Just off 3-night Dream 2/9-2/12

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  1. Silverfox97

    Silverfox97 PLATINUM Castaway Club

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    This is not a full TR, but I wanted to report back my view/opinion as a veteran Disney Cruiser.

    This was our 5th DCL cruise - before this one, we've done one other 3-night cruise (Wonder - 2005 - Honeymoon), a 5-night double dip on the Wonde, a 5-night Double Dip on the Magic, and a 7-night Western Caribbean on the Magic. We have 4 Fantasy cruises scheduled.

    We booked this cruise to take advantage of the excellent FL resident rates just to get a taste of what life will be like on the Fantasy on our future cruises. DD was off school Friday, so she only had to miss one day. After reading the reviews of the Dream 2/2 cruise, DH (ssanders79 on the Boards) and I set out expectations LOW. We were not expecting much - we were expecting unruly kids, crowds, and many other unpleasantries.

    Boy, were we wrong!!

    We arrived to the port and parked our car and by the time we were walking up, to get checked in at the street, it was 11:15am. There was NO line. We walked thru security, and the port did look busy. We walked up to check in to the Castaway Club line, and didn't have to wait. We got checked in and it was 11:25am, we were given boarding #3 and guess what, they were already boarding #1 & #2!!! By the time we walked over, it was time for #3 - we literally felt whisked away to the ship. We boarded, walked all the way aft, and went to Cabanas for lunch. Walked around on deck, there were a few people in the pools and no line for the Aquaduck. Room was ready at 1:30pm, and we set down for DD to take a nap. We had a Cat 5A and it was nice, but I could tell it was smaller than the classic ships. However, there was more *space* - I didn't miss the steamer trunk because usually, we put our suitcases in the closets, which takes up space. However, there is so much room under the bed, that we put our luggage under there and had no problem with space. It was, however, a 3-night cruise.......

    We attended the Sail Away Party viewed from deck 12 (as we always have), and did not go to the Pirate Party - we viewed the fireworks from our verandah.

    On Nassau day, we stayed on the ship. After breakfast (which was about 9am), DD hit the Mickey pool and DH & I rode the Aquaduck 1 time each (10 min wait). Nemo's Reef seems dangerous, but there were parents all around. At 11am, we decided to go explore the ship's outdoor areas. There was NO ONE playing Goofy Golf - it was EMPTY. So, we did it and Goofy even showed up in his golf attire. Very fun.

    We did main dining, all was well. Was it loud? Yep, but no different than any other ship dining rooms. The food was fine. Not stellar, not awful. We ate at Cabanas, all 3 main dining rooms, and 1 breakfast at Royal Palace. No room service or any on deck place (there was no time). We ate at Cookie's on CC day. DD ordered from the adult menu at dinner and at our breakfast at RP, so I cannot comment on the kids fare.

    Our dining staff was incredible - we had Shawn and Andrea. Our head server was non-existent other than his usual appearances. I did chuckle because in Enchanted Garden, he picked up a crayon and wrote on the table cloth. I told DD that washable crayon or not, it was OK for him to do, but not her! We had nice table mates who dined with us 2 out of the 3 nights, and they were clueless on tipping.......They went to Guest Services and asked how to tip in the Main DR for 2 nights and then went up to Cabanas to find the server to tip they had the other night & Guest Services DID NOT explain how to tip to him. He was a smart reasonable guy, and I explained to him how it goes, but he had already done it. He said, "Why didn't GS explain it to me that way?"

    CC didn't feel any more crowded than in our last cruises; I think this is a direct result of good planning by DCL.

    The ship was rumored to have 3,000 people (according to the bartender in Skyline). It never once felt crowded. I was also shocked - the kids and parents were very nice, non-rude and well behaved. DD spent about 3-4 hours total on the kids club and adored every minute of it as usual.

    Were the pools crowded? Well, the adult areas were literally empty everytime we walked by. The kids pools were packed like from about Noon-4:30pm when we walked by. This didn't seem different to us, as it's like that on the classic ships also. We just don't do things when they are crowded. Simple as that. When we got back from CC, the pool deck was busy; so was the hot tub, and the Aquaduck had a 45 min line.

    Yes, a 3-night cruise is short. Absolutely. It's an entirely different feel than the 7-night we were on in October. You don't have time to relax, it's like going to the parks. However, it was still a nice getaway for us. Do I prefer the classic ships? Yes.

    I will do a full TR with pics on in the TR section very soon!!! If you have any questions, please ask away and I am sure DH will chime in.

    We are now GOLD CC members :banana: and cannot wait for the 4 months and 3 days until we board the Fantasy.
     
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  3. Silverfox97

    Silverfox97 PLATINUM Castaway Club

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    Also, we have all of our documents, and DH will scan them in and start a new thread.
     
  4. DisneyOHFan

    DisneyOHFan Livin' for Disney

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    That is fantastic and thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it.

