Disney Dream Review

For Spring Break, we took our first-ever cruise on Disney’s new ship, The Disney Dream.  I have so much to tell you, but I’m also looking forward to getting back in the kitchen so I’ll try to keep it brief.  If you’ve never taken a cruise and want some info or if you’re a seasoned cruiser who just wants to weigh in or share some tips, read on and please comment! I already miss The Dream.

Disney Dream

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve boating, but the idea of taking a cruise never appealed to me until about 2 years ago when I realized that cruising would be a good way to preview places before taking a ground-based vacations. For instance, I could get a quick taste of Norway, Denmark and Finland or St. Thomas, St. Maarten and St. John before committing to a week-long trip. Plus I’m at age where I appreciate the idea of “all-inclusiveness” and what better way to experience that then on a cruise?

But I didn’t know anything about cruising. Nothing. So I reached out for advice from some of my favorite sources. Among them, friends and Cruise Critic, where I found information on all cruise lines to help me narrow down my choices to what I thought would be the best “first cruise” experience.  The decision was  a 3 night trip on Disney’s new big ship. I figured that would be enough time to find out if motion sickness would be an issue, whether or not I could deal with the crowds, and if the food was as spectacularly mediocre as I’d imagined.

We booked months in advance, made arrangements to fly to Orlando, spend a day at Universal seeing the Harry Potter Islands of Adventure, then drive to Port Canaveral the next day. If you’re dealing with the logistics, here’s a tip. You can pick up a Hertz car at the airport or some hotels (Loews Royal Pacific Hotel has one on-site), drop it off at the Hertz office by the port, then pick it up a new car to drive back after your cruise. With a Costco discount, this was MUCH cheaper than using a driver, and we didn’t have to worry about paying for parking.

Seeing the boat for the first time was pretty exciting, though I admit my heart jumps a little bit every time I see any big ship. Cruise ships, though, are the most breathtaking and Disney’s ships maybe moreso. As silly as it sounds, when you’re out on the open seas, it’s kind of a nice feeling to be on a handsome ship.

Disney Dream

Yikes, I already feel like I’m going on and on too much. If you have questions about cruising or are planning one, feel free to shoot me an email or ask me here in the comment section. I’m just going to move right along to the pictures so I can get downstairs to the kitchen and start baking.

Okay, this picture is of the first meal we had before we even left the port.  After boarding The Dream, being greeted by name and fanfare (a fun Disney touch), we were sent to Deck 11 to have lunch and wait for our cabin to be ready.  On Deck 11 we found the pool, plenty of tables and chairs and Cabananas, the restaurant with  a buffet. It had just about everything you can imagine including lots of fresh fruits, salad items and cold cuts.  Or you could go with a hot meal.   Todd grabbed a lamp chop, asparagus and tomato salad.  We ate on the deck looking out on the sea and knowing this was going to be a fun three days.

disney Dream Meal

And then we went to the cabin. We are Disney Vacation Club members and had just enough banked and borrowed points to get a mid-ship cabin with a veranda. I’d heard mid-ship was good for people prone to motion sickness, but as it turned out, I felt no motion sickness during the entire cruise, which was a huge relief since the Harry Potter ride back at Universal had put me over the edge the day prior.

Disney Dream Cabin

Here’s one of the bathrooms. Disney divides the bathrooms so that one has a toilet, mirror and sink while the other has the small bathtub/shower, mirror and sink.

Disney Dream Bathroom

I think the cabin was about 250 square feet. After staying in New York hotel rooms, it didn’t seem that small!

Late in the afternoon, the ship left port. Fuzz was dying to go play in Disney’s spectacular Kids’ Club, so Todd and I took a walk around the ship. Our assigned dinner time was 8:30 (we chose the latter as opposed to the earlier 6:30), so we had a lot of time to explore.

First, we stumbled onto a Bingo Game (I won $90 but had to pay $40 to play), then found a theater where a show was beginning. The first show was called The Golden Mickeys. To be honest, I wasn’t that excited about seeing a Disney show, but the sets really were spectacular and the actors and singers top notch. In hindsight, I’m glad I saw a lot of good singing and dancing rather than a not-so-great comedy act or dated cabaret type thing. Later, I heard the comedian on board the ship (a hypnotist) was super funny.

Show on Disney Dream

After Bingo and the show, we started getting hungry and taking pictures of Rice Krispies Treats in the gift shop.  Finally, it was dinner time.

rice krispies treat

We picked up Fuzz from the Kid area and had dinner at our assigned restaurant, The Enchanted Garden. Being assigned to a table with strangers was interesting.  Disney worked their magic and paired us with a nice family of three from Nashville. We got to know them pretty well, as they were our dinner companions for all the dinners on the ship save for the one Todd and I booked at Palo, the specialty restaurant for adults only.

I didn’t take pictures of our companions or mention anything about blogging, but I did take a photo of the dessert. The food was fine, like something you’d eat at a wedding, but the desserts seemed kind of hit or miss.  At this restaurant, my recommendation is to go for something with ice cream, like the bananas foster dessert our companions ordered. That, or a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar. Most restaurants will serve you one of those for desserts if you just ask.  I didn’t know that at the time and ordered this trip of mousse, cake and cheesecake.  It looked pretty, but again — go for the ice cream.

Dessert at Enchanted Garden

The late dinner seating ended around 10:30, so we just walked around a bit then went back to the cabin to read and go to bed. If you are big into night life, there’s plenty to do and a lot of it is geared for adults only. However, since we’d planned to wake up early and go explore Nassau, we didn’t really take advantage of the late night night options.

Okay fast forward to the next day.

I don’t think I’d ever go on a cruise without a veranda. Waking up in a new place, having breakfast on the veranda while reading the Personal Navigator describing they day’s events on the ship was one of the highlights of the trip; and on a cruise, you can get room service every day for free! Disney’s room service breakfast includes a nice variety of cold cereal, milk, juices, fresh fruit, all types of baked goods including muffins. We ate a lot of these little fruit muffins.

muffin

That big building in the background is The Atlantis.  I didn’t take my good camera on this voyage, so I apologize about the over exposed pictures.

Fuzz at breakfast

I also didn’t take a lot of pictures of Nassau.  We’ve been to Nassau quite a few times on ground trips and know our way around, but our goal this trip was to go to the courthouse and find the justice of the peace who married us 12 years ago to say hello.  We made it to the office where he worked, but it turns out he died.

