Beyond expectations but... I wouldn't do it again: Disney Dream Cruise Review by Grappagourmet

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Beyond expectations but... I wouldn't do it again

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This 4-night Bahamian cruise was booked months before the Disney Dream had her maiden voyage. Since then, we have been reading posts from former guests, and I confess we was pretty scared about what to expect from this cruise. It seemed that Disney Dream's crew wasn't prepared to face a 50%-bigger ship, what can explain all those angry posts related to crazy embarkation and disembarkation process, crowded areas, and so on. Furthermore, we are near-seniors without kids. We love all that peace aboard a cruiseship. So, why cruising with Disney? The answer is, we are Disney fans. We LOVE Disney stuff, we love Disney parks. We had to cruise, at least once, with Disney.

But, to our conclusion, Disney Dream crew made the homework. The cruise was excellent, with no glitches. Embarkation process was one of the fastest we have ever faced (we have been cruising with several 100.000+ tons ships over the last 10 years), buffet area was always with lots of people, but we could always find More a place to sit and eat, adults pool was an oasis and public areas were only crazy when a character made an appearance, to photo sessions. Main pool area was also crazy, with hundreds of kids and their parents, but it didn't bothered us, for we had our small oasis, a few meters to the forward. Even dining rooms, with lots of kids having meals around (what isn't usual in other cruises), were a "safe" place.

Talking about the dining rooms, we loved this Disney's system that makes guests to have dinner each night at a different restaurant, so we all had the opportunity to know all three. We didn't used the specialty restaurants. Disney has put the prices too high, compared to other cruise companies. It wasn't worthy, that's it. And regular dining rooms are not to be missed.

Talking about food, Cabanas buffet had the best buffet food we have ever tasted aboard a cruiseship. On the other hand, regular dining rooms had only a ok food quality. To be absolutely honest, it was a food quality we liked the least, compared to all cruises we have made over the years. It wasn't bad, but it had no appeal, and tasted only regular. Thumbs down.

Many people love Disney Dream's staterooms, with those double bathrooms (one with the toilet, one with the shower tub). To our needs, it's a loss of precious space but, again, we travel with no kids. Maybe it's perfect to a couple with kids, so "bathroom routines" can be addressed in half-time...

Disney Dream's crew was one of the most friendly we have ever met - maybe the friendliest. You simply can't walk around the ship without having a member of the crew saying you "how are you, sir/ma'am", "how is/was your day". Lovely.

Disembarkation process was also straight. On the disembarkation day, you go to have breakfast at the same dining room you had dinner the night before and, when you're done, go ashore. No mess, no rush.

With such an experience, we can say that this May, 22nd 4-night Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream was beyond all our expectations. But we don't feel like doing it again. A Disney ship is a kid-oriented environment. Even having adults-only areas, it's not a ship for adults without kids.

One last thing: I didn't talk about Entertainment. In fact, to my opinion, the best attraction aboard was Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 - 3D movie. I simply can't stand those Broadway-like shows, everyday at the theater. They look all the same, no matter the Cruise Company, with screaming "dancers and singers". Less

Published 06/18/11

Cabin review: 5A9138

Double bathrooms steal valueable space from stateroom. And, there's a "treasure chest" in the space in front of the sofa. What for?

Port and Shore Excursions

Nassau isn't a worthy destination for a cruise ship. It can't offer attractions to the same level other ports of call do, in the same region (western caribbean). It was our second time in Nassau and we had felt this way since our first visit. On the other hand, Castaway Key is a Bahamian Disney Park .

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