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11 Disney Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

I chose to do a cruise on Disney to give my 9 grandson something memorable as this was his first vacation. He was very excited and really did enjoy the cruise. The dining was exceptional. The only problem was BED BUGS!!!! This WAS ... Read More
I chose to do a cruise on Disney to give my 9 grandson something memorable as this was his first vacation. He was very excited and really did enjoy the cruise. The dining was exceptional. The only problem was BED BUGS!!!! This WAS a memorable vacation because he had a miserable time with the bites for the rest of our vacation. Not the kind of vacation we planned on having. We ended up in our room because he welted up pretty bad and the itching of the bites were horrible. I believe he had over 100 bites all over his body. We also had bites but not as bad as our poor 9 year old. Disney has not contacted me. I do not think they plan on doing anything about there bed bug problem!!!! My complaint is being ignored. They had a pirate night that he wanted to get involved in. I bought a costume on the ship for $100. He was very excited to be a pirate but they should have involved the kids more! Nobody was there to even take pictures to add to our memory book. After the show was over and movie it was like if he dressed up for nothing. Don't waste your money! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Overall the Disney Cruise Magic was a memorable cruise. From the service to the accommodation and the meals were absolutely delicious. A very interesting concept for dining was the rotation of restaurants during your stay. This provided ... Read More
Overall the Disney Cruise Magic was a memorable cruise. From the service to the accommodation and the meals were absolutely delicious. A very interesting concept for dining was the rotation of restaurants during your stay. This provided a different setting, and theme each night but at the same time you kept your waiter as they moved with you as well. They really made meal time special and fun for the children by creating different characters using the napkins. Our grandchildren got a kick out of this each night, and looked forward to the newest inspiration presented. On that note the kids really had fun and remember the Academy as the best part of their cruise vacation. They loved all the activities, games and interaction with the activity leaders. They got them involved in scavenger hunts throughout the ship, and dressing up to go trick or treating, because it was Halloween time. The only draw back to this cruise or should I say caveat, is the Disney characters. They are not as visible or as interactive as you would be led to believe from the commercials. They are to be found at a particular location and a scheduled time, for you to line up and get your quick photo with them. This was a bit disappointing because it then becomes more commercial than an actual experience. Therefore when the grandchildren were asked what was their most memorable time on the Disney Cruise. Mickey Mouse or company was not mentioned. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Do not cruise with Disney in the summer if you are a couple without children. Although my husband, me, and our adult daughter had no children with us we were on a family cruise with 3 children in our group (21 total). I can say that we did ... Read More
Do not cruise with Disney in the summer if you are a couple without children. Although my husband, me, and our adult daughter had no children with us we were on a family cruise with 3 children in our group (21 total). I can say that we did enjoy our cruise, the ship was overwhelmed with children (a lot of them running around the ship unaccompanied by any adults as if the adults were not afraid anything could happen to them or they could go anywhere (other than overboard). We encountered children running up and down the stairs not doing anything other than running the stairs. And most of them had no manners. If you wanted to get your picture with any of the characters forget it because teeny boppers would just jump right in front of you. We spent a lot of time in the adult only areas (18+). Disney staff apparently does not police this area very well because there were teenagers in the hot tub when my daughter was in there and they were spitting in the hot tub. She was so grossed out that she got out. And apparently some parents do not know what adult only means because there were 2 mothers with their preschool age children in the adult only pool! I complained repeatedly to the guest services and nothing was done. As for the food it was OK. And I mean only OK. The breakfast buffet was pretty good and so was the lunch but as for the evening dining it was OK. Who eats wild boar? The portions were very small too. I am not a big eater but my husband sometimes left dinner hungry and my daughter would go back to the room and order room service. The desserts were the size of a tart when you ordered them. They were more like samplers. Very disappointed in the food. The best times we had were either off the ship on an excursion or in the adults only club (the tube) at night but apparently parents still did not know what 18 and over meant because some brought their teenage children along. Also on the days we were out to sea my sister who had her children and grandchildren with her said you could not even get near the pool or swim in the family areas because there so many people in the pool all you could do was stand in the water. I didn't get in them since we spent our time in the adult pool. Forget trying to keep up your exercise routine in the exercise room, you could not get near it. You were better off walking around the ship. We really enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings including the shows and the entertainment in the adult clubs. So if you choose to cruise on the Disney Fantasy DON'T go when the kids are out of school in the summer because the ship is way too crowded. Our ship was booked to capacity. I only booked at this time of year because it was a family vacation but I would never go again at this time of year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We traveled last week on Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. We had taken a five night cruise on the Dream last year in the same type room. We were in 11014 this year and our kids and their tots ... Read More
