16 Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Caribbean - Eastern Disney Dream Cruise Reviews

Amazing service at all times. You feel so spoiled. The servers cut up my daughter's food and I was able to eat my food while it was still hot. The cabin's split bath makes getting ready a breeze. Restaurants were amazing with no ... Read More
Amazing service at all times. You feel so spoiled. The servers cut up my daughter's food and I was able to eat my food while it was still hot. The cabin's split bath makes getting ready a breeze. Restaurants were amazing with no need to spend extra $$...it's already fine dining! My daughter had to be dragged out of the kids' club! When Princess Tiana comes to read you a story, who can blame a kid? We had to throw out the Flubber she made when she wasn't looking. Castaway Key is our favorite for everything except snorkeling. The sand gets too stirred up and you cannot see as much as when you snorkel from a boat. Save money and bring princess dresses with you. Packing tip: place them in garbage bags so the glitter doesn't get all over the rest of the clothes. When comparing prices, do not forget that Disney includes soda- no need for a separate package. We also save a ton by not being having to upgrade a ton of dining options. If you have date flexibility, I recommend watching the Florida resident or military deals that are released each Monday morning. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Had my 7 year old for a 3 week visit to our home in Florida, wanted to break the vacation up. His first cruise. Thsi embarkation was only an hour and a half from my home. The embarkation was a little hectic, there were many lines open for ... Read More
Had my 7 year old for a 3 week visit to our home in Florida, wanted to break the vacation up. His first cruise. Thsi embarkation was only an hour and a half from my home. The embarkation was a little hectic, there were many lines open for clearing passage. The oly detrimental feature was long lines for registering for the children's wrist band for the specific activity room The main departure room was very crowded. We took an upgraded room with a large round picture window which was good. We had a choice for a pull out bed for the young one or a single couch. He chose the choice which was a good choice since he was small.My grandson was gluten free and the dining room staff was geared toward the young ones. Great service. We rotated to three different dining rooms for the early 5:45PM seating with the waiter and assistant waiter following us. We ate mainly breakfast and lunch in the dining room. The service was OK but not up to par. The fireworks on one night started at 10:30PM much to late for the young ones. The shows were great, 4 out of 5. We didn't get off at Nassau as this was a perfect time to get seats by the two pools for youngsters. Not crowded. My grandson enjoyed all facets. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was a highly-anticipated first family cruise on Disney after planning/booking a year in advance. We took our two children and traveled with friends with two children of roughly the same age, and everyone was very excited. Because of ... Read More
This was a highly-anticipated first family cruise on Disney after planning/booking a year in advance. We took our two children and traveled with friends with two children of roughly the same age, and everyone was very excited. Because of the cost of the trip, though, I judge Disney on a tough standard - overall the trip was fantastic, but I definitely saw room for improvement as well. We stayed at the "Radisson Resort at the Port" in Port Canaveral the night before, and utilized the Park & Cruise Package to leave our car there the length of our cruise. A shuttle took us to the Dream the morning of the cruise, and I was impressed with the overall organization and efficiency of getting to the port, checking our bags, and proceeding on to the terminal. We waited in two short lines after going thru security: (1) general check-in procedures; (2) registration for the kids program. Another short wait and our section was called for boarding. I was very pleased with how well Disney handled this process, it makes a big difference when you have two excited children and they handle the boarding process so efficiently. The ship itself is beautiful. The 3-story entranceway is stunning, and there are Disney details everywhere. We visited the kids area and were given free reign to walk around and check everything out with our kids; Andy's Room from Toy Story was an immediate hit, something my kids had anticipated ever since first booking the cruise. The kids program was exceptional, our children loved everything about it and my wife and I appreciated the use of the onboard wave phones to have easy communication with the children's staff if necessary. Although the food was not bad, it wasn't as good as my wife and I anticipated given the price point we'd paid for the cruise. We enjoyed the option of asking for an additional appetizer or salad, but the main courses were just decent, not outstanding as we'd hoped. Cabanas, the buffet restaurant on deck 13, offered beautiful views out two sides and the back of the ship. We ate breakfast and lunch there a couple of days. The selection of food was excellent, the quality of the food was good, but there were slightly annoying touches like having to ask an attendant for cut fruit and desserts. It felt like Disney was trying to subtly limit the consumption of this food by forcing me to wait in line and ask an attendant for what I wanted. The service was top-notch, and we were glad to adjust the tips to give more to each of our dining attendants and our stateroom attendant because they were so exceptional. One evening I had to stay in the stateroom with one of our kids during dinner, and our head waiter made sure that my wife returned with a steak, mashed potatoes, and asparagus for me. It was much appreciated and far better than waiting to order room service. Overall, all of the Disney personnel on the ship were friendly and took great care of us. We attended shows the second and third night of the cruise and really enjoyed both. The Disney theatre is beautiful and our