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Sail Date: February 2018
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a ... Read More
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a large ship and it is very nicely maintained. The cabin was spotless and the public spaces are well kept. Disney has a good idea about rotational dining. We ate in a different restaurant each of the 3 nights and our wait staff moved with us. We particularly liked the Animators Palate as the pictures on the walls became animated and the characters in Nemo entertained us throughout dinner. You should make sure to see this. The Disney food was excellent in the dining rooms. Cabanas is the name of the buffet. It was typical cruise buffet except there were a couple of upgrades to their food, namely the crab claws and shrimp at lunch. We tried the Aquaduck water slide and it was a lot of fun. Put this on your to do list if you do this cruise. There was an adult pool and hot tub area without kids if you want a little serenity. The kids pool area was mobbed and the pools too small. Service from the host (room steward) and main restaurant wait staff was outstanding. They really go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your meals and your cabin. They paid a lot of attention to the kids and this was appreciated. The ship stops at Nassau and this is not one of my favorite ports. We did not do an excursion. The ship has better things going on. The Disney private island was much better than expected and superior to other cruise lines islands. We stayed at the family beach as there were kids with us. I would have liked to see the adult beach, it was probably less crowded. Disney did a nice job with embarking and disembarking. We did not experience delays. 12:30 is a good time to get on board. We left the ship carrying off our own luggage. I wish it could have been a little later than 7:00 A.M. Would I go again? Probably. My wife is a Disney disciple. She would go again in a heartbeat. The biggest negative of the cruise was the price. A few months ago, I took a 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas for less money than the 3 night Disney cruise. Although I did enjoy the Disney cruise, I didn't see twice the value. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our first cruise ever and our first Disney cruise. I had heard a lot of good things about DCL and had high expectations. Our only disappointment was that the weather wasn't as warm as I would have hoped, but that's out of our ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and our first Disney cruise. I had heard a lot of good things about DCL and had high expectations. Our only disappointment was that the weather wasn't as warm as I would have hoped, but that's out of our control. We arrived at port and waited to get through security and customs and get our key to the world cards for the ship. That whole process took maybe 30-45 minutes. When we walked onto the ship, our name was announced and the crew at the entrance clapped and cheered us in. We quickly realized there was SO much to do and we would have to plan our activities wisely. The food choices were great, but felt like the same thing night after night. Steak, chicken or fish at every restaurant. Pirate night was awesome and after fireworks Cabana's buffet opened back up with different menu items (tacos, baked potatoes, crepes and lots of desserts) but did not seem well prepared for the amount of people that would all flood in at once. We did an Atlantis Aquaventure excursion in Nassau. Our time was listed to start at 9:30 and I assumed we would be able to go straight to Atlantis at that time, but that was only when you were assigned to meet up on the ship with everyone else doing that excursion. I got really worried that we would not have much time at the water park by the time they got through having everyone sign a waiver and navigated us to the pick up spot at the port. It was 10:30 before we got to Atlantis, but thankfully it wasn't super crowded and the fact that we didn't have any lines for rides probably helped us to be able to still do everything we wanted to. Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, was amazing! The water was a little cold but later in the afternoon was fine for snorkeling. There were several servers coming around throughout the day to take orders for bar drinks and bring them back to you. Our servers and stateroom host were great and very friendly and helpful. They would remind us of events going on and make sure we had what we would need for going ashore and where to go for ship activities. We had a great time on our cruise and would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We had a great time on the Disney Magic on our 5 day cruise out of Miami. The food was good from breakfast to late night snacks. We liked the room service which was included unlike many other cruise lines. The service from everyone was ... Read More