After that we just walked around Nassau kind of aimlessly until we met a few locals who when finding out we were from Austin, asked us if we knew Alex Jones.  We talked about Infowars for a while, said we’d give our regards to Alex, then moved on.   Austinites abroad, be prepared to discuss Alex Jones and The Bachelor, Brad Womack.  I don’t live under a rock, but I had no idea he was from Austin….or that his name was Brad Womack.  Now he’s everywhere!

Okay, enough of that.  Here’s a nice photo of the ship.

disney dream

We got back on it around noon and had lunch again at Cabanas where anything goes.   I’m not a “more is better” type eater, but apparently I do love variety because I was thrilled to have so many choices during every meal. And while some of it was kind of “eh”, there were other dishes that were really good.  Cabanas actually had some of the best food on the ship.

Sushi and French Fries

After our second buffet lunch sitting on deck looking out at the other ships docked at Nassau. The Norwegian Epic was on one side of us…

Epic

…while our neighbor of the seas (we’d often see her off in the distance), The Carnival Sensation, was on the other.

Carnival Sensation

And then it was time for The Aquaduck and more fun by the tiny, tiny, pool. For such a large ship, The Dream really does have a small pool, but Fuzz didn’t care.  Here she is enjoying the dance party.   One of the kids in the photo was someone she’d met the night before at the Kids’ Club. Making friends on the ship was a HUGE deal for a 9 year old girl and she’s been talking about her new friends for days.

kids dancing on Disney Dream

That night Todd and I had an excellent dinner at Palo where we were waited on by Safit from Bosnia. He was great. All our servers were awesome. Most were from eastern Europe, so I picked up tons of travel tips for future vacations and am dying to go to Hungary.

Didn’t take any pictures at Palo (Todd might have, and if he did I’ll post them later), but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Email me if you have questions.

Also that night, after picking up Fuzz from the Kids’ club where she’d made chocolate chip cookies, colored a pillow case and listened to a comedian, we went to a big pirate party on the top deck and watched fireworks.  I think The Dream is the only ship that does fireworks at sea and they are pretty darn cool.

Fast forward again to next day.

We woke up docked at Disney’s private artificial island, Castaway Cay. This, surprisingly, was my favorite port. Todd and Fuzz went parasailing (I got back on the ship and watched from Deck 13), then we walked over to the island and had lunch at Cookie’s barbecue. Cookie’s was another buffet type affair with offerings such as couscous salad, corn, ribs, chicken, etc. Second to Palo, I liked the food on Castaway Cay. The chocolate chips cookies were excellent.

chocolate chip cookie

The apple cake was interesting. It tasted like a packaged snack cake, but fresher and very light. Or maybe I was just super hungry.

castaway cay

apple cake

Fueled up, we found the place with rental bikes. Austin is a big bike riding town, but the only person in our family who rides a bike is Fuzz. I hadn’t ridden a bike in quite a while, which made this excursion even more fun. The trails included an old airplane runway which veered off into more shady trails that led to a beach. We rode until we were tired, then headed over to the big slide so Fuzz could do some swimming before getting back on the boat.

bikes on castaway cay

 

castaway cay

Fuzz refused to get into the water because she saw all the fish. Ha. Back to the boat we went for more riding on the Aquaduck and exploring.

Here’s another tip. If you don’t want to stand in line for the Aquaduck, plan on riding it in the morning before noon when everyone is heading over to Castaway Cay. Deck 11 clears off until about 1:30 or 2:00. The line goes back to its usual 30-40 minute wait by 3:00. Or at least that was our experience. As we departed, I heard some little kids saying “Bye bye, Aquaduck. Sorry we never got to ride you.”. That was kind of sad.

aqua duck line

On our last evening, we had our picture taken with the captain of the ship. He’s from Sweden.

captain of Dream

Then we had a final dinner with our Nashville friends, took the girls to the gift shop for a sword fight, and went to bed very SAD to be leaving.

sword fight on ship

 

Oh, let me back up a bit.  The last meal was at Animator’s Palate and I enjoyed the food there more than Enchanted Garden (I never got to try Royal Palace).  Everyone loves Animator’s Palette and I liked our servers and company.  As for the atmosphere, it’s kind of crazy with SO much going on in every corner and talking turtles on the wall.  I kind of felt like my head was going to explode.    Still, the kids enjoyed it and I had a glass of wine so I was able to deal.  But oh my was there ever a lot going on in that room.

And this is a good time for me to mention that for more details on the food and Disney Dream Restaurants, check AJ’s Disney Food Blog.

Disembarking was pretty easy. We put our bags out the night before and kept day bags in our rooms.   The next mornings they had us all go to breakfast at a now much quieter and relaxing Animator’s Palate, where we said goodbye to our servers and ate our glum (but tasty!) departure breakfast.

Then there was more standing in line, showing ID, then we were back on land.

We’re officially cruise nerds at this point, so if you want to comment on cruising or share tips or memories of your own, I’d love to hear them.  My big dilemma is do I book Disney again or try another ship?  Celebrity Solstice seems like something we’d like, Seven Seas is supposed to be incredible, but it will be hard to break away from Disney and Fuzz is absolutely enchanted.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her smile so much — not even at the parks.

Comments

  1. says

    Our family is obsessed with the Disney Cruise. I’ve been 4 times and am ready for #5. I say stick with Disney!
    Thanks for the great Dream review. I want to go on that ship oh so much. Husband’s vacay is in April and the ship is 100% booked :( Awesome tip about the Aquaduck. Can all ages go on it?

  2. says

    Heather, thanks for the comment! I think we could get obsessed too. Judging by the number of people with lanyards saying “Gold Member”, we’re in good company.

    We loved The Dream, but from what I hear there are people who still think The Magic and The Wonder are the best.

    For the Aquaduck, you have to be 48 inches or taller.

  3. JoanS says

    Sounds like a really wonderful trip, Most of your photos did not open on my screen – will check back later and see if they work. I’ve never had this problem before.

  4. says

    Joan, thanks for mentioning. I was having some technical issues here ;). They were showing up fine, then they disappeared. They seem to be fixed, though.

  5. says

    Looks like such an amazing time! Sadly, I have never been on a cruise but I have been eying the Disney cruise lines for awhile now. Thanks for the heads up about the veranda! Hopefully I’ll have one with my room should I ever get to go on a fantastic voyage. :)

  6. Nancy says

    I really enjoyed reading this re-cap so thank you for posting it! One question for you, would you still have chosen the Disney cruise with an older child/teenager?

