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  1. Mom and I are cruising in January. She requires a HC cabin. I have booked a 3 day then a 4 day. I was able to get the same room for both sailings. I’m assuming we will be able to leave our stuff in the cabin. Question- will we have to disembark and go through the check in process again? Thanks in advance. Been a few years since we sailed Disney.
  2. willowvacay

    Disney Dream Live Review

    My wife typically does the reviews but I decided to take over the review for this cruise. We are a family of three traveling with two families of four. This is our first Disney Cruise. We have been on 10 other cruises (NCL, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival). We have liked the other cruise lines with NCL being our favorite for a variety of reasons including: My time dining, The Haven, and other “freestyle cruising” options. We are curious to see how Disney compares. When we left our home in North Central WV it was 18 degrees, needles to say we were excited to get to Orlando to enjoy some warmer weather. Prior to the cruise we stayed at the Four Seasons Resort on the Disney property. We enjoyed the resort. The service was excellent and the pool area was one of the best I have seen at any hotel property. This morning, the 11 of us loaded up in a large van at the hotel and were dropped off at the cruise terminal after about an hour ride. The cruise terminal was not busy this morning. At the time only The Dream and one other ship were in port. Soon after we got here the NCL Gem docked next to us. It was a prettey efficient drop off process, the porters quickly took our bags and we were off to the line to go through the metal detectors. This line was pretty long, however, a cruise line employee came up to our group and said, “how would you like to go to a shorter line?” I was worried it would be some type of trick, but she was right. There was no line on the other side of the building. We quickly went through the metal detectors and then we on to get our ship cards. As soon as we got our ship cards it was time for us to board. It was a quick and easy boarding process. The exact opposite of what we experienced going out of NYC on the escape earlier this year. There is a cool ship model in the terminal where you can get a picture with Mickey. We elected to skip this so we could go ahead and get on the ship. Overall Check-in experience on a scale of 1-10: I would give it a 9. It was quick, efficient, the employees were friendly, and the large ship model was really cool.
  3. MistyRo76

