21 Disney Dream Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Embarkation went very smoothly. The line was constantly moving, and a cast member gave out forms to fill out in line to cut down on waiting time (have a working pen with you). Security screening was quick (get rid of liquids, port ... Read More
Embarkation went very smoothly. The line was constantly moving, and a cast member gave out forms to fill out in line to cut down on waiting time (have a working pen with you). Security screening was quick (get rid of liquids, port authority won’t let you in otherwise) and I was walking on board around noon. Disney goes out of their way to welcome you by announcing you onboard into the atrium. Super awesome. The attention to detail on this ship was to be expected given the incredibly high standards of Disney. The atrium was magnificent. Parts of Disney are blatantly Mickey (which is super fun and whimsical) while other parts (especially the adults sections of the ship) were more hidden Mickey style. The Dream has three main restaurants plus two specialty restaurants (Palo and Remy). I went to Remy the first night so I missed the Enchanted Garden, but did go to EG for breakfast. The restaurants are very well themed, and I think EG was my favorite themed restaurant. It was gorgeous. Disney rotates you to a different restaurant each night so you have a chance to see all of them. Your waiters go with you, so no worries. I did not try Palo (I regret not doing that brunch) but Remy was equivalent (to me) as Victoria and Albert’s. Men are required to wear a jacket, so that should tell you there is a dress code. No jeans. Ladies must wear a dress or pant suit. The food was delicious. I did my hardest to get through all seven courses but my stomach gave up. Alas. The beef wagu was superb. The waiters were knowledgeable and explained in detail what everything was. The regular restaurant waiters were awesome! One liked to play games with us and gave us puzzles to work out while we waited for our food. We had three waiters for our table and they were very knowledgeable and had great suggestions. They also know who you are immediately. They knew my name when I showed up for dinner the second night after being a no show the first night. My jaw dropped before I could tell them my name. They also loved to heckle each other, much to me and my fellow dinner companions’ amusement. Royal Table and Animator’s Palette were also well themed and I loved the food. I only ate at their buffet, Cabanas, a couple of times, but the food had a lot of variety and was very good. Juice and soda are free (unless you go to a specialty place), as is room service, unlimited soft serve ice cream, and the hotdog/pizza/hamburger places. Pizza was very good too. Next to Cabanas is Venelope’s, which is a dedicated former sweet shop. We’re talking Willy Wonka people!!!!! The most beautiful, glorious cupcakes, fudge, chocolate covered strawberries, lollipops, cake pops, gelato (they make elaborate sundaes!)...I was definitely the kid in the candy store. They have a good variety of kid friendly movies on their “funnel vision” and kids can watch movies while swimming in the pool. I loved their Aquaduck slide. They have a movie theater that shows free, first run movies, and another HUGE theater for their broadway caliber shows. Golden Mickey’s, Beauty and the Beast and Believe are what Disney’s excels at. Please do not miss these shows. While Disney does have two dinner seatings (if adults only I suggest taking the second seating), they also play the shows twice so both seatings have a chance to see them. They have miniature golf, a sports simulator, numerous Character Meet and Greets (you have to book ahead of time for the Princess characters or you won’t get a pic of them) and all sorts of activities. I grabbed a Rainforest spa pass and loved Senses. The heated lounge chairs overlooking the water was so relaxing, and I love their variety showers. I didn’t travel with kids, but did walk through for a tour. It’s a Small World is a nursery for the three and under’s. Reserve those ahead of time if you want adult time, as that’s the one kiddy place that books full the quickest. It’s also the only one that charges you $9/hour to watch your baby. The other kids’ clubs are the Oceaneers Club (which made me really jealous of the kids that got to play there), the Edge and the Vibe. The Vibe, for teenagers, have their own pool. Adults also have their own pool, jacuzzi, decks, deck chairs (of which there was more than enough for us) specialty coffee and drink places, excursions, shipboard activities, and the District, which holds a variety of pubs, champagne areas, clubs with live music, and so much. I literally was not wanting for anything. Disney thought of everyone!!! I was not the least bit bothered by the kids on board, and I encountered no drunken brawls or obnoxious people. The staff were incredibly friendly, polite, and excellent conversationalists. They were also strict enforcers of the “adult only” sections, so you were left with peace and quiet if you wanted to stay in those areas. Castaway Cay was the highlight of the trip, and just as well themed as the ship, right down to the cute bathrooms! They also have an adults only section that had hammocks, a bike rental (which was super relaxing biking all over the island) and a dedicated place to get some fruity coolers or beer. There’s also a BBQ place. Didn’t hang out in the family side, but they also had all of that, plus some fun snorkeling places and water slides. Disembarkation went smoothly. If you wish for them to take your luggage off the ship for you, you must leave your luggage outside your door by 10pm. Make sure you remember to set aside clothes to wear off the ship the next day or you’ll be walking off in your pajamas. They issue out colored tags so finding my stuff in customs was easy (that, and I had obscenely bright Disney luggage so my eyes found it immediately). Just so you know for breakfast getting off the ship, they’ll do final breakfast based on what your dinner seating was. If you were first seating, your breakfast will be earlier. Second dinner will have breakfast after 8am. I highly advise AGAINST booking a flight before 3pm. You will be super stressed out and rushed and may have to skip breakfast, as everyone is getting off the ship and you’ll still have to get your luggage through. I had accidentally booked their bus back to the airport when in fact I was going to WDW after pulling in, but they were able to put me on one of their buses with scarcely a wait. Also, you do have the option of dressing up for Pirate Night. The