Disney Dream Cruise
So a few days ago I arrived back from my first Disney Cruise. I had very high expectations for this one and I have to say that Disney didn’t disappoint. The only thing I wish is that we had a bit longer on the Cruise to get a real feel for the ship and how the Cruise Line runs. We went on a 3 night Cruise which we tagged on to the end of our holiday at Disney World. While I would like to have cruised for longer, it was just the right amount of time to relax after all the hustle of the parks for 10 days.
So this is part one of my Disney Cruise Line posts. I took so many pictures and videos and there was so much to see and do that I thought I would spread it out over a few posts, going more in-depth with some of the restaurants and aspects of the cruise. Also looking more closely at Castaway Cay, where we had the most amazing day. So this blog post will be a quick overview of our short trip away on the Disney Dream.
Day 1: Embarkation
We were staying at Old Key West in Disney World, so I booked the holiday and the Cruise as a package. When I booked they gave me the option to book transfers for the cruise for a really low price so I booked it all in one. The day before we were due to leave, a letter was delivered to our room telling us what time we would need to be in reception to be collected by the Disney Cruise Line Bus. We were on the later bus, which worked really well for us, as it meant we had time to go to one final park in the morning after we had checked out and then we were back in time to be picked up at 12.15.
The Journey to the port was about an hour stopping at one other hotel, then it was straight through to check in. Disney has their own Cruise terminal, so as all the staff work for Disney, it all runs really smoothly and was probably among some of the easiest check-ins I’ve has on a cruise. You go through security as soon as you step into the building which seems to make everything a lot quicker, then you just walk straight up to a queue and wait to be seen by someone. It moved really quickly and I would say we didn’t wait more than about 5 minutes. Then we signed a few things, had our photos taken and then gave us our Key to the World Cards and we were off to board the ship. No waiting around at all.
Day 2: Nassau, Bahamas
After we had boarded the Ship and set sail, we arrived the next morning in Nassau. I really wasn’t sure if we were actually going to get off the ship and visit the port. I had read loads of things before we left from people saying not to bother visiting as it isn’t very nice and it’s not worth leaving the ship for, we were really undecided. The night before we went to dinner and met the people we would be sitting with for the next 3 nights, all of whom had visited before and said they wouldn’t be getting off the ship. They advised us not to get off. As really the only thing we would be doing was trying to find wifi, we thought that actually we would stay on and enjoy the ship. As we were sailing for such a short time, and we didn’t have a sea day (which I love) we thought we would make this our own sea day. We had such a nice relaxing time, enjoying the weather and getting to explore the ship.
Day 3: Castaway Cay
So day 3 was time for Castaway Cay. This was the one I had been waiting for, getting to visit Disney’s own private island. I loved it and we had the best day. It was exactly what I had imagined it would be. Disney has created a Caribbean Island and it’s amazing. We spent the majority of the day at Serenity Bay the adults only area and beach and it was so nice, and the weather was amazing. Keep following my blog to see my post on Castaway Cay.
Day 4: Disembarkation
This was different to anything I had previously experienced. We weren’t given a time that we needed to leave the ship, just received instructions stating that buses just keep running back and forth to the airport and that we must be off the ship by 9.15. As we weren’t flying until the evening we weren’t in any rush to hang around at the airport any longer than we needed to so we stayed on the ship as long as we could. Again it was all really easy. We disembarked when the announcement came for the final guests to leave the ship and you come off straight into the luggage area. You go to the sign with your designated Disney character on, this corresponds to the labels you put on the night before, then back through customs and that’s it.
Everything is really organised so well that it really was one of the easiest cruises I’ve been on and nothing more than I would expect from Disney. Excellent service and customer experience is their thing, and they definitely kept up with it at sea, as well as they do on land.
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