    Dream Cabin Selection

    Looking at booking our first Disney cruise in 2020! I've only ever cruised Carnival, but wanted our daughter to have the Disney experience at least once! She will be 5 (almost 6) when we take this cruise. We are looking at 3 or 4 day cruises on the Dream out of Port Canaveral as we plan on also spending a few days at the parks in Orlando. We typically book balcony cruises on Carnival. So far what I see of the pricing is that on Disney the difference between booking interior or verandah is only a few hundred dollars total. One of the cruises I am looking at the all in price for the three of us is $2963 for Interior vs. $3209 for a verandah. That makes it a no brainer in my opinion...we definitely want the verandah! Any specific locations on the ship we should avoid? I'm perusing over the deck plans now, but any guidance you all have would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  4. We just did the 3 day Halloween on the High Seas Cruise. Short and sweet. It was a great cruise and very fun for our child. I do have a couple of logistics issues to address with DCL but not complaints. 1. Please have the Halloween party and trick or treating on deck 3. Its so hot outside at 4:30pm people in costumes are roasting on the pool deck. Maybe utilize the D Lounge for the party or the main theater? Or better yet have the Halloween party at 10 pm on Saturday night and move Pirate night to Sunday. Dont schedule both for the same night. Over all the food was good. Animators Palate is still the weak link of the 3 with terrible food choices and quality. We took a suggestion on this board to go to Cabanas that night and it was much better. 3rd night we did Palo and it was amazing as usual. The staff was very good and friendly and entertainment was the usual Disney shows. Ship and staterooms were clean as expected. There were the typical obnoxious few drunks on the ship but they were easily avoided. We had a great time but will probably not return on Halloween Cruises in the future unless they make some changes as I mentioned. above.
  5. I am feeling bad since I have a terrible conscious! In 2014 and 2015 I went within three months before and after Christmas on DISNEY DREAM. And I need four years to complete the English translation of my blog. In German, I shared my experience already right after my sailings, but it took a while to have it now available for my international friends. Sorry. The Disney experience was a different one so far compared to the other major cruise lines. Believing again in Santa Claus and trusting again to your strengths were parts you are taking home from this cruise. It was outstanding and thanks to all our friends like Thomas, Bertram, Constantin, Marven, Shirlon and many many others who made these two cruises so special. And all my international friends should know that it is worth to spend the extra money, a Disney Cruise costs. You get much more than only a cruise. I came with my parents and even they were already in the late 70s it was great to see how the flourish on this cruise and giving them the feeling to be young again. Maybe it was because Disney is not a cruise company but an entertainment company which runs some cruise ships accidentally. I have never seen better shows before on any other cruise ships. I have never been infected by the sound of music of a group like Enharmoniq who did 2 years-old dancing with 80 years-old together and having fun. Thanks to Carlos, Aileen, and Jenna for delivering so much joy. In the next postings, you find the links to daily chapters of my blog. Thanks again to everybody on board for providing such a high performance. The 2014 voyage before Christmas Day 0 = enroute from QUANTUM OF THE SEAS (Maiden Voyage Southampton, England - Bayonne, NJ) = pre-cruise to Port Canaveral, FL https://heinbloed-minis.blogspot.com/2014/11/tagday-0-vor-derbefore-disney-dream-in.html Day 1 in Port Canaveral, FL (Day of Embarkation) https://heinbloed-minis.blogspot.com/2014/11/tagday-1-auf-deron-disney-dream-in-port.html Day 2 in Nassau, Bahamas https://heinbloed-minis.blogspot.com/2014/11/tagday-2-auf-deron-disney-dream-in.html Day 3 in Castaway Cay, Bahamas https://heinbloed-minis.blogspot.com/2014/11/tagday-3-auf-deron-disney-dream-on.html Day 4 in Port Canaveral, FL and heading for QUEEN MARY 2 out of New York, NY for going back to Europe https://heinbloed-minis.blogspot.com/2014/11/tagday-4-auf-deron-disney-dream-in-port.html In two months after New Year, I will be back again on DISNEY DREAM.
  6. I'm getting ready to reschedule our spring break trip for 2020, and we have two options that could work. There is the 4 night Disney Dream cruise out of Port Canaveral. We can pad it out with a couple days before and after at the parks. That was what we had originally planned before we had to scuttle our spring break 2019 plans. The 5 night Disney Magic cruise out of Miami caught my eye when it was announced. It too would fit our schedule, and Cozumel sounds much more interesting than Nassau, plus we'd get two sea days. The down side is an extra two hours to drive to the parks from Miami after the cruise, and only having three days at the parks afterwards. This is our first cruise, so I don't know whether the boat should make a difference or not. I suspect that it'll be easier to get Palo brunch reservations with 2 sea days on the Magic, though. We have 2 kids that will be 13 and 10 (almost 11). Thoughts?
  7. Hi - my experience with RCL and Princess is that the formal night on 3-day cruises is not as formal as on longer cruises, meaning I felt comfortable wearing a cocktail dress or dressy pantsuit instead of a more formal long gown. Will this hold true on the Dream?
  8. Sunkissed Mommy