  7. says

    Jenn, this was ours too. If you like Disney and it’s your first cruise, they set the bar pretty high.

    Nancy, a lot of people on Cruise Critic say teens love Royal Caribbean, but it really depends on the teen. Since I’ve only cruised one line I’m biased. I need to take a short cruise on another line just so I can compare the two.

  8. Pam says

    We are cruising veterans and really enjoy the NCL ships, primarily due to their freestyle dining options. It is basically just like going to a restaurant — you go whenever you’re ready to eat, and you’re seated either with only your own party, or with others if you indicate that you’re open to sharing a table. Also, the dress code is very relaxed so there is no need to take formal or dressy clothes. They have great kids programs, though perhaps not quite as elaborate as Disney’s. We’ve had great food on some ships, and so-so food on others, though I’d have to say most of the time the food has been really good. They always have a variety of entertainers, including comedians, hypnotists, and a couple of musical variety shows.

  9. stephanie says

    My hubby lost it at Universal HP ride too! He was ruined for the day. He is so scared of taking a cruise, but after 20 years of begging, he has agreed to one this fall. However, he will be getting the patch before we even set a foot on the plane (alone with a bunch of back-up remedies). So glad you didn’t have a problem on the cruise. It is no fun for anyone when motion-sickness hits! Thanks for the cruise link, I will be checking that out!

  10. says

    Pam, thanks for the info on Norwegian. My dad cruised Norwegian and really enjoyed it. Also, I think they have some kind of partnership with Cooking Light so you can get healthier meals and take culinary classes. Disney’s Kids’ area was incredible, but I think Fuzz would have been happy with a smaller one too, so long at the staff were attentive and she had plenty to do. I’ve heard the one on Regent of the Seas (Seven Seas) is excellent, though very small.

    Amy, there were plenty of singles and young couples on board. The adult areas such as the pool were always very quiet and relaxing.

    Stephanie, I love Harry Potter but that ride ruined my day. There were plenty of warnings about motion sickness, but because so many rides have warnings about motion sickness, I just ignored them. I was fine on Toy Story and Soarin’ (at Disney), but the Harry Potter castle ride was quite possibly the most nausea inducing ride I’ve ever been on. The cruise was a walk in the park. I bought all this Dramamine for nothing.

  11. Louise says

    You need to stay away from Cape Horn and the Drake Passage. We had 50 foot waves going one direction and a perfect lake the other direction.

  12. says

    Our first cruise (we willtake #9 in June) was a Disney Cruise on the Disney Wonder. It was a 7 day cruise.

    If you have your ownchildren , grand children or you just love children a Disney Cruise is for you.

  13. says

    Jenn, we booked a resort hotel so that we could arrive at Islands of Adventure an hour early. That is, at 8:00 AM rather than 9:00. We arrived at 8:00 AM on the dot, rode both of the dragon roller coasters without standing in line, then stood in a 45 minute line for the main attraction, Forbidden Journey — the one that made me sick. After riding that ride, I was too sick to really and truly enjoy myself. Plus, the crowds had grown so big they closed off Island of Adventure so that if you left, you couldn’t re-enter until a certain time. I ended up going back to the hotel around noon and Todd and Fuzz stayed to ride The Hulk and the water ride. Because they had resort fast paces, they only had to wait 25 minutes, but without the fast pass lines were up to 2 hours! So really, the crowds took away from some of the Harry Potter magic. We knew it would be bad during Spring Break and the fast passes did help, but based on the crowds and being sick, I don’t have great memories of the day.

    Oh yeah. The line for Butter Beer was 45 minutes, so we didn’t get any of that either (not that I wanted any since I felt like I just woke up from surgery most of the time).

    We did like the Loews Resort hotel, Royal Pacific, despite the fact the restaurant (Tchoup, Chop) was a joke — completely overpriced with terrible service. The rest of the hotel was very pretty, had great service, and a really fun pool scene where Fuzz played musical hula hoops and other games led by youth coordinators. The pool scene at the Royal Pacific was almost more fun than the parks.

    Anyhow, I’d recommend visiting the Harry Potter attraction when kids are in school.

  14. says

    Sounds like you had a great time–I’d highly recommend a longer Disney cruise (the 10-day Christmas one is great fun). We’ve been on the Magic 5 times, and have also done 3 NCL cruises. I’d recommend sticking with Disney till Fuzz is a teenager; our daughter wasn’t thrilled with the kid stuff on NCL till this year (she’s now 13, & very social).
    I loved your Epic photo–we were on it in February. Nice to know what it looks like from a distance!

  15. says

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I’ve been on a cruise once and really enjoyed it. I am planning to go to the Harry Potter park at the end of next month (I’m a BIG HP fan). We’re going on a Monday so I hope it’s not too crazy crowded.

  16. says

    oh anna i’m obessessed with disney as a whole. never ever done a cruise because of the tiny rooms, but you might have changed my mind.
    thats too bad about the JP.
    when we go to the bahamas we stay at the ocean club….if you ever go back go there for dinner in the courtyard its so beautiful.
    (i just mentioned you in my recent post….your midori cake inspired me ha ha)
    and oh! love the sushi & fries LOL!

  17. says

    We took a 3-day Royal Carribean cruise to the Bahamas from Miami in December. Our ship was Majest of the Seas. We have almost the same picture of the cruise ship docked in Nassau! Thanks for the reminder of our great trip. I’m with you…a room with a balcony is the only way to go (if you can afford it). We also were not that impressed with the desserts on the ship AND one of our favorite lunch spots was the barbecue on their private island coco cay! Our ship was older though. I would love to go on a brand new ship!

  18. Kim says

    Your review made me even more excited for our upcoming cruise in August on the Dream! My daughter will be 3 and, based on your review, will have an absolute blast on this ship!!!!!!! Oh, so will me and my husband!! Thanks for the well-rounded review.

  19. says

    Lisa, I think we’re going to try a 7 Day cruise next time. A few people have said you don’t get the full cruise experience in a 3 night cruise. While we had a lot of fun and I felt like I did get quite an experience, I can see the advantages of a longer one.

    Mackenzie, the Harry Potter adventure shouldn’t be quite so crowded when you go. You’ll have a blast.

    Dawn, thanks for the tip on Ocean Club! We always stay at Atlantis, but I’ve heard good things about Ocean Club as well.