kids loved everything about the entertainment. I liked the shopping area outside the theatre and we bought a couple of souvenirs to take home. I ran the 5K with my friends the morning we arrived at Castaway Cay, and Disney handled the disembarkation perfectly as we were the first ones allowed on the island. The kids area on the island was very cool, although there was no inside area so hydration and sunscreen for your kids are a must if they're to stay there any length of time. I thought the island itself was absolutely beautiful and I really enjoyed knowing that the only visitors to the island were Disney passengers on our cruise. If it were possible to book an itinerary where we skip the Nassau stop and instead spend 2 days in Castaway Cay, that would go a long way toward convincing me to book a second trip on the Dream. The pool deck was a hit with our kids, and they really enjoyed the little kids' water slide and the AquaDuck. The wait for the AquaDuck could get long, but a posted notice that was visible from the pools helped us plan out whether it was a good time to wait in line or come back another time. The area was put to great use for the sailaway party and the pirates party, but we were surprised at the fact that there were only 2 (fairly small) pools for families. During the day they were so packed it was almost pointless to go in, and so we spent less time at the pools that we thought we would prior to the cruise. The things that I'll remember most about our first Disney cruise are the beauty of the ship itself; the size and elegance of the cabin; the exceptional service of the crew; the beauty of Castaway Cay. Given the high cost of the trip, though, we may be returning to Disney World several times before we book another Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My family has been telling me for years how fun this was.I get motion sickness and thought not a good idea,The grand kids really wanted to go because it was a Disney cruise.So I read the reviews and read some negative things and was ... Read More
My family has been telling me for years how fun this was.I get motion sickness and thought not a good idea,The grand kids really wanted to go because it was a Disney cruise.So I read the reviews and read some negative things and was worried and so was dragged along for sake of the grand kids Well it was sooooooo great. None of those negative reviews were true just spoiled people who wanted the world and just did not take the time to enjoy what was right there,The boat could not be more beautiful! The staff from crew , wait staff,deck staff,bar staff,housekeeping,and on and on could not have been nicer. My mom was in a wheelchair and as we were at lunch on the beach and i was trying to juggle our lunch tray there was staff helping us to a table. The handicap room was so great to get around in, My grandsons were right at home and ran from morning to night like they were at home loved every minute and their kids club was the best.The housekeeper even put cars sheets on the boys bed and if you could have seen those smiles! We had a group from 5 years to 80 years and loved every minute! So look at reviews sure but dont let them hold you back, We had so much fun we went again August 2015 and are saving for 2017 with new grandchild, Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
The concierge experience on the Disney Dream is a fantastic way to enjoy a Disney cruise. The price is substantially more than the normal fare, but we were a family of five and were either going to get two cabins or the concierge 1-bedroom ... Read More
The concierge experience on the Disney Dream is a fantastic way to enjoy a Disney cruise. The price is substantially more than the normal fare, but we were a family of five and were either going to get two cabins or the concierge 1-bedroom suite and I’m so glad we chose the latter. Two cabins would have been a little less expensive, but I would have missed on so much more than a few dollars. Suite 12012: Absolutely gorgeous and had more than enough space for my wife and I, and our three daughters. There was lots of closet space and space under the bed for the luggage after we unpacked; I didn’t see the luggage the entire (4) days we were on board. The two full function bathrooms, with their own shower (and jetted tub in the master en suite), made changing clothes and using the facilities a breeze at any time – which is saying a lot from the only man in a family with (4) women. On the deck, there was a little table, two chairs and two chase lounges where my wife and I would enjoy coffee each morning with a great view from deck 12 forward. Concierge Lounge: A great place to get away from the big ship crowds. The lounge is a private space for the concierge passengers with refreshments, water, juice, complementary before and after dinner drinks, and a private staff of Cast Members dedicated to making your trip as magical as possible. After your first meeting, they remember your name for the duration of the cruise and your favorite drink. I can’t say enough about the concierge staff – anybody who has visited a Disney property knows the attention to detail Disney places on their cast members and these guys take it up a notch from there. Dinning: Concierge passengers are afforded their own table during dinner (first or second seating), so you and your family can enjoy each other’s company without the need to worry about being seated with another group. Castaway Cay: The best port of call on any Disney Cruise Line itinerary. Nuff said. Embarkation/Debarkation: Concierge passengers have a separate embarkation area to check-in before the cruise. There are much shorter lines and a private seating area just outside the ship for pictures and marveling at the sheer magnitude of the mighty vessel. On the last morning of the cruise, concierge passenger are escorted down the pier where there luggage is waiting in a separate area and all the other customs stuff is taken care of, making your departure as painless as it can be. The ports were limited on this particular itinerary because it was only a 4-night voyage, but it was worth the experience and this cruise remains the best family vacation we've every taken (as voted on by members of my family). Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We have taken many cruises in the past but this was our first cruise on a ship hosting a "family" itinerary. It was our anniversary and we were treating children and grandchildren to the trip. The ship is large but, with lots of ... Read More
