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

We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a ... Read More
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a large ship and it is very nicely maintained. The cabin was spotless and the public spaces are well kept. Disney has a good idea about rotational dining. We ate in a different restaurant each of the 3 nights and our wait staff moved with us. We particularly liked the Animators Palate as the pictures on the walls became animated and the characters in Nemo entertained us throughout dinner. You should make sure to see this. The Disney food was excellent in the dining rooms. Cabanas is the name of the buffet. It was typical cruise buffet except there were a couple of upgrades to their food, namely the crab claws and shrimp at lunch. We tried the Aquaduck water slide and it was a lot of fun. Put this on your to do list if you do this cruise. There was an adult pool and hot tub area without kids if you want a little serenity. The kids pool area was mobbed and the pools too small. Service from the host (room steward) and main restaurant wait staff was outstanding. They really go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your meals and your cabin. They paid a lot of attention to the kids and this was appreciated. The ship stops at Nassau and this is not one of my favorite ports. We did not do an excursion. The ship has better things going on. The Disney private island was much better than expected and superior to other cruise lines islands. We stayed at the family beach as there were kids with us. I would have liked to see the adult beach, it was probably less crowded. Disney did a nice job with embarking and disembarking. We did not experience delays. 12:30 is a good time to get on board. We left the ship carrying off our own luggage. I wish it could have been a little later than 7:00 A.M. Would I go again? Probably. My wife is a Disney disciple. She would go again in a heartbeat. The biggest negative of the cruise was the price. A few months ago, I took a 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas for less money than the 3 night Disney cruise. Although I did enjoy the Disney cruise, I didn't see twice the value. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first cruise ever and our first Disney cruise. I had heard a lot of good things about DCL and had high expectations. Our only disappointment was that the weather wasn't as warm as I would have hoped, but that's out ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and our first Disney cruise. I had heard a lot of good things about DCL and had high expectations. Our only disappointment was that the weather wasn't as warm as I would have hoped, but that's out of our control. We arrived at port and waited to get through security and customs and get our key to the world cards for the ship. That whole process took maybe 30-45 minutes. When we walked onto the ship, our name was announced and the crew at the entrance clapped and cheered us in. We quickly realized there was SO much to do and we would have to plan our activities wisely. The food choices were great, but felt like the same thing night after night. Steak, chicken or fish at every restaurant. Pirate night was awesome and after fireworks Cabana's buffet opened back up with different menu items (tacos, baked potatoes, crepes and lots of desserts) but did not seem well prepared for the amount of people that would all flood in at once. We did an Atlantis Aquaventure excursion in Nassau. Our time was listed to start at 9:30 and I assumed we would be able to go straight to Atlantis at that time, but that was only when you were assigned to meet up on the ship with everyone else doing that excursion. I got really worried that we would not have much time at the water park by the time they got through having everyone sign a waiver and navigated us to the pick up spot at the port. It was 10:30 before we got to Atlantis, but thankfully it wasn't super crowded and the fact that we didn't have any lines for rides probably helped us to be able to still do everything we wanted to. Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, was amazing! The water was a little cold but later in the afternoon was fine for snorkeling. There were several servers coming around throughout the day to take orders for bar drinks and bring them back to you. Our servers and stateroom host were great and very friendly and helpful. They would remind us of events going on and make sure we had what we would need for going ashore and where to go for ship activities. We had a great time on our cruise and would definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I just got off my very “FIRST” Disney cruise today on the Disney Dream. (Sailing Dates 1/19-1/22). I have been on over 50 cruises with Princess Cruises, which is a cruise line I have forever been very loyal with. My friend wanted to ... Read More
I just got off my very “FIRST” Disney cruise today on the Disney Dream. (Sailing Dates 1/19-1/22). I have been on over 50 cruises with Princess Cruises, which is a cruise line I have forever been very loyal with. My friend wanted to have a girl’s weekend trip, as she is a big Disney fanatic, and has sailed with Disney prior. I agreed to do a Disney cruise, as we both love cruising, and I have read in numerous places how Disney was top notch as equated to a luxury like line. I have been to Disney World many times, and have stayed at one of the resorts before. This leading to I had high expectations of a high-quality cruise. However, this was the WORST cruise experience I have ever experienced. First off, the website, is the worst out all cruise lines to navigate and find anything, especially when looking for things within your reservation. Poorly done is an understatement. When entering the ship, the ships decor is lovely and refined, and I loved the mini personalization of the announcements of the guest name / family while entering the ship. That’s a very nice touch. As is the subtle dinesney music playing throughout the ship. The animated pictures on the wall were unique and spectacular, leaving you with that magical Disney feel. My main issues that lead to great disappointment were the following: A good part of the crew were some of the rudest crewed who were not well-mannered. Nobody says hi, at all to you, giving a passenger a very unwelcomed, cold feel. A cruise is where you go and make into your home for a few days. This did not feel like home at all! One of the assistant cruise directors apart of the entertainment team definably stuck out. I was running in the Castaway Cay 5k. When I went down to the runners meet up spot in Evolution, there was a girl working there, when I asked her a simple question, gave me a nasty dirty look and rolled her eyes at me, and grunted at me instead of answering my question politely. That was totally unnecessary. I know it was early in the morning, but I am sorry this is your job, and you but your personal things off to the side. Terrible customer service. On several occasions I had many crew in shops and up in cabanas completely ignore me like I didn’t exist when I would stop to ask them something. Instead they pushed me off the side and walk into me as they walk away. This all seemed very un-Disney like. The y also would get super annoyed with you if you were not purchasing anything. I experience that both at the shops onboard and at Vanellopes sweet shop. I was given massive eye rolls on that, and they immediately stopped talking to me and quickly walked away from you a cold feeling, like you were no longer of any importance. Don’t worry I made sure after those gestures to NOT buy any ice ream or things from the shop just based on principal. That’s is not how you treat others, let alone a passenger. I had a lovely cabin steward (Arta), who did an excellent job, and did his very best with answering questions and cleaning the room. I was surprised and shocked however that bathrobes are not provide to passengers even by request to have in the cabins. To be told bathrobes are only available for concierge guest is beyond ridiculous. I almost feel like that is going back to the day of the Titanic, and you are insinuating their different classes of passengers onboard, over a silly simple common cruise cabin amenity. We all overpay to sail on this cruise line, all because of the Disney trademark name, giving a very POOR Disney experience. Another BIG GREAT DISSAPOINTMENT was the quality of food. I understand there are hundreds upon hundreds of kids onboard, and they would never know the difference between what is good quality tasting vs. what is not, but honestly a lot of that food was not eatable, and tasted like cardboard. Up on the open deck, that pizza is like microwavable pizza, gross and disgusting, and it was a super tiny piece like a TV dinner. They should have a more gourmet style of adults. I had asked for 2 different slices on evening as a late-night snack. The most hysterical part of my vacation really. When I asked for a piece of cheese pizza, the girl threw a slice of cheese on top of my margarita pizza slice. I was very confused about that. Then I said no, I would like a slice of cheese pizza, so the girl threw another slice of cheese on my place. Finally, it clicked with her I meant a slice of pizza. A common thing I saw and encountered in those outdoor deck eateries, a lot of the crew do not speak nor understand English. Being a school teacher, I fully understand language barriers and learning a language, but the cruise line needs to be offering ESOL course to help them perfect and understand English if you’re going to have them work for you. Another food experience