12 Disney Dream Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

This was our 3rd Disney Cruise. We love the family-oriented mindset of Disney and choose these cruises because we want a safe experience for our family. On this Merrytime Christmas Cruise we were onboard for the entire week of Christmas ... Read More
This was our 3rd Disney Cruise. We love the family-oriented mindset of Disney and choose these cruises because we want a safe experience for our family. On this Merrytime Christmas Cruise we were onboard for the entire week of Christmas and it was a really fun time for all of us. Many of our expectations we met or exceeded and as always, the crew and service were exceptional. There were a few considerations that almost ruined the trip for us however. First was the photography. It is a contracted service called "Shutters" and is nothing like the great photo experience offered in the parks. This group seems entirely concerned with making money although the fact that they print out every photo taken (pictures that nobody wants) seems to defeat their purpose. The photo opportunities are great but they do not allow families to link their room keys to compile all the photos. We had 4 staterooms so they wanted us to pay the $200 4 times! Even though we made sure that we used the same room card every time for every photo, they still found ways to prevent the photos from showing up in our album. We spent hours going through the photo banks trying to find some of our precious photos, only to find that there was really no reason that they hadn't been added to our collection. One of the reasons we booked the cruise was to get some great family photos of a rare moment when every family member was present. We were very disappointed with the outcome. Why can't Disney use the same photo plan on the ships that they use in the parks? Second problem was communications. In this day and age we expect much more than old technology and non-intuitive equipment. The WAVE phones they provide are so hard to figure out that we didn't even use them on the first two cruises. This time my tech-savvy son took the time to figure them out (with several calls for help) and we tried to use them. We found them bulky, difficult to keep charged, and of course totally useless for communicating with out deaf kids. For that, we utilized the App which allows texting "chats" but limits how many people can be in a group and has the frustrating propensity to drop the people in your group. We hungered to be able to use simple WIFI communication but of course that is spotty and extremely expensive to use onboard. Without the ability to easily communicate, we were often upset and several times missed opportunities to do things together as a family. This is something that Disney should address. Now that I have complained about the two things that seriously pained me, please let me take a moment to tell you what Disney does well. Number 1 has to be the variety and pleasantness of the service staff. We have been so impressed with how these people make every effort to make our experience fun and memorable. The Disney idea of having the wait staff travel with us to each meal gave us the opportunity to learn about and make friends with some truly charming young people, and our room steward was as cute as he could be. The food onboard is not gourmet, but the atmosphere is a lot of fun and the kids are overjoyed to be able to get pizza and ice cream on their own as well as being able to order room service by themselves. The characters make everything more fun especially when they unexpectedly appear. We loved taking photos of the grand-kids with them. We aren't greatly impressed with Castaway Cay as we expected more of a village with shopping and eating opportunities but the kids enjoyed swimming in the ocean. As far as entertainment goes, some of the offerings get old after multiple sailings but I have to say that Beauty and the Beast was very professionally done and we all loved it. We had no problems with the embarkation or the disembarkation but we did have quite a bit of damage with out luggage as others have noted. Our cruising experience was amazingly calm until the very last night. The captain warned us it would be a bit rough but none of us realized how nauseating a little rough can be. That has never happened before but it is something we will be prepared for in the future. Will we sail with Disney again? Yes. Do we hope they will take our comments to heart and fix the things that need attention? Yes. We hope others who cruise with Disney will have as much fun as we did. We had a great Christmas together and made some good memories. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the ... Read More
