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Disney Dream cruise ship

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Disney Dream current position

Disney Dream current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.06688 N / 23.94900 E) cruising en route to Mykonos Island. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

Current itinerary of Disney Dream

Disney Dream current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean With Greek Isles Cruise From Civitavecchia Rome . Prices start from USD 6631 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Jun, 2024 and ends on 24 Jun, 2024 .

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Disney Dream Itineraries

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The 2010-built MS Disney Dream cruise ship is Walt Disney 's third (Dream-class) liner with sistership Disney Fantasy (2012).

The vessel (IMO number 9434254) is currently Bahamas- flagged (MMSI 311042900) and registered in Nassau .

History - construction and ownership

DCL-Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (shipowner). The company was incorporated in 1996 as "Magical Cruise Company Ltd". Walt Disney also owns the Bahamian private island Castaway Cay (exclusive port of call - for Disney ships only) and an exclusive Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida) . Disney cruises are marketed as "family vacations" and feature unique and exclusive activities, such as costumed Disney Characters, adults-only deck areas, dedicated facilities for teens, kids and infants-toddlers, signature (trademarked) shipboard facilities and activities, themed live entertainment.

MS Disney Dream cruise ship

The 4000-passenger ship Disney Dream is among industry's best cruise liners for families with small kids (younger than 8). MS Disney Dream is almost 50% larger, 2-deck taller and with 44% bigger passenger capacity in comparison to the older fleet mates Magic and Wonder . The ship design is inspired by traditional 1920s ocean liners. The vessel features a navy blue hull, 2 bright red funnels, elegant Art Deco decorations and some of the most innovative technologies and fun ideas at sea, including:

  • 22 pieces of "Enchanted Art" adorning the walls of hallways - paintings and pictures that are actually framed LCD screens with a technology to recognize guests present and proceeding with one of several animations;
  • wave phones in every stateroom (used to call or text other guests) and effectively replacing the old onboard beeper system (now the counselors' messages come directly to the parents' phones);
  • the Magical Portholes on the walls of all Disney Dream Inside cabins (LED screens showing a real-time view of the ship).

The CLIENTELE consists almost entirely of North American travelers (the USA and Canada). The new Disney Lines approach to teens and young couples (by age-related activities and limited access onboard venues) adds a really strong appeal for multi-generational cruisers.

The DRESS CODE is similar to that of the Disney luxury resorts - day casual and evening resort casual (men - jackets (no ties) and pants, women - summer dresses). All Disney Dream sailings include one pirate and one semi-formal night. On 3-day Disney Dream cruises, one night is casual, 4-day sailings are with 2 casual evenings and on 5-day voyages 3 nights are casual.

Disney Dream TIPS (totaling the US $12 PP per day) are given to waiters (including the assistant waiters) and to cabin attendants. Additionally, a 15% gratuity on all drinks is automatically charged to guests' shipboard accounts.

Decks and Cabins

Most Disney Dream staterooms (1250 total, in 28 grades) are 205-255-ft2 Balconies. The ship has 21 Suites, 887 Balcony, 199 Oceanview and 150 Inside cabins. The largest accommodations are the Concierge Royal Suites (900 ft2 / 84 m2 plus 885 ft2 / 82 m2 terrace).

Disney Dream ship cabins are very well planned and equipped. Like on all Disney ships, Disney Dream staterooms are some of the industry's largest standard cabins, most of them designed to easily accommodate four passengers. Some of the best Disney cabins features are the ample closet space, the normal-sized living space and the split bathrooms (1 room with shower-bathtub-sink and a separate toilet and sink).

Beds on Dream are raised to allow storing 2 medium-sized suitcases underneath, staterooms also got 2 vanities, a 22-inches smart HDTV, an iPod docking station and 2 rechargeable "Wave Phones" to be used ship-wide. The Disney Dream Inside cabin has a most innovative feature (and the industry's first, for that matter) - the Magical Portholes, which are LCD screens (above the beds) in the shape of portholes, projecting a real-time view outside the ship (provided by cameras). Veranda cabins feature 2 chairs and a small table on the balcony. The Disney Dream suites. Concierge Suites and Concierge Family Cabins (Deck 11-12) are new for the line, offering direct access to the ship's concierge facilities (1 small lounge, a private sun deck area with chairs, free food and drinks).

Most 1-bedroom suites are with connecting doors (1 queen bed a sitting area with a double convertible sofa, 1 pull-down bed in the living rooms, a walk-in closet, 2 bathrooms (one with a hot-tub). The largest Disney Dream stateroom, the Royal Suite, adds to all previously mentioned a living room, a wet bar, a kitchenette, media library and a Jacuzzi on the balcony.

The boat has 14 decks , of which 9 are with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The Disney Dream three themed main restaurants are called "Animator's Palate", "Enchanted Garden" and "Royal Palace". There are 2 adults-only specialty restaurants - "Remy" (named after the "Ratatouille" movie star, French cuisine) and "Palo" (Italian cuisine) as alternative dining options. The line's Rotational Dining system allows you to rotate to each of the three main restaurants each night while your servers follow you. The Animator's Palate has screens showing animated Disney characters and themes from "Finding Nemo" movie. The Enchanted Garden is a Versailles-inspired room, featuring lighting effects, transforming day into night. The Royal Palace is princesses-themed with numerous portraits of "Cinderella" and the "Sleeping Beauty" movie characters (even the bread baskets are shaped as Cinderella's coach). The food quality is very good, the service staff is amicable and timely.

MS Disney Dream cruise ship

The Remy specialty restaurant is a classy place to be on any special occasion, offering a marvelous French menu and charging serious prices - a service fee of $75 PP (reservations are required, along with the formal dress code), drinks and wine are additional. The Palo restaurant is an Italian (Mediterranean) eatery with $20 cover PP (serves dinner and on selected days - Champagne brunch). Superb fish and seafood entrees, a cold buffet (meats, cheese, shrimp, salads and desserts) and several hot made-to-order items. The "Cabanas" casual dining complex on Deck 11 has several food and drink stations for hot and cold buffet items (including made-to-order omelets and sandwiches). The "Flo's Cafe" offers burgers, chicken fingers, wraps, pizza, salads.

Follows the complete list of Disney Dream restaurants and food bars.

  • Enchanted Garden Restaurant (696-seat forward Dining Room, inspired by the gardens of Versailles; serves as a buffet for breakfast and lunch, full service for dinner 5:45-8:15 p.m.)
  • Royal Palace Restaurant (696-seat forward Dining Room, offers complimentary French cuisine; specialty coffees and drinks are extra)
  • Animator's Palate Restaurant (696- seat aft Dining Room, animator's studio design, features favorite Disney-character dinner shows; serves complimentary drinks; Rotational Dining with two fixed Dinner seatings - at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.)
  • Flo's Cafe (quick service restaurant with 3 food stations: "Fillmore's Favorites" (lite lunch, complimentary), "Tow Mater's Grill" (burgers bar, complimentary) and "Luigi"s Pizza")
  • Cabanas (self-service complimentary restaurant with American cuisine, pasta, sushi)
  • Remy (reservations-only, adults-only French specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner; aft location, bookings via the Internet or onboard)
  • Palo (144-seat Italian specialty restaurant; adults-only, reservation-only; aft location; bookings via the Internet or on board).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Disney Dream kids cruise fun clubs are the main reason for the line's high loyalty passengers ratio. Besides all the Disney characters and most innovative technologies and fun attractions on ships, the Disney children counselors are a pretty big reason many families to repeat their visits. Always smiling and friendly, they are hugely experienced, all college educated, attentive and downright. The Oceaneer's "Club" and "Lab" facilities (ages 3-10) are connected, thus doubling the fun space. The "Oceaneer's Club" features the "Andy's Room" (with oversized Disney characters for kids to climb on) and the "Laugh Floor" (with its "laugh-o-meter" and Mike and Sully of "Monsters Inc"). The "Oceaneer's Lab" is maritime-themed, featuring an Animator's Studio and a small Sound Studio. The new Disney approach allows all kids ages 3-10 to access the same clubs with separate rooms and age-related activities.

MS Disney Dream cruise ship

The ship's children club is called "Edge" (ages 11-13) properly secluded on Deck 13 in the funnel. The best attractions here are the 18 ft (5,5 m) tall LCD wall, the video karaoke, and numerous interconnected PCs. The teen-only "Vibe" club (ages 14-17) is of 9,000 sq. foot (836 m2), with a fountain bar and its own sun deck and pools.

The list with adults-only entertainment venues includes a dozen different lounges and bars (cocktail places), like the "Pink's Champagne Bar", the "687" sports bar, the "Evolution" nightclub, the top-deck "Meridien" wine bar (between Palo and Remy). Public spaces are decorated in deep blue and red, with numerous "Mickeys" just about everywhere (cabin, artwork, dinnerware, railings). One of the ship's most memorable places is the 3-deck high Atrium lobby with its golden hue, the wide royalty-style winding staircase, and the Donald Duck bronze statue. The Dream Atrium is a hub area connecting restaurants, theaters, and shops. You may check emails in the Internet cafe, but there's also Wi-Fi coverage throughout the ship. Like all Disney ships, Dream has no casino.

  • Fun activities on board

All Disney stage shows feature intricate sets and Disney-themed captivating performances, and the big place for grand entertainment is the Disney Theater with goldies like the "Golden Mickeys" and "Villains Tonight", new amazing stage productions, like the "Disney's Believe" (directed by Gordon Greenberg) and all the best Disney movies in 3D. The themed Disney characters onboard have always been the greatest sensation of all, and there are countless opportunities to meet and greet Mickey and company around the ship - in contrast to Disneyland, here they all are accessible and will always stop for a hug and a photo with you. Another big success is the "Pirates in the Caribbean" kids party divided into two programs - the sing-along called "Mickey's Pirates in the Caribbean" followed by the "Club Pirate" (with many special effects) and great Disney fireworks between the shows.

  • SPA and FITNESS, pools, waterslide, technology

The "Senses" Spa & Salon offers all the usual treatments (haircuts, manicures) and more exotic choices (hot-stone massages, mud baths). The "Chill" is a teen-only Spa within the facility. The Fitness Center along with the usual equipment offers at additional fee Yoga and Pilates classes. The Sports Deck has a small sports court, a mini-golf course, Ping-Pong tables, a walking/jogging track.

The pool deck has a large area for family fun water activities, featuring 2 hot tubs and 2 kids pools - "Donald's" (5 ft deep) and "Mickey's" (with a spiral slide). A big attraction here is the big LED screen mounted on the funnel. There's a toddler splash area (Nemo themed) located in the center on Deck 11 with huge glass panes for parents to monitor their kids.

Disney cruise water park slide Aquaduck

The AquaDuck waterslide - the ever first water-coaster at sea is located atop the ship, featuring a 765 ft (233 m) long 4-decks high transparent tube, reaching the incredible 150 ft (46 m) above the ocean (there's a 42-inch (107 cm) height requirement). The "Nemo's Reef" is a small kids waterpark. And while speaking of water and pools - the adults-only "Quiet Cove" pool area is a great place to hide from all the little angels and devils around the ship.

Follows the complete list of Disney Dream lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Walt Disney Dream Theatre (1340-seat, offers live shows, aerial acrobatics performances, grand-style productions, 3D movies; with two evening shows - at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)
  • Dream's Atrium (3-deck high central ship area, featuring marble-carpet flooring, grand staircase, and panoramic glass elevators)
  • Mickey's Mainsail (Disney brand logo shop for postcards, souvenirs, DVDs, toys, clothes, games)
  • Sea Treasures (duty-free crystal, brand jewelry, watches, precious stones, Disney merchandise, underwear, sport, and swimming apparel)
  • Whitecaps (duty-free brand jewelry, perfumes, liquor, and tobaccos)
  • Bon Voyage Bar (adults-only, serving wine, beer, and cocktails)
  • Buena Vista Theatre (399-seat 4D cinema, features 3D movies, Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby 3D movie technology)
  • Preludes Bar (quick wait-service snacks & beverages bar)
  • Shutters PhotoShop (photo packages, accessories, photographic services)
  • Vista Cafe (atrium bar for specialty coffees and teas, dinner cocktails, complimentary snacks, and pastries; Wi-Fi spot)
  • D Lounge Bar & Nightclub; Evolution Disco & Nightclub; Vista Gallery
  • The District (adults only area including the District Lounge, Evolution night club, Pink Champagne Bar, 687 Sports Bar, Skyline Bar)
  • Pink (adults-only champagne bar; chocolate and alcohol tasting classes)
  • Skyline Lounge (adults only cocktails bar, with glass walls and 7 LED screens)
  • Vibe Disco & Club Lounge (teens only)
  • It's A Small World Nursery (for 3 months to 3 yo infants and toddlers; reservations required)
  • Dream's Oceaneer Club (kids 3-12 yo; with four play areas with themes from Disney films); Dream's Oceaneer Lab (play area for kids 3-12 yo)
  • Senses Spa & Fitness Complex (with 17 treatment rooms; 1 Whirlpool; "Rainforest Room"; "Relax Room"; Fitness Centre /health and wellbeing seminars; Beauty Salon)
  • Luxurious Spa Villas (two private suites with own hot tub, private verandah, Roman bed with canopy, open-air shower)
  • Quiet Cove Pool (adults only pool, served by Cove Bar; with 2 Whirlpools)
  • Chill Spa (teens only spa with separate relaxation area and treatment rooms)
  • Cove Cafe (adult-only, with big TV screen; Wi-Fi spot)
  • Eye Scream Treats Bar (complimentary ice cream, poolside)
  • Frozone Treats (iced fruit smoothies bar, poolside)
  • Whozits & Whatzits (pool shop for AquaDuck related stuff)
  • Donald's Pool; Mickey's Pool
  • Nemo's Reef (waterplay kids zone; features characters meetings and greetings)
  • Arr-cade (kids/teens video games arcade)
  • Waves Bar (family poolside bar)
  • Outdoor LED movie screen (24x14 ft)
  • Meridian Lounge & Bar (adults-only venue for dinner cocktails)
  • Currents Bar (outdoor bar for cold drinks, refreshments, cocktails)
  • Edge Lounge (11-14 yo teens-only club area, with a giant video wall, interactive games, Internet)
  • Goofy's Sports Deck (Walking Track, Jogging Track, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Virtual sport games simulators, combined sports court, Ping Pong/Foosball tables)
  • Radio Studio (live radio programs for Disney Dream itinerary-related news and onboard events)
  • Outlook Bar (retreat area with a piano and full bar; hosts weddings receptions).

Itineraries

Between 2011-2022, Disney Dream's itinerary program was based on short-breaks (3-night and 4-night) roundtrips to The Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral/Orlando Florida . Call port destinations included Castaway Cay (DCL's private Bahamian island) and Nassau .

The ship's last voyage from Port Canaveral was on June 3, 2022 (3-day to Castaway Cay), while the last departure from Port Canaveral was on June 6st, leaving for the new homeport Miami . The first voyage from PortMiami departed on June 7th (4-day maiden voyage). Out of Miami, Disney Dream offers two itineraries: 4-day "Bahamian Cruise" (Nassau and Castaway Cay) and 5-day "Western Caribbean Cruise" ( Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay). Select 7-day Western Caribbean voyages visit Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica).

In Port Canaveral, Disney Dream was replaced by the new Disney Wish , starting on July 22, 2022.

In 2023, Disney Dream will be homeported (for the first time) in Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (Florida USA) . The new homeporting (beginning November 2023) follows the European deployment (Mediterranean from Barcelona and Civitavecchia-Rome, and UK-Baltic from Southampton). The new 4- and 5-night itineraries visit ports in The Bahamas (Castaway Cay, Nassau) and Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman).

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Disney Dream Wiki

The Walt Disney ship Dream is company's third liner, with sistership Disney Fantasy . Each vessel is 40% larger in size than the oldest Disney ships ( Magic and Wonder ). While its capacity (at double occupancy) is 2500, the Dream-y ship of Disney can accommodate up to 4000 passengers at full/max occupancy (all berths).

The vessel (Mayer Neptun yard/hull number 687) is powered by MAN B&W marine diesel engines (3x 12-cyl, 2x 14-cyl) plus diesel generators (3x 14,4 MW, 2x 16,8 MW) with total power output 76,8 MW. The propulsion system is electric (based on two converteam propulsion motors) with total power output 26 MW, plus two FPPs (5-blade Fixed-Pitch Propellers/inward-turning).

The vessel was ordered on February 22, 2007. The design was announced on Oct 29, 2009. Vessel's construction started with the keel-laying ceremony on August 19, 2009. The exterior (hull and superstructure) was completed on June 1, 2010. The ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on October 30, 2010, and paid in full by the shipowner Walt Disney Company on December 8, 2010. Liner's first cruise/maiden voyage was on January 26, 2011. The Bahamian itinerary from homeport Canaveral-Orlando (Florida) visited Nassau and Castaway Island .

The Disney ship Dream has company's classic "ocean liner" design inspired by the 1920s-30s' passenger ships. The hull is painted in navy blue, both funnels are in bright red. The Art Deco-styled Atrium Lobby looks jazzy and elegant, with a huge glass chandelier and the bronze statue of Donald Duck - standing right in front of the marble stairway. Walt Disney's most famous character - Mickey Mouse - can be seen everywhere - in staterooms, artworks, on dinnerware, on railings. The swimming pools are small, but the AquaDuck has the craziest waterslide at sea, with a transparent tube spinning over the ocean. The ship provides numerous regularly scheduled activities for families, kids, teens and adults, and plenty of dining and entertainment options.

On November 6, 2017, on MS Disney Dream was the premiere of the "Beauty and the Beast" musical developed as an exclusive evening production show.

The vessel's last drydock (for regularly scheduled maintenance works) was in 2020 (at Damen Shiprepair Yard in Brest France ).

The Disney Dream cruise ship sails in open water

Disney Dream Cruise Ship: Complete Guide

When the Disney Dream Cruise Ship began sailing in 2011, it became the third ship in the fleet and the first of what would be known as Disney’s “Dream class” ships. Let’s take a deep dive into all the guest rooms, dining, activities and entertainment onboard this amazing floating resort.

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In This Guide:

  • Ship Overview
  • Rotational Dining
  • Adult-Exclusive Dining
  • Casual Dining
  • Lounges, Bars & Snacks
  • Room Service
  • Pools & Splash Pads
  • Oceaneer Club
  • Oceaneer Lab
  • Broadway-Style Shows
  • Pirate Night / Fireworks

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  • Spa & Salons
  • Itineraries & Ports
  • Deck-By-Deck Guide
  • How To Book

Disney Dream Ship Overview

An elegant light fixture forms the centerpiece of the three-deck Disney Dream atrium lobby

Image © Disney

The arrival of the Disney Dream in 2011 marked the first expansion of Disney Cruise Line’s fleet since its initial two ships in the late 1990s. It had been about 12 years since the launch of the Disney Wonder, and the Dream’s launch was highly anticipated — not just because of pent-up demand but also because Disney had an additional decade of experience and technological advances under its belt. Still no casinos onboard , but lots of new innovations such as a sort of water coaster called the AquaDuck, interactive artwork that springs to life as you pass by, and much more.

As you step onto the ship, your arrival is announced over the atrium loudspeakers as if you were arriving at a state dinner — the crew and your fellow passengers applaud to welcome you aboard, and your vacation has officially begun!

Inside the grand atrium of the ship which towers three decks in height, you might stop to gawk at the impressive overhead light fixture (22 feet in diameter and 13 feet tall, bedazzled with more than 88,000 Swarovski crystals and 24-carat gold plating).

A large crystal covered light fixture

There are plenty of photo spots here, from the grand staircase to the selfie-worthy statue of Admiral Donald [Duck]. Glass elevators zip up and down, ferrying passengers between 14 passenger decks, each waiting to be explored. Where will you head first?

How Does Disney Dream Compare to Other Disney Cruise Ships?

The Disney Dream is a sister ship to the Disney Fantasy , meaning the two are relatively equal in terms of construction (although similar areas on each ship are usually themed differently from one another). The Dream is significantly larger than the two original ships ( Disney Magic and Disney Wonder ) but is slightly smaller than the Disney Wish .

