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9 Disney Singles Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
Let me start by saying that I am an avid Disney fanatic. I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise once or twice a year for the past 20 years, and it seems that as the years progress, my experience keeps getting worse. October ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am an avid Disney fanatic. I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise once or twice a year for the past 20 years, and it seems that as the years progress, my experience keeps getting worse. October 1st was my first experience on the Disney Dream, and the ship was magnificent and grand. In fact, it was so big that me and my wife decided we would stick with the smaller ships from now on since it took so long to get from one place to the other. The benefit of sailing on a ship this size is that it dispersed the crowds so that you had room to move around. I had a cabin with a veranda, but the room was rather narrow and cramped (it seems that on the Wonder the rooms are wider). When we did spend time on the veranda, there was never anyone outside next to us or above us. Since they did away with smoking verandas I guess there isn't really much need to spend time outside (and I will get to that in a minute). The service from the staff was excellent (as always) but seems to be a little more catered on the smaller ships. Excellent wait staff at the evening dinners, and quite wonderful. The buffet (Cabana's) had a lot of food to choose from, but the quality wasn't as good as on the smaller vessels. The desserts were definitely not as good and not a wide selection (Betty Crocker quality). The live evening shows in the Walt Disney Theater were wonderful (if you haven't seen the same ones over and over again on every ship), and the Buena Vista Theater allowed us to see "Inside Out" and "Antman" which we had not seen in the local theaters. Due to the hurricane conditions in the Bahamas, we were diverted in the opposite direction and instead of docking in Nassau, we spent the day at sea. Why they don't go to another destination instead, I don't know, but after all...we don't choose sailing because we want to actually go some place, we sail because we want to see which direction they go to get there. I personally would have settled on Miami, or even Cuba. But so what if our Nassau cruise didn't actually go to Nassau....who cares. Now, back to the smoking verandas. They don't offer them anymore, I guess because people complain about smoke. I don't know who would complain that much, considering that all of the smoking verandas used to be located together. I had two options in which to smoke. One was on the 4th floor deck (right side of the ship) and the other was on the 12th deck (next to a bar and with no covering overhead). My cabin was on the other side of the ship, and it took about 10 minutes to reach each of these locations. One particular night, I was told by an employee on the 4th floor that I could not go outside on the deck to smoke because of the high wind, upon making my way to the 12th deck bar area, it was raining heavily and I got drenched. Now most of you will probably say, good for you smoker, but I have a response. I know Disney caters to families, and we shouldn't allow children to tolerate the filthy habit of smokers, but come on....is one addiction better than another? The Disney Dream has about 9 bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. They serve alcohol to adults near the children's pools and the dance party on Pirate night is full of children dancing with their parents who have a Bahama Mama in their hand. I am a recovering drinker (2 years) and I find it rather hard to be around those who drink. If Disney wished to limit smoking on their ships due to people who complain, they need to limit their drinking to adults only areas (bars). Moving on....due to the storms letting up, we were able to dock at Castaway Cay (even though all shore excursions were cancelled). It turned out to be a great day for relaxing and looking at the water (very few swimmers due to the wind and high tide). Leaving the ship and going through customs on the last day was a pleasant experience. They have attendants, who for a tip, will gather up your luggage and take you through the whole process. We paid our attendant $20.00 and he managed to have us out of the line and on our bus back to the Disney resorts in 5 minutes. Despite my negativity, I would not sail on any other cruise line but Disney; but then again, because of Disney's policies, I may not ever sail again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I went solo on the Disney Fantasy for my Presidents' Week vacation and had a wonderful time! This was my third Disney cruise - the other two have been on the Dream - and 5th cruise overall. I have always been a Disney girl and part of ... Read More
