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Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 09:38 AM
This is not a full TR, but I wanted to report back my view/opinion as a veteran Disney Cruiser.

This was our 5th DCL cruise - before this one, we've done one other 3-night cruise (Wonder - 2005 - Honeymoon), a 5-night double dip on the Wonde, a 5-night Double Dip on the Magic, and a 7-night Western Caribbean on the Magic. We have 4 Fantasy cruises scheduled.

We booked this cruise to take advantage of the excellent FL resident rates just to get a taste of what life will be like on the Fantasy on our future cruises. DD was off school Friday, so she only had to miss one day. After reading the reviews of the Dream 2/2 cruise, DH (ssanders79 on the Boards) and I set out expectations LOW. We were not expecting much - we were expecting unruly kids, crowds, and many other unpleasantries.

Boy, were we wrong!!

We arrived to the port and parked our car and by the time we were walking up, to get checked in at the street, it was 11:15am. There was NO line. We walked thru security, and the port did look busy. We walked up to check in to the Castaway Club line, and didn't have to wait. We got checked in and it was 11:25am, we were given boarding #3 and guess what, they were already boarding #1 & #2!!! By the time we walked over, it was time for #3 - we literally felt whisked away to the ship. We boarded, walked all the way aft, and went to Cabanas for lunch. Walked around on deck, there were a few people in the pools and no line for the Aquaduck. Room was ready at 1:30pm, and we set down for DD to take a nap. We had a Cat 5A and it was nice, but I could tell it was smaller than the classic ships. However, there was more *space* - I didn't miss the steamer trunk because usually, we put our suitcases in the closets, which takes up space. However, there is so much room under the bed, that we put our luggage under there and had no problem with space. It was, however, a 3-night cruise.......

We attended the Sail Away Party viewed from deck 12 (as we always have), and did not go to the Pirate Party - we viewed the fireworks from our verandah.

On Nassau day, we stayed on the ship. After breakfast (which was about 9am), DD hit the Mickey pool and DH & I rode the Aquaduck 1 time each (10 min wait). Nemo's Reef seems dangerous, but there were parents all around. At 11am, we decided to go explore the ship's outdoor areas. There was NO ONE playing Goofy Golf - it was EMPTY. So, we did it and Goofy even showed up in his golf attire. Very fun.

We did main dining, all was well. Was it loud? Yep, but no different than any other ship dining rooms. The food was fine. Not stellar, not awful. We ate at Cabanas, all 3 main dining rooms, and 1 breakfast at Royal Palace. No room service or any on deck place (there was no time). We ate at Cookie's on CC day. DD ordered from the adult menu at dinner and at our breakfast at RP, so I cannot comment on the kids fare.

Our dining staff was incredible - we had Shawn and Andrea. Our head server was non-existent other than his usual appearances. I did chuckle because in Enchanted Garden, he picked up a crayon and wrote on the table cloth. I told DD that washable crayon or not, it was OK for him to do, but not her! We had nice table mates who dined with us 2 out of the 3 nights, and they were clueless on tipping.......They went to Guest Services and asked how to tip in the Main DR for 2 nights and then went up to Cabanas to find the server to tip they had the other night & Guest Services DID NOT explain how to tip to him. He was a smart reasonable guy, and I explained to him how it goes, but he had already done it. He said, "Why didn't GS explain it to me that way?"

CC didn't feel any more crowded than in our last cruises; I think this is a direct result of good planning by DCL.

The ship was rumored to have 3,000 people (according to the bartender in Skyline). It never once felt crowded. I was also shocked - the kids and parents were very nice, non-rude and well behaved. DD spent about 3-4 hours total on the kids club and adored every minute of it as usual.

Were the pools crowded? Well, the adult areas were literally empty everytime we walked by. The kids pools were packed like from about Noon-4:30pm when we walked by. This didn't seem different to us, as it's like that on the classic ships also. We just don't do things when they are crowded. Simple as that. When we got back from CC, the pool deck was busy; so was the hot tub, and the Aquaduck had a 45 min line.

