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After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ for the 2 of us on top of the allotted nightly dinners to do this. We had planned on spending more as we knew that wine wasn't included with the meal. The awkwardness started by the choice of caviar and cheeses, then wine pairing for dinner, then trying the special truffles that they had you smell in the box and then the cheese cart after the entrees. Each was an extra 50+ to the meal. Each time we turned something down, we were made to feel awkward and looked down on. It really dampened the experience. On top of that, the portions were even smaller than usual for this caliber of a restaurant. We left hungry and ended up going to the buffet after the Pirate celebration and firework show! I have dined at the French and Canadian restaurants in Epcot. I have dined at Be our Guest and at Cinderella's Royal table for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. We were always treated first rate and never uncomfortable. This was a very new and very disappointing experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my 8th DCL cruise and my third time on the Magic. I just adore this classic ship. The larger ones are nice, but not intimate like the Magic and Wonder. We noticed our last cruise on the Magic had a bit of a tired menu and the ... Read More
This was my 8th DCL cruise and my third time on the Magic. I just adore this classic ship. The larger ones are nice, but not intimate like the Magic and Wonder. We noticed our last cruise on the Magic had a bit of a tired menu and the cooking seemed 'off'. This cruise was not the case. We had many new menu options and the quality of the food was really good. Shore excursions included a regatta in Cozumel that was very good for the price - I'd do that one again. Our cabin was in fine shape, but there were parts of the ship that seemed like they needed a bit of paint. It wasn't a distraction; perhaps I am simply picky since I am used to DCL being pristine. Service on DCL is unparalleled. It's just that good. Everyone seems genuinely interested in making sure you are having fun. Entertainment for adults is not lacking on DCL. We attended 'Match Your Mate' which is hilarious, spent time in all of the bars, saw an adult ventriloquist, and a great group called 'The Fly Boys'. They are worth seeking out in another realm outside of a cruise ship. We have done DCL with and without kids. It's great fun either way. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because ... Read More
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because of the warm weather in the Caribbean, being able to visit the Disney private Island of Castaway Cay and try out the Aquaduck! The price was very expensive and as much as I tried to convince on going on one of the big boats on the RCL it was Disney or nothing for my mother and sister. The embarkation was a bit hectic has someone had fallen ill in the cruise before us at Castaway Cay and caused the boat to arrive 3 hrs late. It caused a ruckus with no shuttles going to the port. We arrived an hr later than expected but Disney made up for the delay with making the process as speedy as could be. We got bonus lanyards because we were castaway members (previous guests) The buffet area at cabanas had a wide selection of food and made us feel a lot better. The 3 different dining areas were beautiful (my personal favourite was the animators palette due to the cool interactions and images shown on the walls. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to Crush on the first time dining there because I had booked for us to eat at Remy's. The experience was like nothing else.. I wouldn't do it every day but it was nice to dress up and be treated like VIPs. Every dish had plate covers and we had about 3-4 servers serving us at any given time. About 8 courses or so and the chef would come out to see how we were doing. Fantastic treat for my parents. My husband and I really enjoyed going on the aquaducks and experiencing the beautiful lounges on offer. I really thought Sky line was very romantic. I'm not Disney obsessed as a lot of the other cruisers are but I was happy to see my favourite characters Pluto and Donald around and taking pictures with them. It was my husband's first cruise and he really enjoyed the food. I laughed when he asked if we were going to Cabanas for evening meals since he didn't know anything about the nice plated dinners cruises usually provide. What really excited him was we got to watch Rogue one Star Wars premier on the boat at 12:01am on the 16th December onwards. It was pretty cool to watch it as it opens across the country. I enjoyed watching Dr. Strange and Moana on the boat too. Something that no other cruise line can boast to do since Disney owns Marvel and a lot of other entertainment companies. I liked the live Disney cast performances but they had used the same variety act on this cruise (2 different jugglers) which made it a bit repetitive. They should avoid doing that in future. I liked we had an adults area but the teenager's pool area at the front of the boat was always empty and wasted on them. Might as well let the adults take that part over. We did the mickey mouse detective angeny around the ship. Fun way to spend some time exploring the boat and interact with the cool artwork that comes to life and makes you do tasks to solve mysteries. I wish I had some more time to take the boat tour but unfortunately missed it. Great family trip but once you've done Disney Fantasy it's good to try out other boats. I look forward to try out RCL and Celebrity at some point. Having seen the fireworks performance on the west coast with the Disney wonder, I found this one to be short and less spectacular. They used Captain Jack Sparrow for most of it. Maybe it was because this was my second cruise with Disney but I felt the see ya real soon and other performances lacked enough characters compared to the first time. I like my head waiter Stefanos from Greece a lot but Carlos the assistant waiter was forgetful and not as attentive. these 2 waiters would follow us in to the 3 different dinging rooms for each night so they know your preference and get to chat with them more) Some of the other waiters on the boat that we dealt with during the day was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My 6 year old, and 12 year old both had a blast. My 12 year old spent the vast majority of time at The Edge...we rarely saw her. My 6 year old was in love with meeting the princesses, going to the boutique, and swimming in the pool. My ... Read More
My 6 year old, and 12 year old both had a blast. My 12 year old spent the vast majority of time at The Edge...we rarely saw her. My 6 year old was in love with meeting the princesses, going to the boutique, and swimming in the pool. My nearly 14 month hold, however, only went to the Edge a few times, and was bored the rest of the time. The horrible teens running around the ship, nearly slamming into people, literally falling out of the elevators when the doors opened...they were from The Vibe. I wouldn't sign the paper allowing her to go there. I didn't want her to be a part of all of that. Embarkation was great. We had a deluxe family veranda suite with concierge service so we were able to get on the ship with no waiting except for security which is expected. The ship is beautiful for sure, but the pools are fairly small. So they filled fast. We had dinner once in The Enchanted Garden which we all kind of felt was out dated. The Royal Palace was beautiful. We ate there twice. We were supposed to eat at the Animator's Pallet but we skipped it. We were just too full...but I was really looking forward to seeing the changing walls. The movie selection looked great, but we never really had time to go because they didn't time the movies well...they cut into dinner, and other things that were happening on board. Like the live shows. Or sleep (starting Moana at 11pm??). They didn't start during the times we were sitting twiddling our thumbs with nothing to do. Service was fine, the concierge was great. I came down with a cold or something starting on day one, and day two the concierge provided my husband when he asked where to find it, with dayquil for free. I went in after and got nyquil so I could sleep better. The excursion in Nassau we went on was the hour city bus tour and Ardastra Gardens (which is a zoo). While Nassau looks like it has a lot of potentially beautiful areas, the bus tour didn't show much of it, and took us to a little parking lot where there were people waiting to sell stuff. So if you decide to take this excursion, make sure you bring some cash or stay in the bus. The zoo was sad. I honestly hate to say that because it's pretty there, and the kids had fun. The flamingo "show" didn't seem so nice when you realize it's just a guy scaring the birds to run around. Very few animals are in enclosures...the majority are in cages. There was one monkey there, alone, in a large cage. The highlight there though was the feeding of the parrots by hand. They land on your arms and eat apple slices from your hand. If I were to ever go to Nassau again, I'd probably do my own research and figure out where to go based on time there...but most likely I'd stay on the boat. We planned on a glass bottom boat tour in Castaway Cay but the choppy water was too rough and so most (or many) excursions there were canceled including that one. So we just went back to the boat...which ended up being for the better since it poured and there were tons of people in line