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188 Disney First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

I wanted to see Italy, and due to costs for a family of 4 , seeing all the different ports , a cruise seemed the less expensive way to travel, allowing us to try out each spot so we could make a return trip for a longer stay in the ... Read More
I wanted to see Italy, and due to costs for a family of 4 , seeing all the different ports , a cruise seemed the less expensive way to travel, allowing us to try out each spot so we could make a return trip for a longer stay in the future. A friend had booked Disney Magic and loved cruising with them prior, so i jumped on board, literally. Alcohol policy: You are now permitted to bring 2 bottles of wine or 6 CANS of beer per adult on the cruise and at each port. This is the way to go. We took our own glass of wine to dinners, and poured our own beers during the day as Alcohol is VERY expensive on any cruise ship, example is they were selling 20 Corona beers with a cooler for $130.00 US. A glass of wine is $13 Can, cappuccinos $4 US. Hint: Take on your own water bottle and refill as you need too, they sell you water for the excursions with a mini cooler for over 40 dollars. CHECKING INN: easy, quick and efficient ROOMS: not having anything to compare the room too as this was my first cruise, it was 200 sq feet, 2 bathrooms, one with a sink and toilet, one with a shower and sink. we had an inside cabin.. room 2068.. DO NOT TAKE THIS ROOM..it is a great clean room, but it is right under the main lobby where all the characters and little ones meet, nightly live music and stays active until 11pm every night. Also we were on top of the hydrolic pistons that are very noisy and go off every 3 mins or so especially when you arrive at port. Sleep was not happening, we did ask for a different room but they were fully booked, after the 4th night i was so tired i could have cried, i went back and some people hadn't reembarked so we given a different room. Thank you Disney FOOD: you will not be hungry. no complaints at all, nothing bad to say , there is something for everyone almost 18 hours a day, plus room service at no cost , only tipping. SERVICE: I have never seen so many happy workers, all smiles and accommodating. My servers for the trip Duante and Noel were AWESOME.. I MEAN THE BEST SERVERS I HAVE EVER HAD. They even cut up my sons chicken from the bone..Its a hard life being on a cruise ship, long hours, time away from family yet these fellas do their jobs with a smile and such happiness and kindness. Thank you. EXCURSIONS: SHIP ONES.. DO NOT DO.....They are way over priced and not what they appear.. you can do all the ports on your own for a 1/4 of the cost. Hint.. don't be the first off the ship, be one of the last ones, the cabs that are left are willing to haggle the price so they don't leave without a fare. and you end up with your own tour guide, we did this for all ports and had no troubles and saved over 3000$ doing it this way. The excursions for a family of 4 range from 500 euro - 1000 euro, and the Euro is 1.60 .. so you are paying up to 1200 $ for one day out, and that does not include any food or entrance fees.. Send me any questions regarding excursions. I would not suggest taking a young one to Pompeii, you can stay for a week and never see the whole town, its hot, little shade ,one restaurant that is very busy and tons of walking on old stone that is slippery and steep. Colosuim and Vatican: def take a cab and pay for a tour guide that offers you front of the line, worth it or you will spend your day in line waiting.. Vatican is 4 hour wait . CRUISE SHIP: Clean clean clean.. they are very aware of germs and you use bacterial wipes before entering any place of food. but for anyone over the age of 7, there is little to do on the ship on sea days, there is an adult pool that is quite small, a Brilliant gym, but anything else is cost. bingo is 50 dollars. other than that they do have a daily agenda , but nothing that would make you jump up and down .. keeping in mind its a Disney cruise, they really are geared to kids, which run around the ship laughing and dressed in super hero costumes and princess dresses all day. movies are run all day on a big screen for the kids, and there are 2 water slides and a teeny tiny kids pool that was packed like sardines, and had to be evacuated once a day for poop clean up. We didn't see any shows, as our dinner seating was 815 , and by the time you have finished its close to 10 pm and i had a teen that couldn't come into any of the pubs or discos, so we didn't go. I was disappointed with Disney charging 6 dollars for a small box of popcorn at the movie theater.. come on Disney, that cost you 50 cents to make, we paid over 9 thousand , you can't give the popcorn to the kids.. that ticked me off, its a money maker, every where you turn, for photos, for bottles water to the alcohol and the disney store, they are making a good coin, so be prepared to have some type of tab when you check out. Personally, i wouldn't do another cruise, was not my thing, to much down time, pool too small, drinks overpriced, excursions are a total rip off.. you pay a lot to take one of these, I did expect more wow and a bigger ship. But if you have princess's and princes who are Disney mad, they would have a blast. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We picked Disney Cruise mainly because of the focus on younger kids. Based on all the reviews I've read this is supposed to be the best cruise for kids (with no casino and has many kids focused activities such as the Oceaneer Club and ... Read More
We picked Disney Cruise mainly because of the focus on younger kids. Based on all the reviews I've read this is supposed to be the best cruise for kids (with no casino and has many kids focused activities such as the Oceaneer Club and Lab.) This is our first cruise ever so I cannot compare it with other cruises. My original expectation was that the kids would spend most of the time in the youth clubs doing interesting activates while the adults can relax and do some exercises to work off the calories. I also expected to go swimming as a family at least once per day so we could . However, the experience was not exactly what I expected. We were on the Very Merrytime Cruise during the week of Thanksgiving. As expected it is extremely crowded. It took quite a while for the lug gages to show up, otherwise the embarkation and disembarkation went just fine. The ship is in a great condition and the room is exceptionally clean. I travel a lot for work and the cleanliness is definitely on par with the best hotels I've stayed. Also the stateroom host did above and beyond to entertain my kids. The room and his service were the best part of the trip . The 3 stage shows were good but definitely not on par with those at Disneyland and Disney World, none of them was memorable and the plots were all very uninteresting or simplistic despite good individual performance. The kids (6 and 9) also enjoyed the new movie "Moana". The swimming pools were really small for the number of people onboard. It was simply impossible to "swim" much with so many people in the pools. My kids were only able to swim on the second day because we chose not to visit Nassau and on the third day at Castaway Cay. The kids clubs were totally not what we expected. We registered the kids on the first day and my wife immediately had concerns regarding the electronic toys and video games. After a couple hours, the activities there simply could not keep the kids interested. In addition, I didn't like that the kids were fed mostly unhealthy, deep fried foods for dinner! Actually, the reason we had the kids there for dinner was due to the terrible "second seating" we were assigned to. On the first day, we were very tired and the kids were starving while suffering from motion sickness. But we could not go to dinner because people in "second seating" can only go in after 8:15PM, in addition Disney shut down the buffet restaurant "Cabanas" during dinner times except for the party night. (I read other reviews it was sometimes available for sit in dinners as an alternative to formal dining, it would have been nice!) We ate at the "royal" garden on the first night at a very narrow place and Disney assigned another family to sit at the same table. It was a very awkward situation so they reseated them for the remainder of the trip. Even so, the location was not ideal and possibly due to that the waiters rarely come back other than delivering foods. We asked to be switched to the "first seating" but was immediately shut down with an excuse that "first seating is overbooked". So every night we ate late, went to sleep late, but still have to wake up very early to "meet the princess" or attend other activities. It was a very exhausting and painful experience and nothing like the "relaxing cruise" I was expecting. Despite all the bad experiences, Disney asked us to pay an extra $240 of tips on top of the almost 7k we already paid for the rooms. That is divided by $40 for dinner each night and $20 for housekeeping. I'd say my stateroom host absolutely deserves his $20. But the dinner service while good was just on par with other high-end restaurant. And the dinner experience has been consistently horrible despite friendly table services. The environment was always very closed, crowded, and uninteresting. The late dinners made the kids starve and then eat too much. I too suffer from digestion problems every single night. This totally ruined the experience. Castaway Cay was the only better part of the trip. It was extremely clean and the sand was very nice. My kids were able to swim in the sea and we all biked together as a family. Still, the open areas on the island are too small for any serious exploration, and a very beautiful beach was a designated "adult only" area. So I really felt a bit underwhelming. I also feel that Disney might be trying to save money by cutting corners: Offer cheaper, unhealthy kids menus items that cost maybe $10 per meal, shut down Cabanas at nights to save costs, charge extra fees for almost any drink other than fountain drinks, including bottled water. On the show last night the entertainment director said that we may miss the ship, but sorry, I don't miss it at all and I am more than happy to get off the ship and never come back ever again. I think for the same money we would have a far better experience by simply staying a week in a Disney World resort hotel. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My parents surprised my sister and I about this cruise. We thought we were just going to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Disneyworld. The port was right next to the beach we were so-called "going to". They took ... Read More
My parents surprised my sister and I about this cruise. We thought we were just going to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Disneyworld. The port was right next to the beach we were so-called "going to". They took us down by the cruise and told us we were going on it for the next few days! We were stoked!! The Disney Dream is definitely worth the money it costs, along with any other Disney vacation, destination, etc. However, Disney Dream is apparently the best of the best. It was voted the best of even all the Disney cruise ships! On the Disney Dream, you will never find yourself bored. Whether you are lounging by the pool watching a Disney movie on the giant screen, eating your fourteenth ice cream cone of the day (because hey, it's unlimited!!), or trying something new in the many activities Disney has available for children or adults, you will always be entertained. The rooms: Never being on a cruise before, I did not know what to expect. However, I knew that the rooms would be tiny. But upon getting into our room that was for four of us, I wasn't disappointed. Although small, because hey you're on a ship with 4000 other people, it wasn't crammed at all. We were even lucky enough to have a small deck that we could go out on and see the ocean. The rooms had a desk, a bed, a couch that converted into bunk beds every night (thank you housekeepers!!), closet space, a tv, a shower room with a sink, and a toilet with a sink. It was enough because no one spent much time in the rooms since there was so much to do. The food: Disney Dream had quite a few different restaurant options but generally had three different dinners that they would rotate the guests through along with two that you could pay extra for but you would need to make reservations. The best dinner setting was definitely at the Animator's Palette. It was totally Disney-fied. Check that place out and take pictures because it's so unique! But besides that, the food was great, nothing to complain about. They made sure they had a variety each day so you weren't stuck eating the same thing four or five days in a row. Although Disney is pointed more towards kids, they had a lot of fancy options for food which made it interesting. The activities: When you get on the cruise, make sure you download the Disney Cruise app. It gets you hooked up with the temporarily free wifi but it has an hour by hour list each day of the activities. Take advantage of all the cool things they have going on around the cruise, you won't want to miss out on it. Especially the shows and events they have constantly. Do not convince yourself that you are too old to do different things because you are not. Enjoy the cruise while you're on it!! The shows: The shows were phenomenal, as all Disney shows are. What was so interesting is that they would take the same Disney characters you've always known, and put them with a different story line. It made it entertaining and the audience were always encouraged to cheer once they saw their favorite characters take the stage. The staff: I cannot stress this enough. The staff were unlike any staff I've ever seen. They were always happy, always smiling, always helpful. You were never afraid to approach a staff member for any questions or anything you might want to say. They love to engage with you and ensure that your time is worthwhile. Now the entertainment staff was unbelievable. They're the ones who put on the shows, played the characters for meet and greets, and were constantly in front of the people. They definitely do their job well. Bravo! Disney Dream was unlike any other cruise I will probably ever go on and just want to encourage anybody thinking about taking this cruise, DO IT!!! Every penny is worth it. My sister and I are 21 and 17 and we had just as much fun as a 5 year old would have. But also seeing all the childrens' faces light up on this cruise made me happier, and I know it will fill any parent with joy seeing the look on their own child's face on this cruise. I 100% love this cruise and will continue to applaud it and talk about it to anyone who will listen. Thank you Disney Dream for making all of my dreams come true! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
