Our first Disney Cruise was on the Dream roughly 5 years ago, and this is what got us hooked on Disney Cruise. We felt it was time to revisit the Dream has it had been a while, and it now featured the much loved Beauty and the Beast show. This 3-night cruise would also have the potential to be the perfect ending to a 2-week vacation.
The Disney Dream has a classic look. The common areas are well maintained and everything was in good conditions. Clean washrooms, good entertainment venues, very decent "adult-only" area, and sufficient "water play" options given that the Dream almost sails exclusive 3 and 4 night itineraries to the Bahamas, with one day at Disney;s private island. For those in the AFT section of the ship, trying to move around before staterooms are actually ready, navigating the Dream can be a bit challenging as I did not find it as well laid out of the classic ships, the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. Navigation was smooth
We had one of my favorite cabin type which is a full AFT cabin with an extended Verandah. Being at the back of the ships provide for great views on the ocean, as well as when docking at Castaway Cay. The extended verandah is nice as this is one of a few rooms that actually features lounger chairs on the balcony. The cabin was in really good shape and had sufficient space to store luggage and move around. I love the split bathroom concept - but less of a fan of the new fixed bottles for amenities (ie: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap). Those AFT cabin will get a bit more vibration when the ship is turning or breaking - but it is manageable. Being AFT on a high floor also meant quick access to the main buffet for breakfast and lunch. Bed was comfortable and we did sleep really well on this trip.
Disney features rotational dining, meaning that you change restaurant each time, but get to keep your dining team throughout. We only had 2 of our 3 dinners in the main dining rooms as we settled for the specialty restaurant - Palo, on the last night. Overall, food continues to be above average on the Dream, but i have noticed that portion sizes for the mains have shrunk a little bit. I was also mildly disappointed in Palo as some of the pasta dishes were clearly overcooked - not something you'd expect for a premium experience. This was most likely a one off though as the rest of the meal was excellent. Buffet area is plentiful and food offering was satisfying for both the Embarkation lunch and the 3 breakfasts. Cabana buffet can get busy and crowded at times- but things were manageable. Our service team in MDR, as well as in Palo were excellent. Attentive and took notice of any allergy requests or dietary restrictions. The only negative is with the quick food service options - where I did not find the food up to par with what I had experienced before on the Magic and Wonder
Entertainment and activities
We had seen most of the Disney main shows before, with the exception of Beauty and the Beast, which is the only show we decided to watch. This is a wonderful production and definitely worthy of all the awards it has won. This is by far the best Disney Cruise production. It flows nicely, the signing and acting was excellent and the main Walt Disney Theatre is a great place to watch a show. The Buena Vista theater featured a couple of recent movies - but on a 3-night itineraries, unless it is raining, you won't really bother with this. Same with the other entertaiment options and adult activities. 3-nights is such a short cruise, especially with one day on Castaway Cay that there is just no time for anything else, especially if you decide to do a shore excursion in Nassau. The one area for improvement is the kids club. Compared to the Wonder and to a lesser extent the Magic, this is an area that is due for some tender loving care. The look and feel needs to be updated. Staff also have much less time to get to know the kids vs longer cruises so this is pretty much "in and out".
Ports and shore excursions
The highlight of this itinerary is usually Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Castaway Cay never disappoints. This time around we were extremely fortunate to have access to a private Cabana and this was pure paradise. Complimentary snorkelling equipment, floats/tube, bicycle, more private beach area, close to refreshments and food and fridge filled with water, soft drinks and a fruit plate. It does not get any better than this.
We decided to get off the ship in Nassau and do one of the Dolphin activities at Blue Lagoon and had no regrets
All in, it did turn out to be the perfect ending for our vacation. Weather was supposed to be so-so, but we had 2 full days of sun in the Bahamas...
We had one of my favorite cabin type which is a full AFT cabin with an extended Verandah. Being at the back of the ships provide for great views on the ocean, as well as when docking at Castaway Cay. The extended verandah is nice as this is one of a few rooms that actually features lounger chairs on the balcony. The cabin was in really good shape and had sufficient space to store luggage and move around. I love the split bathroom concept - but less of a fan of the new fixed bottles for amenities (ie: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap). Temperature control was adequate, with the room overall ending being on the cool side - even though it was quite warm and humid outside. Those AFT cabin will get a bit more vibration when the ship is turning or breaking - but it is manageable. Being AFT on a high floor also meant quick access to the main buffet for breakfast and lunch. Bed was comfortable and we did sleep really well on this trip. Great cabin attendant who would refresh the cabin on a regular basis. Nice, somewhat quiet area of the ship
Good embarkation port. Quick and friendly check-in. Lacks sufficient seating space though for number of guests. Quick and efficient embarkation
Great family experience. Safe and lots of interactions with Dolphins. Not cheap, but well worth it as a one time experience. Nice free time on the clean and really nice beach. Only downside is return to port where information was not clear and had to stay at Blue Lagoon a bit longer than desiredView All 127 Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim Reviews
As there is only a small number of those available, and the price is really high, this is one of those once in a llifetime experience. That said, value is actually pretty good if you fill the cabana to capacity, given the complimentary items provided. It is peace and relaxation and a perfect way to end a vacationView All undefined undefined Reviews