640 Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Bahamas Disney Dream Cruise Reviews

This is our family's 20th cruise (or there about). We only had three days I could get all of us together, and my Disney fan daughters (19 and 23) voted for the new Dream. We shared one cabin (4 of us) since it was so such a short ... Read More
This is our family's 20th cruise (or there about). We only had three days I could get all of us together, and my Disney fan daughters (19 and 23) voted for the new Dream. We shared one cabin (4 of us) since it was so such a short cruise - space was adequate but we were on top of each other somewhat. Good thing we had a balcony to escape to. We signed up for the earliest boarding time available; embarkation was quick and easy and we were on board by 11.45am. We were given Silver castaway lanyards for our key cards; loved the new cards that you did not have to insert into the slot to gain access to the ship, stateroom, etc. Our cabin steward Louis was amazing; welcomed all of us by name and was so accommodating. I know this is the nature of the beast, but there were just too many people trying to eat in the restaurants on embarkation day.We did not have unmanageable crowds other times. Dining room service was good; food very good and was presented well. We looked forward to the Aqua Duck - unfortunately a 45 min to 1 hour wait to ride it. During pool time, we hung on the top deck as the bottom deck was full of little children - not a bad thing but it was just nice to have some quiet since our kids were grown. There are adult only areas but you have to seek them out. Entertainment - went to the Disney Dream and Villan shows....good but a bit cheesy. The younger kids seemed to like them a lot. First run movies were great but wish they played poolside instead of only in the theater. Fitness center - very small but never really crowded. Did not get to work out since the time on board was short. SPA - My daughter had a pedicure - $86 with tip for a so so job. Thought that was overpriced even by cruise ship standards. Ports - had day passes to Sandals in Nassau - $20 cab ride each way but we sailed and hung by the pool. Castaway Cay we headed to Serenity Beach and rented bikes. Mostly to keep warm as we did not pick the warmest weekend to travel. Wish they had hot tea and cocoa at the beach! Overall a nice weekend but the ambiance is different with adult kids than when ours were smaller...like being locked in Fantasyland for three days. Not a bad thing - just different! Disney has a quality product and they do a good job appealing to different audiences. Oh yes and the soda/pop fountains were welcome - pop included in the fare is great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Before the cruise: you will receive a booklet in the mail 2 weeks prior to cruise day. READ IT. Book you port adventures and dining reservations as well. It will save you time on board. You won’t have to line up while on the ship to sign ... Read More
Before the cruise: you will receive a booklet in the mail 2 weeks prior to cruise day. READ IT. Book you port adventures and dining reservations as well. It will save you time on board. You won’t have to line up while on the ship to sign up for anything. Just use that time to line up for the AquaDuck. Alcohol: Had we known about the wine package on board for about $130, we would not have brought our own wine! 12 bottles of wine!! You will have wine with every dinner or take it with you to enjoy at your own pace while on the ship. But, we didn’t so we brought our own. We called customer service to ask how much alcohol we can bring on board. They said as much as you can carry in your day bag. While on board, we called guest services to find out if we can bring our bottle out on the deck, and they said yes again. We did not bring our wine to our dinner table though. Embarkation: We chose a 1 pm arrival time at the port, but we spoke to some people who said they were able to check in earlier as soon as the port opened at 11 am even when their arrival time was in the afternoon. We dropped our bags off at the terminal, which was not busy at all. Checking in on line prior to sailing day made our check in easy. We only waited for about 10 minutes for a representative to sign us in. We were told that our stateroom will be ready by 1:30. Our luggage was waiting for us outside our door at that time, which was a surprise since we thought it will come later that evening. Debarkation: We opted to walk off instead of having our luggage picked up at 10:30 the night before. We were out of the port in 30 minutes. Instead of waiting for our 6:45 sitting time for breakfast, we got some pastries and cereal from the buffet the day before and ordered room service before 1:30 am debarkation day. We had that for breakfast before leaving the ship. We saw the area where the luggage should be picked up before going through customs. It seems organized, like the bag check area during Disney races. But it will still be busy with all 4,000 people trying to get to their luggage! Adult activities: Kids, don’t have them and we can’t stand them! Disney Dream had a lot of activities for adults. They have areas on deck 11 and 12 that are for adults only. The District is also a place that is kid-free after dinner. Still, we enjoyed the Sailing Away party and Pirate Night. No experience on the Disney Dream will be complete without dinning at Palo! We had dinner there but we plan on trying the brunch buffet. Exploring the ship: Try the Mickey’s Mystery Detective game which will allow you to explore the decks in a fun Disney way. You also need to explore the ship or you will spend around 10 minutes looking for activity venues such as The Walt Disney Theater, D Lounge, etc. The ship is so big it is easy to get lost. Also, take the stairs instead of the elevator. It will save you time and help burn the calories you inhaled at the buffet. (Ice cream, tacos, and cookies at 12 midnight plus 24-hour room service?! Mickey Ice Cream bars at 2 am?!? Seriously!) Nassau: Disney has a shopping seminar the afternoon of embarking. Attend that one to receive coupons and other freebies. Disney picked out stores that are “guaranteed”, meaning they made sure the prices are fair, customer service is at Disney-level, and the merchandise has good quality. It is a 45-minute talk, but it helped narrow down the stores we want to go to. This was helpful since we spent the morning in Nassau doing the Sea Lion experience. We only had 2 hours to shop. The stores that Disney recommended were at a relatively safe area as well. Speaking of Sea Lion experience, book the earlier group for 9:15 am. It will be around 10 when the boat leaves for Blue Lagoon Island for the dolphin and sea lion experience. It will be around 11 am by the time the sea lion experience starts. We got back to the ship at around 2 pm. By the time we showered and had lunch (buffet on board again!), it was already 3 pm. We only had an hour and a half to shop before the ship leaves Nassau. It only took us an hour to visit the shops we picked out, thanks to the seminar.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I made the decision on a 3-night cruise with my family celebrating my parents' 45th anniversary to do a solo 4-night cruise during my winter break (Presidents' Week) and took advantage of Disney's onboard rebooking deals to ... Read More
I made the decision on a 3-night cruise with my family celebrating my parents' 45th anniversary to do a solo 4-night cruise during my winter break (Presidents' Week) and took advantage of Disney's onboard rebooking deals to book this cruise. I went back and forth on which side of the ship to be on, but never wavered from my 8B cabin decision. Ultimately I decided on 9000 the port side, and I'm glad I did as the one time I visited the laundry (across from 9500 - the other cabin I considered), the people in there were talking rather loudly. Overall it was a fantastic experience!! About me: I'm 42 and teach special education as well as work a part-time retail job. I live in NYC. While I've don a 3-night with my family, this was a solo adult trip. I flew down Saturday afternoon before embarkation on Sunday. Weather made it interesting, but we made it to Orlando safely if a bit late. I stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Airport at Gateway Village and it was lovely! After the free breakfast in the morning, I hopped on their shuttle back to MCO to catch the Disney Cruiseline Bus to Port Canaveral. There is a charge, so for family it might not be the best deal, but it's a nice, easy trip and they play both cruiseline videos and Disney cartoons to help pass the time. We were the first group let into the terminal, and it was nice to be there and know that my vacation was starting. I was in the second boarding group and probably one of the first 100 or so people to board. I had checked all but my backpack, so I didn't have to lug a lot of bags around. I went to Cabanas - the buffet - for lunch and ate before wandering around. At 1:30, cabins were ready, so I went to drop off my stuff. Cabin... I loved my cabin - 9000. It was all the way forward, and from my large porthole window with seating, I could look into the bridge wing. The cabin could potentially sleep 5 - a queen bed, a double sofa bed, a pull-down berth, and a murphy bed - though it might be a little crowded depending on the size of those people. I heard very little noise, and felt little motion - only an occasional gentle rocking. Service... My cabin steward, Yasa, was incredible as was Sri who served the cabins just down the hall. Every encounter with them was friendly and warm. Though I was a solo adult, Yasa never failed to create wonderful towel animals for me, and he was always willing to get anything I needed from soap to extra towels. After the first night when he learned I liked having the curtain open at night, he left it open when he did turn-down service. Definitely excellent service!! Ports and Excursions... Nassau ~ I opted to do the "Catamaran Sail and Snorkel" excursion and really enjoyed it. There were more fish (and more varieties) than I'd been led to believe I'd see by some other people. Nothing exotic like rays or turtles, but several pretty types of fish. We motored out to the snorkel location and "motor-sailed" back. Coming back towards port it was a prety sight to see 4 ships docked next to each other. I was back on the ship by 1:30 or 1:45 and was able to just relax and do nothing - which for a teacher with an additional part-time job is thrilling!! Castaway Cay ~ I started my day with the Castway Cay 5K, which at least for now is free though you do need to sign up in advance. Went back to the ship to shower and change into my swimsuit (I did the sweaty change thing this summer and it wasn't pretty), then headed back out to Serenity Bay, the adult beach on the island. The water was chilly, but not bad once in. However, it was very "currenty" - I swam essentially in place for over a minute before putting my feet down in the seaweed and just walking in. But it was a gorgeous day on the beach!! Sea Day ~ Our third full day was a sea day, and I had a blast just hanging out on the ship. I did a Mixology class that afternoon. As the day was so pretty, a number of people had dropped out, so we each made our own drinks - a mojito, a tequila sunrise, a cosmopolitan, and a B-52 shot. It was a lot of fun and well worth the $15. Dining... I opted to dine at Palo my first night - it's one of two adult-only (18+) restaurants with an upcharge. For Palo, it's $25, but well worth it. I was a little apprehensive going solo, but I was treated like a pampered princess with most everyone stopping by to check on me and chat. The chocolate souffle is to die for!! Dining there meant I was missing Royal Palace, which made me a little sad as I like that menu, but I also love kicking off the cruise with that peaceful experience. Not dining in my assigned room could have provided an awkwardness the second night as my tablemates would have had a night together, but I was able to get moved to an empty table my second (and subsequent) nights, and all was well. My new servers - Ronald (main) and Giovanni (assistant) server were fantastic. Animator's Palate ~ I love this restaurant. It's a Pixar fan's dream as there are various models and things all over! On the Dream you have a "show" with Crush - the turtle from Finding Nemo. If you're there a second night (which I was), you have Pirate theme where the screens show the pirates through the ages of Disney. I really liked both of those menus. Enchanted Garden - This is not my favorite menu by a long shot, but I managed to find enough to eat. One thing to note - Disney is fantastic with food allergies. I have a mild (as in wheezing and an itchy-burny sensation around my mouth) peanut allergy, but even with that, everything had to be screened by my head server and approved. Even moreso than our cruise in July when I'd mentioned it as well. One night my sundae was totally changed (though I'd had the exact same one as-is on the menu over the summer), and the night in Enchanted Garden, Ronald went ahead and ordered me the "known to be peanut-and-contact-free" dessert, which was fine but not what I would have chosen. Since my allergy is mild, I will likely not mention it again and just be intelligent (and use "I don't like them" if I ask about it) about it and take responsibility for whatever happens. But definitely follow the steps (advance notice, reminding your server if necessary) if there is a serious allergy, and you will be well taken care of on DCL. Palo brunch - I was able to do this on the sea day, and it is fantastic!! Included is one complimentary mimosa as well as whatever still water, coffee, tea, or soda you want. Some of the brunch - pastries, antipasta, cold seafood, desserts - are at stations and you serve yourself. Other parts - pizzas, cold strawberry soup, and other dishes like chicken parmesan - you order from your server. From what we can tell, you can order as many things as you'd like and go back to the buffet section as many times as you like. Again, a $25 upcharge, but well worth it!! Also 18+. Entertainment... No one does entertainment like Disney. All the shows are well performed. I opted to skip the variety act as I'm not really into "physical comedy". I saw the movies "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Thor: The Dark World" while on board, the latter in 3D. "Frozen" and "Monsters University" were also playing, though I was not able to see them due to schedules. On the sea day, they had a showing of Frozen in the Walt Disney Theatre. Disembarkation... Always an early day. I had "late" breakfast at 8am. It's a pre-set menu with some choices as to which set meal you're having. After finishing, it was time to gather whatever I'd not set out the night before from the hall (it goes to breakfast with you as you're not allowed back in the cabin), and then into the luggage hall. Things are organized by characters on luggage tags and generally kept together in room groups. Clearing customs was simple and easy and then I was on the bus back to MCO. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Previous cruises: 2 on Carnival, 1 on Norwegian Number in Party: 3 (wife, 3 year old and myself), plus in separate rooms: grandparents (2) and friends (family of 4) Type of Room: Ocean view on Deck 8, grandparents and friends both had ... Read More