getting soaked trying to get back on the boat. The character meet and greets took 30+ minutes to get through the lines and by the time you got to the line, you were actually in another line...the one you wanted to see was closed some 10 people up in line. Their billing is odd on the ship. My mom ordered a drink from Currents and bought me a bottle of water (with my cold I was pounding the water). On her bill it was charged as a non-alcoholic drink for $11.44. They didn't separate them and we were really confused...we thought they charged us that much for a bottle of water. I took my daughter to the boutique for a princess makeover. I chose the crown package for $70. That charge was on our bill, but so was another for something like $250 both labeled the same. So when we should've been lining up for express walk off (early debarkation), we went to guest services to find out why we were charged so much. It turns out it was an event charge (which I knew about) for the Royal High Tea Party. It had nothing to do with the boutique...except that's where they charge it. So it says the boutique. This held us up, as there were only 2 people working at the counter...on debarkation day, when a bunch of people have questions about their bills, or other things. So...express debarkation is that you leave at like 7am. This would be before the rest of the people on the ship, except the harsh reality is that half the ship turns out to do it. (likely to catch early planes, and avoid staying another night in Orlando, or wherever they're at). When you are royal caribbean concierge, you leave before everyone else, so it's not crowded, no lines, etc. It's nice because you get out to the parking lot and there's no traffic to fight. We didn't need to worry about that since we had a private transfer but for others, you pay a LOT for concierge...perks are a good thing. And they're absent on Disney Cruises. RC you get reserved seating at shows...not Disney. After taking a RC cruise and comparing these two I really felt let down. The private transfer we used was Happy Limo. It was amazing when they swapped out a minivan for an actual limo and picked us up from the Art of Animation resort to take us to the ship. Not so much when the next driver who was speeding and nearly killed us when he didn't see the stopping cars and swerved into a lane that was ending on the right just to prevent hitting anyone. It wasn't a horrible trip or anything, I just won't be doing another Disney Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on several Disney Cruise vacations in the past and had a wonderful time but this past experience was a huge disappointment. We were on one of the Christmas holiday cruises on the Fantasy and I must say this was the worst ... Read More
We have been on several Disney Cruise vacations in the past and had a wonderful time but this past experience was a huge disappointment. We were on one of the Christmas holiday cruises on the Fantasy and I must say this was the worst vacation by far we have ever experienced. To start with our room was great and the room attendant was wonder, but because of the location of our room we really could not use our balcony because it was constantly covered in soot from the ships smoke stacks (?). Our first night of dining we ended up at a table near the dining rooms exit door which was open to the hall and stairway. We felt kind of segregated from the rest of the diners and probably at the worst table in the entire restaurant. All the servers had to pass our table coming and going from the kitchen so we felt like we were located next to a busy freeway. To make things even better a passenger proceeded to get violently ill just outside the exit door and it took half an hour for someone to come and clean it up. We alerted a server right away to let them know what had happened but lost our appetite due to the smell and watching passengers and crew proceeded to slip through the mess. At no point did anyone offer to move us and because we were at the later dining there were lots of open seats so all in all the situation was handled badly. This was just the first night and it proceeded downhill from there. The food was just OK for the duration, our last Disney Cruise the food was excellent. We also had booked a couples massage in advance. The message was wonderful but just after we got our robes back on after the treatment our technicians came in and bombarded us with upsetting services and product which turned a blissful experience into a negative one very quickly. We did have another treatment scheduled but we canceled because we felt so harassed. Trying to have photo's taken during photo opportunities was also a nightmare. We felt like cattle, waiting for at least an hour to have a photo taken at one point we waited an hour in line and when we got up to the front we were told to come back later because they were taking a break and that included all the people standing behind us. Our shore excursion was a disaster. We paid a lot of money to go to a beach excursion to find out when we arrived there were riptides so we couldn't go into the ocean. They knew before we even left the ship but didn't tell us until after we took a 45 min boat ride to get to the destination. On top of that there was only two guides for approximately 100 guests. Many of us complained about what happened but no refunds were offered. We also found out a couple days into the cruise that a lot of activities were cancelled because of a flu epidemic on the ship. As is turned out a bunch of passengers came onto the ship sick with the flu which eventually got passed on to other passengers and crew members so it seemed like half the people on the ship had to stay in their cabins so the virus would be somewhat contained. We sent a letter to the cruise line letting them know of our disappointing experience and received nothing from them. Not even an apology. I expected a lot more from Disney Cruise line. Like I said I have been on several of their cruises and had a great time but this was a disaster right from the start.We saved up for months for this vacation and for the most part the majority of this could have been handled better. We did have two more cruises booked with Disney for future travel but when we didn't receive any acknowledgement regarding this trip we cancelled all other vacations with the company and will probably not travel with them again Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I have always wanted to do a cruise and we enquired in our travel agents, and they had a great deal on sailing for 7 nights and staying in Animal Kingdom for 6 nights, with an overnight stay on International Drive for our 1st night ... Read More
I have always wanted to do a cruise and we enquired in our travel agents, and they had a great deal on sailing for 7 nights and staying in Animal Kingdom for 6 nights, with an overnight stay on International Drive for our 1st night arriving in Orlando. Everything was new to us, not knowing what to expect so lets begin. check in was quick and easy, the waiting to board was a bit of a drag as you are in a hall full of people and no where to go. They boarded the ship in a order of deck , once aboard just before entering, we were asked our family name, and the assistant named us as we entered to a round of applause, this was the case for everyone. Once entering on deck 3, it was just amazing, the staircase, light fittings, was just amazing. once we were able to have access to our cabins, again more to our expectations, we had a stateroom with verandah, space is more than you could ask for, we were on deck 9. Dining in Cabanas, great selection of food buffet style, we ate there for breakfast, sometimes late lunch as we second dining 8.15, the fast food kiosks also offered a variety. we ate in the main restaurants for 3 of the nights and met a lovely couple from Florida, we did not attend the first night to a long flight on the Friday, and time caught up with us, the second night was captains dress, my husband does not dress up for anyone, but later found out that you not have to participate. We went to watch a couple of shows, I think if we book again we may consider the 1st sitting so enjoy a show later rather than rush around for the 1st showing at around 6.15. Cinema had great show and plenty of room. The cabin service we received was top notch our attendant was William, was very friendly, helpful, full of advise, and the only one who made our 30th Wedding Anniversary trip special. I enjoyed all ports we visited, Cozumel, we were off the ship for about an hour, as I don't like being hassled when walking passing shops, Grand Cayman was a favourite, Jamaica was lovely and the shopping area very clean and locals very friendly ( it is recommended not to walk out of the gates), and mostly we loved Castaway Cay, to wake up and look out and see a Christmas Tree, made my holiday, although it was Halloween on board, to see the children enjoying themselves in their fancy dress was lovely and adults also had some great costumes, Pirate night was great we had 2 bandanas with Mickey of the Caribbean on them and the fireworks were what you expected from Disney fab fab fab. Would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
One of the advantages of our recent move to Florida is to take advantage of the easy access to ports for quick weekends away. With our birthdays bracketing the recent weekend, we chose to celebrate the two of us on the Disney Dream. ... Read More
