71 Disney Dream Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

We picked Disney Cruise mainly because of the focus on younger kids. Based on all the reviews I've read this is supposed to be the best cruise for kids (with no casino and has many kids focused activities such as the Oceaneer Club and ... Read More
We picked Disney Cruise mainly because of the focus on younger kids. Based on all the reviews I've read this is supposed to be the best cruise for kids (with no casino and has many kids focused activities such as the Oceaneer Club and Lab.) This is our first cruise ever so I cannot compare it with other cruises. My original expectation was that the kids would spend most of the time in the youth clubs doing interesting activates while the adults can relax and do some exercises to work off the calories. I also expected to go swimming as a family at least once per day so we could . However, the experience was not exactly what I expected. We were on the Very Merrytime Cruise during the week of Thanksgiving. As expected it is extremely crowded. It took quite a while for the lug gages to show up, otherwise the embarkation and disembarkation went just fine. The ship is in a great condition and the room is exceptionally clean. I travel a lot for work and the cleanliness is definitely on par with the best hotels I've stayed. Also the stateroom host did above and beyond to entertain my kids. The room and his service were the best part of the trip . The 3 stage shows were good but definitely not on par with those at Disneyland and Disney World, none of them was memorable and the plots were all very uninteresting or simplistic despite good individual performance. The kids (6 and 9) also enjoyed the new movie "Moana". The swimming pools were really small for the number of people onboard. It was simply impossible to "swim" much with so many people in the pools. My kids were only able to swim on the second day because we chose not to visit Nassau and on the third day at Castaway Cay. The kids clubs were totally not what we expected. We registered the kids on the first day and my wife immediately had concerns regarding the electronic toys and video games. After a couple hours, the activities there simply could not keep the kids interested. In addition, I didn't like that the kids were fed mostly unhealthy, deep fried foods for dinner! Actually, the reason we had the kids there for dinner was due to the terrible "second seating" we were assigned to. On the first day, we were very tired and the kids were starving while suffering from motion sickness. But we could not go to dinner because people in "second seating" can only go in after 8:15PM, in addition Disney shut down the buffet restaurant "Cabanas" during dinner times except for the party night. (I read other reviews it was sometimes available for sit in dinners as an alternative to formal dining, it would have been nice!) We ate at the "royal" garden on the first night at a very narrow place and Disney assigned another family to sit at the same table. It was a very awkward situation so they reseated them for the remainder of the trip. Even so, the location was not ideal and possibly due to that the waiters rarely come back other than delivering foods. We asked to be switched to the "first seating" but was immediately shut down with an excuse that "first seating is overbooked". So every night we ate late, went to sleep late, but still have to wake up very early to "meet the princess" or attend other activities. It was a very exhausting and painful experience and nothing like the "relaxing cruise" I was expecting. Despite all the bad experiences, Disney asked us to pay an extra $240 of tips on top of the almost 7k we already paid for the rooms. That is divided by $40 for dinner each night and $20 for housekeeping. I'd say my stateroom host absolutely deserves his $20. But the dinner service while good was just on par with other high-end restaurant. And the dinner experience has been consistently horrible despite friendly table services. The environment was always very closed, crowded, and uninteresting. The late dinners made the kids starve and then eat too much. I too suffer from digestion problems every single night. This totally ruined the experience. Castaway Cay was the only better part of the trip. It was extremely clean and the sand was very nice. My kids were able to swim in the sea and we all biked together as a family. Still, the open areas on the island are too small for any serious exploration, and a very beautiful beach was a designated "adult only" area. So I really felt a bit underwhelming. I also feel that Disney might be trying to save money by cutting corners: Offer cheaper, unhealthy kids menus items that cost maybe $10 per meal, shut down Cabanas at nights to save costs, charge extra fees for almost any drink other than fountain drinks, including bottled water. On the show last night the entertainment director said that we may miss the ship, but sorry, I don't miss it at all and I am more than happy to get off the ship and never come back ever again. I think for the same money we would have a far better experience by simply staying a week in a Disney World resort hotel. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My parents surprised my sister and I about this cruise. We thought we were just going to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Disneyworld. The port was right next to the beach we were so-called "going to". They took ... Read More
My parents surprised my sister and I about this cruise. We thought we were just going to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Disneyworld. The port was right next to the beach we were so-called "going to". They took us down by the cruise and told us we were going on it for the next few days! We were stoked!! The Disney Dream is definitely worth the money it costs, along with any other Disney vacation, destination, etc. However, Disney Dream is apparently the best of the best. It was voted the best of even all the Disney cruise ships! On the Disney Dream, you will never find yourself bored. Whether you are lounging by the pool watching a Disney movie on the giant screen, eating your fourteenth ice cream cone of the day (because hey, it's unlimited!!), or trying something new in the many activities Disney has available for children or adults, you will always be entertained. The rooms: Never being on a cruise before, I did not know what to expect. However, I knew that the rooms would be tiny. But upon getting into our room that was for four of us, I wasn't disappointed. Although small, because hey you're on a ship with 4000 other people, it wasn't crammed at all. We were even lucky enough to have a small deck that we could go out on and see the ocean. The rooms had a desk, a bed, a couch that converted into bunk beds every night (thank you housekeepers!!), closet space, a tv, a shower room with a sink, and a toilet with a sink. It was enough because no one spent much time in the rooms since there was so much to do. The food: Disney Dream had quite a few different restaurant options but generally had three different dinners that they would rotate the guests through along with two that you could pay extra for but you would need to make reservations. The best dinner setting was definitely at the Animator's Palette. It was totally Disney-fied. Check that place out and take pictures because it's so unique! But besides that, the food was great, nothing to complain about. They made sure they had a variety each day so you weren't stuck eating the same thing four or five days in a row. Although Disney is pointed more towards kids, they had a lot of fancy options for food which made it interesting. The activities: When you get on the cruise, make sure you download the Disney Cruise app. It gets you hooked up with the temporarily free wifi but it has an hour by hour list each day of the activities. Take advantage of all the cool things they have going on around the cruise, you won't want to miss out on it. Especially the shows and events they have constantly. Do not convince yourself that you are too old to do different things because you are not. Enjoy the cruise while you're on it!! The shows: The shows were phenomenal, as all Disney shows are. What was so interesting is that they would take the same Disney characters you've always known, and put them with a different story line. It made it entertaining and the audience were always encouraged to cheer once they saw their favorite characters take the stage. The staff: I cannot stress this enough. The staff were unlike any staff I've ever seen. They were always happy, always smiling, always helpful. You were never afraid to approach a staff member for any questions or anything you might want to say. They love to engage with you and ensure that your time is worthwhile. Now the entertainment staff was unbelievable. They're the ones who put on the shows, played the characters for meet and greets, and were constantly in front of the people. They definitely do their job well. Bravo! Disney Dream was unlike any other cruise I will probably ever go on and just want to encourage anybody thinking about taking this cruise, DO IT!!! Every penny is worth it. My sister and I are 21 and 17 and we had just as much fun as a 5 year old would have. But also seeing all the childrens' faces light up on this cruise made me happier, and I know it will fill any parent with joy seeing the look on their own child's face on this cruise. I 100% love this cruise and will continue to applaud it and talk about it to anyone who will listen. Thank you Disney Dream for making all of my dreams come true! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
we love Disney Dream, they think about all the details, ship its so beautiful, crew members did a great a job. They take care of any detail. The shows was the best, we have so much fun, the kids enjoy and loved it. there is a lot to ... Read More
we love Disney Dream, they think about all the details, ship its so beautiful, crew members did a great a job. They take care of any detail. The shows was the best, we have so much fun, the kids enjoy and loved it. there is a lot to do, and they have special zone for only adults if you want some quite time. they make all passanger feel good. Dinner was amazing, really good quality of food. Now we are thinking to do a longer Disney cruise we had so much fun and good time that the time on board felt so short. We loved the aqua duck!!!!! Este fue nuestro primer crucero y creo que acertamos perfecto con elegir la Linea Disney Cruice, nuestra experiencia fue fantástica, la calidad del servicio, del personal tanto de los restaurantes como el personal de aseo y servicios generales es maravilloso. Se esfuerzan por entregarte un grato momento. Definitivamente tomaremos un nuevo crucero disney, ahora mas largo ya que nos quedamos con gusto a poco. No nos queriamos bajar!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The Disney Dream was the first cruise for any of our family with 2 & 7 y.o girls. The overall experience of the cruise was amazing. It takes a lot of organisation to get things done but there was not a minute of boredom/downtime during ... Read More
