Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing what you need to know to start planning your Disney Cruise.
This is an overview of the 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream. I am going to give you a bit of general information about the Dream, then give the 3-night itinerary, and the ports of call. I will also give an overview of the dining and entertainment on board the ship and finish with transportation options to get to the ship.
The Disney Dream was the 3rd ship Disney introduced into its fleet in 2011. There are 14 passenger decks onboard ship with a passenger capacity of 4,000 and a crew of 1,458. The ship is opulent with an art deco design. There are a total of 1,250 staterooms; with some having a veranda, some an ocean view, and some an inside “view” (Disney does provide a view of the ocean in the room with a state-of-the-art “magic porthole” .)
The itinerary of the 3-night Disney Dream cruise begins at Port Canaveral in Florida. You can board the ship around 1:00 p.m. and can eat lunch. You have the rest of the day to enjoy the ship’s many activities. The first night you are at sea, and you wake up in Nassau, Bahamas for your second day of the cruise. You have the full day in Nassau to either explore the area or stay on board the ship. The second night you are at sea on your way to the second port of call; Disney’s very own island-Castaway Cay. You have the day to enjoy the island before boarding the ship around 5:00 p.m. The third night you are heading back to your port of origin-Port Canaveral. You disembark between 8:00-10:00 a.m.
The dining on board the ship is incredible. The wait staff stays with you throughout your cruise and rotates with your family through each restaurant. They were both attentive and entertaining. Our head waiter “dangerous Chris” performed magic tricks and told jokes which enhanced our dining experience. There are three main restaurants called: The Enchanted Garden, The Royal Palace, and The Animator’s Palate. They are all three beautifully themed as only Disney can do.
The Animator’s Palate is an interactive dining experience with Disney characters from Finding Nemo. The restaurant is decorated with giant paintbrushes as columns, interactive screens on the walls, and bright colorful lights on the ceiling as well as Mickey-themed chairs.
The Enchanted Garden is beautiful with the ceiling changing from blue sky in the day to starry sky at night. The decor is beautiful where everything from the light fixtures shaped like flowers that “bloom” at night to the white trellised arches to the center fountain makes you feel you are in the midst of a magical garden.
The Royal Palace is inspired by Disney princess movies and is decorated with elegant furnishings and princesses on the walls.
The Dream also has two adults-only restaurants: Remy’s and Palo. They have a more formal dress code and are available for an extra charge.There is also a very good buffet called Cabanas with a vast array of choices. There are a couple of counter service options called Pinocchio’s Pizzeria and Pluto’s Dog House that serve pizza, burgers, and hot dogs. There is a great ice cream store called Eye Scream Frozone Treats where you can have ice cream with great toppings. There is a soda dispenser as well, available 24/7.
The entertainment options on board the ship are numerous. They range from Broadway-style shows to first-run movies to character interactions. The Broadway-style shows on the ship are top-notch and include The Golden Mickey’s, Villains Tonight, and Disney’s Believe. There are also numerous other entertainment options such as drawing classes, pools, the AquaDuck waterslide, mini-golf, basketball, scavenger hunts, and youth and kids clubs. In fact there is so much to do, we barely left the ship when it was docked in Nassau and Castaway Cay.
The days the ship docks at Castaway Cay and Nassau, you can choose to stay on the ship and relax or partake in the entertainment options on board ship. When we went on our 3-day cruise it seemed most people stayed on the ship the day we docked at Nassau, but everyone got off and enjoyed Castaway Cay. If you decide to explore Nassau or Castaway Cay, there are free things to do in both places or shore excursions that can be arranged.
The transportation options to get to the Disney Dream at Port Canaveral depend on if you are leaving from Walt Disney World or coming from the Orlando International Airport. In either case, The Magic Express (Disney’s bus transportation system) will take you either directly from the airport or from the parks. If you are driving, you can park your car near Port Canaveral. There is a charge for parking or for transportation with The Magic Express.
In summary, the Disney Dream 3-day cruise is a great way to see if you like cruising. There are both great entertainment and dining options. In fact, there is so much to do and such good food, you will never have a dull moment and you will leave with a full stomach.
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check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Blue | Disney Cruising 101 Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Disney Cruising 101 | Which Cruise Should You Choose?
- 2nd Stop – Mommy to All Girls | The Kolb’s Guide to Disney Cruising 101
- 3rd Stop – This Roller Coaster Called Life| Top 10 Favorite Things about the Disney Dream
- 4th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Three Nights on the Disney Dream
- 5th Stop – Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere | The Joy of Cruising Concierge