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About 4 years ago we were on a eastern caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic, and in our last day we docked in Nassau just beside to this beautiful ship we had never heard of. It was the Disney Dream, and although the Epic was a good ship and had lots of fun in it, all we could think of was, man, I gotta go on the Dream... So after 2 more cruises on NCL (one awesome mediterranean cruise and a below average western caribbean cruise) we decided to give it a try to Disney on a 4 nighter to the bahamas. It was our 7th cruise and have to say it was probably the best we've done with our kids. If I had to describe this experience with one word, it would be "organized". The guys at Disney definitely put their experience managing crowds willing to have fun on their ships, so everything seem organized and smooth without making you feel limited... coming from 6 freestyle cruises on NCL we were worried to feel the change with set dining times and locations, but we never felt rushed or limited at all. The embarkation process was a bit longer than expected but apparently it was due to a trainee in the security checkpoint which, understandably, had formed a long queue in the terminal entrance. Once after this point, everything went fast and smooth and we were in the ship by noon. Our room was the 7616 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah, which was ready at 1:30, with one of our luggage pieces already waiting for us outside, and the other one coming shortly after... at 299 sq ft this was probably the biggest stateroom we have had on in a cruise, think even bigger than a mini Suite on NCL's Dawn. The split bathroom is a great feature and there's plenty of space for storage, although the balcony is probably on the small side. Our kids loved the kids clubs they were on, our tween daughter preferred to stay in the Oceaneer's Club and Oceaneer's lab with her younger brother and it was kind of a fight to get them out of there... Being this a cruise aimed to kids, be aware that at some points there are queues of parents trying to get kids out, specially before dinner and shows, so it's good to arrive early of you have something booked on peak times. Food was very good on the buffet all the time, probably one of the best buffets we've tried on a cruise, but in the main restaurants it was so so... options are a bit limited and food is not as tasty as one can expect. Service, however, was outstanding. We were served by Yekta from Turkey and I Wayan from Indonesia during our cruise... they were both awesome, specially Yekta who did all kind of funny acts and noises for the kids, they really made our dinners special. We liked the rotational dining concept, if you don't know where you must dine you can check it in the DCL Personal Navigator left on your stateroom everyday, or on your key card where your dinner time is, you'll see the order of your rotation noted using the first letter of each restaurant... in our case it was ERRA (Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace, Royal Palace and Animators Palate) We only attended one show in the last night on the cruise, Believe, which was very good, also did the detective activities wit the kids which were fun. There were queues everywhere for character appearances and photos during the day, and of course, for the aquaduck which was fun to do a few times. Since we've been on the Bahamas several times we decided to stay in the ship on Nassau to have it for ourselves, but the ship was not empty at all, in fact, there were lots of activities scheduled on ship during port times. Debarkation was super easy, and for the first time in our 7 cruises we didn't have to fight for our breakfast in the morning before debarkation, since you're scheduled to attend the last restaurant in your rotation for an a la carte breakfast (and a farewell to your servers) on your debarkation morning... that made it really easy and fast. On the down side, although everything on Castaway Key was great, food was just plain mediocre... we had to go back to the ship to get a decent meal on our day there. Also the kids complained about the pools being too small and cramped. Also, we took our wavephones out of the stateroom a couple of times just to find out they were not working properly, so in the end we did not use them... no need to anyways if you install the Disney Cruise app, which gives you free access to chat with your party and also ship info in your smartphone... this is a must! And as a tip for DCL, make the kid club's bracelets work on disney parks too... They give you the option of returning them before debarkation or keep them as a souvenir for $12 each... I may have kept them if they had worked on the parks, but since they don't, we have much more meaningful souvenirs from the ship that are also free. All in all, this was a great vacation and Disney really knew how to make it so. Is a Disney Cruise worth the 30-40% extra you pay for it compared to other lines? based on this experience I'd say yes... It is not VIP, but you don't get the major nickel and dimming other lines such as NCL are well known for. I look forward to repeat the experience...

