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Disney Cruise Line: Disney Dream

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Disney Dream Review

After more than a decade since their first ships were introduced, Disney Cruise Line debuted Disney Dream in 2011. By building on the style of their first two ships, the line created a vessel distinguished for its classic early-20th-century style seamlessly combined with state-of-the-art technology From her homeport in Port Canaveral, Disney Dream sails three- and four-night getaway cruises to the Bahamas that can easily be combined with a Walt Disney World vacation in Orlando.

Disney Cruise Line’s largest ships are also their most lavish vessels, distinguished for their classic early-20th-century design—which is reminiscent of the golden age of ocean travel—and their state-of-the-art technology. Playful design accents cleverly incorporate the images of Disney characters and themes without overpowering the stylish decor. Artwork showcases the creativity of Disney artists and animators. The atmosphere is never stuffy.

As on their earlier ships, vast areas are devoted to children's activity centers, outdoor activity areas, and swimming pools. The AquaDuck is a unique 765-foot-long water coaster that propels kids and adults alike on a thrill-filled ride up, down, and around four outside decks, over the side of the ship and through the forward funnel.

Theaters cater to family entertainment with large-scale production shows, movies, dances, lively game shows, and even 3-D movies. Adults-only hideaways include an avenue of bars and lounges tucked into deck four aft; Meridian Lounge, located between the specialty restaurants; and Cove Café, a quiet spot adjacent to the adult pool to relax with coffee or a cocktail.

With the launch of Disney Cruise Line in 1998, families were offered yet another reason to take a cruise. The magic of a Walt Disney resort vacation plus the romance of a sea voyage are a tempting combination, especially for adults who discovered Disney movies and the Mickey Mouse Club as children. Mixed with traditional shipboard activities, who can resist scheduled opportunities for the young and young-at-heart to interact with their favorite Disney characters?

Although Disney Cruise Line voyages stuck to tried-and-true Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries in their formative years, and sailed exclusively from Port Canaveral, Florida, where a terminal was designed especially for Disney ships, the line has branched out to other regions, including Europe.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Mickey's Pool (for young kids) and Donald's Pool (for families) have seating for parents
  • Adults-only Quiet Cove has loungers in the shallow section of the pool
  • A privacy curtain can be drawn between the sitting and sleeping areas in staterooms

Cons

  • The largest suites sleep a maximum of five
  • Youngsters who wear swim diapers are restricted to the Mickey's Pool splash play area
  • Disney cruises aren't all Disney all the time, but can get tiring for passengers who aren't into it
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,458
  • Entered Service 2011
  • Gross Tons 128,000
  • Length 1,115 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,250
  • Passenger Capacity 2,500 (4,000 max)
  • Width 125 feet
  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Feb 28, 2016

BAHAMAS

We just returned home from our first cruise with Disney Cruise Lines, and we must say we are hooked! Disney Cruise Line has certainly made repeat cruisers out of us, and we really enjoyed living the Disney Dream! One thing worth noting is that we were completely unaware of the family style dining that takes place on Disney Cruise Lines. Unfortunately we were seated with a group that was not enjoying their time onboard, to say the least. One