We have taken many cruises in the past but this was our first cruise on a ship hosting a "family" itinerary. It was our anniversary and we were treating children and grandchildren to the trip. The ship is large but, with lots of kids, as you might imagine, a day at sea can get somewhat congested. The ship is very clean, well run and organized. The meals are at set times (a choice of two seatings which are arranged ahead of time, so if you want an early seating, you need to sign up for it early at the time of booking) at the same table number with the same staff every night. However, over the course of three or four nights, we were rotated through three dining rooms, so there was variety in the experience. The staterooms are not spacious but, with fold-down bunks, fold-out sofas and a double bed in the room, you can really cram a family into one room if so desired. The toilet is in a small cubicle with a sink but is separate from the shower/tub (tiny and round) cubicle which also has its own sink, a nice touch. However, if you can afford it, two connecting staterooms (one for the kids and one for the parents) is best. That way, the kids can go down early in a separate area and not be disturbed by the adults (or vice-versa). That also gives you two bathrooms for the family. One caveat: the staterooms at midship on deck 10 are right under the pool and activity area on deck 11 and you can hear running footsteps all day and night. We did not find that to be objectionable but, given the choice, I would drop down one deck. Activities for the adults are few but there are several "adult only" locations where one can find some quiet. And, even better, these adult areas are rarely used by most of the adults who have to be chasing the kids around. Pictures can be taken by Disney photographers everywhere in the ship and they show up 3 hours later in a folder under your stateroom number (after being sorted by the computer using "facial recognition" software). They are kind of pricey, but you can be assured of good family-group photos that way. All-in-all, a fine ship, well run, that delivers a great cruise for kids and their parents. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed Disney Magic a few years ago and had the best couples spa experience of any cruise line we've tried. When my sister's fam/2 kids decided to take their first cruise, we knew Disney was the way to go. They chose Disney ... Read More
We sailed Disney Magic a few years ago and had the best couples spa experience of any cruise line we've tried. When my sister's fam/2 kids decided to take their first cruise, we knew Disney was the way to go. They chose Disney Dream. The kids, even the shy one, was soon hooked on kids club, so parents got lots of relaxing time. The fee dining room, Remy, they said was the nicest dining experience they'd ever had. Husband's a Dr. in Jacksonville, FL. The chef who makes menu just got another Michelin Star at his Paris restaurant, so he's now a Top Chef in World. The 3 hour dining experience was a seamless tasting feast for our eyes and pallets. Time flew by. My husb and I have dined at Victoria and Albert's in Orlando. Remy is Right there with that experience, but WAY cheaper. We returned for brunch the next day, but wished we'd of done the Italian place brunch. Remy has a set tasting menu. It was good, but brunch is just more fun when you have LOTS of stuff to try. One thing I noticed and LOVED on Dream were the see thru mesh chairs on our balcony! I'm always stacking and moving chairs out of our view on other cruises. We loved our balcony room. Not a single complaint. But this was our First cruise ever we never knew our room attendants name or was called by our name. Maybe the only 4-night thing. He did a great job though, so oh well. Dining was awesome, Every night. So were breakfast and lunch. Delish. The shows were not good compared to Magic. Magic had me teary eyed at the show with the stuffed animals on shelf! THAT show had that "Disney Magic" where adults got in touch with their young self/family memories. Dream shows were either too informational/heavy, or too sarcastic and crazy. One night I was soo bored I nodded off during the crescendo singing act! We all had a good laugh about that. Shops were good/we bought stuff. Only got off ship on private island. Words of warning, SEA LICE! My sister took her kids to the new jungle gym in the water and noticed everyone scratching. Moments later her kids were scratching, then crying! And just like that, Castaway Cay, the talked up best part of the cruise was a bad memory. The family left island and kids played on waterslide and empty ship the rest of the afternoon. On the way back to ship they saw a small sign that mentioned Sea Lice. None of us had ever heard of this! For whatever reason, guess the tides had the lice in the jungle gym cove but not the family beach cove. We tried the famous konch kooler. It's a regular frozen drink. The island DJ was awesome this visit, so we hung out near him for some time. About the couple's spa... This was our FAVE part of our last cruise, and like I said, our best spa exp on Any cruise, so we were Really looking forward to it. We went while at Castaway Cay. It was one lame moment after another!!! The shower room had no hair ties or shower caps like other spas. The shower pump soap was up high and you had to pump it 100 times to get Any kind of bathed feeling. It didn't lather and I felt like I still had sunscreen all over me. NO joke, I had pumped SOO many times my neck kinda kinked! Then we were led to a room with the questionnaire, & I knew from other reviews to write we had No Issues so they wouldn't try to sell us products. It worked!!! The problem was we knew we had a certain amount of time at the spa, and they never told us when they'd come to get us. So, we were a nervous wreck thinking they'd forgotten us. TOTALLY unrelaxing! FINALLY they led us to the spa room