Disney Dream Cruise – Top Notch Disney Delight!

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We heard about this Disney Cruise from family friends who were delighted of it!  Their kids were in Heaven  – It was the Ultimate Disney Experience for kids and forever young at heart as you interact with Disney Characters everyday and enjoy a wide array of  attractions on board.

Determined to do the same, we booked our rooms a year in advance.  We were very particular with our agent to get us in Disney Dream – ranked no 1 among all Disney Cruises in terms of user ratings and health ratings. It was also one of the preferred cruises with stops at Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island at the Bahamas.

Our Itinerary

April 10, 2012 – Depart Port Canaveral

Disney has its own private port for guests. Check in was so organised and seamless!

April 11, 2012 – Castaway Cay

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April 12, 2012 – Nassau

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We explored Atlantis on our own.  Which was a good call.  It was cheaper for a family of 5 and  had we paid for the waterpark, we would have spent the whole day in line to experience just about 3/18 slides.  It was a more practical way to spend the day.

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From the Port, we commissioned a cab driver to take us to  Paradise Island and to take us back to the ship at the designated time.  We had the freedom to scout the Resort at an easy pace and ticked off a number of attractions such as the Dig – an underwater archeological aquarium featuring an array of marine life including manta rays and sharks, admire the popular water slides for all its daring features sans the long queues and explore the interesting boutiques and specialty restaurants in the Marina Village.

April 13, 2012 – Day At Sea

April 14, 2015 – Castaway Cay

April 15, 2015 – Arrive at Port Canaveral

This was our Deluxe Family OceanView StateRoom with Verandah.  The layout was well planned so it didn’t feel cramp at all for our family 5. The bathroom was quite spacious considering ship standards.  It even came with a bath tub – a bonus for the kids! It was a cosy abode after rewarding days – and best enjoyed while lazying around – cruising at sea!

The experience was as magical for us adults as it was for the kids! You really have to hand it to Disney’s Philosophy for creating enchanted venues to transport you into a Character setting!

Facilities for the adults were sufficient.  There was the Spa, Night Club & Lounges, Movie Theater, Live Shows & Entertainment.  I could understand why there was no need for a Casino but I think the Fathers (as my husband overheard and agreed) would have appreciated one just to escape the family for a quick bit – a “man cave” of sorts.  Nevertheless, what is five days to see the kids happy and grateful!

After the cruise, we headed to Orlando, FL to complete our kids’ wish list to days in  DisneyWorld and Universal Studios.  Just when we thought they were all “Disneyed Out”, they are still praying to do another Disney Cruise soon – especially the youngest one!

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