Sail Date: October 2018
9th Cruise with Disney and 4th on the Dream. We were looking for a quick get-away for me and the wife, and love everything Disney's ships have for adults only cruisers. The Dream is absolutely perfect. Embarkation is super easy. We ... Read More
9th Cruise with Disney and 4th on the Dream. We were looking for a quick get-away for me and the wife, and love everything Disney's ships have for adults only cruisers. The Dream is absolutely perfect. Embarkation is super easy. We always use Disney Transportation from MCO and it is stream lined to the point we have nothing to worry about. We check in at our home airport and never see our bags again until they arrive at our cabin on the ship. We always arrive at the cruise terminal early, and we are usually assigned a boarding group no higher than 4. we virtually walk on the ship and start enjoying our vacation right away. This ship is very clean and we start having fun right from the beginning. We love the adult pool areas, there always quiet and we can lounge around and just do what ever! when we feel like being young again we hang out in the family pool area and watch the kid splashing around in their pool. The funnel-vision always has fun movies and on Sunday, they showed the football game. Our cabin was great, very clean, and wonderfully maintained by our Stateroom Host, Ketut. This was a last minute vacation for us, and we book a GTY 5C. This was a new and nervous experience for us, because we like choosing our cabin and location. We were pleasantly surprised when we received a 5A cabin on level 9, aft. We could walk right up to Cabanas and the pool on deck 11. The location was perfect and we will definitely book another GTY. We love the rotational dinning and we are never disappointed with the food. this was our first experience with the late dinning, and I must say I prefer to eat earlier, but we lived with it. Our wait staff was great. Jeanpierre and Gusi took really good care of use and met our every need. Animator's Palate is always fun and we love the interactive screens around the room. we dined at Royal Palace on our final evening and it was absolutely great. We loved the food and the service and can't imagine how it could have been any better. We Dined at Palo's on the second evening, and this was our first experience there for dinner. We make it a habit to have brunch there every cruise, but booked so late, the brunch was sold out. The dinner at Palo's is out of this world. I had a steak that was so tender, you could cut it with a fork. My wife was more adventurous, and had Dover Sole. it was outstanding. Our server, Berniece, made sure our every need was met and she really made dinner magical and fun. I definitely would recommend Palo's, either brunch or dinner, (Both if possible). Room services was also great. We ordered Coffee, which was delivered to our room every morning around 7 so we could enjoy a cup, out on our balcony, watching the waves go by. Then we would leisurely get dressed and head up to Cabanas for a light breakfast. We love the buffet for breakfast and lunch and Disney always has a great variety of food. I usually hit-up the dessert area at lunch, first thing, before seeing what other delicacies to enjoy. We've experienced Nassau on several cruises, so we make a point to hang out on the ship and skip this port. the weather was great so we lounged in the adult area on the upper deck and enjoyed the sun, a great drink and read a book or napped in the heat. Castawy Cay is absolutely beautiful. the adult areas are always clean and well maintained. Again, the weather was warm, but a little windy, but not enough to hamper our beach time. The drink service was great and lunch on the island was outstanding. We live for Castaway Cay and would love another 3-day cruise if they only went there and skipped Nassau all together. Just happened to run into Goofy on the upper Deck on evening and got some great shots with him. We didn't go to any of the shows. Our only disappointment was this cruise was only 3 nights. We've never been on one that short and it really seemed to fly by. we just love Disney Cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I were traveling on the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise with my daughter, her husband and their 7 and 5 year old daughters. What a cruise !!! Our assigned boarding time from the online check in was 12:30, but we ... Read More