Previous cruises: 2 on Carnival, 1 on Norwegian Number in Party: 3 (wife, 3 year old and myself), plus in separate rooms: grandparents (2) and friends (family of 4) Type of Room: Ocean view on Deck 8, grandparents and friends both had balcony rooms on deck 8 Cost of room: For the 3 of us it was $1500 inc. taxes, we purchased through Costco Travel Sail Date: January 26, 2014 Highlights: Great food, entertainment, service and Castaway Cay was the best day of the trip Downsides: Dress policy was not enforced at the sit-down restaurants and embarkation/debarkation was a bit of a mess Embarkation: We were delayed by a late off-site parking shuttle bus, so missed our assigned check in group time. We had to wait in line to check-in (around 11am), about 20mins, then about 5mins to upgrade our room to the same floor as the grandparents and friends ($100 fee). Finally, it took about 15mins to line up and get on board the ship. The gangway was jammed, so they let people not wishing to have their boarding pic taken around the jam and we were finally aboard. We went for lunch at the sit down restaurant on deck 2, which consisted of a buffet. At first, there were few people in line but as more people boarded it got pretty busy and took a while to get some food. We then went to check out the Oceaneer’s club and register our 3 year old son. For whatever reason, their computer system had problems checking us in. It took multiple people about 30mins to sort it all out. In the meantime we looked around the clun and marveled at all the activities available for all ages. Everything was very clean and well maintained. We had to drag our sone away in order to check into our room. Our room was ready by the promised time of 1:30pm. It took some time for our 2 checked bags to be delivered however. They actually sent the wrong bags to our room, I’m assuming the baggage handlers didn’t get the memo that we changed rooms at boarding. A call to guest services fixed the problem quickly and we had our bags delivered soon after. Room: Modern, clean and well designed. The entrance ‘hallway’ is a bit tight as it also contains the bathrooms and the closets, but I think that is true for most rooms of this type. The bed was very comfortable and a good size. As everyone mentions, the storage space under the bed is very convenient. The sofa converted into a full size bed, that was long enough to accommodate even me, at 6’2”. The bar fridge was big enough to accommodate a 6 pack of beer and a couple bottles of wine. At first it didn’t seem cold enough but later in the trip we found that some of our drinks were icy so it did get pretty cold. The tv was a flat screen, around 22” and featured most Disney movies plus some limited tv, not that we watched much of that. There was a small desk and chair and many electrical outlets all over the room which was handy. There was a radio with iPod dock and a chest that had storage space inside and could also be used to sit on or as a table top. The best feature was the huge ocean view window that took up most of the wall. Our son could sit on the padded edge and look outside. The split bathroom was also handy and well designed. The shower/bath was plenty big for bathing our son and for taking showers. I didn’t feel cramped at all. Food: Very good, best we’ve had on a cruise so far. The buffet options at Cabanas were plentiful and of good quality. For breakfast I enjoyed the multiple selection of smoked salmon and fish with bagels. Lunch had a lot of rice and seafood dishes along with plenty of veges, fruit, grilled meats and pasta dishes. The sit down restaurants were enjoyable and catered very well to the kids in our party of 9. We were able to order off the adult menu for our son, although the kid’s menu did feature some decent options besides the requisite hotdogs and mac and cheese. The ‘adult’ food options were very good, my favourite was on the first night with a great rack of lamb. Other nights I had mahi mahi, and other fish dishes. The only let down was a very ordinary conch soup starter which was floury and didn’t feature any conch that I could tell. The kids loved the interactive features of the animator’s palace restaurant, made for a fun dining experience. We ate at Palo’s one night ($25 each) and really enjoyed the food there. We started with some antipasta, assembled tableside, and enjoyed a multi course meal with impeccable service. Dessert at the end was also very impressive with a pretty spectacular chocolate soufflé. My only gripe, which others have also expressed, was that dress code was not enforced at the sit down restaurants. These are very nice venues and it seemed appropriate to dress accordingly. Unfortunately many guest were in casual clothes, including shorts and flip flops, which really took away from the atmosphere. Fitness: I went to the gym once and it was a good facility. Plenty of cardio machines, ie. treadmills and ellipticals, I didn't have trouble finding a free machine. There was a large selection of weight machines and also a set of free weights, although no barbells. The room didn't feel crowded even though there were plenty people in there. The locker rooms were very nice and spacious. I didn't check out the other facilities but the overall gym/spa looked nice and was clean and modern. The walking track on deck 4 was nice and featured the same rubberized deck covering that was on the main deck 11, making for comfortable walking. 2 and a half laps equaled a mile. Excursions: We didn't take any so can't comment on them. We stayed on ship the day we were in Nassau so that our son could enjoy deck 11 with minimal crowds. Turned out to be a good decision as it was a lot quieter than on other days. Entertainment: Once again, very good. The nightly theatre productions were very entertaining and featured pyrotechnics and good audio/visual effects. The actors were good and there were plenty of Disney characters to keep the kids happy. These shows were also not too long, my 3 year old made it through no probs. We didn’t get to catch a movie, but the movie theatre was pretty impressive, large enough to be the same as any movie theatre on land and also featured 3-D films. The oceaneer’s club was great, but unfortunately my son didn’t want to be apart from us so we couldn’t take advantage of checking him in for a few hours. Hopefully on our next cruise this won’t be a problem! The main deck, deck 11, was were all the outdoor action was, from the Aquaduck, to the mickey slide, the Nemo splash park and 2 pools along with the huge movie screen. Our son enjoyed all of it, except for the aquaduck since he was too small, 42” height requirement. The pool was busy but we never had a problem finding chairs or space to wade around. Cabanas was close by to grab lunch, or snacks at mater’s grill. Just around the corner was the adult pool section and it was amazing how quiet and calm it was being so close to the activity at the main pool area. Most days, a steel drummer would play which helped add to the ambience. This is also where the Café was were you could get decent coffee drinks, from an espresso machine (for a charge) along with a selection of pastries (included). It was also a calm oasis, with comfortable chairs and lounges. The Disney Island (Castaway Cay) was most impressive. Not only does the ship dock there (instead of having to take tenders from the main ship), but there are multiple beaches to choose from so it’s not hard to find chairs or space on the beach. The waterslides out in the water were fun, and so was the bike trails. The 3 restaurants (2 main and 1 adult only) served good grilled food, cooked over hardwood charcoal. There was a small splash park for the kids, sheltered basketball courts, volleyball courts, multiple bars and restrooms. We spent all day here and really enjoyed it. People started leaving for the ship early so it was pretty quiet between 2 and 5. The adult beach is beautiful and quiet, a great place to relax. Drinks: So we took advantage of the bring your own booze policy and brought on a case of beer and almost a case of wine to share with our friends, who also brought on a similar amount. I’m a beer snob so brought on a good selection of craft beer. I was happy to find that Sam Adams boston lager was available on board along with Kona brewing longboard lager and Golden Ale (in some select bars), and a house beer at the 687 pub that is contract brewed by a brewery in Oregon (according to the bar tender). Otherwise, the selection on offer is the usual cast of macrobrew characters, with imports including Heineken, Stella, Bass, Guiness, Newcastle and Boddingtons. Wine corkage at the restaurants was $20. Each day featured a drink special, including $3.95 bloody marys. We were discreet with consuming our own drinks, and even enjoyed them on Cast Away Cay. Prices actually aren’t bad, with beers at $4.50 to $5.50, plus tip. Service. Very good. Everyone from our room attendant to the restaurant waiters were very friendly and professional. Our room attendant made sure to keep our ice bucket filled and turned down our room when we were out and about so we never had to wait for service. Our assigned waiters were excellent, great with the kids and personable. We ordered room service twice and it took about 15-20mins each time. These people work hard and they must endure a lot of difficult guests and a hectic schedule. I ended up giving them extra tips at the end of the cruise because I felt they worked hard for it. Debarkation: We started getting announcements at 7am about getting ready to get off the ship on the final day of the cruise. The night before, you had the option of leaving checked luggage outside your door for pick up. We walked off with all of our luggage. Beforehand, we enjoyed one last sit down meal, breakfast. I had assumed that people were disembarking since 7 that morning but when we went to the main entrance (around 9am) there was a crush of people waiting to get off. After some time, they finally opened the gates and we all moved/pushed through to the gangway and through customs. Not sure if there was a delay in the debarkation time. Anyway, it seemed pretty unorganized and hectic, it took about 30mins to get through customs and out of the terminal. Overall: Disney really knows how to run a cruise. Everything was pretty top notch in my opinion and for the price we paid (off season), it was great value. Yes, the boat caters to the kids with all kinds of entertainment for them, but adults had plenty to do as well and I would be very happy cruising without our son as there were plenty of adult areas and entertainment that we didn't get the chance to enjoy (e.g. the district, and some adult only shows). Also, I didn't feel pressured to buy anything, e.g. photos, drinks, excursions etc. as I have on other cruises. Which was somewhat surpising given the merchandise juggernaut that is Disney. Anyway, I would definitely do this cruise again, especially at off-season pricing.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
The Disney cruise was wonderful! I had a great time with my grandson, daughter, son-in-law and best friend. We had adjoining cabins which my 5 year old grandson loved. We had Deluxe Oceanview Family Stateroom and it was so spacious with 3 ... Read More
The Disney cruise was wonderful! I had a great time with my grandson, daughter, son-in-law and best friend. We had adjoining cabins which my 5 year old grandson loved. We had Deluxe Oceanview Family Stateroom and it was so spacious with 3 beds plus a pull out sofa and large window. The shows were fantastic and entertaining, but I didn't like the ventriloquist. She appeared two more times in the lounge other than having additional entertainers. My Grandson attended only Believe and he really enjoyed it. I miss the piano bars and lounges that are on other ships. We enjoyed the singers in the atrium but there wasn't any chairs or sofas to sit and enjoy the music. The pools were absolutely packed. I didn't put my foot in one. My family enjoyed the AquaDuck. The last night we enjoyed the adult pool and Jacuzzi. I loved the Enchanted Garden dining room and wished I could eat there every night. Animators Palate and Royal Court were just as nice. Children had their own menus but my Grandson ordered some food from the adult menu. I am a vegetarian and there just wasn't as much choices as I would like. As a Platinum member of Princess, I can say that they switch my meals around for me, offer me the next days lunch and dinner menu etc. Disney dining couldn't handle me making changes and often I had two plates in front of me. I was disappointed. The buffet upstairs was very good, but so spread out. It was incredibly noisy! If I could say the one thing that I missed the most was the service on Disney. You had to get up and get your own soda, coffee and drinks. I think I was served three times all week. Drinks were very inexpensive alcoholic and non-alcoholic. They were also very good drinks. My goal was to spend time with my family which I accomplish. My friend and I cruise with older family members and friends all the time. I felt there was nothing much to do as an adult on the ship. My daughter and her husband went to a tequila tasting for entertainment for $15 pp. They really need to add something more for the adults. We did go to the movies one day. The port of Nassau and Castaway Cay were visited on the ship. I have been to Nassau numerous times, but it was my first time at Castaway Cay. The weather was questionable and we didn't do any activities but enjoy the sand and sun. The buffet was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. I can't say enough about the children's clubs. They were so entertaining and the kids all seem to love them. My Grandson had so much fun in the Oceaneer Lab he didn't want to leave. Pirate's night was so much fun and we loved getting dressed up! New Year's Eve was delightful as the champagne poured and the fireworks blasted. They know how to do it right.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We have sailed many times on the Magic and the Wonder. We feel at home on each ship. We decided on our trip to Florida, we would give the Dream a chance. We found that at the port, there were no pictures with Captain Mickey. My ... Read More
