5 Disney Dream Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and ... Read More
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and shoving at Cabana for the brief time that the buffet is open each day. We actually missed a few meals because of lack of opportunity at Cabana and dining room being gorgeous but unappetizing for the human palate. The room was amazing and probably the cleanest boat Ive been on. Having a tub and huge floor to ceiling window was gorgeous! The shows are disney shows...no adult comedy club and thats one of my favorite entertainment. Everything closed down about 6 pm so on top of the steep price, they shut ya down at 6! Gym closed early and wont let muscle fitness 15 yr olds work out with adult even. Movie theater was a bonus but not the bonus I would've preferred on my first disney cruise. We missed all meet and greets due to lines or lack of tickets. The adult only pool area was nice, but of course my kids couldnt go so we tried not to stay too long. We all did the waterslide only twice because of long lines..15 year old didnt enjoy the teen club so he stayed in the room a lot. Yup... it was a waste of money in my opinion. If my kids had been younger and we hadnt been to Magic Kingdom 3 times a year while they were young, it might have been worth the extra cost. Im actually anxious to get back to Carnival in November and possibly adventure over to Royal Caribbean for son's graduation. Hopefully I can find the best ship out of Florida on RC. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower ... Read More
After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower and upper decks of lounge chairs all to ourselves. We cannot express how delightful it was to spend so much time during our cruise in The Cove. Throughout our cruise, The Cove bar and pool was our own private paradise. Disney Cruise Line really has a nice balance of adults only, teen clubs, kids clubs, and other activities to keep everyone happy. The Disney Dream’s Senses Fitness area located on deck twelve, forward, offers the same state of the art equipment that you will find in a number of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts as well as Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Senses Fitness Area also offers a number of free and a la carte fitness classes with complimentary abdominal and yoga classes offered during each of our morning visits, and these classes are sure to help you show last night’s dinner who’s boss! One thing worth noting is that we were completely unaware of the family style dining that takes place on Disney Cruise Lines. Unfortunately we were seated with a group that was not enjoying their time onboard, to say the least. One of the lovely couples we met during our cruise recommended we not waste another second of our trip as unhappy diners. In result, we went to guest relations where they made this change for us. For the rest of our cruise we were seated at a private table which was a dream! Disney Cruise Line’s dinner service, at least in our experience, does not include any major productions or fanfare during your dinner seating. If you plan to dine at the Royal Palace to see Disney princesses, you will be highly disappointed. Unlike Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, there were no characters, and there was no song and dance during dinner service at any of our meals. For us, this was a nice change from the norm of other cruise lines. The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks at Sea show is the perfect example of how Disney Cruise Line pulls out all of the stops with its daily entertainment. From deck parties to Broadway style shows that rival those in its parks, Disney certainly knows how to put on a show. There is truly nothing like the Fireworks at Sea show, and this alone is completely worth every penny. We truly believe the purchase and development of Castaway Cay is one of the best decisions the Walt Disney Company has ever made. We were so glad our cruise itinerary included a stop at Castaway Cay. The island is perfectly laid out with endless activities, and there is a flawless balance between family and adult where one does not impede on the other. The only down side was that we eventually had to leave this perfect island in the sun that had as wanting to sign up as permanent residents by the time our day had ended! Although we've enjoyed our time aboard other cruise lines in the past, we can say without a doubt that the level of service we received, the amount of included onboard amenities, the quality of food offerings, and the unique dining opportunities with rotational dining on the Disney Dream far surpassed any of our experiences on other lines. Our Disney Cruise Line experience was truly a dream come true. For all of these reasons and so much more, Disney Cruise Line has made repeat cruisers out of us and we are very much looking forward to our future sailings with DCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was my second cruise but first on the Disney Cruise Line. It was just my best friend and I travelling on this cruise and we are both in our late twenties. In other words, we like to drink. We were originally booked in a Deluxe Family ... Read More