of the lovely couples we met during our cruise recommended we not waste another second of our trip as unhappy diners. In result, we went to guest relations where they made this change for us. For the rest of our cruise we were seated at a private table which was a dream! Disney Cruise Line's dinner service, at least in our experience, does not include any major productions or fanfare during your dinner seating. If you plan to dine at the Royal Palace to see Disney princesses, you will be highly disappointed. Unlike Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, there were no characters, and there was no song and dance during dinner service at any of our meals. For us, this was a nice change from the norm of other cruise lines. Our stateroom, 9608 was on the ninth floor truly in the center of the ship. We reserved a Deluxe Family Oceanview Room with Verandah, Category 4A. If the price is right, we highly recommend reserving this category stateroom. We were conveniently located between the midship and aft staircase. The location of our stateroom was convenient to both the midship elevators, which allowed quick access to The Cove, but our stateroom was also a short walking distance from the ship’s aft staircase which ascended to the entrance of Cabanas, the Disney Dream’s breezy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. Our verandah was also a nice retreat during the busier times on the ships upper decks. Our verandah was the perfect way to take in the spectacular views and fresh vitamin sea. We cannot praise our stateroom host enough for his excellent service and attention to detail. Wijaya went above and beyond during our time on the Disney Dream. After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as "The Cove." To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower and upper decks of lounge chairs all to ourselves. We cannot express how delightful it was to spend so much time during our cruise in The Cove. Throughout our cruise, The Cove bar and pool was our own private paradise. Disney Cruise Line really has a nice balance of adults only, teen clubs, kids clubs, and other activities to keep everyone happy. The Disney Dream's Senses Fitness area located on deck twelve, forward, offers the same state of the art equipment that you will find in a number of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts as well as Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Senses Fitness Area also offers a number of free and a la carte fitness classes with complimentary abdominal and yoga classes offered during each of our morning visits, and these classes are sure to help you show last night's dinner who's boss! The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks at Sea show is the perfect example of how Disney Cruise Line pulls out all of the stops with its daily entertainment. From deck parties to Broadway style shows that rival those in its parks, Disney certainly knows how to put on a show. There is truly nothing like the Fireworks at Sea show, and this alone is completely worth every penny. We truly believe the purchase and development of Castaway Cay is one of the best decisions the Walt Disney Company has ever made. We were so glad our cruise itinerary included a stop at Castaway Cay. The island is perfectly laid out with endless activities, and there is a flawless balance between family and adult where one does not impede on the other. The only down side was that we eventually had to leave this perfect island in the sun that had as wanting to sign up as permanent residents by the time our day had ended! We booked a parasailing excursion for late afternoon which worked into our schedule for the day perfectly. The parasailing excursion meets at Marge’s Barges & Sea Charters Dock which is adjacent to the port. After checking in at Marge’s kiosk, guests are directed to a nearby open-air waterfront lounge until their names are called. Our wait after check-in was not long at all. We had just enough time to snap a few pictures before we were on our way with six of our fellow cruisers. We had the option of riding in pairs (tandem) or as singles. Only one person in our group took advantage of the solo option, and she really enjoyed her time flying the Bahamian skies solo. Our parasailing boat was one of two boats out on the water at the same time. Our boat took the beach side of the waters, and the second boat flew its passengers on the more underdeveloped side of Castaway Cay. Either way, every rider had the opportunity to take in the fantastic aerial views of the Cay as well as of the fabulous floating paradise that is the Disney Dream. If you are height sensitive, don’t worry. We weren’t in the air for long, and those breathtaking views were worth every minute! The entire excursion lasted about one hour, and our parasailing adventure delivered unobstructed views of Castaway Cay, our stunning cruise ship, and of course the deep blue sea that we never would have witnessed otherwise. We had a fantastic parasailing experience thanks to Hershel and his crew who live on a nearby key in the Bahamas, and we absolutely would suggest this activity to future visitors of Castaway Cay. For our maiden voyage on Disney Cruise Line we decided on a three night/four day sail aboard the Disney Dream to the Bahamas and back. Our itinerary included a stop in Nassau, Paradise Island as well as a stop at Disney Cruise Line’s exclusive private island Castaway Cay which is also located in the Bahamas. Although we have cruised to the Bahamas in the past, we have not been to Castaway Cay which is the stop we were most looking forward to on this itinerary. Although we've enjoyed our time aboard other cruise lines in the past, we can say without a doubt that the level of service we received, the amount of included onboard amenities, the quality of food offerings, and the unique dining opportunities with rotational dining on the Disney Dream far surpassed any of our experiences on other lines. Our Disney Cruise Line experience was truly a dream come true. For all of these reasons and so much more, Disney Cruise Line has made repeat cruisers out of us and we are very much looking forward to our future sailings with DCL. For a far more detailed review, including photographs, personal navigators, and video, of our time on the Disney Dream, please visit our website at: www.bucation.com

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Feb 26, 2016

Livin' the Disney Dream

After boarding at the Port Canaveral terminal and exploring the ship a bit, we decided to make our way to the adults only area known as “The Cove.” To our surprise, we found The Cove abandoned. We had the pool, bar, and both lower and upper decks of lounge chairs all to ourselves. We cannot express how delightful it was to spend so much time during our cruise in The Cove. Throughout our cruise, The Cove bar and pool was our own private paradise.

