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86 Disney Romantic Cruise Reviews

This was our first time cruising Disney alone without kids and our 3rd Disney cruise overall. We had an amazing time. I love spending time with the adults only activities, the alcohol tastings, hanging out in the adult sections etc. I ... Read More
This was our first time cruising Disney alone without kids and our 3rd Disney cruise overall. We had an amazing time. I love spending time with the adults only activities, the alcohol tastings, hanging out in the adult sections etc. I have never been on another cruise line for fear of missing the magic, service and cleanliness that Disney brings. We like to see characters in passing, but don't need pictures with them. We like seeing all the cute kids enjoying the magic. We always do first dining because we don't like to be full when we go to bed. I keep hearing first dining is louder or has more kids, which makes sense but we have never been affected by that. I love Disney songs in the hallways, I love Disney shows, the service, the overall atmosphere of Disney. I was worried it wouldn't be as fun without the kids (our kids are late teen's early 20's now). I did miss them, because we love hanging out with them, but it was perfectly fine just the 2 of us. We enjoyed the spa for the first time on this trip. I can't think of a bad thing to say about it. We plan to go again in May 2020. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining ... Read More
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining food was superb- many options on the menu! -Our servers in main dining were wonderful- best I’ve ever had on a cruise. They were personable, and very efficient. -Our inside cabin was very comfortable and clean. -Entertainment is high quality. The main stage shows are of a high caliber with Frozen the musical stage show being a highlight. - We enjoyed all the adult entertainment options on the ship! We liked trivia, bingo, crafts, adult only game shows, adult only pool area and the adult only restaurant, Palo. Cruise entertainment staff were very upbeat and personable! - Ports of call were Cabo and Ensenada. -In Cabo we took an excursion to the Breathless all inclusive resort! It was gorgeous and staff were wonderful. -Port of Ensenada we took a wine tasting tour that was fabulous! We LOVED our guide and the countryside was beautiful. This was an amazing cruise and you cannot beat the Disney experience. I have previously sailed on Holland America and Disney beats out Holland in the service and entertainment categories! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is our first Disney experience and first cruise with your 3 year old daughter. It was a 5 day Bahamian cruise with one Marvel day at sea. CHECK IN: we were picked up easily in baggage check by a Disney agent holding a sign with ... Read More
This is our first Disney experience and first cruise with your 3 year old daughter. It was a 5 day Bahamian cruise with one Marvel day at sea. CHECK IN: we were picked up easily in baggage check by a Disney agent holding a sign with our name. She quickly got our bags and whisked us away to the Four Seasons Miami in a very comfortable SUV. The transportation (Disney) to the cruise ship was not so easy. We were in a huge bus and had to wait for everyone to get on. When we got to the port, it was very crowded and we were not sure where to go. There was a very long line although we were in concierge level. We are not familiar with cruising so we expected a private check in. But, maybe that's not how concierge cruises go? ROOM: Our room was absolutely gorgeous with a long balcony (not deep though). It was a one bedroom suite with two bathrooms and two showers. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The rocking of the ship made it very easy to sleep. Our room was kept tidy and we had special treats every night by Ferdie. He was great and very friendly and eager to please. The mini bar was convenient as we always had sparkling water and other drinks available. Concierge made sure we had the drinks we specifically wanted. We put the baby in a crib and she fit nicely next to our room and we still had our own space. CONCIERGE: I cannot imagine what this first experience would have been like without the concierge team: Emanuela, Kamesha and Amanda and help from staff, Hikmet, Nicholas and Jermain. We needed a lot of "hand holding" as we had not had any cruise experience on a ship this big. I expressed my concerns to Emanuela the first day and although I was a bit tired and frustrated after a long day of travel and some confusion, she was very, very patient and understanding and put me at ease and guided me through everything I needed to know. Every day, one of the team members would go through the itinerary with me and I greatly appreciated it. Kamesha and Amanda made Jacqueline my 3 year old feel very welcome and comfortable. They were able to get her the non dairy milk that I had requested and also the sparkling mineral water. We were able to get a last minute reservation at Palo which was absolutely incredible. FOOD: We ate at Lumiere's, Animator's Palate, and Rapunzel's Table. Our servers were Munir, Steve and Gerardo. Gerardo is very good at magic tricks and kept Jacqueline entertained. The dinner was great and food was very good with lots of choices. I only eat seafood but always found something I liked. On the Disney Magic, dinner is not just food, it's a show, a whole production. This was the first time, 5 days in a row our daughter sat at dinner and did not want to watch the ipad. The first night, she was very tired and crying though..Munir was so sympathetic and ran to get her a stuffed puppy. It cheered her up right away. Steve was always there to help us make great choices on dishes and he quickly learned our likes and dislikes. PALO: Palo is the adults only italian restaurant. It is a must do. Mehmet was our server and he had me almost in tears laughing. Dinner was so great. We had the Osso Bucco and the Dover Sole. CABANAS: this is the buffet option which we chose for breakfast and most lunches. It is excellent with a wide variety of choices and something different every day. The staff is excellent. Alexandru was so caring one morning when my daughter insisted on strawberry ice cream. He went out of his way to get it for her. Bee was so helpful and helped me carry my plate as I had my daughter in both arms. CASTAWAY CAY: This is Disney's private island and it is absolutely spectacular. It is so beautiful and serene. We stayed in cabana 14 and this is a perfect location right across from the washrooms. The beach was calm with no waves and white sand. the water was crystal clear. It is almost like a dream. The only place more beautiful than this was our trip to Bora Bora. I do have to mention that some of the staff i.e. the driver of the train and one of the golf cart drivers were not representative of Disney standard. not friendly. not helpful. short. gruff. SHOWS: We were only able to stay up for one show which was Dreams. This was the first time she ever watched a show from beginning to end with no coaxing. She was completely enthralled with her eyes glued to the stage. CHARACTERS: The character meet and greets come with long lines but I realized that this is going to be unavoidable on a cruise..lines....lines to get out...lines to get on the ship, lines to see characters, lines to go to eat. lines. but, it was worth the wait for the memories. Jacqueline had several unforgettable memories. On two separate occasions, she ran into Ariel and Sophia. They were both so endearing and played with her and held her hand and walked around the ship with her for quite a while. It really made her trip. These are memories she will keep