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Old 07-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #16
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So excited - we just booked our cruise yesterday! We were on the Dream last year and had a ball. Hubby and I are really looking forward to going back! We're planning on staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge for a couple of nights before the cruise and staying at Beach Club for a week after . I feel so much better to have my next Disney vacation booked!
Welcome aboard! I know what you mean, we have a cruise this fall on Carnival with friends of ours (their first cruise and our first on anything but Disney)...but I feel so much better knowing we also have a Disney cruise next fall (with that same family).

We come in the day before... but we haven't decided where to stay yet. In the past we've stayed in Kissimmee and Daytona. And afterwards we usually spend 2 days somewhere before heading back. Not sure where yet. We have this fall's cruise to plan for first.

438 days and only 63 more Friday's to go!

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Old 08-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #17
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Talking First time Disney cruiser

My family of 5 is flying from Australia to join this cruise. It is our first time to Orlando, WDW and our first Disney Cruise. We are super excited and love the cruise being cut down to Fridays instead of counting days, it doesnt seem so far away when you think of it like that
We are having 2 weeks prior to and 2 days after the cruise. A week in New York prior to Orlando and a week in Las Vegas after. I think we will be staying at the Hilton Grand Vacations at Seaworld. I am keen to join in the fish extender group which sounds really interesting and a lot of fun. Is this the right place to be to do that?
Looking forward to the Dream and to meeting some of you there!
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:33 AM   #18
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My family of 5 is flying from Australia to join this cruise. It is our first time to Orlando, WDW and our first Disney Cruise. We are super excited and love the cruise being cut down to Fridays instead of counting days, it doesnt seem so far away when you think of it like that
We are having 2 weeks prior to and 2 days after the cruise. A week in New York prior to Orlando and a week in Las Vegas after. I think we will be staying at the Hilton Grand Vacations at Seaworld. I am keen to join in the fish extender group which sounds really interesting and a lot of fun. Is this the right place to be to do that?
Looking forward to the Dream and to meeting some of you there!
Welcome aboard!

We haven't talked much about the fish extender yet, the last cruise we were on the FE stuff was discussed in a separate thread and that worked out well, so maybe we could do that for this cruise. But for now, this is a good place to chat and tell us you want in the FE.

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I hope everyone is doing well...

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Old 09-09-2012, 02:39 AM   #20
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Yay 56 Fridays, woo hoo!!

Just wondering if anyone can tell me if the cruise has a photo system on board similar to the photo pass at the park? Or what happens with photos on the ship?
Any info would be much appreciated, Cheers Georga
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #21
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Hi Georgia,

Disney never misses a chance to take a picture and the Dream is no exception. There are literally dozens of opportunities for pictures with characters, formal family photos before each meal, photos on Castaway Cay, photos boarding, photos debarking... you name it. Lots of photos.

You will find a digital photo album with all of your photos on board, and you will be able to choose those photos you want and order individuals, packages, dvds, etc... It isn't cheap, but they do a great job. My only recommendation is that you don't want until the last night to buy your photos. The photography studio is a mob-scene the last night.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:43 PM   #22
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This is our review from about a year ago in case anyone is interested. We sailed on Dream for our 10th wedding anniversary.

Shared post from 'DISBoards' by BensDaddy from thread 'Just off of Disney Dream: Our view of Disboard complaints':

Yesterday morning we sadly packed our bags and headed home from Disney Dream. I say sadly because, after the "Believe" show 2 nights ago my 5 year old son broke down in tears because he didn't want to leave "Mickey's Boat".

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it? We had a spectacular time on Dream and - although we didn't book another cruise while on board - we will probably sail Disney again in a few years. They have certainly ruined us for other cruise lines if nothing else!

This is not going to be a full review (although i'll mention a few things that might be helpful) but I wanted to write to expand upon some of the complaints about Dream that we read on DisBoards... maybe give you another point of view. So here we go!

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1. The pools are crowded: That depends. The entire pool deck / deck 11... is crowded. I don't personally believe that larger pools will solve the problem. What you have to do is be tactical about your pool usage. If you go to the pools on the day-at-sea (for example).... yup they're going to be jam packed full of people. There are 4000 guests on the ship and they all want a little pool time.

So here's our tip. We were at the port at our 11:00am boarding time and onboard by 12:15 having lunch at Cabanas. By 1pm we were riding aquaduck, swimming, and little guy was on the Mickey Slide. By about 2:30pm, the pool started getting crowded so we went down, unpacked, and got ready for the muster drill. The next day while half the ship was in Nassau, we remained on the ship. It was still crowded but our longest wait at Aquaduck was about 20 or 25 minutes, and the pools - while crowded - were not SO crowded that little guy couldn't splash, jump, and play.

