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17 Disney Romantic Cruise Reviews

A group of friends from Orlando got together and booked this cruise. This was our fourth Disney cruise (we have been on nine Royal C cruises). The cabin steward was great, the cabin was just what we expected. The biggest problem was since ... Read More
A group of friends from Orlando got together and booked this cruise. This was our fourth Disney cruise (we have been on nine Royal C cruises). The cabin steward was great, the cabin was just what we expected. The biggest problem was since we were on deck 10 at 6:15 - 6:30 every morning someone was on the treadmill above our cabin. We mentioned to the staff but nothing was done. No sleeping in. The steak the first night and at the Windjammer for lunch was very tough. The steak later in the week was excellent. Those were the negative aspects of the cruise. The entertainment was top quality (typical of Disney). The adult area with the pools were very peaceful and the drinks were excellent. The various dinning rooms are always something we look forward to. We spend this getting special coffee and one afternoon Chip and Dale stopped in and had a great time with my wife. (It sounds strange, but it was fun. St Thomas was nice (we went on the party boat to a beach - we have been to St. Thomas several times.) Tortola was fine for a one time visit. We took a bus tour and spent time at a beach. The bus tour felt like you better have for life insurance up to date. St Thomas beach was nicer. The server and assistant server were great at meeting our requests. We would go again but no rooms under the treadmills. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I have previously sailed on the Disney Dream (September 2017) and wanted to try a classic ship (March 2018). Although overall I preferred the Dream, I did enjoy the longer cruise. On my week long cruise we visited Castaway Cay on two ... Read More
I have previously sailed on the Disney Dream (September 2017) and wanted to try a classic ship (March 2018). Although overall I preferred the Dream, I did enjoy the longer cruise. On my week long cruise we visited Castaway Cay on two occasions, had three sea days and visited San Juan. We were supposed to visit St Maarten but there was a storm and so we did the two Castaway Cay visits instead. I thoroughly enjoyed the Dining Experiences and the shows in the restaurants, animation night in Animators Palate was great fun and Tiana's Place Mardi Gras was phenomenal. The crew members I could not fault, from our great room host, who kept our room impeccable to our fantastic dining team and all others throughout the ship from Youth Activities to Cruise Staff we had a very enjoyable trip. I Loved the 'Dreams' show in the Walt Disney Theatre and enjoyed time in the Buena Vista Theatre seeing Coco, Thor and A Wrinkle in Time as one of the Sea Days the weather wasn't great. The only thing I would have liked more of was the Marvel Character Meet and Greets as they were always early in the morning or as we were getting ready for show/dinner. Possibly having character meet & greets later in the night like after dinner/show as they always tended to end by 10pm. I also feel their should be more sunbeds in the adult area as you had to be up and at the pool area really early to ensure you got one of the comfortable beds by the adult pools. All in all I would definitely recommend a Disney Cruise, but having stayed in a room with a verandah on the Disney Dream and an inside stateroom on the Disney Wonder I would definitely suggest the verandah. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I went on the cruise with my family to celebrate the life of our beloved dog Roxy because she passed away from cancer. We went on the Fantasy Star wars cruise it was awesome they had fireworks for Pirates night and then a Starwars ... Read More
I went on the cruise with my family to celebrate the life of our beloved dog Roxy because she passed away from cancer. We went on the Fantasy Star wars cruise it was awesome they had fireworks for Pirates night and then a Starwars fireworks for Starwars night. The service in the dining area was excellent and the steward was one of the best we have ever had. The food was good but the menu you could have more seafood options. All the shows were great and the Movie choices were excellent as well. The fantasy is one of the most beautiful ships I have ever been on the cabins are large and spacious. If you have children and you love Disney this is an excellent vacation for your family. The service continues to get better we really liked our dining staff Edgar & Clinton and the room steward Alston was excellent taking time to talk with us every time he saw us. We can't wait for our next Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We traveled with a family group of 10, similar to our cruise a few years ago on the same Disney ship with a different group of 10. We definitely built the excitement given our excellent experience on the first cruise, but it failed to ... Read More
