22 Disney Dream Spring Break Cruise Reviews

We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and ... Read More
We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and was surprised at all the negative ones. I really think some of the negative reviews are coming from people who are used to other cruise lines and don't do Disney parks. For those not used to having to get to things early and wait in order to get good seats or see characters (much like rope drop at the parks), this cruise is going to seem super stressful. For those of us who are park pros, it's just another Disney day! I saw a lot of bad reviews of the food, but we found the food to be quite good every night! They are serving 3000 people, so I didn't expect five-star dining.... but truly, it was delicious! My 15-year-old son had one meal he claimed was the best thing he had ever eaten. Cabanas was a pretty typical buffet, but we all enjoyed it. The kids of course all loved the soft-serve ice cream on demand. We had adjoining staterooms and it was great. Having the verandah was completely worth the little bit extra we paid for it! We hung up as much as we could to save drawer space. I would suggest bringing a hanging bag for your toiletries. That helped a ton in the small bathroom. The shower//tub is VERY small and I spent much of the cruise pondering how 6-foot-tall men deal with it. Every employee we encountered seemed happy and were very polite and helpful. Our servers, Radu and Juan were wonderful, as was our stateroom host, Goodluck. We tipped them all extra. We did not tip the head waiter extra above the standard tip just because we only saw him a couple of times. The shows were amazing. Believe and Beauty and the Beast wowed our three boys! We missed the Golden Mickeys the first night because we were all exhausted. Spent the rest of the cruise regretting that decision because everyone raved about it. The pool was as expected. Small and crowded. We had been warned and we know pools are cruise ships are notoriously small. The kids rode the Aquaduck a couple times right when we boarded and several times on Nassau day since we did not leave the ship that day. They enjoyed it! Castaway Cay was amazing and lived up to every expectation and everything we had heard about it. LOVED the constant hand wipe distribution at the restaurants and buffets. The ship was immaculately clean. We discovered trivia on Day 3 and had such a blast. We wished we had hit those earlier! Here are our criticisms: 1) We bought the popcorn buckets after the second night because our kids always wanted popcorn. But seriously. The popcorn should NOT be extra for as much as you're paying for this cruise. 2) The food at Castaway Cay was by far the worst food we had the entire trip. It was definitely not up to par. 3) The age range for The Oceannear's Club it WAY too big. Our almost 9-year-old and 11-year-old were both bored and never went back after the first day. They said there were lines for everything. I feel like they need like a 3-6 and then maybe 7-11 grouping? Our 15-year-old enjoyed the little bit of time he spent at Edge, which wasn't a ton. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise is my fourth; having done one with Holland America, one with Carnival, and one with Norwegian. We took this cruise because our son (4 years old) is obsessed with Marvel and we thought this would be a great Disney opportunity ... Read More
This cruise is my fourth; having done one with Holland America, one with Carnival, and one with Norwegian. We took this cruise because our son (4 years old) is obsessed with Marvel and we thought this would be a great Disney opportunity for him. The dining was fine. The buffet was no different than any other cruise, and we actually enjoyed the sit down dinners. We were initially turned off when we received the 2nd seating (8:15), however we luckily got changed to first seating (6:00). The room was ok. It was smaller than the verandah/mini suites we normally get, but we enjoyed it had a sliding deck door. The bathroom and shower however were terrible. They split them into two seperate rooms, making them extremely small and uncomfortable. We also had both flood on day 4 for no reason. Also, our room service was terrible. Now to the first reason I give this 2 stars at best: the kids. This ship is a floating animal farm, with parents who worry more about their midlife crisis bodies than disciplining their children. My 4 yr old had 12 year olds jumping over and pushing him in the 18 inch pool; all while mother dearest was fixing her bikini so the 18 year old would notice. I had 11 and 12 year olds pushing my son so they could see Dr. Strange. Which leads me to my second issue: the program. Disney did a terrible job tailoring the cruise for children. I'm sorry, but at a certain point you realize Santa isn't real. So I get irritated when I'm waiting 40 minutes, and missing other things, so my 4 year old can get a picture with CPT America because people in their 40s want pictures with him too. SERIOUSLY?!?! Are you going to hang that at work?! Disney needs to make time strictly for the kids. They also didn't taylor the events for kids with needs. My son is shy, but he wanted to do the Avengers Academy. The event was 'closed', meaning no adults. We stood there and tried to seek away, but he wanted us to stay since he felt uncomfortable with 11 to 14 yr olds siting on his hands and pushing him. Disney needs to segregate the children better or allow parents to stay. All in all, my son got his Marvel Day, after many hours complaining to the Captain, but we will never go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our 8th cruise, and our 5th with Disney Cruise Line. We’re a family of four, with two daughters, ages 8 and 10. We booked our cruise, hotel, and Magical Express transfers with Dreams Unlimited, and handled the rest ourselves. ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise, and our 5th with Disney Cruise Line. We’re a family of four, with two daughters, ages 8 and 10. We booked our cruise, hotel, and Magical Express transfers with Dreams Unlimited, and handled the rest ourselves. This year, we wanted to continue our family tradition of taking a Disney cruise about once a year, but instead of taking a 7-day cruise, we decided to take a shorter cruise combined with some time visiting the amusement parks in Orlando. We had a few days at Universal Orlando (the Hard Rock Hotel for one night and a few nights at a rental house in Kissimmee), four nights on the Dream, and two nights at the Contemporary Resort. This review is really just about the cruise, but I mention our other plans because it made our transportation to and from the cruise interesting. We flew into Orlando for this trip. We had 5 large suitcases and 5 small bags for our 11-day trip, so we looked into transportation options with plenty of space. We ended up hiring a private SUV transport from Kissimmee to Port Canaveral. That was simple and comfortable, and the costs were on par with the other options we considered (Uber X, transport to the airport plus the Magical Express, a rental car plus parking, or a one-way car rental). Check-in at the cruise terminal was quick and efficient. We were sure to reserve a nice early boarding time well in advance. We arrived at the terminal 30 minutes before our assigned boarding time of 12:30, and we were on board by 12:45. I appreciate how they improved the kids’ club check-in this time. We were able to register our girls on-line and get their Magicbands right at the check-in desk. Gone are the hour-long lines just to get the Magicbands! They said our stateroom would be ready by 1, so we checked our big bags and just brought a couple of carry-on bags to lunch at Cabana’s. Our girls LOVE all of the selection at Cabana’s, so they were excited about lunch. After lunch, we went to see our room. Room 9590 is a Deluxe Family Oceanview with Verandah. We have always chosen this type of room because the size and layout work well for our family of 4. It’s located just aft of the midship elevators. The location is ideal for everything except laundry; the launderette is all the way forward. We really appreciate being close to all of the dining and shows with the midship-aft location. It’s also far enough below the pools that you don’t hear noise from above you while you’re in the room, but high enough that you can easily walk up to the pool deck. Another useful bit of information is that the room faces the beach at Castaway Cay, so it has great views that day. So far as the quality of the furnishings, everything was in excellent condition. I would choose the same room again. Next it was time to explore the ship, because this was our first trip on the Dream. We also wanted to scope out a location on deck to watch the SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral at 4:30. We were disappointed to see that a huge Carnival ship was between us and Cape Canaveral, but fortunately, by going all the way back to the mini-golf course, we were able to see the launchpad and rocket set up and ready to go. There are several active launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center, so the best viewing may vary by launchpad. You can identify the rocket with your naked eye if you have good vision and know what to look for. Spaceflightnow.com had a picture of the rocket on the pad from that morning, so that helped us figure out which one it was. Now that we knew where to go, we grabbed a Midship Detective Agency clue sheet and ran around doing that with the kids until safety drill time. Our meeting point for the safety drill at 4:00-4:20 was at the opposite end of the ship from our launch viewing point and several decks down, so we had to walk very fast and weave through crowds of people to get there by 4:30. We made it with about 1 minute to spare! There were probably 100 or more people on the mini golf course with the same idea as us, but the kids were able to wiggle up to the railing. Suddenly we saw a very bright orange flame, and the rocket lifted off to cheers! It flew straight up above us, and after about 30 seconds we clearly heard it rumbling. About 2 minutes after launch, it was too faint/distant to see. Pretty cool! SpaceX sometimes lands the boosters back at Cape Canaveral, but unfortunately they were not landing the booster that day. I’d love to see a rocket land someday too! We decided to chill in our room during the sail-away instead of going to the deck party. The deck party is great, but after days and days at amusement parks, we were ready for a bit of quiet. Next was dinner at Animator’s Palatte with Crush (so fun), and for dessert, the ridiculously huge Family Challenge ice cream sundae from Vanelope’s Sweets and Treats. It was delicious, but we only managed to eat about half of it before we surrendered. Finally, instead of the show, we decided to watch A Wrinkle In Time in 3D in the theater together. Day 2 was at Nassau. I have to say, other than the parliament building and a few very expensive shops, the area near the cruise ship docks is... sketchy. There were a lot of derelict buildings that were abandoned and literally falling apart. I can see why most people went on an excursion or stayed on board, rather than just walking around. Our choice was to spend the day at the Atlantis Resort. We met in the theater with several hundred other guests for our bus transfers to Atlantis. That whole