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38 Disney Spring Break Cruise Reviews

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 was our second sailing on the Fantasy and we loved it both times. Sailed with husband and boys ages 8 and almost 3. Positives - entertainment (live music, activities and shows, esp. Wishes and Believe), staff, service, kids rooms ... Read More
This was our second sailing on the Fantasy and we loved it both times. Sailed with husband and boys ages 8 and almost 3. Positives - entertainment (live music, activities and shows, esp. Wishes and Believe), staff, service, kids rooms (Its Small World and Oceaneer's Club/Lab) and port adventures. When we docked in Tortola we took the ferry to Virgin Gorda and did the baths/caves .. my 8 year-old loved it. We also enjoyed the Kon Tiki boat ride on St Thomas. Negatives - the food. I think this was the worst cruise ship food I have ever had, and I have been on around 20 cruises across all lines. Also seemed worse than our prior trip on the Fantasy in 2017. Although my kids didn't notice! Also, I encountered 2 staff members with bad attitude (one at Port Adventures desk and one at Book your Next Cruise desk) - still a significant minority, but also a first for Disney. We noticed some enhancements after the dry dock so that was nice too. However, perfect cruise for our boys ages 3 and 8. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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 our 8th cruise, and our 5th with Disney Cruise Line. We’re a family of four, with two daughters, ages 8 and 10. We booked our cruise, hotel, and Magical Express transfers with Dreams Unlimited, and handled the rest ourselves. ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise, and our 5th with Disney Cruise Line. We’re a family of four, with two daughters, ages 8 and 10. We booked our cruise, hotel, and Magical Express transfers with Dreams Unlimited, and handled the rest ourselves. This year, we wanted to continue our family tradition of taking a Disney cruise about once a year, but instead of taking a 7-day cruise, we decided to take a shorter cruise combined with some time visiting the amusement parks in Orlando. We had a few days at Universal Orlando (the Hard Rock Hotel for one night and a few nights at a rental house in Kissimmee), four nights on the Dream, and two nights at the Contemporary Resort. This review is really just about the cruise, but I mention our other plans because it made our transportation to and from the cruise interesting. We flew into Orlando for this trip. We had 5 large suitcases and 5 small bags for our 11-day trip, so we looked into transportation options with plenty of space. We ended up hiring a private SUV transport from Kissimmee to Port Canaveral. That was simple and comfortable, and the costs were on par with the other options we considered (Uber X, transport to the airport plus the Magical Express, a rental car plus parking, or a one-way car rental). Check-in at the cruise terminal was quick and efficient. We were sure to reserve a nice early boarding time well in advance. We arrived at the terminal 30 minutes before our assigned boarding time of 12:30, and we were on board by 12:45. I appreciate how they improved the kids’ club check-in this time. We were able to register our girls on-line and get their Magicbands right at the check-in desk. Gone are the hour-long lines just to get the Magicbands! They said our stateroom would be ready by 1, so we checked our big bags and just brought a couple of carry-on bags to lunch at Cabana’s. Our girls LOVE all of the selection at Cabana’s, so they were excited about lunch. After lunch, we went to see our room. Room 9590 is a Deluxe Family Oceanview with Verandah. We have always chosen this type of room because the size and layout work well for our family of 4. It’s located just aft of the midship elevators. The location is ideal for everything except laundry; the launderette is all the way forward. We really appreciate being close to all of the dining and shows with the midship-aft location. It’s also far enough below the pools that you don’t hear noise from above you while you’re in the room, but high enough that you can easily walk up to the pool deck. Another useful bit of information is that the room faces the beach at Castaway Cay, so it has great views that day. So far as the quality of the furnishings, everything was in excellent condition. I would choose the same room again. Next it was time to explore the ship, because this was our first trip on the Dream. We also wanted to scope out a location on deck to watch the SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral at 4:30. We were disappointed to see that a huge Carnival ship was between us and Cape Canaveral, but fortunately, by going all the way back to the mini-golf course, we were able to see the launchpad and rocket set up and ready to go. There are several active launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center, so the best viewing may vary by launchpad. You can identify the rocket with your naked eye if you have good vision and know what to look for. Spaceflightnow.com had a picture of the rocket on the pad from that morning, so that helped us figure out which one it was. Now that we knew where to go, we grabbed a Midship Detective Agency clue sheet and ran around doing that with the kids until safety drill time. Our meeting point for the safety drill at 4:00-4:20 was at the opposite end of the ship from our launch viewing point and several decks down, so we had to walk very fast and weave through crowds of people to get there by 4:30. We made it with about 1 minute to spare! There were probably 100 or more people on the mini golf course with the same idea as us, but the kids were able to wiggle up to the railing. Suddenly we saw a very bright orange flame, and the rocket lifted off to cheers! It flew straight up above us, and after about 30 seconds we clearly heard it rumbling. About 2 minutes after launch, it was too faint/distant to see. Pretty cool! SpaceX sometimes lands the boosters back at Cape Canaveral, but unfortunately they were not landing the booster that day. I’d love to see a rocket land someday too! We decided to chill in our room during the sail-away instead of going to the deck party. The deck party is great, but after days and days at amusement parks, we were ready for a bit of quiet. Next was dinner at Animator’s Palatte with Crush (so fun), and for dessert, the ridiculously huge Family Challenge ice cream sundae from Vanelope’s Sweets and Treats. It was delicious, but we only managed to eat about half of it before we surrendered. Finally, instead of the show, we decided to watch A Wrinkle In Time in 3D in the theater together. Day 2 was at Nassau. I have to say, other than the parliament building and a few very expensive shops, the area near the cruise ship docks is... sketchy. There were a lot of derelict buildings that were abandoned and literally falling apart. I can see why most people went on an excursion or stayed on board, rather than just walking around. Our choice was to spend the day at the Atlantis Resort. We met in the theater with several hundred other guests for our bus transfers to Atlantis. That whole process, including the bus ride, took a little over an hour. Atlantis itself is quite nice. We started off with the aquarium, which is on par with other good aquariums we’ve been to. It has some fun archeological theming too. The girls really just wanted to get outside to the water park, or we could have spent a couple of hours there. I would compare the Atlantis water park to Disney’s Blizzard Beach in terms of its size, number of attractions, and crowds. We didn’t get in the water until around 11, and the last bus left at 3, so we didn’t have time to do too much. The girls especially enjoyed swimming under waterfalls in the pool area, the inner tube water slide that takes you through a tunnel in the shark tank, and the Rapids River, which takes the lazy out of lazy river. Our package included lunch at one of several quick service restaurants in the water park, which was good. I would recommend this excursion to anyone who enjoys water parks. I would not recommend trying to combine it with another excursion on the same day, because there’s not enough time. Back onboard, we quickly rinsed off and took the girls to the Oceaneer Club. They really love the onboard kids’ clubs! My husband and I had signed up in advance for the Martini tasting, so we made our way to the Meridian bar for that. We didn’t know we were also going to learn how to make the martinis ourselves, so that was a fun surprise! The class was engaging, tasty, and worth the fee. We wrapped up day 2 with dinner together at the Enchanted Garden and the Broadway-style show Believe. I think it’s my 3rd time seeing that particular show, because it’s also playing on the Fantasy, but we still loved it. Somewhere in there, DH and I also snuck in a date at Pink: Champagne and Wine bar. We were the only guests in there, and it was quite romantic. Day 3 was at Castaway Cay. My husband ran the 5K, while the rest of us slept in and had breakfast at Cabana’s. This is the third time he’s run the 5K, because he always enjoys it. We met back in our room around 10 and made our way to the beach together for our 11AM stingray feeding. This is probably the 4th time we’ve scheduled that activity, but the first couple of times it was canceled due to high winds! This time we had a few showers, but overall it was a nice sunny day. We fed the stingrays and laughed as they slid around our legs, and then snorkeled in the stingray lagoon. I made one mistake here by renting snorkel gear instead of tubes/rafts. The girls had had enough snorkeling already, and really wanted tubes instead. It took a bit of walking back and forth, but eventually I talked to the customer service rep at the information booth, who changed my snorkel gear rentals into tube rentals. That was tedious, so next time we’ll just rent the tubes. We found some beach chairs and hammocks, and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging around the beach. Our 10-year old asked to join a dance party nearby, and we felt she was old enough to do that unsupervised and then come back to us. We had the BBQ picnic lunch too, with ice cream and tropical drinks. We would have enjoyed spending as much time as possible on the beach, but we had scheduled a beer tasting at 3:30 at Pub 687, and a pirate makeover for the girls at 4:45, so we had to leave the beach around 2 to get cleaned up. Mistake #2 was over-scheduling that day. We should have skipped the beer tasting to have more time at the beach. Pirate night was great fun, as usual. We all like to dress up and get some silly pirate photos. After dinner, the girls really wanted more time in the kids’ club, so they did that while I watched the Pirates in the Caribbean fireworks, and my husband watched a soccer match in the pub. Sometimes it’s nice to split up, instead of doing everything together! I got our laundry done too, because I know the day at sea is the worst time to do that. Day #3 was at sea, and we had a few things planned. My husband and our 8-year-old went to meet Anna and Elsa, and then to the Princess Greeting, while I slept in with our 10-year-old and had breakfast with her. Then we headed for the pools and water slides like, it seemed, everyone else on board! It was insanely crowded on the pool deck, but the kids didn’t seem to mind too much. We all love the Aqua Duck! The girls went back to the kids’ club for a while, so we could take the Mixology class in the Meridian bar. This was my favorite of the three tasting classes. We learned how to make 4 popular cocktails. We also made an appointment to book our next Disney cruise. We’ve learned that we can combine the booking credit from our travel agent (I’d recommend Dreams Unlimited or Costco) with the discount for booking on the ship, by just asking to list them as the booking agent. I can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to stack discounts like that! We’re not sure exactly when we’re taking our next cruise, so we just booked an interesting looking “holder cruise” on the Wonder next summer, and we can always change it later. We took the girls to dinner poolside, because they never actually eat in the kids’ clubs when we ask them to! Then they were happy to get one last visit to the clubs while my husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Remy. We always enjoy the chance to enjoy top-notch food and service at least once per cruise, and Remy is the best of the Disney restaurants, in my