5 Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Caribbean - Western Disney Dream Cruise Reviews

Sorry for the late (nearly a year) review. A month after we got back from this trip, we lost our 29 year old son in a car accident. It has been a difficult year and I have only recently stopped to think about this trip. My husband ... Read More
Sorry for the late (nearly a year) review. A month after we got back from this trip, we lost our 29 year old son in a car accident. It has been a difficult year and I have only recently stopped to think about this trip. My husband and I booked this cruise as part of a group of runners who were running at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in 2016 called the Mickey Milers. We spent three days at the Beach Club Resort at WDW and then transferred to the ship on January 11th. This was our first cruise ever and it was an amazing experience. I had just completed the Goofy Challenge at Disney (a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday). Disney also offered a special challenge on the ship called the Castaway Cay Challenge in which if you ran a race at Disney before the cruise and you then ran the 5K on Castaway Cay, you got a special medal. Embarkation at Port Canaveral was pretty easy, even though it was crowded. We had arrived around 1:00 p.m. since we used the Disney shuttle service. Getting through security was a bit slow but once we lined up to check in, it went quickly. When we got onboard, our stateroom was ready. We thought doing our first cruise with a group would be a good idea. I was nervous about the trip. Our cabin was 6040 on Deck 6 midship and it was a verandah stateroom. The room was beautiful, clean and the split bathroom was a plus. We loved being able to have a glass of wine on the verandah and just listen to the ocean. My husband fell in love with the shampoo and conditioner, so much so that I had to order some when we got home. Our group had provided us with a schedule of events and we also signed up to do a fish extender exchange. We enjoyed the sail away party on deck and a quick lunch at the buffet. We spent most of that first day exploring the ship, and that evening, walked around the ship and delivered our fish extender gifts. That first night was rough for me. The ship was rocking and rolling and I got a bit sea sick. After taking some Dramamine and getting to bed early, I was okay for the rest of the cruise. I was later told by our dining room attendants that the ship was running a bit fast that evening to be able to get to Nassau the next morning. The rest of the cruise felt a lot smoother, so I didn't have any other issues. As for the dining, we really enjoyed each of the restaurants in the dining rotation. We sat with several people from our group which was nice. We did splurge one night and dined at Palo. It was an amazing dining experience and the service was over the top. We would definitely do it again. As for the entertainment, the only show we were able to catch was Villains Tonight! and boy was it fun! The actor who plays Hades was so funny and so talented. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We were also able to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D! in the Walt Disney Theatre. The theater is very comfortable and spacious and it was a treat to be able to see a movie in 3D at sea. The only other activity we were able to do other than our group activities was Bingo, and I won! It was so much fun and I was stunned to win. As for the ports of call, we did not care for Nassau at all. We are not interested in shopping and don't care for all of the panhandlers and agressive shop keepers there. We literally walked around for 20 minutes or so and came right back to the ship. The day we stopped in Castaway Cay, I got off the ship early with the other runners doing the 5K, came back to the ship to shower and have breakfast and then we headed back to Serenity Bay. The day was very windy and chilly, so much so that we couldn't enjoy much of our beach time. After my husband took a dip in the ocean, we headed back to the ship. It really was a beautiful island and would love to go back and enjoy it during a much warmer time of the year. Service on this cruise was wonderful. We rarely saw our cabin stewardess but she did a great job keeping everything nice and tidy and kept leaving us nice towel animals each night. Our restaurant attendants were very nice and attentive. I have food allergies and they were very thorough about taking care of my needs. They really went above and beyond in that regard. It was nice to feel secure that what I was eating was safe and that I could enjoy normal meals with my table mates without too much hassle. Disembarkation was smooth and simple. We used the Disney shuttle service to the airport as well and that went smoothly. The cruise flew by and we definitely want to try a longer cruise on DCL. There was so much to do that we didn't get to try. It has something for everyone, whether you're 2 or 92. We loved it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
ONBOARD SERVICE: Very Good to Excellent. Nearly every crewmember that we interacted with was friendly, helpful, had a good attitude and was genuinely interested in making sure that our experience was pleasant and met or exceeded our ... Read More
