We were fortunate enough to sail on the Disney Dream the week of Thanksgiving with my extended family. There were 16 of us total, nine of whom were adults and then seven kids between 15 months and 10 years old. Disney truly does an excellent job of making sure there is something for every age group on the boat. Between deck parties, the kid zone, adults-only pools and bars (my personal favorite), restaurants, and entertainment you could make your trip as scheduled or as relaxed as you wanted. I’m sharing Disney Cruise tips and tricks with details on the ports, food, entertainment, and more!
We docked in Nassau one day and Castaway Cay another. My husband and I had been to Nassau before and didn’t schedule any excursions, so we hung out on the boat and relaxed. A lot of people did disembark in Nassau so the boat was a little quieter that day which was nice. We did disembark at Castaway Cay and spent Thanksgiving day lounging on the beach. They had a ton of chaise lounge chairs and regular beach chairs set up to use free of charge and the buffet on the island was also included. They have an adults only beach, but we wanted to spend time with my family and their kids, so we stuck to the regular beach and had a blast. There is a lot of space, so we didn’t feel crowded at all.
All of the meals were excellent. We all met for the breakfast buffet each morning, often did lunch on our own, and then met back up for dinner. You were given one of two dinner times and a dinner table number at the beginning of the trip and a restaurant assignment for each night. Your waitstaff traveled with you among all three restaurants which was great and they organized it so that all 16 of us had plenty of room at the table. I’ve been on cruises before, but this was my first Disney cruise and the first time I had experienced dinner with this kind of structure. We really got to know our head and assistant server very well, which made our dining experience that much more pleasant. The food was delicious and they had themed cocktails each night, which I was of course on board for (pun intended).
We went to the shows the first two nights, one was a live action display of Disney through the ages and the other was a magic show. I LOVE MAGIC! Mike Super put on a great show. They had different musicians playing throughout the boat, especially in the evening, which we enjoyed a great deal. We also spent a lot of time in the back of the boat where there were a collection of bars. My husband was partial to the Irish pub, while I loved the Champagne bar. There was definitely something for everyone.
I would 100% recommend a Disney cruise. We had a room with a veranda which included a queen size bed and a pull out couch. We spent each night sitting out on the veranda looking for shooting stars. Even though we were there without kids we still really enjoyed ourselves. They spread activities and character meetings throughout the ship to try to disperse people as much as possible. Plus, when we needed a break from ice cream faced, Mickey-crazed kids we escaped to the adults only bar for an hour and re-grouped.
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