One of the advantages of our recent move to Florida is to take advantage of the easy access to ports for quick weekends away. With our birthdays bracketing the recent weekend, we chose to celebrate the two of us on the Disney Dream. Full disclosure to ensure a proper frame of reference. First, I worked on cruise ships (not Disney) for over four years, so my comments will occasionally reflect my insights and biases of one who has been part of the industry. Second, we are Disney Vacation Club members and were able to use our vacation club points to book the stateroom, and this was our fifth cruise on Disney ships, second on Dream. Yeah, we like Disney, but I can still analyze service delivery with a critical eye. If you have never sailed Disney out of Port Canaveral you are missing one of the best port experiences in the world, and that is not an overstatement. Port access is simple and their private parking garage is right in front of the dock. Yes, you can get offsite parking cheaper, but paying the premium certainly was worth the ease of access. Disney allows you to schedule your embarkation time and it helps distribute guest throughout the check in period. We arrived just before our 10:45am check in and breezed through our terminal check in, having completed all the primary documentation online before we arrived. The one downside of this terminal is insufficient seating. About 1/3 of the guests stood in line for character photos (a great distraction of kids), 1/3 were in the seats, and the rest either became floor sitters or wall leaners. However, we didn't have long to wait and were on board by 11:20am. The personal announcement of each boarding 'family' as you enter the atrium is a nice touch, especially for first time cruisers, as you walk through their gauntlet of applauding crew members. All in all, one of the best embarkation processes in the business. Rooms were available as advertised by 1:30pm and I am a big fan of the size of these rooms, which are larger than any I've experienced on other lines (including my much loved former employer). We booked a verandah stateroom on Deck 7, just forward of the forward lifts and staircase. One of the great Disney features is the split bathroom with a sink in each bathroom, one paired with the toilet and the other with a combination shower/tub. When we brought children on the ship this was a real blessing for four of us. Even with only two of us sailing this was a much appreciated feature. The separate seating area and desk are quite large, and although the balcony is not very large, I will never sail without the opportunity to get outside for sunrises, sail aways, and to listen to the ocean at night. Public areas for Disney ships are not as open as on other ships that I like, which is one of my few complaints. They have a lot of separate 'rooms' which is good for providing different experiences but can make the ship feel like a bit of a maze, at times. We did find our favorite public room however, the Skyline Lounge. This quite bar with rotating images of some of the famous city skylines in the world was a wonderful place to have quite adult conversation with great bar service in a comfortable settling. Our other favorite 'room' was the Walt Disney Theater, which is a truly beautiful and classic venue. The Disney shows are great for Disney fans as they tend to be structured around simple story lines intended to allow them to fit in as many Disney 'hits' as possible. Personally, I would have preferred that they focused on one 'show,' but the talent is definitely there and, again, if you like Disney you will enjoy the performances. One of the best surprises of this sailing was the improvement I've seen in DCL food over the past several years. Rotational Dining, where the same service team accompanies through three distinct themed 'main' restaurants, is still a Disney signature. What has improved is the quality of food served, with virtually every dish falling into the very good to excellent realm. The buffet on Deck 11, Cabanas, is still too small and fairly limited for a ship this size, but there is increased quality and selection among the dishes offered. When it comes to private islands, Disney is in a class by itself. Castaway Cay is a cut above, with separate beaches for sports, family, teens, and adults. The island suffered only minor cosmetic damage from the recent hurricane, although the seas on the adults only beach, Serenity Bay, were anything but serene the day we were there due to high current which had stirred up way too much sea grasses for a pleasant in water experience. But if we had chosen to move back to the sheltered 'family beach' side, we would have had much better conditions. We chose the quiet of no kids, and enjoyed the time nonetheless. One area where I was slightly disappointed was in the general crew friendliness. Disney used to be the standard by which all others were measured, but even at the theme parks I've noticed a degradation. You will never get a perfect experience on any ship, but well over half of the crew would walk by you on this ship without an acknowledgment. Our room steward, despite cleaning the room well, was invisible to us the entire three days which was stunning to me from my knowledge of expectations in this regard. We did have an exceptional dining room team of Jean Pierre and Juan, and Bladimir, Bonny, and Jan in the Skyline Lounge were very warm and welcoming. Sofia in the shops was also representative of the desired style, but the rest of the crew generally only engaged when I reached out to them, and for some, not even then. Time to sprinkle more Pixie Dust on most of them. ;-) One other negative is the size of their fitness club. For a ship that can carry 3400 guests, this room was remarkably small. Definitely falls way below the standard of the rest of the ship. Disembarkation was as smooth as could be. Disney uses breakfast service on the last morning to control the flow and it works. We comfortably left the ship by 8:45 with no wait at the gangway or in the terminal and were in our car and on the road by 9:05am. Definitely the best disembarkation I've ever experienced. Disney is made to serve families with children, but as two adults enjoying a weekend celebration, we both had a great time. Having an adults only pool area, adult beach, nice lounge to have a drink, and a beautiful stateroom made this a wonderful weekend trip. Overall, kudos to the ship and crew. I know how tough this job is . . . and you did it remarkably well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise for the Port and I am so glad we did. We were able to visit WDW for a couple of days before heading to the port. We stayed conceirge level (room 12014) and it was SO worth it. The lounge was wonderful! The snacks ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the Port and I am so glad we did. We were able to visit WDW for a couple of days before heading to the port. We stayed conceirge level (room 12014) and it was SO worth it. The lounge was wonderful! The snacks and happy hour drinks were great. The conceirge staff (Amanda, Kemeisha and Twanda) and Room Host (Vicente) were what really made our trip fabulous. They were there for anything that we needed and loved to spoil us any chance the could. We sailed to Cozumel (beautiful water and wonderful people- food was wonderful too). We did the Dolphinaris port excursion and had a blast, just get ready for expensive picture packages ($75 for 3 pictures), as you are not allowed to bring your own camera. Next, we sailed to Grand Cayman. This port was beautiful as well. We did the Sting Ray Adventure and loved it. Really got to get up close with the sting rays and feed them. Our next port was Falmouth, Jamaica. This was my second favorite port. We went to the Jewel Resort and spent the day at the expansive pools, lazy rivers and multiple water slide. This all inclusive resort was exactly what my family needed. Pools for the kids, and free drinks and relaxation for the parents. And finally, our favorite port, Castaway Cay. Definitely saved the best for last! This island is beautiful. We decided to splurge and got a family cabana and we are so glad we did. A personal space with shade and shower, complete with complimentary snorkeling gear and floats, as well as a hammock and fully stocked refridgerator. I definitely recommend getting a cabana. Moving on to the food. All I can say is, "Wow." We had a wonderful dining room staff, Romme and Antoinette. The food was exquisite, never had a bad meal. The kids really enjoyed the quick service options on Deck 11, Flo's & Luigi's, that made food like pizza (10 different kinds), hamburgers, chicken burgers, even veggie burgers. We also made time for dinner and brunch at Palo, such a great restaurant for some adult time. Ian, our waiter both visits, was amazing! We loved all of the shows. What I was expecting was half of what the actually did, they were spectacular!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My daughter asked her Papa and I to join her and our three grandchildren on the kid's first cruise. My husband and I have sailed on 18 cruises...Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and every cruise to the Carribean. We took one cruise on ... Read More