ONBOARD SERVICE: Very Good to Excellent. Nearly every crewmember that we interacted with was friendly, helpful, had a good attitude and was genuinely interested in making sure that our experience was pleasant and met or exceeded our expectations. FOOD: Our experience with the onboard food ranged from 'Just OK' for the quick service food (pizza, etc) on deck 11, which was largely oriented towards kids... to A++ excellent for our two visits to Palo, one of the premium restaurants onboard. ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT: Very good to excellent. DCL did a great job making sure that there was something for everyone during most all phases of the cruise. DCL does an excellent job of leveraging onboard talent (chefs and bartenders) to conduct classes on cooking and mixology. Ultra modern movie theater(s) and excellent live shows. ON SHORE ACTIVITES: We had two ports of call on this cruise- Nassau, which is a good destination, but didn't personally appeal to us. We opted to tay on the boat this day and enjoy the smaller onboard crowds. -and- Castaway Cay. Also a great destination, but because of the time of year we chose to cruise (mid August) it was face of the sun hot with little breeze and uber high humidity. We did the glass bottom boat ride and a little shopping and decided that we had enjoyed everything we wanted to. Went back to the boat before 11:30 am. We had a great time back onboard as the boat was nearly empty. We feel that if we had chosen to go at a different time of year, we would have enjoyed our time on Castaway Cay much more. There is a lot to do there, and it is very well done. Just too hot for our preference. STATEROOM: Most excellent. VERY clean. Well thought out floor plan and utilization of available space. Cabin attendant was superb. CHILD ACTIVITIES: DCL nailed it with the Oceaneer club/lab and other activities for kids. Our daughter consistently asked to go back for more. WHAT DISAPPOINTED US?: Almost nothing. The only exception was the lack of a store in the shopping area (or anywhere on the boat as far as we could tell) that sold 'sundries'. Sometimes you just want a bag of peanuts, or a flavored water or a candy bar. There seemed to be nowhere on this boat that offered these kinds of products in a single place. WHAT WILL WE DO DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME?: 1) Our stateroom had a small/medium sized refrigerator. We will bring our own snacks and misc. sundries next time. I believe that you're allowed to bring a cooler onboard with DCL. 2) Our stateroom was great and close to the elevator lobby on our deck. However, we were just below deck 11, which sometimes sounded like they were building another ship directly above us. It was not a major problem, though. Kids running up and down stairs could be heard until about 11pm most nights. We'll book a lower deck and further away from elevator/stair lobby in the future. 3) Eat at premium restaurants more. Palo was magnificent, and for 20$ more per person per meal you can eat some of the best food Disney has to offer. If our budget allows next time, we'll probably book supper there most every night. Pay a little more, and get WAY more in overall quality and choices. The value of this cruise was superb. We look forward to coming back for more very soon.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was an awesome cruise. Me and my family - wife, daughter and 8 year old grandson took this cruise and we thought it would be a good time. It was so much more. If you're a Disney Fan and Lover then this is the cruise for you. They ... Read More
This was an awesome cruise. Me and my family - wife, daughter and 8 year old grandson took this cruise and we thought it would be a good time. It was so much more. If you're a Disney Fan and Lover then this is the cruise for you. They have all Disney Characters, fun, adventure, and best services available. We had some great port calls in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Mexico, and Castaway Cay (Disney's private Island in the Bahamas. There were so many great tours to choose from and we most the most of them from the Mayan ruins to the Xcaret Park on the Yucatan with an under ground river that we floated down. There was also a natural pool formed by the Caribbean Sea. One of the most fun things we did was the on board clear water slide that went the length of the ship and over the side for an awesome view. Even my wife who doesn't do slides kept going back for more. The Disney shows - on deck and in the theaters were all excellent. The front end set-aside adult only section was a nice break from the kids if one so desires. Just so much good fun, food, dining, 24/7 service and care was more than we expected and that made even better for us. My Grandson saw me writing this review and said, "Grand Dad, I'm ready to go on another Disney Cruise. That's the kind of impression it made on him. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Disney Cruise June 23-June 30 2012 Our son and his family invited us to join them on a Disney cruise to celebrate our granddaughters 5th birthday (Which was actually in March). We were apprehensive to say the least. Firstly…we have ... Read More