opinion. Another glitch was that we didn’t allow for enough time to re-pack and get our luggage set out for the couriers. It takes more than an hour to put just what you need for the last morning in carry-on bags, and just what you need for Walt Disney World into a backpack, then pack everything else in the room in the large bags, so they can take them to customs for you. We managed to get four of the bags set out by 10:30 PM, but they never picked up the last one that was set out too late, so we had to take that with us on disembarkation day. We usually like the early dinner because the girls are easier to deal with at dinner, but our assigned breakfast time at 6:15 was too painfully early. So, we just brought our luggage to Cabana’s at 7 and had breakfast there. Our Magical Express bus departed at 9, so at 8:15, we sadly bid farewell to the Dream. The Magical Express bus took us to the Contemporary, and I won’t go into that part of our trip here, except to say that we were in the Animal Kingdom by 11:30! Another useful tidbit is that the Contemporary provides free Magical Express transfers to the airport, but you need to reserve that in advance. We were also able to check our luggage at the hotel directly onto our Delta flight home. They offer that for a few airlines now, and it’s very nice to not worry about your big bags on your last day. So, would we do this cruise again? Absolutely. In fact, we may change our holder cruise to the same itinerary. On the one hand, the 4-night cruise almost feels like it’s over before it starts, but on the other hand, it fits nicely into a short school break. I don’t feel the need to go to amusement parks before or after the cruise next time, because that makes for a rather tiring vacation. But, if you haven’t been to Disney World in a while, they do make it easy to combine the two. Next time, we’ll have to allow for more unscheduled time each day. Those big unscheduled blocks of time are precious! Until next time... Happy Travels! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My family has cruised the Caribbean a handful of times. We love the vibe of the Caribbean but yearned for different ports, and a more port intensive cruise compared to the usual 2-3 ports that you get on a standard Eastern or Western ... Read More
My family has cruised the Caribbean a handful of times. We love the vibe of the Caribbean but yearned for different ports, and a more port intensive cruise compared to the usual 2-3 ports that you get on a standard Eastern or Western cruise. That put a Southern Caribbean on our bucket list. When we saw that one of our favorite ships, The Magic, was sailing just a handful of Southern itineraries we did what we could to be on that ship. This cruise left from San Juan. We had called on San Juan once before during an eastern sailing that diverted there instead of St Martin because of a tropical storm. We decided then that a few hours didn't do that town justice and were eager to visit again. We spent 2 nights pre-cruise and an additional night post cruise in San Juan to do some exploring and lots of eating. I booked our cruise, and subsequently the flights fairly last minute. While that gave us a good deal on the cruise the flight cost probably made up for that as they were not as inexpensive as they would have been a month earlier. The flight was about 4 hours from Philly and was pretty uneventful. While there were long lines getting out of the airport and to a car in San Juan, it did not take too long and it was easy - good signage - to get a cab to our hotel. It was hard to decide whether or not to stay in old city, on the beach, or near the port for a 2 pre cruise days. We ended up staying near the port at a Hyatt House. We had a one bedroom with a kitchenette which worked well for the 4 of us. The hotel had a pool and a lounge - free breakfast. We also had a room with a cruise terminal view - nice bonus to see our ship pulling in! That is always good for building the excitement. There were a few restaurants in walking distance and both the port and old city were a quick cab ride away. It was quite lovely though and I would definitely visit again. Embarkation was not too bad, though you do wait in line - with your luggage OUTSIDE of the terminal in San Juan. San Juan can be a tad warm! It went pretty fast but we were a bit sweaty by the time we got inside. There was also a snafu in the port. They didn't see on the computer that we had done our registration online and make us fill everything out again. Only to find it as we were filling out our last sheet. It was a bit annoying at the time but it didn't delay us too long. By the time we finished our boarding number was called and we walked on the ship. I want to say the process from drop off to on board took about an hour. A tad longer than we have experienced on other sailings from Florida. We had sailed the Disney Magic in 2013 and I personally loved the smaller feel compared to her larger sisters the Dream and the Fantasy. She is older but it is hard to tell. She has been upgraded a few times in her years and she shines like a newer ship. We jumped on a deal so our cabin was an ocean view guarantee. I was hoping the magic Disney fairies would sprinkle pixie dust on us and upgrade us to a balcony but ended up happy with our stateroom. Our ocean view room had a fairly large porthole window, a kind sized bed, and a couch. It boasted the split bathroom that Disney's ships are known for. One room has the toilet and a sink and the other room has a tub/shower combo and a sink. Our stateroom host was great at keeping our cabin clean and our bucket filled with ice. All Disney ships have rotational dining - they have 3 main restaurants where your wait staff follows you to each night. Each restaurant has it's own signature menu - then for the other 4 nights of the cruise there are different themed menus that is the same through all of the restaurants. If you don't want to eat at your main dining room you will find there is adult for fee dining, quick service food, room service, or quicker less formal sit down dining in Cabanas (which is buffet during the day) On the Magic they have more tables that seat large groups, while on the Fantasy and Dream they have many more 4 tops so that families can sit at their own table. It so happened on this trip for the first time in our Disney history - we were sat with another family. Let it be known that I am super shy and socially awkward at best. My kids are just fine though - not shy at all. The hubs is actually pretty outgoing too. So at face value this situation was really only uncomfortable to me. Dinners were pleasant on the surface but it wasn't an ideal situation in the end and we wished we would have asked in the beginning if it would have been possible to have our own table or be moved. I should have learned my lesson with this in the past when we weren't happy with our waitstaff and did not switch. I'm always too afraid of offending someone. The food was very good. No issues with the service staff, they were good at their jobs and bonuses for being really good with the kids/teens. Our assistant server even made gorgeous name drawings for each of the kids to take home. For breakfast or lunch you can go to the buffet, call room service, or you can sit down in one of the MDRs. In addition, during breakfast one of the quick serve locations has fruit and pastries or you can leave a card out for continental breakfast items to be brought to your stateroom. For Lunch in addition the buffet all of the quick serve locations are open. All of the food and service is excellent. Lines were busiest in quick serve and the buffet at main dining times and when we came back in from port. If you go at a slightly off time you will skip the line. This was a port intensive itinerary so we didn't take too much time for scheduled daily activities. We did go swimming, we watched an afternoon comedy show, and watched movies by the pool or in the theater. However we did do some of the adult only shows/comedy shows/game shows for the first time in 7 cruises! We were missing out. While we aren't big joiners it was fun to watch. Lots of laughs and good to have some adult time. The gym on the ship is more than adequate if you want to use a cardio or weight machine to work off some of those extra desserts. The promenade deck does wrap around the entire ship if you are into open air walking or running. Plus there is shuffleboard out there for some added hazards during your run :) 3 laps makes one mile on this deck. The kids did spend some time in the kid clubs. I have a teen and an 8 year old. The teen was just okay with the teen club. The club on the Fantasy and Dream is much more modern so she wasn't super excited that this area on the Magic hasn't been updated in quite awhile. The teen hangout resembles an urban loft with comfy worn in furniture. It's only decor but I guess in her case it did make a difference. She did make friends to hang out with though and had fun with them. The kid club on the Magic was re imagined just a few years back - I think in 2013. They have an avengers section, toy story, pixie hallow, and mickey on the one side of the club. The other side has navigation center, an illustrators area, computer area, and a huge interactive floor. The little one loves all of this kind of stuff and always found something to do and someone to play with. They do have organized activities in all of the kids clubs and you can see them either on your daily paper or on the app. Speaking of the app - it was convenient if you carry your phone with you. You can text anyone on the ship using the app (so keeping in touch with family and friends). The kid club will keep in touch with you that way too. You can also view what's going on, what restaurants are open and their menus, look at shore excursion and port info, and see character appearance times. We did book all of our excursions through Disney. We actually found it hard to book outside of the cruise line. When we contacted the providers we wanted to use they said they sell through the cruise line only. I'm sure not all excursions/companies were this way but the ones we chose were. Disney does a good job with shore excursions however. The price is never too extreme and from what we have experienced the companies they contract with all do a very good job. I will go more in depth on excursions in the port section of the review. All in all this was an amazing cruise on a cruise line that really knows how to make your cruise magical! We loved every second of this vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I took a 3 night cruise with our sons (13, 9 and 7). We loved it! Pros: Great, friendly staff. Fun pool areas and my younger sons really enjoyed the Kid's Club. (My youngest son is now in love with Stitch because they ... Read More
My husband and I took a 3 night cruise with our sons (13, 9 and 7). We loved it! Pros: Great, friendly staff. Fun pool areas and my younger sons really enjoyed the Kid's Club. (My youngest son is now in love with Stitch because they got to make Stitch's Space Goo and Stitch made a visit.) The food was really good on board. The Frozen show was very good. Getting on and off the ship was very organized and easy. Negatives: the Tween club is small and dark. My 13 year old son only went in once and did not want to stay. The main pool is pretty small but it is still fun. The hamburgers on Castaway Cay were very overdone. However, my oldest son liked the BBQ ribs. I can't comment on a lot of the activities at Castaway Cay because many of the activities were closed when we were there. A storm came through and it rained on and off through the day. However, the beach is very nice. The only other negative would be the cost. I would encourage any family to save up to go on a Disney Cruise but it is very pricey. Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had a fabulous cruise! We loved the nightly shows and Castaway Cay. The beach and water were absolutely impeccable. That was my husband's favorite meal of the trip! We did a 3 night cruise, but would definitely opt for a longer ... Read More