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the Oasis-class ships are nothing but mere floating malls in the ocean - no theme, no character. We wanted a cruise that was going to be memorable before I head to a long deployment. After much deliberation, we went back to the Dream as our last cruise with them three years was exactly just that - it was magical. This cruise went out exactly the same way as we had it three years ago. We got our transportation arranged from the airport, and the whole embarkation process was smooth like before. Once on the ship, we had our cabin on the tenth deck, middle, just below the pool deck. I found our location to be very convenient to wherever we needed to go. We had access to two nearby elevators, and the pool deck are just a deck up. We also noted that our balcony is directly below the pool deck, so like an awning, it was well protected from the elements which I found nice. The room itself had shown some age to it. I'm not sure when and if the ship have ever been refurbished, but with my OCD, I quickly found scuff and wear marks on the light switches and fixture parts that have been heavily touched through the years. Expecting a premium product for this price, it was hard for me to see past that glare of the wear. Our embarkation lunch at Cabanas were not too pleasant. It was way too crowded, open tables were hard to find, and I found some of the servers unwelcoming. Once we got our seats, we did find the food less desirable than the last time we were on the ship. We brought these issues to management and were given immediate answers to our concerns. Over the following days, we experienced the same magical moments that we had the first time we cruised with these ship. Public spaces were clean and looked just as ornate as before. For those that haven't cruised on this ship, Disney did not spare on the small details in creating their theme on the ship. Their shows were of Broadway caliber, especially beauty and the beast. Their character meet and greets were always a hit with the kids, if you don't mind waiting up to a half hour. And because this was a holiday themed cruise, they went over the top for showcasing Santa. As well, their pirate show fireworks on the top deck was an extravaganza. Hands down it was the coolest experience I've ever had at Sea. Our day at Castaway Cay was just Divine. I still can't forget how beautiful and perfect the island looked. It didn't feel over crowded and there were ample opportunities to just unwind and take it all in. Buffet services followed us there and it was great. No complaints. Food was something that this ship have to at least revamp. It was almost the same menu we had three years ago, so we were not as excited this time. Also, we were not served lobster on this cruise, not one time, which I found surprising. On the other hand, we were able to enjoy our previous favorites instead. I was about to write off Disney from our future cruise consideration after this trip, but what made us book another future cruise with them is the fact that our daughter had the best time of her life at their Kids club while the peace of mind it gave us allowed us parents to enjoy our own time at Sea. I don't think we even want to risk trying that out with other cruise lines and be disappointed. Another biggest factor that made us decide to book another future cruise with them is their customer service. They truly went above and beyond to ensure that, despite the issues we raised, we had a magical experience on this ship. Our guest manager was exemplary, and nothing short of commendable. When we disembarked, we felt highly satisfied that the cruise fulfilled our expectations. So much that we ended up cancelling our Royal Caribbean cruise for next year, and ended up prebooking our next Disney cruise with an even bigger family in tow. Disney cruises are not the cheapest out there, but the many repeat cruisers we had on board can't be wrong on going again for the Disney experience. With the amount of people already prebooking their cruise, we can't be wrong on making that decision either. It's simply the best cruise experience for families, and definitely something to strongly consider if you've never cruised with Disney cruises before. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Son wanted to cruise on Disney. I didn’t care. I personally would rather go back to Disney World. We had a good experience for the most part. Our servers were excellent & friendly. I’m not a fan of sharing a table, other people ... Read More
Son wanted to cruise on Disney. I didn’t care. I personally would rather go back to Disney World. We had a good experience for the most part. Our servers were excellent & friendly. I’m not a fan of sharing a table, other people didn’t have to, my son had an issue with it. I wish we were told prior. We bought the $300 photobook with the thought they would take pictures of us. That’s the biggest joke ever. We got 58 pictures of us, probably 15 were nice, we had to look for people to take pictures of us. We approached one lady to ask her to take a picture of us, she said no, I only take pictures in the dining room. If you do the math, that’s $5 for each picture. It’s a ripoff. This was the biggest disappointment of the whole cruise. When I ask my son what he liked the most, he says the detective game. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Me, my mom, and the rest of my family went on a Disney cruise, the Disney Dream, to the Bahamas. It was a 3 day & night vacation, and during the drill, I went down and later back up more than 200 feet of stairs. Almost as tall as ... Read More
