2 he already knew what the kids may or may not like. I have never seen a ship as luxurious as DCL. My Mom is a Carnival regular and she also said that DCL tops it. The only complaint was not having more time to enjoy the time I was on the ship because I kept getting pulled away for the wedding planning, which made my time there fly by. That is why we are planning another cruise for 5 days this time, instead of 4 and hoping we have more time to enjoy ourselves, and the pools as well as Nassau and Castaway Cay. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We are still new at cruising even though we had two great cruises through Disney food is awesome ship is awesome, been to Nassau twice if never went back to Nassau no big deal , Disney treated us with great care, the cast members (crew) ... Read More
We are still new at cruising even though we had two great cruises through Disney food is awesome ship is awesome, been to Nassau twice if never went back to Nassau no big deal , Disney treated us with great care, the cast members (crew) well mannered they pay attention to details for the guest safety and their needs the ship (Dream) is well taking care of also, granted Disney is not cheap $$, compared to other cruise lines. Disney is very kid friendly needless to say of what we could see, and adult friendly also as we found out being cruisers in our young age of mid fifty's. They lease a private island which is awesome Our next cruise will be Disney Fantasy this fall 2016 Western Caribbean $$$. A family larger than two really needs budget the money wisely to enjoy them self's, there more than enough to do on board no reason to get board , remember your on VACATION Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Let me start by saying that I am an avid Disney fanatic. I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise once or twice a year for the past 20 years, and it seems that as the years progress, my experience keeps getting worse. October ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am an avid Disney fanatic. I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise once or twice a year for the past 20 years, and it seems that as the years progress, my experience keeps getting worse. October 1st was my first experience on the Disney Dream, and the ship was magnificent and grand. In fact, it was so big that me and my wife decided we would stick with the smaller ships from now on since it took so long to get from one place to the other. The benefit of sailing on a ship this size is that it dispersed the crowds so that you had room to move around. I had a cabin with a veranda, but the room was rather narrow and cramped (it seems that on the Wonder the rooms are wider). When we did spend time on the veranda, there was never anyone outside next to us or above us. Since they did away with smoking verandas I guess there isn't really much need to spend time outside (and I will get to that in a minute). The service from the staff was excellent (as always) but seems to be a little more catered on the smaller ships. Excellent wait staff at the evening dinners, and quite wonderful. The buffet (Cabana's) had a lot of food to choose from, but the quality wasn't as good as on the smaller vessels. The desserts were definitely not as good and not a wide selection (Betty Crocker quality). The live evening shows in the Walt Disney Theater were wonderful (if you haven't seen the same ones over and over again on every ship), and the Buena Vista Theater allowed us to see "Inside Out" and "Antman" which we had not seen in the local theaters. Due to the hurricane conditions in the Bahamas, we were diverted in the opposite direction and instead of docking in Nassau, we spent the day at sea. Why they don't go to another destination instead, I don't know, but after all...we don't choose sailing because we want to actually go some place, we sail because we want to see which direction they go to get there. I personally would have settled on Miami, or even Cuba. But so what if our Nassau cruise didn't actually go to Nassau....who cares. Now, back to the smoking verandas. They don't offer them anymore, I guess because people complain about smoke. I don't know who would complain that much, considering that all of the smoking verandas used to be located together. I had two options in which to smoke. One was on the 4th floor deck (right side of the ship) and the other was on the 12th deck (next to a bar and with no covering overhead). My cabin was on the other side of the ship, and it took about 10 minutes to reach each of these locations. One particular night, I was told by an employee on the 4th floor that I could not go outside on the deck to smoke because of the high wind, upon making my way to the 12th deck bar area, it was raining heavily and I got drenched. Now most of you will probably say, good for you smoker, but I have a response. I know Disney caters to families, and we shouldn't allow children to tolerate the filthy habit of smokers, but come on....is one addiction