My husband and I were traveling on the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise with my daughter, her husband and their 7 and 5 year old daughters. What a cruise !!! Our assigned boarding time from the online check in was 12:30, but we arrived at the port at 10:30. We had to wait for the terminal security to open at 11 am, and this was the slowest part of boarding the ship. Once we went thru security, we waited about 20 minutes to get to the check in desk. Since we checked in online, this process was only 5 minutes. We were assigned to boarding group 20, and it moved swiftly....we had perfect timing as our picture with Minnie was complete when they announced our group. After that, it was minutes until we got on the ship where we were announced as we boarded. The kids loved that. The stateroom was not ready until 1:30, so we went to the Animiators Place for lunch. It was the beginning of 4 nights of great food. Even the Canana buffet was great! We were the early dining group and it worked out perfect to see the fabulous shows in the Walt Disney Theater at 8:30. The three shows that we saw, The Golden Mickeys, I Believe, and Beauty and the Beast were Broadway quality. (We did not go to the Halloween movie). Get to the theater early if you want a good seat....no later than 8. Castaway Cay is unbelievable. The most pristine beach, perdect for a day on the beach. Great buffet lunch of ribs, burgers and hot dogs in a perfect setting. The employees work hard to make the private island perfect. We went to the adult area and had massages which were one of the best that we have ever had. The pirate party was amazing....go early to sit on the deck and the show goes on over your head. The fireworks were unreal also. For the day at sea, chairs around the pool are at a premium if you want shade. So many people save seats and then they never show up at the chairs. But I don't know how Disney can control that unless they remove items left on the chairs. And make sure you go on the AquaDuck. It is so much fun. Our thanks to Heidy and Franco, our servers, for making every dinner fun. The cabin was spotless and the bathroom situation on our balcony room was perfect....2 small bathroom, one with a tub/shower and sink and the other with toilet and sink. I could get ready while my husband showered. Lots of room with the raised bed for your luggage underneath. My granddaughters loved the bunk bed situation with the stars on the ceiling. We put our bags out of the cabin by 10:30 that night and they picked up promptly. We waited about half an hour at customs. We've sailed on Carnival, NCL, Royal Caribean and Celebrity. Disney by far has the best attributes of any of the other cruise lines. While more expensive, you feel like you get yur money's worth. Other hints: don't waste you time getting off the boat in Nassau. The pool is less crowded and you are not missing anything in town. Get off the ship as soon as you can in Castaway Cay....you can get a better chair with more shade. Go to the sit down restaurant for breakfast for a more civil start to the day. We went to the buffet only on Castaway Cay day for time purposes. Don't be afraid to buy some wifi time. The Dream had the best service of any ship we've been on. Allow time for the kids to be admitted to the kids club....it gets crowded for special events in the club. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Have been on over 35 cruises, but this was first for Disney. Went with daughter and grandson. The ship is amazing, but expected to see characters walking around. Not people waiting in line for pics you have to pay for. Cabin was very nice ... Read More
Have been on over 35 cruises, but this was first for Disney. Went with daughter and grandson. The ship is amazing, but expected to see characters walking around. Not people waiting in line for pics you have to pay for. Cabin was very nice and having 2 sinks was great....room service was good and fast food on deck 11 good. Aqua duck was fun... big let down was food in dining room... breakfast and dinner was awful except filet minuon one night.. I had heard the food was great... I am not fussy, entrees were terrible... must better on rccl.. staff was great except for rooom steward.... forgot many things we asked for and told us on morning of departure as we were leaving room ... you know you have to get out of room by 8... it was 5 til 8.... I will never do Disney again.. way to expensive even with Florida rate... castaway cay was great Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This is our 4th Disney cruise, traveling with three boys ages 5, 4 & 2 years old. We've stayed in the Walt Disney Suite once before, and it really upgrades your trip beyond belief! Concierge on board attentive to details, they care ... Read More