Based on the expected design of the remaining Disney Cruise ships currently being built , the Disney Dream should settle in as one of the “mid-sized” ships in the Disney Cruise fleet — larger than the classic ships, but well below the gigantic ship that Disney is planning to launch in Singapore in 2025.

As to onboard experiences, the Disney Dream is one of only two ships in the fleet to offer the AquaDuck water coaster, the Remy adult-exclusive fine dining restaurant, and virtual portholes (with live camera views of the outside) for its inside staterooms.

How Does the Dream’s Size Affect the Onboard Experience?

There are pros and cons to both types of ships — larger and smaller — but it really depends on your personal preference.

The smaller ships such as the Magic and Wonder are certainly easier to navigate on foot – you’re just a short walk away from virtually anything onboard. My wife and I tend to prefer the smaller ships for this very reason — but the difference is certainly not significant enough to be a dealbreaker. As a matter of fact, Katie and I have sailed onboard the Disney Dream more than any other Disney Cruise Ship despite generally preferring the smaller ones.

We at MagicGuides also tend to recommend smaller ships for first-time cruisers as they might feel a bit cozier when you’re trying to get your feel of the world of cruising — but again, it’s not a major consideration. My first Disney Cruise (and my first cruise ever, for that matter) was on the Disney Dream; I never felt overwhelmed during my maiden voyage and you likely won’t either.

Larger ships such as the Dream might not be able to dock in smaller ports; this is  usually not a concern thanks to savvy itinerary planning on Disney’s part, but some ports are so small that almost every cruise ship has to rely on tenders (smaller boats to ferry you between the ship and shore).

A bigger ship means more passengers, so you’ll find that all of the onboard venues are larger, too. Expect larger restaurants, larger theaters, and larger pools. Fortunately, the additional passengers are well absorbed by these so it rarely feels crowded. And thanks to clever design such as the use of forced perspective, there are still plenty of cozy spots onboard so you never really feel like you’re in a giant cavernous gymnasium.

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Disney Dream Staterooms

A bed, couch, and desk, in front of a sliding glass door leading to a verandah balcony

One of the biggest decisions to make for your cruise is your own private room onboard the ship. Your stateroom (passenger cabin) serves as your hotel room at sea.

The Disney Dream has 1,250 staterooms, most of which offer an outside view via either a porthole window or a verandah balcony. There are four primary types of staterooms on the ship; each of those four types is further divided into multiple categories and subcategories. Your choice of stateroom is one of the biggest factors in the how much a Disney Cruise costs , because the per-person cost can increase depending on the stateroom category.

Here is a consolidated list of the room types offered onboard. They’re listed here generally from least expensive to most expensive, though there may be some price overlap. For a more in-depth look at each of these room types, see the descriptions and photos posted in our Disney Cruise Staterooms article.

Inside Staterooms on Disney Dream

An inside stateroom on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Inside Staterooms are the smallest Guest rooms on the ship, but are still larger than those found on some other cruise lines. And thanks to some smart design, there’s still plenty of room for everyone and their luggage.

These staterooms have no porthole window and no balcony, but on this ship they do have so-called “magical portholes.” These are circular video screens which offer live video views of the outside, along with occasional character sightings.

Inside staterooms are offered in standard and deluxe versions, with standard being the smaller of the two. The standard version is also the only regular stateroom category on the ship which does not feature a split bathroom configuration; a split bathroom has a toilet/sink in a separate room from the shower/sink, allowing two people to get ready at the same time.

  • 11C:   Deck 2
  • 11B:   Decks 5, 6, 7
  • 11A:   Decks 8, 9, 10
  • 10A:   Decks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Oceanview Staterooms on Disney Dream

An oceanview stateroom with bed and couch on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Oceanview staterooms offer an outside view through a porthole window which does not open.

There are two major choices within this category: a  Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom which is similar in layout to many other staterooms on the ship, and a  Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom  which is larger (holding more people) and offers many additional features geared toward larger families.

  • 9D (obstructed porthole with limited ocean view) :   Decks 6, 7, 8
  • 9C (obstructed porthole) :   Decks 7, 8
  • 9B:   Deck 2
  • 9A:   Decks 5, 6, 7, 8
  • 8C: Decks 5, 6
  • 8B: Decks 7, 8, 9
  • 8A: Decks 5, 6

A large porthole window with padded seating

A giant porthole with padded cushion, found in some Family Staterooms | Image © Disney

Verandah Staterooms on Disney Dream

Deck chairs and a small table on a Disney Cruise Ship verandah

A typical stateroom verandah layout | Image © Disney

Verandah staterooms offer a private outside balcony which can be accessed through sliding glass doors. Most verandahs have see-through railings (with clear plexiglass for safety), but a few categories have solid metal partitions or are otherwise somewhat obstructed.

  • 7A:   Decks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • 6B: Decks 5, 6, 7
  • 6A:   Decks 8, 9
  • 5C:   Decks 6
  • 5B:   Decks 7, 8
  • 5A:   Decks 9, 10
  • 4E (oversized verandah, some with whitewall) :   Deck 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • 4C:   Deck 6
  • 4B: Decks 7, 8
  • 4A:   Decks 9, 10

Deck chairs on an enclosed verandah

Category 7A Enclosed Navigator’s Verandah | Image © Disney

Concierge Staterooms on Disney Dream

A lush bed and inviting verandah

Concierge Family Stateroom | Image © Disney

Concierge staterooms offer additional personalized services , concierge staff, and access to an exclusive Concierge Lounge and sun deck.

  • 3A:   Decks 11, 12
  • 2B:   Decks 11, 12
  • 2A:   Deck 12
  • 1A:   Deck 12

A plush bed and sofa with a verandah balcony

Concierge One-Bedroom Suite | Image © Disney

An expansive suite living room and dining room with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows

Concierge Royal Suite | Image © Disney

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Disney Dream Dining and Lounges

Disney Cruise Food - Chilean Sea Bass served with a seared scallop and vibrantly-colored vegetables on a dark plate.

It’s generally well-known that food is a big part of the cruise experience , and the Disney Dream is no exception. With three sensational main dining restaurants, two elegant adult-only dining options, multiple lounges/nightclubs, and plenty of places to grab a quick meal or a snack on the go, you certainly won’t go hungry onboard this ship.

Rotational Dining Restaurants on Disney Dream

Like all Disney Cruise Ships, the Disney Dream offers rotational dining during the nightly dinner service. This Disney Cruise Line dining innovation pre-schedules you to visit a different restaurant on each night of the cruise. You’ll have the same servers each night, so they’ll get to know you and your food preferences.

Dinner at these three restaurants is included in the cost of your Disney Cruise .

Animator’s Palate

A themed dining room with columns shaped like giant paintbrushes

Animator’s Palate is the flagship dining experience on the first four Disney ships, including Disney Dream. Animator’s Palate offers a fan-favorite menu along with a taste of the magic of animation.

Menu items are inspired by Asian, Pacific, and Californian cuisine. Some examples of items you’ll find include black truffle pasta purseittes (a favorite of repeat DCL passengers), butternut squash soup, wild mushroom risotto, polenta cake with tomato and mushroom, lemon-thyme marinated chicken, beef tenderloin, and many more.

Your dinner also includes a tribute to animation – Undersea Magic features interactive digital animation of the Finding Nemo characters in a show that’s reminiscent of EPCOT’s Turtle Talk with Crush. It’s a fun digital twist on the usual concept of dining with Disney characters .

  • Enchanted Garden

The use of “enchanted” in this restaurant’s name is no mistake: the atmosphere of this French countryside conservatory magically changes from daytime to sunset to nighttime during the course of your dinner, while light fixtures transform and flowers “bloom.”

A fountain with Mickey Mouse atop serves as the centerpiece of a conservatory-themed dining room

Enchanted Garden offers farm-fresh continental cuisine; menu options may include lobster ravioli, an Ahi tuna and avocado tower, curried carrot & apple soup, sea bass, marjoram-scented chicken, and pork tenderloin. Round out the meal with a tempting dessert of steamed lemon buttermilk pudding, banana sundaes, chocolate tortes, and almond meringue cake.

Outside of dinner service, Enchanted Garden is also an alternate option (versus the primary onboard buffet Cabanas ) for breakfast and lunch on most days. You’ll find a less ambitious menu during those meal periods: the usual sausage, bacon, eggs, and hash browns for breakfast; salads, soups, burgers, grilled items, and pizza at lunch.

  • Royal Palace

Dining tables in an elegant dining room, with a royal tile mosaic on the floor

You’re invited to a royal banquet at this elegant restaurant inspired by the ballroom scene in Disney’s Cinderella and other animated classics: beautiful marble floors with a royal design, tiara-topped porthole windows, and hand-painted portraits of Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White.

Your four-course royal feast includes options such as pomegranate-glazed duck breast, jumbo shrimp, spinach soufflé, avocado citrus salad, French onion soup, angus grilled beef tenderloin, roasted wild boar, lobster medallions, and Dijon-crusted rack of lamb. For dessert, indulge in the famed crème brûlée or enjoy a peanut butter mousse.

Adult-Exclusive Dining on the Disney Dream

Disney cruises are certainly family-friendly, but adults don’t need to worry that there’s nothing for them onboard. One of the great things on the Disney Dream that’s available exclusively to adults is a pair of elegant adult-exclusive restaurants . So send the kids off to the youth clubs, put on some nice duds, and enjoy a lovely kid-free date night at Palo or Remy!

Reserve a table at Palo for a delightful meal featuring memorable Italian cuisine. The stunning venue includes giant windows overlooking the ocean, providing a perfect backdrop for your meal.

Dinner menu items include seared sea scallops, tableside-fileted dover sole, butternut agnolotti, tiramisu, and a signature chocolate soufflé that’s considered one of the most popular items across the entire Disney Cruise fleet. On sea days, a tremendously-popular brunch service is typically offered.

Dining here requires an upcharge and space is usually in high demand; book as early as your onboard booking window allows.

The elegant dining room of Remy on the Disney Dream/Fantasy cruise ships

The finest onboard dining experience is at Remy. Named after the diminutive chef in Ratatouille , this restaurant transports you to the heart of Paris for a gastronomic experience like no other. You might be seated in the main room, or perhaps in the 900-bottle wine room. Or opt for ultimate luxury: the private Gusteau room (complete with a custom multi-course menu).

Dinner begins with a signature champagne cocktail prepared at your table. Then, it’s a gourmet culinary adventure designed in part by Chef Scott Hunnel (of Disney World’s Victoria & Albert’s) and Chef Arnaud Lallement (recipient of three Michelin stars and voted by  other Michelin-starred chefs as one of the 10 best chefs in the entire world). A gourmet cheese trolley and selections such as duck, elk, Kobe beef, langoustine, and sablefish are hallmarks of the menu.

On certain cruises, there’s also a highly-demanded champagne brunch as well as a 5-course dessert experience.

Dining here requires an upcharge. You’ll want to book as early as possible to have the best chance of securing a spot.

Casual Dining on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Tables in a tropical themed dining room, with columns shaped like palm trees and a giant oceanview window in the background

Cabanas | Image © Disney

Breakfast and lunch are casual meal periods onboard the Disney Dream. So come as you are (just cover up any swimsuits) and grab a bite at Cabanas.

This restaurant offers a mix of American, Asian, and European favorites in an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and lunch buffet served from nearly a dozen food stations.

Breakfast is exactly what you’d expect from an American perspective – custom-made omelets, bacon & sausage, Mickey Waffles, hash browns, and the like. There are also some international offerings such as rice and miso soup. For me, this is always a great chance to expand my culinary horizons with things I can’t normally get at home. My usual morning fare on the ship includes a giant healthy bowl of fresh muesli with dried fruits and nuts — admittedly usually with a few Mickey Waffles and bacon on the side (it’s all about the balance, you know).

Lunch at Cabanas is a constantly-changing mix of jumbo iced shrimp & crab claws, hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza, freshly-grilled meats, veggies, and much more.

Cabanas also offers an alternative dinner service most nights. It’s not buffet style at night; a server will present you with a menu and bring your food to you, and it’s usually a rather quiet meal. My spouse and I will sometimes plan to have dinner here on formal night if we don’t feel like packing dress clothes for the cruise.

Lounges, Bars, and Snacks on the Disney Dream

There’s always a place to grab a quick bite or a refreshing drink onboard. Whether you’re looking for a nibble, just want a soda, or are seeking something with a bit of alcohol , you’ll easily find it onboard. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Beverage Station

There’s no need to purchase a separate drink package on a Disney Cruise, as most non-alcoholic drinks are included at no additional cost (a rarity in the cruise industry). This self-service beverage station located near the pool offers unlimited refills of sodas, teas, coffees, and other non-specialty beverages.

An adults-only retreat that focuses on specialty coffees and teas during the day, with cocktails in the evening.

A compelling open-air bar on Deck 13 offering expansive views and delightful cocktails. Adults only.

This family-friendly venue hosts interactive events for all ages. Karaoke, trivia, game shows, and even dance parties can be found here on a daily basis.

A large lounge area with a stage, and the word

  • District Lounge

A relaxed piano bar offering cocktails and nightly entertainment. Non-alcohol options are also available for those who want to enjoy the live music in a “drier” way.

Evolution lives up to its name. During the day, it welcomes cruisers of all ages for games, activities, and dance classes. At night, it evolves into a vibrant adults-only nightclub with a lively bar scene.

DCL Evolution Night Club

Evolution | Image © Disney

Eye Scream Treats and Frozone Treats

Cool down with all-you-can eat soft-serve ice cream cones (included in the cost of your cruise!), or spend a bit extra to enjoy a specialty smoothie.

Flo’s Cafe: Fillmore’s Favorites, Luigi’s Pizza, and Tow Mater’s Grill

For a quick grab-and-go snack poolside, check out these quick service windows. You’ll find pizza, chicken tenders, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and more.

Meridian Lounge

Supplement your elegant meal at Remy or Palo by having cocktails at this upscale travel-themed lounge conveniently located directly between those two fine dining establishments. Cigars are also offered for purchase.

A serene lounge on Deck 14 in the forward funnel (red smokestack). This spot is often overlooked due to its secluded location, so it’s a quiet retreat with compelling views (and a great wedding venue, too!).

An secluded lounge with deeply rich colors

This Champagne and Wine bar pays tribute to all things bubbly, featuring a private-label Tattinger champagne created and bottled exclusively for this spot. Tip: look closely enough at the bubbles along the wall and you can spot pink elephants here even without having a drink!

Disney Cruise - Pink Champagne Bar with bubble décor implying the inside of a champagne bottle

Pink Wine & Champagne Bar (Disney Dream)

This contemporary sports bar offers live matches via satellite (when available) and comfortable lush seating. Open to everyone during the day, and adults only at night. The pub’s name is a nod to the ship’s hull number at the shipyard where it was created.

  • Senses Juice Bar

Enjoy a healthy quaff at this retreat near Senses Spa and Salon. Fresh fruit and vegetables give their all for these nutritious protein- and vitamin-packed beverages.

This adults-only bar provides scenic views of iconic city skylines around the world. Thanks to a little Disney magic, the view out the “window” changes to a different city every fifteen minutes.

  • Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats

Purchase hand-scooped gelato, baked goods, and candy in this shop inspired by  Wreck-It Ralph . Fees apply.

Room Service on Disney Dream

Almost all of the Disney Dream’s Room Service menu is offered at no additional charge – you’ll only have to pay for a few specialty items and to tip the crew member who delivers the food to your room.

The standard room service menu typically includes soups & salads, chicken tenders, burgers & dogs, sandwiches & wraps, and hot wings.  You’ll also typically find a few flatbreads or pizzas and perhaps some pasta. Dessert — usually cookies, cake, or pie — is also offered.

A favorite among repeat cruisers is the All Hands on Deck , a plate of assorted cheese, fruit, and crackers. Kids (both actual and adult) will be pleased to know you can also request a Mickey’s Premium ice cream bar – the same kind found in the theme parks.

If you don’t mind paying a bit extra, you can add on specialty items such as beer, wine, canned soft drinks, deluxe coffees, juices, and pre-packaged snacks such as candies.

Best Bets for Each Meal on Disney Dream

Below we list each of the main meal periods onboard the ship, and your best options for each.

  • Primary option: Cabanas is the number one breakfast spot onboard thanks to its long hours, expansive options, and all-you-care-to-eat service style. Mornings can be rather hectic here, but there’s rarely difficulty in finding a seat.
  • Secondary option: One of the three rotational restaurants (typically Enchanted Garden) usually offers a table-service breakfast, complete with a server who will bring your food and keep your drinks refilled. The menu is a bit more limited than at Cabanas, but it’s usually a much quieter option to start your day.
  • Other options: Room service is available, but there are two things to know. First, you’ll need to order in advance via a menu card that you hang on your doorknob the night before. Second, know that the breakfast menu is extremely limited. There’s no “hot breakfast” (no bacon, eggs, sausage, or oatmeal); instead, it’s a continental sort of menu with juices, coffees, pastries, and cold cereals. I personally find the room service breakfast to be too limited, though I’ll admit there’s a certain charm to coffee and a light pastry while enjoying the sunrise from my verandah.
  • Primary option: Like at breakfast, Cabanas is the best lunch option thanks to its wide selection. Iced jumbo shrimp and crab claws are a signature menu item most days and I usually eat my fill of them at least once during the cruise; you’ll also find freshly grilled meats, a wide variety of side items, some interesting international selections, and lots of tempting desserts.
  • Secondary option: Spending the afternoon by the pool? There’s no need to dry off and head inside when you get a rumbly in your tumbly. Drip dry and head over to the food service windows at Flo’s Café for burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and unlimited ice cream cones. These windows often offer extended hours, which makes them a good failsafe for folks who miss lunch hours at Cabanas or get hungry before their late dinner service.
  • Other options : Enchanted Garden typically serves lunch with open seating. Room Service is another good option, though there’s sometimes a lunch rush which can delay your food’s arrival a bit. The cloche-covered dishes sometimes mean that fried items such as wings might not arrive quite as crispy as you’d like.
  • Primary option: Your assigned rotational dining restaurant is the heart of Disney Cruise dining and shouldn’t be missed. Your dedicated service team follows you all voyage long and will likely become your favorite Crew Members onboard the ship (my wife and I made such a connection with our servers on a 2019 cruise that we still remember their names to this day!). Add in special themed menus and other thoughtful touches, and you’ll quickly see why this is a highlight of each day onboard.
  • Secondary option: As an alternative to your pre-scheduled rotational dining restaurant, you might opt to experience Cabanas in a totally new way. Dinner at Cabanas is an entirely different experience than the free-for-all buffet-style offerings that are the mainstay of breakfast and lunch. A host seats you at your table, and a server presents you a menu featuring some of the most popular selections onboard.
  • Other options: Many cruisers enjoy dedicating at least one night of their cruise to an adult-exclusive meal at Palo or Remy. Otherwise, you can always grab something from the quick-service windows on the pool deck, or order room service.

Off-Hours Eating and Snacking

  • Primary option: For cravings outside the main meal periods, your best bet is Flo’s Café on the pool deck. Their generous hours and snack-friendly offerings make them a great choice to tide you over between meals. Individual portions tend to be “snack sized” (perhaps 2 or 3 chicken tenders and a few fries), so you won’t spoil your dinner unless you want to by asking for a larger portion.
  • Secondary option: Room Service is available 24/7, up until about 1:30 AM on the last morning of your cruise. It’s the only option for overnight snacking. I’ll occasionally order a few warm cookies and some milk at bedtime, but you can also order 1:00 AM buffalo wings if your antacid game is strong.

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Disney Dream Pools and Water Slides

Two riders on a raft are propelled by water through elevated tubes on the AquaDuck, a water ride on some Disney cruise ships

The AquaDuck is the premier water attraction onboard the Disney Dream. This first-of-its kind (water coaster on a cruise ship) attraction takes its guests on a wild adventure high above the upper decks of the ship.

Guests board a raft and are propelled by jets of water through 765 feet of tubes and open-air slide segments; along the way, you’ll experience a 4-deck drop, a careening curve over the edge of the ship, and a journey through one of the iconic red smokestack funnels.

There’s no additional charge to ride the AquaDuck, but you will have to wait in line. There is no FastPass, Lightning Lane, or Genie+ onboard the ship. Lines tend to be longest on Sea Days and shorter when the ship is in port. Riding earlier or later can also help avoid crowds – just don’t forget to check the operating hours each day in the Navigator app.