better than another? The Disney Dream has about 9 bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. They serve alcohol to adults near the children's pools and the dance party on Pirate night is full of children dancing with their parents who have a Bahama Mama in their hand. I am a recovering drinker (2 years) and I find it rather hard to be around those who drink. If Disney wished to limit smoking on their ships due to people who complain, they need to limit their drinking to adults only areas (bars). Moving on....due to the storms letting up, we were able to dock at Castaway Cay (even though all shore excursions were cancelled). It turned out to be a great day for relaxing and looking at the water (very few swimmers due to the wind and high tide). Leaving the ship and going through customs on the last day was a pleasant experience. They have attendants, who for a tip, will gather up your luggage and take you through the whole process. We paid our attendant $20.00 and he managed to have us out of the line and on our bus back to the Disney resorts in 5 minutes. Despite my negativity, I would not sail on any other cruise line but Disney; but then again, because of Disney's policies, I may not ever sail again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The cruise was absolutely amazing. My husband and I traveled with our five year old daughter. Disney does an excellent job making the cruise memorable for travelers of all ages. The children's program was awesome & well ... Read More
The cruise was absolutely amazing. My husband and I traveled with our five year old daughter. Disney does an excellent job making the cruise memorable for travelers of all ages. The children's program was awesome & well organized. The entertainment onboard is also well done. The ship itself is gorgeous, upon docking at Nassau alongside Carnival, RC & NCL the Dream invoked envy & awe in travelers aboard other ships. The food onboard was hit or miss with most items being good but not the best I've ever had. Castaway Cay is gorgeous, with plenty of water activities for everyone and the island buffet included in the cruise was delicious. Overall, we had an amazing time onboard the Disney Dream and I am already preparing to book another cruise with Disney. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I (yes - only 2 adults in our party), booked the 3-night cruise on the Disney dream with no foreknowledge of what to expect. A Disney cruise was suggested to us by a friend, and we found dates that worked for us. We. ... Read More
My husband and I (yes - only 2 adults in our party), booked the 3-night cruise on the Disney dream with no foreknowledge of what to expect. A Disney cruise was suggested to us by a friend, and we found dates that worked for us. We. Were. Blown. Away. Every detail was excellently executed. The ship was clean in every regard. We didn't have a negative experience with ANY staff members. Everyone was knowledgable, friendly, helpful. Again, I reiterate. We. Were. Blown. AWAY! We spent 5 days in Disney World after the cruise and wished we were still on the cruise. We're certain we prefer our Disney Dream cruise experience to any other Disney experience we've had, between Disneyland, or Disney World. We CAN'T WAIT to go back and try all four Disney ships. The entertainment was unexpectedly delightful (and helped me to totally forget my nausea from the slight turbulence of the ship!!) Our shore excursions, which we booked through Disney, were SEAMLESS. We weren't initially sure how we were going to get from place to place, but OF COURSE Disney took care of us and had all the details figured out. Yes, there were many families and children aboard but we didn't find them to be a problem. I enjoyed being surrounded by little ones feeling magic and having fun. So great! There were so many activities, that we weren't able to try everything and can't wait to do so in the future. But we DID attend the shows, the orientation tour, the movie theater (saw Cinderella!), the "when you're at Nassau" shopping presentation with Summer, and Senses Spa which was an impeccable experience. VISIT THE SPA! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This being my first cruise experience, perhaps it is common practice to nickel and dime guests every step of the way, to which Disney does not disappoint. "All inclusive" (with the exception of alcohol of any kind) was the ... Read More
