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?