Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Disney Dream

After 5 days of walking, rides, and being entertained we were ready for some relaxation. So we headed East to Port Canaveral to get on the Disney Dream for our 3 day cruise. This is Disney's newest ship and is done up like only Disney can do. (Warning: TONS of pics, just to give you a bit of how beautiful it was).

Almost there!!!!

The Dream with the two red engine stacks.

Hard to see, but Mickey and friends are cleaning the outside of the ship

Our welcome sign

Ready to embark

One of the 1st orders of business is to go to your lifeboat station and know what the emergency procedures are. Not the most calming thing but a necessity. I'd rather know what to do than be clueless in the case of an emergency. Paige and I lined up

On one of the stacks was a huge movie screen. There were movies showing pretty much continuously. Inside the stack was the teen club Vibe for those 14-17. This was where Paige hung out with her cousin. There was also a club for the 11-14 crowd as well as The Oceaneer club for the 3-10 yr olds. Fun for the kids and parents. The tube to the right of the stack is part of the Aquaduck. This is the "watercoaster" that went around the perimeter of the ship deck.

Our stateroom. Since we had so many people and no cell phone use we used the dry erase boards to leave notes for our whereabouts. The kids loved the freedom to explore.

The inside of our stateroom. Our cute towel dog from the housekeeper. This room slept 5

A view from the veranda

All the beds made up. The couch flipped down, the top bunk came out of the ceiling and the other was a murphy bed.

The bathrooms were nice and one of the only with two rooms. One with sink and toilet, the other with sink and shower.

Our veranda. We had 5 staterooms all lined up so we opened up the dividers and had one long veranda

Nemo and friends were the motif for this ship and there were beautiful mosaics in the buffet area.

This was a water play area for the little ones. There were also 3 other pools. One 3 ft, one 3-5 ft. and an adult pool.

Looking down at the atrium. The carpet was beautiful.

Looking up was this beautiful light fixture.

the balconies overlooking the atrium. The "Disney" element was very subtle in the decorating. I loved the Art Deco feeling.

Each night there were productions. The theater was gorgeous. These were Broadway caliber productions.

There were also entertainment on the deck. They would cover the pools and that would become the stage.

Each night we dined in a different restaurant. The 1st night was Artist's palette. The details were artist motifs. This was the "guys" table that night. We had the same wait staff each night they moved with us to each restaurant. The waiters wore shirts that were similar to coloring books, white with black drawings. The 1st night was American style food.

A centerpiece.

This sketch board became

this. And it was interactive with us. It asked the kids questions and responded to them.

the 2nd night was the Enchanted Garden. The colors were soft and very serene. The wait staff wore pastel shirts to go with the decor.

Overlooking the dining room

Our table. It was a pirate theme that night and that's why I was wearing the bandana.

The 3rd night was the Royal Palace, a tribute to all the princesses. The wait staff wore military uniforms. It was French food which was probably my least favorite of the three. I loved all the details.

Our head server Edward and asst. server Adi. The girls were serving them.

Mickey and friends did a good-bye song the last night.

The girls wanted their hair braided and we had plans to get it done when we got to the Bahamas. While checking out the ship we saw that they did it there so we got the girls signed up and they got their cornrows.

The girls before

And after

All nine granddaughters and their braids.

As we came into Nassau

setting out into Nassau. The boys and Ken as well as a brother in law went diving. Myself, the girls and the rest of us checked out some of the shops and then headed to the beach.

The gorgeous Bahamian beach

We had a great day in Nassau and looked forward to our second excursion-Disney's island Castaway Cay. We were suppose to spend the day there and even had a excursion to feed the sting rays set up. Our plans were thwarted by the weather. There were bad crosswinds and the captain was not able to get into port at Castaway Cay. This was disappointing to all of us to say the least. We spent the day at sea and did enjoy the many activities on the ship. This means we need to take another Disney cruise to try again.

It was up early and a quick breakfast the day of departure. It's hard to believe that our wonderful vacation had come to a end.

1 comment:

zedon said...

The different beautiful and charming bunk beds are very liked by the boys and mostly boys in hostels are using the boys+bunk+beds. These are very good, soft and comfortable.