My daughter asked her Papa and I to join her and our three grandchildren on the kid's first cruise. My husband and I have sailed on 18 cruises...Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and every cruise to the Carribean. We took one cruise on a ship out of Puertio Rico doing two back-to-back 14 day cruises. One whole month in Paradise. We love cruising. We had grown up watching Walt on nine inch tvs. How we loved Walt and the Mickey Mouse Club.. When our girls were growing up we took them to Disneyland. We took them to Disney World. We flew our daughters, their spouses, and our six grandchildren for 7 days at Disney's New Orleans resort and Disney World park. I never expected Walt to ever disappoint us. Yet, he did. I would never take this cruise line again. We left Cape Canaveral and our first day out I felt concern. We diverted to Miami after a gentleman took a serious fall down the main marble stairway. Critically hurt, when I saw a rescue boat arrive beside the boat to remove him from the ship, I realized that there was no helioport onboard. On two cruises, we saw people choppered out after serious health conditions. After a career in medicine, I could not help but think of that critical hour window of time which happens with critical medical conditions. The trip was great...really great for young children. Our grandchildren, aged 9, 12, and 15 enjoyed their first cruise. Yet, they spent most of the time at our side. They tried the children activities the first day, but did not like the activities. So they played miniture golf and used the amazing water slide a lot. The food onboard was inferior to the ships we have cruised on. It came to the table cool..not hot. Three nights I did not see a dessert on the menu that I liked. Our wait staff was excellent and I loved the beautiful .three diningrooms where our staff accompanied us to a different one each night.The maitre-D was accommodating We had a seventh floor balcony room. The greatest room ever. I loved the bathrooms! One with a sink commode...one with a sink and tub shower! It had the most storage on any ship of the ships we sailed. It had a full couch and constant reception in the rooms for news and sports. Very family oriented! Our room attendant, Scotty was excellent. I do not get a lot of time with my daughter and her family She lives in Minnesota and is a licensed nurse practitioner at Mayo Hospital. A job extremely demanding. We live in Iilinois. The first at-sea day was extremely disappointing. We were up early and got chaises in a family area near a small pool. We had two or three hours and went to lunch---we were gone thirty to forty minutes ! We left our towels on chairs. We came back and our towels were removed. Other people as taken our chaises. I asked the deck attendant! Oh, that is our policy..a book, a bag, was laid aside on the floor. THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED ON ANY CRUISE SHIP I HAVE SAILED ON#!!!! We could not find anywhere to sit. We went to our cabins!!! The medical physician and nurses were excellent! I had got onboard for the trip on prednisone due to problems due to suffering with systemic lupus and a rash I developed!!! However I had finished my meds. I took a cold, had a rash, and high temp.. I was given more prednisone. I spent 24 hour in my room. At Castaway Key...the last day on the ship my family and nearly everyone else went ashore! I returned to the top deck where we were the day our chairs were taken. I read. I napped. It was early. Shortly about 11 a.m. the deck attendant came and started stacking all the chaises. I asked him why? Well,he told me they had to to get ready for the new vacationers getting aboard the next day. I told him this was my cruise and he brushed me off. . He wanted to ad my chases to the stack. I gathered my things. I went to Guest Relations and nicely told the receptionist that I had paid for that last day. She just brushed me off. I told her I had no doubt their ship would always be filled. They would have repeat cruisers. But having talked to other fellow cruisers....ones who have cruised on Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian...they also in the past week had told me they would, like us, never cruise Disney again. All other cruise lines treat you with respect. On Celebrity..you are one! There were never attendants from the bar walking around to ask if you would like a drink! In smoking areas....ashtrays run over....you are invisible. No, WALT DISNEY' let us down. How we never expected that.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
the ship was fanastic the shows was reallly good and reallly Invested invested a lot of thought about the shows was a restaurant cabanas while I liked because it Bofmh and Afsrlraot what you take varnish and I loved the restaurant Inimator ... Read More
the ship was fanastic the shows was reallly good and reallly Invested invested a lot of thought about the shows was a restaurant cabanas while I liked because it Bofmh and Afsrlraot what you take varnish and I loved the restaurant Inimator palace food is very tasty and restaurants investments tours were very interesting and told a lot of information about the places we visited service was excellent illustrations were very teaspoons and very considerate was Sheehy six frozen night because the wind so it really was a freezing night and I loved it all at the party details and finally the show (disney dreams) it was great show and it was inrsitng show the movies how been in the show: ppinocchio, toy story , cinderella , simba the king lion , frozen, peter pen and fainally the talk mickey and minnie i very like the show i don't know how in another cruise but disney is Special and I hope that star wars don't take disney from 10 i give 12 the cruise is very good! and the stateroom was good and comfortable ! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I have always been big Disney fans. A friend of mine couldn't believe that we had never been on a cruise, let alone a Disney cruise. So in 2011 I convinced my husband that we should try a four night on the Dream. ... Read More
My husband and I have always been big Disney fans. A friend of mine couldn't believe that we had never been on a cruise, let alone a Disney cruise. So in 2011 I convinced my husband that we should try a four night on the Dream. Well now we are hooked! We just got back from our fifth Disney cruise and next year's is already booked! (Cannot beat the rebooking offer on board!) This was our third year in a row sailing on the Fantasy for a seven night. We found the staff to be incredibly helpful and accommodating at our normal rotational dining as well as the table service available for breakfast or lunch, the buffets, and the quick service stations. The food was amazing! We did the Palo Brunch and Palo dinner upgrades all amazing! We did a Champagne tasting class, a Halloween mixology class, and a regular mixology class for a nominal fee. We enjoyed relaxing on the adult only deck in the very cushy loungers with built in adjustable pillows, and bar service. Never had a problem finding two chairs together any time of the day including sea days. To cool off they don't have a pool, but rather Satellite Falls which is perfect to sit with the built in bench in the 3 foot of water or on the abundant ledge. We did three excursions, Tequila tasting at Cozumel.. which was fun, Tiki Beach at Cayman Islands was wonderful... , and in Jamaica we tried the Green Grotto Caves... was just OK. We made sure to catch all of the Disney Broadway shows, which I love love love, then the late night comedy/magic shows at the Tube along with a ton of other adult entertainment they provided. Our entertainment host was Joshi who was hilarious! We enjoyed sunrises and sunsets on our veranda and took four bottles of champagne with us in our carry on. Yes, you can do that on Disney cruise ships! And for you gamblers, if you don't think you can live without a casino, I tell you that you can! I love my casinos at home, but if need be, I can get my fix from Bingo and a chance to win $10,000! So don't let that dissuade you from a Disney Cruise!! Only complaint that we really have is that if you want to do the professional pictures that are available each night, you could get stuck behind a huge family that takes a big group photo, then individual photos, then individual families.. and suffice to say 15m later, the two of us get our turn and get three taken and are done in 5m. I wish there was an easier way for them to somehow limit the time for the big families. But other than that.. it was a Dream or should I say a Fantasy Vacation!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows ... Read More
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows and other entertainment was amazing. Every morning there was a navigator paper in her room telling us the daily events times and places. There was an app for your phone called the Disney cruise and that helped us throughout our stay on the ship. Our first Port of Call was Nassau Bahamas and it was a very interesting does it. There was a cast member on the ship that advised us where to go, where not to go and how to shop for jewelry so we were able to know exactly what we were buying. He also told us if we had any questions about our purchase to have the store manager page him and he would come to the store and assist us. Our second Port of Call was at Castaway Cay, Disney's own island. Where we were able to do a 5K, have lunch and swim in the most clear water I've ever seen. Our last day was a baby. It was most relaxing and I was sorry that it was over. I definitely will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch ... Read More
