Disney Dream Cruise Review by Story girl
- Sail Date: October 2012
- Destination: Bahamas
Getting to our room:
It is quite the fan fare to enter the ship. There are rows of white coated cast members who all clap as you enter the ship. Then we were escorted to our concierge lounge by a cast member. The lounge has three staff who met with each guest with a typed itinerary of our dinners, port excursions, other information and were available the entire cruise for our personal guest services. We never once had to stand on line for any guest information. While we waited for our room to be ready, we were served drinks and small, exquisite snacks (think tuna tartare in martini glasses).
Remy's is an culinary experience worth EVERY penny (18 and older only). I would have paid even more for the joy of such a meal. The $75 pp charge is soooo cheap for the food and service. Adding wine and tip, you are at $300 pretty quickly. The menu is a tasting menu - about six courses including amuse bouche, cheese plates and other items not listed on the menu plus extra candies, cookies to take back to your room along with a rose. We were over the moon with the experience and tastes. Do not miss. Palo is a wonderful Italian restaurant with home made pastas and delicious meat and fish choices. Service is again wonderful, as all restaurants are. For $20 each, it is also a bargain. We dined in the Enchanted Garden for breakfast (buffet) which was varied and typical to other cruises. Breakfast in the Royal Palace is from a menu and has a good variety as well. All excellent service. Lunch at Cabanas is a buffet which is huge and satisfying. We also had lunch at Flo's (hot dogs, wraps, fries) which were very tasty and no lines. In between meals, the Concierge Lounge always had breakfast and yummy snacks along with free drinks from 5:45-8:00. Bottles of water are also free in the lounge along with soda to bring to your room fridge.
Shows were Broadway quality with lavish costumes, lighting and great singers. However, it is all about Disney characters and stories so if that is not your cup of tea, you will be bored. The Quest activity and Battle of the Sexes, common to most cruises was quite tame by comparison to non-family cruises, but fun none the less.
There are 23 bars on the ship, all themed and relaxing. Yet another place to go without children. They serve all levels of liquor and drinks are from $7. Not too bad considering it is a cruise.
We selected Blue Lagoon for swimming in Nassau which was a lovely beach but next time would skip and stay on the ship to explore it more. We went to Castaway Cay which is a private Disney Island which is lovely with a private beach for adults and free food. It is a magnificent island with warm, tranquil waters. The island tour on a catamaran was fun and informative (90 minutes). We did not shop anywhere, including the ship, because I have found these tourist traps too high priced and quality relatively poor.
Since we had only carry on luggage, we had breakfast in the Concierge Lounge and then simply walked off the ship with our luggage and got through customs in about 10 minutes. The Disney staff put us into a small coach to take us to a Disney hotel so we would not wait for a bus to fill up. Again, effortless.
Across from the entrance to the Concierge Lounge so this is super convenient. This level of room has gated access so no kids running the hallway though there are children allowed at this level. They were well supervised and well behaved. The room has one bathroom and a separate door to the shower so two people can get ready at the same time. Closets are adequate and average in size. Plenty of room for two people. Two very small but sufficient end tables with reading lights alongside king size bed. There is a small sofa across from the long counter top which has a swivel TV which works well. The room is AFT so very quiet. Loved it.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Castaway CayThis is a magnificent, uninhabited island and is all you could want on an island...swimming, boating, para sailing, food, etc. Beaches are immaculate with plenty of lounges and chairs. You have to carry your towels to/from the ship which I found cumbersome as they get heavy when wet. Would be nice to get towels on the beach and leave them there.View All 410 Castaway Cay Cruise Port Reviews
Ship food is brought ashore so you can have lunch easily. Lunch is quite varied from hot dogs, hamburgers to fish, beef, veggies. Of course there is a bar nearby. A tram takes you to the beaches and to Serenity Bay (adults only) so transportation is easy. You walk on/off the ship, as you like. There are shops set up for souvenir shopping (t-shirts, character dolls, etc.). Overall, well done.
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Blue Lagoon Island Beach DayClean beach, tranquil waters. Wonderful slides for kids, tubes & floats for adults. Food was included and was fair - hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, fries, beverage. Alcohol is extra of course. Stayed for about 2 hours and returned. Too hot, not enough shade and uncomfortable with sand in suit. Island staff very pleasantView All 180 Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day Reviews