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Hi, I’m Anne.

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Disney Dream- Cruise Ship Tour

Disney Dream- Cruise Ship Tour

One of my favorite things to do as a travel agent is site visits. Cruise lines, resorts, and tour groups invite travel agents to see their products up close. They tour the facilities, check out the amenities, and taste the food. Here is my time aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship.

First up, I toured a few of th staterooms. Overall, Disney staterooms run a bit bigger than the average cruise line. You can even sleep three people in this interior stateroom. The bathrooms on board are also a great perk. The majority of the staterooms have split bathrooms. A split bathroom means there essentially two bathrooms , one has a sink and toilet, and the other has a sink and tub/shower.

Interior stateroom with magical porthole

Interior stateroom with magical porthole

Verandah stateroom

Verandah stateroom

There are plenty of children activities. Disney’s Oceaneer Club has character-driven performances, special storytelling sessions, larger-than-life play areas, dress-up opportunities and cool interactive activities. Toys and games, an open seating area for arts and crafts, and ongoing Disney movies mean there’s never a dull moment. Children 3 to 12 years old can interact with Disney characters—and each other—as they explore multi-themed magical lands. On select days, children are welcome to enjoy lunch and dinner at Disney’s Oceaneer Club. This gives parents plenty of time to spend relaxing on their own. Outside the pool area is the Finding Nemo splash pad for the non swimmers on board.

Toy Story room in the Oceaneer Club

Toy Story room in the Oceaneer Club

Finding Nemo splash pad

Finding Nemo splash pad

While dining aboard Disney cruise line, guests rotate through each maini dining room. This gives everyone a chance to dine in the Enchanted Garden. The restaurant has custom-glass flower lights, white trellises, ornamental posts and—at the center—a delightful 7-foot tall cascading fountain featuring a fanciful stone cherub Mickey Mouse. During the course of your dinner, the restaurant's sweeping ceiling changes from a brilliant blue daytime color into the golden red of a setting sun, transforming finally into a captivating nighttime constellation of twinkling stars. Additionally, flower light fixtures "bloom" and become bathed in color, decorative wall sconces fall away to become folding fans, wall paintings project a dusky illumination and the centerpiece fountain is flooded with shimmering light. Magical is an understatement.

The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden

A not to miss add on option is brunch at Palo. Palo is a specialty dining area for adults only. There is an additional cost but it is well worth it. I recommend you make reservations for brunch during a sea day to ensure you don’t miss one of the main dining room experiences. The seafood options are outstanding!

Speciality Dining Palo

Speciality Dining Palo

The Senses Spa & Salon provides tranquility, pampering and relaxation with a multitude of spa and beauty treatments. This pristine setting features rainforest-themed aromatherapy steam rooms, a dry sauna fashioned after a Roman bath, private luxury villas and so much more. A day pass is very reasonable and worth it to experience the amenities.

Thermal chairs

Thermal chairs

Spa chairs

Spa chairs

What’s else is included in your cruise:

  • Enchanting Entertainment: Delight in Broadway-caliber musicals, lively deck parties and fireworks at sea (fireworks on most cruises).

  • Disney’s Private Island: Relax in paradise with beach chairs, umbrellas, waterslides and a buffet lunch (on most Bahamian and Caribbean cruises).

  • Nightclubs & Lounges: Discover adults-only areas that include a variety of bars and pubs.

  • Pools & Recreation: Splash it up in freshwater pools and waterslides at sea.

Now is the time to start thinking about giving your loved ones the gift of Disney. I have countless Disney World and Disney Cruises booked for next year that will be given as gifts on Christmas day. I can’t wait to see the photos and videos on Christmas morning! Gifts lose their shine quickly, but memories last a lifetime.

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