We have sailed many times on the Magic and the Wonder. We feel at home on each ship. We decided on our trip to Florida, we would give the Dream a chance. We found that at the port, there were no pictures with Captain Mickey. My grandchildren were very sad. When we boarded, we were basically pushed on as there were large crowds getting on at the same time. During the cruise, the crew seemed too busy trying to keep up with the large amount of space and passengers. The stores were very Ho Hum and the people there were grumpy. The waiters had too many tables and were not able to spend time with us like before. The ship is too large and not as intimate as the older ones. The kids club was overrun with kids and had TOO much room to roam, there were NO bars open, we had to really look for one, the pools were not "fun", and there were none of the exciting activities we are used to. I understand this was a short cruise, we always do the 7 day cruises, but that should not be an excuse. When we were in Nassau, we pulled in beside the Magic and it was amazing the amount of people who were heard saying they wished they were on he instead! Disney is STILL magic, however!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I just finished my 4th cruise on the Disney Dream, and once again, it did not disappoint. I've given good reviews about the other ones..But i'm just beginning to notice some things now that i'm past that initial amazement, ... Read More
I just finished my 4th cruise on the Disney Dream, and once again, it did not disappoint. I've given good reviews about the other ones..But i'm just beginning to notice some things now that i'm past that initial amazement, that are really starting to bug me....that's what most of this review will be about. The first thing i'd like to mention is the evening dining attire. I don't feel like this is being enforced the way it should be. I read the code, and took the time to pack the necessary clothes. I have grown increasingly agitated that others seem to totaly disregard it. To me, sitting in a restaurant as nice as these are, well...it takes away from the experience when you see someone who didn't dress as stated in the code..you look around and see the amazing decoration and theme...our server told us that one of the restaurants alone cost 54M to build...(Animators Palate)....and then guests are there in blue jeans and t-shirts....the dress code should be enforced. There were jean shorts on men, flip flops, tank tops...all of the clothing we were asked NOT to wear was there. If it's because they hate to turn away or offend a guest..well what about me? I came there expecting it to be at a certain standard, and it wasn't. What about offending me? So, if it's not going to be enforced, then why state it? Then there were the people in Cabanas in barefeet and swimming suits (no coverdress). I mean, they meet you at the door with Sani towels, which I love, then let barefooted people come in to eat. Did not make sense to me. Oh, the elevators...I can't understand why people don't use common courtesy. If someone is there BEFORE you, that means they should board BEFORE you. Disney really should have someone at each elevator station to help with this, especially during busy times such as parties and the dinner hours. People will absolutely run you over, taking no regard to who was there waiting first.... Ok...gripes over.... The weather this time was quite bad the 1st nite. Winds were around 59mph. I was amazed at how well the ship handled the seas. The boat did rock some, but nothing to what i've seen on YouTube that other ships did. Thank the Lord we didn't get seasick..The ship did well with the wavy water in my opinion. Food was amazing as always..Cabanas is crazy busy during embarkation...wish they could do something about that, they were letting several zones load at a time so there were a ton of people getting there at the same time. Servers were great as usual. Had Tony A. He is so good and willing to please. He remembered all of our likes from before and I found that so amazing. Foster was our stateroom host. He was good and our room was always spotless and welcoming. Went ashore at Nassau and shopped at the Straw Market. Love going there, just be prepared to be pounced upon from the moment you walk across the water by locals just trying to make a living. It can get very annoying, but I try to keep that in mind...this is their "job"..most are very nice and accept a no thank you if you're polite about it..but there are some that just don't seem to give up. If you so much as pause and look, I can assure you someone will be there in seconds to try to sell you. Castaway Cay is a lot of fun if you can forget that there are a ton of other people around you. Several fun things to do. The beach and swimming areas are very crowded. Row after row of loungers..most are "reserved" with towels. It would be nice if they would develop more of the beach for guest use and to spread the people out. Food is very good and abundant. But actually, Castaway Cay day is probably the best day to stay on the ship if you don't like crowds! My husband rode the AquaDuck twice with no wait. All in all, it's a great cruise. You're not going to beat Disney quality in my book. Even with my gripes, it is still #1 to me!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I chose the Disney Dream for the first cruise of our lives, quite an adventure as it was our first trip without our children to celebrate our 21st anniversary. Some people thought we were crazy to take a Disney Cruise ... Read More
My husband and I chose the Disney Dream for the first cruise of our lives, quite an adventure as it was our first trip without our children to celebrate our 21st anniversary. Some people thought we were crazy to take a Disney Cruise without kids, but as Disney fans, we knew it was the right choice for us. We had a WONDERFUL time!!! Yes, there were a lot of families, but Disney has so many adult-only areas and activities that we were able to have plenty of quiet adult time. We were treated like royalty, from our excellent cabin steward, to our favorite barista, to our friendly and attentive serving team, we felt catered to and pampered throughout the entire cruise. And the Disney magic spilled over into our table assignment, where we were paired with another couple celebrating their 16th anniversary, travelling without their children for the first time. By the end of the cruise, we were dear friends, and hope to plan another cruise together in the future. Our cabin was pristine, as was the entire ship. If you are impressed with the cleanliness of the Disney parks, you will be awed by the cleanliness of the ship. Every public space was spotless. It is apparent that the crew takes a special pride in the care and keeping of their ship. We loved our balcony, and one of my favorite memories from the trip was rising early to watch the sunrise from our verandah as we sailed. We splurged on an anniversary dinner at Remy, and it was well worth the upcharge. Remy is an experience, one that everyone should enjoy once in their lives. The food was out of this world and the service was impeccable...a very special treat. We had such a wonderful time, we are doing it again next month, this time WITH our kids!! Counting down the days with great anticipation! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband, I and our nine year old daughter went on the Dream for a 3 night cruise. This was my daughter's first cruise. We had a wonderful time. There was something to do for everyone. The positives: 1. Aqua Duck - My daughter ... Read More
My husband, I and our nine year old daughter went on the Dream for a 3 night cruise. This was my daughter's first cruise. We had a wonderful time. There was something to do for everyone. The positives: 1. Aqua Duck - My daughter loved the water slide. Unfortunately is was very cold and she was not able to ride it often. 2. Entertainment - Every night there are Broadway caliber shows, Believe, the Golden Mickey and the Villains. The shows were amazing and most of the jokes are geared towards adults. I highly recommend seeing them. 3. The Staff - Everyone was friendly and kind. Our waiter made it a point to entertain the children at our table. The counselors at the kids club were great. 4. Alcohol Tastings for Adults - We attended the Tequila/Margarita tasting (they also offer wine/ whiskey or cognac tastings) for a nominal fee. It was informative and fun. The Negatives: 1. Food - I found the food to be very mediocre and the offerings were very limited at the sit-down dinner. I expected better quality of food from Disney. The only food on Castaway island is the BBQ at 11:30. They do not have any snacks on the island. This became an issue when my daughter was hungry at 10:30. I recommend that parents with small kids bring snacks. Overall our cruise was very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I don't have kids, but we booked Disney anyhow when I found out our extended family was going. I love Disney, and like their level of service and quality, so I knew it would be a safe bet. And it was. Highlights: ... Read More
My husband and I don't have kids, but we booked Disney anyhow when I found out our extended family was going. I love Disney, and like their level of service and quality, so I knew it would be a safe bet. And it was. Highlights: -Food was great - I could have died and gone to heaven at Remy's. -Solid service. -Tons to do aboard, entertainment is good if you like Disney-esque shows. -Lots of kids! But mostly under control. -Large, fairly crowded ship. -Water slide sort of boring. -Private island was perfection. -Attention to detail was where Disney really set itself apart. -3 day too jam packed, I'd go for 4-7 next time. -------Details-------- First off, if we had kids this is the cruise we'd do every time, without a doubt. Our nieces LOVED the kids program, they didn't even want to leave it at 10 p.m.! As a couple in our early 30s without kids we enjoyed the cruise quite a bit too. Ship: Just lovely! This was my favorite cruise ship I've been on, it's so visually appealing. From the layout to the details, it was divine. Passengers: The other passengers were very fun-loving. I liked how people decorated their cabin doors. Even in January, as excepted, there are a ton of kids. On check in day before the kids club opens the ship feels overrun with kids, some parents just let them run totally wild on the ship (truly...a random gang of them started running around the fountain at the buffet chanting "Disney cruise Disney cruise"….t was a little too Lord of the Flies). I love kids but I have to say some of them got out of hand. After the kids club opened up and that really helped with the population control. The crowd was very middle class, and there were quite a few international travelers. Service: The service was good, but not much different than the level I received on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, or Oceania. Food: The food was out of this world! The main dining room was good. Remy was PERFECTION. Don't miss it, totally worth the up charge! Such innovative and tasty cuisine. Servers were amazing, the atmosphere was nice. We had one of the first reservations so we had the place to ourself. Really nice. The buffet was my favorite at sea. The Garden restaurant was good. Animators palate was sort of neat, but the dinner dragged on too long and the food was just so-so. Entertainment: Good, especially if you like Disney-esque shows. There were some semi-racy adult shows/games which were enjoyable. Bingo was pretty fun. Movies were amazing! The interactive ship quests were fun for kids and adults alike. The only problem was there was SO much to do in 3 days, we didn't make it to everything. Things were stacked up, and we were totally exhausted afterwards. Definitely spread out the fun and splurge for a longer cruise. Embarkation: This was special on Disney! Their own parking area, their own terminal….it was so special! We didn't have to wait in line at all. We saw Olaf while waiting. Then when you board they make you feel so special! What a lovely way to start a vacation. Bottom line: I'd definitely recommend the cruise for anyone with kids. I'd also recommend for those who like Disney, or anyone who's young at heart. We'll go again, though in the mean time we're checking out other cruise lines to see what all is out there.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I have previously taken 6 Disney Wonder/Magic cruises when my kids were younger. We took a 4 year break and tried RCCL, NCL and Carnival. They are now 12, 17 and 19. I was so excited to try the "newer" ship even though it would ... Read More
