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24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This is my 4th Disney Cruise and I must say it was probably my favorite so far. I've been on all the other Disney ships, and the Wonder is by far an older ship, but well kept and very clean. You definitely still experience the Disney ... Read More
This is my 4th Disney Cruise and I must say it was probably my favorite so far. I've been on all the other Disney ships, and the Wonder is by far an older ship, but well kept and very clean. You definitely still experience the Disney atmosphere, it's incredible. We embarked from Vancouver, and the transportation was quick and easy, Disney does a great job with getting you to feel valued. The ship itself is incredible, it was a full ship, yet we didn't feel crowded. Our room was very spacious for my wife and I, and we had a great host who made us feel right at home. The 3 different restaurants are amazing and provide exceptional food, we would order a few different items on the menu because it was so hard to pick. The entertainment and shows were excellent, I felt as if I was at a broadway show in New York. There are plenty of activities for everyone. We had our own adult activities that we would go to daily, and they also had a lot of fun activities for families, children and teenagers. You get the best experience with Disney regardless of your age. The grab and go snacks and fast food was delicious. They always had the hot chocolate machine going which was good for this cruise. The breakfast and lunch buffet was amazing as well, they had a great variety of food. Alaska was superb. I would go on this cruise again in a heartbeat. You just don't get that kind of scenery or experience anywhere else. The shore excursions were absolutely amazing. We chose to do the Liarsville Disney Character experience in Skagway and that was fun. My wife loved doing the gold panning, and taking pictures with the Disney characters. We also had a buffet lunch on that excursion and the salmon was great. In Juneau, we kayaked on Mendenhall lake to the glacier, and let me tell you, DO THIS EXCURSION!! I have never been so close to such an amazing glacier, the view and pictures are priceless, and our guide was absolutely amazing. They said that was a new excursion that was added this year, and I see it becoming very popular. Our last stop was Ketchikan, and this was probably my favorite town. We did the Jeep and Canoe excursion and it was fun. We got to off road up to a mountain which overlooked the town and bay, and the views were beyond beautiful. After the excursions at every stop, we got to walk through the towns and shop and get some souvenirs and try some Alaska food and snacks. I would highly recommend any one of those excursions to anyone. If you enjoy sightseeing and walking through small towns, then do any of the above excursions. We also purchased the Rain Forest pass on this cruise. It's a spa pass that allows you to use their rain forest room. It had a few different showers that gave you the experience of a rain forest storm. They had different saunas and steam rooms, as well as my wifes favorite, the heated stone chairs. It's a great pass to purchase if you like to relax and enjoy some alone time away from the kids. It was especially good for us coming back from an excursion and being able to relax in the spa for a little bit before dinner and the show. Everything about this cruise was magical and tons of fun. If you are wondering "should I pay a little more to do the Disney Cruise vs these other cruises?" then YES YOU SHOULD. The service and experience is so much better than any other cruise line I've been on. We have our 5th Disney Cruise booked for August on the Fantasy and we are like little kids on Christmas Day waiting for it to come up. You'll love this Alaska cruise, and we plan on doing it again after the Wonder has finished being renovated. If you'd like more information or have questions about this cruise or any of the other ships then feel free to email me, mcookie39@hotmail.com. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and ... Read More
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and shoving at Cabana for the brief time that the buffet is open each day. We actually missed a few meals because of lack of opportunity at Cabana and dining room being gorgeous but unappetizing for the human palate. The room was amazing and probably the cleanest boat Ive been on. Having a tub and huge floor to ceiling window was gorgeous! The shows are disney shows...no adult comedy club and thats one of my favorite entertainment. Everything closed down about 6 pm so on top of the steep price, they shut ya down at 6! Gym closed early and wont let muscle fitness 15 yr olds work out with adult even. Movie theater was a bonus but not the bonus I would've preferred on my first disney cruise. We missed all meet and greets due to lines or lack of tickets. The adult only pool area was nice, but of course my kids couldnt go so we tried not to stay too long. We all did the waterslide only twice because of long lines..15 year old didnt enjoy the teen club so he stayed in the room a lot. Yup... it was a waste of money in my opinion. If my kids had been younger and we hadnt been to Magic Kingdom 3 times a year while they were young, it might have been worth the extra cost. Im actually anxious to get back to Carnival in November and possibly adventure over to Royal Caribbean for son's graduation. Hopefully I can find the best ship out of Florida on RC. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I was very excited to sail with Disney on the Wonder. As a Disney Vacation Club member for almost 25 years, I had visited their parks numerous times. As a cruise lover, with almost 20 cruises under my belt, I was very interested in ... Read More
I was very excited to sail with Disney on the Wonder. As a Disney Vacation Club member for almost 25 years, I had visited their parks numerous times. As a cruise lover, with almost 20 cruises under my belt, I was very interested in checking out the accessibility features of the Disney ships (knowing that Disney sets the standard for accessibility and comfort for the disabled at their parks). I must say, I wasn't super-impressed (sorry, Disney, I still love you). Our room was beautiful (Deluxe Verandah Stateroom, #7636) and spacious, but I had an issue with our roll-in shower. Could have been the angle of our cabin, due to the all the way forward location, the shape was of a triangle. I require the use of a built in shower seat, which was provided, but due to size and shape of shower, it was placed on the same wall as a grab bar. The grab bar impeded into the space of the 7 inch deep shower seat, a good 3 inches, only allowing 4 inches of seat for me to use. I'm an average sized person, 145lbs, but was too big for the seat allowance. Had to ask housekeeping for an additional shower seat (portable) that I had to use during the entirety of cruise (uncomfortable and not safe..one slip, and...). Other areas I found lacking were the doorways leading to the pool and upper decks. They were either automatic with a huge lip to get over (popping a wheelie required each time, impossible for a scooter-user), or if the transition was flat/ramped, the door wasn't automatic...not possible without help each time. The elevators are VERY small on this ship, only holding 4 passengers comfortably. Spent a LOT of time waiting for an empty elevator to fit in. Enjoyed the decor on board immensely, and definitely got my love for Disney flowing...seeing the characters was a lot of fun, enjoying fireworks one evening was a special treat, too. As adults without kids, we were happy to enjoy the adults-only pool area and adult entertainment district. Had fun playing movie quotes trivia with the ever-energetic host Brett and the various mixology, beer-tasting and Mojito-making events on board. Loved loved loved the day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Was happy they had a wheelchair accessible tram to get around the large island as there was a lot to see and do. Was disappointed with the stop in Nassau, however. Of the thirty-plus excursions offered by DCL, not one was wheelchair-friendly. I know and understand that Nassau is not the US so isn't required to offer anything for disabled guests, yet, I was surprised Disney didn't or hadn't tried to find at least one option. Our visit to Nassau lasted 20 minutes...off the ship, through the masses of vendors offering tours and activities, into town, which was a difficult trek in a chair, to find nothing but tee shirt shops and the regular Diamond International stores known in cruise ports. We quickly returned to the ship. Key West was a lot more comfortable stop, shops, restaurants right outside the cruise port. Our dining experience was average. It was fun to rotate restaurants throughout the cruise while keeping the same table mates and service staff. Our server, Jose, was always super enthusiastic and efficient. The food was just okay, I must admit, and I would definitely NOT classify myself as a 'foodie', I'm pretty easy to please. I found the selections were minimal and I wasn't very impressed with the quality. The push at the end of our stay to provide a good review of the service (so that our waiter could earn a much desired day off) was a little off-putting as well. Lastly, I find it necessary to include, the strange vibrations and shaking our cabin endured several times throughout the cruise. I assume the location of our cabin is to blame. Whenever we would pull into port, our cabin would shake and vibrate, sometimes violently, for several minutes. This also occurred all the way from Nassau to Key West. Instead of the nice rolling motion of the ocean, we rattled and shook...not exactly relaxing. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend a cabin towards the front of the ship (our table mates, in a similar location, but two decks down from us, experienced the same thing). In closing, loved the Disney touches and decor, did not appreciate the lack of wheelchair accessibility on board. My understanding is that the Wonder will be undergoing enhancements later this year, I hope to contact Disney to ask them to address my concerns and advise of my experience. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
