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Welcome to Miami: Your Disney Dream Voyage Starts Here

After many years of departing from Port Canaveral, starting this June, the Dream has a new home—Miami. The Disney Dream is Disney’s Cruise Line (DCL) third ship, and it’s no surprise why they named it that. Afterall, the experience onboard will feel like a dream come true. Jump aboard this luxury cruise and get ready to relax by the pool, indulge in amazing food, and believe in the magic of Disney.

Although the Dream has a new home, the experience on board will remain as magnificent as ever. Upon boarding, its 1930’s style will transport you to another time, a magical world. Walking throughout this luxurious ship is unlike any other experience. When you board, you’ll enter the ship at the beautiful three-floor atrium where staff is ready to welcome you—a beautiful chandelier hangs from the top, Minnie and Mickey wave from the balcony, and there is a Donald statue at the bottom of the decadent stairway—this is where it begins. The atrium is also home to cruise events and character interaction—here is where you will meet the princesses, Daisy and Pluto, and maybe even catch a glimpse of Mickey Mouse.

Onboard the Dream, there is a picture-perfect moment around every corner. On the way to your stateroom, you’ll pass murals of Disney’s classic tales. There are four different types of staterooms available, Concierge, Verandah, Oceanview, and Inside. The staterooms have a luxurious nautical feel, with comfortable beds, TVs loaded with entertainment, and breathtaking views—the balcony makes it hard to leave your own private oasis. Relax on the patio furniture and enjoy the endless ocean views. Even the Inside staterooms offer real-time sea views through the Magical Porthole. If you’re sharing your stateroom with multiple family members, the heavy privacy curtains will come in handy. Additionally, every room on DCL comes with turn-down service. Every night your stateroom host will leave chocolates on the bed, and lightly pickup and organize your belongings to keep the room as neat as possible. If you’re traveling with a little one, you can also request a crib or pack-and-play.

After settling into your stateroom, put on your bathing suit and head over to the 11th deck for some fun. This is the deck where a lot of the action happens. The Donald Pool and the Mickey Pool—which is shaped like the head of the iconic Mickey Mouse—is where children can make a big splash. For younger children not yet potty-trained, Nemo Reef is the perfect place for babies to cool off. This splash deck features fountains, bubblers, and pop jets. Children can interact with the most famous characters from Pixar’s Finding Nemo—Dory and Nemo spray water and surprise kids every time. There is a soft wet-deck surface for safe-play and a slide designed in the shape of Mr. Ray.

For older dare devils, you can’t miss the AquaDuck. This elevated water-coaster takes you all over the ship; wave to family members below before the next drop comes. And for the adults looking for some peace, Quiet Cove Pool is a refuge exclusively for adults over 18. There is a walk-up bar, a plunge pool, and a shallower option for sunbathing. These are all heated if the temperature drops below 75 degrees. For maximum relaxation, couples can enjoy a quiet time at the whirlpool spa which features a glass bottom and breathtaking views of the ocean—very romantic.

Also, on the 11th deck there is a big screen that plays Disney content—movies like Moana, Cruella, Little Mermaid—it’s directly in front of the kids’ pools. There is also trivia, and during the Sail Away Deck Party, you might even catch yourself dancing on the big screen.

There is some activity or event always scheduled, and it’s essential to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. This app holds the key to your dream experience. Manage your reservation, check-in online, book activities, access dining details, view the entire entertainment schedule, and chat with your fellow cruisers once you’re on board and without cell service.

With the app you can see the day-to-day itinerary and the ports of call that you’ll be visiting. The Dream anchors in some of the most magical places. The Dream will be docking in the Bahamas and Castaway Cay—Disney’s own private island. There are a variety of Port Adventures to select from while visiting the Bahamas. Schedule a snorkel trip, visit Atlantis, or have a perfect beach day at Blue Lagoon Island—the private ferry through Nassau Harbor takes visitors from the ship to the island, and back.

Designed exclusively for DCL guests, Castaway Cay offers everyone a magical experience. Grab towels on the way out and use the key card to make any purchase on the island—food and fun are all included. There are umbrellas and beach chairs along the shores of the crystal-clear water. Snorkeling is a key activity, underwater you can find the hidden Mickey! Take the Bike trail and discover Castaway Cay at your own pace. Visit the Pelican Plunge and master the floating platform or ride the two twisting water slides. There is a selection of bars scattered throughout the island, as well as ice-cream stands, and servers ready to take your order from the comfort of your beach chair. Mickey and friends will also be visiting Castaway Cay, in their beach perfect attire.

