17 Disney Dream Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

This was our 3rd Disney Cruise. We love the family-oriented mindset of Disney and choose these cruises because we want a safe experience for our family. On this Merrytime Christmas Cruise we were onboard for the entire week of Christmas ... Read More
This was our 3rd Disney Cruise. We love the family-oriented mindset of Disney and choose these cruises because we want a safe experience for our family. On this Merrytime Christmas Cruise we were onboard for the entire week of Christmas and it was a really fun time for all of us. Many of our expectations we met or exceeded and as always, the crew and service were exceptional. There were a few considerations that almost ruined the trip for us however. First was the photography. It is a contracted service called "Shutters" and is nothing like the great photo experience offered in the parks. This group seems entirely concerned with making money although the fact that they print out every photo taken (pictures that nobody wants) seems to defeat their purpose. The photo opportunities are great but they do not allow families to link their room keys to compile all the photos. We had 4 staterooms so they wanted us to pay the $200 4 times! Even though we made sure that we used the same room card every time for every photo, they still found ways to prevent the photos from showing up in our album. We spent hours going through the photo banks trying to find some of our precious photos, only to find that there was really no reason that they hadn't been added to our collection. One of the reasons we booked the cruise was to get some great family photos of a rare moment when every family member was present. We were very disappointed with the outcome. Why can't Disney use the same photo plan on the ships that they use in the parks? Second problem was communications. In this day and age we expect much more than old technology and non-intuitive equipment. The WAVE phones they provide are so hard to figure out that we didn't even use them on the first two cruises. This time my tech-savvy son took the time to figure them out (with several calls for help) and we tried to use them. We found them bulky, difficult to keep charged, and of course totally useless for communicating with out deaf kids. For that, we utilized the App which allows texting "chats" but limits how many people can be in a group and has the frustrating propensity to drop the people in your group. We hungered to be able to use simple WIFI communication but of course that is spotty and extremely expensive to use onboard. Without the ability to easily communicate, we were often upset and several times missed opportunities to do things together as a family. This is something that Disney should address. Now that I have complained about the two things that seriously pained me, please let me take a moment to tell you what Disney does well. Number 1 has to be the variety and pleasantness of the service staff. We have been so impressed with how these people make every effort to make our experience fun and memorable. The Disney idea of having the wait staff travel with us to each meal gave us the opportunity to learn about and make friends with some truly charming young people, and our room steward was as cute as he could be. The food onboard is not gourmet, but the atmosphere is a lot of fun and the kids are overjoyed to be able to get pizza and ice cream on their own as well as being able to order room service by themselves. The characters make everything more fun especially when they unexpectedly appear. We loved taking photos of the grand-kids with them. We aren't greatly impressed with Castaway Cay as we expected more of a village with shopping and eating opportunities but the kids enjoyed swimming in the ocean. As far as entertainment goes, some of the offerings get old after multiple sailings but I have to say that Beauty and the Beast was very professionally done and we all loved it. We had no problems with the embarkation or the disembarkation but we did have quite a bit of damage with out luggage as others have noted. Our cruising experience was amazingly calm until the very last night. The captain warned us it would be a bit rough but none of us realized how nauseating a little rough can be. That has never happened before but it is something we will be prepared for in the future. Will we sail with Disney again? Yes. Do we hope they will take our comments to heart and fix the things that need attention? Yes. We hope others who cruise with Disney will have as much fun as we did. We had a great Christmas together and made some good memories. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Went on the cruise with a bus load of folks from our community. Boarding process was very smooth. Over the 4 days I found 3 hairs in my food. Not enough adult activities. Children were allowed in events advertised as adult only. ... Read More
Went on the cruise with a bus load of folks from our community. Boarding process was very smooth. Over the 4 days I found 3 hairs in my food. Not enough adult activities. Children were allowed in events advertised as adult only. Adult events were either alcohol related or trivia based. No craft type events for adults. The 5K in the past were first off the ship, not organized to be first this time. Activity listed at 8:00, doors did not open to check in until 8:00. Would be nice if they could separate adults and families in the dining rooms. Too many parents allow their children to scream all through dinner. Cabins were roomy, heavy duty curtain allowed room to be separated into two spaces. Beds were extremely comfortable. Would be nice if families were reminded that corridors outside staterooms are hallways outside bedrooms. Running and screaming aren't really appropriate. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Me, my mom, and the rest of my family went on a Disney cruise, the Disney Dream, to the Bahamas. It was a 3 day & night vacation, and during the drill, I went down and later back up more than 200 feet of stairs. Almost as tall as ... Read More
Me, my mom, and the rest of my family went on a Disney cruise, the Disney Dream, to the Bahamas. It was a 3 day & night vacation, and during the drill, I went down and later back up more than 200 feet of stairs. Almost as tall as the Citrus Tower in Clermont. The thing is that at my destination, me and my family went onto the Atlantis park, and went into the pool. I went on a lazy river with my mom, filled with several short and surprising waterfall drops in caves. The 1st few hours there were fun and I had lunch and drank. It was all fun until the last few hours, where my sister waited to go on the big waterside. It was h e double hockey sticks, I was getting hot and thirsty, and I saw the ship out at the distance, and I wanted to go back in there so badly, but it wasn’t until after another few hours that my sister waited and finally went down the slide. 4 Hours for a Water Slide!?! 4 hours is 240 minutes, and 3 hours is 180 minutes. I was glad I was in the water the whole time, but I was getting heat exhaustion and I was covering myself with water. I was dehydrated, among the most I’ve ever been. Once she was done and I was back in the ship, I was SO relieved to feel cooled off and hydrate myself again. Yet 3 or 4 hours or more out in the sun without water will really do a number on one, and I’ve gotten sunburn as well, even though I was covering myself with water. The worst areas were my shoulders and upper face, and my arms. I was tired and I felt like my sister, after waiting in line over 3 or 4 hours, was dehydrated and heat exhausted as well, though at the 2nd half of the line, she was covered in shade. So she must be lucky, and I was the real victim. I will NEVER forget, and after remembering this, I feel like I never want to go on another cruise vacation or to the Bahamas again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We enjoyed the ship - excellent shape. There were a lot of children running around and not taught to be polite and considerate of others in public. We made use of the adult only areas for quiet time. The major issue was screaming ... Read More