we love Disney Dream, they think about all the details, ship its so beautiful, crew members did a great a job. They take care of any detail. The shows was the best, we have so much fun, the kids enjoy and loved it. there is a lot to ... Read More
we love Disney Dream, they think about all the details, ship its so beautiful, crew members did a great a job. They take care of any detail. The shows was the best, we have so much fun, the kids enjoy and loved it. there is a lot to do, and they have special zone for only adults if you want some quite time. they make all passanger feel good. Dinner was amazing, really good quality of food. Now we are thinking to do a longer Disney cruise we had so much fun and good time that the time on board felt so short. We loved the aqua duck!!!!! Este fue nuestro primer crucero y creo que acertamos perfecto con elegir la Linea Disney Cruice, nuestra experiencia fue fantástica, la calidad del servicio, del personal tanto de los restaurantes como el personal de aseo y servicios generales es maravilloso. Se esfuerzan por entregarte un grato momento. Definitivamente tomaremos un nuevo crucero disney, ahora mas largo ya que nos quedamos con gusto a poco. No nos queriamos bajar!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The Disney Dream was the first cruise for any of our family with 2 & 7 y.o girls. The overall experience of the cruise was amazing. It takes a lot of organisation to get things done but there was not a minute of boredom/downtime during ... Read More
The Disney Dream was the first cruise for any of our family with 2 & 7 y.o girls. The overall experience of the cruise was amazing. It takes a lot of organisation to get things done but there was not a minute of boredom/downtime during the 3 night sailing. The ports we stopped at were Nassau and Castaway. We only got off the ship for a short period at each. At Nassau we visited the Blue Lagoon Dolphin experience, expensive but a worthy attraction. The weather at Castaway Cay was lousy so we just had got off to take a look and hopped back on after 90 minutes or so. The advantage to this was while we were back on the ship it was much emptier, so could explore and experience without crowds. Food during the day was sub-par, but evening meals at restaurants were excellent, with great service staff. Skip Flo's Cafe and head to Cabanas for lunch, much better standard of food, but still so-so. We didn't use the kids clubs, we like being able to spend time with the kids during holidays, but they looked great. There are two theatres on-board, one showing movies, and the other with live productions. Only got to two of the three live shows and regretted we missed the first one. On day 1 we were getting our bearings and weren't sure how everything worked so missed out. The movie theatre was huge and comfortable with great sound and vision and was alternating between SW The Force Awakens and Zootopia. There is a detective game for the kids where they can track down a painting thief onboard, using some Disney digital magic - make sure you do it if you have pre-teen kids, good fun. If you use Disney Cruise coach transfers, your luggage is collected from the airport for you and arrives outside your stateroom, sooooo easy, especially with young kids. We boarded at 1pm with a few hours to kill before setting sail, it was a bit daunting entering the lobby and not knowing where to head, but basically the ship is yours to do as you wish, head up to the pools and relax while having a bite to eat and watching a movie on the massive outdoor screen. Access to your stateroom is from 1.30pm. Almost all the staff (cast members) we enountered were excellent, happy and helpful. Be prepared for financial extortion, buy hey, you're on holidays and that's what happens everyone wants whatever they can get from you... Thankfully at US$12 a beer we're not big drinkers and had no problems getting through a few days dry! Disney has set the bar pretty high, I'd definitely recommend this as a great although expensive family holiday and it has whet the appetite for future crusing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband and I decided to take our first cruise ever on the Disney Magic without our kids. Honestly, we hardly even noticed the kids on the ship the entire cruise. Disney sure knows how to keep them occupied. We flew in the night ... Read More
My husband and I decided to take our first cruise ever on the Disney Magic without our kids. Honestly, we hardly even noticed the kids on the ship the entire cruise. Disney sure knows how to keep them occupied. We flew in the night before and decided to stay at the Hyatt the night before since it was in the airport and close to the Disney transportation. Hyatt does have this thing where you let them know at check in that you are taking the Disney transportation and they ask you to leave your luggage in your stateroom with your disney tags and someone will come by and get them and then the next time you see it is at your stateroom on the ship. It was so convenient to not have to lug all our bags around the airport. We took the Disney transportation from MCO to the port with no issues. Embarkation was easy considering we've never done any cruising in our lives and everyone was so helpful. We were assigned a table with two other couples (which we were really glad as we are people persons and wanted to get to know others). Everyone we came in contact with just kept saying "Disney knows how to do it" when they compared it to all their other cruises on other cruise ships. We only ate in the dining rooms for dinner and did the little eateries on the top deck whenever we felt like it. Food was pretty good and if you didnt like something, they were always glad to bring you something else. We decided to book our own excursion when we got to Nassau as none of the Disney ones looked interesting with the cost associated with it. We booked through Cheryl's Bahamas Taxi and Private Tours about 6 months before our sail date as we noticed there were 5 other cruises due at the port the same day. We were able to get 4 full hours of tour time all over the entire island for about $40 per hour (it is $50 per hour for 3 or more people). We never felt rushed and have already referred them to others that are traveling to the Bahamas. Debarkment was easy also. We didnt do the early walk off but we also didnt want to wait till 8am to eat breakfast (we had late dining so we were assigned 8am for breakfast). We decided to go to the buffet and grab a quick bite before debarking so we could avoid all the lines at customs. This worked perfectly as we had absolutely no wait time to leave the customs area. We did not take the Disney transportation back to the airport and instead opted to rent a car and drive to another area of Florida to continue our vacation for another few days. It was very easy to find where we were to stand for Thrifty car rental shuttle but dang, dont plan on being in a rush to get a rental. Extremely slow and we waited at least 1/2 hour before the shuttle came by. Then we had to go to other cruise ship locations to pick up others. If you dont have a reservation beforehand, dont plan on any rental company having extra cars. Thrifty had exactly the amount of cars needed. My husband and I relaxed the entire cruise and have already planned on taking our kids on the next Disney cruise in September Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I took this cruise because we have never taken one before. We both visit Disney World once or twice a year so what better way to try out a cruise than to go with our favorite vacation company? Wrong. First, we decided to ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise because we have never taken one before. We both visit Disney World once or twice a year so what better way to try out a cruise than to go with our favorite vacation company? Wrong. First, we decided to stay in All Star Sports Resort the night before and the night after the cruise, so we didn't have to worry about flights causing problems. (which that part was a good idea, had a major delay with the flight down there) The Cruise Line Magical Express ride to Port Canaveral was fine, just like a normal ride from the airport. After we got there, the lines were long, but moved fairly quickly and before we knew it we were on the ship and in our room. The room was nice #9666. Had a veranda. We really didn't like being at the back of the ship though. We learned that at ever port, we got bounced out of bed by the vibration of the ship pulling into port. We had major expectations for great food on this ship because that's the best part of going to WDW. We were very disappointed. I guess the food is more appealing for children. Food at the buffet was cafeteria quality and is only open during weird times. A buffet like this should always be open. The portions of food at the main dining areas is so small you have to order more than one thing to feel like you have eaten. And the options are terrible. There isn't much for adults to do on this ship that don't require you spending more money. There is a movie theater but the parents that bring their kids in there don't care what they do. We watched one movie and the children in front of us kept hitting my husband in the knees with their plastic cup and there was another child in our row that kept getting up and leaving and coming back, making us stand up each time for him to get by. There is supposedly a lot for children to do, but we saw them everywhere with the parents. The pools and hot tubs are tiny. The hot tubs are gross. At one point there had to be 30 people in this troth like hot tub all packed in there together, with kids. We thought the room service was going to be a nice addition, the food was horrible. The burger was like a hockey puck. Frozen type pizza and cold fries. The staff was great. They at least have that part right. The worst part was the last day. Disembarkation day. The night before we are invited to attend breakfast at 8am but then get a notice telling us that because we are taking cruise line transportation we have to be off the ship by 8:15am for an on time departing for 9:15am. We were also informed that buses leaver every 30 minutes. Ok, so we didn't eat breakfast, we hurried down and were off the ship and on the bus by 8am.........that bus didn't leave until every seat had been filled and it was almost 10am. Add that to the hour long drive and we were on the bus for over 3 hours. All those other people got to eat breakfast and we had to wait on them! I really wish we had not picked this cruise line as our first trial. It might be a great place if you have kids with you, but not so much if you are just a couple traveling alone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise ever. We used our DVC points and figured we would try a 3 day just in case we didn't like it. I don't even have the words to describe what an amazing time we had. The ship was immaculate, our outside ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. We used our DVC points and figured we would try a 3 day just in case we didn't like it. I don't even have the words to describe what an amazing time we had. The ship was immaculate, our outside state room was more roomy than I had imagined and very comfortable. There were so many activities of all different kinds it was difficult to choose. I love they way they had you covered from soup to nuts, they guided you through everything and made all the transitions very easy. Embarking and disembarking were very smooth. My son is 15 so we are pretty much done with characters and all that kiddy stuff. Luckily this ship didn't shove "Disney" down your face. They had areas for the younger kids to do all that fun stuff and other areas for adults only. My son decided to check out the Vibe club which was for 14 to 17 yo and we practically never saw him he loved it so much! This left us free to check out the night clubs and adult events they had which we definitely enjoyed. He even begged us to do the vibe excursion on their private island and the price was so reasonable we let him to it and he can't stop talking about all the fun he had. Our room was cleaned twice a day. Our state room hostess(not sure what they are called) Vickie was wonderful. Always looking out for our son and making sure we were comfortable. We really got to know everyone. I loved that our servers at dinner stayed with us the whole trip. We got the chance to eat at each different main dining spots and they knew exactly who we were and had our drinks ready for us each night. Yes the 8:30 shows were definitely geared towards families with younger kids but my husband and I went each night and enjoyed them and then did the trivia challenges or the nightclubs. Like I said there was so much to do and every night you had a list of activities and you could look on the ships app as well. We booked an excursion at Atlantis in the Bahamas and thought it was well worth it, they even gave us a dining voucher and on Castaway cay we just snorkeled. Lunch was fun on their island and overall I thought the food was very good. After the cruse we stayed on property at Saratoga springs which is my home resort. We love it there but you find yourself comparing the amazing service on the cruise to everything else and it pales in comparison. We will be looking into booking another cruise real soon! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship with lots to do and see. We went on a four night cruise which was perfect for us after spending a week in Orlando visiting the Disney Parks for 5 of our 7 days there. My wife and I went with our 3 ... Read More