We traveled last week on Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. We had taken a five night cruise on the Dream last year in the same type room. We were in 11014 this year and our kids and their tots were in 11018 and 11020. One improvement over the Dream was the absence of the metal gate you had to unlock to enter our hallway on the Dream. We thought it was tacky and unnecessary. The rooms were great. Our kids had the wall between their balconies opened so they could move easily between the rooms and share the large balcony space. It was great with their toddlers. Last year we were in 11008 which is next to the expanded balcony suites. They could easily look into our balcony and perhaps our room since their balcony extended out further than ours. The suites are great with tons of storage, a living area, dining area and bedroom. We enjoyed the second small bath as my husband and I often showered at the same time. Our kids utilized the second bath by putting the pack and play in there so their babies had a quiet room to sleep in. We really appreciate the ease of traveling on the concierge level. The three on our cruise were Alice, Kameisha, and PJ. All were helpful and gracious. We often had all four tots in the concierge lounge. They acted like they love children and were unaffected by spilled drinks. Concierge level gives you access to a private sundeck on Deck 13. We preferred the adjacent adult deck that has a super water feature and shady areas. There was a nice reception on the private sundeck attended by Donald Duck.Our travel agent stayed up to reserve a cabana for us at midnight the first day they were available to book. The cabana makes the day at Castaway Cay absolutely delightful. Since we had a tiny baby with us we could not have spent the whole day on the beach without it. The cabanas have a frig, a safe, a hammock, towels, a ceiling fan, and, if requested, a pack and play. There is also a foot shower and tall shower to use before entering the cabana from the beach. Our toddlers played with the foot shower and sand for hours. The cabana also came with sand bucket and toys. Also available were beach umbrellas, floats, inner tubes and chairs. Our room stewards were Stevonnie and Eka. They were nice as could be and kept our room wonderfully clean. I asked for ice the first day. They filled the bucket twice a day each day. We had two adults only dinners at Palo. The food was really, really good. Nikola was our waiter both nights. He was charming and accurate. It was well worth the upcharge to go. The bar between Palo and Remy is also very nice. Quiet and beautifully furnished, it is a nice respite. It also offers two lovely spaces outside. We are very happy with DCL and Fantasy in particular. We plan to cruise with them again next year.Also, we all had massages. They were great although the staff certainly tries to see you more services and products. We really enjoyed the dancing placemat drawings at Animator's Palate. I thought it was amazing that they could plug all those drawings in so quickly. It was a delight. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We spent four days on the Dream and had a great time. We were apprehensive after reading about all of the problems that cruisers experienced the first few months that the ship was in operation. Practice must make perfect because almost ... Read More
We spent four days on the Dream and had a great time. We were apprehensive after reading about all of the problems that cruisers experienced the first few months that the ship was in operation. Practice must make perfect because almost everything was first rate. If you are fans of Disney's Wonder and Magic, then you might have concerns about the size of the Dream; however, after several sailings on this ship you'll no doubt love it too. What we liked: The food and service in all three restaurants were fantastic. The "cruise or smart casual" dress code in the dining rooms for dinner. The beds were heavenly and there was ample storage in the cabins. Castaway Cay's adult beach was peaceful and the water was so clear. The 24-hour beverage station (on all Disney ships) was convenient. The AquaDuck is a great ride, but you need to have good knees to get into and out of the raft. The duty-free shop was larger and nicer than the ones on the Magic and Wonder. The two cell phones in each cabin are a great idea, but'(see below) What we didn't like: The cell phones in the cabins are extremely difficult to program even for those who are technologically astute. The size/number of the swimming pools is inadequate. We read that numerous times and just want to say that we AGREE! On the Wonder and Magic, Mickey Ice Cream Bars ordered through roomservice are free but on the Dream you will pay full price. Tip: If you have a 220-voltage adapter (round one) bring it along; otherwise, leave hair dryers, curling irons, and phone chargers at home. We read that there were no 110 outlets in the cabins but couldn't believe it. We searched the cabin but could only find 220 outlets. Also, there are no hair dryers in the cabins; you will need to ask your cabin host. As for curling or straightening hair, you're out of luck. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Though we're 60+ and were taking no children with us, we chose this cruise because we thought we'd like having the days at sea to enjoy the Disney experience and we were not disappointed. We booked air through Disney and they ... Read More