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 ... Read More
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. 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. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my second cruise but first on the Disney Cruise Line. It was just my best friend and I travelling on this cruise and we are both in our late twenties. In other words, we like to drink. We were originally booked in a Deluxe Family ... Read More
This was my second cruise but first on the Disney Cruise Line. It was just my best friend and I travelling on this cruise and we are both in our late twenties. In other words, we like to drink. We were originally booked in a Deluxe Family room w/verandah on deck 7 but a concierge room opened up and we switched to a Concierge Family Oceanview room w/verandah on deck 11. My friend and I spent Wednesday night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach. We booked a special where we could park the car at the hotel and leave it there for the length of our cruise. They also had shuttle service to and from the port. Let's just say this was a joke. I don't recommend staying here with the deal we were booked for. Anyways, we woke up Thursday and brought our stuff down to the lobby and waited for the shuttle. There were way too many people and too few shuttles. We ended up taking an Uber to the port. We arrived at the port around 11:30am and after a few minutes we were in the terminal. The terminal was packed but we headed straight to concierge check in and were checked in within 10 minutes and then were escorted through a back door and onto the ship. We walked around for a few minutes before heading up to deck 12 where the concierge lounge is. Unfortunately, the lounge was full and we were told to come back in a few minutes. However, our room was ready so we headed down a floor to deck 11 to drop off our carry-ons. Shortly after we met our room hostess, Sri. She was so nice and showed us around our room and explained some things to us. After that, we headed back up to the lounge and there we met the concierge hosts, Ashley, Tracey, and Angeline. Ashley went over our cruise itinerary with us while we sipped on some beverages that were offered by the concierge bar tender. While we were in the lounge we had concierge book us a mixology class for Friday at 4pm and we also purchased day passes for the Rainforest located in the Senses Spa. Lunch was being served at Cabanas so we headed there and it was surprisingly not too crazy. The food was all very good for it being a buffet. No complaints. We wandered around the boat for a little bit trying to get acclimated to where everything was. There was a DVC meeting that we attended since my friend is a DVC member and they were offering free drinks and gifts. It was fun for a while but basically became an advertisement for the DVC which made no sense because everyone in there was a member or a guest of a member. The first night we had dinner reservations at Palo and the food here was very good. As was our service. It wasn't busy and we had a great table with a nice view of the ocean. Friday was our day at sea. We woke up pretty early and headed to the gym. It was packed!!!! I guess everyone had the same idea as us but by 8:30am it had started to clear out. The two of us had brunch reservations at Remy for 11:15am but we still stopped by Cabanas for a quick bite to eat. Brunch at Remy was incredible!!! Although, for the price it should be. One of the main reasons why we wanted to try this was for the champagne pairing which we also got. However, for the two of us brunch was around $200. My one complaint would be the size of the glasses of champagne we received. If you're a lightweight then they should have you feeling pretty good but for us, we weren't even buzzed once we left. Luckily, Meridian was open so we went there and had some more mimosas. Then we proceeded to go back to the room and drink more champagne on our balcony and enjoy the view. Our mixology class wasn't until 4pm so we had some time to kill before then. We ended up in one of the theaters watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron in 3D. It was a pleasant surprise and the theater wasn't busy at all. Mixology took place in Skyline and had it's ups and downs. Some of the drinks were really good and some were pretty bad. The group quickly turned on the bartender and demanded that we remake the good drinks. Needless to say, they were happy when this group left. By this time I was not feeling too well so went back to the room to nap. I ended up missing dinner and ordering room service. I got a second wind though and we headed to the sports