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5.0

Wonderful Cruise by DivinelyPretty

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so much we have already booked our next cruise. This time it will be the Christmas cruise!!

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4.4

Good cruise by Ksorkin79

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Very interesting , good service, tour,very good dinners

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5.0

Magical solo Disney Cruise. I will never go on another line but Disney! by Mindyschocolate

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This was my first cruise with Disney. I also went solo. Do not let anyone tell you that a Disney cruise isn't for solo travelers. This is false. I was not bothered at all by the kids (especially since I had PLENTY of adult places and activities to preoccupy my time) and they sit the single people together at dinner so you're not sitting awkwardly by yourself. My dinner companions were wonderful people and we had many a lively conversation. If you love Disney, or even want to just try them out but can't find someone willing to travel with you, screw it. Go anyway. I never had so much fun. I wasn't bored or lonely at all. I've already put money down for a placeholder on my next solo Disney cruise. I can't believe I waited so long to cruise with them! I previously cruised with Holland America, and while their ship was in excellent condition and their food delicious, that cruise simply was not memorable. From the moment they announce you on board the ship (yes they do this and they all clap), you will not be forgetting that breathtaking chandelier in the atrium anytime soon. The decor and detailing is simply the best.

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4.1

First cruise by DisneyFan4Life

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Disney Dream

This was our first cruise and we loved it. Already booked one for next year. We loved the adults only areas and adults only activities. Entertainment was amazing and staff worked really hard to make our experience memorable.

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5.0

Merrytime Cruise 🚢 by liza77

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream

DCL never disappoints. Top notch cleanliness and service.

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Dream Vacation by LRKGBH

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

What a great vacation with our Grandsons, memories were made!!!

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Excellent, loads to do for all ages, fantastic cruise! by bjandmo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

As first time cruisers I didn't really know what to expect, but wow we was amazed from start to did she, so much going on around the ship as well as on shore!

we travelled as a party of 11 and within that were 6 children who were all able to check into kids clubs suitable for their ages each club was well supervised and the staff there were friendly and keen to get to know the kids individual.

The food onboard was simply amazing the choice and variety would cater for all needs, the BBQ on Castaway Cay was excellent.

Staff on the Disney Dream we're friendly, helpful and very approachable!

the evening shows we're just fabulous.

it really was a dream holiday for us, we would love to return and would certainly recommend a Disney Cruise to everyone!

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Different experience,still awesome to go home by propwash79

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Disney Dream

Disney has gone through alot of changes to be able to set sail and it will get better from here on out. Don't get made or upset at some of Disney requests and requirements and remember your on vacation. It will only get better from here and my oldest daughter had a good point" If all passengers from 12yr to 100yrs have the vaccine and kids 3-12yrs old test negative and all crew is vaccinated then why do we need to wear mask onboard? She had a good point and I explained we can still carry the virus and it's to be safe. It's a change and no matter how you feel about the changes be glad they are sailing!