The Disney Dream was the first cruise for any of our family with 2 & 7 y.o girls. The overall experience of the cruise was amazing. It takes a lot of organisation to get things done but there was not a minute of boredom/downtime during the 3 night sailing. The ports we stopped at were Nassau and Castaway. We only got off the ship for a short period at each. At Nassau we visited the Blue Lagoon Dolphin experience, expensive but a worthy attraction. The weather at Castaway Cay was lousy so we just had got off to take a look and hopped back on after 90 minutes or so. The advantage to this was while we were back on the ship it was much emptier, so could explore and experience without crowds. Food during the day was sub-par, but evening meals at restaurants were excellent, with great service staff. Skip Flo's Cafe and head to Cabanas for lunch, much better standard of food, but still so-so. We didn't use the kids clubs, we like being able to spend time with the kids during holidays, but they looked great. There are two theatres on-board, one showing movies, and the other with live productions. Only got to two of the three live shows and regretted we missed the first one. On day 1 we were getting our bearings and weren't sure how everything worked so missed out. The movie theatre was huge and comfortable with great sound and vision and was alternating between SW The Force Awakens and Zootopia. There is a detective game for the kids where they can track down a painting thief onboard, using some Disney digital magic - make sure you do it if you have pre-teen kids, good fun. If you use Disney Cruise coach transfers, your luggage is collected from the airport for you and arrives outside your stateroom, sooooo easy, especially with young kids. We boarded at 1pm with a few hours to kill before setting sail, it was a bit daunting entering the lobby and not knowing where to head, but basically the ship is yours to do as you wish, head up to the pools and relax while having a bite to eat and watching a movie on the massive outdoor screen. Access to your stateroom is from 1.30pm. Almost all the staff (cast members) we enountered were excellent, happy and helpful. Be prepared for financial extortion, buy hey, you're on holidays and that's what happens everyone wants whatever they can get from you... Thankfully at US$12 a beer we're not big drinkers and had no problems getting through a few days dry! Disney has set the bar pretty high, I'd definitely recommend this as a great although expensive family holiday and it has whet the appetite for future crusing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband and I took this cruise because we have never taken one before. We both visit Disney World once or twice a year so what better way to try out a cruise than to go with our favorite vacation company? Wrong. First, we decided to ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise because we have never taken one before. We both visit Disney World once or twice a year so what better way to try out a cruise than to go with our favorite vacation company? Wrong. First, we decided to stay in All Star Sports Resort the night before and the night after the cruise, so we didn't have to worry about flights causing problems. (which that part was a good idea, had a major delay with the flight down there) The Cruise Line Magical Express ride to Port Canaveral was fine, just like a normal ride from the airport. After we got there, the lines were long, but moved fairly quickly and before we knew it we were on the ship and in our room. The room was nice #9666. Had a veranda. We really didn't like being at the back of the ship though. We learned that at ever port, we got bounced out of bed by the vibration of the ship pulling into port. We had major expectations for great food on this ship because that's the best part of going to WDW. We were very disappointed. I guess the food is more appealing for children. Food at the buffet was cafeteria quality and is only open during weird times. A buffet like this should always be open. The portions of food at the main dining areas is so small you have to order more than one thing to feel like you have eaten. And the options are terrible. There isn't much for adults to do on this ship that don't require you spending more money. There is a movie theater but the parents that bring their kids in there don't care what they do. We watched one movie and the children in front of us kept hitting my husband in the knees with their plastic cup and there was another child in our row that kept getting up and leaving and coming back, making us stand up each time for him to get by. There is supposedly a lot for children to do, but we saw them everywhere with the parents. The pools and hot tubs are tiny. The hot tubs are gross. At one point there had to be 30 people in this troth like hot tub all packed in there together, with kids. We thought the room service was going to be a nice addition, the food was horrible. The burger was like a hockey puck. Frozen type pizza and cold fries. The staff was great. They at least have that part right. The worst part was the last day. Disembarkation day. The night before we are invited to attend breakfast at 8am but then get a notice telling us that because we are taking cruise line transportation we have to be off the ship by 8:15am for an on time departing for 9:15am. We were also informed that buses leaver every 30 minutes. Ok, so we didn't eat breakfast, we hurried down and were off the ship and on the bus by 8am.........that bus didn't leave until every seat had been filled and it was almost 10am. Add that to the hour long drive and we were on the bus for over 3 hours. All those other people got to eat breakfast and we had to wait on them! I really wish we had not picked this cruise line as our first trial. It might be a great place if you have kids with you, but not so much if you are just a couple traveling alone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise ever. We used our DVC points and figured we would try a 3 day just in case we didn't like it. I don't even have the words to describe what an amazing time we had. The ship was immaculate, our outside ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. We used our DVC points and figured we would try a 3 day just in case we didn't like it. I don't even have the words to describe what an amazing time we had. The ship was immaculate, our outside state room was more roomy than I had imagined and very comfortable. There were so many activities of all different kinds it was difficult to choose. I love they way they had you covered from soup to nuts, they guided you through everything and made all the transitions very easy. Embarking and disembarking were very smooth. My son is 15 so we are pretty much done with characters and all that kiddy stuff. Luckily this ship didn't shove "Disney" down your face. They had areas for the younger kids to do all that fun stuff and other areas for adults only. My son decided to check out the Vibe club which was for 14 to 17 yo and we practically never saw him he loved it so much! This left us free to check out the night clubs and adult events they had which we definitely enjoyed. He even begged us to do the vibe excursion on their private island and the price was so reasonable we let him to it and he can't stop talking about all the fun he had. Our room was cleaned twice a day. Our state room hostess(not sure what they are called) Vickie was wonderful. Always looking out for our son and making sure we were comfortable. We really got to know everyone. I loved that our servers at dinner stayed with us the whole trip. We got the chance to eat at each different main dining spots and they knew exactly who we were and had our drinks ready for us each night. Yes the 8:30 shows were definitely geared towards families with younger kids but my husband and I went each night and enjoyed them and then did the trivia challenges or the nightclubs. Like I said there was so much to do and every night you had a list of activities and you could look on the ships app as well. We booked an excursion at Atlantis in the Bahamas and thought it was well worth it, they even gave us a dining voucher and on Castaway cay we just snorkeled. Lunch was fun on their island and overall I thought the food was very good. After the cruse we stayed on property at Saratoga springs which is my home resort. We love it there but you find yourself comparing the amazing service on the cruise to everything else and it pales in comparison. We will be looking into booking another cruise real soon! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship with lots to do and see. We went on a four night cruise which was perfect for us after spending a week in Orlando visiting the Disney Parks for 5 of our 7 days there. My wife and I went with our 3 ... Read More
The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship with lots to do and see. We went on a four night cruise which was perfect for us after spending a week in Orlando visiting the Disney Parks for 5 of our 7 days there. My wife and I went with our 3 and a half year old daughter who loves all things princess and a 7 month old. My parents who are in the early 60's joined us as well. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Everyone was very helpful getting our bags out of our van and the lineup moved very quickly for getting our boarding pass. We probably spent 30 minutes from parking the van to getting onto the ship and it would have been sooner if my wife didn't stop to breastfeed our baby. We got to the port around 11am and were on the ship before Noon. I went right away to lineup to get passes for Princess Gathering and Anna and Elsa meet and greet while the rest of the family got food. That lineup took about 30-40 minutes and was a drag but it is a must if your children want to meet the princesses. It is an easy way to get most of the character meetings done in one shot rather than going out of your way to do it each and every day. Since my daughter met them all at the Disney parks she was happy to do this once and didn't care to line up any other times. My wife was really concerned about sea sickness but was never an issue. We felt minor rocking which I would compare to mild turbulence on an airplane. After the first sleep it never bothered me. The pools on Deck 11 for kids are the biggest disappointment of the cruise. There are two very small pools for parents and kids to swim. My daughter loves swimming and she didn't mind how crowded they were but I was constantly getting kicked and pushed by other swimmers while trying to keep my girl out of harm's way. The final straw for me was when a small child dove onto me in the pool. When I got upset at the child he laughed in my face. There is no diving but that doesn't stop children from diving all the time. This probably wouldn't be that big of a problem if parents would supervise their children but many times the parents would just drop there kids by the pool and they would lounge in their chairs. Nemo's reef is a splash pad located near the pools that is a lot safer but still suffers from a lack of parental supervision. Yes, this is a beef I have whether or not I am on a Disney cruise. Unless your child can make safe choices for himself/herself that doesn't affect the other children you should be supervising them. Many times on the little slide in the pool I had to pick up my daughter so the child after her wouldn't slam into her or had to tell them to wait. I had to tell my own daughter to wait at times as well because I didn't want her hurting herself or another child. Overall, a quiet Nemo's reef is a lot of fun. It is usually a lot less busy than the pool. The Oceaneer's club was really fun. My daughter enjoyed it and she can be a clingy 3 year old. She managed to spend 1-2 hours in there before