    Dream- Halloween Cruise- Shows

    We are sailing on one of the first Halloween on the High Seas cruises for 2018. I noticed, based on past HoHS cruises that they drop one of the shows and do a Halloween thing in the theater. Beauty and the Beast wasn't onboard last year. Do you think they'll still have Beauty and the Beast during a HoHS cruise? Which show would they likely drop? Crossing my fingers they don't drop Beauty and the Beast!
  9. Hi everyone! I have been following the Disney thread here on Cruise Critic for nearly 3 years now and figured it might be my turn to share my family's experience on DCL. We were on the October 23rd sailing out of Port Canaveral on one of the few double-dip itineraries. I've been wanting to write this review for awhile now, but with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas right on the heels of this trip, it's been too much of a whirlwind. Hopefully folks who are not yet convinced about going on one of the "Halloween on the High Seas" sailings will find some useful information here. First, about my family. My wife and I have three kids - DS (9), DS (6), and DD (3). We had never been on a cruise before, and honestly, had never seriously considered going on one. I guess it took us awhile to come around to the idea that the cruise ship could be a vacation in its own right, and it wasn't just a 'floating hotel'. We have been to WDW more than a dozen times, and had recently (in the past 5 years) started staying at a WDW resort when we visited. We had gotten good at renting a timeshare and thought it was silly to pay so much more and get less space, etc. Our first "Magic Your Way" package quickly proved us wrong! We LOVED the Free Dining promotion that Disney ran for a few years. If it wasn't for that, we probably wouldn't have ever tried staying on-property or experienced all of the restaurants that we now love at the parks. We like to stay at the moderate resorts, but with 5 of us now, that means getting two rooms. In fact, an argument FOR DCL's prices that I have yet to see brought up here on the Cruise Critic boards is the comparison/competition point. For us, DCL isn't competing with other cruise lines - they're competing with their own prices at WDW. A vacation package comparison was what first got me looking at a DCL cruise: when I price out a moderate resort, meals, and park tickets for the five of us (DD now is a 'real' person and 'counts'), going on a 4- or 5- night DCL cruise starts to look not only realistic, but a smarter alternative! You can see by my join date that I joined in June of 2012. That's when I booked our 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy for a mid-December 2013 sailing. At 18 months out, it was a great price and I started dreaming. I would go on these message boards every day or two and (pardon the pun) fantasize! We ended up having to push our sail date back 10 months, and in doing so, secured two Cat 8B deluxe family oceanview rooms for cheaper than a 5-day package at a WDW value resort! The 2nd room option was only about $300 more than having all five of us in one room. Score! In Spring 2013 when we made the booking change, there wasn't any formalized "Halloween on the High Seas", but it was known that Disney did special things around Halloween on the ships. You can imagine how exciting it was to get the announcement that DCL would be going all out for Halloween in 2014! Enough back story for now. I'll share some pictures leading up to our embarkation. Here's four of us - I'm usually the guy with the camera, so I'll show up eventually. Disney Dream Cruise 2014 042 by davidmbfonz, on Flickr Since we live in Georgia, we drove to Port Canaveral. It took us about 7 hours to get there and checked-into the hotel. We stayed at the Best Western in Cocoa Beach, right near the pier. Disney Dream Cruise 2014 1397 by davidmbfonz, on Flickr We were upgraded to a family suite (not a busy time of year), and this is the near-oceanfront view we enjoyed: Disney Dream Cruise 2014 1378 by davidmbfonz, on Flickr Here's the view out the front of the suite - I call this the 'before' picture, because there would be a very magical addition to the frame the following morning! Disney Dream Cruise 2014 1413 by davidmbfonz, on Flickr My youngest two on the balcony - I don't think any of us fully appreciate the full excitement that was ahead for us! Disney Dream Cruise 2014 1456 by davidmbfonz, on Flickr Very early the next morning (I had been tracking the arrival of the Dream up the Florida coast since the night before). Disney Dream Cruise 2014 1439 by davidmbfonz, on Flickr
  10. Our first Cruise on Disney. Family of 12 in celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Looking for lots of info on how to have a good time and the 'tricks' of a Disney cruise on the Dream. We have 4 ocean view family cabins reserved on Deck 7. Our grandchildren (female 19, & males 16,10 & 6) will need companions of similar age to enjoy the cruise with. We are from Arizona, Utah, Arkansas & New York.
  11. hi I’m cruising the end of August on the dream...4 night cruise...just wondering which WiFi package I should get to stay in touch perhaps 4 or 5 messages per day ..so it would be 3 1/2 days ...since Monday we sail away around 5 and Friday I’m off the boat . Usually I purchase 100 minutes for a 7 day cruise. I do realize the cabin gets 50 mb free on the first day but im sharing a cabin Thanks
  12. We are thinking of doing a land/sea vacation next spring, and are looking at a 3 day on the Dream next May. Would prefer the 3 day sailing over 4 day sailing to avoid the theme parks on the weekend. Would love to hear your thoughts about a 3 day sailing, is it to short and just a waste of money? This would be our first time on Disney. Have sailed RCCL, NCL and Celebrity in the past. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. I just booked the Disney Dream for the end of August. Obviously, all the princess gatherings and Frozen meet and greets are sold out. Just was wondering what my chances are (if any) to get tickets once onboard the ship? Also, the Royal Tea is sold out... any chance of purchasing tickets for that once onboard? Any info would be greatly appreciated! TIA