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4.5

Good cruise for the family. Areas for improvement. by robiroe

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

We took this cruise in June of 2016. The top drop down menu on this website did not give me the option to select June 2016. Let me start by saying this cruise exceeded my expectations. The entire Disney Cruise Line (DCL) staff was focused on making sure that our family had a great time. Day 1 (Sunday) – We flew from Memphis to Orlando on Sunday and we arrived around 5:30 pm. We rented a car from Budget car rental and picked it up at the Orlando airport. The rental was around $100 for a one way rental. After we picked up the car, we decided to get dinner in Orlando before heading to our hotel in Cape Canavera. After dinner, we drove to our hotel. The hotel was packed when we arrived on Sunday evening because so many were preparing for cruises the next day. Suggestion: Plan to arrive the day before your cruise just in case of flight delays. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in Cape Canevaral and it is a nice family hotel. This hotel is nothing fancy but it’s definitely good for a night before a cruise. Day 2 (Monday) We woke up early to get the free breakfast at the hotel. I then dropped the family off along with our luggage at Port Canaveral around 10:45. There were a lot of cars at the port and it took about 15 minutes to get them dropped off. I then headed back to drop the rental car off at Budget in Cape Canaveral. I dropped the car off but it took a while for the shuttle to get me back to the Port. They wait until the shuttle is full before heading to the port. I didn’t get back to the port until 11:50 and our boarding time was 10:45! Suggestion: If you are renting a car, drop your family off at the port as early as possible because the lines are long and there are bus and van shuttles all over. You need to plan for an hour to drop them off and to get back to the port. I caught up with the family and we completed our DCL checkin. It was really fast with no hassles. They take a group photo of your entire family when you check in for the DCL and they will give each of you a “Key to the World” which is a card that grants you access to the ship. We boarded the ship and I was really surprised at the welcome that Disney gave us. They said our family name on the loud speaker as we entered the ship and greeted us with an applause! After boarding the ship, we immediately headed to the youth activities area to get the armbands for our kids which would give the access to the youth rooms. Did you know there are over 1,300 employees working on the Disney Dream? The staff was all over the place to answer our questions and to provide to us with directions. We then went to the Cabanas buffet for lunch and it was good. The kids ate the usual chicken tenders and fries. There are 2 pools on the main deck 11 and they were packed when we arrived. My son wanted to ride the aquaduck so we got in line and it took us 45 – 50 minutes. Suggestion: if the line is long at the aquaduck, come back later. There were times when the line was less than 8 – 10 minutes long. Day 3 ( Tuesday) We arrived at the Nassau Bahamas port at 9:30. We exited the ship to walk around. Nassau is a tourist attraction and you have to be prepared. Suggestion: Be sure to take plenty of cash with you because you will need it because most places do not accept credit cards. To take a tour for my wife and 3 kids was $100. We went to Atlantis in Nassau and it is like $40 per person for a day pass. We ended up going to the beach in Nassau which turned out to be nice. Warning: There are a lot people in Nassau that depend on the tourist dollars so be prepared to be bombarded with people selling everything from seashells to kids toys. If you have been to Nassau before, I personally recommend spending this day on the ship because you will have the pool and the aquaduck to yourself for the most part. Dinner: Day 4 We traveled to the Disney Castaway Cay private island and it was beautiful. We were one of the first to get off the ship and get to the Castaway beach to reserve our chairs. If you want a seat on the beach, get off the shop as soon as possible. Be prepared to debark as soon as they announce it on the intercom. If you wait, it will be crowded and you will not be able to find a seat on the beach. We had already preordered rental bikes for the 5 of us. I strongly recommend that you do this. The trail is beautiful and there’s a couple of places along the trail where you can stop and take pictures. The bike trails is paved so even my 7 year old enjoyed it. If I could do it again, I probably would wait until I got to the island to rent the bikes because it was cheaper to rent them onsite and there are tons of bikes so you won’t have to worry about a bike not being available. I wish Disney would abandon the stop in the Bahamas and give us more time on the Disney Castaway Cay. Just not enough time on the island. It started thundering and we were unable to swim for about an hour or so. Lunch at Castaway Cay was really good. They had plenty of good food including barbecue everything to the foods that the kids love. It rained on us for about an hour or so at Castaway Cay but there are games under covered pavilions and the kids were able to place pool, table tennis, and basketball under a covered pavilion. We rented the snorkeling gear at Castaway Cay but I must say this part didn’t go so good for us. We just couldn’t get out into the water far enough to really get to see anything. Day 5 We saw one of the Disney show’s in the theater and it was awesome. I advise you to make time to see at least one of the live shows. Aquaduck - the aquaduck is a cool ride but you’ve got to get in line at the right time. The first time we got in line, it took us over an hour to get on the ride. The second time we got in line there were not many people and it took us 20 minutes. Wait until the line goes down to get on this ride. If not, you will be waiting at least an hour. Animator’s Palate - We had dinner here on our last night and it was awesome. Our server went way out and did an awesome job. This was by far the best of all 3 dinner seatings. The atmosphere is better than the other dining halls and it was super exciting. Debarkation - If you choose the early dinner for your cruise, then you will be in group 1 which requires you to leave the ship early on the last morning. Since we ate in the late dinner time, we were able to sleep in a little longer and then go to breakfast. We didn’t know this until the last night. Unless you want to get off the ship really early in the morning, I suggest taking the late dinner option when selecting your dinner time for the cruise. If you select the early dinner option, you had to be at breakfast at 7 am and depart the ship around 7:45. If you take the late dinner option, you were assigned breakfast for 8 am and you could depart around 8:30. Character lines - the lines to see the characters are really long so pack a lot of patience and snacks. Our kids didn’t want to wait in the lines and were not really interested in the pictures with the characters. Cabana’s - we enjoyed the food at the Cabana’s buffet. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rank it a 7. It’s pretty much the same thing everyday so it does get a little boring. If you have a special diet like a do just let the cooks now and they will work up something for you. I don’t eat pork or beef so I requested turkey sausage each morning for breakfast and they would make it and bring it to me. Dinner - The food in the dining rooms was ok. On a scale of 1 to 10 i would rank it a 6. Just not enough variety for what I was looking for. It seems to be a lot of the same menu items each night with not enough of what you would expect to see for dinner. I’m a seafood lover and I didn’t salmon on either night. The kids ate chicken nuggets and fries every night but those had to be special ordered because they were not on the menu. Most evenings, we would leave the dining hall and go upstairs and grab something from the burger stand or quick dinner spots. Stateroom - our stateroom was really nice. It was 5 of us and we didn’t feel too crowded. Each of our 3 kids had their own bed. It’s really cool the way the beds are hidden in the rooms. Our Stateroom host, Conrado Martinez, was excellent. He took really good care of us and made the room sparkle every evening. He made it so nice that we really didn’t want to touch anything to mess it up because it was so clean. Server - Our server, Surya, was great. He didn’t an awesome job. He took really good care of us from the beginning to end. He always checked on us and wanted to make sure that our service was not just good but excellent. Survey - You will be given a survey at the end of the cruise and this survey is very important based on the comments that I received from the staff and servers. Some of them will go out of their way to make sure that you leave good comments. Be sure to fill out the survey and leave your comments. Tips - I strongly encourage you to wait until the last day to give your servers the tip card.If you give them the tip card the day before and they are not happy with your tip, you might not get the best service on the last day for breakfast. Again, wait until you leave and then give the server and assistants your tip card that shows how much you are tipping. Activities - The kids really enjoyed the ping pong tables and the full court basketball court that was on the ship. The only thing we did’t like was that the basketball court was often closed because of the ball that would bounce on the floorboard could interrupt dinner activities. The basketball court is only open for limited hours so please found out as soon as you enter the ship. The kids also enjoyed the onboard shuffleboard game. It was really fun. The onboard bingo games for the adults was also pretty cool! The kid clubs were awesome! The staff was great and our kids loved it. My 14 year old went to a club for the big kids and he said it was really cool. They had all of the video game consoles and some really cool activities and games. My 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son also enjoyed the club that they went to. They didn’t want to leave when we went to pick them up.

