!! DISNEY DREAM !! To Bahamas ^_^ The Ultimate Review and Complete Pictorial Guide

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  1. Gambee

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    So as the dinner starts they dim the restaurant, and a little movie plays. The Characters move from screen to screen, and crush interacts with some people. Usually kids, I never saw him interacting with any adults. It is kind of like the Nemo ride on Epcot center, but with dinner included. Very neat!

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    The restaurant is beautifully lit.

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    Here is a short video before they dim the restaurant.

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    Sarah and I got the Truffle pasta and my mom got the Risotto, everything was fantastic!

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    Then our server insisted that we get salad and soup. I think it is because of timing for the show in the restaurant, they have to keep everyone there for a certain amount of time and we usually eat very fast.

    Mom got the avocado salad, it was not on the menu, but our server told us it would be no problem. My mom was happy that this time it actually came with some avocado, although not that much. I got some sort of soup, it was good I guess. And Sarah got another salad, honestly I am not sure what we got.

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    In between meals the cartoons pass around the screens, very cute.

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    Crush interacting.

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    Ok so for dinner I got the veal trio, it was just ok. I actually liked the pasta in bottom the best.

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    Sarah got the Ginger Beef, tasted nothing like Ginger. It was the best out of the 3 dishes.

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    And mom got the low carb beef dish. It was good.

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    For dessert our server pulled the same little stunt as the day before and got us all 2 desserts.

    I am never a fan of these samplers on cruise ships. They are usually below par.

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    The chocolate sunday was pretty good

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    Dinner was really good and the service was great as usual. We tipped extra to all 3 of team, they really did a great job. It was actually the last day of work of our server before he got his vacation, you can only imagine how happy he was.

    After dinner we headed to the room for a drink, I took a few pictures on the way up. I think we went for a little stroll before heading to the room.

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    Once in the room we noticed a swan waiting for us, with more chocolate… It is not like we needed it…

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    A few more pictures of the balcony

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    We changed and headed to the Adult area to enjoy the Jacuzzi one last time. It was pretty empty up there, most people were probably busy packing.

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    There was some live music up there. Maybe a handful of us enjoying it, it was really nice and calm up there.

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    I think after an hour, we went back to the room. My mom and Sarah were going to go to the Karaoke, and I to get my NEX camera to do my evening photo shoot.

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    I guess at some point I went back to the room, my mom and Sarah were back from Karaoke and they said it was dead. I guess made the right choice by not going.

    We went back out because there was one more area that I wanted to check out. It is located in the FWD funnel of the ship. This area overlooks the adult area of the ship, it is called the Outlook. I also believe this area can be rented out private meetings.

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    One deck below is a kid area, so there were a few kids running up and down between the 2 areas.

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    After that we went to purchase the picture of the AquaDuck for my mom, we ordered it and we just had to pick it up in the morning.

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    That is pretty much it for our last day, we went back to the room to finish packing and went to bed.

    Day 3, Ending.



    Day 4, Debarkation.


    I woke up so early like at 4:30am and could not go back to sleep, so I just started working on my pictures. At around 8:00am we left the room to have breakfast at the buffet, they only open one side that morning. But they have all the options that they offer on the other days. You can also go to the MDR that you went on your last night.

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    I think it took us 5 minutes from the minute I step foot on dry land, to be out of the terminal. It was just a very fast and organized process. Definitely the easiest that I have ever done!

    I tried getting my camera really fast to get a picture of their buses, they are really neat. They have portholes as windows.

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    The only issue that day was that we did wait about 40 minutes for the bus of the parking place to come pick us up. In addition to that I was very disappointed by the security of the Parking area, there was no checkpoint or nothing. Fortunately nothing bad happened to our vehicle. The drive home was uneventful, and fast.


    I will now work on the conclusion and rating, and post it later on today. I hope everyone enjoyed the review :).

     
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    Conclusion, Rating and Final Thoughts





    Food 9/10

    The food aboard the Disney Dream was mostly excellent! The buffet is by far the best buffet that I have ever experienced to date of any ship. They offer an incredible amount of options that just make eating every meal in there a very viable option. The food in the MDR was very good, some of it rivaled the food of for fee restaurants of other ships. I can only imagine what the food is like in their specialty restaurants. The room service has a nice menu with good selections, and most of the food was very good, possibly the best I have ever had from room service.