fiasco I encountered was at that sandwich shop on the open deck. The guy had dropped my sandwich on the counter missing the dish, and the meat and the rest of the insides came out all over the counter. He took his must throw it all back together, and right onto my dish. I could see everything, and I think he was hoping there was an imaginary wall where I couldn’t see what he was doing, as he then tried serving me now unsanitary sandwich. I politely told him, may I have a fresh sandwich as that fell. During another occasion I was given a cold grilled cheese sandwich. Then I gave back asking them if they could heat up. They looked at me like I was crazy, and he clearly did not understand what I was asking, as I originally asked that sandwiches were hot/warm as grilled cheese is always served warm. I ended up giving up, as I must have been alien from another planet. Lastly on the food upstairs, please explain why spoons are not included in the napkin of silverware that is wrapped up at all the tables. Only forks and knives, but to spoon. Makes zero sense, especially when you get soup of certain desserts at cabanas. The main dinning room, I had an awesome kind waiter Alan, and his assistant Valen who were lovely. Took excellent care. The Matri’D in my section came over nightly to check up on my friend of I. I appreciate Rakesh for doing so. My issue with the service throughout the main dinning room, is how you train you waiters, and servers. I was shocked to see no one pulls a chair out the passenger and pushes them in as they are seated, and places the napkin on the passenger’s lap. This was new to me the whole self-service vibe. Not enjoyable, as I like to feel like I am on vacation. The food was special or nor outstanding. I had a lot of food come out cold, but the icing on the cake for me was how the fish is never cooked all the way through. For the first time ever, I have ever sent food back to the kitchen because was not cooked properly, or simply tasted disgusting. Not sure why, they don’t season any of their dishes, and the food was exceptionally bland. The presentation is also not impressive. Bar service was horrible, no one wants to assist or want my money when I am ready to order a drink. There was one drink that was sent back as it was simply gross, the bar tender overring someone in PINK was super unfriendly, and not welcoming, and he kept ignoring and pushing me off like I wasn’t there. Very rude, we never returned to that bar. Open deck was only other place we tried to get a drink, but that was a big FAIL. I ended up giving up. I also hated, hated, hated the fountain drinks being self-service. No one comes around asking if you would like a drink such as a cocktail, soda, water or whatever. When on a cruise I want to be served and pampered. Disney definitely does not pamper their passengers, nor do they make you feel like your special or any one important I read that one loud and clear. The paper cups are also not classy at all. Makes the ship seem cheap looking. I will however on a positive note, tell you the ONLY thing you got right and did an outstanding job on, is the shows. The Broadway shows were magnificent, and those set designs and costumes were stunning and gorgeous. You truly give a full Broadway experience, as I have gone to several Disney shows on actual Broadway and West End. The shows were mind blowing, and I wanted to give a huge applause to the Singers and Dances. Fabulous job! Also, another positive note meets and greet with characters wonderful, and well organize. Please know, I have never in my entire life ever has to contact to some with complaints and of disappointing experiences. I’m really just informing of you my dissatisfaction, so you can learn and fix these negatives this on your ship / line to work on improving the quality of your name. I have no intentions or desire to EVER try another Disney Cruise again, and I received such a sour taste in my mouth from this experience. I also have tons or people who ask me frequently for cruise suggestions, and I don’t have any intentions of recommending this line to anyone, including family and friends. Your cruises are overly costly compared to many other cruise lines, but cruises are defiantly not Disney’s expertise, falling very short on the satisfaction radar. You claim and advertise how you give a luxurious experience, which is false. Because of the name “Disney” does not atomically mask the poor unsatisfactory services provided onboard your ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my third cruise, the previous two being with larger Royal Caribbean ships (Freedom and Oasis). We picked this Disney cruise as we wanted a short getaway to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday and the timing fit the bill. We ... Read More
This was my third cruise, the previous two being with larger Royal Caribbean ships (Freedom and Oasis). We picked this Disney cruise as we wanted a short getaway to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday and the timing fit the bill. We took my youngest son (12) and her son (9) along. We wondered if Disney would be worth the extra money, and in some areas, it definitely is. The entire experience is themed with great detail and created with the customer at the center. Even the cruise terminal in Port Canaveral is beautiful with pleasant staff. The ship itself is gorgeous. It's like a luxury ocean liner, super clean, well maintained with a stunning promenade deck. We loved the exterior promenade deck on Freedom and missed it on Oasis, so I was very pleased to have one on the Dream. It is even outfitted with timeless wooden deck chairs, with comfy padding and some "hidden" recesses to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean (which you come to appreciate). The main atrium is stunning and we often saw characters there. The only part i found a little hard to navigate were the aft elevators that took you into the buffet (Cabanas) so you had to navigate through there just to get to the pool deck and back to the elevators, whether you were going to the buffet or not. This entailed a lot of frequent hand sanitizing when you cut through. We couldn't really figure out a more efficient way to get around there as the upper levels directed you down through the buffet to get outside. Our stateroom was toward the aft, so we did this route a lot. The buffet itself was delicious. Lots of quality healthy and treat choices. There was always variety, lots of seafood, carved meats and steamed veggies in addition to the more traditional buffet offerings. The desserts were actually really good - not like those gelatinous, squishy ones that are so common in other buffets. They had real flavour and creamy texture, if cream based. I'll get to the dining rooms in a minute. The pools are small, but there's lots of room for seating. We liked to sit on the 12th deck and look down onto the pool area and there was always plenty of seating there. We had a few go's on the AquaDuck. My son did it on the first afternoon and it was chilly, so very short lines but a quick exit into a dry towel! The boys did it the second day in the morning while docked at Nassau, with short lines again. The lines certainly built by lunch time. We all did it on the Castaway Cay day. We let the ship empty out, had a late breakfast and then walked onto the ride. We did it twice and then headed to the island. Still plenty of chairs available ashore and the weather was much nicer later in the day. Everyone else seemed to do it the other way and wait in lines to exit the ship, rush for chairs and then wait in lines at the AquaDuck later in the afternoon. I think we had a good plan. We had a deluxe family stateroom with balcony and it had plenty of room. I do wish it had a murphy bed like some of them did because the main bed does not separate into two smaller ones like it does on the Royal ships. This meant we had to share the main bed as the other options were a small pull down and single sofa bed. I guess Disney figures only couples travel with families? We had a love/hate relationship with the split bathroom. It was sort of convenient to have the two spaces but it always seemed like whatever you needed was in the other room and it still required coordination to get us all ready for dinner. Robes arrived on the first night (they were soft and cozy) and then slippers the next day. Frequent treats arrived in our stateroom for no reason, which was a great surprise and very appreciated. We got a couple of fruit plates, chocolate dipped strawberries and cookies. Room service is also included and we ordered coffee/tea and light breakfast for the early morning balcony time before heading to the buffet for something more substantial. We also ordered a cheese plate to have with our celebratory champagne for my sister's special day. Speaking of food and dining, we LOVED our servers that attended us every night. They were fantastic (Steph from Wales and Aline from Brazil). The dining rooms were lovely and the food ranged from pretty good to outstanding. We didn't have anything we didn't like but the tomato sauce was a bit processed tasting all over the ship. I liked that the portion sizes were reasonable and although we had late dining, I never felt too stuffed to sleep. I did not like that the other guests feel free to let their children scream, yell, run around, climb all over the banquets and roll around on the floor all through dinner. It's like they figure since they paid so much for a Disney cruise they can let their kids run hog wild. It certainly put a real stress on dinner every night. Our sons endured having other kids crowd them out on the banquets as they pushed their toys, napkins, cups, cutlery, etc all over and around them, while their parents shouted over the top of everything. My twelve year old enjoyed the tween club (the Edge) and used it as an escape from the screaming children most days and evenings. Even during the excellent theater production of Beauty and the Beast, families let their kids talk and yell all through it. We didn't go to the Golden Mickey's or the final theater production but we did attend the Pirate party at night and saw the fireworks, which was a lot of fun. They have a buffet at night during the pirate party but we were full from dinner so didn't eat anything. It looked good though. I feel that a Disney cruise is worth the extra money, due to all the small touches and general quality. If you have a family with small kids and don't mind a lot of noise, it's a great choice. I think those days are behind me though and I'll probably stick with Royal Caribbean for a different feel on board. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my 2nd Disney Cruise and my only complaint was that it was too short! Every member of the crew was very attentive. The ship was always clean and the food was very good. We are a couple without children and really enjoyed all of ... Read More