We had a great time on the Disney Magic on our 5 day cruise out of Miami. The food was good from breakfast to late night snacks. We liked the room service which was included unlike many other cruise lines. The service from everyone was great. We especially enjoyed our dinner server. The entertainment was enjoyable for all in our group ranging in age from 7 to 60s. We especially liked the pirate night activities and fireworks. Our captain did a wonderful joy finding an area without rain to have the fireworks. Our balcony room was very nice with a great room host who whenever we saw asked how we are enjoying our stay. We liked the split bath. It made getting ready a bit easier for all. Seeing all the Disney characters was fun. The whole family had a blast. We can't wait to go on another wonderful Disney cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my third cruise, the previous two being with larger Royal Caribbean ships (Freedom and Oasis). We picked this Disney cruise as we wanted a short getaway to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday and the timing fit the bill. We took ... Read More
This was my third cruise, the previous two being with larger Royal Caribbean ships (Freedom and Oasis). We picked this Disney cruise as we wanted a short getaway to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday and the timing fit the bill. We took my youngest son (12) and her son (9) along. We wondered if Disney would be worth the extra money, and in some areas, it definitely is. The entire experience is themed with great detail and created with the customer at the center. Even the cruise terminal in Port Canaveral is beautiful with pleasant staff. The ship itself is gorgeous. It's like a luxury ocean liner, super clean, well maintained with a stunning promenade deck. We loved the exterior promenade deck on Freedom and missed it on Oasis, so I was very pleased to have one on the Dream. It is even outfitted with timeless wooden deck chairs, with comfy padding and some "hidden" recesses to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean (which you come to appreciate). The main atrium is stunning and we often saw characters there. The only part i found a little hard to navigate were the aft elevators that took you into the buffet (Cabanas) so you had to navigate through there just to get to the pool deck and back to the elevators, whether you were going to the buffet or not. This entailed a lot of frequent hand sanitizing when you cut through. We couldn't really figure out a more efficient way to get around there as the upper levels directed you down through the buffet to get outside. Our stateroom was toward the aft, so we did this route a lot. The buffet itself was delicious. Lots of quality healthy and treat choices. There was always variety, lots of seafood, carved meats and steamed veggies in addition to the more traditional buffet offerings. The desserts were actually really good - not like those gelatinous, squishy ones that are so common in other buffets. They had real flavour and creamy texture, if cream based. I'll get to the dining rooms in a minute. The pools are small, but there's lots of room for seating. We liked to sit on the 12th deck and look down onto the pool area and there was always plenty of seating there. We had a few go's on the AquaDuck. My son did it on the first afternoon and it was chilly, so very short lines but a quick exit into a dry towel! The boys did it the second day in the morning while docked at Nassau, with short lines again. The lines certainly built by lunch time. We all did it on the Castaway Cay day. We let the ship empty out, had a late breakfast and then walked onto the ride. We did it twice and then headed to the island. Still plenty of chairs available ashore and the weather was much nicer later in the day. Everyone else seemed to do it the other way and wait in lines to exit the ship, rush for chairs and then wait in lines at the AquaDuck later in the afternoon. I think we had a good plan. We had a deluxe family stateroom with balcony and it had plenty of room. I do wish it had a murphy bed like some of them did because the main bed does not separate into two smaller ones like it does on the Royal ships. This meant we had to share the main bed as the other options were a small pull down and single sofa bed. I guess Disney figures only couples travel with families? We had a love/hate relationship with the split bathroom. It was sort of convenient to have the two spaces but it always seemed like whatever you needed was in the other room and it still required coordination to get us all ready for dinner. Robes arrived on the first night (they were soft and cozy) and then slippers the next day. Frequent treats arrived in our stateroom for no reason, which was a great surprise and very appreciated. We got a couple of fruit plates, chocolate dipped strawberries and cookies. Room service is also included and we ordered coffee/tea and light breakfast for the early morning balcony time before heading to the buffet for something