    Gloria, it sounds like you and I have the same cruising style. I hope you get to try a new ship one of these days.

    Brenda, I think The Wonder might be next on our list.

    Kim, one thing I didn’t touch on was all the character exposure. Your 3 year old will be in character heaven! They were everywhere. We had opportunities to get photos with Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Chip & Dale and just about all the princesses. Sadly, I think Fuzz is past that stage. I kept suggesting we go for various character photo ops and she said “Nah” and suggested we do something else. The only one she wanted a photo with was Captain Jack Sparrow….and that was for a friend.

  20. The Candy Crusader says

    The dessert looks great! especially the chocolate chip cookie. I would just eat all day!

  21. says

    Disney knows how to do things right….the cruise looks like fun. As far as the Bahamas are concerned, we always stay at Atlantis because of the kids….but The Ocean Club is elegant and more for adults only. We always go there once for dinner, kids and all.

    I’ve been on a couple cruises, but am not terribly fond of them. I was sick as a dog, running a fever with a throat infection on the Greek cruise and I also took one years ago to Hawaii. Got seasick on that one. I stay away from cruises now. :)

  22. says

    Welcome back! Sounds awesome. Makes me want to go on a cruise again (our honeymoon was on Royal Caribbean)
    Love all the photos. TFS
    Love that last picture of Fuzz with the sword. Cute dress and I like her shorter hair.
    Now–bake us something. hehe jk

  23. says

    I saw the title of you post and came over from Brenda’s Canadian Kitchen. My family and I have been on two Disney cruises before and we love them! We were debating taking a cruise on the new Dream, but were torn because we really want to go for a week cruise next time. It’s pretty sad to hear that some of the kids never got to ride the Aquaduct. That’s the biggest draw to taking the cruise in my opinion. Glad you all got to ride it though. It looks like lots of fun! Sounds like you had a wonderful time though.

    I did want to share some information about booking the cabins though. On our first cruise I was told (by a Disney employee) to go ahead and book your cabin with the idea that you will get an upgrade for free. We booked the cheapest cabin and since the cruise wasn’t full, we got upgraded twice (two levels). On the second cruise it happened again. Just a tip that really helps to save money.

    Thanks for sharing your post!

  24. Jenn says

    Hello! Thank you for your review! We are going on the Dream in May with our 1 year old son and are so excited! Can you help me understand the available dinner times? I can not find much information about them. We are currently scheduled for the “second seating, 5PM show”. Does this mean that our dinner time is 8:30? If so, I just don’t know how that will work with our son, who’s normally in bed by 8 PM. Any information/advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!

  25. says

    Jenn, I’m excited for your!

    About the dinner times, we were scheduled for second seating 8:30 and show at 7:00. They didn’t monitor who went to what show, but dinner times were strictly scheduled and we had an assigned table number and dinner companions. So unless they’ve changed things, second seating is 8:30.

    You might want to give them a call and see if you can get this changed. Good luck! If you can’t, don’t worry too much about it. There’s so much going on in the dining room that he’ll probably be fine. I’d definitely call them, though.

  26. lindsay weiss says

    Anna, thank you for this! We’re debating doing the Dream next year, and this really swayed me! Or maybe the Fantasy? (I really like the thought of a NEW, CLEAN ship!)

  27. says

    Lindsay, if you like new ships go for The Fantasy. It’s due to set sail in either late March or April from what I’ve read, and I think it’s filling up quickly. I’m looking at that one too.

  28. bubble says

    I’ve been on the disney wonder and there aren’t enogh words in the world to describe it! I am sailing on the disney dream in april for 4 nights and i am very excited! I am one of those people who reaserches everything possible about their vacation before atually going. My only conern was that i am 12 and the tween club edge seems very boring from reviews, videos, and pictures. But the teen club vibe looks extraordinary. Any suggestions on what to do on the ship that might be fun for my age? I hope my experience was just as great as yours!

  29. says

    Bubble, The Edge might be more fun than it looks, so it’s worth checking out. I obviously didn’t go in there, but if I were 12 I would go in just to see what Disney thinks 12 year olds want. If it’s boring, there are tons of other options.

    Bingo was a lot of fun and they do let kids play and win, so long as there’s an 18 plus person along with you to claim the prize. We also enjoyed the game shows. There’s a pirate game show that’s kind of silly, and another one involving Disney trivia (which we didn’t do). Keep your eye on The Navigator because there are also ship tours. We missed the ship tour, but in my opinion that would be a lot of fun for a 12 year old. The shows start later in the day and you will probably enjoy those, and if you have time you can catch a movie. I believe Tron, Mars Needs Moms and that movie with the girl from Glee were showing. We only had 3 nights so we skipped the movies, but I would have taken in a movie on a longer cruise. Other things I remember from The Navigator were a Villains dance class and a morning yoga class. Oh, and how could I forget the animation class where they taught us how to draw Donald Duck! Also, there was a hypnotist show for families. We missed that, but it was supposed to be all ages. There’s also mini golf. We never played it, but I was glad it was there in case we got bored.

  30. bubble says

    Thank you so much i can’t wait untill my disney dream adventure! I have another question i heard they have a smoothie place on deck 11 i belive next to the ice cream machine………. did you try it? was it any good?

  31. says

    Deck 11 does have smoothies and ice cream. In fact, it’s all-you-can-eat ice cream which you pump yourself. They have chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and banana and cones. There are people there to help you if you need assistance with the pump (same people who make the smoothies), but I liked being able to make my own ice cream cone any size, any time I wanted. Sorry I don’t have more info on the smoothies, but they were available :).

  32. Debbie says

    I know you had a great time! We went on the Disney Wonder in November of 2004 & had a fantastic vacation. Our son was 11 & our daughter was almost 7. Captain Henry was our captain too! When I saw the picture of your family with him, I instantly recognized him & went to find out scrapbook from the vacation & I found the picture I took of our daughter & Captain Henry. What wonderful memories!

  33. says

    “Bye bye, aquaduck. Sorry we didn’t get to ride you.” That is sad! The trip sounds really surreal and totally fun. Like a floating Vegas. I’m intrigued– and now I have some great resources if we need to research further…

  34. Lynn says

    I enjoyed reading about your cruise and the pictures are great! Our family of 4 will be cruising on the Dream on April 3 for spring break. I’m so excited! I have been on one cruise years ago but this will be the first for my husband and kids. My kids are 14 and 19. Do you think they will be bored at this age? I have read reviews from adults who loved it but I’m more concerned about my 19 year old who will be considered an adult but would rather be included in the teen activities. Any thoughts?