Yes, a 3-night cruise is short. Absolutely. It's an entirely different feel than the 7-night we were on in October. You don't have time to relax, it's like going to the parks. However, it was still a nice getaway for us. Do I prefer the classic ships? Yes.

I will do a full TR with pics on in the TR section very soon!!! If you have any questions, please ask away and I am sure DH will chime in.

We are now GOLD CC members :banana: and cannot wait for the 4 months and 3 days until we board the Fantasy.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 09:40 AM
Also, we have all of our documents, and DH will scan them in and start a new thread.

DisneyOHFan
02-13-2012, 09:50 AM
That is fantastic and thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it.

See you in June on the Fantasy :cheer2:

Warren W
02-13-2012, 09:52 AM
Thanks for sharing! Hard!

tjgabemom
02-13-2012, 10:04 AM
So happy to read your report. We leave on Thursday for our first cruise and it was great to have your perspective of what to possibly expect. I was getting a little nervous with all the negative reports I was seeing about the three night.

MissDaisyofTexas
02-13-2012, 10:11 AM
Thanks for the review! Is your DH the one that takes those incredible pictures??? If so, I hope to see some in your trip report! :)

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the review! Is your DH the one that takes those incredible pictures??? If so, I hope to see some in your trip report! :)

Yes he is and yes you will see them :goodvibes

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 10:20 AM
So happy to read your report. We leave on Thursday for our first cruise and it was great to have your perspective of what to possibly expect. I was getting a little nervous with all the negative reports I was seeing about the three night.

So was I!

We were not 1st time cruisers, so I know we didn't have our "Disney rose-colored glasses" on - there are some things that were out of our control. Is it weird to walk thru Cabanas everytime you want to go out to the pool deck when you climb the aft stairs? Yes. Can that be fixed? Not really.

We met A LOT of people from Florida, a nice guy from Jacksonville, people from Orlando, Gainesville - very nice. I don't think we had a lot of first time cruisers on board, as there were a lot of Castaway Club lanyards, but there were some - our tablemates were :thumbsup2

StaciMay
02-13-2012, 10:56 AM
So glad to hear you had a great time! :woohoo: I will be on the 3 night Dream in a couple of months. I can't wait to read your trip report and please scan in Navigators if you have them. :thumbsup2

roxy84
02-13-2012, 11:01 AM
We had Shawn and Andrea as our servers on the Jan 22nd cruise too and they were great! We had problems with the head server - came only on the last night to see us for his tip. We were confused as one of the other head servers that we had on a previous cruise checked on us almost every night during this cruise - so we thought it was him. I don't mind tipping him as I am sure he has many duties behind the scenes, I just wish he would have introduced himself sometime during our 4 night cruise so I knew who to tip.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 11:11 AM
please scan in Navigators if you have them. :thumbsup2

Look for a thread from Ssanders79. I can hear him scanning them now!

ssanders79
02-13-2012, 11:24 AM
Also, we have all of our documents, and DH will scan them in and start a new thread.

Dream 3-Night Bahamian Navigators & Cruise Documents February 9-12, 2012 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2877386)

ssanders79
02-13-2012, 11:31 AM
Is it weird to walk thru Cabanas everytime you want to go out to the pool deck when you climb the aft stairs? Yes. Can that be fixed? Not really.

At least there is a clear walkway and not part of the food line like it is in TS/BBB on the Classics.

mommy2tati
02-13-2012, 11:39 AM
I was on the same cruise & pretty much had the same experience. Except we had late seating, our servers were Antoine & Rachelle, and our Head server stopped at our table every night and actually spoke to us for a few minutes. He even brought me some grand marnier souffle on our last night even though we were in AP.

Oh btw I LOVE your FE!! It was very elegant and beautiful. I passed by it every time I went to my cabin lol.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 11:45 AM
I was on the same cruise & pretty much had the same experience. Except we had late seating, our servers were Antoine & Rachelle, and our Head server stopped at our table every night and actually spoke to us for a few minutes. He even brought me some grand marnier souffle on our last night even though we were in AP.

Oh btw I LOVE your FE!! It was very elegant and beautiful. I passed by it every time I went to my cabin lol.

