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Old 02-13-2014, 10:41 PM   #1
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reality of the pools on the Dream?

we will be cruising for the first time this spring on a 4 night on the Dream. my girls ( 10 & 13) are big swimmers and I think are planning on spending a lot of time in the pool. After reading a lot on here, I have tried to warn them the pools will be super crowded. any advice on when to use the pools and how crowded it really will be? thanks!
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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We haven't yet been in a pool on the Dream and have no plans to. They are not, from what I can see, a swimmer's pool. They are a stay in one spot and splash small thing of water. Even if they weren't crowded, they aren't for actual swimming.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:59 PM   #3
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we will be cruising for the first time this spring on a 4 night on the Dream. my girls ( 10 & 13) are big swimmers and I think are planning on spending a lot of time in the pool. After reading a lot on here, I have tried to warn them the pools will be super crowded. any advice on when to use the pools and how crowded it really will be? thanks!
We were on the Fantasy in Nov and the pools were crazy busy. My nine year old daughter loves to swim and she was really disappointed with the pools. We found the best time for us was about 9:00 pm-when the pools closed. We are night owls so this worked out well for us. She really liked riding the Aquaduck at that time too. She rarely had to wait in line that late at night.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:51 AM   #4
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We were on the Dream and were SO disappointed in the pools. They are tiny and crowded. Evenings were bad, but also they are less crowded on port days. If you want to swim, my advice is to hit the beach!
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we will be cruising for the first time this spring on a 4 night on the Dream. my girls ( 10 & 13) are big swimmers and I think are planning on spending a lot of time in the pool. After reading a lot on here, I have tried to warn them the pools will be super crowded. any advice on when to use the pools and how crowded it really will be? thanks!
There are pools?

Ok, in all seriousness they do get very crowded. Both of my kids are water bugs and my advice to them was to pass on the pool and wait for the beach. Best to set expectations now. Every time I walked by the pools were havens for 4-8yo kids with moderate to no parent supervision.
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:40 AM   #6
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The VERY best time to have the pools to yourself is the morning the boat is at Castaway Cay. We found that everyone goes to the beach in the morning (and the beaches gets super crowded) and then comes back after lunch. So, we go to the pool in the morning and hit the beach in the afternoon.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:00 AM   #7
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Definitely not a "swimming" pool. Even with no one else in it, you can't get a decent lap in there. If they want to get in and bob around for a bit, I suggest very early (I think the pool was open at 8) or during dinner and shows.
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We usually skip one dinner meal as the pools clear out pretty good close to first seating time. Almost empty pools, movie on the screen are good times....
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We always have breakfast poolside and it is usually less crowded first thing in the morning. DS swims and DH and I enjoy breakfast!
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:13 AM   #10
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The pools on the Dream are definitely not for swimming. They are small and packed full of kids. If they want to swim, then I would wait for Castaway Cay or go to Atlantis or another beach in Nassau.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:26 AM   #11
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The pools on the Dream are definitely not for swimming. They are small and packed full of kids. If they want to swim, then I would wait for Castaway Cay or go to Atlantis or another beach in Nassau.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:00 AM   #12
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Swim 1st thing in the morning. Do late dinner seating and swim after 4:30.
Just remember there are 4000 people on the ship. Even if 1/2 of them were at the pools it would be crazy. Just imagine 2000 people at the pools at the Yacht and Beach Hotel. It still would be crowded.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:07 AM   #13
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Yikes! I'm glad I saw this thread. I was wondering the same thing about the pools on the Dream, because they DO look tiny.

So, are there any DCL ships that have pools that aren't as tiny or horribly crowded?
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:09 AM   #14
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My three are big swimmers too. I let them swim for about 45 mins when we first boarded. Then one night my dh took the girls to a show and I took ds to the Mickey pool for about 30 mins. The pools are super crowded during the day. They are also really too small to do much swimming. Save your swimming for Castaway Cay!
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We got the first port arrival time, came prepared with our swimsuits in hand and went straight to the pool. We were able to enjoy it for almost 2 hours before it got crowded. My kids were satisfied that they were able to enjoy it at least once during our cruise.
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