we would get a page to pick her up. There are tonnes of things for the kids to do along with the activities that pop up when characters stop in or the counsellors organize something. The only problem I had with the club is they had so many 'Open Houses' which means you cannot leave your child there during those times. It happened to us several times that we either brought her down and couldn't leave her (she didn't want to go to the Oceaneer's Lab) or we would check Navigator and we would see there was an Open House. Overall, she had a blast and the next time we go she will probably enjoy staying in there for longer. I highly recommend it but check the Navigator to make sure that there isn't an Open House. The only other minor issue I had and is that there are a lot of things that happen really late at night. Pirate Night Fireworks start at 10:30pm. My daughter typically goes to bed around 8pm and she tried her hardest to stay up and could only get to 9:30pm. She was so sad that she missed the Fireworks that when my Dad tried to show her them on his phone she said she didn't want to watch them because it would make her sad. I know I am making a choice as a parent to have my children go to bed earlier but 10:30pm is ridiculous. It was dark by 7pm. We didn't get off at Bahamas and the boat was quieter that day. We have been to Bahamas before and had no desire to do anything there. It was a nice way to enjoy the boat and swim and hang out in Nemo's Reef. Castaway Cay was beautiful. We only hung out on the beach but there were a lot of umbrellas and shade. Food, washrooms, and drinks were close to the beach area. There are so many things to do on the island it would be nice if we would have spent two days there. Since it was only the people from our boat there it really makes for a peaceful visit. I am really looking forward to going there again. Food was good. Last day was a day at sea and the pools were jammed until there was a fouling (poop) in both pools. Then the splash pad became quite busy. It was another great day besides that. The boat is huge and there are always things to do for all age groups all over that you cannot get bored unless you really go out of your way to have fun. I pointed out a bunch of the minor negatives to prepare someone for their cruise. The food was great every night at dinner. Nothing completely blew me away but nothing was bad either. I always enjoyed what I ate and found the dining to be a nice experience. Breakfast and lunches were tasty too. I never felt liked anything I ate was gross or made me feel sick. Make sure you order some 'Mickey Bars' to your room. They are amazing ice cream bars. My wife and I enjoyed them while sitting on our Verandah. The chocolate chip cookies are top notch as well. The onboard detective game is a lot of fun and can kill 40-60 minutes of your day and is a good way to get exercise while having fun walking around the entire ship. Use the stairs for more of a work out. I would say it is for ages 6 and up. I took my 7 month old on the adventure with me and it was a good way to give my wife some time away from the baby. We will definitely book another Disney cruise but we will wait until our youngest is 3 years old so we can bring her to the oceaneer's club and my wife and I can have some alone time knowing that the kids are safe and having fun. I would rate this an 8.5 out of 10. It would have been higher if the pools were bigger and it would most likely be higher the next time we go when we can have both kids in the Oceaneer's club and when they can stay up later for late activities. We will book a 7 Night Cruise next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I had cruised one time before on Carnival and was definitely underwhelmed. My husband and kids had never cruised before. I chose this vacation because theme parks stress me out to the max and I do not find them one bit enjoyable. Plus, ... Read More
I had cruised one time before on Carnival and was definitely underwhelmed. My husband and kids had never cruised before. I chose this vacation because theme parks stress me out to the max and I do not find them one bit enjoyable. Plus, going on vacation with young kids is stressful anyways, so I figured with the kids clubs it would be a good way for my husband and I to actually have some adult time and relax, while the kids were still getting a vacation and having fun. Embarkation was easy. We arrived around 1:30 and were able to board immediately. For some reason after parking we had missed the spot where you give up your luggage and have it magically delivered to your stateroom. But it wasn't a big deal in the end, as our stateroom was already available at this point. So we just hauled ourselves and our bags off to the stateroom immediately to unpack. The staterooms are great, actually roomier than I thought. We had a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah, and I think the verandah was definitely worth the extra price. My kids really enjoyed sitting out there, and it gave us some extra space. The way the rooms are set up is pretty cool, I was confused at first because I didn't know that our room steward guy would come during dinner and magically make the bunk beds appear out of nowhere. I tend to micromanage things and stress out, but I quickly learned that on a Disney ship, everything is taken care of. And if you need something, all you have to do is ask and the staff will absolutely bend over backwards to assist you. Anyways, there were bunk beds and one single bed, which was perfect for our three kids. They all fold down/disappear, and one turns into a couch.The queen bed was plenty roomy for my husband and myself, even though we have a king at home. The queen bed is also raised, so you can store your suitcases underneath. I took everything out of the suitcases and put them in the many drawers and closets that are available in the stateroom, because I hate digging around in suitcases constantly. The bathrooms are great, it was very nice to have the shower and toilet separated. Each portion of the bathroom has its own sink, another nice touch. We had a cute little bathtub in our shower portion of the bathroom, which the kids loved. The shower was great, water pressure and heat were both satisfactory. I guess my only complaint about the stateroom is that the one twin bed that pops out of the wall is right along the verandah door, so it's hard to get in and out of the verandah in the mornings before the bed is put away. Also we could hear some noise from I believe the hallway on the deck above, it seemed like people were just running around up there or something. Next time I'm bringing a small noise machine because I have a hard time falling asleep with any unfamiliar noises. But I'm fairly neurotic like that. The queen bed and pillows were very comfortable, and I sleep on a Tempur Pedic at home so I am spoiled. Dining- overall I found this to be satisfactory, with some issues. I have an allergy to corn, which is hidden away in everything and is a very annoying thing to deal with. Our waiters at the sit-down dinners were very attentive to this, and the chefs made me special desserts even, so that was really nice. However, it was very hard to figure out what I could or could not eat during the day. The "quick service" meal options are the usual fare, pizza, chicken fingers, sandwiches, etc. When you're busy running around doing different activities, it's hard to try and check on different food options for quick meals. The staff at quick service restaurants did not always understand what I was asking, so I usually just ended up eating salad and fruit. I wrote on our comment card when we left the ship that they should really put out an ingredients list of common quick service and buffet foods either on their website or app, which would make it much easier for people with all sorts of allergies to eat, as we are quite experienced with reading labels. In any case, I think next time we will try to sit down in one of the restaurants for lunch as much as possible to avoid this issue. We also went to Remy, and that was an amazing experience. I can't say enough good things about it, and it will definitely be on our list for next time, with a budget of several hundred of course. The only thing was I didn't know which night I should make a reservation for Remy, and next time I would definitely schedule it for when we would be at Animator's Palette. I loved the decor at Animator's, but the "Pacific Rim" cuisine I found lacking and was not really impressed by the menu. Looking at the menu for Royal Palace (which is what we missed to go to Remy), I would have rather gone there than Animator's Palette. So look on your Cruise App to see what the menus are, and maybe you can switch your dining around to accommodate your personal tastes. Kids club- My kids seemed to enjoy this a lot, they are 8, 7, and 4. My older kids liked the Star Wars area a lot. My younger one was impressed that Cinderella came to hang out with them, and she also got her face painted one day which she was pretty happy about. We didn't use the kids club as much as we could have because this was our first time and we wanted the kids to see the shows and do everything. But next time we'll go on a longer one and I envision us using it a lot more. I am not one of those parents who feel guilty about putting them in "Disney daycare". Honestly, they love it and they are having a blast. Everyone should get to do something on vacation that they actually enjoy, which for me is having gourmet (quiet) dinners alone with my husband ;) But it is nice that you can pick up and drop off anytime, so we made sure they didn't miss anything big like the shows. You can also ask your server to put the kids dinner orders in right away, and then drop them off at the kids club likely before you even get your appetizer or main course. Shows- very cute, pretty cheesy at times, but I enjoyed the singing/dancing and the actual characters. It was nice to see my kids' reaction to them, and they are only about an hour long so just the right amount of time for younger kids attention span. We all saw Star Wars for free, which was awesome. Yes, they charge for popcorn. But you can get snacks, soda, even ice cream for free on Deck 11 and bring it into the theater, no one cares. The theater seats are very close together though at Buena Vista, unlike a regular movie theater, so if your kid has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the movie like mine did, you really have to get up close and personal with everyone in your row, which is super awkward. Next time I would sit on the end! We didn't do any port excursions. We originally had signed up for a kayaking thing on Castaway Cay, but unfortunately that day there were about 60 mph winds so all of the shore excursions were canceled. One thing I did notice was that the kids club on Castaway Cay opened at 9 AM, the same time as our kayaking excursion was supposed to meet. And not in the same place. So I'm not sure how that would have worked out. In Nassau we opted to go to shore on our own and wander around. My main purpose was to see the sights and shop a bit, but I had forgotten the pushy street salespeople that come along with any tourist destination you visit. We were constantly hounded by them, a polite "no thank you" will get rid of them, sure, but there are 10 more popping up in their place. I get it, they're just trying to make a living, but it was pretty stressful. We got a taxi ($4 per person one way) to Cabbage Beach, which I would