  35. michelle says

    I was happy to read all the reviews and comments; we are sailing on April 17th on the Dream with my 4 year old daughter. If she is not 48″ tall, can she still ride with a parent on the Aquaduck? We also have the late dinner reservation, which I am a little worried about. I don’t recall anything about a show time. Do any reservations need to be made prior to sailing (or recommended)?

  36. Deanna says

    I have booked a cruise on the Disney Dream for next March. I’m really excited, but don’t feel very secure about leaving my girls at the age appropriate clubs…how secure are they? Can they just come and go as they please or do they have to be picked up by a parent to come out of those clubs. Mine would be in the age 10 and 13 areas. Also how much was the bike rentals at Castaway Cay?

  37. says

    Lynn, I’m not sure what the stipulations are for riding Aquaduck with a parent. Maybe someone else knows? About the shows, we just walked right in and had no problem finding seats. No reservations were necessary, though I believe they do try to get an idea how many people might attend shows based on how many people are at dinner. Good luck getting your dinner reservation changed, but if you can’t I’m sure things will be fine. There were plenty of little kids at the 8:30 seating. They seem to adjust.

    Deanna, I think older children can come and go only if you give them special permission. The clubs had staff manning the door, so the kids would have to be pretty tricky to sneak out. Bike rentals at Castaway Cay were $20 for the day.

  38. Erin says

    Anna-I was on vacation at Disneyworld and HP and completely missed this post. Katrina sent me over to check it out since we are considering a Disney cruise. It would be a lot easier for us to go out of L.A. so we may do our initiation cruise to Mexico. I’ve yet to hear anyone have anything but superlative reviews. But then again, it is Disney and what they do, they do so well. As for the HP ride-never felt worse in my life. That one really grabs you by the stomach and shakes you upside down. If I would have had a nickel in my pocket, it would have fallen out. As for the butterbeer, sorry you missed it. It’s insanely sweet but oh so good. Thanks for another great post, friend!

  39. katarina says

    Hello,
    I’ve come across your review and utterly enjoyed it! We are getting ready for our very first cruise this weekend. I’m putting aside clothes already as we leave Chicago very early Saturday morning. So my question for you is, what were some of the clothes you brought and were you happy with your attire? I’m struggling with what to wear to dinners and of course worrying about overpacking! If you get a moment, I would appreciate your thoughts on that. Thanks so much!

  40. says

    Hi Katarina,

    Don’t worry too much about your wardrobe. There were people dressed to the nines at dinner and people wearing shorts. The first night I tried to stay somewhere in the middle and just wore a skirt, shirt and nice sandals. At Palo, I wore an Ann Taylor cocktail dress (Palo is dressy and shorts aren’t even allowed) and on the last night of the cruise I wore a dress because I noticed people were more dolled up up for the last meal of the voyage. Just wear what you’d wear to a nice restaurant and you should be fine. During the day, anything goes. Most people were dressed in casual active wear, although there were ladies who wearing heels, lacy cover-ups and earrings with their bathing suits.

    Here’s another tip. If you are going on a longer cruise or if you have something that needs pressing, take advantage of the shipboard laundry service. The prices are very reasonable (Todd had a shirt pressed for only $2.00) and it will save you the hassle of ironing before-hand and having your shirt wrinkled up again. And for longer voyages, you can pack fewer items if you commit to just sending some dirty clothes down to get laundered.

  41. Katarina says

    Hello Anna,

    Thank you so much for your great response! Now I can chill a little and definitely be very excited our Dream cruise this weekend! I can’t wait. Thanks also for the tip about the laundry/pressing! Good point too!

  42. Julie says

    Hi Anna!
    I love your blog and your dream review. We are going on the dream in August and live in San Antonio, I was wondering how long it took you to get off the ship and to the airport for your flight home. What time do they let you off the boat? There’s only one nonstop a day from Orlando to here and it leaves at 10:50. I’m wondering if we can make that.

  43. says

    Julie, it doesn’t take very long to get off the boat, but I have to admit I wasn’t paying a lot of attention because rather than stress about getting to the airport on time, We just tacked an extra day onto our trip, enjoyed an evening in Orlando, then made our way to the airport the next day. It takes about an hour to get from port to the airport and since the ship gets in very early and you could probably get off the boat as early as 8:00 (though check with Disney on that), be out of there by 8:30 and at the airport by 9:40. You might even be able to get off the boat a little earlier than that. But if you have the luxury of adding an extra day, I recommend it. However, if you can’t then I’d call Disney to just confirm that this is do-able. I think most cruise lines recommend that your departure flight is after noon. What if there’s traffic? What if the boat is delayed? You just never know.

  44. Deanna says

    What time is the official “check out” for the cruise? If they listed that somewhere I must’ve missed it. I was wondering what the latest time was for us to be off of the ship the day we return.
    thanks

  45. Julie says

    I really wish we could take an extra day in orlando but we’ll be missing a couple of days of school already. Wish San antonio schools went back after labor day! (That’s awesome that you went to school here, my kids go to saint marys hall.)
    Thank you for the tips and for that picture of the chocolate chip cookie on castaway cay. Definitely going to get one of those! Were there any other really good stand out snacks on board? I am a total snack seeker, lol (once took a cab from The lower east side to the upper west side at
    rush hour just for hot levain bakery cookies- totally worth it!) I’m also addicted to the chocolate covered caramel Minnie and Mickey apples
    they sell on main street in the magic kingdom, they are super cute too!

  46. says

    There always seemed to be food on Deck 11 and plenty of free ice cream, but I can’t think of any real stand out snacks other than the chocolate chip cookies.

  47. Lynn says

    We returned from our Disney Dream 4-day cruise today. My 19 and 14 year old kids had a blast. The age limits on the various clubs are strictly enforced. The most positive thing I can say is that the staff members that are assigned to spoil you are fabulous. Our only complaint was the process of getting on the ship the first day. We arrived at the terminal at 11 AM and had to wait until 2 PM to board the ship. There were no seats available so we had to sit in the floor and were starved by the time we got to lunch on the ship. After that, everything else was definitely a dream. Getting off the ship on the last day was a breeze. We were in our car headed home at 8 AM. Be sure to take something along for sea sickness. I was fine until the last night and had to give up our Palo reservations because of nausea. The boat was really rocking that evening. Ended up ordering a BLT from room service around 11 PM and was fine by then. Don’t stress over what to wear….pretty much anything goes. It is a vacation that I would certainly recommend and would love to go again someday.