On the day that we were at Castaway Cay we went to the Pirates-In-The-Caribbean party. At 8:30pm, half the ship was at dinner and many more were at the Hypnotist show (we weren't interested). So we went to ride Aquaduck at night and rode it 3 times with NO WAIT whatsoever. (riding Aquaduck at night is not to be missed. WOW!)

On the day at sea we didn't even go near the pools. It was a madhouse up there, so we chose that day to see a movie, do Midship Detective Agency, shop, and take some classes (little guy was in the Oceaneers Club)

2. Cabanas Was Crowded - Inconsiderate People Yup, no question about it. Breakfast at Cabanas is a test of patience. Everyone wants breakfast and that's the restaurant of choice. They line up even though Cast Members tell them not to, and if you "cut" to get something they give you dirty looks. But, that said, there were always empty tables and plenty of staff to keep them clean. So by the second day of the trip we were accustomed to it and modifying our schedule slightly to avoid peak times. The cast members in Cabanas were always stopping by the table to do magic tricks, napkin folding, or to take pictures for us.

The food was well above average for a buffet. They had foods of all types and everything was good (try the ham wrapped salmon for breakfast!). Sushi was adequate (again for a buffet) and YES, they had Mickey Waffles (and they were good!!! I'm not an egg-eater but my son is and he LOVED the eggs. They are NOT powdered eggs as is sometimes reported here but are actually pasteurized egg substitute. This is done for food safety. (Got this directly from a pastry chef)

The deserts were delicious, especially the bread pudding and pumpkin pie!

3. Height Requirements for Aquaduck - They held firm to 42 inches. Our son was exactly 42 inches tall. If they can slide a finger between the bottom of the sign and the child's head, they will not ride. They put a red armband on him so we only had to measure once the whole trip. 48 inches is the minimum to ride alone and was also enforced.

4. Elevators are Jammed - The midship elevators were crowded most of the time and the aft elevators were crowded after breakfast and lunch when people were using Cabanas. We tended to use the aft elevators most often but just took the stairs during busy times. It didn't bother us as we were on Deck #5 so we just took the stairs most of the time. (The exercise did us good!)

5. Elevators poorly placed in Cabanas We didn't see any problem with elevators being in Cabanas. We actually found this to be VERY convenient and never an issue. We did feel awkward walking through cabanas with wet bathing suits (once) to get to our room, but that was just the one time that we felt out of place.

6. Formal Night We wore button down shirts and khaki slacks. My wife wore a black dress. We did this more because we wanted family pictures taken prior to dinner than because we cared what we wore. I did not see anyone in shorts in any of the dining rooms. I saw one guy in a tux. The vast majority of the men were in a jacket and tie (but I didn't feel out of place without one). If people were wearing jeans, (even "nice" jeans that are bedazzled on the rump) I didn't notice.

7. Bathing Suits in the Theater?? - Ok, this one is mine. Bathing suits in the theater? Really? Come on folks, sure it's vacation but we would at least like the illusion of doing something special. Why would you not at least throw on a shirt to go see an hour long musical in an elegant theater? Oh well, to each their own I guess...

8. Oceaneer's Club / Lab We had boarded fully intending to give iTunes gift cards to our son's "favorite" counselor at the kids program. What we found was that there were SO MANY counselors and virtually no individualized attention that we were not able to identify one counselor that really made a difference in his experience. There were activities but he didn't participate much and, instead, did a lot of free play. The only thing that bothered me about Oceaneers Club was the noise. At least on the first day there was extremely loud music playing...exacerbating what is already arguably sensory overload. Still, he loved it and still talks about it!

9. Castaway Cay No cat sightings. The island looks like new. You really even have to hunt for browning of vegetation. I don't know how they clean it up so well because by the time we left the place was TRASHED (I was embarrassed)

Our son wears a boys size 10 shoe and, therefore, we tried a boys 9-11 flipper (swim-fin...whatever) for the snorkeling lagoon. It was too big! (They did not have smaller sizes) So we ended up really not getting our money's worth for the snorkel, raft, etc rental that we had paid for in advance.

Food at Cookies was good and, ok, you heard it here first. Are you ready?:

KONK COOLER IS THE NEW DOLE WHIP!

That was the most amazing thing i've ever put in my mouth... adult beverage made in an ice-cream maker? Soft serve hard liquor?

That said, my "appreciation" for that particular beverage also resulted in my spending dinner that night in the cabin vs. at dinner with my family. lol Lesson learned. Still, YUM!

10. DebarkationDebarkation was organized and easy. We did onboard airline check-in and didn't see our bags again until we got home! Worked flawlessly! We were in the early dinner seating so they wanted us at breakfast at 6:30. We asked Raul, the head waiter if we could have breakfast later. He gave us 8am. By 9:30 we were on a bus headed to MCO. At MCO by 10:30 for a 2pm flight. Had time for a leisurely lunch and no stress.

