Disney Dream Review and Specifications
Specifications of Disney Dream
|Builder||MEYER WERFT PAPENBURG GERMANY|
|Year of built||2010|
|Gross Tonnage||129690 gt|
|Passengers||2500 - 3500|
|Decks with cabins||9|
Review of Disney Dream
Launched in 2011, Disney Dream is the first of the two biggest and newest Dream-class Disney ships, together with Disney Fantasy. The ship cost US $900 million to build and was last refurbished in 2015.
History - construction & ownership
Disney Cruise Line is a cruise operator, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Incorporated in 1996 as Magical Cruise Company Ltd., the company is domiciled in London, UK with operational headquarters in Celebration, Florida. Currently, Disney Cruise Line operates four ships: Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Disney Cruise Line also owns the private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, designed as an exclusive port of call for its ships. In 2012, it was estimated Disney Cruise Lines owns nearly 3% share of worldwide cruise market. Actually, Disney Cruise Line was created after in 1995 the Walt Disney Company commissioned Disney Wonder and Disney Magic from Fincantieri (Italy), ending the arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for its vacation packages' maritime segment. Disney had previously contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide cruises in the 1980s, also sailing out of Port Canaveral. The vessels were similarly marketed as family cruise vacations and featured costumed Disney Characters. The building of two new ships in Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany) was announced in 2007. Disney Dream set sail in January 2011; Disney Fantasy in 2012.
The 129,690-ton, 4,000-passenger cruise ship Disney Dream, just like all Disney cruising vessels, is fully devoted to providing the best sea vacation package experiences for mostly American and Canadian families with kids who love Mickey Mouse and princesses so very much. The Dream ship is no exception with its primary market being families with children (especially with kids younger than 8) – the major revenue provider for the unique Walt Disney cruise company. The ms Disney Dream ship class is almost 50% larger, 2-deck taller and with 44% bigger passenger capacity than the old Disney ships Magic and Wonder. The Disney Dream ship design is inspired by the classic ocean liners of the 1920’s, featuring a navy blue hull, 2 bright red funnels, elegant Art Deco decorations and some of the most innovative technologies and fun ideas at sea.
Concerning the innovative technologies on board, one of the best Disney cruise lines hits are:
- the 22 pieces of “Enchanted Art” adorning the walls of hallways – paintings and pictures that are actually framed LCD screens with a technology to recognize guests present and proceeding with one of several animations;
- wave phones in every stateroom (used to call or text other guests) and effectively replacing the old on-board beeper system (now the counselors’ messages come directly to the parents’ phones);
- the Magical Portholes on the walls of all Disney Dream Inside cabins (LED screens showing a real-time view of the ship).
The CLIENTELE consists almost entirely of North American travelers (USA and Canada). The new Disney Lines approach to teens and young couples (by age-related activities and limited access on-board venues) adds a really strong appeal for multi-generational cruisers.
The DRESS CODE is similar to that of the Disney luxury resorts – day casual and evening resort casual (men – jackets (no ties) and pants, women – summer dresses). All Disney Dream sailings include one pirate and one semi-formal night. On 3-day Disney Dream cruises one night is casual, 4-day sailings are with 2 casual evenings and on 5-day voyages 3 nights are casual.
Disney Dream TIPS (totaling US $12 PP per day) are given to waiters (including the assistant waiters) and to cabin attendants. Additionally, a 15% gratuity on all drinks is automatically charged to guests’s shipboard accounts.
Cruise itinerary program
Disney Dream itinerary program is based on 3- and 4-day short Bahamas roundtrip cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Feature port destination include the Disney Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
Most Disney Dream staterooms are 205-255-sq.foot Balcony rooms (861). There are a total of 1250 staterooms in 28 categories. The largest aboard Disney Dream are the Concierge Royal Suites (900 ft2, plus 885 ft2 balcony).
Disney Dream ship cabins are very well planned and equipped. Like on all Disney ships, Disney Dream staterooms are some of the industry’s largest standard cabins, most of them designed to easy accommodate four passengers. Some of the best Disney cabins features are the ample closet space, the normal sized living space and the split bathrooms (1 room with shower-small bathtub-sink and a separate toilet and sink). Beds on Dream are raised to allow storing 2 medium-sized suitcases underneath, staterooms also got 2 vanities, a 22″ flat TV, an iPod docking station and 2 rechargeable “Wave Phones” to be used ship-wide. The Disney Dream Inside cabins have a most innovative feature (and the industry’s first, for that matter) – the Magical Portholes, which are LCD screens (above the beds) in the shape of portholes, projecting a real-time view outside the ship (provided by cameras). Veranda cabins feature 2 chairs and a small table on the balcony. The Disney Dream suites. Concierge Suites and Concierge Family Cabins (Deck 11-12) are new for the line, offering direct access to the ship’s concierge facilities (1 small lounge, a private sun deck area with chairs, free food and drinks). Most of the 1-bedroom suites are with connecting doors (1 queen-bed, a sitting areas with a double convertible sofa, 1 pull-down bed in the living rooms, a walk-in closet, 2 bathrooms (one with a hot-tub). The largest Disney Dream stateroom, the Royal Suite, adds to all previously mentioned a living room, a wet bar, a kitchenette, media library and a Jacuzzi on the balcony.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
The Disney Dream three themed main restaurants are called “Animator’s Palate”, “Enchanted Garden” and “Royal Palace”. There are 2 adults-only specialty restaurants – “Remy” (named after the “Ratatouille” movie star, French cuisine) and “Palo” (Italian cuisine) as alternative dining options. The line’s Rotational Dining system allows you to rotate to each of the three main restaurants each night while your servers follow you. The Animator’s Palate has screens showing animated Disney characters and themes from “Finding Nemo” movie. The Enchanted Garden is a Versailles-inspired room, featuring lighting effects, transforming day into night. The Royal Palace is princesses-themed with numerous portraits of “Cinderella” and the “Sleeping Beauty” movie characters (even the bread baskets are shaped as the Cinderella’s coach). The food quality is very good, the service staff is amicable and timely.