balcony for our foot/leg scrub. I told my attendant I had sensitive skin, so not to scrub my legs. So she washed off the stuff and did NOTHING! Would have loved my feet done! Then they left us to use the Jacuzzi for like 20 minutes. But, they never showed us how to turn it on. We figured it out, BUT THE WATER WAS COLD!!! There was a sign that said due to health regs the temp was set at 101 degrees I believe. That's Barely above body temp. I was shivering after 10 mins and just got out. We did enjoy the choco fruit though. Then we had our massage. My attendant was NOT doing deep tissue as we paid for. I said something 3 times then gave up. After this, more cold Jacuzzi time. After massage you fill out the tab/receipt and my husb even tipped them the extra so they'd get the requisite %20. Why, I don't know. Then they came to escort us out/forgot to do our tea service! That was the LAST straw. My husband said we'd be staying for tea, and they nervously hopped to it. We told our family to cancel their spa treatments before the time deadline. It's like kids were running the joint. And just like that, we're done with Disney. We don't have kids and now that spa personnel is lame/Disney let that luxury fall, forget it. Too many new NCL ships to try, booked two already! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this year. We wanted to do something different and decided to round up our kids and grandkids for a Disney Cruise. I chose the Dream because it was the newest and largest of the ships. For ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this year. We wanted to do something different and decided to round up our kids and grandkids for a Disney Cruise. I chose the Dream because it was the newest and largest of the ships. For the most part, I can find very little to say against the cruise or the ship. There were a couple of things however that I would like to mention. We stayed in stateroom 7592. It was a nice stateroom, pretty much what I expected it to be. I was a little surprised by the bathrooms though. I loved the fact that they were separated into two compartments, but the ceiling height was low. My husband is 6'1" and only had a few inches to spare. The public bathrooms out on the ship were fine..it was just the staterooms that were the shorter height. My son in law, who is a bigger man, felt very cramped. The second thing I would like to make mention are the elevators. I hated them. When we first boarded, there was a CM there to help keep some resemblance of order. He would help each family in the order in which they came up to the elevators. After that? It was a fend for yourself. Good luck. I don't know that they need someone there all day, but at dinner times and showtimes, party times..etc a CM would be so much help. I know Disney can't control people's behavior, but they can give a crowd a direction. Not that i'm an expert, but take notice of the order in which you came to the elevators. If one opens up and the ones there before you aren't going that way, then by all means load up. But try to be courteous and recognize your position in line. Also, let the elevator empty before getting on. Very frustrating to move to the front of the elevator trying to get off on your deck when others are coming in adding to the people to get past. And talk to your kids before you go about elevator etiquette. I don't want to end on a sour note, so I will tell all the good things that I encountered on the cruise. The food is amazing. So is the quantity and variety. Cabana's is awesome for breakfast and lunch buffet!! Some of the best roasted Turkey i've ever eaten. The shrimp were huge and plentiful! Different foods offered every night. I was afraid it would be the same menu each night. I loved how everyone got into Pirate night. Even in the food. Pizza was so-so as was the hamburgers, but nice to have available after Cabana closed and dinners were over. Unlimited ice cream and soda's. Loved the idea of a sanitizing hand wipe given to you as you entered the dining area. Seen people turned away for no shoes and shirts. The cast members were amazing as well. Did not have an encounter with any one of them that was even slightly rude. Even though they were over the top nice and helpful, it felt genuine. Our stateroom host, Suta, greeted us each and every time he saw us, by our first name. So did our servers at dinner. They learned our names, and drink preferences from the very first meal. Since they rotated with us, we became friends and had so much fun with them, that we hated to say goodbye. We celebrated our anniversary and 4 birthdays with them and they sang to us and made it feel very special. One concern we had, was one, or all of us getting seasick. My husband took Dramamine the first day, I took Bomine each day, and we were fine. We never knew when we left the dock it was so smooth. We felt the most motion when we were on the lower decks, but even then, it was still very smooth. Not much more than a plane ride if you ask me. I also tried to not just stare at the water as we sailed to help avoid getting sick. I would look a minute, then stare at the horizon to keep everything balanced as I had read to do. Loved all the options our grandkids had while sailing. The different clubs and activities kept them busy! No boring moments at all. Actually, there was so much to do, they didn't get it all done. Do wish family karoake was a little longer or offered more times. We loved it, but it was nearly full by the time it started both times. If you got there even 5 min late, you didn't stand a chance unless someone left or chickened out. Still a lot of fun though. Overall, this cruise was simply amazing. Yeah, I had an issue with the elevators and bathroom, but the positive things about this cruise far outweigh those. We can't wait to do it again!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was a 4 day get-a-way with a friend & acquaintance. DH was not interested in going. It was basically Nassau & their island. This being my 20th cruise (w/o DH), it was just to relax and see if Disney was a good choice to do ... Read More
