The Dream, the third ship in Disney’s four-ship fleet, debuted in January 2011. It has since received many accolades, including the award for “best large ship” in the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
But after five years, it was time for a bit of a facelift. Taking cues from sister ship Disney Fantasy, recent Disney movie blockbusters and old-fashioned guest feedback, the newly enhanced Dream set sail Oct. 26. Its 2016 itinerary will be four-day cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida, calling on Nassau and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, both in the Bahamas.
5 new things about the Disney Dream
In the Oceaneer Club (kids club for 3 to 12 year olds), board the Millennium Falcon and take a seat in the cockpit through battle scenes and outer space. There’re “Star Wars” apps and games, plus programming designed around the “Star Wars” theme. Counselors read from a story book while kids get to act out the movie scenes, and there are arts and crafts with the theme.
Though the Oceaneer Club is generally for kids only, there are “open house” hours for adult “Star Wars” enthusiasts to enjoy the fun, too.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
It’s hard to imagine, given the popularity of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Walt Disney World, that the original Dream was built without one, but it was. (Note: a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was also added to the Disney Magic this fall). Now princesses and pirates can get properly primped on the high seas with a variety of packages.
An only-found-on-the-Dream addition to the ship is the sweet shop Vanellope’s, a nod to the movie “Wreck-It Ralph.” If the ship’s free soft-serve isn’t enough, Vanellope's serves up fresh-made ice cream and gelato, plus a plethora of candy.
Those who’ve never been on a Disney cruise are generally surprised to find out how much of the ship is geared for adults only. An addition to the adult-only pool area on the Dream is Satellite Falls, a relaxing pool featuring a waterfall.
It’s certainly not the most dramatic upgrade on the ship, but the addition of a healthy juice bar to the Six Senses Spa is a hit with the health conscious looking to start the day off with a free pressed juice or smoothie.
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