To ride solo, Guests must be at least 54″ tall and at least 7 years of age. Children under the age of 7 who are at least 42″ tall and toilet-trained may ride with a companion who is at least 14 years of age.

Pools and Splash Pads

  • Donald’s Pool

This pool offers a shallow wading area with a deeper center. This is a perfect place to enjoy Disney movies on the giant 24′ x 14′ FunnelVision screen nearby. This pool is sometimes closed during special on-deck events, covered with a retractable floor to offer more deck space.

A rectangular pool in front of a stage and large video screen

Donald’s Pool | Image © Disney

Funnel Puddle

A shallow (approximately 1-foot deep) family friendly pool that’s far removed from the raucousness of the Donald’s and Mickey’s pools. This is the closest thing you’ll find onboard to a “quiet pool” that’s still open to all ages; but there’s still a small water fountain feature in the middle that kids love to splash in.

  • Mickey’s Pool & Slide

The shape alone clearly communicates this is designed for kids; The deeper zones of this still-shallow pool are shaped like the friendly face of everyone’s favorite pal, Mickey Mouse. Meanwhile, one of Mickey’s signature white gloves supports a bright yellow waterslide for kids aged 4 to 14 / height 38″ to 64″. May be closed during deck parties.

Mickey-shaped pool and bright yellow waterslide

Mickey’s Pool | Image © Disney

  • Nemo’s Reef

This toddler-friendly splash zone features PIXAR characters spraying water, a child-sized Mr. Ray waterslide, and more — all in a shaded, enclosed, and “accidental tumble”-friendly soft surfaced area. Ages 3 years or younger; swim diapers are required.

Water jets and Pixar characters in Nemo's Reef

  • Quiet Cove Pool

A serene oasis for those 18 and up to get away from the kids for some quiet time. There’s a three-circled pool of varying depths, lounge-style seating in the shallowest segment, a whirlpool spa, and of course plenty of adult beverages nearby.

Quiet Cove Pool and Bar

Satellite Falls Pool

One of the most unique water spaces onboard, Satellite Falls is an adults-only wading pool that features a cascading (ok, rapidly dripping) waterfall directly underneath one of the giant satellite domes on the ship’s upper deck.

Satellite Falls pool underneath a large white dome

Satellite Falls | Image © Disney

Disney Dream Kids Clubs and Teen Clubs

Children are trained by a Jedi master

Much of Deck 5 on the Disney Dream is dedicated to spaces especially designed for younger passengers, and there are plenty of other youth-friendly spaces onboard. Here’s a preview.

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club

The Oceaneer Club is the primary kids activity onboard the ship. It’s the place where your kids will probably spend most of their time onboard. For some families, it’s not uncommon for the kids and adults to part ways at breakfast and regroup at dinner, with the Kids Club filling the gap between.

This secure facility is accessible only to kids aged 3-10 and trained youth activities staff — but there are pre-scheduled open houses to allow parents and kids to tour the location together. Inside there are tons of kid-friendly spaces and activities, and it’s all included in the cost of your Disney cruise! This amazing kids club is one of the reasons we consider Disney to be the best cruise line for children .

Andy’s Room

Kids are immersed in the world of Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story movies in this play area.

Disney Infinity Game Room

Enjoy interactive video games and activities in this high-tech space.

Disney’s Once Upon a Time

Disney characters come to life in this bookmaking and story time experience.

Jedi Training: Experience the Force

Learn the ways of the Force with this interactive training experience.

Pixie Hollow

This forest-themed area is the perfect place for storytelling, playing dress-up, and arts & crafts.

Puzzle Playtime with Mickey

Mickey and pals drop in for fun and games.

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon

The “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” is ready for adventure! Hop into the cockpit and zoom through the stars, the forests of Endor, and more.

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Lab

A partner facility to the Oceaneer Club, the Oceaneer Lab offers lots of hands-on activities and experiences for kids ages 3-10.

Red stools at animation tables

Animator’s Studio

Learn how to draw your favorite Disney characters – or just entertain your own creative instincts.

Anyone Can Cook

Learn how to measure and mix ingredients and bake a batch of fresh chocolate-chip cookies.

Craft Studio

A spot perfectly prepared to indulge creative urges with hands-on creations.

Get the Hook!

A 3-day search through multiple crime scenes to find Captain Hook’s… well, you know.

Disney movies, video games, and occasional structured activities are the order of the day here.

Piston Cup Challenge

Bars of soap form the chassis of your custom-made race car in this fun, hands-on race.

Put on battle gear and join forces with The Avengers to take on super villains.

Super Sloppy Science with Professor Make-O-Mess

Meet a world-famous scientist with a penchant for unashamedly messy experiments.

The Wheelhouse

Home of  Tides of Fortune , a multi-player Pirates of the Caribbean game that can only be found on a Disney Cruise. A major component is piloting your pirate ship through the Caribbean Sea via video simulation.

Tweens and young teens (ages 11 to 14) have a space all to themselves onboard the Disney Dream, and it’s in one of the coolest spots on the entire ship: inside the iconic red smokestack funnel on Deck 13! Edge is the perfect place to relax as tweens see fit — a huge video wall, a dance floor, karaoke machines, a game room, and photo booths. The furniture can even be moved around so Guests can make the space their own. A mix of planned activities and unstructured free time keeps things interesting.

Those aged 14 to 17 have a unique indoor/outdoor space made just for them, complete with a super secret entrance! Indoors, teens will find plenty of TVs, video games, and tablets, plus dance parties, karaoke sessions, and group activities. Or, they can head outside to a private sundeck at the bow of the ship to enjoy deck games, splash pools, and sunbathing.

The outdoor sundeck of Vibe, with small pools and game tables

Vibe outdoor sundeck

it’s a small world nursery!

Tiny cruisers are well cared for in it’s a small world nursery! , an onboard babysitting service for infants and toddlers aged three and younger.

Disney youth counselors watch over the tykes, playing with them, feeding them, and handling diaper duty.

Nominal fees apply, charged by the half-hour (with a one-hour minimum), and there are discounts for multiple children in the same family. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Note that there are no in-room babysitting services onboard.

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Disney Dream Entertainment and Activities

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Disney is an entertainment company at heart, so it’s no surprise that the shows and experiences onboard the Disney Dream are top notch.

Broadway-Style Shows in the Walt Disney Theatre

Each night of your cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a live show in the beautiful Walt Disney Theatre. This includes at least three Broadway-style shows during your cruise, along with other additions (such as family-friendly comedians, magicians, and hypnotists) on longer voyages.

Show times are opposite your dinner time onboard. So if you have early dining, you’ll see the late show — and vice versa.

Beauty and the Beast

This show brings a tale as old as time to the stage. Innovative puppetry and stunning special effects combine with skilled actors and memorable music to bring you an unforgettable evening.

Disney’s Believe

A true stage spectacular, featuring 300+ costumes, 200+ scenic elements, and a cast of characters assembled to help a daughter provide her hard-working father a bit of perspective on what’s truly important in life.

The Golden Mickeys

It’s awards night onboard the Disney Dream! Experience all the glitz and glamor of the red carpet as the crowd clamors to guess who will win the coveted titles of “Most Romantic” and “Most Heroic.” Meanwhile, there’s a problem… the emcee is missing! Fear not — these things usually have a way of solving themselves. This fan-favorite musical features songs from about a dozen different Disney films.

Mickey’s Color Spin Dance Party

This offering, presented on select cruises, features a 90s throwback themed dance party on deck. Start the show off with a group sing-along of Into the Unknown , then spin the color wheel to reveal a series of high-energy performances and easy-to-learn dances and group actions. Mickey, Minnie, and even Max are along for the party.

Pirate Night / Pirates in the Caribbean Deck Party with Fireworks

Pirate night starts with the delivery of pirate bandanas to your stateroom – then the party moves to your scheduled dining location for the evening, where a special themed menu awaits. Then, head up to the pool deck for a raucous show with high-flying pirates including favorite Disney characters. Finally, the grand finale (and another Disney innovation) – fireworks at sea!

Note: not every itinerary offers a pirate night, and fireworks may be canceled due to weather.

Sailing Away Deck Party

The official start to your Disney Dream cruise — your vacation begins when the ship’s horn plays those familiar notes and confetti rains down from the upper decks. Captain Mickey and all his pals are there to join the fun to ensure your trip gets off to a great, high-energy start.

Disney Movies in the Buena Vista Theatre

First-run and classic favorite Disney, Marvel, PIXAR, and LucasFilm movies are shown throughout the day in the Buena Vista Theatre. No need for a ticket — it’s completely free so all you need to do is find a seat at showtime.

Sailing during the premiere of a highly-anticipated Disney film? It’ll be shown repeatedly in the Buena Vista Theatre, likely after a huge “PremEAR at Sea” showing in the Walt Disney Theatre.

Goofy Golf and Sports Deck

If you prefer your entertainment to be a bit more active, there’s plenty of great recreation to be had on Goofy’s Sports Deck , located on Deck 13 aft.

Enjoy a delightfully ludicrous mini-golf course with nine fun-filled, pun-filled holes. It’s completely free and no tee times are required. Just grab a putter and a goofball, er, golf ball — and perhaps a scorecard/pencil if you insist on keeping things official (I don’t bother, as I see no reason to put my lies in writing).

This is one of my absolute favorite things to do onboard the Disney Dream. I just love enjoying a game of mini-golf out on the open ocean, and the sight gags just add to it. Vewy sewious mini-golfers will appreciate that each hole offers two tee locations — one just for fun and one for a slightly more challenging experience.

A miniature golf course hole, complete with silly additions such as an octopus in a bucket of water

Elsewhere on the sports deck, you’ll find other, more mainstream pursuits, such as a basketball court and even a digital sports simulator (fees apply).

Down on deck 4, you’ll also find shuffleboard courts — a classic cruise activity.

Here’s a great way to explore the ship: sleuthing out a crime! Start your adventure at the agency kiosk on Deck 5 — pick up a badge and deck plan / casebook — and suddenly, the game is afoot!

This extensive adventure will send you all over the ship looking for more than 20 interactive artwork displays, where a series of random events and “choose your own adventure” dilemmas make sure that you can play over and over without getting bored.

A family displays their detective badge to an interactive piece of artwork as part of the game

Depending on the agency’s caseload, you might help Mickey and pals recover some stolen paintings, try to find 99 missing Dalmatians, or follow Pepe the King Prawn’s clues to solve a zany Muppet mystery.

Not only is this a fun adventure, it’s also an astounding way to orient yourself to everything on the ship! I highly recommend it for first-timers. And because your detective badge tracks your progress, you can play at your own pace, starting and stopping as you like.

Disney Dream Spas and Salons

Disney Dream offers a full-service spa onboard the ship, featuring many other health and wellness services.

Senses Spa and Salon

Pamper yourself with spa treatments, salon services, and rejuvenation procedures at this restful retreat. Services offered at Senses Spa include Swedish massages, aroma stone therapy, deep tissue massage, acupuncture, facials, teeth whitening, shampoo/cut/style, manicures, pedicures, and more. Even those who aren’t into spa treatments may enjoy the Rainforest Room with its various themed shower settings. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, showers, lockers, sandals, and robes round out the offerings.

Exclusively for guests aged 13-17, this special area of Senses offers treatments to teens. A parent or guardian must accompany the teen for the duration of the treatment ( solo and combined treatments are offered as an option).

  • Fitness Center

Perhaps you’re a regular exerciser, or maybe you just want to offset several days of all-you-can-eat meals. Either way, you can stay in shape with the offerings at the Disney Dream’s onboard fitness center. Whatever your preferred equipment — weight machines, cardio equipment, ellipticals, treadmills, and others — you’re likely to find it here. If you prefer a group experience you can join a yoga, Pilates, or aerobics class. Or, opt for personalized one-on-one training and analysis with a professional trainer.

  • Walking/Jogging Track

If, like me, you’re not keen on a major workout but do enjoy a nice walk after dinner, you’ll be happy to know that the Disney Dream offers an open-air walking/jogging track on Deck 4. I like that it’s low enough on the ship to offer some close-up ocean views — especially handy if you’re lucky enough to see wildlife such as dolphins playing alongside the ship. A leisurely stroll is perfectly fine, but jogging is also fair game here if you don’t want to miss your daily run while onboard.

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Disney Dream Itineraries and Home Ports

Aerial view of a Disney Cruise Ship at Villefranche | Image © Disney

You can board the Disney Dream from the US and Europe in 2024. But for 2025 and 2026, the Dream settles into Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Disney Dream has a busy schedule of cruises in 2024 .

  • January through end of April: Caribbean cruises and Bahamian cruises from Fort Lauderdale
  • Early- to mid-May: Transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona
  • Late May to mid-September: Various European itineraries from Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Southampton
  • Mid-September to mid-October: Not yet announced
  • Late October: Transatlantic voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale
  • November to end of year: Bahamian cruises and Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Here’s an overview of Disney Dream’s schedule of cruises in 2025 .

  • January through end of the year: Bahamian and Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Here are the Disney Dream sailings in 2026 :

  • January through early May:  Bahamian Cruises from  Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • May 2, 2026 and beyond:  Not yet announced

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Disney Dream Deck-by-Deck

Here’s a look at what’s located on each deck of the Disney Dream.

  • Health Center
  • Tender Lobbies (ship exit at ports of call)
  • Public Restrooms
  • Self-Service Laundry
  • Vista Gallery
  • Category 9B
  • Category 11C
  • Walt Disney Theatre (main level)
  • Animator’s Palate
  • Guest Services
  • Mickey’s Mainsail
  • Sea Treasures
  • Lobby Atrium
  • Buena Vista Theatre (main level)
  • Walt Disney Theatre (balcony level)
  • Pink Wine & Champagne Bar
  • Port Shopping Desk
  • Shutters Photo
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Vacation Planning Desk
  • Atrium (overlook)
  • Buena Vista Theatre (balcony level)
  • “it’s a small world” nursery
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Port Adventures Desk
  • Category 4E
  • Category 6B
  • Category 7A
  • Category 8A
  • Category 8C
  • Category 9A
  • Category 10A
  • Category 11B
  • Category 4C
  • Category 5C
  • Category 9D
  • Category 4B
  • Category 5B
  • Category 8B
  • Category 9C
  • Category 6A
  • Category 11A
  • Category 4A
  • Category 5A
  • Funnel Vision
  • Eye Scream Treats
  • Filmore’s Favorites
  • Luigi’s Pizza
  • Tow Mater’s Grill
  • Frozone Treats
  • Rainforest Room
  • Treatment Salons
  • Whozits & Whatzits
  • Category 2B
  • Category 3A
  • AquaDuck Entrance
  • Funnel Puddle Pool
  • Concierge Lounge
  • Senses Spa (additional treatment rooms)
  • Category 1A
  • Category 2A
  • Sports Courts
  • Sports Simulator
  • Satellite Falls
  • Currents Bar
  • Concierge Private Sun Deck

Disney Dream Fact Sheet

Shipyard (ship’s birthplace).

Meyer Werft – Papenburg, Germany

Maiden voyage

January 26, 2011

Varies by time of year — see Itineraries & Ports above

Ship’s Registry

Approximately 130,000 gross tons

22 knots cruising speed

23.5 knots maximum speed

Diesel-based electric

Crew Members

Maximum capacity.

4,000 passengers

1,250 staterooms

  • 901 verandah staterooms (includes 21 suites)
  • 199 oceanview staterooms
  • 150 inside staterooms (12%)

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Disney Dream cruise ship review: Mostly magic with a bit of mayhem

Erica Silverstein

TPG's Erica Silverstein accepted a free trip from Disney Cruise Line to cruise on Disney Dream. The opinions expressed below are entirely hers and weren't subject to review by the line.

A Disney Dream cruise is not just for families with young children who love Mickey Mouse and princesses. Disney lovers of all ages, including many couples who choose to get married on board or on the cruise line's private island, will appreciate setting sail in an immersive Disney atmosphere.

A Disney Dream sailing is also attractive to travelers who love a good show, as the ship offers stellar musicals, captivating deck parties and all the movies you can watch from the many Disney-owned production companies (Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and more). Cruisers seeking a more midsize ship, with attentive service and plenty of activities geared toward both kids and adults, will not be disappointed.

Unsurprisingly, Disney Cruise Line does themed sailings well. My five-night Western Caribbean cruise was a Very Merrytime sailing, complete with holiday decorations throughout the ship, seasonal shows and activities, and visits from Santa. Mickey and friends, as well as my fellow passengers, were sporting red and green attire, too. The ship gets equally passionate about Halloween and Marvel-themed sailings.

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A Disney cruise might be a magical experience for some, but Disney Dream isn't perfect. On my cruise, dining venues were crowded and loud, and the lobby atrium and pool deck did not have enough space for all the cruisers who wanted to watch the signature shows. Cruisers looking for varied nightlife might be disappointed that many adults are tied up with childcare at night and unable to venture out to the adults-only bars and lounges.

A cruise aboard Disney Dream is pricey, especially when compared with family-friendly lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line . Make sure that Disney Dream is the ship for you by learning everything you need to know about the ship — from its cabins to its restaurants, attractions and activities — as well as my take on where the ship excels and where it misses the mark.

Overview of Disney Dream

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The 130,000-ton Disney Dream contains 1,250 cabins and can carry 2,500 passengers at double occupancy and 4,000 at maximum capacity. That makes it small for a family ship when comparing it to Royal Caribbean's family favorite Oasis Class ships. The biggest Oasis Class ship, Wonder of the Seas , for example, measures 236,857 tons — 82% bigger than Disney Dream — and carries 5,734 passengers at double occupancy or 6,988 passengers when full.

The ship also stands apart from competitors in that it defies categorization. The ship would be considered mass-market because it offers a range of cabins from windowless insides through suites, appeals to families, does not focus on gourmet food or high-end finishings, and does not offer all-inclusive fares.

Yet Disney Dream's sailings are priced higher than most family-friendly cruise ships because the Disney brand commands a premium. Plus, you could argue that the service levels are higher and the entertainment is of a higher quality than on Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Related: 5 best cruise lines for families

So who's on board? Obviously, families with young children make up a large fraction of Disney Dream's passenger base. You'll find babies, kids and teens, as well as three-generation groups and extended family or friend groups. Yet the ship also attracts adults who are Disney fans or appreciate Disney's entertainment and service. It is common for couples to plan onboard weddings or take their honeymoon on a Disney cruise.

Because Disney cruise fares are so high, most Disney Dream passengers are willing to spend money, either because they have a high vacation budget or have saved up for a special trip where they will pull out all the stops. I was surprised how many passengers were paying extra for princess makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, high-priced Disney paraphernalia from the onboard shops, and souvenir drink and popcorn containers.

The other thing to recognize about Disney Dream is that the kid activities are central and the adult amenities peripheral. The pool deck features several bars, but they are tucked away at the ends of the deck, not set out by the main pool. The sports pub, nightclub and other themed bars are hidden at the back end of Deck 4 in a warren of interconnected rooms that aren't always easy to find, and the adults-only specialty restaurants are relegated to a quiet corner at the top of the ship. There is no casino on board.

Because so many of the adults on board are traveling with children, not all are free to go out at night. So, some adult venues and evening activities can be sparsely populated. (Others generate a larger crowd, though.) On the upside, I did not encounter obviously inebriated folks on this cruise — though that could be because I, like so many adults, was traveling with a child and not often in the adult spaces.

What I loved about Disney Dream

The crew and waiters.

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Every cruise line promotes the attentiveness of its crew, but the Disney Dream crew really shined, especially our waiters, who traveled with us from restaurant to restaurant. They quickly learned our preferences, bringing us our preferred drinks as we sat down, giving us butter in addition to the day's dip for the bread and remembering our tea preferences.

Our main waiter, Richard, always had a riddle or magic trick for the kids in his section, and Afandi, our assistant waiter, made origami for the kids each night. They would patiently listen as our 7-year-old companion told them jokes and stories, even though they were busy delivering meals and clearing plates.

Our room steward, Panca, left us towel animals every day and always inquired if there was anything we needed. The kids club counselors were always welcoming and ready to answer any parent questions. The entertainment staff did a great job involving as many kids as possible in the activities and were friendly and patient.