The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship with lots to do and see. We went on a four night cruise which was perfect for us after spending a week in Orlando visiting the Disney Parks for 5 of our 7 days there. My wife and I went with our 3 and a half year old daughter who loves all things princess and a 7 month old. My parents who are in the early 60's joined us as well. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Everyone was very helpful getting our bags out of our van and the lineup moved very quickly for getting our boarding pass. We probably spent 30 minutes from parking the van to getting onto the ship and it would have been sooner if my wife didn't stop to breastfeed our baby. We got to the port around 11am and were on the ship before Noon. I went right away to lineup to get passes for Princess Gathering and Anna and Elsa meet and greet while the rest of the family got food. That lineup took about 30-40 minutes and was a drag but it is a must if your children want to meet the princesses. It is an easy way to get most of the character meetings done in one shot rather than going out of your way to do it each and every day. Since my daughter met them all at the Disney parks she was happy to do this once and didn't care to line up any other times. My wife was really concerned about sea sickness but was never an issue. We felt minor rocking which I would compare to mild turbulence on an airplane. After the first sleep it never bothered me. The pools on Deck 11 for kids are the biggest disappointment of the cruise. There are two very small pools for parents and kids to swim. My daughter loves swimming and she didn't mind how crowded they were but I was constantly getting kicked and pushed by other swimmers while trying to keep my girl out of harm's way. The final straw for me was when a small child dove onto me in the pool. When I got upset at the child he laughed in my face. There is no diving but that doesn't stop children from diving all the time. This probably wouldn't be that big of a problem if parents would supervise their children but many times the parents would just drop there kids by the pool and they would lounge in their chairs. Nemo's reef is a splash pad located near the pools that is a lot safer but still suffers from a lack of parental supervision. Yes, this is a beef I have whether or not I am on a Disney cruise. Unless your child can make safe choices for himself/herself that doesn't affect the other children you should be supervising them. Many times on the little slide in the pool I had to pick up my daughter so the child after her wouldn't slam into her or had to tell them to wait. I had to tell my own daughter to wait at times as well because I didn't want her hurting herself or another child. Overall, a quiet Nemo's reef is a lot of fun. It is usually a lot less busy than the pool. The Oceaneer's club was really fun. My daughter enjoyed it and she can be a clingy 3 year old. She managed to spend 1-2 hours in there before we would get a page to pick her up. There are tonnes of things for the kids to do along with the activities that pop up when characters stop in or the counsellors organize something. The only problem I had with the club is they had so many 'Open Houses' which means you cannot leave your child there during those times. It happened to us several times that we either brought her down and couldn't leave her (she didn't want to go to the Oceaneer's Lab) or we would check Navigator and we would see there was an Open House. Overall, she had a blast and the next time we go she will probably enjoy staying in there for longer. I highly recommend it but check the Navigator to make sure that there isn't an Open House. The only other minor issue I had and is that there are a lot of things that happen really late at night. Pirate Night Fireworks start at 10:30pm. My daughter typically goes to bed around 8pm and she tried her hardest to stay up and could only get to 9:30pm. She was so sad that she missed the Fireworks that when my Dad tried to show her them on his phone she said she didn't want to watch them because it would make her sad. I know I am making a choice as a parent to have my children go to bed earlier but 10:30pm is ridiculous. It was dark by 7pm. We didn't get off at Bahamas and the boat was quieter that day. We have been to Bahamas before and had no desire to do anything there. It was a nice way to enjoy the boat and swim and hang out in Nemo's Reef. Castaway Cay was beautiful. We only hung out on the beach but there were a lot of umbrellas and shade. Food, washrooms, and drinks were close to the beach area. There are so many things to do on the island it would be nice if we would have spent two days there. Since it was only the people from our boat there it really makes for a peaceful visit. I am really looking forward to going there again. Food was good. Last day was a day at sea and the pools were jammed until there was a fouling (poop) in both pools. Then the splash pad became quite busy. It was another great day besides that. The boat is huge and there are always things to do for all age groups all over that you cannot get bored unless you really go out of your way to have fun. I pointed out a bunch of the minor negatives to prepare someone for their cruise. The food was great every night at dinner. Nothing completely blew me away but nothing was bad either. I always enjoyed what I ate and found the dining to be a nice experience. Breakfast and lunches were tasty too. I never felt liked anything I ate was gross or made me feel sick. Make sure you order some 'Mickey Bars' to your room. They are amazing ice cream bars. My wife and I enjoyed them while sitting on our Verandah. The chocolate chip cookies are top notch as well. The onboard detective game is a lot of fun and can kill 40-60 minutes of your day and is a good way to get exercise while having fun walking around the entire ship. Use the stairs for more of a work out. I would say it is for ages 6 and up. I took my 7 month old on the adventure with me and it was a good way to give my wife some time away from the baby. We will definitely book another Disney cruise but we will wait until our youngest is 3 years old so we can bring her to the oceaneer's club and my wife and I can have some alone time knowing that the kids are safe and having fun. I would rate this an 8.5 out of 10. It would have been higher if the pools were bigger and it would most likely be higher the next time we go when we can have both kids in the Oceaneer's club and when they can stay up later for late activities. We will book a 7 Night Cruise next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First time cruisers. Likely, last time cruisers. I really expected to love this. I had never heard anyone who didn't. They say no one does customer service like Disney. This is simply not true. No one extracts money like ... Read More
First time cruisers. Likely, last time cruisers. I really expected to love this. I had never heard anyone who didn't. They say no one does customer service like Disney. This is simply not true. No one extracts money like Disney. I will say up front that the staff is very good. Our servers, Christy and Chatcha were fantastic and the dinners were enjoyable. The oceaneer lab staff was also very good and my son enjoyed the kids club very much. The kids pools were v small. I understand why-- they become a pee soup of children very quickly and need to be drained and cleaned regularly. My son couldn't really swim in them as they were so jammed packed and getting in with him was unthinkable from a space and disgust point of view. And good luck getting a deck chair. It is so packed and the staff cannot do much about the voracious grandmothers that guard 5-6 empty chairs for kids who never sit in them anyway. We usually enjoy holiday pools with our son, but here there was no place to enjoy a pool together. What irritated me the most, and has stuck with me since, is the nickel and diming ( or scamming of hundreds actually) on what was already an expensive cruise. While the adult areas are quite nice, there are no fountains for soda or juice anywhere near them. You have to schlep down two levels and halfway across the boat or pay the bartender for what is advertised as included. Same for the theatres. No fountain drinks there, so you have to pay for cans of pop and popcorn. Really? Virgin drinks and smoothies, extra. I expected alcohol charges, and the wine prices in the regular restaurants were reasonable. But if you look at the Remy wine list, none of the reasonably priced bottles are on that list--prepare for 100 dollar bottles and up. We cancelled our Remy reservation as they had a problem with my husband's perfectly acceptable dark denim dress jeans paired with a dinner jacket. We agreed to a cancellation fee but were shocked when they charged us the whole fee for dinner for two. $170 for food we didn't eat. I get that cancellations result in lost tips for servers ( who only get paid tips), and thought that paying $25-40 for cancelling would be fair, but charging the whole thing is unconscionable. And I bet none of it went to a server in the end. I raised this issue with the Remy staff, and with guest services, but neither of them had any power to reverse or change the charges, ( everything on the boat is about metrics) putting it on the cruise line on shore to deal with later. I was supposed to get a call from DCL to discuss. No call. As described by the reviewer previous, mechanical difficulties slowed the boat such that castaway cay got skipped. That was to be our only off boat day. We received a $200 onboard credit. Funny how everything else is calculated per person, but not that credit-- we paid for 3 to have that experience. Overall, the boat was nice, the staff was great and my son had some good and fun moments. But the greed that is Disney is what I will remember. And what I will tell people about when they ask. My money is much better spent elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We loved the ports on this cruise, Antigua and Grenada were beautiful Friendly Islands, but time on the ship was not great. Our room attendant Falcon was awesome, he made amazing towel creations and kept our room very clean and stocked ... Read More
We loved the ports on this cruise, Antigua and Grenada were beautiful Friendly Islands, but time on the ship was not great. Our room attendant Falcon was awesome, he made amazing towel creations and kept our room very clean and stocked with toiletries. Falcon always had a smile on his face and our kids adored him. The evening dining was very good and our waiter Thatree was very good and made a great connection with us and our kids. The adult pool was very nice and my wife and I enjoyed a few nice evenings there. Our Girls ages 8,10 and 13 became very ill on this cruise and I can't blame that on the ship but I've never seen our 8 year old that sick. Disney has amazing service the staff was friendly and helpful, where they loose it is the food and the food options, they have a choice of a mediocre buffet throughout the day but if your exploring the ports you can't visit it because it closes at five and your left with a choice of hot dogs,chicken strips, sandwiches and some tired salad bowls and fruit. My wife had recently done a four day cruise to Alaska aboard princess with her mom, she couldn't believe the difference in food. Princess offered an all day buffet with a huge salad bar, choice of roast beef, roast pork and salmon. The shows were ok except for there signature show on the last evening that was pure Disney Magic and our whole family loved it. I'd say I'm not a cruise person I don't like the set dining times and I found the sailing time activities uninteresting it,made me feel stir crazy. I can't help but wonder if we made the right choice in choosing Disney and if I do cruise again I'll find out. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I had cruised one time before on Carnival and was definitely underwhelmed. My husband and kids had never cruised before. I chose this vacation because theme parks stress me out to the max and I do not find them one bit enjoyable. Plus, ... Read More