process, including the bus ride, took a little over an hour. Atlantis itself is quite nice. We started off with the aquarium, which is on par with other good aquariums we’ve been to. It has some fun archeological theming too. The girls really just wanted to get outside to the water park, or we could have spent a couple of hours there. I would compare the Atlantis water park to Disney’s Blizzard Beach in terms of its size, number of attractions, and crowds. We didn’t get in the water until around 11, and the last bus left at 3, so we didn’t have time to do too much. The girls especially enjoyed swimming under waterfalls in the pool area, the inner tube water slide that takes you through a tunnel in the shark tank, and the Rapids River, which takes the lazy out of lazy river. Our package included lunch at one of several quick service restaurants in the water park, which was good. I would recommend this excursion to anyone who enjoys water parks. I would not recommend trying to combine it with another excursion on the same day, because there’s not enough time. Back onboard, we quickly rinsed off and took the girls to the Oceaneer Club. They really love the onboard kids’ clubs! My husband and I had signed up in advance for the Martini tasting, so we made our way to the Meridian bar for that. We didn’t know we were also going to learn how to make the martinis ourselves, so that was a fun surprise! The class was engaging, tasty, and worth the fee. We wrapped up day 2 with dinner together at the Enchanted Garden and the Broadway-style show Believe. I think it’s my 3rd time seeing that particular show, because it’s also playing on the Fantasy, but we still loved it. Somewhere in there, DH and I also snuck in a date at Pink: Champagne and Wine bar. We were the only guests in there, and it was quite romantic. Day 3 was at Castaway Cay. My husband ran the 5K, while the rest of us slept in and had breakfast at Cabana’s. This is the third time he’s run the 5K, because he always enjoys it. We met back in our room around 10 and made our way to the beach together for our 11AM stingray feeding. This is probably the 4th time we’ve scheduled that activity, but the first couple of times it was canceled due to high winds! This time we had a few showers, but overall it was a nice sunny day. We fed the stingrays and laughed as they slid around our legs, and then snorkeled in the stingray lagoon. I made one mistake here by renting snorkel gear instead of tubes/rafts. The girls had had enough snorkeling already, and really wanted tubes instead. It took a bit of walking back and forth, but eventually I talked to the customer service rep at the information booth, who changed my snorkel gear rentals into tube rentals. That was tedious, so next time we’ll just rent the tubes. We found some beach chairs and hammocks, and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging around the beach. Our 10-year old asked to join a dance party nearby, and we felt she was old enough to do that unsupervised and then come back to us. We had the BBQ picnic lunch too, with ice cream and tropical drinks. We would have enjoyed spending as much time as possible on the beach, but we had scheduled a beer tasting at 3:30 at Pub 687, and a pirate makeover for the girls at 4:45, so we had to leave the beach around 2 to get cleaned up. Mistake #2 was over-scheduling that day. We should have skipped the beer tasting to have more time at the beach. Pirate night was great fun, as usual. We all like to dress up and get some silly pirate photos. After dinner, the girls really wanted more time in the kids’ club, so they did that while I watched the Pirates in the Caribbean fireworks, and my husband watched a soccer match in the pub. Sometimes it’s nice to split up, instead of doing everything together! I got our laundry done too, because I know the day at sea is the worst time to do that. Day #3 was at sea, and we had a few things planned. My husband and our 8-year-old went to meet Anna and Elsa, and then to the Princess Greeting, while I slept in with our 10-year-old and had breakfast with her. Then we headed for the pools and water slides like, it seemed, everyone else on board! It was insanely crowded on the pool deck, but the kids didn’t seem to mind too much. We all love the Aqua Duck! The girls went back to the kids’ club for a while, so we could take the Mixology class in the Meridian bar. This was my favorite of the three tasting classes. We learned how to make 4 popular cocktails. We also made an appointment to book our next Disney cruise. We’ve learned that we can combine the booking credit from our travel agent (I’d recommend Dreams Unlimited or Costco) with the discount for booking on the ship, by just asking to list them as the booking agent. I can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to stack discounts like that! We’re not sure exactly when we’re taking our next cruise, so we just booked an interesting looking “holder cruise” on the Wonder next summer, and we can always change it later. We took the girls to dinner poolside, because they never actually eat in the kids’ clubs when we ask them to! Then they were happy to get one last visit to the clubs while my husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Remy. We always enjoy the chance to enjoy top-notch food and service at least once per cruise, and Remy is the best of the Disney restaurants, in my opinion. Another glitch was that we didn’t allow for enough time to re-pack and get our luggage set out for the couriers. It takes more than an hour to put just what you need for the last morning in carry-on bags, and just what you need for Walt Disney World into a backpack, then pack everything else in the room in the large bags, so they can take them to customs for you. We managed to get four of the bags set out by 10:30 PM, but they never picked up the last one that was set out too late, so we had to take that with us on disembarkation day. We usually like the early dinner because the girls are easier to deal with at dinner, but our assigned breakfast time at 6:15 was too painfully early. So, we just brought our luggage to Cabana’s at 7 and had breakfast there. Our Magical Express bus departed at 9, so at 8:15, we sadly bid farewell to the Dream. The Magical Express bus took us to the Contemporary, and I won’t go into that part of our trip here, except to say that we were in the Animal Kingdom by 11:30! Another useful tidbit is that the Contemporary provides free Magical Express transfers to the airport, but you need to reserve that in advance. We were also able to check our luggage at the hotel directly onto our Delta flight home. They offer that for a few airlines now, and it’s very nice to not worry about your big bags on your last day. So, would we do this cruise again? Absolutely. In fact, we may change our holder cruise to the same itinerary. On the one hand, the 4-night cruise almost feels like it’s over before it starts, but on the other hand, it fits nicely into a short school break. I don’t feel the need to go to amusement parks before or after the cruise next time, because that makes for a rather tiring vacation. But, if you haven’t been to Disney World in a while, they do make it easy to combine the two. Next time, we’ll have to allow for more unscheduled time each day. Those big unscheduled blocks of time are precious! Until next time... Happy Travels! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I choose because why else Disney! Toddlers 3 and 4 girls of course loved it! Took 5 adults to corral and keep up with them. Never had such friendly and great service on a cruise line the concierge level attendants were stellar!!! They made ... Read More
I choose because why else Disney! Toddlers 3 and 4 girls of course loved it! Took 5 adults to corral and keep up with them. Never had such friendly and great service on a cruise line the concierge level attendants were stellar!!! They made up the bunks in the cabin for the grandkids for one night for us so the parents could have a break and they allowed them to come into the lounge to have breakfast and watch cartoons. BBB for the girls is the best money spent as is Palo. Regrets, if you have small kids don't waste money on a cabana its far from the activities. Would not do Couples Villa in port you'll likely be facing another ship during you romantic hottub experience. The Shows are great keep the little ones up for Beauty and the Beast!!! For the oceaneer club a bit disappointed its connected to the older lab club from behind the walls and we dropped off toddlers at oceaneer for face painting and somehow they wandered over to the older side and an hour later did not get their faces painted making us late to dinner, Quire unorganized apparently the key is to watch the schedule for planned activities which we learned the last day otherwise they may end up sitting. Older kids who love video games probably love it. I will probably do another IF i can work out the bed situation maybe I'll sleep on the fold out couch. So great cruise IF the kids love Disney I"d say the younger the better since they still believe in all the characters but better accommodation for the $$$ on other lines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose Disney again for my cruise. This was our third time cruising and it was a mother-daughter cruise. My daughter is 9. The Disney Dream is a large ship with tons of amenities. Here are the Postiives: (1) The Oceaneer Club (for ... Read More
I chose Disney again for my cruise. This was our third time cruising and it was a mother-daughter cruise. My daughter is 9. The Disney Dream is a large ship with tons of amenities. Here are the Postiives: (1) The Oceaneer Club (for Kids 3-12) was fabulous. This club was so tricked out, as the youngsters say, that I did not want to leave it. It has "Andy's Room" from Toy Story, a Star Wars Deck with large screen video games, crafts tables, a lit up dance floor. The club is filled with youth directors to help your children and engage them. Loved it. (2) Food. Excellent, fresh, variety. I gained 10 pounds this week but it was worth it. The dining experience was spot on. (3) The activities onboard the ship. Great for the kids. Bibibidi Boppidi a must for the girls or boys. Here's why I didn't give the cruise 5 stars. The pool area is a cluster. It is awful. Guests "reserve" all the chairs and disappear. Disney staff won't monitor this. I stood for an hour watching my daughter swim (parents cannot leave children unsupervised in the pool) because all of the chairs were taken. The Disney staff around the pool only focus on cleaning the floor and clearing the towels. Not providing more seating. I found this to be a major operational issue. Also, single, widowed, divorced parents do not have an outlet. I was lonely despite the 30 minute singles program. It would be nice if Disney had a buddy system for single parents and only children. With that said, no one cruises like Disney. Disney corporation is top flight and I highly recommend the Disney cruise. It's worth the price. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a fabulous cruise! We loved the nightly shows and Castaway Cay. The beach and water were absolutely impeccable. That was my husband's favorite meal of the trip! We did a 3 night cruise, but would definitely opt for a longer ... Read More