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I love a good Broadway show, but the song-and-dance revues featured on so many cruise lines often fall flat. The singing ranges from great to mediocre, and while the costume changes and high-tech effects are cool, the shows don't always have a strong thread connecting the various numbers.

Disney Cruise Line takes a different approach — a more Disney approach, if you will. Disney Dream offers three featured musicals, all with a clear story to tell. Adults can appreciate the strong performances and creative use of costumes and scenery, and kids enjoy seeing some of their favorite characters and stories come to life on stage.

This was especially true of the ship's version of "Beauty and the Beast," an abridged version of the story based on the live-action movie. Kids and adults alike were riveted in their seats for an hour and a half, and the performances were stellar, with some of the actors even hailing from Broadway.

The only downside to the shows being so good is that you never want to miss one. That meant my friend and I never sent her daughter to the kids club after dinner, which would have allowed us to enjoy one of the ship's bars and an after-dinner cocktail together.

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Palo brunch

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I'd heard from many people that brunch at Palo was amazing, and the experience did not disappoint. If you can sneak away for a couple hours, it's a lovely way to enjoy a relaxed, quiet, kid-free meal without missing one of the featured rotational restaurants. It's also good value, leading some people to claim it's the best $50 you can spend on a Disney cruise .

Our waiter, Victor, was as handsome and charming as any Disney prince. He brought us passionfruit mimosas when my friend said she didn't care for orange juice. We started the meal with a bread basket, and the almond croissants were the best I'd ever had, warm and flaky with a delicious almond filling that elevated the pastry.

The menu is so varied that it's hard to choose. Winners included poached eggs with spinach, asparagus and mornay sauce and the goat cheese flatbread. The mushroom ravioli fell flat, but that was OK because I was getting pretty full by then. The chocolate hazelnut dessert was thankfully small because I only had room for a few delectable bites.

My tip: Book an early brunch, and don't eat anything beforehand. You will definitely want to arrive hungry and with a very empty stomach.

Family-friendly cabins

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Disney really thought about what families need in a living space when it designed the cabins on its ships, including Disney Dream. As a mom who has cruised with kids since they were babies, I understand the unique challenges families face when sharing a small cabin together. Disney does, too, and has created cabins to eliminate some of those challenges.

It starts with the split bathrooms, one with sink and toilet and the other with sink and shower. That means two can brush their teeth at once, and if a little person suddenly has to go potty when Daddy is in the shower, it's not a problem.

The cabins have plentiful storage space with lots of drawers because little kid clothing does not fit on grown-up hangers. Our cabin host even left a kid-size bathrobe in the closet, along with the two adult-size ones.

There's a dim light on the ceiling of the room's living area where kids will sleep in sofabeds and pulldown bunks to serve as a nightlight. A floor-to-ceiling curtain can extend across the entire room to separate the kids' sleeping areas from the adults. This way, adults can have the lights on in their section of the room after bedtime.

Even the balconies have childproof locks high up on the door, so you can prevent kiddos from sneaking onto the veranda without adult supervision.

What I didn't love about Disney Dream

Crowds and queues.

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Disney does not get everything magically right, unfortunately. One way its ships resemble its parks is in the crowds and wait times for nearly everything.

I was dismayed at how much time we spent on this cruise waiting around. Sometimes, it was waiting in the always-long lines for a meet-and-greet and photo opp with characters or to drop off or pick up kids at the Oceaneer Club. I waited 40 minutes on a sea-day afternoon to ride the AquaDuck, and there was no entertainment in that line, as there might be at a Disney park water attraction.

Any show we wanted to see involved arriving early to get seats, occasionally waiting in line to enter the theater. Show up late to one of the Pirate Night shows or any of the events in the atrium lobby, and you will have terrible sightlines and be unable to see much of the show.

The ship also felt small for the number of people it carried, possibly because of bad design and passenger flow. Unless you go very early or late, the pool deck and its two pools are insanely crowded. Even the dining rooms felt like tables were pushed extremely close together, and it was so loud that I often had to raise my voice or lean across the table to converse with my tablemates. Walking through crowded areas was also tricky since kids would veer unpredictably while ambling slowly, so it was hard to get by; both parents and kids would block stairwells or corridors.

The crowding did make the adult areas feel like a respite. Still, the Quiet Cove sun deck and pool area fill up.

Nightlife district

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The majority of Disney Dream's indoor bars and adult lounge areas are grouped together in a warren of interconnected rooms at the back of Deck 4. The District is meant to be a happening nightlife area, but I found it to be more of a dark, confusing afterthought.

I liked the vibe in the pub, with comfy seating and windows to the outside, and the whimsical Champagne bar Pink with its bubbles and corset theming. But the other bars were dark and not necessarily inviting. There was one bar, Skyline, that I could not find until I got turned around in a stairwell and happened upon it.

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A member of the ship's entertainment team told me that evening adult events were hit or miss as far as attendance goes. It makes sense — I found that by the time I ate dinner and attended the show, it was time to put my friend's kid to bed. I could have ditched them to hang out in a bar on my own, but that wasn't an attractive option.

Disney Dream cabins and suites

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The cabins and suites on Disney Dream were designed with families in mind, more so than on nearly every other cruise ship afloat. Cabins come in various categories, with many that can sleep families of three or four. Most have a split bathroom design, with two half baths; one contains a toilet and sink, the other a sink and shower (or shower-tub combo).

My cabin was a balcony room that could accommodate three, with a queen-size bed and a sofa that flips into a twin bed. I was dismayed to discover that, unlike every other ocean-going cruise ship I've sailed, the queen bed did not split into two twins. This forced my friend and I to share a bed. (Cabins that can sleep four will have a pull-down bunk above the sofa bed.)

The room is split in two by a floor-to-ceiling height, full-width blackout curtain, so we could put my friend's daughter to bed on the couch, turn off the lights on her side of the room and then read in bed with the lights on. One downside of this arrangement is that the small flat-screen TV is in the living area, not the bedroom, so we couldn't watch a late-night movie. Another downside: The blackout curtains effectively turned the adult sleeping area into an inside cabin with no natural light.

In addition to the sofa bed, the cabin's living area features a desk with two 110V and one 220V outlets, three deep drawers (perfect for storing kid clothing), a minifridge, the aforementioned TV, an open cabinet with two narrow shelves, a closed cabinet with two tall shelves and a mirror. One of the many light switches by the desk turns on a dim overhead light that can be used as a nightlight. A low-backed chair can be positioned at the desk or turned around to face the coffee table when dining in your cabin.

The master bed is flanked by two small nightstands, each with one drawer, and reading lamps. Only one side of the bed has a 110V and 220V outlet; the other has the cabin's phone. The closet is divided into two sections, both with hanging space and some open shelves. Adjacent is a shelving unit with three deep drawers and a tall two-shelf open cabinet above. The bed is high enough for suitcases, or your small child, to fit underneath.

I found the storage perfectly adequate for two adults and a child on a five-night cruise, and the room could likely handle belongings for a seven-night or longer cruise, as well.

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The narrow balcony features two metal and mesh upright chairs and a round metal drinks table. It has a childproof lock you can choose to use to prevent little cruisers from venturing out on the balcony unattended.

The bathroom with the toilet and sink offers three small glass shelves for storing toiletries; the shower room has two. Our bathroom had a tub/shower combo, and at 6 feet tall, I came close to hitting my head on the ceiling; I could not wash my hair without removing the wand showerhead from its holder and reaching it up as far its cord would go.

Each bathroom comes with a refillable hand soap dispenser; the shower room also offers bar soap and refillable containers of Disney brand shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in the tub. You'll find tissue dispensers in each. The shower room has a full-length mirror on the back of the door, which is useful, but this means there are no hooks on the door to hang extra items. There are, however, two retractable clotheslines in the shower and two large hooks on the wall between the bathroom and the sleeping area.

Less expensive cabins are either windowless insides with "magical portholes" (round video screens set in a window frame that display images from outside the ship with some cameos from animated characters) or ocean-view rooms with a round porthole window that does not open.

Higher-tier cabins include Concierge-level cabins and suites that grant you access to the exclusive Concierge lounge and sun deck on decks 12 and 13, respectively. These rooms come in three styles: a balcony cabin, a one-bedroom suite and a Royal Suite, all with private verandas. They come with upgraded amenities and privileges, such as included Wi-Fi, a pillow menu, feather duvets and priority for check-in and debarkation, tendering and reservations.

Wheelchair-accessible cabins come in nearly every cabin category except the Royal Suite.

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Disney Dream restaurants and bars

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The Disney dining experience is a bit different than what you might have experienced on other cruise ships . The line employs a "rotational dining" system in which you choose early or late seating (5:45 and 8:15 p.m. on my sailing). Then, each night, you are assigned to one of three restaurants each evening. You "rotate" through all the options during the course of your cruise, and your waiters move with you. This way, you can build a rapport, and they can get to know your dining preferences.

Disney Dream does not offer a buffet alternative at dinner, though you can order room service or pick up burgers and chicken tenders at Tow Mater's Grill on the pool deck. If you choose these options or if the adults in your party make a reservation at the adults-only specialty restaurants, Palo and Remy, you might miss out on one of the themed main dining room experiences.

Restaurants

Overall, the food on Disney is fine, but the emphasis is less on impressive food and more on creating an experience that children will enjoy. The waiters work hard, not only taking orders and serving food, but cutting up food for kids or entertaining them with riddles and origami.

Each of the three main restaurants serves its own menu, but on some nights, each menu will serve the same menu, such as the "welcome aboard" menu on night one and a Caribbean-themed menu on pirate night. Every menu is divided into appetizers, soups and salads, main courses, vegetarian options, lighter options and dessert (which always includes an ice cream sundae and a sugar-free option).

The kids menu varies nightly, but is the same at each restaurant on any given day. It's divided into appetizers (a different soup each night and a garden salad), mains (macaroni and cheese, mini burgers, pizza and a changing option such as kid-sized surf and turf) and Disney Check Meals (combo dinners served with a main such as baked cod or penne pasta, a vegetable and fruit).

Mickey ice cream bars are the favorite dessert here; ice cream is also available, as well as a changing dessert such as a chocolate brownie with ice cream or white chocolate cheesecake.

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Unlike the venues on Disney's newer ships, the three main restaurants on Disney Dream have less of a theatrical aspect to them, though all are themed.

The design of the Enchanted Garden restaurant on Deck 2 was inspired by the Gardens of Versailles, and its menu claims to be market-style and international. Try the ahi tuna and avocado tower as a starter and the scallops or the prime rib for your main. The signature pecan tart was a nod to Thanksgiving on a Christmas-themed cruise.

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Right above the Enchanted Garden on Deck 3 is the Royal Palace, inspired by four princesses — Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). See if you can find iconic images from their stories around the dining room. Dinner here is the perfect time to wear your princess dress to dinner or dress up a little.

The menu is French, with starters like escargot and baked brie. Mains include duck breast, rack of lamb and Chateaubriand-roasted steak. For dessert, consider the grand marnier souffle or the apple tart tartin.

Royal Palace was also the sit-down option for breakfast and lunch on our cruise. Breakfast offers a nice selection of fruit and yogurt, breakfast pastries and egg and griddle options. A kids menu features fun-sized versions of eggs, pancakes, Mickey waffles and yogurt with fruit. Signature adult breakfasts include a savory power crepe, a plant-based hot breakfast for the vegans among us, southern hash and brioche French toast.

Most families stick to casual options for lunch, but if you want a sit-down, multicourse meal, the Royal Palace is there for you. The lunch menu is split into a choice of soups and salads, small plates (such as beef satay skewers or tomato and mozzarella bruschetta), chef's recommendations (churrasco steak, spiced cod fillet), burgers (including a turkey burger and Impossible burger), pasta, a handful of kid-friendly options and dessert (typically one is a sundae). Sit-down lunch is a great option on embarkation day when you don't want to drag your bags around a crowded buffet.

Animator's Palate, on Deck 3 aft (essentially behind the Royal Palace), is the night to experience dinner with a show. Video screens around the animation-themed restaurant come to life with characters from "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory," with a surprising interactive element. I enjoyed the butternut squash soup, ginger-teriyaki beef tenderloin and the cookies and cream sundae for dessert.

I generally found the three main restaurants loud, with tables spaced extremely close together. (At Animator's Palate, our table was separated from the next by the width of the ice bucket for our bottle of Prosecco.) Dinners are not relaxing events, even though the waiters are outstanding, keeping the kids entertained with riddles, magic tricks and origami.

Perhaps that is why Disney Dream's two specialty restaurants are exclusive to adults over 18. They offer a nice break for the grown-ups in the group to have a quieter, more upscale meal in a less crowded setting. Both the French Remy and Italian Palo are on Deck 12, separated by the Meridian Bar.

Palo is open for brunch on sea days and dinner daily, both for $50 per person. Brunch is a highlight and a great value for all the food they give you. The meal starts with a complimentary Prosecco or mimosa and a bread basket that includes not-to-be-missed warm almond croissants.

Then you can choose as many breakfast or lunch entrees as you'd like; the poached eggs with spinach, asparagus and mornay sauce and the goat cheese flatbread (pizza) were standouts from our brunch. You can also select from frittatas, waffles and pancakes, and mains like lasagna Bolognese, sirloin steak, veal and parmesan-crusted chicken breast.

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After you've completely stuffed yourself, the waiters have the audacity to offer dessert. We sampled the warm amaretto chocolate fondant and the limoncello torte; while tasty, they were definitely not necessary to complete your meal.

For dinner in Palo, choose from the $50 fixed-price menu (a four-course meal with limited options for each), upgrade to the wine-paired menu or order a la carte from the full menu. The chocolate souffle dessert is the signature sweet and should be ordered at the beginning of the meal.

Remy is one of the most expensive specialty restaurants at sea, with menus by acclaimed chefs Scott Hunnel (from Victoria & Albert's at Walt Disney World Resort) and Arnaud Lallement (of Michelin star fame). Disney Dream offers two set menus, one by each chef, for $135 per person, with wine and Champagne pairings for an additional $120 and $160, respectively. You can also order a la carte.

For casual dining, Disney Dream does offer a buffet option on the Deck 11 pool deck. Cabanas serves breakfast and lunch only. In the morning, you'll find all the staples: eggs, breakfast meat, pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit, pancakes and the famous Mickey waffles. An omelet station is tucked away at the back.

At lunch, you can find pizza and burgers, an array of hot entrees, soup, premade salads, a huge stash of shrimp and crab legs, pasta, deli meat and desserts (including ice cream). Look for themed sections that change daily.

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I found Cabanas to have a nice variety of dishes (and the creamiest steam tray scrambled eggs I've had on a cruise to date). However, the layout is awful. The buffet is all one line, rather than station-based, and there is not a lot of room to walk around the venue. The result is that lines are long, and it's tricky to navigate through (say, if you're walking from the beverage station back to your table). This is especially true if you get stuck behind slow-moving, unpredictable small children who are somehow impossible to get around.

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Unlike other mass-market cruise ships, Disney Dream offers free soda with meals and from beverage stations along the pool deck sides and in Cabanas (where you'll also find water, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate). Bring your own refillable drink containers to avoid waste because the poolside stations only offer paper cups, not reusable glasses and mugs.

For a snack or simpler meal, a trio of food counters, collectively known as Flo's Cafe, on the opposite end of the pool deck from Cabanas offers all the kid favorites. Luigi's Pizza serves up five types of pie daily; Tow-Mater's Grill cooks up burgers, chicken, hot dogs and sausages, plus chicken tenders and French fries; and Fillmore's Favorites serves a range of paninis, wraps, salads and fruit bowls. Be aware that while these venues are open all afternoon, only Tow-Mater's is open for dinner; Luigi's Pizza opens again at 9 p.m. for late-night snacks.

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Poolside treats include the Eye Scream station with three soft-serve machines pumping out multiple flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, banana and strawberry. Frozone Treats next door offers extra-fee smoothies and refreshing drinks with and without alcohol (such as Dole Whip with a shot of rum).

Room service is complimentary on Disney Dream. You can order continental breakfast items by marking off your selections on a tag and hanging it outside your door before bed. All-day room service is available for order via phone; the menu is on the Navigator app. Selections include soups, salads, American fare (buffalo wings, burgers, chicken tenders), pizza and pasta and dessert. Mickey bars are not on the official room service menu, but can be ordered to your cabin.

If the free treats on this ship aren't enough (which is a concept that's difficult to grasp), you can splurge at Vanellope's Sweet Treats. Indulge with extra-fee ice cream and gelato, crazy sundaes, cupcakes and other baked goods and candy.

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Outside the Walt Disney Theatre on Deck 3 is Preludes, where you can buy snacks (popcorn, candy) and drinks to bring into the theater. A secondary outpost of Preludes is outside the Buena Vista Theater on Deck 4.

Parents, be prepared: The pervasive smell of popcorn will have your littles desperate for a snack, and the only way to access popcorn is by purchasing a souvenir popcorn bucket on the first night. The buckets range from $8 to more than $20, but refills are only $1.50.

On a ship where sodas and ice cream bars are complimentary, I was surprised the line charged for popcorn.

On a ship full of kids, it's understandable that adults might need a grown-up beverage or two. Disney Dream accommodates, but the bars are less front and center than perhaps you'd find on other cruise ships.

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On Deck 3, the Bon Voyage bar is tucked to one side of the midship elevator banks, between the Grand Lobby and the shopping area. It's in a crowded thoroughfare, so it lacks ambience.

Tucked into a corner on Deck 4 is the Vista Cafe for all your coffee drinks, regular or spiked. It also has a small case of snacks to go with your latte or mocha.

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The District, on Deck 4 aft, is the adult nightlife area, though it's used during the day to host events such as trivia. Grouped together are Pink, a wine and Champagne bar; Evolution, the nightclub and event space; Pub 687, the sports and game bar; Skyline, for bougie martinis with a changing cityscape behind the bar; and the District Lounge for hanging out, sometimes with live music. The District is a dark warren of interconnected rooms, so I only found the Skyline bar halfway through my cruise.

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You won't find crowds here, as many adults will be at the family activities in the evening or stuck in their cabins after their kids go to sleep. Fun competitive games, trivia contests, and karaoke in Evolution did get a good-sized audience, but you'll rarely need to search for a seat at any of the venues.

If you're interested in Disney Dream nightlife and are traveling with younger kids, I recommend cruising with extended family or friends; this way, each adult can take turns staying with sleeping children while the others go out. Alternatively, put your kids in Oceaneer Club after dinner and the show, but not every child wants to stay up that late or leave their family for the club.

A buffet of finger foods is put out for an hour each evening to help soak up all that alcohol.

On the upper decks, the Cove Cafe is half coffee shop, half bar by the Quiet Cove adult pool. Grownups don't have to get out of the water to order drinks at the swim-up Cove Bar adjacent to the pool. Forward of the adults area, a juice bar in the Senses Spa will kick start your day or refresh you after a workout with fresh juice blends.

Additional pool bars include the Waves Bar on Deck 12 and the Currents Bar on Deck 13.

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Also on Deck 12, the Meridian bar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner cocktail before a meal in the adjacent Remy or Palo. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and is a lovely getaway from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the ship. Passengers booked into Concierge-level cabins can also get drinks at their exclusive Concierge Lounge also on Deck 12.

Disney Dream activities

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Disney cruise ships offer a mix of typical and unique-to-Disney activities. Perhaps the most Disney thing you can do on Disney Dream is meet your favorite Disney characters and princesses.

Families have three options: You can sign up for free Royal Gatherings, where you can meet multiple princesses at one time, or extra-fee events, such as the Royal Court Royal Tea. You can look up on the Navigator app when characters will be making appearances and line up for a photo opp and to get an autograph. You'll often find the characters posing in the Grand Lobby or on the balcony just above. Or, you can serendipitously run into a character wandering about the ship.

Even your kids who think they're too cool for Mickey or princess photos will likely become starstruck when they see the characters around the ship and ultimately want a photo or two.

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Most kid-friendly activities occur in the multiple Disney cruise kids clubs on board. Most are clustered on Deck 4, where you'll find the It's a Small World Nursery for baby and toddler (up to age 3) daycare for an hourly rate. The Oceaneer Club and Lab offer complimentary drop-off activities for kids ages 3-10. Kids will love flying the Millennium Falcon, playing in Andy's Room, competing in Magic PlayFloor challenges and making crafts in Tinkerbell's Fairy Hollow.