ship plays pirate movies and music, the crew dress up in pirate gear, including the characters, and the guests join in the fun. I brought a costume had and had a ton of fun. There’s a pirate show followed by fireworks followed by a deck party followed by another pirate buffet. As you can see from this incredibly long review (should have done a table of contents and chapters), I was incredibly impressed by my first Disney cruise! To hear the first seven notes of “when you wish join a star” play on the ship’s horn during the Sail-a-Wave party made me teary eyed. The ship also has a variety of other musical horns, and they’ll play them either in port. If you’re fortunate, maybe you’ll be treated to a horn battle with other ships. I went for my 40th birthday. I went solo. Still loved this cruise to death. Do not let anyone tell you that this ship is only for families with kids. This is false. If you love traveling on ships with high standards, attention to detail, and are young at heart, please give Disney a look. They blew my previous cruise lines away. WOW!!!!!! I put money down for a placeholder before I even finished my cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Reasons why I loved this cruise: - amazing entertainment! - exceptional service! You cannot beat the Disney service- they always go out of their way to make your cruise magical. - beautiful ship - Castaway Cay is a stunning ... Read More
Reasons why I loved this cruise: - amazing entertainment! - exceptional service! You cannot beat the Disney service- they always go out of their way to make your cruise magical. - beautiful ship - Castaway Cay is a stunning island...gorgeous adults only beach with a great BBQ lunch. - adults only areas on the ship are lovely and there was plenty of adult only entertainment! - Beauty and the Beast was a high quality production! It was better than many professional productions I have seen. - Trivia was offered ever day- super fun! -Bingo was very entertaining! - We loved seeing first run movies on the ship! Star Wars was great! - plenty of chairs in the adults only section of the ship - our dinner service staff was phenomenal- Richard and Miguel were the best servers we have had on a cruise! - Good food! And the theming is each restaurant is adorable! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We took our first ever cruise aboard the Disney Dream in September 2019 (no kids with us). After carefully reading many reviews of the different cruise lines and ships, we chose to sail Disney due to their reputation for health, safety, ... Read More
We took our first ever cruise aboard the Disney Dream in September 2019 (no kids with us). After carefully reading many reviews of the different cruise lines and ships, we chose to sail Disney due to their reputation for health, safety, and service. We were not disappointed in the slightest bit! The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship, one of Disney's two larger ships. It was well maintained and luxurious. The food was good, service was great, and the adult-only areas were quiet and relaxing. We particularly enjoyed the spectacular sunrises from our verandah and the amazing live shows. Beauty and the Beast was a favorite. To be honest I've never been a huge Disney fanatic, but there is just something magical and novel about Disney and you really feel that magic aboard their cruise ships. We chose the 3-night cruise which was a bit short for all of the planning and logistics and work it takes to travel across the country for a cruise. But we chose this because we weren't sure if we would even like being on a cruise ship. We can't wait to return and next time will try a 5-night cruise. The only complications on our cruise was that we were unable to visit Castaway Cay. Due to the recent hurricane, they weren't yet finished repairing areas of the island that had been misplaced and damaged. We docked at Castaway Cay, but weren't able to leave the ship. I know that many of our fellow passengers were disappointed by this. From what we could see though it looked like a beautiful place and we hope to be able to return. Lastly, Nassau was NOT a lovely place at all. It's a hard pass, next time we'll just stay on the ship. The port area was dirty and all of these hustlers crowd you and hound you to get you to spend money. Very uncomfortable and unpleasant. Not very "Disney" at all. It felt unsafe. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
Our family just returned from our second cruise on the Disney Dream and it was juast as amazing as our first! This was the first Very Merrytime Cruise and the ship was near capacity. We had an 11:45am arrival time, but actually made it ... Read More
Our family just returned from our second cruise on the Disney Dream and it was juast as amazing as our first! This was the first Very Merrytime Cruise and the ship was near capacity. We had an 11:45am arrival time, but actually made it there by 10:45am. The line to get through the initial ID check was short and the security line was not bad (maybe 10-15 minute wait). Once we went upstairs, the terminal was packed. We were lucky to get boarding group 12. They started boarding around 11:30am and we were on before noon. Going on the ship was easy and the atrium was beautifully decorated. We were sad to see the gingerbread house was not yet finished, but they worked on it during the cruise. Lunch was at Cabana’s and the only issue I had was with the rock crab. It had an odd, musty taste and I stopped eating it. I should have mentioned it to the crew, but we were wanting to get finished up. It was very packed since the rooms were not yet ready. The time we were done, rooms were ready and we headed downstairs. We went with a deluxe verandah room and we did notice the smaller size compared with the deluxe family oceanview room on our past cruise. We were on the starboard side of the ship and got to watch the crew loading the ship. We walked around the ship and headed up to the Sail Away party and it was fun for the kids. We went down for dinner in the Enchanted Garden shortly after the show ended (first seating). Tip – if you are not able to book the first dining online, call Disney and they will put you on a wait list. We were very lucky and were assigned to first dining when we received our cards. There is also a time on the ship you can ask to change. As for dinner itself, our wait staff was wonderful and the food was excellent as usual. I had the tomato bisque and sea bass and I would say it is one of the best meals of my life, if not the best. Everyone else really enjoyed their meals as well. That evening, they had