We are experienced cruisers but this was our first Disney cruise, so we used it as an opportunity to compare a few of the other cruise lines that we've been on vs. the DCL experience. The good news is we had a good time on the cruise with no major hiccups. Disney definitely gears it's cruise experience to families with young children. As an older couple travelling with our pre-teen, we felt a little bit like we were not the main target audience for the cruise. Again, the cruise is perfect for families that have young children under twelve, but not so great for older adults. Where the DCL cruise line shines: No upcharge for things like a soda package, the shows are well produced with state of the art stage effects, rotational dining is interesting and interactive and generally every staff member is nice and accommodating, port excursions are well organized and choreographed if handled through the cruise line. The bad parts are: A lack of things to do for adults, small clubs, no casino (didn't bother us but might bother some), small pools and play areas and other than the shows a lack of adult entertainment (no comedy shows, limited club musicians, etc..), no drink packages beyond the wine and beer clubs with their souvenir mugs and a tight dining schedule with no "anytime" dining option. There are separate kids clubs divided up by age group and unlike the kids clubs on other ships they're more engaged with the children and take better care that they're entertained and not just "babysat" if that makes sense. The adult clubs are lacking and overall just sort of boring with not much going on in the evenings. They have two dining times, 5:45 pm and 8:30 pm. We opted for the early dining because it's more what we're used to and since i'm a diabetic, I have to keep more on a dining routine. Main dining time is very crowded with the odd screaming temper tantrum throwing child that's ready for naptime. The lines were long and the people on the cruises these days are pushy and unapologetic about cutting lines and shoving their way into the dining rooms or into shows. We were practically trampled by guests clamoring for seats into the main theater for the Frozen show. Madness and Disney could be a lot more organized about controlling lines and crowds with cattle ropes like at the theme parks but they don't. So, if you're way into Disney movies and have small children, this is the perfect cruise line for you. If you're a normal family or a group of adults, might I suggest Royal Caribbean or Virgin Atlantic (no kids). If you're a 20-40 something on a budget, go with Carnival.
We booked late and allowed DCL to select our cabin for us. We booked for an ocean view room with portals instead of a veranda room. DCL reserves a certain number of rooms for handicapped patrons and if they don't fill those rooms they will book them for their regular guests. We lucked out and got one of the handicapped accessible rooms (room 5686, full aft on the starboard side). The room was spacious with two portal windows, a queen sized bed, a convertible sofa bed and an additional murphy style bunk bed. The bathroom was large with a walk in shower with guard rails and a wall collapsible seat, two closets for clothes, a rack of drawers, a sitting table and a small television. A hair dryer was also provided and there were adequate switches for multiple built in lamps, plugs and sockets including a multi-USB. We had one issue with a compact florescent light switch which failed to shut off a small CFL light over the beds, so we un-screwed the light fixture and disconnected the bulb (the problem was in the switch, not the bulb and they didn't have the equipment to fix it so we just disconnected the bulb). The body wash and soaps provided were nicely scented. There were trench drains built into the floor and we never had an issue with leaks or water. Our room attendant was accommodating and friendly but we barely saw her. Maybe twice on the entire cruise. We keep a tidy room so i'm sure she appreciated not walking into a disaster area every morning. Turn down service was nice with the occasional chocolates on the mattress and a folded blanket animal but not unique to DCL.