In the summer of 2011, we sailed away on a 4 night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream. We had never been on a cruise before. We booked our cruise over 1 year in advance. We first spent 10 days in Disney World and then on to The Dream. My parents joined us for the last couple of nights at Disney World and then on the cruise. My daughter’s were 6 and 2 at the time. We all had a blast!
Since we were staying on a Disney Resort the bus to Port Canaveral picked us up from there, unlike the free magical transportation from the airport, there is a $75 per person charge to be taken to the Cruise ship port. Keep that in mind when budgeting.
Having never been on a cruise before we were a little bit nervous, but there was no need to worry. Our group ranged from 2 years old to 63 years old and there really was something for everyone on the cruise.
We figured that since we were only sailing for 4 days and didn’t expect to spend too much time in our stateroom that an inside stateroom would suffice and save us money as well. The inside staterooms feature a magical porthole that displays what you would see from an ocean view room, along with some Disney friends dropping by occasionally.
Since the The Dream is registered in the Bahamas, and our ports of call are in the Bahamas as well, you begin by going through customs. Luckily, being from Canada, we went into the international visitors line, which was mercifully much shorter. Although, Disney is very efficient with boarding.
Every guest is announced and welcomed upon entering The Dream. The first impression of the ship is breathtaking.
Their is a gorgeous chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. The ship itself is a huge and a bit overwhelming at first.
It is mandatory to participate in the Muster Drill in case of emergencies. We were lucky and our meeting point was in the air conditioned theater. My parents weren’t so lucky, and they had to line up on deck in the blazing heat.
The cruise truly begins with the SAIL AWAY party. Everyone gathers on the main deck and it was very crowded. It was also our first glimpse of the Aqua Duck! We didn’t think ahead to put our bathing suits in our carry on, but some smarter travelers wasted no time getting into the pools. Our suitcases took a little while longer to get to our stateroom. There is a lot going on at the party, with so many people it was easier to follow along on the big screens set up.
And so we embarked on our first cruise adventure! More to come next month on dining, children’s activities, Castaway Cay, The Spa, tipping, shows and excursions. If there is anything else you’d like to know about the Disney Dream, please comment and I can discuss it in my next blog!