Sail Date: March 2019
We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and ... Read More
We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and was surprised at all the negative ones. I really think some of the negative reviews are coming from people who are used to other cruise lines and don't do Disney parks. For those not used to having to get to things early and wait in order to get good seats or see characters (much like rope drop at the parks), this cruise is going to seem super stressful. For those of us who are park pros, it's just another Disney day! I saw a lot of bad reviews of the food, but we found the food to be quite good every night! They are serving 3000 people, so I didn't expect five-star dining.... but truly, it was delicious! My 15-year-old son had one meal he claimed was the best thing he had ever eaten. Cabanas was a pretty typical buffet, but we all enjoyed it. The kids of course all loved the soft-serve ice cream on demand. We had adjoining staterooms and it was great. Having the verandah was completely worth the little bit extra we paid for it! We hung up as much as we could to save drawer space. I would suggest bringing a hanging bag for your toiletries. That helped a ton in the small bathroom. The shower//tub is VERY small and I spent much of the cruise pondering how 6-foot-tall men deal with it. Every employee we encountered seemed happy and were very polite and helpful. Our servers, Radu and Juan were wonderful, as was our stateroom host, Goodluck. We tipped them all extra. We did not tip the head waiter extra above the standard tip just because we only saw him a couple of times. The shows were amazing. Believe and Beauty and the Beast wowed our three boys! We missed the Golden Mickeys the first night because we were all exhausted. Spent the rest of the cruise regretting that decision because everyone raved about it. The pool was as expected. Small and crowded. We had been warned and we know pools are cruise ships are notoriously small. The kids rode the Aquaduck a couple times right when we boarded and several times on Nassau day since we did not leave the ship that day. They enjoyed it! Castaway Cay was amazing and lived up to every expectation and everything we had heard about it. LOVED the constant hand wipe distribution at the restaurants and buffets. The ship was immaculately clean. We discovered trivia on Day 3 and had such a blast. We wished we had hit those earlier! Here are our criticisms: 1) We bought the popcorn buckets after the second night because our kids always wanted popcorn. But seriously. The popcorn should NOT be extra for as much as you're paying for this cruise. 2) The food at Castaway Cay was by far the worst food we had the entire trip. It was definitely not up to par. 3) The age range for The Oceannear's Club it WAY too big. Our almost 9-year-old and 11-year-old were both bored and never went back after the first day. They said there were lines for everything. I feel like they need like a 3-6 and then maybe 7-11 grouping? Our 15-year-old enjoyed the little bit of time he spent at Edge, which wasn't a ton. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Can not say enough good things about this experience...only con it was short. Next time definitely wanna do more nights. Disney does vacation well. We felt the service was off the charts. Placed a deposit for another cruise...got some very ... Read More
Can not say enough good things about this experience...only con it was short. Next time definitely wanna do more nights. Disney does vacation well. We felt the service was off the charts. Placed a deposit for another cruise...got some very good perks for doing this. My kids loved this trip. The food was amazing especially for vegetarians...I had so many options it was hard to choose. Castaway Cay was the best. The day was fun and relaxing. The pools do get a little crowded but we never had a problem getting a spot. I would recommend bringing something to entertain the children at the Port while waiting to board..also a snack. Everyone on the ship is super helpful so no need to stress about not knowing where to be. The kids team was great and really made my shy children feel welcome. There is so much to do on board. I recommend taking the time to do the mid ship detective agency all three of my kids loved it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this 4-day Disney Bahamian cruise for a short winter getaway with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, who is almost 2 years old. We had cruised by ourselves or with friends before on Holland America and Oceania but this was our ... Read More