with her. We took videos. OCEANEER'S CLUB: This is the part I was the most disappointed in. Although, it turned out well on the last try. We tried 3 times to get our daughter to go to the club, but she just would not go the first two times. The first time was not a good first impression. When we walked in, the girl at the check in was not very friendly or welcoming and seemed like she just didn't want to be there and had already had too long of a day and just wanted us to go away. I asked if I could walk my daughter in and this was not allowed. I came by 20 minutes after i dropped her off and she was wandering around by herself. The second time we tried, she cried again. The third time, luckily, we met Sophy. She was very helpful, patient and understanding. She let me walk Jacqueline around and get her acquainted. She requested for someone to come to her to help her get comfortable and we got Nic. She asked Jacqueline if she wanted to do face painting and she quickly went to her. That's all it took. I wish we had met Sophy and Nic on the first day. Other friends have said that their kids did not want to leave kids club, but our experience was totally the opposite. I did not see the big hype here. Hopefully, we have a better experience on our next cruise. CHECK OUT: We had to get on a big bus again. I sat in the back because they fill the bus up so that there are absolutely no seats empty. I had motion sickness. My only suggestion would be to have an option for private transportation. I really enjoyed the bags checked through from ship to destination. That was very helpful. We will definitely try this again. We will stick to the one bedroom suite. It is a perfect location in midship room 8022. It is one floor below all the action at the pool and just below concierge lounge. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We got an amazing, last minute deal on this cruise and decided it would be a nice little, weekend get-away for just me and my wife. We had and absolutely wonderful time. the Disney Dream is an amazing ship. the Crew was incredible and ... Read More
We got an amazing, last minute deal on this cruise and decided it would be a nice little, weekend get-away for just me and my wife. We had and absolutely wonderful time. the Disney Dream is an amazing ship. the Crew was incredible and we had the time of our lives. And being able to get a quick glimpse of the Blood Moon was na added bonus. We booked a GTY-5C and got Cabin 8038, port-side forward. The room was great and large. and we had more than enough room for the two of us. Our Stateroom Host, Wayan, was amazing and made sure ore every need was met. We loved our veranda. we spent every morning sipping coffee and watching the world go by. Room service was great and made sure our coffee was delivered each morning, hot and on time. Cabanas is always great and we love the selections, especially for lunch. We think the spread is excellent with a great variety. we did visit Palo's twice (a lot for a 3 night cruise), once for Brunch on our Nassau port day, and once for dinner after a pretty good day at Castaway Cay. Brunch at Palo's is ALWAYS amazing....and MUST for everyone ever cruising on Disney. The food is absolutely amazing and well worth the extra money. We have the save server both trips to Palo's, Katia, was very attentive, and very sweet. She mad for a very exceptional experience. This was our first dinner at Palo's, and we loved every minute of it. The food was great the the setting was perfect. Sunset on the Dream during dinner made for a very special time. Our Server, Ivan, and assistant server, Bernard, at our rotational dining were also great. They were very attentive, and lots of fun. on the first night, brought out a birthday cake for me and sung me Happy Birthday. Even our head Server Rakesh got in on the act. It was a very pleasant surprise, and very un expected, but Disney seems to always go way above and beyond. This being our 10th Disney cruise, we didn't attend any of the shows or movies on board. we've seen most of the shows and really just wanted to spend quality time together. Nassau is old news, so we never get off the ship at the port. We were expecting bad weather for the Castaway Cay day, so we got off the Ship early and enjoyed a leisurely walk around the island before returning to the ship for another great lunch at Cabanas. then we hung out on our veranda and watch the rain come in and the number of passengers who managed to get caught in the rain before heading back to the ship. We can't blame Disney for the weather, and they went way out of their way to plan activities onboard the ship because of the weather. For us, bad weather days are still magical and fun. We love Disney and only wish this cruise was way way longer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the ... Read More
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the Oasis-class ships are nothing but mere floating malls in the ocean - no theme, no character. We wanted a cruise that was going to be memorable before I head to a long deployment. After much deliberation, we went back to the Dream as our last cruise with them three years was exactly just that - it was magical. This cruise went out exactly the same way as we had it three years ago. We got our transportation arranged from the airport, and the whole embarkation process was smooth like before. Once on the ship, we had our cabin on the tenth deck, middle, just below the pool deck. I found our location to be very convenient to wherever we needed to go. We had access to two nearby elevators, and the pool deck are just a deck up. We also noted that our balcony is directly below the pool deck, so like an awning, it was well protected from the elements which I found nice. The room itself had shown some age to it. I'm not sure when and if the ship have ever been refurbished, but with my OCD, I quickly found scuff and wear marks on the light switches and fixture parts that have been heavily touched through the years. Expecting a premium product for this price, it was hard for me to see past that glare of the wear. Our embarkation lunch at Cabanas were not too pleasant. It was way too crowded, open tables were hard to find, and I found some of the servers unwelcoming. Once we got our seats, we did find the food less desirable than the last time we were on the ship. We brought these issues to management and were given immediate answers to our concerns. Over the following days, we experienced the same magical moments that we had the first time we cruised with these ship. Public spaces were clean and looked just as ornate as before. For those that haven't cruised on this ship, Disney did not spare on the small details in creating their theme on the ship. Their shows were of Broadway caliber, especially beauty and the beast. Their character meet and greets were always a hit with the kids, if you don't mind waiting up to a half hour. And because this was a holiday themed cruise, they went over the top for showcasing Santa. As well, their pirate show fireworks on the top deck was an extravaganza. Hands down it was the coolest experience I've ever had at Sea. Our day at Castaway Cay was just Divine. I still can't forget how beautiful and perfect the island looked. It didn't feel over crowded and there were ample opportunities to just unwind and take it all in. Buffet services followed us there and it was great. No complaints. Food was something that this ship have to at least revamp. It was almost the same menu we had three years ago, so we were not as excited this time. Also, we were not served lobster on this cruise, not one time, which I found surprising. On the other hand, we were able to enjoy our previous favorites instead. I was about to write off Disney