This was my 2nd Disney Cruise and my only complaint was that it was too short! Every member of the crew was very attentive. The ship was always clean and the food was very good. We are a couple without children and really enjoyed all of the adult only areas. There are TONS of spaces away from screaming children that are peaceful (deck 11,12 and 13 front of the ship) The adults only beach is fabulous at Casaway Cay. It was the quietest beach I’ve ever been on plus the cook out for the adults only side of the island was probably my favorite meal. They grill ribeye steaks for the adults beach that were delicious ( no steaks on family beach I’ve heard) My absolute favorite part of the cruise was the high quality production of Beauty and the Beast. Disney invests a lot of time and money into providing high quality entertainment. This production was better than most traveling Broadway productions I’ve seen. Other fun activities we enjoyed were: seeing Coco, attending trivia, an animation class and Bingo! Such a lovely weekend getaway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
As grandparents of 8, our children arranged this cruise on the basis of their previous experiences with Disney. This was our first encounter with the cruise line, and this review is essentially aimed at individuals whose sole purpose is ... Read More
As grandparents of 8, our children arranged this cruise on the basis of their previous experiences with Disney. This was our first encounter with the cruise line, and this review is essentially aimed at individuals whose sole purpose is NOT to dump their kids off in a holding pen so that they can go party. It is also important to note that our preferred cruise line is Oceania, and that we have traveled extensively on their ships over the past several years. By the standard of Oceania, our experience was extremely disappointing. After spending the preceding night in a nearby hotel, we parked in the Disney lot and arrived early for our designated 12:15 boarding at Port Canaveral. This process greatly resembles waiting for popular rides at Disney World; long lines in a crowded and noisy venue. Once aboard, our stateroom -- a veranda suite -- was adequate. Not nearly as nice as cheaper rooms on Oceania (which has the reputation for being "upscale"). The only exceptional trait was the that bathroom was divided in half, so that there are two separate sinks (one with the toilet, the other with the shower). Dinner the first night was at the "special" restaurant -- for $30 extra/person one gets the "privilege" of eating food that's about on a par with Macaroni Grill. The service is exceptional, but the food is "just OK" at best. During our three day cruise, we drew the following impressions: (1) Disney overbooks its cruises to the point that so many children and adults were in the pools that anyone wishing to join in would crush an existing occupant; (2) The food service crew follows your party around to the 3 major restaurants. I suppose this is reasonable on some level, but the regimented nature of the "dining" resembles boot camp. Servers make a big show of being attentive -- they know everyone's name, etc. and are quite adept -- but the food options are meager and the quality of the food is suspect. (3) Compared to other cruises we've taken, and to all-inclusive resorts, the breakfast buffet is reminiscent of basic training. No large quantities of cut fruit, made-to-order omelets, crepes, etc. No. Instead, you line up and ask for one of 3-4 types of fruit (the obvious ones), and are then handed one or two tiny slices. Huh? (4) The money-grubbing that's so evident at Disney theme parks is in full evidence. There's a coffee bar and a candy shop. Both charge extra (??). For the amount that one pays for a Disney cruise, having charges added for such niceties struck us as extremely tacky. Alcohol, certainly. But a $5 cup of dark roast coffee? The two ports that are visited on this cruise are Nassau and Disney's Castaway Cay. The former needs little explanation. A good place to buy diamonds and other pricey merchandise. Castaway Cay was a nice surprise; a privately owned island devoted to sand and sun. For an extra charge (nearly $1000) our group reserved a large bungalow to get out of the sun. It came equipped with non-alcoholic beverages, some light snacks, and towels. Food on the island is provided from two large cafeteria style grills. The food is fine; it's just what you'd expect at someone's backyard BBQ, with several additional dishes thrown in. Not up to the standard of any on-ship buffet, but OK. So, did our grandchildren and children have a good time? Yes, I think they did. As is obvious to anyone reading this review, the Disney Cruise Line isn't thinking about adults when it builds its ships and arranges events/food/entertainment. For what older adults pay for these trips, Disney simply does not measure up. If you're being dragged along to watch your grandchildren play, then maybe it's worth the money and aggravation. Having been spoiled by "real" cruise lines, we won't be back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Daughter running in WDW Marathon so we decided to take cruise also so she could run in the Castaway Key 10K Challenge. First time on Disney and generally impressed. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Quality of food and ... Read More
Daughter running in WDW Marathon so we decided to take cruise also so she could run in the Castaway Key 10K Challenge. First time on Disney and generally impressed. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. Quality of food and service superb. Entertainment very enjoyable. Watching the children interact with the characters brought a smile to our faces. Cleanliness of our stateroom and the public areas outstanding. Castaway Cay very enjoyable even on a cloudy day that turned to rain. Crew very good at adapting to rainy weather for two days of cruise. However, my daughter's spa massage experience led her to tears when she returned to cabin. Twice her upper body was improperly exposed. Spa run by same people that provide spa for RCL where my daughter has had numerous massages and never had this occur. Spa manager apologized and refunded fee after we complained. But the evening after the massage was NOT "the happiest time on earth." Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I am a big DCL fan and this is my 13th cruise with Disney; second cruise on the Dream. I was treating my daughter and 3 of her friends to a mega Disney vacation. We had just spent 4 days at Walt Disney World so this was to be a sun and fun ... Read More
I am a big DCL fan and this is my 13th cruise with Disney; second cruise on the Dream. I was treating my daughter and 3 of her friends to a mega Disney vacation. We had just spent 4 days at Walt Disney World so this was to be a sun and fun cruise. We arrived at the port around 1 pm, checked in and basically walked on board. We headed up to Senses Spa to get our appointments and Rain Forest pass then grabbed a late lunch at Cabanas. It was a wonderful experience. The cast members were great: our hostess, Patrice, was wonderful and we talked every morning. The dining staff was excellent, Kevin showed us several magic tricks at the end of dinner. Our Port Adventure was a beach day at Blue Lagoon. It was so nice, the beach was clean, we had our pick of loungers. It was not crowded at all. It felt like we had the island to ourselves. Lunch and 2 drinks were included so we didn't have to pay out more unless you wanted an alcoholic drink. The water was cold but it was sunny and warm enough to enjoy the day. Unfortunately just before we were ready to leave a thunderstorm developed and we were drenched on the return trip. But they had lots of dry towels to hand out just past security check in. They certainly look out for you! I had a seaweed wrap with full body massage which was heavenly. After you were wrapped up they lowered you into a heated water bath. So relaxing! We enjoyed brunch at Palo. It was such a decadent and ritzy meal. Would definitely do this again. We were sad to leave the ship and are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My wife and I had previously traveled on the Bahamas Celebration and RC Grandeur of the Seas, but now wanted to take our kids on a Disney cruise. We booked the trip in July and waited a long six months for our trip. When we arrived at ... Read More