Also on Deck 4 is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where families can pay for a range of princess, prince and pirate makeovers for young cruisers. If you decide to splurge, choose your salon times wisely. You might not want to get makeup and an updo at 9 a.m. and then be unable to go into the pool for the rest of the day.

Tweens (ages 11-14) have their own hangout called Edge with video games, movies, crafts and group activities in the fake forward funnel on Deck 13. Teens (14-17) can enjoy an indoor lounge with snack bar, video game and movie space, plus a teen-only outdoor sun deck with a plunge pool and hot tub. Vibe, as it's called, is all the way forward on Deck 5, with a secret entrance from the Deck 4 outdoor promenade.

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A range of family activities, from crafts to karaoke and dance parties, take place in the D Lounge on Deck 4. (Don't confuse it with the District Lounge next door, which is a bar in the adults-only area.) Some activities are held in the atrium lobby, including the hilarious Jack Jack's Diaper Dash (ie, crawling baby races). Evolution is the destination for evening adult activities, such as trivia, interactive competitions and karaoke.

The other major family-focused destination is, of course, the pool deck. Disney Dream has options for all ages and interests. Deck 11 midship is the main pool area with Mickey's pool and slide (the latter meant for ages 3-14) and the Goofy pool. Life jackets are available for kids who aren't strong swimmers.

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A giant poolside screen shows Disney movies during both daytime and evening. Pools are open late so you can watch the evening film from the water. The pool area stage is where the welcome/sailaway show and Pirate's Night shows take place.

The Nemo's Reef splash area is intended for supervised splashing for junior cruisers in swim diapers, though youngsters of all ages are welcome. There is a hot tub by the kids pool, but it's generally full of kids.

Don't worry, Mom and Dad: Adults have their own pool deck, forward on Deck 11. The Quiet Cove pool and hot tub are exclusive to adults over 18 and are surrounded by a swim-up bar, adults-only coffee shop and lounge spaces.

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Two decks up, the Satellite Falls pool and sun deck provides additional sunbathing space and a wading pool with a circular rain curtain under the ship's satellite transmitter. A sun deck exclusive to Concierge-level guests is also found on Deck 13.

Between the two on Deck 12 forward is a small family area with the Funnel Puddle plunge pool.

The pool area's other main attraction is the AquaDuck two-person raft slide that circles the entire pool deck. You must be 42 inches to ride and 54 inches to ride alone or with a smaller person. The ride has some thrills but is fairly tame. Sea-day afternoon wait times can be long (upward of 40 minutes). Ride after dark, and you'll hardly wait at all.

The entrance and exit from the AquaDuck are adjacent to each other on Deck 12, right above Nemo's Reef. I say this so you won't loop the decks multiple times looking for it.

On the opposite side of the ship on Deck 13 is Goofy's Sports Deck for all your athletic or competitive pursuits. A central sports court with basketball hoops is surrounded by a wacky minigolf course, ping pong tables and foosball.

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Your running and walking track, however, will be the Deck 4 promenade. You'll find padded wooden lounge chairs here, as well as shuffleboard courts.

If you need some serious pamper time, head to the Senses Spa and Salon on Deck 11 forward. A salon offers mani-pedis and hair styling, or you can book a massage or facial in one of the spa treatment rooms. Couples treatments include various massages as well as time in one of two couples' villas, and teen services are also available.

A fitness center is stocked with resistance machines, free weights, yoga mats and cardio machines with ocean views, plus group class space for spin and core classes. You can also book a pass to the Rainforest Room thermal suite for access to relaxing saunas and steam rooms.

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If retail therapy is more your style, you'll find an array of shops on decks 3 and 4, selling all kinds of character-based souvenirs and toys, Disney Cruise Line logo items, fine jewelry and sundries. The Whozits and Whatzits shop on Deck 11 sells swim and beach items in case you forgot something at home. If you plan on splurging, consider packing a foldable duffle that you can fill with all your souvenirs for the trip home.

Related: Tricks to save money on a Disney cruise

Disney Dream shows

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Disney Cruise Line is known for its original Broadway-style musical shows. Disney Dream's trio of original productions include "The Golden Mickeys," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Disney's Believe." These are performed in the Walt Disney Theatre on decks 3 and 4. Your showtime is opposite your mealtime; if you have an early dinner, you'll see the late show and vice versa.

"The Golden Mickeys" is a Disney's version of an awards show, honoring the bravest heroes and the most dastardly villains. The show combines video clips with live performances of favorite songs from Disney movies.

"Disney Believe" is another original musical featuring a single dad who goes on a journey to regain his belief in magic. Along the way, he encounters characters from a wide selection of Disney movies, who guide him on his journey with song and dance.

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The ship's marquee show, which runs 1 and 1/2 hours rather than an hour, is a stage adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," based on the live-action movie. The show employs creative use of puppetry and high-tech scenery, and the performers are stellar. (Some even have Broadway backgrounds.) On our sailing, this show also has a matinee performance to accommodate more guests.

The Walt Disney Theatre has both orchestra and balcony seating. Be careful of poles and railings that can block views from the balcony. Sit in the front section of the orchestra if you want confetti to rain down on you during certain performances.

Disney Dream does not have just one theater. The Buena Vista Theatre on decks 4 and 5 is the ship's movie cinema, showing first-run movies from Disney-owned production studios. That means if the film is currently showing in the movie theaters on land, you can watch it for free while you're at sea.

Disney Cruise Line is also famous for its Pirate Night, a shipwide pirate-themed party, complete with pirate-themed games, trivia and kids activities; a special pirate-themed, island-inspired dinner menu in every restaurant; and two pirate shows on the pool deck stage. The early show stars Pirate Mickey and friends and is geared for younger cruisers; the later, all-ages show features Jack Sparrow and culminates in a fireworks display.

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Nearly everyone on board, from babies to grandparents, gets into the pirate spirit, dressing up in looks ranging from simple DIY outfits with a few accessories to head-to-toe professional costumes, complete with wigs. Even if your kids think they're too cool, pack some pirate attire because you will feel left out of the fun if you're not in costume.

Another hot tip: The pool deck cannot handle the number of people who turn out for these shows. Arrive a good half hour early to stake out a spot with decent sightlines, and be prepared to potentially hold your child up the entire time if you're standing in the back. Also, plan for an afternoon nap, if your young kid wants to see fireworks. The show starts after 10 p.m.

On our five-night cruise, Pirate Night took place on a night when a performance one of the three musicals was not occurring. On that night, the main stage screened the newest Disney movie, so more people could watch. On the remaining night, a guest magician performed.

If you like shows, keep an eye out for short performances listed in the daily schedule on the app. Early in the sailing, Mickey and friends did a Christmas tree lighting event, complete with a Santa visit. One evening, the Broadway actor who plays Gaston in the ship's theater did a half-hour one-man show, performing numbers from the Disney songbook.

Disney Dream itineraries and pricing

disney dream 5 day cruise

Disney Dream will offer a series of three-, four- and five-night Bahamas and Caribbean cruises out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, through early May 2024. Ports of call in the Bahamas include Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney's longtime private island. Caribbean cruises include Grand Cayman or Cozumel, Mexico.

The ship then crosses the Atlantic for a summer season in Europe. From May through mid-July, it will offer five- to 11-night Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona and Civitavecchia (the port for Rome), Italy.

It will then reposition to Southampton, England (near London), where it will sail two Scandinavian fjords cruises; several three- to seven-night Europe Coastal and southern Europe cruises to ports in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands; and one British Isles cruise before crossing the Atlantic back to Florida.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Disney Cruise Line ship

The ship returns to Fort Lauderdale from October 2024 through May 2025, again offering three- to five-night Caribbean and Bahamas sailings. This time, certain itineraries include Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, Disney's new private destination on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Fares vary by season, cruise destination and theme, as well as cabin category. Expect the least expensive windowless inside cabins to start at more than $200 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

On Disney's website, three-night Bahamas cruises start from $1,733 for a couple. Five-night Western Caribbean cruises start at $2,437 per couple, and a seven-night Western Europe cruise starts at $4,427 per couple. Fares increase from there for cabins with balconies or suites, as well as for adding additional guests sharing the cabin.

A family of four would pay upward of $5,859 for a Concierge-level cabin on a three-night Bahamas cruise, for example.

Related: I saved every receipt — here's how much it actually costs to go on a Disney cruise

What to know before you go

Required documents.

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U.S. citizens sailing Disney Dream from Port Canaveral will need either a passport or a government-issued photo ID and an original birth certificate. Children can sail with either a passport or a birth certificate. However, for Disney Dream's summer European sailings, including the transatlantic crossings, everyone traveling (including babies) will need a passport.

If you're sailing with a child who is not your own, you will need to fill out a form certifying that you have permission from their parents to travel with them. Passports, when required, must be valid for at least six months. Note that it is important that the name on your reservation be exactly as it is stated on your passport or other official proof of nationality.

Related: Tips for getting a child's passport

Disney Cruise Line charges a crew gratuity of $14.50 per person (including babies and children) per day for most cruisers and $15.50 per person for Concierge-level cabins and suites.

You can prepay this amount, or it will be added to your onboard bill. If you have not prepaid, you can adjust the amount up or down at guest services or give additional tips in cash. The hardworking crew relies on these gratuities; even if you have service snafus, we strongly encourage you to pay the full amount and express your dissatisfaction in another fashion.

To give an idea of the cost, a four-person family on a five-night cruise in a standard cabin would pay $290 in recommended tips. The amount is split among your team of dining room servers who kept your kids entertained at dinner and your cabin host who cleaned up your mess each day.

An 18% gratuity is added to onboard spa, bar, beverage, wine and deck service tabs. You can always add an additional gratuity for any of your services or servers.

While room service is free, it's customary to add a few dollars of tip when you sign the "bill."

A gratuity is added to bills at Palo and Remy because those servers are not included in the automatic gratuity. Leave an additional tip if you enjoyed the service. If you stay in a Concierge-level room or suite, it is customary to tip the Concierge Lounge hosts $8 per person, per day, at the end of your cruise.

Related: Everything you need to know about tipping on cruise ships

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Disney Dream offers various Wi-Fi packages for a fee.

On my sailing, you could choose from three Wi-Fi packages and pay per 24 hours or per voyage. The Stay Connected package gives access to just Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It costs $18 for 24 hours for one device or $16/day for the full voyage (so $80 for a five-night sailing like mine).

The Classic Surf package gives access to the entire web, email and audio calling. The 24-hour price for one device is $28; the full-cruise cost is $24/day ($120 for a five-night sailing).

The Premium Surf package gives the same access as the Classic but with the addition of streaming services like YouTube, Snapchat and video calling. It costs $42 for 24 hours on one device or $34/day for the voyage ($170 for a five-night cruise).

For any of the plans, you can purchase full-cruise packages for up to four devices, with a 20% discount for each additional device. There is no discount for a multiple-device package for 24 hours. You can purchase a full-cruise package in the middle of your vacation, and the price will be prorated for the number of days left.

If you're deciding how many devices to add to your package, know that you can switch your plan from device to device throughout the cruise. For example, if you purchase a one-device plan, you can switch the service from your phone to your tablet then back to your phone. However, if you need a connection on your tablet and phone at the same time, you will need a two-device plan.

On my Caribbean cruise, I had no problems using the Navigator app or texting, and my travel companions made several Wi-Fi calls using our Premium Surf package. However, loading webpages and uploading photos on my laptop was often slow.

Carry-on drinks policy

Each passenger 21 years and older can bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or Champagne (no larger than 750 milliliters) or six beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board both at the beginning of the cruise and at each port of call. Not every cruise line allows you to bring drinks back from port without confiscating them, so take advantage of this generous alcohol policy .

On embarkation day, beverages must be packed in your carry-on (not checked) bags. You can keep drinks chilled in the small fridge in your cabin or ask your stateroom host for ice.

If you wish to consume wine or Champagne that you've brought on board in one of the dining rooms, you must pay a $26 corkage fee per bottle.

Smoking policy

Smoking is permitted in the following onboard locations only:

  • The portside outdoor area of the Meridian Lounge on Deck 12
  • The portside deck area on Deck 13 aft by the Currents Bar
  • The aft port side of the Deck 4 outdoor promenade, but only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Passengers caught smoking in their cabins or on their cabin balconies will be charged a $250 cleaning fee.

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Disney Dream offers 24-hour, self-service guest laundry facilities on Decks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. They are not marked on the deck plans on the app, but they are shown on each floor's deck plan by the stairwell and signs in the cabin hallways point the way. On most decks, they are located all the way forward or aft.

Use your Key to the World cruise card to pay to operate the washers and dryers, as well as buy any detergent or dryer sheets you need. Laundry rooms are also stocked with irons and ironing boards for complimentary use; they are the only place on board where you're allowed to use an iron.

If you really don't want to do chores on your vacation, you can send out your dirty laundry for washing, pressing or dry cleaning for an additional fee. Use the laundry bag and form in your cabin and your cabin attendant will pick up and return your clothes.

Electrical outlets

All cabins are equipped with 110-volt outlets, which are standard in the U.S. and Canada, and 220-volt (European) outlets by the desk and on one side of the bed. A shaver-only outlet is located on the ceiling of the bathroom.

The currency on Disney Cruise Line ships is the U.S. dollar.

When you are on the ship, you will not need cash or a credit card — all incidentals, purchases and services will be charged to your cabin folio. Your Key to the World card serves as your onboard payment method. The only exception is if you want to tip a crew member in cash.

You will want to have some cash or a credit card for purchases in port. The exception is Castaway Cay, where cruisers can pay for all purchases at the shops and bars with their cruise cards; cash and credit cards are not accepted on Disney's private island.

Drinking age

The drinking age on board Disney Dream is 21. However, if you're sailing on one of Dream's round-trip cruises within Europe, where the drinking age is lower, parents and guardians can sign a form to allow 18- to 20-year-olds to drink on board when in the presence of an adult in their traveling party.

Daytime dress is casual; shorts, T-shirts and casual sundresses are the norm on Bahamas and Caribbean sailings. Many of your shipmates will be dressed in Mickey ears, Disney-themed attire, princess dresses or group T-shirts at all times.

During the evenings, dining attire in the three main dining restaurants is "cruise casual," meaning no swimwear or tank tops, but you don't have to dress up in anything fancy. That said, many guests do dress up in the evening, but it's not required unless you are dining in Palo or Remy. (Palo also asks that diners dress up a bit for brunch, so come prepared.)

Our five-night cruise had one optional dress-up night, and we were also told that it's fun to change into something a bit fancier (or perhaps a princess costume) when dining at the Royal Palace restaurant.

The dress code on Pirate Night is, of course, pirate casual. Bring your bandanas and eye patches, but leave your swords and pistols at home.

On Halloween and Very Merrytime Christmas cruises, costumes and holiday attire are encouraged — and make for great photos.

Related: The ultimate Disney cruise packing list

Bottom line

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Disney Dream offers an amazing experience for families with children and Disney lovers of all ages. The ship stands out for its family-friendly cabins, attentive crew and stellar musical shows. You will be able to meet many of your favorite Disney characters and immerse yourself in the world of Disney.

However, you need to be prepared for crowds and queues, loud dinners, other people's children and myriad extra-fee events, treats and souvenirs that will tempt everyone in your travel party. Come with the right mindset, and you'll have a magical trip your family will remember fondly.

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Disney Dream REVIEW- Disney Cruise Line Guide, Castaway Cay, Bahamas

Disney Dream REVIEW- Disney Cruise Line Guide, Castaway Cay, Bahamas

One of Disney's newer cruise ships is the Disney Dream cruise ship which is the sister ship to the Disney Fantasy. The Disney Dream features the AquaDuck, a twisting water coaster that extends over the side of the ship, along with broadway style entertainment, high end dining experiences, themed staterooms and more.

Keep reading to learn more about the Disney Dream including the themes of the staterooms, pricing, the AquaDuck slide, fine French dining plus a Beauty & Beast production.

I recently enjoyed a 5-day Marvel Day at Sea cruise on the Disney Dream that included a stop at Cozumel, Mexico and Castaway Cay. During our experience we explored every inch of our cruise ship and our guide provides everything you need to know about this ship including my review on how it stacks up to the other Disney Cruise Line ships.

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Review

Disney Dream is one of the newer Disney Cruise Line ships prior to the newest Disney Wish ship and the upcoming Disney Treasure that sets sail at the end of 2024-2025. Read more about 2025 Disney Cruise Line itineraries in our guide!

Disney Dream is a beautiful ship and is one of the largest Disney Cruise Line ships. Disney Dream has 14 decks while in comparison, older ships like the Disney Magic have 11 decks. So if you are interested in one of the “newer” Disney Cruise Line ships but may not be eager to shell out the higher bucks for the Disney Treasure next year, this is a good choice. Although all of Disney's ships do a great job and offer the same high quality level of entertainment and dining. We loved our experience on the Alaska Cruise on the Disney Wonder!

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Since all the Disney Cruise Line ships are so similar, the way to pick your cruise is to look at itinerary. Since the Disney Dream is currently hosting Marvel Day at Sea, trips to Castaway Cay, Cozumel, and Nassuu, this should be your main deciding factor.

However, the Disney Wish really changed the Disney Cruise Line comparison ranking since the dining options on that ship are much more immersive with Frozen and Marvel character interactions during meals. I heard from a few cruisers that preferred the Disney Wish based on this alone. However, I also heard from other cruisers that they love the Disney Dream as they do not necessarily care about the heavy Disney interactions at meals. It all comes down to personal preference.

Personally, we loved the Disney Dream and my 14 year old son heard from other common cruisers in the teenage “Vibe Club” that this particular club is one of the best amongst the Disney Cruise Line ships most notably for its own personal pool deck.

Disney Dream Ports of Call

Most common ports of call for the Disney Dream currently are cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale and include a stop at Castaway Cay (Disney's private island!), Cozumel and Nassau.

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The ports of call that the Disney Dream visits are breathtaking but my favorite out of our stops was Disney's Cataway Cay. Pure paradise, Disney style.

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Deluxe Family Stateroom with Verandah Review  

During my recent cruise I stayed in a deluxe family stateroom with verandah on the Disney Dream. Our specific stateroom was located on Deck 6. Our room could slept up to five people with a queen bed, single sleeper sofa, wall pull-down bed, and upper-berth pull-down bed.

Sleeper sofa on Disney Dream

Since it was just two of us, we only needed the pull down sofa. Every evening during turn down service, our stateroom host would prepare the bed.

Disney Dream stateroom

This stateroom is extremely spacious, you can see how large it is from the picture above. A curtain divides the room which is nice if your family is on different sleep schedules.

Disney Dream bathroom

The stateroom has a split bathroom- one room with a toilet and a sink.

Disney Dream stateroom bathroom

And another with a split shower/tub and sink so there are two separate places to get ready in the morning.

Window with marvel day at sea sign

The best part of this room is the verandah which comes equipped with two patio chairs and a small table. There are walls separating the ship verandahs for privacy.

Disney Dream Verndah

I loved having a view of the ocean from our room! What a wonderful way to wake up each day. This was a beautiful room and plenty of space for our two person group. I could see a family of 4-5 fitting well in here although you may feel a bit cramped with five. Having that private verandah was a great perk of this room choice and is worth the extra splurge.

Inside Stateroom

The cheapest room option on the Disney Dream are the inside staterooms.

The inside staterooms have the option of a standard choice or a deluxe option which includes more square footage than the regular inside stateroom. These rooms do not have a window except for a Magical Porthole playing footage of Disney characters, the ocean, and more.

  Specifications

  • Sleeps: 3 to 4
  • Size: 169 sq. ft.
  • Room Configuration: queen bed, single sleeper sofa and upper-berth pull-down bed (if sleeping 4)
  • View: Magical Porthole with real-time views

Deluxe Inside Stateroom

Specifications

  • Size: 204 sq. ft.

Deluxe Inside Stateroom design features include:

  • A sitting area with a couch, TV and desk
  • A heavy privacy curtain to separate the sitting and sleeping areas
  • A “split bath”: a bathroom with a vanity, sink, shower and tub and a half bathroom with a vanity, sink and toilet
  • Elevated wooden bed frames for under-bed storage of suitcases and other large items
  • A leather-upholstered ottoman with hollow inside storage
  • Attractive yet functional cabinetry in the living area

A mural of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy and her brothers soaring through a starry sky reveals itself when the upper-berth bed is pulled down!

