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Old 06-04-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Our "Dreamy" anniversary cruise....with pics 5/30/13-6/02/13 UPDATED W/ALL NAVIGATORS

Hi! I absolutely love reading the trip reports on the these boards. They have been so helpful to me so I thought I would try writing one to kind of give back and help cruisers. I am Trina (tweis) and this was my second time cruising with DCL and second time on the Dream. The first was last June with my DH and our two kids (9 &10) for a double dip. It was great but this time DH and I wanted to take a trip for our anniversary and adding on a 3 night cruise seemed like a great way to end our week long trip. I did not take many photos of this trip so I don't know that I will be able to post many.

We live in GA and would be driving down to the port. We decided to make the drive down part of our vacation. I absolutely hate long car rides so this was great for me. We stayed 2 nights in Savannah (beautiful), a night in St. Augustine (loved it), had a nice scenic ride down A1-A and Daytona Beach, then stayed the night in Cocoa Beach before our cruise.

Beautiful Savannah, GA


DH and I at Fort Castillo in St. Augustine


Either Daytona Beach or Cocoa Beach





Last year we stayed at the Radisson the night before our cruise and used their park and cruise service. The pool area was great at the Radisson but the beds were so uncomfortable and I really got impatient with the shuttle service so we have decided not to stay there again. We chose the lovely DoubleTree Inn at Cocoa Beach. We knew we would be arriving kind of later in the evening so we opted not to stay on the executive level because alot of the perks are evening snacks and drinks in the lounge. Since we are Hilton Honors members, we each received a complimentary drink from the bar and of course everyone gets one of the yummy warm cookies.

We had booked an oceanview king room. The room was great with really nice bedding and wonderful Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries. The shower was tile with glass doors. Really nice. We were hungry and luckily just across the street is a Sonny's BBQ. I love BBQ. The service was good but the pork was dry. The sauce helped and I was hungry. We went back to the DoubleTree and decided to get our free drink from the bar. We had the option of a blue lemonade or a blue lagoon. My DH asked what the difference was and the bar tender said one had alcohol and the other didn't. We chose the one with alcohol which was the blue lagoon. My DH really enjoyed it and had a second. It was getting windy and we really wanted to take a stroll on the beach before it was too dark to see. My DH had never been to a beach on the Atlantic Coast so on our drive down we stopped and visited different beaches along the way. We still prefer the beaches on the Gulf but he decided Daytona and Cocoa wasn't bad. We had stopped at Tybee Island and that gave him a bad first impression of Atlantic Beaches. The sand was really brown and course and their were piles of sticks all over the beach. The water also looked really dark brown. He is used to sugar sand beaches and emerald waters so it was a real shock to him. Lol We took a nice leisurely stroll down the beach and was having such a nice time that it was completely dark on our way back to the hotel. The DoubleTree has showers so that you can rinse the sand off before going either in the pool or back into the hotel. We decided to turn in since we had a port arrival time of 11:00-11:30 and we still need to stop to pick up beer and juice and to have some breakfast.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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CRUISE DAY 1-PORT CANAVERAL

We got up around 8:30 and showered and got ready for the day. Wandered out onto the verandah and what do I see.....the Disney Dream. I also see that it's windy and rainy. Crap. Surely it can't rain on the day we are boarding the Dream can it? It can and does. By the time we check out and start loading our luggage it is absolutely pouring. We head to Publix which is also just across the street to pick up some beer to carry on and some pineapple orange juice for mixing with the vodka that we are also carrying on. We get completely soaked but we get what we need and pack it away in our carry on bag. Next stop McDonalds for a quick bite before heading to the port. We are somewhat familiar with the port since we cruised out of PC last year but we have never parked at the port before and weren't exactly sure of what to do.