My wife and I had previously traveled on the Bahamas Celebration and RC Grandeur of the Seas, but now wanted to take our kids on a Disney cruise. We booked the trip in July and waited a long six months for our trip. When we arrived at the port, we had a scheduled arrival time at 10:45am and ended up pulling in around 10:15am. There were very few cars and could pull right up to have our bags placed with the crew. Parking was easy and was a flat fee of $68 (paid before you enter). We collected or bags and went to the terminal. It was a VERY cold morning and had a short line for the DCL staff to check passports. We then went through security and headed up to the check-in area. It was a fast check-in and we had to wait until 11:30 before our group was called (we were in group 5). Going in they took our picture and we headed up the gangway. We ate lunch at Cabana’s on the 11th deck and the food was great! I love seafood and the crab claws and shrimp was a hit with me, and the panko-breaded cod was very tasty. The kids had lots of choices and my 6yo son really liked the pizza (I have had better, but he really liked it). Our rooms were ready at 1:30pm (the hallways are blocked until that time) and went to get everything setup. Since we arrived at the port early, our bags were pretty much there by 2pm. We had our 2yo son get a nap before the Sail Away party and we were good to go. The party was fun, but cold. Once we were out in the ocean, you could feel some movement, but nothing bad. We had the early dinner time for the trip and went to Enchanted Garden. The food was very good and the service was top-notch. Our waiters were very nice and wanted to go above and beyond. We were able to catch the evening show (Believe) and it was incredible! My 2yo sat through the whole show and was excited. The shops were open after going into open water, so we checked out a couple stores after the show. The stateroom was ready when we returned and the murphy bed was pulled down and the sofa bed was ready. The blackout curtains were very effective and loved having them the next morning. Our next day was in Nassau and we planned to spend some time on the ship before walking around the stores in port. The water in the pools onboard were very warm, but the slides had cold water in them. Due to the cold snap during the previous week, the water cooled down quite a bit. We did to the Aquaduck and it was a blast, but just cold. My 2yo was not allowed in the pools (must be potty trained and no swim diapers). The Nemo area was fun for him and he spent some time there. We ended up going back to the room to get warm and went back to Cabana’s for lunch. Pretty much the same items, but they had crab legs that day. We went out to Nassau in the afternoon and it was what I expected – lots of people offering cab rides and trying to sell things. We did get to the main shopping area and checked out DelSol, but headed back after that. I do not think we will get off the ship next time, or at least not leave the pier. There ended up being four ship in port that day, but it did not seem overly crowded on the pier. For dinner, we were in Royal Palace and beef tenderloin was perfect the soufflé was my favorite dessert (I had two of them). We did the pirate party that night and met some more characters. The lines were long for some of them, but nothing like Disney World. We opted to head back to the room after the party so my wife could rest and the kids could get to bed. I went out to do some shopping and catch the end of Star Wars. They were doing Beauty and the Beast that night, but wanted to wait for Sunday so we could enjoy the pirate party. The last full day was at Castaway Cay and the weather was perfect! The only issue was with the ocean temperature. The bridge report channel said the water was 79, but our guess is 69. It was very cold and not too many people were in the water. It was also very windy and most of the port adventures were cancelled. The lunch was tasty and we loved the Olaf and Sven cups with the non-alcoholic frozen drinks. Just be mindful there is a 7.5% VAT on all purchases. The gift shops had lots of neat items that were not available on the ship, so do not wait to get back on because most of the items will not be there. We learned if we saw something in any of the shops, it will probably the only place to find it (even on the ships). We headed back to the ship around 3pm and just enjoyed the nice weather. Our last meal was at Animator’s Palette and was tons of fun! The food did not disappoint once again and they are also very good with getting meals if the kids are picky. We finished up dinner and headed for some more shopping, but it was very busy since it was the last night. We went to the last show for Beauty and the Beast at 8:30pm, but there was a delay, and the cruise director came out around 8:45pm and said the lead characters all got seasick after the prior show and the understudies also go seasick, so they had to cancel the show. We did not think the ship was rocking that bad, but we did feel it as we moved to certain areas of the ship. The winds were in the 35mph range and the seas were pretty high (maybe 15ft). Our room on deck 8 was moving quite a bit, but we did not feel sick. There was some pretty major rocking around 4am, but again did not make us sick. Getting off the ship the last day was pretty simple. Our bags had to be out by 10:30pm the night before and we had our day bag ready to head out for breakfast. Depending on your dining rotation and time determines where you eat in the morning. Our time would have been 6:45am, but we just went back to Cabana’s. They did not have as much food, but still some good choices. We went down around 8:30am to leave and to get our Shutter’s USB drive. Just a tip – if you think you want the full digital package, buy it before you leave online for $199 since it is $230 on the ship. There was a bit of a delay going down the gangway since they were scanning cards at the end. Our luggage was down on the first floor in our section (Tinkerbell Green) and there was a crew member there to help us take the luggage through customs out to the car. Customs was a breeze and we were sadly back to the car. We were all very sad to be leaving the ship. It was above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined! The ship is kept in amazing shape and the common area bathrooms were always clean. They do quite a bit to keep hands clean and to ensure any bugs are not spread around. The crew was extremely nice and all of the character meetings were great. We wish it was longer, but school schedules got in the way. In the end, we are already planning our next cruise for October or November to catch a Halloween or Christmas-themed event. If you are a fan of Disney, please do not hesitate to book a cruise on the Dream!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Great for kids, not for adults....not enough activities for adults. Those they had were unenthusiastic...trivia was a bust, the staff didn't care about the experience at all. food was OK, nothing spectacular...Cabana Buffett was ... Read More
Great for kids, not for adults....not enough activities for adults. Those they had were unenthusiastic...trivia was a bust, the staff didn't care about the experience at all. food was OK, nothing spectacular...Cabana Buffett was horrendous, we only went once. The weather prevented us from docking at Castaway Cay and that was a major disappointment. Nothing offered for this, just a really uninspired sea day. The dining room staff was obviously overwhelmed with the amount of people on the ship, and complaints that they had to give up a day off!! I can. cross this off my bucket list, it is not worth the money unless you are focused solely on the children's enjoyment. Disney is not offering good value for the money they charge for this cruise. On the 3 night cruise Beauty and the Beast has 4 performances, it was very good, but once is enough and no other entertainment, other than music in the lounge is offered. It was too cold to do anything outdoors and the activities offered indoors was to say the least, uninspired Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had a great time on Disney Dream. Our servers were excellent - table 112 - Shanna from St. Lucia and Don (his nickmame) from Taiwan. Mahesh our room attendant was awesome too , room 10084 was a good location but right under pool deck ... Read More
We had a great time on Disney Dream. Our servers were excellent - table 112 - Shanna from St. Lucia and Don (his nickmame) from Taiwan. Mahesh our room attendant was awesome too , room 10084 was a good location but right under pool deck so some noise from NYE party as expected. Beauty and the Beast show was amazing. New Years's Eve Fireworks and Pirate Party were a lot of fun. My girls loved the dance parties on board. There are plenty of character experiences around. The private island was fun. We took advantage of the snorkeling and bike rentals. We lined up to get off the boat 10 minutes before they opened the doors and were able to get great seats on the beach without an issues. Only thing I wished for was better quality coffee at breakfast and on decks. My main point in writing the review was to give props to our dining servers. They truly work so hard and were so fantastic. They are with you your whole cruise and its makes a big difference in having a positive experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We traveled with a family group of 10, similar to our cruise a few years ago on the same Disney ship with a different group of 10. We definitely built the excitement given our excellent experience on the first cruise, but it failed to ... Read More