some fun Christmas shows in the atrium. The Golden Mickey’s was very good and the kids enjoyed it. For the day at Nassau, we arrived in port around 9am and we ashore before lunch. My in-laws were traveling with us and wanted to see Nassau. We were off the ship for about an hour and that was enough. Unless you have a shore excursion, just stay on the ship! It is just too crazy with all of the people pushing you to take rides or trying to sell you things. Back on the ship, we had some lunch at the quick-service restaurants on the pool deck and it was pretty tasty. Nothing mind-blowing, but hit the spot. We enjoyed the pools and my wife and 7yo son rode the Aquaduck while I took my 3yo to the Nemo splash area. We all had a good time there. We then took our older son down to the kid’s club and we had our younger son get a much-needed nap. My wife and I enjoyed some time on the balcony watching the ships parked next to ours. It was scheduled to be a very slow port day in Nassau, but there were a total of five ships that docked, so the pier was crazier than usual. Dinner was at the Royal Palace and the food was once again very good. The wait staff even brought me out an extra dessert (soufflé night!) since I mentioned how much I love them. The show that night was Beauty and the Beast and it was out of this world! The effects are simply amazing and we were glad the seas were calm so they could perform. The last cruise was pretty rocky and they had to cancel it, which broke our hearts! It was also pirate night and the shows on the top deck were a blast. The fireworks are on the shorter side (about 3 minutes or so), but totally worth staying up for. The next day was our stop at Castaway Cay. We docked around 8am and we headed off the ship around 9:30am. We saw the grand Christmas tree and there was a character meeting when we got off. The tram ride was short and a nice way to travel to our beach. The weather was perfect, but we under-estimated how strong the sun was. We were all on the verge of nasty sunburns, even with sunscreen. The water was a bit on the cooler side (maybe upper-70s), but did not take long to adjust to. My older son enjoyed the water slide and we also swam around the snorkeling area a bit. We did not actually snorkel, but just wore our life vests out and enjoyed the view. Lunch is a basic bbq with hot dogs and burgers with a variety of sides and fruit. It tasted pretty good since we were all hungry. We did some shopping and then went back to the ship. My younger son took a nap again and my older son went back to the kid’s area. My wife and I took turns relaxing in the room while the other explored the ship. We left the island around 4:45pm and it was sad to see it sail into the sunset. Dinner was in Animator’s Palate. I was still full from lunch, so I went with a lighter chicken dish (very good!). The potato soup was amazing, but a part of me wished I would have asked for the tomato bisque and sea bass from the first night again. The show in the restaurant was tons of fun and the kids loved it. We then went to watch Believe and the cast was brilliant! We saw the show back in January and it was updated from what we remembered. The genie was hilarious and the one actress singing a song from Princess and the Frog brought the house down! I would put it up with any show on Broadway right now. Both of our kids sat for all three shows, even though it was past their usual bedtimes. When the show was over, we went back to the room to get our suitcases outside for pickup and then we relaxed a bit. I caught some Sunday Night Football on Funnel Vision on the top deck and walked around some. It was a great ending to the day. The only downside for the day in general was trying to book our next cruise. I was 5th in line, but two people ahead of me were booking six rooms and four rooms. With only two crew members assisting, the people in line were very frustrated as well and I ended up just putting a placeholder card in the box. I wasted 45 minutes standing there when I could have been enjoying the ship. I know for the next time! The final morning was the same as our last cruise. We hit up Cabana’s for breakfast and the staff is not as cheerful as the other mornings. I know they are pushing to get everyone off the ship and I think it is a tactic to help people along. There is a limited menu, which is also understandable. We did have the option to go back to Animator’s Palate, but it was at 6:45am, which was too early for us. Getting off the ship was very fast and going through the line at customs took maybe 10 minutes. We were back in the garage and the trip ended in a blink of an eye. I just think about all of the people coming on and how excited they are for their trip. It is such a sad feeling to leave the amazing Dream, but we also learn more each trip. We know some things we will do differently for the next cruise and we are hoping to go back next October! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We sailed the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise, and all we can say is "WOW!" Disney does cruising right. The entertainment was the best we had every seen on a cruise, and the friendliness and work ethic of the staff was ... Read More
We sailed the Disney Dream for a 4 night cruise, and all we can say is "WOW!" Disney does cruising right. The entertainment was the best we had every seen on a cruise, and the friendliness and work ethic of the staff was exceptional. We cruised with kids ranging from 6-14, and there was something for everyone. Our oldest loved Vibe and Edge, and our youngest (who usually hate kids clubs) begged us to go back to the Oceaneer Lab again and again. We opted for the late dining (8:15) which was a bit tough for the little ones (6 and 7) but, honestly, we wouldn't have wanted the earlier seating. We heard from other people that they were rushed to be ready for the early dinner, and then their kids would fall asleep during the shows. The late dinner watches the shows at 6:15pm, and they were so fantastic that we would've hated for the kids to be too tired to watch them. Also, having the late dinner seating meant our disembarkation breakfast was at 8 am (not at 6:15! Which is what the early dinner seating gets assigned). Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless. We took the Disney bus to and from the airport, which was about a 40 min drive. TIPS: 1. If your child gets a band for the Oceaneer Club, make sure to return it before 11pm the night before disembarkation. The $12.95 for the band will get credited back to your account. If you forget, your child gets to keep the band but you pay the $12.95. 2. Take the time to get to know your servers, Stateroom host, etc. Disney employees on this ship have the most amazing life stories! And they are such hard working, friendly people. 3. Yes, there are a LOT of kids on this cruise. It's Disney. I've read other reviews where people complain about the number of kids and that the cruise is not adult friendly. In my opinion, there are PLENTY of activities for adults only (Spa, tastings, etc). However, if you want to take a cruise where you don't see kids, don't do Disney. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise. This was my son's first cruise and my first "traditional" cruise since the one prior was on the Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos. It was just the two of us on a mom-son bonding trip. ... Read More
Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise. This was my son's first cruise and my first "traditional" cruise since the one prior was on the Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos. It was just the two of us on a mom-son bonding trip. DAY 1: Embarkation went smoothly, but lines were extremely long to get thru the scanners and into cruise terminal (arrived at 1015a for 1030a Port Arrival Time, got to check-in desk after 11a). Super long lines for photos but we caught one with Goofy before our boarding group was called. Headed straight to Enchanted Garden for a civilized, seated lunch. Our server was lackluster and seemed more intent on pushing me to buy an alcoholic beverage than actually fulfilling our food order. Food was mediocre. My cocktail was not so good. Many many mistakes on the part of our server. Signed up for the free 2 hrs of Internet at port, but got no connection or signal due to "108 error". Don't expect to get any work done prior to embarkation. Plus, I had to run around the ship to move my Remy reservation, move my Senses reservation, un-double-book us for a port adventure that showed up twice on our itinerary, reinstate one activity that had fallen off our itinerary, and take our photos and set up a PW for Oceaneer's Lab/Club(no one at terminal to do it), so we were busy criss-crossing the ship for these 5 stops. I made sure out last stop was the Oceaneer's Lab/Club so that my son could check it out. He was content to hang out in Disney Infinity room. Unfortunately, he didn't care for any of the other really cool and interactive areas. With a promise that he would be back, I had to drag him out so that we could go check out the pool and AquaDuck. Short AquaDuck line and it was super fun. The line grew and he didn't want to climb all the steps to wait again. HA! Then all he wanted to do next was watch the big screen movie from inside the pool. LOL We did that for about 45 min and then I had to pull him out and bring him back to the Oceaneer's Lab/Club so that I could go to Senses... I ran off to Sense for my appt, arriving 15 min early as instructed. After waiting 20 min past my appt time and still no sign of the doctor, I had to tell them that I just had to leave. No appt and I wasted precious time I could have spent with my child. Luggage arrived outside of stateroom when expected, and our stateroom was large, clean, ready for us. I swear that this bed has to be the most comfortable bed on earth! Between the rocking of the ship as it surged forward through waves, my sound machine, and the blackout curtains, I slept really well and my son -- a notoriously bad sleeper -- slept like a log and refused to sleep anywhere but the drop-down bunk. HUGE plus for DCL on that win. We were assigned late dining, so we caught the stage show at 630p; my son LOVED it, even though we've seen both versions of Beauty and the Beast films, and various stage productions. They did a fabulous job. Met two other families at dinner that night and DCL did a FABULOUS job of matching up kids who had similar interests. Our server, Nova, was a sweetheart and almost over the top in her willingness to help me, a single mom. She was cutting my son's food for him, something I usually have to do. And she didn't make fun of the fact that I tried three appetizers but no entree for dinner. BTW, the escargot was awful -- mealy and definitely not fresh. I was so disappointed. But Nova's smile made it feel insignificant. Disney did acknowledge my note that we were onboard to celebrate my son's bday and servers sang happy bday to him at the end of the meal. It was a highlight for him and a great way to start off our trip. DAY 2: Castaway Cay was beautiful. Most activities were cancelled due to weather conditions, but we enjoyed the beautiful beach, loungers, umbrellas and our rented float&tube. I did like how Disney provided drums of super-strong mosquito repellent for us to apply as we got off the ship (Zika risk in the area). BBQ lunch was awful (I had heard it was "delicious") and I ate only crisps (potato chips) and fruit from the fruit bar. We didn't see a single character on the island for photos the entire day. Although I saw servers on the not crowded beach, no one came by to take orders. And by the end of the day, I saw ONE photographer wandering around and chased her down to get our photos taken. She didn't enter our stateroom number correctly b/c the photos never appeared in our Shutters binder. Post office also wasn't opened when we arrived on the island and wasn't open when we left, either. That evening, we wanted to watch the Avengers movie AND catch the Golden Mickeys, so we had to see the stage show, grab a quick bite on the pool deck, and then go watch the movie. My son's fave part was buying the Infinity Gauntlet drink cup. He's still playing with it. Best $20 I spent on that cruise. We found the wave phones to be useful; I had to go back to our stateroom to grab our refillable popcorn bucket. By giving him one phone, he was able to keep in touch with me while I ran around the ship. He knew exactly where I was and I knew he was still waiting in our seats at the theater. Very nice to have onboard. DAY 3: Maybe b/c it was a member cruise, but the lines for character meets were so long that by the time we got to the front, it was about 2 characters beyond who you came to see. We did not get to see a single character we lined up to see other than for the two ticketed Meet&Greets (Frozen, Princesses). Even the latter of the two ticketed events had a super-long wait. They were also poorly prepared for many of the scheduled events. For example, at the arts&crafts event, there were not enough supplies for everyone. It took forever to get even a pair of scissors (for an activity primarily consisting of cutting out card stock figures), and then by the time we got