We enjoyed the ship - excellent shape. There were a lot of children running around and not taught to be polite and considerate of others in public. We made use of the adult only areas for quiet time. The major issue was screaming children in the dining room - what is the matter with parents? Rotating dining rooms was different and enjoyable. Appreciated the casual dining attire, hubby was able to wear shorts and was very comfortable. Liked having a restaurant, not a buffet, on port days. Enjoyed the ship tours. Our Disney VISA ship credit was valid only for beverages, no use to us. We booked another cruise for next year with our group from a Florida retirement community. Embarkation was different from what we are used to and it wasn't explained in advance. We were all held in a large room and groups were called for boarding by number. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows ... Read More
As a gift for my 50th birthday my family took me on the Disney cruise. This was my first-ever cruise and I did not know what to expect. The Dream was spotless, the rooms were immaculate and the staff was over the top attentive. The shows and other entertainment was amazing. Every morning there was a navigator paper in her room telling us the daily events times and places. There was an app for your phone called the Disney cruise and that helped us throughout our stay on the ship. Our first Port of Call was Nassau Bahamas and it was a very interesting does it. There was a cast member on the ship that advised us where to go, where not to go and how to shop for jewelry so we were able to know exactly what we were buying. He also told us if we had any questions about our purchase to have the store manager page him and he would come to the store and assist us. Our second Port of Call was at Castaway Cay, Disney's own island. Where we were able to do a 5K, have lunch and swim in the most clear water I've ever seen. Our last day was a baby. It was most relaxing and I was sorry that it was over. I definitely will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We took two of our grandchildren (ages 9 and 11) and mom on a four day, three night cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. We didn't use any of the Disney child care as the trip was so short and we had plans off ship. The kids had a ... Read More
We took two of our grandchildren (ages 9 and 11) and mom on a four day, three night cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. We didn't use any of the Disney child care as the trip was so short and we had plans off ship. The kids had a ball. We find Disney to be an expensive cruise but they do things first class. Our granddaughter meet all the princesses and our grandson loved the pirate night. They enjoyed the shows (we thought they were a bit loud) and the dancers/singers were excellent. They spent most of their time on the ship in the pools and slides. Disney has lifeguards on duty which made our oversight a bit easier. The three restaurant dinning process was very nice and the food as good as our cruises on Holland America. My wife loved the shrimp and crab at lunch each day. The service was excellent with the servers taking extra time to entertain the children during and after the meals. Dress is casual for the entire cruise. I like to the gym and there was no charge for the standard classes. In Nassau we went to the Blue Lagoon for an encounter with Sea Lions. We had been there a bout three years ago and there have been some changes. But it is well worth the time and cost. The cruise ships had booked the entire day so we couldn't get a private reservation so we took the Disney excursion. The day at Castaway Cay was great for us. Mom and the kids went ashore as did most of the passengers. We had a nice quite day relaxing on board. If you want to do the water slides this is the time. We were very impressed with embarking and disembarking. It all went very quickly and smoothly. All in all a very enjoyable trip. A Disney cruise is very Disney in all aspects. Not something we would do very often but it is well worth it once in a while. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I choose to cruise again this month after most spring breaks and before the summer crush. The weather the first night caused some rough seas, but it was great the rest of the cruise. We had a nice day in Nassau, not too hot ... Read More
My wife and I choose to cruise again this month after most spring breaks and before the summer crush. The weather the first night caused some rough seas, but it was great the rest of the cruise. We had a nice day in Nassau, not too hot yet, and then a fantastic day on the beach at Castaway Cay. I even got in some fishing for bone fish with Captain Trey. For lunch on the beach at CookiesToo I would recommend the spicy chicken sandwich. Of course the ribs are outstanding as well. We ate our breakfasts in the buffet each day. The menu changes a little each day, but always has many choices. I love seeing a child with a plate covered with different pastries. The dinner at Palo was exceptional again. I would recommend this dinner as we always take a meal there each trip. There is an uncharge of $30/person, but well worth it. Jungle Book was featured on the ship the same night it opened everywhere else. It was fun to see in 3D. And yes, there were fireworks at sea on pirate night! Some of our fellow passengers told us they heard that fireworks on a ship was not allowed. Well we sure enjoyed them! Our room on the tenth floor was just below the adult pool so we heard chairs being moved in the morning. Since we rise early to watch the ship dock in port, we were not disturbed. Maybe we would't have even heard it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband and I are retired, but we have always enjoyed all things Disney. We used our Disney Vacation Club member points to book the cruise, to celebrate our 38th anniversary. The week prior to the cruise, there was the possibility ... Read More
My husband and I are retired, but we have always enjoyed all things Disney. We used our Disney Vacation Club member points to book the cruise, to celebrate our 38th anniversary. The week prior to the cruise, there was the possibility there would be a hurricane (Erika) which made us nervous as we were planning but fortunately it fizzled out and we had wonderful weather for the entire trip. Embarkation was very smooth: dropped off our luggage, parked in the adjacent garage, checked in, and were on the ship in short order. We had lunch at Cabanas buffet which had a nice variety of food including shrimp. The desserts were limited but we enjoyed an ice cream cone by the pool later in the afternoon. After lunch, it was time to see our cabin which was a veranda stateroom on deck 7, midship. We were very happy with the location near the elevators and with the room itself. The split bathroom is nice so two people can get ready for dinner at the same time and the bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony and watching the sea. We attended the Disney Vacation Club member gathering which was nice as it included free drinks and a presentation about the latest news from the Vacation Club. It was a relaxed atmosphere with no high pressure sales -people who wanted more information were encouraged to make an appointment. We were on a dining rotation which scheduled our first dinner at Animator's Palette. It now features Crush the turtle on screens, interacting with the guests. I found it somewhat annoying but my husband thought it was funny. We were seated with two women in our age group, although of course there were a lot of families around us. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. The first evening's show was Golden Mickeys, which had lots of Disney magic. Our first port of call was Nassau. We took the Blue Lagoon excursion for a beach day. The boat picked us up right at the pier and it took about 30 minutes to get to our destination. We were given two coupons for soft drinks and a lunch coupon. There was a nice, very clean beach which had shade and lounge chairs. In a separate area, for an additional charge, there were a sea lion and a dolphin encounter, which we did not do. The lunch was a grilled sandwich with a choice of peas and rice or french fries, as well as cookies. The water was just beautiful and clear, and we enjoyed being away from the bustle of Nassau. The second night's dinner was at the Enchanted Garden, also very good. The show was Villains, which we did not care for. Our second port of call was Disney's private island Castaway Cay. It is perfect; we love going there. No tendering is required because there's a dock and trams to take you to the beach area. I spent a little while at the adult beach, Serenity Bay, where I had a cabana beach side massage - heaven! Meanwhile, my husband went snorkeling in the family beach area, where there is a marked off section for snorkelers. He said he saw a lot of fish and had a good time. We then spent time in the water and had lunch at Cookies Too, which was very good. That evening, there was a ventriloquist for the main show and then it was pirate night. There are two pirate shows, one early in the evening with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters which is kid friendly, and one at 10:30 p.m. with more realistic looking pirates, followed by fireworks shot off the starboard side of the ship. The last full day on the cruise was a sea day, so we relaxed, watched the movie "Big Hero 6" and had brunch at Palo. I hadn't been able to get reservations online but was able to book when we boarded the ship. The food was still excellent but they served it to you instead of just being able to help yourself, which seemed unnecessary to me. Our final night's dinner was in Royal Palace. The show was Believe, which features a lot of Disney characters and stories. Disembarkation went smoothly. We had an early breakfast and were off the ship by 8 a.m. Customs did not take long, so we were home a couple hours later. I thought the cruise staff on this ship was very professional. They would stop to answer questions and always greeted guests around the ship. I think Disney has a great product and we were very happy with our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Day 1 – Orlando (WDW Port Orleans-Riverside Resort) to Port Canaveral Transfers and embarkation – we purchased transfers with our cruise. We received a letter in our room the night before with meeting instructions for the next ... Read More
Day 1 – Orlando (WDW Port Orleans-Riverside Resort) to Port Canaveral Transfers and embarkation – we purchased transfers with our cruise. We received a letter in our room the night before with meeting instructions for the next morning. We had to have our luggage ready by 8:30 a.m. the morning of departure for pick up the cruise line. The DCL rep phoned morning of departure with reminder of where to meet in POR. We met at 11:30 a.m. for a planned 11:45 a.m. departure. We left about noon as some guests were late. We walked out to the DCL bus and boarded. Note that if you have carry-on items, check them in the cargo hold as there is almost no in-cabin storage. Seating is tight. Our driver got in and just started driving. No introductions, etc. – strange. One passenger had to remind him to play the introductory video (which was very good and highly entertaining, BTW). We arrived at Port Canaveral around 1 p.m. We were in the terminal and through security in less than 2 minutes and went up to the check-in area. After about ten minutes, we were through that process, including photos. We stopped for an embarkation photo and boarded. A nice touch is being introduced by ship’s staff by name over the PA system and white glove receiving line. We were in our room by 1:30 p.m. It was decorated for my wife’s birthday with a stick on poster as well as a banner across the divider between the bed and the seating area – nice. We checked for items we had ordered, got settled, took photos and video, met our cabin attendant (nice guy) then headed out to do some exploring. We went up to stern deck 11 and took some selfies, FB posts. We had lunch in Cabanas buffet (nice). The mandatory safety drill (without life preservers) was at 4 p.m.; unfortunately, it was very hard to hear the crew’s instructions – it seemed like a gong show getting everyone organized at the muster station. By the time we returned to our room, our luggage gad arrived and we just spent the time unpacking. We had late dining in the Royal Palace dining room. We met our tablemates (we were at a table for six, all older adults like us), and our server and assistant server. Our server was a bit cocky in his attitude but his assistant was great to deal with and talk to all week. The meal was very nice, but, as is my usual complaint, just warm, and this was trend throughout the week in all three dining rooms. After dinner, we went to the shops and bought some items for ourselves and family members. We debated going to the show but were just too tired from previous day’s flying and being up early today. Day 2 – Nassau We arrived about 7:00 a.m. and docked quickly alongside several other cruise ships. It was like a parking lot for ships. We had breakfast in Cabanas and got ready for tour (Adastra Gardens and City). We met tour operator on dock – nice guy – he also knew a lot about Canada. We walked a fair distance to meet our tour bus which was late (“Bahamian time” we were told ☺). We boarded a small bus and drove through many parts of the city (lots of impoverished areas), viewed some forts, and stopped at one for some scenic views and a washroom break. One stop was the Queen’s Steps (we had a very good local very good guide, knowledgeable – tip him, he deserves it), then drove to Adastra Gardens. It is a hybrid garden/zoo with several walking paths. It was interesting although not spectacular and is in need of repair and renovation. We exchanged our tour tickets for bottled water at the cafeteria. Our visit ended with a flamingo show – it was very entertaining and somewhat interactive at the end. We then toured through the waterfront area where we were able to dip our toes into the harbour beach area and get some good shots of all the cruise ships in port (7, I think). Our tour ended at the pier area. We did some shopping then went through port security which was not the best experience we have had; the port officials were very rude and shouting constantly at passengers – what a terrible way to treat visitors – for a country that depends on tourism. We were onboard very quickly. We did some more shopping, checked for photos then got ready for our evening at Remy. We had a 7:30 reservation. We received a handwritten reminder in our stateroom of the reservation as well as personal phone call from hostess. We went to 12th deck aft and were received by two hostesses. We were seated in the adjacent Meridian bar and ordered drinks. A few minutes later, the Remy hostess came for us and told us to leave our drinks as they would be taken into restaurant for us. We were shown the entrance which consisted of a wine cellar on both sides then the grand entrance – wow. Very posh. Beautiful furnishings, solid silverware, crystal stemware, and fine linens on the table. We were seated in richly upholstered half booth facing the ocean, port side. A small table was placed beside my wife for her purse – nice. We were then introduced to our server, Yannick, French, who proceeded to explain the evening’s meal. He then offered to make a champagne cocktail for us consisting of Grey Goose VX (vodka infused with cognac, I believe), sugar cube, Tattinger champagne, Grand Marnier liqueur, and something in the bottom of the glass that we have forgotten but was fizzy. It was absolutely delicious [we would recommend NOT consuming any alcohol before dinner as this cocktail is powerful!]