highly recommend as a public/free beach. It was beautiful and calm, not terribly crowded. There were more pushy salespeople, but after saying no a few times they left us alone pretty much for the rest of the afternoon. The only thing about Cabbage Beach is, there are no restaurants anywhere near (within walking distance) except for some expensive hotel places. So if you want to enjoy the day there, plan ahead and bring some food with you from the town center before crossing the bridge. There are people selling sodas, chips, candy bars. But like I said, I have food allergies. And it's not exactly a nutritious lunch for young kids either! Castaway Cay was nice for two hours even with the 60 mph winds, until a sudden tropical rainstorm came swooping in, the sky turned black, and everyone freaked out. Obviously Disney has no control over the weather, so this isn't on them. But the "tram" things they use to shuttle people around Castaway Cay were not meant to handle hundreds of people suddenly rushing back to the ship in fear for their lives, so we opted to (literally) run back instead of waiting in line for the darned things. This was all quite unpleasant, and we were very relieved to get back to the ship. Even so, I look forward to going back next year, because I could tell it was a great place to spend the day. It's beautiful, the "family beach" is great because there are rock outcroppings that kind of buffer the waves a bit and make it easier for little ones to enjoy the beach. And it's a shallow grade instead of a sudden drop off. My older two kids really enjoyed the waterslide island thing at the family beach. There are tons of chairs, you can bring towels from the ship, and kids lifejackets are free to use, just as on the ship decks. We kind of just sat back and relaxed, kept half an eye on our four-year-old and let the other two roam around at will, that's how safe the place is. Of course, they did have the lifejackets, but still. We didn't spend much time in the adult-only areas of the ship, which is something I would like to do next time. The bars/nightclub area seemed fairly dead the entire time we were there, which was interesting. Or maybe we were just in the wrong spot each time. After Remy we went to one of the bar areas (District?) to watch a football game, which as it turns out would have been on the TV in our room anyways but oh well. The bar was not crowded and the bartender (he was from Jamaica) was very pleasant to have a conversation with. All the staff really were nice and you don't get the impression that they are just faking it. A few of the kids club staff looked pretty worn out, but then again that job would be my worst nightmare so who am I to judge? All in all, my main issue with this cruise was that it wasn't long enough! I thought a 3-day for our first cruise would be good, but I just ended up rushing around trying to fit everything in. Nonetheless, I feel like I know a lot more about what the heck is going on now. I was planning our next cruise before we even got off the ship! So next year at this time we'll be taking a 7-day Caribbean cruise, which I definitely look forward to. Especially to get to eat at both Remy and Palo next time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first vacation with our 10 month baby, we chose the perfect plan for him by going on a Disney cruise. The ship is beautiful and the cabins are top notch, we stayed in a room with verandah and we absolutely loved it. The ship ... Read More
This was our first vacation with our 10 month baby, we chose the perfect plan for him by going on a Disney cruise. The ship is beautiful and the cabins are top notch, we stayed in a room with verandah and we absolutely loved it. The ship is huge so there are plenty of things to do while on board like attending shows (believe is the best), watching a movie in the theatre or the pool, spa, adult pool, water slide, splash zone for kids, photo with Disney's characters, pirates of the Caribbean day, and food all over the place. They have a great nursery for babies and a couple of great spots for older kids with fun activities. Dinner was amazing, the food was delicious in each of the three restaurants we tried and of course each of them had a special theme which made it ever more fun. Finally, the best part of the ship was the service, you cannot have better service, whether it was in the restaurants, theatre, concierge, activities, pools, room service, etc. everyone was very nice and made our stay ever more pleasant. I will definitely go back to a Disney Cruise, when we arrive to Nassau I saw a couple of other cruise lines and they looked 2 or 3 stars below the Disney Dream Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Our 1st Disney Cruise was on the Dream which left Monday, 11/23 and returned Friday, 11/27. This was over Thanksgiving and the cruise was a Very Merry Christmas Cruise. Being first time cruisers, we really didn't know what to ... Read More
Our 1st Disney Cruise was on the Dream which left Monday, 11/23 and returned Friday, 11/27. This was over Thanksgiving and the cruise was a Very Merry Christmas Cruise. Being first time cruisers, we really didn't know what to expect. I traveled with my husband and our 2 boys, ages 10 and 6. Our 10 year old has Asperger's Syndrome & our 6 yr old is developmentally delayed...so I was nervous. Embarkation: Our time to arrive was 10:45a.m. (2 hr or so window), we got there at 9;30a.m. Because the actual building was not ready for us, there was a line in the parking garage before the Porters came to get the luggage. We waited until 10:15 and then they started the check in. Before you get into the building a man will check your passports & ask for your stateroom #. Once you get into the building, it's a very nice area. You get into line & go up to what looks like an airport counter. They ask for your passports again, they take each person in your parties picture and they give you a ticket that tells you which boarding group you are in. Now, they begin boarding at 11:30a.m. but we were told that we could get a boarding group as late as 2pm. Due to my son have Autism, I had asked if it were possible to get the earliest boarding time we could. She was very happy to do so and we were on the boat by 11:40. While we were waiting to go on, you could see the crew painting the boat, cleaning windows etc. It truly is amazing they can empty the ship of 4,000 people by 9:30 a.m. and be ready to load another 4,000 starting at 11:30!! One thing you need to do while you wait to board if you have kids is to get their wrist bands. Even though you may have registered them online, you still need to do this (unless you want to do it on the ship, but we got it over with in terminal.) They give your child a wrist band and ask about allergies and that's about it. Upon entering the ship, they announce you in...For example, "Welcome aboard the _____ Family!" Once you walk in and see the big chandelier and everything ornate it's just breathtaking and I almost got tears! It was amazing. we walked around the ship & got to see some of the stuff (rooms were not ready and they tell you no earlier than 1:30). We went up to Cabana's and had lunch. This was very overwhelming because it's a lot of people up there, no one knows where to sit, or what is offered so everyone is slow & looking at the food & it just gets really crowded and overwhelming. KID CLUB: My kids went once. It was too overwhelming for them. They did have a lot of neat stuff, but my boy's can't handle too many kids. Food was excellent (very foo foo food. Fancy schmancy that we aren't used to, but still good.) Our boys got mac n cheese every night. ugh. the waiters are great. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I thought the disney dream cruise was absolutely amazing. The food service was superb. Our waiter and waitress were lovely, helpful, serviceable, and effective. They were like an extended family to me and my family. The activites offsite ... Read More
I thought the disney dream cruise was absolutely amazing. The food service was superb. Our waiter and waitress were lovely, helpful, serviceable, and effective. They were like an extended family to me and my family. The activites offsite were faboulous. Atlantis resort was spectacular, and i especially enjoyed going down the 150 foot drop ride, and doing the race slide, and the blue slide. Swimming with dolphins was just spectacular, and that was an incredible experience that i will cherish forever. When we swam with the dolphins we got to run with them, dance with them, pat them, ride on dolphins, and hug them. I would highly reccomend the disney cruise for all families, and i can guarantee that you will have a fabulous time. my highlights of the cruise was the aquaduck waterslide, the running track, and doing the 5km run at castaway cay. I would highly reccomend the aquaduck waterslide to all children and adults. The running track is just incredible, i had a great time running 6.4 km (10 laps) round the running track. The 5km run was wonderful. It was great to see so many people doing the 5km run/walk. At castaway cay my favourites things were snorkelling, and going down the waterslides. The actvities on board were fantastic. I did mini golf a few times. I feel so fortunate to be able to go on this remarkable cruise, and thanks to my wonderful parents and sister for taking me on this cruise. Thanks very much, and thankyou again for organising this wonderful cruise. I most certainly would go on this cruise again, and would highly reccomend it, and i have fond memories of this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My husband and I are Disney fanatics! I had been talking up a storm about trying a Disney cruise. We have never cruised! My husband was very leery as he was afraid that he would have seasickness. After 2 years of me trying to convince ... Read More
My husband and I are Disney fanatics! I had been talking up a storm about trying a Disney cruise. We have never cruised! My husband was very leery as he was afraid that he would have seasickness. After 2 years of me trying to convince him of taking a Disney cruise he finally said "yes". That same day, I booked the cruise. I began the research (as I am a planning freak). Due to the extreme winter in the northeast this winter and my job being tied into the weather our original sail date had to be changed. We flew into Cape Canaveral the day before the cruise and used Tiffany Towncar service. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites there. The shuttle service from the hotel to the port on sail day was great. The check-in process was fast and painless. We were glad that we had filled out all the necessary paperwork prior to arrival at the port. Our wait was short and we embarked in the second group. We had planned to get on the Aqua Duck as soon as possible and were able to ride 3 times in a row. We were sailing without children and were unsure about what that would be like but Disney does the adult thing right! We participated in almost all of the adults only activities and loved every minute of it. Our dinner partners were 2 couples without children and our servers following us knew everyone's names and beverage choices by the second night. We did not go into Nassau but decided to have a Rainforest Spa day. What a wonderfully relaxing day! The third day was Castaway Cay. That was by far my favorite day. We spent the day on the adult beach, Serenity Bay. The BBQ was awesome and my husband said that the steak was some of the best he has had. The entertainment was great! We saw Villains Tonight and Believe. Both were amazing! Jamesy was the usual host at the adult activities we attended. He is an amazing entertainer! The adult areas are great and we used them often. The disembarkation went smoothly and we took the Tiffany Towncar service to the airport. We highly recommend a Disney cruise for couple. We also highly recommend the mixology class! My husband was disappointed though- that the cruise was short and that we did not get a verandah room! Needless to say, we are planning another Disney cruise soon! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We are Disney veterans and do the parks almost every year so when we decided to go on a cruise Disney was the obvious choice. The service was beyond any we have ever had in the parks or hotels. The Cast members will do anything they can ... Read More