I went solo on the Disney Fantasy for my Presidents' Week vacation and had a wonderful time! This was my third Disney cruise - the other two have been on the Dream - and 5th cruise overall. I have always been a Disney girl and part of a Disney family, so for me, the extra money is worth it for the Disney difference! I had booked an 8B GTY and was ultimately assigned a 4E - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (technically it's classified as a Deluxe Family Stateroom with Verandah, but interior size-wise it is the same as a 5, 6, or 7. The bump-up to a category 4 is the extended verandah. I love Disney's rotational dining and had requested the rotation that would put me in Animator's Palate on Pirate Night. I'd also requested a solo table. I was granted the first request, but not the second. While Disney generally does a good job matching families (of all types), it does feel like they just lump the solo cruisers together. The guys I was assigned to dine with are perfectly nice people, but they both are just way more conservative than I was comfortable with for the length of the cruise. I had dinner at Palo - the $25 up charge Italian dining room - on Tuesday, but on Wednesday I spoke with the dining room manager and was able to get changed to a solo table, which made things much more comfortable for me at the remaining dinners. We started with 2 sea days where I participated in an animation class, a tile coaster class, watched a couple of movies, did the Midship Detective Agency multiple times, and just relaxed on adult-only Deck 13 and/or my verandah while reading. First port was St. Maarten, and I'd booked with Captain Bob Cass. Fantastic day spent on the water, even if extreme surges prevented us from doing all the swimming and snorkeling stops. I had an amazing time, and would do it again in a heartbeat! The next day was San Juan where I participated in a ship-based Rainforest Walk and Waterfall Adventure excursion. The scenery was beautiful, but the guide I was stuck with left a lot to be desired - stopping and peering at seemingly every leaf or hollow bark, even after we'd seen a walking stick and a coqui. The walk seemed ridiculously longer because of all the stopping and starting. But with the right guide this would be an AMAZING excursion. Another sea day was more reading and mostly indoor activities as the weather wasn't the best since we were passing through a cold front. Disney's Castaway Cay followed on Friday and it's always a great time, even in chillier and windier weather. We did make it to the island, though a ship earlier in the week was unable to - the captains have to thread a narrow channel to be able to dock, and strong currents and winds can make it difficult. They do everything in their power to make it work though. I am generally a big fan of Disney entertainment. The first show was a nice introduction to the cruise and what to expect. I opted to skip the variety acts as I'm not into cruise ship magic or comedy or ventriloquism. I wanted to see Wishes, but unfortunately the people who chose to sit around me didn't know how to be quiet during a show, and no crew members asked them to be quiet, so I left. I did see Believe on one of the other nights, and that one is just as good as it is on the Dream. Definitely a favorite for me. I was able to participate in the Onboard Airline Check-In program, so my luggage was tagged for my flight, and I didn't see it until I landed after the flight home. That made clearing customs quicker and easier, and I was on a bus to MCO by 9:30. Overall it was a wonderful cruise! I cannot wait to explore the Wonder next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff ... Read More
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff was so nice and made it feel like we all weren’t in a rush, and we shouldn’t be stressed. They were right too, they even carried our bags to our room while we were in line. The lines were long, but it didn’t seem long because of the staff. Boarding the ship was quick and easy, and once I was on the ship I was excited, because that was my first cruise. I honestly didn’t like cruising back then, so before I boarded, I was kinda like “I hate cruises, don’t make me go!” But once I saw that beautiful, decorated terminal, I was done; I was already hooked to this cruise line. I saw some cruise vlogs, and a lot of the terminals were discusting, dirty, and bland. So I boarded the ship, and the staff was spectacular! The ship was beautiful and for sure first class, the food was delicious, and best of all - it was free. This wasn’t an ordinary trip to McDonald’s meal, this was a magnificent gourmet 5 star meals (usually dinner and breakfast, lunch is usually by the pool and has all the greasy things, but even then it absolutely stunning food) I loved watching the kids play in the nemo’s reef, and in the mickey pool, it was actually entertaining to see kids so happy, I usually see them crying, but here they were all happy and having an amazing time. Our first stop was at Nassau, so first we went to the famous Pirate’s Museum, and once we exited, we went with a tour guide in a van, and everyone got private vans. I was anxious to see the beach, considering how beautiful the water color is in the Bahamas, it seemed like forever until I got there. Once I got there, the temperature was so relaxing, and it was October. Then I saw a show named Villains Tonight! Onboard the ship, it was very fun to watch! In fact I ended up watching it twice, and then I went to the top to try out the games in the Arr-cade, a pirate themed arcade on the ship. We arrived at Castaway Cay early in the morning, almost no one was awake (we also arrived at Nassau early, and docked back at home really early too.) Once we woke, we got our delicious breakfast and went off