I had cruised one time before on Carnival and was definitely underwhelmed. My husband and kids had never cruised before. I chose this vacation because theme parks stress me out to the max and I do not find them one bit enjoyable. Plus, going on vacation with young kids is stressful anyways, so I figured with the kids clubs it would be a good way for my husband and I to actually have some adult time and relax, while the kids were still getting a vacation and having fun. Embarkation was easy. We arrived around 1:30 and were able to board immediately. For some reason after parking we had missed the spot where you give up your luggage and have it magically delivered to your stateroom. But it wasn't a big deal in the end, as our stateroom was already available at this point. So we just hauled ourselves and our bags off to the stateroom immediately to unpack. The staterooms are great, actually roomier than I thought. We had a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah, and I think the verandah was definitely worth the extra price. My kids really enjoyed sitting out there, and it gave us some extra space. The way the rooms are set up is pretty cool, I was confused at first because I didn't know that our room steward guy would come during dinner and magically make the bunk beds appear out of nowhere. I tend to micromanage things and stress out, but I quickly learned that on a Disney ship, everything is taken care of. And if you need something, all you have to do is ask and the staff will absolutely bend over backwards to assist you. Anyways, there were bunk beds and one single bed, which was perfect for our three kids. They all fold down/disappear, and one turns into a couch.The queen bed was plenty roomy for my husband and myself, even though we have a king at home. The queen bed is also raised, so you can store your suitcases underneath. I took everything out of the suitcases and put them in the many drawers and closets that are available in the stateroom, because I hate digging around in suitcases constantly. The bathrooms are great, it was very nice to have the shower and toilet separated. Each portion of the bathroom has its own sink, another nice touch. We had a cute little bathtub in our shower portion of the bathroom, which the kids loved. The shower was great, water pressure and heat were both satisfactory. I guess my only complaint about the stateroom is that the one twin bed that pops out of the wall is right along the verandah door, so it's hard to get in and out of the verandah in the mornings before the bed is put away. Also we could hear some noise from I believe the hallway on the deck above, it seemed like people were just running around up there or something. Next time I'm bringing a small noise machine because I have a hard time falling asleep with any unfamiliar noises. But I'm fairly neurotic like that. The queen bed and pillows were very comfortable, and I sleep on a Tempur Pedic at home so I am spoiled. Dining- overall I found this to be satisfactory, with some issues. I have an allergy to corn, which is hidden away in everything and is a very annoying thing to deal with. Our waiters at the sit-down dinners were very attentive to this, and the chefs made me special desserts even, so that was really nice. However, it was very hard to figure out what I could or could not eat during the day. The "quick service" meal options are the usual fare, pizza, chicken fingers, sandwiches, etc. When you're busy running around doing different activities, it's hard to try and check on different food options for quick meals. The staff at quick service restaurants did not always understand what I was asking, so I usually just ended up eating salad and fruit. I wrote on our comment card when we left the ship that they should really put out an ingredients list of common quick service and buffet foods either on their website or app, which would make it much easier for people with all sorts of allergies to eat, as we are quite experienced with reading labels. In any case, I think next time we will try to sit down in one of the restaurants for lunch as much as possible to avoid this issue. We also went to Remy, and that was an amazing experience. I can't say enough good things about it, and it will definitely be on our list for next time, with a budget of several hundred of course. The only thing was I didn't know which night I should make a reservation for Remy, and next time I would definitely schedule it for when we would be at Animator's Palette. I loved the decor at Animator's, but the "Pacific Rim" cuisine I found lacking and was not really impressed by the menu. Looking at the menu for Royal Palace (which is what we missed to go to Remy), I would have rather gone there than Animator's Palette. So look on your Cruise App to see what the menus are, and maybe you can switch your dining around to accommodate your personal tastes. Kids club- My kids seemed to enjoy this a lot, they are 8, 7, and 4. My older kids liked the Star Wars area a lot. My younger one was impressed that Cinderella came to hang out with them, and she also got her face painted one day which she was pretty happy about. We didn't use the kids club as much as we could have because this was our first time and we wanted the kids to see the shows and do everything. But next time we'll go on a longer one and I envision us using it a lot more. I am not one of those parents who feel guilty about putting them in "Disney daycare". Honestly, they love it and they are having a blast. Everyone should get to do something on vacation that they actually enjoy, which for me is having gourmet (quiet) dinners alone with my husband ;) But it is nice that you can pick up and drop off anytime, so we made sure they didn't miss anything big like the shows. You can also ask your server to put the kids dinner orders in right away, and then drop them off at the kids club likely before you even get your appetizer or main course. Shows- very cute, pretty cheesy at times, but I enjoyed the singing/dancing and the actual characters. It was nice to see my kids' reaction to them, and they are only about an hour long so just the right amount of time for younger kids attention span. We all saw Star Wars for free, which was awesome. Yes, they charge for popcorn. But you can get snacks, soda, even ice cream for free on Deck 11 and bring it into the theater, no one cares. The theater seats are very close together though at Buena Vista, unlike a regular movie theater, so if your kid has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the movie like mine did, you really have to get up close and personal with everyone in your row, which is super awkward. Next time I would sit on the end! We didn't do any port excursions. We originally had signed up for a kayaking thing on Castaway Cay, but unfortunately that day there were about 60 mph winds so all of the shore excursions were canceled. One thing I did notice was that the kids club on Castaway Cay opened at 9 AM, the same time as our kayaking excursion was supposed to meet. And not in the same place. So I'm not sure how that would have worked out. In Nassau we opted to go to shore on our own and wander around. My main purpose was to see the sights and shop a bit, but I had forgotten the pushy street salespeople that come along with any tourist destination you visit. We were constantly hounded by them, a polite "no thank you" will get rid of them, sure, but there are 10 more popping up in their place. I get it, they're just trying to make a living, but it was pretty stressful. We got a taxi ($4 per person one way) to Cabbage Beach, which I would highly recommend as a public/free beach. It was beautiful and calm, not terribly crowded. There were more pushy salespeople, but after saying no a few times they left us alone pretty much for the rest of the afternoon. The only thing about Cabbage Beach is, there are no restaurants anywhere near (within walking distance) except for some expensive hotel places. So if you want to enjoy the day there, plan ahead and bring some food with you from the town center before crossing the bridge. There are people selling sodas, chips, candy bars. But like I said, I have food allergies. And it's not exactly a nutritious lunch for young kids either! Castaway Cay was nice for two hours even with the 60 mph winds, until a sudden tropical rainstorm came swooping in, the sky turned black, and everyone freaked out. Obviously Disney has no control over the weather, so this isn't on them. But the "tram" things they use to shuttle people around Castaway Cay were not meant to handle hundreds of people suddenly rushing back to the ship in fear for their lives, so we opted to (literally) run back instead of waiting in line for the darned things. This was all quite unpleasant, and we were very relieved to get back to the ship. Even so, I look forward to going back next year, because I could tell it was a great place to spend the day. It's beautiful, the "family beach" is great because there are rock outcroppings that kind of buffer the waves a bit and make it easier for little ones to enjoy the beach. And it's a shallow grade instead of a sudden drop off. My older two kids really enjoyed the waterslide island thing at the family beach. There are tons of chairs, you can bring towels from the ship, and kids lifejackets are free to use, just as on the ship decks. We kind of just sat back and relaxed, kept half an eye on our four-year-old and let the other two roam around at will, that's how safe the place is. Of course, they did have the lifejackets, but still. We didn't spend much time in the adult-only areas of the ship, which is something I would like to do next time. The bars/nightclub area seemed fairly dead the entire time we were there, which was interesting. Or maybe we were just in the wrong spot each time. After Remy we went to one of the bar areas (District?) to watch a football game, which as it turns out would have been on the TV in our room anyways but oh well. The bar was not crowded and the bartender (he was from Jamaica) was very pleasant to have a conversation with. All the staff really were nice and you don't get the impression that they are just faking it. A few of the kids club staff looked pretty worn out, but then again that job would be my worst nightmare so who am I to judge? All in all, my main issue with this cruise was that it wasn't long enough! I thought a 3-day for our first cruise would be good, but I just ended up rushing around trying to fit everything in. Nonetheless, I feel like I know a lot more about what the heck is going on now. I was planning our next cruise before we even got off the ship! So next year at this time we'll be taking a 7-day Caribbean cruise, which I definitely look forward to. Especially to get to eat at both Remy and Palo next time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
A frank review from a veteran cruiser, to include 5 Disney cruises. First of all, as always, attentive service is a Disney hallmark. However, the crew is under such pressure to achieve "excellent" ratings that they begin to ... Read More
A frank review from a veteran cruiser, to include 5 Disney cruises. First of all, as always, attentive service is a Disney hallmark. However, the crew is under such pressure to achieve "excellent" ratings that they begin to push you for it and we had numerous private spiels on how anything less than an excellent is tantamount to destroying the employee's career. Therefore, it is very difficult for Disney to receive honest reviews in their surveys. They even ask in the post-cruise survey, were you pressured to provide an excellent ? Well, the answer has to be no, or else some poor worker who is trying to support his family back home loses his source of income. 1) Entertainment was tired on its good days and something akin to an off-strip Vegas sideshow on its other days. You absolutely would not pay money for this entertainment off of a cruise ship. They present three Disney productions, and the rest are the typical cruise ship night club act. This is partially due to the fact that this ship in particular has not changed its lineup of shows for a considerable time. There is no reason that Disney cannot change its enterainment line-up every year or so. One night the main entertainment was a movie showing of Star Wars. Three weeks after its release and after the ship showed it in the theater daily. It was like the kings of entertainment were struggling to imaginear a show to put before its guests. There was so little adequate entertainment in other venues that it was not worth pursuing, some very tired lounge singers with less than a handful or people watching. Remember there is no casino on Disney, but Disney has not made an entertainment compensation for the adults. The most energetic and frequent presentations were the Shopping Guide and the unending Vaction Club presentations. 