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Disney Dream Review

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More Disney! Bring it on, Goofy, Mickey, Tinkerbell; a family-oriented vacation with the focus on spoiling your kids to pieces with a lifetime experience they will never forget.

Restaurants

Disney Dream has the same "rotational dining" concept as the earlier ships, but let's start with the two premier dining spots especially meant to appeal to adults.

The first is Palo's, a similar restaurant as to what is presented aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. There will also be a Palo's on Disney Dream, but it will be much larger to accommodate more patrons at once. The price will remain at $20 per person to serve up special steaks and seafood.

But brand new to Disney Dream - and a dining attraction many of the Disney designers are especially looking forward to is "Remy" based on the name of the culinary rodent from the recent Disney motion picture film hit, "Ratatouille." This very small, French themed bistro will feature exclusive French dishes designed by two chefs, one American and one French, the latter with two Michelin stars. The room is tiny and will only hold about 80 total diners every night. The cover charge to dine there is a dear $75 per person, wine pairings are available for an additional $99 per person.

Those are two of the finest dining establishments onboard. Regular dining rooms, included in the cruise fare, are equally enticing although the focus may be just bit more on the fun rather than the food.

The first is "The Enchanted Garden." In this room diners will feel as if the meal is starting as something like an outdoor picnic is one of the more exquisite portions of the gardens of Versailles, the royal palace once home to Marie Antoinette near Paris. But as the meal progresses this seemingly outdoor garden house magically transforms into nighttime as the twinkling stars come out all around, lamps suddenly open up, blossoming like flowers, and fireflies and tiny Tinkerbelle-like fairies start to dart through the night-time skies.

Next is an updated version of Animator's Pallet. This restaurant is also on the first two Disney ships, but it has a significant twist on the Disney Dream. On the first two ships this room first appears to be a typical cartoonist's studio where he might engage in sketching out a quick animation on a flip pad, or perhaps just sketch and color in a concept for a brand new character. As the meal progresses each of these basic sketches would come to life and soon the diners would be fully surrounded in a thriving animation studio with cartoon characters acting everywhere, in full color, doing and saying funny thing.

On Disney Dream this goes several dimensions further. Animator's Pallet begins with a simple sketching studio, as we described, but this time there is an underwater theme to all the sketches. As dinner progresses these water creatures not only start to move, the come to life in a real sense, where they are looking at you, watching you and soon asking you questions about what you may be having for dinner.

Crush, the cool surfer-turtle dude from the movie "Finding Nemo" becomes the star of the show as he finds a way to swim up to every table in the room (each has a window nearby) so he can find someone to interact with. Surprisingly, he already knows someone at each table by name, so he is ready to have a full conversation when he arrives. How an animated movie character could ever get to be on first-name basis with anyone on the ship remains a mystery for the rest of the cruise.

Service

As you might expect, it could hardly be more upbeat, especially in children's areas. There is a surprising numbers of Americans working onboard- especially in the children's areas where communication is vital.

Tipping

Gratuities can be charged to your shipboard account. The recommended tipping guidelines per person (including children) are as follows: Dining Room Server $25.75 Dining Room Asst. Server $18.75 Dining Room Head Server $ 6.50 Stateroom Host/Hostess $25.25.

Dining Manager and Room Service tipping is at the passenger's discretion on all cruises. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar, beverage, wine, and deck service tabs.

Entertainment

Entertainment on the Disney Dream is spectacular. We saw a new stage show called "Believe" where a young girl wants her father to learn how to believe in magic. Somehow, he conjures Aladdin's Genie and his third wish, to believe in magic" is finally granted after much tribulation.

What makes Disney shows so special is that they are real theater - the kind that enchanted you as a child. They use real actors in speaking roles and there are story lines. These are not typical musical revues as you see on most cruise ships, they are actual stories that children will especially love. The Walt Disney Theater is the main showroom for live entertainment, and every show is a Disney production (they do not fly in comedians, for example).

The Buena Vista Theater is the real movie cinema theater onboard. It is a full-fledge movie theater with state-of-the-art seating and even 3-D projection. All movies are 3-D and glasses are readily available inside. All movies are made by Disney, of course, and they even show first run movies onboard the same day they come out in movie theaters.

Cabins

Most staterooms on Dream sleep at least one extra person, most will sleep two and some will sleep three extra people in addition to the two main berths.

One of the best features is the added "half-bath" allowing people to use a toilet and sink when needed in addition to the full bathroom. All staterooms also have water facilities to bath infants and toddlers; like small tubs or showers with extra high walls (to hold some water) and a movable shower head.

Inside staterooms have an LED-screen for a "window" that shows live pictures of what is right outside the ship - often with a few surprises like Captain Hook sailing by the ship (animated).