more substantial. We also ordered a cheese plate to have with our celebratory champagne for my sister's special day. Speaking of food and dining, we LOVED our servers that attended us every night. They were fantastic (Steph from Wales and Aline from Brazil). The dining rooms were lovely and the food ranged from pretty good to outstanding. We didn't have anything we didn't like but the tomato sauce was a bit processed tasting all over the ship. I liked that the portion sizes were reasonable and although we had late dining, I never felt too stuffed to sleep. I did not like that the other guests feel free to let their children scream, yell, run around, climb all over the banquets and roll around on the floor all through dinner. It's like they figure since they paid so much for a Disney cruise they can let their kids run hog wild. It certainly put a real stress on dinner every night. Our sons endured having other kids crowd them out on the banquets as they pushed their toys, napkins, cups, cutlery, etc all over and around them, while their parents shouted over the top of everything. My twelve year old enjoyed the tween club (the Edge) and used it as an escape from the screaming children most days and evenings. Even during the excellent theater production of Beauty and the Beast, families let their kids talk and yell all through it. We didn't go to the Golden Mickey's or the final theater production but we did attend the Pirate party at night and saw the fireworks, which was a lot of fun. They have a buffet at night during the pirate party but we were full from dinner so didn't eat anything. It looked good though. I feel that a Disney cruise is worth the extra money, due to all the small touches and general quality. If you have a family with small kids and don't mind a lot of noise, it's a great choice. I think those days are behind me though and I'll probably stick with Royal Caribbean for a different feel on board. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
As grandparents of 8, our children arranged this cruise on the basis of their previous experiences with Disney. This was our first encounter with the cruise line, and this review is essentially aimed at individuals whose sole purpose is ... Read More
As grandparents of 8, our children arranged this cruise on the basis of their previous experiences with Disney. This was our first encounter with the cruise line, and this review is essentially aimed at individuals whose sole purpose is NOT to dump their kids off in a holding pen so that they can go party. It is also important to note that our preferred cruise line is Oceania, and that we have traveled extensively on their ships over the past several years. By the standard of Oceania, our experience was extremely disappointing. After spending the preceding night in a nearby hotel, we parked in the Disney lot and arrived early for our designated 12:15 boarding at Port Canaveral. This process greatly resembles waiting for popular rides at Disney World; long lines in a crowded and noisy venue. Once aboard, our stateroom -- a veranda suite -- was adequate. Not nearly as nice as cheaper rooms on Oceania (which has the reputation for being "upscale"). The only exceptional trait was the that bathroom was divided in half, so that there are two separate sinks (one with the toilet, the other with the shower). Dinner the first night was at the "special" restaurant -- for $30 extra/person one gets the "privilege" of eating food that's about on a par with Macaroni Grill. The service is exceptional, but the food is "just OK" at best. During our three day cruise, we drew the following impressions: (1) Disney overbooks its cruises to the point that so many children and adults were in the pools that anyone wishing to join in would crush an existing occupant; (2) The food service crew follows your party around to the 3 major restaurants. I suppose this is reasonable on some level, but the regimented nature of the "dining" resembles boot camp. Servers make a big show of being attentive -- they know everyone's name, etc. and are quite adept -- but the food options are meager and the quality of the food is suspect. (3) Compared to other cruises we've taken, and to all-inclusive resorts, the breakfast buffet is reminiscent of basic training. No large quantities of cut fruit, made-to-order omelets, crepes, etc. No. Instead, you line up and ask for one of 3-4 types of fruit (the obvious ones), and are then handed one or two tiny slices. Huh? (4) The money-grubbing that's so evident at Disney theme parks is in full evidence. There's a coffee bar and a candy shop. Both charge extra (??). For the amount that one pays for a Disney cruise, having charges added for such niceties struck us as extremely tacky. Alcohol, certainly. But a $5 cup of dark roast coffee? The two ports that are visited on this cruise are Nassau and Disney's Castaway Cay. The former needs little explanation. A good place to buy diamonds and other pricey merchandise. Castaway Cay was a nice