from our future cruise consideration after this trip, but what made us book another future cruise with them is the fact that our daughter had the best time of her life at their Kids club while the peace of mind it gave us allowed us parents to enjoy our own time at Sea. I don't think we even want to risk trying that out with other cruise lines and be disappointed. Another biggest factor that made us decide to book another future cruise with them is their customer service. They truly went above and beyond to ensure that, despite the issues we raised, we had a magical experience on this ship. Our guest manager was exemplary, and nothing short of commendable. When we disembarked, we felt highly satisfied that the cruise fulfilled our expectations. So much that we ended up cancelling our Royal Caribbean cruise for next year, and ended up prebooking our next Disney cruise with an even bigger family in tow. Disney cruises are not the cheapest out there, but the many repeat cruisers we had on board can't be wrong on going again for the Disney experience. With the amount of people already prebooking their cruise, we can't be wrong on making that decision either. It's simply the best cruise experience for families, and definitely something to strongly consider if you've never cruised with Disney cruises before. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
9th Cruise with Disney and 4th on the Dream. We were looking for a quick get-away for me and the wife, and love everything Disney's ships have for adults only cruisers. The Dream is absolutely perfect. Embarkation is super easy. ... Read More
9th Cruise with Disney and 4th on the Dream. We were looking for a quick get-away for me and the wife, and love everything Disney's ships have for adults only cruisers. The Dream is absolutely perfect. Embarkation is super easy. We always use Disney Transportation from MCO and it is stream lined to the point we have nothing to worry about. We check in at our home airport and never see our bags again until they arrive at our cabin on the ship. We always arrive at the cruise terminal early, and we are usually assigned a boarding group no higher than 4. we virtually walk on the ship and start enjoying our vacation right away. This ship is very clean and we start having fun right from the beginning. We love the adult pool areas, there always quiet and we can lounge around and just do what ever! when we feel like being young again we hang out in the family pool area and watch the kid splashing around in their pool. The funnel-vision always has fun movies and on Sunday, they showed the football game. Our cabin was great, very clean, and wonderfully maintained by our Stateroom Host, Ketut. This was a last minute vacation for us, and we book a GTY 5C. This was a new and nervous experience for us, because we like choosing our cabin and location. We were pleasantly surprised when we received a 5A cabin on level 9, aft. We could walk right up to Cabanas and the pool on deck 11. The location was perfect and we will definitely book another GTY. We love the rotational dinning and we are never disappointed with the food. this was our first experience with the late dinning, and I must say I prefer to eat earlier, but we lived with it. Our wait staff was great. Jeanpierre and Gusi took really good care of use and met our every need. Animator's Palate is always fun and we love the interactive screens around the room. we dined at Royal Palace on our final evening and it was absolutely great. We loved the food and the service and can't imagine how it could have been any better. We Dined at Palo's on the second evening, and this was our first experience there for dinner. We make it a habit to have brunch there every cruise, but booked so late, the brunch was sold out. The dinner at Palo's is out of this world. I had a steak that was so tender, you could cut it with a fork. My wife was more adventurous, and had Dover Sole. it was outstanding. Our server, Berniece, made sure our every need was met and she really made dinner magical and fun. I definitely would recommend Palo's, either brunch or dinner, (Both if possible). Room services was also great. We ordered Coffee, which was delivered to our room every morning around 7 so we could enjoy a cup, out on our balcony, watching the waves go by. Then we would leisurely get dressed and head up to Cabanas for a light breakfast. We love the buffet for breakfast and lunch and Disney always has a great variety of food. I usually hit-up the dessert area at lunch, first thing, before seeing what other delicacies to enjoy. We've experienced Nassau on several cruises, so we make a point to hang out on the ship and skip this port. the weather was great so we lounged in the adult area on the upper deck and enjoyed the sun, a great drink and read a book or napped in the heat. Castawy Cay is absolutely beautiful. the adult areas are always clean and well maintained. Again, the weather was warm, but a little windy, but not enough to hamper our beach time. The drink service was great and lunch on the island was outstanding. We live for Castaway Cay and would love another 3-day cruise if they only went there and skipped Nassau all together. Just happened to run into Goofy on the upper Deck on evening and got some great shots with him. We didn't go to any of the shows. Our only disappointment was this cruise was only 3 nights. We've never been on one that short and it really seemed to fly by. we just love Disney Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My husband and I went on this cruise for our anniversary. I think my title says it all. The food was fantastic, the rooms were soooo clean!!!!! The entire cruise ship is cleaner than anything that you could imagine. If you like steaks, ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise for our anniversary. I think my title says it all. The food was fantastic, the rooms were soooo clean!!!!! The entire cruise ship is cleaner than anything that you could imagine. If you like steaks, they were our whole tables favorite. You go from dining room to dining room and your staff follow you from room to room. If I had anything the least bit negative to say it would be the the Animators dining room. It wasn't that the food wasn't delicious, it was the noise level, very Loud. We are grandparents and went on this vacation together, no kids. There is an adult pool that isn't very big, but when you go in it is wonderful. deck 12 and 13 are for us adults, but you can still go down to the kids pool if you would like to. Also, movies running all the time, are quite nice too! We love children, but in that dining room, the noise just seemed to amplify. Like I said the food was still wonderful. On the cruise you can do as much as you want or as little. It's all up to you. I enjoyed all of the ports, but our favorite thing was Jamaica, we went on a river ride, on a bamboo raft. It was the most beautiful experience. Our guide was wonderful. The shows that they provide are so wonderful, just something you need to see. We didn't go to the magician night show. Only the shows put on by the ships crew. I could go on and on. It takes a lot to make my husband say he enjoyed something, and he said it was our best vacation ever! If you knew him, you would know this is a wonderful complement!!!! We also had a veranda, for us this wasn't a waste, it was much appreciated to wind down at night time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
3rd Disney cruise and loved it again every time room has been immaculate cleaned every day and towels are folded into animals and bed sheets changed every day. People say pool is too small and the 2 pools for all ages are small however ... Read More