We got there around 10:45 (ish) and drove right past where you are supposed to drop your luggage off. Oops. We are directed to the parking area and get our ticket to put on our windshield. We find parking in the first lot and now drag our suitcase over to where we were supposed to leave it to begin with. We head to security and show our passports and signature form and they ask for our room number. We give them our number and our pictures pop up on the computer screen and the officer welcomes us back and directs us to the terminal. Upon entering the terminal DH is worried that our heavy carryon full of booze will stop the belt when it passes through the scanner. I told him no worries it wasn't a big deal. It didn't stop the belt and we were finished in a matter of minutes. We were directed upstairs and into the terminal. There were already lots of people there and it was barely 11:00. We were given the health questionaire and directed to the Castaway Club line. We were in line maybe 5-7 minutes before we were at the counter. The CM gave us our KTTW card and our lanyards since we were returning cruisers. I was excited because we had gotten the dining rotation our TA had requested for us. We were given boarding number 3. Score!!




It was maybe 11:10 so we went and had a seat and looked over the navigator that we had been given. DH went ahead and put his phone in airplane mode so as not to forget later. We had decided that I would leave mine on but turn off all notifications that way if there was an emergency our children could contact us. I'm still not sure how that worked out because I received 3 texts while on the ship and none of them were about our kids. I'm not sure yet how much that is gonna cost.

DH was starting to get antsy by 11:20 and wanted to stand up and wait with this massive group that had formed around the area that was roped off in front of the Mickey Ears. Right after this there is an announcement about boarding only when your group is called. We must be getting close. Then the family of the day is announced. Boarding group 1 is called at exactly 11:30 followed immediately by number 2. Then boarding groups 1-4. Awesome! I should mention that a fellow standing beside me is confused because they called group #1 and he is #40. How are we #40 he asks his wife. My guess is that he chose a later PAT and showed up way early. They key to not having to wait in long lines is showing up at your correct PAT. Anyways.....we are heading through the Mickey Ears and get our KTTW card swiped. I see where they are taking photos before entering the ship. I tell DH that I read on the DIS that you don't have to have a photo taken and that you can board without it. Not true. They said it was for facial recognition and that EVERYONE has to have the photo. No problem. We get the pic taken and then we are being announced by the CMs that are waiting to welcome us onboard. The atrium on the Dream is so beautiful. There are CMs lining both sides of the entrance smiling and welcoming you onboard. We take it all in for a minute and then head to guest services. I inquire about mixology and the CM says it is on our Nassau day at 3:00. We get our tickets which is $15 pp and applied a gift card to our account. I look at the time and it is only 11:40. Awesome!

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Old 06-04-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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I found some pics that I took this trip (not many) and some from our previous trip that I am going to try to post if anyone is interested. They will be a mix of both cruises but should get the point across.

This is a photo from last trip and you can see part of the atrium and the lovely chandelier. The Dream is such a beautiful ship.



After guest services we decided to have a little lunch. Last time we chose Enchanted Garden because we thought that would be easier with the kids since servers seat you and bring you your drinks but since it was just DH and I we decided to go to Cabanas. There was hardly anyone in there at this time and we were able to move through it rather quickly. Even though it had been raining earlier all the tables and chairs out on deck were dry. The CMs really work hard. We decided to sit outside and enjoy our lunch. Probably 10 minutes later a CM comes by and recommends us moving to a table under the overhang of the ship. Rain will be here in about 10 minutes he informs us. So we moved and sure enough just a few minutes later it was raining again. This is a lunch pic from EG but it is pretty much the same food that Cabanas has. It was all very good.




I found an actual pic from Cabanas during embarkation lunch. As you can see my DH had already started before the pic was taken.



This was the view we had of the port while enjoying our lunch at Cabanas.
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After lunch we decided to go visit the adult's only sections of the ship. On our last cruise we were unable to do this. It's like walking into a different world. So quiet and peaceful. There are padded loungers on both sides of the deck as well as round little "love seats" and couches and chairs. All padded. Nothing like on the family side of the ship. AND we were finally gonna be able to get in the pool!



Not only is it an adult's only pool but it also has a bar! This is where we met Craig from Jamaica.


The drink of the day was the "paradise" and he made it beautifully. He presented me with a slip to sign and for 2 drinks was less than $10 with gratuity added in.


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I'm here! I love your report! Enjoying being along for your adult cruise
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:23 PM   #6
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I'm here! I love your report! Enjoying being along for your adult cruise
Thank you Amanda! I was beginning to think no one was reading.