We had a fabulous cruise! We loved the nightly shows and Castaway Cay. The beach and water were absolutely impeccable. That was my husband's favorite meal of the trip! We did a 3 night cruise, but would definitely opt for a longer cruise next time. All of the staff aboard the cruise were very friendly. One of the most impressive things about the entire experience was the lack of waiting. We didn't wait for longer than 5 minutes to get on the ship, off the ship, excursions, dining, etc. We were traveling with our 5 year old daughter, so the short wait times were very much appreciated. Everything ran so smoothly. The kids club was an extraordinary place that the kids enjoyed. We felt very safe with our daughter there given the ship's extensive technology. Our picture popped up as the only approved people with authorization to pick her up. We can't wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The Disney top notch customer service began even before we stepped on the ship. They sent emails every once in a while reminding us of things to bring, preorder, and book (e.g. excursions, photos packages, etc.). Then, when it got closer, ... Read More
The Disney top notch customer service began even before we stepped on the ship. They sent emails every once in a while reminding us of things to bring, preorder, and book (e.g. excursions, photos packages, etc.). Then, when it got closer, they sent us a small spiral book that had all of the information we needed, specific to us, along with our luggage tags. That was very useful since it had our flight information (I didn't even book that through them), transportation to and from the airport info, itinerary, and what to bring. When we got to Miami, someone was waiting for us at the baggage claim to take us to a bus that took us to the ship (because we booked the transportation- which I recommend). When we got to the port, the ease of embarking was remarkable! We've been on other cruise lines and this was much more organized and everyone was friendly! When we got on the ship, to our surprise, they announce your arrival with a microphone and employees smile and clap for you (our 8-year-old loved that). Our first stop was to the kids Oceaneer Club where we got our son a band (not extra) that he wears the whole trip to get in and out of the club. It's great! They know exactly where your child is the whole time!! That was very reassuring. I can't say enough good things about this club. There was plenty to do, lots of fun activities, in a safe environment. Our son absolutely loved it! The ship was the smallest we had been on, but I really liked it. We were never bored or amazed by all it offered onboard. It is a beautiful ship. The lines to meet characters were not that long, considering how many people were onboard. Same for the amazing broadway shows! We just got there 45 minutes early and always got front row! (They open the doors 30 minutes prior, so only stood for 15 minutes). We really enjoyed the Game shows, juggler (from Americas Got Talent!), bingo, and the broadway shows! The Star Wars shop and other shops we great! On Grand Cayman we did the Dolphin Extreme which was a lot of fun!! On Castaway Cay we were going to Jet Ski, but it was cancelled due to rough waters. But, that island was our favorite!! So nice and very fun!! The disembarkation was very smooth. We were well informed on what to do beforehand, which I appreciated. Everything from the last breakfast onboard to collecting our luggage (from a carousel!!) off the ship was very impressive. The absolute best we had been through. Disney is very organized, has the absolute best customer service, and everyone onboard was very happy. I felt safe and was happy the entire trip. I highly recommend going!! I will definitely do it again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Family of 4 including 2 kids ages 5 and 16. We had a great cruise on the Fantasy and visited Tortola, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. I continue to be very impressed with the cleanliness of the Disney cruise ships and how well everything is ... Read More
Family of 4 including 2 kids ages 5 and 16. We had a great cruise on the Fantasy and visited Tortola, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. I continue to be very impressed with the cleanliness of the Disney cruise ships and how well everything is run. We stayed on the 10th floor in room 10568. The room was great and near the midship elevators which we really liked. However, I do not recommend midship 10th floor rooms. The noise was a big pain in the butt. We were essentially directly under the pizza and burger bar and there was a lot of foot traffic. At night the teenagers seemed to spend a lot of time up there running. We also heard them stacking and dragging the chairs each night as they cleaned the deck. I can't really say this is Disney's fault. We learned our lesson and will do more careful research next time. Next time I go I will bring 4 bottles of premium wine and buy the cheaper stuff on board. I made multiple trips to Palo and Remy to buy good wine after we drank our 4 bottles by mid week. Tortola was great. We rented a car at the dock and went exploring on our own with another couple and had a great time. We did not get off the boat at St. Thomas since we were so relaxed. It was a little cool at Castaway Cay this trip so we just went for a long walk and enjoyed our day. The entertainers on the cruise were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
To celebrate our upcoming retirement, we took our family on Disney Fantasy for a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. We had a fantastic time...it could not have been better. All of us, from the four year old to the two retirees, ... Read More
To celebrate our upcoming retirement, we took our family on Disney Fantasy for a week long cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. We had a fantastic time...it could not have been better. All of us, from the four year old to the two retirees, had more activities and experiences to choose from than time available. The three children were always excited when they got to go to their kids club. Our son and daughter in law loved that the adult spaces were truly only for adults. The crowd handling, entertainment, and activities were always better than we expected...Disney is a pro in those areas. We can't wait until our Next Disney cruise...to Alaska in 2019. We rotated through three very different dining rooms. Our waitstaff stayed with us. They knew how to set up our table, offered favorite foods not on that nights menu, and entertained the three children. Our dinners were calm and leisurely...with three kiddos under nine! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was by far the best cruise we've EVER been on! Disney sure does know how to do a cruise! My husband and I took our 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and we traveled with 15 other family members as a mini family reunion. Disney made us feel ... Read More
This was by far the best cruise we've EVER been on! Disney sure does know how to do a cruise! My husband and I took our 2 kids ages 5 and 9 and we traveled with 15 other family members as a mini family reunion. Disney made us feel so welcome. The embarkation process was so smooth and simple and we were on the boat in no time. As we boarded the boat, we got a huge personalized welcome over the loud speaker from the crew. I was so impressed! The food was outstanding! I loved that I could get fresh fruits and vegetables and other lots of great food. There wasn't much chocolate onboard though, but I can do a week without chocolate. Our dining servers were so friendly and did quite the amazing job. The room was set up very well and was very organized. I loved the bunk beds that came out of the ceiling and that the crew would make up the bunk beds every evening and put them away in the mornings. There was lots of storage under the bed and in the closets...even in such a small space. The bathroom was setup very well with one bathroom having a tub/shower and sink and the other bathroom having a toilet and sink. The onboard entertainment was spectacular, especially the firework show in the middle of the ocean. The kids club was amazing! There were so many activities for our kids and my husband and I could have a lot of alone time and hang out in the adult only pools and lounge chair areas on the front of the boat. I always felt comfortable with the kids club workers and knew our kids were in excellent hands. One of my favorite features of the cruise, was after the kids ate dinner, the kids club crew would come take the kids from the dining room to the kids club for activities so us adults could finish eating our dinner and socializing without worrying about our kids. We didn't book any shore excursions through the cruise line since we read it was better to book outside of the cruise for more personalized and less crowded service. However, next time, I will book through the cruise so I know I'm getting what I pay for. On Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, we booked a trip to the Baths at Virgin Gorda through Patouche Charters and it was the worst service ever! The owner, Joe Standish, had sent me an email confirmation prior to arriving stating what the excursion would entail and that we would be aboard a 36' Power Catamaran. However, when we met him at the pier, he was very agitated and rude and said this other guy would be our captain. I wasn't too bothered about it until the "other guy" took us to his boat and it was not a 36' catamaran. It was a small fishing boat! At first I thought, "this must be the boat that is taking us to the catamaran." Haha, was I wrong. The boat was so small that it wouldn't be safe to go to the Baths when we were supposed to because it wouldn't make it back in the afternoon with the winds. We got totally scammed! Patouche didn't even charter us...he sold us to another company without informing us since he was overbooked that day. I will never deal with that kind of a company again. However we didn't let it ruin the amazing experience we had with Disney Cruiseline. I know if we booked through Disney, they would definitely have non-scammers charter their excursions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I took the April 9 cruise offered by Disney on the Disney Fantasy. We are two seniors (68,69). The cruise was during many families spring break. The cruise director said there were 3800 passengers on this sailing so it was ... Read More
My wife and I took the April 9 cruise offered by Disney on the Disney Fantasy. We are two seniors (68,69). The cruise was during many families spring break. The cruise director said there were 3800 passengers on this sailing so it was pretty full. We never at any time felt that the large number of kids on board was a problem. Spent our pool and sun tanning hours on the decks reserved for those 18+. Never had a problem finding a lounge chair to lay on to catch some sun. So, if you are traveling without any children I would hit the adults only areas. We had second seating at dinner. Most families with children eat at the main seating. We like second seating as it is later and we don't feel we have to rush back to the ship from shore excursions. We see the first showing (6:15) of the shows whatever entertainment is being offered and then still have time to kill before our dinner at 8:15. We had terrific food servers. Actually, the main server, Ronaldo, was our server on the Disney Magic in 2011 on a Mediterranean cruise. We requested him in 2013 when we found out he was sailing on the Fantasy for our western Caribbean cruise. Requested him again for our eastern Caribbean cruise April 9-16. We booked a cruise for summer of 2017 and told our server that we would see him again! That would be cruise number 4 with him. By the way, his name is Ronaldo and he is absolutely the best. Our cabin was a deluxe family oceanview cabin with veranda (9112). Plenty of storage, and plenty of room for two seniors that's for sure. The split bathroom is a real plus. Our cabin hostess was Andrea from Jamaica. She was absolutely the best. Cabin was spotless and sparkling. Provided us with fresh, clean towels at least three times a day and we didn't even ask for it. Our cruise took us to Tortola, BVI, St. Thomas USVI, and Castaway Cay. Three at sea days also. It was a very nice leisurely cruise for us which we enjoyed immensely. When in St. Thomas do take in the Paradise Point Skyride. Amazing views from the top. We had no complaints about service, food, entertainment. This was our 6th Disney cruise and we enjoyed it because of the great service Disney provides. If you have time and also don't mind an extra charge of $30.00 per person, you should eat at Palo for brunch or dinner. We did both the brunch and a dinner and it was fantastic as usual. Disney probably is more expensive than other cruise companies but I believe you get what you pay for. We were docked next to the Carnival Splendor and let me tell you looking at that ship compared to the Disney Fantasy, it is a rust bucket. The Fantasy was spotless!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We sailed on the Dream on March 28 for a 4 night cruise. My husband and I were able to use the adult pool areas because my 17 year old son found the Vibe teen club on the first day and spent most of his ship time there from that point on. ... Read More