a pair, the Cast Member in charge was rushing us to get out of there. I had a great treatment at Senses by a fabulous aesthetician from Shanghai. She was so cool and sweet. However, she never mentioned that the flotation bed on which she performed my services in was an upcharge; it flotation bed was presented to me as if it were part of the service I had booked. I wish she had been more clear so that I least I could have expected the extra charge, which I am sure I would have opted to pay for anyway. It was just a slightly unpleasant surprise when I got the bill to see that I had been charged extra without being told it was going to be extra. Afterwards, I knew I was going to have a dinner at Remy, so I got my son from Oceaneer's Lab/Club -- OK, the Disney Infinity Room -- and we went to get his dinner from Cabanas, which he loved. The selection is good for a kid, and he liked picking out his own seat with a beautiful ocean view. Afterwards, I dropped him back off at Oceaneer's Lab/Club, I mean Disney Infinity, and went to my own ocean view dinner. Remy was everything it was supposed to be. I did every upcharge available and do not regret it one bit. The drinks and food and caviar were excellent. It was actually too much food that I could not even finish the last three courses, but I soldiered on. I actually had a bit of difficulty understanding my server's accent, but he was kind, patient and attentive, so it was all good. This one meal came closer to making up for how mediocre (or poor) all the other food I'd tried onboard had been thus far. If only we could upgrade to Remy more than a couple times per cruise.... *sigh* Afterwards, I got my son from OLC/DI and we went to see the late showing of the Christopher Robin movie. Could not get seats together but we sat near each other. it was a lovely movie and made us both laugh. Day 4: Another Castaway Cay stop (score!!) but again, most activities were cancelled due to weather. Our morning stingray encounter was cancelled, so since I knew we didn't like the food on the island, we ate an early lunch onboard -- technically it was a late breakfast in the Enchanted Garden -- and then made our way off the ship late. Nova was not our server but she spotted us and proceeded to help my son make up his breakfast plate, slathering the cream cheese on his bagel for him. Once on the island, I managed to find an afternoon slot for us to feed them and snorkel amongst them. It was certainly a unique experience, but not as much fun as building a sandcastle, using our floats, or wondering if the stringray that made its way over to the beach area had escaped from the enclosure... hahaha! It turned out that we were not allowed to hang on to our snorkel gear past the stingray encounter, so I had to rent a separate set to do that; I had brought a set on the cruise, but it was back on the ship since I had been told we could hang out to our gear tp use for snorkeling once the stingray encounter was finished. In the end, it was quite a long swim out to the snorkel area, and with the rough waves, my non-strong swimmer son couldn't really make it all the way, fighting the current every inch. We turned back and just enjoyed the beach. My only complaint on this day was that they took away all our clean towels by 2p. I thought that was oddly early considering the onboard time was 445p. We had to get out of the ocean with no towels left on our chairs for our clean-up/shower-off. At least there were freshwater showers to rinse off at, and the sun mostly dried off the drippiest parts of us before we boarded our tram. The post was office opened on our return to the ship, so we bought a stamp for the postcard, from our stateroom desk, that we'd written to the grandparents. Side Note: it took about 6 weeks for that postcard to reach them. That night, my son had a pirate makeover scheduled because it was pirate night. He loved loved loved his face painting and the outfit was beautiful. Same Jack Sparrow outfit as the Disney Store, without any sale or discounts. Next time, I know to buy it from Disney when it goes on sale and just bring with us and pay for the face paint. We also could not understand the accent of this particular cast member and she spoke faster than lightening, but she was 100% in her role and my son took his pirate vow seriously. She did a BEAUTIFUL job. We loved her and I tried to tip her, but she said she could not accept it. We watched Hero on the Seas specialty show that evening and, while the singers are super talented, we were bored out of our minds without a strong narrative to tie it all together well. It didn't help that we sat near a lot of grumps who clearly did not want kids to be on this cruise (yeah, it's a Disney cruise so.....) and we were in the middle, so we could not sneak out early. From now on, aisle seats if we don't know beforehand what exactly the show will be... Because of the show, we went to pirate night dinner late. None of the other families were there, but our server still gave us a huge smile when we saw her. We love Nova! We went to the pirate stage show on the pool deck after dinner. It was so difficult to get a seat, but people were kind and my son is good at finding space. We especially enjoyed the novelty of shooting off fireworks at sea. Wonderful way to cap off the cruise. Additional notes: MISHIP DETECTIVE We managed to play a little of Midship Detective every day of this cruise and he finished all three mysteries. It is a FABULOUS activity and one of his fave things about this ship. I am so disappointed to hear that it isn't also available on the Magic and Wonder. What a shame! The cool thing is that we participated in a Fish Extender exchange and managed to drop off goodies while running around the ship paying Midship Detective. All in all, my kid got a lot of exercise, only had one ice cream per day on the cruise, and ended up losing 3 lbs while on vacation. SENSES SPA I bought a length of cruise Rainforest Pass and my feedback there is that they need swimsuit spinners and plastic bags in the locker rooms! After sitting in the hot tub or in the Persian Bath, you want to rinse off and wring out your swimsuit, not carry a dripping wet suit back to the stateroom through the public areas and corridors. So until they can install the swimsuit spinner in the locker room(s), I am bringing my own reusable "wet bag" on future cruises. Lockers also needed to often be repaired. I am very familiar with Digilocks, and it was frustrating that the ones in the women's locker room were poorly maintained, with a good 5-10% of them non-functioning at any given time, thus rendering those lockers useless. FOOD