the ship, the island was beautiful and nicely decorated. All the activities were so cool, the waterslides were my favorite, and the beach was so relaxing, theres also a specific beach for kids if the parents want to escape all the screams and excitement. The island was fun, and for sure Disney cruise line stands out much more than other lines. A big plus - other than the Disney Dream crash in September, it has had far lass incidents than most of it’s competition. The engine fires, running a ship aground, all that bad stuff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I am not sure what cruise line some of these other people went on. This was our 4th cruise and every one of them have been nothing short of phenomenal! This cruise was just my 16 yr old daughter and myself. I have been a single mom since ... Read More
I am not sure what cruise line some of these other people went on. This was our 4th cruise and every one of them have been nothing short of phenomenal! This cruise was just my 16 yr old daughter and myself. I have been a single mom since my daughter was 2 and I have saved and planned for each cruise and it is the best money I have ever spent. My daughter has chosen the cruise every time and plans to go on many more (she is now 18) Quality time together and met wonderful new friends on every one. This cruise we were sat at a table with a family from England. We are still friends today and are planning another cruise together in 2017. This is probably the best thing about Disney. The customer service is out of this world. They try to match the families with similarities when seating them for dinner. Our first cruise, they sat us with a family where the youngest daughter actually had the same birth date as my daughter. This time they were very close in age. The food has always been fantastic and I am a light sleeper and I sleep wonderfully every night on every cruise. The rooms are cleaned twice a day and I think it is great that the bathroom is split, one person can be showering while the other person goes to the bathroom or is getting ready in the other part. These cruises are truly for every age, married or not, children or not etc... I cannot think of anyone who would not enjoy a Disney Cruise. If you do not want to be around children, there are plenty of areas you can avoid them. If you have children and want some adult time, there are supervised activities without an extra charge. We have been on a cruise in December and 3 in October, having the Christmas and Halloween themes has been great as well. I have recommended Disney Cruises to everyone I know, even strangers. I have had friends follow my advice and they have went on more and are planning on more because they agree, the best vacation ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
May 14-18, 2012, I surprised my 8 year old son by taking him on the Disney Magic for his birthday present. I found the price of the trip to be fairly reasonable and my thought was that I could get the excitement of Disney and the luxury ... Read More
May 14-18, 2012, I surprised my 8 year old son by taking him on the Disney Magic for his birthday present. I found the price of the trip to be fairly reasonable and my thought was that I could get the excitement of Disney and the luxury of a cruise all in one. My excitement was extremely short lived. At the terminal we were pleased to see Mickey Mouse!! Just as soon as we got in line to meet and get our first picture with Mickey, it was his break time so Minnie came out. I can understand that everyone needs a break, but I would have thought that on Day 1, when all of the passengers were waiting in the terminal, Mickey would have been around THE WHOLE TIME! I came to realize that this was to be expected with every character appearance for the remainder of the trip. Each day brought on new realizations that this Disney Cruise was a HUGE waste of money!!! Going into this trip, I was under the impression that it would be Disney everywhere, but I quickly realized that it was not the case AT ALL. The character appearances were few and far between and it seemed that every time we saw a character, the line would already be cut off. Our excursion to the Aquaventure in Atlantis was exciting!! That feeling was short lived when after only about an hour into the fun, the water park was shut down due to sever thunder, lightening and pouring rain. I understand that weather is not predictable. Back to the ship we went to find ourselves bored out of our minds!! What is there to do besides spend money playing bingo, or in the arcade?!!? My son did not want to go into the youth activity room so other than that, there is truly nothing to do as a family when the weather is bad. By the 2nd night on the ship, we both wanted to go home. Day 3 brought us to Castaway Cay. Another HUGE disappointment!!! It was a boring island. Leading up to the cruise, I was under the impression that Disney's private island would be packed full of Disney fun. All we found was a beach, 2 waterslides, and small game area. The weather was cloudy which made for even more of a disappointing day. Not to mention, a few short character appearances. We went back aboard the ship early...again The Pirate Party which wasn't much of a party. It was signing and dancing by the staff and a few fireworks. Oh, and this so-called "party" started at 9:30 which is