Sail away on a Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Photos Louise Coughlan

Make all your dreams come through on a Disney cruise, with the excitement of meeting your favourite Disney characters, such as Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella and Captain Hook to watching Broadway style musicals to gourmet dining in the many exclusive restaurants. From sunrise to sunset, there is an endless amount of entertainment and recreation to keep the whole family busy.


Just an hour’s drive from the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive, The Disney Dream welcomed our family on board. Breakfast and lunch is served buffet style on Deck 11 in the Cabanas restaurant or Flo’s café dish up burgers, chicken, pizza and salads.  Disney Dream provides 24 hour complimentary dining in the comfort of your own room.

Disney Dream

Gourmet Dining

We dined in three main restaurants with the waiting staff serving us in each one. On the first night it was the calm and serene restaurant the Enchanted Garden.   On the second evening we dressed up like pirates and feasted in the Royal Palace. On the last night we were highly entertained at the Animator’s Palate, where Crusher from Nemo engages with the customers.

Adult Entertainment

Plenty of entertainment is provided for the adults with the Senses Spa & Salon, a swimming pool exclusively for the adults, a drinks area known as the District showing televised sport as well as a champagne bar known as Pink and a night club where one can dance the night away at Evolution.


The Bahamas

Initially owned by pirates, Nassau has become a very popular tourist destination with its attractive harbour, colourful shops and tropical climate. As soon as we stepped off the ship, we were propositioned with taxi tours around the island, sellers fobbing off the latest Guess handbag for a bargain and of course hair braiding. I asked the lady ‘Could you braid my husband’s hair’ which is non-existent, and she said ‘of course, he is free of charge.’ In Nassau, everyone seemed to be on Bahamian time, as it took a long time for our coffees to arrive in the Greek café. However, the locals are very friendly and hospitable and once we spoke to the waiter, he asked us all sorts of questions as to where we were from and about the Disney cruise.


Disney’s Magical Island

Castaway Cay is situated in the Bahamas and is Disney’s own private island. Originally known as Gorda Cay, 60 people working for Disney reside on this island, and there are three beautiful beaches here, one solely for the adults.  The films Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks were made on Gorda Cay and Castaway Cay. After a swim in the lukewarm waters, we dined al fresco at Cookie’s barbecue; mouth-watering burgers and succulent chicken accompanied with corn on the cob.  Bicycles are available for hire for a small fee and we explored this private Disney Island.  When the heat got too much we boarded the ship to get ready for dinner in The Animation Restaurant, followed by the show Disney’s I Believe.

Castaway Cay

Whether you are young or old, Disney Dream is a dream come through.

Castaway Cay Island
Sunrise in Port Canaveral

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