The Grand Marnier souffle is my favorite DCL dessert ever - IMO it beats the Palo desserts as well. I love that. In fact, I don't care for any of the entrees in Lumiere's/Triton's/Royal Palace, but go just for that. I am thinking of skipping that rotational menu on the Fantasy and going to Palo that night and just getting the souffle while in another restaurant like you did :thumbsup2

Thanks for the kind words about our FE - it was a lot of work but it paid off :goodvibes

NancyIL
02-13-2012, 11:51 AM
Now that you've been on the Dream and realize you prefer the classic ships - do you have any plans to change some of your Fantasy bookings to the Magic or Wonder?

I was on a 4-night on the Dream a year ago, and really liked the ship. I didn't want to repeat another Bahamas cruise on it, but I'm really looking forward to our Podcast cruise on the Fantasy in December. :)

ssanders79
02-13-2012, 12:03 PM
Now that you've been on the Dream and realize you prefer the classic ships - do you have any plans to change some of your Fantasy bookings to the Magic or Wonder?

I was on a 4-night on the Dream a year ago, and really liked the ship. I didn't want to repeat another Bahamas cruise on it, but I'm really looking forward to our Podcast cruise on the Fantasy in December. :)

I do not want to speak for DW, but moving one of the Fantasy bookings to a classic is not really cost effective as we would need to build in extra time and incur additional cost for a flight to Galvistion, LA, Vancouver. I guess Miami is an option as it is under 5 hrs drive, but I prefer the short trek to Port Canaveral.

I think it will be different on the Fantasy as it is a longer cruise with more time to relax than trying to see it all in 3 nights.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 12:04 PM
Now that you've been on the Dream and realize you prefer the classic ships - do you have any plans to change some of your Fantasy bookings to the Magic or Wonder?

I was on a 4-night on the Dream a year ago, and really liked the ship. I didn't want to repeat another Bahamas cruise on it, but I'm really looking forward to our Podcast cruise on the Fantasy in December. :)

No, but simply because we can hop in the car and just drive to Port Canaveral in 2 hrs. If the Wonder out of Miami was doing Southern Caribbean cruises, absolutely without question. I would love to do Alaska or some others, but when you add in airfare & hotel the night before.....

For us, right now, we'd rather cruise more often than save up for one big vacation like Alaska or Hawaii, etc. That will change as time goes on :goodvibes

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 12:17 PM
I guess Miami is an option as it is under 5 hrs drive, but I prefer the short trek to Port Canaveral.

I think it will be different on the Fantasy as it is a longer cruise with more time to relax than trying to see it all in 3 nights.

I do not want to drive down to Miami for a 5-night cruise on the Wonder. I'd much rather go on a longer, 7-night cruise, even though its on the Fantasy. If it were a 7-night cruise on the Wonder out of Miami with new ports, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

NancyIL
02-13-2012, 12:36 PM
No, but simply because we can hop in the car and just drive to Port Canaveral in 2 hrs. If the Wonder out of Miami was doing Southern Caribbean cruises, absolutely without question. I would love to do Alaska or some others, but when you add in airfare & hotel the night before.....

For us, right now, we'd rather cruise more often than save up for one big vacation like Alaska or Hawaii, etc. That will change as time goes on :goodvibes

I can certainly understand wanting to take advantage of cruises sailing from ports that are close to you. Since there are no cruise ships sailing from the Illinois prairie, they all require a flight or a long drive! :teeth:

I would also prefer to cruise more often than save for an expensive cabin or cruise ship - so I book cheap cabins on various cruise lines.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 12:40 PM
I can certainly understand wanting to take advantage of cruises sailing from ports that are close to you. Since there are no cruise ships sailing from the Illinois prairie, they all require a flight or a long drive! :teeth:

I would also prefer to cruise more often than save for an expensive cabin or cruise ship - so I book cheap cabins on various cruise lines.