3rd Disney cruise and loved it again every time room has been immaculate cleaned every day and towels are folded into animals and bed sheets changed every day. People say pool is too small and the 2 pools for all ages are small however it isn’t easy to have a large pool onboard a cruise ship there are also adult exclusive pools and a pool for teen club vibe (14-17) Ship is easy to navigate with maps all around and staff are friendly the ship has a fun mini golf course and basketball court. The 3 times I’ve been on the cruise my son has been able to go to all 3 clubs oceaners lab (3-12) edge (11-14) vibe (14-17) the oceaners lab is very large and great for kids as there is always activity’s on this also goes with edge and vibe. Edge is fairly small however is my sons favourite out of the 3 and every time has been extremely sad to leave his new friends. The activities range from sports deck fun to trivia challenges and video game challenges and much more. We have never made him go to the clubs yet he has chose to he would wake up have breakfast with us ( which the breakfast is a large buffet) then go to the youth club until dinner have his dinner then go back till the club closed. The waterslide the aqueduct is also a must do. There is a rotational dining plan where you change restaurants every night and cycle between the 3 and your servers rotate with you. And one restaurant even allows you to draw a character and have it animated the food quality is great with bread service,starter, salad/soup, main course, dessert. not to mention the adult only restaurants you can go to. There is also an option to share your table with another family at first this may see odd however I would fully recommend as the look at of you have children there gender there age etc and match you up with a family like so you child will instantly have a friend. You can also get food like pizza and ice cream and soda during the day for no fee The whole ship is in Christine condition as everynight and whenever the boat docks workers are always jetwashing painting or doing maintenance There is also a range of activities for adults including Karaoke music quizzes game shoes etc and like there is plenty for kids to do there is also plenty adult exclusive areas all over the ship Overall an amazing vacation and would recommend to anyone thinking about booking with or without kids Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my 2nd Disney Cruise and my only complaint was that it was too short! Every member of the crew was very attentive. The ship was always clean and the food was very good. We are a couple without children and really enjoyed all of ... Read More
This was my 2nd Disney Cruise and my only complaint was that it was too short! Every member of the crew was very attentive. The ship was always clean and the food was very good. We are a couple without children and really enjoyed all of the adult only areas. There are TONS of spaces away from screaming children that are peaceful (deck 11,12 and 13 front of the ship) The adults only beach is fabulous at Casaway Cay. It was the quietest beach I’ve ever been on plus the cook out for the adults only side of the island was probably my favorite meal. They grill ribeye steaks for the adults beach that were delicious ( no steaks on family beach I’ve heard) My absolute favorite part of the cruise was the high quality production of Beauty and the Beast. Disney invests a lot of time and money into providing high quality entertainment. This production was better than most traveling Broadway productions I’ve seen. Other fun activities we enjoyed were: seeing Coco, attending trivia, an animation class and Bingo! Such a lovely weekend getaway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and service. Embarkation was great, friendly staff once you are inside the terminal, the porters outside were very rude. They don't work for Disney though. We waited about 10 minutes to get the passport checked and headed to the ship. It is great when they announce your family and make the experience a little more special. The Sailaway party was kinda lame but alright, if you don't have kids you can skip that. Dancers were bad... i think the kids had fun though. Our room was clean - not spotless but reasonably clean, we had an inside stateroom which was larger than we thought. The whole ship looks pretty new, except for the Triton restaurant that still look like in the 90s. Food was excellent (except for the first night which the duck was really chewy) and we actually cancelled our Palo reservation because the food was good and we don't see the need to splurge more. Entertainment is lacking for adults only cruisers, there are 2 hot tubs that were constantly occupied, I don't like sitting in there with strangers. The water was too cold to swim. The adult only section was really quiet, I don't know how Disney does that, good to sun bathe and read a book. We tried to attend all the free activities but we don't fully enjoy the Disney Trivias because we are not hard core Disney Fans, we couldn't guess the song names / movie names by listening a 5 second clip. Shows were great except the juggling show, that was very lame as well. The Magic guy, Ventriloquist and country music guy were great! I fully enjoyed the Frozen show as well. The ports were alright, Nassau was terrible, you can skip unless you want to buy diamonds and rolexes. We did a Jet Ski tour that was great (not through Disney), rented a bicycle on Castaway Cay, nothing too special but I would recommend. We don;t have kids so we stayed at the serenity bay. The Barbecue was awesome, I took 2 bags of Lays chips on board as snacks. Overall I would do it again but my next cruise would be Royal Caribbean so I can compare the entertainment options. This is not a cruise for adults only unless you are a big Disney fan. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Disney Dream is the perfect weekend getaway for any couple. Drove from Atlanta and stayed at Port Canaveral the night before the cruise. (Highly recommend the Homewood Suites) Had a leisurely morning and headed to the boat around 11am ... Read More
Disney Dream is the perfect weekend getaway for any couple. Drove from Atlanta and stayed at Port Canaveral the night before the cruise. (Highly recommend the Homewood Suites) Had a leisurely morning and headed to the boat around 11am and on-board at 11:45. (Platinum Castaway get on-board first) Lunch at Cabana's (Buffet style, Deck 11 aft), Drinks around the Adult Pool bars (Deck 11/12 Forward); Cove Bar or Currents Bar. (Captian Mai-Ti's are the best) Spa Raffle at 3pm (Deck 11 Forward). Lifeboat Drill at 4 pm and then skipping the Sail a Way party with the masses, headed to the Rainforest Spa (Private adult spa area Deck 11 forward/ $100 for couple for whole cruise) and sat in the hot tubs overlooking the front of boat as we head out of port and towards the Bahamas. We enjoy eating the first night at the adult restaurant Palo (Deck 12 Aft - Reservations Required) and don't forget to get there early and enjoy a crafted cocktail at the Meridian Bar. 10:45pm is the best adult gameshow (MUST SEE) "Match your Mate" in Evolution's (Deck 4 Aft) Long Day, but plenty of comfortable places to catch a nap during the day. Wake up the next morning, get some coffee and watch the Captian bring the Dream into Nassau. Relaxing couples day, we stay on the boat, have a great breakfast at Cabana's, hit the Rainforest for Steam Room, Sauna, Hot Chairs and Hot Tub. Ate Bruch at Polo: Great Spread and Variety of First Class Food. (Reservations Required). More relaxing time untill 5:45 Dinner with a drink before at the BonVoage Bar located Deck 3 Lobby. After a wonderful dinner, order whatever you can eat....we head to the 687 Pub and watched College Football till Midnight. Wake up the next morning, get some coffee and watch the Captian bring the Dream into Castaway Cay. Ate sit down breakfast at Royal Palace, great food and excellent service. Hit the adult beach and island bars before heading back to ship to relax in the rainforest and Adult pool bars. Great Diner at night, head to the district area (Adult Area with 5 different types of bars,Deck 4 aft) for more relaxing time together. All Disney Staff are top-notch and will make your stay "Magical". Always book your next Cruise while onboard to recieve 10% off plus $100 onboard Credit. See you again in Feb. Disney Dream. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This is a very late Disney Cruise Review, but as I look to book my next cruise, I read all these bitter reviews about the Disney Fantasy so here goes a Review from a Newlywed couple in their upper 20s with no kids on their honeymoon. It ... Read More
