December 2015 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas
The Disney Dream is overrated. This was my first Disney Cruise and I had very high expectations since it IS a Disney Cruise. Disney usually never lacks in quality and entertainment in my opinion, but on this ship, they did.
3 out of the 4 nights onboard at dinner, I had to ask the server for my drink after food had already been served; Not great service. My table sat with empty plates until the next course came to the table every night. The restaurant staff in the main dining areas were not attentive and didn't seem to be as well trained as other cruise lines.
The stateroom layout is very nice. I like the divided bathroom. Having a curtain to divide the bed from the couch/sitting area is nice to have available. The balcony is bigger than on some ships I have been on, which is nice. I was shocked at the non-existent night-life. Around 11pm or so, I was wondering where everyone was at? The ship was almost like a ghost town.
The Aquaduck was fun and the most fun of the ship for me, as an adult, other than sitting on my balcony, visiting with family and seeing the shows from Disney. Castaway Cay is great and the best cruise line island I have been to. Great food is offered on Castaway Cay, great snorkeling to look for Disney characters in the water.
I did NOT like on debarkation how passengers are not given a choice where to eat. The place where passengers ate on the last night of the cruise is where you will eat breakfast before leaving the ship. Horrible idea to me. I didn't care much for the food in the restaurant nor the lack of good service that you pay for in a cruise so why would I want to be forced to go back to the same restaurant that I didn't care for? No buffet breakfast where you have more options. Also, if you eat a early dinner, you will have an early breakfast on debarkation day, 6:45 am. and be off the ship by 9am. The server staff follows you each night from restaurant to restaurant, so if you had bad service the first night at dinner, you will each night following. You have to take your carry-on or any other items you have with you that the ships crew are not taking off for you the night before, to the restaurant. Bad idea to me. We usually eat breakfast, go back to the stateroom, for 30 minutes or so until we have to debark; not so on Disney. I am all about My Time Dining as on other cruise lines.
The magician onboard was a 3 out of 10. Not sure where a premium cruise line got there talent from.
I did see Star Wars onboard! Nice theater, but the chairs were not so comfortable.
I would not recommend the Disney Dream. The Disney cruise line is overrated, OVERPRICED for sure, considering there was nothing special about the actual cruise line, other than the name. That is what passenger are paying for, the name.