pub to watch the Cavs/Bulls game. There we met up with some of the people who were in our mixology class and then went to watch the Match your Mate game taking place in Evolution. It was pretty funny and was well done. Saturday was our day at Nassau. I woke up feeling great but my friend was not. I ended up going to the gym again which was empty and eating breakfast at Cabanas. We had friends who were staying at Atlantis and they were planning on meeting us at Senor Frogs for lunch. We got off the boat and headed over there for a little while. After being stuck on a boat full of children, it was a nice change to be in the party atmosphere of Senor Frogs. When we got back on the boat I purchased 6 beers and a cooler for over $40 and got some sun up on the concierge sun deck. It was amazing to lay out in peace and quiet without all the screaming children running amok as well as the sounds of Disney movies playing. I woke up out there and they were having a special character meet for concierge guests with Goofy. That was a nice little surprise to wake up to. It was Pirate Party night so we got cleaned up and headed to dinner at Enchanted Garden. This was our first night in one of the Main Dining Rooms so we met our servers for the first time. Sunday we were at Castaway Cay. I was having a rough morning so opted to skip out on that and rest in the room and concierge lounge. The boat was empty on this day which was nice. When my friend got back on the boat we headed to the Rainforest to use our day passes. It was fun but not something I would want to do every day. In fact, we probably only stayed in for about 30 minutes. I laid out for a while on deck 12 before getting ready to see the show "Believe". This was the only show I saw but found it to be very well done. The production quality is second to none. Our dinner on the last night was at Animators Palate. The food here was good but I was disappointed with the actual show of the restaurant. I think I was expecting it to be like the older Disney ships where the rooms start out in black and white and color is added throughout the meal. This wasn't the case. It was more like Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot. There was a show at Evolution that we went to see where they split the room into two groups and you have to name the song and group of a short sample that's played. It was a lot of fun and then after the 80's trivia they played a scavenger hunt type of game. The MC split everyone into small groups and asked for a particular item. Your group got points for running up there with the item. It was hilarious. We packed up our stuff and got ready for disembarkation the next morning. On Monday we woke up and headed to the concierge lounge where we would be taking advantage of the priority disembarkation. After the ship was cleared we were escorted down to the gangway and then escorted to customs. We were off the ship in 5 minutes. The level of service we experienced was absolutely amazing. I can't say enough positive things about the concierge staff and the entire staff on the Disney Dream. It was expensive but well worth it in my opinion. I can't wait to go back on another Disney Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I (yes - only 2 adults in our party), booked the 3-night cruise on the Disney dream with no foreknowledge of what to expect. A Disney cruise was suggested to us by a friend, and we found dates that worked for us. We. ... Read More
My husband and I (yes - only 2 adults in our party), booked the 3-night cruise on the Disney dream with no foreknowledge of what to expect. A Disney cruise was suggested to us by a friend, and we found dates that worked for us. We. Were. Blown. Away. Every detail was excellently executed. The ship was clean in every regard. We didn't have a negative experience with ANY staff members. Everyone was knowledgable, friendly, helpful. Again, I reiterate. We. Were. Blown. AWAY! We spent 5 days in Disney World after the cruise and wished we were still on the cruise. We're certain we prefer our Disney Dream cruise experience to any other Disney experience we've had, between Disneyland, or Disney World. We CAN'T WAIT to go back and try all four Disney ships. The entertainment was unexpectedly delightful (and helped me to totally forget my nausea from the slight turbulence of the ship!!) Our shore excursions, which we booked through Disney, were SEAMLESS. We weren't initially sure how we were going to get from place to place, but OF COURSE Disney took care of us and had all the details figured out. Yes, there were many families and children aboard but we didn't find them to be a problem. I enjoyed being surrounded by little ones feeling magic and having fun. So great! There were so many activities, that we weren't able to try everything and can't wait to do so in the future. But we DID attend the shows, the orientation tour, the movie theater (saw Cinderella!), the "when you're at Nassau" shopping presentation with Summer, and Senses Spa which was an impeccable experience. VISIT THE SPA! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder ... Read More