We are Disney veterans and do the parks almost every year so when we decided to go on a cruise Disney was the obvious choice. The service was beyond any we have ever had in the parks or hotels. The Cast members will do anything they can for you. There was always things to do so it's impossible to be bored. I never wanted to leave. We stayed at the Hyatt at the airport the night before and it was very convenient, plus as we were taking the DCL bus they took our bags from our room for us. The Dream is beautiful, even though it is big I learned my way around pretty quickly. there are CM's everywhere always there to help if you need it. There are little details everywhere. If you can always walk up to the next floor when the elevators are busy, also avoid the mid-ship elevators if you can. Some of the more popular characters (princesses and frozen ) have ticketed (free) meets, get them first thing. I was offered two different times, I decided to go with 9:15 for frozen and 9:45 for the princesses on our sea day. There was so much to do on the ship we did not even get to do everything we wanted to. Make sure to do your online check in and booking of excursions ASAP to get the best times. We were in boarding group 3 and got on very quickly. We got the tickets for the characters and then went up by the pool to eat, which was fine but next time would have done enchanted garden. After eating we explored the ship and before we knew it, it was 1:30 and our stateroom was ready. We were in 8182 which is 6A. We loved our stateroom, it makes great use of the space. The split bathroom is great. The pullout is very comfy and I slept great on it. You did feel a little vibaritions when pulling into port but it was not bothersome to me. It was a very quiet room and would book it again if it was available. There is lots of room under the beds as well. After getting settled into our room we went up to meet some friends and then to our muster station for the lifeboat drill. Make sure to try on your lifejacket although you don't have to bring it. The drill was quick and then we went to see the sail away party. We had APEGRPAP rotation so our first night was in animator's palate. It was our favourite restaurant. Our severs Paulo and Nathan were amazing. The food throughout the cruise was excellent. Your severs travel with you and we loved it. They started to have my coke ready for me when I got there. We had early seating which was 5:45. We eat pretty early back home so it worked for us but late dining would have it's appeal too espically it you want to stay later in port. Plus you would get the 9 am breakfast on the disembrakent morning.The only request I had was to sit alone which was granted. We did the dolphin encounter in Nassau at Atlantis which was great. We went back after as I was a bit tired and wanted to have a shower and get ready ready for supper in enough time. Castaway Cay was amazing,we rented bikes which was fun. We stayed on the ship on our 2nd castaway cay day which was a good decision as we got to ride the aqua duck without much of a wait and got to enjoy the activities without lots of other people. Our sea day was great too but of course there are lots more people then on a port day. We learned how to make towel animals,met some characters,went to see a presontion about the making of the Dream and booked another cruise. The shows were great, my favourite was the golden mickeys but I would recommend to see all of them if you have not seen before. Next time I am on the dream I would probably skip at least one to do some of the activities that are on during the shows. We bought the photo package which we were very happy with. We pre-ordered it and got $50 off. Pirate night was lots of fun,dress up and take part! The adult only areas were very nice and CM's did a good job of keeping kids out of them. We had an amazing time,there will be lots of cruises in our future. The service was amazing and it was so enjoyable and relaxing. DCL is well worth the money! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My husband and I threw down some serious money to take our 3 year old son on a Disney cruise, and now I'm a little worried that we'll be taking a Disney cruise every year from here on out because we LOVED it! We started the trip ... Read More
My husband and I threw down some serious money to take our 3 year old son on a Disney cruise, and now I'm a little worried that we'll be taking a Disney cruise every year from here on out because we LOVED it! We started the trip with the mindset that we were spending a ton of money, but it was a once in a lifetime trip/cruise so we'll continue putting money away each month for our son's college education. Yea right, we're already planning another one for next year...and I'm seeing many more in our future! I'll break the news to our son after the 10th or so cruise. In all seriousness, we absolutely loved taking a 5 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream. It was amazing, and everyone working on the ship was so friendly and helpful. Thousands of people on the ship and several crew members could still remember my son's name and what he had told them the day before (He said he wanted to see Nemo when we were leaving the ship for a day on Castaway Cay, and the next time we went there...2 full days later the crew member checking room keys asked him if he saw Nemo last time.) The food was awesome (I gained 5 lbs.) and having never-ending access to a soft-serve ice-cream bar was wonderful. My 3 year old had an absolute blast in both the Nemo splash area and the kid's pool. We had a room on the 5th deck that had a huge balcony, with my only complaint being that it was apparently smack on top of a theater that we heard throughout the day and night. But it didn't bother us much since our days were so action packed. We'd hear the movie and feel the vibrations from the sound system through our floor...we'd mumble something about it being too loud to sleep, and then we'd all be fast asleep 5 minutes later. My 3 year old also had a blast at the kid's club. We were worried he wouldn't want us to leave him there...normally he's on the clingy side, but once he saw Andy's room he walked right in without even looking back at us. We attempted to pick him up an hour later and he acted like he didn't see me when I walked in to get him! So believe me...if my son wanted to stay there without me, it's a pretty awesome place. The restaurants were great, awesome servers and atmosphere. They have a cocktail of the day for less than 6.00 so I didn't blow the bank drinking a few drinks at night. Word of advice...if you bring your own wine on board (which you can do), make sure you bring your own corkscrew. I totally forgot and of course there isn't a single place you can buy one there. So two big thumbs up from me. Loved every minute of it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We sailed the Disney Dream for our first time cruise the end of June'15-early July'15. What a fantastic experience. I want to start by saying I have a 14 yr old autistic son. We never told any crew but they all embraced my son ... Read More
We sailed the Disney Dream for our first time cruise the end of June'15-early July'15. What a fantastic experience. I want to start by saying I have a 14 yr old autistic son. We never told any crew but they all embraced my son in every way possible. There were characters for kids to see in every part of the ship at all different times. The food was top quality. If you are lucky enough to have Tony and Steph serve you for your meals, you will be treated to royalty each meal. The theatre shows were unreal and top movies still in the theatre were showing on the ship. For adults, there were 7-8 night clubs with bands or comedy to go to and kids had there own places to visit on the ship. There were professional pictures taken on board if you chose to do so and when you got off the ship in Castaway Cay Bahamas, they took pictures on the island that you could purchase as well. Plenty of crew to ask questions if you had any. Plus the ship had their own channel on the tv to watch that answered any questions about boarding, disembarkment, stopping at different ports and where to shop. The only negatives I had was our stop in Nassau Bahamas was not good. Once you went through the iron gate onto the street, people were all over you asking you to take you on taxi rides, horse carriage rides, tours of the town. It wasnt just one but 4-5 at a time. The Hard Rock Cafe had great meals. Other than that we lasted two hours. Other negative was the irons on the ship. They leaked water over the clothes and with steam still never took the wrinkles out. Nobody fixed the irons during the cruise. Other than that, fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our first time cruising so we did not know what to expect! Overall a great cruise! I never felt any sea sickness or motion. We were on deck 6 and it was a perfect floor and in the middle. Getting on the ship was an easy process ... Read More
This was our first time cruising so we did not know what to expect! Overall a great cruise! I never felt any sea sickness or motion. We were on deck 6 and it was a perfect floor and in the middle. Getting on the ship was an easy process and went smoother than I expected. Ride the Aquaduct the first day cz the other days it gets packed unless u go right before dinner reservations! We enjoyed the ride a lot! Very smooth ride and we rode it twice! The other slide is just for kids and a bit slow. Loved all the free ice cream and free sodas! All the buffet food and places to eat on deck 11 were super! I do wish the wait staff served drinks though cz I had to keep getting up to help my kids with drinks! My son LOVED the pizza!! Loved the night movies on deck each night!! All the night dining places were fabulous as well!! The only one we didn't care much for the food was Royal Palace. Our waitress let me try it all but just didn't care for French Food I guess..Animator's Palace was our favorite and our table was near Crush!! We got to speak with him! Our wait staff was SO AWESOME and they spoiled us and our kids so much! We loved our girl waitress each night! Highlight of the trip! Can't spell her name but she was from Bolivia. Loved the shows each night!! My second favorite part!! On the Nassau day we stayed on the ship and it seemed everyone did because it was PACKED on deck 11. The pools were always packed but always plenty chairs and other places to be.. They had lots to do at night, but I felt they could've had more to do during the day for adults with children.. We did enjoy Trivia.. Wish the Bingo was free to play.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Disney knows what they're doing! My husband and I cruised with our three older kids (20, 17, & 13 yr old) and all of us had a great time. We booked two adjoining rooms which I highly recommend if traveling with 5 unless your kids ... Read More