Though we're 60+ and were taking no children with us, we chose this cruise because we thought we'd like having the days at sea to enjoy the Disney experience and we were not disappointed. We booked air through Disney and they make the process from the airport to the ship and ship to airport very easy. We especially liked not having to pick up our luggage at the airport...Disney handled it and our bags were in our room well before dinner. We had a verandah cabin and it's the first time I've had more storage space than I needed. We also liked the split bathroom concept. We were impressed with the cheerful attitude of every crew member we encountered. Didn't matter if they were officers or maintenance staff they all greeted you with a smile and a friendly word and they all seemed to genuinely enjoy their job. Our table hosts, Romain and Oscar, were outstanding and the dining room staff worked together and helped each other when needed even it it wasn't their table...great teamwork. The entertainment is probably the best at sea from the 3D movies to the stage shows which have extravagant costumes and sets. Also, encountering Disney characters as you travel about the ship is lots of fun. No matter what your age I'd definitely recommend a Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Had been wanting to take my 12 year old twin boys for a number of years to the Disney Cruise and have to say the three of us loved the experience. The review will be only my opinion but has changed my opinion on cruising so the experience ... Read More
Had been wanting to take my 12 year old twin boys for a number of years to the Disney Cruise and have to say the three of us loved the experience. The review will be only my opinion but has changed my opinion on cruising so the experience must have been good. Arrived at Port from Orlando by approximately 10.30 and were on board by 12 noon. I have to say I found the terminal hectic and boaring althought the system of getting guests onboard seemed very organised. Once we were onboard we eat outside at Topsiders which I have to say I loved and continued to do so for the majority of the cruise. We had room 5130 with a verandda which I absolutely fell in love with and made the entire cruise for me. Worth every penny and still in love with now. Would only go on cuise if I could have one again. The room suited us three very well and the cleaning daily was excellent. Key West - absolutely loved this port did our own thing with the Hop on and Hop off. Watched sunset from top deck and really enjoyed our sightseeing day. Grand Cayman - Turtle farm booked through Disney which I thought was expensive but due to tendering did not want to do alone. The day was very hot and again brilliant. Very informative guide and really nice to us UK residents all staff were kept welcoming us home every time they spoke to us. Boys loved the turtles and spent all the remainder of the day in snorkel ling lagoon with fish and turtles. Really loved. Cozumel - again loved in fact want to return to Mexico soon. Did Chankanaab on our own with taxi and pre booked manatee and sea trek via Internet. Both brilliant. Manatee experience was awesome. Only 3 of us with trainer and in water with them for about 90 minutes. Sea Trek was great bit scarey for me when barracuda came into sight but apart from this absolutely loved the park in general. Also saved $$$ by doing ourselves and very easy to do. Don't hate me but after this Castaway Cay was a little bit of a disappointment for us. We were luck enough to be able to hire a private cabana. Have to say we had hired one at Aquatica which beat Disney's hands down. Service was just ok and nothing really for $500. My advice save your money. We enjoyed as my sons not used to having so much sun enjoyed the shade of it. Apart from this again they could take some advice from Aquatica. On Board - I'm not a show type of person but have to say I enjoyed all the Disney shows very much. Food - again don't hate me but didn't know what all the fuss was about. Thought the food in restaurants was average at best. Very slow with drinks and eating took forever. Due to this we ate mainly at Topsiders where the service was excellent and much better than our assigned dining. Boys loved the cinema and went frequently. Went to kids club twice and enjoyed but this was about quality time with me so didn't push them. Spa - again sorry to say the rain forest room was lovely and had two treatments which on comparison to what I have in the UK was again very average and at appalling prices also had a very hard sell to purchase products. This was a shame as I did want to buy but the hard sell just wanted me to run out. Also had a very hard sell for the tip again really off putting. Just to sum up had a wonderful time and was a holiday I will always remember. Would I do Disney again maybe not only because I have done it and would like to try another. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Cabin- Nice size. Love the split bath. Bring your own hairdryer! There are no irons in the room and you have to go to the laundry room to wait in line. Don't wait until right before dinner. Having a verandah was a smart move- so nice ... Read More
