Disney Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

A Happy July 4 on the Disney Dream

Sail Date: July 01, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

The Dream is a beautiful ship with classic design elements and technological sophistication. The three dining rooms and buffet food court turn out excellent food. The cruise, dining and housekeeping staffs provide warm, friendly and attentive service. The youth program continues to be exceptional, with many activities for children, tweens and teens. There are numerous entertainment and enjoyment opportunities for adults. Our 4 nights were way too short to take in all that the Dream has to offer!

Pros: Beautiful ship, great food, lots of age-appropriate activities, friendly and helpful staff

Cons: High cruise price, stateroom bed layout

Recommends Disney Dream? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
The staterooms are intelligently designed, with the traditional DCL split bathroom. They seems a tad smaller than on the Magic and Wonder, but there is ample storage and room to move around. DCL made a poor design choice in installing only queen-sized beds that cannot be split into twin beds. This limits flexibility in bedding arrangements.
Ship Quality
The Dream is stunning in its elegance without being off-putting for its many young cruisers. The ship is in pristine condition, with constant attention to maintenance and cleaning. Generally the ship is easy to get around, with lots of maps and directional signs. Layout is intelligent and efficient.
Food and Dining
The food onboard is excellent - better than we remember from past DCL cruises. Some of the best ship-board dining room meals we have enjoyed. Brunch at Palo remains one of the best culinary experiences on the ocean - and dinner in Palo is right up there, too.
Service and Staff
The warmth and attentiveness of the ship staff makes the cruise experience so much better. Our cabin hostess and dining room servers were very helpful, accommodating and welcoming. The youth counselors were great, and the cruise activities staff were enthusiastic and energetic. Even the officers were friendly when out and about. I especially liked that supervisors did not nag or berate their staff in public - something that I have seen on many other cruise lines.
Entertainment
DCL gets an extra point here for organizing some appropriate and enjoyable July 4 activities. There were so many things to do on board for all age groups - sometimes we wished we could have just stayed on board the whole cruise just to try some of the offered activities. Everything we tried was well run.
Children's Programs
A DCL strongpoint - a well-run program with lots of youth counselors. The Oceaneer's Lab and Oceaneer's Club were amazing spaces, and we were pleased that the children did not seem to be watching too much TV/video. There were constant hands-on activities and imaginative play. The new policy of allowing access to the Club and the Lab seemed to be working, even if to me things seemed like a bit of mayhem. Our girls loved the program and wanted to be in the program whenever we were onboard.
Nassau, Bahamas
We're sort of "done" with Nassau itself, but we did a private all-day sailing trip through Shoretrips that was great. We went under sail to Rose Island, enjoyed a few hours of swimming, snorkeling (excellent reef snorkeling) and beaching, had a BBQ lunch and another sail back to Nassau.
Don't Miss: The trip out to Rose Island was excellent.
Castaway Cay (Disney Private Island)
We did the Pelican Plunge (new water slide) and enjoyed family beach time on the newer family beach. The girls went to Scuttle's Cove (the youth center) while the adults enjoyed Serenity Bay and a cabana massage. The swimming at Serenity Bay really was serene-and the beach was beautiful.
Don't Miss: Cabana massages at Serenity Bay!


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