I used to define my perfect vacation as one that included a beach, a frothy drink, and warm nights. That’s still pretty close- but after vacationing on the Disney Cruise Line, I’m adding a few more requests! Give me an awesome stateroom with the best bed I’ve ever slept on, Broadway style entertainment, and service that can’t be beat. The Disney Dream is, indeed, a dream vacation. I’m running down a few reasons why in this Disney Cruise Guide: The Disney Dream.
For some, a trip to one of Disney’s amusement parks is a dream vacation. You know I’m all about that theme park life!
For others, they envision a relaxing vacation on a cruise ship, while on a voyage over the vast oceans.
What if you could have both the magic of Disney and the serenity of a cruise over the ocean?
Oh, my friends, you can.
Disney has four of their very own cruise ships- with more on the way- so that you can experience both dream vacations at once!
Here is a Disney cruise guide to the Disney Dream.
A Disney Cruise Guide: The Disney Dream
Let’s talk about the ship that I love, the Disney Dream.
The Disney Dream is a newer ship, built in 2011.
Many would agree that this ship is bigger and bolder than any other ship that Disney has put out. It’s still qualified as having the same look like the other ships, but there are many more innovative features.
This 128,690-ton ship can hold between 2,500-4,000 passengers!
The Disney Dream is a Cruise Ship for Families
If you need the vacation that will make everyone happy- from the one-year-old to the 80-year-old, a cruise on the Disney Dream is for you.
You will notice that the Disney Dream has a certain set of passengers, most of whom are families!
You’re never too old or too young to go on the Disney Dream, which makes it the ideal Disney vacation for multigenerational families.
There is something for everyone on this ship. And even if you want to experience a cruise without the kid’s clubs, you can have a great time!
But Wait, It’s Also Perfect For an Adult Only Vacation!
As much as I love vacationing with my family, I do cherish– and actually need– some time away. (And nope, as you can guess by the name of this blog, I don’t feel guilty about that fact!)
A getaway aboard The Dream is an incredible way to explore, relax, and bond with your friends or significant other.
I highly recommend grabbing your besties for a girlfriend getaway and hitting the high seas!
Disney Cruise Line Departures and Destinations
The Disney Dream primarily sails out of Port Canaveral, Florida and travels to the Bahamas, including stops at Castaway Cay.
But you have options on Disney Cruise Line! If the Bahamas isn’t your favorite, check out some of the other destinations on different ships.
The Disney cruise ships depart from numerous different ports in a handful of countries from Europe to Canada and the U.S., Puerto Rico included.
Pending which cruise you decide to voyage on, they can last anywhere from two days to two weeks.
The magnificent cruise ships will take you to Alaska, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, the Pacific Coast, the Panama Canal, and the transatlantic.
As for me, nothing has been more magical than Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. I would move in if they would let me!
About The Fleet: The Dream, Magic, Fantasy, and Wonder
Each cruise ship has a Disney related name.
Dream, Magic, Fantasy, and Wonder are the names of Disney’s spectacular cruise ships.
They are all family-friendly and were designed with both children and adults in mind.
Each ship has multiple pools and splash pad areas so that you can enjoy extra family time, sliding down the AquaDuck water slide, or head on over to the adults-only, Quiet Cove Pool.
Meanwhile, the kiddos can be enjoying time away from the parents at the special Kids Clubs (separate clubs for different ages), where they will be doing arts and crafts, playing video games, and listening to music while socializing with other children.
And trust me: you won’t be able to get your kids out of these clubs! They love them and love the friends they make on a Disney Cruise.
You will also find a full-service fitness center on each ship.
Which- let’s just be honest here- you might want to take advantage of so you can enjoy all the food on the Disney Dream without the worry of gaining any cruise pounds.
And if you do gain a few pounds- meh- worry about that when you’re back on land.
Vacation food is where it’s at and the Disney Dream does not disappoint!
Food on the Disney Dream
First of all, there is a ton of it! You’ll find buffet options available pretty much any time of the day on the Disney Dream.
There are a variety of food options on board that will keep everyone happy and full. I honestly have a hard time deciding which meal is my favorite.