Cabin- Nice size. Love the split bath. Bring your own hairdryer! There are no irons in the room and you have to go to the laundry room to wait in line. Don't wait until right before dinner. Having a verandah was a smart move- so nice to get away from the crowd if need be. Our cabin steward was great. Food-I thought the food was nice but not great. If you are used to dining in good restaurants and are a 'foodie' like me you might be a bit disappointed. Entertainment-there are plenty of things to do. The theater entertainment was good and if you can't make it to the theater you can watch it on your t.v. Not the same experience but an option. St. Maarten- the island is pretty enough. Go shopping if you are really into gems and don't mind salespeople breathing down your back. Otherwise, skip it and head to the nice beaches and eat some French food in Marigot. Grab a cab to do this, don't pay for a tour with time restrictions. St. Thomas- we went on a snorkeling excursion- really fun. I hear St. John is beautiful-wish I had gone to the beach there. Cstaway Cay- beautiful beach, nice kids area, decent barbeque, but the snorkeling isn't great. It is still fun, had a nice time here. Random thoughts- The pools are very crowded and noisy especially if it is really windy. If you have kids try to take advantage of the kids clubs and hit the adult pool. The ship rocked like I have never experienced before- bring those ginger pills and patches. You can bring your own wine on board and ask for wine glasses from room services. Bring the glasses right into the dining rooms and no one bats an eye. Noise-They blow the horn very often to make announcements-you can turn this off in your stateroom which was nice, the theater is really loud if you try to sit up front. One family brought ear phones for their son for the shows. I thought that was a great idea. You also hear people above you and next to you and running down the hallways a lot. Bring ear plugs if you are sensitive. The photo package seems really expensive and we knew some people that were running around and stressing so much about getting their money's worth that they were late to dinner or other events because of it. You can use your own camera for every character opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
This was our first cruise, first time out of the country, etc. So, I didn't know what to expect but I too had read a lot of traveler reviews and this ship scored fairly well so lets just say that I had high expectations.We boarded the ... Read More
This was our first cruise, first time out of the country, etc. So, I didn't know what to expect but I too had read a lot of traveler reviews and this ship scored fairly well so lets just say that I had high expectations.We boarded the ship at 11:30 and everything went smoothly. I do have to say that they are properly staffed for check in which is a plus. NOthing starts your vacation off to a bad start like standing in line for 45 minutes. So, we had lunch about 12 noon at the Beach Blanket Buffet which had a good assortment of just about everything you could think of!Our rooms are ready at 1:30 ( disney tapes off the corridors until 1:30 ) and our luggage arrived pretty soon there after which was great considering I had forgotten to take the sunblock out of our luggage and put it in the carry on after we got off the flight! The cabin itself, was fairly small - although, from what i understand of cruises, this is fairly common. However, the housekeeping staff was SUPERB. I mean, really, SUPERB. EVERY time that I left and came back the room had been cleaned, and by cleaned I mean she took the time to organize our clothing, hang things up, put things away, clean up the towels, everything you would expect from housekeeping with the exception that they did it every time you left your room. Literally. These people are stealth like. :) I had no idea when they were coming or going! I will say that I was not all that impressed with the fitness center. Pros and cons - #1 - the treadmills had windows so you could overlook the ocean - that was cool. #2 - they had TV's - cool as well - as for the cons - for a ship of this size, they had very limited weight equipment. I was really surprised. Only one leg machine, one arm machine, etc - all the rest was cardio equipment. Having stayed at many disney resorts, the Saratoga Springs resort had a much larger and much better selection in terms of equipment!As for the excursions, this was our first time in Nassau, which was an adventure. We wanted to visit the Astrada Gardens and Zoo and the ship had something you could book, OR, you could venture off on your own and take something called a Jitney ( public transportation, like a bus ) there and back. So, I thought, lets do that! What a mistake! Apparently, Nassau is divided into two parts, the first part is very run down, impoverished and not a place you want to be walking with kids. Easy target for lots of bad things. The Jitney looked , and smelt, like someone had vomited all over the seats, it was FILTHY. I made my daughter sit on my lap and wouldn't let her touch anything! We got there and the zoo was quite nice - but I was so grossed out by the jitney, I wouldn't take one back and decided to walk the mile and half / 2 miles. We did come across a nice little beach along the way, which was neat. The other side of Nassau is where we went for the Dolphin Encounter and that side is beautiful. It is surprising that they are so different! We did the dolphin encounter and booked it directly through the company. Disney wanted $125 pp for the dolphin swim and it was $85 pp if you book through the company directly, plus $4 pp for the cab ride there. The dolphin swim was great, we had a really nice time, plus the island that it is on is lovely. The food on this cruise was wonderful - the only thing was that when we came back from Nassau since it took so long to get back through customs ( and beware, you will be berated by people asking "braids for your princess?' and when I said no, they gave me nasty looks and called you names ) that we missed our dinner seating. So, we went back to Beach Blanket buffet and they had a wonderful menu for people who missed dinner and the restaurant was nice and quiet - it was nice to sit back and relax and watch the ship leave Nassau. Castaway Cove was quite nice as well. I could tell that there were not a lot of early risers since we got on the island early and there was no one there. That changed around 11am though and it was pretty packed, BUT there were plenty of chairs and hammocks, etc. They had a BBQ at lunch which was good as well. They also had strollers you could borrow to push your child from one end of the island to theother which I thought was nice. The only thing I didn't like is that you go to a beach, a Disney beach none the less, and there are no sand toys! We had to pay $18 for sand toys and $6 pp for a tube rental. Seems a little nickel and dimey when you have spent all this money for a cruise but I guess it is what it is. The shows were great, we really liked them - overall, this was a great first cruise. I was very sad to leave the ship and come home! We are looking forward to this again next year! Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