Food portions are simply too big. I would much prefer half the size offered and be able to get seconds or try to sample more small portions. Even when I asked for a reduced portion, it came full size. So much waste. Getting water from room service was nearly impossible. It came in little cups. They need to figure out a way to provide an entire carafe. I liked having a carafe of hot water in my stateroom, since I had brought my own teabags. Mint tea really helped settle my stomach after a big meal or to calm it during rough seas... The included food was mostly mediocre, but specialty dining was almost 100% worth the extra spent. Then again, I'm from NYC to big ticket dinners don't cause sticker shock for me. SHIPBOARD CHARGES Charges were run through to the CC on file every night, so it was annoying to have to go there every night if you wished to apply a GC to pay your folio. They could retroactively credit your CC with money if you had a GC, but it just took extra time. If DCL could do it like the resorts and just run CC on final night, it might be easier for all involved. Perhaps the internet connection can't handle that. Who knows. CLEANLINESS I found the ship to be spic and span, clean always. Once in a blue moon, a room service tray might sit in the hallways longer than it should have, but for the most part, the ship was clean from bathrooms to hallways to staterooms to restaurants. I have eagle eyes and I can't complain about what I saw. STATEROOM Our stateroom was the tops and I can not imagine a family of 4 sailing in anything smaller! It was just two of us and I found it to be perfect -- not too big or too small. Great view from balcony between two lifeboats down to the water. There was a while metal panel that blocked our view towards the right, though, so we could not see as much of Castaway Cay while in port. Our room steward didn't start making us towel animals until he saw one that my Senses aesthetician gave me to bring back to my son. Then we got a couple of towel animals that made us giggle. But he always, diligently, had our room cleaned, dirty dishes removed, and gifts placed on our bed. Disney Vacation Club kept him busy with giving out gifts, for sure! And as mentioned above, comfy bed (mattress, sheets, duvet, pillows), good blackout curtains, son loved drop-down bed and never even tried the flip-down sofa or *surprise* never asked to be in the big bed with me. Thank you DCL. I felt that the split shower was a bit small, and tended to shower in the Senses locker room since I was down there having treatments or using the Rainforest Room anyway. It felt much more like a legitimate shower down there. I would buy a Rainforest Pass just to use the locker rooms. ha SHUTTERS I prepaid $200 for a length of cruise photo package, but there were really very few photo opportunities on this cruise. Any photographers we saw were "busy" photographing the "celebrities", so I had little more than a dozen photos between embarkation, Princess Meet, and Frozen Meet. Especially since our Castaway Cay photos never showed up. AND we got two of someone else's photos. Friends had said they gotten over 300 photos on their 7-day cruise, so I was expecting at least 170 for my 4-day cruise. Imagine my disappointment to not have even gotten two dozen. This felt like a rip-off. POST-CRUISE I found a few discrepancies in my final bill and DCL was wonderful about fixing it. They charged me for my son's Oceaneer's Magic Band, but they removed it once I told them that I had indeed returned it to Guest Services on our departure day. Shutters also adjust my account by $30, in the end charging me the price of a 20-photo package. OTHER Overall, I feel that Disney Cruise Line does not make it easy to cruise as a single parent. There's a lot of administrative stuff to do and with a partner, you can at least divide and conquer the many many queues you have to be in throughout the vacation. However, Nova was a lifesaver, doing a lot of the stuff I would have otherwise done for my son at our meals. She really got the Disney premise that this is also a vacation for the parents, so she always tried to help. She definitely deserved extra gratuity. We hope to sail the Dream again just to be with her. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise is my fourth; having done one with Holland America, one with Carnival, and one with Norwegian. We took this cruise because our son (4 years old) is obsessed with Marvel and we thought this would be a great Disney opportunity ... Read More
This cruise is my fourth; having done one with Holland America, one with Carnival, and one with Norwegian. We took this cruise because our son (4 years old) is obsessed with Marvel and we thought this would be a great Disney opportunity for him. The dining was fine. The buffet was no different than any other cruise, and we actually enjoyed the sit down dinners. We were initially turned off when we received the 2nd seating (8:15), however we luckily got changed to first seating (6:00). The room was ok. It was smaller than the verandah/mini suites we normally get, but we enjoyed it had a sliding deck door. The bathroom and shower however were terrible. They split them into two seperate rooms, making them extremely small and uncomfortable. We also had both flood on day 4 for no reason. Also, our room service was terrible. Now to the first reason I give this 2 stars at best: the kids. This ship is a floating animal farm, with parents who worry more about their midlife crisis bodies than disciplining their children. My 4 yr old had 12 year olds jumping over and pushing him in the 18 inch pool; all while mother dearest was fixing her bikini so the 18 year old would notice. I had 11 and 12 year olds pushing my son so they could see Dr. Strange. Which leads me to my second issue: the program. Disney did a terrible job tailoring the cruise for children. I'm sorry, but at a certain point you realize Santa isn't real. So I get irritated when I'm waiting 40 minutes, and missing other things, so my 4 year old can get a picture with CPT America because people in their 40s want pictures with him too. SERIOUSLY?!?! Are you going to hang that at work?! Disney needs to make time strictly for the kids. They also didn't taylor the events for kids with needs. My son is shy, but he wanted to do the Avengers Academy. The event was 'closed', meaning no adults. We stood there and tried to seek away, but he wanted us to stay since he felt uncomfortable with 11 to 14 yr olds siting on his hands and pushing him. Disney needs to segregate the children better or allow parents to stay. All in all, my son got his Marvel Day, after many hours complaining to the Captain, but we will never go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