I'm so excited to see the Falmouth excursions up today. It just makes it seem more real.
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I am loving your trip report & learning a lot. We will be first time ever cruisers in Dec. 2013. We too are taking an adults only trip for our anniversary on the Dream (4 nights). Thanks for sharing & looking forward to the rest of the report!
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Thanks so much for the trip report. We are heading out on our first 3day cruise in Aug, so I love all your info.
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Yes truly thought the same about the Castaway Day....Although we did enjoy the beach and water for the entire time spent there. Also the dance party was pretty fun...
We had a blast before heading back to the ship. Glad your family was able to enjoy it.

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I am loving your trip report & learning a lot. We will be first time ever cruisers in Dec. 2013. We too are taking an adults only trip for our anniversary on the Dream (4 nights). Thanks for sharing & looking forward to the rest of the report!
Happy anniversary! I'm sure you all will have a great time. Thanks for reading along.

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Thanks so much for the trip report. We are heading out on our first 3day cruise in Aug, so I love all your info.
Thanks. I'm glad I can help. Have a great cruise and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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We were soaked but we finally made it back to the ship. The CMs were handing out towels so that you could dry off a bit. I thought that was really nice. We headed back to our room for a bit and spent some time on our verandah and had a drink. The rain didn't seem to be letting up so we decided to head up to the pool area to lounge for a bit. The hot tub was pretty empty so we decided to give it another try. Still VERY hot! I didn't get in all the way this time either. We couldn't stand it for very long and moved on to one of the round seats that we are so fond of. I think DH could have taken a nap but I wasn't about to let that happen. It was our last day and I didn't want to spend it napping on deck. Although there were tons of people sleeping. Lol We wanted to get a ride in on the Aqua duck but the lines was very LONG and there was no loungers in the covered area and I didn't want to leave my cover-up and towels to get soaked in the rain. We never did get to ride. We rode it several times last year and if you've never ridden it then it's a must in my opinion. Word of caution: the stairs for the line get very hot. Make sure you wear shoes of some kind.

Since the Aquaduck was out we decided to get in the pool even with it raining. We splashed around for a bit and decided it was time for a snack. I didn't want very much because we would be dining in Palo at 6:00. I opted for chicken tenders while DH decided to try the grilled chicken sandwich. He didn't care for it and wound up going back for chicken tenders also. Their chicken tenders are so yummy and convenient. I also really enjoyed their wrap options. They also have a very tasty bacon and brie Panini. Lots of choices and lots of opportunities to try them.

DH hit up Cove Café for a couple of eclairs while I decided to order the drink we had our first day, the Paradise. It didn't taste the same as it had on the first day. It was too sweet and tasted too much like coconut. I commented on this to DH so he took it back to the bartender and told him that it tasted different. The bartender commented on the Malibu Coconut Rum and said maybe he had put too much. DH brought me a new drink and it tasted the exact same. The bartender watched me take a sip and seemed to be gauging my reaction. He could tell that I still did not care for it and took it back. I asked if he could maybe just add more pineapple juice to cover the coconut rum taste and he did so. It was much better. I honestly don't remember Craig saying that the drink had coconut rum in it and I never tasted it on the first day so I'm not sure what happened.

It was starting to get late so DH and I decided that we had better head back to our room to get ready for our dinner in Palo.
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Love the drink pictures!
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Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us! I am learning a lot about the adult only perks! Our last trip was 3 years ago on the Wonder when my daughter turned 18. Her birthday wasn't until the day we left and no amount of begging and pleading could get her to the adult pool! She just turned 21 and we sail on the Dream in August. We are taking notes from your tips! Thanks again!
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Thanks for being so detailed so far on your Palo dinner. Love that you are including the menu & pictures. We are going to try to get reservations there for our Dec. trip. Looks like we need to plan to eat very light that day. So much food!! Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your Palo dinner & the rest of your cruise!
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Thanks for being so detailed so far on your Palo dinner. Love that you are including the menu & pictures. We are going to try to get reservations there for our Dec. trip. Looks like we need to plan to eat very light that day. So much food!! Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your Palo dinner & the rest of your cruise!
Thanks for reading We loved our meal in Palo and plan to have dinner and brunch on our next cruise. Definitely eat light, I was so regretting those chicken tenders that I had earlier.
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Just started reading this today and can't wait to finish. I'm only on page 1. signing on to keep updated.

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