Disney knows what they're doing! My husband and I cruised with our three older kids (20, 17, & 13 yr old) and all of us had a great time. We booked two adjoining rooms which I highly recommend if traveling with 5 unless your kids are much younger. The extra bathroom and space was worth the extra money which wasn't that much different in cost anyway. We had a porthole seat in each room that we loved as well. The rooms have tons of storage and we didn't feel cramped. The beds and pillows were comfortable. The food was very good. We tried many new dishes we wouldn't have otherwise. The staff was always very friendly and did a great job. We were happy to tip what Disney recommended due to great service and that ends up being most of their pay for their job-tips from guests and they thanked us graciously. Castaway Cay was amazing! That was our favorite part of the trip but I sure wish they had lockers on the island. My husband was lying in a hammock and he looked over to find a woman opening our bag with our phones and key cards. He told her that was his family's and she ran off. He had to also run different kids off twice from taking our inner tubes and messing with our stuff while the rest of us was snorkeling. Not sure what Disney expects you to do with your stuff while you play. I really wanted my phone for pictures so even if you can use a lanyard for your key card what do you do with phones?? I guess have someone babysit them while the rest of you have fun. Other than that the island was amazing. The food for lunch was great as well. The island was very beautiful. I have never seen sea grass before and it was a weird experience stepping in that in the swim areas. However, it held lots of strange sea creatures my kids enjoyed like a sea urchin, a sea cucumber, conch shells, etc. They also got to see a sea turtle and a sting ray. They absolutely loved snorkeling. We had no problems seeing lots of tropical fish. It took us a while to find Mickey. We didn't realize if we just looked for the bobbers that's where Mickey, Minnie, and a sunken ship were but we still had a blast searching for them. We also rode the bikes and rode to the other side of the island that hasn't been developed which was interesting and there was a neat lookout point. The bikes were super easy to ride and you can pump your tires up before you leave which we didn't realize and would've made it easier on a couple of the bikes. We also rented the inner tubes but next time I'm passing on those. They were huge and hard to get up in plus we were so busy we didn't have time to just float much. We didn't want to leave. Nassau was not much fun. People were pushy, loud, and in your face as you try to wind your way around. Lots of jewlrey shops but I'm not into that. We didn't care for the Straw Market-too hot and crowded and people yelling at us to buy their stuff. We did go to the Pirate Museum and it was blessedly cool. It was interesting if you like pirates but once was enough. It took about an hour to get through and was around $10/person. After that we went back to the ship. It started raining and didn't stop the rest of the day. Next time I will book an excursion but we wanted to experience it that way first. All their main dinner shows were worth it. We also saw a couple movies on board. The movie theatre had the most comfortable seats! My kids didn't do the kid's clubs because that's not their thing but there was still plenty to do. I do wish they had a bigger pool on board. They were filled with young kids the whole time and very crowded. We didn't want to leave two of our kids to swim in the adult only pool. My youngest son was the only one to ride the AquaDuck. He rode it twice and said it was like a lazy river-fun but not too exciting. I felt very safe on board and the ship was super clean. We only truly felt the ship moving the first night when it was going a little faster than the rest of the time. That first eve we all felt dizzy but only my youngest felt nauseous. He took their free motion sickness med and it helped. All in all a great trip that I would highly recommend at least once. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I have noticed that people like to complain just to complain. And most of the time their complaints are caused by failure to research. Now on to my review. This was our first cruise and it did not disappoint. There were just 3 minor ... Read More
I have noticed that people like to complain just to complain. And most of the time their complaints are caused by failure to research. Now on to my review. This was our first cruise and it did not disappoint. There were just 3 minor issues that we had and two of them were not in Disney's control. The USCG decided to do an unplanned inspection so we could not board when we were suppose to, the weather was bad for Castaway Cay (we did pull in) and Cinderella was not available for the last day Princess Gathering. Cabin: 5 stars. It was great. not sure where the "noise" that everyone was talking about hearing in other reviews. We did not have the problem. maybe because we were never in the room expect at night time. Linida was a great hostess and took great care of us. Dining: 5 stars. Royal Palace was our favorite. to me it had the best food. the other two places were great to as was Cabana's and the Flo's grill area (those wraps were awesome). Our Head Server, Server and Asst. Server was fabulous. The first night I tried the Ahi Tuna and after two bites Maria our Server noticed that I didn't like it so she brought be something else. that something else was great. The next night I tried the Escargot and I actually enjoyed it. Port adventures: Loved the dolphin experience. Seeing my 4 year old with the dolphins was great. She loved it. It was the port adventure we did because she was not old enough for the stingray event on Castaway Cay. Oceaner Club: We did not use this as much as I thought we would, but the times that we did use it, my daughter had a blast. I do have a recommendation: If a character makes a surprise visit, they should be accompied by a shutters photographer. It would be great to get some of the those unexpected photos. Pirate Night: This was by far the best part of the cruise. I loved how everyone came out and was into the night. The show was great, the fireworks were awesome and it was great hanging out with Capt. Jack Sparrow. Characters: The lines were not that bad. It depended on when you got there. If you go there 30 minutes prior to the character showing up then you waited a long time. The majority of the lines moved pretty fast. In fact we would be in line to see one character and when we got done we went to go see another character that just came out and boom there was hardly any line. The only exception was for Capt. Hook and Mr. Smee. We waited in a long line that moved slowly. It would have not been so bad had they been able to come out to the island like they were suppose to (it was raining hard). Loved how they had times for the Disney Jr., Frozen and Princess gatherings. It broke the waiting in line up a little bit. Suggestion: Post which Princesses will be at the gathering ahead of time. I have seen pictures (as has my little one) of different princesses then the ones that came out for our cruise. Plus for our gathering Cinderella was not part of it (illness). But we did not know until we were in line and my little one was all dressed out in her Cinderella dress. Staff: Awesome. Every question that I had was met with a smile and an answer. Entertainment: We only went to one show and that was on the final night. It was a great show. It was kind of disappointing that we could not take photos inside the show. I had to google some pictures just for our scrapbook. Photos: On face value it seems like a lot but when you take over 300 pictures, it's only like $1 a pic... Recommendation: As far as the times go if there can be some serious consideration to move everything back an hour. Start 1st seating at 5:15 and second seating at 7:15, etc.. sometimes my little one (and others) were tired on their feet but didn't want to miss anything that was scheduled after dinner/show.... Aqua Duck height requirements. My daughter was a little short for this, but she has been on other waterslides before. If kids are going with an adult there should be some considerations taken with their height if they are right there. Overall we had a blast and we will be back. And next time I am bringing more of the family. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I fell in love with the ship as soon as I stepped on it. The Disney Dream is beautiful, lively, and full of really fun things to do as a family and even without the kiddo. The food was amazing, and our server, Kurt, was amazing, got to ... Read More
I fell in love with the ship as soon as I stepped on it. The Disney Dream is beautiful, lively, and full of really fun things to do as a family and even without the kiddo. The food was amazing, and our server, Kurt, was amazing, got to know us and entertained us every night. I would specifically request to not be second dinner if I go again because I prefer to dine then watch a show but it wasn't a make or break it thing. In fact, nothing was, even the stormy weather couldn't get me down while we were cruising. Everything on the ship is so Disney, and I loved it all...from the horns tooting Disney tunes to the broadway-esc shows. It was perfect for the super Disney fan. My only issues were my child's limitations because of not being 100% potty trained, we navigated around it and still had fun but I wish I had know before booking and finalizing my dates that it would be an issue, and it really was an issue. Children are not allowed to do anything unless they are 100% potty trained, no oceaneer club, no pool, no slides, nothing. This is really frustrating because not only is Disney's target audience 3-6 years olds but not all 3-6 year olds are 100% good to go without any help to the restroom. Children can not wear swim diapers in the pool or slides and can not go into the oceaneer club, though they do offer a nursery that will accept them it's for newborn to 2 year olds and also cost $9/hour. My son is 3 and a half and has accidents especially when he's excited or deep into play. He was asked to leave the slide and oceaneer club bc we tried to keep a pull-up on him since was having so much fun we worried about an accident. We ended up just taking off his pull-up and sending him into the water and oceaneer club but feared the entire time there would be an incident we were lucky but it was STRESSFUL. I only found out about this rule two-three weeks before the trip and it was too late to move it until he was ready. Disney is smarter than this they should alert, AT THE TIME OF BOOKING, all parents of children under 5 that their children should be fully trained before boarding the ship well in advance that way plans can be changed if need be. My son LOVED the oceaneer club he kept asking to go back, which made us feel good (and worried us, see above). The Golden Mickey, Villians Night, and Disney's Believe were all amazing shows! I couldn't get enough shows. But the Comedian was not funny, at all. we left during his act, because we had seen the same act two nights before in the adult lounge. Their singers, and other talent were great though, very interactive, the singer even danced with my son, so cute! We had so many amazing memories that I would definitely recommend this cruise to all families of children who are 100% fully potty trained and sufficient, you'll have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My family and I went on our first cruise. It was wonderful. Pros: The cruise ship has so many activities for the kids, it was absolutely awesome. My daughter went to Kids' Club every night and rode the Aquaduck (so did I several ... Read More