This is our 4th Disney cruise, traveling with three boys ages 5, 4 & 2 years old. We've stayed in the Walt Disney Suite once before, and it really upgrades your trip beyond belief! Concierge on board attentive to details, they care about the smallest details and assure your perfect vacation. The staff that assisted on this trip Angeline, Christine & the infamous Danny. The checkin at Port Canaveral on this trip was a bit disappointing. Usually once they check you in at Concerige they'll give you the lanyards for your cards which never happened, and someone is assigned to walk you on board and take you up to the lounge. The person who escorted us left us at the entrance to the ship, and as we were making our way to the elevators a staff member came and escorted us to an elevator pushed the button and let us go up on our own. Not a huge deal, but sometimes it's the small stuff that's noticed when you're expecting it and it's not delivered. The cruise ship was busy because it was labor day weekend, and lots of kids in their last week of summer vacation with a big bang. Although the crowds were big, the lines were not bad - the character greetings were reasonably timed, cabanas had good service and turned tables quick. We ordered Palos to our room one night, the food came on time and was delicious. Our room attendants were wonderful, attentive, and cared about the integrity of the room and the smiles on our faces. Open bar as always in the lounge 5-10pm, always with generous portions and with wonderful service. The only thing I can say about the lounge (as well as other ships) when I notice someone asking for a specific wine that's pretty common to get - they tell them they don't have it, instead of going the extra mile to grab it from another bar which can easily be done. They prefer not to make clean margaritas because of the time consuming, but they'll do it when it's slow. Cabana, OMG have you had one? This is the FIRST time we've had one, what in the world have we been thinking about not doing this before? It was WONDERFUL! The concerige staff convinced us to get one because they knew we would appreciate it, and they were so right. Our boys really wanted to ride the tram as always, but they do offer golf cart ride from the ship straight to the cabana if desired. Once at the cabana, you can push a button and they will come to your room if you need to order drinks, more towels, anything else you desire or a ride to grab food or go to other parts of the island. Bathrooms are right outside of the cabana. For those traveling with little ones, they have pack n plays already inside for you. It is a MUST HAVE if you can grab one. Do yourself a favor, go on a Disney Cruise....if you don't get the Royal Suite at least consider concerige - it is worth every penny! * Open bar 5-10pm * Conceirge land to assist with reservations prior to arrival & personal requests * Priority walk on and walk off * Conceirge lounge with high quality food spread throughout the day * Unlimted water, sodas, milk, etc in room * Two stateroom attendants, dedicated to concerige suites on each side * Priority show tickets & character tickets * Priority cabana rental The list goes on.............. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We sailed the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise, and all we can say is "WOW!" Disney does cruising right. The entertainment was the best we had every seen on a cruise, and the friendliness and work ethic of the staff was ... Read More
We sailed the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise, and all we can say is "WOW!" Disney does cruising right. The entertainment was the best we had every seen on a cruise, and the friendliness and work ethic of the staff was exceptional. We cruised with kids ranging from 6-14, and there was something for everyone. Our oldest loved Vibe and Edge, and our youngest (who usually hate kids clubs) begged us to go back to the Oceaneer Lab again and again. We opted for the late dining (8:15) which was a bit tough for the little ones (6 and 7) but, honestly, we wouldn't have wanted the earlier seating. We heard from other people that they were rushed to be ready for the early dinner, and then their kids would fall asleep during the shows. The late dinner watches the shows at 6:15pm, and they were so fantastic that we would've hated for the kids to be too tired to watch them. Also, having the late dinner seating meant our disembarkation breakfast was at 8 am (not at 6:15! Which is what the early dinner seating gets assigned). Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless. We took the Disney bus to and from the airport, which was about a 40 min drive. TIPS: 1. If your child gets a band for the Oceaneer Club, make sure to return it before 11pm the night before disembarkation. The $12.95 for the band will get credited back to your account. If you forget, your child gets to keep the band but you pay the $12.95. 2. Take the time to get to know your servers, Stateroom host, etc. Disney employees on this ship have the most amazing life stories! And they are such hard working, friendly people. 3. Yes, there are a LOT of kids on this cruise. It's Disney. I've read other reviews where people complain about the number of kids and that the cruise is not adult friendly. In my opinion, there are PLENTY of activities for adults only (Spa, tastings, etc). However, if you want to take a cruise where you don't see kids, don't do Disney. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I attended this cruise in honor of my nephews 10th birthday.Almost everything went very well.Service staff was very attentive, they bent over backwards to please us. Food was great, I loved how the cruise organized the restaurant dining to ... Read More
