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Disney Dream Review

The Dream is beautifully designed in the Art Deco tradition with a hefty dose of Disney culture mixed in.

December 20, 2011

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Christened in 2011, the Dream is the newest ship in the Disney cadre, weighing in at a hefty 128,000 tons. According to the introduction book in the cabins, the ship’s anchor alone is as heavy as two T-Rex dinosaurs or three elephants—standard weight measurements in the Disney world. Within the Disney fleet, the Dream is comparable in size to the Fantasy, but they're 40 percent larger than the Magic and the Wonder, with 1900 more beds and two extra decks. Disney Dream operates 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida, and packages are tied in with the Orlando theme parks, 90 minutes away.

About Our Cruise

The Dream is beautifully designed in the Art Deco tradition with a hefty dose of Disney culture mixed in. Mostly, the ship is a children’s area with a few exceptions, like the Remy and Palo restaurants, the Meridian, and the bars in The District. There is a full blown movie theater aboard, showing the latest Disney features in 3D, as well as some more adult films that come with an R rating. The huge LCD screen poolside on deck 11 also plays movies day and night. The AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea, is great fun and should not be missed.

In the Disney cruising tradition, there are some spectacular theme nights like Pirate Night. A dinner fit for a pirate is served at Cabanas restaurant topside. Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew are sure to make an appearance, followed by a fireworks display that you can only see on Disney ships (we have to ask: where do the firework casings end up…trash in the ocean perhaps?). Even the grumpiest cruiser can find mirth in dressing like a sea pirate and growling at children. If you have kids young enough to believe in Disney magic, cruising on the Dream can make for a fabulous family vacation.

The food was above average. Not one of the restaurants turned us off, and the specialty restaurants had top-quality nosh. Disney did not venture into the obscure or challenging with their cuisine. The results were somewhat predictable, but we had really great tasting meals.

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Conclusion

We enjoyed our ride on the Disney Dream for the fun and variety offered. We appreciated that entertainment was not just relegated to the bars, or strictly geared to children. There were fantastic shows, a great movie theater, a whole water coaster, pirate nights and other Disney magic.

It goes without saying that, to fully enjoy this type of cruise, you need to have kids along, or be a devout Disney fan. The more cynical cruiser could get pretty annoyed with the lighthearted campiness thickly applied to everything on the ship. But if you have a family, you won’t find a better cruise than aboard a Disney ship, especially for smaller children. The Dream is the largest and most decked out of all the cruisers in the Disney line and we highly recommend it.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Dining
  4. Drinks & Nightlife
  5. Activities
  6. Kids, Service, and Other Details

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