I booked a 3 night 4 day cruise with daughter and grandson on the Disney Wonder. Arrived at port on morning of sailing via Disney bus from the airport. Check in went smooth, took about an hour in all. Once on board, we went to the beach ... Read More
I booked a 3 night 4 day cruise with daughter and grandson on the Disney Wonder. Arrived at port on morning of sailing via Disney bus from the airport. Check in went smooth, took about an hour in all. Once on board, we went to the beach blanket buffet and ate lunch. My grandson swam in the Mickey pool, it was loaded with kids and he had a blast. At 1:30 we were able to enter our balcony stateroom and was satisfied with it. It was very clean and offered alot of storage space for our belongings. It had a king sized bed (which was very comfortable), a pull down bed and a futon bed. We had the split bathroom, a balcony with 2 chairs and a table, a sitting area with a desk, sofa and chair as well as a small refrigerator. I hunted down our room attendant and told him how we wanted the beds to be made up, and to also leave us ice. He was very attentive to our needs, kept the room very clean (although every morning, we would pick up our belongings and store them so that he would not have to deal with alot of stuff lying around the room when he was cleaning). We were left clean towels twice a day as well as ice twice a day. We did use room service every afternoon, since we were scheduled for the late dinner seating. It always arrived promptly. The evening shows are definitely worth seeing and my grandson loved them. We left the ship the day we were in Nassau and went to Atlantis for the day. And of course, we left the ship all day when we were at Castaway Cay. The restaurants were all good, our traveling waiters were excellent. The only 2 complaints I would have is that there is not enough time to do everything you wanted to do, the other complaint (and it is really just an observation) is that they really push the alcohol on ship, which I took advantage of. I was just a little surprised that with a ship full of kids, the parents were drinking like fish. Just a little surprising. Another observation I had was that I expected the main lobby/atrium area to be larger than it really was. There were alot of photographers taking family photos, etc. As expected, there was always a kid having a melt down for some reason or another, probably out of sheer exhaustion. I know this grandma was very tired, so I can imagine how tired these kids were. My grandson had a meltdown also when he was not allowed to swim the night away. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this cruise. I really never felt overran with kids around me. The pirate party with fireworks is a must see. You can definitely keep busy on the ship without leaving the entire time. But I had never been to the Bahamas and I had to get off to experience that island some. The beaches are beautiful. The food is over the top and the staff everywhere are helpful and gracious. The morning of disembarkment went very smooth as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2008
This was a great vacation all around. The service was excellent. The entire staff was friendly and prompt. The crew is very organized. Our kids (ages 5 and 6) loved the kids club. The club is very well staffed and very attentive to the ... Read More
This was a great vacation all around. The service was excellent. The entire staff was friendly and prompt. The crew is very organized. Our kids (ages 5 and 6) loved the kids club. The club is very well staffed and very attentive to the kids. The hours are very flexible. The only negatives I have about the ship is the kids pool and the food. The kids pool is way, way too crowded. There must have been 200 kids trying to swim at the same time. As far as the food goes, it wasn't terrible or great. Just satisfying. They only served dinner in the restaurants at night. All the buffets were closed during dinner time. So if you wanted a good dinner you had to get dressed up and go to your scheduled seating time. Your only other choice was pizza, chicken strips, hamburger, hotdogs, fries and nachos. A buffet served on the deck would of been nice. Some friends of our actually went to there room and ordered room service then ate it on the deck. That worked out pretty well. One more thing. If you go, seriously consider going on the 7 night instead of the 4 night. We went on the 4 night. It was fine but not enough time to enjoy all the things the ship has to offer. You get on the boat on Wednesday afternoon. This 1st day you are so busy getting luggage and signing up for activities that it is almost lost. And 2 days are spent on shore at Nassau and Castaway Cay. Then you have to get off the boat 1st thing Sunday morning. So you only have 1 full day at Sea to relax. However, besides the food and the kids pool, the trip was better than I could have imagined. The disney island Castaway Cay is 1st class all the way. Excellent food, clean beaches, and awesome water. I could spend 3 days here alone. Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
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