From the fun Animator’s Palate to the high-end Palo, your cruise will never leave you hungry!
While the restaurants and dining are amazing, the real winner when it comes to food on the Disney Dream is the 24-hour FREE room service.
That’s right: FREE, y’all.
On my last cruise, we ordered milk and (warm!!!) cookies every night before bed. And the Mickey Bars were flowing like the Atlantic Ocean below us.
Holiday Cruises and Special Days at Sea
From mid-September through the end of December the Disney Cruise line has special cruises to help you celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year?s Eve.
And you can do some of these cruises on the Disney Dream!
During these cruises, you can expect to be surrounded by appropriate holiday decor and you may notice a little extra magic in the air.
And if the No-Guilt Fangirl in you needs to come out, guys, this Disney cruise guide needs to point out some special cruises you might need to see!
EEK! Yes, it’s true! There are two awesome cruises for the nerdy fans.
Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea, in which you will be allowed a meet and greet with special characters, movie screenings, and other exciting offerings for these super celebration cruises.
(But both of those special cruises are on a different ship than the Dream but I thought you might want to know about them!)
What to Wear on the Disney Dream
Every Disney Cruise Ship has some type of dress code. But for the most part, what you might wear at a Disney park will be fine on the cruise.
Mickey Ears are always ok. I’m partial to the Rose Gold Minnie Ears myself!
While you may see most of the kids wearing princess and pirate gear, the adults on the Disney Dream can dress casually during the day.
You’ll be comfortable in shorts, swimsuits with cover-ups, flip flops, and sunglasses.
At night everyone dresses a little nicer- swapping out the shorts and tank tops for pants, casual dresses, skirts or leggings and tunics.
Think resort/beachwear when packing for the day, but dress a little nicer for dinner & shows in the evenings. There is usually one “formal” night (I’ve seen everything from ballgowns to dressier sundresses on this night!) as well.
Be sure to check with your travel agent if you have any questions about what is appropriate for your cruise.
Just keep in mind that you can’t wear swimsuits in the dining rooms!
Enjoy the Senses Spa on The Disney Dream
If there’s one favorite place for me on the ship, it’s the Disney Dream Senses Spa. I could not leave this out of my Disney cruise guide because it’s THAT important to relax while on the ship.
And there are options here for everyone. Yes, guys, even YOU will love visiting Senses on the Disney Dream!
From full-service salon services (think pedicures, manicures, shave services, hair cut and color) to spa treatments like massage and facials, you will find whatever you need at Senses.
I never miss a chance to get pampered and I adore hanging out on the heated deck chairs in the RainForest Room.
The Cost of a Disney Cruise
Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Well, I would never lie to you.
I’ve traveled a lot of places in the US and the Disney Cruise Line experience tops them all when it comes to pampering, luxury, and comfort.
And they’re a lot of fun, too!
But you know what they say…
And a dream vacation on the Disney Dream is not a super budget vacation.
Worth it, for sure, but it certainly is not one of the less expensive cruise options out there.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Disney Cruise Line is pretty much all-inclusive in price: you won’t pay for things like meals, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks or room service like other cruise ships. Keep that in mind when you are comparing the costs.
It might turn out that the Disney Cruise Line is the better option for you.
Money Savings Tips for the Disney Cruise Vacations
Disney cruise guide protip: book as soon as you can! In most cases, the prices of staterooms just go up over time as the ship fills up. Book early to save.
While on your cruise, consider booking a return vacation. You can put down a $250 placeholder for your next vacation and receive 10% off your sailing price!
You can also bring your own wine, beer, and champagne on board. If you drink, this might be a nice way to cut down on your bar costs.
If you are a drinker, you know that’s some good money savings right there!
No-Guilt Travel Agency Specializes in Disney Cruise Line
Need more reasons to cruise with Disney? If this Disney Cruise Guide wasn’t quite enough, please ask me all the questions in comments and I’ll help you decide if this is a trip you need to take.
I’m also the agency owner of No-Guilt Travel, a travel agency that specializes in Disney vacation planning.
So let me know if I can help your family sail away, runDisney, or head to Disneyland or Walt Disney World this year!
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for all your travel needs.
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)