2) As mentioned in other reviews, dining opportunities are regrettable. You dine on a designated rotation at a set time. The menu was exactly the same in all three restaurants on three nights and then was a set place menu based upon where you are seated in one of the three restaurants. The food is so trying that the servers frankly tell you which dishes to try, usually one-two from each category, and then honestly and quietly tell you that you will not enjoy anything else. They were unfailingly accurate in that assessment. So the menu may have 5-6 choices for the main entree but there are only a couple that are acceptable. Fish is consistently dry and tough as are the chicken choices. So, you have three very mediocre restaurants. The servers told us that if we rank the food bad in the Disney surver, then it will hurt the servers. The servers tell you that the food is prepared properly, it is just a matter of personal choice whether you like it or not. Hogwash. Good food is good food and many of these dishes were overspiced or served cold or there was an inadequate set of choices. If you choose to deviate, there is a casual restaurant that serves selections from precisely the same tired menus in the main dining rooms. There is no dinner buffet. Your other choices are the top deck choices. They are a pizza place that uses pre-fab pizza crust with an unimaginative topping thrown on. Or there is a quick serve that offers hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken strips. At that place, a resentful cook, literally throws a dry bun on a paper plate, slaps a dried burger patty on top and then a piece of standard industrial pre-sliced cheese on your plate with a grunt. Right before your eyes. Bon appetit ! It is amazing that a cruise line like Carnival that charges half of Disney or less, can offer such a wider variety of food offerings to include gourmet walk-ups. Guy's Burgers on Carnival, and yesterday's cafeteria lunchroom buger on Disney. 3) Smoking. Rules are not enforced, might as well take a casino ship. We watched a lady at the adult pool blow thunderclouds of e-cigarette smoke and no one uttered a word. The employees all do the Corporal Kink, they see nothing, when it comes to breaking rules because they are terrified of getting anything less than an excellent on a comment card. Disney opened up the 4th deck for smoking, which is also the deck where you can walk or run laps, play shuffleboard, or watch the waves. Both sides of the deck had smokers, smoking anywhere they wish. Nothing like taking an after dinner stroll through a camel cloud. 4) The Wonder is old and overdue a dry-dock. There is a lot of rust. She creaks and groans and on this cruise rolled a lot during the sailings. However, there is no excuse for the lack of cleanliness. We are frequent cruisers and my wife brings cleaning wipes just in case, but in this case, she had to clean the cabinets and drawers and the wipes came out black. The bathroom was very clean at eye level but was not down in the corners and up in the corners. Yes, this was a tough cruise for the crew there were a lot of challenges with the plethora of very young children, but public spaces were dirty. At times, there would be one crew member working to keep a large section of public tables clean and it was physically impossible for him to do that. 5) Disney publishes a daily Navigator, similar to many cruise lines. In past times, the wait staff and stateroom attendants would also relay important information on ports, dining, and activities. No so much anymore. The Navigator is shallow and unless you are an experienced Disney cruiser, it is difficult to get your arms around what is going on. 6) Excursions. Even though it is Disney, they are no different than any other cruise ship. Disney gathers the group on board and delivers them to a local tour operator. Disney does not send a ships representative, so there is no quality control, you are completely in the hands of the local tour group. There is no feedback mechanism. Sure, the cheaper cruises do this precisely this way, but this is a premium cruise. 7) They moved up the luggage drop. You have to put your luggage in the hall by 10 oclock the night prior to departure. Then you keep your toiletries, a change for the next day, night things and shag them out in a carry-on. We were on second dining, that means in our semi-formal attire. The second dining usually ran untl 945 and even 10 oclock, leaving no time to get back and change and put out suitcases. And no time to do anything else. So we opted not to go to the formal dining. Disney closes its only other dining option on the last night. So it is everyone eat off the same fixed menu in all dining rooms, or.... The or was they even close the pizza place during dining, so the or is a dried hamburger patty or chicken strip for dinner. Seriously, every other cruise line get this right and does this better. We sat on the top deck with several other guests who were eating a dried burger for their last dinner on board. Oh, Disney does not put out napkins. There are little signs that say napkins available upon request. Finger food without napkins. I saw more frustrated finger sucking and wiping hands on clothing than I have ever seen. People leaving messes on the unattended tables because they do not have napkins to clean up. I actually went into the bathroom and got paper towlels from the lavatory so we could try and finish our dinner. Disney used to do much better. We have cruised all of her ships, three of them in their first year. Disney is absolutely one of the most expensive lines in the market, in many cases double the cost of its competitors. We have sailed on most of them. Once you get past the wow factor of having your kids meet Mickey or Tinker Bell, and the wow of sending them away to play in a Disney venue, there is a need for some varnish in its tired line-up of dining, entertainment and customer support. Why did we come back to Disney ? It used to be the standard setter for the industry. All of the other cruise lines are providing much more diversity in their dining and entertainment options. If Disney has more options that what I described, well then after multiple cruises, no one has presented the options to us. The Disney entertainment empire has so much it could offer and it should get back to Walt's core values which were focused on the guest. I know Disney is losing some if its core entertainment market in television, but there is no need to try and make up for the profit margins on the back of its guests. This Ship misses Walt's mark greatly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first vacation with our 10 month baby, we chose the perfect plan for him by going on a Disney cruise. The ship is beautiful and the cabins are top notch, we stayed in a room with verandah and we absolutely loved it. The ship ... Read More
This was our first vacation with our 10 month baby, we chose the perfect plan for him by going on a Disney cruise. The ship is beautiful and the cabins are top notch, we stayed in a room with verandah and we absolutely loved it. The ship is huge so there are plenty of things to do while on board like attending shows (believe is the best), watching a movie in the theatre or the pool, spa, adult pool, water slide, splash zone for kids, photo with Disney's characters, pirates of the Caribbean day, and food all over the place. They have a great nursery for babies and a couple of great spots for older kids with fun activities. Dinner was amazing, the food was delicious in each of the three restaurants we tried and of course each of them had a special theme which made it ever more fun. Finally, the best part of the ship was the service, you cannot have better service, whether it was in the restaurants, theatre, concierge, activities, pools, room service, etc. everyone was very nice and made our stay ever more pleasant. I will definitely go back to a Disney Cruise, when we arrive to Nassau I saw a couple of other cruise lines and they looked 2 or 3 stars below the Disney Dream Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
For first time cruisers, we tried our best to prepare by listening to the advice of prior cruisers. However, nothing could prepare us for the absolutely best time we have ever had. We stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt 2 days prior. ... Read More
For first time cruisers, we tried our best to prepare by listening to the advice of prior cruisers. However, nothing could prepare us for the absolutely best time we have ever had. We stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt 2 days prior. Instead of choosing to ride the Disney Cruise shuttle (could not find the contact info), we opted for a private car which turned out perfect as we had 8 bags. Boarding went smoothly as we had already prepared the forms on-line. Once boarded we had a bit of confusion as everyone tried to use the mid-ship elevators. Next time we will use the aft or forward elevators. The ship itself was immaculate in every detail. I am the type who looks for flaws, but could not find any. This told me that Disney was going to live up to the hype you always hear about. Once settled into our cabin, which was a family cabin with private veranda and very spacious, we set about exploring the ship. Disney has so many information centers that it is impossible to get lost. Our room host was wonderful and has obviously mastered the art of making animals out of towels. Dining was easy and the wait staff always discreetly informed you that most specialty drinks in the dining rooms were extra. Most mornings we ate at Cabanas and never had problems finding a table to sit and eat. We have tweens who were thoroughly entertained at "Edge", in addition to watching Star Wars. Plenty to do on board for all ages. In fact you cannot do it all in one 4 day cruise. The adult section has plenty of space, great bar staff and the night club scene is on par with some of the finer hotels. One thing we would do differently is only schedule one prime dinner at Remy or Palo. We were hard pressed to make it to Palo, but Remy is an experience one should not miss. In addition, we recommend that you listen very carefully to the Disney videos people make. Some of them act as if you will die of thirst if you do not bring a travel mug to use at the free drink stations. The truth is, is that the cups are for 12 ounces of liquid and are more than enough to handle your thirst. We also purchased a steamer so it was not taken out of our bag versus an iron. We opted for the Junkaroo/fort shore excursion in Nassau, but were a bit disappointed because the vendor backed the departure time up by 3 hours, which of course impacted our shopping time. Next cruise we will look very closely at other excursions or just going to the shopping district. Castaway Cay is a wonderful feature only Disney has. Again plenty to do from just getting some sun to para sailing. We only managed to see a fraction of the Cay. Disembarkation is a sad day indeed. We had so much fun and worry free travel that we just did not want to face reality. That said Disembarkation went swift and smooth. A few pointers; bring something that will illuminate your cabin at night, you will not believe how dark they get once you are out at sea. Water bottles for the room are necessary and you can fill them up each day at the drink stations. You don't need to bring body wash or shampoo. Disney provides plenty and it is good stuff. Unless there is a formal night or you plan to eat at one of the specialty restaurants do not pack formal. Cruise casual is the dress of the day, so shorts, polo shirts, t-shirts, bathing suits etc are what to bring. Sit back and enjoy yourself, let Disney do the heavy lifting and be prepared for a truly magical time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Awesome and relaxing, best describes the 4 night cruise our family just took on Disney Magic. My husband and I are not too much into cruises but wanted to do this at least once. Now this will be a vacation idea we will entertain again. ... Read More
Awesome and relaxing, best describes the 4 night cruise our family just took on Disney Magic. My husband and I are not too much into cruises but wanted to do this at least once. Now this will be a vacation idea we will entertain again. Having two other families with kids at the same age as our daughter made it much easier. Our 15 year old son suffered a bit without company but he also found many things to do and the food was unilaterally the best part for all of us. Kids or not, nothing beats the Disney way of doing things. Efficient, pleasant and entertaining throughout. Every single employee on the ship regardless of their role carried it out to perfection. Photographers could use some more training in the Disney way as their activities seemed the least intuitive. This is not a major issue, just something I noticed as slightly off. Tween daughter did not use 'Edge' much. I think Edge and Vibe(for teenagers) are good for arcade game players. Oceaneer's club/lab for kids under 11 must be popular with parents. We flew to Florida/Miami International airport from California the day before and stayed at Marriot Biscayne Bay. Took about 10 minutes and $29 to get from the airport to the hotel in a taxi. Another 7 minutes in a taxi to the port from the hotel on the next day. Since hotel checkout was 12PM we got there earlier than our assigned check in time of 12.30. We were met by one of the porters to whom we gave all the luggages tagged with the Disney tags that were mailed to us. Tipped the porter right there as he said we won't see him later. Got on the ship after passport/id checks and being issued 4 room key cards. These were also used to pay for anything extra we needed on the ship. Very convenient as kids could go get food and be with friends on their own resulting in happy parents. Had lunch at the Cabanas as soon as we got in. Luggage arrived by 4-5PM. The port-away party on deck was nice. The 3 families were always seated together as requested for dinner all 4 nights. It was at different dining places each night. We had second seating which started at 8.15 so we can see the shows at 6.15PM and go change for dinner. First night was pirate themed and we all adorned the bandanas that were provided. Optional dress-up night was on the night before last. Took pictures every night after dinner since we were all nicely dressed in general for dinner. Just casual but nice enough will do. Our cabin was about the same size as the hotel room. Stateroom 7502 