    One thing is for sure, you wont go hungry on a Disney cruise. There is just so much food coming from all angles, and so many different choices. I will admit that Disney is the first cruise were I have ever gained weight. I am usually very good when it comes to self control with eating. But Disney proved a real challenge, and I just had to eat more and more. Thumbs up for Disney! Thumbs down for Gambee, as a result I am now on a diet :(


    Cabin 9/10

    The cabin in the Dream is by far the best cabin I have been in a ship. The split bathroom concept is a really addition that makes traveling with more than 2 people much easier. The decoration of the room follows the Disney concept without overdoing it too much. But it is the minor touches that make the room so comfortable and enjoyable. I also love the curtain that splits the room in half, it is a very nice touch that adds some privacy to those small rooms. The safe is much larger than your average safe, while I did not put my computer inside it, I am still sure that it will fit. There also seemed to be slightly more storage than your average room. You also have to keep in mind that Disney's staterooms are larger than the industry average. The bed was also very comfortable and plush, although the same cannot be said about the pullout bed.

    The only reason I am not giving this cabin a 10 is because the bed does not split into 2 beds. That is something that is crucial for me since I mostly travel with my mom and we always get our beds split. But overall Disney did a great job at making a tight environment very comfortable and efficient. I also think I am holding that 10/10 score for when I get to travel on a suite :D.


    Cabin TV System & Internet 9/10

    The TV system is the best I have ever had on a ship, mainly for the incredible selection of movies at no cost. They could use a little better programming in the non-on demand channels. But honestly if you ran out of movies to watch, the odds are that you never left your cabin on several B2B cruises. Another incredible feature is that they stream the shows live, so if for some reason you're feeling ill or lazy, you can still see all the shows. I am taking a point off because you're not allowed to order room service from the TV system.

    The internet was extremely fast, I am not sure if it was because we were docked in Castaway cay, but in any case is the best ship internet I have used. I guess the same argument can be said about the internet on Celebrity while it was on Labadee and I could not even get online…


    Pools, Jacuzzis & Adult Only Area 9/10

    Scoring this area is rather complicated. Let me start by the adult area, I think this is possibly my favorite adult area. I loved the jacuzzis and how they were open to the side of the ship and they had the glass bottoms. The pool was also very nice, this is by far the cruise that I have used the pool the most. I think it was because of the way the pool is divided into 3 different areas, allowing you to really relax in whatever area you like at that time. Plus the wet bar is a really nice addition to that area. There is maybe a lack of loungers for seadays in that area, but in our case it never proved to be a problem. They also had live music on several occasions, I have never seen live music on any adult area on any other ship. If I was scoring the adult area I think this would be a perfect 10/10. One thing to note is that there is a lack of a covered solarium, so this would not be my ship of choice for a cold weather trip. But then again the Dream is mostly in warm weather.

    However the other 2 pools can get very congested, but I guess not so much more than other cruises. It was never an issue for me since I go strictly to the adult area, but I am just pointing out for those with children to be aware off.


    Activities (for Adults) 7/10

    Lets face it this is a Disney ship, and you can look yourself the amount of activities offered for adults are not that much. I never encountered a problem finding something to do, but then again I am fairly easy to please. Just give me a jacuzzi, a drink, some music, a camera and I am happy. But this might be an issue for some people, specially those on longer cruises. I still think that I would be just fine on 7 day cruise, there is enough for me to do to stay happy an occupied. But I think that overall disney could improve in this area a little more. I think the main problem is that there is not enough adults without kids to do other activities. As proved when we went to the Trivia and it was less than half full or the empty Karaoke.

    In any case I am just pointing something out, but I think most people will be just fine. There is certainly enough to keep you happy and entertained.


    Shows 9/10

    At times I think I should stop reviewing shows since I never see them. But then again as long as I have my mom to review them for me I think I am fine. Both my mom and Sarah said that their shows were extremely well done, from the costumes to the change of sets every so often. I will take it from them that the shows were better than the breakaway, I am not sure why I gave the breakaway 8/10 (it should be less). But I did, so it is far to put Disney a notch above at 9/10.


    Bars & Lounges 7/10

    Personally I was not a fan of how Disney did the bars on the Dream they are like dark little rooms with few ocean views. I did however like the Skyline lounge & the pool bar in the adult area. So I think this is a fair score, there was really nothing special about the bars on the Dream. I would also like to note that there is a lack of bar environment, mainly because Disney allows to bring alcohol. I kind of think this is something that they thought carefully. Think about it, they want to keep the Disney family friendly concept. If they have a lot of drunk people on bars it would take that a level down. But if people are privately drinking on their own they never get a chance to congregate and get loud and obnoxious. Plus I think most parents are focused on their children, more than anything else.