We traveled with a family group of 10, similar to our cruise a few years ago on the same Disney ship with a different group of 10. We definitely built the excitement given our excellent experience on the first cruise, but it failed to measure up this time. Out of Disney/s control, our daybag was stolen during our excursion to Atlantis Aquaventure. We reported the robbery to Atlantis and Disney, but neither took steps to address the issue. Even just asking if there was anything that they could help us with would've made some difference. Our stateroom host didn't set up our beds reliably and chatted on his phone instead of greeting us. It sounds snotty, expecting someone to pause their conversation to say 'good morning,' but that has been my experience on other cruises. My husband and I booked a Couples Choice spa appt, and were very disappointed. The suite was not as pictured on the website-- "canopied roman daybed" actually means 2 chaise lounges. And Bathing ritual means being sent to the communal locker room to await an open shower (even though there was a lovely shower in the suite- we were not permitted to use it). And after the jacuzzi soak and massage, they sit you back down and give a very hard sell trying to make you buy spa products. $179 for 10 packs of bath salts! We spent nearly $600 including gratuity, and I was shocked at the gimmicky sales pitch at the end of our appt-- so much for floating out of the spa. I will give much credit to our servers in the restaurants- my youngest has a food allergy and they did a great job taking care of her, and were friendly and fun every dinner. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ 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
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
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
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, ... Read More
The boarding process was efficient and quick. Getting through security with our wine luggage was as efficient and a breeze too. The wait to board was minimal and were on ship by 11:45am. The buffet had delicious offerings the first day, such as salmon wrapped in proscutto and grilled. The buffet was more sophisticated on the day we boarded than the following days. Staff was available to assist in locating a vacant table, which were quickly bussed. The ship was beautiful and kept immaculate. Public bathrooms were plentiful and always spotless. The staff were friendly and helpful and cheeful. We were unhappy with our table mates for our evening meal. We were seated at a table for 8 but there were only 5 of us each evening. One was a single man who wanted us to invest in some ridiculous scheme and the other couple complained about Disney nightly. The waitstaff were slow and even though they rotated along with us, they never remembered we enjoyed fresh cracked pepper and Tobasco Sauce and our food would be cold before we could get their attention to request it. We were seated near a large table with 14 people who were so loud we often couldn't carry on a conversation at our table. We were under the impression that children dined the first hour and then were taken to another venue suitable for their age bracket. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of cabinets and drawers. The soaps, shampoos, lotions were very good quality. Our cabin steward kept it immaculate for us but we were without ice the first 24 hours of the cruise. Morning room service arrived exactly as requested and our order was always complete. The pool was always too crowded for us to enjoy so we didn't get to experience that. Finding a chair was impossible but we had a spacious balcony and thoroughly enjoyed that. We were surprised that photographers were not available at the gangway at each port. Only once were we approached by a photographer at evening meal (Palo) for photo op. Palo brunch was outstanding and I highly recommend you experience it at least once! Palo evening meal was too rich for us but the food was quite good. The food in the main diningrooms was mediocre and not at all what we remembered having on the Dream. Having Disney movies available 24/7 in your cabin was a plus too. The shops on board had a lot of fun Disney merchandise and clothes and were a blast to visit. The itinerary was wonderful and we loved St. Maarten and St. Thomas and Castaway was incredible as always. We would love to see an overnight stay at Castaway and trade a sea day for it. The Debarkation process was a breeze. Breakfast that morning was not pallatable. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise and we will definitely plan to sail again as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder ... Read More
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder leaving from Miami and stopping in Grand Cayman and Cozumel…. Two Caribbean islands we had not seen. We left stl 45 minutes late...at 5:15. We had first class seats on American Airlines. We had dinner and I watched the movie Tammy and Steve watched planet of the apes. Both were mediocre at best. We got to Miami and caught the shuttle to our hotel the Hilton Miami airport. It was a very nice hotel and we had a nice room overlooking the water...but we had two double beds. We got all settled in about 10 pm. We got up the next morning and Steve had a sore throat. We had free breakfast at the hotel. We walked around and took some pictures. We caught a shuttle to the port which was 15$ apiece. The wonder is a fairly small older ship. We checked in and went straight on board but we had to wait about thirty minutes to go to our room at 1:30 #6076. Our room is lovely....a 1 bedroom suite with veranda. ....very well appointed...lots of shelves, drawesr, and closet space. This is one area Disney exceeds the other cruise lines. Our room is clean...the room steward, Jhe Del Rosario does a great job...The ship is not pristine…because it is older...but it is clean and nice. We went to lunch at parrot cay...a buffet. Prior to boarding I had purchased a 5 day premium wine package, our excursions, and the photo package. We had a glass of wine with lunch...