with a porthole located forward. Kids had a pull out sofa and a bunk bed area with TV separated by a heavy curtain from the bed room. The bunk bed needs to be setup by the service person while people are at dinner. Probably a safety feature so that no one will hit their heads on it by accident. Shower and sink in one tiny room and toilet and sink in another tiny room helped us to get ready faster. Lots of space under the bed to push our luggage in, enough cabinet drawers to put things out and ample closet space. Do not use the bathroom outlets for hair dryer as the current rating on those are not high enough for a dryer. Use the outlet next to the porthole as indicated with the provided hair dryer. Breakfast and lunch was mostly at the cabana in buffet style. Nice enough selections. First port day was at Key West. Took the trolley tour once we got there and the highlight was visiting The Hemingway House and the 54 cats there as well as the southernmost point of the USA. Day was hot but still enjoyable. Next day was at sea which was spent with many activities. Watching Star Wars - The awakening & Bridge of Spies in the theaters was cool! Magic show was nice. Last port day was at Disney's leased island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay - pronounced Castaway Key. (Key stands for little island) Beautiful day spent floating, swimming, biking, water-sliding and a wonderful BBQ lunch. Since Disney Magic is smaller than Disney's largest ship (Disney Fantasy) the island facilities were not crowded at all since it is built to accommodate all the guests on the largest ship. Aquadunk water slide was good for big kids and adults, basketball and table tennis facilities and walking 3 rounds equaling a mile on top deck were all appreciated. You can get hot dogs, pizza and ice cream all the time after 11AM. Good to know in case you missed lunch or breakfast. You don't want to miss the sit-down 5 course dinner. Appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. Best food was at Animator's Palate and Lumier's but others were decent too. Special non-alcoholic drinks available for about five dollars were delicious too. Don't forget to checkout your pictures at Shutters and order what you like before you leave. Room service was available but we didn't use it. Our room was always kept clean by our service guy. We went with the Disney suggested gratuity totaling ~$200 for the four key people. 3 people at the dining service and one at servicing the room. Plenty of quite spots available if you just want to curl up with a book and watch the ocean. If you don't want to lug your bags on the morning of disembarkation, be sure to pack all except a carry-on and leave outside the room before 10.15PM the night before. Then you can just walk off the ship and collect your luggage at the baggage claim same as in an airport. I don't think I will take any cruise line other than Disney just for the awesome service spanning every single aspect of our travel. The attitude of every single employee is to be commended. Better than Broadway quality musicals every evening is not to be missed as well as the port adventures at Key West and Castaway Cay and all the other activities on the ship. We never really felt rushed, yet there was never a dull moment. You can always take a break from all and still catch up with what is happening really quick. One thing that needs special mention is the Disney Navigation app. A great tool that all of us used extensively. It told us of the activities each day not to mention the dinner menu. There was an online chat that we can use to connect with other members of our party. Very useful! Kids can use the permission code to join. The free wi-fi can be used only for the app. Didn't use the internet data package or the available laptops so no comments on that. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Our family took the Very Merrytime Cruise out of Galveston, with port stops at Key West and Castaway Cay. We drove to the terminal on the day of embarkation. The Disney Wonder is a good sized ship, but certainly must feel small to veteran ... Read More
Our family took the Very Merrytime Cruise out of Galveston, with port stops at Key West and Castaway Cay. We drove to the terminal on the day of embarkation. The Disney Wonder is a good sized ship, but certainly must feel small to veteran cruisers compare it to the megaships at other cruise lines. We enjoyed the manageable size and other than a few deck parties, we never felt like there were too many people on board (there were supposedly 2600-2700 guests on our cruise, including over 1100 children). We could always find a spot near the pools. First, some notes on the weather on this cruise: The weather did not completely cooperate on the cruise, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been; you had to roll with mother nature. The first day at sea, heading to Key West, the ship faced 45-50 knot winds constantly, all day, with 9-12 foot waves normal. Despite going at full speed and with the stabilizers, we were rocking. No one in our party got sick as we adjusted our food and drink intake, but needless to say, you earned your sea legs on that day and if you were prone to motion sickness, some medication might have helped. Port day at Key West ended being very windy, with our plans to parasail canceled. We ended up just spending some time strolling along the streets and doing some shopping. Castaway Cay also started out rainy in the morning with alternate periods of overcast sky and torrential downpour. However, the rain stopped before noon and the sun came out, making the rest of day nearly perfect. The next day at sea was wonderful and the last day at sea saw the return of some ship movement (but not as bad as the first day) and some rain during the last night as we got closer back to Texas. As for the ship: while it may not have had its major dry dock yet for a complete overhaul (something its older sister ship the Magic went through a few years ago and the Wonder will likely do later in 2016), the staterooms and public areas were mostly in good shape. Although another reviewer may have had a bad stateroom experience, ours was clean and well maintained by our room steward. The beds and decor have been upgraded to the modern tasteful nautical look of the other ships in the fleet. Ours even had two hairdryers, one bolted to the wall in the split bath, and another in a drawer. The raised beds are very handy so that all suitcases can roll underneath. The split bathrooms are a bit cramped, but still very useful when you have a party of 4. The lack of on demand TV was noted, but not an issue as there was plenty of content, and besides, we were rarely in our stateroom. The public areas are even better maintained, although you could tell that it was an older ship, particularly on the open decks that is subject to salty air 24 hours a day. Still, we saw constant upkeep during our cruise, from crew sweeping up anything that fell on deck to maintenance varnishing and painting everyday. The pools are nice, with lifeguards at both the Mickey and Goofy pools all day long. The adults only areas (pool, cafe, etc.) were rarely busy and you could easily find a place to lounge or space in the pool or whirlpool. The rotational dining concept is great for families and we enjoyed the various dining venues. Animator’s Palate is of course the most Disney-like, but it was a bit disappointing as the color changing show and the monitors installed were in dire need of an upgrade. Parrot Cay seemed the most theme-park like and Triton’s was very nice. We did have dinner at the adults only Palo one night (for an extra charge), but it was the best food we had onboard. The main dining food was fine, but you could tell the galley was preparing food for hundreds at a time — sometimes the food would not be as hot, and it could take some time to receive your dish, depending on when you order. The experience at Palo was a whole different level, and well worth the experience. There are a multitude of activities available onboard for all age groups. Kids activities are especially abundant, and of course, there are so many Disney characters to meet and see all cruise long. Adults had slightly fewer choices, but there were still many tours, wine and spirit tasting opportunities, bingo, trivia, etc. However, with so many families on board, the adult only areas on board did become ghost towns by midnight, even though dancing and music would continue until 2am. The Disney musicals shows are of course of high caliber, but they are definitely family oriented. There were a couple of other variety acts, such as a magician and a country music recording artist as well. Of course, on our particular cruise, one highlight was that they premiered the new Star Wars movie, available to see multiple times in both 3D and 2D digital projection and surround sound. Disembarkation is a busy time, but if you do not have a bus, shuttle or plane to catch, the best thing you can do is to wait until after the rush (around 9am) and then just walk off, get your luggage and breeze through customs; we did this in 5-10 minutes, and most of that was waiting for a porter to help with luggage. For the future, we would do another Disney cruise, either waiting until the Wonder is re-imagined, or trying one of the other ships. We of course hope the weather is much better. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I was always curious about taking a cruise with my family but just never did it. I had a relative that went on a DCL cruise and her rave reviews finally convinced us. We cruised with my family of 4 and then we convinced other friends and ... Read More
I was always curious about taking a cruise with my family but just never did it. I had a relative that went on a DCL cruise and her rave reviews finally convinced us. We cruised with my family of 4 and then we convinced other friends and family to come as well. Our total group size was 12 people. I am a person that will read reviews until I am blue in the face to make sure that I know as much as possible about what I am spending tons of money on. Although there were other cruise lines that we considered, we finally settled on DCL because of all the great reviews and our relative's first hand account. Also, I grew up near Disneyland and have been there countless times. So, with this being our first cruise, I don't have anything to compare it to except traditional vacations. We chose to cruise out of Galveston for one reason only I was going to be in town to visit family for Thanksgiving and this cruise left the day after. So, easy choice since I didn't have to pay for "extra" airline tickets for my family of 4. I was a little worried that the Wonder is the oldest in the fleet but I was amazed at how well kept it was. Cabin: Surprisingly roomy compared to what I was expecting on a cruise ship. I really liked the attention to detail and the small touches (you will see this common thread in my review). We had veranda stateroom 6458 on the Wonder and loved it. Nothing in the room felt cheap or worn out (well, the alarm clock was showing wear but oh well). We really loved the fact that our room was cleaned or straightened up twice a day. The normal mid day cleaning and then the nightly turn down service where they set up the bunk for the kids and left us an amusing "towel animal". Oh...and bring magnets to decorate your door. I thought it was "cheesy" but found that I really liked looking at all the decorated doors! I will be dressing it up next year for sure! Dining: I absolutely loved the food. Others that we were sailing with said that other cruises they had been on had food that was just as good or better. Well, I was totally impressed with the food on my cruise and couldn't imagine any better! Was everything perfect? No. My medium steak came out med-well once and the pacing of the service was a little slow some nights. BUT...on the first night the head waiter made sure that if we had ANY concerns to let him know...to include the pacing (speed) of dinner. We didn't mind taking our time so we didn't ask to speed it up. Although, one night we had an activity we needed to be at by 7:30 so we told our server. Baam, done and out by 7:30. Love it. We really like the rotational dining and seeing the different restaurants. With our group of 12 it was awesome to sit and have dinner each night to talk about everyone's day. Just awesome. Embarkation: Went well and we were on the ship within 30-40 minutes. I am not a "cheesy" person so when they asked what our name was so they could announce it to the ship as we boarded...I thought it was silly. But looking back...I really liked it and would loved to have come up with a fun name to give them. We texted our friends and told them to thing of a good name when they boarded. Since they had a 4 year old with them they told them that it was "Princess T and Family". That was great. Entertainment: All of the shows were just amazing. I highly recommend seeing each of the nightly shows. They really are high quality Broadway style shows. We attended the Pirates in the Caribbean party and enjoyed the fireworks. That was an amazing time and the top deck of the ship was packed with people having a blast. I wasn't sure it I would like that type of activity but I really did have fun and would do it again. Remember how I said I am not a cheesy person. Well, I didn't dress up for pirate night...yeah, I regretted it when I saw how much fun everyone was having. Next cruise I will be dressing up!!! For me, I was entertained just walking around the ship and looking at all of the details and just enjoying the atmosphere. Public Rooms: