Cruising On The Disney Dream
If the Disney Cruise Line would hire me as a sales rep right now, I would be their top producing sales person. I just returned from my first Disney Cruise and I can’t even begin to explain how much I absolutely loved the experience! There are so many activities and experiences on the Disney Dream to choose from!
Limiting this list to 10 favorite experiences was difficult, Ironically, prior to the Disney Cruise, there was a part of me that was a bit nervous about spending five days on the cruise. I thought I would get bored with just sitting around lounging by the pool all day. As it turns out, I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface on the activities available on the Disney Dream.
My time on the cruise was balanced somewhere between staying active and simply trying to relax and soak up all the sunshine, Disney magic and awesomeness that surrounded me.
Here’s my Top 10 Favorite Experiences On My Disney Cruise… (in somewhat of an order, but not really. lol)
The Best Activities On The Disney Dream
10) Sailing Away Party
A couple of hours after boarding the Disney Dream the first major event took place – the Sailing Away Party! And what an amazing way to begin the cruise it was!!
It was such a thrill knowing that my first Disney Cruise had officially started! One of the pools magically disappeared from the deck and turned into one big dance floor. There was a show that introduced several of the crew members, the music was upbeat, families were dancing together and the overall excitement of sailing away was such a thrill.
I literally got chills as I heard the ship’s horn blow and in true Disney Magic form, it played a few bars of familiar Disney tunes. The sailing away party was one of my favorite parts of the cruise simply because it started out such an amazing cruise!
If you’re sailing on the Disney Dream, you definitely do not want to miss this! This is the moment you realize you are about to embark on the Disney Dream!!
9) The Subtle Disney Touches
I loved just walking around and exploring the Disney Dream. The ship is beautiful!!
If you know me at all, you know I love all things Disney, especially the theming and the subtle ways Disney incorporates the characters, the Pixie Dust and the Disney brand.
In my opinion, the Disney Cruise Line takes the theming and the way it incorporates the characters up a notch. It’s not just the architectural theming, but the overall experience of everything around you.
One of the fun touches for me: I had just bought some popcorn before watching “Mary Poppins Returns” and as I was talking with the crew member, I notice my popcorn bucket move from my left and then it reappeared on my right.
When I turned around to see what just happened, it was Peter Pan having some fun messing with me! I know it may not seem like much, but that kind of character interaction happened throughout the cruise!
The architectural and design of the ship, the decor, the pixie dust, the Hidden Mickey’s…. it all just blew me away!
8) Pirates Night & Fireworks
When returning from our day at Castaway Cay, I came back to find Pirate Bandanas in my room. Why? Because it was Pirates Night on the cruise!
Families dressed up in such fun ways! Some totally matching, some in full out costumes. This kind of reminded me of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in a sense because some families went all out while others just observed.
There was a deck show, dancing and the Pirates Night concluded with a fireworks and dessert party! …which brings me to the food!!
Food On The Disney Dream
7) The Delicious Food & Dining Experiences
The food is outstanding on the Disney Dream!!
Each night I rotated to one of the nice sit down restaurants for a unique and fun experience. The theming of the restaurants on the Disney Dream was so fun and whimsical and the quality of the food was impressive!
Let’s just say I had my fair share of steak, ribeye, prime rib and pork loin during the week! Because I eat a keto diet, my meals were strictly keto (low carb).
However, I did allow myself a “cheat week” and took advantage of various desserts, ice cream, popcorn, snacks, chocolates, fruits and salads that I would not typically consume.
The ribeye and ribs I ate (fresh off the grill) at Castaway Cay were some of the best I have ever eaten. …and trust me, I know my steak and ribs! And I may, or may not have, gone to lunch twice while at Castaway Cay…..
Each morning I had breakfast at a different location (other than going to Cabanas Twice).
For lunch I typically ate at Cabanas (the buffet one floor up from me that had everything from seafood, to steaks, to salads, to fruits and veggies). They also had a ton of desserts, though I never got any for lunch).
Dinner was rotated amongst three restaurants on the Disney Dream so I made the scheduled rotation, other than eating elsewhere on the second night I was scheduled for The Royal Palace.
And Room Service…. it was too convenient not to take advantage of!
Other than the popcorn I had at the movies, all food was included.
For The Love Of Disney World
6) Beauty & The Beast
I started to lump this into the category of “Entertainment & Shows” but this one particular show stood out amongst the rest.
Beauty and the Beast is a live musical that truly was broadway quality. It’s Disney, and Disney knows how to do entertainment! The stage show used props and technology in a way I had never seen before and kept me fully engaged. The music was breathtaking. This show was simply amazing!!
I may have shed a tear or two….
There was entertainment galore on this ship. While other cruise ships have large areas for casinos and more staterooms, Disney seemed to put their energy toward creating world class entertainment options.