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5.0

Awesome Time! Would do all over again! by ktbrickey

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream

This cruise was amazing! The shows were awesome!!

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Disney knows how to Cruise! by bmsolis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This was my families seventh cruise, first Disney Cruise; 4 day Bahamas, Castaway Cay cruise on the Dream.  Very nice ship, for holding over 4,000 people it didn't seem that crowded, except for when re-boarding at the ports.  Great evening shows, loved the magic show the first night and the Golden Mickey's show the other two were good as well.  Really enjoyed the rotation of the dinner restaurants, always had the same wait staff, which as expected did an amazing job.  Children's club was unbelievable!  Occupies the space of where most ships have the casino....so it was HUGE!  Tons of activities, organized events and art projects and of course every Disney game or simulation game imaginable. If your a Disney movie fan then you will love the cruise, the movie theater showed movies still in the theater, the pool screen always had a movie playing and the TV in the rooms had all of the cartoons and movies on demand at no extra cost.  The family pool area was always crowded, but not as bad as most ships we've been on.  Adult area which occupies the forward 1/3 of the ship was never full, it was a nice oasis from the busy family zone. AquaDuck water slide was awesome!  Go when it opens or after 6pm to avoid long lines, there was always a minimum of a 20 minute wait, in the afternoon it was over 45+ minutes.  The Port of Nassau is just like any port in the Caribbean, lots of shopping and bars.....if you haven't been to Atlantis, you have to see it, it's a bit pricey but it's the best thing to do on the island, great waterslides and a very cool aquarium.  Castaway Cay is worth the cruise alone.  Picturesque private island, the snorkeling was unbelievable....underwater sunken ships, submarines and statues.  The floating waterslide/island is a lot of fun.  This also was the easiest place to see the Disney characters.  They have an organized 5K run upon arrival in the morning, great way to see the island and start the day with a little exercise. Pirate night is so much fun, everyone dresses up in pirate attire, they have two pirate shows on the pool deck....one in-between the two dinner seatings and the grand finale show and fireworks display at around 10:30pm...get there early to get a good place as it's extremely crowded.  After the fireworks the Cabana's restaurant has food and a desert bar open for an hour or so.