We traveled with a family group of 10, similar to our cruise a few years ago on the same Disney ship with a different group of 10. We definitely built the excitement given our excellent experience on the first cruise, but it failed to measure up this time. Out of Disney/s control, our daybag was stolen during our excursion to Atlantis Aquaventure. We reported the robbery to Atlantis and Disney, but neither took steps to address the issue. Even just asking if there was anything that they could help us with would've made some difference. Our stateroom host didn't set up our beds reliably and chatted on his phone instead of greeting us. It sounds snotty, expecting someone to pause their conversation to say 'good morning,' but that has been my experience on other cruises. My husband and I booked a Couples Choice spa appt, and were very disappointed. The suite was not as pictured on the website-- "canopied roman daybed" actually means 2 chaise lounges. And Bathing ritual means being sent to the communal locker room to await an open shower (even though there was a lovely shower in the suite- we were not permitted to use it). And after the jacuzzi soak and massage, they sit you back down and give a very hard sell trying to make you buy spa products. $179 for 10 packs of bath salts! We spent nearly $600 including gratuity, and I was shocked at the gimmicky sales pitch at the end of our appt-- so much for floating out of the spa. I will give much credit to our servers in the restaurants- my youngest has a food allergy and they did a great job taking care of her, and were friendly and fun every dinner. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Went on the cruise with a bus load of folks from our community. Boarding process was very smooth. Over the 4 days I found 3 hairs in my food. Not enough adult activities. Children were allowed in events advertised as adult only. ... Read More
Went on the cruise with a bus load of folks from our community. Boarding process was very smooth. Over the 4 days I found 3 hairs in my food. Not enough adult activities. Children were allowed in events advertised as adult only. Adult events were either alcohol related or trivia based. No craft type events for adults. The 5K in the past were first off the ship, not organized to be first this time. Activity listed at 8:00, doors did not open to check in until 8:00. Would be nice if they could separate adults and families in the dining rooms. Too many parents allow their children to scream all through dinner. Cabins were roomy, heavy duty curtain allowed room to be separated into two spaces. Beds were extremely comfortable. Would be nice if families were reminded that corridors outside staterooms are hallways outside bedrooms. Running and screaming aren't really appropriate. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise for our grandson to experience Disney and cruising. We have cruised many times on other lines and felt this was the best for children his age. He had a wonderful time. I have to mention that our grandson has a peanut ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our grandson to experience Disney and cruising. We have cruised many times on other lines and felt this was the best for children his age. He had a wonderful time. I have to mention that our grandson has a peanut and egg allergy. The staff went above and beyond to make sure his food was safe at all meals. The extra attention they gave him and the easing of our anxiety was to be commended. The food was adequate and based on other cruising experiences I would give it a 5 out of 10. I found the ship to be very crowded with all of the meet and greets happening throughout the day and night. I think they should consider having the characters appear at the meals or in larger areas away from the main walkways like they do in the park. Embarkation was a zoo but disembarkation was smooth as we walked off the ship with our bags at 7:00am. Overall, we enjoyed this cruise because we were able to observe our grandson having a magical time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This is my first review -- so hopefully it answers some questions. First off - if anyone has other questions, please reach out and I'll do my best to answer them. My husband and I decided to go on this cruise -- to try it out. ... Read More
This is my first review -- so hopefully it answers some questions. First off - if anyone has other questions, please reach out and I'll do my best to answer them. My husband and I decided to go on this cruise -- to try it out. We had been on Princess and couldn't stand all of the nickel and dime sales pitches. We heard Disney was different and boy was everyone right. We decided to do the Merrytime cruise since the date worked and Disney does such a great job with the holidays. Prior to sailing we reserved a beach shore excursion in Nassau that we ended up not doing (more below) and a cabana at Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay. We flew into Orlando the morning of the cruise and paid for the Disney ground transfers. We only waited on the bus about 5 minutes before it departed for the port. We arrived at the terminal around 1100. We went through security quickly and came upstairs. Since no one told us there was a special concierge check in (even though I read about it online - we didn't see it) we stood in the check in line. Once we were with an cast member she checked us in and then took us over to the concierge check in. We then waited in the "lounge". I wouldn't say this was a lounge -- it was more of a reserved seating area. Within a few minutes they took the back to backers onto the ship and there was then enough seating for everyone. Around 1130 we were taken onboard and immediately brought to the concierge lounge. Here they offered some small sandwiches, a full bar, desserts and went over our agenda for the week. What was really nice was they had youth activities people there, spa people, port adventures people, etc so if you needed to sign up for any activities you could do it right here and now without having to go all over the ship. We signed up for spa activities at times that were not listed online. This was much easier. We wish they had gone over the various food options the lounge would be offering each day but they did not. From there we went to our room, which was amazing. The balcony was much larger than we thought it would be. Once we had checked the room out, we decided to walk around the ship. We went onto each deck and walked around trying to get the lay of the land. We spent quite a bit of time trying to locate our muster area. There were no signs anywhere for the letter "B" and each crew person we asked gave us different instructions. We had some hard ice cream from the Cabanas buffet -- this was the only time we ate there the entire week. Finally it was time for the muster and we did our best to find it. Turns out the signs were inside the Walt Disney Theatre....makes it hard to find when the doors were closed. After the muster we asked the concierge about getting breakfast in our room. I thought we could do this since we had a larger stateroom and I was correct. Since we had a dining table this was allowed. We did this each day and it was quite a relaxing way to start our day. We turned in our selections each night prior to the concierge who placed the order for us. It would have been nice to have the menus already in the room so we would have known it was an option. The only room service menu in our room was continental breakfast and late night food. That night we went to the Golden Mickeys show which was nice. We also had a drink in the lounge (the happy hour in the concierge lounge was every night from 5 pm to 10 pm). We ate dinner at the Royal Palace which was really good. That day we decided to cancel our excursion for Tuesday and the concierge was able to take care of this for us. On Tuesday we spent a leisurely day on board. We ate lunch up on the deck -- at the hamburger/pizza/sandwich place. It was quite good. For dinner we ate at Animator's Plate which was good and we enjoyed the Crush show. We also spent time at the sports pub for some activities which were fun (we did this each night). The next day we enjoyed our time in our Cabana at Serenty Bay. It was very relaxing and low key. The BBQ was alright - not the best more like the buffet than i would like. That night pirate night was quite fun and the fireworks were really great. On Thursday, we spent the morning at the spa. It was quite a good time and there was a low key sales pitch which was nice - not nearly as much of a sell as we thought it would be. That night we ate at the Enchanted Garden and lunched at the Royal Palace. We disembarked very easily on Friday morning. We left the boat about 0715 and took the shuttle to the airport and we were off the bus at 0830. We did not do the express departure but let Disney take our luggage off which was much easier for us. We really loved our trip and would like to give a shout out to our waiter Roy and our room steward Erik who went above and beyond. We were never short of sparking water in our room. A few things we wished they did differently - it would be nice if it was bit clearer on where bottled water and soda were free. Since it is only on the pool deck, the concierge lounge and in our stateroom we wish they stated this as such. Otherwise it can be confusing. Secondly, we used the concierge sun deck quite a bit and really liked it. It would be nice to have a TV screen on at night so you could watch the pool deck shows if you wanted without having to stand in the crowds. Finally, we were very surprised they did not put more chairs on the pool deck at night so we could watch the movie. Like I said above, this was a great trip and we would consider taking a Disney cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Before I start my review, I will say that I have read a whole crapton of reviews of this particular ship and the others in the DCL fleet and have been on 3 cruises previously with DCL. Let me say this: I believe the cruises are worth the ... Read More