On your way back from a glorious day sunbathing on the Caribbean shores, you’ll notice the Dream’s main horn plays Disney’s classic tunes upon disembarking—in fact, you’ll hear these melodies as you pull in or out of any port.

After a quick stop in your stateroom, it’s time to experience one of the Dream’s themed restaurants. Throughout the Disney Dream you’ll find a variety of food options—from pool side snacks to 24-hour room service—all included in the price of your ticket. Cabanas is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is made fresh, and the service is splendid. For breakfast the French toast and Mickey-shaped waffles are a must-have. Did someone say made-to-order-omelets? Grab a table by the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the view. For lunch, Cabanas offers classics like burgers, pizza, and sandwiches—perfect to grab and take to-the-go.

While Cabanas is also available for dinner, DCL has a unique dining experience onboard. There are three distinctly themed restaurants—Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace, and Animator’s Palate—each night guests will experience each one unique menu. What makes this dining experience truly magical is the “rotating” service. What this means is that as you visit each restaurant, your same servers will also be accompanying you during every meal. This makes for a personalized experience, and an opportunity for them to get to know your food preferences better. If you’re traveling with an infant, your server might offer a variety of purees, and will remember to bring the infant’s favorite the next day.

The Enchanted Gardens has a colorful motif and was inspired by the gardens of Versailles. The dynamic ceilings will change throughout the course of the meal—from a light blue to a sun setting red, and finally transforming into nighttime with twinkling stars. At the center, there is a beautiful cascading fountain featuring Mickey Mouse. Don’t forget about the light fixtures in the shape of flowers, which bloom and change colors. Finally, Mickey and friends might pay a visit during dinner—what could be better than that!

The Royal Palace gives you a little taste of what it would be like to dine at one of the princesses’ famous castles. French inspired, Royal Palace is the most formal of all three main restaurants. Dinners will notice many of the princesses’ iconic references throughout, including hand painted portraits of Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, and Belle. The princesses walk throughout the restaurant during dinner, and wave to guests—it’s a nice little surprise for everyone. If you pay close attention, the circular design, columns, and iron railings all resemble Cinderella’s ballroom.

The Animator’s Palate features maquettes on the shelves, gigantic brushes and pencils as columns throughout the restaurant, a gigantic artist’s palate for the ceiling, and fun Mickey chairs. There are multiple digital screens that line the restaurant with character sketches, but throughout dinner these screens change, and some of your favorite Finding Nemo friends will pay a visit and immerse you in the underwater world. It’s like dining inside an animator’s studio—it’s filled with creativity, color, and magic!

For guests looking for a luxury dining experience—away from the little ones—Palo offers adult-exclusive dining with Italian inspired menus and décor. Northern Italian cooking with a twist!

The entertainment never stops, every night there is something planned. When you’re not dinning at one of the themed restaurants be sure to catch Beauty and the Beast at the Walt Disney Theater. Despite being performed at sea, this renowned theatrical production has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect in a Broadway show. Stages magically transform in front of you in the blink of an eye. Disney’s Believe is also an impressive production featuring 300 costumes, 7 classic Disney songs, and an original story about father who needs a little help believing in magic. Watch Genie, from Aladdin, save the day and take everyone on a magical ride through Disney’s most famous musicals. You can also head over to the Buena Vista Theater to catch the latest Disney releases on the big screen. Each day there will be a different movie playing throughout the day. And finally, DCL will light up the sky with an impressive firework show followed by a dance party.

Don’t forget to visit Disney’s Oceaneer Lab and Club. Here kids ages 3-12 can play, interact with characters, and enjoy from storytelling—they have a unique space created just for them. There are multiple stations one can visit. Grab the wheel and dock the ship in the Explorers Room, play video games at the Wheelhouse station, find your inner artist at the Animators Studio, or get creative at Craft Studio.

The Oceaneer Club has three different themed worlds, Andy’s Room, Pixie Hallow, and Star Wars Millennium Falcon—here kids can play with Andy’s toys, explore Pixie Hallow, and see all the Millennium Falcon has to offer.

The Disney Dream boasts of sparkling finishes that run through its entirety—from the shiny atrium, down every hallway and through all 14 decks. The Dream is impeccable, luxurious, and offers the ultimate getaway. Schedule your next voyage today!

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My ML Staff, Claudia Paredes. Images courtesy of Disney Cruise


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