The whole world was biting at the bit to experience Disney’s newest cruise ship the “Dream” when it launched on its inaugural cruise on January 19 of last year. This first of Disney’s two new ships was everything and more you could expect from Disney. And its sister ship, the Fantasy which made its first voyage on March 25 of this year had the same electrifying impact as well. The Fantasy, which weighs in about 130,000 gross tons, was completed in the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Both ships take their design style from past classic liners as the Queen Elizabeth and the Normandie, both from the golden age of cruise ships. I was on the Disney Dream’s inaugural three day cruise last year as a member of the media. But three days is woefully short to take in these beautiful floating palaces. The amenities aboard both ships are too numerous to discuss on that short time span. This ship is just beautifully detailed and themed in the turn-of-the-century art nouveau style. There are stunning tile and mosaic murals all around, even on the elevator floors. Many guests in their scurrying around, miss out on some of these stunning details. The art work and attention to the smallest item are what makes these new ships amazing. My wife and I decided to take a week’s cruise on the Fantasy to enjoy and report on what you can expect when you cruise with Disney. My wife and I are very qualified in this area, this having been our 36th total cruise and the 7th with Disney. We have cruised most major lines and have been everywhere from Hawaii, Bahamas, Bermuda and points in-between. We know what makes a great cruise, and what does not. But this is a review of the Fantasy, not our vacation. Since there is so much offered here, I have decided to cover one subject at a time so you can appreciate just what a “Magical” adventure is in store…
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When you book your magical vacation aboard the Disney Dream, you may want to also consider purchasing access to the ship’s wireless Internet. This is a great way to stay connected to your friends and family during your vacation!
To get connected, here are the steps:
1. Purchase a wireless plan that meets your needs:
- Plan 1 – 50 minutes for $27.50
- Plan 2 – 100 minutes for $40
- Plan 3 – 250 minutes for $75
- Per minute – $.75
I recently returned from sailing on my first cruise which was on board the Disney Dream and I thought I would share a little bit of my experience. I previously wrote an article, which discussed my excitement and some anxiety since I had never sailed before and didn’t know quite what to expect.
Walking on board the boat was literally a dream come true to me. Prior to arrival, I had looked at countless brochures and had done so much research regarding the Disney Dream. It seemed almost surreal to actually walk on board as they called our family’s name and see everything in person. I will admit, I got a little teary the same way I get every time I set foot on Main Street USA.
Hi everyone! Trip reporting is so much FUN-I have TONS to tell you about from our October land/sea trip to WDW and the Disney Dream. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must tell you that I had never cruised before, so we were fortunate to have our first cruise experience with what can only be described as the Rolls-Royce of the cruise industry, Disney Cruise Line. After our 3 night cruise on the Disney Dream, I can say unequivocally that it was AMAZING! The food…the service…the smorgasbord of endless kids’ activities! Seriously, if your kids don’t have fun on a Disney cruise, then they are downright unsatisfiable. I have finally got my sea legs back, but I truly wish I was still enjoying all that the Dream has to offer. Oh well, a girl can DREAM…
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Well, the big day is almost here. I’ve been counting down for what feels like months and I am now officially one week away from setting sail on the Disney Dream. This isn’t just my first cruise on the Disney Cruise Line, it’s my first cruise…ever. I’m filled with excitement and to be quite frank, nervousness. You see, I am prone to getting motion sickness. I’ve always wanted to do a cruise but my fear of being out in the middle of the deep blue sea and getting sea sick has always gotten the best of me. Honestly, I think I would be perfectly content just getting on the boat and staying right there at the port. But since I am a Disney Destination Planner now, I decided I needed to experience sailing on the Disney Cruise Line at least once in order to be able to sell it to the best of my ability. Rough job, I know but someone’s got to do it.
In March 2011, my family boarded the Disney Dream. It was a wonderful experience, and the ship had a great deal to offer its passengers. One thing that I did not experience while I was aboard, that I really wish I had, was their room service! The services are free before considering the costs of the tips. However, you can choose from a wide range of items to be brought right to your door! Here are a few of the offerings they included for their breakfast room services:
As you may recall, last week I discussed our state room aboard the Disney Dream and how nice our space was in the inside state room. When planning to go aboard the Disney Dream, my son and I had done a bit of research by looking at much of the data on the Disney Cruise Line’s site. During our research, I had found that there would be no irons in the room. Therefore, when packing, I was sure to pack clothes that would not wrinkle or would fold in such a way that the item would look wearable without actual use of an iron. For whatever reason, this proved to be a real challenge.