There weren't any cruise ports when we lived in Ohio, either :rotfl2: Darn if DCL would just sail out of the Port of Tampa - I'd be platinum status before you know it :rotfl:

NancyIL
02-13-2012, 12:55 PM
There weren't any cruise ports when we lived in Ohio, either :rotfl2: Darn if DCL would just sail out of the Port of Tampa - I'd be platinum status before you know it :rotfl:

My first cruise was on HAL out of Port Canaveral, but my second cruise was on Royal Caribbean out of Tampa. I loved that cruise, and we didn't have any rough seas leaving from Tampa as I've usually had leaving from PC.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 01:07 PM
One more thing~

By reading the boards, I expected to see everyone wearing shorts and jeans to the dining rooms. I have to say, DH & I were plesently surprised on the attire of the guests - most people looked great and dressed accordingly. Even the 4 year old at our table had on a dress shirt and a jacket at dinner on the last night (optional dress up night)!

jfugina
02-13-2012, 01:55 PM
We were on your same cruise, and I agree with your observations as well. After some of the last 3-night reports, I was worried about the crowds. But our situation was helped, I think, by the fact that we didn't take the kids this time (way too much work for just a long weekend! ;)), and therefore didn't put ourselves in the way of the crowds. We didn't see any shows, or spend time in any pool, other than quiet cove.

We haven't yet decided on big ship vs smaller ship preference. We booked a Fantasy cruise on this trip, and figured we'd reserve judgement for when we take the kids. We were really surprised at how different the family experience was on the Wonder from the adult-only experience on the Dream.

Our only major let-down (which was obviously not Disney's fault) was the weather. That last night was crazy choppy. We spent the evening in evolutions, and between the drinks, and the ship rocking, it was especially entertaining to attempt to be on the dance floor. :rotfl2:

Erikas4228
02-13-2012, 02:20 PM
Looking forward to your trip report. We will be doing a 3nt at the end of April. We have not done a short trip like this so I was truly concered after reading some of the post about the 3nts.

How was the Aquaduck? I really want to try it but so worried of getting stuck. I have an issue with being inclosed in the tubes.

Also we are taking our DD who is 9 and she knows at the sail away party they have passed out the sticks with ribbons on them. Are they still doing that would like to prepare her now? She is disappointed that they are not doing the old sail away party but someone told her they will still play some of those songs after the new sailaway show is over. Do you know if that is true.

It's sad that my 9 yr old has expectations at this age:rotfl:

Thanks for your help

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 02:29 PM
Looking forward to your trip report. We will be doing a 3nt at the end of April. We have not done a short trip like this so I was truly concered after reading some of the post about the 3nts.

How was the Aquaduck? I really want to try it but so worried of getting stuck. I have an issue with being inclosed in the tubes.

Also we are taking our DD who is 9 and she knows at the sail away party they have passed out the sticks with ribbons on them. Are they still doing that would like to prepare her now? She is disappointed that they are not doing the old sail away party but someone told her they will still play some of those songs after the new sailaway show is over. Do you know if that is true.

It's sad that my 9 yr old has expectations at this age:rotfl:

Thanks for your help

Well, my DD will be 5 next month and has expectations, so I completely understand. She actually got in trouble for acting like a brat because she was complaining about going on a 3-night cruise instead of a 7-night. Sheesh.

Anyways, we did receive the streamer sticks. We don't have the Sail Away party memorized, because once we hear the ships horn and we pull away from the docks, we call the grandparents and get in view of the Port Canaveral web cam :goodvibes

The Aquaduck was "meh" - it was fun, but not ground-breaking earth shattering and not worth more than a 10-15 min wait for us. It starts out fast, and then slows down while going around deck. We rode it Nassau day while we were docked. I would like to try it again out at sea and at night, though. DH & I rode it one time each; DD is too short - she has about 1" to go to hit the 42" mark to ride with us. I think Crush n' Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon is more fun and way faster, but we are spoiled and have the FL resident after 2pm water park passes, so it's not a novelty to us. Now, will I still ride it? Yes. I am not complaining, just giving my honest opinion. You will not catch me waiting 30-45-60+ minutes for it :scared1:

BeeTeacher
02-13-2012, 02:39 PM
I am also glad to see another positive review of the Dream 3 night as your experience was similar to ours.

