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Disney Dreaming

New enhancements take the Disney Dream cruise experience to new heights.

Agent@Home | Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Tim Wood

Disney Dreaming

PHOTO: The Disney Dream at Castaway Cay, the cruise line's private island. (David Roark/Disney Cruise Line).

To many travelers, the mere mention of the name “Disney” symbolizes a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. Those are weighty hopes, but Disney Cruise Line has embraced that challenge and taken the Disney vacation to new heights at sea.

When Disney launched the Disney Dream in 2011 – the company’s first new vessel in 12 years – the ship symbolized an even bolder effort to deliver a next-level vacation experience for cruisers in size (it’s 40 percent larger and two decks taller than its fleet mates), design and innovation. 


Disney offers some of the most spacious standard staterooms at sea (169 to 204 square feet for interiors, 204 to 241 square feet for outside state rooms, and 246 to 299 square feet for balcony cabins), and with a clever design that makes a space that sleeps three to five people feel less cramped.

Each stateroom is outfitted with a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, safe and above-average storage space. One smart touch: two rechargeable “Wave Phones” that can be used to communicate throughout the ship.

The split-bath design is genius. One room houses the shower, a small tub and a sink, while the other is equipped with a toilet and another sink.

Inside staterooms feature Magical Portholes, a flat-screen TV made to look like portholes to give those without exterior windows a real-time view of what’s outside the ship.

Concierge Level accommodations feature staterooms measuring 306 square feet and suites of upward of 622 square feet. Guests are privy to a private lounge and sun deck with free food and drinks, and a concierge to help with activity planning.

For the ultimate in luxury, the ship’s 1,781-square-foot Royal Suite features a wet bar, kitchenette, dinner table, media library and a hot tub.


A signature Disney feature is a rotational dining system with seatings at 5:45 and 8:15 p.m. Cruisers are able to dine in a different themed restaurant each night.

The true wow factor can be found in the Animator’s Palate dining room. The walls are lled with Disney portraits and storyboards. Minutes after diners arrive, the characters come to life, creating an animated underwater world with swimming fish, a talking Dori, Nemo and Bruce the Shark. The star of the show, however, is Crush the Turtle, who carries on real-time conversations with diners.

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The Dream offers two upscale adults-only dining options. Remy charges an $85 per person fee, serv- ing steaks, lobster and veal chops. Palo ($30 per person) o ers Northern Italian entree options and a cham- pagne brunch on days at sea.

The 24-hour room service menu offers burgers, salads and pizza. Coffee, soda, fruit juice and tea are available on board at no charge.


For kids, the 2015 dry dock brought two massive upgrades. The “Star Wars” room in the Oceaneer’s Club features a Millennium Falcon replica and the Disney Infinity room gives kids the ability to play as every character in the popular interactive video game. There are also three games utilizing Microsoft Kinect technology to mimic body movements as guests play as characters such as Sam Flynn from “Tron.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean-themed parties feature the cruise industry’s only reworks show at sea.

The ship features three high-qual- ity nightly shows, “Villains Tonight,” “The Golden Mickeys” and “Disney’s Believe.”

“The District” is an adults-only mix of themed bars and nightclubs. A mov- ie theater features Disney favorites, including some lms still in theaters.

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You will see both kids and adults waiting in line to pose with Disney characters all over the ship. Their moments onboard and off are captured by ship photographers and loaded into digital files accessed at touchscreen stations.

For those wanting water fun, the AquaDuck water coaster will quench their thirst.


In Nassau, options include visits to Atlantis Paradise Island’s waterparks, gol ng, shopping and sightseeing tours. Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, offers a day’s worth of water sports options, plentiful food and both a family and an adults-only beach.


Disney largely caters to U.S. and Canadian travelers with its shorter itinerar- ies, which are particularly well suited for families with kids under the age of 8. But the Disney Dream also has an impressive selection of spaces and activities that cater to teens, adults and multigenerational travelers. 


CRUISE LINE: Disney Cruise Line SHIP: Disney Dream

SIZE: 2,500 passengers, 128,690 gross tons


ITINERARY: The Dream offers 3-night and 4-night Bahamian itineraries from Port Canaveral, visiting Nassau
and Castaway Cay. 

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A version of this article appears in print in the February 2016 issue of Agent@Home Magazine.