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch which was an extra charge but it's now become a staple that we will always book! The food was the best we have ever had anywhere. I felt we were taken care of the whole time. Their private island was purely magical. The water was perfect and just beautiful. It's amazing for being on a family ship I really didn't see many kids around until pirate night. Also on board they were premiering Petes Dragon in 3 d in their big theatre room. We only got to see one movie because there really was so many things to do on board. I don't want to brag but my table won 90s music trivia. It was pretty awesome! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We took this Alaskan cruise on the Disney Wonder as our honeymoon. In order to make things as simple as possible with the wedding planning going on at the same time, we choose to book airfare and the pre-night hotel with Disney. While the ... Read More
We took this Alaskan cruise on the Disney Wonder as our honeymoon. In order to make things as simple as possible with the wedding planning going on at the same time, we choose to book airfare and the pre-night hotel with Disney. While the price was about the same as booking directly with the airline, I would recommend booking your airfare on your own. I wasn't a huge fan of DCL's airfare department (they're 9-6 Monday through Friday so they're super hard to get a hold of if you work during the week). Plus you can't upgrade your seats after the fact without going through DCL, which is difficult to say the least because of their hours. We stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. The hotel was beautiful and the bed was comfortable. Instead of the typical Disney transfer which gets you to the port, the transfer only included luggage delivery as the port was a short walk across the street. Getting through Customs was super fast and checking in was a breeze. We got to the final holding area about 11:35am which gave us some time to use the washroom and get a photo with Mickey before boarding started at 12pm. We were in boarding group 2 so we were on the ship by 12:30. The Disney Wonder may be a classic ship that has started showing her age, but she is still beautifully maintained and the crew take a great deal of pride working on her. We stayed on Deck 7 which in our opinion is the perfect deck, two short flights up to deck 9 and 2-4 flights down to get to the movie theater, dinning rooms, atrium, and adult areas. The room was updated with the same style of furniture that the other DCL ships have AND this was the first time we didn't have any plumbing issues throughout the entire cruise! As a small downside, the AC in the room didn't seem to work, but we're not sure if this was due to the sailing being to a colder climate or just an AC that didn't work. We weren't bothered too much by the AC so we didn't actually talk to anyone about it. As is typical on a Disney ship, the bathrooms always had a crew member nearby ready to clean them and it was rare to find a stall that didn't have toilet paper with the nice little fold. The only issue that we had was from the entertainment a few nights. The nights of the Golden Mickeys the sound system went down and they cancelled the first showing. They made this up by doing the show after dinner and again at 9:15am two mornings later. Also, the ventriloquist seemed really unprepared and had some off-humor jokes which didn't seem to be Disney appropriate. Our dinning team left much to be desired. After we boarded we asked to have a table for two, which was honored. Our dinning team seemed to be more interested in spending time with the larger tables and at times were borderline rude to the two of us. Food wise DCL nailed just about every dish, although we skipped dessert most nights to save on the calories in favor of a post-dinner martini made by our favorite bar tender Wawan. Debarkation went really smoothly. We left our luggage out the night before and our character was called just as we were sitting down for breakfast. Once we finished eating we walked off the ship, grabbed our bags and got on a bus to the airport. Overall this was an amazing cruise and I'm glad we did it for our honeymoon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We love, love, LOVED our 4 night Disney Cruise on the Dream. My husband and I were celebrating our honeymoon. My husband was the one who wanted to add a Disney Cruise to our itinerary, but I was ambivalent...but only for a very short ... Read More
We love, love, LOVED our 4 night Disney Cruise on the Dream. My husband and I were celebrating our honeymoon. My husband was the one who wanted to add a Disney Cruise to our itinerary, but I was ambivalent...but only for a very short period of time once we embarked. We felt like royalty the entire time we were on board. Dining: The rotational dinning was great and fun. Mostly, the food was top notch, with a few items that were a little unremarkable. My husband's favourite restaurant was Animator's Palate likely because he was targeted for the interactive bit with Crush, the turtle from Finding Nemo. I liked the Enchanted Garden best as it was the prettiest. Palo: We went to Palo for brunch. The good was excellent and the service awesome. The desserts were extraordinary! We will definitely do brunch again on our next cruise Remy: The best dining experience of our cruise, was definitely our evening at Remy. Dressed to the nines, we felt like royalty as we enjoyed our 9 course meal. As we were celebrating our honeymoon, we opted o be a little luxurious and ordered caviar, a fancy bottle of champagne and the Misoyaki beef on top of the regular bill. the food at Remy was the best food we have ever had in our life without competition. If you can afford it, we recommend the spluging on a night there AND order the Misoyaki (and extra $55 pp). It is the best steak you will have in your life. Period. Rooms: We had a room with a verandah. The beds were super comfy and we enjoyed having breakfast on the verandah one morning. In the future, we will save a few $ and get an inside room. We didn't spend much time in the room. Entertainment: The shows were spectacular! Even though they were geared to children, they were so well done, we felt apart of the magic. The theatre is beautiful and we enjoyed the experiece thoroughly. Only complaint is that you have to pay extra to have popcorn. $3.50 USD a box. Swimming pools: They are small and they are crowded. This is the only area of the cruise that I think Disney needs to rethink. We stuck to the adults only pool and had to vie for space and stake out spots to enjoy. Quiet cove was very nice otherwise, except that children walked through the adults only space all the time. We get that its a Disney Cruise, but would have liked more child/adult separation in this area. Bars: 4 nights wasn't long enough to enjoy all the bars, but the ones we went to were fun and well staffed. Booze: If you're a beer drinking, make sure to invest in a Disney Stein so you can get 20oz for the price of 16oz. You can also buy a souvenir glass for their drink of the day. We had mixed feelings about the drink of the day. It is made en mass and was served from large containers. They were far more yummy in the morning than later in the day. Honeymoon extras: They gave us buttons that we wore on our lanyards that told the whole world we were on our honeymoon. Everyone made extra efforts to congratulate us which was loads of fun. They decorated our bed one night in fresh rose petals and extra chocolates, which was romantic and tasty. They sang to us at dinner one night with a special celebration dessert. They were awesome! Castaway Cay: Loved this island. Pure paradise. We spent the first part of the day at Serenity Bay, their adults only beach, which was quiet and beautiful. The second half, we joined the kiddies and went snorkeling. The waters were beautifully clear and it was fun to see all the fishies. I long for the day we can return. Price: It was expensive. Everything we did cost extra and the bill kept adding up. We spent way too much money. We knew that and were happy to splurge on our honeymoon. We haven't cruised enough to know how much we may have overpaid. We plan on going on more cruises in the future, but will approach it from a more financially savvy position. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
3 night from Port Canaveral. Ship is sparkling clean. You never have to wait for any type of service; only true wait is for AquaDuck water slide. Level of service from crew is truly excellent. The Disney Dream is the Four Seasons on ... Read More
3 night from Port Canaveral. Ship is sparkling clean. You never have to wait for any type of service; only true wait is for AquaDuck water slide. Level of service from crew is truly excellent. The Disney Dream is the Four Seasons on water. Room was spacious and nicely appointed. The kid factor is a bit high in summer, so if you're a couple without kids, try to avoid the summer vacation season. Second dining rotation usually doesn't have a ton of rug rats, except in summer. Meridian lounge aft on deck 12 in between Palo and Remy is a great place to sit outside on a beautiful deck and have a cocktail with a great view of the ocean. Palo for dinner is amazing. The standard dining options are good. Standard coffee on board is a weak point--the cove cafe is available for truly good coffee on deck 11 aft in the 18+ section. The Rainforest is a good option for Nassau if you're not planning on getting off the ship. The Rainforest is a cheap cruise addition. Most guests do Nassau once and that's it, so plan on doing something on ship. If you have the time, do the 4 day with double dip in Castaway Cay. Serenity Bay is a quiet and picture perfect spot to sunbathe and float in the crystal clear water. The Castaway Cay Cabanas are nice, but not a great value - the level of service is weak in this one area. Overall, Disney Dream is a world class vacation option and--even considering the price--a really good value. If you can swing it, go concierge. Warning, it's addictive. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and ... Read More