surprise; a privately owned island devoted to sand and sun. For an extra charge (nearly $1000) our group reserved a large bungalow to get out of the sun. It came equipped with non-alcoholic beverages, some light snacks, and towels. Food on the island is provided from two large cafeteria style grills. The food is fine; it's just what you'd expect at someone's backyard BBQ, with several additional dishes thrown in. Not up to the standard of any on-ship buffet, but OK. So, did our grandchildren and children have a good time? Yes, I think they did. As is obvious to anyone reading this review, the Disney Cruise Line isn't thinking about adults when it builds its ships and arranges events/food/entertainment. For what older adults pay for these trips, Disney simply does not measure up. If you're being dragged along to watch your grandchildren play, then maybe it's worth the money and aggravation. Having been spoiled by "real" cruise lines, we won't be back. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I am a big DCL fan and this is my 13th cruise with Disney; second cruise on the Dream. I was treating my daughter and 3 of her friends to a mega Disney vacation. We had just spent 4 days at Walt Disney World so this was to be a sun and fun ... Read More
I am a big DCL fan and this is my 13th cruise with Disney; second cruise on the Dream. I was treating my daughter and 3 of her friends to a mega Disney vacation. We had just spent 4 days at Walt Disney World so this was to be a sun and fun cruise. We arrived at the port around 1 pm, checked in and basically walked on board. We headed up to Senses Spa to get our appointments and Rain Forest pass then grabbed a late lunch at Cabanas. It was a wonderful experience. The cast members were great: our hostess, Patrice, was wonderful and we talked every morning. The dining staff was excellent, Kevin showed us several magic tricks at the end of dinner. Our Port Adventure was a beach day at Blue Lagoon. It was so nice, the beach was clean, we had our pick of loungers. It was not crowded at all. It felt like we had the island to ourselves. Lunch and 2 drinks were included so we didn't have to pay out more unless you wanted an alcoholic drink. The water was cold but it was sunny and warm enough to enjoy the day. Unfortunately just before we were ready to leave a thunderstorm developed and we were drenched on the return trip. But they had lots of dry towels to hand out just past security check in. They certainly look out for you! I had a seaweed wrap with full body massage which was heavenly. After you were wrapped up they lowered you into a heated water bath. So relaxing! We enjoyed brunch at Palo. It was such a decadent and ritzy meal. Would definitely do this again. We were sad to leave the ship and are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We had an amazing time the shows are amazing better than some broadway. The children had a great time. We had more trouble booking the cruise, getting our luggage and trying to sign up for the tea party. You really do not need to do the ... Read More
We had an amazing time the shows are amazing better than some broadway. The children had a great time. We had more trouble booking the cruise, getting our luggage and trying to sign up for the tea party. You really do not need to do the tea party a lot of money and you can meet the princesses and have pictures free you just n need to get that ticket. MY biggest complaint the youngest not quite potty trained they had NO pool for his age they had a very small area where he could run through the water, he swims in our pool and that was a little tricky to explain, the nursery is nice for b babies not a lot geared to the child that is a little older. The children activities were great for 3 and older. The staff on the ship were awesome. We tried to book our cabins together when we booked the one next to us was available but they said no children on balconies ok fine good idea except our neighbors had a 3 year old. On other cruises they had bands for the children with parents cabin number in case they got separated was surprised Disney did not. It was a great experience our family had a good time but would not go again until the younger one can participate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I have been on 3 Carnival Cruises before I had kids and always loved them, however this time wanted to try the Disney Cruise with my 3 year old boy and husband. The reason why I did not like the Disney Cruise is because surprisingly ... Read More