We sailed on the Dream on March 28 for a 4 night cruise. My husband and I were able to use the adult pool areas because my 17 year old son found the Vibe teen club on the first day and spent most of his ship time there from that point on. He's got a good personality and is very outgoing, but I don't see why others wouldn't enjoy it as well. The adult pool areas were a blessing to us because it was spring break and the family pools were crowded. We had two Cabanas lunches, one Cabana breakfast, one Palo Brunch, and the dining rotation meals in the restaurants (our rotation was Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, Animator's Palate (pirate night) and Animator's Palate (regular menu). The pirate menu was our favorite of the dinner meals. The Palo brunch was wonderful! And Cabanas has something for everyone from sushi to crab legs. As for ports, we did go into Nassau and visited the Pirate Museum, which is more like an attraction than a museum. I forgot how pushy Nassau people are! And I guess a lot of people didn't get off of the ship, because when we got on it was a 45 minute for the aquaduck! My husband took a pass, but my son and I rode it and it is a blast! Our Castaway Cay day, though, was a major bust. We walked in the 5K race and then a monsoon rolled in. So after 90 mintues with sideways rain, thunder, and wind, we went back to the ship. My son was going to do the teen excursion but it was canceled. BUT, none of that is Disney's fault. Stuff happens! It did clear up in the afternoon and my husband and I went back and stuck our feet in the ocean just to say we did. Our sea day was great, with Palo and day passes to the Rainforest room in the spa. It was very enjoyable. Got a nice picture of my son with Jack Sparrow and a family pic with Mickey Mouse. Also saw one of the shows, "The Golden Mickeys". I'm not that into shows even at the theme parks, so seeing one was an accomplishment for me; I always have better things to do. Our stateroom hostess took good care of us and our serving team was on point. We were seated with a family with two teens, and our server kept those teens and my son entertained with brain teasers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our 4th Disney cruise, and the first time sailing on the Wonder. We have previously sailed on the Magic (3-night in 2005) the Dream (3-night in 2013) and the Fantasy (7-night in 2015). We have two teenagers, ages 14 and 16. ... Read More
This was our 4th Disney cruise, and the first time sailing on the Wonder. We have previously sailed on the Magic (3-night in 2005) the Dream (3-night in 2013) and the Fantasy (7-night in 2015). We have two teenagers, ages 14 and 16. Since we live in Orlando we usually sail out of Port Canaveral, but this time we cruised with extended family from all over and Miami was the most convenient port for everyone. Aside from the minor inconvenience of having the extra drive, we absolutely loved sailing out of Miami! You get a fantastic view of downtown, as well as a peek at the multi-million dollar homes of the rich and famous on Star Island as you are heading out to sea. We also got a huge kick out of the people who were stuck in traffic hanging out their windows to wave to us! My initial reaction to stepping onto a smaller ship after recently sailing on the larger ones was one of minor disappointment. The atrium on the Magic and Wonder are beautiful and elegant in their own right, but just don't hold a candle to the grandeur of the those on the Dream and Fantasy. However, over the course of the cruise I found that I loved the smaller feel of the ship, and can honestly say that I may have even preferred it! We sailed the week before Easter, prime Spring Break time and the cruise had been completely sold out for months. Despite this, not once did it ever feel crowded to us. The pools did at times seem a bit packed ("kid soup") but it was relatively cool outside so we never actually went in them. As always, the adult areas were pretty empty most of the time. The food ranged from just ok to excellent. We absolutely loved our servers, Shane and Meibel. We are a family of jokesters, and we love to have fun interacting with our servers. They did not disappoint! They kept all of the kids at the table (from age 4-16) entertained and the service was impeccable. And I can not say enough good things about Palo Brunch. A must-do if you can swing it! Unfortunately, nothing has been done to remedy the bad coffee situation in the buffets and room service. This has always been one of our biggest complaints on the Disney ships! We love to order room service the night before and have our coffee on the verandah, but the "coffee" this time was truly undrinkable. I ended up heading to the Cove cafe and buying our coffee drinks each morning. I wish they could figure out a way to improve the complimentary coffee! Cabin service was excellent as always. Our cabin steward, Emer, went above and beyond to keep our room serviced and help us with anything we needed. The kids loved the teen club (Vibe). They did admit that they preferred the larger size of the clubs on the larger ships, but they still had a great time each evening. The nightly shows were enjoyable as always. We especially enjoyed the magician, Mike Super. We had watched him on America's Got Talent so it was awesome to get to see him in person! The Wonder is certainly showing it's age, but it is still such a beautiful ship. I look forward to seeing what they do to it when it enters it's two-month dry dock in the fall. Overall we had one of our best cruises to date. For those trying to decide between Disney and other cruise lines, let me just say this. We LOVE everything Disney. We are Disney Vacation Club members and have annual passes. We have have cruised with other lines and enjoyed them equally, but for different reasons. For us the intangible Disney "magic" is what makes it our go-to cruise line. If you aren't a Disney lover, I can understand why the extra expense may deter you. However I will say that Disney has continued to wow us with each and every cruise. We even booked a future cruise on the Dream in January! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to ... Read More
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to start with. This was a 4-night cruise from Miami, with stops as Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West on the Disney Wonder Ports of Call: This is an interesting, "introductory" cruise, and better than the 3-night Castaway Cay/Nassau cruise from Port Canaveral. You have a bit more time to do things, and Key West is a great place to visit (much more so than Nassau). Castaway Cay is always fun but as we were there at low tide, bottom algaes were a bit of an issue. Nassau is Nassau. As this was one of the busiest day from a cruise ship perspective, we elected to go on a port adventure rather than risking doing something on our own. Port adventures in Nassau are overpriced, especially if electing to go to Atlantis, which is starting to be past its prime (the Aquarium). After two cruises, I am starting to feel that a 5-night cruise with at least one day at sea would be ideal for us as it gives you a bit more time to enjoy the ship Food: The food was above average to excellent, especially for dinner. I found the food to be better than on the Disney Dream at dinner time. Breakfast is a little bit of a different story. The Wonder is a relatively small ship and the buffet area is small, with more limited options (The Dream was much more impressive in that regard). I strongly recommend that one goes to Triton for breakfast for a more formal sit-down breakfast. Quality is superior. The quick snacks option offered decent choices and service was quick Entertainment: The night time shows are ok, and some of the shows are presented on more than one Disney ships. For example, the Golden Mickeys is also shown on the Dream (ok show). The one thing about the Wonder is that it showcases "Dreams" which is probably one of the best Disney Cruise production. Toy Story was ok, but not as good as I expected. One night featured a comedian/magician that I did not watch. There are other entertainment options such as movies (got to see Zootopia), clubs, game-nights,... Entertainment is at the very least adequate and I found better than on the Dream Kid's Club: The Wonder is set for a major refurbished and this is one area that I think needs improvement, especially when compared to the Dream. First the "Club" and the "Lab" have totally separate check-in areas and are technically separate from each other. Décor is a bit older and not as impressive as one would experience on the Dream. Programming was good and activities plentiful Cabin (overall) Even though the Wonder is an older ship, I found the cabin to be well-maintained and in good shape. We had one minor engineering issue which was quickly fixed. I much prefer the balconies and views on the Dream than the Wonder, but found the Wonder to be more stable and provide better sleep quality The ship: Compared to many other ships in the industry, and compared to the Disney Dream or Fantasy, the Disney Wonder is a relatively small ship and it is set for a major overhaul this Fall. I much preferred the larger open space on the top deck of the Dream, than the split deck that you have on the Wonder, as it creates 3 relatively small areas. On the flip side, the smaller size provides for a more intimate experience in the dining rooms (Triton, Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate). Unless you know that this is an older ship, you don't really notice it, except for a few areas of the ship such as the Kids club and the fact that the entertainment/dining experience is not as modern. We found the ride to be smooth, even though we went through at least one storm. Other: The fact that we go through Key West before reaching our final destination (Miami) means that we have to go through Immigration procedures in both Key West and Miami. It is mildly annoying, and results in slightly less time in Key West. Probably would not be an issue if Key West was the first Port of Call. All in this was a very enjoyable cruise on a fine ship. It is going to be interesting to see what Disney does to this ship as part of the overhaul. My understanding is that there will be a focus on the dining areas, kids clubs as well as an upgrade to the furniture. If this is the focus, then the Wonder will move from being a great ship to an excellent ship Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We just returned from our second Disney cruise and loved every minute of it! We flew into Orlando the night before and stayed at the airport Hyatt. This is so easy because we never leave the airport and they have lots of food options you ... Read More