We chose this 4-day Disney Bahamian cruise for a short winter getaway with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, who is almost 2 years old. We had cruised by ourselves or with friends before on Holland America and Oceania but this was our first kid-focused cruise and first cruise with Disney. There were many positives: 1) Embarkation and disembarkation were both very smooth processes - we took the Disney Cruise transfer from our resort to Port Canaveral. With stops to pick up guests at 2 other resorts, it took us just over an hour to get from our resort to the port. The transfers were very well organized. Once we got to the port, it took us no more than 15-20 minutes to register and get on board. For disembarkation, Disney provided a nice, early (6:45 am) sit down breakfast at one of the main dining rooms, where we were served by our regular waiters. That was a nice touch. The transfer to the airport was very good. 2) Ship itself is beautiful. 3) Ship is very well maintained - given the focus on short cruises and large number of children on each cruise I expected the ship to look "well used". That wasn't the case at all. The ship was impeccable. 4) Our deluxe veranda stateroom was great - clean, everything worked, lots of storage space. We liked the 2 room bathroom set-up - toilet and sink in 1 room, sink and bath/shower in the other room very much. Our room steward was readily available for questions and kept the room in perfect shape. 5) The quality of the food was surprisingly quite good - I would say at least as good as on Holland America, although not at the Oceania level. We also ate once at the Italian speciality restaurant, Palo, which was excellent. 6) Activities - there are different streams for young children, teens, families and adults. There are tons of things to do on board, many at no extra charge. 7) Shows are excellent - excellent entertainment in general 8) Service - truly exceptional. Our waiters were fantastic with our little guy. Moreover, they were great in helping my wife with her dietary restrictions. Within a day or two it seemed that everyone on board knew our little guy's name and he was happily giving fist bumps, high fives and waves to various crew members. Bar staff, staff in stores, photographers - everyone we met provided excellent service. Bravo Disney!!! 9) Disney Magic (children) - our little guy loved the character meet and greets - the Disney characters are great with little kids, interact so well with them & take the time with each person to make them feel special. For example, while on Castaway Cay, seeing Pluto play in the sand with our grandson brought a big smile to my face. There were a lot of opportunities to meet the Disney characters on the ship. There are also Disney movies playing, the Disney shows, even Mickey shaped waffles and a special Haagen Daaz type Mickey ice cream sandwich for kids for dessert. 10) Disney Magic (adults) - Started from the moment when we got on board, when we were greeted by a number of crew members as we got on the ship and our family was "formally" introduced. That was a nice touch. We found there are many adult-only areas and activities when you want a break from the kids. Some of the things we saw really impressed me - for example, Pirates night (as opposed to formal nights on other cruise lines) was a lot of fun. I couldn't believe how seriously everyone took it - crew members, Disney characters and many, many passengers all dressed up in costumes. And our dinner at Animators Palate, which is one of the 3 rotational main dining rooms, was a terrific experience. The interaction with the Disney characters, in this case Crush, on the screen by our table, just totally blew me away. Wonderful!!! 11) Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, is lovely. There is a lot going on and a lot to do, if you are so inclined. It is nice that there are plenty of lounge chairs with umbrellas (free) so you don't have to pay for a clamshell to have some shade. 12) We took a couples massage at the adult beach, Serenity Bay, on Castaway Cay. That was a wonderful experience that I would highly recommend. 13) Dining (dinner) is at set times - either the main seating at 5:45 pm or the late seating at 8:15 pm. With our little guy, we really wanted the 5:45 pm seating. But we booked this cruise fairly late and so when we booked they could only give us the late seating. However, we asked to be put on the waiting list for the main seating. And when we reviewed our reservations a few days before boarding we saw that we had been switched to the main seating. Yay Disney! 14) Rotational dinners - we liked the idea of having dinners in 3 different main dining rooms, each with different themes' and that our waiters followed us to each of the different dining rooms. That was perfect for us. There were also a few things we didn't like as much: 1) Most importantly, the ship was very crowded. For major events, like the sailaway party and the Pirates night party, the open area on Deck 11 was just a mass of humanity. There were children everywhere - I know, this was a Disney Cruise, so what do you expect...? Still, there was a lot of activity and noise, with kids running down the corridors outside our stateroom and shouting at 11 pm, a zoo-like atmosphere at the 2 children/family swimming pools. There are 1250 staterooms on the Disney Dream so normally that would translate into 2500 passengers on the cruise, assuming 2 people per stateroom. However, in that this is a family cruise, there are often 3, 4 or even 5 people per stateroom, so the net result is over 4000 passengers on board. That is a lot of people for a ship of this size. 2) Kids are offered chocolate donuts 1st thing at breakfast, Mickey waffles, unlimited soft ice cream and sodas during the day (self serve), lots of cookies, cakes and other sweet desserts at buffets and meals (e.g. our Mickey Haagen Daaz type ice cream sandwiches). That might explain why there seemed to be some kids who were virtually bouncing off the walls. There were some healthy choices but they were kind of limited. 