I have been on 3 Carnival Cruises before I had kids and always loved them, however this time wanted to try the Disney Cruise with my 3 year old boy and husband. The reason why I did not like the Disney Cruise is because surprisingly they did not offer any good entertainment for the kids! No fun activities to do! I know it may seem hard to believe but its true!! I expected a lot more from Disney! The entertainment available for kids is basically a daycare they can be in all day and play in the toy story looking room and draw, play video games and play with staff. NO comedy shows available any of the days! NO different bands playing No characters walking around- had to make long lines NO fun activities My son does not attend daycare so he was too scared to stay in the daycare without us and they only offered very little opportunities for parents to be in there with children. The activities available if you didn't want to leave in daycare where to stand in hour or 2 hour lines to take pictures with characters throughout the day which was not how we wanted to spend our day. Compared to carnival cruise, Disney cruise did not offer any comedy shows or different bands playing different types of music only had same 2 musicians playing boring music. Classes on how to fold towels in animal shapes available every day or played the same movies in theater or big screen for all the days. Not enough staff I guess to provide entertainment. Even the character appearances was only 1 character available at certain time and when they all came out would be for 30 min times. Puppet show & pirate party was good but frozen show was only for girls. I did not like that they had princess characters available for pics every day several times a day but for boy characters like Spider Man & Captain America only 2 day, 1 time slot and one of those days was when everyone is off the boat. It was too cold to in the pool and didn't like they forced everyone out of the pool so everyone could use restrooms, we didn't need to go but they would kick everyone out. Staff was amazing and nice but nothing to do.. Save your money! Kids will have fun on other regular cruise! Going back to Carnival for sure.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I had previously traveled on the Bahamas Celebration and RC Grandeur of the Seas, but now wanted to take our kids on a Disney cruise. We booked the trip in July and waited a long six months for our trip. When we arrived at ... Read More
My wife and I had previously traveled on the Bahamas Celebration and RC Grandeur of the Seas, but now wanted to take our kids on a Disney cruise. We booked the trip in July and waited a long six months for our trip. When we arrived at the port, we had a scheduled arrival time at 10:45am and ended up pulling in around 10:15am. There were very few cars and could pull right up to have our bags placed with the crew. Parking was easy and was a flat fee of $68 (paid before you enter). We collected or bags and went to the terminal. It was a VERY cold morning and had a short line for the DCL staff to check passports. We then went through security and headed up to the check-in area. It was a fast check-in and we had to wait until 11:30 before our group was called (we were in group 5). Going in they took our picture and we headed up the gangway. We ate lunch at Cabana’s on the 11th deck and the food was great! I love seafood and the crab claws and shrimp was a hit with me, and the panko-breaded cod was very tasty. The kids had lots of choices and my 6yo son really liked the pizza (I have had better, but he really liked it). Our rooms were ready at 1:30pm (the hallways are blocked until that time) and went to get everything setup. Since we arrived at the port early, our bags were pretty much there by 2pm. We had our 2yo son get a nap before the Sail Away party and we were good to go. The party was fun, but cold. Once we were out in the ocean, you could feel some movement, but nothing bad. We had the early dinner time for the trip and went to Enchanted Garden. The food was very good and the service was top-notch. Our waiters were very nice and wanted to go above and beyond. We were able to catch the evening show (Believe) and it was incredible! My 2yo sat through the whole show and was excited. The shops were open after going into open water, so we checked out a couple stores after the show. The stateroom was ready when we returned and the murphy bed was pulled down and the sofa bed was ready. The blackout curtains were very effective and loved having them the next morning. Our next day was in Nassau and we planned to spend some time on the ship before walking around the stores in port. The water in the pools onboard were very warm, but the slides had cold water in them. Due to the cold snap during the previous week, the water cooled down quite a bit. We did to the Aquaduck and it was a blast, but just cold. My 2yo was not allowed in the pools (must be potty trained and no swim diapers). The Nemo area was fun for him and he spent some time there. We ended up going back to the room to get warm and went back to Cabana’s for lunch. Pretty much the same items, but they had crab legs that day. We went out to Nassau in the afternoon and it was what I expected – lots of people offering cab rides and trying to sell things. We did get to the main shopping area and checked out DelSol, but headed back after that. I do not think we will get off the ship next time, or at least not leave the pier. There ended