My family and I went on our first cruise. It was wonderful. Pros: The cruise ship has so many activities for the kids, it was absolutely awesome. My daughter went to Kids' Club every night and rode the Aquaduck (so did I several times). The ship had activities for the adults as well. I enjoyed the fitness center, the spa, the pool area itself and being able to relax. The cruise ship also had martini tasting, whiskey tasting room and basketball. My family had plenty to without getting off the ship; however, we enjoyed the sites of the Bahamas and absolutely loved Castaway Cay. The staff was wonderful and provided excellent service. The buffets were great, to have smoked salmon, smoked trout, and colossal shrimp was great. The kids love the fact that they could get as much ice cream they wanted and sodas (it was vacation so it was ok to have all of that). The rooms were excellent, it was roomy and although the shower is not extremely large, it is a ship; therefore, I know it would not be like a shower in a house. However, my husband I both fit in the shower very comfortable (and we both were in it at the same time). Cons: The only thing I would say about the cruise I didn't really enjoy was the sit down dining because the food was bland and it was cold. I'm not sure if it was like that because they have so many to serve and different dietary needs but the buffets were so much better. Also, I know the cruise ship provide maps of what is located on each deck but if they could provide more guidance regarding directions. Overall the cruise was great, the only reason I gave it a four is because of the sit down dinner was just ok. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our family of 4 just returned from a 3-night cruise on Disney Dream. Kids are 4 and 7 and we all had an amazing time. We booked the family room on level-9 with large porthole. Everyone enjoyed the porthole and we even saw a dolphin as we ... Read More
Our family of 4 just returned from a 3-night cruise on Disney Dream. Kids are 4 and 7 and we all had an amazing time. We booked the family room on level-9 with large porthole. Everyone enjoyed the porthole and we even saw a dolphin as we were leaving Port Canaveral. The entire Disney staff is wonderful. We utilized the kids club 1-2 hours each day. I am very impressed with how they keep up with the kids. Basically they were a magic band which tells them exactly which area of the kids club they are in. For us to get them out they needed our room key, pulled up a photo of us and had the kids swipe their band. They have these really cool hand washers for the kids and they must use when they enter or leave kids club. Meeting the characters on the boat was nice and we only waited about 15 minutes each time. We got tickets the first day to see Ana and Elsa and Princesses on another day. These were complimentary but you needed to request them the first day. We docked in Nassau and Castaway Cay. Opted to stay on the ship in Nassau because we have been before. Judging by the people around the pool I think many opted to stay on the ship in Nassau. Food was good. The breakfast and lunch buffet had plenty of options and basic buffet quality food. Dinner was excellent. It was fun switching restaurants each evening and our same wait staff took care of us each evening. Room service was good and nice that it was included. We ordered a snack (cheese and crackers) each day and hot dogs for the kids around 4. We opted for the later 8:15 dinner seating. We only made it to one show which the kids really enjoyed. Pool was great but often it was hard to find chairs close to the pool. however in fairness we never arrived at the pool earlier than 10am. My husband and I went to the spa and adults area one afternoon while the kids were in kids club. It was very peaceful and I highly recommend checking it out. Castaway Cay was amazing. Beautiful beach, calm water, plenty of chairs and fun slide. BBQ was just okay. Next time I would just wait to eat lunch until we are back on the ship. The Pirate show and fireworks were great. I loved that they played music at the end so we could dance with our kids on the deck and enjoy the beautiful night. The ship is amazingly clean and they hand you wipes as you enter the buffet area. People were ALWAYS cleaning the main areas. We look forward to planning our next cruise and will opt for 4 or 5 nights next time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This cruise had all generations represented for our family and all first-time cruisers except for me; we had 70 somethings, 60 somethings, 40 something couple with 2 girls, ages 6 and 7, 20 something, and 30 something couple with a 6-month ... Read More
This cruise had all generations represented for our family and all first-time cruisers except for me; we had 70 somethings, 60 somethings, 40 something couple with 2 girls, ages 6 and 7, 20 something, and 30 something couple with a 6-month old infant. We all had a blast! This cruise was great, and frankly, too short. I think we needed another day on the ship. Everyone had something to do, and there was an activity designed for each member of our party - so much to do, so much to eat, and the service was spectacular!! Disney Parks are one thing, but they just hold nothing back on their cruise line and the service matches the Disney style. We really loved our servers each night at dinner, and they are consistent throughout. Like I said they accommodated all our separate dietary needs. Just tell them at boarding that you have special dining requests and you will meet with specialized staff who will work with your party. The 6-month old got different pureed foods each night, the vegetarians got special meals each night (Indian vegetarian meals complete with rice and naan), and the meat eters could order off the menu, and of course there are sugar free desserts for diabetics too. The options are endless for food. The motto was "if you see it, eat it." and Disney was not kidding. Our favorite place to eat was Cabanas for the variety, and how everyone could get a snack or breakfast items that they wanted. When we first boarded the ship, we ate at the Enchanted Garden and it was a decent buffet, but cabanas always worked best for us. You can eat at Castaway Cay but the food on the boat I think is best. Some folks in our party ate at Royal Garden for lunch and loved the food- it is sit down and order. I thought the food was tasty and well-prepared and did not have a problem. In my opinion, all the options were great! The ice cream on deck 11 near the pools was a great touch, Disney. Disney has two beverage bars on Deck 11 to fill up water bottles and get late night tea/coffee. Room service is included (not gratuity) so please tip your folks! Room service was fabulous and kept you from overeating which is good. So I learned this the third night - whoops! If you are main seating, you are also first seating (0730) for breakfast and you go to the same place you went the night before. Whoops... we did not do that. But you can. 0730 is too early for those of us on mountain time. We just ate at cabanas and liked it. Or you can order room service. Do not miss the shows- we loved each one and the adult humor is built in. We wish the movie times were better. Showing Cinderella at 1030 for kids is tough, and then we do not want miss Castaway Cay or the shows either to see a movie so, be prepared to pick and choose. We couldn't see the movies which is a bummer. But on a longer cruise, you can do it all. I think having second seating is actually better- allows you to do more. If you have older kids, try second seating for dining. Plus here is something else I learned by day 3 - too late. They serve the kids super quickly so you can take them to the Oceaneer Lab. You must do the Oceaneer Club for your kids (ages 4 and up) because it is basically free child care and you can then have a quiet dinner with your spouse or family. So, on day 1 go register them at the Oceaneer club and get them these bracelets ($12.95 deposit each) and then you can check them in and out. They do all sorts of activities and have a great time. I wish we could have used it more but didn't have time. If you can skip Nassau, do it. Get off the boat, buy souvenirs and walk around and head back... but we had to see Atlantis and did a 2-hour excursion. I think Nassau you can do it on your own, or skip it. Enjoy the boat especially if you have only a 3 night cruise. Nassau is a cheaper place to get some souvenirs for friends and neighbors. Bring bug spray to Castaway Cay and plenty of sunblock - woh! We burned out there, but we loved the private island and beach. You will need water shoes because the rocks hurt in some places. OUCH! But Castaway Cay is awesome! We loved loved it. We rented boats but the waves are strong and I could not even properly row the kayak. The stingray experience is supposed to be awesome, but we did not have time with all the family activities. What is disappointing in the Cay is how they are only open for lunch from 11-2 - the island shuts down by 3pm but all aboard time is 445pm so it is annoying. I wish they shut things down at 330 ish. Anyway, the island was empty after 2pm... I recommend getting out after 1pm and then shutting the beach down. Get your lunch on board the ship. The food on the island is OKAY - the best part is the fruit bar and ice cream bar. That is it! The BBQ/burgers are not all that. Enjoy the Aqua Duck (completely empty on Castaway Cay morning) and pool areas, then head off the ship AFTER lunch and enjoy Castaway Cay from 1pm to 4pm - you will beat all the crowds on both ends. The Aqua Duck is awesome but the lines the first day are insane. Always hit it first thing (10am open time) and later in the day before shutting down or at night. I think it would be fun to do it at night and kinda scary. The ship will rock in the ocean, so bring dramamine and the first night was the roughest. You will feel it on decks 2 and 3 the most during the shows, and dinner. The thing is with Disney you never have to worry. IF you need anything, so many people are there to help and it is literally 5-star service (hotel and restaurant) on the ocean. I can't really imagine our first cruise experience with any other cruise ship. This one was perfect for all generations and all diets, all activities and interests. Read my Deck 8 room review too - it is a little loud on the ship and in the rooms so be aware of that. On Deck 8 starboard we could hear the other people on balconies talking, and shuffle board players. But I think Dec 7 or 8 are good locations and away from a lot of the other noises. The pirate party is great and the fireworks are on the STARBOARD side so head to that side on Dec 12. The rest of the pirate show is okay and the dancing was fun but the kids are all exhausted by this time. The parties are fun on Deck 11 but you will not make it all. Pick and choose what you can do. Use the Navigator hard copy but the