We had a fabulous cruise! We loved the nightly shows and Castaway Cay. The beach and water were absolutely impeccable. That was my husband's favorite meal of the trip! We did a 3 night cruise, but would definitely opt for a longer cruise next time. All of the staff aboard the cruise were very friendly. One of the most impressive things about the entire experience was the lack of waiting. We didn't wait for longer than 5 minutes to get on the ship, off the ship, excursions, dining, etc. We were traveling with our 5 year old daughter, so the short wait times were very much appreciated. Everything ran so smoothly. The kids club was an extraordinary place that the kids enjoyed. We felt very safe with our daughter there given the ship's extensive technology. Our picture popped up as the only approved people with authorization to pick her up. We can't wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We sailed on the Dream on March 28 for a 4 night cruise. My husband and I were able to use the adult pool areas because my 17 year old son found the Vibe teen club on the first day and spent most of his ship time there from that point on. ... Read More
We sailed on the Dream on March 28 for a 4 night cruise. My husband and I were able to use the adult pool areas because my 17 year old son found the Vibe teen club on the first day and spent most of his ship time there from that point on. He's got a good personality and is very outgoing, but I don't see why others wouldn't enjoy it as well. The adult pool areas were a blessing to us because it was spring break and the family pools were crowded. We had two Cabanas lunches, one Cabana breakfast, one Palo Brunch, and the dining rotation meals in the restaurants (our rotation was Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, Animator's Palate (pirate night) and Animator's Palate (regular menu). The pirate menu was our favorite of the dinner meals. The Palo brunch was wonderful! And Cabanas has something for everyone from sushi to crab legs. As for ports, we did go into Nassau and visited the Pirate Museum, which is more like an attraction than a museum. I forgot how pushy Nassau people are! And I guess a lot of people didn't get off of the ship, because when we got on it was a 45 minute for the aquaduck! My husband took a pass, but my son and I rode it and it is a blast! Our Castaway Cay day, though, was a major bust. We walked in the 5K race and then a monsoon rolled in. So after 90 mintues with sideways rain, thunder, and wind, we went back to the ship. My son was going to do the teen excursion but it was canceled. BUT, none of that is Disney's fault. Stuff happens! It did clear up in the afternoon and my husband and I went back and stuck our feet in the ocean just to say we did. Our sea day was great, with Palo and day passes to the Rainforest room in the spa. It was very enjoyable. Got a nice picture of my son with Jack Sparrow and a family pic with Mickey Mouse. Also saw one of the shows, "The Golden Mickeys". I'm not that into shows even at the theme parks, so seeing one was an accomplishment for me; I always have better things to do. Our stateroom hostess took good care of us and our serving team was on point. We were seated with a family with two teens, and our server kept those teens and my son entertained with brain teasers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This is our third Disney cruise, we have sailed the Fantasy twice and this was our first time on the Magic. We are a family of 5 l; my husband and I mid-thirties with children aged 5, 3 and 18 mos. We traveled with two other families who ... Read More
This is our third Disney cruise, we have sailed the Fantasy twice and this was our first time on the Magic. We are a family of 5 l; my husband and I mid-thirties with children aged 5, 3 and 18 mos. We traveled with two other families who had children ranging in ages from 16 to 9. We were a table of 14 for dinner. My review will be based only on my perspective. Overall it was an ok cruise but for the cost it should have been better than ok. In fact, for our third Disney cruise it was, notably, by far the worst of the three. The short story - pros: *We were in group 2 and on the boat by 11:15 *Boat was spotless *Home for 4 days and no one caught anything from the boat (yay) *kids loved the camp *baby loved the nursery - staff was outstanding *Room was clean and nice *Room service was quick *Whiskey tasting was outstanding Cons: *Some kind of "technology" issue kept us standing outside of the port for about an hour *Castaway Cay was a total train wreck; I really feel Disney put us in actual danger *Service in the main dining room was poor *Food in main dining was poor *Coffee is the worst coffee I have ever had (still) *The ship shits down at like 11pm, midnight the latest - no food options except room service and literally nothing to do *Food at Palo wasn't as good as I have had before The details of the trip: We should have known we were in for it when our trip larger started on the curb at Port Canaveral. Some Disney employee did tell us we were outside because of some technology miscommunication so we stood there for a good 45 Min in the heat; it was kind of a mess getting in. That said, we are Castaway club Silver and the line for that was quick so once we got our key to the world card, we had time to get camp wristbands and then board. The ship was, as always, spotless and grand. Greeted by name and cheered for by crew. Unlike the past 2 trips, however, no one escorted us to the elevator or anything. It was fine, however, as it truly was not busy. We got a table to seat all 14 of us although the buffet didn't open until 11:45 sbut it was fine. Food was ok; less options than I remember especially for the kids but fine. We then went to our rooms as the Navigator said they would be ready at 1:30 but they were a good 15 min late so we sat in the crowded hallway waiting but again no big deal. Seriously tho, Disney, don't print 1:30 if you need till 1:45. Say 2pm and look like a hero at 1:45. Whatever I digress. The biggest issue of the trip was Castaway Cay which was our last day but such a big deal I will jump there next. I ran the free 5K and I have before so nothing changed there. Got off the boat, no one checked our IDs tho we needed them to get our bibs at check in. The race is more fun and not chip trimmed but they give you a bib as a souvenir and a "medal" that's made of rubbery plastic at the end. It's fun. There was an overcast which was great for running as it was breezy. Our family had a cabana and I asked a Disney employee "is there a storm coming" they said "no, the captain radioed the island, should blow past us". Ok so great. I laid around waiting for the rest of my family. They showed up about 20 min later and the host for the Cabana came, Lindsey. The sky looked way worse. I said "should we leave?" He said basically the same thing, storm should blow out to sea, hopefully miss us but if it does drizzle stay in the cabana, it's safest covered. Well we had TORRENTIAL rain with literally 50 MPH wind gusts. All 14 of us were totally stranded for almost three hours in our cabana. No food, no real shelter, freezing as we used all the dry towels and got soaked. It was awful. Lightening less than 100 yards away from us. All of the kids were terrified - the adults too! Shame on you Disney. I get no one can control the weather and you don't want people to miss out, but someone HAD to have seen this three hour monsoon on a radar - how you can encourage guests to remain out in weather like that is beyond me. Absolutely awful. We didn't have to pay for the cabana but still - the risk was terrible. The food was not as good as on other Disney sailing; my steak was overlooked on two different nights with two different preparations and they forgot to serve at least one person at our table. They only do Crush at the Animators Palate and not the animated drawings which was a let down as we only ate there once. The coffee is terrible. I think this is a known issue with Disney but still - fix it! They don't do enough chocolate desserts and the menu on Pirate night is the WORST! It's all spicy and seafood - I really struggle with that menu but that is true of all Disney pirate nights I have attended so far. We did have brunch at Palo. This was our third time and the only time didn't have calzone on the menu this time or the filet minion! Food was OK. I had the veal that was loaded with mushrooms that were hidden underneath which wasn't pleasant to me, but for some this could be a bonus. The chicken parm was good as were the desserts but the buffet sections were wierd. They had Nutella breadsticks and the next table had shrimp and prosciutto - just odd. It was worth the $30 but I was let down because I have had better at Palo! Camps were always a crowd pleaser for my kids and every time I called the nursery to check on my baby they were sweet and happy to check on him for me and gave me a full report. They never called me to take him for any issue and when I did check on him by stopping by and looking through the one way mirror - he was always happy and playing with an adult. They were always very professional and kind, excellent employees! We didn't get off in Nassau but those who did said it was nice. I did use the gym to run on the treadmill and that was very nice and clean and not too busy. They added a hot tub to the concierge sun deck; we were not Conceirge but one family who was with us was and that was a nice add - hope the do same with the Fantasy soon! We waited a long time for the Aquaduck but that's to be expected. 45 min with my kid was actually fun time for us to talk and giggle so it went quickly. I don't know why the soft serve ice cream and pizza stands close - I know other cruise companies serve this 24 hours. It's not a big deal for us but once in a while you kind of want a late night snack and the kids are asleep so room service isn't the best option. This never bothered me before but with the lousy dinner service it really stuck out to me on this trip. Disembarkation was a breeze; breakfast at our assigned table with our family before we lesurley walked off was great. I did fee relaxed on our drive home so it was overall an OK trip but having sailed Disney before I really was dissapointed with this trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and ... Read More
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and shoving at Cabana for the brief time that the buffet is open each day. We actually missed a few meals because of lack of opportunity at Cabana and dining room being gorgeous but unappetizing for the human palate. The room was amazing and probably the cleanest boat Ive been on. Having a tub and huge floor to ceiling window was gorgeous! The shows are disney shows...no adult comedy club and thats one of my favorite entertainment. Everything closed down about 6 pm so on top of the steep price, they shut ya down at 6! Gym closed early and wont let muscle fitness 15 yr olds work out with adult even. Movie theater was a bonus but not the bonus I would've preferred on my first disney cruise. We missed all meet and greets due to lines or lack of tickets. The adult only pool area was nice, but of course my kids couldnt go so we tried not to stay too long. We all did the waterslide only twice because of long lines..15 year old didnt enjoy the teen club so he stayed in the room a lot. Yup... it was a waste of money in my opinion. If my kids had been younger and we hadnt been to Magic Kingdom 3 times a year while they were young, it might have been worth the extra cost. Im actually anxious to get back to Carnival in November and possibly adventure over to Royal Caribbean for son's graduation. Hopefully I can find the best ship out of Florida on RC. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We just returned from our second Disney cruise and loved every minute of it! We flew into Orlando the night before and stayed at the airport Hyatt. This is so easy because we never leave the airport and they have lots of food options you ... Read More