$9 apiece. We wanted to save our bottle for dinner. The ship is small and easy to navigate…..though the elevators are very small. We went to the sail away party at 5 and got another glass of wine. Our dinner time is 5:45....and our servers are Jane from the Philippines and Duran from Jamaica. We had dinner at Tritons....they put us at table 16 with a group of three older couples. Cassie and Jim who live in Wildwood Mo., Doug from Texas is here without his wife...she missed the ship....we are still trying to figure that one out….and Melody and Fred from Florida. Steve had Chateaubriand and I had duck. Following dinner...we got our pictures taken and we went to the show....all aboard. We enjoyed it. On Saturday, we had a day at sea....we had booked a champagne breakfast at Palo at 10 for $25 a piece. It was quite a spread and our waiter Justin from Tasmania was lovely. After brunch...we went to the pool. We moved several times trying to get chairs in the adult only section. We were finally able to do so about 1:00. We stayed by the pool until about 4. We came to the room and took a nap. Steve is getting sicker by the day. We got up at 5 showered and went to dinner at animator’s palette. Steve had red snapper and I had chicken. After dinner...we got pictures taken…even one with Captain Gus and then we went to the show the golden mickeys. It was wonderful! We got to bed about 9:30. On Sunday...we docked in Grand Cayman. We got up and had breakfast at parrot cay. We booked the submarine tour. We saw lots of fish, a ray and a turtle. We had lunch at Margaritaville... It was terrible. We finally got our pictures taken with some characters. I got a ticket for a meet and greet with the frozen princesses. Then we saw Donald, Minnie, Mickey, Peter Pan, and stitch. So it was good! We had dinner at animator’s palette again. We went to the pirate party. On Monday we docked in Cozumel. We went to the ruins…which was a wonderful tour with Sebastian. Steve bought me a shark figurine, necklace, bracelet and earrings made out of black coral. We then went to Playa Mia resort for some beach time. We got our pictures taken with some macaws and an orange iguana. We had dinner at parrot cay. I had chicken. Tuesday was a day at sea. We sat by the pool. We had dinner at palo for $25 a piece. We again had Justin from Tasmania as our waiter. We both had the beef ravioli. I will admit i was a bit disappointed in our dinner. It was good but nothing to rave about. I had the chocolate soufflé...and it was good but not as good as it was when we went to Palo on the Dream in 2012. After dinner...We went to the Disney Dreams show. It was excellent! Wednesday we had breakfast at Tritons and left the ship. We went to the airport. We flew first class and both watched the movie sex tapes…it was hilarious! We had dinner. We got home about 5:30. We had a wonderful time. Disney does a great job. I would certainly go on another Disney cruise. Of the three cruise lines we have sailed on...Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. I would still rank Disney first. Next time....I think we might try Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I chose Disney cruise line because I have heard such great things about Disney and how far above other cruise lines they were. They cost A LOT more than other cruise lines but I was willing to pay it for a 3 day cruise if it meant a ... Read More
I chose Disney cruise line because I have heard such great things about Disney and how far above other cruise lines they were. They cost A LOT more than other cruise lines but I was willing to pay it for a 3 day cruise if it meant a superior experience. We also just spent 5 days at Disney World so thought we would finish up our vacation keeping it all Disney. That being said, I was a little concerned that having adult children this may end up "too young" for them. (we were celebrating my son's high school graduation) So now that its done here are my thoughts. We did have a good time. Food in the dining rooms was a notch or two above other cruise lines I have sailed recently. However outside the dining room I felt like the food options were lacking. Typical kid choices, pizza, grilled cheese, hamburgers and hot dogs and sandwiches. With only the pizza place being open late. We sailed Carnival for my daughter gradation two years ago and the dining room and buffet food was not as good as Disney but the other dining venues were much better and open later. The adult areas on the ship were nice and we enjoyed them but I found "the district" to be kind of dead. Not much going on and poorly attended. (with the exception of the dating game which was a lot of fun) While we enjoyed our cruise and loved the shows I would not choose Disney again if not traveling with small children. Disney is great if you have kids but not much going on for adults. We found ourselves going to bed early due to lack of activities that were not centered around kids. I did not think the extra money was worth it unless you are traveling with small children. I'm glad we experienced Disney but will choose another cruise line if we choose to cruise again. Disney is best experienced by families with small children. I know there are adults that also really enjoy Disney, it's just a matter of preference. The embarkation/debarkation process on Disney was very organized and quick compared to other ships. Kudos for that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We sailed Disney Magic a few years ago and had the best couples spa experience of any cruise line we've tried. When my sister's fam/2 kids decided to take their first cruise, we knew Disney was the way to go. They chose Disney ... Read More