This was a 4 day get-a-way with a friend & acquaintance. DH was not interested in going. It was basically Nassau & their island. This being my 20th cruise (w/o DH), it was just to relax and see if Disney was a good choice to do a family cruise. Embarkation was a breeze as was debarkation. Canaveral is a great in & out port. Disney makes it easy for passengers, but kids rule on their cruises. If you want your kids entertained every waking minute (what parent doesn't?), this is the cruise for you. Two things that stood out for me was: great food and good choices (didn't need to do fee restaurants). Service was impeccable. There wasn't a thing they wouldn't do for you! Our extra tips reflected this!! Did Palo the first night so we missed the Animators' Palace. (Really wanted to experience it.) But, the chocolate souffle was incredible. Cabanas (buffet) had boiled shrimp, crab legs and oysters every day for lunch. Good quality choices. Didn't try mac & cheese, but the chix tenders were "to die for!" Was disappointed one day (conflicting schedule) that they closed it @ 1:30. But, managed to get some food and a server actually went into the kitchen to get me two desserts. One day, I asked if a dish was spicy, and a server said it might be and then proceeded to go back and make it w/o spice for me. Free soda was a perk. Kudos to the servers. Everyone said hello and asked if they could be of service. In the dining room had steak (filet mignon) three nights. From the breads to the desserts, being a foodie, I was impressed. Cabin mate raved about the fish dishes. They even went to Cabanas to get a tea my friend drank! Except for one ventriloquist (adult & children's' shows) (sorry, I love Jeff Dunham), loved their production shows. I can't do steps, so my friend found a cast member to take me to a seat up front via a special elevator system. I felt special. I didn't do bingo as I suspect it would have been expensive as it is now on other ships. YES, I did miss gambling casino. They have some really nice shops, but boy could you spend a fortune as the kids could see the merchandise and 'want everything' they saw. I suspect Disney makes a fortune on their merchandise. The rooms and ship were kept immaculate! The ship is beautiful especially the atrium. Our room steward was incredible and extremely friendly. We were in a veranda room with a queen bed and convertible couch. After some whining on my cabin mates' part, I took the couch bed; it was comfortable. It was okay for 3 people, but would have been tight for supposedly 5 passengers. Was worried about the tub/shower, but with a rail, it is not bad. Nice having two separate bathrooms was nice. I am not a balcony lover, but the two others loved it. First time for room service, and was very impressed not only for the menu, but the service. We needed it by a certain time to make a venue, and it was in the room 10 minutes later; it was very good. Friends did the Acqua Duck and loved it. A sore point for me was the Pirate Party & fireworks. That size ship cannot accommodate everyone on board in one small space. Chairs were at a premium. That seems to happen a lot on the larger ships (been on Oasis & Epic)! They even had a good-bye show with all the characters in the atrium. Again, impressive!!!!! I am trying not to be long-winded. Would I go again? Yes, if the price is right (they are pricey) and I went w/ husband, grown children & grandchildren. Disney Cruise Line is a class organization. You do get your "money's worth!" It would be fun (as I've read on other reviews) seeing it through grandchildren's' eyes! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
As soon as the Disney Dream was announced, we knew we wanted to sail on her. Our experience was wonderful. We traveled with a total of 9 people, including an 11 year-old. We shared 2 Deluxe Family Oceanview connecting cabins. From the ... Read More
As soon as the Disney Dream was announced, we knew we wanted to sail on her. Our experience was wonderful. We traveled with a total of 9 people, including an 11 year-old. We shared 2 Deluxe Family Oceanview connecting cabins. From the moment you cross over the causeway and see the ship, you are enthralled. First - it's a beautiful ship (we prefer the classic cruise ship style, as opposed to the floating boxes). Getting through the security screening takes no time at all, because Disney has cruisers select a time to arrive, therefore spreading the crowd over several hours. Upstairs, the fun begins immediately as Mickey, Minnie and Donald are there to meet and greet. The check-in line goes quickly, as you are greeted by a truly happy cast member who makes check-in effortless. You are then assigned a group number for boarding. Once your group number is called you are led through a opportunity to get your first cruise photos, then your key card is swiped and you are on your way onboard. As you enter the ship, your family is announced over the PA system - and you are welcomed aboard, greeted by a cast member, and led aside to be given a quick overview of what to expect for the rest of the day, as well as given information about where to proceed if you'd like to eat. It's a great way to start the cruise. Our cabin was spacious, and clean - colorfully decorated. Our cabin steward was wonderful - and seemed to create miracles in keeping our cabin clean and organized. We all fell in love with the showers. Since we did not have small children with us, it was easy to have an adult focused cruise by sticking to the adults only area and selecting late seating for dinner. We did hear one or two couples who wished for casinos - but we did not care that there is no gambling onboard because there is so much to do all day long. You truly have to plan what you want to do and recognize you cannot do it all. We saw first run movies (live action as well as animated), attended cooking demos, champagne tastings, shows, etc etc. Food is available all day long - and it's really good. A favorite on the Disney cruises is that you rotate through the restaurants, and as you rotate, your serving staff travels with you - so by the 2nd night they know your beverage preferences and have food recommendations that fit your likes. If you don't want to eat in the themed restaurants, you can make advance reservations in one of the adults only restaurants. Lots of food options! There are lots of