Cruising the Disney Dream

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Dreams do come true on a Disney cruise! If you’re looking for the ultimate family cruise experience, the Disney Dream could be your family’s vacation of a lifetime.

The Disney Dream Cruise

Cruising the Disney Dream

The Disney Dream Around the Ship

With destinations around the world, you are sure to find the perfect cruise your whole family will love. We sailed with the Disney Cruise Line to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream. The 3-night Bahamian cruise features from Port Canaveral with a day at Nassau, Bahamas, and a day at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. But possibly even better than the destinations are the amenities aboard the Dream. If you’re still on the fence, read on on for reasons you may want to opt for a Disney Cruise for your next family trip.

Warm, Welcoming Atmosphere

  • You’ll be treated like family from the moment you step onto the Disney Dream! From the room attendants to dining room servers, the staff in every area of the ship are warm, friendly and ready to assist with anything! We were so impressed with out sweet servers, Fiona and Surya each night. They called us by name, helped us with dietary restrictions and menu selections, and were so fun and entertaining. Everyone on the ship will tell you that they had the best servers, but I’m certain ours were the best of the best!
Fiona and Surya Servers on the Disney Dream
  • Everything on board the Disney Dream is sparkling clean! The dining areas, the youth clubs, the public restrooms, the pools and decks, and our stateroom are kept spotless. We loved coming back to a clean room and the fun towel animals on our beds!
Disney Dream Towel Animals
  • Of course, the magic of Disney is the detail that makes all the difference. Disney characters are seen throughout the cruise. Dole Whips and Mickey Ice Cream Bars are available on the ship. Music from Disney movies is playing in all of the open areas. There is a Disney “element of fun” everywhere you go.

Activities for Young and Old

Families of all shapes, sizes, nationalities and ages are celebrated on the Disney Dream! There are activities for the whole family to go together as well as age appropriate groups.

  • Traveling with kids? There are two “Oceaneer” youth clubs for kids 3 to 12, a club called Edge for kids 11 to 14, and a teen club called Vibe for 14 to 18.
  • Kids under three are well taken care of in the Small World Nursery. Parents can even come put their babies down for naps and go play while the baby sleeps, taking comfort that a nursery cast member will be watching them.
Disney Dream Oceaneers Club
Disney Dream Small World Nursery
  • Adults are not forgotten on a Disney cruise too. There are also adult-only areas and pools. There are several adult lounges that each have their own unique look, with fun games and activities scheduled throughout the day.
Disney Dream Adult Lounges

World Class Entertainment

The entertainment on The Disney Dream is top notch. You’ll be treated to a different Broadway quality show each night. We saw The Golden Mickeys, Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Believe. You’ll be blown away by the set design, costumes and performances. Each show is truly captivating!

Beauty and the Beast on the Disney Dream
photo credit: Walt Disney Co.
Beauty and the Beast on the Disney Dream Cruise
photo credit: Walt Disney Co.

Pirate Night Party

Disney Dream Cruise Pirate Night

Pirate night on the Disney Dream Cruise is a blast! You can bring your own pirate garb, purchase some at the store on ship, or wear the bandanas that they gave everyone aboard. The evening features dancing, games and desserts followed by a fireworks show out at sea!

Pirate Night Dinner on the Disney Dream
Pirate Night on the Disney Dream

Exceptional Dining Experiences

In addition to the regular dining room, you can experience different dining options on board as well.

  • The Enchanted Garden is a gorgeous restaurant featuring water fountains, glass flowers and a ceiling that changes colors during dinner, not to mention mouthwatering dishes like sea scallops. YUM!
Disney Dream Restaurants
  • The Royal Palace restaurant is like walking into your favorite fairy tale. Roses on the carpet, a glass slipper chandelier, and paintings on the walls of the Disney princesses with a menu fit for a king and queen. I had the Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce and it was heavenly!
  • The interactive entertainment at Animator’s Palate was like nothing we had ever experienced. We were under the sea with Crush, Bruce, Marlin, Nemo, and Dory from Finding Nemo, who chatted with us during dinner. And the food! Black truffle pasta pursiettes, beef tenderloin and creme brûlée were our favorites.
Animators Palate Nemo