I attended this cruise in honor of my nephews 10th birthday.Almost everything went very well.Service staff was very attentive, they bent over backwards to please us. Food was great, I loved how the cruise organized the restaurant dining to prevent overcrowding.The ship was very clean & well maintained.Excursions to Bahamas & Castaway were great.To me, the downfall of the trip was in the lack of activities & entertainment.The environment may have been festive for kids, but not adults.Activities shut down around 11:00p.I was really disappointed with entertainment & activities,there was a fee to play bingo, karaoke & other activities lasted approx 1/2hour, there were no dance parties that I know of, not even for the farewell.Other cruises had a more festive environment, and more adult friendly activities.I would not recommend this cruise for people without children.This is definitely geared towards parents of young children and maybe people above 60 who may want to retire to bed early.I know there are many parents with children on this cruise, and they need to pick their children up from the clubs on-time,but there are also childless people on the ship too.Disney needs figure out how to strike a balance between the 2 groups.Childless people spend a lot of money on this cruise & they should be happy too.Disney needs to figure out how to make the nightlife better, or just market the cruise to kids & family only.I was given the impression that this cruise is just as much fun for adults as it is for kids, but it simply wasn't true.Myself ,my husband & 3 young adult children ,and my sister(who happens to have young children) were bored on the ship for the most part.Where's the nightlife Disney? Please find the balance.We paid too much money to be so disappointed with entertainment & activities.Don't market this to childless adults if you are not going to change this.Just market it for families with young children! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Did this cruise with my whole family. Me, Husband, Kids (15 &11), sister and her husband and their kids (9 & 13), my adult brother and our parents. (11 in total). We had a wonderful time. Food, service, even the attitudes of the ... Read More
Did this cruise with my whole family. Me, Husband, Kids (15 &11), sister and her husband and their kids (9 & 13), my adult brother and our parents. (11 in total). We had a wonderful time. Food, service, even the attitudes of the team members were impeccable. Kids loved the "aqua duck" water slide and pools. Disney movies are constantly being shown at the kid pool area and are fun to watch. Dining was excellent. Great service and wonderful restaurants. We stopped at Nassau and Castaway Cay. In Nassau we did a self guided tour of an old fort and of the "Queen Steps". Easy walk, tho hot. Plan this before you go as there in no internet for your phones to work, so maybe have a pre-printed map of the area. Cabs and Uber are easy to find. Lots of tourist shopping available too. Castaway Cay was an awesome island. The kids played for hours in the bay. We didn't rent any items. We had snorkeling gear which we used and Disney supplied dive vests. I would strongly recommend sunblock as sunburn is easy to get and I noticed a lot of red hurting people. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and I have been on about 40 cruises; seven of which were with multiple grandchildren. We have taken 4 Disney cruises with them, 3 of which were on the Dream. It is such a beautiful ship and children are so well treated that I ... Read More
My husband and I have been on about 40 cruises; seven of which were with multiple grandchildren. We have taken 4 Disney cruises with them, 3 of which were on the Dream. It is such a beautiful ship and children are so well treated that I can't imagine why anyone traveling with children of any age would not choose Disney if they could afford it. Although we usually travel with just two kids at a time, this cruise we took everyone in the family along for our 50th anniversary. Grandchildren's ages went from 2-15. The two-year-old did not hit the clubs; the others loved them. We did not see the 12 or 15 year old except at dinner and at some shows. The food was great; the shows were great, although I think it is time for "Believe" to be retired. I have seen it 4 times in 7 years. "Golden