The top deck of the Dream is ringed by the AquaDuck Water Coaster. // © 2011 Disney Cruise Line
Disney Dream Facts
Staterooms inside: 150
Staterooms ocean view: 199
Staterooms verandah: 901
Restaurants and lounges: 21
Itinerary: The Disney Dream will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. During the summer, the ship will sail four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay.
In January, Disney Cruise Line inaugurated the Disney Dream, its
first new ship in more than a decade. Naturally, the introduction of
Disney's first ship of the 21st century -- especially from a brand with
such loyal followers -- was accompanied by widespread interest and
excitement. After experiencing the Dream firsthand, in this case at
least, the hype is justified as the ship provides a major upgrade for
In building the
Dream, Disney Cruise Line made sure it delivered for its core audience
of families in a big way. Passengers will be amazed by the sheer volume
of possibilities and amenities available to kids -- let alone by the
attention to detail.
As one might expect, the kids' clubs on the
Dream are some of the most elaborate at sea, featuring dedicated space
for a range of ages (3 months-3 years; ages 3-10; ages 11-13; and ages
14-17). Each space is equipped with the latest -- and coolest --
gadgets, innovations and play structures. In Disney's Oceaneer Club
(ages 3 to 10), for example, the most popular feature was the Magic
PlayFloor. A first in the cruise industry, this huge interactive floor
allows children to engage in group activities where their movements
determine what takes place on the floor around them. For instance, on
one visit, a group of kids played a game where they "kicked" a virtual
ball back and forth across the screen in the floor.
One of the
most popular attractions on the Dream is the AquaDuck Water Coaster,
which takes guests seated on an inflatable raft in a water-filled tube
around the outside of the top deck -- and even over the edge of the ship
-- for a truly unique ride. Other onboard options for kids on the Dream
include two swimming pools (and a third for adults only); Nemo's Reef
Splash Zone, a water-play area; a jumbo LED screen that shows classic
Disney movies throughout the day; and Goofy's Sports Deck, with
miniature golf, basketball, volleyball and two virtual sports
The entertainment options don't stop once passengers
go indoors, either. The Dream's Buena Vista Theatre shows first-run
movies -- including movies in 3D, a first at sea -- while an expanded
1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre features live musicals. There is also the
Midship Detective Agency, which is basically a very clever scavenger
hunt utilizing clues hidden in digitally animated artwork throughout the
ship set to a private-eye theme.
Even some of the dining venues
feature special entertainment for kids. For instance, during dinner at
the Animator's Palate (which is completely redesigned from similar
venues on Disney's previous ships), the monitors in the restaurant are
transformed into virtual "windows" that look out onto an animated
underwater world while Crush, the laidback sea turtle from the film "Finding Nemo," swims from window to window, engaging guests in
real-time interactive conversations.
For Adults Too
amenities and activities for kids are going to get the lion's share of
attention, and rightly so, the Dream has plenty that will appeal to
adults as well.
First, in addition to being very comfortable and
modern, the staterooms all feature a separate (and by cruise standards
roomy) commode and bath/shower, which is great for families traveling
together. Also, the cabins feature wireless phone service that allows
passengers to take their stateroom phone with them all over the ship --
making it easy to call and check in on little ones at the kids' clubs,
Disney took fine dining a step further on the Dream as
well, with a variety of adults-only options. Remy is the line's
first-ever premier dining option, where guests can sample
French-inspired cuisine from two award-winning chefs, and Palo is a
redesigned version of one of Disney's signature restaurants that
features the cuisine of northern Italy. Nestled between Palo and Remy is
Meridian, an adults-only lounge for pre- or post-dinner cocktails.
Finally, the Disney Dream features an adults-only (18 years and older) section of the ship called The District. This area
the District Lounge, with live piano music; 687, a modern pub; Pink, a
stylish upscale cocktail lounge with an emphasis on champagne; Skyline, a "sky bar" with ever-changing virtual views of city skylines; and
Evolution, a nightclub.
For those who are more concerned with
wellness than well drinks, there is the Senses Spa & Salon, with 17
private treatment rooms and an extensive menu of services.
much to explore and experience on the Dream, the most difficult part for
passengers on the ship's three- and four-night cruises from Port
Canaveral, Fla., to the Bahamas, is going to be time management.
Fortunately, the Disney Fantasy -- the Dream's sister ship -- joins the
fleet in 2012, giving families yet another excuse to sail off to