A Magic Porthole in the wood headboard of a bed

Magical Porthole

All Inside Staterooms feature a Magical Porthole, providing Guests with a real-time view of the ship’s exterior while reflecting your stateroom’s actual location, port or starboard. High-definition cameras feed live video to an LCD flat-screen monitor cleverly disguised as a porthole, with the help of a stylized frame.

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

  • View: 1 or 2 porthole windows, some with obstructed views

Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom

This option offers more square footage than the standard oceanview stateroom with the same real porthole window.

  • Sleeps: 3 to 5
  • Size: 241 sq. ft.
  • Room Configuration: queen bed, single sleeper sofa, wall pull-down bed (in most) or upper-berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • View: 1 to 2 porthole windows with built-in seating

Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

These rooms offer the most square footage of all the rooms and are combined with concierge services. Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah are classified as Category V and are located on Decks 11 and 12, Forward. Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah are classified as Category 3A.

These rooms feature warm wood finishes, custom fabrics and carpeting, original artwork, crown moldings, genuine teak accents and a private verandah for magnificent views of the sea.

  • Size: 306 sq. ft., including verandah
  • Room Configuration: queen bed, double sleeper sofa and upper berth pull-down bed
  • View: private verandah with floor-to-ceiling windows

An enormous verandah with an overhanging roof, patio furniture for several guests and a glass railing

Your private balcony comes equipped with:

  • Patio furniture
  • Deck lighting
  • Plexiglas or solid whitewall railings
  • Childproof locks

Disney Dream Royal Suite

Expanded Main Suite Option

Larger parties can add an adjoining Concierge 1-Bedroom Suite with Verandah or Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah. On adjoining accommodations, the partition between verandahs can be opened to create a larger balcony for sharing, with access between rooms.

Benefits of signature Concierge service begin with priority check-in and boarding at a dedicated check-in station. The Concierge team will meet you at a private welcome reception—exclusive to Concierge Guests—and will be available to attend to your needs, questions and special requests. Enjoy assistance with:

  • Reservations (Port Adventures, Palo and Remy dining, spa treatments and nursery stays)
  • Dining reservation confirmations and changes
  • Priority tendering in ports of call
  • Updates to your personal itinerary
  • Special occasions and celebration planning

Concierge Guests enjoy exclusive access to dedicated areas on the ship, including the Concierge Lounge. Located amid the Concierge Suites on Deck 12, this area provides cocktails, internet access, large-screen TVs, and complimentary food and nonalcoholic beverages offered throughout the day.

From the Lounge, Concierge Guests can access a sun deck via a private entrance with cooling water misters, cushioned lounge chairs, and a bar stocked with water and refreshments.

Upgraded Amenities

Guests of our Concierge Suites and Staterooms enjoy an expanded range of offerings:

  • Down Duvets: Enjoy a superlative night’s sleep with the softness of genuine feather duvets, featured in Concierge main bedrooms.
  • Guests of our Concierge Suites may choose from pillow options including hypoallergenic, feather and therapeutic memory foam.
  • Personal Robe and Slippers: These plush comforts are yours to use for the duration of your cruise.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Service: Enjoy up to 100 MB at no extra charge. (Usage fees apply after 100 MB.)

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Disney Dream Pools & Waterslides

The Disney Dream features a variety of pools for kids, teens, adults, and a waterslide! Most of the pools are oriented for younger kids however they are two exclusive pools just for teens and adults!

Mickey & Donald's Pool

Mickey Pool area on Disney Dream

The main pools feature a large family pool and two whirlpool spas. This is the most popular pool area on deck and you can watch Disney movies here throughout the day. For evening entertainment, the pools will be covered up and this deck becomes the main area for shows like Pirate Night or Marvel Day at Sea.

The AquaDuck is the Disney Dream waterslide that twists and turns all around the top of the ship. This water slide is extremely popular! On average, we waited about 30 minutes each time we rode although you could get on with lesser wait on port days when everyone is off the ship. Another smart hack is to have your swimsuits on and ready to go when you arrive on the ship, during the Sailing Away party they will open u the AquaDuck and the slide was a walk on the entire time.

AquaLab and Dory's Reef

This child focused pool area includes a splash pad area and the double-looping Twist ‘n’ Spout slide.

Mickey Slide Disney Dream

The slide was popular with small kids and did build up quite a line midday.

Quiet Cove Pool

This is the adult exclusive pool which offers the deepest pool on board plus a poolside bar. This area was perfect to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the family area. There was also an adult only hot tub and plenty of lounge chairs.

Teen Only Pool Deck

This deck is only for teens that have signed up at the Vibe Club. During select hours which will be advertised on the Disney Cruise Line app, they will open up this deck that is just for teens and provides lockers for kids to lock up their belongings before they swim. The area includes two splash pools, misters, and fountains plus a variety of deck games like giant checkerboard and ping pong.

Disney Dream Entertainment

There is a variety of entertainment on the Disney Dream from breathtaking Broadway quality musicals to fireworks to characters around every corner.

Disney Cruise Line Live Shows

Golden Mickeys Disney Dream

The live Broadway style productions on the Disney Dream are the best forms of entertainment Disney Cruise Line has to offer. Do not miss these shows! Currently, Disney Dream is playing Beauty & the Beast, Disney's Believe, and Golden Mickeys. There are no photography or videos allowed so all of our photos for this experience come direct from Disney or prior to showtime.

Disney's Believe is a musical about a workaholic father who reconnects with his daughter through a little Disney magic- including songs from popular favorites like Aladdin, Lion King, Princess & the Frog, and more. This was a really cute show and one that our whole group really enjoyed. There was such a wide variety of Disney characters incorporated from it including the show ‘host' the Disney Genie.

Golden Mickey's is an award style show similar to the Oscars but focused on presenting ‘The Golden Mickeys' to notorious Disney characters and films. This show was good but definitely not as great as the other two performances. It does have rare characters that often aren't given a stage presence these days like Quasimodo from the Hunchback of Notre Dam.

These shows will also play twice a day and coordinate with your assigned dinner time. Earlier dining times will watch the show after dinner, later dining times will watch the show before. For Beauty and the Beast, due to its popularity, was given a third show time during our cruise around midday.

Fireworks on the Disney Dream

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Guests can experience Disney fireworks on most itineraries with a special show of color light and song at sea. If you book Marvel Day at Sea, you can expect fireworks as part of the Avengers nighttime spectacular. All cruises will include Pirate Night which ends with one of the longest fireworks shows seen on the cruise ships.

Character Meet and Greets

You will see have ample opportunities for character meet and greets on the ship including Mickey, Minnie, Captain Hook, Disney Princesses, and more at designated areas. All the character meet and greets will be posted in the Disney Cruise Line app. Cruisers LOVE their character meet and greets so be prepared for high demand especially for characters like Mickey and Minnie.

Disney Movie Showings

Experience the newest Disney movies in the Buena Vista Theatre which is modeled after Hollywood's Golden Age in the style of a luxurious movie palace. You can also catch a Disney movie outside under the stars. This theatre will also be in touch with current events, for example during our cruise we were able to watch the Oscars.

Disney Dream Recreation

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There are a wide variety of recreation on the Disney Dream for all ages. Plus options for kids to enjoy so parents can go enjoy the adult exclusive options! This is something that the Disney Cruise Line does best!

Youth Clubs

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club- children can learn and play in larger-than-life spaces fueled by Disney storytelling.
  • Edge —Tween focuses featuring plenty of available video games, music and movies.
  • Vibe- This youth club is geared for teens and is open until 2AM with karaoke and dance parties.

These clubs are only open to kids in these age groups that register with the cast member. They will have brief open houses throughout the cruise if you want to come in and check things out but otherwise they are exclusive to their designated age group. My 14 year old teen had a blast hanging out in the Vibe and made a ton of friends.

Adult Exclusive Spaces

Adult exclusive spaces on the Disney Dream include

  • Senses Spa & Salon- a serene spa and salon so you can fully relax and enjoy your vacation
  • The District – adults-only part of the ship featuring mixed drinks a Skyline and Pink, live televised events at 687 Pub and dancing at Evolution

disney dream 5 day cruise

Plus you can enjoy a variety of lounges around the Disney Dream to relax in. These lounges are geared for adults but children are welcome too in many of them. Certain all ages events may take place in these areas along with 18+ only events.

Youth Activities

  • Midship Detective Agency- guests ages 9 and older get to solve different mysteries aboard the ship
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique- for littles ones to dress up as fairy princesses and royal knights

Sports and Fitness

The Disney Dream features a full-service fitness center with weight machines and instructional fitness classes. This is located next to the Senses Spa with an exercise room overlooking the water.

Disney Dream Dining

Animator's palate.

Animators Palete dining room

The theming of this restaurant is the most “Disney” out of the rotational dining options as it celebrates Disney animation. Kids will love this dining spot!

Royal Palace

Royal Palace Disney Dream

Enchanted Garden

This restaurant is beautiful and serene featuring custom-glass flower lights, white trellises, ornamental posts and a centerpiece of a 7-foot tall cascading fountain of a stone cherub Mickey Mouse.

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Casual Dining Experiences

There are casual dining experiences located around the ship that are all included in the cost of your cruise. This is where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch plus snacks!

disney dream 5 day cruise

Cabanas is the best place for breakfast and lunch (sometimes dinner is offered too!) with the most selection of options as compared to the other quick dining spots. One of my favorite touches about the atmosphere in this dining spot is there is a wall of clocks all set to the local time for each Disney Park in the world!

Flo's Cafe features three walk up windows with burgers, chicken, pizza and salads. We found ourselves coming here often throughout the day especially for the Four Cheese pizza!

Ice cream stand

This soft serve ice cream is available all day with a mix of chocolate, vanilla, banana, and strawberry. We found ourselves eating this nonstop during our cruise! I don't think I've ever had so much ice cream.

Forozen Treats

This window is right next to the ice cream area but these treats come at an additional cost. This is where you can find smoothies plus Dole Whips!

Adult exclusive dining experiences include:

  • Palo- Northern Italian delicacies with a modern twist with live music and ocean views
  • Remy- French-inspired menu of seasonal ingredients

These two dining options are at an extra cost and are only for adults 18 years old and up. This will be your most luxurious dining options on the Disney Dream.

Plus your room includes complimentary, 24- hour dining. Just don't forget to tip! We utilized this for breakfast a few times, especially on port days when we wanted to get ready quickly and get off the ship.

Overall, the Disney Dream is one of the BEST Disney Cruise Line ships. Some of the cruisers I met during our adventure even said they like it better than the new Disney Wish!

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Disney Dream 5-day Nassau Review 6/29

By RWC123 , July 6, 2018 in Disney Cruise Line

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Since there are very few actual reviews in the Disney area I thought I would post a quick one from our recent cruise on the Disney Dream 5-day to Nassau. This was a family cruise with a total of 14 of us including an infant, married millennials, single millenials, parents and grandparents. We always take advantage of Disney's travel services for flights, bus to the port, etc. The best perk is your bags, once checked at the airport, go directly to your room on the ship. The flight, bus transfer to port and check-in was smooth and we were in our cabin by 1:30pm with all bags accounted for. The disembarking was just as smooth....bags put out the night before are checked thru to your final destination so all you need to do is get up, have breakfast, get off the ship and go thru customs hop on a bus and off to the airport....this also went smoothly.

This was our third Disney cruise, the other two were on the Fantasy (Dreams sister ship). We tried booking the Fantasy again but the ship was full on the dates we wanted so we settled on the Dream with the shorter itinerary. The itinerary for the short 5-day is Castaway Cay/Nassau/Castaway Cay/Sea Day.....While Castaway Cay (Disney's private island) is fun and has lots to do I would have preferred another separate stop (Key West?) rather than a second day there but the weather was great the entire cruise so not much to complain about! Nassau is also not a great port but we decided to do the day at Atlantis. Since there is only one sea day we spent the majority of the time off ship.....some folks choose to stay on the ship during these ports to take advantage of the empty ship....no crowds in the pool, lines for the slides or issues getting prime seating....During the sea day things can be a bit crowded but we always seem to find good chairs, etc.

The Dream and the Fantasy are basically the same ship with a few minor differences. We found both ships to be very clean, well maintained and the service on both were very good to excellent in all of the areas (dining room, bars, etc.) Disney does the rotational dining thru three main restaurants with your wait staff moving with you each night. The food is definitely not 5-star but we found it to be very good as far as cruise ships go. There are plenty of places to get food during the day from sit down service, buffets and other walk-up sandwich and pizza options. Plenty of bars and drink services to meet your alcohol needs. There is a separate adult area and pool. Disney movies are played continuously on a large screen near the two main pools. The pools are small and can get crowded but just fine for a quick dip to cool off on a hot day. Disney also has a kiddie waterslide as well as their main Aquaduck ride that is pretty good.

I had read a lot of reviews about the day at Atlantis in Nassau and was somewhat weary about booking this for my family of six.....many complained about the lines, crowds, etc, and for the cost of $1,000 just to get in I thought this could be a total bust. We opted to go directly thru Atlantis for the passes (a few dollars cheaper than Disney) but we were responsible for the cab back and forth ($30 each way so the overall savings was minimal. We were off the ship at 8:30am and a quick and easy cab ride (it's literally a few miles away from the port) over to the resort....a short wait in line to check-in and we were in the resort by 9:30am. The resort is big, beautiful and very clean...we went thru the aquarium (a must see!) and easily found chairs by the main pool. We got a locker for our valuables and proceeded to take advantage of the numerous slides and rides...lines were not an issue and the rides were pretty intense! My fears of overcrowding were quickly dismissed as we found the place to be a total blast (my kids are 10 thru 28) The food and drinks can be a bit pricy as well...$120 for burgers and fries for six! drinks ranged from $10+ for beers and $12+ for mixed drinks....not far off what you would pay on board the ship. Overall the food was very good, drinks as well and the service and friendliness of the Atlantis staff was a pleasant surprise. I would not want to spend a week here but highly recommend the day pass if the prices don't scare you off.

The shows are total Disney and are pretty good...this being our third cruise we opted to catch a first-run movie (Incredibles 2) and skipped a few to just chill out. Didn't use the Spa but they have a decent gym that never got too crowded. This is Disney so no casino and the nightlife pretty much ends at midnight. We did not use the Kids Club since our 10 year old wanted to hang with us and play shuffle board, Goofy golf and basketball. My niece used the infant care for dinner each night and said they were very good. We don't typically use the specialty restaurants since we are fine with the MDR (we prefer the early seating at 5:45pm since it works best with the shows scheduled at 8:30pm) I have heard pretty favorable reviews of the two specialty restaurants (Palo & Remy) just remember to book well in advance of your cruise.

Overall this cruise was very enjoyable....the weather was great so that is a key factor on any cruise. I really enjoy the Disney cruises but we have also cruised a number of times on both Royal and Carnival and quite frankly we really enjoyed them too. While Disney does Disney very well and service is their hallmark their cruises usually cost about 2X other lines.....that's a pretty big up charge that you will have to wrestle with when booking/comparing cruises. As I sit here sifting thru the room charges from the cruise it's a hard pill to swallow but we had a blast and I'm sure we'll do it again!

Hope this review helps you out as you look to book your next cruise.

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kodesthemoose

Great review, thanks!!

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Kfamilycruise

Thanks so much for the review! We'll be going with our family of five next June so great to hear.

We will be at Disney World before the cruise and Discover Cove so we are thinking of skipping Atlantis. Do you think it's a must do? Or just nice to have?

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Pluto' s Twin

Great review thanks, this will be our first cruise,

If you don't mind we would be

Interested to see what your room charges are ?

What are chargeable services/items on the cruise , what advice would you give for tipping?

There will be five of us, four adults and a six year old.

To Kfamily.....if you are already doing Disney and Discovery Cove prior to the cruise I wouldn’t think Atlantis is needed....not sure of how old your kids are? But a lot of the slides & rides have height requirements (48” I think)

Just be aware that there is not much else happening in Nassau

To Plutos Twin.....room charges are primarily alcohol, specialty coffee, photo packages and other non-included services (spa)....all of which can be avoided or limited with a bit of discipline and discretion!!!

To Kfamily.....if you are already doing Disney and Discovery Cove prior to the cruise I wouldn’t think Atlantis is needed....not sure of how old your kids are? But a lot of the slides & rides have height requirements (48” I think) Just be aware that there is not much else happening in Nassau   To Plutos Twin.....room charges are primarily alcohol, specialty coffee, photo packages and other non-included services (spa)....all of which can be avoided or limited with a bit of discipline and discretion!!!

Thanks! My kids are 9, 14 and 15 so meet the requirements. Appreciate the insight!

Forgot to include info on tipping on last post for Plutos Twin....

Tipping (for room steward, waiters, etc.) is typically included in the plan....at least that is how we do it....it usually is a specific amount per person per day. We usually give a little extra in cash if we find that the service was really good. I also will tip a particular bartender or two that we have used regularly over the course of the trip in cash. Every drink you order has a built-in 15% gratuity that goes to the server....you can also choose to give more if you desire.

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willowvacay

Thanks for the review! We are headed on our first Disney cruise in December and are just now getting into the planning phase for that and we are so excited :).

Thanks for sharing.

Brilliant, thanks for the advice. Some top tips there.

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Want to know what activities are scheduled on a Disney Cruise ? Here is the schedule from our 4-Night cruise on the Disney Dream including screenshots from the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App!

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Disney Cruises are tons of fun! There are so many activities that are scheduled on days at sea as well as days when your ship will be at port. I promise, you will never be board on a Disney Cruise .

The activities and entertainment on these cruises is top notch, because it is Disney after all. In the past, your stateroom host would leave you a Navigator, or list of activities for the next day, each night.

Disney has discontinued printing and passing out these schedules, and you can now find all of this information on the Disney Navigator App. I’m not going to lie, I will miss looking at the physical schedule, but it was nice to have everything I needed to know, right on my phone.

The D Lounge on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.

Below, you will find the schedule of activities from our 4-night cruise on the Disney Dream. These activities will vary depending on the length of your cruise and what ship you are sailing on, but it will give you an idea of the type of activities you can expect on your cruise!

Wondering what is on the menu on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy? Here are screenshots for the Enchanted Garden Menu , Royal Palace Menu , and Pirate Night !

You can read all about Day One of our cruise here or watch the video here on YouTube !

Day 1 Disney Cruise Activities

A screenshot of Disney Cruise activities on the Disney Dream.

  • 12:00 pm- A Goofy Movie (Funnel Vision), Crafts: Door Hangers (D Lounge), Youth Activities Open House (Disney’s Oceaneer Club), Youth Activities Open House (Disney’s Oceaneer Lab), Youth Activities Open House (Edge), Youth Activities Open House (Vibe)
  • 12:30 pm- Disney Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 1:15 pm- Disney Animation (Evolution)
  • 1:30 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 2:00 pm- Appear and Wave (Disney’s Oceaneer Club), Making of the Dream (Pub 687), Operation Hit the Decks! (Deck 12 Midship), Operation Hit the Decks! (Deck 12 Stage)
  • 2:30 pm- Operation Hit the Decks! (Deck 12 Midship), Operation Hit the Decks! (Deck 12 Stage)
  • 2:45 pm- Disney Animation (D Lounge)
  • 3:00 pm- Sarge Says! (Evolution)
  • 3:15 pm- Disney Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 4:30 pm- Cinderella (Funnel Vision)
  • 4:45 pm- Disney Tunes Trivia (D Lounge)
  • 5:15 pm- Good Vibes with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), Movie Quotes Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 5:30 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 6:00 pm- Finding Nemo (Funnel Vision), Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687)
  • 6:15 pm- ’80s Music Challenge (Evolution), Disney Animation (D Lounge), Showtime: Lynn Trefzger (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 7:15 pm- 1820 Society: Coffee Time (Cove Cafe), A Decade of Music with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atruim)
  • 7:30 pm- Mouseketeer Madness! (D Lounge)
  • 7:45 pm- Generation Quest (Evolution), Movie Quotes Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 8:00 pm- Champagne Tasting (Skyline)
  • 8:15 pm- NFL Football (Funnel Vision)
  • 8:30 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre), Showtime: Lynn Trefzger (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 8:45 pm- Disney Animation (D Lounge)
  • 9:00 pm- ’80s Music Challenge (Evolution), Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687)
  • 9:30 pm- Cognac Tasting (Cove Cafe), Luxury of Time: Discover Breitling (White Caps), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium)
  • 10:00 pm- Mouseketeer Madness! (D Lounge), Whiskey Tasting (Skyline)
  • 10:15 pm- Gershwin & Porter Tribute with Bernadett Bihari (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Match Your Mate (Evolution), Movie Quotes Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 10:30 pm- Film Scores with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge)
  • 10:45 pm- Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 11:15 pm- Family Superstar Karaoke (D Lounge), Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre)

Watch the Day 1 Video Here:

YouTube thumbnail image for Day 1 on the Disney Dream.