This is a very late Disney Cruise Review, but as I look to book my next cruise, I read all these bitter reviews about the Disney Fantasy so here goes a Review from a Newlywed couple in their upper 20s with no kids on their honeymoon. It started in the Cruise Terminal, Disney must have had it specially built because it has all the Subtle Disney Nuances Like the mickey head shaped terminal gate. When you get on the ship it is stunningly beautiful. We went on a Halloween On The High Seas Cruise which meant there was all sorts of seasonal offerings throughout the cruise. Our cabin, an inside stateroom, was amazing with the interactive porthole. The Bed was so comfortable we found it hard to get up in the morning we were so comfortable. There were no hidden fees for us but that's also because we researched everywhere we could to make sure we knew what we were getting into. We knew about gratuities and Disney is pretty clear about their gratuities if you look in the right spot. Another thing I am seeing a lot of bad reviews about is the internet cost and that people think that's where Disney is trying to make all their revenue. Internet communication is one of the biggest expenses or a cruise line as it is mass satellite communication (they dont have long internet lines running to the ship) and people dont realize how expensive it is to run a ship's satellite. The other thing with Internet and this society is you are on a vacation, you cant go unplugged for a week? Anyways we also reserved the Free character experience offerings (yes we were in our late 20s and loved meeting the characters). We loved every minute of the experiences, and it made since why it was a reservation only experience because they were one of a kind experiences. One experience had 4 princesses all together to meet, another had Anna and Elsa from Frozen and you could get your picture with them together which is a rare experience and the Disney Jr Breakfast which was cute. We aren't drinkers and tried the nightly drink a handful of times throughout our cruise so our bar tab didn't escalate. We got some moderately priced souvenirs and paid for 2 excursions which were awesome experiences. The Cruise Staff and performers were amazing they all knew us by name by the end of the cruise some even adding us on facebook after the cruise. I will say, we did sit front row for every show and went to a lot of the activities so they saw us quite a bit and the fact we were honeymooners we were hard to forget. The service crew such as waiters and room attendants were phenomenal as well and helped us whenever they could by recommending things or just a simple wave when we left our stateroom. The people on the ship MADE the experience! The shows were Broadway caliber and made my wife happy cry during most of them. We are both in the technical entertainment industry and we were blown away. I think the only Line that would compare in quality of shows would be Norwegian. Our cruise was scheduled right after Irma so our itinerary was changed from western Caribbean to eastern Caribbean short notice because of the destruction of the virgin islands. This did not affect us because we didn't care what our ports of call were and when they notified us, they helped us change our port adventures. The last minute changes went surprisingly smoothly which we were going to be understanding either way because of mother nature. Our first excursion was in Cozumel, Mexico at the Mayan cacao Chocolate factory where it was more cultural then anything else. We learned the history of chocolate as it pertains to the mayans and since it was a halloween season cruise they educated us on day of the dead in a fun way which we really appreciated as we went a couple months before the movie Coco came out which gave a new appreciation for the Holiday, the culture and the movie. After we toured the chocolate factory they gave us 2 hours at Playa Mia Beach park which was another amazing and relaxing experience. It stormed a little while so we had to get out of the water but we will chock that one up to mother nature and will not affect this review. It was one of the moderately lower priced port adventures at $60/person. The name of the adventure was A Mexican Halloween and Beach Adventure (CZ91). Our second port of call and port adventure was Falmouth, Jamaica. Jamaica is a whole different lifestyle and it is Interesting to see. We did the Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River Falls Port adventure at $100/person. Dolphin Cove is a marine park that is unlike landlocked marine parks but at the same time it was a little small and we saw everything in about 45 minutes. Dolphin cove we probably would not do again. After Dolphin Cove we were taken to Dunn's River Falls, This park was amazing. I will give a short disclaimer for dunns river falls, you CLIMB up a water fall and although we saw kids on our excursion this is not something for young kids or Pregnant women in our opinion unless there is a 1 to 1 parent to kid ratio because it is rushing water, wet slippery rocks and vigorous activity. With that said, we had a blast doing this. The guides hop up the falls or fall back to help stragglers like they are mountain goats. They love taking pictures and they love answering questions. Dunns River Falls made up for Dolphin Cove. Dolphin cove will not affect the rating of this review as its an operator and not run by Disney so this is offered on multiple cruise lines. Our 3rd port of call was Grand Cayman which we did on our own, which I recommend doing here as everything is close to the ship. It is a very interesting port, a lot of shopping or just small streets to stretch your legs, plus chickens run around like squirrels which amused us. Our last port of call was Castaway Cay, Disney's Private Island. We also did not do any port adventures which I also recommend as you can walk the entire island and explore it on your own. We did some snorkeling on our own as they have a man-made reef with little Disney nuances like character statues and a pirate ship sunk in about 15 or so feet of water. They also have an adults only beach which was relaxing but its as far across the island as you can get but they have a little tram to take you there. Be VERY careful at any and all ports of call in the Caribbean as even an overcast day will give you a sunburn. It rained at castaway cay and was overcast 90% of the day but we got the worst sunburn we have ever gotten, mainly our fault for not re-applying sunscreen. The only thing that put a little damper on the cruise is our dining assignments put us next to an awkward, pessimistic, extremely picky couple who were complaining about the itinerary change and that disney was just for kids and families but had apparently been on many Disney Cruises. My wife and I wondered why they take so many Disney Cruises and not a line geared more towards adults but this didnt put too much of a damper on the trip as they didnt show up for their dining assignments majority of the dining times. We would recommend the Halloween On The High Seas Itineraries specifically because they are "off season" so tend to be cheaper, yet offer more entertainment than a normal season cruise while not being as pricey as a christmas cruise. Plus they have a costume party night! Its like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Sea! We are Orlando Locals and WDW passholders so we dont mind being drenched in Disney Magic and Pixie Dust but we noticed, yes there are the Magic and Pixie dust character meet N greets and shows but there are also more subtle Disney design as well so it doesnt get shoved too far down your throat. Overall, as NOTHING is for "EVERYONE", if you like quality service, great shows, relaxation and/or Disney Magic & Pixie Dust, do yourself a favor and take a Disney Cruise. Just do all the research you can as the "Hidden Fees" as some reviewers call it, arent so hidden if you look in the right spot! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Did we have a good time? Yes. Could the cruise have been better? OH, YES! Would we do it again? Only when we have a grandchild to take along, in three or four years. Was it over priced compared to a normal cruise? Not just YES, but Heck ... Read More
Did we have a good time? Yes. Could the cruise have been better? OH, YES! Would we do it again? Only when we have a grandchild to take along, in three or four years. Was it over priced compared to a normal cruise? Not just YES, but Heck YES? Did we feel we were treated well? Depends on who on the ship we are talking about; some folks were really wonderful, others were horrible. Did Disney’s Treatment meet our expectations? Again, it depends on who you are talking about---the customer service folks before the cruise, the customer service (Purser’s office) on the ship, the cabin attendant, or the folks in the dining rooms or bars---or the folks at Port Canaveral who got us on the ship. Let’s take it bit by bit. Our reservations guy was wonderful. If you need a good reservation agent, go to Vacations-to-go and ask for Finn. He is terrific. Got us exactly the room located where we wanted it. Disney’s pre-cruise “customer service” needs MAJOR overhaul. They don’t know a thing about the ships offerings, when it comes to electrical power for medical devices in the cabins, they know nothing about food offerings for people who are Gluten intolerant, and they really don’t seem to care about customers. That is a hard thing to say, especially about a Disney company, but it is true. 1. They told us there were outlets on both sides of the bed for CPAP medical devices. Wrong! There was one outlet on one side of the bed. [To be fair; that is an improvement over most cruise ships. But, what they told us was WRONG ---and that (as Edith Ann always said), “Is the Truth!”]---so lousy pre-cruise information. 2. We are both Celiacs---i.e. we are gluten intolerant & they also told us we couldn’t eat anywhere except in the main dining rooms. Wrong! Anywhere on the ship we went when we asked we were told, “OF COURSE, we can take care of you.” So, another WRONG! 3. They really need to do some staff training for their call center. Their email replies to need to be reviewed by managers, who actually know about the ship, so they can correct incorrect information. Boarding: Usual herd operation with a difference---there is a Disney character on hand---to greet people and have photos taken with them. The actual ‘processing’ was about the same. Show your passport, get a card, and off you go right onto the ship. Couldn’t have been easier, and with the character there entertaining all, actually a bit fun. Then, you get ON the ship. Greeting you and welcoming you is terrific. Very nice” line up” saying, “Welcome Bill and Gwen.” Of course, our ‘boarding time’ was 13:15 and the last ships tour was at 13:30. So, we missed that, and were lost most of the cruise. There really should be a ships tour at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00 to get late boarders (did I mention they ASSIGN you a boarding time?) a chance to explore the ship. It is a big, beautiful ship. It has lots of ‘adult’ areas---if you either stumble on them (as we did) or find them ahead of time in the ‘Ship Information’ online. Which mentions The District’ (four or five bars and dancing), and the Meridian Bar at the stern, but doesn’t really give enough information about them. We did enjoy the pool and hot tubs in the adult only area of the foredeck. We did enjoy the bar that was open there during the day; we would have enjoyed the second bar that had gluten free tap beer---but it didn’t open until 17:00---and we were looking for a drink at 13:00; not very nice scheduling, we thought. There is a nice bar in the main atrium of the ship. The bar tender there really didn’t know how to make a dry martini. Even when I carefully & fully exactly explained how I wanted it made. Unfortunately, she’ll probably never learn, since the tip is built in---not added on---so she’ll never be punished for doing it wrong. There are great Disney shops toward the bow; expensive, but nice. There are lots of opportunities for folks with kids or grand-kids to enjoy meeting ‘Characters’ and ‘Princesses’ which looked just great. We are looking forward to bringing our little “Princess” when she is five or six. We loved watching them and thought, “we’ll be there in a few years!’ Our dining experience---unlike what 800 customer service warned us about---couldn’t have been better. We first went up to the buffet and asked if we could get anything eat, being Celiacs. “Of Course!” (to our surprise!), they said. A Maitre’d appeared, asked us what we’d like, and had an attendant go back into the kitchen and got us exactly what we wanted. No problem at all! When we got to the main dining room, they gave us a table for two (really appreciated, since we get so tired of explaining what gluten intolerance is), right by the wall, and gave us an incredible meal. AND---it was my wife’s birthday cruise---and the turtle (from Finding Nemo---Crush) came around and wished my wife Happy Birthday! Lead the section in singing Happy Birthday to her. Incredible! One note on main dining: You change dining rooms daily, but you KEEP your Matre’de, your waiter, and your assistant waiter. Our Maitre’d --- Rexson --- was terrific. He made our cruise really special. Our waiter ---Emile---and assistant waiter---Aziz--- were also terrific---so attentive, so nice, so caring. So careful, to see we got nothing but Gluten Free. Including! Ta-Da! Gluten Free donuts at breakfast! Gluten Free waffles at breakfast! Gluten Free blueberry pancakes at breakfast! OMG! Can I just LIVE on this ship? And dinner---we had French Onion soup---Gluten Free bread covered with wonderful dripping cheese. We had Escargot that was so tender and so garlicy that it was just incredible. And, gluten free hot rolls or bread each meal. We were in paradise! Our cabin (9664) was very comfy. Our Cabin Stewart (name we can’t remember) was just wonderful. Two sinks in two bathrooms. Each is a ½ bath actually; but with a difference. One has the shower (& larger sink area) --- immediately claimed by my wife; and one has the water closet (& adequate sink area) --- which I was happy to have. The room ‘may’ be a bit smaller as a result; we couldn’t tell if it was. Didn’t seem like it… The balcony seemed the same size and was nice to get some fresh air or watch the sea go by. It had a nice door that slide sideways, instead on inward, which was also nice. Our problem with CPAP breathing machines sent me down to the pursers desk/customer service. They didn’t have an extension cord (you are forbidden to bring your own extension cord or power strip in “The Rules,” sent before the cruise) but they did offer a power strip. For a $50.00 deposit unless, you returned it at the end of the cruise. I returned mine, before the 08:00 “GET OUT OF THE ROOM” deadline---and they’d charged it to my American Express--- anyway. Still dealing with that issue… Other folks we found incredible on the ship included Claudette in The Pink Bar (Champagne) and Stephan in the Meridian Bar at the stern. She really knows her bubbly and found one my wife loved. Stephan was a master of Scotch (my weakness) and introduced me to a wonderful smoky single malt I’d not before found (& I’ve visited Scotland). Both were terrific. FYI---it is really NOT a three day cruise----it is two & ½ or ¾ days but three nights. Breakfast on debarkation day is at 0615! Is there a world at 0615? Are you kidding me? Off the ship by 10:00, since you don’t board until noon---that is not three days---on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