Me, my mom, and the rest of my family went on a Disney cruise, the Disney Dream, to the Bahamas. It was a 3 day & night vacation, and during the drill, I went down and later back up more than 200 feet of stairs. Almost as tall as the Citrus Tower in Clermont. The thing is that at my destination, me and my family went onto the Atlantis park, and went into the pool. I went on a lazy river with my mom, filled with several short and surprising waterfall drops in caves. The 1st few hours there were fun and I had lunch and drank. It was all fun until the last few hours, where my sister waited to go on the big waterside. It was h e double hockey sticks, I was getting hot and thirsty, and I saw the ship out at the distance, and I wanted to go back in there so badly, but it wasn’t until after another few hours that my sister waited and finally went down the slide. 4 Hours for a Water Slide!?! 4 hours is 240 minutes, and 3 hours is 180 minutes. I was glad I was in the water the whole time, but I was getting heat exhaustion and I was covering myself with water. I was dehydrated, among the most I’ve ever been. Once she was done and I was back in the ship, I was SO relieved to feel cooled off and hydrate myself again. Yet 3 or 4 hours or more out in the sun without water will really do a number on one, and I’ve gotten sunburn as well, even though I was covering myself with water. The worst areas were my shoulders and upper face, and my arms. I was tired and I felt like my sister, after waiting in line over 3 or 4 hours, was dehydrated and heat exhausted as well, though at the 2nd half of the line, she was covered in shade. So she must be lucky, and I was the real victim. I will NEVER forget, and after remembering this, I feel like I never want to go on another cruise vacation or to the Bahamas again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We decided on this cruise for our 4 grandchildren and their parents because they have wanted to cruise for a long time, and it was short so we could see if they would enjoy a cruise. It was too quick. Turns out they love cruising--at ... Read More
We decided on this cruise for our 4 grandchildren and their parents because they have wanted to cruise for a long time, and it was short so we could see if they would enjoy a cruise. It was too quick. Turns out they love cruising--at least on Disney. Disney did a superb job with customer service, cleanliness, activities, and food. Of course, since it's Disney, there are lots of kids. After the first day, when everyone was getting on and figuring out the ship and getting to their rooms, things calmed considerably. I also want to give Disney grand credit for the way they handled children with disabilities. As a former special needs teacher, I was so happy to see that they go out of their way to give these kids and their parents a super vacation. When they got character pictures made, the photographers took extra time so parents didn't feel rushed with their children who might need specific poses or time in and out of wheelchairs. They made sure they could ride the Aquaduck. They made sure they could get in the pools. These employees did such good work with these children. The customer service is almost above and beyond other lines. My husband and I have cruised Princess, Holland, and RCL. Those are great lines, but I believe Disney has better food, better looking ships, and better customer service. The service shows up particularly in the dining rooms. Our waiters at night, Alex and Santiago, were at their top-notch best with the kids and the adults. No request was ever turned down. They kept the kids laughing and served early so that they didn't get to bored with the long dinner. Certainly through no fault of Disney we didn't get to do a lot at Castaway Cay. The wind and seas didn't cooperate. No parasailing, no water trikes, no snorkeling so the kids mainly swam. They were disappointed as were we, but again, this is no one's fault. As many have said in their reviews, the pools are small. It seems Disney could make the pools a little larger so more could get in. There is no room for swimming which is understandable with so many kids, but it was at times shoulder to shoulder. The clubs were fun, well managed, and they can locate your children at an exact spot when you come to get them due to the bracelet the children wear. Incredible! My 12 year old grandson loved his independence on the ship and making new friends. A complaint I would have, and others I talked to on the ship had the same complaint, is that Pirate Night comes at the very late end of the day on Castaway Cay. Everyone was exhausted. Many kids were in tears by 10:30 when the party started. The fireworks were a great added touch, but many of us were wondering why the party couldn't have started at 9 or so since it's dark by then. Also on the last night, Pirates of the Caribbean didn't start until 10:45 pm. You must have your luggage outside by 10:30 pm, and it's a very early morning with breakfast at 6:45 a.m. I loved the disembarkation process. Go to an assigned dining room--no buffet or room service--eat, get off the ship. No waiting for your number to be called as you sit in an auditorium or bar somewhere. We were off and through customs by 8:30 a.m. Disney is more expensive, but there are free sodas, ice cream, wonderfully varied and well prepared food in the dining rooms and in the Cabanas buffet (kids can have chicken tenders, mac and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs as many times as they like), incredible people serving passengers, officers visible, a great many activities for kids in and out of the clubs, friendly characters who go above and beyond as their characters, patience