excursions available in the ports of call. All are vetted by Disney, so you know you are safe. And, as long as you take one of the excursions on their list, you know the ship will be there waiting for you when it is time to embark. Castaway Cay is quiet, and clean. You don't have any worries since it's a Disney island - so you can leave your possessions at your chair and know they will be there if you decide to swim. Yes, there are plenty of opportunities to get adult beverages. Disembarking is a piece of cake - once again, Disney has the process figured out. From the time we left the ship - picked up our luggage - routed through customs - and boarded the bus - it took about 30 mins. We cannot wait until the next cruise on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We took this cruise for our 20th anniversary without our kids and then again last week with our two teenage boys. Both trips were first rate. We find the dining experiences on Disney to be excellent. The service is exceptional. In fact, ... Read More
We took this cruise for our 20th anniversary without our kids and then again last week with our two teenage boys. Both trips were first rate. We find the dining experiences on Disney to be excellent. The service is exceptional. In fact, the service is so memorable that we recognized a server from a previous cruise and asked to have him as our server on this cruise. The quality and quantity of food is always excellent, whether you are at the fast food stations, buffets or in the main dining areas. The favorite dish on the cruise was the Grand Marnier Souffle...we each had 2! The wild boar was enjoyed by the men on our cruise...I passed. I wish that Disney would vary the ports of call on the shorter cruises. I am so bored with Nassau, that now we stay on the ship for the day when docked there. We did get off the ship on the last cruise and found that the Island was pretty torn up from a storm. However, my favorite place on earth is Castaway Cay! We have been so lucky to never have had bad weather there. It is amazing to see how much the island has changed over the years. Disney does a great job of maintaining the island and adding new features. Serenity bay for adults is paradise. The BBQ lunch was wonderful...including rib eye steak! I would change is the adult entertainment is a little lacking. I find the director of entertainment to be very annoying and very loud. We took a cruise on Celebrity over the summer to Bermuda and I have to say that they had a man who sang and played guitar on an outside deck...we could have stayed out there all day long. Disney needs to do something like that. That is our only complaint and the ONLY area that Celebrity bests Disney. We will be back for more! Maybe the cruise out of NY to Nova Scotia! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Pluses: + the ship was spotless! I just couldn't find a dirty area anywhere. Not even the pool area when it was jammed with people. None of the public bathrooms either. + their service is impeccable + we booked a cabin on ... Read More
Pluses: + the ship was spotless! I just couldn't find a dirty area anywhere. Not even the pool area when it was jammed with people. None of the public bathrooms either. + their service is impeccable + we booked a cabin on the concierge deck which turned out to be a very smart move because of the expedited checkin, rapid embarkation past the hour long line, and the concierge lounge. + the concierge lounge had food constantly and their espresso was quite simply amazing. + the coffee all over the ship was excellent. Not just the espresso in the concierge lounge + the aqua duck was loads of fun; a tube that goes into a a slide which goes all around the ship. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.luxuo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/disney-cruise-aquaduck.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.luxuo.com/travel/disney-dream-cruise-ship.html&h=428&w=600&sz=49&tbnid=e9rj9QOYLBS2oM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=135&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddisney%2Bdream%2Bcruise%2Bship%2Bphotos%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=disney+dream+cruise+ship+photos&hl=en&usg=__NK1dmFgqn3wZOLDgfKx4Kryvj5w=&sa=X&ei=EVUYToHFC4PDsQLl88zCBw&ved=0CCwQ9QEwAA + the bunk beds were a big hit with the boys :) + the shower fixtures in the room allowed for a great shower because of the overhead rain spout. + being Disney, they showed all the great Disney movies on the outside screen by the pool. + my boys discovered Disney classic cartoons and likes them far more than the highly stylized versions currently on TV. Minuses: - the food was blah. It was fresh and well prepared but was not up to par with other cruises we've taken - the kid's activities area did not allow for doing anything around the ship. The kids would have been locked into an indoor room on deck 5. We opted to put them there a couple of times for an hour rather than the whole day. We wanted them in the pools, slides, etc and that wouldn't have happened if they'd been there the whole time. As such, we really didn't have a vacation but the kids sure did :) - I know it's supposed to be all about the kids but aside from the aqua duck, I didn't see anything that uniquely distinguished the Disney cruise from any other. Yes, they had some Disney characters running around but after the first picture with them, the kids lost interest. The bathroom sinks were lower. They had a boring kids menu, which my boys never ordered from. So, I didn't see what positioned the Disney cruise any better. - for what we paid, the value was just not there. It was vastly over priced even without the concierge pricing. - the Internet connection was slow and the wifi kept dropping me. - the family suite that we were in was a glorified tin can at 300 sq ft. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We were able to book a cruise very early on the Disney Dream and had really looked forward to it. There are many pros about the Dream but some cons.Let's start with the pros:A lovely ship that really does have the look and feel of an ... Read More
