Our Walt Disney Dream cruise ship review has ship details (specifications and statistics), destinations and itineraries, ports of call and all cruise dates of one of the biggest and most expensive cruise ships in the world. Integrated with our Disney Dream itinerary-schedule-location page.
The ms Disney Dream ship class is almost 50% larger, 2-deck taller and with 44% bigger passenger capacity than the old Disney ships Magic and Wonder. The Disney Dream ship design is inspired by the classic ocean liners of the 1920’s, featuring a navy blue hull, 2 bright red funnels, elegant Art Deco decorations and some of the most innovative technologies and fun ideas at sea.
The Walt Disney cruise ship Dream, just like all Disney cruising vessels, is fully devoted to providing the best sea vacation package experiences for mostly American and Canadian families with kids who love Mickey Mouse and princesses so very much. The Dream ship is no exception with its primary market being families with children (especially with kids younger than 8) – the major revenue provider for the unique Walt Disney cruise company.
Disney Dream cruise ship REVIEW
In short, 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 easy 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-small 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″ flat TV, an iPod docking station and 2 rechargeable “Wave Phones” to be used ship-wide. The Disney Dream Inside cabins have 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 of the 1-bedroom suites are with connecting doors (1 queen-bed, a sitting areas 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 is the Royal Suite, adding to all previously mentioned a living room, a wet bar, a kitchenette, media library and a Jacuzzi on the balcony.
DRESS CODE, TIPS, clientele
The CLIENTELE consists almost entirely of North American travelers (USA and Canada). The new Disney Lines approach to teens and young couples (by age-related activities and limited access on-board 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 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’s shipboard accounts.
- 6 main dining venues (plus the Cabanas buffet).
- The Dream ship 3 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 the Cinderella’s coach). The food quality is very good, the service staff is amicable and timely.
- 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.
Family cruise fun
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.
The Dream ship children club is called “Edge” (ages 11-13) properly secluded on Deck 13 in the funnel. 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-ft (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” night club, 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 a 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 characterson-board 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 in 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
- SPA. 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.
- 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″ (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.
Disney Dream cruise ship technology
Concerning the innovative technologies on board, one of the best Disney cruise lines hits are:
- the 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 on-board 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).
Disney Dream cruise ship CABINS
Follows a table with information abot Disney Dream Disney Dream cabin categories, sizes, location (same with those on ms Disney Fantasy)
|Type||Deck Location||Grades||Size (ft2)||Balcony Size (ft2)||Beds|
|Standard Inside||2-5-6-7-8-9-10||11 A-B-C||169||–||3-4|
|Deluxe Inside||5-6-7-8-9||10 A||204||–||3-4|
|Deluxe Oceanview||2-5-6-7-8||9 A-B||204||–||3-4|
|Deluxe Family Oceanview||5-6-7-8-9||8 A-B-C||241||–||3-4-5|
|Deluxe Balcony||5-6-7-8-9-10||5 A-B-C-D-E, 6 A-B||203||43||4|
|Deluxe Family Balcony||6-7-8-9-10||4 A-B-C-D||256||43||4|
|Concierge Family Balcony||11-12||V||263||43||5|
|Concierge 1-Bedroom Suite||11-12||T||536||86||5|
|Concierge Royal Suite||12||R||898||183||5.|
ms Disney Dream ship specs & stats
- passenger capacity 2,600 (max 4,000), staff and crew 1,460. Sister-vessel – the Disney Fantasy ship.
- year built 2010 by Meyer Werft in Papenburg (Germany). Owner & operator Disney Cruise Line (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company). Wikipedia page.
- cost to build US $900 million, last dry-dock/refurbished (na).
- identification IMO 9434254, Flag (Bahamas).
- first sailing – January 26th 2011.
- weight-tonnage 128,000 GT, length overall 1,116ft (340m), width 125ft (38m), draft 26ft (8m), service speed 25 mph (41 km/h)
- 14 passenger decks, total cabins 1,250, Inside 256, Oceanview 614, Balcony 380, Family cabins 80.
- Disney Dream deck plan review.
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