Before I start my review, I will say that I have read a whole crapton of reviews of this particular ship and the others in the DCL fleet and have been on 3 cruises previously with DCL. Let me say this: I believe the cruises are worth the money considering what is included with the reservation and yes, DCL is a FAMILY ORIENTED CRUISE LINE. You may run into groups of families that are enjoying spending time together for the first time in who knows when. Now onto my review. On this particular trip, we had a group of 6 with ages ranging from 20-50 years of age. We also had 2 new cruisers with us aged 20 and 29, respectively. We chose this particular trip because the Dream was the last of the 4 ships my parents needed to be on before being on all 4 in the fleet, so kudos to them. We decided to book 3 deluxe ocean view staterooms on deck 2, all right next to each other. It was our first time having a different room other than the inside rooms and I really enjoyed them. The bed was nice a spacious for a plus-size woman and a man with a tummy. The porthole we had wasn't the giant one where you can sit comfortably, but it was a nice size so you can see everything around you. Our hostess was super nice, making small talk with us whenever she saw us. She made sure we were satisfied with the room and always wanted to know if there was something she could do for us. Embarkation was smooth and painless. We took a Disney bus from a WDW resort to the terminal (cost is $70 per person per way) and we got to the port around 11:30am. We checked in and was on the ship by 12:15pm. It helps to be checked in already before you leave your home and have your cruise paperwork handy when you arrive. Disembarkation was also smooth and painless, even though leaving is the worst part of the trip. ='( Overall atmosphere was comfortable, not particularly crowded as some people would think. Yes it is Disney, yes Disney is mainly for little kids or adults who are little kids inside. We didn't really have any issues with the little ones on deck or on Castaway Cay, which was nice because I wasn't exactly in the mood for dealing with kids on some days. Onboard entertainment was, as usual, spectacular. They did have some technical difficulties with Beauty and the Beast, but considering we were the second cruise to have the show after its debut, they did really well with working through it. The costumes, actors, dancers, music, lighting, everything was magical, for lack of a better term. They offer countless amounts of activities for the passengers to partake in throughout the day like deck parties, trivia, baby racing, cooking classes, animation classes, karaoke, etc. If you can think of something to do, they probably have it somewhere on the ship. Now for the one thing people complain about the most: the food. I want you to picture this: you are a chef on a world renowned cruise ship for the number 1 entertainment company in the world and your teams has to feed a maximum of 6,000 people (passengers and crew.) The food is not going to be the best you've ever had, I'll admit that. But they do cater to your needs and what you like and dislike. Breakfast can be a little hectic, especially at the buffet because everyone decides to eat at the EXACT same time. Dinner is served at 2 different times, WHICH YOU CHOOSE WHEN YOU CHECK IN TO THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE!!!!! My boyfriend went with us this time and is an incredibly picky eater and our wait staff made sure he had something he enjoyed every single night. Only bad experience I've had with DCL happened on this cruise. It just finished raining and my parents, boyfriend, and myself decided to go a round of mini golf on the top deck. The deck was still wet from the rain, no one had come to squeegee the water off the deck. After I had taken my turn, I stepped onto the deck and slipped. I ended up spraining my right knee and had to call medical. One of the lifeguards, Hannah, was really nice and stayed with me the whole time until a wheelchair came and got me to take me back to my stateroom. Ended up with a knee brace and some ice packs, was not charged and did not receive any gripes, eye rolling, or attitudes when I had to cancel my excursions for Castaway Cay. I was refunded the money to my room immediately and was pretty much waited on hand and foot after that. Case in point, everyone has their own standards and opinions of DCL and will always compare it to previous experiences on other liners. Because it's the "Disney" name, some passengers expect so much and when they leave, they're left heartbroken and totally disappointed by what they just went through. You have to give Disney a chance to show you they know what they're doing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My wife and I sailed on the Disney Dream the last week in Nov 2017 to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Overall it was a good cruise. We were by ourselves so will review the adult areas of the ship for those sailing without children. A Disney ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Disney Dream the last week in Nov 2017 to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Overall it was a good cruise. We were by ourselves so will review the adult areas of the ship for those sailing without children. A Disney cruise is obviously designed for families with children ages 5-13 (in our opinion) but they also have adult areas and activities. This was our 22nd cruise overall and 2nd on a Disney ship, prior was the Disney Magic. We preferred the larger Dream as it had more activities and common areas, also a larger adult pool area and more adult clubs. EMBARKATION: We booked the early embarkation at 11am as we drove over from Orlando. Plenty of parking at the terminal for $85 for 5 days/4 nights. I splurged for preferred parking right next to the terminal for $105 and boy was that a mistake – it was outside parking and a flock of birds must have liked my car as it was covered in bird droppings. I wasn’t parked under a tree so no clue why. Next time it’s the $85 parking garage across the street! Getting on was a snap at 11am, we were on the ship within 15 minutes. Bit of a line at security but it moved fast. We had lunch in the dining room rather than fight the crowds at the buffet. Cabins were available at 1pm. CABIN: We had a balcony stateroom with an obstructed view (9012) which was slightly cheaper than a regular balcony. We didn’t mind the obstruction as it gave us shade in the front area and sun in the back. We really liked the room layout, especially the two bathrooms (one shower/sink, one toilet/sink). There was plenty of storage in the room. Our cabin steward was excellent and kept the room clean and made up. TIP: In order to have lights and air conditioning, you have to insert a card in a slot by the door. Designed for your room pass obviously, but any card will work (credit card, etc). This way you don’t have to keep inserting your room key. FOOD: We liked the rotational dining concept with the same servers each night in a different dining room. Our servers were terrific, as good as you’d expect from a Disney cruise. Overall the food was very good. Mostly seafood which my wife enjoyed, I prefer beef and chicken and those dishes were good but not great. Steaks were a little tough. TIP: If you are adults-only, pick late dining as there are fewer children then and thus a quieter experience. We rarely went to the buffet as we heard it was crowded. For breakfast and occasional lunches we went to the dining room instead and had great meals in a peaceful setting. As we spent most of our ship time on Deck 11 by the pool and spa, we took advantage of the food café’s between the adult and family pools. The pizza at Luigi’s wasn’t good at all, but Flo’s Café had great sandwiches (inc panini’s) and a selection of fresh fruit. Tow-mater’s Grill had good hamburgers and other grilled items. We usually had a late afternoon snack here as we had late dining. Never crowded and you can take the food to your pool chairs if you prefer. Soda machines are to the back on Deck 11, also in the buffet on Deck 11. CLOTHING: Disney has casual dining now so you don’t need a suit/tie. You can wear jeans and shirts to dinner if you want. They do have an optional dress-up night which was our 2nd night at Nassau. The next night was Castaway Cay and they had the optional pirate dress-up night and fireworks display. POOL: Adult pool area was very relaxing and also had two large Jacuzzis. On our 2 port days, you could get loungers pretty easily. On our sea day, loungers were gone by noon but there were more loungers on Decks 12 and 13 forward for adults. The family pool area was always very crowded and I can’t speak for chairs there. I did the Aqua Duck water slide once, it was okay but not worth waiting in line for. I did it early afternoon when we were at Castaway Cay so there was no line. SPA: We booked a day at the Rainforest Spa online before the cruise. Onboard we visited the spa and booked it for 2 more days. The Rainforest has 10 thermal couches and 2 small jacuzzis (each seats 2) plus an assortment of saunas and fancy showers. Unfortunately it lacks any other chairs or loungers. The thermal couches are very warm so you can only spend an hour at most before the heat gets to you. If we did it again, we’d only go with