We were able to book a cruise very early on the Disney Dream and had really looked forward to it. There are many pros about the Dream but some cons.Let's start with the pros:A lovely ship that really does have the look and feel of an old ocean liner, very great staff that is so kind and welcoming to the children, wonderful children's programs with exceptional activities and childcare, imaginative detective game with modern technology, very nice island, childcare and lunch. The pirate party is so special as are the fireworks. The Golden Mickeys was the best.The cons: It was crowded. Too many people for the size of the ship. The pools are dangerous for young children. Very overcrowded with everyone jumping in all at once.The food is typical Disney food and does not meet the standards of other lines such as Princess. The restaurants are too small and noisy. There were alot of characters aboard but there were very long lines and short times for picture taking. Not many activities for adults.In summary, I would go on the Dream if I had children to take aboard. Childcare and activities are excellent. If you want a first class relaxing cruise for adults this is not it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
My husband and I are not "cruisers," so this review is tainted by that. We will not likely take another cruise, but the children and grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it (and will probably go again)!Cabins were nicer than we ... Read More
My husband and I are not "cruisers," so this review is tainted by that. We will not likely take another cruise, but the children and grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it (and will probably go again)!Cabins were nicer than we expected. We really like the split bathroom, especially the families. The rooms are quiet and it is easy to sleep in late, if you wish.We really liked the food. Always fresh and well presented.Our stateroom attendant did an outstanding job.The food court staff was excellent---always pleasant and helpful.The dining room waitstaff at dinner was average and below average. Four of the six adults in my party have been waiters prior to graduate school, so we are aware of how much work is involved, especially when all your tables get seated at once. However, our servers were slow, especially the drink server. Most evenings, only one person in our group had wine or a cocktail. The rest of us were drinking water, iced tea, or milk. Each night we had to ask him to bring more water. The first night, he ran out of water before he got to me and never did come back. I finally asked the maitre d' for water. One of the "signature" cocktails at every lounge on the ship is a Captain's Mai Tai. When our one drinker asked for one, the waiter did not recognize the drink and asked us to spell it.Every night but one, we were among the last people to leave the dining room. With 3 children (ages 6, 7, and 8) we would have preferred to finish sooner than 10:30 pm.The Aqua Duck is wonderful. The lines were relatively short, usually about 15 minutes. We rode it many times.The Atlantis Aquaventure was expensive, but very enjoyable. Buses labeled with "Disney" in the front window transport you from the cruise ship terminal to the front door of the hotel. A friendly guide shows you around the water park and points out restaurants where your Disney voucher is good for lunch. She also pointed out landmarks to make sure you found your way back to the pickup point for the buses back to the cruise ship. Other folks we met on the cruise said they were hounded by hucksters and aggressive beggars on the streets of Nassau. Many returned to the ship early from their shopping excursions because they felt unsafe. Nassau does not seem very compatible with the experience Disney is trying to sell.Castaway Cay is a pleasure, probably our favorite day on the cruise. The children loved playing in the ocean and building sand castles. The slide (Pelican Plunge) was fun, but the line never got shorter than about a 15-minute wait. Maybe Disney could build another slide?The "day at sea" was also very pleasant. The staff was excellent in keeping the chairs and chaise lounges open for all to use. If a personal item such as clothing, purse, or shoes was in a chair, they left it alone. If the "chair hogs" put their towels out on several chairs, the staff would simply remove the towels. We never had trouble finding an empty seat.On the day at sea, lots of soot came spewing from one of the smokestacks for about 10 minutes, "raining" down on everybody and the pools. It covered the decks and got picked up on the soles of everybody's feet. The crew was slow to clean this up, initially just sweeping it with brooms. Eventually, some men came out and power-washed the deck, but it was too late. The soot was tracked onto the restaurant floors and public hallways.The upper decks are loud. Music is constantly blasting from the speakers, especially around Donald's and Mickey's pools mid-ship. Some in my group enjoy reading or sketching, but it was so distracting to never get away from the thump and thrum of the music. Even far forward on deck 12 and 13, you hear the soundtrack from Pirates of the Caribbean or Hannah Montana singing her greatest hits. I'm not sure why loud music is supposed to equate with fun.If you book a room with a verandah, you can escape the noise and enjoy some privacy.The whole family enjoyed playing Goofy Golf on deck 13. Several rounds.The children loved the kids clubs. Even after leaving dinner late, they usually begged to go back to the kids clubs. They made friends and the counselors were very good.We did not attend any of the shows.FL Tours did an outstanding job with private transfers to and from the airport, cruise, and WDW. The driver was always early for pickup (and we were usually ready and waiting!). They were courteous and pleasant. Our first driver (from the airport to the port) was a little too explicit about the tip and what was expected (20%). Having been a waiter, I understand the importance of tipping; I just don't like it so explicit.None of our paperwork indicated there would be a "Pirate Night" on board the ship. It didn't matter, but the children might have brought special outfits for that night if they had known. We all loved the fireworks!The itinerary on the Disney Cruise website states you are back in port at 7:30 am. What they didn't tell us until the last evening was that we were assigned breakfast at 7:45 am. Our waiter asked us not to come early because the tables were assigned and reserved for specific times. Since our waitstaff was quite slow, we left breakfast at 8:45 am, collected our luggage, and passed through customs. Based on the information provided by Disney (in port at 7:30 am), we had asked our driver from FL Tours to meet us at 8:15 am which would allow plenty of time to pass through customs. Instead, the soonest we could meet him was 9:15 am. I was very apologetic that he had to wait an hour for us. Every person's time is important, especially those who make their living one trip at a time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
