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

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
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
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
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
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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