I have previously taken 6 Disney Wonder/Magic cruises when my kids were younger. We took a 4 year break and tried RCCL, NCL and Carnival. They are now 12, 17 and 19. I was so excited to try the "newer" ship even though it would be my first Disney cruise without a little one.. I went in already knowing the pools were way too small and crowded, so I was prepared for that and not let down. It's true! The designer needs a slap on the wrist. However, it's still a Disney cruise! EMBARKATION: There are so many things I just love about Disney cruises. My kids grew up taking this sort of vacation so it's also nostalgic. When we first arrived there were hiccups at embarkation. We had 3 rooms and the reservation was all mixed up. Disney gave us the wrong luggage tags and room numbers. It took a while to straighten out and they had the wrong people listed in the wrong rooms, but Disney being Disney was extremely polite and let us board early for our inconvenience. There were other hiccups along the way but the staff was always on top of things with a quick fix. One of the greatest things about Disney is the customer service. FIRST IMPRESSION: The ship is beautiful. My fiancee had only sailed on Rccl Jewel of the Seas, so this was a huge step up. The nightclub area was great. The restaurants are beautiful. My only complaint is the adult only area. They should take a lesson from RCCL Alure/Oasis. Even Carnival Dream has a bigger and better adult area. And obviously the small pool and lack of hot tubs, but I already knew about this. Our cabin was very nice. There is a serious lack of storage so unpack creatively! But the cabin was immaculate and I love having the split bathroom and bath tub, FOOD/DINING: This was a little bit of a letdown only because the food on Magic/Wonder a few years back was so outstanding.. I guess they are feeding the masses. The quality isn't what it used to be. That said, it was still very good and the servers are the best out there. The buffet for breakfast and lunch was very good. The main dining room was hit or miss. I did not like the BBQ lunch on Castaway Cay! The burgers used to be great quality. Now they taste like cafeteria style. Palo was very good. PORTS: CASTAWAY CAY! The greatest place on earth! It will always be the highlight. I absolutely love this place and will always cruise on DLC for this reason alone!!!! In fact, I'm getting married on Castaway Cay in August!!! The staff is from the ship and always serve with a smile. The beach is immaculate and I can't say enough positive things about it! Nassau, been there a dozen times. I know why people hate it, but if you know where to go, the beach is awesome. How can you go wrong with that beach and ocean! My son and his dad stayed on the ship but it was packed. I'm glad me and my daughters got off and went to the beach. ENTERTAINMENT: Excellent! The singers and dancers in the Disney shows were all fantastic. The entertainment team was energetic and did a great job. There were plenty of activities but gotta say, the baby races were the absolute cutest, most adorable funniest thing I ever saw! OVERALL IMPRESSION: I have to say, I like the older ships better simply because of the pool decks and less crowds. Dream is prettier, even though they are both beautiful. Food went down a bit in quality but compared to NCL and Carnival, its still head and shoulders above them. I think RCCL has them edged out in the food. But Disney has castaway cay! 'Nuff said!!! The ship is immaculate, staff is fantastic, servers are exceptional and it is a fantastic family vacation. My complaints are only nit picks. This is a great cruise ship!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
4-Night cruise that doubled back into a 3-Night. We had a good staff all around. Our bartender at Currents was also our "message board" and at the Meridian our home away from home. The Shows were good, Villain's Tonight was ... Read More
4-Night cruise that doubled back into a 3-Night. We had a good staff all around. Our bartender at Currents was also our "message board" and at the Meridian our home away from home. The Shows were good, Villain's Tonight was fun. I liked our cruise director a little more than my last - he was good at getting everything in without take up to much time from the shows and other events. The entertainment director also had lots of stuff going on for adults and families and was nice. We had great weather for December. As I had been warned, Bahamas is hardly worth getting off the ship. I was shocked at the number of scams they try to run around the port. The streets are packed with cars, the store are run down, and the prices were higher than the states. I can't imagine any "no duty" savings could off set it! And for heavens sake, don't forget any essentials because they are twice the price if you can find them! Also, there is no internet service, even for pay - yes... ESPECIALLY Starbucks! I would stick to scheduled Port Adventures through Disney. Gardens, Atlantis, and Dolphin/Sea Lion all seemed to get good reviews. Actually, i would stick to staying on the ship! Consider it a very calm Sea Day! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My boyfriend and I were spending a few days at Orlando and we began our planning very early. I was checking the Disney website for information about the parks when I found out about the Disney Cruise. I thought it was going to be too ... Read More
My boyfriend and I were spending a few days at Orlando and we began our planning very early. I was checking the Disney website for information about the parks when I found out about the Disney Cruise. I thought it was going to be too expensive and only for families but then I started reading more and wondering if we could do it. After a lot of research about other cruises lines, we decide we could book 3 nights for the Bahamas at Disney Dream, for 1100 $. It was more expensive than other cruises, but they gave us a lot of options to pay, as little as 20$ each time, so this was the decisive point. We do like Disney and this was our first cruise....we didn't know what to expect but keep reading it was amazing. They were right!! Of course it's Disney, so everything was clean, like new, and perfect. The service was just wow, people was always happy. They work really hard for you to be comfortable and spend a great time. Of course kids loved it, but I was surprised to see that we weren't the only couple without kids on the ship. There were more than I thought so, and it's true, you have pools (I miss the hot tub), bars, even a beach!, only for adults! Everything was decorated for Christmas and yes, we did see some Disney characters. The ship is amazing, I'm not going to describe it because you can find that info at the website and what they show you is what you will get. I loved my room, I was expecting something small but was surprised it was a lot bigger that I thought, and enough for us. The bed was excellent, I loved the virtual porthole, and I could just connect my iPhone and listen to music while getting ready for the day. I wished we would have booked a longer cruise, 3 nights aren't enough to do everything!!! We even went to the movies, we watched Frozen 3D and Saving Mr Banks. We dance, ate way too much at Cabanas, even played mini golf. I loved that when I couldn't find a dessert I wanted, I could just ask for chocolate cake! Free room service? Check! Ice Cream any time you want? Check! Castaway Cay, wow! Paradise! We liked even more that Nassau. We are definitely booking another Disney Cruise again, alone or/and with kids!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We first sailed on the Dream about two years ago, on our first cruise ever-me, my wife, and our little 2 year old son. We had a great time, but really didn't appreciate just how awesome Disney is at this, or just about anything that ... Read More
We first sailed on the Dream about two years ago, on our first cruise ever-me, my wife, and our little 2 year old son. We had a great time, but really didn't appreciate just how awesome Disney is at this, or just about anything that Disney does. We went in Jan 2013 on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, and while it was a nice experience, it just didn't compare with the Dream on so many levels. So, we went back on the Dream after a week of Disneyworld craziness, and were awestruck with just how amazing everything truly is. I will offer a few comparisons as an example, with a summary at the end. First, the Dream has cabin phones-two of them that can be used around both Castaway Cay and the ship on sea days. I cannot stress how useful we found these devices. When on the Freedom, we were constantly having to choose a point and time to meet, and when the inevitable diaper change (our daughter was 1 at the time) or other interruption arose, we would find ourselves waiting and wondering where the other person was. Also, the knowledge that my son could simply call us whenever he felt lonely or scared in the Oceaneer's Club meant that he never felt lonely or scared-he just never felt secure on the Freedom (not to mention that the Freedom's kids club consisted of a fairly large room, while the Oceaneer's Club and Lab constitute and entire DECK on the Dream). This feature is worth a LOT to me and my wife. And, as mentioned briefly above, the Dream has a staggering amount of space devoted to the smallest of passengers. The Lab and Club are so awesome as to defy words, at least to a young person-my son has some separation anxiety issues, but the staff was so welcoming and the accoutrements so fun, my son never looked back. The ONE time he was a little bit nervous on the last night, I took him over to see "if he wanted to go," and the wonderful British person looked at him and said "Hey Jack! I am so happy you are here. Do you want to decorate your own amazing sugar cookie and then eat it right after? Cause that's what we are doing back in the kitchen!" He smiled, waved goodbye, and my wife and I were able to pack our bags in relative peace (although with a bittersweet knowledge that we had to say goodbye!). Seriously, for families, this ship CANNOT be beat, and the alone time it afforded us was priceless, because we didn't have to worry about our kids while we were alone (which unfortunately wasn't the case on the Freedom-they yelled at my son for not keeping his shoes on for Pete's sake). The private islands of both illustrate as clearly as I can think of the differences between Disney and pretty much everyone else as well. Disney, after choosing their island, spent an ungodly amount of money to build a pier that all of their boats could simply sail directly into, allowing passengers to walk on or off with ease. Royal Caribbean has to ferry passengers to and from their island, which burns a good 1 or 2 hours off the time you get to spend there. Also, Disney imported sand and little seashells and grooms the beaches to make them look absolutely pristine. It's warm, and incredible, and a stark contrast to Royal's crappy, rock and tree branch infested areas that we saw. And this is a minor point, but when I asked for some extra BBQ sauce for my dry, overcooked ribs on Royal's island, they looked around and said "sorry, we can't do that" and left me to my own devices. On Castaway, not only did they have BBQ sauce pouches readily available (although the food itself was good enough not to need it), they responded immediately to my request and were happy to fulfill it. Complete contrast, perfect example of why Disney's attention to detail and focus on the customer experience are so incredible. And another minor, but seriously annoying, detail-on Castaway, there was only one time, towards the end of the day, that a worker was walking around, offering pina coladas to people on the beach. He wasn't loud, just asking politely and then walking away with a thank you if he was turned down. On Royal's private island, there were 5-6 men walking around, shouting "BAHAMA MAMA!" as loud as they could, ruining any chance of a relaxing snooze on the beach, and they were rather pushy if you showed even the slightest interest-obviously, they were commissioned, and I don't really blame them, but I do blame Royal for such an annoying business practice against a captive audience. The food on both ships were actually good, I can't particularly fault Royal for anything there (though requiring passengers to pay for Coke for a week is absurb). But the space that Royal devoted to a casino was where Disney went all in with first-run movie theaters (Frozen in 3D? YES PLEASE!), more space for the kids, and top-flight broadway shows make it an easy choice. In the end, Disney will be getting pretty much all of our foreseeable vacation dollars, at least for a considerable time. We are sold on their commitment to providing not just a vacation, but an experience, a truly perfect memory for all involved. They aren't cheap by any means-we will easily spend $1000 more for a Disney cruise of similar length and itinerary over Royal. But, in the end, the old axiom holds true in this as in all things-you pay for what you get. And with Disney, you get memories that last a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
I had always promised my wife, a big Disney fan, that if Disney ever offered a deal we would go. Well recently they did offer some Florida resident rates that were pretty attractive so we booked a balcony and headed off on a 4 day cruise ... Read More