We just returned from our second Disney cruise and loved every minute of it! We flew into Orlando the night before and stayed at the airport Hyatt. This is so easy because we never leave the airport and they have lots of food options you can easily grab and take to your room. We are a family of 4 with girls ages 5 and 8. Our friends also traveled with us with their 6 year old daughter. The next morning a limo picked us up from the Hyatt. It was cheaper to get a limo with 7 of us from Hyatt to Port Canaveral than 2 town cars. This was quite a treat for the girls. Our driver from Happy Limo stopped at grocery store near Port so we could pick up wine. Disney now only allows you to bring 2 bottle per person (21-years of age). Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship by 11:40. Between 10:45 port arrival and 11:40 we checked in and then got the kids their kid club bands. Even though it was our friends 1st Disney Cruise we encouraged them to get in the same check-in line with us and the guy checking us in was nice enough to give them a Lanyard and same boarding group. This was nice since this line was only for Castaway Cay club members (return Disney cruisers). When we got on the boat we went to get the 2 ticketed meet and greets- Anna/Elsa and Princesses (usually Snow White, Cinderella Rapunzel & Belle). We were able to get one for 10:15 am on Nassau Day and the other for 10 am on Sea Day. While in line we used our Disney App and signed up for the messaging system. I highly recommend this. Basically it uses the ships wifi at no charge and you can message family and friends you are traveling with. This also allows you to see a full list of activities going on each day, ship map and dinner menus. You need to download the app as soon as you get on or before traveling because once it sets sail you will be on very expensive download options. After getting our tickets around noon we went to Enchanted Gardens for lunch. This was my first experience with lunch at Enchanted Gardens. I enjoyed it because you have a waiter. However the buffet is smaller than Cabanas but had nice options of salad, boiled shrimp and crab legs, pasta, fish, chicken, soup, fruit and desserts. After lunch we checked into our room and unpacked. We opted for a family stateroom again but this time we were on deck 9 with balcony instead of deck 8 with large port hole. We enjoyed the large port hole last year but I do not think I will sail without a balcony after having one this trip. It was so nice to sit outside in the afternoon and then before dinner with wine. As far as decks both were nice and we liked only being 2 floors below pool area and Cabanas (Breakfast and Lunch buffet) so we did not need elevator. However for dinner and kids club you need to go down to deck 3-5. For lunch we either opted for large Cabanas buffet or the quick serve options. Both are on deck 11 near pool. All of the restaurants were good for dinner. My favorite was Royal Palace. All had good food options for kids and adults. Our waitstaff Dalarno and Aubrey were awesome. They made sure our kids orders were in early so they could go to kids club when the counselors came around. I should note we opt for the later 8:15pm dinner seating. We feel it gives us more time to enjoy the day, then come back and order snack from room service, rest and shower up for dinner without rushing. Plus we are an hour earlier at home so its like 7:15 for us. Delano gave us some challenging table games to puzzle over each night after dinner while enjoying dessert too. This was really fun! All our kids loved the kids club and just like last time when we went to pick them up they begged to stay longer. We only took advantage of kids club after dinner for an hour ot two. Normally after they went to kids club we just enjoyed our dinner and then picked them up. One night we decided to check out the aduly bars since we did not do this last year. We ended up at a bar which was about to start a couples game. Basically they chose 3 couples and then ask them questions. If your old enough to remember the newlywed game show it was similar. It was fun but we headed to get the kids after about 45 minutes. As far as activities for our girls while on board the loved the Disney characters. Well my younger one and 6 year old friend enjoyed them all and my older one liked all the non princess ones (yes she is at that age :-o). All the girls loved the pool, hot tub, Disney movies shown on deck during the day, put put golf and of course the Aquaduct. We did the Aquaduct with them each time and the line ran from 20-30 minutes long. We opted to stay on the boat in Nassau just like last year. We did get off at Castaway Cay and had a great time at the beach building sand castles, snorkeling and just hanging out. So we had 3 days on the boat and 1 day off. To me one day of sand and beach if perfect! After a late 2pm lunch at Castaway we opted to let the kids go to the kids club on the island and we went to the adult area for one drink (about an hour). It was nice and quiet over there but really almost dead. Think next time we will just head back to the boat after lunch and give the kids some pool time. So there are so so many things to do on the ship. We did workout a couple of times and the gym is very nice. As far as shows... last year we only saw one show and this year I planned to see more but we actually saw none. I am one that does not want to stress about being somewhere at a certain time on vacation and we just never made it happen. There are endless options on the ship and I think if you are not careful your will find your schedule fully booked each day. We instead enjoyed not being on a schedule and just enjoying the day which was mostly at the pool with kids. We did plan for the 7:30 family pirate show on Pirate night and then the 10:30 Pirate show and fireworks. This was as great as I remembered from last year. However I do not think last year had an earlier 7:30 show too. Such a great staff on board. The ship is so clean. They are always cleaning the public areas and bathrooms. Our room was well taken care of by Jesus. He made sure we had plenty of towels and lotion during morning clean and in the evening he made the kids beds (pulled bunk from ceiling and placed ladder). He also left super cute towel animals and chocolate every night. Putu by the pool was so friendly and always made sure we had towels and were enjoying ourselves. As mentioned earlier Delarno and Aubrey made sure we were all happy and well taken care of for dinner. Disembarkation was easy. We had en early flight at 10 am so arranged a car at 7:45 am. We skipped the seated breakfast because of our early departure. I just ran up to the Cabanas buffet and grabbed a few things for my kids to enjoy in the room while we finished packing and getting ready. We opted to handle our own luggage and just walked off the ship, had a 5-10 minute line in customs and were out the door. We ran a bit late leaving our room and did not get in the car until 8:15. We still made it to the gate early and had about 15 minutes to spend in the United club. All in all it was a wonderful vacation and we hope to return again next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We traveled over Spring Break with our family of four - mom, dad, and two boys ages 13 and 11. As first time Disney cruisers, we were a little worried it may be geared toward a younger crowd and that we would be fighting off character ... Read More
We traveled over Spring Break with our family of four - mom, dad, and two boys ages 13 and 11. As first time Disney cruisers, we were a little worried it may be geared toward a younger crowd and that we would be fighting off character trying to pose with us. We needn't have worried! It was magical from the moment we drove into Port Canaveral and saw the Disney Magic waiting for us! We dropped our bags for curbside check in (with no pressure for a tip) and headed straight to the parking garage right next to the ship. Not necessarily cheap, but oh-so convenient - secure AND covered. Don't even think of parking elsewhere! We were two hours early for our scheduled check-in time and prepared ourselves for a wait. No such thing! We walked right up to get our IDs made, got registered quickly for the Oceaneers Club, and then walked right onto the boat. We were grinning from ear to ear as they announced our family's arrival onto the Disney Magic! We hit the lunch buffet right away which was perfect timing as rooms were not ready just yet. Then we started exploring the ship. The boys immediately found the basketball court and spent the majority of their time playing with the other 400 kids ages 11-14 who were on the ship! Absolutely perfect for them (though they could use a bigger court with a regulation height hoop.) We heard there were 1000 kids on board but we really didn't feel overrun by little ones. Maybe it was our later dining time (8:15), but it didn't feel like a children's cruise at all (thank goodness!). Had to make an effort if you wanted to get a picture taken with a character! Our younger son spent some time in the Edge program. Our 13 year-old would stop by but was most likely to just use them for their organized sports activities. Their favorite was MIDNIGHT dodgeball on the sports court (top deck, front of the boat!) There must have been 50 kids up there when we stopped by - all monitored by Disney staff. Kudos to them for providing fun stuff today ALL DAY LONG! At 11 the Oceaneers Club just felt too young for him. But he has been an old soul all his life, so give it a try if your child is the right age! One very useful thing we loved was the Disney Cruise Line app which helped us keep track of all the ship's activities on a daily basis. It even sent reminders to our phones throughout the day of activities we had highlighted. The ship allowed access to that app for free via wireless, so it worked even if you didn't buy a data plan. We loved the entertainment all around - did the 6:15 show every night together. There Disney-themed shows were great. Least favorite by far was an acrobatic dance troupe that used lots of special effect lighting. Almost walked out! Comedians were great. Used the fitness center some but would have liked ot use it far more. VERY disappointed that kids of ANY age are not allowed in there unless with the teen program (which only went during our dinner hour) or with a fitness instructor (extra fee of course). My husband and older son enjoy working out on vacations - and it is a nice balance to the all-you-can-eat mentality that comes with a cruise. For them to claim it is an "adults-only" area but then let you use it if you pay for an instructor is a little shady to me. Had a pedicure done at the spa figuring it would be a nice treat. The staff were very fine but of course services were overpriced. VERY limited selection of nail colors in the regular price range - a few more with a $25 upcharge. Should have left then. Went for broke to get hot pink only to discover rough spots in the polish after I left. Not impressed but what can you do. Get your pedis at home - but know that rough sand on the beaches will wreak havoc with your polish! Dining: Disney rotates you through all three dining rooms throughout the cruise which was wonderfully entertaining. Each has a different theme and feel. You keep the same servers no matter where you go for dinner, and we loved Zsolt from Hungary! We could have used better info on the dress code. It says that shorts aren't allowed but that definitely was not the case. My boys mostly wore long pants and collared shirts but could have gotten away with much more casual looks. We also didn't realize there would be formal and semi-formal dining nights. My husband felt a bit under-dressed without a tie but truly was fine - just know that there will be some tuxes and fancy dresses mixed in with more casual looks! And while 8:15 may seem like a late dinner time, eating at 5:45 is just too early in our books! We brought a deck of cards and a chess set and got the whole table involved in games while we waited for our food. The kids' meals were always brought out early - if you have younger kids the Disney staff will even come get them from the dining room and take them to the Oceaneers Club so you can finish you dinner in a leisurely, vacation-y manner! Don't hesitate to bring pirate gear - you cannot overdo it on pirate night! Excursions: We did the ruins/beach club in Cozumel and loved our guide, Patrick/Patricio. He had a passion for the history of the island and a true desire for its future growth. The ruins were interesting, and we learned something about Mexico before heading to the beach. The beach club (Playa Mia) itself was just OK. Plenty of room to change clothes, slides, small pool. My boys most enjoyed the floating inflatables. Didn't really feel we had time to do more than one thing there - could have opted to catch a cab back to the ship on our own but didn't. Cabs were plentiful there though should you consider that route. Opted not to do an excursion in Grand Cayman and just took a shuttle to Seven Mile Beach. We ended up at the public beach - Sea Grape, I believe. There is a small restaurant there and some changing facilities - nothing fancy. Some wonderfully enterprising folks have put up a floating waterpark and then charge by the hour per kid for you to use it. Great fun for my boys again. The water itself is gorgeous as you would expect. The sand is rougher than in the US - more rocks. Big drop off heading into the water but levels off and isn't too deep for a while. Some older people were having trouble getting out of the water - steep climb. One woman had a cane which I can only imagine is tough to use in wet sand! On the way back to the ship, we stopped off at Margaritaville right by the dock. Gotta love Jimmy Buffet - there is a pool and waterslide right there in the restaurant! Even a bar IN the pool you where you can swim up and order drinks! Nice end to our time in GC! Jamaica was another port we decided not to do an excursion. Frankly, next time we would just stay on the ship, but having never been to Jamaica, we figured we had to go ashore and check things out. The immediate port area itself (Falmouth) is very nice. All the