Sail Date: October 01, 2009
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Room Type: Oceanview
From the Sail Away Party on Day One, to the kids activities, the Pirate Party, and on to our final night, the ship, crew, and entertainers did not dissapoint! The characters were great, for kids and adults. Our cruise featured a Trick or Treating night, where the characters, crew, and cruisers were all dressed up in costume. Very fun. Clayton Lindsey, our cruise director could be seen in every corner of the ship with a big smile and eagerness to get to know everyone. They must have cloned him, I don't know how he ever slept with the schedule and job he was doing!
The Kids centers, Oceaneers Club and Lab, were great. I never had any hesitation with leaving my youngest (6 Yrs Old) at the Club, or allowing my oldest (11 yrs Old) to go on his own to his club. They kept them busy and gave my wife and I a break to wind down in the adult only Quiet Cove.
The entertainement was great, whether is was a show, movies, game shows, or bingo. We always had a great time and the cruise entertainers were always on spot.
The dining teams really shined, within one day they had learned our likes and dislikes and surprised us at every evening meal. The food was very good, and you always have options. The breakfast and lunch buffets were okay, but what can you do with buffet food, you get what you get. DCL offers alternatives to the buffet with a stone oven pizza stand and a burger/hot dog stand that had great brats and burgers and creative artesnal pizzas.
Our ports were St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. We loved St. Croix, it was very quiet and cozy, not busy, much like what the old Caribbean was. We did our own thing on St. Croix, taking a shuttle to Fredricksted and touring the old fort before taking a water taxi over to Protestant Cay for a day at the beach. Great crystal clear blue water for snorkeling.
St. Thomas is a busy port with a highlight for shopping. We went to Coral Sea World on an excursion doing a helmet dive, great fun. I took the kids back to the ship afterwards to the clubs so my wife could go do some shopping in town. The merchants have basically set up a shopping center right at the port, or you can go "downtown". Not a big shopper myself, so we stayed in touch via walkie talkies. I really suggest bringing some.
Our last port was Castaway Cay. Our only complaint here was with nature and DCL couldn't have done anything about it. The wind was howling on our day at Castaway and all the activities, parasailing, fishing, etc were all cancelled due to the high wind. The snorkeling in the cove was horrible, the wind had worked the bottom up and you couldn't see beyond a couple feet. But the sun was shining, water was warm, and the sand soft, so a standard beach day was just fine by us.
DCL has a fan for life in me, I will go back as a regular cruiser even when my kids outgrow the Disney theme. I am fine with paying more for a cruise line that cares about service. And DCL gets a full rating there!
Pros: Ambience, Service, Staff, Kids Program