  14. Since there are very few actual reviews in the Disney area I thought I would post a quick one from our recent cruise on the Disney Dream 5-day to Nassau. This was a family cruise with a total of 14 of us including an infant, married millennials, single millenials, parents and grandparents. We always take advantage of Disney's travel services for flights, bus to the port, etc. The best perk is your bags, once checked at the airport, go directly to your room on the ship. The flight, bus transfer to port and check-in was smooth and we were in our cabin by 1:30pm with all bags accounted for. The disembarking was just as smooth....bags put out the night before are checked thru to your final destination so all you need to do is get up, have breakfast, get off the ship and go thru customs hop on a bus and off to the airport....this also went smoothly. This was our third Disney cruise, the other two were on the Fantasy (Dreams sister ship). We tried booking the Fantasy again but the ship was full on the dates we wanted so we settled on the Dream with the shorter itinerary. The itinerary for the short 5-day is Castaway Cay/Nassau/Castaway Cay/Sea Day.....While Castaway Cay (Disney's private island) is fun and has lots to do I would have preferred another separate stop (Key West?) rather than a second day there but the weather was great the entire cruise so not much to complain about! Nassau is also not a great port but we decided to do the day at Atlantis. Since there is only one sea day we spent the majority of the time off ship.....some folks choose to stay on the ship during these ports to take advantage of the empty ship....no crowds in the pool, lines for the slides or issues getting prime seating....During the sea day things can be a bit crowded but we always seem to find good chairs, etc. The Dream and the Fantasy are basically the same ship with a few minor differences. We found both ships to be very clean, well maintained and the service on both were very good to excellent in all of the areas (dining room, bars, etc.) Disney does the rotational dining thru three main restaurants with your wait staff moving with you each night. The food is definitely not 5-star but we found it to be very good as far as cruise ships go. There are plenty of places to get food during the day from sit down service, buffets and other walk-up sandwich and pizza options. Plenty of bars and drink services to meet your alcohol needs. There is a separate adult area and pool. Disney movies are played continuously on a large screen near the two main pools. The pools are small and can get crowded but just fine for a quick dip to cool off on a hot day. Disney also has a kiddie waterslide as well as their main Aquaduck ride that is pretty good. I had read a lot of reviews about the day at Atlantis in Nassau and was somewhat weary about booking this for my family of six.....many complained about the lines, crowds, etc, and for the cost of $1,000 just to get in I thought this could be a total bust. We opted to go directly thru Atlantis for the passes (a few dollars cheaper than Disney) but we were responsible for the cab back and forth ($30 each way so the overall savings was minimal. We were off the ship at 8:30am and a quick and easy cab ride (it's literally a few miles away from the port) over to the resort....a short wait in line to check-in and we were in the resort by 9:30am. The resort is big, beautiful and very clean...we went thru the aquarium (a must see!) and easily found chairs by the main pool. We got a locker for our valuables and proceeded to take advantage of the numerous slides and rides...lines were not an issue and the rides were pretty intense! My fears of overcrowding were quickly dismissed as we found the place to be a total blast (my kids are 10 thru 28) The food and drinks can be a bit pricy as well...$120 for burgers and fries for six! drinks ranged from $10+ for beers and $12+ for mixed drinks....not far off what you would pay on board the ship. Overall the food was very good, drinks as well and the service and friendliness of the Atlantis staff was a pleasant surprise. I would not want to spend a week here but highly recommend the day pass if the prices don't scare you off. The shows are total Disney and are pretty good...this being our third cruise we opted to catch a first-run movie (Incredibles 2) and skipped a few to just chill out. Didn't use the Spa but they have a decent gym that never got too crowded. This is Disney so no casino and the nightlife pretty much ends at midnight. We did not use the Kids Club since our 10 year old wanted to hang with us and play shuffle board, Goofy golf and basketball. My niece used the infant care for dinner each night and said they were very good. We don't typically use the specialty restaurants since we are fine with the MDR (we prefer the early seating at 5:45pm since it works best with the shows scheduled at 8:30pm) I have heard pretty favorable reviews of the two specialty restaurants (Palo & Remy) just remember to book well in advance of your cruise. Overall this cruise was very enjoyable....the weather was great so that is a key factor on any cruise. I really enjoy the Disney cruises but we have also cruised a number of times on both Royal and Carnival and quite frankly we really enjoyed them too. While Disney does Disney very well and service is their hallmark their cruises usually cost about 2X other lines.....that's a pretty big up charge that you will have to wrestle with when booking/comparing cruises. As I sit here sifting thru the room charges from the cruise it's a hard pill to swallow but we had a blast and I'm sure we'll do it again! Hope this review helps you out as you look to book your next cruise.
  15. helping my cousin with their first cruise, they selected the Disney Dream 4-day cruise. I am not familiar with Disney cruises and thought I'd come right to the experts. There is a group of 6 adults and 12 kids. They have book 3 outside cabins on Deck 2 mid ship. Two of the adults and 2 kids are driving to Orlando from New England as one of the adults won't fly, the rest are flying in on either Saturday or Sunday. Here is the first question, transporting the ones flying into Orlando airport to a hotel at Port Canaveral, looks like booking with Contrans will save some money assuming they will drop the, at a hotel of their choice and then pick them up at the pier and take them back to the airport at cruise end, would that be their best bet? What hotel would you suggest for children under the age of 7 that has maybe a nice pool, free breakfast and within walking distance of a restaurant? Also what shouldn't they miss on this wonderful ship? I appreciate any help you can give me for my cousin...
  16. Hi - first time DCL cruiser after years of RCCL cruising. I’ve read several posts about the DCL ships having queen beds that do not convert to twin beds, but these all seem dated, as in pre-2015. I’ve read other descriptions on some sites that say these queens do split into two twins and I can’t tell if this is newer information or not. Can anyone tell me how it is now on the Dream? We have 5D category, would prefer two twins; just me and my adult daughter traveling.
  17. islandtime87