I had always promised my wife, a big Disney fan, that if Disney ever offered a deal we would go. Well recently they did offer some Florida resident rates that were pretty attractive so we booked a balcony and headed off on a 4 day cruise to Nassau and the Castaway Cey. Since we live in Florida it was a big plus that they cruise left from Port Canaveral, one of our favorites and only an hour and half from home. We drove over and parked at the Raddison Cruise parking and were soon on a bus to the ship. This is a great place to park if you are sailing from Canaveral. Since there had been a problem with the draw bridge, embarkation was a bit backed up to get through security, but once in the terminal the lines moved quickly. We were told that we could get on the ship, but that rooms would not be ready until 1:30pm. We got on and went to the Enchanted Garden for lunch. This was not as crowded as the buffet upstairs. Lunch was very good and then we headed up to our room. We got our first lesson in Disney. When they say rooms will not be ready until 1:30 pm, they mean it. The halls were closed and you could not get to your room until 1:30 pm.! Things run on time. Our room was a balcony room and was quite large and very modern. The bath room was split and had a sink and toilet in one room and a tub and sink in another, There was a queen size bed and a long couch and plenty of storage. The balcony was nice and had a child lock up high. We checked out the deck area and there were lots of kids having a good time. We went up to the adult area for sail away and they enforced the over 18 policy. Very nice The entertainment was all Disney based and some of the best I have seen at sea. At times there were 20 people on stage singing and dancing and all shows were close to an hour. There were first run movies and special entertainment for adults. We did not have kids with us, but everyone we asked said the program was the best they had ever seen and the kids loved it. The rotating dining system was very nice, New venue every night and the food and service were very good. We especially liked the Animators Palet Show and dinner! The private island was fantastic. Very Disney and the best I ever seen and you dock! No Tenders Lots to do and the adults' beach is very quiet and they have their own lunch venue that serves rib eye steak! Getting off could not have been easier. We kept our bags and walked off at 8:00 am and were picked up by a shuttle and were home by noon! Disney does everything right. If you like to gamble-- there is no casino, but we could have cared less. Beautiful ship great crew and a wonderful trip. The only people who should avoid Disney are people who just don't want to be around kids and people who don't like the Disney product. Both are everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Cruise maintenance is just average compared to Carnival cruise I had taken a couple of years ago. KIDS had a blast - no doubt about that. Great Movie theaters but only 2 movies were cast - Thor and Frozen. The reason I was disappointed ... Read More
Cruise maintenance is just average compared to Carnival cruise I had taken a couple of years ago. KIDS had a blast - no doubt about that. Great Movie theaters but only 2 movies were cast - Thor and Frozen. The reason I was disappointed was the FOOD was very very nominal! specially for vegetarians! All that I could eat was fruits and fruits and fruits! Whatever was on the menu tasted very straight and had no taste at all! Did not know who prepared the food or if it is always that way. My family and friends travelled together, we were 10 families travelling together and we had a mix of veg and non-veg food, none of us were satisfied with the food. Disney has a long way to go with regard to quality of food and menu. Very very limited items on menu compared to any other cruise lines I had been, to quote I would say NCL, Princess Cruise, Carnival Cruise. Disney is primarily and secondarily only focussed about KIDS KIDS and KIDS. Don't forget that KIDS are always travelling with Adults and they need a break as well! I would rate overall as 2.5 stars out of 5. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My family and I (myself, husband, two daughters age 9 & 3) had never been on a cruise before. We're Disney fans - we visit the WDW Resort annually - and thought that the Disney Cruise Line would be a great fit for us. We booked a ... Read More
My family and I (myself, husband, two daughters age 9 & 3) had never been on a cruise before. We're Disney fans - we visit the WDW Resort annually - and thought that the Disney Cruise Line would be a great fit for us. We booked a 4 night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream. One day at sea, one day at Nassau, and one day at Disney's Castaway Cay. Check-in and embarkment were a breeze. Lines weren't too long (we arrived early) and the terminal was pleasant. It was nice to see characters in the terminal. Ship We were blown away by the beauty of the Disney Dream. The ship was extremely clean and well maintained. All the public areas were lovely. The attention to detail on the ship was exactly what I expected from Disney. And unlike the resorts, the characters actually do run around the ship quite a bit. My girls loved this. Cabin We stayed in a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with veranda, mid-ship. The room felt much bigger than I had thought it would and my family appreciated the split bathroom (toilet and sink in one room, shower/tub and sink in the other). The bed was VERY comfortable and turndown service was excellent. Our veranda was large enough for all of us to be on without feeling too cramped. The cabin was kept very clean throughout our cruise. My only complaint about the cabin was the lack of outlets. I am working toward a master degree and had to bring my laptop and kindle with me so I could work on two papers. I was disappointed that there was only one outlet by the queen bed. On board activities - The Aquaduck was fantastic. My oldest daughter rode it several times. The pool area was nice and I loved the "dive-in" movies. However, the family pool was very, very small and always crowded. My youngest daughter loved Nemo's Reef. - We watched two movies on board. The theaters were very nice. Snacks for the movies were quite expensive. - There were several activities I would have participated in - such as a cooking class, wine tastings, and exercise sessions - if my children weren't traveling with us. - My family did the detective game and it was fantastic. Great way to get acquainted with the ship! Children's clubs - Both of my children loved the kids' space. The counselors were all wonderful and I felt very secure leaving my girls there. They had many activity and play options. No complaints at all! Dining - We frequent the Walt Disney World Resort and are a little spoiled when it comes to service. I wasn't wowed by our wait staff. They often forgot a drink or two and the head waiter telling us every single night how they just wanted to provide excellent service grew old quickly. - We dined at Palo and had an outstanding experience. It is well worth the additional money. Our waiter was top notch and the food was excellent. THIS is what I expected from a Disney Cruise! - 24 hour soft serve ice cream? Yes, thank you. - Breakfast on our final day was awful. Our wait staff was completely inattentive and the bread selection was pitiful. We were also asked to dine very, very early - 6:45! We'll skip breakfast next time. Port & shore excursions - My family did not visit Nassau. We wanted the additional time on the ship and thought the port adventures offered by Disney were pretty pricey. - Castaway Cay was fantastic. My husband and oldest daughter signed up for the Stingray excursion and loved it. They feed the rays and then snorkeled in the stingray cove. The island was beautiful and well maintained. This was the highlight of our trip. - Getting off the ship was rough. There were no crew helping form and monitor the line, which ran from the gangplank up two decks of stairs. A large family cut right in front of us, which was very frustrating since we had been waiting about 10 minutes and they had just stepped off the elevator. Very un-Disney. Entertainment - I wasn't able to attend any shows because my 3 year old was too tired by the time the shows began. My husband and oldest daughter attending the magic show and loved it. - Our friends attended two of the nightly shows - The Golden Mickeys and Disney's Believe - and said they were outstanding. - The live music in the atrium was okay if that sort of thing is your cup of tea. I didn't stick around. - Characters were terrific. My girls saw Anna from Frozen, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Captain Jack Sparrow. - My husband and oldest daughter loved the Sail-away and Pirates in the Caribbean deck parties. They were underwhelmed by the fireworks, but that's only because we're used to the show at Disney World. Still....fireworks! Service - See the dining section for a review of our wait staff. - All the crew were very friendly. It was nice to chat with a few who weren't busy. - Our room steward was wonderful. He took excellent care of our space and was very helpful. We tipped him more than the recommended amount for his outstanding service. Disembarkation was a breeze. We walked right off the ship and passed through customs pretty quickly. All-in-all, we had a great experience. I booked a cruise for my husband and I in 2014 to celebrate our 15th anniversary. I look forward to being back on the Dream! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We booked this 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Disney Dream only 7 days in advance, so it was all a bit last minute and rush. We also wondered if being just the 2 of us (kids are grown up), whether Disney would be the right sort of ship for ... Read More
We booked this 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Disney Dream only 7 days in advance, so it was all a bit last minute and rush. We also wondered if being just the 2 of us (kids are grown up), whether Disney would be the right sort of ship for us. Because of the late booking we had no Disney paperwork, luggage tags etc, just our confirmation from the travel company we had booked through. We need not have worried, once we were verified, our bags were taken and labelled by the porter and we parked our car in the next door parking garage. A short walk and we were in the terminal (after security) checking in. Within 20 mins we were on the ship making the way to Cabanas for a buffet lunch, this was very busy and finding a table took some time. The food was nice and a good indication that the standards for food would be good. It's also welcome to see that on the pool deck there are free drinks (including sodas) available - no soft drinks package needed here! At 1:30 we made our way to the cabin (now when we booked we chose a VGT - guaranteed stateroom with verandah (kept the cost down) and it was a pleasant surprise we were allocated one in the top of our category (5A) on deck 10 (starboard). The room was markedly spacious compared to some we have seen, with a queen bed and sofa and table, with a lovely verandah! A quick unpack and we were off to explore the ship. Facilities are excellent and the amount of space dedicated to the kids clubs etc very impressive (well it is Disney). After our mandatory life boat drill (they check off all cabins by means of swiping your room key - so no hiding in your cabins here), we were soon making our way out of Port Canaveral. It soon became apparent that the mix of passengers included all ages, families, couples, seniors, so our worries about being out of place were soon dismissed. We also noticed there are numerous over 18 areas on the ship which even on sail away we noticed being politely enforced, so quiet areas for adults are abundant. We saw the show in the Walt Disney theater (as we are on a late dinner seating), which was as polished as the many shows you see at any of the theme parks - very very good. We then casualled up for Dinner in the Animators Palate to meet our servers and dinner companions for the first time. We had been sat with similarly aged couples whose company was most pleasant. Our servers introduced themselves and we were soon enjoying the experience. By the way dinner was delicious with in our opinion portion sizes were spot on to satisfy but not over-inflate! Next day was a sea day with plenty to get involved in for all ages, sea was calm, sun shining, just a lovely day to relax. That night we were in our next restaurant on the rotation (our servers too) again a lovely meal with no problems. The next morning we arrived into Nassau and we breakfasted early because we had booked the aquaventure at the Atlantis resort. This was quite expensive but well worth it because although the resort is not my cup of tea the water park was most definately. After a quick tour, we checked out the aquariums and "the dig" before changing and trying out the lazy river (lockers available). Now lazy it is not! After a few hundred yards we were plunging down rapids in our tubes before another slower section. There is ever a wave machine that for one section sends waves down the river (it can be quite rough). There is also a conveyor to take you back up after all this. Fantastic! Next day Castaway Cay which is best described as Disney Island, bikes beaches, food etc etc really beautiful. Then back to Port Canaveral where the next morning disembarkation is a case of leaving your stateroom with you hand luggage (all other bags left out and collected previous evening), going to breakfast (allocated time in the last restaurant you ate in), then off the ship (usual queues in the atrium). So overall Just for Kids - def not Food - excellent activities - numerous and excellent Ports of call - excellent Disney @ Sea!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was the best cruise from the minute we got on board until we disembarked. The food, entertainment, service, and activities for the adults and kids was plentiful and top notch. Nobody will run out of things to do on this ship. Our ... Read More
This was the best cruise from the minute we got on board until we disembarked. The food, entertainment, service, and activities for the adults and kids was plentiful and top notch. Nobody will run out of things to do on this ship. Our first stop was Nassau and unless you are going to Atlantis there is not much to do. Hubby and I already had been there so we just stayed on board with the kiddos. Castaway Cay was the best. A beautiful beach and the small island was pristine. We had a great BBQ for lunch that everyone enjoyed. The kids had a waterslide in the lagoon that they had fun while hubby and I found a remote and secluded area that was breathtaking. In fact, we shared a special moment there as it was the first time hubby got me up the butt! All in all, I can't say a bad thing about our experience on the Disney Dream and would highly recommend this cruise to all ages. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Dream a little dream of me…that’s the song by Mama Cass Elliott of the Mamas & Papas that I thought of when I was on our 4 night Disney Dream cruise recently. My wife & I went on the Disney Dream for my birthday 11/3-11/7. A ... Read More