11. Cabin - We were in Cabin 5156 on the Port (left) side. There were 6 or 8 cabins on deck 5 AFT that had "extended" balconies and ours was one. The balcony was about 2.5 times the size of the ordinary balcony!! It sat further out. Sadly we spent so little time in our room that we didn't really get much use of it until the last night... but it was incredible. Wish we had used it more. Just don't do anything naughty on the outer-part... because everyone in balconies above will see... unless that's your thing I guess.

The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in. If anybody knows where I can get those pillows hook me up!!!

12. Port Vs. Starboard Cabin - The only thing I kind of regretted was that all of the "cool" stuff happened on the right side of the ship. Waving as you embark, seeing Castaway Cay from your room, and seeing the fireworks on Pirates in the Caribbean night... all happened on the right side of the ship.

So, for the fireworks for example, it would have been great to have little guy in his jammies and just take him outside on the balcony to see fireworks rather than keep him up on deck until 10:45pm to watch them. He's only 5 and was falling asleep in our arms.

On the morning of Castaway Cay we had to go up to deck 4 or 11 to take pictures from "above" rather than just walking out to our balcony. If I had to do it again i'd choose a cabin on the right side.

13. Improvements Needed? There were a few things I wish Disney would improve upon. First, I thought the room-service menu was inadequate. Would have liked to see some more options there. And for a ship that was only 10 months old some things aren't holding up well. Furniture in the D-lounge was stained and some chairs ripped (foam). The carpeting appeared worn on the stairs and some other high-traffic area. Armrests in the Walt Disney theater were faded from use. "Project Mainstreet" should apply to the ships as well. They should look as good for the 10,000th family as it did for the 1st.

Still, 99% of the ship was clean and looked like new. There was staff cleaning ALL the time!

That's about it! Questions? That's about all we have. We didn't decorate our door (but we saw a handful) and we didn't participate in fish-extenders. If you have any questions fire away! We had a great time on a beautiful ship and wish we could go back tomorrow.

Oh... one last thing. We spent about $700 on souvenirs, photographs (over $200 there), drinks, etc. So budget accordingly! Have a magical time!

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Old 09-12-2012, 03:43 PM   #23
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56 more Fridays! When you put it that way it doesn't seem like such a long time away! We'll be cruising on the Carnival Glory next week and I know I will be pining for a Disney ship the whole time! It will be my first time not cruising Disney and I'm nervous!
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:03 AM   #24
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Great review Bensdaddy. and thanks for the answer to my question.
Another one if you or someone else doesnt mind. Are the characters on the dream around at meal time etc. I am wondering whether or not to bother booking character dining while we are at WDW previous to our cruise. Our kids will be 18,15 and 12 so wont be desperate for character meals and we have done them at Disneyland albeit 3 years prior to the cruise. Anyway any input or advice will be much appreciated.

Cheers Georga
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:24 AM   #25
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Great review Bensdaddy. and thanks for the answer to my question.
Another one if you or someone else doesnt mind. Are the characters on the dream around at meal time etc. I am wondering whether or not to bother booking character dining while we are at WDW previous to our cruise. Our kids will be 18,15 and 12 so wont be desperate for character meals and we have done them at Disneyland albeit 3 years prior to the cruise. Anyway any input or advice will be much appreciated.

Cheers Georga
No Georgia,

There are no character meals on Dream during the 3 or 4 day cruises, however I read on here that they do have such offerings on longer cruises. That said, there are no shortage of characters on the ship, or opportunities for the kids to interact with the characters. Times are in the Navigator left in your room each night, but if you happen to see characters roaming the ship or in the hallways they always stopped and spent a few minutes with my little boy (who practically tackled Pluto in the hallway on one occasion)

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56 more Fridays! When you put it that way it doesn't seem like such a long time away! We'll be cruising on the Carnival Glory next week and I know I will be pining for a Disney ship the whole time! It will be my first time not cruising Disney and I'm nervous!
I hope you had (or are having) a good cruise! We are cruising it two weeks... on the Carnival Sensation with friends of ours. Our first non-DCL cruise as well. One good thing, the friends that are going with us in 2 weeks... are also going on this Disney Dream cruise in.... wait for it....

Only 54 more Fridays!

Happy Friday everyone!
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Thanks Mike!

Woohoo 54 more Fridays!
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:30 AM   #28
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It's that time again....

Only 53 more Fridays!
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Our current plan (subject to change) is to Arrive on the 4th, spend the 5th at Kennedy Space Center, sail on the 6th, then after the cruise spend 2 nights at animal Kingdom.

Excited about it but trying to keep it on the back burner at least until we get back from Disneyland in Nov of THIS year.
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So excited to have another cruise to plan!

I am sailing with 3 other wonderful mom's who I met on a Disney Fantasy Cruise in June 2012.

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"The Fab 4 DISmom's"
We are from SC, VA, TN and FL and we are so thrilled to be sailing together again! I'm sure they will join the thread shortly, we just booked yesterday!!

Looking forward to getting to know you all!
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