Fitness/Spa

There are three pools, one adults-only, one kids-only and one for everyone. Kids especially love the AquaDuck - the longest water slide on any cruise ship in the world at 765-feet. The slide pushes a water raft for two people through a transparent plastic tube starting from one of the smokestacks (a faux one) - out over the side of the ship with nothing below but a 100-ft drop to the open sea, then back and completely around the pool area.

The Vista Spa and Salon, operated by Steiner's of London, has hydrotherapy and all the usual massage and beauty treatments. -oriented passengers will love the gym, with sports activities including basketball, paddle tennis and volleyball. There is a quarter-mile separate track for jogging.

Attire

With the exception of the Captain's Dinner, at which formal attire (dress or gown for women and dark suit or tux for men) is recommended, evening attire for gentlemen is pants and shirt, skirts or pants for women.

Fellow Passengers

Expect almost everyone onboard to bring their children, with the exception of some avid Disney lovers.

Overview

Disney Dream is the most elaborate of the Disney ships with a beautiful art deco theme throughout. Fun for Adults and Kids.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

Adult oriented cruising including quiet time in the sun, a casino at night; a library; adult-oriented (rated PG-16 at least) entertainment and to be around as few children as possible.

Onboard Experience

Just like the older ships, Disney Dream abounds with Disney characters, and not just the ones walking around in character. There are subtle homages to everything Disney throughout the decor from the ship's horn, which can play six different Disney tunes, to the chair fabrics and bannisters with subtle Mickey-ears in the patterns. Disney Dream has many of the same features as the smaller ships but they are bigger and more technically advanced. But the ship also has more - such as the AquaDuck water coaster and Remy's French Restaurant. There are three swimming pools onboard - one for kids, one for adults and one for families (all ages).

The "rotational" dining program is identical to the earlier ships in concept; you dine with the same dining companions and servers each evening, but in a different restaurant.

Technology takes center stage on Dream - including "interactive artwork" which are wall hangings that come to life for passers by. You may spot a nice drawing of Bambi from 10 feet away and as you approach she a butterfly lands on her nose and Thumper appears to laugh. Birds take flight and continue flying through the adjacent wall hanging.

The kid's area are a cornucopia of video-based games including two "Magic Floors" which are large squares of floor mounted video screens under durable glass. 16 people can stand in separate control areas around the square and control one game simultaneously. What appear to be windows are actually well disguised video screens where the view changes subtly over time. For example, the adult nightclub "Skylines" has a "Windows on the World" feel like a penthouse bar, but the scene outside the "windows" is a different major world city every night of the cruise.

Decor

The ship has an opulent Art Deco fell throughout - in homage to the grand day of ocean liners. The three deck tall main lobby has a very dignified statue which works as a focal point for character photo opportunities. Sumptuous fabrics, wood, and hand-woven carpets and furnishings - and the Disney logo - are ubiquitous. The cabins are decorated almost identically, combining modern design with nostalgic ocean-liner elements such as a steamer-trunk closet for kids, globe- and telescope-shaped lamps, map designs on the bedspreads, and a framed photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Disney aboard the ocean liner Rex sometime in the 1930s.

Some of Disney's vast archive of animation cels, production sketches, costume studies, and inspirational artwork is displayed around the ship.

Public Rooms

When passengers first arrive and enter the majestic Disney Dream atrium what do they behold but a large bronze statue Donald Duck as the ship's ambassador, somewhat reminiscent of Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square." From there you can proceed to the beautiful Walt Disney movie theater which is one of the best modern representations of an Art Deco movie theater anywhere.

Cuisine

Disney's cuisine has improved dramatically since the ship was introduced, to the point at which it can now be said to rival Princess's, with All-American and Continental fare likely to please all but the most sophisticated palate. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and pizza are available until 6 p.m., and late nights snacks are served in the adults-only lounges. Room service is available 24 hours. The exceptional adult-only Italian restaurant, Palo, has a refined and elegant atmosphere and levies only a $25 surcharge. Remy's an even more exclusive adult's only restaurant with a menu created by two renowned chef's one of them with two Michelin stars. The surcharge is $75 per diner.

Children's Facilities

The ship has age-appropriate children's programs that are the best at sea separated as follows:

6 to 36 months

3 to 11 years

12 to 14 years

15 to 17 years

Kids can stay with siblings upon request. Kids all get tracking bracelets that allow the "keepers" to keep track of their locations.

The days are filled with fun activities; movies, dress-up like pirates and princesses, massive video games for up to 16 simultaneous players, jungle gyms, etc.




Ship Overview

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 Aqua Duck 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 Alaska and 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 21, 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 5, 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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