Dream a little dream of me…that’s the song by Mama Cass Elliott of the Mamas & Papas that I thought of when I was on our 4 night Disney Dream cruise recently. My wife & I went on the Disney Dream for my birthday 11/3-11/7. A little back round before I start my review & comments: my wife Teresa & I have now been on 29 cruises, this was our 2nd with DCL. We are new seniors, no kids because we got married late in life.. I am Diamond with Royal Caribbean ( 12 cruises), and also been all other major cruise lines except Costa..these include 6 on Carnival, 5 on Norwegian, and one each on Celebrity, HAL, Princess, and Celebration cruise lines. I will make some comparisons mostly to RCI, since that’s the line I’ve cruised the most. Please keep in mind that food, service & entertainment are all VERY subjective, and these are all my opinions, thoughts & observations only, so please don’t have a cow if you disagree with me. Also keep in mind that the Oasis/ Freedom ships are much bigger and carry more passengers than the Disney Dream, so generally the bigger the ship, the level of service seems to go down, along with the quality of the food, especially in the MDR. I welcome comments, but please remember that if you haven’t cruised various lines, you shouldn’t be making any comparisons, since you have nothing to compare cruises to….nothing bothers me more than people who say, "oh XX is the best cruise line, even though I’ve never cruised anything else”….ridiculous to say something so bias IMO… Let me start by saying the cruise was fantastic- by far the best service, bedding, shower, buffet area , outside promenade deck area, brunch ( Palo ), private island ( Castaway Cay) ,main production shows, and standard balcony cabin we’ve ever seen/ been in…the ship itself is gorgeous, and relatively easy to navigate. One thing you should know: I was not cold, but the ship is very cold overall- my wife was freezing 90% of the time. I would recommend if you get cold easily, bring a sweater or light jacket. Some were overly dressed I admit…a few passengers looked like they were going to the Arctic Circle with coats, sweat shirts, heavy sweaters…sweaters on a Bahamian cruise? Not too macho guys, LOL…. Embarkation/ Lunch in Cabanas Embarkation was a little long & it felt like there was some confusion...you get a number and we were group # 7 after you check in...Here's a great thing Disney does: when you actually board the ship, they actually announce your family name, like, "Please welcome aboard the Jones family!", and all the crew members clap & cheer, then one of the staff takes you aside & welcomes you on the Dream...they tell you where you can eat, and what will be happening later today and that the muster drill will be at 4 PM..fantastic!! We even had a staff member take our carry on luggage and put us in the elevator and press 11 for Cabanas- Wow, that's service!! So we ate first in Cabanas, the buffet area on deck 11. Cabins are ready at 1:30 PM.. Food included shrimp cocktail, mussels, pizza, salads, beef, chicken, a wonderful chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ( fabulous!!), terrific french fries ( best ever on a ship, crisp, not soggy steak fries) , rib-eye steaks, and more. Sodas are included in your fare, so if you drink a lot of soda, that’s a nice perq. I don’t drink much soda anymore, but they did have diet sprite on tap, the only one I ever drink occasionally- thumbs up for that DCL….desserts usually stink ( to me) on cruise ships because there only 6 things that tempt me: chocolate cake, coconut cake, coconut cream pie, key lime pie, brownies & chocolate chip cookies…all very rare to be found on ships…the latter 2 are usually hard & mediocre for me….the Dream did have a chocolate peanut butter brownie that was scrumptious , really yummy ( Big Al Tip: you can find them always in the Cove Café in the adult pool area, and the Vista Café on deck 4 midship..).I found the food here better than RCI’s Windjammer. Cabin We went to our cabin at exactly 1:30 and I was so impressed by it’s size ( 299 SF inc balcony, which was 45 SF, cabin 254)…the balcony was a tad small at 45 SF, a little smaller than RCI’s Oasis D class balcony’s which are 182 SF plus 53 SF for balcony…so the cabin itself is bigger, balcony slightly smaller. Freedom class at 199 SF and 65 SF balcony is bigger …this cabin was more like the Junior Suites on the Freedom class , which are 297 SF plus 94 SF balcony..so RCI wins for balcony size, but Disney wins in standard cabin size. Big difference was the bathroom set up. Disney gives you TWO bathrooms, one with a sink & toilet, the other with sink & shower/ bath. And here’s the goodie: the shower has a hand held shower AND a rain shower right above you! You can turn on either one with a handle …it was also bigger, not tiny like RCI’s. Water pressure was decent, not great, but OK…best ever water pressure was on the Celebrity Mercury- it was like Niagara Falls in there…bedding goes to DCL- most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on. Pillows could’ve been better.. one thing was weird: the A/C was the quietist ( but efficient & cold) I’ve ever heard ( or not heard)..you could not hear a sound from that unit! Hard to believe it was even on ..TG I brought a sounds radio because I don’t like it when it’s too quiet. Flat screen TV was a tad small, and was 90% Disney channels. Only non- Disney was 3 ESPN’s, 3 CNN’s and an ABC channel. Selection was pretty terrible. I don’t cruise to watch TV, but when I go to bed I like to watch a little late night TV…RCI wins the TV battle…there were 3-4 outlets along the wall near the mirror to plug in cell phones, cameras, etc most cabins on other ships have only 1-2 outlets…also, there are 2 wave phones ( walkie-talkie’s) in the cabin and they are FREE ( unlike RCI that charges you).. ..overall, if you compare the 4B cabin to a D1 on RCI, Disney wins..if you compare it to a JS on RCI, it’s a tie..I like the walk-in closet in the JS’s and I like the bigger balconies and better TV…Disney has better beds & showers…also Disney’s fridge is COLD, while RCI’s was room temp, or barely cool at best. MDR food On Disney, they have what is called "rotation dining”. They have 3 main dining rooms on board: the Enchanted Garden, The Royal Palace, and Animator’s Palate ( my fav). All 3 are distinctively different and all were IMO, very good. Our waiters were Kurt from Jamaica ( yah mon), and assistant Hendro from Indonesia . Both were very, very good..Kurt explained all the entrees and gave his two cents worth when asked. The idea is you go to each of the 3 venues and the waiters follow you to each one. We had a table for 2 ( table 23 ) and Kurt & Hendro were there each night with us…LOVED this concept..much better than going to the same dining room every night. It was so interesting dining in 3 different places in 3 nights, all with a different look, feel, and menu. You get a ticket that tells you where you are dining on what day. Only bad thing is our seating was at 5:45 PM, and that’s about an hour earlier than I like to eat on RCI..there is NO MTD, only early or late dining. I think it’s because of how many small children there are and I think it would cause quite a mess doing MTD. I ate Prime Rib first night, rack of lamb 2nd night and another terrific meat dish the 4th night ( 3rd night was Palo, which you will read next..)..all were very good..all had very good side dishes..DCL wins here for entrees..I had escargots one night, a personal fav, and it was delicious..RCI has been saying for a while now that there is an escargot shortage worldwide- not on the Disney Dream there isn’t…. Palo  specialty dinner & brunch My wife & I ate at Palo’s on our other DCL cruise on the Wonder in ’06. It was only $10 pp then and it was fabulous then. This time we were in for a real treat. It’s $25 now ( we paid $20 and it went up recently)… More important, our waitress, Maria from Romania was THEE best server we ever had on any ship anywhere!! We met her on the private island ,Castaway Cay, at our lunch buffet area ( only for adults at adult beach- very nice!!)…she told us all about Palo’s dinner menu, and I asked if we could ask for her at dinner, and she said yes. When we got there, she had reserved a table for us in a corner with a water view. Maria explained the menu and that began about 5000 calories from hell for us…WOW, what a meal!!! For dinner, Maria brought us anti-pasto filled with prosciutto, braciole, cheeses, and other delights. For the main course my wife had rack of lamb and I had a chateaubriand ( on top of yummy wasabi mashed potatoes,uuummmm!!), both cooked perfectly. While I was eating my main course, Maria brought me like a 6 ounce lobster tail and said, "I thought you might like this”…like this??? That’s like telling the fox he might like going into the chicken house….Maria would keep bringing us little dishes to try on the side- sorbet, pasta, etc…I estimated the cost of all the food in a high end venue ( like a Ruth Chris or Morton’s..) to have been around $200-250  so $46 plus tip seemed like a good deal..not to mention sitting at dinner without hundreds of screaming kids… The brunch at Palo’s the next morning was simply over the top. Maria greeted us and gave us a tour of the brunch area..it was divided by kinds of foods..I had heard about the chicken parmagiana from many Disney cruisers..I thought, "chicken parm at a brunch? How pedestrian- what is this, the Olive Garden? I can get chicken parm anywhere ..” Boy, was I wrong- I ordered it along with eggs benedict, and then went to up to check out the brunch buffet. I had shrimp cocktail, crab legs, smoked salmon, anti- pasto, and the BEST hot sticky buns I’ve ever had..I told Maria to have a medic standing by after I tasted it…after regaining consciousness, I had the chicken parm & eggs benedict put in front of me. I took one bite of the chicken parm and I can tell you it was the best chicken parm I ever tasted…hot and crispy, not soggy or overly drenched in oil… In the two meals , barely 15 hours apart, we must’ve consumed 6000 calories alone…I felt sooooo full..I was afraid if I went to the pools, a lifeguard ( Disney has lifeguards now around main pools) , might throw a harpoon at me…it was by far the best 2 meals back-to-back I’ve ever eaten- on 29 cruises, that’s a lot. I love Chops, Portifinos and the 150 Park Café on RCI, but this better, IMHO… Entertainment & shows Until I went on the Oasis in early 2010, I thought the production shows on the Disney Wonder in 2006 were the best shows we’ve ever seen. Yes, they were Disney themed, but the singing, dancing & music were just…well…magical!! I’ve always have had issues with production shows , because I feel doing 45 minutes of an off Broadway play that NOBODY knows is usually boring…I once sat next to a man whom I struck up a conversation with, who decided to leave 20 minutes into the show. I asked why he was leaving, and he said, "I lived 40 years in NYC, saw perhaps 100-150 plays, and I never have heard of any of these songs or music- why can’t they chose better musicals?”. I have agreed with this statement for several years now, until I cruised the Oasis ships.The new shows on Oasis & Allure are much better because they are not doing unknown musicals anymore- they got smart and all 3 I’ve seen, "Hairspray” ( best IMO), "Saturday Night Fever” ( on Liberty OS) and "Chicago” are all outstanding. Disney Dream had 4 shows- "The Golden Mickeys” was the first night, a timeless tribute to Disney & Mickey going back into history. I thought it was very good…grade- A-....2ND night was called "Villains Tonight”, a tribute to, naturally, all the Disney villains. I thought it was awesome- A+ all the way- great singing, great music ( even a little scary for very young kids..), and 3rd night was an illusionist & magic show, Kyle Night & Mistie, a husband/ wife act that were much better ( probably the best ) illusionists than any others I had seen..4th and final night was "Disney’s Believe”, a wonderful story about a father scientist who doesn’t believe in magic, and isolates himself from his teenage daughter, who believes in magic. Again, top notch effects, singing, dancing, a wonderful show for all. Grade- A even A+…some guests do not go to shows for whatever reason, but let me tell you if you saw these and didn’t like them, you ARE entitled to your own opinion, but I would send you to the nearest MRI center and check your head out. Big Al tip: seats are roomier on the lower floor, rather than in the balconies & all shows were PACKED, so get there 20-25 min early!!