not exactly a good time for CHILDREN! My whole extended family is planning to go on a Disney Cruise next year and I thought it would've been a memorable trip. I was looking forward to experiencing one of the newer ships but after this past week on the Disney Magic, I will not be going on the family trip next year and I am actually trying to get them to book another cruise line, or just a trip to the parks. I feel that the advertising for the Disney Cruise is extremely misleading. There should have been Disney characters EVERYWHERE and ALL THE TIME!!!! There should have been more Disney decor and activities. There should have been more family activities for families like mine who have children that did not want to be separated and sent into "daycare". I did not take him on vacation to have him spend time with other people I tried very hard to make the best of our disappointing week because, remember, this was my son's 8th birthday present. Looking back on our trip makes me incredibly frustrated and sad. I feel like my son and I were robbed of a fantastic vacation that we deserved and paid for. I spoke to a few others on the trip and they had the same feelings that I did. They were disappointed as well. I would definitely NOT recommend this trip to anyone. I sent my concerns to Disney Cruise Line but have yet to hear back from them. I will never agian cruise with DCL but look forward to going on another crise with a different company. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
For my third cruise I decided to try a three day on Disney Wonder so I could compare and contrast with Royal Caribbean. This cruise left from Port Canaveral on December 17 and returned on December 20. Embarkation: I arrived at Port ... Read More
For my third cruise I decided to try a three day on Disney Wonder so I could compare and contrast with Royal Caribbean. This cruise left from Port Canaveral on December 17 and returned on December 20. Embarkation: I arrived at Port Canaveral at 11:00 and parked in Disney's surface parking since their parking garage is not open yet. Check-in was painless and efficient, but boarding was delayed since it was raining and both Beach Blanket Buffet and Parrot Cay were full. Boarding eventually started up again and I got on board at about 12:15. Ship: This ship a true beauty. The original design goal was to try and capture the beauty and elegance of the classic ocean liners and boy did they succeed. She's got classic lines and modern amenities. Cabin: I was in a category 9 oceanview on deck 2. Wow, what a cabin. This was easily the largest stateroom I'd ever been in. My only complaint was that the cabin (as well as some other parts of the ship) had a heavy disinfectant smell. The stateroom attendant was excellent and for the first time ever I had a towel angel... how appropriate for a Christmas Cruise. ? Dining: My dining rotation was Artists Palette, Parrot Cay, Tritons. Of these three my favorite was Parrot Cay. I thought it had the best food and also the best atmosphere. My waiter and assistant waiter were top-notch! The buffet food had a lot of variety but the taste was only okay. I loved Goofy's Galley, Pinocchio's, and Pluto's Doghouse! Of those three Pinocchio's always seemed to have the shortest lines. Nassau: I had originally signed up for the Segway tour in Earth Village, but after the hold-up in November that tour got cancelled. So instead I took the Fort and Junkanoo tour. I liked seeing the forts and the Queen's Staircase, but wasn't so excited about the Junkanoo part. I thought it was kind of boring. I got back to port just in time to see Oasis of the Seas coming in. Rough water had prevented her from tendering at Coco Cay so they did a day at Nassau instead. It was actually pretty awesome seeing that huge ship coming into port, what a sight. Castaway Cay: We were supposed to dock at Castaway Cay on Saturday and high winds and waves prevented that from happening. The ship can handle 35 knot winds while docking and apparently the winds were pushing 50 knots. So the captain decided to go out to sea and attempt another docking that afternoon. Unfortunately we couldn't dock then either. The captain said we could have made it in, but the winds would have damaged the ship pushing her against the dock. Activities: This is where Disney Cruiselines failed me. I know that the ship is geared towards families but being a huge Disney fan I wanted to see for myself how I'd like it. Well, I was greatly bored at times. The staff scheduled plenty of adult activities - the adults just weren't attending them. The adult areas of the ship were ghost-lands at most points of the cruise. On the other hand, the production shows are top-notch and they also showed first run movies in the onboard theaters. Debarkation: Debarkation was as painless as I've ever had. I had morning breakfast in Triton's and afterwards made my way off the ship with no delays to speak of. So.... While overall I did enjoy my cruise on Disney Wonder I won't be sailing on her again in the near future. As a single adult I found it lacking in activities and not worth the premium price. This ship really is not geared towards single travelers and some of the crew members were curious as to why I was there (not in an offensive way). Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
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