My wife and I wanted to go somewhere for my birthday and since we live in Fl and I see the ships every day I suggested we take a cruise. They made a big deal about the new Dream we decided to go for a weekend. Nice ship, new and it shows, ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to go somewhere for my birthday and since we live in Fl and I see the ships every day I suggested we take a cruise. They made a big deal about the new Dream we decided to go for a weekend. Nice ship, new and it shows, everything was fresh and clean. The paint was perfect and it was all Disney from top to bottom. Embarkation was a little of a pain, sitting around waiting to board for about a hour after we checked in with nothing to do and I mean NOTHING! They had a few characters for photos but that was about it. But after we got on board it was beautiful. When you go aboard they announce you that was fun. Went to get something to eat on deck 11, I know they don't call it a buffet, but that is what it is, but it is grand that food was wonderful, I have never seen bacon wrapped salmon, it was great! The cabin was nice, clean and a great view, The TV programming wasn't very good but who goes on a cruise to watch TV anyway? First night we ate in Remy, great food wonderful service, it was a little hard to understand the servers because of the accent but it was great food and worth the price, just don't get the wine pairing, it was interesting but not worth the $99.00 per person extra. The show that night was the "Golden Mickey's" Good show. Next day Nassau, if you've been there enough said nice day and perfect weather. The show that next was Villains, I would not recommend it. Next day was Castaway Cay—Disney's private island retreat. Looked like a nice place to spend the day if it wasn't cold, windy and raining, stayed on the ship. That night the show was Believe good show. Here are just some notes, food good, but seemed to pike the first day, it was good but the 1st day was the best. (Maybe because we ate at Remy) If you want some me time go to the spa, the Rain Forest was worth it. Everyone I talked to said that if you don't want to see the kids you don't have to worry they are busy during the day and you won't even know they are there. Not true on the Dream, they are everywhere!!!!! I know you go on a Disney cruise you will see the kids, on this ship they are all over, it's not like they say. Even in the adult areas they had to run them off. The night life is zero, not much going on after 10:30 pm, the ship was asleep, except for the kid that was running up and done the hallway at odd hours. For example for karaoke I think there were 12 people, really!! The debarkation was smooth, had breakfast and just walked off the ship. Overall the crew was great, food better than any other ship, beautiful ship! I don't think I will do a Disney Dream again, maybe one of the others. Tell me the truth are the kids really at the youth activities on the other ships? Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
So we have been on a number of Disney cruises in the past and have always loved them. The Magic is one of our favorite ships and I was very disappointed to not have any magic on the new Dream. The problems started from the port, ... Read More
So we have been on a number of Disney cruises in the past and have always loved them. The Magic is one of our favorite ships and I was very disappointed to not have any magic on the new Dream. The problems started from the port, where it was obvious Disney wasn't ready for the large increase in headcount from the smaller ships. As we arrived at the cruise terminal, Disney was still working on getting passengers off from the previous trip and the place was a mad house. The wait to get on the ship was over 2 hours and this is something we never experienced before. Once on the ship, Disney began running out of things immediately. They were out of Pizza at the Pizzeria, sandwiches at the sandwich shop. The shows and movies on board were so full, that if you wanted to see any of them, you had to get there 30 minutes early to get a seat at all. We went to see one of the first run movies in the theater on board and arrived 15 minutes before it started to find there were no seats left at all. Some were standing through the whole movie, others where just sitting on the stairs in the theater. The wonderful piano bar from the Magic and Wonder, doesn't exist on this ship. There is a small cramped place where they have an electric piano, but this is only early after noon and acoustics where awful. Finally, on a 4 day cruise we arrived in port a little after midnight. With our balcony, we have always loved enjoying the last night out on the water and it was so disappointing to spend the last night, staring at cape Canaveral. During the disembark, lines were as bad as they had been all cruise long and the whole process took well over 1 1/2 hours to get off. The ship its self has smaller pools than the Magic and Wonder. The adult pool is tiny. The cost of this cruise was very high for what we got and the service Disney was able to provide. The staff tried their best, but they were set up to fail due to poor planning. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Disney Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 3.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 2.0 3.7

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