APP is the best. Download that from your APP store BEFORE boarding. You can do character meets throughout the ship, throughout the day. My advice is after you board, get the princess passes or Disney Jr passes right away on Deck 5. Do not delay this and your kiddos can see a few characters at set times. You will have tickets/fast passes for these. Do not miss the times. It is so much better than Disney parks and a great way to get all your autographs and pictures done. Oh speaking of photos, let them take all the pictures of you possible and do a family pose on the stairway on pirate night. you can only buy these pics on board. Try to get to Deck 4, Shutters BEFORE the last night or it will be packed... you can always buy the morning of disembarkation too when it is less crowded. You find your photos by scanning your room key. IF you have a multiple staterooms, here is a trick - PUT all the pictures under one stateroom if POSSIBLE --- then, you can buy 10 digital prints. They only sell by stateroom which is silly on digital prints but this is where the DISNEY SIDE (I think) comes out. So, if you are enterprising back at 'em, you can get the 10 prints you want and split the cost. You cannot access these pictures again so get what you want on board. Oh, and try to BOARD right away at your boarding time. When you show up at Port Canaveral, drop off your bags and then go park in the garage for $60 or in the close lot for $80 - it is not all that crowded when you leave so it doesn't matter where. For embarcation, try to pick the earliest time possible. Enjoy the ship as long as you can on this one because you only have 2.5 days really on the ship. They rush you off on the 3rd day by 9am! :-( And no pools are open that day. Board right away, get lunch and hit the pools. Then do the party where you sail away, and the characters all come out to dance. Most of all. relax and have fun. The best part about sailing in international waters is NO cell coverage and no internet other than the wifi on the ship so you can chat with one another thru the navigator app, so ENJOY! Disconnect and enjoy this time with your family. I know we did. What a great cruise, Disney. Everything was perfect. I didn't find the Disney merchandising or hype too overwhelming on the cruise like I do in te parks. We went to the parks after this and I no longer like the parks - the cruise is the way to go! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
There were many things to like about this short "introductory" Disney Cruise. It wasn't perfect, but it did incite us to want to go for another cruise next year What I liked: Excellent service by state room attendant and ... Read More
There were many things to like about this short "introductory" Disney Cruise. It wasn't perfect, but it did incite us to want to go for another cruise next year What I liked: Excellent service by state room attendant and the waitstaff at the restaurant. Food quality was best on first night (Animator's Palate) and would rank as average on other nights. Food at Cabana's (pretty much all day buffet) was abundant and tasty. They do take food allergy seriously as they checked-in with me every day and even offered to cook something special for me rather than have the BBQ on Castaway Cay. Sailing was fairly smooth, except on first night where the see was a bit more rough, but with no one really getting too nauseous. Picture opportunities with characters were plentiful - depending on what you were looking for. They were actually smart enough to have a "ticket" system for the pictures with Anna/Elsa so that you knew what time to go if you wanted that picture. The little one really liked the activities at the children club. For the most part, it was easy to move throughout the ship and elevator access was rarely an issue. We were lucky enough to have a great day at Castaway Cay (first warm day of the week), and truly enjoyed out time in the island - although activities are somewhat limited if travelling with a pre-schooler. What to watch for / could be improved: Check-in and boarding is a bit of a zoo and was not as "grandiose" as advertised by the travel agent. The entertainment on this cruise was ok, but not memorable. I did not attend the "Vilains" show and the feedback received from other guest was less than stellar. The "sailing away party" as well as the "pirate party" are also fairly subdued. Ok, yes there are fireworks at sea - but this is pale in comparison to a Disney Parks fireworks show. On embarkation day, the buffet at Cabana's is also overcrowded. Yes, this is a family friendly cruise but the # of shore excursions available to those with kids under 5 is quite limited - which means that at Castaway Cay, it's pretty much beach or nothing. Not much more to do in Nassau other than walk around either. Although Disney has no control on the weather, it is a fact that if you are cruising on a sunny but cold (low 60F) and windy day -you won't see much people by the pool deck or eating outside, reducing your overall enjoyment All in, this was truly enjoyable. For pretty much the same price than 3-4 days at WDW, we had much easier access and opportunities for interacting with the characters, food that was comparable to somewhat better, got to see new sights and so on. I found the entertainment to be one notch below what you would experience in a WDW park, but still... From that perspective, a Disney Cruise represent great value if you are considering a "Disney" vacation. Value though is not as good if comparing to just "any other cruise" Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Our three night voyage on the Disney Dream was an absolute Dream! The ship was immaculate and the crew was friendly. From the moment we stepped onboard, we were in a in for a whirlwind of excitement. The first night we enjoyed the Sailing ... Read More
Our three night voyage on the Disney Dream was an absolute Dream! The ship was immaculate and the crew was friendly. From the moment we stepped onboard, we were in a in for a whirlwind of excitement. The first night we enjoyed the Sailing Away deck party, spent some time exploring the ship, caught the Golden Mickeys, and wrapped up the night with a cognac tasting. The second day we woke up early and enjoyed a spa treatment as the ship moved into dock at Nassau, the view from the spa is spectacular and watching the view change as the ship maneuvered into dock is very memorable. We spent a couple of hours exploring the shopping area right off the ship, but didn't feel very comfortable wondering around, so we returned to the ship. The rest of the day we relaxed onboard, enjoying Quiet Cove and meeting the various characters. The show for the second night was Villains Tonight, another enjoyable production. After dinner we went up on deck to enjoy the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party. We had the most amazing spot to watch the fireworks and boy was it a fantastic show! Following the deck party we had a late night Pirate Meal at the buffet. After bar hopping between Skyline and Pink we headed to bed. The next morning we woke up and enjoyed room service on our verandah as the ship docked at Castaway Cay. The view from our starboard cabin gave us an amazing opportunity to watch the beaches come into view as we enjoyed our coffee and pastries. We got ready and head off the ship to enjoy the morning out at Serenity Bay, having the required mixed drinks and great conversation with some new friends we made. We had lunch and headed back to the family area. We made it back to the family area to have a dance party with Minnie (boy can she get down!). Before heading back to the ship we took a few trips down Pelican Plunge. The last night of the cruise we bounced around to the various parts of the ship and stayed up as late as we could to make the trip last as long as we could. The show for our last night was Disney's Believe; this was by far my favorite show. The only thing that we regret about our vacation was that we only did a three night. The extra day at sea would have given us that much more time to enjoy the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Great Getaway on the Disney Dream with my 6 year old daughter. I will try to focus on things that I haven't read in other reviews. First, Disney cruise prices go from $600 per person to $15,000 each,primarily based on the time you go. ... Read More
Great Getaway on the Disney Dream with my 6 year old daughter. I will try to focus on things that I haven't read in other reviews. First, Disney cruise prices go from $600 per person to $15,000 each,primarily based on the time you go. Mid-December is one of the cheapest times because no one with little kids wants to go then. The weather is a little cooler than normal. Lunch the first day is very crowded. You really need to find a way to board before 11:30 to get a seat at Castaways. 2nd, there are lines on the first day to sign up for princess parties and to change dining and paolo reservations - not well advertised. You MUST be in the first 5-6 people in line to make this work. I was 2nd in line and changed all my timings and got the princess parties booked. If you don't get tickets to the princess parties, you will be in lines averaging over 1 hour each to get a picture/autograph with each princess. I got them all done in one shot with no lines. Aquaduck on boarding day closes at exactly 3:00pm. Get there well before then to get a few runs in. This closing time is not advertised anywhere. Don't ever do Paolo on day 1. The kids clubs all open late on day 1 which is not advertised. Cat 4e rooms booked in VGT class are awesome!!! HUGE balconies. Disney is the only cruiseline allowing unlimited carry on alchohol. Take advantage of this. My favorite was a little soft serve ice cream mixed with sprite and rum. Bring a water bottle to fill with juice at breakfast and you can mix rum with it later in the day. Atlantis is the right thing to do in Nassau. Raging River is awesome. Very Very expensive, but I paid it. If you have 3 people or less, book right through Disney everytime. If you have 4 or more, you can try booking through Atlantis or Comfort in to save a few bucks. I was on the cruise that didn't dock at Castaway Cay in Dec. However, my daughter and I had a good time that day. Hey, all the people complaining paid the same super-low price for the Dec 8th cruise that I did. Now, if I had paid June prices, I might have been frustrated. Shows - There were no lines for the shows on the Dream. The Magic and Wonder cruises that I've taken had extremely aggressive, hour long lines for the evening shows. You could get first few rows just 20 min before showtime on the Dream. That was nice. Take advantage of room service. That was fun. All the food at Disney is great except for just one item. I put it on every review but they never change it. The bacon is horrible. Maybe they'll change it someday. Take the time to eat lunch at the Royal Palace. It is awesome. The Aquaduck was a huge hit with my daughter and I. It is part of the culture on the Dream to put artwork with your kids' name on it on the door. Bring art supplies and magnets as the doors are metal. Your kids will feel left out if you don't. Also, for Pirate Night, get some pirate stuff at the Dollar Store before you go. Dads, don't be scared to take a Disney Cruise by yourself with your daughter. You won't regret it!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
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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