    Ship Decor & Elegance 10/10

    Since you walk into the ship you know you're in a Disney ship. The ships has really clean lines, and just the right amount of Disney. The attention to detail is incredible, everything is so bright and colorful, and at the same time it feels like you're on a 5 star resort. This concept follows everywhere in the ship (except the district) and it just flows very well. At night the ship still remains very bright and the pool lighting is done exquisitely, I absolutely loved it! This is one ship that you will love just walking around and noticing all the little Disney details that are slightly hidden from the eye. Add to that the right type of light music in different areas of the ship, and you feel like your in wonderland…


    Unique Area - Disney Theme 10/10

    The ship does not really have 1 unique area, but you instead have to see the entire ship as being unique! Disney has a specific market that they target, and they deliver an incredible product. In our case we went on a Disney cruise because we love Disney, and as a result you want to feel that you're on a Disney ship all the time. The entire ship is full of unique areas, from the enormous kids club, to the AquaDuck everything follows the Disney concept at a perfect rate. Almost every area in this ship was done differently than all the other ships I have been in. The addition of the Disney element just makes everything so much better.

    In addition to that the entire ship is Themed, from the Nemo Buffet, the 3 different MDRs, the pools, the water slide and even some bars. The variation of those themes just makes exploring the ship such a fun thing to do. Next time I go I have to go and play the detective gave so I can experience more of the ship.


    Service 10/10

    It is fair to say that Disney's service is the benchmark for all the other cruise lines that I have been on. NCL for should be taking notes and putting their employees through a more rigorous process on how to treat customers. I also spoke to a few crew members that all expressed the same feeling, working for Disney has been their best experience in the cruise line industry. Maybe by taking extra care of your staff that shows in how they handle your guests. We never encountered any issues with the staff at all. I also noticed that this cruise never had a line for the customer service desk, and you rarely saw people there. I could not say enough good things about the crew in Disney Cruise Line.



    Total Score and Conclusion 89 out of 100

    I have admit that I was a little disappointed when I saw that this cruise fell below 90 points, but the scores were fairly given. Even though this cruise was only 3 days long this is my favorite cruise so far and possibly the most memorable one. Disney offers a product that is unraveled by any of the other cruise lines that I have been on. The problem with the Disney cruise is that it comes at a premium cost, but in all honesty I believe the cost is well justified.

    To us Disney offered us a different way of cruising, everything was impeccable, and at the same time it was loaded with a fun factor x10. Non other cruise line has yet been able to deliver that for me.

    I have a new favorite cruise line, and its Disney Cruise Line! Now don't get me wrong RCCL is still a close second, but Disney just stole my heart. I will be looking for when we are able to do our next Disney Cruise. I would love to go on a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise Disney Style, but only God knows if that will be possible and when.

    I guess that is it for now. We are not entirely sure when, where or which cruise line will be next. But some good contenders are the Carnival Breeze and Royal Princess, we will see what the future has destined.




    Thank you everyone who was a part of this review.

    I really appreciate everyone taking the time to read and comment throughout the review. I had a lot of fun with this review and experimenting with the new cameras.




    Until Next time! ^_^



     
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    Thanks for sharing your review with us. Although I love my first cruise on the Fantasy, I was surprised that you gave such high rankings to Disney, as you been on Allure before. I would have thought Allure would outrank Disney based on reviews I have read before. But you have confirm my decision to stay with Disney for me second cruise, and I know going in I will have no regrets thanks to your review. Your explanation and rankings makes perfect sense.

    Thanks for sharing your review and beautiful pictures. I think if you didn't put this up at CC the response here would have been more, but since a lot of people have seen it already, you got considerably less.
     
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    I should of been in bed 2 hours ago.

    I just loved your trip report. Especially, I loved that you added the awesome pictures!!:thumbsup2:cool1::cool1:

    I would send to this to a friend that was considering a Disney Dream/Fantasy cruise.

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    Thank you for such a great review of the Dream!! We set sail on her next week for the same cruise. You have made me even more excited, if that is possible!
     
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    Anyone back from the Dream TODAY? Since it was the first 3-night to have the Halloween "experiences", I'm curious to know how it went and what night they did the Halloween party.

    Thanks!
     
  20. JenniferS

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    I really loved your report and pictures. I am looking for a new camera. I love the DSLRs, but I really need a camera that is not too bulky that I can carry around without is being a pain in the neck (pun intended :goodvibes ). With that said, if you had to pick just one of those three fabulous cameras, which one would it be and why?

    Thank you again for such a wonderful report!
     
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    We really enjoyed all the photos. Even though we've been many times it's still exciting to see before you get to go again!
     

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