We just returned from our second Disney cruise and loved every minute of it! We flew into Orlando the night before and stayed at the airport Hyatt. This is so easy because we never leave the airport and they have lots of food options you can easily grab and take to your room. We are a family of 4 with girls ages 5 and 8. Our friends also traveled with us with their 6 year old daughter. The next morning a limo picked us up from the Hyatt. It was cheaper to get a limo with 7 of us from Hyatt to Port Canaveral than 2 town cars. This was quite a treat for the girls. Our driver from Happy Limo stopped at grocery store near Port so we could pick up wine. Disney now only allows you to bring 2 bottle per person (21-years of age). Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship by 11:40. Between 10:45 port arrival and 11:40 we checked in and then got the kids their kid club bands. Even though it was our friends 1st Disney Cruise we encouraged them to get in the same check-in line with us and the guy checking us in was nice enough to give them a Lanyard and same boarding group. This was nice since this line was only for Castaway Cay club members (return Disney cruisers). When we got on the boat we went to get the 2 ticketed meet and greets- Anna/Elsa and Princesses (usually Snow White, Cinderella Rapunzel & Belle). We were able to get one for 10:15 am on Nassau Day and the other for 10 am on Sea Day. While in line we used our Disney App and signed up for the messaging system. I highly recommend this. Basically it uses the ships wifi at no charge and you can message family and friends you are traveling with. This also allows you to see a full list of activities going on each day, ship map and dinner menus. You need to download the app as soon as you get on or before traveling because once it sets sail you will be on very expensive download options. After getting our tickets around noon we went to Enchanted Gardens for lunch. This was my first experience with lunch at Enchanted Gardens. I enjoyed it because you have a waiter. However the buffet is smaller than Cabanas but had nice options of salad, boiled shrimp and crab legs, pasta, fish, chicken, soup, fruit and desserts. After lunch we checked into our room and unpacked. We opted for a family stateroom again but this time we were on deck 9 with balcony instead of deck 8 with large port hole. We enjoyed the large port hole last year but I do not think I will sail without a balcony after having one this trip. It was so nice to sit outside in the afternoon and then before dinner with wine. As far as decks both were nice and we liked only being 2 floors below pool area and Cabanas (Breakfast and Lunch buffet) so we did not need elevator. However for dinner and kids club you need to go down to deck 3-5. For lunch we either opted for large Cabanas buffet or the quick serve options. Both are on deck 11 near pool. All of the restaurants were good for dinner. My favorite was Royal Palace. All had good food options for kids and adults. Our waitstaff Dalarno and Aubrey were awesome. They made sure our kids orders were in early so they could go to kids club when the counselors came around. I should note we opt for the later 8:15pm dinner seating. We feel it gives us more time to enjoy the day, then come back and order snack from room service, rest and shower up for dinner without rushing. Plus we are an hour earlier at home so its like 7:15 for us. Delano gave us some challenging table games to puzzle over each night after dinner while enjoying dessert too. This was really fun! All our kids loved the kids club and just like last time when we went to pick them up they begged to stay longer. We only took advantage of kids club after dinner for an hour ot two. Normally after they went to kids club we just enjoyed our dinner and then picked them up. One night we decided to check out the aduly bars since we did not do this last year. We ended up at a bar which was about to start a couples game. Basically they chose 3 couples and then ask them questions. If your old enough to remember the newlywed game show it was similar. It was fun but we headed to get the kids after about 45 minutes. As far as activities for our girls while on board the loved the Disney characters. Well my younger one and 6 year old friend enjoyed them all and my older one liked all the non princess ones (yes she is at that age :-o). All the girls loved the pool, hot tub, Disney movies shown on deck during the day, put put golf and of course the Aquaduct. We did the Aquaduct with them each time and the line ran from 20-30 minutes long. We opted to stay on the boat in Nassau just like last year. We did get off at Castaway Cay and had a great time at the beach building sand castles, snorkeling and just hanging out. So we had 3 days on the boat and 1 day off. To me one day of sand and beach if perfect! After a late 2pm lunch at Castaway we opted to let the kids go to the kids club on the island and we went to the adult area for one drink (about an hour). It was nice and quiet over there but really almost dead. Think next time we will just head back to the boat after lunch and give the kids some pool time. So there are so so many things to do on the ship. We did workout a couple of times and the gym is very nice. As far as shows... last year we only saw one show and this year I planned to see more but we actually saw none. I am one that does not want to stress about being somewhere at a certain time on vacation and we just never made it happen. There are endless options on the ship and I think if you are not careful your will find your schedule fully booked each day. We instead enjoyed not being on a schedule and just enjoying the day which was mostly at the pool with kids. We did plan for the 7:30 family pirate show on Pirate night and then the 10:30 Pirate show and fireworks. This was as great as I remembered from last year. However I do not think last year had an earlier 7:30 show too. Such a great staff on board. The ship is so clean. They are always cleaning the public areas and bathrooms. Our room was well taken care of by Jesus. He made sure we had plenty of towels and lotion during morning clean and in the evening he made the kids beds (pulled bunk from ceiling and placed ladder). He also left super cute towel animals and chocolate every night. Putu by the pool was so friendly and always made sure we had towels and were enjoying ourselves. As mentioned earlier Delarno and Aubrey made sure we were all happy and well taken care of for dinner. Disembarkation was easy. We had en early flight at 10 am so arranged a car at 7:45 am. We skipped the seated breakfast because of our early departure. I just ran up to the Cabanas buffet and grabbed a few things for my kids to enjoy in the room while we finished packing and getting ready. We opted to handle our own luggage and just walked off the ship, had a 5-10 minute line in customs and were out the door. We ran a bit late leaving our room and did not get in the car until 8:15. We still made it to the gate early and had about 15 minutes to spend in the United club. All in all it was a wonderful vacation and we hope to return again next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our ... Read More
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our servers never really seemed available for us, so we started going to Cabana's for dinner. Our servers at Cabana were amazing. My daughter does not like french fries, and would ask for broccoli instead, the service team would go out of their way to make sure she got broccoli every time without the other mixed vegetables. We only had one issue that we are still waiting for resolution from, my daughter was pushed down 2 steps by a character handler then pushed out of the way by the same handler. Guest services nor the handler have ever so much as apologized. If that incident (which is on video and has been presented to them) had not happened we would have no hesitation about going on another Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My family and I went on our first cruise. It was wonderful. Pros: The cruise ship has so many activities for the kids, it was absolutely awesome. My daughter went to Kids' Club every night and rode the Aquaduck (so did I several ... Read More
My family and I went on our first cruise. It was wonderful. Pros: The cruise ship has so many activities for the kids, it was absolutely awesome. My daughter went to Kids' Club every night and rode the Aquaduck (so did I several times). The ship had activities for the adults as well. I enjoyed the fitness center, the spa, the pool area itself and being able to relax. The cruise ship also had martini tasting, whiskey tasting room and basketball. My family had plenty to without getting off the ship; however, we enjoyed the sites of the Bahamas and absolutely loved Castaway Cay. The staff was wonderful and provided excellent service. The buffets were great, to have smoked salmon, smoked trout, and colossal shrimp was great. The kids love the fact that they could get as much ice cream they wanted and sodas (it was vacation so it was ok to have all of that). The rooms were excellent, it was roomy and although the shower is not extremely large, it is a ship; therefore, I know it would not be like a shower in a house. However, my husband I both fit in the shower very comfortable (and we both were in it at the same time). Cons: The only thing I would say about the cruise I didn't really enjoy was the sit down dining because the food was bland and it was cold. I'm not sure if it was like that because they have so many to serve and different dietary needs but the buffets were so much better. Also, I know the cruise ship provide maps of what is located on each deck but if they could provide more guidance regarding directions. Overall the cruise was great, the only reason I gave it a four is because of the sit down dinner was just ok. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our family's second time on the Disney Dream. We sailed exactly a year ago and on the cruise bought into Disney Vacation Club. We have been on many cruises the last 20 years, but no one does it like Disney. The cabins, ... Read More
This was our family's second time on the Disney Dream. We sailed exactly a year ago and on the cruise bought into Disney Vacation Club. We have been on many cruises the last 20 years, but no one does it like Disney. The cabins, ship amenities, entertainment, food and the amazing crew make it a very memorable family vacation for all ages. I can't say enough about all the crew members. Everyone from the Port security to room staff and dining staff are wonderful. We loved all the activities, and especially personalities we recognized and loved from our first voyage (Dollar Deano from Ireland -- the Bingo caller is a family favorite). The only negative about the cruise is really not about the ship itself, but of Nassau and The Atlantis. Although the Atlantis is a stunning property from a distance, the actual property itself is overcrowded and smelly. I could entirely do without a port in Nassau and spend more time at Disney's Castaway Cay! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I really enjoyed myself with my grandchildren (ages 3 an 7) and they loved it. They kept thanking me for bringing them. They loved the kids club, swimming, Aqua Duck and Castaway Cay. Warning on the Aqua Duck-----You will get drenched!!! ... Read More