. After a while, we received some rolls and a surprise: flash-fried tomato soup on a spoon – I kid you not! After a while of just enjoying the drink and the atmosphere, Yannick came to the table to explain the menus. They consist of optional caviar and truffles courses (extra cost, of course – quite expensive) as well as the main multi-entrée meal selection of “saveur” or “gout”. The latter two were selected, one for my spouse and the other for me. What followed was hours of exquisite, almost appetizer size selections of fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, cheeses and desserts, some of which came in an individual box and we took home with us. We also ordered a red burgundy to accompany the meal. One thing on service: it is very French – attentive but not intrusive. Stemware and cutlery were continuously changed out to match the type of entrée being served. When my spouse left for the ladies’ room, someone from the staff was there to accompany her out of the restaurant, offering their arm, to the entrance of the restaurant. Even the restrooms had personal attendants who handed you a towel – nice! The sommelier was always there to pour the wine and Yannick was always checking to see how we were doing, but only when he needed to. The meal was superb, probably the best we’d ever had eaten. We left after about 4 hours, absolutely on cloud nine. This is an extra cost as it is in one of the specialty restaurants onboard this ship. You should expect to pay about $275 USD, including one bottle of wine, for a couple; the champagne cocktail is complimentary, and optional. Day 3 – Castaway Cay We got off ship around 9:00 a.m., had a photo taken with ship in background and took trams (takes 2) to Serenity Bay, the adults-only beach on opposite end of island from cruise ship pier. Near the beach entrance, we found beach chairs, loungers and umbrella (get there early to get a set with an umbrella). We swam (water is cold but oh so worth it) several times, drank some adult beverages and generally just relaxed. We had nice lunch at service area near the bar but the wind was blowing BBQ smoke at us while we waited for 30 minutes - not a very pleasant thing to have to endure and some guests were really coughing. We returned to our loungers only to discover that two young men and a young woman, all ship’s crew members (their ID was pinned to their swim gear) had planted themselves right in front of us and were busy conversing away about really banal things, shipboard hookups, etc. At one point, a lot of profanity was exchanged. Really? Is this the quality of crew DCL is hiring these days? We were getting tired of this so we decided to head back to ship. We stopped at the main shopping area in the middle of the island then took the second tram back. We got ready for the evening, checked for photos, and then had supper in the Animator’s Palate. It was pirate’s night so just about everybody was dressed up to the nine’s (DCL does hand out pirate bandanas). Nice supper. After, we went to Deck 11 for the “Pirates In the Caribbean” deck party (excellent entertainment) and then a great, music-themed fireworks show. It was a spectacular way to end the evening. At Sea in the Bahamas south east of Freeport This was a sad day as it was our last before reaching port. After a late breakfast in the Royal Palace dining room (it was OK, nothing special), we really put the effort into packing and were about 90% done by lunch time. We went up to Cabanas and had a nice lunch, checked for photos, got a coffee from the Vista café (did not know you could sign out a laptop to check for mail, etc.). At 2 p.m. we went to the Meridian bar for martini tasting –very well done and we learned a thing or too about one of our favourite drinks. After, we took some photos of characters and also attended the character dance party in the Atrium – had a ball. We also attended an open house tour of the Oceaneer Club for children ages 3-11 – we know our 7 year old granddaughter will love this in 2016. We got ready for dinner and went to the “Believe” show in WD Theatre – absolutely wonderful! There was a warm up by a very talented violinist followed by a spectacular show. We then went to Enchanted Garden restaurant for supper. VIt has a very nice décor but it is very crowded; our servers could hardly move to wait on us. We had a nice final supper, gave our tips and thank you notes to all our DR staff. We returned to our room to finish packing, and to put out our luggage. Day 5 – Port Canaveral – Debarkation We checked out of our room at 8:00 a.m. (DCL insists on this) and went to the Enchanted Garden DR for breakfast. Nice meal. However, again, it was very crowded as now we were lugging our carry-on bags and had to dump them wherever we could find them including someone else’s table beside us. This is not efficient in our opinion compared to other cruises we’ve taken; we believe DCL needs to revisit this process. Why could we not have more breakfast options in other restaurants? We were off ship by 9:00 a.m., through US C&BP (easy, very friendly officer), picked up our luggage, out to bus, loaded and immediately on our way – this time we lucked into front row seats. We arrived at Orlando airport by 10:00 a.m. Tips Download and use the DCL app for your iPhone or Android device. It was very useful in advising us on the port, shipboard activities, character meet and greets, dining and activity options, etc. It is also the only way you are going to have a deck plan as DCL does not give out printed deck plans (apparently). Check-in online when DCL advises you (via email) that you can do so. It does speed up things when you are actually at the terminal. For Serenity Beach on Castaway Cay, get there early to get the best selection of loungers, especially ones with umbrellas – you will appreciate this when the sun gets overhead. Also, wear beach shoes in the water; there are lots of rocks. Line up early for meet and greets with characters. There are (it seems() hundreds of kids wanting to do this with parents in tow so it makes for a very long time if you are at the back and the 30 minute time limit is reached. For dressing up your children, get to the shops early for best selection. Do as many pre-cruise reservations as you can for restaurants, spas, etc. Make sure you have a DCL account linked to your reservation to do this. DCL will also send you lots of reminders via email with links. Reserve your cruise ASAP to get dining selections [including specialty restaurants such as Palo and Remy]; we booked only three months in advance and could only get 2nd seating. For two adults, no problem but it could be an issue with small children.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was the first cruise for my family, and I can tell you now that we will never cruise with anyone other than Disney! The ship was magnificently clean, beautifully decorated, and so easy to navigate. The staff throughout our experience ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my family, and I can tell you now that we will never cruise with anyone other than Disney! The ship was magnificently clean, beautifully decorated, and so easy to navigate. The staff throughout our experience was knowledgeable and friendly. Our stateroom hostess, Lita from the Philippines, had such a pleasant smile on her face and kind words for us every time we saw her. We ate in the restaurant assigned to our rotation every night, and I have to say that dinner was the highlight of each day! Uthen from Thailand was our server, and Ivan from Croatia was our assistant server. Together they worked to make our dining experience so much fun, kept our bellies full to bursting, and were always happy to talk about our experiences from the day. Room service did not take more than half an hour any time we ordered, and the food was always hot or cold, as was suitable. My daughter, 14, only went to the teen hangout Vibe one afternoon, but she really enjoyed it and said she wished she had gone there sooner. We all utilized the salon, which was a relaxing and serene place to be. I recommend Cabanas for breakfast except for on disembarkation day... there is plenty of seating and the same buffet as Enchanted Garden with a better setup. Overall we had nothing to complain about and much of the experience was so much better than we expected! We are already planning cruise #2! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We took our cruise with our son and 4 grandchildren on the Dream. It was magical in may ways and they do so many good things, its hard to say what's not. BUT, I think these areas need changes: Meals: Children as a whole have the ... Read More