  48. Katarina says

    Lynn,
    How was the weather and how was the temperature in the rooms? Do you recommend to bring layers/sweaters? I’m definitely worried about motion sickness, praying so the water is not choppy! Glad to hear your overall experience was great! We are boarding this Sunday, also doing the 4day cruise! Thanks

  49. Lynn says

    Katarina,
    The temp got into the 80’s each day. We wore shorts and swimsuits with coverups during the day. If you’re cold natured, a sweater for the evening would be good. Several excursions at Castaway Cay were cancelled (we got refunds) due to the wind and the water was quite cold but many people went swimming. I enjoyed time in a hammock under a coconut tree reading a book. We headed back to the boat around 2 because of the strong winds. You have complete control over the temp in your stateroom. As far as motion sickness, we could feel the boat move some everyday but the last night was really bad. My son took a dramamine and I stuck on a patch that I had gotten from my dr before the trip. Take something with you just in case. Enjoy your trip! :)

  50. says

    Lynn, something must have gone wrong for them to have kept you off the ship so long and for you to have had to sit on the floor; but I’m glad the service made up for it. Sorry you missed Palo.

    Katarina, I take sweaters wherever I go because even when it’s warm there’s air conditioning to contend with. For us, it was a little bit chilly at night and in the 70s and 80s during the day. As for motion sickness, I agree that you should take along some Dramamine just to be safe. We didn’t have to use ours, but we were also mid-ship so that could have had something to do with it.

  51. Deanna says

    I have a question regarding meals. My girls will be 10 and 13 when we cruise and my 13 yr. old always orders from the “adult” menu when we go out. Since she is still consider a child on the Disney cruise…will she only be able to order from the childrens choices or from the adult choices? I wasn’t sure if you knew how that worked. I just know that she loves the “grown-up” food and selection much more than mac-n-cheese, chicken tenders, etc. thanks, more and more ?’s just keep popping up in my head?

  52. says

    Deanna, your girls can order from whichever menu they choose. My daughter and the other little girl at our table both had fun ordering off the adult menu.

  53. Karen says

    Reading about your experience has me so psyched about going on the Dream in November . . . .our first cruise too. Since you went during Spring Break, and I would assume a busy time, what were the crowds like on the ship? Did you feel crowded? I have read some other reviews where that seemed to be a problem. I know our specific cruise is already sold out so expecting a full house.

  54. says

    Hi Karen,

    There were a couple of moments when I felt crowded. One was standing in line to go to breakfast on the last day and the other was during the lifeboat drill on Day 1. I’m pretty sure we had a full ship seeing that it was Spring Break, but it wasn’t bad.

  55. Katarina says

    Hi everyone,
    Just wanted to post that we came back last Thursday from cruising the Dream and being on our very first cruise and we all absolutely loved it! It was a smooth sail:-) Even when it came to organization, dinners, everything for us was a positive experience. As far as crowds go, we didn’t feel it was crowded and I know our cruise was sold out. Maybe it helped that we were on Deck 10 therefore we didn’t have to wait for the elevator every time we wanted to go on Deck 11, where the food is, along with pools, the AquaDuck, and the spa! You do have to walk to deck 6 (I believe) on the first day for the lifeboat drill, but that’s once in a time occurance. I felt it was pretty well organized. My 4,5y old really enjoyed their day camp and my 2y old was in their Nursery from 9:30 until 12:30 and he didn’t want to leave. So my husband n I got some quality adult pool time:-) Around noon that area got a little congested, but that was on a day when we were at sea. We very much enjoyed the shows, the fireworks were absolutely awesome! Anyway, to us the whole experience was very positive. I hope whenever time you go your experience is as great as was ours:-) Bon Voyage!

  56. Karen says

    Good to know Katrina. We will also be on deck 10 so maybe that is a huge contributing factor as to perception of crowds. We cannot wait.

  57. says

    Thanks for the trip report, Katarina! I’m glad you had fun and that your first cruise was a good one. Since our first cruise was on Disney too, I can’t help but wonder what our impression of cruising would have been if we’d gone on a different line.

  58. Tara says

    Hi!! i would very much recommend the celebrity solstice class ships. They are brand new, and it is beautiful!!! it is also great for kids, as i am 15, and my brother is 10, and my sister is 8. I would recommend their summer cruises to europe

  59. Tara says

    Hi!! i would very much recommend the celebrity solstice class ships. They are brand new, and it is beautiful!!! it is also great for kids, as i am 15, and my brother is 10, and my sister is 8. I would recommend their summer cruises to europe

  60. says

    Tara, thanks so much for the Solstice recommendation. I’ve heard great things about the Solstice and am considering a cruise next year. Right now we’re actually considering Alaska for this year and I’m looking at Holland America. They have some great rates and I hear they do Alaska cruises well. Plus, they go to Glacier Bay which is a must for a first time Alaska trip.

  61. Pat says

    Hey… we’re sans kids but choose Disney Cruiseline hands down! We just came home from a 4 night Dream cruise and December is # 10 on the Magic for a seven day cruise and my brother and his wife are also going with us! On the two smaller ships the staterooms are a bit larger! Having space under the beds is a definite plus for luggage folded strollers, etc on the Dream/Fantasy. There are fireworks on every Disney cruise..the only cruisline in the industry to do so. Also the seven night cruises have a formal and semiformal night! Definitely dine at Palo’s it’s a don’t miss.. FYI if you book your next cruise while you’re onboard you get an onboard credit and pay less for your cruise. Ditto.. love the veranda, but our tablemates had an inside stateroom with the new virtual porthole (only on the Dream/Fantasy) It is a nice touch to havean outside oceanview!

  62. says

    I just Googled reviews for the Disney Dream and yours was almost at the top! We’re also DVC members, and extremely excited to go on the Disney Dream in November for the four night cruise. I did have a few questions about the kid’s club which I couldn’t seem to find any help on. My daughter (turns 5 the first day of our cruise) is interested in the kid’s club, and my husband and I want to be able to have one night sans child, does the kid’s club have special hours until a certain time or do you need to special arrange those nights? Glad I stumbled on your site!