We sailed Disney Magic a few years ago and had the best couples spa experience of any cruise line we've tried. When my sister's fam/2 kids decided to take their first cruise, we knew Disney was the way to go. They chose Disney Dream. The kids, even the shy one, was soon hooked on kids club, so parents got lots of relaxing time. The fee dining room, Remy, they said was the nicest dining experience they'd ever had. Husband's a Dr. in Jacksonville, FL. The chef who makes menu just got another Michelin Star at his Paris restaurant, so he's now a Top Chef in World. The 3 hour dining experience was a seamless tasting feast for our eyes and pallets. Time flew by. My husb and I have dined at Victoria and Albert's in Orlando. Remy is Right there with that experience, but WAY cheaper. We returned for brunch the next day, but wished we'd of done the Italian place brunch. Remy has a set tasting menu. It was good, but brunch is just more fun when you have LOTS of stuff to try. One thing I noticed and LOVED on Dream were the see thru mesh chairs on our balcony! I'm always stacking and moving chairs out of our view on other cruises. We loved our balcony room. Not a single complaint. But this was our First cruise ever we never knew our room attendants name or was called by our name. Maybe the only 4-night thing. He did a great job though, so oh well. Dining was awesome, Every night. So were breakfast and lunch. Delish. The shows were not good compared to Magic. Magic had me teary eyed at the show with the stuffed animals on shelf! THAT show had that "Disney Magic" where adults got in touch with their young self/family memories. Dream shows were either too informational/heavy, or too sarcastic and crazy. One night I was soo bored I nodded off during the crescendo singing act! We all had a good laugh about that. Shops were good/we bought stuff. Only got off ship on private island. Words of warning, SEA LICE! My sister took her kids to the new jungle gym in the water and noticed everyone scratching. Moments later her kids were scratching, then crying! And just like that, Castaway Cay, the talked up best part of the cruise was a bad memory. The family left island and kids played on waterslide and empty ship the rest of the afternoon. On the way back to ship they saw a small sign that mentioned Sea Lice. None of us had ever heard of this! For whatever reason, guess the tides had the lice in the jungle gym cove but not the family beach cove. We tried the famous konch kooler. It's a regular frozen drink. The island DJ was awesome this visit, so we hung out near him for some time. About the couple's spa... This was our FAVE part of our last cruise, and like I said, our best spa exp on Any cruise, so we were Really looking forward to it. We went while at Castaway Cay. It was one lame moment after another!!! The shower room had no hair ties or shower caps like other spas. The shower pump soap was up high and you had to pump it 100 times to get Any kind of bathed feeling. It didn't lather and I felt like I still had sunscreen all over me. NO joke, I had pumped SOO many times my neck kinda kinked! Then we were led to a room with the questionnaire, & I knew from other reviews to write we had No Issues so they wouldn't try to sell us products. It worked!!! The problem was we knew we had a certain amount of time at the spa, and they never told us when they'd come to get us. So, we were a nervous wreck thinking they'd forgotten us. TOTALLY unrelaxing! FINALLY they led us to the spa room balcony for our foot/leg scrub. I told my attendant I had sensitive skin, so not to scrub my legs. So she washed off the stuff and did NOTHING! Would have loved my feet done! Then they left us to use the Jacuzzi for like 20 minutes. But, they never showed us how to turn it on. We figured it out, BUT THE WATER WAS COLD!!! There was a sign that said due to health regs the temp was set at 101 degrees I believe. That's Barely above body temp. I was shivering after 10 mins and just got out. We did enjoy the choco fruit though. Then we had our massage. My attendant was NOT doing deep tissue as we paid for. I said something 3 times then gave up. After this, more cold Jacuzzi time. After massage you fill out the tab/receipt and my husb even tipped them the extra so they'd get the requisite %20. Why, I don't know. Then they came to escort us out/forgot to do our tea service! That was the LAST straw. My husband said we'd be staying for tea, and they nervously hopped to it. We told our family to cancel their spa treatments before the time deadline. It's like kids were running the joint. And just like that, we're done with Disney. We don't have kids and now that spa personnel is lame/Disney let that luxury fall, forget it. Too many new NCL ships to try, booked two already! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I "Wonder" why we didn't do this sooner! Oh, I know. The cost! This ain't cheap, but it IS something you have to do for your kids. Overall, I was very satisfied (except for the weather, which we know is uncontrollable). ... Read More