We traveled with family - 6 adults (ages 60, 58, 35, 32, 29 and 25) and an 11 year old across three cabins. I've been on three prior Carnival cruises, but this was my first Disney cruise. I married into a Disney-loving family and we've all spent a good amount of time at Walt Disney World. First, the ship: It was lovely. Big. Fairly easy to navigate, although there were a few corners we didn't quite manage to explore. Very clean and well-maintained, and I loved the decor - especially in the main lobby/atrium. That chandelier was gorgeous. Nice little Disney touches everywhere but it doesn't feel like you're inside a cartoon or anything. Our stateroom was on Deck 7, forward, a family outside with a huge porthole window (with a narrow seat, wide enough to perch on or for a kid) and split bath. Good amount of space to move around. It's across from the laundry room but we did not notice any extra noise. The bed was very comfortable and the split bathroom was nice, we each "claimed" one for teeth brushing and things of that nature. The toiletries were very nice (loved the larger size tubes instead of those teeny ones you get at WDW). I found it a bit odd there were no outlets in the bathroom save for one high-up one for a shaver, but I dried my hair at the desk and it was no big deal. The tub is not ideal for bathing an adult (unless you're just washing your feet or something) but would work for a child, otherwise you have the choice of a hand-held showerhead or the overhead rain-style. Alana was our cabin steward and she did a fantastic job; on the first evening we asked her to bring ice and we were never without it the rest of the trip. She kept everything clean, neat and organized. Dining: We mostly ate at Cabanas for breakfast and lunch (exception being two in-port days) and the main dining rooms for dinner. Cabanas has a pretty good variety, and it never felt terribly crowded to me, which I appreciated. I recommend checking out all your options before deciding what to eat - breakfast included some choices I didn't see the first day, like yogurt plus toppings, which would also have worked for oatmeal. I am a coffee snob and didn't think much of the coffee, but there was a nice selection of tea as well. For the MDR dinners, nearly everything I ate was fantastic. Our waiters were Martin and Kadhri, and they worked beautifully together. Martin had his recommendations each night; one night I ordered a pasta dish that I liked, but he apparently wasn't a fan of, and he wanted to make extra sure I was happy and really did like it. Drinks were refilled quickly, courses came out pretty smoothly, and everything went well. I did find the dining rooms a bit noisy - a lot of clamor and clatter. I'm not sure if it was because of where our tables were or just the acoustics of the rooms. Us younger adults enjoyed the Europa entertainment district, and spent a lot of time at O'Gills and La Piazza, as well as stops in Skyline and The Tube. This might sound weird, but the bathrooms between La Piazza and the Tube are not to be missed - they are really cool! Round rooms, with round stalls and cool tiled walls. As for the bars, service was generally good and I thought the drinks were reasonably priced, especially for a cruise ship. O'Gills has fantastic pub-branded Irish Creme and a house red ale. Later in the evening (around 10:30, I believe) they put a variety of bar food snacks out in the little area near the bathrooms for everyone to munch on. Love this idea. We also enjoyed the musicians who were playing, especially The Dreamers and Take Cover. I have to give a lot of credit to Disney for the Navigator app. It is BRILLIANT. You can check out dinner menus, see the day's activities, look at deck plans and best of all, message other cruisers. With custom Disney emoji, even! It works on the ship's wifi without paying for any other internet service. I only wished they'd add a few more features (although now I can't remember what they were, sadly). Ports: We stopped at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Tortola was a most-of-the-day trip to The Baths. It was well organized overall, but I thought a few details should have been in the description - it really is a hike down to the beach, for starters. And if you're going through the caves, you need to be able to navigate tide pools, get through small spaces and generally be a little adventurous. Water shoes are highly recommended. Also, lunch was included but we didn't eat till kind of late. The food was tasty but our choices were basically chicken, ribs, or fish; rice; mac & cheese; veggies, and a can of soda or bottle of water. Note that there is a freshwater pool up at the Top of the Baths that you can use to dunk in/cool off during that part of the day. At St Thomas my husband and I went over to the Frenchtown side of Charlotte Amalie and checked out a nanobrewery, which we highly recommend - Frenchtown Brewing. It's in a lofted area off the alley above Pie Whole. We then ate lunch at Rum Shandy, next door. This was a cool area of town that I don't think as many cruise ship tourists see. It's only a 10 minute walk back to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Our day at Castaway Cay was cut short - we were out on the beach when a storm rolled in, and within minutes it was pouring and windy. We had to make our way back to the ship in the driving rain, because the trams weren't running. But Disney had a backup plan and we rolled with it. - Pools rarely seemed too crowded, and I really liked the adults-only area; the AquaDuck was tons of fun. - I checked out the fitness center one day, and it was nice enough, but a little stuffy up there. We played mini-golf one afternoon and really enjoyed it. - We wished for another night or two of adult karaoke; there was only one (the rest was "family" karaoke which meant mostly kids singing Disney tunes). - The activities staff were a lot of fun, especially Tisa and Joshiie. All in all, we had a great vacation and it was in no small part due to Disney's great ship and excellent customer service. These cruises are pricey but they are also high quality and I would definitely go again, given the chance. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This is my 4th Disney Cruise and I must say it was probably my favorite so far. I've been on all the other Disney ships, and the Wonder is by far an older ship, but well kept and very clean. You definitely still experience the Disney ... Read More
This is my 4th Disney Cruise and I must say it was probably my favorite so far. I've been on all the other Disney ships, and the Wonder is by far an older ship, but well kept and very clean. You definitely still experience the Disney atmosphere, it's incredible. We embarked from Vancouver, and the transportation was quick and easy, Disney does a great job with getting you to feel valued. The ship itself is incredible, it was a full ship, yet we didn't feel crowded. Our room was very spacious for my wife and I, and we had a great host who made us feel right at home. The 3 different restaurants are amazing and provide exceptional food, we would order a few different items on the menu because it was so hard to pick. The entertainment and shows were excellent, I felt as if I was at a broadway show in New York. There are plenty of activities for everyone. We had our own adult activities that we would go to daily, and they also had a lot of fun activities for families, children and teenagers. You get the best experience with Disney regardless of your age. The grab and go snacks and fast food was delicious. They always had the hot chocolate machine going which was good for this cruise. The breakfast and lunch buffet was amazing as well, they had a great variety of food. Alaska was superb. I would go on this cruise again in a heartbeat. You just don't get that kind of scenery or experience anywhere else. The shore excursions were absolutely amazing. We chose to do the Liarsville Disney Character experience in Skagway and that was fun. My wife loved doing the gold panning, and taking pictures with the Disney characters. We also had a buffet lunch on that excursion and the salmon was great. In Juneau, we kayaked on Mendenhall lake to the glacier, and let me tell you, DO THIS EXCURSION!! I have never been so close to such an amazing glacier, the view and pictures are priceless, and our guide was absolutely amazing. They said that was a new excursion that was added this year, and I see it becoming very popular. Our last stop was Ketchikan, and this was probably my favorite town. We did the Jeep and Canoe excursion and it was fun. We got to off road up to a mountain which overlooked the town and bay, and the views were beyond beautiful. After the excursions at every stop, we got to walk through the towns and shop and get some souvenirs and try some Alaska food and snacks. I would highly recommend any one of those excursions to anyone. If you enjoy sightseeing and walking through small towns, then do any of the above excursions. We also purchased the Rain Forest pass on this cruise. It's a spa pass that allows you to use their rain forest room. It had a few different showers that gave you the experience of a rain forest storm. They had different saunas and steam rooms, as well as my wifes favorite, the heated stone chairs. It's a great pass to purchase if you like to relax and enjoy some alone time away from the kids. It was especially good for us coming back from an excursion and being able to relax in the spa for a little bit before dinner and the show. Everything about this cruise was magical and tons of fun. If you are wondering "should I pay a little more to do the Disney Cruise vs these other cruises?" then YES YOU SHOULD. The service and experience is so much better than any other cruise line I've been on. We have our 5th Disney Cruise booked for August on the Fantasy and we are like little kids on Christmas Day waiting for it to come up. You'll love this Alaska cruise, and we plan on doing it again after the Wonder has finished being renovated. If you'd like more information or have questions about this cruise or any of the other ships then feel free to email me, mcookie39@hotmail.com. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I wished I had booked a longer cruise on Disney, but sadly we couldn't afford it. My husband, myself and our 4 year old son were on the Disney Magic for our honeymoon. The ship was very clean and mostly well organized. Our host was ... Read More