We took our cruise with our son and 4 grandchildren on the Dream. It was magical in may ways and they do so many good things, its hard to say what's not. BUT, I think these areas need changes: Meals: Children as a whole have the choice for every meal; mac n cheese, hamburger and chicken fingers. I would like to see healthier options for small ones. Pools: Two pools for a couple thousand children is rough...the Dream holds 4,000 passengers. Oceaneer Club: Our 10 year old moved up to the Edge and he had a wonderful time. The 6 and 7 year old children also had a good time, as the room is more appropriate for the younger age group. We then move to our 4 year old it was terrible. We dropped him off after dinner on the second night and he was left to wonder back by himself and could not find the little ones' area. He came back several times because he was lost, but my son said to give him a chance to settle by himself. We stayed back and watched the attendants ignored him, when I said something on of the young ladies, she took him by the hand and lead him away from the desk. I waited 10 to 15 minutes and again ask where he was and they said he was in the Toy Story area. I ask for a pass and walked back and could not find him in any of the areas after asking several people repetitively where he was. I walked back to find him in a little area by the desk with another little boy, who was also crying and it looked like they boy had been crying for some time. It took us quite some time to settle him down and it was an awful experience. I told the attendants this was not acceptable and if they couldn't handle the amount of children they were taking in, then they should tell the parents. I was very disappointed and upset to think how many others had the same experience and the parents were unaware!! Shows: Magical Room: Spacious and built for families.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our 8th cruise with DCL and our best yet! Everything (yes, everything!) was clean, in excellent condition, gorgeous, and comfortable. The crew from Captain Henry to the maintenance to stewards and all were friendly, engaging, and ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise with DCL and our best yet! Everything (yes, everything!) was clean, in excellent condition, gorgeous, and comfortable. The crew from Captain Henry to the maintenance to stewards and all were friendly, engaging, and performed their duties with a smile. The food was plentiful, fresh, and well prepared - and delicious! We arrived at the terminal (Disney's own) a little early (9:45 a.m.) and after a brief wait (other passengers were still disembarking), we quickly cleared security and were checked in. Our boarding number was 6 and we were on the ship by 11:45. We were invited to dine at Cabanas (top deck, aft, buffet dining) but chose to wait until the Enchanted Garden (deck 2, midship) opened and left full of delicious shrimp, stone crab, soup, and all kinds of great food (including fantastic ice cream for dessert). Our stateroom was ready at 1:30 (our was deck 9, all the way forward, starboard) which was a family oceanview - large porthole, extra length (compared to regular ocean view rooms) and was very comfortable for the 3 of us - our grown son was able to go with us. He slept on a murphy bed which was directly next to the porthole and we had a queen bed - all were very comfortable! Our cabin steward, Pornchai, was amazing - he knew us each time we passed him and was always quick to make sure we were happy and willing to help with anything we needed. He kept our room immaculate and well stocked - including the cute towel animals and evening chocolates! Our dining servers (Mihaly, Suwitra, & head server, Ali) were equally efficient and friendly - met all of our requests with a smile and great service! We watched their interactions with other guests and their interactions with the children were what you'd expect of Disney - friendly and engaging. One child was too tired to eat and too young to be left in his stateroom alone, so our servers created a 'bed' for him using chairs, tablecloth & napkins. That was so sweet! The shows in the theater were all well executed and entertaining. We chose not to disembark at Nassau or Castaway Cay - as being our 8th cruise, we've done these things and just enjoy the quiet and 'lack of people' on the ship. The pools and the AquaDuck are viturally empty and it's a great time to take advantage of those. The dining room (only Cabanas is open on Castaway Cay day) only had a few guests but had plenty of food. Husband & son enjoyed the "Detective" game which took them all over the ship in search of clues - cute for all ages. One of the highlights for me was watching "Jack Jack's Diaper Dash" in the lobby - only crawling babies could 'race' - it was just cute overload! We so enjoyed this cruise that we booked our 35th Anniversary cruise next May on the Dream (another 4 day). This next time we will be in a 'regular' oceanview room on deck 2 near midship. We've cruised with Disney with and without children and won't sail with any other cruiseline! There are plenty of activities for adults without kids and having the children around is fun. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Dream a little dream of me…that’s the song by Mama Cass Elliott of the Mamas & Papas that I thought of when I was on our 4 night Disney Dream cruise recently. My wife & I went on the Disney Dream for my birthday 11/3-11/7. A ... Read More
Dream a little dream of me…that’s the song by Mama Cass Elliott of the Mamas & Papas that I thought of when I was on our 4 night Disney Dream cruise recently. My wife & I went on the Disney Dream for my birthday 11/3-11/7. A little back round before I start my review & comments: my wife Teresa & I have now been on 29 cruises, this was our 2nd with DCL. We are new seniors, no kids because we got married late in life.. I am Diamond with Royal Caribbean ( 12 cruises), and also been all other major cruise lines except Costa..these include 6 on Carnival, 5 on Norwegian, and one each on Celebrity, HAL, Princess, and Celebration cruise lines. I will make some comparisons mostly to RCI, since that’s the line I’ve cruised the most. Please keep in mind that food, service & entertainment are all VERY subjective, and these are all my opinions, thoughts & observations only, so please don’t have a cow if you disagree with me. Also keep in mind that the Oasis/ Freedom ships are much bigger and carry more passengers than the Disney Dream, so generally the bigger the ship, the level of service seems to go down, along with the quality of the food, especially in the MDR. I welcome comments, but please remember that if you haven’t cruised various lines, you shouldn’t be making any comparisons, since you have nothing to compare cruises to….nothing bothers me more than people who say, "oh XX is the best cruise line, even though I’ve never cruised anything else”….ridiculous to say something so bias IMO… Let me start by saying the cruise was fantastic- by far the best service, bedding, shower, buffet area , outside promenade deck area, brunch ( Palo ), private island ( Castaway Cay) ,main production shows, and standard balcony cabin we’ve ever seen/ been in…the ship itself is gorgeous, and relatively easy to navigate. One thing you should know: I was not cold, but the ship is very cold overall- my wife was freezing 90% of the time. I would recommend if you get cold easily, bring a sweater or light jacket. Some were overly dressed I admit…a few passengers looked like they were going to the Arctic Circle with coats, sweat shirts, heavy sweaters…sweaters on a Bahamian cruise? Not too macho guys, LOL…. Embarkation/ Lunch in Cabanas Embarkation was a little long & it felt like there was some confusion...you get a number and we were group # 7 after you check in...Here's a great thing Disney does: when you actually board the ship, they actually announce your family name, like, "Please welcome aboard the Jones