I "Wonder" why we didn't do this sooner! Oh, I know. The cost! This ain't cheap, but it IS something you have to do for your kids. Overall, I was very satisfied (except for the weather, which we know is uncontrollable). The ship is lovely and well-maintained. No matter where you were or who you bumped into, the staff always had a smile and friendly face. Getting to see all the characters without having to wait in hours-long lines is a great perk. The food was very good, the stateroom was nice, the movie theater awesome, and the kid's club was very good. Dining: I love the idea of going to different dining rooms each night and having your waiter follow you. Much better than going to the same place every night like on other cruises. By night #2, our servers (Eddie and Desmon) knew that each of our (3) kids wanted a bowl of strawberries, and that I wanted lemon in my water. The buffets were well-stocked and yummy, and the pizza and grill by the pool were great options, as was Goofy's Galley with wraps and salads. Oh, and the ice cream machines were fun! Palo was well worth $25 per person. Our server, Felice, was the best I've seen in any restaurant. I truly felt like a valued customer and the food was great. Overall, the food was very good everywhere on the ship - better than I thought it would be. You are never wanting for anything because you can get everything! Nightly shows: Toy Story was top notch! Golden Mickeys was cute. The theater itself is very nice. The room itself was rather nice, but its location on the ship not so much. This cabin is in the rear of the boat, with close proximity to the rudders, etc., so we heard quite a bit of noise at terrible, middle-of-the-night hours. Choose a room more in the center of the ship so you can actually sleep! As for the room, Disney is great with 2 baths...one has a shower and sink, and the other has a toilet and sink. This worked well for our group. However, since this is so kid-centric, it was very surprising that there were no step stools in either of the baths. I suggest that they install flip-back stools below the sinks in both baths. The sleeping areas were good - as soon as my son noticed there was a flip-down bed, that's where he wanted to sleep. And though there was only a curtain separating him from our bed, at least it was heavy-duty. Our stateroom host, Nerine, was FABULOUS. Always had a smile, kind word for us, and always left our room perfectly made-up. Immigration in Key West: though the line moved rather quickly (for an adult), there was not enough staff on-hand to direct the flow of people. Most people on line were questioning if they were where they were supposed to be. Plus, since nearly everyone had kids with them, it was tough to wait in line with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I just returned from a three night cruise on the Disney Dream. We had a ton of fun and enjoyed this cruise much more than a cruise we previously had on Royal Caribbean. Embarking seemed pretty simple and easy. We were able ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a three night cruise on the Disney Dream. We had a ton of fun and enjoyed this cruise much more than a cruise we previously had on Royal Caribbean. Embarking seemed pretty simple and easy. We were able to go straight to our cabin. Our cabin was HUGE and we spent a lot of time in it during those three days. I'll never cruise again without a balcony! We loved the adult sections on the ship. We rarely had to venture in to the busy sections filled with families and children. The adult pool was lovely, the hot tub divine (specially after riding aquaduck), and I loved The District. All the different bars had such unique character. We did a tequila tasting ($15pp) and we definitely got more than our moneys worth. The bartender doing the tasting was humorous and became one of my favorite people on the ship. The adult section was definitely different than some of the sections on other ships. I appreciated that it was quieter, a little more subdued. We enjoyed listening to live music every night, and on halloween night we participated in their adults halloween costume contest. It was a ton of fun and there were a lot of people participating. The DREAM Good: Adult sections - quiet, plentiful, fun, but not total binge-drinking shenanigans Cabin Space - loved having a balcony, loved the disney on demand movies Customer Service - Our room attendant Goodluck was great, but the service desk was also always great. We had some slight motion sickness the first night and they gave us some motion sickness medicine. Also, the husband got stung by something at Castaway Key and he was able to get some bandages from them. They were just always helpful and smiling. It felt like the type of customer service you come to appreciate from Disney. The shows - I loved the Golden Mickey's, Villians, and Believe. I thought all three of them were fantastic! Alcohol tastings - Totally worth the $15 surcharge! Live music - They had great live music on board and they were fun and did song requests. Halloween night! The DREAM mediocre: Food - food was ok the ship. I loved Cabanas for breakfast in the morning and lunch. The rotating dining room idea was interesting, but I tired of the set dining times. Assigned Seating - it was really awkward being at a table with three other couples and every couple at the table spoke a different main language. We had Spanish, English, Chinese, and Japanese speaking individuals at our table. We may have all been around the same ages but I think that is the only thing we really had in common. On our last cruise with Royal Caribbean they had two person tables, so I may have just been suprised with the shared table arrangements. Our waitstaff - they bordered on ok/bad. The first night ourselves and another couple were sitting down and we had grabbed some of the dinner rolls and we apparently were using the wrong bread plates because they were swooped up from our table in no time at all from our assistant server who never bothered to greet us or introduce himself. He just grabbed our plates and gave us very disapproving looks. I felt like throughout most of the cruise I received disapproving looks from him for using the wrong plate or silverware. It