  63. Arielle says

    Okay heres what i thought of vibe. I am a 16 year old girl and i loved it!!! I was in there every night till 2am for the dance parties then we went over to D-lounge and we were there till 3am+. I made over 20 new friends. The counselors are GREAT!!!! In my opinion Britney, Manwell, and Fernanda are the best by far. There is always something going on from 8am(i think) till 2am. On the second night they give you a sheet with choices of activities that you could do on the remainder of your trip. Chose wisely;) You will always know what the activities are for the day because every night in your room you will get your “personal navigator” with all the activities for everything on the boat and their times.I had the best vacation EVER on this boat and i think you dont really get the full “Disney experience” untill you take a vacation on a Disney cruise line.

  64. Mindy says

    Hi Anna!

    I’ll be going on my very first cruise for our honeymoon in April. I’ve been wondering if you know if they do anything special for these kind of things? Did you hear or see anything? I listed that we are celebrating our honeymoon on our reservation online, but I don’t know if that will be enough. I know Disney loves to give special treatment – we were treated wonderfully in Disneyland when we got engaged. I just want to make this the most magical trip possible!!

    PS. Your review was AWESOME. One of the best I’ve come across online. :) Thank you.

  65. says

    Hi Mindy,

    I’m so happy to hear it was helpful. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions. About the little perks and things to make your honeymoon special, have you checked with your travel agent? If you don’t have one, I’ll give you the name of mine.

  66. Karen says

    Congratulations. We went on our first cruise on the Disney Dream in November and had so much fun. In fact, we have already booked one for 2013. One HUGE recommendation – wear shoes/flip flops on the pool deck. I slipped and bounced (according to my 12-year-old LOL) down some steps and ended up with a very nasty bruised and sore rear-end and hip. While they do try to keep the decks dry it is very hard to keep up. Palo is also a MUST ~ chocolate souffle is to die for!! I am sure Disney will do something special for y’all. Have fun!!

  67. Julie says

    We are taking our first cruise at the end of April. After reading your review I am really excited to have picked the Dream. My kids will be 5 1/2 and almost 8. Will they be able to stay together in the kids rooms or will they be seperated based on their age? Also, should an adult ride with the child on the aquaduck? Anything else you may have noticed that would be helpful regarding the younger children please feel free to share. I just want to be as prepared as possible to make this a wonderful trip for them. Thank you

  68. says

    Hi Julie,

    The way I remember the Kids’ area is that it’s like one giant room with little rooms and stations all over the place. And I remember kids wandering from room to room. I’m pretty sure they can stay together if they want to.

  69. Karen says

    Yes, the kids area is one big room. They will LOVE it!!! There is a height requirement for the AquaDuck. Yes, both will need an adult or someone of height to ride with them. My 12-year-old could ride with my 8-year-old. The pools are small, just a warning on that one.

  70. sheila glenton says

    hi there…i hope to go with family next april on the disney dream from cape canaveral…3 day cruise…my nephew and neice will be 17 and nearly 14…will this entertain them enough for their age group?!
    i worked on cruise ships 30 yrs ago but its the 1st time cruise for my family.. thanks….sheila

  71. says

    Hi Sheila,

    Disney is a great cruise line and if your teenage niece and nephew are social types, they may enjoy Disney’s teen areas. As far as activities such as ice skating, bowling, rockwall climbing, etc., you may want to check out Royal Caribbean. Feel free to email me if you’d like more info. I’m still trying out various lines and doing my own research.

  72. Lynn says

    Sheila, Your nephew and niece will love it! We went April 2011 and my kids were 14 and 19. I was a little worried about them being too old for a Disney cruise but they are begging to go back this year. It was a wonderful cruise and great for all ages.

  73. Madeline says

    I loved reading your review! This was very helpful! My fiance and I are getting married January 2013 and considering a Disney Dream cruise for our honeymoon. We’ve compared all of the rates from different cruise lines and are willing to sacrifice a little extra for the Disney experience. But… I’m a little worried about everything being too kid-oriented. Would two adults enjoy this cruise without children? Or would we be annoyed by the constant kid-everything? I’m most nervous about being paired with lots of children during our meal times. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, but it would be nice to have adult time. It is our honeymoon after all.
    Would you have any particular advice for honeymooners on this cruise? Would selecting the later meal time decrease the kid/adult ratio?
    Thanks!

  74. says

    Hi Madeline,

    If you are a big Disney fan and want the Disney experience, then it’s worth it. I won’t lie, though. There are lots of kids. If you go when school is in session, there will be fewer school age children, but on Disney you can expect to see lots of strollers and toddlers. That being said, the kids (all ages) on our cruise were really well behaved. The parents and some of the older passengers appeared exhausted some days, but the kids were just fine. Since you love kids, it shouldn’t be much of an issue. As for the late dinner, we had the later dinner and there were still kids everywhere. I don’t recall any crazy tantrums or being uncomfortable because of the number of kids, though I did feel a bit overstimulated in The Animator’s Palette due to so much stimuli in the decor itself (mainly, the talking turtle).

    Since it’s your honeymoon, I recommend spending a little extra and booking one meal at Remy and another at Palio. We didn’t have a meal at Remy, and I regret it. However, we did dine at Palio and thus far it’s probably the best meal I’ve ever had at sea. It’s very quiet and the service is outstanding. Also, you’ll be seated alone and won’t have to worry about being paired up with a family of crazy hoodlums. In our case, Disney paired us with another party of three — two parents and a little girl the same age as Fuzz. They were very nice and it was enjoyable dining with them. I’m pretty sure if we didn’t get along or felt uncomfortable, we could have asked for a change.

    I think the biggest issue with Disney is that all the trivia is Disney oriented, the music is all Disney and there’s no casino. That, and it’s pricey compared to other lines. But that has an upside too.

  75. Diane says

    Great information — I love that it’s so unbiased and realistic! We are first-time cruisers and I have a couple of questions for you. I know Disney pairs you up with others at dinner, but how many do the dining tables accommodate? Our kids are just wondering if our famiily of five will automatically be pared up with other guests that may have kids. I just can’t envision how large the tables might be. Also, I’ve heard about a walkie talkie-like system that parents and children can use while on the ship. What can you tell me about that? Finally, what’s your best peice of advice for first-time cruisers?

  76. says

    Hi Diane,

    That’s a nice compliment. Thanks! We were first time cruisers when we went on Disney and have gone on two other cruises since. It’s really important that your first experience is a good one. I’ve heard too many stories about people taking a party boat atmosphere cruise for their first cruise and being completely turned off to cruising. This is so sad because every ship is different and it’s just a matter of finding the perfect fit.