family!", and all the crew members clap & cheer, then one of the staff takes you aside & welcomes you on the Dream...they tell you where you can eat, and what will be happening later today and that the muster drill will be at 4 PM..fantastic!! We even had a staff member take our carry on luggage and put us in the elevator and press 11 for Cabanas- Wow, that's service!! So we ate first in Cabanas, the buffet area on deck 11. Cabins are ready at 1:30 PM.. Food included shrimp cocktail, mussels, pizza, salads, beef, chicken, a wonderful chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ( fabulous!!), terrific french fries ( best ever on a ship, crisp, not soggy steak fries) , rib-eye steaks, and more. Sodas are included in your fare, so if you drink a lot of soda, that’s a nice perq. I don’t drink much soda anymore, but they did have diet sprite on tap, the only one I ever drink occasionally- thumbs up for that DCL….desserts usually stink ( to me) on cruise ships because there only 6 things that tempt me: chocolate cake, coconut cake, coconut cream pie, key lime pie, brownies & chocolate chip cookies…all very rare to be found on ships…the latter 2 are usually hard & mediocre for me….the Dream did have a chocolate peanut butter brownie that was scrumptious , really yummy ( Big Al Tip: you can find them always in the Cove Café in the adult pool area, and the Vista Café on deck 4 midship..).I found the food here better than RCI’s Windjammer. Cabin We went to our cabin at exactly 1:30 and I was so impressed by it’s size ( 299 SF inc balcony, which was 45 SF, cabin 254)…the balcony was a tad small at 45 SF, a little smaller than RCI’s Oasis D class balcony’s which are 182 SF plus 53 SF for balcony…so the cabin itself is bigger, balcony slightly smaller. Freedom class at 199 SF and 65 SF balcony is bigger …this cabin was more like the Junior Suites on the Freedom class , which are 297 SF plus 94 SF balcony..so RCI wins for balcony size, but Disney wins in standard cabin size. Big difference was the bathroom set up. Disney gives you TWO bathrooms, one with a sink & toilet, the other with sink & shower/ bath. And here’s the goodie: the shower has a hand held shower AND a rain shower right above you! You can turn on either one with a handle …it was also bigger, not tiny like RCI’s. Water pressure was decent, not great, but OK…best ever water pressure was on the Celebrity Mercury- it was like Niagara Falls in there…bedding goes to DCL- most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on. Pillows could’ve been better.. one thing was weird: the A/C was the quietist ( but efficient & cold) I’ve ever heard ( or not heard)..you could not hear a sound from that unit! Hard to believe it was even on ..TG I brought a sounds radio because I don’t like it when it’s too quiet. Flat screen TV was a tad small, and was 90% Disney channels. Only non- Disney was 3 ESPN’s, 3 CNN’s and an ABC channel. Selection was pretty terrible. I don’t cruise to watch TV, but when I go to bed I like to watch a little late night TV…RCI wins the TV battle…there were 3-4 outlets along the wall near the mirror to plug in cell phones, cameras, etc most cabins on other ships have only 1-2 outlets…also, there are 2 wave phones ( walkie-talkie’s) in the cabin and they are FREE ( unlike RCI that charges you).. ..overall, if you compare the 4B cabin to a D1 on RCI, Disney wins..if you compare it to a JS on RCI, it’s a tie..I like the walk-in closet in the JS’s and I like the bigger balconies and better TV…Disney has better beds & showers…also Disney’s fridge is COLD, while RCI’s was room temp, or barely cool at best. MDR food On Disney, they have what is called "rotation dining”. They have 3 main dining rooms on board: the Enchanted Garden, The Royal Palace, and Animator’s Palate ( my fav). All 3 are distinctively different and all were IMO, very good. Our waiters were Kurt from Jamaica ( yah mon), and assistant Hendro from Indonesia . Both were very, very good..Kurt explained all the entrees and gave his two cents worth when asked. The idea is you go to each of the 3 venues and the waiters follow you to each one. We had a table for 2 ( table 23 ) and Kurt & Hendro were there each night with us…LOVED this concept..much better than going to the same dining room every night. It was so interesting dining in 3 different places in 3 nights, all with a different look, feel, and menu. You get a ticket that tells you where you are dining on what day. Only bad thing is our seating was at 5:45 PM, and that’s about an hour earlier than I like to eat on RCI..there is NO MTD, only early or late dining. I think it’s because of how many small children there are and I think it would cause quite a mess doing MTD. I ate Prime Rib first night, rack of lamb 2nd night and another terrific meat dish the 4th night ( 3rd night was Palo, which you will read next..)..all were very good..all had very good side dishes..DCL wins here for entrees..I had escargots one night, a personal fav, and it was delicious..RCI has been saying for a while now that there is an escargot shortage worldwide- not on the Disney Dream there isn’t…. Palo  specialty dinner & brunch My wife & I ate at Palo’s on our other DCL cruise on the Wonder in ’06. It was only $10 pp then and it was fabulous then. This time we were in for a real treat. It’s $25 now ( we paid $20 and it went up recently)… More important, our waitress, Maria from Romania was THEE best server we ever had on any ship anywhere!! We met her on the private island ,Castaway Cay, at our lunch buffet area ( only for adults at adult beach- very nice!!)…she told us all about Palo’s dinner menu, and I asked if we could ask for her at dinner, and she said yes. When we got there, she had reserved a table for us in a corner with a water view. Maria explained the menu and that began about 5000 calories from hell for us…WOW, what a meal!!! For dinner, Maria brought us anti-pasto filled with prosciutto, braciole, cheeses, and other delights. For the main course my wife had rack of lamb and I had a chateaubriand ( on top of yummy wasabi mashed potatoes,uuummmm!!), both cooked perfectly. While I was eating my main course, Maria brought me like a 6 ounce lobster tail and said, "I thought you might like this”…like this??? That’s like telling the fox he might like going into the chicken house….Maria would keep bringing us little dishes to try on the side- sorbet, pasta, etc…I estimated the cost of all the food in a high end venue ( like a Ruth Chris or Morton’s..) to have been around $200-250  so $46 plus tip seemed like a good deal..not to mention sitting at dinner without hundreds of screaming kids… The brunch at Palo’s the next morning was simply over the top. Maria greeted us and gave us a tour of the brunch area..it was divided by kinds of foods..I had heard about the chicken parmagiana from many Disney cruisers..I thought, "chicken parm at a brunch? How pedestrian- what is this, the Olive Garden? I can get chicken parm anywhere ..” Boy, was I wrong- I ordered it along with eggs benedict, and then went to up to check out the brunch buffet. I had shrimp cocktail, crab legs, smoked salmon, anti- pasto, and the BEST hot sticky buns I’ve ever had..I told Maria to have a medic standing by after I tasted it…after regaining consciousness, I had the chicken parm & eggs benedict put in front of me. I took one bite of the chicken parm and I can tell you it was the best chicken parm I ever tasted…hot and crispy, not soggy or overly drenched in oil… In the two meals , barely 15 hours apart, we must’ve consumed 6000 calories alone…I felt sooooo full..I was afraid if I went to the pools, a lifeguard ( Disney has lifeguards now around main pools) , might throw a harpoon at me…it was by far the best 2 meals back-to-back I’ve ever eaten- on 29 cruises, that’s a lot. I love Chops, Portifinos and the 150 Park Café on RCI, but this better, IMHO… Entertainment & shows Until I went on the Oasis in early 2010, I thought the production shows on the Disney Wonder in 2006 were the best shows we’ve ever seen. Yes, they were Disney themed, but the singing, dancing & music were just…well…magical!! I’ve always have had issues with production shows , because I feel doing 45 minutes of an off Broadway play that NOBODY knows is usually boring…I once sat next to a man whom I struck up a conversation with, who decided to leave 20 minutes into the show. I asked why he was leaving, and he said, "I lived 40 years in NYC, saw perhaps 100-150 plays, and I never have heard of any of these songs or music- why can’t they chose better musicals?”