    See you in June on the Fantasy :cheer2:
     
  5. Warren W

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    Thanks for sharing! Hard!
     
  6. tjgabemom

    tjgabemom Earning My Ears

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    So happy to read your report. We leave on Thursday for our first cruise and it was great to have your perspective of what to possibly expect. I was getting a little nervous with all the negative reports I was seeing about the three night.
     
  7. MissDaisyofTexas

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    Thanks for the review! Is your DH the one that takes those incredible pictures??? If so, I hope to see some in your trip report! :)
     
  8. Silverfox97

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    Yes he is and yes you will see them :goodvibes
     
  9. Silverfox97

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    So was I!

    We were not 1st time cruisers, so I know we didn't have our "Disney rose-colored glasses" on - there are some things that were out of our control. Is it weird to walk thru Cabanas everytime you want to go out to the pool deck when you climb the aft stairs? Yes. Can that be fixed? Not really.

    We met A LOT of people from Florida, a nice guy from Jacksonville, people from Orlando, Gainesville - very nice. I don't think we had a lot of first time cruisers on board, as there were a lot of Castaway Club lanyards, but there were some - our tablemates were :thumbsup2
     
  10. StaciMay

    StaciMay I love Disney!

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    So glad to hear you had a great time! :woohoo: I will be on the 3 night Dream in a couple of months. I can't wait to read your trip report and please scan in Navigators if you have them. :thumbsup2
     
  11. roxy84

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    We had Shawn and Andrea as our servers on the Jan 22nd cruise too and they were great! We had problems with the head server - came only on the last night to see us for his tip. We were confused as one of the other head servers that we had on a previous cruise checked on us almost every night during this cruise - so we thought it was him. I don't mind tipping him as I am sure he has many duties behind the scenes, I just wish he would have introduced himself sometime during our 4 night cruise so I knew who to tip.
     
  12. Silverfox97

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    Look for a thread from Ssanders79. I can hear him scanning them now!
     
  13. ssanders79

    ssanders79 NO FLASH photography means just that!

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    At least there is a clear walkway and not part of the food line like it is in TS/BBB on the Classics.
     
  15. mommy2tati

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    I was on the same cruise & pretty much had the same experience. Except we had late seating, our servers were Antoine & Rachelle, and our Head server stopped at our table every night and actually spoke to us for a few minutes. He even brought me some grand marnier souffle on our last night even though we were in AP.

    Oh btw I LOVE your FE!! It was very elegant and beautiful. I passed by it every time I went to my cabin lol.
     
  16. Silverfox97

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    The Grand Marnier souffle is my favorite DCL dessert ever - IMO it beats the Palo desserts as well. I love that. In fact, I don't care for any of the entrees in Lumiere's/Triton's/Royal Palace, but go just for that. I am thinking of skipping that rotational menu on the Fantasy and going to Palo that night and just getting the souffle while in another restaurant like you did :thumbsup2

    Thanks for the kind words about our FE - it was a lot of work but it paid off :goodvibes
     
  17. NancyIL

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    Now that you've been on the Dream and realize you prefer the classic ships - do you have any plans to change some of your Fantasy bookings to the Magic or Wonder?

    I was on a 4-night on the Dream a year ago, and really liked the ship. I didn't want to repeat another Bahamas cruise on it, but I'm really looking forward to our Podcast cruise on the Fantasy in December. :)
     
  18. ssanders79

    ssanders79 NO FLASH photography means just that!

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    I do not want to speak for DW, but moving one of the Fantasy bookings to a classic is not really cost effective as we would need to build in extra time and incur additional cost for a flight to Galvistion, LA, Vancouver. I guess Miami is an option as it is under 5 hrs drive, but I prefer the short trek to Port Canaveral.

    I think it will be different on the Fantasy as it is a longer cruise with more time to relax than trying to see it all in 3 nights.
     
  19. Silverfox97

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    No, but simply because we can hop in the car and just drive to Port Canaveral in 2 hrs. If the Wonder out of Miami was doing Southern Caribbean cruises, absolutely without question. I would love to do Alaska or some others, but when you add in airfare & hotel the night before.....

    For us, right now, we'd rather cruise more often than save up for one big vacation like Alaska or Hawaii, etc. That will change as time goes on :goodvibes
     
  20. Silverfox97

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    I do not want to drive down to Miami for a 5-night cruise on the Wonder. I'd much rather go on a longer, 7-night cruise, even though its on the Fantasy. If it were a 7-night cruise on the Wonder out of Miami with new ports, I'd be there in a heartbeat.
     
  21. NancyIL

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    I can certainly understand wanting to take advantage of cruises sailing from ports that are close to you. Since there are no cruise ships sailing from the Illinois prairie, they all require a flight or a long drive! :teeth:

    I would also prefer to cruise more often than save for an expensive cabin or cruise ship - so I book cheap cabins on various cruise lines.
     

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