was strange for me sitting at a table with six other strangers trying to make sure I'm using the right silverware at the right time so I'm not making our assistant server irritated. So overall dinner was not an enjoyable time for me at all. Maybe I'll have to buy that wine package next time so I can drink more during dinner and just not care. Honestly though compared to some of the waitstaff we had at a la carte breakfast or waitstaff we observed at other tables, I just really felt ours missed the mark. Cabin Maintenance - The only issue we had with our cabin was that it was arctic freezing. I had turned off the air conditioning and set our cabin temperature as hot as it would go, but it didn't seem to be making any difference. We told our room attendant and he mentioned it could take some time for the room to warm up. The next day it still wasn't any different at all so he sent maintenance to our room. Maintenance said the temperature sensor was malfunctioning and recommended we put a bucket of ice in front of the sensor. It was extremely random. Then we got a call at 1130 on the last night of our cruise to be told that they were going to fix the sensor for the next guests (well isn't that nice for them). CROWDING - Most of the time on the ship we were in areas where we could avoid the huge throngs of people, but occasionally we got caught in the floods. You could get trapped in some of the shops and not be able to move there would be so many people in them. Most of the time you could avoid the crowds though with some pre-planning. Honestly we loved the cruise and would probably go on another Disney Cruise in the future, but I doubt we would ever pay full price for one. We had them do the pricing for us on board for future Disney Cruises, and if we do go on another Disney Cruise in the future it will be booked last minute like this one and "affordable". Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We have tried other cruise lines (Princess, NCL and Carnival) and saw a decent deal for a verandah cabin on the 4-Night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. Since we love Disneyworld and Disneyland and have been impressed with the quality of ... Read More
We have tried other cruise lines (Princess, NCL and Carnival) and saw a decent deal for a verandah cabin on the 4-Night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. Since we love Disneyworld and Disneyland and have been impressed with the quality of Disney vacations we decided it would be a great opportunity to try Disney Cruise Line, even without bringing the kids. We had a great time, don't get me wrong, but I think because we hold Disney to a higher standard, it overall it did not live up to our expectations. We knew Disney Cruise Line would be highly kid-oriented, which was fine for us, and we didn't mind the kids' entertainment, but the adult offerings did not make this cruise worthwhile for us as an adult couple. Check-in was quick and easy, the ship was pristine and beautiful. Our room and verandah were huge! The production shows were great, but one night they simply didn't have a show, instead they showed the new "Planes" movie in the theater. You had to BUY the popcorn for $6 (something Princess offers for free along with milk and cookies. This seemed very desperate for a Disney cruise that is much more expensive than others. They needed more entertainment in public spaces. A comedian, or even a juggler would have been refreshing to attend at night. Even the karaoke didn't have anyone participating (not even a crew member to get things going). We were able to sign up (meaning pay) for a mixology class (it was the only one not sold-out). This was a lot of fun and I wish they had more opportunities like this. The food was disappointing. Maybe because they need to appeal to such a wide age group. For instance, in the dining room we had scallops and they were over cooked and sandy, you couldn't chew them without cracking a tooth. Most of the other offerings we tried were lackluster, with the exception of the carrot soup at lunch at the Royal Palace dining room and the Grand Marnier soufflé at dinner also at Royal Palace. We took advantage of room service and had them deliver Mickey ice cream bars (not on the menu, but we learned about on cruise critic!) which was a nice treat to have on the verandah. The buffet is not open during dinner hours, just "Tow Maters Grill" which is counter service, open until 11. It would have been nice to have another option for dinner, especially considering our disappointment with the dining room offerings. The service was fine, not exceptional, but good. The waiters went out of their way at dinner to say that they wanted to make our experience the best it could be, but then were not around when I would have liked to exchange my dinner for something more appealing. Some things we come to expect on a cruise were lacking: They sometimes offered fresh ground pepper, but not until our meals were half eaten; they brought us an anniversary cake and sang, but not until after we had eaten the dessert we had ordered and were ready to leave. Our favorites: The fireworks at sea were amazing! Castaway Cay adult section of the island was beautiful and really relaxing! There was plenty of space, umbrellas for shade, lots of chairs, great service and even the buffet was not too crowded. Being able to walk of the ship and not have to deal with tender boats was a huge plus! Having the trams to drive you around the island was genius! There was plenty of adult deck space, the adult pool and hot tubs were busy but we really enjoyed them! We did have a nice trip, we just were expecting a lot more from Disney. We will choose other cruise lines before we ever take another Disney Cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