 

The negatives to the trip are very limited, lines to see the characters seemed to take forever unless you signed up for them prior to boarding with a scheduled appointment, sign up for the princess meeting ASAP.  Re-boarding the ship in Nassau was a joke, no fault of Disney, but prior to getting back on the ship you had to go through a security check-point at the entrance to the dock with the cruise passengers from the other ships.  The day we were there we had three other ships, so the check point took over an hour to get through especially around the 2pm-4:30pm time frame.  Castaway Cay re-boarding was very easy since we were the only ship.   

 

Having been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean, Disney knows customer service and what children enjoy....it's great for a family vacation with children 17 and under, primarily for the activities and entertainment.  See you again soon Disney!!!

               

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5.0

DISNEY DREAM WAS AWESOME by draraujo91

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

My family and I had a great time! Expensive but definitely worth the money! There was something to do for everyone. Wish the wifi was better and that the app and Wave phone allowed for communication with group members outside of the ship. Would definitely recommend it as a family vacation. We've been on 3 other cruise lines and Disney was by far the best and safest for all family members. Big Smile

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5.0

As always it was Magical!! by mlbdestinations

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Disney Dream

We had an amazing and memorable time on board this beautiful vessel! The crew really went out of there way to make us happy!

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5.0

AhhMazing!! by shifawn

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

The Disney dream accommodations, programs, entertainment, food, activities, and staff did not disappoint. This was our family’s first cruise and we will return very soon.

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4.0

Very nice quick trip by xpancho

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This time tried ocean view cabin (2528) overall very nice and convenient, Enchanted Garden steps away and mid ship helps a lot with the movement. Very easy to get in and out. To get out of the ship very quick. Over all very happy with the location until the last day. Forget about sleeping the last day because the noise of the workers won't let you. From 2 am to 7 am the baggage is being fixed and unloaded and the noise is just too much. 

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4.9

Girls cruise by GrandmaShirl

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

I loved everything about this cruise. If you have young children this is the cruise to do. Disney makes it all about the kids. They even matched us with another family with a girl the same age and they have become friends.

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5.0

My First Disney Cruise by DeeDee612

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Disney Dream

Great experience even for an adult without children. A great memory with great food shows and service

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4.8

Christmas on the high seas with Disney by worf77bb

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Disney Dream

This was our first family trip on a cruise. It was also our first Christmas cruise on Disney. The ship is gorgeous with out the Christmas decoration but it made the ship not magical. The entire cruise was a great experience. It’s not a ship if you want to be away from kids. Although my wife and I are thinking of going by ourselves on a Marvel Day at Sea which is not scheduled furring school vacation. The shows at the theater are Broadway quality and the food was above par. Our waiters were great and got to know our likes and dislikes quick. The private island is always fun. Plenty is space and a quiet beach for adults. Plenty of options for activities or just lay and get some sun. Highly recommend.

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5.0

Pure Disney Magic on the High Seas! by PamnJeff

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This was our first cruise in quite a while... we were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary and I wanted to do something special.  Well, "special" is an understatement!

It has been said there is no comparison for a Disney Cruise.  After this cruise, I'd believe they're correct.  The food, service, entertainment, everything... was top-notch.  They say you get what you pay for, and I believe "they" are correct here as well.  Disney cruises are top-dollar, but they're top notch. 

Because it was our anniversary, I surprised my wife by going with a concierge cabin.  This was pure luxury, in spite of our being in the smallest concierge cabin available.  The Concierge lounge was remarkable as well as the concierge service.  Truth be told, I'm now spoiled and am willing to spend the extra to get to a suite class on future cruises.

If there was any downside to this cruise, I'd say it was the kids.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE kids, but I prefer them supervised... at least a little.  That's not a dig on Disney or the cruise, but on the parents who feel it's perfectly fine to let 5-7 year old children run around bumping into people left and right.  Ugh, I digress... It's not a blemish on the cruise itself, we had a wonderful time!  

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5.0

Livin' the Disney Dream! by bucation

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Disney Dream / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

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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