Disney Dream – Review of 3-Night Bahamas Itinerary Part 1

A week ago, we were driving towards Port Canaveral and about to board the Disney Dream for the first time. I wish we were still there, especially when we got up to temps in the 20’s this morning. Brrr! (I’m so over winter) We have been on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic in the past, but this was our first time on the larger and newer Dream that includes the AquaDuck, that my kids were dying to ride. I have to admit, after the Dream and Fantasy came out, the prices for Disney cruises shot up. We thought we might never be able to sail on Disney again, but luckily, the prices dropped on this 3-Night about a month prior to sailing and I jumped on it!

Embarkation

We stayed the night before in Orlando at Saratoga Springs using our DVC points. This make the drive that first day a tad shorter and gave the kids some time in the pool to burn off all that energy from being cooped up all day. We drove over to Port Canaveral the morning of the cruise which is an easy drive from Orlando. Make sure to have cash for tolls. We pulled in to the Port Canaveral cruise ports and dropped our bags with the porters. This is an easy process and I tipped them for the bags. We then pulled over to the parking structure and parked our car. We chose to park on the 3rd level of the garage since that is where the bridge is to walk over to the port entrance. We had to wait in a line to get in to the port as the doors don’t open until 10:45 for arrivals.

You have to go through security just like you would at an airport and then you are in the terminal. You proceed to the check in lines and get your Keys and have pictures taken that are associated with your key cards. When you check in, you are given a boarding group number. This time we had 6 and we were bummed. However, when they started boarding at 11:30, the groups moved real fast and we were on the Dream by 11:45. As you are boarding, you stop and have a picture taken that you can purchase later in Shutters. If you want, you can skip this process but it is a great picture to remember your experience!

Once we entered the ship, we heard our name announced and proceeded to go down to Enchanted Garden to eat lunch. The restaurant does not open until 12:15 so we had to wait a bit. We could have one up to Cabanas and had the buffet but we find going to the restaurant better as it is not as chaotic and crowded. We had a nice lunch and then proceeded to go up the stairs to Deck 4 and we ran in to Chip and Dale who escorted us to check out the Kids Club areas. The kids played there until it was time to go find our cabin at 1:30.

Kids Club Disney Dream | Family Road Trip Survival

Day 1 Port Canaveral

It is always fun to see where your cabin is and to get in and get settled. We were able to get in to our cabin, 8052, at 1:30 and this time our luggage did not arrive until about 3:30. I did have the kids bathing suits packed in my carry on so they changed and up to the pool area we went. It was crowded, but not as bad as it would be on Day 2 in Nassau. The kids played for awhile until we needed to be back in the cabin for the 4:00pm Muster Drill. We decided to head down early to our muster station which was a good idea and eliminated some of the crowd. This is a painless process and was over in 15 minutes. We then went back to the cabin and headed up to the Sail Away Party!

Disney Dream Sail Away Party | Family Road Trip Survival

The Sail Away Party is fun and a great way to start a vacation. We then began to move and we sailed by the web cam that we always watch which is located at Fish Lips restaurant in Port Canaveral. We then prepared to go to dinner, which was the Main seating at 5:45 and our first restaurant was Enchanted Garden. We were lucky to have requested a 4 top table and that got us one of the booths at the front of the restaurant. We were also lucky we didn’t have Animators Palette the first night. We heard that due to the location of that restaurant, you can feel the movement of the boat a lot in that restaurant on the first night and sometimes that bothers people that get sea sick. Our ride out from Port Canaveral was bumpy this time. More so than any other time but it didn’t bother us.

Enchanted Garden was a nice place to eat and the food was so so. It wasn’t my favorite but I’m a picky eater. Also, I think we were just so tired that day that by dinner, we were kinda done. I did notice though, the service is slower on the Dream than anything I’ve experienced on the smaller ships, the Wonder and the Magic. It wasn’t our servers fault I concluded. I think it is more of them still not having a good handle on scaling dining to the larger passenger count. Also, I believe the Dream is now where the new crew start out so you have some slowness in the back from this as well.

Read Part 2 of Nassau and Castaway Cay HERE.

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