Disney’s newest dream come true cruise

When you wish upon a star…your dream come true might just be Disney’s newest and largest cruise ship, aptly named the Disney Dream. Parents that like to cruise with the kiddies can set sail to Caribbean hot spots and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, when the Dream departs central Florida on its maiden voyage Jan. 26.

Disney is not new to the cruise industry, having embarked on the high seas in the 1990s with the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder ships. Chances are, if you’re a cruiser with children, you may have already done the Disney thing – complete with signature characters on board and an agenda packed with family-friendly activities– at least once.

So, other than being new, what’s worth checking out on the Dream? To start, the Dream is 50 percent larger than its predecessors and can carry 4,000 passengers – not the largest ship out on the seas, but a sizable ship nonetheless.

The coolest feature to me, however, is the AquaDuck, a unique shipboard water coaster that zooms passengers off the side of the deck 150 feet above open water before they slide back on board for a series of dips. The 765-foot enclosed see-through waterslide is roughly the size of a football field. Your average waterslide, this is not.

Got an inside cabin? No worries. Inside the cabins, the Dream also features magical portholes that show live, high-resolution images of the sea outside the ship. Images of Disney characters may also pop into view in the virtual portholes.

Guests will also find interactive technology for all ages throughout the ship; from magical LCD screens that look like paintings come to life to children’s play floors, teen dance floors, massive video game walls for tweens and ever-changing views of city skylines outside nightclub windows.

The Disney Dream arrived in its home port of Port Canaveral yesterday. It will set sail later this month on three, four and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay.

Does Disney’s latest cruise liner sound like a dream come true to you? Have you sailed aboard Disney cruise ships in the past? Are you a repeat Disney cruiser? Would the AquaDuck waterslide and interactive technology on board make you want to book another Disney cruise?

8 comments Add your comment

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 7th, 2011
1:34 am

I want to do this cruise Keith!!! WE should all go and take the kids. Michael said I could enjoy it with my parents. He’s not going!! What a pooper! It looks like so much and I want to do it before they are too old for it!!

mrsbanks

January 9th, 2011
1:47 pm

My husband & I are taking our 3 kids, ages 10, 7 & 4 on this cruise in October and I cannot wait!! They have no idea yet because we know if we told them now, they’d worry us to death for the next 9-1/2 months!! Sounds so exciting!!!

tabb

January 9th, 2011
2:26 pm

Going in May and can’t wait. Sounds like a blast and the kids are excited.

michael

January 9th, 2011
3:27 pm

going n april with my girlfriend. HAVEN’T TOLD MY WIFE YET.

Bronwyn Hogan

January 9th, 2011
4:32 pm

Disney is not just for kids. There are adult only areas. My sister (67), my niece (44) and I (61) cruised about the Wonder last April. We have three cabins booked on the Dream with 8 females ages 12-68.in May.

still@the bar

January 9th, 2011
7:35 pm

I have been on 2 cruises would never do it again. I had to go on the second one or I wouldn’t have done that one. Maybe being Disney there will not be as many Drunks. People just Drank and Gambled. The food wasn’t that good and the shows are just ok. I hope the Diseny experience makes all the difference.

Call it like it is

January 9th, 2011
8:27 pm

If you haven’t been on a Disney Cruise, you have not been on a cruise. They treat the kids like Gods, tons of stuff to do, Great shows, Great movies. Not sure about this new ship because it is just as big as the other ones out there, but the first 2 Disney ships are much smaller then the standard ones. Much more personnel. No gambling allowed and the adult areas are well hidden. Heck trying to find the sports bar was an adventure in itself. One bad thing, be prepared to sell a kidney.

Browncoat

January 9th, 2011
8:39 pm

A cruise ship is like a prison that can sink.