This was my second cruise but first on the Disney Cruise Line. It was just my best friend and I travelling on this cruise and we are both in our late twenties. In other words, we like to drink. We were originally booked in a Deluxe Family room w/verandah on deck 7 but a concierge room opened up and we switched to a Concierge Family Oceanview room w/verandah on deck 11. My friend and I spent Wednesday night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach. We booked a special where we could park the car at the hotel and leave it there for the length of our cruise. They also had shuttle service to and from the port. Let's just say this was a joke. I don't recommend staying here with the deal we were booked for. Anyways, we woke up Thursday and brought our stuff down to the lobby and waited for the shuttle. There were way too many people and too few shuttles. We ended up taking an Uber to the port. We arrived at the port around 11:30am and after a few minutes we were in the terminal. The terminal was packed but we headed straight to concierge check in and were checked in within 10 minutes and then were escorted through a back door and onto the ship. We walked around for a few minutes before heading up to deck 12 where the concierge lounge is. Unfortunately, the lounge was full and we were told to come back in a few minutes. However, our room was ready so we headed down a floor to deck 11 to drop off our carry-ons. Shortly after we met our room hostess, Sri. She was so nice and showed us around our room and explained some things to us. After that, we headed back up to the lounge and there we met the concierge hosts, Ashley, Tracey, and Angeline. Ashley went over our cruise itinerary with us while we sipped on some beverages that were offered by the concierge bar tender. While we were in the lounge we had concierge book us a mixology class for Friday at 4pm and we also purchased day passes for the Rainforest located in the Senses Spa. Lunch was being served at Cabanas so we headed there and it was surprisingly not too crazy. The food was all very good for it being a buffet. No complaints. We wandered around the boat for a little bit trying to get acclimated to where everything was. There was a DVC meeting that we attended since my friend is a DVC member and they were offering free drinks and gifts. It was fun for a while but basically became an advertisement for the DVC which made no sense because everyone in there was a member or a guest of a member. The first night we had dinner reservations at Palo and the food here was very good. As was our service. It wasn't busy and we had a great table with a nice view of the ocean. Friday was our day at sea. We woke up pretty early and headed to the gym. It was packed!!!! I guess everyone had the same idea as us but by 8:30am it had started to clear out. The two of us had brunch reservations at Remy for 11:15am but we still stopped by Cabanas for a quick bite to eat. Brunch at Remy was incredible!!! Although, for the price it should be. One of the main reasons why we wanted to try this was for the champagne pairing which we also got. However, for the two of us brunch was around $200. My one complaint would be the size of the glasses of champagne we received. If you're a lightweight then they should have you feeling pretty good but for us, we weren't even buzzed once we left. Luckily, Meridian was open so we went there and had some more mimosas. Then we proceeded to go back to the room and drink more champagne on our balcony and enjoy the view. Our mixology class wasn't until 4pm so we had some time to kill before then. We ended up in one of the theaters watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron in 3D. It was a pleasant surprise and the theater wasn't busy at all. Mixology took place in Skyline and had it's ups and downs. Some of the drinks were really good and some were pretty bad. The group quickly turned on the bartender and demanded that we remake the good drinks. Needless to say, they were happy when this group left. By this time I was not feeling too well so went back to the room to nap. I ended up missing dinner and ordering room service. I got a second wind though and we headed to the sports pub to watch the Cavs/Bulls game. There we met up with some of the people who were in our mixology class and then went to watch the Match your Mate game taking place in Evolution. It was pretty funny and was well done. Saturday was our day at Nassau. I woke up feeling great but my friend was not. I ended up going to the gym again which was empty and eating breakfast at Cabanas. We had friends who were staying at Atlantis and they were planning on meeting us at Senor Frogs for lunch. We got off the boat and headed over there for a little while. After being stuck on a boat full of children, it was a nice change to be in the party atmosphere of Senor Frogs. When we got back on the boat I purchased 6 beers and a cooler for over $40 and got some sun up on the concierge sun deck. It was amazing to lay out in peace and quiet without all the screaming children running amok as well as the sounds of Disney movies playing. I woke up out there and they were having a special character meet for concierge guests with Goofy. That was a nice little surprise to wake up to. It was Pirate Party night so we got cleaned up