I really enjoyed myself with my grandchildren (ages 3 an 7) and they loved it. They kept thanking me for bringing them. They loved the kids club, swimming, Aqua Duck and Castaway Cay. Warning on the Aqua Duck-----You will get drenched!!! (I should have gotten braids) Shout out to Dwayne who operated the Aqua Duck the 2nd time I rode. He has passion! You can tell he loves his job and people. I was skeptical reading reviews on the food before I took cruise but the food was excellent. And the food at Castaway Cay was superb. The people that work there are really nice especially the ones from a different country. (and I will just leave it like that) I thought their gratuities were low to say the least. I did put extra in the envelopes. People at guest services aren't too pleasant. I needed change once, I needed an English not Spanish form for customs and I wasn't given a complimentary card to fill out . Asking at the desk seem like it was a bother to them to supply such items. But all in all, I would definitely take another Disney Cruise. DISNEY you really know how to do it in style. By the way, everything is so clean and I love how you hand out wipes before entering dining areas. And I love the CAPTAIN, he kept us laughing Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff ... Read More
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff was so nice and made it feel like we all weren’t in a rush, and we shouldn’t be stressed. They were right too, they even carried our bags to our room while we were in line. The lines were long, but it didn’t seem long because of the staff. Boarding the ship was quick and easy, and once I was on the ship I was excited, because that was my first cruise. I honestly didn’t like cruising back then, so before I boarded, I was kinda like “I hate cruises, don’t make me go!” But once I saw that beautiful, decorated terminal, I was done; I was already hooked to this cruise line. I saw some cruise vlogs, and a lot of the terminals were discusting, dirty, and bland. So I boarded the ship, and the staff was spectacular! The ship was beautiful and for sure first class, the food was delicious, and best of all - it was free. This wasn’t an ordinary trip to McDonald’s meal, this was a magnificent gourmet 5 star meals (usually dinner and breakfast, lunch is usually by the pool and has all the greasy things, but even then it absolutely stunning food) I loved watching the kids play in the nemo’s reef, and in the mickey pool, it was actually entertaining to see kids so happy, I usually see them crying, but here they were all happy and having an amazing time. Our first stop was at Nassau, so first we went to the famous Pirate’s Museum, and once we exited, we went with a tour guide in a van, and everyone got private vans. I was anxious to see the beach, considering how beautiful the water color is in the Bahamas, it seemed like forever until I got there. Once I got there, the temperature was so relaxing, and it was October. Then I saw a show named Villains Tonight! Onboard the ship, it was very fun to watch! In fact I ended up watching it twice, and then I went to the top to try out the games in the Arr-cade, a pirate themed arcade on the ship. We arrived at Castaway Cay early in the morning, almost no one was awake (we also arrived at Nassau early, and docked back at home really early too.) Once we woke, we got our delicious breakfast and went off the ship, the island was beautiful and nicely decorated. All the activities were so cool, the waterslides were my favorite, and the beach was so relaxing, theres also a specific beach for kids if the parents want to escape all the screams and excitement. The island was fun, and for sure Disney cruise line stands out much more than other lines. A big plus - other than the Disney Dream crash in September, it has had far lass incidents than most of it’s competition. The engine fires, running a ship aground, all that bad stuff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
If you have food allergies, rest assured that the Disney Dream staff will go above and beyond to make sure that the food you are served has been properly prepared. I am allergic to gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, shrimp, cinnamon, cloves, ... Read More
If you have food allergies, rest assured that the Disney Dream staff will go above and beyond to make sure that the food you are served has been properly prepared. I am allergic to gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, shrimp, cinnamon, cloves, and several other items. On the Disney Dream, I was able to have a happy, reaction free vacation due to the extra efforts of the disney culinary staff. At the first meal the head waiter (Ali) prepared a special card listing all of my allergies and printed 20+ of them. At each meal, he would staple my food card with the food order to make sure the kitchen staff was extra careful. He would pre-order all my meals for the following day and tell me which restaurant he would be working at, should I want him to watch over my meals. If I entered a buffet area, all I had to do was approach one of the ever present staff and they would phone Ali and he would have something specially prepared for me. One morning I decided to just get some eggs and bacon from the buffet line. While I was waiting my turn in line, a waiter I had never seen before came up to me and removed me from line. He told me I could not have the eggs as they were prepared with milk and I could not have bacon it contained gluten. He went off and prepared my meal in a separate area and brought it to my table. It seemed like magic. If you are traveling with allergies, just remember to be patient and that your dining choices will be limited. Also, with 1,000s of meals to prepare, remember to be extra thankful for what is surely a lot of effort to cook your meals separately. I was simply happy that I could eat safely and well without having an allergic reaction. Thank you Disney Dream staff (and especially Ali) for the high level of customer service, delivered with a smile and the caring attitude of all the dining staff that made a trip with food allergies possible. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Sailed aboard the Disney Dream with some friends during college spring break and had a wonderful experience. This was my first cruise with Disney (after having sailed with Royal Caribbean and Holland America in the past), and I would ... Read More
Sailed aboard the Disney Dream with some friends during college spring break and had a wonderful experience. This was my first cruise with Disney (after having sailed with Royal Caribbean and Holland America in the past), and I would absolutely cruise with Disney again. Here is a break-down of my vacation. From the moment we landed in Orlando International airport, Disney made our arrival as pleasant as it could possibly have been. After claiming our luggage at baggage claim, we walked over to Disney's Magical Express. They immediately took our bags from us, and within 20 minutes we were sitting on a bus riding towards Port Canaveral. Check-in at the terminal went fairly quickly (and for those who have sailed with Disney before, they have an even quicker check-in line for returning customers). We landed in Orlando around noon, and were on the boat no later than 2pm (and this included a 50 minute drive to the port). Once we boarded the ship, we were immediately greeted in typical Disney fashion. Our names were announced as we boarded the ship, a pianist was playing Disney classics in the stunning atrium, and Peter Pan was taking photos with guests. Characters were very accessible throughout the cruise. The navigator in the room lists all the times and locations where characters will be taking photos, but throughout the first day i took multiple photos with characters who were just aimlessly walking around, such as Goofy and Peter Pan. Although there were plenty of dining options open, they were all pretty packed. However, it took less than 5 minutes to get food, and there were still a few tables available. The food and dining on the cruise was done to perfection. Tons of variety and everything tasted great. The rotational dining system in the evenings was absolutely brilliant, and a nice change from some of my prior cruise vacations (for those who aren't familiar with this, Disney rotates you between 3 different main dining rooms each evening, but your serving staff rotates with you to each location, so you get a change in venue but you don't have to worry about getting to know new servers). Even when we didn't enjoy any options on the menu, our servers were quick to offer us anything we wanted off the menu. As you walk into any dining location on the ship, you were handed a sanitizing wipe for your hands (adding a nice degree of cleanliness). In addition to the sanitizing wipes, the ship felt very clean and was in immaculate condition. Everything looked freshly painted, clean, colorful, and there was no garbage lying around (and yes, I've been on very expensive ships that weren't so clean, so this was nice to see). In fact, late one night around 2am I saw the crew replacing some of the carpeting on my floor. I was very impressed by how good the ship looked; it truly looked as if it was the ship's maiden voyage. During the evenings, the entertainment in the Walt Disney Theatre was done extremely well. They had family-friendly shows but with enough jokes/references thrown in for adults that it was enjoyable for any age. The shows were also on the shorter side (about an hour per show), which was perfect for us. Every evening they had two showtimes, one during the first dinner seating and one during the second, so you were always able to see the show during the opposite dinner seating time (and even if you got there as late as 2 minutes before showtime, there were always plenty of good seats to choose from). In addition to the Walt Disney Theatre, they had the Buena Vista Theatre, which showed Disney movies (both 2D and 3D), many of which were still in theaters (they showed Oz The Great and Powerful on my ship within 2 weeks of its release). In the evenings they also showed adult movies that weren't necessarily Disney (such as Lincoln on my sailing). The ship also has plenty of adult-only lounges and a nice club for at night (mostly located in The District). Although these areas were designed really well, these areas were mostly empty at night and struggled to fill up. Nightlife dies by around midnight, even in the adult areas (which is much earlier than on other cruise lines). The pool deck was designed well in that it was able to be used for multiple functions. There were two family pools, both of which could be covered to allow for events to take place on the deck (such as the sailing away party and fireworks). There is also a water slide for the kids, and the Aqua-Duck water coaster. The