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder leaving from Miami and stopping in Grand Cayman and Cozumel…. Two Caribbean islands we had not seen. We left stl 45 minutes late...at 5:15. We had first class seats on American Airlines. We had dinner and I watched the movie Tammy and Steve watched planet of the apes. Both were mediocre at best. We got to Miami and caught the shuttle to our hotel the Hilton Miami airport. It was a very nice hotel and we had a nice room overlooking the water...but we had two double beds. We got all settled in about 10 pm. We got up the next morning and Steve had a sore throat. We had free breakfast at the hotel. We walked around and took some pictures. We caught a shuttle to the port which was 15$ apiece. The wonder is a fairly small older ship. We checked in and went straight on board but we had to wait about thirty minutes to go to our room at 1:30 #6076. Our room is lovely....a 1 bedroom suite with veranda. ....very well appointed...lots of shelves, drawesr, and closet space. This is one area Disney exceeds the other cruise lines. Our room is clean...the room steward, Jhe Del Rosario does a great job...The ship is not pristine…because it is older...but it is clean and nice. We went to lunch at parrot cay...a buffet. Prior to boarding I had purchased a 5 day premium wine package, our excursions, and the photo package. We had a glass of wine with lunch...$9 apiece. We wanted to save our bottle for dinner. The ship is small and easy to navigate…..though the elevators are very small. We went to the sail away party at 5 and got another glass of wine. Our dinner time is 5:45....and our servers are Jane from the Philippines and Duran from Jamaica. We had dinner at Tritons....they put us at table 16 with a group of three older couples. Cassie and Jim who live in Wildwood Mo., Doug from Texas is here without his wife...she missed the ship....we are still trying to figure that one out….and Melody and Fred from Florida. Steve had Chateaubriand and I had duck. Following dinner...we got our pictures taken and we went to the show....all aboard. We enjoyed it. On Saturday, we had a day at sea....we had booked a champagne breakfast at Palo at 10 for $25 a piece. It was quite a spread and our waiter Justin from Tasmania was lovely. After brunch...we went to the pool. We moved several times trying to get chairs in the adult only section. We were finally able to do so about 1:00. We stayed by the pool until about 4. We came to the room and took a nap. Steve is getting sicker by the day. We got up at 5 showered and went to dinner at animator’s palette. Steve had red snapper and I had chicken. After dinner...we got pictures taken…even one with Captain Gus and then we went to the show the golden mickeys. It was wonderful! We got to bed about 9:30. On Sunday...we docked in Grand Cayman. We got up and had breakfast at parrot cay. We booked the submarine tour. We saw lots of fish, a ray and a turtle. We had lunch at Margaritaville... It was terrible. We finally got our pictures taken with some characters. I got a ticket for a meet and greet with the frozen princesses. Then we saw Donald, Minnie, Mickey, Peter Pan, and stitch. So it was good! We had dinner at animator’s palette again. We went to the pirate party. On Monday we docked in Cozumel. We went to the ruins…which was a wonderful tour with Sebastian. Steve bought me a shark figurine, necklace, bracelet and earrings made out of black coral. We then went to Playa Mia resort for some beach time. We got our pictures taken with some macaws and an orange iguana. We had dinner at parrot cay. I had chicken. Tuesday was a day at sea. We sat by the pool. We had dinner at palo for $25 a piece. We again had Justin from Tasmania as our waiter. We both had the beef ravioli. I will admit i was a bit disappointed in our dinner. It was good but nothing to rave about. I had the chocolate soufflé...and it was good but not as good as it was when we went to Palo on the Dream in 2012. After dinner...We went to the Disney Dreams show. It was excellent! Wednesday we had breakfast at Tritons and left the ship. We went to the airport. We flew first class and both watched the movie sex tapes…it was hilarious! We had dinner. We got home about 5:30. We had a wonderful time. Disney does a great job. I would certainly go on another Disney cruise. Of the three cruise lines we have sailed on...Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. I would still rank Disney first. Next time....I think we might try Norwegian. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2014
This was our third time sailing aboard the Disney Dream and our first cruise as Gold Castaway Club Members. We chose a Concierge-level stateroom as we were also celebrating our wedding during our stop in Nassau! If I could afford to ... Read More