We actually like that their was a stairwell/elevator that came up into Cabanas as it saved us having to walk through the pool area to get there. Much more convenient. If you don't want to come up into Cabanas, its easy to just take the mid ship elevator. I think the new design makes perfect sense, having never been on the classic ships.

BeeTeacher
02-13-2012, 02:44 PM
How was the Aquaduck? I really want to try it but so worried of getting stuck. I have an issue with being inclosed in the tubes.

I was also worried about getting stuck, but its not even really possible. It would be hard to even intentionally tip your raft over.

1. The Tube is WAY bigger around than it looks. My DH is 6'4 and he didn't come close to hitting his head on the top.

2. The water flows, you don't really slide as much as you are being pushed, more like a slightly faster lazy river.

3. To me, who hates enclosed spaces, the only scary parts were the 2 open air sections, because that is where you go faster and it seems like you will hit your head but its higher than it looks.

4. I was afraid of the part that "goes over the edge of the boat" as I am afraid of heighs. Great news--you can't look down. Its so humid in there you cant see out much and if you look down the raft blocks most of your view.

I am terrified of water slides, but I tried it and loved it.

DisneyDream2B
02-13-2012, 02:59 PM
Well, my DD will be 5 next month and has expectations, so I completely understand. She actually got in trouble for acting like a brat because she was complaining about going on a 3-night cruise instead of a 7-night. Sheesh.

Anyways, we did receive the streamer sticks. We don't have the Sail Away party memorized, because once we hear the ships horn and we pull away from the docks, we call the grandparents and get in view of the Port Canaveral web cam :goodvibes

The Aquaduck was "meh" - it was fun, but not ground-breaking earth shattering and not worth more than a 10-15 min wait for us. It starts out fast, and then slows down while going around deck. We rode it Nassau day while we were docked. I would like to try it again out at sea and at night, though. DH & I rode it one time each; DD is too short - she has about 1" to go to hit the 42" mark to ride with us. I think Crush n' Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon is more fun and way faster, but we are spoiled and have the FL resident after 2pm water park passes, so it's not a novelty to us. Now, will I still ride it? Yes. I am not complaining, just giving my honest opinion. You will not catch me waiting 30-45-60+ minutes for it :scared1:


Thank you for the report. May I ask for details on how to get in view of the web cam?
Thanks!

NJOGRE
02-13-2012, 03:14 PM
How was the boat on Nassau Day? We went on the Magic for a 4 nighter and stayed on the boat in Nassau, I mean how many times can you go see Nassau, any way we are going on a 4 nighter and are thinking of staying on the Dream at Nassau again

Erikas4228
02-13-2012, 03:20 PM
Based on what your saying I think I will be ok. I'm gonna try it.

Thanks

Erikas4228
02-13-2012, 03:27 PM
Well, my DD will be 5 next month and has expectations, so I completely understand. She actually got in trouble for acting like a brat because she was complaining about going on a 3-night cruise instead of a 7-night. Sheesh.

Anyways, we did receive the streamer sticks. We don't have the Sail Away party memorized, because once we hear the ships horn and we pull away from the docks, we call the grandparents and get in view of the Port Canaveral web cam :goodvibes

The Aquaduck was "meh" - it was fun, but not ground-breaking earth shattering and not worth more than a 10-15 min wait for us. It starts out fast, and then slows down while going around deck. We rode it Nassau day while we were docked. I would like to try it again out at sea and at night, though. DH & I rode it one time each; DD is too short - she has about 1" to go to hit the 42" mark to ride with us. I think Crush n' Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon is more fun and way faster, but we are spoiled and have the FL resident after 2pm water park passes, so it's not a novelty to us. Now, will I still ride it? Yes. I am not complaining, just giving my honest opinion. You will not catch me waiting 30-45-60+ minutes for it :scared1:

OMG that was my DD reply when I said a 3nt and not a 7nt. Sounds like they are a pair we are at the parks just about every weekend because we are so close. I won't wait in long lines at all I'm spoiled with being so close the parks that I refuse. I always say we can come back another day. We don't have the water park passes I have them for shhh one of the other parks. But DD uses it more than me with friends.

