A Disney Dream Vacation

The Disney Dream was the third cruise ship to join the Disney Cruise Line. The Dream currently sails itineraries to the Bahamas of 3, 4, or 5 days...and Disney Cruise Line has recently released a great deal for cruises between August 25 and September 26 of 2013!

Disney Dream

This post will give you some great information about the Disney Dream, plus how to take advantage of these great deals!

The construction of the Dream began in March of 2009. Designed to reflect the golden age of cruising in the 1930s, the ship arrived in her home port of Cape Canaveral, Florida in January of 2011, and sailed her maiden voyage on January 26, 2011.

The ship's fourteen decks include 1,250 staterooms to accommodate up to 4,000 passengers, with 1,458 Crew Members to help make each guest's voyage a magical one. Onboard, passengers can take advantage of youth activities, dining, entertainment, nightclubs, pools, and spa/fitness services.

Accommodations on the Dream include staterooms and suites to accommodate up to 7 people. Stateroom options include standard inside staterooms (184 square feet), deluxe inside or oceanview staterooms (214 suare feet), and deluxe oceanview staterooms with navigator's verandah or verandah (268 square feet including verandah); all of these accommodate 3 or 4 guests. The largest stateroom available is the deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah (304 square feet including verandah), which accommodates 4 or 5 guests. Concierge suite options with verandah include: 1-bedroom suites (614 square feet including verandah) that accommodate 4 or 5 guests, and 2-bedroom suites (945 square feet including verandah) and royal suites (1,029 square feet including verandah) that each accommodate up to 7 guests.

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

A variety of Youth Clubs for ages 3 months to 14 years can be found on Deck 5 of the Dream. It's a Small World Nursery provides childcare for children from 3 months to 3 years old, for a reasonable babysitting fee, and recommendations are highly recommended, as space can fill up quickly.

Disney's Oceaneer Club (activity center) and Oceaneer Lab (play space) are designed for children from 3 to 12 years old. The Oceaneer Club and Lab are included amenities, and children may also eat lunch or dinner in these clubs. Children with special needs are welcome in the nursery or Oceaneer clubs; however, advanced notice is suggested in order to better serve the children.

Oceaneer Club
There are even special areas for "tweens" and teens. Vibe is an indoor/outdoor lounge specially designed for teens ages 14-17 years old, also found on Deck 5. A loft-style lounge is located on Deck 13, specially designed for "tweens" ages 11-14.

Other specified family and/or youth areas on Decks 4, 11, and 13 of the Dream. A family nightclub called D Lounge is located on Deck 4, while the video Arr-cade is located on Deck 11.

Dining on the Disney Dream includes 4 Main Dining restaurants, which guests visit on a rotational dinner schedule to offer a variety of opportunities. These 4 restaurants are: Animator's Palette (where animated drawings come to life), and Cabanas, Enchanted Garden, and Royal Palace (all of which also serve breakfast and lunch). In addition, there are two Adults Exclusive restaurants: Palo (serving Northern Italian cuisine for brunch and dinner) and Remy (serving French cuisine for dinner). The Adults Exclusive restaurants must be reserved in advance for an extra fee.

Royal Palace Restaurant

There are a variety of entertainment opportunities onboard the Dream. Live shows, including musical productions, are performed in the Walt Disney Theatre on Decks 3 and 4. First-run movies and digital 3-D films are shown in the Buena Vista Theatre, located on Decks 4 and 5. In addition, Disney characters can be found onboard for a scheduled and surprise visits.

There are a variety of nightclubs and lounges on the ship. Most of these are located on Deck 4: 687 (a contemporary family sports bar), District Lounge (a lively bar open during the day for all guests and at night for adults only), Evolution (a dance club for all ages), Pink (an elegant adults-only bar), Skyline (an adults-only cocktail lounge), and Vista Cafe. Located on Deck 12 are Meridian (an adults-only bar) and Waves (a beverage location for all ages). Other options are: Bon Voyage (a family lounge) on Deck 3, Cove Cafe (an adults-only lounge) on Deck 11, and Currents on Deck 13.

Evolution Dance Club
Pools and water play areas abound on the Disney Dream. Three pools are located on Deck 11: Mickey's Pool (for children), Donald's Pool (for families), and Quiet Cove Pool (for adults only). Also located on Deck 11 is Nemo's Reef, a fun splash deck for children. Plus, the Dream is home to the first water coaster, the AquaDuck, located on Deck 12.

Aquaduck Water Coaster
A variety of spa and fitness services can also be found on the Dream. Senses Spa & Salon is located on Decks 11 and 12, where guests can experience relaxing spa or salon treatments for an additional fee. The Fitness Center is located on Deck 11, including state-of-the-art fitness equipment and group exercise classes. Goofy's Sports Deck on Deck 13 includes a miniature golf course, virtual sports simulators, and a basketball/volleyball court.

Goofy's Sports Deck
Now to talk about the ports of call! All Disney Dream itineraries currently stop at Nassau in the Bahamas, and Castaway Cay, Disney's private Caribbean island. Some longer itineraries include a day or days at sea as well.

Disney's Castaway Cay

Are you ready for a Dream vacation?

Disney is currently offering a great deal on 3- and 4-day Bahamian cruises on the Disney Dream, departing from Port Canaveral between August 25-September 26, 2013. Cruises must be booked by February 28, 2013 to receive this deal. In addition, Disney is offering $50-$100 onboard credit for these cruises, depending on the type of stateroom booked.

Plus, Disney Vacations by Katherine is offering an additional $25-$50 onboard credit, depending on the type of stateroom booked. That's $75-$150 onboard credit to use on your Dream cruise! See www.disneyvacationsbykatherine.com or email me at katherine@enchantedearstravel.com.

Feel free to post questions and/or comments in the comments section!