This being my first cruise experience, perhaps it is common practice to nickel and dime guests every step of the way, to which Disney does not disappoint. "All inclusive" (with the exception of alcohol of any kind) was the expectation going into the experience. Not so much the outcome. Room service 24/7 was to be included in the "all inclusive". Room service menu options allow you to order salmon, steak sandwiches, etc. for "free", however to order a 5.5 oz. bag of popcorn is available for an "additional nominal fee". That nominal fee is not disclosed on the menu. Same thing with soda. You want a Coke included with your room service delivery? You're going to pay extra for that too, for an "additional nominal fee". Again, it is not disclosed what that fee is on the menu. This is the trend with everything that isn't included in your "all-inclusive", everything is a "nominal fee" and never disclosed what price you will be charged. WiFi is not free. There are 3 different usage tiers that you can sign up for at "an additional nominal fee". Even some of the lowest end hotels that I've stayed at offer free WiFi. Disney, however, realizes that they have a boat full of passengers that have no means of connecting to the internet, so they use that to their advantage by charging the "nominal fee" for the guests' "convenience". They also take it upon themselves for "your convenience" to automatically charge you $12/day, per person for gratuities AND also give you the option to hand out even more money for those who provided exceptional service. The one thing that I will give this cruise line is that their employees (servers, stateroom hosts, etc) were very good at their jobs, friendly and accommodating. They each deserved and earned healthy gratuities, to which I personally have NO problem over-tipping for good service. I do however, have a personal dislike when I am FORCED to tip a certain percent, especially when I was not with a large group. We did not even dine in any of the restaurants one day, nor had our stateroom serviced that same day, however we were still "conveniently" charged the $12/day for tipping our dining room serving staff and stateroom attendant. I tip well when a service is provided. I do not appreciate being forced to tip in any circumstance, but especially on a service that I did not receive. Perhaps my tolerance for fake or over-dramatizing an experience is very low, but the reference to everything being "magical" throughout this experience is exhausting. If I ever hear the term "magical" again, it will be too soon. This "magical-ness" is shoved down your throat from the moment you "check-in" to board the boat. The entire "prep work" that you have to go through, months before you even board the boat, through the time you actually check in to board, all feels a little too "Big Brother-esque" for my comfort. Disclosing all kinds of personal information that really should have no baring on any vacation, so many forms and questionaires and "remember to bring this with you" and "attach this" and "don't forget that thing I sent to you 5 months ago!"... It's like writing a novel and promising your first born child away just to get on a 3-day boat ride. The entire experience left me feeling more like "they've set this up using your 'Key To The World' card as a 'convenience' ploy, but in reality wouldn't be surprised if it was actually more used for strategic marketing to track guests' activities while on-board (how long they stay in the room, tracked by forcing the key to be inserted into the wall in order to have electricity in the room; etc). Seemed like a convenience ploy on the surface, but underlying a little creepy. You can't escape the "Disney" of the experience. The characters make more than enough appearances, to which all of the children shriek with delight and bolt towards, knocking any and all adults over in the process. The "adults only" labeled sections of the boat are NOT, repeat NOT, secluded to individuals 18 and over. There are certainly signs posted outside of these areas, indicating that children under 18 are not to enter, however that certainly does not happen and no staff members enforce this. Every time I went to an adults only area (not only marked, but good parents would normally think are not appropriate to bring a child into ~ ie a BAR), there were more than a few kids hanging out. Not just teenagers, but children closer to 5-9 years old. Take it for what it's worth, but in reality, there are not true adults only areas that are respected and treated as such. Prior to going on the cruise, I had heard good reviews about the quality of the food, which I was hoping would be a highlight of the experience, since the cruise what not my idea to go on. If you are individual who enjoys buffets and buffet food quality, you will be in heaven. Unfortunately, I am not one of those individuals. I personally find most buffet food to be of poor quality, cold, tasteless and usually highly over cooked. This food was no exception to my generalized expectation. Dinner was not buffet and SOME of the food served at dinner was actually good, above average quality. I'd put about 50% of dinner's food in the above average quality, the other 50% was either average at best, and some was down right bad. Lunch / buffet line food, was typical buffet food. Everything was bland and needed heavy seasoning, and much of it was extremely overcooked. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Disney Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 3.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 2.0 3.7

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