the one day pass and use it on the sea day. Good news is it wasn’t crowded except for the jacuzzis. ENTERTAINMENT: A very definite plus for Disney! We loved the three Disney performances and the other night’s entertainer, a comedy ventriloquist, was very good. One of the Disney shows was their new Beauty and the Beast show which was fantastic. Just over an hour in length but included all of the songs from the movies. TIP: Get to the shows at least 15 mins early, preferably 30 mins early for Beauty as it was packed! The other thing we liked was their movie theater. That week they played Coco which was a new release so we saw it for free. They also played Thor: Ragnarok that week. NASSAU: We had been to Nassau so weren’t excited about it. We booked the cheapest Atlantis tour which included a guided tour of the “Atlantis ruins” and their shark tank, about 2 hours of walking. Then we were free to explore the resort. They ran shuttle buses back to the ship every 30 mins. As it was late November, the water was too chilly for any water activities in our opinion (we’re from Florida). CASTAWAY CAY: We like Castaway Cay but that day it was rainy in the morning and the water was chilly. We didn’t see many folks in the water but the sun came out later on. We did the Castaway 5K Race which was a lot of fun. You sign up at Guest Services or Port Excursions desk. The group meets at 8am and you head off the ship first for the 9am fun run. There were almost 200 runners but the course is well laid out so there was plenty of room for the fast runners, or plodders like us, and walkers. DEBARKATION: The breakfast times depend on your dining times – early dining had breakfast at 7am, late dining breakfast was at 8:30am. The buffet was open also, I believe, although there was some confusion with the printed schedule. You could walk-off the ship at 6:30am with your luggage if you had to go early. We were glad for a leisure morning and we didn’t depart the ship until 9am. Customs line was a little slow so we didn’t leave the terminal until 9:30am for our car. Again, it was parked right next to the ship so easy to find. Just had to go to a car wash in Orlando to clean off the bird stuff lol! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The Disney Dream is such a beautiful ship! Incredibly clean, smooth sailing ship with delicious meals, yummy cocktails, specifically the "drink of the day". Even with misty, rainy weather, it was a wonderful trip! This was my 1st ... Read More
The Disney Dream is such a beautiful ship! Incredibly clean, smooth sailing ship with delicious meals, yummy cocktails, specifically the "drink of the day". Even with misty, rainy weather, it was a wonderful trip! This was my 1st Disney Cruise ~ such a different experence from other cruise ships because of the atmosphere being more family-friendly (no casino's and not a wild crazy party atmosphere). I loved every mea! The wait staff and room steward had great personalities. The shows were FLAWLESS, BEAUTIFUL and just excellent in EVERY way! I wish I could have seen them more than once!!! There are so many activities to do on the ship ~ trivia games, Bingo, shows, character interactions.... the stops at Nassau & Castaway Cay were fun for me! Although the weather was misty-rainy and had a little bit windy, the parasailing excursion I had booked was cancelled! It still turned out to be a beautiful day. I had never seen Disney (in any form) at Christmas, and it met my expectations. I can't wait to be able to sail with Disney again. Getting on the ship was so fast ~ we had a 1:15pm embark time, and we arrived a little before that. There was no line. It wasn't very long before we could go to our room, and the luggage arrived shortly after that. We did have a small problem with the safe in our room, and I stupidly dropped an earring down the sing ~ the guest services team were wonderful in helping get both of those issues resolved! (kind-of-embarassing, but they were very accomodating)!! Even getting off the ship the final morning was easy ~ we had 2nd seating, which gave us a later time for breakfast the final morning (8:30am). The pools were warm, even on the chilly evenings. The Aqua-Duck was a blast! Worth the wait in line. I discovered that late evenings (9-10pm) were the shortest lines to meet the characters. Don't miss ANY shows! They are terriffic!! We did not utilize the spa or special restaurants ~ but our table-mates did, and they raved about them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Let me start by stating that a Disney cruise is expensive, but it is not overpriced. We went on the 4-night Thanksgiving sailing from Port Canaveral. It was a fantastic trip that I thrilled to have taken with my family. Port ... Read More
Let me start by stating that a Disney cruise is expensive, but it is not overpriced. We went on the 4-night Thanksgiving sailing from Port Canaveral. It was a fantastic trip that I thrilled to have taken with my family. Port Canaveral I really liked Port Canaveral with Disney's own terminal. Everything was organized and easy. Mickey and Minnie were taking photos with guests (although the line was really long). They were dressed adorably and had it not been for the long line, I would have loved a photo of my family with them. Be prepared! Everyone must be present to check-in for the cruise, so one parent can't wait with kids while the other parent checks in. I am surprised that there is a parking fee. It seems a bit much like gouging since there's plenty of land available for the parking structure (it's not like the port is in the middle of a major city, like Miami or New Orleans). I need to email Disney about this! The Ship The ship was beautiful, immaculate, and well-laid out. The details are incredible. Castaway Cay was awesome. My husband and 10 yo ran the 5K. They had a great time together and made fantastic memories doing this run/walk. The water was cold in November, but the kids went in anyway. The beach was wonderful and did not feel crowded. We went to the beach closest to the ship because I was with my older mother, it was perfectly lovely. The Food The food was wonderful. We are foodies, so I had low expectations. However, I was really happy with the food. Breakfast was the only time where are meal was as expected for a large cruise ship. However, lunch and dinner were wonderful. Do yourself a favor and change out of pool attire to have a sit-down lunch in one of the restaurants. It was really nice to be served a lovely lunch. The Cabins We had 2 deluxe family verandah staterooms on Deck 9. They were quiet and peaceful. It was great having a verandah, although I think I would have been happy with an oceanview stateroom. We traveled with a 2 year old and I did worry that he would fall overboard, so I made everyone crazy with keeping the door closed. The rooms were incredibly spacious with tons of storage in the built-in cabinetry and a large closet with space for long hanging items and shorter hanging items with shoe storage underneath. I bought extra closet storage items per blog recommendations, but did not need any of it! The bathrooms weren't spacious, but they were as expected. The tub/shower was a nice size with lots of storage. Attire "Dress for dinner!" I am a young mom, but I believe that it's important to have good manners. I am teaching my children to have good manners for themselves and those around them. Each night at dinner there were parents and kids in shorts and t-shirts. I even saw dads wearing baseball caps. Who wears a hat indoors? It's so very inappropriate. My rule is: If there's a white tablecloth, then pants and dresses are absolutely required; jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops are not appropriate. The lack of decorum was a disappointment. I am not advocating for Downton Abbey dress attire, but cruise casual does not mean shorts and a t-shirts at dinner. It means that you don't have to wear a suit or semi-formal dress at dinner. I believe that if you are paying $10,000 for a family cruise, then you should dress appropriately. It also makes your evenings feel special (and they are special!!) and your character pics gorgeous!! Please help me spread the word to others--dress for dinner! Entertainment The shows were fantastic and great fun. Don't miss them!! What I am glad I brought/knew Clothespins to hang wet swimsuits Washers/dryers are available for small fee; irons are available at no charge. Iron the first night to get it over with. Wrinkled clothes make everyone look frumpy. Highlighter for the navigator Sticky notes to leave messages A valet tray to hold whatnots (order on Amazon; I have the one that snaps closed allowing it to lay flat for packing) Pop up clothes hamper (I have having dirty laundry everywhere; I have a tall one and it didn't quite fit in the closet. I will bring a shorter one next time). Dramamine/sea band (the seas were smooth, but I was glad to have it just in case) Bleach wipes (you never can be too careful; I wipe down everything in a cabin/room when we enter) Activity books for kids Trading pins and lanyards for pin trading night (I ordered from eBay) Best Part Device-free family time!! Not having wifi (you can buy a package, but rumor has it that it's weak). No one could escape to their device and as parents, we loved it! I downloaded movies/shows/magazines to our Kindles, but never really used them. We did the $250 shipboard deposit so that we can get 10% off our next cruise (which I am in the process of booking now!). I never thought we'd love the cruise (my husband is not a Disney fan), but we are all in for another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The buffet is the best in the business the dinners are just ok. We had excellent service from the wait staff and from our steward. The ship is one of best for beauty and entertainment. The rest rooms were messy they left cleaning products ... Read More