and headed to dinner at Enchanted Garden. This was our first night in one of the Main Dining Rooms so we met our servers for the first time. Sunday we were at Castaway Cay. I was having a rough morning so opted to skip out on that and rest in the room and concierge lounge. The boat was empty on this day which was nice. When my friend got back on the boat we headed to the Rainforest to use our day passes. It was fun but not something I would want to do every day. In fact, we probably only stayed in for about 30 minutes. I laid out for a while on deck 12 before getting ready to see the show "Believe". This was the only show I saw but found it to be very well done. The production quality is second to none. Our dinner on the last night was at Animators Palate. The food here was good but I was disappointed with the actual show of the restaurant. I think I was expecting it to be like the older Disney ships where the rooms start out in black and white and color is added throughout the meal. This wasn't the case. It was more like Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot. There was a show at Evolution that we went to see where they split the room into two groups and you have to name the song and group of a short sample that's played. It was a lot of fun and then after the 80's trivia they played a scavenger hunt type of game. The MC split everyone into small groups and asked for a particular item. Your group got points for running up there with the item. It was hilarious. We packed up our stuff and got ready for disembarkation the next morning. On Monday we woke up and headed to the concierge lounge where we would be taking advantage of the priority disembarkation. After the ship was cleared we were escorted down to the gangway and then escorted to customs. We were off the ship in 5 minutes. The level of service we experienced was absolutely amazing. I can't say enough positive things about the concierge staff and the entire staff on the Disney Dream. It was expensive but well worth it in my opinion. I can't wait to go back on another Disney Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our third time sailing aboard the Disney Dream and our first cruise as Gold Castaway Club Members. We chose a Concierge-level stateroom as we were also celebrating our wedding during our stop in Nassau! If I could afford to ... Read More
This was our third time sailing aboard the Disney Dream and our first cruise as Gold Castaway Club Members. We chose a Concierge-level stateroom as we were also celebrating our wedding during our stop in Nassau! If I could afford to sail Concierge-level on every sailing (we're embarking on number 9 in three months), I absolutely would. The Dream-class ships with Disney (the Dream and her sister ship, the Fantasy) not only have regular concierge services, but also an exclusive lounge and sundeck. We spent a lot of time in the lounge, and of the 30 passengers that sailed with us to celebrate our wedding, 12 of us sailed Concierge-level. The one thing I love about the Bahamian 3-night sailing is the fact that you absolutely do not have to leave the ship when it's in port in Nassau. That was my wedding day and while my husband and his friends took a snorkel excursion, my mom and I and some of my friends spent the day at a very not-crowded-at-all spa and rainforest room. Since we'd seen Nassau on two previous sailings, I didn't feel like I was missing a thing by not setting foot onshore. We knew that we could book a less expensive sailing on one of the classic ships (Magic or Wonder), but we really wanted to WOW our guests with the onboard activities and the massive size of the Dream. We had some nervous cruisers, so we chose the Dream because of her state-of-the-art high-tech stabilization system and, honestly, I believe the massive size of the ship absorbs some rockiness on the seas. We also fell in love with the Outlook Lounge and were so happy when we were able to book the space for our ceremony. The event coordination of our cruise was flawless and I highly recommend using Disney's Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons to plan your ceremony or vow renewal. It was way less expensive than a ceremony at the land-based parks and everyone in our party, including me and my husband, appreciated the all-inclusive feel to a cruise vacation. We even booked a few repeat cruises with some of our guests! Our cruise included just one minor and he very much enjoyed himself in the kids clubs. All the adults found something to love about the ship -- from the adult-only sundecks and pool to the clubs and lounges. And everyone loved the food. No one ever went to bed hungry -- and if they did, they ordered burger after burger from room service. After three similar itineraries, my husband and I have outgrown the basic Bahamian cruise, but were so happy to hear that DCL is reimagining some areas of the ship to include updated kids clubs (my husband is jealous about the new Star Wars-themed area just for kids) and, our absolute favorite, Satellite Falls, a water feature for adults-only that was borrowed from the Fantasy. I hope that DCL gives the Dream some new itineraries so we can sail on her again!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We, DB(45) TB(50) EB(16), took a 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream. We were skeptical on how great of a vacation it would be considering it was spring break, our family usually gets sea sick, and our daughter was going to have no one she ... Read More