… Other entertainment included a nice duo in the atrium that played all kinds of music. There are character appearances by Disney characters every day in the atrium and it was so cute to see all the children taking pictures with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, etc. There is an adult section called "The District” which consists of 7 bars/ lounges including a sports bar ( 687 Pub ), a champagne bar ( Pink ), a martini bar ( Skyline Lounge ) that it’s skyline on the wall of 10 cities or so, changes every 15 minutes- very cool place..The D Lounge has live music and had a British trio there..they were very good, except I didn’t like the songs they played…perhaps they could use another 2-3 more venues back there including a dedicated Karaoke Bar, instead of the family one they have. The have a Pirate show on the pool deck with terrific fireworks- tip: get there early as if really gets crowded..after the fireworks, there is a party & buffet at the pool. Capt Jack Sparrow is the lead character and he’s dead ringer for Johnny Depp…entertainment compared to RCI’s Oasis class is a tie, both super…. Big Al tip- on deck 12 aft, check out the Meridian Bar, go there at sunset for SPECTACULER views of the sunset..you can sit outside or inside..it is in between both specialty restaurants, Palo & Remy’s, great place for a drink- I had a B-52 ( Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and Bailey’s) Ports of Call There were only 2 ports of call on this 4 night cruise, Nassau & Disney’s wonderful private island, Castaway Cay. It was windy & cloudy in Nassau, and the authorities put the red flag up, meaning "no swimming” so after some consideration, we went back to the ship after driving to the Sheraton Cable Beach. We’ve been to Nassau about 10 times, and I don’t need my hair braided (LOL), so no big deal…Castaway Cay I always believed was the nicest private island I ‘ve ever been to ( HAL’s Half Moon Cay 2nd, and I’ve been to all the P.I’s..). This 2nd trip confirmed that, as it is simply stunning. There are 3 main beaches , including Serenity Bay, an adult only area. The island is so big, they have trams taking you to each designated area. The adult Serenity Bay is magnificent with clear, crystal water, hammocks, cabanas, umbrellas with lounge chairs AND smaller chairs you can place in the sand by the water’s edge ( I did that- wonderful!!)…there is an adult only buffet area that serves the standard fare: burgers, dogs, chicken, AND rib-eye steaks, salads, fruit, and soft ice-cream. It was better than all the other PI buffets I’ve eaten at…Castaway Cay gets my thumbs over all others, including Labadee & Coco Cay. Disembarkation went smoothly, and we were off the ship by 7:15 AM... I think that should do it…any questions / comments, please give a shout…If you’ve never tried Disney cruises before, and always thought to yourself 1) Disney cruises are too $$, and 2) I don’t have kids / my kids are too old, or 3) Is the service/ food/ shows really that good on Disney? Remember the Disney Fantasy, a sister to the Dream has a 98% approval rate on CC, and was voted recently as the best mainstream cruise ship in the world. The Dream is at 84%, similar to the Allure…Next up for us is the 2014 Halloween cruise on the Oasis, a special 5 nighter, which is a birthday cruise for my wife..….Have a magical day!!!! Big Al   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
We just returned from the Disney Dream 11/17-11/21 and it was truly exceptional. Disney sets the cruise standard. This was our first Disney cruise and it was so easy to board! We booked 2 staterooms (7514 and 7516 adjoining). Everything on ... Read More
We just returned from the Disney Dream 11/17-11/21 and it was truly exceptional. Disney sets the cruise standard. This was our first Disney cruise and it was so easy to board! We booked 2 staterooms (7514 and 7516 adjoining). Everything on this ship is "to infinity and beyond"...you will not find better food quality & dining service, entertainment, activities, cleanliness and innovations on any other cruise line. We loved the new "Disney Dream" App for the iPhone which was convenient and informative. Our servers Ajus (Indonesia) and Sergio (Portugal) were excellent and so attentive...they worked hard at breakfast, lunch and dinner to bring everything we wanted and more! They knew what drinks we liked and made great suggestions based on our tastes and preferences. They brought me a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar the last night of the cruise as a "magical" surprise, along with my dessert trio. They made us laugh every day and yet were so professional. Our stateroom host Aida kept the room so clean and brought ice twice/day. Take this cruise. You will not be disappointed.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Being without children, I had a few issues with DCL, but honestly, I could see why anyone would want to take another Disney Cruise, it's a fabulous company. But it doesn't fit my personal interest. Here goes a breakdown of my ... Read More
Being without children, I had a few issues with DCL, but honestly, I could see why anyone would want to take another Disney Cruise, it's a fabulous company. But it doesn't fit my personal interest. Here goes a breakdown of my experience: Cleanliness/Ship- The good: The decor on this ship is beautiful. I found myself always noticing something new in the details. The color scheme is nautical and classic. There were always crew members cleaning; even cleaning places you would never think needed it! I wish ALL cruise ships were this lovely. The layout was easy to navigate, I never found myself needing to go up to get down or anything, although that may have been luck. Room- The good: The rooms are HUGE! We had an Ocean View (normally we like balconies, but this cruise was a gift to us so I'm not complaining!) and I loved how much space there was. With just two of us in the room, we didn't even use the majority of the storage provided. The "whatever": I'm iffy on the split bathrooms, I like the idea of it, but there was a lot of "Oops, that's the shower," and "Oops, that's the toilet." Not a big deal at all, but I'm just as content with the whole bathroom as I was the split one. Had it been more than my husband and I sharing a room, the split bathroom would have been VERY handy! The bad: Our Folio never worked on the TV, which was kind of irritating, but it may have had something to do with my mother-in-law being the one that booked the trip? It wasn't irritating enough for me to ever report the problem, though. So again, not a big deal. Our room had a lot of noise at night. We were under the Bridge, so I'm not sure what that was about? It got loud, though. Staff- The good: I've yet to go on a cruise where the staff weren't friendly and didn't seem happy. But on Disney, they were almost over the top accommodating. The Head Server (Alex) always cut the food for the younger kids in our party, the staff always said "Good Morning" and remembered our names, our Hostess (Nortel) played with the kids and chatted with us for about 20 minutes one night. All things I've never seen elsewhere. A+ to Disney on that one! The bad: The servers in Cabanas (the lido buffet) were actually not terribly friendly. There were a few that were always smiling and sweet, but several didn't even talk. Kind of odd! The Cruise Director- WHO? WHERE? He was not accessible and the only time he was seen was before the production shows. He didn’t even make most of the announcements. Food/Dining- The good: The soft pretzels that were served in The District (adult’s area) were the best food on the ship! The BBQ pizza from Luigi's was also fantastic. The apple deserts served in the MDR were good, but I didn't care for any others. I loved the rotational dining, but wish we had been at The Animator's Palate the whole cruise. Love that MDR! The characters on the TVs were interacting with the guests and, again, there was SO much to look at. Our servers (Alex and Merrick) were fantastic, as previously mentioned. Full of life and always happy to bring us MORE than what we even asked for. The bad: I really didn't care for any of the food I haven’t mentioned yet. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t eat anything that made me go “WOW!” with the exception of the pretzels, pizza, and apple desserts. The food was all just so-so. But believe me, I did eat. I’ve got three new pounds to get rid of! :) We were told that the buffet in Cabana’s was not open during dinner (not sure if that’s true or not) and I didn’t like that I felt there was no other option than to eat in the MDRs for dinner. There was nothing that was served 24 hours. Not even the ice cream. The times were weird for the Flo’s Cafe area, I didn’t like that either. I want to be able to eat whenever I want, even if it’s 3:00 in the afternoon and I want something to hold me until dinner. Entertainment (get ready for more bad than good here)- The good: You can tell they put a great deal of money into their production shows. The actors are good, the dancing is good, and the staging is good. I like that they show first-run movies on board. We were able to watch Frozen while docked in Castaway Cay, which not many people can say they’ve done yet! The TVs in the staterooms offer almost every Disney/Pixar movie you can think of. I’m honestly not one to watch TV or movies on vacation, but… The bad: The productions shows got boring. My favorite show was the Vegas-style magic show, and we unfortunately left that early. I also went to The Golden Mickeys and Villains Tonight. They were cute, but boring at times. The fireworks on Pirate Night were short and followed a performance I couldn’t see from the amount of people on deck. There were other shows I didn’t make it to, but I didn’t love the ones I did see, so I’m not too upset. Having eaten at the early seating, my husband and I had a tendency to get full and tired before anything started for the night. I pulled myself to go do things the first three nights, but there were hour lulls where there was nothing else to do but go sit in our room and watch TV while he fell asleep and I waited. I didn’t feel like the Characters were around as much as people said. They only came out for scheduled pictures, then disappeared. I thought I’d see them all over the place? I didn’t like the lack of adult entertainment on board. I only went to one of the three shows that were 18+ because I really wanted to sleep at 10:30 after being bored for two and a half hours. That one show was… okay. It was the “Love and Marriage Game” or whatever. It went exactly as the games on Carnival go, same questions and all. This game was hosted by my favorite of the entertainment staff, Jo. But I only saw her once more. Other than that, there were two magic shows for 18+, neither of which I made it to. The only other scheduled adult activities were centered around Nightclub Dancing (no thanks), the Spa (not my cup of tea), and Fitness Center (I prefer to work out on my own). We spent most of our time on board in the Serenity area, but I wish they had some sort of entertainment there during the day. Castaway Key- The good: I want to OWN this island! Very pretty. It’s not overly Americanized and the island isn’t overly developed. With the exception of the beach area, the island appeared to be natural and untouched, which I love. I wish we’d been able to check out the Serenity area of the island, but we were spending time with family. The bad: Maybe I should have eaten the BBQ at Cookies, because I didn’t eat a thing from there that I liked! Embarkation/Debarkation- The good: Love that we can bring alcohol on board. That saved us a lot of money, even with still buying several drinks a day so we wouldn’t have to go to the room. Debarkation was awesome. We could just get off the ship whenever we wanted! The luggage was arranged by room number, very convenient! The bad: Maybe we should have chosen a later port arrival time? The embarkation process was just as I’ve experienced in the past. They make it seem like it would be more organized by giving you a time to arrive, but you don’t get on the ship at that time. That, I didn’t like. To end things- I loved the Disney Cruise, there are certainly things they do better than other lines. But I’m not sure they’re the right cruise line for me. Most of this rests in the entertainment and food schedule, obviously. But for those reasons, I’m not sure I would choose DCL if given the choice in the future. If they were to focus a little more on the adults at night (starting around 8:30 rather than 10:30!), I would definitely consider them again.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Disney Dream November 21 - 24 Gambee’s review of the Disney Dream sparked my interest and enthusiasm. I big thank you to him for writing a wonderful review and posting pictures. I’ve sailed several cruise lines (Carnival, NCL and ... Read More
Disney Dream November 21 - 24 Gambee’s review of the Disney Dream sparked my interest and enthusiasm. I big thank you to him for writing a wonderful review and posting pictures. I’ve sailed several cruise lines (Carnival, NCL and RCCL) but thought the Disney was out of reach due to the pricing. Three weeks ago I went online on a Sunday afternoon and noticed Disney had a Florida Resident special. I quickly placed a 24 hour hold until I could speak with my director about getting the time away from the office. I posted a thread on CC about Disney’s hold policy and the excitement started to build. Monday rolled around and my first Disney cruise was in reach. My first cabin choice was an inside 11A or 11B. I quickly learned for just a few more dollars I could get an assessable cabin 9A which included 2 large port-holes. My Mom would be traveling with me with a mobility scooter. I faxed and emailed the proof of Florida residency not wanting to miss this opportunity. Three weeks seemed so far and so near. My Mom and spent the time packing and reading CC. Living in FL we’ve been to Disney many many times. I’m also a former cast member who completed two internships at Disney while in college. Nov 20  I could not leave the office fast enough. Everyone seems to have an emergency that required my attention. After leaving work I came home to pick up my dog and dropped him off with a sitter. Nov 21  My birthday and the first day of the Disney Dream cruise. We were up early and left the house at 8 a.m. for what I thought would be a 3 hour drive. After getting 1 block away I realized I forgot my sunglasses and had to come back home. After starting out again and driving 5-7 miles, my Mom realized she forgot a cell phone and I returned home for the second time. It was now about 8:30 and rush hour traffic was still heavy. We made our way through the bumper to bumper traffic traveling 95 South. The 3 hours to the port turned out to be close to 5 hours. We stopped at 2 stores for last minute items. We parked the car at ParkNCruise for $7.99/day. The total cost for a 3 day cruise was $33. Although the car check-in was efficient, I wasn’t pleased that the lot is gravel and the cars are packed like sardines. The driver was