Sweets and Treats

  • There are some yummy options to curb your sweet tooth while on the ship. Disney Cruises just started serving Dole Whips and Dole Whip Floats, and they’re way bigger than the Dole Whips that you can get at the parks!
Disney Dream Dole Whip Floats
  • We also loved Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats! Go for the darling atmosphere and stay for the chocolates, cupcakes and milkshakes.
Vanellopes Sweet Shop on the Disney Dream

Castaway Cay

Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay is chock full of beach fun! The Disney Dream docks there for an entire day and there’s so much to do, you’ll want to stay longer. The island features:

  • Private cabana rentals
  • Teen and kids beach clubs
  • Snorkeling, featuring sunken ships, treasure chests, and lots of beautiful sea creatures.
  • Castaway Cay 5k race with Disney medals for participants
  • Bike riding
  • Water slides on the beach
  • Barbecue dining areas with all the food included
  • Free soda fountains and soft serve ice cream
  • Adorable island shops for souvenirs
Castaway Cay Shops and Restaurants
Castaway Cay Port Adventures
Castaway Cay Snorkeling
Castaway Cay Beaches

Nassau, Bahamas

  • During your day at the Bahamas, visit the historic Parliament Square and the Queen’s Staircase which are within easy walking distance of the ship.
  • You can also schedule one of Disney Dream’s port adventures out to a private island with crystal clear water and white sand beaches.Nassau Bahamas - Disney Dream
Nassau Disney Dream Port Adventure

A Disney cruise may take a bit of saving, but it’s worth every penny. Check out our other posts on favorite Disney tips and tricks for dream trips.

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is a conference by invitation only for Social Media Influencers that we paid a fee to attend. We received complimentary items, special discounts, food, and entertainment so we could experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disney Cruise Line. We were not required to write about our experiences and all opinions are our own.

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  1. My husband surprised me for our anniversary with a Disney Dream cruise 9/17, as soon as the ship left we booked a family cruise for our kids and 6 grandkids, (ages 4-13) for 7/18. This cruise was typical Disney first class all the way. As the bus crested the hill watching them all see the ship for the first time was exciting. The staff was friendly, always smiling, and very helpful. The waiters at our table kept the kids entertained with magic tricks. Of course the 4 year old had mac-n-cheese everynight for dinner! Our 13 year old twisted his ankle and when he was in the cabin the cleaning staff were always checking on him and playing games with him Then he found out about room service! If you order chocolate chip cookies, don’t order 8 thinking they are small…they are huge!! The rooms are always clean, we couldn’t wait to see the animal shapes on the bed every night. They have a laundry room with irons and ironing boards. Take flip flops for around the pool areas as the decking is very hot on your feet. All the public bathrooms are very clean, which is a big plus. I like how you get the wipes before entering all the dining rooms and the buffet. We had a blast with the fire works, the shows every night , and sitting on the pool deck watching the movies eating fries at 11:00pm. We are going on our next cruise in 2022 after taking everyone to Disney World in 2020.

  2. Went on the Magic April 29 2018 after refurbishment and experienced Rapunzels Resteraunt it was AMAZING and our waiter Bennett was the Best Ever i have to say the crew from my waiter to my cabin stewart were magical ive been on many cruise lines and i will never cruise any again but Disney it was just the best time of our lives we are now booked on the Dream Sept 28th 2019 and we cant wait !!!!

    1. Yay Sept 28 is coming up so soon! How exciting! Disney knows how to do it RIGHT. We have never had a bad experience.

  3. My wife and I enjoyed our cruise last December. The only problem was some really ignorant people as I’m disabled jumping in front of me preventing me from getting into the elevator. They should have at least 1 elevator front, midship, aft for handicap people. The staff on the cruise were outstanding

    1. I know Disney loves to hear suggestions that would make visitors experiences as pleasant as possible. Have you told them your suggestion?

  4. We were on the Disney Dream August 10-13, 2018. It was fantastic. We loved it. This was our 5th Disney cruise.

  5. We will be taking a Disney Cruise next July 2019 with our grandkids and their mom and dad. Looking forward to it.