up being four ship in port that day, but it did not seem overly crowded on the pier. For dinner, we were in Royal Palace and beef tenderloin was perfect the soufflé was my favorite dessert (I had two of them). We did the pirate party that night and met some more characters. The lines were long for some of them, but nothing like Disney World. We opted to head back to the room after the party so my wife could rest and the kids could get to bed. I went out to do some shopping and catch the end of Star Wars. They were doing Beauty and the Beast that night, but wanted to wait for Sunday so we could enjoy the pirate party. The last full day was at Castaway Cay and the weather was perfect! The only issue was with the ocean temperature. The bridge report channel said the water was 79, but our guess is 69. It was very cold and not too many people were in the water. It was also very windy and most of the port adventures were cancelled. The lunch was tasty and we loved the Olaf and Sven cups with the non-alcoholic frozen drinks. Just be mindful there is a 7.5% VAT on all purchases. The gift shops had lots of neat items that were not available on the ship, so do not wait to get back on because most of the items will not be there. We learned if we saw something in any of the shops, it will probably the only place to find it (even on the ships). We headed back to the ship around 3pm and just enjoyed the nice weather. Our last meal was at Animator’s Palette and was tons of fun! The food did not disappoint once again and they are also very good with getting meals if the kids are picky. We finished up dinner and headed for some more shopping, but it was very busy since it was the last night. We went to the last show for Beauty and the Beast at 8:30pm, but there was a delay, and the cruise director came out around 8:45pm and said the lead characters all got seasick after the prior show and the understudies also go seasick, so they had to cancel the show. We did not think the ship was rocking that bad, but we did feel it as we moved to certain areas of the ship. The winds were in the 35mph range and the seas were pretty high (maybe 15ft). Our room on deck 8 was moving quite a bit, but we did not feel sick. There was some pretty major rocking around 4am, but again did not make us sick. Getting off the ship the last day was pretty simple. Our bags had to be out by 10:30pm the night before and we had our day bag ready to head out for breakfast. Depending on your dining rotation and time determines where you eat in the morning. Our time would have been 6:45am, but we just went back to Cabana’s. They did not have as much food, but still some good choices. We went down around 8:30am to leave and to get our Shutter’s USB drive. Just a tip – if you think you want the full digital package, buy it before you leave online for $199 since it is $230 on the ship. There was a bit of a delay going down the gangway since they were scanning cards at the end. Our luggage was down on the first floor in our section (Tinkerbell Green) and there was a crew member there to help us take the luggage through customs out to the car. Customs was a breeze and we were sadly back to the car. We were all very sad to be leaving the ship. It was above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined! The ship is kept in amazing shape and the common area bathrooms were always clean. They do quite a bit to keep hands clean and to ensure any bugs are not spread around. The crew was extremely nice and all of the character meetings were great. We wish it was longer, but school schedules got in the way. In the end, we are already planning our next cruise for October or November to catch a Halloween or Christmas-themed event. If you are a fan of Disney, please do not hesitate to book a cruise on the Dream!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I love cruising, I love kids, I love Disney! I’m still waiting for the WOW and we are home after 4 nights on this worst trip ever! The ship is gorgeous, the staff is incredible, but the food is disgusting and the wait times for a ... Read More
I love cruising, I love kids, I love Disney! I’m still waiting for the WOW and we are home after 4 nights on this worst trip ever! The ship is gorgeous, the staff is incredible, but the food is disgusting and the wait times for a character picture is ridiculous. Why anyone would subject themselves to this when you can spend less and stay at Disney and have a great experience - I have no idea! The best part of the trip were the two guys in the dining room - Alvin and Enlish - they were super attentive to Maddox ( my 6 yr old grandson). There’s nothing to do on the ship except drop your kids off at the club or lab and do what? Watch a Disney movie? Absolutely ridiculous! Do yourself a favor - go to Orlando and stay in a nice resort, eat the food you want, go where you want to go! Disney is making a fortune off of bad food and boring activities. Read Less
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