usual shops you find waiting for the ships and plenty of souvenirs to choose from. We decided that things in Grand Cayman had gone so well that we would venture to the beach in Jamaica too. It was bad from the minute we got into the cab, and I will rest most of the blame on this particular cab driver. We should have been worried when he was negotiating a price that meant "no tip"! There was a reason for that - we NEVER would have tipped him in the first place - and we generally overtip, I assure you! (He stopped on the side of the raod to "urinate" and tried to get my husband to agree to stop and let him get his car door fixed by his cousin - trying to eat into the three hours we had booked with him. His driving was far more than assertive and he honked far more than anyone else we came across!) Anyway, he eventually got us to Montego Bay to the public beach there. We were expecting something pretty based on views we had coming in (and our time in Cozumel and GC). This beach though was just sad and depressing. You had to pay to get in, but we didn't even get that far - it just looked that bad from the road! We had him turn around and drive a half mile back to MARGARITAVILLE! Cracked us up, but right there overlooking Montego Bay, Jimmy Buffet has another restaurant AND a FREE floating waterpark. Food is overpriced, service slow, but view is wonderful and fun priceless! You can slide down the tube slide from the second story deck right into the water (life preservers available as well). From there it is a short swim to floating trampolines, rockwalls, and an obstacle course. We did buy some food and beverages to fortify ourselves for the ride back. We left feeling like Jimmy Buffet had saved our trip to Jamaica. Castaway Cay: Leave it to Disney to create its own paradise smack in the middle of paradise! Our favorite stop - more than enough chairs/umbrellas for EVERYONE; loved snorkeling together as a family and couldn't have felt safer doing it. They have lifeguards way out from shore keeping an eye over the snorkelers. Water was quite comfortable (and I am not known for my tolerance of cold water!) The slides at Pelican Plunge were awesome - fast and fun. Hold onto your hats/sunglasses or you WILL lose them. We did the combo rental equipment package and did use up all our options. Not sure we would bike it again - not that much to see! The island could use a pool but that's about it! Arriving back in Florida, disembarkation was simple. Cruised thru customs after a last meal (breakfast) with the same servers we had all week. Nice to say a final goodbye to them! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our family's second time on the Disney Dream. We sailed exactly a year ago and on the cruise bought into Disney Vacation Club. We have been on many cruises the last 20 years, but no one does it like Disney. The cabins, ... Read More
This was our family's second time on the Disney Dream. We sailed exactly a year ago and on the cruise bought into Disney Vacation Club. We have been on many cruises the last 20 years, but no one does it like Disney. The cabins, ship amenities, entertainment, food and the amazing crew make it a very memorable family vacation for all ages. I can't say enough about all the crew members. Everyone from the Port security to room staff and dining staff are wonderful. We loved all the activities, and especially personalities we recognized and loved from our first voyage (Dollar Deano from Ireland -- the Bingo caller is a family favorite). The only negative about the cruise is really not about the ship itself, but of Nassau and The Atlantis. Although the Atlantis is a stunning property from a distance, the actual property itself is overcrowded and smelly. I could entirely do without a port in Nassau and spend more time at Disney's Castaway Cay! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We arrived in Orlando Friday evening and rented a car to drive to Port Canaveral that night vs. wait until the next morning. It worked really well as we were able to stop at a liquor store to purchase what we wanted to bring on board ... Read More
We arrived in Orlando Friday evening and rented a car to drive to Port Canaveral that night vs. wait until the next morning. It worked really well as we were able to stop at a liquor store to purchase what we wanted to bring on board (remember, you can take liquor on but it has to be in a bag you carry on to the boat and not packed in regular luggage). We stayed at the Country Inn Suites - maybe 5 min. from the port. The Hertz location was right next door so Saturday morning, we zipped over there, dropped off our car and then took the Hertz shuttle to the port. We arrived around 10:15 for a 10:30 port arrival time. A porter took care of our bags, we quickly went through security and were checked in (group #3 boarding) by 10:45. The "kids" (16 year old daughter and 16 year old friend) took pictures with Mickey Mouse and we waited a short time and were on the shop around 11:15 a.m. Rooms: Spacious with ample storage (me, my husband and two 16 year old girls) for four. Stateroom attendant (Enrique) was wonderful and took very good care of us while we were there. Food: Buffets and fast service were OK...not great. We were always able to find something we liked. Evening dinners were good. We didn't do Palo or Remy. Shows: All the shows were wonderful and we really enjoyed them. This was our 3rd Disney Cruise (1 on the Dream and 2nd on the Fantasy) and they did change up the shows enough to keep them fresh. Adults Only: It was nice this trip to have our daughter and her friend. It gave us time to spend away from the craziness of deck 11 and enjoy the adults only decks / pool, etc. Disney does a very good job of kindly asking children to leave the area if any do venture in so it really is adults only. It's much quieter and relaxing and we enjoyed our deck time there. Bars: The bars are very nice. Be sure to check out the bathrooms - the wall mosaics are wonderful. Traveling with Teens: It's a Disney cruise so it's very family oriented. The two girls did go to Vibe several times but didn't love it. They felt the activities were a bit forced and preferred to find their own entertainment...which wasn't hard. They kept busy and had fun outside of the organized Vibe activities. Excursions: On St. Martin we did the downhill rainforest hike. It's not really a rainforest any longer, destroyed by the sugar cane industry but trying to be restored. The trail is very rocky and I would recommend for anyone comfortable with hiking. There was an older couple that after the first short part of the hike opted to be picked up and driven back. Service: Top notch - everyone was friendly and worked extremely hard to make sure guests were well taken care of. Our rotational dining staff (Toto and Nora) were fabulous. Kids: It's a Disney cruise and while there are children of all ages, most are younger. Deck 11 (pools) is crazy and we avoided it at all costs. With older kids, for us there just wasn't a reason to go there often. As with any vacation, there are well-behaved kids and those that ran wild (running up and down the halls, screaming, tantrums, etc.). Some parents did a great job monitoring behavior and others didn't - to our disappointment. Helpful hints: As soon as you board the ship, visit the on-board activities desk for the princess and Anna/Elsa meet and greets. You will need a ticket to attend. If you plan to purchase the pictures taken onboard by Shutters, take as many as you can so you can buy the CD and get everything. It's spendy but we got some great pictures out of it. We bought some tie-die Mickey t-shirts for the girls to board in as well as personalized magnets for the doors on ETSY. Carry on any alcohol you plan to drink - it will save you a ton of money. Book on-shore excursions early - many get sold out quickly. We've done through Disney and independently. You can save money by going direct. We dropped off picture matts on the first day at guest services along with colored markers and had the characters sign them. It's a nice, cheap souvenir. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in Miami was impressive. The reception area was very welcoming and there were even character "meets" for photos. It was the best way to kick off the voyage. There was absolutely no hitches and it was completely painless. Embarking the ship was also very simple and as soon as we entered the main lobby we were welcomed with a loud-speaker welcome to our family with accompanying applause. Brilliant! Once on the ship, between 12pm and 1pm, it did get hairy as there was so much excitement and people everywhere. Be sure to research your carry-on and dressing choices for embarkation as well as dining alternatives (avoid the buffet if possible if you arrive at the time we did). The pools/water areas were understandably packed so we strolled throughout the ship. Once folks started getting the alls-clear for their cabins it was fine. The cruise shows were amazing and always entertaining for all ages. We never had a hard time finding a good seat but we always tried to arrive about 10 min early. There was always something to do and the daily navigator newsletter really helped plan the events. There is literally not enough time to do everything. The activities ranged from dancing and singing to arts and crafts as well as games. So much to do. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Walking around the ship day and night was pleasure and as I mentioned before the ship does not look old and is impeccably well maintained. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Disembarkation was a breeze. What an amazing cruise. So many people we talk to say that Disney Cruises are expensive compared to the others but the old adage of "you get what you pay for" really shines through. If you dissect the numbers you will you see the value in it (non-alcholic beverages are free and readily available at drink stations and you are allowed to bring your own bottles of alcohol for your personal "in-room" consumption - all that you can carry)! Be sure to book your next trip on-board to take advantage of 10% discount and some great on-board credit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Disney made this trip as easy and painless as possible. We were shocked at how easy it was to stick to a budget, only dining with an upcharge was Palo. The ship was beautifully appointed and the staff was wonderful. Stateroom Our ... Read More
Disney made this trip as easy and painless as possible. We were shocked at how easy it was to stick to a budget, only dining with an upcharge was Palo. The ship was beautifully appointed and the staff was wonderful. Stateroom Our party split up into two rooms, a balcony stateroom and an inside stateroom. The balcony room featured split bathrooms (one room with toilet and sink, one room with shower and sink) that were extremely helpful. The standard inside staterooms only feature one. There was lots of storage in the room and under the bed. The bunk beds were surprisingly comfortable and the kids looked forward to seeing the towel animals each night. We also used the curtain at night which excited the kids to have their own "room". I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the Wave Phones as we used them consistently. They work throughout the ship, are permitted everywhere, and feature texting as well. Entertainment The shows in the Walt Disney Theatre were fantastic, our family would never miss them. We watched a few movies in the Buena Vista Theatre and enjoyed that. The deck parties seemed to target younger kids with the characters but we still had a good time. Character greeting lines appeared very long and we avoided them as much as possible. Take advantage of the photo service since we were disappointed as to how few we had at the end of the cruise. Dining Rotational dining was unique and we loved it. We looked forward to checking in with our waitstaff and telling them about our day each night. We only realizes halfway through the trip that Lumiere's serves breakfast and lunch. This is a much better alternative to the crowded buffet. We did Palo brunch one morning since it was much easier to get reservations and was cheaper. The food was fantastic and totally worth the extra fee. We even snuck some chocolate covered strawberries back to the room so the kids could enjoy them. When considering ordering room service, keep in mind that even though the food is free, you will still need to tip. As an alternative, simply run up to Cabanas buffet and bring your food back to the stateroom. You just leave the plates in the hallway. Youth