What a fantastic cruise! Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. The ship itself was wonderful inside and out. We had a deluxe family oceanview room with a verandah and was very happy with it. The split bathroom was helpful when we got ... Read More
What a fantastic cruise! Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. The ship itself was wonderful inside and out. We had a deluxe family oceanview room with a verandah and was very happy with it. The split bathroom was helpful when we got ready for the day and for dinner. We had a shower/tub and it was a decent size for a cruise stateroom. Dining was awesome - our server and assistant server were very attentive and efficient. I am a vegetarian and had no problems finding something to eat at every meal. The evening shows were one of my favorite things about the cruise - such wonderful Broadway-style shows. We had fun playing trivia and a couple games of Bingo, as well as other activities on the ship - there were plenty of activities to keep us occupied. The service was top-notch - stateroom host, Guest Services, dining staff, etc. We were very happy with our port adventures (excursions). We traveled as a couple and had a very fun-filled cruise. We will definitely sail with the Fantasy again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We just got back a few days ago from our cruise and to be honest we had some hesitation about going just as Adults (our children were at their grandparents). We wanted to go on a cruise for our 8th anniversary (my wife's first, my ... Read More
We just got back a few days ago from our cruise and to be honest we had some hesitation about going just as Adults (our children were at their grandparents). We wanted to go on a cruise for our 8th anniversary (my wife's first, my 7th) and this was the only cruise available for the dates we needed and the port we wanted. The reviews were all amazing but for a few who claimed that this cruise was "NOT FOR ADULTS" They made it seem as if it would not be Romantic or enjoyable for Adults, HOW WRONG THEY WERE!!! We ate at the specialty restaurants all 3 nights, Palo and Remy, Palo being our favorite! Now my wife is a super picky eater and she RAVED about the quality of EVERY dish she ate including the dessert! The lady sitting in the table behind us had multiple food allergies and I heard the chef come out and speak with her and accommodate anything and everything she requested...when her food came out, I literally heard her gasp with excitement with each bite and then she said "Are there stars in my eyes, I have never been so happy with my food" I spoke to her after and she was so so pleased with everything as well. The entire cruise we stuck to the 18 and over adult only areas and had an absolute lovely (and romantic) time. DO NOT let the other reviews concern you about not being ADULT friendly....we only saw children (who were all having a great time) as we walked from place to place on the ship. There are PLENTY of places to go and enjoy yourself without having children around. We did the wine tasting and visiting all the adult only bars and pool areas. Last but not least, we visited Serendipity Bay (Disney's private Island) which was the ADULT only area of the Island and it was Marvelous! Peaceful, fun and they had a BBQ from 11:30am-2pm that was fantastic, amazing rib eye steak cooked right on the grill in front of you, they had burgers, bratwurst, hotdogs, chicken, mahi mahi, sides and salad...as well as ice cream....We had a fantastic time and my wife fell in love with cruising especially with Disney, I have been on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and a few others and they were all very nice, Disney just does it better, their service and attention to detail is EXCEPTIONAL. Bravo Disney and again, please DO NOT be afraid to travel as Adults only, you will NOT be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right ... Read More
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from the beginning with a Happy anniversary card inside our cabin to a special dessert at the first dinner to a special invite to meet and greet with the characters. This was my 2nd trip to Alaska on the Wonder, the first time with my twin sis. We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady. Really enjoyed the updates and refit of the new Disney Wonder after its dry dock. Just a few notes to those of you coming back, as I did, for the 2nd time to Alaska. With the changes that happened to Wonder in dry dock one of them is at the aft buffet Cabanas. The deck 7 aft deck is gone, now above it is the deck for Cabanas on deck 9 (don't know what was on 8)and an extended inside eating area. Also gone is the Tracy arm fjord day Bar-b-q on the aft eating deck. Asked why and they said with the outside eating area smaller not enough room for outdoor cooking. Never fear though, the hot soup in bread bowl still exists that day and is served by walking wait staff on deck 9 and 10. More about changes to Wonder--on open house time embarkation day got to see updates to kids and spa areas and can only say excellent!!! Deck 9 changes great too! The Adult deck as great as always. On our first night dinner we were in Animator's Palette seated with wonderful adult table mates, but at one of the back wall tables. If seated there expect service to take longer. why? Because the wait stations to pickup food and clear tables are in the corners of the back wall requiring the wait staff to backtrack over the one only route on each trip since they could only access the table from one end and not around the table as other locations in the room. Also these tables, we found out, were the farthest from the kitchen. No problem in Tiana's or Triton since we were at oval tables with full round access. We finished, with the same wait staff for all restaurants (Disney rotates you through all the restaurants for evening meals and your wait staff goes with you), a full 20 minutes later in Animator's Palette than in the other two. That's not to say that all of Animator's tables were slower just all those at the aft back wall. Not our wait staff's fault, just the layout of the room. Tiana's was Excellent! Really enjoyed the menu and the supper club atmosphere with live music throughout the entire dinning experience and the 2nd seating of the trip Mardi Gras night was a real hit. Triton's was excellent as always. Sea food aboard and the deck 9 buffet and quick eats were excellent. Not to mention the free ice cream and beverage dispensers on deck 9. And free room service daily. A nightly mickey ice cream bar was how we ended the day, all inclusive. An up point on Animator's Palette. With three seatings here on this trip since we were at Animator's palette