I wished I had booked a longer cruise on Disney, but sadly we couldn't afford it. My husband, myself and our 4 year old son were on the Disney Magic for our honeymoon. The ship was very clean and mostly well organized. Our host was very nice and friendly. The only issue with our stateroom was we kept bumping into the bed as the space between the bed and the wall is minimal. I was excited that we had a tub for our son, but the water leaked out very quickly. I don't know if this is normal or not. Dining was great. The food was pretty good most of the time. Palo was amazing. Our wait staff was fantastic. I don't know if anyone can ever top them. The shows were pretty good, but I wished there were more show times for the movies in the theatre. Service was mostly good, but there were a couple of interactions that were unDisneylike. The shore excursions were pretty poor. I don't know if this is the same for all cruise lines (because this was our first cruise) but I really wasn't impressed for the money we paid. We did love Castaway Cay. The water was clear blue. Our son LOVED the Oceaneer Club, but not the Oceaneer Lab. He literally cried when we left the ship. Embarkation was perfect and disembarkation was faster than expected. Overall, I would love to take another cruise, but I don't think it will be for a long time because of the cost. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We booked a Disney cruise after speaking to several people that have taken them and after reading reviews. We booked a 1 bedroom concierge suite which was great but not worth the extra charge. Checkin at Port Canaveral was at the ... Read More
We booked a Disney cruise after speaking to several people that have taken them and after reading reviews. We booked a 1 bedroom concierge suite which was great but not worth the extra charge. Checkin at Port Canaveral was at the "Concierge Desk" but it still took about 20 minutes. They then walked us to our deck and were told the room was ready. Our room 11008 had 2 full bathrooms, a dining area, a huge jetted tub, a nice size balcony and 2 TV's. The balcony was very noisy with kids running around above, below and beside us. We ate all three dinners in the formal dining rooms and should have gone to the fast food areas. The dining room food was terrible and there was NO..I repeat NO lobster. Out of 8 cruises (first on DCL) this was the very first time lobster was not served. We were very disappointed to say the least as were others around us. Our advise is to skip the formal dining rooms. Went to 2 of the 3 shows onboard. GREAT! Dont miss them and we recommend enter the theater from deck 4 and sit in the balcony. Popcorn was 3.50 a bag... There was a small pool area for adults only but it was not very appealing as the view was not very good from it. We spent most of our sundeck time on the forward deck 12 which was very nice. There was a small waterfall area there to cool off. Also plenty of towels so dont worry about bringing your own. The private island adult area was spectacular. Lots of chairs and umbrellas. The water was beautiful and the BBQ was just ok. Our advise is to take the kids on a DCL cruise but if you want a nice peaceful time take a different cruise line. ALso, if you take a cruise for the food....pass on DCL. Im sorry this is a pretty negative review but I guess my expectations were just too high. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
What a great week we had! This is a perfect cruise for families - First, the service is impeccable- we lover our chambermaid and our two waiters who made sure to note our preferences and foresee our needs. Examples: our toddler has ... Read More
What a great week we had! This is a perfect cruise for families - First, the service is impeccable- we lover our chambermaid and our two waiters who made sure to note our preferences and foresee our needs. Examples: our toddler has a very early bedtime, so the chambermaid made sure to turn down our room first, our son is a very picky eater and our waiter always had an off-menu meal ready for him at dinner The food was high-quality, fresh and well prepared. Food service staff were very accommodating of food allergies and special requests, and are super friendly and helpful. When we embarked, I had 2 bags, my toddler and my older one with me. A bus boy spotted me and helped me find a table in a very busy lunch room, grabbing my bags for me. Accommodations: the cabins aver very comfortable, with top-notch beds and showers. They have 2 bathrooms to minimize traffic (1 with a shower + sink, the other with a toilet+sink) and lots of storage space to stash away a week's worth of clothes, toys and snacks for a family. The ship is in mint condition and the public bathrooms were always clean Family friendliness: our room had the crib and diaper genie we requested when we arrived. While this may seem trivial, most places you have to call several times to get what you need. The kids rooms were excellent and the schedule was indeed family-friendly (1st dinner seating at 5:45) Entertainment- what can I say? Fireworks and brodway-quality productions on a ship? way too cool! One variety show was not so great, but I hear those rotate often. Tips: -There are a lot of "extras" available for sale. This should not come as a surprise. Think ahead of time about what you want to spend on board, and set the right expectations with your family members. - Bring layers, nights can be chilly, especially when the ship is moving fast - If you hate to travel heavy, there are good laundry rooms on every floor so you can bring half the clothes you think you'll need - Lots of sunscreen, bring reusable water bottles to refill at fountains - Make sure to explore the whole boat early on; there are so many different areas and ambiances - it's very cool how they have designed all these spaces with different feels - We did not get a veranda and did not miss it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower ... Read More
After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower and upper decks of lounge chairs all to ourselves. We cannot express how delightful it was to spend so much time during our cruise in The Cove. Throughout our cruise, The Cove bar and pool was our own private paradise. Disney Cruise Line really has a nice balance of adults only, teen clubs, kids clubs, and other activities to keep everyone happy. The Disney Dream’s Senses Fitness area located on deck twelve, forward, offers the same state of the art equipment that you will find in a number of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts as well as Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Senses Fitness Area also offers a number of free and a la carte fitness classes with complimentary abdominal and yoga classes offered during each of our morning visits, and these classes are sure to help you show last night’s dinner who’s boss! One thing worth noting is that we were completely unaware of the family style dining that takes place on Disney Cruise Lines. Unfortunately we were seated with a group that was not enjoying their time onboard, to say the least. One of the lovely couples we met during our cruise recommended we not waste another second of our trip as unhappy diners. In result, we went to guest relations where they made this change for us. For the rest of our cruise we were seated at a private table which was a dream! Disney Cruise Line’s dinner service, at least in our experience, does not include any major productions or fanfare during your dinner seating. If you plan to dine at the Royal Palace to see Disney princesses, you will be highly disappointed. Unlike Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, there were no characters, and there was no song and dance during dinner service at any of our meals. For us, this was a nice change from the norm of other cruise lines. The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks at Sea show is the perfect example of how Disney Cruise Line pulls out all of the stops with its daily entertainment. From deck parties to Broadway style shows that rival those in its parks, Disney certainly knows how to put on a show. There is truly nothing like the Fireworks at Sea show, and this alone is completely worth every penny. We truly believe the purchase and development of Castaway Cay is one of the best decisions the Walt Disney Company has ever made. We were so glad our cruise itinerary included a stop at Castaway Cay. The island is perfectly laid out with endless activities, and there is a flawless balance between family and adult where one does not impede on the other. The only down side was that we eventually had to leave this perfect island in the sun that had as wanting to sign up as permanent residents by the time our day had ended! Although we've enjoyed our time aboard other cruise lines in the past, we can say without a doubt that the level of service we received, the amount of included onboard amenities, the quality of food offerings, and the unique dining opportunities with rotational dining on the Disney Dream far surpassed any of our experiences on other lines. Our Disney Cruise Line experience was truly a dream come true. For all of these reasons and so much more, Disney Cruise Line has made repeat cruisers out of us and we are very much looking forward to our future sailings with DCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