. I have agreed with this statement for several years now, until I cruised the Oasis ships.The new shows on Oasis & Allure are much better because they are not doing unknown musicals anymore- they got smart and all 3 I’ve seen, "Hairspray” ( best IMO), "Saturday Night Fever” ( on Liberty OS) and "Chicago” are all outstanding. Disney Dream had 4 shows- "The Golden Mickeys” was the first night, a timeless tribute to Disney & Mickey going back into history. I thought it was very good…grade- A-....2ND night was called "Villains Tonight”, a tribute to, naturally, all the Disney villains. I thought it was awesome- A+ all the way- great singing, great music ( even a little scary for very young kids..), and 3rd night was an illusionist & magic show, Kyle Night & Mistie, a husband/ wife act that were much better ( probably the best ) illusionists than any others I had seen..4th and final night was "Disney’s Believe”, a wonderful story about a father scientist who doesn’t believe in magic, and isolates himself from his teenage daughter, who believes in magic. Again, top notch effects, singing, dancing, a wonderful show for all. Grade- A even A+…some guests do not go to shows for whatever reason, but let me tell you if you saw these and didn’t like them, you ARE entitled to your own opinion, but I would send you to the nearest MRI center and check your head out. Big Al tip: seats are roomier on the lower floor, rather than in the balconies & all shows were PACKED, so get there 20-25 min early!!… Other entertainment included a nice duo in the atrium that played all kinds of music. There are character appearances by Disney characters every day in the atrium and it was so cute to see all the children taking pictures with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, etc. There is an adult section called "The District” which consists of 7 bars/ lounges including a sports bar ( 687 Pub ), a champagne bar ( Pink ), a martini bar ( Skyline Lounge ) that it’s skyline on the wall of 10 cities or so, changes every 15 minutes- very cool place..The D Lounge has live music and had a British trio there..they were very good, except I didn’t like the songs they played…perhaps they could use another 2-3 more venues back there including a dedicated Karaoke Bar, instead of the family one they have. The have a Pirate show on the pool deck with terrific fireworks- tip: get there early as if really gets crowded..after the fireworks, there is a party & buffet at the pool. Capt Jack Sparrow is the lead character and he’s dead ringer for Johnny Depp…entertainment compared to RCI’s Oasis class is a tie, both super…. Big Al tip- on deck 12 aft, check out the Meridian Bar, go there at sunset for SPECTACULER views of the sunset..you can sit outside or inside..it is in between both specialty restaurants, Palo & Remy’s, great place for a drink- I had a B-52 ( Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and Bailey’s) Ports of Call There were only 2 ports of call on this 4 night cruise, Nassau & Disney’s wonderful private island, Castaway Cay. It was windy & cloudy in Nassau, and the authorities put the red flag up, meaning "no swimming” so after some consideration, we went back to the ship after driving to the Sheraton Cable Beach. We’ve been to Nassau about 10 times, and I don’t need my hair braided (LOL), so no big deal…Castaway Cay I always believed was the nicest private island I ‘ve ever been to ( HAL’s Half Moon Cay 2nd, and I’ve been to all the P.I’s..). This 2nd trip confirmed that, as it is simply stunning. There are 3 main beaches , including Serenity Bay, an adult only area. The island is so big, they have trams taking you to each designated area. The adult Serenity Bay is magnificent with clear, crystal water, hammocks, cabanas, umbrellas with lounge chairs AND smaller chairs you can place in the sand by the water’s edge ( I did that- wonderful!!)…there is an adult only buffet area that serves the standard fare: burgers, dogs, chicken, AND rib-eye steaks, salads, fruit, and soft ice-cream. It was better than all the other PI buffets I’ve eaten at…Castaway Cay gets my thumbs over all others, including Labadee & Coco Cay. Disembarkation went smoothly, and we were off the ship by 7:15 AM... I think that should do it…any questions / comments, please give a shout…If you’ve never tried Disney cruises before, and always thought to yourself 1) Disney cruises are too $$, and 2) I don’t have kids / my kids are too old, or 3) Is the service/ food/ shows really that good on Disney? Remember the Disney Fantasy, a sister to the Dream has a 98% approval rate on CC, and was voted recently as the best mainstream cruise ship in the world. The Dream is at 84%, similar to the Allure…Next up for us is the 2014 Halloween cruise on the Oasis, a special 5 nighter, which is a birthday cruise for my wife..….Have a magical day!!!! Big Al   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff ... Read More
HaIm writing this review very far after this cruise’s date, but I loved this cruise just for the record. (Also I came here for my great aunt’s birthday). First of course is boarding, which is usually always a hassle. But all the staff was so nice and made it feel like we all weren’t in a rush, and we shouldn’t be stressed. They were right too, they even carried our bags to our room while we were in line. The lines were long, but it didn’t seem long because of the staff. Boarding the ship was quick and easy, and once I was on the ship I was excited, because that was my first cruise. I honestly didn’t like cruising back then, so before I boarded, I was kinda like “I hate cruises, don’t make me go!” But once I saw that beautiful, decorated terminal, I was done; I was already hooked to this cruise line. I saw some cruise vlogs, and a lot of the terminals were discusting, dirty, and bland. So I boarded the ship, and the staff was spectacular! The ship was beautiful and for sure first class, the food was delicious, and best of all - it was free. This wasn’t an ordinary trip to McDonald’s meal, this was a magnificent gourmet 5 star meals (usually dinner and breakfast, lunch is usually by the pool and has all the greasy things, but even then it absolutely stunning food) I loved watching the kids play in the nemo’s reef, and in the mickey pool, it was actually entertaining to see kids so happy, I usually see them crying, but here they were all happy and having an amazing time. Our first stop was at Nassau, so first we went to the famous Pirate’s Museum, and once we exited, we went with a tour guide in a van, and everyone got private vans. I was anxious to see the beach, considering how beautiful the water color is in the Bahamas, it seemed like forever until I got there. Once I got there, the temperature was so relaxing, and it was October. Then I saw a show named Villains Tonight! Onboard the ship, it was very fun to watch! In fact I ended up watching it twice, and then I went to the top to try out the games in the Arr-cade, a pirate themed arcade on the ship. We arrived at Castaway Cay early in the morning, almost no one was awake (we also arrived at Nassau early, and docked back at home really early too.) Once we woke, we got our delicious breakfast and went off the ship, the island was beautiful and nicely decorated. All the activities were so cool, the waterslides were my favorite, and the beach was so relaxing, theres also a specific beach for kids if the parents want to escape all the screams and excitement. The island was fun, and for sure Disney cruise line stands out much more than other lines. A big plus - other than the Disney Dream crash in September, it has had far lass incidents than most of it’s competition. The engine fires, running a ship aground, all that bad stuff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was our third cruise on the Dream and our second at Halloween time. This year, Disney called it a Halloween cruise and did provide more decorations and activities with a Halloween theme.My youngest two granddaughters love the pumpkin ... Read More