with young children, and a beautiful, clean ship. They provided us with a couple of things we had forgotten and checked us in to our return flight and printed boarding passes. It's also worth noting that although the photos are expensive, when you take your children to the character meets, you can take your own pictures, and the photographers get out of your way and let you take your own photos. I think it goes without saying that since Disney ships are kidcentric, go with patience in mind knowing that everyone is there to have a good time. Yes, there are lots of kids just like yours who want to participate in everything, and they do make some noise. Happy noise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our cruise was right after Hurricane Matthew,We didn't get in to Port Canaveral until 8pm Sunday because of the traffic going back into Florida. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites, so we were at the port very quickly. Check in ... Read More
Our cruise was right after Hurricane Matthew,We didn't get in to Port Canaveral until 8pm Sunday because of the traffic going back into Florida. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites, so we were at the port very quickly. Check in was fast and easy. We were able to take pictures with both Mickey and Minnie! Then it was time to board! I got goose bumps when our family was announced! That is such a nice touch. Since the Dream had been in port for a few days because the cruise before us was cancelled, our rooms were ready when we boarded. Our room, 8588 is a Cat 04B handicapped accessible room. It was very roomy. I ordered a scooter for my mom, and she had room to turn around and manuvuer inside the room. The balcony was nice. We spent a lot of time on the balcony while my grand prince was sleeping. Since this was a Halloween on the High Seas cruise, there were Halloween activities every day. We enjoyed the tree lighting and the trick or treating. Pirate night was awesome!.Although I booked time for Legend in the nursery, we never used it. The spa was wonderful. Dining was nice and the food was good. Our servers, were awesome and went out of their way to make sure Legend had food pureed for him. They even made sure we had turkey bacon and sausage at breakfast! There was too much to do, between our group events and ship events, that there is so much we wanted to do but didn't get a chance to do. I booked a placeholder for another cruise so that we can do the things we didn't get to experience! Castaway Cay is one of my favorite places on the planet! We were lucky enough to be able to share a cabana with some awesome people and we really loved it. I talked about this cruise a lot before we sailed, and a ton more since we've been home! I convinced 2 families to try a Disney cruise!!!! I'm still smiling!!! I highly recommend finding your cruise group on facebook or in the roll call. We had an awesome time and met so many wonderful people! Our group events were great (fish extender, trick or treat, meet and greet, pub crawl, etc) This was an awesome first birthday for Legend! He may not remember it when he's older, but he has pictures and autographs to help him remember. Plus more cruising as he gets older!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows ... Read More
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows and other entertainment was amazing. Every morning there was a navigator paper in her room telling us the daily events times and places. There was an app for your phone called the Disney cruise and that helped us throughout our stay on the ship. Our first Port of Call was Nassau Bahamas and it was a very interesting does it. There was a cast member on the ship that advised us where to go, where not to go and how to shop for jewelry so we were able to know exactly what we were buying. He also told us if we had any questions about our purchase to have the store manager page him and he would come to the store and assist us. Our second Port of Call was at Castaway Cay, Disney's own island. Where we were able to do a 5K, have lunch and swim in the most clear water I've ever seen. Our last day was a baby. It was most relaxing and I was sorry that it was over. I definitely will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We took two of our grandchildren (ages 9 and 11) and mom on a four day, three night cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. We didn't use any of the Disney child care as the trip was so short and we had plans off ship. The kids had a ... Read More
We took two of our grandchildren (ages 9 and 11) and mom on a four day, three night cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. We didn't use any of the Disney child care as the trip was so short and we had plans off ship. The kids had a ball. We find Disney to be an expensive cruise but they do things first class. Our granddaughter meet all the princesses and our grandson loved the pirate night. They enjoyed the shows (we thought they were a bit loud) and the dancers/singers were excellent. They spent most of their time on the ship in the pools and slides. Disney has lifeguards on duty which made our oversight a bit easier. The three restaurant dinning process was very nice and the food as good as our cruises on Holland America. My wife loved the shrimp and crab at lunch each day. The service was