3) We didn't care for the buffet at Cookies on Castaway Cay. We found it very ordinary. 4) I also found that the buffet at Cabanas (on deck 11) did not have as much selection and was not as good, quality-wise, as buffets on other ships. All in all we had a great experience on the Disney Dream. We liked it so much we wanted to stay on for the following cruise but unfortunately it was fully booked. A four day cruise is very short. Given our great experience, we plan to book another Disney Cruise but next time will probably go with a longer cruise, if possible. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our 3rd Disney cruise. They cost more be we always end up going back because of the cleanliness, outstanding service and food. Well I guess it was 2 out of three this timew. The servers in restaurant and service overall was ... Read More
This was our 3rd Disney cruise. They cost more be we always end up going back because of the cleanliness, outstanding service and food. Well I guess it was 2 out of three this timew. The servers in restaurant and service overall was outstanding. The steward that cleaned our room was wonderful. The ship was clean and beautifully maintained. The food-to put it mildly was very disappointing. Paying top dollar and getting a steak that’s like leather and hungry man gravy. Pasta sauce that was literally like ketchup, cheese cake that was a sponge tasteless blob. Had a special allergy order on Castaway Cay barbecue and was Literally given 2 slivers of spare rib!!!! Come on!! How can u not expect a comment on this. I can say staff was outstanding with catering to food allergies, but my husband had no special orders and was just as dissapointed. It’s a shame how they have cheaped out on their food and on top of that it was cold several times. We have decided to try another cruise line and pay 40 percent less. . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We used to be BIG fans of Disney cruises. We just went on our 7th and were rather disappointed. The things that we loved, especially the kids club and character meetings, have been ruined. We took our first Disney Cruise on the Magic my ... Read More
We used to be BIG fans of Disney cruises. We just went on our 7th and were rather disappointed. The things that we loved, especially the kids club and character meetings, have been ruined. We took our first Disney Cruise on the Magic my youngest was 3. The Lil' Cruisers (ages 3-5) were in the Oceaneers Club. The Older kids, including my daughter, went to the Oceaneers Lab. It as perfect! Now, all children aged 3-12 are thrown together in a chaotic melee. Our 3 year old granddaughter hated it. She lasted an hour and when we returned to pick her up she was left alone in a chair with silent tears streaming down her cheeks. NOT the Disney I remember and certainly not the Disney my children remember. The characters used to roam the ship decks and Castaway Cay. Now, you endure long lines to get a picture. And gone are the days of turning in your autograph book to get missed signatures. Needless to say, our next Cruise may be Royal Caribbean, who now holds the #1 spot for kids club reviews. They still separate by age groups, so there may be something to that. I really hope that someone at Disney reads this. We were heartbroken by the negative changes. Fortunately, it was a short Cruise. I would've been really miffed had we invested in a weeklong Cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We got an amazing, last minute deal on this cruise and decided it would be a nice little, weekend get-away for just me and my wife. We had and absolutely wonderful time. the Disney Dream is an amazing ship. the Crew was incredible and ... Read More
We got an amazing, last minute deal on this cruise and decided it would be a nice little, weekend get-away for just me and my wife. We had and absolutely wonderful time. the Disney Dream is an amazing ship. the Crew was incredible and we had the time of our lives. And being able to get a quick glimpse of the Blood Moon was na added bonus. We booked a GTY-5C and got Cabin 8038, port-side forward. The room was great and large. and we had more than enough room for the two of us. Our Stateroom Host, Wayan, was amazing and made sure ore every need was met. We loved our veranda. we spent every morning sipping coffee and watching the world go by. Room service was great and made sure our coffee was delivered each morning, hot and on time. Cabanas is always great and we love the selections, especially for lunch. We think the spread is excellent with a great variety. we did visit Palo's twice (a lot for a 3 night cruise), once for Brunch on our Nassau port day, and once for dinner after a pretty good day at Castaway Cay. Brunch at Palo's is ALWAYS amazing....and MUST for everyone ever cruising on Disney. The food is absolutely amazing and well worth the extra money. We have the save server both trips to Palo's, Katia, was very attentive, and very sweet. She mad for a very exceptional experience. This was our first dinner at Palo's, and we loved every minute of it. The food was great the the setting was perfect. Sunset on the Dream during dinner made for a very special time. Our