We don't have children but trying and big fans of Disney. It was my Wife's first cruise and I was looking to make it fun and special. I had high expectations for the cruise and Disney did a good job of meeting most of them. The ... Read More
We don't have children but trying and big fans of Disney. It was my Wife's first cruise and I was looking to make it fun and special. I had high expectations for the cruise and Disney did a good job of meeting most of them. The problem wasn't so much the ship or staff but the people you cruise with. Disney markets their adult areas well. The problem is most times these areas were empty. The Quite Cove was too quite, this may have been due to the very cold weather and you would assume then people would flock to the adult lounges and night clubs. Instead these areas which are beautifully decorated were dead. I figured out the problem on the cruise. Parents with children are just to tired to have fun late at night knowing that they have to get up early with their children. The Food: I am a foodie and gourmet chef. The food on the ship was terrible at best 2 star. Its over salted and several dishes I couldn't finish. An example, went to the beach BBQ and expected to have a choice of freshly grilled meats. Instead the hamburgers and steaks had been pre-cooked and left in a warmer. The Mahi Mahi had been cooked on the ship and brought to shore. Most of the food on the ship was tasteless and boring. Last May I had taken a Royal Caribbean Cruise on the 2 1/2 star Majesty of the Seas. Their food was much better than Disney. We had room service once, it was just OK and very limited menu. The Drinks: Disney did a great job on the drinks. The juice for my vodka and orange was real juice unlike the Majesty's drink mix. The mojito's used fresh lime juice, muddled and not pre-mix. The Espresso Martin in the Cove was one of the best I have ever had. The prices were very reasonable, much cheaper then many lounges in my city. Unlike many cruises lines Disney didn't try and nickel and dime you on soft drinks, coffee or tea. They were always available for free. Their Service: Except the morning of departure Disney's service rivals Ritz Carlton's. The morning of departure we choose to wait until 9am to leave the cabin. At about 7am and for every 15 mins the ships intercom system would blare reminding us that we had to get off the ship by 9:15am. On top of that our room attendant kept knocking on our door from 8am. We were already packed but just wanted to have a nice relaxing breakfast in our room before leaving. The Room: It was very large, clean and well designed. The round bath tub that so many others have talked about was to small for my Wife who only weighs 104lbs. It would be great for small kids not adults. Another reminder that this is not a cruise for couples. The Entertainment: The shows where great/amazing for a ship but the lounge acts terrible. I saw one lounge group singer reading the words for a song from a tablet! They were just awful. The Children & Parents: Not the kind of topic that you are use to seeing in a review? Yet this cruise is designed for them and I felt I should discuss it. For the most part the children were well behaved and parents did a good job. At times though I had to ask children even with their parents standing right next to them not to press all the buttons on the elevator so we stopped at each floor or other minor nuisance caused by poor parenting. When I did, often received a vicious stare from the parent who then corrected the child. Fellow Adult Cruisers: Boring! Most looked tired, didn't bother to dress up or put make-up on. Very little happiness or joy from most of my fellow adults. Luckily the children loved the cruise and they made up for their boring parents. Someday we will take a Disney cruise again but as a parent. It is an awesome experience for a family and kept thinking the whole cruise our children would love it. I highly recommend for family's. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
As my children have grown up, I decided to try a Disney Cruise for the first time without children. I had previously cruised both the Magic and the Wonder with my two sons. We were celebrating a major birthday of my companion who is a ... Read More
As my children have grown up, I decided to try a Disney Cruise for the first time without children. I had previously cruised both the Magic and the Wonder with my two sons. We were celebrating a major birthday of my companion who is a big fan of Disney but had never been on a Disney Cruise. Dream vs Magic/Wonder: The ships were very similar although the Dream is bigger and the Dream definitely looked sparkling new and had the latest in electronics and features. Had an inside stateroom for the first time on a cruise and definitely enjoyed the virtual porthole. Was surprised to see so many different characters coming through the porthole and not just the same ones over and over again definitely enjoyable. The Aquaduck was fun even for us adults although it wasn't running the day at sea because of the weather and the game with the electronic pictures was very clever also. Food was the same except for Remy's which at first I thought was ridiculously priced as a $75 add-on but because it was my partners birthday we made reservations way in advance (must do if you are going to go to Remy's otherwise can't get in). It ended up to be the most amazing experience I have ever had at a restaurant of any game