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
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 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
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
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 have cruised three times. Once at Disney 15 years ago without kids. Second at Royal Caribbean with no kids. And third with Disney this August. All of them were to the Bahamas. The snorkeling was better on the Royal Caribbean Cruise. ... Read More
We have cruised three times. Once at Disney 15 years ago without kids. Second at Royal Caribbean with no kids. And third with Disney this August. All of them were to the Bahamas. The snorkeling was better on the Royal Caribbean Cruise. Castaway Cay had very little coral reef. But it did provide a section with a float so my daughter could see three fish that were in the kelp. I don't remember if the snorkeling was child friendly on the Royal Caribbean. But the winter snorkeling port adventure on Disney (January 2003) was also not up to my standards. I contacted a non Disney company in Nassau this time around for details and they said they could not accommodate us because we were not in port long enough. We did venture out in Nassau our own to Ardastra Zoo and Gardens and Tasty Teas which worked well for my family. My main complaints for my August 2017 Disney Dream cruise is the presumptions made by crew members. As a full time mom and foodie, meals were very important. I loved the breakfast buffet. It had lots of fruit that I didn't have to prepare. And many other options for my husband and daughter that made eating out fun. Lunch was okay but we didn't want to sit down so that was our choice and I cannot speak to lunch options. But the dinner was spoiled because our server was just okay. Every night he dropped my napkin in my lap and he moved through dinner quickly without allowing me to take the time to order what I really wanted. And he assumed my daughter wanted chicken nuggets every night. Needless to say we were happy to get off the boat so we could have some real food for dinner. Even my 6 year old daughter said so. My second complaint was the photography. In the Disney parks (we were there in 2015) there were lots of opportunity for crew members to take pictures. There were so many that I bought the full package and most of my pictures were of high quality. On the cruise I got 13 pictures and over half we didn't like. They were staged with the photographers telling us how to stand and rushed because of the line forming behind us. I missed the deadline to purchase the full digital copy package ahead of time and I am so glad. I was given a photo because the crew refused to accommodate my daughter who didn't want to have a picture taken with the princesses after our tea. And my favorite picture did not get printed. We were all packed expecting to disembark at 7 AM after getting the picture I ordered the night before. But the picture wasn't ready. It didn't include the beach ball I wanted in the picture anyway. The crew told us to put the ball down so I decided not to wait the 15 mins for it to be printed and left without it. The third item was the tea I attended. My daughter and I had tea in the Floridian in 2015 and it was lovely (no characters). I booked tea on the cruise and it was more to see princesses than tea, which was very disappointing. For $300 I could have booked high tea in a fancy restaurant in the Bahamas. The chai I had was good but the rest of the items were poor. We were given way to many sweets and my daughter was full before the scones were even delivered to our table. They clearly wanted us out as soon as possible. This cruise I wanted a relaxing experience. One that didn't involve rushing around to capture every moment and carrying my heavy camera. I hope my mobile phone pictures turn out well. Otherwise I am stuck with the one photo that isn't even the right size to fit in the mat I brought for Disney character signatures. I will be making some changes to our preparation to hopefully make our time better and obtaining the pictures I want. Mostly that will involve being more assertive with our dining and photo options. I hate to do that but I was disappointed and a bit distraught. Not something that should be happening on a vacation where we invested so much money and time in preparation. All that said, we will definitely be cruising again with Disney. The programming for my daughter was so great she asked to be put into the oceaneer lab, leaving time for my husband and I to relax like we want to. The shows my daughter really liked. Although she did ask why everyone kept calling her princess. And finally our room was perfect with a large window and bunk beds that our only kid could play on. She barely wanted to leave the room. And three days in I was perfectly happy to let her do that. We spent most of our time together as a family. The top deck miniature golf and aqua duct were awesome. The ship was clean. The hot food was hot and the cold food was cold. The life guards were very attendant and the pools were drained in the event of public health hazards. Sanitation was key and offered with every meal. Though I preferred the great hand washing station entering the oceaneer lab. I wish it could be installed in every bathroom in the US. This trip had its challenges but we made the best of it and enjoyed the experience. Our travel agent required that we bring our sense of humor. It was great advice. She gifted us a one day to Senses spa but I didn't figure out how to use it early enough. I hope to book that feature next time. The heated lounge chairs were a dream. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
took the whole family on a Florida holiday finishing it with a Disney Cruise. Seven all together (2kids and 4 adults). The food was first class and the entertainment for both adults and kids was superb. The theme dining was great, ... Read More