The Remy specialty restaurant is a classy place to be on any special occasion, offering a marvelous French menu and charging serious prices – a service fee of $75 PP (reservations are required, along with the formal dress code), drinks and wine are additional. The Palo restaurant is an Italian (Mediterranean) eatery with $20 cover PP (serves dinner and on selected days – Champagne brunch). Superb fish and seafood entrees, a cold buffet (meats, cheese, shrimp, salads and desserts) and several hot made-to-order items. The “Cabanas” casual dining complex on Deck 11 has several food and drink stations for hot and cold buffet items (including made-to-order omelets and sandwiches). The “Flo’s Cafe” offers burgers, chicken fingers, wraps, pizza, salads.
Follows the complete list of Disney Dream restaurants and food bars.
- Enchanted Garden Restaurant (696-seat forward Dining Room, inspired by the gardens of Versailles; serves as buffet for breakfast and lunch, full service for dinner 5:45-8:15 p.m.)
- Royal Palace Restaurant (696-seat forward Dining Room, offers complimentary French cuisine; specialty coffees and drinks are extra)
- Animator’s Palate Restaurant (696- seat aft Dining Room, animator’s studio design, features favorite Disney-character dinner shows; serves complimentary drinks; Rotational Dining with two fixed Dinner seatings – at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.)
- Flo’s Cafe (quick service restaurant with 3 food stations: “Fillmore’s Favorites” (lite lunch, complimentary), “Tow Mater’s Grill” (burgers bar, complimentary) and “Luigi”s Pizza”)
- Cabanas (self service complimentary restaurant with American cuisine, pasta, sushi)
- Remy (reservations-only, adults-only French specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner; aft location, bookings via internet or on board)
- Palo (144-seat Italian specialty restaurant; adults-only, reservation-only; aft location; bookings via internet or on board).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
The Disney Dream kids cruise fun clubs are the main reason for the line’s high loyalty passengers ratio. Besides all the Disney characters and most innovative technologies and fun attractions on ships, the Disney children counselors are a pretty big reason many families to repeat their visits. Always smiling and friendly, they are hugely experienced, all college educated, attentive and downright. The Oceaneer’s “Club” and “Lab” facilities (ages 3-10) are connected, thus doubling the fun space. The “Oceaneer’s Club” features the “Andy’s Room” (with oversized Disney characters for kids to climb on) and the “Laugh Floor” (with its “laugh-o-meter” and Mike and Sully of “Monsters Inc”). The “Oceaneer’s Lab” is maritime themed, featuring an Animator’s Studio and a small Sound Studio. The new Disney approach allows all kids ages 3-10 to access the same clubs with separate rooms and age-related activities.
The Dream ship children club is called “Edge” (ages 11-13) properly secluded on Deck 13 in the funnel. Best attractions here are the 18 ft (5,5 m) tall LCD wall, the video karaoke and numerous interconnected PCs. The teen-only “Vibe” club (ages 14-17) is of 9,000 sq-ft (836 m2), with a fountain bar and its own sun deck and pools.
The list with adults-only entertainment venues includes a dozen different lounges and bars (cocktail places), like the “Pink’s Champagne Bar”, the “687” sports bar, the “Evolution” night club, the top-deck “Meridien” wine bar (between Palo and Remy). Public spaces are decorated in deep blue and red, with numerous “Mickeys” just about everywhere (cabin, artwork, dinnerware, railings). One of the ship’s most memorable places is the 3-deck high Atrium lobby with its golden hue, the wide royalty-style winding staircase and the Donald Duck bronze statue. The Dream Atrium is a hub area connecting restaurants, theaters and shops. You may check emails in the Internet cafe, but there’s also a Wi-Fi coverage throughout the ship. Like all Disney ships, Dream has no casino.
- Fun activities on board
All Disney stage shows feature intricate sets and Disney themed captivating performances, and the big place for grand entertainment is the Disney Theater with goldies like the “Golden Mickeys” and “Villains Tonight”, new amazing stage productions, like the “Disney’s Believe” (directed by Gordon Greenberg) and all the best Disney movies in 3D. The themed Disney characterson-board have always been the greatest sensation of all, and there are countless opportunities to meet and greet Mickey and company around the ship – in contrast to Disneyland, here they all are accessible and will always stop for a hug and a photo with you. Another big success is the “Pirates in the Caribbean” kids party divided in two programs – the sing-along called “Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean” followed by the “Club Pirate” (with many special effects) and great Disney fireworks between the shows.