the first night, we got the regular show the first night, which was great, on the middle night was also Frozen night and the the restaurant was decked out with Frozen artwork and colors, on the last night we got to become animators and see our own art work in the show that was more than excellent. We had great weather for most of the trip, thank you Disney. Had some fog and mist on first day at sea but cleared up to broken clouds. Had one night of high very high winds, but the captain and his crew did their best and kept us on top of each breaking wave for an easier ride. We got our sea legs quickly and were rocked to sleep that night. Next day we were due for Tracy Arm but too much blue ice in fjord so we went to the alternate Endicott Arm and Dawes Glaicer. It was fantastic. The ship had room in the fjord to turn broadside to the glacier for great views of the face. We had sun that day so calving was witnessed. Saw wildlife on the way out and had the deck 4 to ourselves. Had cold hard wind in Skagway but sunshine through clouds. It's Alaska, so you layer up and keep on going. We enjoyed the experience. In Skagway we did the National Park Walking tours through historic downtown Skagway--3 different tours and free as long as tickets last. Get your tickets first thing in the A.M. at the National Park Office at 2nd and Broadway. In Juenau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and the Glaicer Gardens. If we saw one eagle we saw 50 and one really close fly by. In Ketchikan we toured the totems at the Totem Heritage Center and shopped. Great sunny day, so came back on ship to enjoy the pool area and decks. The stage shows are not to be missed on this ship. You are seated by dinner rotation so the theatre is never overcrowded for seating. The new stage musical Frozen is fantastic as well as the last night show Dreams. Inbetween is excellent entertainment in the main theater as well as the adult only clubs at night. Got to see great first run movies--and early viewing of new Pirates movie.On last night went for quick trip back to stateroom after dinner and saw an envelope in the fish by our door. We got a special invite (after the Dreams show) to a special meet and greet in D lounge with the characters before the Till we Meet Again show in the lobby. This was a special treat and one on one with ALL the characters before the show. Thank you Wonder staff for the invite. Next morning they assign you to a breakfast seating according to your first restaurant seating time. We chose to do the express walk off after breakfast since we had the first breakfast seating and would be out of the room before 8:30am. We were walking off the ship and to Disney airport transportation by 8:10a.m. We had an excellent time and took advantage of the "hold my place" plan to book our next cruise. For $250.00 you can "hold my place" and have up to two years to book your next cruise and still receive the shipboard booking credits and discounts. It's a win-win. This allows you time to check your schedule and travel buddies names for reservation. We really liked that and took advantage of it. Looking forward to the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises ... Read More
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises with Carnival. This was our first Disney cruise. We live in Houston, so we did the check-in online and drove about the hour there and got there a little before our check in time of 1:45. The check in process was extremely fast. I feel like from getting out of the car to on the ship was about half an hour tops. It was pretty cool that they introduced us onto the ship with the loudspeakers. First up checking out the room. My first thoughts walking into the room were wow this is a lot smaller than I was expecting. but the balcony was nice and spacious. Bed was incredibly comfortably. I was overall kind of thrown aback because my first impression was this is small, but I grew to like it a lot. The room behind us 6154 had a HUGE balcony though! It covered about half the back of the boat. Then we explored the ship. I remember saying to my wife the thing I love most about Disney is their attention to detail. Every aspect of the ship is Disney related, and everything has a purpose. Near the adult area there were spots you could sit in the windows and look out. Being adults on our honeymoon we spent most of our time in the adult only area. The dining rotation was very cool. We got Triton's first, and it was like fine dining I have never experienced before. It was so much food and so good I felt so bad when I couldn't finish it all. We were 2nd dining and so we would have to leave pretty quick to make sure we made it to the adult shows. The shows were amazing. I HATE Frozen but my wife convinced me to go to their Frozen show and it was actually pretty cool. All the shows they had were awesome. I'm still stunned from David Gatti's show. I'm still laughing at Buckets and Boards. Dreams was very well put together, although the ending was kind of interesting. Every show in the adult area was hilarious. As a honeymooning couple on a Disney cruise we were kind of expecting to see and be bombarded by a lot of kids, and we were kind of concerned about that. But we barely saw kids. Barely! Anyway I digress. The shows in the adult area were awesome. The club host Brett was one heck of a guy and extremely hilarious! We all miss him. The wings at Crown and Fin Pub were to die for. I miss those a lot as well. Speaking of not seeing kids. There was even an adult only pool and hot tubs. It was almost always quiet over there too. At Castaway Cay there is an adult only beach as well. Like I said we barely interacted with kids, and that was pretty surprising to the both of us. The service was amazing. From room service, to service at the restaurants, or shops it was absolutely amazing. Everyone was super nice and it made us go, "Now I kind of want to work here!" The best port was Castaway Cay. If I could just live on Castaway Cay that would be okay. It was incredibly peaceful, and we loved it. Key West was pretty cool, but pretty touristy. All we really did there was get a picture with the 90 miles to Cuba point. The Bahamas were kind of disappointing. The beach was nice, and the bars were cool. But a lot of the shops were closed due to Majority Day and some kind of march. We decided to walk a bit and after about 10 minutes of walking in one direction we felt like we were in the ghetto. We were back on the ship well before it was time to be quite simply because we ran out of things to do. Our excursions at the Bahamas and Key West were both cancelled due to low visibility and wind respectively. To us that meant more spending money and it wasn't a big deal. The one excursions we did get to do was the Kayak tour at Castaway Cay. It was beautiful and we both learned a lot. Our tour guide was hilarious. The only downside, if you even want to call it that, was on the return. We woke up the last day expecting to be in Galveston, and instead we were just outside the port, anchored down due to the fog. For us living in Houston it was no big deal that just meant more time on the ship for free to us! But to others it was kind of a problem having to reschedule flights and stuff. Disney Cruise Line was amazing and made sure everybody was fed and made sure to add a lot of events so that the time went by faster. All in all it was an amazing cruise and me and my wife can't wait to go on our next Disney Cruise. Like I said earlier she's been on other cruises and agrees that Disney was better. 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
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
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
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