That being said, the adults that are bringing the kids are probably going to be disappointed. The focus of a cruise is itinerary, food and entertainment. Since we are a slightly mature couple couple, I will give the entertainment ... Read More
That being said, the adults that are bringing the kids are probably going to be disappointed. The focus of a cruise is itinerary, food and entertainment. Since we are a slightly mature couple couple, I will give the entertainment a pass as we did not attend or participate in a lot of the shows or events that were mostly geared towards kids. We did however attend a couple of shows by the comedian/entertainer/juggler Michael Jolly and were very pleased with his performances! Also, Magic Dave's magic show was very good. We walked out of the Golden Mickey show as we thought it was pretty lame. It was intended for adults as well as children, but we just thought is was lacking in real entertainment. For a huge name like Disney, I expected a lot more. Another reason we chose this cruise was itinerary. Overall it was pretty good, at least there was a different port most days to break up the trip. They could have left Grenada off the schedule. There was a lot of poverty in Grenada and I do feel for the people that live under those conditions. I know there are very poor places in the world and suffering that goes along with it, but this was vacation and seeing the abject poverty up close did take away from "paradise". Next up is the food. This was one of the main reason we chose Disney. At some point in the past we heard the food was supposed to be great. In reality, it was overhyped, too salty, too sweet, overdone and bland! A huge disappointment considering you pay a premium for a Disney cruise. The fish was overcooked and dry everytime, so I just quite ordering it. What a waste of seafood. The soups were way oversalted when they didn't need to be. The worst part was the later evening places to grab a bite. I think the burgers were a 50/50 meat/fat mix...very poor quality. The fries were not very good either, but I did spy some good looking steak fries in the dining room. Should have ordered them. The pizza they offered was limp and tasteless. I can make pizza ten times better at home! In the dining room, the servers were nice, but towards the end of the cruise they were stressing the importance of leaving a good dining review. I did leave a good review of "the dining experience" on their form for the servers sake, but did not rate the food good because it wasn't. Disney could have better food, but it would cost them more and they obviously care more about profit than providing a really quality product. There were a couple of things wrong with our cabin. When you took a shower there was still some water still coming out of the tub spout, so our shower pressure wasn't very good. A couple of the electrical outlets were very loose and a plug would not stay in them. NEVER again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
DH and I made this our 6th DCL cruise on Magic Dec. 23 - 27. It was just the two of us and as a couple who usually travels with others or MANY others, this was a nice reprieve. Here is a few thoughts... In no order whatsoever!! The ... Read More
DH and I made this our 6th DCL cruise on Magic Dec. 23 - 27. It was just the two of us and as a couple who usually travels with others or MANY others, this was a nice reprieve. Here is a few thoughts... In no order whatsoever!! The ship is lovely. I didn't find it run down, worn or full of strange smells. The crew is VERY proud of their ship and will continually tell you it is the BEST. The Christmas decorations were perfect, not too much and never in your face. Classic and beautiful. Palo is a must do. We did dinner and brunch and will never miss either, if we can help it!! Lamb at dinner is phenomenal as were the lobster pasta, mushroom risotto and the beef tenderloin. At brunch, the chicken parm is a big hit but the frittata is also excellent. Skip the desserts and go back for the sticky cinnamon rolls. Yummy. Jane was our server both times (by request for brunch after dinner!!) and she was superb. The adult entertainment is seriously lacking. While Jo the Entertainment host tries super hard and the games/game shows are fun and well organized, the actual entertainment for adults is sad. The magician was downright bad and the musicians certainly aren't stellar. Entertainment aboard other ships is FAR superior. However, Tangled is the BEST SHOW I have ever seen onboard a ship. Hopefully this is the future of DCL entertainment. Castaway is as always, beautiful. We had a cabana this time for the 2 of us. I know, excessive. And while it was pampering at its finest and comes with some lovely perks, it just isn't necessary. Ran the 5k and we did a bike ride for the first time as well and really enjoyed it. Lunch was good but nothing special about it. Had several frozen drinks which are always good and enjoyed the fantastic weather. Unseasonably warm winter was fine with us!! The low tide mid day made for some cool sand bar experiences on Serenity. Key West. We went to Blue Heaven for breakfast and had lobster eggs benny, shrimp omelet and key lime pie. All 3 were stellar. This is a must do for breakfast lovers, seafood lovers and key lime pie lovers. IT WAS AWESOME. Get there early, it gets packed. We then went to Hemingway house and did the tour. A great stop and we aren't big readers but it was interesting and fun. Great guide too. Worth the price of admission to see the 6 toed cats. Walked every inch of Key West after that...saw the southern most point and the cemetery. Both are skips in my opinion. Missed Truman Home...next time. Stopped at B.O's fish wagon and split a fried grouper sandwich. Good but not great. Another skip if ya ask me. Christmas Day!! We had a special dinner menu and the Chilean Sea Bass on that menu was the best entrée item I have ever had in a MDR. We played bingo 3 times and won twice!!, saw Star Wars in 3D and Bridge of Spies. We had a great time...feel free to ask questions. We stayed 3 nights prior to the cruise in Ft Lauderdale. We did a Segway tour there, enjoyed the beaches, shops and restaurants. Wasn't impressed with Las Olas and nightlife is a snore. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My husband and I were planning on getting married but since we already had 3 kids we figured a big over the top wedding wasn't for us, and since we met on the beach years before we figured we would take a vacation and have our wedding ... Read More
My husband and I were planning on getting married but since we already had 3 kids we figured a big over the top wedding wasn't for us, and since we met on the beach years before we figured we would take a vacation and have our wedding on a beach somewhere. Days later I get an e-mail for discounted Disney Cruises, so after looking into it, why not!? We decided to have our wedding aboard the Disney Dream. Although we wanted the beach wedding, storms weren't having it so we had our wedding on the boat with a pianist, reception, cake cutting ceremony and the captain of the ship married us, while Nassau Bahamas and Atlantis was sitting in the backdrop, at sunset. The boat is so luxurious and the service is top notch. We stayed in a Deluxe Family Suite with a private verandah, which slept 5, which was spacious enough for all of us. Every night we had a new animal or character in the room on the bed. I loved every minute of the cruise. The one thing I loved the most is that there was endless amount of entertainment for the children. Since we cruised with a total of 22 people in the party, we were able to even have alone time in the spa for a few hours while the kids were in the kids zone, and when it came time for dinner, my siblings went to get them out while we enjoyed a private dinner at Palo. Palo, is a must if you would like some alone time with your spouse while your kids are running rampant in the "Oceaneers Club" haha. The shows were as good as watching a musical on Broadway! The food was excellent, with multiple options to choose from. Having the same waiter at every service was also very delightful because by day 2 he already knew what the kids may or may not like. I have never seen a ship as luxurious as DCL. My Mom is a Carnival regular and she also said that DCL tops it. The only complaint was not having more time to enjoy the time I was on the ship because I kept getting pulled away for the wedding planning, which made my time there fly by. That is why we are planning another cruise for 5 days this time, instead of 4 and hoping we have more time to enjoy ourselves, and the pools as well as Nassau and Castaway Cay. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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