There is so much to talk about after leaving our first Disney cruise on the Disney Dream. We could spend hours talking about the different activities, the shows and the decor of the boat. Yet, we were able to painstakingly whittle down all these great things into our top 5 reason to do a Disney Cruise. Here they are:
The customer Service
Like most of our experiences with Disney, the customer services is top notch. Cast members are responsive, kind and willing to bend over backwards for their guests. This is especially important since there is no going somewhere else when you are in the middle of the ocean on a ship. I especially loved the two turn down services for our room each day. Our room attendant would leave little trinkets for the boys (like candy coins) and towels shaped like animals. Everyone we interacted with was exceptional and due to the fact we were in constant contact with a number of the cast members on a regular basis we got to know them a bit more personally (as they did us) which only adds to the experience.
The Oceaneer’s Club/Lab
For most parents (and kids) this is the biggest reason for going to the ship. Kids over the age of 3 to 17 get free reign from early in the morning to late at night (12 midnight). They are free to vacation and have fun under the watchful eye of the Club counselors. Our boys went to the Oceaneer’s club/lab for ages 3-12 and includes a wide variety of counselor led activities and free play. With areas such as Andy’s Room (from Toy Story) to a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon’s Cockpit and galley (from Star Wars) even adults want to stay and play. Fortunately for the kids parents are only allowed during pick up and drop off. Food is also served there as well so there really isn’t any reason for the kids to leave, and trust me they do not want to, there is just too much fun to be had (which is great for parents to have some alone time in the adults only area).
This is just the video tour of the Oceaneer’s lab visit our youtube channel for video of It’s a Small World Nursery, the Edge and Vibe.
Palo and Remy Restaurants
These are the high end restaurants in the Disney Dream. Both require an extra charge per person, ($30 for Palo and $75 for Remy) meaning that they are not included as part of the regular meal plan with the cruise. Let me tell that it was worth it. We tried Palo and it was an amazing meal. Be aware (and excited!) that this is an adults only restaurant and requires diners to dress a bit more formal. With all that said, after the meal we had it was totally worth it. Palo specializes in North Italian cuisine and each course we had was better than the last and the desserts were amazing. My favorite part was that once you paid the fee you could order every dish you want there was no limit. That gave use the opportunity to tryout a number of wonderful plates of food. Almost as important as the quality of the food is the service, and it was top notch. Basically what you would get at an elite restaurant in a big city. Our waiter, Nuno, was amazing, it was definitely an experience I would try again.
Pirates in the Caribbean Night
Being in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean lends this party some authenticity. The show on the upper deck was engaging and really got the whole boat in a dance party mood. But the real show stopper was the fireworks over the water. Disney Cruise lines is the only cruise line that has fireworks at sea! Standing on Deck 12 it almost feels like they are firing right over your head, of course, they are amazing what else would you expect from Disney. Yet the thing that makes the night so exceptional is the details, from the Disney pirates headband that surprises you when you get back to your room to the pirate inspired meal options during dinner it is the little touches that make it unforgettable.
The Character Experiences
It wouldn’t be a Disney experience without character encounters. The great thing about the encounters in the boat is that there is a chance in every public area on the boat that you might run into a Disney character. Needless, to say that the character themselves are full of the personality. The great thing about the boat is that there are multiple opportunities to take pictures and unlike the theme park, if you are in line you won’t have to wait hours for your turn to take a photo. Like we suggest during any Disney trip, invest in the photo package as it allows the entire family to become a part of the memories.
But do not just take my word for it.
Watch D’s video on why we love cruising with Disney Cruise Lines.
Disclosure: The Dancing Hotdogs family were guests of Disney Cruise Lines for their #DisneyCruise #CruceroDisney FAM trip. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.