excellent with the servers taking extra time to entertain the children during and after the meals. Dress is casual for the entire cruise. I like to the gym and there was no charge for the standard classes. In Nassau we went to the Blue Lagoon for an encounter with Sea Lions. We had been there a bout three years ago and there have been some changes. But it is well worth the time and cost. The cruise ships had booked the entire day so we couldn't get a private reservation so we took the Disney excursion. The day at Castaway Cay was great for us. Mom and the kids went ashore as did most of the passengers. We had a nice quite day relaxing on board. If you want to do the water slides this is the time. We were very impressed with embarking and disembarking. It all went very quickly and smoothly. All in all a very enjoyable trip. A Disney cruise is very Disney in all aspects. Not something we would do very often but it is well worth it once in a while. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I traveled with my husband and three young children, 12, 8, and 3. I had cruised ten years ago with RCI, but this was the first time with my children. I was a little worried because my oldest son has cerebral palsy and is in a power ... Read More
I traveled with my husband and three young children, 12, 8, and 3. I had cruised ten years ago with RCI, but this was the first time with my children. I was a little worried because my oldest son has cerebral palsy and is in a power wheelchair. On the ship, we were treated very well and the staff was very accommodating. There was plenty of room in our accessible cabin, which slept 5, in the hallways as long as the housekeeping carts stayed on one side of the hallway, and throughout the dining and entertainment areas of the boat. The elevators were a little tricky, especially during high traffic times. Just a heads up, the center elevators are the busiest, the foreward and aft elevators less busy. It may be worth driving to the front or back of the boat for these elevators during busy times (like after the fireworks). For port activities, our two stops were at Freeport and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. My boys wanted to go to Atlantis to go to the aquariums and water park. Since a power chair is not allowed inside of the water park (but fine in the aquariums and rest of grounds), we brought a manual chair (Convaid stroller) as a checked piece of luggage in a travel bag and chose to use that chair that day. It is collapsible, which helped with transfer options from the boat to Atlantis. I never could get assistance with booking accessible transfers with Disney, so we chose to set it up on our own. We bought our passes through "Bahamas Day Pass" (http://www.bahamasdaypass.com/) and they worked fine. We actually saved money because Disney was trying to charge for my 3 year old, but his admission in Atlantis was free (they charge 4 and up). This site seemed to only charge what it would cost at the gate and we could buy them in advance. For transfers, I am pleased to say that we were bombarded with taxi drivers wanted to cram my son in to any vehicle they could, but we went with arrangements by an accessible van company, Gerard Lewis (gerardblewis@hotmail.com), Owner, Courteous Transfers and Tours (http://courteoustaxibahamas.com/). He seemed to be able to transport power or manual chairs. Costs varied depending on what type of vehicle was required, but all seemed reasonable. For Castaway Cay, my boys didn't want to get off the boat so we didn't. To explain, I need to comment about how packed the pools and water slide gets. It's REALLY packed and this was slow season. It was so packed that while passengers were on the boat, we could not get a chair near the pool, let alone try to maneuver my disabled son into a pool. BUT when everyone was off the boat at Castaway Cay, we pretty much had the pool deck and slides to ourselves. It was nice. I noticed there was another family with a son that had a disability and they did the same thing. We live in Florida, so we didn't really miss the day on their island, but really enjoyed their pool facilities on the boat without the crush. For entertainment, we made some different decisions too. They didn't want to go to the shows every night, so we went to the movies. They were playing movies that were still in the theaters like Ant-Man, Tomorrowland, and Inside Out. It's what they wanted to do, so I went with it, and again, had a great time. Accessibility is good within the theater. They actually had more wheelchair seats than our neighborhood theater. We enjoyed this cruise so much, I am leery to try other cruise lines. We are already planning to cruise again with Disney and may try their newest boat, Fantasy, for our next one. If we do go, I will be sure to write about accessibility. I know that we will not be able to get off the boat on any ports that tender, but Mexico and Jamaica seem to dock at port, so if we miss the Cayman Islands, I know there are things for us to do onboard. Just as a note to power chair users, ALWAYS check to see if the ports featured on any cruise are tender ports. Power chairs are generally over the weight limits and there is no commitment on manual chairs if the person needs assistance getting on or off the transfer boat. Also, be prepared to arrange your port excursions. It is rare that you will find any cruise line tour that can accommodate power chairs, but it doesn't mean that they aren't out there if you research and plan ahead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