Clubs The youth clubs were fantastic and the staff made all the children feel welcome. Encourage your kids to go to the open house so they can meet the counselors and other kids. We had an 11 year old who was worried about being separated from our group in the oceaneer club (rest of kids were ages 12-14) but the staff let him into Edge and he loved it. Our 14 year old tried the teen club, Vibe, but felt too young so he stayed at the the preteen club Edge. Ports and Shore Excursions All of our shore excursions were booked through Disney, which made things very simple. Our snorkeling in Key West was disappointing, the water was 10 feet deep, very cold and murky. We still had a great time and the staff was nice. The open bar on the way back was appreciated. In Grand Cayman, we did the dolphin interaction and turtle farm. That was absolutely spectacular, though pricey. In Cozumel, most of our group was ill so we canceled our tour of the ruins. Disney gave us a full refund even though we canceled the day of. Two adults in our group got off the ship and took a cab to the ruins. This worked well and we enjoyed moving at our own pace. Castaway Cay was wonderful and it had everything we needed. Our group booked a kayaking tour, but it felt unnecessary because there was so much to do on the island already. I would recommend simply enjoying the beaches or renting bikes or kayaks on your own. Activities The family pools were extremely crowded but might be fine for younger kids. The Twist n' Spout waterslide was surprisingly fast and our kids had a blast. The AquaDunk was very exciting and neat. If you want to enjoy the pool areas and have short lines, get back on the ship a little early on port days. When the boat is at sea, the upper decks get pretty crowded. The daily navigator was extremely useful. I bring different colored highlighters and the family each highlights activities they might be interested in doing. You can also pick up extra copies at guest services. In summary, the Disney cruise was very enjoyable and I'm sure your family will have a great time too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
THE GREAT:  Getting on board was awesome. We arrived at the time we'd signed up for, and there were only about five people ahead of us waiting to check in. We finished at the counter and walked right onto the ship. It was the best ... Read More
THE GREAT:  Getting on board was awesome. We arrived at the time we'd signed up for, and there were only about five people ahead of us waiting to check in. We finished at the counter and walked right onto the ship. It was the best onboarding experience I've ever had! I will be forever grateful because getting on and off a cruise ship is generally really exhausting and the worst part of the trip. It's been around 10 years since I've been on a cruise, but my recollection was standing in line for hours. Disney has done a great job with this! Our dining room servers were absolutely wonderful. They made sure that we had everything that we wanted and made us feel very special. I got the general impression that everyone loved the staff assigned to them. Some of the servers did magic tricks, and they all had something special for the kids. One thing to keep in mind is that the head waiter, the waiter/waitress, the assistant waiter/waitress, and the cabin attendant do not receive additional compensation from Disney - they work only for tips. I don't think people realize that, and the amounts they recommend for tips are really not that much. I think that this is the same across all cruise lines, and I didn't mind the built in tip for any of the refreshments that we ordered (one person went out of his way to get a glass of wine that I liked when I was in the theater that wasn't stocked there and I didn't even request that - extra tips are really in order for super service, and you will experience a lot of super service). There are some drinks that are free, and you can buy a cup for your child that comes in two sizes for a nominal amount ($6.50 and $8.50, I think) and they will fill it with smoothies or Shirley Temples, or anything non-alcoholic that would otherwise be charged to you for the entire week - the cup comes with a removable character that lights up. I don't mean to discount our cabin attendant in discussing the dining room staff. She was very responsive and made it a point to ask us several times if there were any things we wanted or needed and anything that we weren't pleased with so that she could fix it (there weren't - we only wanted an extra bar of soap so that we could have one on the sink and in the shower - that's it - everything was else was perfect). We really appreciated the follow up though. The last visit to the Animator's Palate was incredible. Everyone draws a picture within a larger form and it will come to life on the screens while you're waiting for dessert. It was really, really cool. I took a video with my cell phone and showed people at work - they were amazed. You rotate through the three dining rooms, so on a seven day cruise, you end up with your first restaurant on the first and last days for dinner (and also for breakfast on your departure morning). Because of that, we were only in the Animator's Palate twice - I wish we could have had them first. All three dining areas are nice, but the Animator's Palate was my favorite because the characters flitted across the screens and talked to you. If you want to skip a night in the formal dining rooms, there is a very nice restaurant on the 11th floor (meaning nice by adult standards) and that is also kid inclusive on the 11th floor (Cabanas) - they switch over from casual during the day to a more peaceful environment for dinner. They served the same things that we'd had for dinner the previous evening in the formal dining room, but that wasn't a problem - it was all good. I loved how they handed you a hand sanitizing wipe before you walked into any eating area and had a hand sanitizing stand located at the ramp when you boarded the ship when coming from shore. So much better than getting the stomach flu! We loved the live shows - they were really of a high caliber. We also loved the people who staffed the Bingo games. They made it fun to lose our money LOL (we are still singing the B-11 song). The final jackpot was a bit misleading though - I think everyone expected a $10,000 grand prize, but they probably gave away $10,000 in total that session. The grand prize winner took home around $7,400, which is still significant. Still a positive because it was a lot of fun. Even though getting off the ship was no fun (see below), I loved that Disney has a service where they will actually take your luggage to the airport and check it for you onto your flight. I have always hated having to pick up heavy bags after getting off the ship and haul them around because the last day of a cruise is usually just as awful as the first. This was such a nice touch and there was no charge. We saw the $25 per bag fee on our final bill, but that was just the cost that the airlines charged us per bag. They paid it in advance for us and were simply requesting reimbursement. Thank you, Disney! Free ice cream! Our child was in heaven. It would have been nice to have a change of flavors (it was the same all week), but they did have a nice selection - strawberry, banana, chocolate, vanilla, and a spout in the middle to get half-chocolate/half-vanilla twist. I wish they would have had cups near the ice cream dispensers (my kid hates cones) so that we didn't have to walk down to the drink dispensing area to get one, but that was just a minor thing. I would imagine that parents with smaller children would have appreciated having cups available as well. Disney will even cut your child's food at dinner - a surprising and nice touch. There were lots of fun and kid-friendly activities on the ship, and we had no problem filling our time on sea days (I actually wish we had even more sea days!). I didn't need to visit the exercise facility - my pedometer told me that I was walking at least 8,000 steps a day, and there were two days I walked over 15,000 steps. It kept me from gaining weight on the cruise, which was a bonus. Fireworks display on the upper deck on pirate's night were beautiful. The cabin was awesome! It was large, relatively speaking, and had lots of storage space. We had a double length deck with two (sort-of) recliners, two regular chairs, and a small table. We had so much fun we didn't get to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. The bed was heaven and I was always so tired from the activities of the day that I swear I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Our couch converted into a bed as well, and it was comfortable too (though not as comfortable as the bed). I also liked that there were separate rooms for showering and going to the bathroom, and each of them had a sink - it made it so much easier to get ready in the morning. I had a chance to peek into the inside staterooms, and it looked like they had a port-hole sized screen that gave you the view from the bridge video, which was kind of cool. I prefer an outside stateroom with a balcony because I would feel claustrophobic, but this was a nice touch on the inside. THE NOT SO GREAT: There are only two seating times for dinner. We chose the 8:15 seating. You learn quickly not to show up on time unless you want to stand in a horribly long and wide line, packed with people, waiting for the doors to open. I wish they had "any time" dining as we experienced with Princess in the past. I HATE the cattle calls. It really is better to not leave your stateroom until dinner is supposed to start or a few minutes later. That way, you'll miss the entry crowds and the server will catch you up. Speaking of the 8:15 seating . . . children under five really shouldn't be allowed to have dinner this late. You don't leave the dining room until at least around 9:45, and that's just too late for kids who are still napping during the day (and who may have missed their naps during the day). Alternatively, parents with kids under five should be matched only with other parents with kids under five. We were treated to an extended toddler temper tantrum six out of seven nights, and it absolutely ruined the dining experience for us. The child could not be comforted, and the behavior continued until the kids club representative came and the parents had the child taken away to play around 9:15 so they could finish their dinner in peace. It was obvious that the kid was tired, and I really don't think that this was typical behavior for the child. This is really a deal breaker for us - when we consider Disney again (and we certainly will), if we can't have some consideration for being seated by ourselves or at a non-toddler table during the later seating, we will probably pass on the cruise. It was really that bad. The 8:15 dining room was always full (as was the cruise, with around 4200 people I think), so it wasn't a question of asking for a reassignment - there was nowhere else to go (and the earlier seating had a waiting list before the cruise started so that would have been out of the question and we didn't want that anyway, having asked for the 8:15 time before the cruise began). An additional irritating issue had nothing to do with Disney and everything to do with the parents on the cruise. A significant number of parents seemed to want a vacation from parenting and let their kids run around the ship unsupervised (or didn't get them to bed at a decent time or allow them to nap, which caused meltdowns that should have surprised no one). The kids club for kids between 3 and 12(?) (which is the one that worked for us) is open until 12:00 on port days and 1:00 on sea days (yes, that's 1:00 in the MORNING). There is no place for the kids to nap (nor do I think there should be). It's just something to keep in mind - there will be kids underfoot and a large enough percentage of them will be screaming and crying and perhaps unsupervised in large enough numbers that you will notice it. (This is not the case with the majority of kids, and you will be treated to the sight of hundreds of little girls dressed in their favorite princess clothes - they are so cute!) Getting off the ship was a bit of a pain because everyone needed to get off by 9:00 in the morning. They final breakfast time is based on when your dinner seating was, and there is no room service that day. I was grateful that we had the later seating because our breakfast time was 8:00. I'm not sure how the parents were able to get their kids to the dining room for the ~6:15 breakfast time (and you were expected