Hey, everyone! It’s time for another month of accomplishments and/or milestones from some Neurotic Disney People in the Disney Driven Community!
NDW #20, Sarah M. in CT signed off on her contract to become a new DVC Member!
NDD #40, Marc L. in NY went on his first Disney Cruise!
NDH #8 and NDW #15, Cory & Tiffini H. in TN are having a baby!!
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Aboard the Disney Dream, my family stayed in an inside state room. We were very excited to see our room aboard the Disney Dream! I had reviewed the information carefully, including the blue prints of the room and available photos. I was so ready to see it in person! Of course, the Dream was only a bit over a month old, meaning the room would be extremely clean!
When we walked in the room, I was greatly pleased with all of the furnishings. The walls were wood paneling, making the space feel warm and inviting. The bed was white with a blue throw draped over the side. The throw and the red pillow atop the bed were adorned with the Disney cruise emblems. The bed was a queen-sized bed and included side tables and overhead lamps. Beside each side of the bed were light switches for the bedside lamps. Also on one side of the bed was a switch for the virtual porthole. I flipped on the switch and impatiently waited to see the virtual porthole appear. We saw a view of Port Canaveral from a camera located along the outside of the Dream. We kept the porthole “on” during the day and “off” when going to sleep. The visual helped us to see when we were at port or away at sea. We only saw a few characters, as they appear only a few times an hour.
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So this October my family is going to experience one of the biggest ways to show your Disney addiction—my little sister will be having a Disney wedding. That’s right, folks, the tons (and tons) of Disney movies, toys, plushes, memorabilia, trips, etc. do not compare to the neurotic Disney-ness that comes with having a Disney wedding. Well, this great family event leads to my own craziness—my seven month booking window for DVC is approaching!
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Recently the Disney Cruise Line christened their brand new cruise ship, and it looks amazing. We have not been on it yet, but we aspire to go on it. We have had the opportunity to take a seven day cruise on the Disney Magic. Before we had kids and became Neurotic Disney Fans, Rachel and I were cruisers but never a Disney Cruiser. Well, then the kids came. We wanted to take a cruise, but we had to wait until they were old enough so we could throw them in the kids club and go off and have fun ourselves.
In Part Two of the Disney Dream Cruise Preview, we talked about food, but what about entertainment? Disney again is the leader. There’s a place for every age group. On board, Disney has the most comprehensive child-care venue on the high seas. For infants and toddlers, parents can drop their kids off at It’s a Small World Nursery where experienced counselors will keep the little ones happy while mom and dad grab some adult time. You can even check on the children through a one-way mirror. For kids aged 3 to 10, The Oceaneers Club is the place. They have a 103 inch plasma screen for watching movies, a magic play floor, and Andy’s Room where the Toy Story films come to life. In addition, kids can play in Pixie Hollow, Monster’s Academy, and the Explorer Pod. All of these areas can be found on deck 5, midship.
The long-anticipated wait is over! After over a year of watching the building process, we finally are able to see the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Dream, in its full glory!
The Disney Dream was constructed in Germany and after its unveiling, sailed to Port Canaveral where it made its debut on January 4. The first sailing was with cast members only and the second sailing was the christening and Media Cruise. There was also a special trip for travel agents so that they were better equipped to book a trip on the cruise. After all of these “test cruises,” the first one for the public, the inaugural cruise, began on January 26.
From the moment Disney announced it was adding two new cruise ships to its line, there has been nothing but talk and speculation about what these new ships would look like, what new amenities they would have, and what major differences there would be over the Disney Magic and Wonder. All the questions are finally answered because on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, the newest addition to the Disney fleet, The Disney Dream, had its Christening Event and Cruise here at Port Canaveral.
This was perhaps the biggest press event since the Year of a Million Dreams, and Disney pulled out all the stops to ensure it was a memorable occasion. But in order to begin reporting on all the events and fanfare that occurred over the three day cruise, we have to start at the beginning. This Christening event began on Tuesday afternoon when members of the media began gathering at select Disney resorts for a very important media briefing held in Mickey’s PhilharMagic auditorium. In addition to the new Disney Dream, the press was made aware of many other projects in the works for Walt Disney World. In Paris, Toy Story Playland opened in Walt Disney Studios Park, and In California Adventure, the World of Color debuted. In 2012, Cars land, from Disney-Pixar’s Cars will open, and of course there’s the new Disney Vacation Club in Hawaii.
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