There’s just one person everyone wants to satisfy on a Disney cruise, and it’s not the captain. From the moment passengers board through a Mickey Mouse-shaped portal to be greeted by the world’s most famous rodent, there is no such thing as a doubt who’s the VIP on this ship.
The Disney Dream is one in every of 4 Disney ships, with a fifth due this summer. It’s modelled on transatlantic ocean liners of the Thirties, but its Art Deco elegance has a distinctly Disney twist. The ship’s horn blasts the primary seven notes of When You Wish Upon A Star before every announcement, and in addition marks our departure from Disney’s dedicated cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Just like the Disney theme parks, it’s a slick operation designed to charm the entire family. Plus, a cruise is the right technique to get well from rollercoaster fatigue and make the magic last slightly longer following a visit to Orlando’s Disney World, an hour away.
Siobhan Grogan boards Disney Dream, pictured, in Port Canaveral, Florida. ‘It’s modelled on transatlantic ocean liners of the Thirties,’ she reveals
Above is the Disney Dream atrium. The cruise liner is one in every of 4 Disney ships, with a fifth due this summer
Pictured is the highest deck of Disney Dream, boasting an enormous screen that shows non-stop Disney movies
‘A cruise is the right technique to get well from rollercoaster fatigue and make the magic last slightly longer following a visit to Orlando’s Disney World,’ says Siobhan. Above is the ship’s ‘Vibe’ teen club
Time at sea is centred across the top deck pool, with its all-you-can-eat ice-cream station, Goofy-themed mini golf course, lavish sweet shop and large screen showing non-stop Disney movies while parents sip well-deserved cocktails in peace.
The principal draw is an excellent ‘water coaster’ that whizzes riders through 765ft of tubes on an inflatable raft, including 13ft off the side of the ship and down a four-deck drop.
Nonetheless, the largest surprise is discovering that adults are usually not an after-thought, so it truly is possible to loosen up – glass of champagne in hand.
AquaDuck, pictured, is an excellent ‘water coaster’ that whizzes riders through 765ft of tubes on an inflatable raft
‘Adults are usually not an after-thought, so it truly is possible to loosen up,’ Siobhan says of the ship. Pictured is Disney Dream’s all-pink champagne bar
Pictured is the adults-only District Lounge. Adults on board can even bask in cognac-tastings and cabaret shows
Pictured is the adults-only Quiet Cove pool, which features plush sunloungers and a hot tub
The Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom on board. ‘Just like the Disney theme parks, it’s a slick operation designed to charm the entire family,’ Siobhan says of the ship
Pictured is the Roy O Disney Suite – one in every of two ‘royal suites’ on board. In line with Siobhan, the cruise liner’s Art Deco elegance has a ‘distinctly Disney twist’
There’s an adults-only pool with plush sunloungers and a hot tub, an all-pink champagne bar, a pub and nightclub, a spa and even cognac-tastings and cabaret shows.
Two fine-dining restaurants – Italian and French – are reserved for adults and would thrill any Michelin star-seeking foodie with exquisite plates of wagyu beef and lobster, impeccable white-gloved service and vintage wine lists.
Even with children in tow, the ship’s three other à la carte restaurants are surprisingly sophisticated – passengers are assigned the identical waiters wherever they eat, ensuring favourite drinks appear inside moments of being seated.
Above is the French-inspired Remy restaurant, where diners enjoy impeccable white-gloved service and vintage wine lists
Pictured is Palo – one in every of the ship’s fine-dining restaurants, which ‘would thrill any Michelin star-seeking foodie’
A seared tuna steak dish at Disney Dream’s Palo restaurant
Not surprisingly, it’s the entertainment that really brings Disney razzle-dazzle to this cruise, with exuberant dance parties under the celebs and West End-worthy shows.
With a lot to do on board, it’s telling that not all passengers decide to disembark at the primary port, Nassau within the Bahamas, where excursions include water-park trips, scuba-diving and glass-bottomed boat tours.
The second stop – Castaway Cay – is a unique story. Originally generally known as Gorda Cay, it was once a well-liked spot for pirates and smugglers.
Siobhan’s cruise docks at Nassau within the Bahamas (pictured), where excursions include water-park trips and scuba-diving
Above is Disney Dream docked at Castaway Cay. Originally generally known as Gorda Cay, the isle was transformed into Disney’s private island in 1998
In line with Siobhan, Mickey Mouse roams Castaway Cay in a vibrant Hawaiian-style shirt, as if checking every little thing is well with young (and old)
It was transformed into Disney’s private island in 1998 and used as a filming location for a number of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies.
It’s just three miles long, with three icing-sugar-white beaches. In true Disney fashion, every little thing has been considered: hammocks and umbrellas for lounging, loads of snorkel gear and bikes, a shaded toddler splash park and a teen hangout area. There’s also a tranquil adults-only beach.
A generous beach barbecue – with unlimited ice cream, after all – is included, while the island post office will send postcards back home with a prized Castaway Cay postmark.
Even Mickey himself roams the sands in a vibrant Hawaiian-style shirt, as if checking every little thing is well with young (and old).
Disney Cruise Line offers 4 nights on Disney Dream departing Southampton in 2023 from £851pp full-board, based on two adults and two children (aged three to nine) sharing a deluxe veranda stateroom (disneycruise.co.uk).