Disney Cruise Line really has a nice balance of adults only, teen clubs, kids clubs, and other activities to keep everyone happy. Our stateroom, 9608 was on the ninth floor truly in the center of the ship. We reserved a Deluxe Family Oceanview Room with Verandah, Category 4A. If the price is right, we highly recommend reserving this category stateroom. We were conveniently located between the midship and aft staircase. The location of our stateroom was convenient to both the midship elevators, which allowed quick access to The Cove, but our stateroom was also a short walking distance from the ship’s aft staircase which ascended to the entrance of Cabanas, the Disney Dream’s breezy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. Our verandah was also a nice retreat during the busier times on the ships upper decks. Our verandah was the perfect way to take in the spectacular views and fresh vitamin sea. We cannot praise our stateroom host enough for his excellent service and attention to detail. Wijaya went above and beyond during our time on the Disney Dream. The Disney Dream’s Senses Fitness area located on deck twelve, forward, offers the same state of the art equipment that you will find in a number of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts as well as Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Senses Fitness Area also offers a number of free and a la carte fitness classes with complimentary abdominal and yoga classes offered during each of our morning visits, and these classes are sure to help you show last night’s dinner who’s boss! One thing worth noting is that we were completely unaware of the family style dining that takes place on Disney Cruise Lines. Unfortunately we were seated with a group that was not enjoying their time onboard, to say the least. One of the lovely couples we met during our cruise recommended we not waste another second of our trip as unhappy diners. In result, we went to guest relations where they made this change for us. For the rest of our cruise we were seated at a private table which was a dream! Disney Cruise Line’s dinner service, at least in our experience, does not include any major productions or fanfare during your dinner seating. If you plan to dine at the Royal Palace to see Disney princesses, you will be highly disappointed. Unlike Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, there were no characters, and there was no song and dance during dinner service at any of our meals. For us, this was a nice change from the norm of other cruise lines. The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks at Sea show is the perfect example of how Disney Cruise Line pulls out all of the stops with its daily entertainment. From deck parties to Broadway style shows that rival those in its parks, Disney certainly knows how to put on a show. There is truly nothing like the Fireworks at Sea show, and this alone is completely worth every penny. We truly believe the purchase and development of Castaway Cay is one of the best decisions the Walt Disney Company has ever made. We were so glad our cruise itinerary included a stop at Castaway Cay. The island is perfectly laid out with endless activities, and there is a flawless balance between family and adult where one does not impede on the other. The only down side was that we eventually had to leave this perfect island in the sun that had as wanting to sign up as permanent residents by the time our day had ended! Although we've enjoyed our time aboard other cruise lines in the past, we can say without a doubt that the level of service we received, the amount of included onboard amenities, the quality of food offerings, and the unique dining opportunities with rotational dining on the Disney Dream far surpassed any of our experiences on other lines. Our Disney Cruise Line experience was truly a dream come true. For all of these reasons and so much more, Disney Cruise Line has made repeat cruisers out of us and we are very much looking forward to our future sailings with DCL. For a far more detailed review, including photographs and video, of our time on the Disney Dream, please visit our website at: www.bucation.com

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Sep 20, 2013

Bahamas

A+ Wonderful service, average food except for A+ Lunches by the pool. Suite Concierge Cabin Stewarts A+ The only thing I would say was a negative was the very small pools. That being said I have sailed with my family on the Disney Dream 4 times. Found that the Disney Wonder had nicer pools. The Disney Magic is coming up with many ship slide and pool magic. Average but the service was A++ and my children could order either from the adult

menu or the childrens menu. Wonderful 11006 this is an accessible suite on the concierge floor. This floor has family staterooms that have access to the concierge lounge as well and is well worth the service and price. Great but with children that are in between the teen clubs and princes/princesses there should be more to do like rock walls, more slides and such like surfing. I would have liked to be able to paddle surf with my older children on the Disney Castaway Cay private island but could not for the age of this was 18.

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Aug 4, 2013

Bahamas

I have 3 kids. Ages 13, 8 and 7. We have also done a Norwegian Nickelodeon cruise. I do love everything Disney, so I did have high expectations!! Starting in the boarding terminal.. We had Mickey there to greet and take pictures!!! It was only the 3 day cruise, so I think it would ave been even better if we had some at sea days. The food was amazing!!!! Self serve soft ice cream ALL the time!! Great broadway worthy shows, and

Pirates in the Caribbean and the fireworks were awesome!!!! Pricier than others?? Maybe.. But you ARE getting the best!!! Disney doesn't do anything half way!! I loved every second if it!!! It was classy, top of the line food at dinner. Everywhere else was just plain old good stuff like you'd find at the Disney parks. Clean cabin!!! Kids loved the pull down bed, and little extras like stars on the bunk's ceiling with disney shapes are the little things that make Disney special. Also loved the shampoo and lotions they give you.. Not cheap junk hanging in the shower!! My kids loved everything with the shows! Like I said, I think if it was a longer cruise there would have been more options. Nassau was not so great (no fault of Disney's). But Castaway Cay was beautiful and perfect!! Would have loved more time there!! We can't wait to go again!! My kids have been talking about it everyday and reliving the fun they had on board. Only thing I didn't care for was having to be up and off the ship to disembark the last day. It was way too early with kids. That might be standard, but I don't remember it being so early!

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Dec 7, 2012

bahamas

Hello! I'm a travel agent and believe it or not this is my first time ever writing a review. I just went on my 47th cruise..yes 47..and went on the Disney Dream-3 night Bahamas. I have to say it was by far better then I could ever imagine. From the food to the service to the entertainment, walking my luggage off the ship by 7am when we arrived back in port and did I mention the FIREWORKS! This was an amazing cruise and I highly recommend it.

It's well worth the $!!! AMAZING food and I'm a picky eater. The cabins are larger then most with a split bathroom. Amazing shows and entertainment! Great for all ages!

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