The buffet is the best in the business the dinners are just ok. We had excellent service from the wait staff and from our steward. The ship is one of best for beauty and entertainment. The rest rooms were messy they left cleaning products on the floor. I really enjoyed the believe show and the comedian Taylor Mason. We had awesome Christian speakers and the Mercy Me performances were excellent. I love the water slide the fitness center is equipped ok the life fitness equipment is some of the worst on the market. We really liked taking pictures with the characters and the Pirate party with fireworks was a lot of fun. I did not enjoy the tv options they did not have a movie option. The Cast away cay day was great in the adult only section the food on the island was very good. The cabin has plenty of space and was kept very clean while we were on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This is our second Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream, I can't seem to persuade my self to go on another cruise line even though Disney costs so much more than others. It's the little extras that Disney does that keep them ... Read More
This is our second Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream, I can't seem to persuade my self to go on another cruise line even though Disney costs so much more than others. It's the little extras that Disney does that keep them ahead of other lines. The shows are some of the best Disney themed, they are top of the line productions. You certainly do not have to have children to go on a Disney Cruise to enjoy the Disney experience. The rotational dining is great three themed restaurants your wait staff follow you to each so they get to know what your likes and dislikes are. The food, The cabins are five star the service is five star. Even though I do not have anything to compare I believe I get more than what I pay for. . Disneys private island Castaway Cay is fantastic there is so much to do or nothing at all it is very well kept . Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I decided to check out a Disney cruise for the first time since we cruise a lot. We ended up picking this one because of a discount we found online (not via Disney). While Disney caters to kids, we thought the adult ... Read More
My husband and I decided to check out a Disney cruise for the first time since we cruise a lot. We ended up picking this one because of a discount we found online (not via Disney). While Disney caters to kids, we thought the adult activities would be better planned and orchestrated. We did whiskey, wine, martini and tequila tastings - as well as a mixologist class. The tastings and class went well, however 1.) the locations they picked for the tastings were not great (in the middle of a bar area so we could barely hear and the instructor had to basically shout) and 2.) there were still kids running back and forth. They also did not start any of the classes on time! The pool was FILLED with kids - which is usually fine, but there were also kids running around in the adults only areas... and the hot tubs were smaller than most other cruise hot tubs (something we love on cruises!). We had a "meh" experience with our waiter/ assistant waiter - the friendliness was just not there, but stuck with them as anticipated throughout the cruise. (The dining manager was fantastic though and he helped us out a lot as we had requested a table to ourselves and they put us with a family anyway... he managed to get us our own table.) The dessert was great, but to be quite honest - we just were not impressed with the food on this trip - across all meals. Enchanted Garden was our favorite (different atmosphere) - then Animator's Palate (cool concept) - then Royal Palace. (Since we were only on a 3 night cruise, we did not get to experience the "Character to Life" concept at Animator's Palate which we heard was one of the best parts about the cruise.) Cabana's was not impressive. The shows were fantastic... it's Disney, of course they were! The adult parties/ Quest game show and other game shows were just okay - not really much attendance at those events. The activities director was average as well. A lot of energy, but not that personable. (The cruise director was pretty great though!) Also you'll get to meet a lot of the characters. For a 3 night cruise, the stops are Castaway Cay and Nassau - we made it to Nassau, but since we have been on many cruises, we decided to stay on the boat and actually make it to the AquaDuck without having to wait in line for more than 20 minutes. Unfortunately, because of the weather (Tropical Storm Phillip), we were unable to check out CC. However, the captain was great in his transparency about the reroute back to Florida and the impending storm details. He came out before one of the shows and openly discussed the situation... instead of springing it on the clients at the last minute. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Disney Dream is the perfect weekend getaway for any couple. Drove from Atlanta and stayed at Port Canaveral the night before the cruise. (Highly recommend the Homewood Suites) Had a leisurely morning and headed to the boat around 11am ... Read More
Disney Dream is the perfect weekend getaway for any couple. Drove from Atlanta and stayed at Port Canaveral the night before the cruise. (Highly recommend the Homewood Suites) Had a leisurely morning and headed to the boat around 11am and on-board at 11:45. (Platinum Castaway get on-board first) Lunch at Cabana's (Buffet style, Deck 11 aft), Drinks around the Adult Pool bars (Deck 11/12 Forward); Cove Bar or Currents Bar. (Captian Mai-Ti's are the best) Spa Raffle at 3pm (Deck 11 Forward). Lifeboat Drill at 4 pm and then skipping the Sail a Way party with the masses, headed to the Rainforest Spa (Private adult spa area Deck 11 forward/ $100 for couple for whole cruise) and sat in the hot tubs overlooking the front of boat as we head out of port and towards the Bahamas. We enjoy eating the first night at the adult restaurant Palo (Deck 12 Aft - Reservations Required) and don't forget to get there early and enjoy a crafted cocktail at the Meridian Bar. 10:45pm is the best adult gameshow (MUST SEE) "Match your Mate" in Evolution's (Deck 4 Aft) Long Day, but plenty of comfortable places to catch a nap during the day. Wake up the next morning, get some coffee and watch the Captian bring the Dream into Nassau. Relaxing couples day, we stay on the boat, have a great breakfast at Cabana's, hit the Rainforest for Steam Room, Sauna, Hot Chairs and Hot Tub. Ate Bruch at Polo: Great Spread and Variety of First Class Food. (Reservations Required). More relaxing time untill 5:45 Dinner with a drink before at the BonVoage Bar located Deck 3 Lobby. After a wonderful dinner, order whatever you can eat....we head to the 687 Pub and watched College Football till Midnight. Wake up the next morning, get some coffee and watch the Captian bring the Dream into Castaway Cay. Ate sit down breakfast at Royal Palace, great food and excellent service. Hit the adult beach and island bars before heading back to ship to relax in the rainforest and Adult pool bars. Great Diner at night, head to the district area (Adult Area with 5 different types of bars,Deck 4 aft) for more relaxing time together. All Disney Staff are top-notch and will make your stay "Magical". Always book your next Cruise while onboard to recieve 10% off plus $100 onboard Credit. See you again in Feb. Disney Dream. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our second time on the Disney Dream and it was still just as magical as the first. The first time we went with a Disney cruise was back in January of 2017. The second time was even more spectacular than the first because we knew ... Read More
This was our second time on the Disney Dream and it was still just as magical as the first. The first time we went with a Disney cruise was back in January of 2017. The second time was even more spectacular than the first because we knew exactly what to expect and our way around the ship, making it much more easy going. We always sail in a deluxe stateroom with a veranda and our stateroom host is always so wonderful. We love how much they value a clean and orderly room and the cute towel animals they have on the bed every night! The ship is beautiful and SO clean. We love the little cleanliness perk of being handed a hand wipe every time we walk into a dining area. Being 21 and sailing with my parents, we tend to stay around the adult only parts of the ship but overall the whole boat is fun for all ages! The service is immaculate and we are never disappointed. Our wait staff on both cruises have been so helpful and make our dining experiences so enjoyable. We love how they incorporate everyone into a conversation (we sometimes sail with other family members) and everyone has a great time. Our wait staff always end dinner with magic tricks, games, or sometimes a napkin animal which is always a fun time for all of us. We love the shows on the ships. They are great for families or couples of all ages. I will always suggest Disney Cruise Line to people whether they are traveling with kids or not. Disney always makes a magical time for us and we will continue to sail with them. We will see them again soon for our March 2018 sailing on the Fantasy! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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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