Great 1st Disney Cruise

Disney Dream Cruise Review by LK1978

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2015
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
About 4 years ago we were on a eastern caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic, and in our last day we docked in Nassau just beside to this beautiful ship we had never heard of. It was the Disney Dream, and although the Epic was a good ship and had lots of fun in it, all we could think of was, man, I gotta go on the Dream... So after 2 more cruises on NCL (one awesome mediterranean cruise and a below average western caribbean cruise) we decided to give it a try to Disney on a 4 nighter to the bahamas. It was our 7th cruise and have to say it was probably the best we've done with our kids.

If I had to describe this experience with one word, it would be "organized". The guys at Disney definitely put their experience managing crowds willing to have fun on their ships, so everything seem organized and smooth without making you feel limited... coming from 6 freestyle cruises on NCL we were worried to feel the change with set dining times and locations, but we never felt rushed or limited at all.

The embarkation process was a bit longer than expected but apparently it was due to a trainee in the security checkpoint which, understandably, had formed a long queue in the terminal entrance. Once after this point, everything went fast and smooth and we were in the ship by noon. Our room was the 7616 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah, which was ready at 1:30, with one of our luggage pieces already waiting for us outside, and the other one coming shortly after... at 299 sq ft this was probably the biggest stateroom we have had on in a cruise, think even bigger than a mini Suite on NCL's Dawn. The split bathroom is a great feature and there's plenty of space for storage, although the balcony is probably on the small side.

Our kids loved the kids clubs they were on, our tween daughter preferred to stay in the Oceaneer's Club and Oceaneer's lab with her younger brother and it was kind of a fight to get them out of there... Being this a cruise aimed to kids, be aware that at some points there are queues of parents trying to get kids out, specially before dinner and shows, so it's good to arrive early of you have something booked on peak times.

Food was very good on the buffet all the time, probably one of the best buffets we've tried on a cruise, but in the main restaurants it was so so... options are a bit limited and food is not as tasty as one can expect. Service, however, was outstanding. We were served by Yekta from Turkey and I Wayan from Indonesia during our cruise... they were both awesome, specially Yekta who did all kind of funny acts and noises for the kids, they really made our dinners special. We liked the rotational dining concept, if you don't know where you must dine you can check it in the DCL Personal Navigator left on your stateroom everyday, or on your key card where your dinner time is, you'll see the order of your rotation noted using the first letter of each restaurant... in our case it was ERRA (Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace, Royal Palace and Animators Palate)

We only attended one show in the last night on the cruise, Believe, which was very good, also did the detective activities wit the kids which were fun. There were queues everywhere for character appearances and photos during the day, and of course, for the aquaduck which was fun to do a few times. Since we've been on the Bahamas several times we decided to stay in the ship on Nassau to have it for ourselves, but the ship was not empty at all, in fact, there were lots of activities scheduled on ship during port times.

Debarkation was super easy, and for the first time in our 7 cruises we didn't have to fight for our breakfast in the morning before debarkation, since you're scheduled to attend the last restaurant in your rotation for an a la carte breakfast (and a farewell to your servers) on your debarkation morning... that made it really easy and fast.

On the down side, although everything on Castaway Key was great, food was just plain mediocre... we had to go back to the ship to get a decent meal on our day there. Also the kids complained about the pools being too small and cramped. Also, we took our wavephones out of the stateroom a couple of times just to find out they were not working properly, so in the end we did not use them... no need to anyways if you install the Disney Cruise app, which gives you free access to chat with your party and also ship info in your smartphone... this is a must! And as a tip for DCL, make the kid club's bracelets work on disney parks too... They give you the option of returning them before debarkation or keep them as a souvenir for $12 each... I may have kept them if they had worked on the parks, but since they don't, we have much more meaningful souvenirs from the ship that are also free.

All in all, this was a great vacation and Disney really knew how to make it so. Is a Disney Cruise worth the 30-40% extra you pay for it compared to other lines? based on this experience I'd say yes... It is not VIP, but you don't get the major nickel and dimming other lines such as NCL are well known for. I look forward to repeat the experience...
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