pleasant and assisted us with breaking down the scooter to load on the bus. Nov 21 ~ 1:00  I really wanted to be onboard by 11:00 but that plan did not take place. The terminal was beautifully decorated with a model of the Disney Wonder. A few characters were also out to take pictures. Check-in was PROMPT and I was pleased. The ship is gorgeous! We were eating at Cabanas on deck 11 by 1:30. Let’s stop and discuss the food " wow!! The lunch buffet beats any cruise buffet I have experienced and this is my 11th cruise. There was fresh peel and eat shrimp (deveined), crab claws, soups, breads, carved meats, etc. Nov 21  Our accessible cabin (5686) was 204 square feet. Larger than standard balconies on most cruises. The 2 large round port holes were huge. The wave phones were nice to have but we did not use them. In addition to the queen bed, there was a sleeper sofa and murphy bed. The room was more than adequate for 2 people. Cabin 5686 is very far aft. While unpacking we realized the clothes ironed at home had wrinkles from the packing. We went to the launderette around the corner to press a few items. The laundry room at one ironing board and a number of washers and dryers. The cost of laundry detergent was $1.00. I did not pay attention to the cost of washing and drying. The cabin has plenty of storage  2 closets, 2 nightstands, and a dresser with maybe 3-4 drawers on each side. Prior to dinner we dropped off 2 items for the characters to sign. My Mom brought an autograph book and I brought a pillow case. Guest Services will only allow 2 items per stateroom. Nov 21  Dinner time 5:45 p.m. at Animators Palate. Beautiful dining room with mickey chairs and tv screens showing sea life and a talking turtle. People were laughing at the turtle but I could not make out all what was said because I’m deaf. We were originally placed at table 39 (6 top). Four other ladies were there when we arrived. I could tell my Mom and I would not be comfortable sandwiched in between these ladies. Due to my Mom’s scooter we were moved to table 47 (4 top). The food was good but not great. It came out only luke warm. Just before dessert the dining crew came out to sing to me and delivered a chocolate mousse. Wow was it good. I also received a happy birthday button. Around the ship CMs and guests were saying happy birthday to me. Nov 21  Show time!! The Golden Mickey’s was fantastic. Disney does not hold back on the production shows. Nov 22  Nassau we did not get off the ship as we’ve been so many times and this place doesn’t excite me. We slept in late  beds so comfortable. We had breakfast at Cabanas and we both loved the Mickey waffles. The bacon is really greasy and I used my napkin to dab off the excess oil. The orange guava juice was outstanding and became my favorite breakfast juice. My mom had an omelet made of egg whites and thought it was delicious. I also saw CMs provide soy milk when asked. Nov 22  The Buena Vista Theatre is so nice. The concession stand sells popcorn, can soda and candy. We saw Thor which was a good movie. Disney had 4 movies throughout the 3 days some of which had open captioning. Word of caution  this theatre a felt like Chicago in January. Nov 22  Dinner at Enchanted Garden. I agree with Gambee regarding this dining room looks like a picnic. Elegant picnic that is. So many guests were dressed in pirate attire  including us. Disney gave out bandanas and we brought eye patches with us. My Mom drew a mustache with black eye liner. After eating and using her napkin, her mustache started to fade. Once again the food was luke warm to cold. This time I sent it back and the waiter returned with a hot plate. It was on the second day that I realized my TTY in the room did not work. Guest Services said someone would come to take a look at it. Which eating the Guest Services Manager, Michelle, arrived with a gentleman to say the TTY had been charged prior to our arrival. I explained the phone outlet is not on the same side of the bed as the wall outlet. Thus, making it impossible to use the TTY that needs a phone jack as well as an adaptor to be plugged in. After dinner an extension cord was brought to the room. This incident with the phone makes me think I’m the first deaf person to request a TTY on the Disney Dream. Nov 22  Show time #2!! Villains was extraordinary. Another word of caution  the Walt Disney theatre held all three productions shows. The theatre temperature is very warm!! Nov 22  So many people were on Deck 11 and 12 for the fireworks. We arrived around 9:50 for the 10:30 display. Fireworks Disney style excellent. Nov 23  Castaway Cay. The moment my Mom and I have both been waiting for. The island is beautiful and filled with activities. Upon debarking the ship there is a nicely decorated Christmas tree. CMs are readily available to distribute beach towels and the shuttles run promptly. We were pleased with Serenity Bay for adults only. We were allowed to park Moms mobility scooter and use the sand wheelchairs. Floats and bikes can be rented for $6.00. The water was cold in November but the weather was pleasant. We ordered two non-alcoholic drinks on the beach for $9.00. Cookies BBQ was great  chicken, ribs, various salads, cookies, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, and fish upon request. I’m not sure why the Maui Maui was not on the buffet but it was yummy. Taking the shuttle back, we stopped off at Pelican Point. There are activities for kids  water slides and snorkeling. After returning to the ship around 3:00, we spent the remainder of the afternoon in the adult whirlpool. I overheard a CM has a young lady her age. When she replied 20, he asked to see her KTTW card. I like it that they are strict. Many cruises let kids run wild in the adult only areas. I wanted to ride the AquaDuck, but the wait was 45 minutes. Nov 23  Dinner was at the Royale Palace. The CMs uniforms look sharp! Throughout the cruise, CMs we singing happy birthday over and over. There were so many people celebrating birthdays like myself. We also saw several people wearing happy anniversary buttons. At dinner I ordered the thinly sliced sirloin. The flavor was good but the steak was not hot. I’m starting to wonder if the plates are prepared ahead of time and are sitting getting cold while guests finish their appetizers. I also told my Mom maybe we’re serviced based on our table number. The dessert was absolutely wonderful "Grand Marnier Soufflé. When my Mom did not order dessert, the waiter (Jose) returned with a plate with the word NOTHING written in chocolate. We all had a good laugh. The last show of the cruise was Believe. I’m all out of adjectives to describe Disney shows. As promised, our two items were delivered with the characters autographs. My Mom spent the evening the atrium obtaining autographs for another item for my niece. Nov 24  Finishing up breakfast a man in the elevator stated people look sad. I guess it’s because the cruise was over. People don’t want the magic to end. Overall We spent lots of time touring the ship and taking pictures. The public restrooms are beautiful. We found many "hidden Mickey’s. Decks 3 and 4 has lots of windows to see the ocean. There are so many adult only venues such as Pink and Evolution. Yes.. Adults can have a good time on a Disney Cruise. Yes..We would do it again Yes..the shows are all that and a bag of chips Yes..Castaway Cay is the best private island Yes..Service is top notch Yes..we enjoyed the rotational dining No..the food was not the best taste I’ve had   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff ... Read More
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff was so nice and made it feel like we all weren’t in a rush, and we shouldn’t be stressed. They were right too, they even carried our bags to our room while we were in line. The lines were long, but it didn’t seem long because of the staff. Boarding the ship was quick and easy, and once I was on the ship I was excited, because that was my first cruise. I honestly didn’t like cruising back then, so before I boarded, I was kinda like “I hate cruises, don’t make me go!” But once I saw that beautiful, decorated terminal, I was done; I was already hooked to this cruise line. I saw some cruise vlogs, and a lot of the terminals were discusting, dirty, and bland. So I boarded the ship, and the staff was spectacular! The ship was beautiful and for sure first class, the food was delicious, and best of all - it was free. This wasn’t an ordinary trip to McDonald’s meal, this was a magnificent gourmet 5 star meals (usually dinner and breakfast, lunch is usually by the pool and has all the greasy things, but even then it absolutely stunning food) I loved watching the kids play in the nemo’s reef, and in the mickey pool, it was actually entertaining to see kids so happy, I usually see them crying, but here they were all happy and having an amazing time. Our first stop was at Nassau, so first we went to the famous Pirate’s Museum, and once we exited, we went with a tour guide in a van, and everyone got private vans. I was anxious to see the beach, considering how beautiful the water color is in the Bahamas, it seemed like forever until I got there. Once I got there, the temperature was so relaxing, and it was October. Then I saw a show named Villains Tonight! Onboard the ship, it was very fun to watch! In fact I ended up watching it twice, and then I went to the top to try out the games in the Arr-cade, a pirate themed arcade on the ship. We arrived at Castaway Cay early in the morning, almost no one was awake (we also arrived at Nassau early, and docked back at home really early too.) Once we woke, we got our delicious breakfast and went off the ship, the island was beautiful and nicely decorated. All the activities were so cool, the waterslides were my favorite, and the beach was so relaxing, theres also a specific beach for kids if the parents want to escape all the screams and excitement. The island was fun, and for sure Disney cruise line stands out much more than other lines. A big plus - other than the Disney Dream crash in September, it has had far lass incidents than most of it’s competition. The engine fires, running a ship aground, all that bad stuff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We were skeptical about booking a Disney Cruise as we have no kids. But we heard about the amazing service and true Disney feel of the ships so we took a chance and rolled the dice..... AND MAN WE HIT THE JACKPOT! Embarkation- Probably ... Read More
We were skeptical about booking a Disney Cruise as we have no kids. But we heard about the amazing service and true Disney feel of the ships so we took a chance and rolled the dice..... AND MAN WE HIT THE JACKPOT! Embarkation- Probably the easiest of all the cruises we have ever done. They were quick, polite, organized and we were onboard 30 minutes after they began boarding (and we were in group 13). One thing we loved was the fact we were allowed to bring on our own alcohol with no limitation or restrictions (Again traveling without kids so we were looking to relax). The Ship- The Dream lives up to her name. It truly is a floating Disney park, and they keep it as clean as the parks. You will always see crew members scrubbing or cleaning something, and they are very proud of their ship. The Modern interior design is beautiful, from the lobby atrium with the grand staircase, The District with it's amazing modern and up to date design is probably the most amazing and underused part of the ship (It's for adults only after 9pm), To the Open Decks with the Aqua duck and the Adults only areas. We loved the fact we had our own pool, our own cafe, and several adult only bar areas. The entire front of deck 11 and 12 are adults only, with amazing views of the front of the ship. The Dining- We were on a 3 day cruise so we were scheduled to dine in each of the three restaurants on specific nights. We started in the Enchanted Gardens on Deck 2 Midships. It is a great themed dining area with lots to see while you dine. Second night we were in the Royal Palace, which for it's name it is a let down. I have seen just as beautiful spaces on other ships. Our last night was in Animators Palate, which was honestly both sensory overload and underwhelming at the same time. We had heard such amazing things about this space and were disappointed in our experience. We sat in the middle of the room away from the video screens and while we were trying to take everything in we missed a lot. You have the same wait staff in all three of your venues as they shift with you. Darko and Casimo were great, a lot of fun and very attentive. Overall though the food left me expecting the Disney wow. We have had better and more interesting food on Carnival. Cabanas, the buffet, was simply amazing though. I have never had a cruise line continually offer fresh seafood on it's buffet day after day. entertainment - While geared for kids, there is always something to be done, weather it is a first run movie in the movie theater (we had Planes, Monsters U, Iron Man 3, and Lone Ranger) to one of the amazing evening shows. Disney Characters are always around somewhere and it's fun to see the kids get so excited when a character comes out of the lift. Pirate night was AMAZING the whole show complete with Jack Sparrow jumping off the fake smoke stack (The forward smoke stack is fake and contains the tween club) and the fireworks. We didn't take in many adult activities in the District as we were wanting to relax. Disembarkation- Simply the best, fastest, we have ever gotten off the ship. We carried our own luggage out and were told we would disembark @ 7am since we are carrying our own luggage. We were about 20th in line to get off the ship and we made it through customs and were in our car leaving at 7:20am. I really wish other cruise line's would take a look at how well this is executed! Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Disney Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 3.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.6
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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