    Disney Dream Cruise Review

    Reviewing a past Disney Dream Cruise
  18. Do all of the Concierge Family Verandah rooms only have a sleeper sofa as the option for kids sharing the room with parents? No Murphy beds or other way for kids to each have their own beds? And do the rooms on the "hump" have extended balconies? (such as Fantasy 12008 and 12010)
  19. byanks7

    Just off the Dream

    We returned Friday morning from the 4 night Dream cruise. It was a fantastic cruise. If i can answer any questions, ill be happy to. It was our second time on the Dream and it was better than the first.The difference was the water in the Bahamas was warmer than in December for the first cruise and we were able to swim and snorkel comfortably. It was risky going during hurricane season, but it all worked out.
  20. T0319sc

    Dream Excursions

    Hi, this is first time we will be on a Disney cruise. We sail January 13th. Is it best to book the excursions before sailing or once you get on the ship? I also wanted to know will the weather be warm enough to do water excursions?
  21. I was on the Carnival Victory docked in Nassau on the 24th and 25th. The Dream was pulled up beside us on the Morning of the 25th. We left about 5pm on the 25th and as we were leaving there were people on the balconies on the Dream. I got a good picture of 4 people, 3 women and a man. All were dressed in white white pants. An older woman had dark hair and was waving, she had on a black and red print blouse. Two blonde women, one wearing light blue stripped top. Another greyish blonde woman wearing a white top and the man was wearing a white top. If this was you I would like to email you the photo.
  22. Ok I'm a bit OCD so I constantly check prices on my booking and saw that prices dropped on the aft extended view verandah and the difference btwn my inside and the aft verandah is $100... should I jump on it ? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  23. Traveling with the kiddo, who will spend a great deal of time in the oceaneers club, so this time will finally have time at the spa for myself. Any tips and tricks for treatments, best deals, best times etc etc will be much appreciated !!! TIA Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  24. Wgetaway

    Disney dream

    Can i share a video i made of my stateroom here somewhere?
  25. This Friday, Jan. 22, we leave for our first cruise out of Port Canaveral (3-night Bahamas cruise) and the forecast shows rain almost the whole trip, especially on Friday :( I am trying to stay positive, but are there any tips that anyone may offer on how to still have fun even if it is raining. We were going to go to the Melia Resort in Nassau, but won't do that due to the weather (don't want to pay for that and then end up not staying due to rain), but then I see that others have had it where they weren't even able to dock at Castaway Cay. Any suggestions for what to bring and/or what Disney does when it rains during the cruise? We've been looking forward to this for a year and I'm getting sad at the thought of our sunny family vacation being rained on (my kids are 8 at 4).
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