Day Two Disney Cruise Activity Schedule

A screenshot of Disney Cruise activities on the Disney Dream.

  • 7:00 am- Yoga (Goofy’s Sports Deck)
  • 7:30 am- Core Conditioning Pilates (Goofy’s Sports Deck)
  • 8:00 am- Appear and Wave (Disney’s Oceaneer Club), Body Sculpt Boot Camp (Goofy’s Sports Deck), Youth Activities Open House (Disney’s Oceaneer Club)
  • 8:30 am- Friends of Bill W. (Outlook), Inside Out Memory Orbs (D Lounge), Operation Hit the Decks! (Lobby Atrium)
  • 8:45 am- Appear and Wave (Lobby Atrium), Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 9:00 am- Big Hero 6 (Funnel Vision), Kick-Start Your Day (Skyline)
  • 9:30 am- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Disney Trivia (District Lounge), Making of the Dream (Pub 687)
  • 9:45 am- Disney Animation (D Lounge), Sarge Says! (Evolution)
  • 10:00 am- 1820 Society: Movie Trivia (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Kick-Start Your Day (Skyline), Youth Activities Open House (Edge)
  • 10:15 am- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium)
  • 10:30 am- Disney Dream Shopping Show (District Lounge)
  • 10:45 am- Bingo Pre-Sales (Evolution)
  • 11:00 am- Beer Tasting (Pub 687), Moana (Funnel Vision), The Inside Out Game-Playing With Your Memories (D Lounge), Youth Activities Open House (Vibe)
  • 11:15 am- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Family Bingo (Evolution)
  • 11:30 am- Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 12:00 pm- Champagne Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Martini Tasting (Skyline)
  • 12:15 pm- Crafts: Door Hangers (District Lounge), Disney Tunes Trivia (D Lounge)
  • 1:00 pm- Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Theatre), Disney Animation (Evolution), Making of the Dream (Pub 687)
  • 1:30 pm- Family Time Game Show (D Lounge)
  • 1:45 pm- Disney Trivia (District Lounge)
  • 2:00 pm- Chocolate & Liquor Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Mixology (Skyline), Tangled (Funnel Vision)
  • 2:15 pm- Generation Quest (Evolution), Once Upon A Gemstone (Pub 687)
  • 2:30 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 3:00 pm- Magical Times: Fine Timepiece Event (District Lounge)
  • 3:15 pm- Disney Animation (D Lounge)
  • 3:30 pm- Bingo Pre-Sales (Evolution)
  • 3:45 pm- Coco (Funnel Vision), Pub Quiz (Pub 687)
  • 4:00 pm- Family Bingo, Mixology (Skyline), Stem to Stern Wine Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar)
  • 4:30 pm- Disney Trivia (District Lounge), Family Superstar Karaoke (D Lounge)
  • 5:00 pm- ’90s Music Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 5:15 pm- Good Vibes with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium)
  • 5:30 pm- Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 5:45 pm- Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 6:00 pm- Happy Hour at Currents (Currents), Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687), Malificent (Funnel Vision), Pixie Trivia (D Lounge), Tequila & Margarita Tasting (Skyline)
  • 6:15 pm- Snippets (Evolution)
  • 7:00 pm- Happy Hour at Cove Bar (Cove Bar)
  • 7:15 pm- Discover Crown of Light Diamonds (Carriage Jewels), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium)
  • 7:30 pm- Taylor Swift Tunes with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), The Inside Out Game-Playing With Your Memories (D Lounge)
  • 7:45 pm- Family Time Game Show (Evolution), Pub Quiz (Pub 687)
  • 8:00 pm- Whiskey Tasting (Skyline)
  • 8:30 pm- Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 8:45 pm- Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 9:00 pm- Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687), Pixar Trivia ( D Lounge), Snippets (Evolution)
  • 9:15 pm- Appear and Wave (Lobby Atrium)
  • 9:30 pm- Bourbon Tasting (Cove Cafe), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium)
  • 10:00 pm- Captain Marvel (Funnel Vision), Luxury of Time: Discover Hublot (White Caps), Rum Tasting (Skyline)
  • 10:15 pm- ’90s Music Trivia (Pub 687), Broadway Hits with Bernadett Bihari (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Good Vibes with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), The Inside Out Game-Playing With Your Memories (D Lounge)
  • 10:30 pm- Krazy Karaoke (Evolution)
  • 11:15 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 11:30 pm- Family Superstar Karaoke

Watch the Day 2 Here:

YouTube Thumbnail for Disney Dream Day 2 Vlog Halloween on the High Seas.

Day Three Disney Cruise Activities

A screenshot of Disney Cruise activities on the Disney Dream.

  • 8:00 am- Body Sculpt Boot Camp (Goofy’s Sports Deck), Raya and the Last Dragon (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 8:30 am- Cool Runnings (Funnel Vision), Friends of Bill W. (Outlook)
  • 8:45 am- Appear and Wave (Island Pathway)
  • 9:00 am- Character Photo (Scuttle’s Cove), Disney Animation (D Lounge), Hanging at Teen Hideout @ Castaway Cay (Edge), Youth Activities Open House (Disney’s Oceaneer Club)
  • 9:30 am- Crafts: Anchors (Pub 687)
  • 10:00 am- Yoga on the Beach (Serenity Bay)
  • 10:15 am- Disney Animation (Evolution), Frozen (Funnel Vision)
  • 11:00 am- 1820 Society: Island Bike Ride (Bike Rentals), Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 11:15 am- Crafts: 3D Crafts (District Lounge)
  • 11:45 am- Disney Trivia (Evolution), Hanging at Teen Hideout @ Castaway Cay (Vibe)
  • 12:00 pm- Descendents (Funnel Vision)
  • 2:00 pm- 1820 Society: Basketball Free Throw (In Da Shade Game Pavilion), Chocolate & Liquor Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre), Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (Funnel Vision)
  • 2:30 pm- Inside Out Memory Orbs (Evolution)
  • 2:45 pm- Disney Trivia (D Lounge)
  • 3:00 pm- Appear and Wave (Island Pathway), Youth Activities Open House (Edge), Youth Activities Open House (Vibe)
  • 3:02 pm- Toy Story of Terror (Funnel Vision)
  • 3:15 pm- Pub Quiz (Pub 687)
  • 3:30 pm- Bingo Pre-Sales (Evolution), Mickey’s House of Villains (Funnel Vision)
  • 4:00 pm- Family Bingo (Evolution), Martini Tasting (Skyline), Stem to Stern Wine Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar)
  • 4:15 pm- Crafts: Door Hangers (District Lounge)
  • 4:30 pm- A Pirate’s Life For Me (D Lounge), Beer Tasting (Pub 687)
  • 4:37 pm- Lonesome Ghosts (Funnel Vision)
  • 5:00 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 5:15 pm- Good Vibes with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), Photos with a Touch of Magic! (Lobby Atrium), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium)
  • 5:30 pm- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Hocus Pocus (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 6:00 pm- Happy Hour at Currents (Currents), Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687), Mojito & Caipirinha Tasting (Skyline), Villains Quotes Trivia (D Lounge)
  • 6:15 pm- Mickey’s Mouse-Querade Party (Deck 11 Stage)
  • 6:30 pm- ’90s Music Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 7:00 pm- Happy Hour at Cove Bar (Cove Bar), The Haunted Mansion (Funnel Vision)
  • 7:15 pm- Photos with a Touch of Magic! (Lobby Atrium), Piano Classics with Bernadett Bihari (Lobby Atrium), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium), Royal Safi Kilima Tanzanite Event (White Caps), The Inside Out Game-Playing With Your Memories (D Lounge)
  • 7:30 pm- Family Time Game Show (Evolution), Good Vibes with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge)
  • 7:45 pm- Marvel Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 8:00 pm- Cognac Tasting (Skyline), Hocus Pocus (Buena Vista Theatre), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 8:45 pm- Villains Quote Trivia (D Lounge)
  • 9:00 pm- ’90s Music Trivia (Pub 687), Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687)
  • 9:15 pm- Mickey’s Mouse-Querade Party (Deck 11)
  • 9:30 pm- Broadway Hits with Bernadett Bihari (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Luxury of Time: Discover Tag Heuer (White Caps), Photos with a Touch of Magic! (Lobby Atrium), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium), Whiskey Tasting (Cove Cafe)
  • 10:00 pm- A Pirate’s Life For Me (D Lounge), Bourbon Tasting (Skyline), Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Krazy Karaoke (Evolution)
  • 10:15 pm- Marvel Trivia (Pub 687), Modern Violin Hits with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge)
  • 10:30 pm- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Sinatra and Buble Songs with Bernadett (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar)
  • 11:00 pm- Krazy Karaoke (Evolution), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans’ Chest (Funnel Vision)
  • 11:15 pm Family Superstar Karaoke (D Lounge), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)

Watch Day Three’s Video Here:

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Day Four Disney Cruise Activity Schedule

A screenshot of Disney Cruise activities on the Disney Dream.

  • 8:00 am- Body Sculpt Boot Camp (Goofy’s Sports Deck)
  • 8:30 am- Appear and Wave (Island Pathway), Friends of Bill W. (Outlook)
  • 9:00 am- Character Photo (Scuttle’s Cove), Crafts: Memory Pages (D Lounge), Hanging at Teen Hideout @ Castaway Cay (Edge), Youth Activities Open House (Disney’s Oceaneer Club)
  • 9:15 am- Raya and the Last Dragon (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 10:00 am- Character Photo (Scuttle’s Cove), The Little Mermaid (Funnel Vision), Yoga on the Beach (Serenity Bay)
  • 10:15 am- Crafts: Anchors (District Lounge), Disney Animation (D Lounge), Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 11:00 am- 1820 Society: Basketball Free Throw (In Da Shade Game Pavillion)
  • 11:30 am- Crafts: Memory Pages (D Lounge), Fantasia (Funnel Vision)
  • 11:45 am- Hanging at Teen Hideout @ Castaway Cay (Vibe)
  • 12:00 pm- Mixology (Skyline), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre), Stem to Stern Wine Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar)
  • 12:45 pm- Disney Animation (D Lounge)
  • 1:30 pm- Appear and Wave (Deck 12)
  • 1:45 pm- Appear and Wave (Lobby Atrium), Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Generation Quest (Evolution)
  • 2:00 pm- 1820 Society: Island Bike Ride (Bike Rentals), Champagne Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Hercules (Funnel Vision), Mixology (Skyline), Sarge Says! (D Lounge)
  • 2:30 pm- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium)
  • 2:45 pm- Jungle Cruise (Buena Vista Theatre), Pub Quiz (Pub 687)
  • 3:00 pm- Youth Activities Open House (Edge), Youth Activites Open House (Vibe)
  • 3:15 pm- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium), Disney Trivia (District Lounge), Sarge Says! (D Lounge)
  • 4:00 pm- Chocolate & Liquor Tasting (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Family Bingo (Evolution), Inside Out (Funnel Vision), Tequila & Margarita Tasting (Skyline)
  • 4:15 pm- Disney Trivia (District Lounge)
  • 4:30 pm- Crafts: Memory Pages (D Lounge)
  • 4:45 pm- Character Photo (Lobby Atrium)
  • 5:45 pm- Disney’s Believe (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 6:00 pm- Frozen Fever (Funnel Vision), Happy Hour at Currents (Currents), Happy Hour at Pink (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Happy Hour at Pub 687 (Pub 687), Rum Tasting (Skyline)
  • 6:15 pm- ’80s Music Challenge (Evolution), Disney Trivia (D Lounge)
  • 6:45 pm- Tarzan (Funnel Vision)
  • 7:15 pm- A Decade of Music with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), Jewelry Spotlight: Diamond Sale (Carriage Jewels), Piano Classics with Bernadett Bihari (Lobby Atrium), Portraits with Scenic Backdrops (Lobby Atrium)
  • 7:45 pm- Movie Quotes Trivia (Evolution)
  • 8:00 pm- Bourbon Tasting (Skyline)
  • 8:30 pm- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Buena Vista Theatre)
  • 8:45 pm- Disney Tunes Trivia (D Lounge), Disney’s Believe (Walt Disney Theatre)
  • 9:30 pm- Broadway Hits with Bernadett Bihari (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar), Cognac Tasting (Cove Bar), Discover Crown of Light Diamonds (White Caps)
  • 9:45 pm- Appear and Wave (Lobby Atrium)
  • 10:15 pm- Film Scores with Jordan Caswell (District Lounge), Match Your Mate (Evolution), Movie Quotes Trivia (Pub 687)
  • 10:30 pm- Music and Martinis with Bernadett Bihari (Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar)

Check Disney Cruise Prices Here.

More Disney Cruise Tips:

  • What to Expect on a Disney Cruise
  • What to Wear on a Disney Cruise Formal Night
  • Day 1 on the Disney Dream
  • Day 2 at Sea on the Disney Dream
  • Enchanted Garden Menu
  • Royal Palace Menu

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Disney Dream - May 5, 2024

Disney Dream May 5, 2024 Cruise Itinerary Map

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May 5, 2024

May 5 - 18, 2024

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13 Night Eastbound Transatlantic

13 Night Eastbound Transatlantic

from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The May 5, 2024 cruise on the Disney Dream departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On this 13 Night Eastbound Transatlantic sailing, the ship will visit a total of 6 different cruise port destinations, including its departure port. The Disney Dream sets sail on a Sunday (May 5, 2024) and returns on a Saturday (May 18, 2024).

The Disney Dream was built in 2011 and is amoung Disney's 5 ships in it's fleet. The Disney Dream is included in the cruise line's Dream Class. In the cruise ship stats below you'll find the Disney Dream vs all other Disney ships.

All Itineraries

Day 1: At Sea

Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches, 300 miles of inland waterways and swimming pools galore, but immersing yourself in this city doesn't require a drop of water. Dive into a culture as deep as any ocean, a culture characterized by Seminoles and Broadway shows, golf and whimsical water taxis, fine cuisine and tasty jazz. And just like the horizon here, the list of attractions goes on and on.

Ft. Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches, 300 miles of inland waterways and swimming pools galore, but immersing yourself in this city doesn't require a drop of water. Dive into a culture as deep as any...

Day 2: At Sea

Take advantage of the many on board activites during your day at sea. You'll have more than enough to fill your day!

Day 3: At Sea

Ponta Delgada

You'll be astonished to see, in the depths of the huge crater at the center of the island, two lakes--one emerald green, the other sky-blue. More astonishments: a cluster of hot springs bubbling in the mist.

You'll be astonished to see, in the depths of the huge crater at the center of the island, two lakes--one emerald green, the other sky-blue. More astonishments: a cluster of hot springs bubbling in...

Day 9: At Sea

Lisbon is many cities, from the cobbled alleys of the Alfama district to the broad Parisian style avenues at its heart. View it all from the heights of St. George's Castle. Belem's Monument to the Discoveries recalls the seafaring past, while nearby Sintra's storybook palaces, and the seaside resort of Caiscais, have different tales to tell.

Lisbon is many cities, from the cobbled alleys of the Alfama district to the broad Parisian style avenues at its heart. View it all from the heights of St. George's Castle. Belem's Monument to the...

Day 11: At Sea

A major seaport and naval base, it has a fine natural harbor, protected by forts. It was founded in 225 B.C. and soon became a flourishing port: the chief Carthaginian base in Spain. The medieval Castillo de la Concepcion, whose ruins are surrounded by fine gardens, commands a splendid view of the city and harbor. No traces of the ancient city remain.

A major seaport and naval base, it has a fine natural harbor, protected by forts. It was founded in 225 B.C. and soon became a flourishing port: the chief Carthaginian base in Spain. The medieval...

Day 13: At Sea

Spain's third-largest city, and capital of the province of Valencia, comes as a pleasant surprise to many. Home to paella and the Holy Grail, it is also blessed with great weather and the spring festival of Las Fallas, one of the wildest parties in the country.

Spain's third-largest city, and capital of the province of Valencia, comes as a pleasant surprise to many. Home to paella and the Holy Grail, it is also blessed with great weather and the spring...

Day 14: At Sea

Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain, yet its first language is Catalan, the native tongue of the proudly independent Catalonia region. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between street musicians and elegant bistros. Then perhaps visit the venerable Gothic cathedral, Picasso Museum or enjoy the architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi's Church of the Holy Family.

Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain, yet its first language is Catalan, the native tongue of the proudly independent Catalonia region. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between street...

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Disney Cruise Formal Night Ultimate Guide

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Want to know what to wear on a Disney Cruise Formal Night?

All you questions about Formal Night on a Disney Cruise are answered here so you know exactly what to expect!

When Is Formal Night on a Disney Cruise?

Disney Cruise Formal Night

There is a lot of confusion amongst first time Disney cruisers about whether or not there is a Formal Night on their sailing.

If we are talking about the formal night with the Captain’s Gala Dinner this only happens on cruises of 7 nights or more. This is the “proper” formal night on a Disney Cruise.

Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean that you can’t dress up for dinner every night if you really want to.

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What is means is that if you are looking for a true Formal Night, where you can meet the Captain, Disney characters will be in formal wear and that the photographers will all be set up for formal photos, you are only going to get this on the cruises of 7 nights or more.

Here is how the nights will be allocated on your cruise according to how many nights you are sailing.

3-night cruises:

  • One cruise casual night
  • One Pirate Night themed deck party
  • One optional “dress-up night”—jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women

On cruise casual nights you are not expect4ed to dress up, but you are not permitted to wear swimwear or tank tops in any of the rotational dining rooms.

The cruise casual rule is partly to help the situation if you haven’t yet got your luggage before you go to dinner. This isn’t very likely as usually you do have your luggage delivered to your stateroom by 4 pm at the latest, but it does happen.

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4-night cruises:

  • The first night is cruise casual
  • One optional dress-up night—jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women
  • The final night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops

7-night cruises:

  • One Pirate Night or other themed deck parties – for instance, it will be Frozen on Alaskan cruises.
  • 3 additional cruise casual nights—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One formal and one semi-formal night—both give you the opportunity to dress up and take advantage of the onboard photographers.
  • Though optional, Disney recommends dress pants with a jacket or a suit for men and dress or pantsuit for women.

On a 7 Night Cruise, Formal Night will usually be on the first full day of sailing. For instance, if your cruise leaves port on a Saturday, the Formal Night will be on a Sunday.

Disney Cruise Captain’s Welcome Reception

One of the great things about Formal Night is that Mickie and Minnie, along with some of the other Disney characters, will be in formal dress.

This is one of my favorite dresses for Minnie Mouse and of course, it is always great to see Mickey in his tux.

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On Disney Cruises of 7 nights or more, there will be a Captain’s Welcome Reception on Formal Night. This is one of the highlights of a Disney Cruise.

This is a great chance to meet the Captain and the Ship’s officers who will be available for a meet and greet in the atrium of your Disney ship.

There will be a cocktail reception in the lobby atrium of your Disney Ship. There are free alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks available. Servers circle around the atrium with a selection of drinks on trays.

There will be two Captain’s Welcome Receptions on Formal Night for your Disney Cruise. This is to fit in with the two dinner seatings for the rotational dining restaurants.

Usually the Captain’s Welcome Reception starts at 5.15 and 7.30. This means you can go to the Reception and still be on time for dinner.

Disney Cruise Formal Night Menu

There is a special Captain’s Gala Night Menu which will be served in each of the rotational dining restaurants on your cruise.