Not sure what they mean by this. All of the public areas on the ship were constantly clean and well kept. Restrooms never smelled like a restroom...someone was always cleaning them! Seems silly but all the small things are what add up to an amazing overall experience. Service: This is where Disney excels. Even from others in my party that have cruised before...they were amazed at how attentive the staff was. They really wanted to make every detail matter for us. From servers, room hosts, guest services...everyone went WAY beyond nice to make our cruise awesome. It was to the point that when we were off the ship we thought something wasn't right. Well, it was just that we were so used to being on the ship that any other service just seemed sub-par (even though everyone we met was very nice...just not Disney nice). Shore Excursions: We para-sailed, rented jet skis and swam with dolphins for our excursions. Although we enjoyed everything, the money paid for the entertainment received...fun to do once but won't do again next time. Wasn't bad but it is the, "been there done that...not paying that much to do it again." In Nassau we went to the Atlantis resort to swim with the dolphins. It ended up being a mess. The Atlantis personnel just couldn't get it right. We didn't even get on a bus until after our reserved swim time. Then the bus driver dropped us off at the wrong area and the whole bus had to re-board. We got there too late for our time so we had to sit around for an hour. Finally, we got to swim with the dolphins but it was over 2 hours past the time we were scheduled for. The actual dolphin experience was AMAZING and we loved it. When it was done we didn't have anytime to look at the photos from the experience or to go explore the aquarium (which we paid for). To be clear...this wasn't Disney's fault. This was the Atlantis resort's fault...and the service wasn't anything close to what I was expecting. We hurried back to the ship so we wouldn't miss it. Once on the ship we told the Port Adventure folks about our experience and they were very upset that it happened to us. The next day we were informed that half of the cost was being refunded to us and that they had talked with the resort. Over all we were happy since Disney made it right for us. Oh...and Nassau...it was gross and dirty (from what I saw). Maybe my expectations were too high? Value for the Money: Disney has always been on the expensive side. But I have to say that I feel it was worth the money. We have already booked again next year on the Fantasy. The one thing that really irritated everyone in our party of 12. The Spa! Man...they try to up-sell everything! Seriously. Wife paid for a facial ahead of time. Ended up costing twice as much. When she went in for her massage I told her to be strong and resist the up-selling. She did and the people in the spa seemed irritated. Other people in our party had the exact same experience. I didn't ding the Service score because of this. Why? Because overall this was such a tiny percentage of time on the cruise that it didn't affect us that much. We let DCL know on the survey though! Just know that if you are going to the spa that they will try to sell you all kinds of upgrades. Maybe this doesn't bother you but it was annoying to us. Knowing what to expect ahead of time would have helped. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Our 1st Disney Cruise was on the Dream which left Monday, 11/23 and returned Friday, 11/27. This was over Thanksgiving and the cruise was a Very Merry Christmas Cruise. Being first time cruisers, we really didn't know what to ... Read More
Our 1st Disney Cruise was on the Dream which left Monday, 11/23 and returned Friday, 11/27. This was over Thanksgiving and the cruise was a Very Merry Christmas Cruise. Being first time cruisers, we really didn't know what to expect. I traveled with my husband and our 2 boys, ages 10 and 6. Our 10 year old has Asperger's Syndrome & our 6 yr old is developmentally delayed...so I was nervous. Embarkation: Our time to arrive was 10:45a.m. (2 hr or so window), we got there at 9;30a.m. Because the actual building was not ready for us, there was a line in the parking garage before the Porters came to get the luggage. We waited until 10:15 and then they started the check in. Before you get into the building a man will check your passports & ask for your stateroom #. Once you get into the building, it's a very nice area. You get into line & go up to what looks like an airport counter. They ask for your passports again, they take each person in your parties picture and they give you a ticket that tells you which boarding group you are in. Now, they begin boarding at 11:30a.m. but we were told that we could get a boarding group as late as 2pm. Due to my son have Autism, I had asked if it were possible to get the earliest boarding time we could. She was very happy to do so and we were on the boat by 11:40. While we were waiting to go on, you could see the crew painting the boat, cleaning windows etc. It truly is amazing they can empty the ship of 4,000 people by 9:30 a.m. and be ready to load another 4,000 starting at 11:30!! One thing you need to do while you wait to board if you have kids is to get their wrist bands. Even though you may have registered them online, you still need to do this (unless you want to do it on the ship, but we got it over with in terminal.) They give your child a wrist band and ask about allergies and that's about it. Upon entering the ship, they announce you in...For example, "Welcome aboard the _____ Family!" Once you walk in and see the big chandelier and everything ornate it's just breathtaking and I almost got tears! It was amazing. we walked around the ship & got to see some of the stuff (rooms were not ready and they tell you no earlier than 1:30). We went up to Cabana's and had lunch. This was very overwhelming because it's a lot of people up there, no one knows where to sit, or what is offered so everyone is slow & looking at the food & it just gets really crowded and overwhelming. KID CLUB: My kids went once. It was too overwhelming for them. They did have a lot of neat stuff, but my boy's can't handle too many kids. Food was excellent (very foo foo food. Fancy schmancy that we aren't used to, but still good.) Our boys got mac n cheese every night. ugh. the waiters are great. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Let me start by saying my family and I stayed in 8016, a two bedroom suite on the concierge level, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The accommodations were fabulous, felt extremely spacious, and well appointed. No matter what ... Read More
Let me start by saying my family and I stayed in 8016, a two bedroom suite on the concierge level, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The accommodations were fabulous, felt extremely spacious, and well appointed. No matter what room type you decide on, I would encourage anyone to splurge on the concierge level. I can not say enough wonderful things about the staff, Julia and Andy, who run the concierge level. They were so attentive to my two young children, made us feel welcome and pampered, and went above and beyond to make the trip even more memorable than it already was. Wherever you stay though, the boat is magical and I would highly recommend it to anyone! the kids programs are top notch, the shows are fabulous and entertaining for every age group. Disney's island Castaway Cay is fabulous, here I would highly recommend the cabana so you have a designated spot to hang out! The only reason I would not give the Magic five stars is because on disembarking the boat I realized I had left my wedding and engagement ring (which has been handed down in my husbands family for three generations so completely and totally irreplaceable) on the bedside table (the same spot I had taken them off every night and left them). As soon as I realized what I had done (less than thirty minutes from leaving the ship), I called and emailed the only DCL numbers for items left on the ship. In my heart, I knew the gentleman who cleaned our room each and every day we were there would return to them to me, but after numerous calls and emails they claim that nothing had shown up. Needless to say I am devastated; not only for my wedding and engagement and the symbolism they have to me, but for the tradition that has been broken in my family. We were planning a 2016 cruise with our kids and friends, and I would truly love to make more memories on this cruise line, but I don't know if I can knowing what was stolen from me... Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I just got off a week long trip on the Disney Fantasy Cruise today (Saturday). This cruise line went to Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Cay and Castaway Cay. I traveled with a group of 9 people and the youngest were 4 and 2, the rest were adults. ... Read More
I just got off a week long trip on the Disney Fantasy Cruise today (Saturday). This cruise line went to Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Cay and Castaway Cay. I traveled with a group of 9 people and the youngest were 4 and 2, the rest were adults. I think that the kids had a magical on in a lifetime experience from seeing all their favorite Disney princesses and characters. I personally loved having strawberry/banana/chocolate ice cream, LOL! Then at our restaurants we had the most awesome team on board; their names were LaTroy and Dennis from Jamaica and the manager, Titziana from Italy. They kept us entertained and happy the entire trip. They went above and beyond with the even the smallest things like knowing our drinks, giving us recommendations on the menus, having fruit ready for the kids and many other things. The entertainment was amazing with activities every hour of the day. Seeing movies, character shows, Disney movie shows and some adult activities for the rest of us were great all around. We went out to port at each country and we shopped and went to the pool or beach. The room was comfy and felt like home for the week. Room service was great at keeping the room spotless and making the adorable towel animals were a special touch along with the chocolates on the bed. Although there were some choppy waters after leaving Jamaica, I was able to relax that night. Getting off the ship was easier than getting on board, LOL, I didn't mind the wait because I was too excited to care. Overall, it was one of the best weeks that I've ever had! 5 stars from me.! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My family went on our very first cruise ever on the Fantasy (Halloween on the High Seas)!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The ship was immaculate!!! Our cabin size was perfect for a family of four (category 7A). The Service was great!! ... Read More
My family went on our very first cruise ever on the Fantasy (Halloween on the High Seas)!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The ship was immaculate!!! Our cabin size was perfect for a family of four (category 7A). The Service was great!! Our servers were great!! We only did Port excursions (through Disney) in Cozumel and Jamaica, and both were safe, and worth the money! We had the early dining seating, and it worked out great for my family, as we have a 2 year old and a 7 year old. Both of my kids LOVED the Nursery (for my 2 year old) and the Oceaneer's club (for my 7 year old). My 7 year old literally stayed there one day from 10:30am- almost 10:30pm!! He didn't want to come back even then! The characters were great! Based on the schedule provided in the daily navigator, we were able to plan our day around where the characters would be! We saw just about all of them!!! It was great, and the kids had a great time meeting them! Disembarkation process was very organized. We were sad to leave the ship, because we had soooooo much fun! Prior to disembarking, we booked a placeholder for our next cruise!!! This first time cruiser is HOOKED!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so ... Read More