    Anyway, to answer your question, we were paired up with another family of three and it was obvious Disney had thought things through. I can’t remember exactly how big the tables were, but there were some big ones! I think they may go up to 12, but it varies. Either way, they’ll pair you up with a family with kids. If they paired you up with, oh, a honeymooning couple, it might be awkward (or awesome, depending on personalities). But I think they do put some effort into it. And if you don’t like the family, you can ask to be moved.

    I don’t know about the walkie talkies on Disney, but on Liberty of the Seas a lot of older children were using them to talk to their parents. I think they brought them from home because the type they were using looked similar to the type we use at home with Fuzz. Check Radio Shack. They’re called Cobra.

    My advice for first time cruisers is to a) avoid spring break if possible (which is sometimes *impossible*) and b) look for longer cruises — 7 Days. The short ones are fun, but it takes 7 days to really experience ship life. But if you can only take a short Spring Break or Summer cruise, you’ll still have fun — especially on Disney because people have paid a premium for the experience and are usually well behaved; and when they’re *not* Disney is good at making people who are ticked off and tired of crowds forget about it. That’s the Disney magic. You’ve already made a good decision by picking Disney as your first cruise.

    Also, feel free to email me if you want more info. Also, my friend Marisa specializes in cruising and will be happy to answer any of your questions even if you’ve already booked through someone else. She just genuinely loves cruising and can answer from personal and professional experience. She’s also got a Facebook page if you’d like to reach out to her that way. https://www.facebook.com/SunshineTrav

  77. Karen says

    We were first timers too back in November. We are a family of 4 and they did not pair us up with anyone at any of our dinner seatings but maybe because an even number?

    I think what the Dream has are called Wave Phones. We did not take the time to learn how to use them but if I remember right that is their purpose.

    Advice. . . . wear some kind of shoes on the pool deck. I slipped down some steps and got a very nasty bruise on my rearend and to this day have an indention in my skin. They try to keep up with keeping it dry but very difficult and when it is wet it is very slippery.

    We are going on the Dream again next summer and cannot wait.

    Enjoy.

  78. Yvonne says

    It’s great to see so many positive comments & the enthusiasm for the Dream! Does anyone know how the cruise accommodates children w/disabilities in the kid club?

  79. Lisa Martinez says

    Thank you so much for your review. We will be sailing on the Dream in March 2013. I wanted to share a story about the patches used for sea sickness. I happen to get an itch behind my ear and when I scratched I got some of the medication on my finger tips. Later on I cleared something from my eyes and got the medication in my eyes. It dialated my pupils and really made things unpleasant to see. Tip be aware that the patch is there or do what I did on my second cruise. Ask the doctor for Scopace which is the same medication as the patch but in pill form. You can also take half a pill or a quarter pill. Depending on how much you need. The patch is constantly dosing. When I reach ports of call I take nothing until that evening when we are leaving port. Works great. Thank you again for the review.

  80. says

    Thanks for the info, Lisa! I get motion sickness too, but have found I don’t need any sort of medication or patches for big ships.

    Yvonne, I asked my travel agent your question. As expected, Disney does their best to accommodate all kids. Have you asked this question on Cruise Critic? If not, try their Disney boards (forum). There’s bound to be someone who has had personal experience with this.

  81. Sara says

    Hi, Great review. I saw Katrina mentioned she had brought her 2 year old on the cruise. We are booked for Feb 2013 & my little one will be that age. Is there a good amount of activities/things to do to keep a toddler entertained during the day (outside of the nursery).

  82. Jenn says

    Hi Sara!!! We in 2011 on the Dream when our boy was one. We had such a great time that we went again this year when he was two. We spent most of our time with him in the Nemo splash area – he loved that area and we had to drag him away. Also, at two, the shows and characters were more entertaining to him than the previous year. We also loved the nursery – worth the extra payment in order to get some adult time! Enjoy your vacation!!

  83. Diana says

    I’ve not long returned after my first cruise onboard the Disney Dream and I just can’t praise it enough. It was magical in every way. Someone previously mentioned about being honeymooners and I would say that there is no problem going on this cruise without children. Yes there are lots of them but there’s plenty of space and adult areas to escape them!! ( I have two myself!!). The busiest days onboard are the ‘at sea’ days when we become a captive audience. Saying that, my two went to the kids clubs and then me and my partner went to the adult only pool. There’s no disney music this side of the ship at all and up on the upper child free decks there were plenty of sun loungers and lots of empty spaces to move around in!! In fact, I couldn’t believe how quiet it was. I would get that cruise booked now!! :))

  84. Cathy says

    We are going on the Disney Dream Spring Break March 2013 with our family. I have been worried about sea sickness but this has helped me a lot. I plan on getting the Bonine and using it. My daughter uses it and says it works great. She has really bad car sickness. This reveiw has made me want to go where I was afraid of it.

  85. says

    Hi Cathy,
    Definitely do not worry! Take some Bonine or maybe some Sea Bands as a back-up, but I really doubt you’ll have problems. Have fun.

  86. Karen Farmer says

    Hi Cathy,
    I went on the Dream in June 2013 for our second cruise. I get major motion sickness and have always had something with me just in case but have never needed it. Ironically, in June when we went on the parasailing excursion at Castaway Cay (which is awesome) I did not even think about getting sick doing that but it was a small boat and choppy water but boy could I have used it. Not sure how I kept from getting sick on that one. Took me an hour to recover but fortunately had a nice lounger with the sea breeze to do so while the kids played on the slides.

    Enjoy. Sure to love it!!!

  87. Cathy says

    My daughters are going to do the parasailing at Castaway Cay so I will make sure they know this. With everyone talking about it I’m getting excited, I was just scared of it I have to admit.

  88. Karen Farmer says

    I was very nervous on our first one because I do get sick. The only part you may feel anything is going through the straits, which I could tell on the first cruise (in November) but not the second. Our first cruise was only a 3 day because I was afraid of being sick but did a 4-day the next one and now want to do a longer one. It is one of those things unfortunately you cannot predict but would definitely have something with you just in case.

    It will be here before you know it for sure and will be very worth the wait.

    One note, as I was reading through previous comments, I had mentioned about wearing shoes on the pool deck, which I still strongly urge, but the steps where I busted my rear I was happy to see they put down some nonslip strips. Guess I was not the only one.

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