For those who want the ULTIMATE cruise experience, this is it! My family booked this room and we were absolutely ENTHRALLED! The room is appointed very nicely and all the little touches add up. Spa quality shampoo, conditioner, sun burn ... Read More
For those who want the ULTIMATE cruise experience, this is it! My family booked this room and we were absolutely ENTHRALLED! The room is appointed very nicely and all the little touches add up. Spa quality shampoo, conditioner, sun burn lotion, etc just add to an already overwhelming room. The fridge is stocked with your requests (we had whole milk, 1% milk, chocolate milk, Coke, Dr Pepper, Root Beer, Ginger Ale and a LOT of Mickey bars). The in-room coffee maker does coffee, espresso and cappucino at the touch of a button. There are 3 TV's in the room with on demand programing (mostly Disney movies, etc) and unlimited WiF(only in the Royal Suite). The view is literally second to none. The balcony overlooks the bow of the ship. I could see from the port side of the bow down to the rear of the starboard side of the ship. We were in stateroom 12502, the Roy Disney Suite, on the starboard side. For those who enjoy absolute peace and quiet with breathtaking views, this room has it. I am now spoiled as this was my first cruise and now I only want rooms with bow facing balconies as the views are just spectacular! The Concierge Staff are simply amazing!!! Ashley and Gunther were extremely helpful. My wife is disabled and uses a wheelchair. We did not book any excursions as this was first cruise and we didn't know how difficult getting on and off the ship, moving around, etc were going to be. Once we arrived, Ashley made sure we had everything we needed to go ashore to Castaway Cay on Sunday morning. I wish I could have afforded to tip them more as they were definately worth it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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
My family and I did a short 3-night cruise on the Disney Dream from (9/8 to 9/11). Our flight from Philadelphia was delayed, but we arrived at MCO about one hour after original arrival time. Once arriving at MCO, we headed over to the DCL ... Read More
My family and I did a short 3-night cruise on the Disney Dream from (9/8 to 9/11). Our flight from Philadelphia was delayed, but we arrived at MCO about one hour after original arrival time. Once arriving at MCO, we headed over to the DCL check-in station. This was wonderful because Disney now checks all US Citizens completely in at the airport. Sweet!!! Once we were all checked-in (party of 6), we proceeded to the DCL bus that shuttled us to Port Canaveral (approximately 50 minutes). Upon boarding, the Castaway Crew members announce the name of each family to welcome you onto the ship. I thought this was really cool. It made us feel welcome! After about a 10 minute wait for an elevator (there are 6), we arrived at staterooms 9078 and 9076. We requested adjoining staterooms that had an inside door. The staterooms were beautiful. Each stateroom was about 300 sq. feet; equipped with a 2-piece bathroom (including a shower/tube combo); a queen bed; a berth, a sleeper sofa, AND a wall bed. It was enough room for five people. Each stateroom was also equipped with an Ipod alarm clock and a 22-inch LCD television (that had great Disney movies). The roomy verandah had enough room for three adults to sit comfortably. Since we had adjoining staterooms, we had our stateroom host remove the partition that separated the verandahs, so we could have one big space. It actually took us an entire day to explore the entire ship. It's a busy place with lots to do for kids and adults. We particularly enjoyed the dining rotation that allowed for us to keep our servers at every location. The pool deck was awesome. The Aquaduck was a great ride, but it is not disability friendly considering the only way up to the ride is by climbing close to 5 flights of stairs. We have an 11-year old with mild cerebral palsy, and although she is mobile, she cannot climb that many stairs. Unfortunately, she was unable to ride the Aquaduck because there was no other way to get up there. Despite the small hiccup with the Aquaduck, we really loved our cruise. In addition to the dining, we enjoyed several character interactions; first-run movies (The Help; Fright Night; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and fantastic interactive live shows. The kids were particularly fond of "Villains." They also offer a tween room that provided tweens with fun activities and entertainment; including a dance party on the last night of the cruise. Leaving the ship was really a breeze. We had breakfast at 8:00am and we were on the bus to the airport by 10am for our trip back to Philadelphia. I have already recommended The Disney Dream to anyone that will listen. Disney offers an outstanding cruise with exceptional service. Ten Thumps Up!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Disney Dream Ratings
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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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