- SPA and FITNESS, pools, waterslide, technology
The “Senses” Spa&Salon offers all the usual treatments (haircuts, manicures) and more exotic choices (hot-stone massages, mud baths). The “Chill” is a teen-only Spa within the facility. The Fitness Center along with the usual equipment offers at additional fee Yoga and Pilates classes. The Sports Deck has a small sports court, a mini-golf course, Ping-Pong tables, a walking/jogging track.
The pool deck has a large area for family fun water activities, featuring 2 hot tubs and 2 kids pools – “Donald’s” (5 ft deep) and “Mickey’s” (with a spiral slide). A big attraction here is the big LED screen mounted on the funnel. There’s a toddler splash area (Nemo themed) located in the center on Deck 11 with huge glass panes for parents to monitor their kids.
The AquaDuck waterslide - the ever first water-coaster at sea is located atop the ship, featuring a 765 ft (233 m) long 4-decks high transparent tube, reaching the incredible 150 ft (46 m) above the ocean (there’s a 42″ (107 cm) height requirement). The “Nemo’s Reef” is a small kids waterpark. And while speaking of water and pools – the adults only “Quiet Cove” pool area is a great place to hide from all the little angels and devils around the ship.
Follows the complete list of Disney Dream lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Walt Disney Dream Theatre (1340-seat, offers live shows, aerial acrobatics performances, grand-style productions, 3D movies; with two evening shows – at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)
- Dream’s Atrium (3-deck high central ship area, featuring marble-carpet flooring, grand staircase and panoramic glass elevators)
- Mickey’s Mainsail (Disney brand logo shop for postcards, souvenirs, DVDs, toys, clothes, games)
- Sea Treasures (duty-free crystal, brand jewelry, watches, precious stones, Disney merchandise, underwear, sport and swimming apparel)
- Whitecaps (duty free brand jewelry, perfumes, liquor and tobaccos)
- Bon Voyage Bar (adults-only, serving wine, beer and cocktails)
- Buena Vista Theatre (399-seat 4D cinema, features 3D movies, Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby 3D movie technology)
- Preludes Bar (quick wait-service snacks & beverages bar)
- Shutters Photo Shop (photo packages, accessories, photographic services)
- Vista Cafe (atrium bar for specialty coffees and teas, dinner cocktails, complimentary snacks and pastries; Wi-Fi spot)
- D Lounge Bar & Nightclub; Evolution Disco & Nightclub; Vista Gallery
- The District (adults only area including the District Lounge, Evolution night club, Pink Champagne Bar, 687 Sports Bar, Skyline Bar)
- Pink (adults-only champagne bar; chocolate and alcohol tasting classes)
- Skyline Lounge (adults only cocktails bar, with glass walls and 7 LED screens)
- Vibe Disco & Club Lounge (teens only)
- It’s A Small World Nursery (for 3 months to 3 yo infants and toddlers; reservations required)
- Dream’s Oceaneer Club (kids 3-12 yo; with four play areas with themes from Disney films); Dream’s Oceaneer Lab (play area for kids 3-12 yo)
- Senses Spa & Fitness Complex (with 17 treatment rooms; 1 Whirlpool; “Rainforest Room”; “Relax Room”; Fitness Centre /health and wellbeing seminars; Beauty Salon)
- Luxurious Spa Villas (two private suites with own hot tub, private verandah, Roman bed with canopy, open air shower)
- Quiet Cove Pool (adults only pool, served by Cove Bar; with 2 Whirlpools)
- Chill Spa (teens only spa with separate relaxation area and treatment rooms)
- Cove Cafe (adult-only, with big TV screen; Wi-Fi spot)
- Eye Scream Treats Bar (complimentary ice cream, poolside)
- Frozone Treats (iced fruit smoothies bar, poolside)
- Whozits & Whatzits (pool shop for AquaDuck related stuff)
- Donald’s Pool; Mickey’s Pool
- Nemo’s Reef (waterplay kids zone; features characters meetings and greetings)
- Arr-cade (kids/teens video games arcade)
- Waves Bar (family poolside bar)
- Meridian Lounge & Bar (adults-only venue for dinner cocktails)
- Currents Bar (outdoor bar for cold drinks, refreshments, cocktails)
- Edge Lounge (11-14 yo teens-only club area, with a giant video wall, interactive games, Internet)
- Goofy’s Sports Deck (Walking Track, Jogging Track, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Virtual sport games simulators, combined sports court, Ping Pong/Foosball tables)
- Radio Studio (live radio programs for Disney Dream itinerary related news and onboard events)
- Outlook Bar (retreat area with piano and full bar; hosts weddings receptions).
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Disney Dream Itineraries 2016
The below listed Disney Dream cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Disney Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
Disney Dream Itineraries 2017
The below listed Disney Dream cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Disney Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.