My family recently returned from a 4 night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream. This was our kids’ first time cruising and they loved it. My husband and I have cruised before but it was our first time sailing with Disney Cruise Lines.
The Dream accomodates 4000 guests along with over 1400 Crew Members although I will admit being on a boat that size it was hard to tell there were so many people on board. I will be sharing a lot about our cruise in the next few weeks so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Here are 10 Reasons to Sail the Disney Dream
1. Palo and Remy
The Disney Dream has 2 adult only restaurants – Palo and Remy. Since our cruise was a relatively short one my husband and I chose the brunch at Palo.
While the food on the Disney Dream was good, our brunch at Palo was amazing. The food, the ambience and recommendations made by our server made it our favourite meal of the cruise. At an extra $20 per person, we thought it was worth it.
While the Disney Dream doesn’t have a casino, there plenty of entertainment options at night. Comedy shows, 3D movies playing in the theatre and stage shows that were in my opinion like shows I pay top dollar for to see on Broadway.
Villains Tonight and Disney’s Believe are two of those Broadway like shows that cruisers on the Disney Dream will love. Presented in the Walt Disney Theatre, there is seating for over 1300 guests! If you miss the live performance, you can catch them on TV from the comfort of your stateroom.
3. Character Meets
What would a Disney cruise be without character meets.
Princesses, Classic Characters (Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Pluto, Goofy), Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, Jack Sparrow and Smee, and Chip and Dale were some of the characters we “met” during our 5 day cruise.
You can also meet some of your favourite Disney characters and take photos with them on Castaway Cay.
4. Bathtub in most staterooms
This is one of the things that worried me the most about cruising with little ones. My husband and I aren’t able to stand in the shower with our kids (they are just very wriggly kids) and have often travelled with one of those inflatable baby bath tubs.
We loved that most staterooms had tubs (we were in an inside stateroom and we had one) – not big like a standard bathtub but good enough for young children.
5. Oceanview for Everyone
We booked two inside staterooms for our family and were delighted to experience the “Magical Porthole” (a real time view of what’s happening outside).
Our kids loved seeing characters float across the screen and we felt it made our room brighter since inside staterooms don’t get any natural light.
6. Kid’s Clubs
Disney Cruise Lines sets the bar high for kids clubs. Children are grouped according to their age. There’s a nursery for 3 and under, a play space for 3-10 year olds and activities and hangout spaces for those 10-13 and 14-17 years old.
7. Nemo’s Reef
You don’t find water play areas for non toilet trained kids often on cruise ships. Nemo’s Reef is a splash pad area for younger children.
Our 4 year old daughter preferred the pool over Nemo’s Reef but our 1 year old loved it. So much so that he was kicking and screaming when we said it was “home time”.
8. Plenty of Wipes
Sanitizing hand wipes are handed out by crew members outside of every restaraunt including the buffet at the Cabanas. Love that they are thinking about everyone’s health and safety. Being on board with that many people for several days – it’s easy for germs to spread quickly.
The very first “water coaster” at sea. More like an enclosed water slide – the AquaDuck is a must do for anyone sailing on the Disney Dream. Part of the slide hangs over the side of the ship and it’s pretty scary looking down seeing just water.
I’m afraid of heights but I still loved the AquaDuck.
We weren’t able to go on the AquaDuck at night but from our conversations with other cruisers it is a totally different experience – the slide is lit up.
10. Wave Phones
Two Wave Phones are provided in each state room. They are meant to keep you in contact with other members of your party should you be at different locations on the ship.
It came in really handy when one child wanted to line up to meet characters and the other wanted to eat!
You’re able to leave voice messages and text messages and they even work on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. We even took it to Palo!
There’s so many reasons to sail on the Disney Dream. I will highlight some more soon.
Like how I started and ended this with food pictures? Can you tell our travels centre around food?