This was our third time sailing aboard the Disney Dream and our first cruise as Gold Castaway Club Members. We chose a Concierge-level stateroom as we were also celebrating our wedding during our stop in Nassau! If I could afford to sail Concierge-level on every sailing (we're embarking on number 9 in three months), I absolutely would. The Dream-class ships with Disney (the Dream and her sister ship, the Fantasy) not only have regular concierge services, but also an exclusive lounge and sundeck. We spent a lot of time in the lounge, and of the 30 passengers that sailed with us to celebrate our wedding, 12 of us sailed Concierge-level. The one thing I love about the Bahamian 3-night sailing is the fact that you absolutely do not have to leave the ship when it's in port in Nassau. That was my wedding day and while my husband and his friends took a snorkel excursion, my mom and I and some of my friends spent the day at a very not-crowded-at-all spa and rainforest room. Since we'd seen Nassau on two previous sailings, I didn't feel like I was missing a thing by not setting foot onshore. We knew that we could book a less expensive sailing on one of the classic ships (Magic or Wonder), but we really wanted to WOW our guests with the onboard activities and the massive size of the Dream. We had some nervous cruisers, so we chose the Dream because of her state-of-the-art high-tech stabilization system and, honestly, I believe the massive size of the ship absorbs some rockiness on the seas. We also fell in love with the Outlook Lounge and were so happy when we were able to book the space for our ceremony. The event coordination of our cruise was flawless and I highly recommend using Disney's Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons to plan your ceremony or vow renewal. It was way less expensive than a ceremony at the land-based parks and everyone in our party, including me and my husband, appreciated the all-inclusive feel to a cruise vacation. We even booked a few repeat cruises with some of our guests! Our cruise included just one minor and he very much enjoyed himself in the kids clubs. All the adults found something to love about the ship -- from the adult-only sundecks and pool to the clubs and lounges. And everyone loved the food. No one ever went to bed hungry -- and if they did, they ordered burger after burger from room service. After three similar itineraries, my husband and I have outgrown the basic Bahamian cruise, but were so happy to hear that DCL is reimagining some areas of the ship to include updated kids clubs (my husband is jealous about the new Star Wars-themed area just for kids) and, our absolute favorite, Satellite Falls, a water feature for adults-only that was borrowed from the Fantasy. I hope that DCL gives the Dream some new itineraries so we can sail on her again!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Our group of 7 (including 2 children ages 8 & 16 mo) had a wonderful time aboard the Disney Magic. From the moment you step on the ship, you are greeted and treated like royalty. We had an adjoining deluxe inside rooms. The ship has ... Read More
Our group of 7 (including 2 children ages 8 & 16 mo) had a wonderful time aboard the Disney Magic. From the moment you step on the ship, you are greeted and treated like royalty. We had an adjoining deluxe inside rooms. The ship has recently been renovated and the updates are beautiful, tasteful, and modern. We had excellent housekeeping- each time we would return to our room throughout the day, the trash was empty and things in order. Always plenty of clean linen, towels, and wonderful personal touches (chocolates, towel animals, etc). All of the crew, live entertainment, and character interactions were wonderful. I'd have to say- what just stole the show on our vacation was the dining/service experience. You are given the same servers throughout your cruise, they rotate dining rooms along with you daily. Every evening we were greeted with friendly faces and great service. All of the dining rooms are stunning in their own way. Animator's Palate was our kids' favorite. Lots of audience participation and fun. All of the food, drinks, (coffee, adult beverages), and desserts were delicious and high quality. This will not be our last cruise with Disney. Complete organization from the check in process, the kids' clubs, pool activities, firework shows... the list goes on and on. The ship stopped 1 day in Nassau Bahamas (the excursion we booked was disappointing, not at the fault of Disney) and 1 day in Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay is just beautiful, there is a lunch bbq on the beach, lots of water sports, bike rentals, and so much more. It's hard to capture all of the greatness in 1 review, but these are just some of the highlights. We had bad weather a few of the days, and while the crew could not control mother nature, they did a great job of controlling the service and quality. Great family vacation, something for everyone on the Disney Magic. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