Aqua-Duck was a lot of fun, but had long lines for the most part and is not worth a long wait. I would suggest using it during off times, such as right before or after dinner, or early in the morning as soon as it opens. They also have a giant screen playing Disney classics throughout the day (anything from Finding Nemo, to Toy Story, Jungle Book, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch, and many more Disney movies). Anytime I found myself with nothing to do, I'd always check out what was showing on the pool deck. They have seats on the deck specifically designed to face the screen, providing everyone with a great view. The pool deck also had plenty of dining venues open going late into the evening, and had self-serve ice cream machines. There were plenty of towels to go around and there were no hassle finding them (you just take them from the designated areas and return them as you please). The biggest disappointment I found on the pool deck though was the lack of pools and hot tubs. I found all of the swimming areas to be immensely packed and busy, especially during our day at sea. There were only two hot tubs in the adult-only swimming area (but they are side by side, so it really serves as only one hot tub), and only a few others by the family pools. When we were at port there was definitely more room on the pool deck, but it was way too crowded during our day at sea, to the point where even if I could find a seat, it wasn't enjoyable to sit up there. They adult-only swimming area was a little disappointing in that it was located in an area where families sometimes needed to walk through in order to access their cabins. However, I was impressed by the crew in that they did ask kids to leave (or parents to leave who were with kids) if they were seated in the adult-only area. Another disappointment was the start of my excursion to the Atlantis. During our day in Nassau, Bahamas, I signed up for the excursion to the Atlantis, leaving at 9:45am. It took over an hour from the time I checked in for the excursion, to the time I got to the Atlantis (and note that it is only about a 5-10 minute bus ride from the ship to the Atlantis). They had us waiting on the ship before taking us off, then they had us waiting next to the ship before they took us into the port, and then they had us waiting in line to board busses to get to the Atlantis. However, once we arrived to the Atlantis, I had an unbelievable time. The water park is a ton of fun, they provided a meal voucher for lunch, and they had busses departing back to the ship every 30 minutes starting at 1pm (and there wasn't any line for the return trip bus). I would recommend the excursion to the Atlantis, but would warn you that you'll be doing A LOT of waiting around before you get there. The only other disappointment was the elevators. Although there are plenty of them throughout the ship, they are on the smaller side, take forever to come, and are often jam packed full with people. By the end of the vacation we never bothered to take the elevators and found ourselves always taking the stairs. This was fine for a group of adults, but may become annoying with younger kids. By far the best feature of sailing aboard a Disney ship was the unbelievable service you receive. Every member of the crew truly wanted to help make your vacation as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Many cruise lines have a great staff on board, but no one provides exceptional service like Disney. Overall, we had a wonderful experience aboard the Disney Dream. Definitely more family-oriented than adult-oriented, but given that it's a Disney ship, I think they did as good of a job as they could possibly have done with the adult areas and entertainment. I would highly recommend the Disney Dream to any family (or individuals) who are fans of Disney and are looking for an unforgettable cruise vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
I'll start by saying this is my very first cruise review, and I feel compelled to write it because we had such an amazing time. Also, having read some of the not-so-shiny reviews from other cruisers, I wanted to address concerns that ... Read More
I'll start by saying this is my very first cruise review, and I feel compelled to write it because we had such an amazing time. Also, having read some of the not-so-shiny reviews from other cruisers, I wanted to address concerns that future cruisers might have. ENTERTAINMENT: I'll start with the entertainment, because it is here that I think Disney was heads above the rest of the cruising industry. I didn't see the first comic musician (John Charles), but my mother went, and she raved about it for the rest of the cruise. The restaurants are entertaining in themselves. Firstly, they allow the kids to scribble all over the tabletops every evening, which, I must admit, is a real plus. My daughter colored every evening. And some places, like Animator's Palate, have enough entertainment going on that it sometimes distracts from what is supposed to be happening (eating!) But I'm not complaining. With kids, you want as much to do as possible, and I thought Disney came through in this regard. The three main shows were: Villains Tonight, Disney's Believe, and the Golden Mickeys. Believe and Golden Mickeys were a tie for supreme Disney awesomeness. I think the "Broadway quality" label is well-deserved here. The actors were fantastic, the music wonderful, the emotions real and the tears flowed!! However, the Villains Tonight show fell flat. Not b/c is wasn't well-executed...it was. The actors were great, and the the effects were cool. But the script/storyline just wasn't very catchy. Also, I'll say that my 4-yr-old daughter did NOT attend Villains, and I'm glad for that, as it was kinda scary in parts for little ones. So...if there's a show that is skippable, it's Villains Tonight. However, I stress that the Golden Mickeys and Believe should NOT be missed. They are well-worth getting to the theater early. I also enjoyed the fact that movies were on every evening, although I didn't get to see any. War Horse was playing, but I didn't have time to see it. (Rats!!) On the whole, the "didn't have time" is pretty accurate for my cruise experience. The Dream provides SO MUCH to do that it's literally impossible to do it all (maybe if you had 7 days, and never went into the ports?) But the "animated art detective agency" and the digital portholes and the Aquaduck and Nemo's Reef and minigolf and shuffleboard and a very long jogging track (only 2.5 laps for a mile!)...it was plenty to keep us occupied and then some. I would go back to do everything I missed. FOOD: The food was great. It wasn't gourmet every evening, but it was sometimes. It was certainly good enough to please me. I was happy to have fresh fruit and yogurt and Royal Palace's Eggs Benedict was AMAZING.....so maybe I'm easy to please? But honestly, I never had anything that WASN'T good, and the staff was very accommodating (i.e. when I didn't finish a meal, they were very concerned that I didn't like it, and offered SEVERAL times to bring me something else. I was just full in reality, and it had nothing to do with the food.) Cabanas was typical buffet. Pizza and fries and wraps were available on Deck 11. One of my complaints was that food was NOT available for the very early risers (such as my 18-month old) who are awake at 5 AM every morning. No food is served until 7 AM...so we started banking food in our room fridge for our son's early morning nibbles. I think this could be improved, but we adapted, and the in-room fridge allows flexibility. We also dined at Remy during our last evening. It was wonderful, and a typical gastronomic experience (if you've ever eaten at Everest in Chicago, or a Michelin-starred restaurant, then you'll have a good idea of what to expect). Very quiet, very AMAZING food, and very friendly, unobtrusive, yet very personal, service. Great experience at Remy overall. (When I asked my husband if he had anything to add to this review, the one thing he mentioned was that Remy was the complete highlight and it was awesome) A note about the last day breakfast: It's skippable. They serve a limited menu, and it's pretty early (our time was 0645) So if you need to get out early to drive back to work or catch a flight, don't feel bad. You're not missing anything that last morning (except saying goodbye to the awesome wait staff :) CHILDCARE: No one does it better than Disney. I was just knocked sideways by the size of the children's areas (at least ten times the size of most children's program areas on other ships). And the locator bracelets, the wave phones that can be used on the ship AND Castaway Cay...these are bonuses. Just...very well done. We used the nursery for our son about ten hours total during the trip. No complaints there either. They even fed him in there without us asking. (They do this in the kids' programs as well.) However, the nursery is on first-come-first-served basis...so make it a priority. We never had a problem fitting him in though, and I encourage parents to use the wait list (we were put on it twice, and we were called twice to say that spots had opened up). Castaway Cay ALSO has Scuttle's Cove, so even while on the island, you can STILL take your kids and have a few moments of peace if you desire. We used Scuttle's Cove one day, and played with our daughter on the beach during other Cay day. NO ONE DOES CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING BETTER THAN DISNEY. Period. (as it should be, right?) STATEROOMS: Fine. This was my fourth cruise, so I've come to expect towel animals and turn-down service. No complaints, and nothing out of the ordinary here. I will say that one cool aspect was the digital porthole (we had an inside stateroom. In fact, as this "magical porthole" allowed us to see what was outside, as well as magical Disney characters floating by, AND we could turn it off at night...I think I prefer the inside stateroom. Also, my daughter slept in the Pullman bed, and above it were stars. That was a nice touch. Storage in the coffee table was also appreciated. And although inside staterooms only have one bathroom instead of the typical Disney split-into-two baths, it still had a bathTUB instead of just a shower...so this is always nice for kids. PORTS: (2x Castaway Cay, 1x Nassau) Castaway Cay is my kind of beach. I'm not a "beach" person...in fact, I slather myself with sunscreen and find shade and only stay out for two hours maximum, in general....but still, this was the kind of island I prefer. I visited BOTH days with the kids, and still, plenty of things we didn't get to do because there was SO MUCH to do. There's an "adults only" bar and beach area, and plenty of things to eat/drink/do. I liked the fact that Castaway Cay was still a part of Disney (characters on the beach, the wave phones work, there were children's dance parties and other programming, and the BBQ was free!!) And the water and beach itself was beautiful. I've traveled to 31 different countries, and I live in Florida...and this may have been the loveliest beach I've seen yet. Really worth visiting. Just magical! Nassau: Hmm. I'm pretty sure it's true what they say: Nassau, in English, means "Stay on the ship." COOLNESS FACTORS: You can bring alcohol on the ship. Definitely can save you money. Magic portholes. Tres chic. The animated art DETECTIVE game onboard!! Neat-o. The art