We, DB(45) TB(50) EB(16), took a 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream. We were skeptical on how great of a vacation it would be considering it was spring break, our family usually gets sea sick, and our daughter was going to have no one she knew to hang out with. Despite that fact she was the most excited out of all of us to go on the cruise. She spent hours on the website memorizing the floor plans and "pre-ordering" her meals on the online menus. BOARDING THE SHIP: Disney has a very efficient check-in system. Being that at the time we were vacation club members, check-in took around 5 minutes. However the line for regular cruisers is never too long due to the surplus of workers. At check-in they take each individuals picture before giving the individual their stateroom key. So later when you pay for something using your key a picture pops up on the screen to prevent "identity theft". Also in the terminal you can register your children for the clubs (younger kids only). Here they put a wristband on your child. It is actually a tracking device so that if anything happens to go wrong you can locate your child quickly. Your first steps on the boat truly are magical as the crew announces your family's name and applauds your arrival. ON BOARD DINING: The dining for me was good but not great. I am not a picky eater so I enjoyed what I ate but I only found one dish that I constantly crave, even now months after my cruise. There are two dinner rotations, early around 6 and late around 8. We had early dining which proved to be better for us. The first dining rotation has to have everyone seated, fed, and out of the restaurant in a matter on an hour and a half to set up for the second rotation. This was great for our daughter because she wanted to eat and leave to go back to the teen club. The second rotation tended to last around two hours. CABIN: We had a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah and it was perfect for us. The bathroom was separated into two, one with toilet and sink, the other with shower and sink. So while my husband showered before dinner, my daughter could get ready in the other bathroom. This was very nice for us. There was plenty of room to store our luggage and clothes, we found the cabin quite cozy. Although my daughter is 16 she wanted to sleep in the bed that came out of the ceiling instead of on the pull out couch. Our room-keeper gladly pulled the bed down every night while we were at dinner to accommodate our needs. **One nice touch was that there were no light switches. Your stateroom key served as your switch. After you use it to open the door you slide it into a holder right inside and the lights turn on. When you leave and take your key out the lights go off to conserve energy. GREAT IDEA! **WAVE PHONES saved our vacation. I do not let my daughter wander around on the ship alone, better safe than sorry, so she was going to have to have us walk her to the teen club and we were going to have to pick her up. Very embarrassing to a child her age. The wave phones allowed us to call/text on the boat without having to use our own & pay international fees. This was great and made the vacation soooo much better. ENTERTAINMENT: While my husband and I are not big into night life our daughter had the time of her life on the cruise. The teen club has the best counselors, my daughter tended to talk to them more than the actual teens. They maintain a calm environment while still keeping the club fun and parent free. You have to have a special access card to get into the club which the kids get on the first day. This really keeps the club parent & little sibling free. They also have their own pool deck on the bow of the boat. With misters, pools, lounge chairs, and more. The club is where she spent 90% of her time on board, the other 10% was eating and sleeping. ***AQUADUCK was fantastic!!! SERVICE: Without a doubt hands down the best service ever. The room-keepers never missed a beat and the dining team was stellar. I could go on and on about the Disney service but I will keep it at a solid 10 stars. Every employee, whether server, deck crew, or cashier, always gave a smile and a "may I help you?" The Disney employees without a doubt are the top in the world for customer service. SPA: Great in every way. There even was a teen spa for my daughter to go to and get chocolate wraps and massages. We spent lots of time here. DISNEY'S PRIVATE ISLAND: PERFECT. CRUISE TIP: We did not get off at any of the ports of call. We prefer to do things on the boat rather than rush to get off the boat, rush to have fun at the destination, and rush back before the boat leaves. Its stressful and we don't like to deal with it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Disney Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 3.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 5.0 4.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.6
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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