and was definitely for me the highlight of the event. It is a 3 hour meal (ours took 3 hours and 10 minutes to be precise) and you wouldn't know it until you looked at the clock. I for one am generally known as a fast eater. Children vs no children: Disney goes out of the way to make special activities and events that cater just to adults. Watching the children geared event reminded me how special a cruise Disney is for children and was for my children when they were younger. In my opinion if you can afford it there is no more magical experience for children 5-12 then a Disney Cruise and that includes the theme parks. However, I must say despite all the effort that I still at times felt like an Adult intruding on a children's show as the restaurants (outside of the adult only ones), the main entertainment and a lot of the peripheral action are geared toward families and the younger ones. Compared to my recent Carnival Cruise and RCL: I would say that while I loved my recent Carnival Cruise (with my boys) to Alaska that Disney Cruise definitely bettered Carnival in almost all categories: food, entertainment and service. However the Disney Cruise comes at a premium price compared to Carnival so the question is the extra cost worth it. In my opinion if you have young children a definite yes (my two older boys loved the Carnival teen area and were two old for the character stuff so in their case no) or if you want a short special cruise and hit Remy's then it may be worth it. However in general without kids at least for me the premium price of a Disney Cruise isn't worth it for just a pair of romantic adults. Castaway Cay was our other stop but not listed as a port here I guess because it is a private Disney Island. This place was a great place for a day at the beach with very pretty beaches and nice swimming. You can snorkel and do Sting Rays there also but those things are pretty mediocre and don't expect to see much fish snorkeling. But for swimming, laying at the beach and a nice stroll it is hard to do better. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Disney did not disappoint again. Our first DCL cruise was 2 years ago and we still had plenty of magical moments! (Note: My reviews have the good and the so-so in them -- every line has room for improvement!) Being that we were ... Read More
Disney did not disappoint again. Our first DCL cruise was 2 years ago and we still had plenty of magical moments! (Note: My reviews have the good and the so-so in them -- every line has room for improvement!) Being that we were using rewards points from the cruise line's card, we went pretty frugal and booked cat 12 and ended up in a cat 11. The basic inside rooms on DCL are fine and more than enough room for 2 adults. Our fare was $599 pp and total cost came in under $1500 including rt port transfers. Our pre cruise night was a $109/night web deal at Dolphin -- well worth it for that price. The food: Outstanding. Disney really sets itself apart with the customer service in this area, too. The head waiter was always around, the waiter and asst waiter were always attentive and eager to please. The desserts were just ok, but the savory foods were absolutely outstanding. Palo was fabulous, too. Although we still think the Emerald Room on Carnival Glory was the best meal of our lives, twice. It was more intimate and just a superior quality. The room: Like I said, it was sufficient. The walls are pretty thin, though. We could hear our neighbors on either side (including a screaming baby) most of the time. The bathroom was little and the shower curtain stuck to me. Ugh. Hate that. The base NCL showers blow DCL out of the water. Regardless, aft 5 deck was lovely and not very busy. The room steward did the "knock and barge in without a response" thing a few times, which was annoying. This seems par for the course on cruise lines these days. We did call on the first day about the screaming baby, but we were told that the ship was full. Although our table mates in a balcony room did get moved due to a screaming baby, so it seems like it might be a "money talks" sort of thing. Anyway. The entertainment: We saw Up and Bolt in 3D -- very cool. We also caught Golden Mickeys. To be honest, we don't care much for the non adult oriented shows on DCL. It would be great to get the kids all wrapped up in jammies and take them to a princessy skit, but.....no thanks. The quiet cove pool has started being un-quiet with cheesy muzak-y boat songs in the afternoons. Kid would love the offerings, though. It's a Disney cruise! Although there were a lot of completely unruly and unhappy kids to be found all the time. I didn't get that! The spa: Paid $148 I think for a 7 day pass for husband and I to use the rainforest room. Not worth it. The NCL spa area was a hundred times better. This spa was clearly aged and had no whirlpool or plunge pool. There was also no view. Overall: We've realized that we need more port days on DCL because of the lack of adult stuff to do. This is no fault of DCL, but it was obvious that DCL's attempt to be a cruise line for families and for couples too was not successful. Our next DCL cruise would be no longer than 4 days, I'm sure. But the service and cleanliness will be hard to match on our next endeavour. There are opportunities for improvement here -- but overall it's still the best line we've been on. Our utopian cruise line would have great food, cleanliness, and impeccable service like DCL.... with better adult shows, lots of ports, and more activity offerings. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
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