Disney Cruise Captain Gala Menu

There really is so much that is very good about the Captain’s Gala Menu.

This is one of those nights when it is very difficult to choose what to order as there is so much that is really exceptional.

On our last cruise, DH started with the Aged Prosciutto. He said that this measured up really well against the prosciutto that you get on the Palo Dinner Menu.

Disney Captain Gala menu

The Oxtail Soup was also very good. Soups tend not to photograph well as often they have been carried a long way from the kitchen and have moved around quite a bit in the bowl.

Not always great presentation but it is understandable if you are carrying this will so many other dishes! Doesn’t affec the great taste!

Disney Cruise Formal Night Soup

Whatever there is with Shrimp on it on the menu I always order it. The accompanying salad and dressing were really tasty too.

Disney Cruise Captains Menu Appetizer

This Oven Baked Salmon is on the menu of every rotational dining restaurant each day in the Lighter Offerings Section.

Disney Cruise Captains Menu Salmon

The highlight of the Captain’s Gala Dinner on a Disney Cruise is that this s the time that you get lobster on the menu in any of the rotational dining restaurants.

Disney Cruise Formal Night Lobster

This is what happens when you mention to your Server that you really enjoy Lobster! She brought out two for each of us who wanted it. We actually had to stop her from bringing out even more!

Disney Cruise formal night menu lobster

This really is for me one of the highlights of the food on a Disney Cruise. I never have lobster on land so this is a real treat for me.

Disney Cruise Formal Night Lobster

If you enjoy fish, this Roasted Red Snapper dish is also very good.

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Every menu has some specialty cocktails to go with that specific dinner. You can of course order anything from the bar menu. Or if you have bought the Wine Package you can enjoy that too.

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After all of that lobster there was of course still room for dessert!

Captains Gala Dessert Menu

You really do have to order the Chocolate Lava Cake. Never fails to impress. It is very rich but the ice cream balances it out.

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The Creme Brulee is another favorite. You can also ask for Gluten Free Madelines.

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Cruise Formal Night Dress Ideas

The key really is just to feel comfortable with your choice of what to wear on formal night on a Disney Cruise.

You will see a very great range of different attire on formal night. This will range from people who do not get dressed up at all and those who are wearing full length gowns and tuxedos. The choice really is yours.

Most people will have dressed up to some extent, but the majority is unlikely to be in full evening dress.

Personally I really enjoy the chance to get dressed up. There aren’t that many opportunities to do this often on land, so this is something I look forward to. DH would certainly wear a suit, although not a tuxedo.

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This very versatile Mermaid evening cocktail dress (yes you can channel your inner Disney Princess Ariel), is very reasonably priced.

This dress is made of stretchy material so ideal for when you have maybe had one dessert or entree too many!

It is available in lots of different colors including classic black. Sizes available range from Small to XL.

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This Long Beaded V-Neck Dress With Cap Sleeves and Waistband reminds me of a beautiful dress that the Duchess of Cambridge wore! This one will certainly make you feel like a Princess on cruise formal night.

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This vintage style Tea Dress is also a great style for formal night.

Not quite as dressed up as a full length gown, but this is a dress that you can wear for lots of different occasions. There is even a red polka dot version if you want to pay homage to Minnie Mouse!

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Of course it doesn’t have to be a dress for formal night. A pant suit is also a great option.

Cruise Formal Night Photos

One reason why you may want to get dressed up for your Disney Cruise formal night is that this is a great chance to have some photos taken.

You can always take your own photos, but many people like to take advantage of the Disney Cruise Ship photographers. They have many different formal and not-so-formal backgrounds set up to take some great photos.

If you want to know more about the different photography packages and prices you can see our ultimate guide at the Disney Cruise Photography Package

Formal night is a great opportunity to have your photo taken with the Captain. Or maybe even Captain Minnie and Captain Mickey! Whichever one you pick. do budget for some extra time, as the lines can get quite long.

Disney Cruise Formal Night Entertainment

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Not only do you get the chance to dress up, meet the Captain, get some great photos and eat some wonderful food, you also have an evening of fabulous entertainment to look forward to.

On formal night the show is different according to which ship you are on.

I think the best show for formal night is on the Disney Wonder . This is probably my favorite Disney Cruise show of all – The Golden Mickey’s.

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It is particularly suitable for formal night as it has an Academy Award style Red Carpet Arrivals show prior to the performance and a Golden Mickey’s After Party after both performances. This carries on the more formal dressing up theme of the evening just that bit longer.

On the Disney Fantasy the show for formal night is usually Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular. On the Disney Magic it is Twice Charmed – An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story.

Formal Night on a Disney Cruise – Final Thoughts

Disney Cruise Formal Night Atrium Lobby

I know that sometimes the concept of a formal night can seem a bit intimidating to some guests. It really shouldn’t. Even if you live the rest of your life in jeans and a Mickey shirt, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy formal night.

Disney cruise lines wants everyone to have a good time. You are going to have a great time no matter what you wear. If you want to dress up this is such a great opportunity to do that. If you want to keep it smart but casual you are going to have a great time too.

There is so much going on to entertain you on Formal Night on a Disney Cruise Ship. Meet the Captain, watch a wonderful show, get some great photos and enjoy the wonderful dinner menu.

Let us know your thoughts or questions about Disney Cruise Formal Night.

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Specialty Cruises

Fireworks cruise.

Fun for all ages, nighttime cruises provide the perfect opportunity to watch Luminous The Symphony of Us or Happily Ever After  right from the water. These brilliant fireworks spectaculars add an amazing "wow" factor to your cruise!

From the comfort of a chartered boat, your party can set sail for International Gateway near World Showcase Lagoon to watch the skies light up over EPCOT . Or, embark on the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake near  Magic Kingdom park —with synchronized audio onboard to fully immerse you in the moment. It’s an incredible finale to the festivities!

Departure Locations Depart from Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts to experience Luminous The Symphony of Us or sail from the following marinas to view Happily Ever After:

  • Contemporary Marina
  • Polynesian Marina
  • Grand Floridian Marina
  • Fort Wilderness Marina
  • Wilderness Lodge Marina

What’s Included Each cruise is accompanied by a captain and includes assorted snacks and soft drinks. Festive banners and balloons are also included in the cost and can be requested at the time of booking.

Pricing Prices start at $449—plus tax. Prices vary by date. Boats seat up to 10 Guests.

Reservations To reserve a cruise, please call (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Learn when advance reservations can be made .

Please note—in rare instances, fireworks shows may be rescheduled or canceled. Please refer to the entertainment schedule to confirm showtimes 2 weeks prior to your reservation and check again the day of your reservation.

Important Details Before you book, please be aware of the following information:

  • Please arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to fireworks start time.
  • Boats are not equipped with full-size dining tables. A cocktail table is provided.
  • For Guests with limited mobility, wheelchair/ECV transfer is necessary.
  • There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Full price will be charged/forfeited if the Guest cancels within one day or fails to show up for the reservation.

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Personal Navigators: 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami – November 26, 2022

Personal Navigators, and other details from the Very MerryTime  5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami . The  Disney Dream  set sail from  Miami, Florida  on November 26, 2022. There are  additional  Personal Navigators from other sailings of this same itinerary for comparison. 

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Day 1 – November 26, 2022 –  Miami, Florida

Guests Onboard : 3:45 pm Personal Navigator – Day 1 (NOT AVAILABLE)

Attire : Cruise Casual

Dinner Menus :

  • Royal Palace :  Royal Palace
  • Animator’s Palate :  Animators Palate
  • Enchanted Garden :  Enchanted Garden

Evening Entertainment :

  • Walt Disney Theatre Production –  The Golden Mickeys: A Timeless Tribute

Day 2 – November 27, 2022 – At Sea

Personal Navigator – Day 2

Attire : Pirate or Cruise Casual

Drink of the Day :  Sunken Treasure  •  Non-Alcoholic :  Parrot Song

  • Royal Palace :  Pirates
  • Animator’s Palate :  Pirates
  • Enchanted Garden :  Pirates
  • Featured Act –  The Magic & Mind Reading of Antwan Towner

Day 3 – November 28, 2022 –  Grand Cayman

Guests Ashore : 8:00 am  Guests Onboard : 4:00 pm Personal Navigator – Day 3

  • Movie –  Strange World

Day 4 – November 29, 2022 – At Sea

Personal Navigator – Day 4

Drink of the Day : Captain’s Mai Tai •  Non-Alcoholic :  Princess Delight

  • Walt Disney Theatre Production –  Beauty and the Beast

Day 5 – November 30, 2022 –  Castaway Cay

Guests Ashore : 8:30 am  Guests Onboard : 4:45 pm Personal Navigator – Day 5

Drink of the Day :  Stingray  •  Non-Alcoholic : Coco Bali

  • Royal Palace : Unknown
  • Animator’s Palate : Unknown
  • Enchanted Garden : Unknown
  • Walt Disney Theatre Production –  Disney’s Believe

Buena Vista Theatre Movies

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Disenchanted
  • Strange World
  • Thor: Love and Thunder

Thank you  Scott Barnhart  for sharing. If you have any navigators you would be willing to share, please send me an email. If you would rather upload the files you can use our  upload form .

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Fall 2025 & Spring 2026 Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has announced a new block of itineraries, covering September 2025 to May 2026. This announcement covers sailings on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, Fantasy, Wish, and Treasure. We expect information about sailings on the upcoming Destiny and Adventure ships to come at a future date.

Booking for these sailings begins on Monday, June 24, for Pearl level Castaway Club members with progressive openings until booking becomes available to the general public on Friday, June 28.

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For the ships in this itinerary release, there are few surprises. DCL continues to use Port Canaveral and Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) in Florida as year-round home ports.

The Magic will make sailings from Port Canaveral, Galveston, and San Juan Puerto Rico, with several Bahamian and Caribbean itineraries. She will cross the Panama Canal in April 2026, repositioning to San Diego.

The Wonder will again visit the Hawaii, the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as Mexico and Baja, California itineraries.

The Dream will be based at Fort Lauderdale, primarily alternating three and four night Bahamian sailings, with a few five night sailings in the mix.

The Fantasy will undergo a dry dock in fall 2025, followed by a return to Port Canaveral where she will sail four and five night Bahamian trips from Port Canaveral.

The Disney Wish will sail alternating three and four night trips from Port Canaveral. And the Treasure will make seven night sailings in the Caribbean.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Itineraries for 2025 and 2026

Disney Cruise Line has officially announced its 2025 and 2026 itineraries for sailings. Learn more about everything that will be offered from fall 2025 to spring 2026.

The next few years will be exciting ones for Disney Cruise Line. Earlier this month, Disney opened its newest private island destination, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point . And later this year, the new Disney Treasure will have its maiden voyage in December 2024. And if you’re looking ahead already to 2025 and 2026, Disney Cruise Line has revealed its full list of itineraries from fall 2025 through spring 2026.

Disney Cruise Line 2025 and 2026 Itineraries

Disney has shared that four ships, the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Treasure , and Disney Dream, will regularly sail to one or both of Disney Cruise Line’s signature island destinations, Disney Castaway Cay and Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. Halloween on the High Seas will be available on select sailings in September and October, with Very Merrytime Cruises on select sailings in November and December. Bookings open to the general public June 28, 2024. Here’s a full list of the destinations available:

Bahamas and Caribbean Sailings

October 2025 to may 2025.

  • Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Magic: 3- to 5-night sailings to The Bahamas with stops at Disney Castaway Cay and/or Disney Lookout Cay
  • Disney Treasure: 7-night sailings to Castaway Cay and Eastern and Western Caribbean
  • Disney Dream: 3- to 5-night sailings to The Bahamas with stops at Disney Castaway Cay and/or Disney Lookout Cay
  • Disney Magic: 7-night sailings to The Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean

Mexico Sailings

November 2025 to april 2025.

  • Disney Magic: 4- to 7-night Gulf of Mexico sailings with stops at Cozumel, Mexico and Progreso, Mexico

March 2026 to May 2026

  • Disney Wonder: 3- to 4-night Pacific Coast and Baja Peninsula Sailing with stops at Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico

Australia and New Zealand Sailings

October 2025 to february 2026.

  • Disney Wonder: 3- to 10-night sailings in Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific, with stops such as Wellington, NZ and Hobart, Australia

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Disney Dream Cabins

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Disney has some of the largest standard cabins at sea, and it's amazing how far a few extra square feet will go for four people sharing the typically tight space of a cruise ship stateroom. Ample closet space and plentiful drawers (including an ottoman with room for storage inside), the option to eat room service without bumping elbows on the couch and raised beds with room enough to store a pair of medium-sized suitcases underneath will please even those not traveling with kids.

Disney Dream Staterooms Are Comfortable and Feature Great Family-Friendly Amenities

Disney Dream staterooms each have a 22-inch flat-screen TV, mini-fridge and safe. Some cabins also have combination alarm clocks/iPod docking stations.

Most standard Disney Dream cabins can sleep three or four via a pull-down bunk and single convertible couch. Look for the hidden Peter Pan-themed celestial mural hidden above top bunks.

One annoyance is that the main beds in each cabin are queens, but they don't convert into twins. That means if two people are traveling together as friends, they either have to sleep in the same bed, or one person has to sleep in a pull-down bunk or on the pull-out sofa bed.

Heavy room-dividing curtains are a godsend to parents stuck in the cabin with sleeping children. (The only downside is that the TV and fridge are on the kids' side.) Connecting doors adjoin many cabins; if you're cruising next to members of your travel party, you can request that balconies be opened up to connect, as well.

Twenty-five cabins across categories are wheelchair-accessible, including two suites.

Most rooms – except standard Inside and a few units in other categories – have a split bath setup. This simple but ingenious concept provides one room with a shower, small tub and sink, and another with a toilet and sink. Having two vanities is important, and it's nice to still be able to use the toilet if one of your travel companions is in the shower.

Also, while a bathtub is perfect for young children, the rounded tub bottom feels more slippery than the flat floors of typical cruise ship showers. The shower ceiling will also be a bit of a problem for taller cruisers. Two in-shower retractable clotheslines provide amble space for drying the swimsuits of a family of four. Toiletries include bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.

As a fun aside, Pepe the King Prawn (of Muppets fame) now has his own shrimp-sized cabin aboard Disney Dream. You can find it on Deck 5, stateroom number 5148 1/2. (Tip: Dial cabin number 5148 from your stateroom phone, and Pepe will answer.)

The Disney Dream Verandah Room Is Only One of Many Offering Ocean Views

Unlike in most other cruise lines, all Disney Dream cabins have ocean views – at least technically. Those opting for an inside cabin can check out a nifty industry first: Magical Portholes. They're flat screens designed to look like portholes above the beds; they project a real-time view outside the ship by means of high-def cameras and a live video feed. Stare at the screen for long enough, and you might catch a dancing hippo or two.

All other cabin categories feature real windows or balconies offering ample ocean views. Exceptions are some Disney Dream Deluxe Oceanview staterooms with Verandah on decks 5 through 9, which have obstructed vistas.

All Disney Dream Rooms Sleep at Least 3 Passengers and Many Feature Balconies

Interior:  Inside cabins on the Disney Dream cruise ship are divided into two main sub-categories based on size. Standard insides start at 169 square feet, while deluxe insides are 204 square feet. They're found on Decks 2 and 5 through 10. All of the ship’s inside cabins feature Magic Portholes.

Deluxe Oceanview: Outside staterooms start at 204 square feet and are found on Decks 2 and 5 through 8. They can also sleep up to four, but the porthole is a real round window, rather than simply a virtual one.

Deluxe Family Oceanview staterooms, found on Decks 6 through 9, are a bit roomier at 241 square feet and can sleep up to five people. The portholes are larger and come with built-in seating.

Verandah:  These cabins, also known as Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah on Disney Dream, are a roomy 246 square feet, including balcony, and are located on Decks 5 through 10. Veranda cabin balconies each feature two mesh-and-metal chairs and a small table, deck lights, railings covered in Plexiglas (or solid white walls) and childproof locks.

Disney Dream Category 7a staterooms (officially known as Deluxe Oceanview staterooms with Navigator Verandah) typically have a smaller balcony or one with an obstructed view. Most limited-view cabins are located on decks 5 through 9.

If your family group books connecting balcony cabins, the partition can be opened to form one large balcony. Family balcony cabins measure 299 square feet (including veranda) and sleep up to five. Some have larger balconies with room for two mesh-and-metal chairs, a small table for drinks and two sun loungers with plenty of space to move around. Smoking is not permitted on balconies.

Disney Dream Concierge Suites Offer More Space and Great Perks

For those requiring more space, Disney offers Concierge Suites, as well as roomy Concierge Family Cabins, located on Decks 11 and 12. The decor focuses more on earth tones (browns and muted sea blues), versus the bright red-and-blue nautical hues of the standard cabins. All suites and family cabins feature balconies.

Both offer access to the concierge facilities, including the Disney Dream Concierge Lounge and a private sun deck with some chairs. While these areas are not particularly noteworthy, they do offer easy access to free food and drinks and coveted extra space. The concierge is on hand before and during your cruise to help with reservations, activity planning and other needs.

Concierge Family cabins start at 306 square feet and can sleep up to five. One-bedroom suites start at 622 square feet; most have connecting doors. These have queen-sized beds in separate bedrooms, sitting areas with double convertible sofas and a small table and chairs, single wall pull-down beds in the living rooms, walk-in closets and two bathrooms (with a whirlpool in the master).

The Roy O Disney Suite on Disney Dream Is on a League of Its Own

Really want to spoil yourself? The 1,781-square-foot Roy O Disney Suite (officially known as the Royal Suite) has all the amenities of a Concierge suite, plus a wet bar, kitchenette, dining table for eight, and a media library. The main bathroom features double sinks and a rainfall shower as well as a jetted bathtub. This suite can sleep five.

Décor is classic and elegant, with wood finishes and art deco details. Original artworks decorate the walls. Marble and granite bathrooms feel upscale and spacious. The verandah features a hot tub and cushioned chairs and loungers.

Larger groups can book an adjoining Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah or the adjacent Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah. On adjoining suites, the partition between verandahs can be opened to create a larger balcony for sharing.

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That includes Disney Treasure, set to debut this winter, and 2022’s Disney Wishas well as older ships Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy trading off sailing duties.

The new homeport and sailing plans for Disney Destiny, a sister ship to Wish and Treasure, was not announced, but it’s slated to be delivered to the line at a yet-to-be-revealed date in 2025 and could end up DCL’s new second Florida home in Port Everglades.

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Also debuting in 2025 will be the Asia-bound Disney Adventure, but for now, DCL only revealed sailing plans for its two original ships, Magic and Wonder, its two decade-plus-old ships Dream and Fantasy and its two most recent ships Wish and Treasure.

Port Canaveral will continue to host Wish sailing short three- and four-night Bahamas trips while Treasure will continue with seven-night Caribbean sailings.

Disney Magic, which arrives to the port in summer 2025, will remain through October and then be replaced with Disney Fantasy in November doing a four- and five-night set of itineraries through May 2026.

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Wish, Magic and Fantasy all have some trips that visit Disney’s newest private Bahamas destination Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point that welcomed first guests this month. Some sailings visit both Lookout Cay and the line’s original Bahamas private island Castaway Cay.

Many of the September and October sailings will take on the popular Halloween on the High Seas theming while November and December sailings will have the Very Merrytime holiday theme.

Disney Magic has not sailed from Port Canaveral since 2016, and as the line’s oldest ship has been tasked with bouncing around the world for short-term stays at various markets. It will do so again after October, first heading to Puerto Rico for a series of seven-night Caribbean sailings, and then making its way to Galveston, Texas, for four- to seven-night western Caribbean trips through May 2026.

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Disney Dream will keep sailing from its new year-round home in Port Everglades, which opened for business last fall. It will tackle three- to five-night Bahamas trips visiting either Lookout Cay, Castaway Cay or both, as well as some stops in Nassau through May 2026.

After a summer of Alaska sailings, Disney Wonder will continue its late 2025 duties in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, not returning to the West Coast homeporting in San Diego beginning in March 2026 for three- and four-night Mexican Riviera sailings. This will be the third season Disney Wonder has sailed from Australia.

Bookings for the new itineraries open to the public June 28, with earlier dates available for the line’s variety of club-level members, but details can already be found on disneycruise.com.

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