Server, Ivan, and assistant server, Bernard, at our rotational dining were also great. They were very attentive, and lots of fun. on the first night, brought out a birthday cake for me and sung me Happy Birthday. Even our head Server Rakesh got in on the act. It was a very pleasant surprise, and very un expected, but Disney seems to always go way above and beyond. This being our 10th Disney cruise, we didn't attend any of the shows or movies on board. we've seen most of the shows and really just wanted to spend quality time together. Nassau is old news, so we never get off the ship at the port. We were expecting bad weather for the Castaway Cay day, so we got off the Ship early and enjoyed a leisurely walk around the island before returning to the ship for another great lunch at Cabanas. then we hung out on our veranda and watch the rain come in and the number of passengers who managed to get caught in the rain before heading back to the ship. We can't blame Disney for the weather, and they went way out of their way to plan activities onboard the ship because of the weather. For us, bad weather days are still magical and fun. We love Disney and only wish this cruise was way way longer. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
If you like long line ups you will love the embarkation and disembarkation process for the Disney cruises. We have taken many cruises and our experience with Disney was the worst. The advantages of the cruise are the many activities ... Read More
If you like long line ups you will love the embarkation and disembarkation process for the Disney cruises. We have taken many cruises and our experience with Disney was the worst. The advantages of the cruise are the many activities for kids: water sports, beach activities, mini-golf, shows, music etc. Also, the staff are very good with children. But the negatives are substantial. The ship was very crowded and line-ups were common for many activities. Because of the number of people the ship was noisy and somewhat chaotic. Also, the dining was a problem. The only dining time that we could get was 8:15----far too late for small children. On the first 3 nights there were at least other options. But on the last night we were told that the staff had to clean the ship for the next group of people----interesting that the ship is being run for their convenience not the passengers---so the only other option was a hamburger place or a limited room service menu. The food was mediocre and I had stomach problems while on the ship, which miraculously disappeared when we got home. Would not recommend Disney Cruises Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We had chosen this cruise because our son loves Mickey and the characters. All I can say is they go above and beyond. We chose the shorter trip because my wife has major motion sickness (she took a patch). Everything was so clean, ... Read More
We had chosen this cruise because our son loves Mickey and the characters. All I can say is they go above and beyond. We chose the shorter trip because my wife has major motion sickness (she took a patch). Everything was so clean, events were well organized, so much to do, food was very good for all ages. There was a hiccup our first night dining as we were the late group. The second night and on we were Wow'd. Then they seated us in our private table and wow, the staff was so good. One of the best staff's I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. Very interactive with our son and us and you can tell they were in sync as a team. They knew how, what, and when we liked in our orders to a T. We expected good service and received the best, as in the gourmet restaurants we had been to. The staff was excellent, they personalized everything, Bahama excursion to Atlantis is a must. 99% of the trip you had barely noticed that you were on the ship, moving. Bahama excursion was well laid out and organized. We were able to enjoy the aquarium, beaches, casino (no), and food that was located there. Food and beverage to purchase but wow, you can spend a whole day there. We felt safe and secure as the staff at Atlantis welcomed you also. Pirates theme night was awesome as my son enjoyed the live shows, movies while he swam, and of course the all you can eat ice cream (he took advantage of that). If you have younger children, it is a must for Oceanaire's club. We were kind of wary to let him go by himself at first..but boy..it was pulling teeth to get him to come out. He always wanted to go back. He loved Star Wars, how to draw, and Toy Story theme areas. He made many friends there. Disney Castaway..what can you say. Bring your snorkel gear, find hidden treasures, swim, sunbathe, and enjoy such a relaxing time. Food is good. My son loved it. "Best time of his life." Cabin was nice, ok in size. We did a Veranda...we had spent only 10 minutes using it. Probably will skip out next time as we had spent 99% of our time exploring, in the pool, activities, and eating. You will almost never be in your room. We are not big cruise folks, we prefer hotels and site seeing but wow, we will definitely go back. We may go again this year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I purchase a DisneyDream cruise December 28-31, 2018. It was a 3 days cruise. Our party had 2 children and 3 adults. All of us were expecting to have an enjoyable relaxing time. Oh, how wrong we were. Lets start with an ... Read More