to leave the ship following breakfast without returning to your stateroom). There were large crowds waiting to get off, but the hold up was because US Customs could only process so many people at a time and was not Disney's fault at all (they were trying to be helpful). They were doing deck work during the afternoon and the smell of the epoxy (or whatever it was) was horrid. Not sure why they couldn't do it during a port day or in the evening when no one was relaxing on the deck. It only happened once. NO casino! Since they advertise something for everyone, that would have been nice. It wouldn't prevent me from booking again, but I'm just used to having a casino to go to when I'm on a cruise ship and missed having one this time. You have to pay for refreshments, candy, and popcorn if you want them during movie and live performances. I didn't mind paying for most of these things, but if I could get it at no charge while on deck (like apple juice for my child), it was irritating to have to pay for it at these locations. I suppose we could have ordered it outside and brought it in; never tried that, but it would be an unnecessary aggravation. THE MILDLY ANNOYING BUT NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL TO US: We forgot our child's toothpaste and she hates mint. They had a few different kinds of toothpaste, and they would have given us a complimentary tube at guest services, but they were all mint flavored. Given the number of kids on the ship, it would have been nice to be able to purchase a more kid friendly flavor like watermelon, bubble gum, etc. and I suspect they would have a hard time keeping it in stock. For some strange reason, they closed the Aqua Duck around 10:00 on our last night of the cruise for 20 minutes (they literally shut off the water with no explanation other than it was going to close for 20 minutes). My child was really disappointed because it was the last time to go on it, and it was getting too late to wait until they opened it again (if they did at all). It closes at 11:00; not sure why they couldn't have waited to do whatever they needed to do after 11:00. We were able to go once, but we'd planned on going several times that last night. Room service requires that you actually be in the room to receive room service. I suppose that this is normally what happens anyway, but we only wanted a plate and a knife so that we could eat a rum cake that we'd purchased on shore, and we didn't feel like hanging around for a half an hour until they could come (too many fun things to do). We ended up taking a few plates and a set of silverware from one of the outside eating areas. Lunch at Castaway Cay should run until 2:30. We purchased tickets for an activity that started at 12:00. It was too early to eat before (because it involved a tram ride to and from the food area, which is further in than the activity area we were at), and by the time we got out of our swim clothes and took the tram to the food area, it was about 1:50 (they stop serving promptly at 2:00). The food isn't as good as on the ship, but I wouldn't expect it to be (it's advertised as a BBQ, and you can always take a tram and eat on the ship if you want, I think?). We'd brought a special pillowcase and picture frame to be signed by the characters with special markers that my child had chosen. We got someone else's markers back (entirely different colors) and our things were signed with the other markers. Our markers and materials were clearly marked with our cabin number. I mentioned it to guest services, because I thought someone might want their markers back. By the end of the cruise, they returned our original markers but there wasn't any way to return the wrong set to whoever they belonged to. Minor screw up, and my child was still happy with the color of the signatures. We'd signed up for a rain forest hike and were told when we showed up at the gathering location that it was cancelled for safety reasons. Fair enough, and we were able to get on another (less desirable tour to us). When we were in the gathering location for the substitute tour, they were calling people for the second rain forest hike, which started only an hour after ours! I asked why ours was cancelled and the second tour was not and never received a satisfactory answer beyond there was a high probability the second tour would be cancelled which was delivered in kind of a dismissive manner (as in no further discussion please). It wasn't clear that the second tour was cancelled, which begged the question why - surely if the trails were too wet an hour earlier, they wouldn't have miraculously dried in that short of a time. We talked to a second family who was had signed up for the first departure and ended up on the same substitute tour, and they felt the same way - no one had an issue cancelling for safety reasons, but the reason for the cancellation was certainly called into doubt when we overhead the second tour being called to leave. In sum, we really enjoyed Disney, and there really is a "Disney difference." The only thing that would keep us away from a Disney cruise again would be if we couldn't get a dining room assignment for the 8:15 seating that did not include a toddler. We may end up on another cruise line for our next cruise anyway because it looks like Disney is stopping the southern Caribbean cruises; I didn't see any for 2015. ) : Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I really enjoyed myself with my grandchildren (ages 3 an 7) and they loved it. They kept thanking me for bringing them. They loved the kids club, swimming, Aqua Duck and Castaway Cay. Warning on the Aqua Duck-----You will get drenched!!! ... Read More
I really enjoyed myself with my grandchildren (ages 3 an 7) and they loved it. They kept thanking me for bringing them. They loved the kids club, swimming, Aqua Duck and Castaway Cay. Warning on the Aqua Duck-----You will get drenched!!! (I should have gotten braids) Shout out to Dwayne who operated the Aqua Duck the 2nd time I rode. He has passion! You can tell he loves his job and people. I was skeptical reading reviews on the food before I took cruise but the food was excellent. And the food at Castaway Cay was superb. The people that work there are really nice especially the ones from a different country. (and I will just leave it like that) I thought their gratuities were low to say the least. I did put extra in the envelopes. People at guest services aren't too pleasant. I needed change once, I needed an English not Spanish form for customs and I wasn't given a complimentary card to fill out . Asking at the desk seem like it was a bother to them to supply such items. But all in all, I would definitely take another Disney Cruise. DISNEY you really know how to do it in style. By the way, everything is so clean and I love how you hand out wipes before entering dining areas. And I love the CAPTAIN, he kept us laughing Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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
Embarkation/Check In process We drove to the port (and others in the party were transferred). We experienced some confusion on the part of the staff when we were checking in since we had some members of the party with us, and others ... Read More
Embarkation/Check In process We drove to the port (and others in the party were transferred). We experienced some confusion on the part of the staff when we were checking in since we had some members of the party with us, and others checking in at a different time. They were unable to process check-ins for partial rooms without a lot of grief. It took a while, but we eventually got it straightened out, and we got onto the ship. We proceeded to the ship to check the kids into the kids club, since there was a very long line to do this at the port. Still a very long line onboard the ship (over 30 minutes). Up to the Beach Blanket Buffet for a very nice lunch.- the food was always excellent Meals: We had dinner at Palo the first night (At least most of the adults in the Party did). It is an Italian themed restaurant and was excellent. Highly recommended. I had a fillet mignon that practically melted in my mouth. Per Disney's plan, we rotated between the three regular dining rooms onboard, and they were all very nice. The food was consistently good for dinner, and we had lots of tasty meals. There seemed to almost always be a filet or tenderloin and a fish entree offered. I liked that there are always sugar free desert options for those in our party who had sugar restrictions. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were awesome with magic tricks, and quick service. Lunches for us were experienced in a number of venues, and each was good. Breakfast for us was at Beach Blanket every day, except departure, when we had breakfast at the Parrot Cay Restaurant. Travelling with a Disabled Traveller: We travelled with my dad in a wheelchair, and two caregivers- one for daytime, and one for night time. The stateroom he stayed in was very large and spacious. The bathroom was excellent, and had a fantastic roll-in shower. (Cabin 7638, and his caregiver was in 7636 which also was handicapped, and had a roll in shower). Our only nit was that the rooms did not interconnect, so she had to go out to the hall in the middle of the night, if she wanted to go to her room. The ship is generally very accessible, and we experienced no difficulties there. My father's stateroom steward was very helpful, and went above and beyond. We found that they really made it easy to travel with someone who can be quite needy. Staterooms: Most of our party stayed in 6592, 6596, and 6598. The cabins were adequately sized with balconies. There is very little space at the end of the beds to get around , but it is manueverable. The bathrooms are a split layout- with toilet and sink on one side, and sink and shower on the other. There are two separate doors. I'm rather larger in size, so I found it somewhat difficult to actually enter the toilet part of the bathroom, because there was a stopper that stopped the door from opening fully. This necessitated a great deal of contortions. Also, the cabin steward we had was not as good as we've had on other cruises, or on other cruise lines. I generally have the expectation that they'll service the room while we're out for the morning, and do the evening turn-down while we're at dinner. That didn't necessarily happen. We had a couple of evenings when it got to be very late, and I had to tell him to please come and do his thing, since I was headed to bed. The first day, he didn't manage to get into our stateroom, despite our being gone from 8:00 AM until almost 1:00 PM. Then he came knocking at 2:00 when we were down for a nap. Shore Excursions: Cozumel: Is very pretty. We did a couple of different dolphin tours. the one my daughters and au-pair ended up on was better than ours(They went to Dolphinaris). We had dolphin discovery. We had to wait for almost an hour and a half in the sun, despite being on time. My son ended up getting a bit sick from being in the heat and sun during that time. He was crying and unhappy (and I can't say I blame him) at being left to stand there for so long. I did address it with them, and their response was just to let us get into the water with the manatees to pet them for a couple of minutes. IMO- too little- too late. Castaway Cay: Stunning, and a real highlight of the trip. We fed the stingrays, and snorkeled with them. That was a lot of fun, and a great deal for the money. On Castaway, lunch is brought to the Cookies/Cookies too restaurants, and they serve a lovely Barbecue. There are also kids club activities, and many, many things to do. A lot of them are included in the cost. Very nice. I could honestly just go there a couple of times during a cruise, and be quite happy. Kids Club: We had 6 kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14 with us, and they all had a good time. The two 14 year olds were almost aged out of the camp, so they spent more time with the adults, but the younger kids practically lived in the kids clubs. Spa: Beautiful Spa. Great time. I had the seaweed wrap, a stone massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. The rest of the family visited as well. The teen/Tween girls in the party were very disappointed to find out that they could only get a mini nail 'do, and a mini facial. Not a full mani/pedi, and not a full facial. We've gotten those on other cruises, and routinely get them at home. (My Oldest gets facials regularly to help treat acne) Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
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