Disney Cruise June 23-June 30 2012 Our son and his family invited us to join them on a Disney cruise to celebrate our granddaughters 5th birthday (Which was actually in March). We were apprehensive to say the least. Firstly…we have NEVER been on a cruise…secondly…the idea of a thousand screaming children was not very appealing. However…it was only 5 nights and it stopped in Nassau which we had never been to before…so we thought we could kill two birds with one stone. So we took the plunge. We booked a deluxe ocean view stateroom with a Verandah…cost $1620 pp. We were assigned room 6066…which was midship. We also booked dinner at Palo…an adult only Italian Restaurant for $40 pp. additional and at Remy…an adult only French Restaurant at $75 pp. additional fee. Our son drove his van and we paid for the gas, food and hotels to Florida and back. We left St. Louis at 5:15 am Saturday June 23 and stopped for the night in Ocala Florida at 10 pm. We stayed at Homewood suites. We got up the next morning and ate the free breakfast and were back on the road at 9 am. We arrived at port Canaveral about 11. We checked in and were given a card telling us what group we would board with. Our kids were assigned to a different group and when the time came for them to board…my granddaughter cried because we were not boarding with them. The lady helping control the crowd looked at her…then at me and we were both crying…so she opened the rope and said come on in! Chalk one up for Disney! We got on the board about 12:30 but could not go to our room until 1:30. So we explored the parts of the ship we could get to and went to the Bon Voyage Bar for our first drinks. I was impressed with our room…though it was smaller than we are used to of course…but there was a LOT of drawer space and closet space and plenty of hangers. The verandah was wonderful. It held 2 chairs and a table. We were just above the lifeboats. There was a bathroom with the tub and sink and another with the toilet and sink. Both were small but well appointed. We attended the Sail away party…which was held indoors because of the rain. I have to admit…it was so fun to see all the Disney Characters singing and dancing! We had dinner at Palo at 6. The service by Fernanado was spectacular! We bought a nice bottle of chardonnay…Bramito…. $50. The food was wonderful and the dessert of chocolate soufflé was to die for! After dinner we attended the play The Villains. It was ok…not great. Afterwards we went to the Bon Voyage bar where we had befriended Alexandra the bar tender. She gave us excellent service all week. We turned in for the night about 10 and the bed was wonderful! The next day we had breakfast at the Enchanted Garden. It was a sit down buffet. The food and service was good. We got off the ship about 9:30 to go to the Disney Island Castaway Cay. It rained off and on so we only stayed a couple of hours. There were a lot of chairs and umbrellas and plenty bar service, shops and eateries. We went back to the ship and had to go through security. There was a lady who was very rude….and I wanted to strangle her…but I didn’t…lol it seems there is always one jerk everywhere you go. We had lunch at cabanas…the buffet. Then we went on the aqua duck. It was fun! We then watched our granddaughter play in Nemos reef. We also went to the Adult only pool area where there was a pool, hot tub, bar, and lots of chairs. We had dinner at The Royal Place. Our wait staff…Leo and Alberto…was fantastic all week! Following dinner, we attended the Golden Mickeys show…which was wonderful! Afterwards, we did a little shopping, and then went to see Alex at the bar. Tuesday…we had breakfast at cabanas buffet. We had booked an excursion to see the aquarium at Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas which left at 11:15. We got off the ship and got on a bus which took us to Atlantis. Once again it was raining. We toured the aquarium and then had lunch at Virgil’s barbecue. BIG MISTAKE. The service was terrible, the food mediocre and they messed up our bill. We got back on the boat and went to the bar. We then got ready for dinner which was at Animators palate. Crush the turtle visits each family on a video screen. Dinner was good. Then we went to the show which was a 3D showing of Brave. I loved it! After the show we went to the bar. Wednesday was our day at sea. We had breakfast at Enchanted Garden again. We had lunch at Cabanas. We shopped and hung out at the bar. It rained off and on all day. We dressed for dinner which was again at the animator’s palate. However…this was Pirate night so the video screen was captain hook and Mickey Mouse. Following dinner was the pirate party. Then we went to see the illusionist Mike Super. He was lavenous! The last thing of the day was the fireworks. Spectacular! Then we went to the bar and to bed. Thursday we had breakfast at the Enchanted Garden again. We got off the ship about 9 and went to Castaway Cay. Steve and I went over to Serenity Bay…the adult only beach. It was very nice. We had lunch at cookies barbecue. We got back on the ship and went to the bar. We got ready for dinner and met with the sommelier to discuss our wine for dinner. We decided to do the wine pairing at $99 pp. Dinner was incredible. Dinner lasted 3 hours so we missed the show which was Believe. Friday morning we had breakfast at the enchanted garden and were kicked off of the boat at 8 am. We drove to downtown Disney in Orlando and shopped, then had lunch at Rainforest café. Service was terrible. We got to Marietta Georgia about 11 pm and stayed at Hampton Inn for the night. We got up the next morning and drove the rest of the way home and got home about 6 pm. This trip was amazing! I loved it and we will definitely do this again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