Mickeys" same vintage but I like it better. Beauty and the Beast was done so creatively and so beautifully. Voices were so good; staging so good. You get what you pay for on Disney. Our server did origami for the 3 little ones every night. Our room steward, Rex, did a superb job and had that knack of all great stewards of slipping in when you are at breakfast and when you are at dinner and keeping your room in top shape. We had an extended balcony. Was that ever nice!! So large and so pleasant. The only fly in the ointment was that people dressed like pigs on formal night much less other nights. Cut off denim mini-shorts; flip flops; swim cover ups. What is wrong with these people? Love the way Disney sleeps children separately from each other and does not make use of uncomfortable pull out beds. I plan to take two grandchildren on a Halloween cruise in 2019. Already took two on another one and it was GREAT. I do have to say that the photographers for the Princess Gathering overexposed most of the pictures, but knowing they would (from an earlier cruise), I ordered only digital prints so I could fix them. Or almost fix them. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Everything about our cruise went exceedingly well. I went with two granddaughters. Getting through the pre-boarding process was fast and easy. Wait staff was always great and food was really good. Added $ to the gratuity of the main waiter ... Read More
Everything about our cruise went exceedingly well. I went with two granddaughters. Getting through the pre-boarding process was fast and easy. Wait staff was always great and food was really good. Added $ to the gratuity of the main waiter who held onto and returned gloves that were part of the 8 year old's pirate costume. Loved our stateroom and host. Added $ to his gratuity because he was so thorough. Fun times with onboard and port events. Prepaid photo package- worth the money. Shopped onboard at every opportunity. Youngest granddaughter enjoyed the Oceaneers Club. Bottom line, very enjoyable experience. I filled out an onboard review and one online after returning home. All positive. Once in a lifetime trip, probably, for us. More expensive than our previous cruises but we willingly went and enjoyed. After arriving home, I noticed an additional $10.00 had been added to the card charges the day after we left the ship. I never gave it much thought until days later. I mean $10 wasn't a significant amount and most people probably wouldn't have paid any attention to it. But I had reviewed the printed out charges from the day we disembarked and everything seemed to be accounted for, so curiosity caused me to call DCL to inquire. After a lengthy wait and a few holds, I was told that the $10 was for a missing DCL laundry bag. I asked what it looked like since I was truly clueless. I explained I never saw that bag and I was the one who had used the closet where it was supposed to reside. You would think I would have noticed it when I put clothes in there or took out the life vests as soon as we got in the stateroom. Well, I have since read reviews that this has happened to a number of people. It's hard to know what you may be accused of taking (and charged for) if you don't have a checklist of what's supposed to be in there. For some reviewers it was a phone for $200. Minor, I know, but kind of sour note to an otherwise great time. Sorry we only used plastic grocery bags for our dirty laundry. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Why did we choose this Cruise? 1. Our 7yr.old Grandsons first cruise 2. It's Disney. 3. It's Disney Our travel agent said it would be great. She was right! She said you can drop your child off at the "oceaneers ... Read More
Why did we choose this Cruise? 1. Our 7yr.old Grandsons first cruise 2. It's Disney. 3. It's Disney Our travel agent said it would be great. She was right! She said you can drop your child off at the "oceaneers club" for kids and they'll be happy. She was right! Our grandson did not want to leave. allways told me" one more hour","one more hour" The food was plentiful, delicious and everywhere. Dinner service each night was great.Servers were very attentive and helpful. Food was Great Entree's and if you want to sample one or two, just fine! Cabin service was attentive ,quick and conscientious. Offered advice for going off the ship and other helpfull information. One negative comment but I understand. you can bring champagne and wine on your carry-on but we brought liquor and they had to hold it until we disembarked. Drink prices onboard are reasonable but we spent a few hundred dollars in beer and cocktails. Read Less
Disney Dream Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 3.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 2.0 3.7

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