We, DB(45) TB(50) EB(16), took a 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream. We were skeptical on how great of a vacation it would be considering it was spring break, our family usually gets sea sick, and our daughter was going to have no one she ... Read More
We, DB(45) TB(50) EB(16), took a 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream. We were skeptical on how great of a vacation it would be considering it was spring break, our family usually gets sea sick, and our daughter was going to have no one she knew to hang out with. Despite that fact she was the most excited out of all of us to go on the cruise. She spent hours on the website memorizing the floor plans and "pre-ordering" her meals on the online menus. BOARDING THE SHIP: Disney has a very efficient check-in system. Being that at the time we were vacation club members, check-in took around 5 minutes. However the line for regular cruisers is never too long due to the surplus of workers. At check-in they take each individuals picture before giving the individual their stateroom key. So later when you pay for something using your key a picture pops up on the screen to prevent "identity theft". Also in the terminal you can register your children for the clubs (younger kids only). Here they put a wristband on your child. It is actually a tracking device so that if anything happens to go wrong you can locate your child quickly. Your first steps on the boat truly are magical as the crew announces your family's name and applauds your arrival. ON BOARD DINING: The dining for me was good but not great. I am not a picky eater so I enjoyed what I ate but I only found one dish that I constantly crave, even now months after my cruise. There are two dinner rotations, early around 6 and late around 8. We had early dining which proved to be better for us. The first dining rotation has to have everyone seated, fed, and out of the restaurant in a matter on an hour and a half to set up for the second rotation. This was great for our daughter because she wanted to eat and leave to go back to the teen club. The second rotation tended to last around two hours. CABIN: We had a deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah and it was perfect for us. The bathroom was separated into two, one with toilet and sink, the other with shower and sink. So while my husband showered before dinner, my daughter could get ready in the other bathroom. This was very nice for us. There was plenty of room to store our luggage and clothes, we found the cabin quite cozy. Although my daughter is 16 she wanted to sleep in the bed that came out of the ceiling instead of on the pull out couch. Our room-keeper gladly pulled the bed down every night while we were at dinner to accommodate our needs. **One nice touch was that there were no light switches. Your stateroom key served as your switch. After you use it to open the door you slide it into a holder right inside and the lights turn on. When you leave and take your key out the lights go off to conserve energy. GREAT IDEA! **WAVE PHONES saved our vacation. I do not let my daughter wander around on the ship alone, better safe than sorry, so she was going to have to have us walk her to the teen club and we were going to have to pick her up. Very embarrassing to a child her age. The wave phones allowed us to call/text on the boat without having to use our own & pay international fees. This was great and made the vacation soooo much better. ENTERTAINMENT: While my husband and I are not big into night life our daughter had the time of her life on the cruise. The teen club has the best counselors, my daughter tended to talk to them more than the actual teens. They maintain a calm environment while still keeping the club fun and parent free. You have to have a special access card to get into the club which the kids get on the first day. This really keeps the club parent & little sibling free. They also have their own pool deck on the bow of the boat. With misters, pools, lounge chairs, and more. The club is where she spent 90% of her time on board, the other 10% was eating and sleeping. ***AQUADUCK was fantastic!!! SERVICE: Without a doubt hands down the best service ever. The room-keepers never missed a beat and the dining team was stellar. I could go on and on about the Disney service but I will keep it at a solid 10 stars. Every employee, whether server, deck crew, or cashier, always gave a smile and a "may I help you?" The Disney employees without a doubt are the top in the world for customer service. SPA: Great in every way. There even was a teen spa for my daughter to go to and get chocolate wraps and massages. We spent lots of time here. DISNEY'S PRIVATE ISLAND: PERFECT. CRUISE TIP: We did not get off at any of the ports of call. We prefer to do things on the boat rather than rush to get off the boat, rush to have fun at the destination, and rush back before the boat leaves. Its stressful and we don't like to deal with it. Read Less
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