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so that we could include our 2 daughers, ages 13 and 10. First of all the boarding process was a breeze. Sure, there were a lot of people but lines moved quickly. We left the majority of our luggage to be delivered to our room and only had a few carry ons with swimsuits and things we might need upon arrival as we were told our luggage may not arrive at our room until 5pm. We could go to our stateroom at 1:30pm. We boarded the ship around noon or just after so we first went and had lunch while waiting for our room to be ready. When we got to our room at 1:30, we found our luggage waiting for us! Very prompt! Now as for the ship itself...it was immaculate! I have nothing to compare to but from what I hear, the Disney ship is far better/cleaner than most others but a little more expensive too. I was very pleased with how well kept everything was. From the pools, to the restrooms and everything in between. There were even employees at the entrance of restuarants handing antibacterial wipes for our hands. I think that's a great extra step to help stop the spread of germs and illness. We enjoyed the pools nearly everyday. While they were at times a little crowded, that did not deter me or my kids. We still had a great time. We had excellent 86 degree weather and sunshine everyday so we expected lots of people to be there. There were plenty of chairs and towels and Disney movies played all day on the huge "funnel vision" screen at the pool area. My kids being 10 and 13 had separate clubs they could go to. The Oceaneear club for my 10 yr old and Edge for my 13 yr old. They could go there to play with other kids their age and make crafts, have dance parties, learn to cook or play games. They had lots of activities daily and a schedule delivered to our room every night for what to expect the next day. My kids went to those 2 or 3 times but they enjoyed spending most of their time doing things with us. They also caught a few movies they had not alrady seen at the theater. We saw 3 live shows at the Walt Disney Theater. One we all enjoyed the most was a juggler...Michael Holly. This guy was hilarious and very entertaining. We saw the show on the first night but I can't remember what it was called. Lots of singing and dancing. The last one we saw was Beleive. They were excellent. Very talented singers and dancers and the costumes were very good. Every night we had an amazing dinner! I was super impressed. Our wait staff made this a wonderful event every night. Our waiters were Rahul & Luis, from India and Peru. They were very attentive and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our foods and drinks. They were very professional and friendly. The food was very good each night and had a good variety of things to choose from. If you are into night life, the ship has places for that too. I can't say too much about that. We did not go to any bars or dance places. We do not drink or dance so it's not really our scene but I hear that Tube is the place go to for that...music and entertainment. As for the port excursions...just remember you get what you pay for on this! And all the best ones get booked up so plan ahead and try to book them as soon as you have booked your cruise! We booked the dolphin encounter for the stop at St Thomas...this was a winner! Maybe the highlight of the trip. It was really awesome and each person got lots of interaction with the dolphin. This is fun for adults and kids. It's expensive but well worth it. And a side tip...if you do this, plan to pay for pictures. They do not allow you or family members to take pictures. They have photographer there who takes several. They are good quailty but they are expensive. To get all pictures of our family of 4 was $200. Again, I think it's worth it! This is an all day event so if you do this, don't try to plan anything else. We booked an excursion for St Maarten the night before we got there because we didnt know exactly what we wanted to do. We took a very inexpensive trip to a nearby beach....Orient Beach. The beach was nice, water felt great and the sand was soft...but be aware, you get approached by the island ladies wanting to braid your hair or sell you cover-ups or jewelry. It's annoying but I just politely told them over and over- No Thank You. I don't think the islands were what I expected. I was looking for white sandy beaches and crystal clear water but that is not what you get. The boat is docked at a harbor or port, not a resort. We had to travel through the island to get to our excursions so you see where the natives live and quite honestly, it looks like a dump. They live poor for the most part and it's just run down and dirty looking. If you want the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water, you won't see that until you arrive at Castaway Cay for the last day of the cruise! That was an amazing place! We did the snorkeling which was great fun and not so expensive. We saw lots of fish and took pictures with an underwater camera. Our kids enjoyed the snorkeling and loved the waterslides and just playing in the water and the sand. Like the ship, this island is very clean and well kept with clean restrooms and 2 places to eat that were also nicely kept with a wide variety of food to choose from. There are cabanas you can rent for the day...but u have to do it ahead of time because they fill up and it's expensive upwards of $500 for day I believe. We didn't do that and we had a wonderful time under the umbrellas and the shades of the trees in our chairs. Again the weather was beautiful...warm but a nice breeze and the shade kept it from being too hot. The last day we had an early breakfast (6:45am) with our wonderful wait staff and we were on our way. Disembarking was easy and quick. We chose to have our luggage outside our stateroom the night before for pickup and they we could get it on the way out the next morning just before going thru customs which was also very quick and painless! We left our vehicle in the parking deck across from where we board the ship so it was a short easy walk even with all our luggage in tow. There are characters at certain places at all different times but most are posted in the navigator. Check that if you are interested in pictures with characters and be ready to stand in line and wait. We did a few of them but my kids are a little older and didn't care so much for it but we did a few of them.If you are looking for characters from a particular movie etc...ask customer service. My daughter was interested in meeting Elsa & Ana from Frozen. They were there but it was not advertised and we had to have a ticket to see them for a meet and greet. Dressing up is a HUGE deal!! The semi-formal night is a big deal for dressing to the nines and taking fancy pictures on the grand staircase. Pack a formal dress, heels and men a suit or tux. Also pirate night is huge...go all out if you don't mind spending the money for a costume--but get before your trip. Items/clothing you purchase on the ship are very expensive! You just can't overdo it on these nights! Also on pirate night, the fireworks are spectacular. Many of the little girls on the ship wore their princess dresses to dinner every night. Fun for them to do so and very acceptable! The bippity boppity boutique is a great idea if your little girl likes to dress up and look like a princess--(all for a price!). Photographers take photos at all the character meet and greets but please take your own camera. All the photos taken are kept in a folder type thing on the 4th floor so you can see all your vacation photos. They also do face recognition so you will even see those taken on the Aquaduck if you ride it, which is much fun! As most other things, photos are very expensive if you purchase the prints and/or a cd. They offer a book you can create yourself with up to 34 photos for $150. I chose to do that and used my pictures for everything else. The pictures are good and clear but just too expensive for me. To get them all you are talking $350-$500 range. *There is no charge for room service! I was amazed at this! My daughter was not feeling well at dinner one night so she was hungry later on. I ordered a sandwich and we had it in about 10 minutes! *If you suffer from motion sickness, try something called Bonine. I felt bad one day with a headache but after taking that each day, I was fine. It's a chewable tablet. This was a wonderful trip and I would definitley suggest it to anyone. My kids loved it so much, they were sad when the day came for us to disembark and are already asking when we can go again. There is so much to see and do and experience. The entertainment, the sights, the food....and the sheer cleanliness of this place impresses me! Disney is not to be outdone! If you are a cruiser and you have never tried a Disney cruise, I trust you will not be dissapointed! As I said, I have nothing to compare it to but it was outstanding and everything was top notch, especially the service...from ALL STAFF. They were phenomenal! Thank you Disney for some great family memories that will last a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My mother, son (6) and I went on the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribean and had a fabulous time. This was first time cruising for myself and my son. My mother has cruised many times before mainly in the Mediterranean. Embarkation ... Read More
My mother, son (6) and I went on the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribean and had a fabulous time. This was first time cruising for myself and my son. My mother has cruised many times before mainly in the Mediterranean. Embarkation was quick. We completed online check in and had a port arrival time of 11.15-11.30. Once we showed passports etc. and received our Key to the World Cards we immediately boarded the ship. We stayed in Stateroom 8502 which was a nice spacious room with obstructed porthole window although we could still see out. This was a forward cabin but we did not feel much movement at all. The room was clean and tidy. Chard was our assistant who cleaned the room twice daily. The housekeeping staff work so hard here to ensure everything is clean and tidy and are all so nice and friendly. Restaurant Staff were also fantastic. On our first evening we were placed at a table with a family of 6. It was not the best as we felt we were intruding on the family but we requested a change of table which was able to be done. This was something I was not aware of for dining and was advised by other people on the cruise ship that you can request a table for your own party prior to boarding. Our servers were Ashley from India and Raffy. These 2 worked so hard and were lovely people. BY day 3 they knew which drinks we liked and would have them on the table before we arrived. Small touches like this are nice. The food was amazing. We also ate in Cabanas for breakfast and lunch and the food was always good and plentiful. Animators Palate was my favourite restaurant. I liked the Disney rotational dining system which meant you had the chance to eat in each restaurant and your servers would move to each restaurant with you. Pool areas are busy but we mainly stayed by the Family Zone area which was a bit quieter. The aquaduck was amazing. Wait was approx. 20-30 mins but one day the wait was 60 mins. When the ship is in a Port you can basically walk on and off, which my son loved. Due to high winds the Aquaduck was closed one day but it is all for safety. Entertainment was fantastic. We attended Magic Dave show, which my son loved. We also seen Aladdin and another show which now I cannot remember the name of, and also the Pirates Night and they were all fantastic and to Disney high standards. There was plenty to do throughout the day with crazy golf, cinema and plenty activities and also Character Meetings. My son used the Kids Club maybe for an hour a day and did enjoy it. I registered my son online so was able to avoid that queue at the Port. Because he was registered online I only had to take him to the Club and he was given his band. My son unfortunately had an accident onboard which required stitches so we had to attend the Medical Centre. All the staff were very good and fully explained what was happening. One thing to keep in mind which I was not aware of, is if your onboard account exceeds $500 Disney will automatically take payment from your credit card. They can reverse the payment if you want to pay cash, but I did hear a few people complaining of this when attending Guest Services to pay my final account so I was not the only one not aware of this. Disembarkation was quick and straight forward. AS we were main seating for our evening meal (which is at 5.45pm) we had to attend breakfast on the final morning at 6.45am which is in the restaurant you attended for your final dinner (I don't think Cabanas are open on the final day). After breakfast you debark the ship. There were people waiting to debark who had taken advantage of the express debarkation which you could use if your luggage remained with you and you carry it off. These people debarked as soon as the ship had clearance from the Port Authority. We then left the ship at 7.30am after breakfast and walked off the ship, picked up our luggage, went through Security and waited for the shuttle bus to take us to the car rental company. The process was quick (maybe 30 mins if that) and very well organised. At about 7.30am on the final day the staff begin cleaning for the next set of guests so the smoke areas etc. are all closed at that time. I would certainly recommend a Disney Cruise to anyone and cannot wait for my next one due to the high standards Disney ensure for their guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was a spectacular cruise. The line at embarkation was long but went fast and we boarded very easily. This was our first time on a cruise ship so we picked a short cruise but wish we had done a longer one now. The balcony cabin was a ... Read More
This was a spectacular cruise. The line at embarkation was long but went fast and we boarded very easily. This was our first time on a cruise ship so we picked a short cruise but wish we had done a longer one now. The balcony cabin was a decent size for two adults and two teenagers. The split bathrooms with a toilet in one and a shower in the other is a great idea. Dining was good and we lucked out and had a rotation of Parrot Cay, Tritons and then Animator's Palate so it seemed the dining only got better each night. The buffet lunch was good as well and there was no problem finding a seat. The service at meals and everywhere else on the ship was excellent. I had the opportunity to see a crew member handle a lost child that sought out his help and he was wonderful. The pools were crowded but I was able to get a lounge chair at the adult pool. The pool water was abnormally warm. I don't like cold water so that isn't a problem but it was hardly even refreshing and was not really even noticeable cooler than the hot tub water. Our experience was amazing and we are now sold on cruising, although I fear we may have set the standard high taking Disney on our first cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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