gallery...visit it! And ASK about the art. There are really cool things hidden in a lot of the paintings, and the art itself is pretty cool and whimsical. We purchased a small Peter Pan painting to remember our trip. ( I wish I could have afforded the large one...but I didn't have a Grand to drop on art, unfortunately). Remy/Palo: I've heard GREAT things about Palo, even though I didn't go. But if you eat at one of these, you'll get to go to Meridian (a special Bar just for these.) It's very romantic and lovely view!! You can find quiet areas in the adults only sections. If you are NOT traveling with kids, you could, technically, spend a decent amount of time alone. There are TONS of children...so I won't say they are avoidable...but you could still read/sunbathe/etc. alone with little effort. I really enjoyed the character experiences. Get in line early if you want to see the Princesses, but all other character lines move quickly. I like Disney music as well, and you are INUNDATED with it whilst onboard. This constant music annoyed my husband after awhile, but I enjoyed every moment of it. However, in the adults area, they play other music (or no music) besides Disney. THE BOAT: New, technologically awesome, and BIG. WE ALL LOVED IT. And the Aquaduck was pretty nifty too :) Fun. Not crazy or anything, but worth trying and getting quite wet! THE BEST PARTS: Seeing my kids light up at the Disney magic...this was honestly the coolest aspect. There is a "window of opportunity" when kids still truly believe, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of it. We will be going on another Disney cruise as SOON as we can afford it. IN CLOSING: I think the main takeaway is that, after you've taken a Disney cruise with kids (and I've cruised with my youngins on RC and Carnival as well), then you'll never want to go back to another cruise line. The extra price is worth it for the awesomeness of the children's programming. (I'm speaking for children 10 and under...while I heard cool things about the Tween/Teen areas, I can't speak about those as I have zero experience with them personally). I can't imagine a better cruise experience with kids than one you can get with Disney. We took our 18-month-old, and, while there was accommodation for the very young---which is NONEXISTENT on many other lines---we still think we'll wait until he's three years old to cruise again. We all would have had a much more relaxing experience if he had been old enough to participate in more of the programs. (but that had nothing to do with Disney...just our timing! In fact, Disney does the under-3-yr-old set better than anyone else out there, so, if you must cruise with infants and toddlers, I encourage Disney all the way!!) There's so much more to say. I'm going to encourage my mother's husband to write a review as well. He's legally blind (uses a cane, though he can see pinpoints of things), and he was quite worried about tripping over children during the entire trip. But even HE was wowed by Disney's shows, music, service, and technology. And he's said he would go on the Dream again in a heartbeat!! (yep, it's that cool.) Young families and Disney lovers (and even those who liked Disney only when they were young....) GO!!! You'll return to your childhood state of wonder, and I promise you'll enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Kiki and Mamps are 65 and 70 respectively....most think we are in our 50s. We took our boys 6 & 7 on this cruise. It was a first time for them, and they knew about it since Christmas. They were really excited. When they got the call ... Read More
Kiki and Mamps are 65 and 70 respectively....most think we are in our 50s. We took our boys 6 & 7 on this cruise. It was a first time for them, and they knew about it since Christmas. They were really excited. When they got the call from Mickey 2days prior, they said "Mickey is really excited to have us come on the cruise." Since we live in Naples, Fl and the boys had come down for spring break with their Mom and later joined by their Dad, we had a 4 1/2hr drive to Port Canaveral on Sunday the 18th. Got to the Port as timed about 2:15pm. Unload the bags, park the car, Kiki and boys had already had us checked in before I got to the desk. Then quick registration for the Youth Activities and their arm bands which work great for droping and picking up the boys from Oceaneer Club. Probably our only disappointment was with the Oceaneer club, as we had the impression the counselors, at least at check-in to the club, seemed totally disinterested in seeing that the kids got to what they wanted to do. We had to direct the boys to Professor Make O Mess...which they loved. However the day we were at sea they wanted to do Make a Puppet, and they were never directed to the activity and needless to say were disappointed. Except for this criticism, if you can call it that, this cruise was everything and more we expected. Disney does it right! Embarkation was very easy and Disembarkation likewise (altho breakfast is too early for 1st seating--but keep in mind most ships don't even offer sitdown breakfast. The Staterooms (we had two)were connecting and perfect. Lots of room, and the under the bed for the luggage a fabulous idea. Lots of closet space, drawers, etc. Flat screen TV with everything you would want, including the ship's entertain shows were playing as well as almost any Disney movie you could demand. The service both stateroom and dining rooms was first class. Attendants were very courteous, wait state very friendly and helpful, along with making sure you had more than you would ever need. The ports of call were Nassau, which Kiki and Mamps have been to before, and felt there was really nothing for the boys there. We chose to stay on board, and it was a great idea. Many did the same thing. We were able to ride the "Aquaduck" which we loved! What a fabulous ride. There is also a small slide for kids up to say 10, and the boys loved it and probably as much as the "duck" because the wait time was minimal. The other port of call is Disney's Island--Castaway Cay. It is everything you would think Disney would do, if they were going to do a tropical island. Well they did it! Beautiful and again loaded with more activities than you could hope to do in several cruises or I should say days on the Island. Here the kids had a ball with the Oceaneer Club, and specifically FIONA FOSSIL looking for Whale's teeth. Fiona was terrific, actually from England, cute and perky with great rapport with the kids. They loved it! The island food was very good. Served from Cookie's BBQ, they had Mahi Mahi, BBQ Chicken, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, corn on the cob, cole slaw, tomato salad, chips, etc. They also had the ice cream machine, self-serve, like on the ship and the boys loved being able to draw their own cones. This was in addition to the other desserts available cookies, etc. The shows were first rate. The Golden Mickeys was the boys favorite, and loaded with music, color, high tempo, as were all the shows. The Villains Tonite was the least favorite, but still cleverly down, the character Evil Underground played the Genie in the last nite show, Disney Believe. This is the one that Kiki and I thought was the best, and we liked it the most, but then again the boys loved all three although a little less thrilled with the Villains Tonite. The fourth show as Peter Gossamer, Magic and Comedy. He did incredible illusions and his shrinking his wife, and then cutting her up was just amazing and the boys, as we, were amazed. On Monday nite, they had Mickey's Pirates of the Carribean. What a high energy show. It was held on the poolside stsge,with a huge not to be believed screen so all can see the action. We got up close and it was just FABULOUS! The fireworks were impressive, only thing is they are 10:30pm and really too late for 6 & 7yr olds, but we managed to do it with a little hour rest after dinner and before the fireworks. The most difficult part of the cruise is figuring out when to eat. that is because with the kids, who need to sleep by 7:30 or so, they will either miss the show or dinner...unless you pass on one or the other. We did not pass on the shows, and we went to Flo's V8 Cafe, Tow Maters Grill...chicken fingers, bratwurts, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries.... The great thing about the shows on Tuesday and Wednesday they provided a 4pm Tuesday after Castaway Cay and so that matched with dinner at 5:45; then on Weds, our day at sea, they had a 3pm show, which was full so you could see we were not the only ones looking for more convenient times when you have smaller kids. With the early show they were then able to get the autograph session with the characters, we managed to get pictures and autographs with everyone, Pluto, Goofy, Donald & Daisy Duck, Mickey & Minnie, Chip & Dale...kids loved it! Characters and staff all very very accommodating....they want everyone to have a chance, and it works inspite of the number of people.... We had a capacity ship 4,000...Funny but it just did not seem so, and we never felt crowded except perhaps around the two family pools which are really for splashing around but not really swimming. I should mention, although we did not get to use the facilities, there is a whole separate section for Adults only, and there are adult only activities, etc. We saw the pool, bar areas, etc. Terrific. You could take the cruise as adult only and never have any real issues with children. In all fairness to all the kids we saw, we never saw any that were out of line. Must be something in the water. An activity we loved, was the Midship Detective Agency. It is a computer assisted clue game to find either missing paintings or puppies and the evil wrongdoers. It takes you all over the ship covers decks 2 to 10. Boys said this was their favorite activity. In summary...we'd do it again in a heartbeat, and actually are looking to see when we can do the next one. Scott says he wants to go on the Fantasy next, and Mitch says the Magic...oh well, we'll see if we can come to consensus. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
I enjoyed the Disney cruise, as did my husband and ten year old son. We have been on many cruises and I must say Disney is by far the best and suited to kids of any age! The magical art is fantastic! The only so so would be the food, ... Read More
I enjoyed the Disney cruise, as did my husband and ten year old son. We have been on many cruises and I must say Disney is by far the best and suited to kids of any age! The magical art is fantastic! The only so so would be the food, nothing to rave about. Disney is more expensive, but I would say worth every penny. They also have no problem with you bringing your own alcohol, a definite plus. I also didn't feel pressure, like they were trying to sell me something every moment of the cruise.. Loved the time at the Disney private island, Castaway Cay. We could have stayed a week there and been happy, the best! Another negative would be the spa. On most cruises I've been on I've gone to the spa for a massage. The massage's have always been wonderful, relaxing then at the end they try to pressure you into buying their products. Big turn off and it almost ruins the relaxing treatment you just had. This is the same on any ship and on my next cruise I will skip the my massage. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Embarkation: I had read some horror stories on here and other sites about the embarkation process with the Dream. As a result, I was really concerned with having a bad experience and trying to decide what time to arrive at the port. On ... Read More