I purchase a DisneyDream cruise December 28-31, 2018. It was a 3 days cruise. Our party had 2 children and 3 adults. All of us were expecting to have an enjoyable relaxing time. Oh, how wrong we were. Lets start with an entry to the ship. No one in the world told us that our cabins will be available at about 1:30-2:00 o'clock. We were scheduled to enter the ship at 12:00-12:15. Our suitcases were taken from us as we arrived to the ship. Since our cabins weren't available, we started exploring the ship. On 11th floor we found pools with some people swimming there. We could swim and enjoy time and sun while waiting. For us it wasn't so. We had no swimsuits with us. Since we had no access to our suitcases we couldn't enjoy that time and were bored till about 2 PM to get to our cabins. It is a long time specially for kids to stand and look at people who were aware about the situation and were prepared for it. It upset all of us. Food: I never ever tasted such untasted meals. I took several cruises and this cruise was most expensive and had most tasteless food I ever had. You can tolerate breakfast and lunch because it has a buffet, but not dinner. It seems to me it was prepared food, warmed up and given to us. I am wandering what ready food company this cruise was using, but there are certainly could be found tastier prepared food. We were hungry. On Bahamas, after paying for the cruise so much money we all went to the restaurant to have something in our stomachs. Oh, this is shameful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Entertainment: There was a schedule for characters to appear to be with kids, however all those scheduled characters were there to take a picture. No actually fun with kids. I expected that there would be a day to be scheduled for a tea party with princesses. Nope. I thought maybe, just maybe, I am missing some fun. Nope. All went according to the schedule and there was no schedule to have fun time with kids. Just some characters were walking, Peter Pan was hopping. No talking to/with kids, no song singing with kids. Just pictures, pictures and more pictures. My kids were registered to attend kids club. They went there once. My 8 years old wanted to get out of that place almost immediately. The 7 year old stayed, but was unhappy there. But they had fun playing in the pool, watching shows and movies (it was really good). For the money I payed it actually a real rip off and disgusting. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My mother and father recently retired and both wanted to try a short cruise. I also have a 3 year old daughter who lives Minnie Mouse. I thought a Disney Cruise would be the perfect fit for all of us. I've been to Disney world in the ... Read More
My mother and father recently retired and both wanted to try a short cruise. I also have a 3 year old daughter who lives Minnie Mouse. I thought a Disney Cruise would be the perfect fit for all of us. I've been to Disney world in the past and thought it was wonderful and had heard amazing things about the cruise so I decided to book it for Christmas. Turns out this was the biggest mistake I've ever made. The staff that deals with boarding and disembarking the ship are rude and very unhelpful. The cruise itself was extremely overcrowded. You are shoulder to shoulder with people whenever traveling outside of your stateroom. There are no random character meetings as I was led to believe. For any character you want to see you have to stand in a line for upwards of 30 minutes, which is no fun for a 3 year old. I bought the picture package but then was told that I had to hunt down the photographers and that there was no guarantee they would be there at any of the character meetings, or dinners, or shows and that I should also be prepared to take my own pictures just in case. Needless to say after checking my portfolio on day 2 and having zero pictures in it I cancelled the package. The dining rooms are extremely boring for kids. There is no entertainment and the service is so slow every night that the 5:45 seating doesn't finish until 8:00 which leaves you rushing right to the shows. The shows are the only good thing, but get there early because the theater fills up and lines start forming well in advance. The food is also cold and disgusting. The kids club does have many activities, however the kids can only do them if parents leave them there. I was hoping to do that and have no some adult time, however the one time I left my daughter she came out with a huge bruise on her foot which they did not say anything about and couldn't answer to when I asked. The second time I attempted to drop her off I saw little children taking thick plastic buckets and pulling them all the way down over their faces which is clearly a suffocating hazzard. The staff there was just standing around talking to each other and ignoring what the kids were doing. Only when I yelled out to them that it was a danger did they tell the kids to take them off their heads. Needless to say I did not leave my daughter in their care. Read Less
Disney Dream Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 2.0 0.0

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