Almost great: Disney Dream Cruise Review by rodlehnertz

Disney Dream 5
Member Since 2012

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Almost great

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Other
We took our kids (18,16 and 8) on their first cruise, and our first time on a Disney ship (Dream). The ship was immaculate and there is nothing like pulling into port and making all the other cruise line passengers jealous! We actually started on a sour note...We booked the trip in the fall of '11 as a graduation gift for our eldest, who truned 18 before the cruise. We were told that he would have no problem joining his sister in the highly touted teen club, Vibe, as long as he would sign away his right to the adults-only areas. We caught some internet word that Disney had just updated their Vibe rules and that 18 year olds would not be allowed. We called and were told that this was the new rule but given that we booked ahead of the rule, and as he was a high school student, there should be no problem. We were even told it shouldn't be a problem as we checked into the ship. Then we went to Vibe and despite every effort, there was absolutely no option to change this new rule, More and we were told that he was out of luck.
Without her brother, our 16 year old daughter tried the club but felt uncomfortable with no familiar such, the rule kept either kid from enjoying the Vibe. I don't know if Disney was afraid families like ours would cancel their trip due to the rule change but it seems, at a minimum, they should have sent notice.
Despite this issue, and probably due to the fact that with only 3 nights, there was more than enough to do without Vibe, all our kids had a great time. The Oceaner's Club was a hit for our 8 year old and they treated her wonderfully.
The shows and parties were a real highlight, and I would rate the food as good but not memorable (great dining rooms however).
Though warned that Nassau wasn't worth the time ("stay on the ship") we had a great visit there, with a water activities tour we set up, on our own, with Paradise (they have a desk adjacent to the port). We and the kids parasailed, jet-skied and beached it - great time.
Castaway Cay was nice but so touted that I'm not sure it could have met our expectations. Great bike ride, but the snorkeling is marginal.
The shows...don't miss any of them!
I'm sure we'll be back. Less

Published 04/01/12

Cabin review: 11A Standard Inside Stateroom

We had a couple (adjoining) of the few interior room and they were great. The bathrooms are nice and the inclusion of the "fake" video porthole was a nice addition. The fact that we could keep the room dark was nice in the early morning (especially when the activities are primarily aimed late into the evening). We were on the 8th floor, which nicely positioned between the level 3/4/5 dining/public spaces and the level 11 pool/party deck.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Great set-up but we were really looking forward to the snorkeling and due to high winds they closed the snorkeling bay for a good part of the day and when we finally got in the water, the actual snorkeling was somewhat disappointing (I think they have created a man-made environment and I assume it will simply take time to become vibrant). Still we did enjoy it. We really enjoyed the family bike ride around the island. Do get to a group of beach chairs right when you arrive as they fill up fast. The BBQ lunch was very enjoyable and as is the case on the ship, self-serve ice cream is always close by! We had a somewhat questionable day with the weather and I expect our review of the island would have better with ideal conditions.

Beach Break

Took a boat to a small island with a great beach and not many people. We did have to wait for about :45 minutes for our boat and we began to wonder if they had forgotten us. We para-sailed (10-15 minute ride in groups of 2 and 3) and rode wave runners for :30 (again 2 on one and 3 on the other). Could have also snorkeled but decided to hang on the beach. It did take longer the get the return boat back than we preferred but it eventually got there and the beach was so enjoyable we were not really in a hurry to leave.

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