This was our third cruise on the Dream and our second at Halloween time. This year, Disney called it a Halloween cruise and did provide more decorations and activities with a Halloween theme.My youngest two granddaughters love the pumpkin tree and the Halloween party. Disney was very generous with the Trick or Treat candy. All three children loved the kids clubs. As usual, the ship's entire staff was outstanding. However, I can not say the same about the food which was very inconsistent. The Sea Bass was excellent. The steaks were hit or miss, mostly miss, no flavor and often tough. I think the choice and quality of the salads, appetizers, and desserts were superior on our other two Disney cruises. The shrimp in the Cabanna was excellent and plentiful. The breakfast in the Royal Palace was very good but in the Enchanted Garden buffet, the scrambled eggs were cold and undercooked and the bacon was cold and tough. The donuts must have been frozen and thawed as they were cold. The children took one or two bites and left them.  (They had each eaten two the day before in the Royal Palace.). However, our dinner in the Enchanted Garden was our best. Lots of storage space. Slept five people One bed was a Murphy bed, a bunk bed came from the ceiling, one was a sofa bed, and one was a queen bed. The shower and sink were in one unit and a toilet and sink in another. At night the Murphy bed blocked the veranda doors but one could squeeze around the bed onto the veranda but you would probably bang your foot on the bed leg! I liked this arrangement better than the two balconies we had last time at least if you have young children. Two rooms would be better if children were above 12 years of age. The characters were plentiful this cruise and the lines to greet them seemed smaller than in the past. One of my grandchildrens' favorite activities is Detective Mickey located midship on the fifth deck. This is a great cruise for younger children. They have a nursery for three month to three year olds but I think there is a charge. We only used the 4-11 clubs which are free.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was our second Disney cruise with our young grandchildren. We entered the terminal about 12:45. EMBARKATION- This was smooth and efficient. However, at check-in we were informed that the ship would not be going to Castaway Cay ... Read More
This was our second Disney cruise with our young grandchildren. We entered the terminal about 12:45. EMBARKATION- This was smooth and efficient. However, at check-in we were informed that the ship would not be going to Castaway Cay because of Hurricane Sandy which was headed towards the Bahamas. ROOM- Our balcony room was clean with a lot of storage space. Unfortunately because of the rain and high winds, we were unable to take advantage of the balcony. SERVICE- As always, our dining service was excellent. Our cabin stewart also did an excellent job. Our only complaint was that our cabin was not made up until late in the day. PORTS- Because of the storm, we did not go to any ports and spent three days on a stormy sea. ACTIVITIES- Fortunately, we went on the Aquaduck as soon as we boarded. Last May, our youngest grandchild was an inch too short to qualify for the Aquaduck. This time she made it! She went on it several times with her mother and loved it as did her siblings. Then we all played Goofy Golf. I am so happy we did this since the Aquaduck, children's pool and sports venues were closed the rest of the cruise because of the rain and high winds. The weather limited many of the activities including the outdoor Pirate Show which was moved to the atrium. A cooking show for adults was informative. A pirate family game show in one of the lounges seemed like it would be fun but we had to leave because the music was overwhelmingly loud. The one activity for which I am extremely grateful was Detective Mickey Mystery. You pick up your detective badge on the fifth floor and then hunt pictures on various floors. Once found, the pictures are activated by the children's badges and they are given clues. We did Detective Mickey five times during this cruise!. CHILDREN'S CLUB- The staff at the children's club did an outstanding job! The clubs were often packed because of the weather and no port time. The staff were always upbeat and friendly. Our grandchildren enjoyed it very much. DINING- Our meal the first day was excellent. The sea bass was an excellent choice. The food was just ok the rest of the trip although the breakfast pastries were always very good. The meals in the served dining room seemed superior to what we ate in the buffets even though the same items were often the same. We had to leave the dining room before eating the final night because of seasickness. The service was always excellent no matter where we ate. DISEMBARKMENT- Because we did not stop in any ports, this was the easiest disembarkment ever! I should mention that while Disney did not return port fees, they did give each cabin a non transferrable 25 per cent discount towards a future three day cruise . If we go again, it will definitely be before hurricane season. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Last Fall, I got an email with an attractive price deal for a September 2011 cruise. Having a 28 yr old, learning Disabled daughter who would live at Disney World if I let her, I wanted her to experience the ultimate "kid ... Read More
Last Fall, I got an email with an attractive price deal for a September 2011 cruise. Having a 28 yr old, learning Disabled daughter who would live at Disney World if I let her, I wanted her to experience the ultimate "kid friendly" cruise line. I've taken her on three cruises prior to this, including the maiden voyage of the NCL EPIC from England. On the advice of a Disney's corporate cruise rep, I made contact with the ships Youth Coordinators management. After an interview, they permitted my daughter to participate in their "Teen" program, "VIBE". The consideration, care and professionalism well exceeded my expectations and that of my daughters. I barely saw her except for dinner, shows and sleeping times. I was happy for her. KUDO's to Disney's staff. Now, I found that Disney does it a lil different then most cruise lines from the beginning to the end of the cruise: 1. The boarding process to be efficient and quick. Announcing, "The Disney Dream Welcomes (by last name) Family". 2. Food was excellent and surprised by "No Charge" for sodas. I did find that the Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace Main Dining Rooms are poorly laid out and very tight. Comments by others passengers said the Magic and Wonder do not suffer from this problem. There is a 24/7 room service but an all night eatery would have been nice. Everything shuts down at 1:00 AM. 3. The cabin balcony cabin was roomy (for the three of us), well appointed and very comfortable. The split bath w/sink and toilet w/sink worked out great. KUDO's on their cabin design. Other cruise lines could learn a thing or two on this point. 4. Entertainment, all I can say is that NOTHING, NOBODY does it better than Disney. 5. Disembarkation, even though there wasn't a announced plan. Just go have breakfast and leave. I was shocked, no lines, no confusion, walked off, found our luggage and left. There is more but you'll have find that out for yourself. My experience is summed up, do it, it is a great experience for children and their families. Being retired, I was happy to feel and see the smiles on my daughters face. One day, if I ever become a grandparent, I may do another Disney cruise but until then, I'll stick with adult themed voyages. ENJOY! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Disney Dream Ratings
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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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