Well thanks for help truly appreciate it.

Jodijo
02-13-2012, 04:18 PM
We had nice table mates who dined with us 2 out of the 3 nights, and they were clueless on tipping.......They went to Guest Services and asked how to tip in the Main DR for 2 nights and then went up to Cabanas to find the server to tip they had the other night & Guest Services DID NOT explain how to tip to him. He was a smart reasonable guy, and I explained to him how it goes, but he had already done it. He said, "Why didn't GS explain it to me that way?"


How does the tipping go?:confused3 I would have done the same thing. Please explain the proper way to deal with this type of situation. I would not want to make a tipping mistake. :sad2:

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 05:25 PM
Our only major let-down (which was obviously not Disney's fault) was the weather. That last night was crazy choppy.

That was NOTHING compared to our last night on the Magic (Oct 7th to be exact). I will admit, I felt the movement more on the Dream than ever before. It doesn't bother me, but I was aware.

Thank you for the report. May I ask for details on how to get in view of the web cam?
Thanks!

We just stand on Deck 12 in front of one of the stacks. It seems to work out better when we are in front of the first stack.

How was the boat on Nassau Day? We went on the Magic for a 4 nighter and stayed on the boat in Nassau, I mean how many times can you go see Nassau, any way we are going on a 4 nighter and are thinking of staying on the Dream at Nassau again

It was fine for us, but we are early birds, so we tend to miss crowds. DD spent from 9-11am at the Mickey pool. It definitely got busy around Noon.

OMG that was my DD reply when I said a 3nt and not a 7nt. Sounds like they are a pair we are at the parks just about every weekend because we are so close. I won't wait in long lines at all I'm spoiled with being so close the parks that I refuse. I always say we can come back another day. We don't have the water park passes I have them for shhh one of the other parks. But DD uses it more than me with friends.

Well thanks for help truly appreciate it.

We do the "Water Parks after 2pm" pass because it's so cheap. We normally do not like going anywhere late, but we couldn't pass it up for the cost. I work weekends, so we typically go like every other Friday or so. It any attraction line is longer than 20 minutes, forget it :lmao:

How does the tipping go?:confused3 I would have done the same thing. Please explain the proper way to deal with this type of situation. I would not want to make a tipping mistake. :sad2:

You are just suppose to tip your main dining room team whether you are there or not and apparently this covers all of your meals served everywhere, no matter where you ate (except for Palo & Remy).

tjgabemom
02-13-2012, 06:03 PM
How was the weather? Was the ocean too cold to get in?

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 06:36 PM
How was the weather? Was the ocean too cold to get in?

Short answer: yes, the ocean was too cold to get it.

Longer answer: We are from Tampa, so honestly, we didn't plan on going in the water at CC; we knew it would be too cold for us. DD did get in, but not for long and kids don't care :rotfl:

The weather was in the 70s at Nassau and at CC. It was pleasant.

jfugina
02-13-2012, 06:56 PM
That was NOTHING compared to our last night on the Magic (Oct 7th to be exact). I will admit, I felt the movement more on the Dream than ever before. It doesn't bother me, but I was aware.


It didn't bother us either - I guess we'd gotten our "sea legs" by then. But DH did get up at one point before falling completely asleep and take down all of the hangers from the closet. They were making enough noise to prevent us from getting to sleep - and after all of the thunder and lightning from the night before, we were desperate for a better night's sleep.

Silverfox97
02-13-2012, 06:59 PM
But DH did get up at one point before falling completely asleep and take down all of the hangers from the closet.

We did the exact same thing!!!!

travelbug24
02-14-2012, 09:33 AM
SilverFox - did you stay at Country Inn and Suites the night before? I asked a cute little girl in the hot tub where she was from and she said Tampa.

Silverfox97
02-14-2012, 11:08 AM
SilverFox - did you stay at Country Inn and Suites the night before? I asked a cute little girl in the hot tub where she was from and she said Tampa.

No, we always drive in the AM of the cruise - saves $$$ :)