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Old 07-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Disney Dream info and more!

Hello,

I started this thread to learn more about the Disney Dream cruise ship.

Here are a couple of things I really want to focus on:

1. What is special about the holiday cruise on the Dream? Are there any extras?
(I heard about Santa Goofy)

2. Tips about the Disney Dream.

3. Is it just for kids or do adults love it too? Especially if they aren't Disney fans.

4. Where and/or how do you get the best Disney Dream cruise price?

5. Where do you get the pirate stuff for the fireworks at night on board?

Also, feel free to post other helpful things and photos of your cruise.

-Thanks!

Happy Summer!

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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My family just returned from disney dream cruise last week. It was an awesome trip. The ship is huge, beautiful, and very clean. The cabin was great - we had a verandah on deck 6. The food was good and our waiters/hosts were wonderful. The shows and entertainment was fun and Castaway Cay is so beautiful. The pictures showing the island are accurate but can not really tell you how wonderful it is to really be there.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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My Mom end up taking my DH's place last year as he had to stay home last minute. She LOVED it...so much so that the whole family is going in Nov. I do think you have to at least like Disney somewhat. Though we have an Aunt and Uncle that aren't big fans coming in Nov....but they are excited to see how the nieces have fun.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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Hello,

Thank you sabchief and jenseib for your wonderful posts! Hopefully people will start posting more about the Disney Dream!

Happy Summer!

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Just Google "Disney Dream - the Dis" and you will get tons of hits.

There are literally hundreds of threads out there discussing everything there is about the Dream.

I am sure more people will answer this thread but if you don't want to wait please search and you will find tons of info.

Here are some pics I took of the Dream last November when she was decorated for Christmas.....that alone is a reason to book during the holiday season!!! There was giant gingerbread house made out real gingerbread.

You can also find out tons of info at the DCL website and click on Ships, then Dream. Also, just keep reading this forum to learn just about everything you may need or want to know about Disney cruising!!!

DREAM CHRISTMAS DECORATION PIC THREAD

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2. Tips about the Disney Dream.

3. Is it just for kids or do adults love it too? Especially if they aren't Disney fans.

4. Where and/or how do you get the best Disney Dream cruise price?

Happy Summer!
2 - Search for "secrets" and there's a 50 page thread here about them.

3 - Good for BOTH. Now, not a Disney fan? It's VERY Disney...

4 - Best rates are the day the open booking for a particular cruise (about 2 years ahead). The closer to departure, the higher the rate. Depending on how the ship sells, they might open IGT/OGT/VGT rates which give you a significant discount (although not as good as opening day rates) but have restrictions.

Booking with a TA will give you "on board credits".

Paying with a Disney Visa Rewards gives you 6 months zero interest, and $50 on board credit.
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You need to pay for coffee beverages at the Cove and Vista cafes, but not the pastries!
Get a muffin at the Cove and grab coffee at the beverage station and sit on deck enjoying the crowd free scenery before Cabanas opens.
Or, We found cookie bars on a stick at Vista cafe and ate them while we played Mouse Detective.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #8
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Hello,

Is there a travel agent or other way not to pay expensive rates for a Disney Dream cruise a couple of months ahead? Thank you everyone! Keep up the awesome posts!

Happy Summer!
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Is there a travel agent or other way not to pay expensive rates for a Disney Dream cruise a couple of months ahead? Thank you everyone! Keep up the awesome posts!

Happy Summer!
Disney doesn't discount with TA's or themselves much. But when they do it's offered to anyone who sells them. But couple months out, you may find a guarantee room rate which will be cheaper.
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Also if you would like to read my trip report on the Dream from last year, it's in my signature. Just click on "A hop, no Skip....etc" words and it will take you there. I have a ton of pictures.
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Hello,

I started this thread to learn more about the Disney Dream cruise ship.

Here are a couple of things I really want to focus on:

1. What is special about the holiday cruise on the Dream? Are there any extras?
(I heard about Santa Goofy)

2. Tips about the Disney Dream.

3. Is it just for kids or do adults love it too? Especially if they aren't Disney fans.

4. Where and/or how do you get the best Disney Dream cruise price?

5. Where do you get the pirate stuff for the fireworks at night on board?

Also, feel free to post other helpful things and photos of your cruise.

-Thanks!

Happy Summer!

#5 - We each received a disney pirate bandana in our stateroom the night before the party. I purchased eye patches in the party supply department in Target for about $2 for a package of 4. I also stumbled upon "glow stick swords" in the dollar store
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3. Is it just for kids or do adults love it too? Especially if they aren't Disney fans.

4. Where and/or how do you get the best Disney Dream cruise price?

5. Where do you get the pirate stuff for the fireworks at night on board?

Also, feel free to post other helpful things and photos of your cruise.

-Thanks!

Happy Summer!
#3 We went on the Dream to the Bahamas in Feb...it was my DS who's 14 and my DH . We barely saw our son...he LOVED the teen club and made lots of friends.
So we were practically alone with out a child/teenager. There's a pool for adults, restaurants for adults (Palo $25/per & Remy $75/per), lounges that dont allow minors after a certain hour, bars and night clubs. Loud bars, quiet bars...coffee spots. Its not all "Disney" & characters.
However, we are Disney fans...the true test is when my SIL goes with us this coming Feb. She is not a Disney fan, but loves cruises and wants to do a family vacation.
We met a few people on the cruise traveling without children, some cruise with DCL often without kids.

#4 DCL Rates are basically the same all around. However, stateroom credit is what makes the difference, compare all

#5 The ship will give you pirate bandanas. You can buy more pirate gear on the ship, in Nassau, or in Castaway Cay. But we brought our own. Both my DS & I have dressed as pirates in past years.

I hope this helped!
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Hello,

Is there a travel agent or other way not to pay expensive rates for a Disney Dream cruise a couple of months ahead? Thank you everyone! Keep up the awesome posts!

Happy Summer!
Cruises are currently open for booking through the end of 2013. They require a deposit (the amount varies based on your total fare) and then you can make payment until a few months before sailing. That makes it much more affordable.

Disney doesn't offer discounts on their cruises, but will sometimes offer on board credits, and many travel agents will offer OBC's as well depending on the total fare.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:28 AM   #14
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Hello,

Thank you for all the posts so far and they really do help! Keep them coming!
Now I hope I get more info on this question I posted: "What is the difference between a holiday cruise and a regular cruise besides the decorations. Also is it worth spending the extra money for a holiday cruise?"

Feel free to post other info, tips, tricks, secrets, and more about the Disney Dream. I really love looking at photos!

Thanks!

Happy Summer!
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