took the whole family on a Florida holiday finishing it with a Disney Cruise. Seven all together (2kids and 4 adults). The food was first class and the entertainment for both adults and kids was superb. The theme dining was great, with a good choice on the menus, even for the people who like just plain food. The waiters and staff were great. Nothing was a problem for them. I will be going on another Disney Cruise in a few years. Disney own island was great with plenty of seating for everyone, and the BQ was excellent. My wife and I went to the adult pool and we were able to relax and have a quiet drink on our own while the kids were at the kids club. There was plenty of tome to explore the Bahamas, and still have time to have lunch on board the ship. Loads of characters for the kids to get their photos taken with (more time was given by the characters on board the ship than was given at Walt Disney World. Lots of great photo opportunities. Would recommend a Disney Cruise for anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a fabulous cruise! We loved the nightly shows and Castaway Cay. The beach and water were absolutely impeccable. That was my husband's favorite meal of the trip! We did a 3 night cruise, but would definitely opt for a longer ... Read More
We had a fabulous cruise! We loved the nightly shows and Castaway Cay. The beach and water were absolutely impeccable. That was my husband's favorite meal of the trip! We did a 3 night cruise, but would definitely opt for a longer cruise next time. All of the staff aboard the cruise were very friendly. One of the most impressive things about the entire experience was the lack of waiting. We didn't wait for longer than 5 minutes to get on the ship, off the ship, excursions, dining, etc. We were traveling with our 5 year old daughter, so the short wait times were very much appreciated. Everything ran so smoothly. The kids club was an extraordinary place that the kids enjoyed. We felt very safe with our daughter there given the ship's extensive technology. Our picture popped up as the only approved people with authorization to pick her up. We can't wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I'll start by saying that the overall cruise experience was great. Disney does a great job keeping the sail organized from check-in to departure and all points in between. The amenities for the kids is great from the kids club to ... Read More
I'll start by saying that the overall cruise experience was great. Disney does a great job keeping the sail organized from check-in to departure and all points in between. The amenities for the kids is great from the kids club to the pools and water slides and aqua duck. Shows and entertainment were top notch and very well done! While our stateroom service was impeccable, i was a little disappointed with the overall dining experience. The breakfast buffet was okay and not great. the selection is very limited and the same day to day which is a bit of a let down. They do have a custom omelette bar, but the wait is over 15 minutes for your dish to arrive, and it's not that exciting when it does. We had a lunch buffet on the the first day of arrival, and the food again was very mediocre. The desert options at lunch were not great either. The second day we missed the lunch buffet but did get to go to the bar where they do sandwiches, pizzas, etc., The foot there was actually pretty good, the grilled chicken being the highlight. Lunch on the final day was at Castaway Cay and it was a barbecue which was actually very well done. The meal at dinner and the service we received were mediocre all 3 days we were on the ship, but the dinner at Enchanted Garden was the best. Steaks came out either raw or well done, and in general most of the food was very bland and lacked much flavor. The pastry department can also use an upgrade, while the dishes sounded good on the menu, execution was sub-par. General dining on the ship was very lacking. Hard to find food if you've missed the buffet or dining windows unlike every other cruise ship we've been on (Multiple cruises on Princes and HAL). Most surprising is how poor the childrens dining was. The same few dishes each night, and not great. Mushy mac-n-cheese, frozen pizza's, etc., The ship itself is very clean and very well put together. Very happy with our room, shower, and other amenities on the ship. Net-net, you'll have a great trip for your kids as the pools, entertainment, and castaway cay are top notch, but just have low expectations for meals. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Ok, this is was my 4th Disney cruise, and each time we do it, I have to wonder why I didn't get a longer trip. I could very easily get a 14 day cruise on this ship and only then maybe I would be willing to leave when it was all done. ... Read More
Ok, this is was my 4th Disney cruise, and each time we do it, I have to wonder why I didn't get a longer trip. I could very easily get a 14 day cruise on this ship and only then maybe I would be willing to leave when it was all done. The service is amazing from top to bottom, the kids areas are completely worth the extra cost, the lack of smoking and casinos makes it very family friendly (though I do miss the occasional craps table), and the food-absolutely fantastic. I felt a little silly each night getting 2 or 3 entrees but every night, there was something I just had to try, and I didn't want to leave anything on the table (which could explain the weight gain after the fact...). I also love the rotating dining service, because getting to see Animator's Palate twice is worth it-it's so much fun to see Crush go and have a conversation with your kids! Go on Disney if you have kids. And if you don't, still go, cause the ship is amazing and you get the best ship on the ocean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Everything about the cruise was great- from the food to the kids clubs to the decorations. The staterooms are amazing and make sure to decorate your door. Your Disney Cast Member will stay with you throughout your rotational dining. The ... Read More
Everything about the cruise was great- from the food to the kids clubs to the decorations. The staterooms are amazing and make sure to decorate your door. Your Disney Cast Member will stay with you throughout your rotational dining. The food was fantastic and the kids had fun menus. The shows they offer are amazing, especially “Villians Tonight” which I definitely would recommend seeing. Pin trading is offered, and be involved in the themed nights. Our favorite was Pirate Night where there were Disney characters dressed like pirates with an amazing show. There is also a detective game which I highly recommend playing, and it is located by the Oceaneer Club. The kid clubs were awesome with fun activities and great staff members there. My kids favorite activity there was carving cars out of soap and racing them! Every day the staff members will clean your room and even leave towel animals and chocolates. I highly recommend this cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
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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