BackgroundJust returned from a 4 night cruise on the Disney Dream. What a ship! It is beautiful from top to bottom. The ship is huge, and with 4,000 people on board, we never felt crowded. The service and staff were amazing. Anytime we had ... Read More
BackgroundJust returned from a 4 night cruise on the Disney Dream. What a ship! It is beautiful from top to bottom. The ship is huge, and with 4,000 people on board, we never felt crowded. The service and staff were amazing. Anytime we had a question, any person we asked not only knew the answer, but always had additional tips to share. One thing we did notice was not one employee had any visible tattoos and men did not have any facial hair. This must be a Disney requirement. The technology aboard the ship is incredible as well. From changing pictures to all of the amenities, we were impressed. ActivitiesThere is more than enough to do on the ship from movies, shows, activities for kids, teens, and adults. My 4 year-old son loved the Oceaneer's Club. There are so many things to see and do, we could not get him out of there. The staff on-site are friendly, and very hands-on with the kids. They had all sorts of crafts and games the kids loved. There are also numerous computer banks for the kids to play all sorts of games. There are movies showing in the main movie theater. Most are new Disney releases. Also, one tip there are Disney and Pixar movies available to watch anytime in your room at no charge. My son loved watching all the Pixar movies over and over. The Broadway style shows on the ship are top notch. We enjoyed them very much. ServiceThe service was over and above from general staff to waiters, to our cabin steward. Okta was her name, and she did everything she could to make our stay very comfortable. She helped with the bunk bed, the veranda, and showing us how to operate the shower. Our cabin was very nice. Roomy, clean, and comfortable. I would highly recommend a veranda. It was so nice to sit out on the balcony in the morning for breakfast, and in the evening watching the most beautiful sunsets. My son loved sleeping the bunk bed and spreading his toys out below in the sofa/desk area. Definitely enough room to spread out. The space beneath the bed was nice to put your luggage, so it is out of the way. Disney did it right having a separate shower/tub from the toilet. Made getting ready in the morning or evening much easier. ExcursionsI would not recommend going into Nassau. Very expensive and basically a tourist shopping trap. Looking back, we would have preferred to stay on the ship and take advantage of the amenities on the ship. Atlantis way over-rated and expensive. We paid $70.00 for 4 of us to eat lunch. Crazy, when we could have eaten on the ship. Castaway Cay (the Disney Island) was beautiful and so much fun. There is way more to do than you can imagine. The kids activities are great. The counselors were great with the kids and had lots of games to play. The beach is great for lounging, snorkeling, and swimming. They had a free BBQ from 10:00 to 2:00 and the food was very good with a great selection.EmbarkationI would highly recommend staying the night near Port Canaveral and getting to the ship early. We made the mistake of staying in Orlando and by the time we arrived at the embarkation point, we were the last one's to board, and basically lost an entire day, when we could have arrived early and enjoyed the ship from earlier in the day.PoolsThe pool area is great for kids and adults. The kids area is Nemo themed and really a lot of fun. The Mickey pools are nice and were never really crowded. There is an adult pool area which was nice to see when you wanted to get away. There is always ice cream and beverages available. The food on the pool deck was very good, and many choice from burgers, to sandwiches, to salads. DiningThe food was excellent. We ate at a different restaurant every night. The service was a bit slow, but after letting them know they needed to speed things up, things were better. If have the chance to eat a Palo, do not miss out. The food was amazing, and the ocean view spectacular. Spa/GymMy wife and I are bodybuilders, so we were in the gym daily, and it did not disappoint. Excellent cardio selection, and weight machines. Not the free weights I am used to, but enough to get a good work out in. Adult BarsThere is an adult only area made up of several very nice bars. Don't miss Champagne and Skyline. I love Skyline as the entire back wall is a view of a major city with lights changing in the buildings and cars moving. It was like looking out onto the city from a tall building. The city scape changed every 15 minutes from Rio, to Chicago, to Hong Kong, NYC, and Paris. There is also a very large sports bar showing the latest sports. They were showing the NBA playoffs when we were there. SummaryI would highly recommend the Disney Dream. It was an unforgettable vacation. We have already booked the Fantasy for 2012...can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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