It’s a dream come true for Disney as they get ready for the inaugural sailing of their newest addition to their fleet – the Disney Dream. Disney hasn’t added a ship to their fleet in 10 years, so this has been a highly anticipated month for Disney. On January 19th, Disney celebrated the christening of its newest ship the Disney Dream by Academy Award Winning Godmother “Dream Girl” Jennifer Hudson who began her career performing on the Disney Wonder in 2003.
Next week begins a busy career fulfilling the dreams of thousands on board the 128,000 gross ton ship as it makes its way back and forth to the Bahamas on three, four and five night sailings. The Dream is 40% larger than its sister ships the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic, has 1,250 staterooms, wi-fi, and has the first ever water-coaster onboard called “The Aquaduck”. Not only is the Dream five decks higher, 151 feet longer and 15 feet wider than the rest of the fleet, but the Dream will also accommodate 555 more crew, and over 1600 more passengers sailing at a 4000 guest capacity.
So why cruise on a Disney Ship? This is a great ship for the family. It’s the little things that separate Disney from the normal cruise lines:
- Unique touches like the ship’s horn is capable of playing six different songs including “When you wish upon a star”, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s life for me)”, and “It’s a small world)” to name a few
- The Inside staterooms have virtual portholes
- Streamers for everyone for the Bon Voyage party, and Bandanas for all during their Pirates in the Caribbean party.
- Complimentary “Wave Phones” for you to use on your cruise to stay in touch with others in your party
- Fireworks at sea!
- Standard ipod docking station in the staterooms
- Lots of Disney Character Meet-and-Greets
- Artwork on the walls that change for the time of the day or when you walk by – state of the art technology
The on board activities include a 9 hole miniature golf course, walking track, virtual sports simulators for soccer, tennis, basketball and golf in addition to a full size basketball court that can be used for several sports. Smaller kids have two smaller courts as well.
The coolest new activity is the one of a kind “AquaDuck” water-coaster. This 765 foot long winding clear tube water-slide drops four stories, winds 13 feet over the edge of the ship for a truly unique point of view through the clear forward funnel and into a pool. Other water fun includes a Mickey’s slide and three other pools. The adult only pool has a swim up bar and a series of connecting pools that range from four feet to six inches.
The dining options aboard the Dream do not disappoint. Guests can choose between three rotational dining restaurants, two adult-only restaurants, a buffet, and multiple bars, lounges, and quick service stations.
- Animators Palate – Serves serves contemporary Pacific Rim cuisine with an American flair for dinner inspired by the magic of Disney Animation.
- Royal Palace – Inspired by Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty is another Main Dining Restaurant that serves Palace serves French-inspired, continental cuisine fit for a king or queen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Enchanted Garden – Inspired by the gardens of Versailles is another main dining restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner that magically transforms from day to night throughout the dining experience.
- Palo – Is an adult exclusive restaurant available to guests 18+. Guests enjoy sweeping ocean views in an upscale atmosphere. Palo presents the best in fine Northern Italian dining, serving a varied selection of tantalizing favorites with a mouth-watering contemporary twist.
- Remy – An adult exclusive restaurant. Guests are transported to an authentic fine-dining experience in France. Remy features spectacular ocean views and a warm, sophisticated décor—the perfect romantic setting for guests 18+.
- Cabanas – An indoor/outdoor California Beach themed boardwalk casual dining experience. Guests will enjoy fresh made to order dining for breakfast and lunch, while Cabanas at dinner is transformed into an elegant table-service restaurant serving Main Dining specialties.
Up next for Disney, 2012 will not only begin an expansion for the Tomorrowland portion of the Magic Kingdom, but a new Cruise ship to bring it’s fleet up to four ships – the Disney Fantasy. So what are you waiting for? Make your Dreams come true and get in on all the fun that Disney has to offer – it’s not just for kids anymore!