Embarkation: I had read some horror stories on here and other sites about the embarkation process with the Dream. As a result, I was really concerned with having a bad experience and trying to decide what time to arrive at the port. On past cruises, our goal has been to be among the first to board to maximize our time, and this was no different. Note that Disney now assigns you a check in time. Ours was approx. 1:30, which was much later than I wanted to be there. Well, for those of wondering, that time really doesn't mean anything. We arrived early, around 10:30 (expecting boarding to start around 12:00). Long story short, we had zero issues. Check in was very organized, and we were assigned boarding group #7 (out of 42 total). Boarding started at 11:45, and we were walking on the ship by 12:15. As some have mentioned previously, the terminal can get crowded and there is limited seating, but we didn't find it to be too bad. We immediately went up to Cabanas to eat, getting a table with no problems. However, by the time we finished, there was a wait. Complicating things was the fact that we had t-storms and rain, so no one could be out by the pools.Ship: The ship itself is incredible. If you've been on the Magic or Wonder, then the theme will be familiar. However, the size will overwhelm you. Since the ship had only been sailing for two months, everything still looked brand new. We had a great time exploring on the first day before sailing. Frankly, that's really all we could do since the storms precluded use of the pools and there were no other activities going on. That's one of my only complaints, but it's minor. I assume that the lack of activities is because the crew is engaged in other duties. The Enchanted Art and Midship Detective Agency are must see's and do's for young and old. Take some time before sailing to learn the ship, as it will pay off later for you.Cabins: We had deluxe oceanview rooms, meaning we had rooms with the GIANT portholes (9006 and 9008). The rooms are OUTSTANDING, and the porthole was great. The kids loved laying on the ledge and looking outside. As we were getting unpacked, they watched 4-5 dolphins swimming below us.Food: As a rule, if you go on a cruise expecting 5 star dining in the main dining rooms, you're going to be disappointed. You can't produce that level of quality for 4000 people. The Dream was no different, but we were very happy with the food (better than the Magic). We ate at the rotation restaurants and had great experiences at all three. Some reviews have complained about small portion sizes, and they certainly were. But, it's a cruise! Order more! Our waiter, Florin, told us that on the first day and he took good care of us and we got everything we wanted and more. The only disappointment in the food area was with breakfast. We ate in the dining rooms each morning, and at best I can say that the food was ok. That area could use some improvement.Service: Topping everything else on the Dream was the service. Our dining room staff (Florin, the waiter; Vladimir, asst waiter; and Nikolai, head waiter) were unbelievable. They were great guys, and we had a blast with them. They provided great service, as well as lots of laughs for all of us. Frankly, these guys made the cruise for us. Our cabin steward, Putu, was great as well and we had fun helping him further his English language skills. Everyone we encountered was great, and we had a lot of enjoyable conversations. I highly recommend taking some time to get to know the crew members, and learn a little about them and their countries. Castaway Cay: Amazing! It is much improved over the last time we were there on the Magic. When we were there previously, it felt crowded and it was hard to find chairs on the beach. It's been expanded for the new ship, and never once did we feel crowded. We had chairs and hammocks in the shade, and it was absolutely perfect. My oldest son and I brought our own masks and snorkels, as we didn't want to pay $20 ea to rent. Disney requires a snorkel vest for everyone, but they have them available for no charge on the beach if you've brought your own equipment. Note that if you want to see fish, you need to swing out 200-300 yards. It's worth the effort, as we lots of variety and size. The BBQ was great...food was good, no crowds/wait since there are multiple serving locations. It was literally the perfect day! Entertainment: It was great, as expected. We enjoyed all three shows immensely. Note to those of you with younger kids: For the Golden Mickeys, 7 kids are selected during each show to be a dwarf during the Snow White scene. If you are interested, get to the theater early to have the best chance. You might even want to ask the theater crew about it. They take the kids and one parent down to reserved seats in the front row, and just before the scene, they take them into a room next to the stage to get ready. It's a short scene, but the kids have a lot of fun and even get certificates to commemorate their performance. Also, I highly recommend taking part in the activities in the D lounge. They do a variety of family game shows each night, and they are a blast for all. They were sparsely attended, so you have a great chance of participating. Debarkation: This is quite unlike any other cruises that we've been on. We were assigned a 6:45 breakfast time at the Royal Palace (where we had dinner the previous night). You have your regular wait staff so it's another opportunity to say goodbye. For us, we ate breakfast, finished up by 8:00, and literally walked off the ship with no hassles at all. We were in our cars by 8:15. It couldn't have been any easier. I have to think that by 9 am or so, it might be a different story. Summary: We had a wonderful experience, with no complaints. Can some things be improved? Sure. However, I'd rank it up there as the best cruise that we've taken. Everyone in our family, parents, grandparents, kids, loved it and we were sad that we only took the 3 night cruise. We would certainly do it again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We, DB(45) TB(50) EB(16), took a 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream. We were skeptical on how great of a vacation it would be considering it was spring break, our family usually gets sea sick, and our daughter was going to have no one she ... Read More
We, DB(45) TB(50) EB(16), took a 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream. We were skeptical on how great of a vacation it would be considering it was spring break, our family usually gets sea sick, and our daughter was going to have no one she knew to hang out with. Despite that fact she was the most excited out of all of us to go on the cruise. She spent hours on the website memorizing the floor plans and "pre-ordering" her meals on the online menus. BOARDING THE SHIP: Disney has a very efficient check-in system. Being that at the time we were vacation club members, check-in took around 5 minutes. However the line for regular cruisers is never too long due to the surplus of workers. At check-in they take each individuals picture before giving the individual their stateroom key. So later when you pay for something using your key a picture pops up on the screen to prevent "identity theft". Also in the terminal you can register your children for the clubs (younger kids only). Here they put a wristband on your child. It is actually a tracking device so that if anything happens to go wrong you can locate your child quickly. Your first steps on the boat truly are magical as the crew announces your family's name and applauds your arrival. ON BOARD DINING: The dining for me was good but not great. I am not a picky eater so I enjoyed what I ate but I only found one dish that I constantly crave, even now months after my cruise. There are two dinner rotations, early around 6 and late around 8. We had early dining which proved to be better for us. The first dining rotation has to have everyone seated, fed, and out of the restaurant in a matter on an hour and a half to set up for the second rotation. This was great for our daughter because she wanted to eat and leave to go back to the teen club. The second rotation tended to last around two hours. CABIN: We had a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah and it was perfect for us. The bathroom was separated into two, one with toilet and sink, the other with shower and sink. So while my husband showered before dinner, my daughter could get ready in the other bathroom. This was very nice for us. There was plenty of room to store our luggage and clothes, we found the cabin quite cozy. Although my daughter is 16 she wanted to sleep in the bed that came out of the ceiling instead of on the pull out couch. Our room-keeper gladly pulled the bed down every night while we were at dinner to accommodate our needs. **One nice touch was that there were no light switches. Your stateroom key served as your switch. After you use it to open the door you slide it into a holder right inside and the lights turn on. When you leave and take your key out the lights go off to conserve energy. GREAT IDEA! **WAVE PHONES saved our vacation. I do not let my daughter wander around on the ship alone, better safe than sorry, so she was going to have to have us walk her to the teen club and we were going to have to pick her up. Very embarrassing to a child her age. The wave phones allowed us to call/text on the boat without having to use our own & pay international fees. This was great and made the vacation soooo much better. ENTERTAINMENT: While my husband and I are not big into night life our daughter had the time of her life on the cruise. The teen club has the best counselors, my daughter tended to talk to them more than the actual teens. They maintain a calm environment while still keeping the club fun and parent free. You have to have a special access card to get into the club which the kids get on the first day. This really keeps the club parent & little sibling free. They also have their own pool deck on the bow of the boat. With misters, pools, lounge chairs, and more. The club is where she spent 90% of her time on board, the other 10% was eating and sleeping. ***AQUADUCK was fantastic!!! SERVICE: Without a doubt hands down the best service ever. The room-keepers never missed a beat and the dining team was stellar. I could go on and on about the Disney service but I will keep it at a solid 10 stars. Every employee, whether server, deck crew, or cashier, always gave a smile and a "may I help you?" The Disney employees without a doubt are the top in the world for customer service. SPA: Great in every way. There even was a teen spa for my daughter to go to and get chocolate wraps and massages. We spent lots of time here. DISNEY'S PRIVATE ISLAND: PERFECT. CRUISE TIP: We did not get off at any of the ports of call. We prefer to do things on the boat rather than rush to get off the boat, rush to have fun at the destination, and rush back before the boat leaves. Its stressful and we don't like to deal with it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
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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