I saw two magic shows, 3 musicals, karaoke, 2 currently running movies, a comedian (though I don’t think it was a comedy show), a few dance parties, a couple of game show type entertainment offerings and a fireworks show.
I was well entertained – and missed several other options for lack of time! There’s seriously so many entertainment options on a Disney Cruise.
5) Sitting On The Verandah of my Stateroom
When I booked my Disney Cruise, I was determined to get a room with a balcony. Each night I slept with the door opened so I could hear the waves and the sound of water against the ship – it’s one of my favorite sounds. (Yes, I have a favorite sound, don’t you?)
It was completely relaxing sitting out on the balcony and simply being present in the moment. I’d enjoy some room service, journal some, just sit and watch the waves go by. My time on the verandah was completely amazing and peaceful….even during the one storm we went through.
Personally, I love a good thunder and lightning storm, and I got to experience one up close and personal in the middle of the ocean! The captain warned us that we were going to go through a storm and to get off of the top deck, so I went to my private balcony and enjoyed it!
Enjoy a little video from the storm…
4) VIP Spa Experience
On the first day of the cruise as I was out exploring ran across the Senses Spa. It was during their open house, so they were giving tours and doing a giveaway. They offer some first day upgrades for booking on the first day.
Before the cruise I had decided to get a massage, so I ended up with 30 extra minutes and added on a facial. I’ve never had a professional facial before, and wanted the experience.
They were also offering unlimited use of the Spa and a special area that included a steam room, rain forest showers, a private hot tub and hot stone chairs – all for $99. So I signed up and took advantage of this area every single day!
The steam room, combined with the showers (they had different shower settings that simulated different rain forest and rain experiences from places around the world) left me feeling completely at ease. It may be the best $99 I’ve ever spent!
The two hour massage and facial basically made me feel like a noodle!
Disney Cruise Line’s Private Island – Castaway Cay
3) Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island
I could not snap a picture that displayed how beautiful this island is. It’s Disney and everything at Castaway Cay is pristine, themed and serves a purpose.
The water is the prettiest turquoise you can imagine! It is super clear and the beaches are beautiful white sand. I was at the Adults only beach and it didn’t feel crowded or even busy.
As mentioned above, the food was delicious! There are three main picnic areas and several bar locations. Live entertainment included cover songs of some of my favorite beach music.
I’d seriously be happy to take a Disney Cruise and just go to Castaway Cay for a week!
Other than doing the Castaway Cay 5k, I pretty much sat at the beach and the bar area (after getting too much sun) just listening to the live music and enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
2) The Service on The Disney Dream
I’ll be the first to admit it, I like to experience the finer things in life. I’ve been blessed enough to stay at the Ritz Carlton’s, Waldorf Astoria’s and Four Seasons of the world. And now I’m adding The Disney Dream to that list.
The service was superb!
Even before they announced my name boarding the ship, the pre-cruise experience was incredible. Boarding the ship was a breeze and not long after entering my stateroom, there was a knock on the door.
It was my stateroom host – he knew my name, some things about me and welcomed me and shared details of the upcoming Sailing Away Party, details of dinner that night and even some tips for navigating the ship.
When Rajan would see me throughout the trip, he’d always ask about my experiences and adventures, always remembering what I had done and what I had scheduled. He made towel art, left me chocolates on my pillow at the turn down service and cleaned my room twice daily.
Every single crew member was helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, inquisitive and made an effort to ensure I was having the trip of a lifetime.
On a Disney Cruise, your server at dinner travels with you as you dine in the various restaurants. After asking for extra lemon and extra ice on the first night, each consecutive night lemon and extra ice was waiting for me when I was seated. It’s the little things!
The service in the Spa blew my mind. Even room service found a way to make that experience incredible.
To say the least, they spoiled me silly on the Disney Dream
1 ) Castaway Cay 5k
I went on a Disney Cruise and I came back with a souvenir – a medal from my first 5k!
The 5k gave me the opportunity to get my steps in, explore Castaway Cay, meet some great people and experience beautiful tropical day.
While many others ran it, I walked it. I typically walk about 5 miles each day, so the 3.1 miles was not a challenge, but it was just cool to do something I’ve wanted to do for years.
It was just awesome to see families out running and walking it together, people of all shapes and sizes and, of course, people out doing the 5k in Mickey ears!
Activities On A Disney Cruise
So I went on the cruise wondering if I would get a little bored but quickly found out that there were more activities and options than I could possible do.
The entire Disney Cruise was amazing!! It will not be my last Disney Cruise and next time, I’m booking a longer cruise for sure. I’m ready to add to my list of favorite experiences onboard a Disney Cruise.
Until next time, Bon Voyage!