Three Busy Bees | Disney Dream-ing

Blogging about a Disney cruise is hard. There are many aspects of the ship I want to cover since many of my readers have never been on one of their cruises before. Our first day was our embarkation. We went through the process of checking in and touring the ship. Before hitting up the Sail Away party on Deck 11, we unpacked the bags in our stateroom – 8088.

Disney Dream Deluxe Ocean View Family Room

Unpacking was hard for us with a Verandah. It was difficult to pry ourselves from the views. If you are worried about our little ones on the balcony, they cannot fit through the rails you see. There is a plexiglass type material to keep passengers safe and still be able to see out.

Disney Dream-Veranda

Our room really was amazing. This stateroom is labeled as Deluxe Family Oceanview with Verandah. It sleeps 5. The main bed was a queen. The couch turns into a bed and above it you will notice another bunk comes down. The cabinet behind Connor is another bed. These two beds only pull down by a key that the staff have. It will not fall down on your children at any time while it is upright and locked. Once it is down, you could injure yourself by your own doing if you play around and lift it up.

Disney Dream- Veranda

I had many questions about the phones. Everyone on the ship has a phone. You have TWO, plus the traditional phone (you know, with a cord). These wireless phones can be used anywhere on the ship and on Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island). They will not work at any port or on any excursion you take. These are amazing. You can stay in contact with any other phone (stateroom) on the ship, you can call the nursery or the clubs, make reservations at Palo or Remy, and just have an overall sense of peace while aboard with your kids. Most parents gave one to their kids and they kept the other for immediate contact. They loved them and you will too, OR you can be like us and ditch all electronic communication and just enjoy your family. My biggest issue with the phones was our inability to disconnect. While they are there to keep us “connected”, aren’t we on vacation to simply “disconnect”?

Disney Dream - Stateroom Phones

Continuing on with the tour, you will notice that these bathrooms are the best. We had two. One was a sink and toilet. The second one was a sink and tub. Note I said tub/shower combo. Most staterooms on cruise ships are stand up showers only. I must admit that Connor learned to love a shower at 3 years old from a Carnival cruise. Rea did the same on our cruise to the Southern Caribbean with Royal. KB enjoyed her bath thanks to Disney.

Disney Dream- Bathroom

While at any resort or cruise, I like to try their products. For a while Marriott used only Bath & Body Works products. Let’s just say we made it a point to only stay at their hotels and brought home lots of their bath essentials. DCL had okay products. The shampoo worked great but if you didn’t apply conditioner, well let’s just say good luck brushing your hair.

Disney Dream- Bathroom

DCL loves their logo. I do too. You can find it everywhere onboard. In the bathrooms, linens, products, floor tile, plates, napkins, et cetera.

Disney Dream-Bathroom

Key to the World cards. If you hear that onboard, they mean your room key. It’s also what you charge everything too while vacationing. You will use it to check out the kids from childcare. It will be access to leave and return to the ship at ports as well. We kept ours in Marty’s wallet but most people carried theirs in a plastic card holder attached to a lanyard (FE Gift idea).

Disney Dream - Key to the World card

For dinner, you will be assigned to eat at 3 different restaurants while cruising the Dream. We chose Main Dining at 5:45 p.m. when booking and I am happy we did. We were able to eat, drop the kids off, then enjoy us time. Our order of evening dining was – Royal Palace, Animator’s Palate, and  Enchanted Garden at Table 41 (another post all its own for eating).

Breakfast was daily at Cabanas.

We enjoyed our snacks from Flo’s Cafe, Room Service, and the awesome Eye Scream & Frozone Treats.

Disney Dream - Dinner Tickets

 

 

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From Disney :

“A Disney Cruise Line Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah aboard the Disney Fantasy is a richly appointed and spacious accommodation tailored for families of 3 to 5, featuring an elegant maritime motif in contemporary Art Deco style and more square footage—with larger windows to the outside world—than you would find in a standard stateroom.

Relax in private quarters fitted with warm wood finishes, custom fabrics and carpeting, original artwork, crown moldings, genuine teak accents and a private verandah for magnificent views of the sea.

Specifications
Sleeps: 3 to 5
Size: 299 sq. ft. including verandah
Room Configuration: Queen-size bed, single convertible sofa, wall pull-down bed (in most) and upper berth pull-down bed (in some), split bath with round tub (in most) and shower
View: Private verandah
Room Design
A Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah features the pleasant comforts of home, with a designated area to watch TV and movies on a comfortable couch or settle down for an evening of quality family time—there’s even a desk. When the day is done, retire to plush beds for restful nights on the high seas. The seating and sleeping areas can be separated with a heavy privacy curtain.

Enjoy the convenience of a split bath, complete with a luxurious round tub (in some) with shower, and separate sinks that allow for multiple people to use the space at the same time. The full bathroom includes a vanity, sink and full tub/shower, while the half bath has a vanity, sink and toilet. Both luxurious and practical, all these staterooms have round tubs with a built-in seat (in some), a rain-style shower and a hand-held showerhead — perfect for bathing children.

The Deluxe Family Stateroom with Verandah is classified as Categories 4A – 4E located Midship of Decks 6 – 10 as follows:
Category 4A: Decks 9, 10
Category 4B: Deck 8
Category 4C: Deck 7
Category 4D: Deck 6
Category 4E: Deck 5 – Oversized Private Verandah
Amenities
Sealy Posturepedic® Premium Plush Euro-top mattresses
Frette 100% Egyptian cotton linens
Premium bath towels
22″ LCD flat screen TV on swivel arm with remote control
iPod Docking Station
Full-length mirror
Ample closet space
Refrigerator
In-room safe
Hair dryer
Phone with voice-mail messaging
Individual climate control
Couch
Desk
Chair
Privacy curtain
Verandah
The Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah showcases spectacular sea vistas from the private balcony, which features:

Patio furniture
Plexiglass or solid whitewall railing
Child locks for safety
Airy and private, this sanctuary is where you can watch the sunrise, bask in sweet breezes and enjoy your morning coffee or an evening nightcap. For extra space, select Stateroom Category 4E on Deck 5, which features a large verandah and sweeping views.

More Space
A well-planned interior design allows Guests to stretch out in comfort, affording a feeling of spaciousness. To maximize space, the wooden bed frames are elevated to provide storage under the beds for suitcases and other large items. The leather-upholstered ottoman features an inside compartment for even more out-of-the-way storage, and attractive yet functional cabinetry decorate the living area. Well-positioned wall shelving takes the place of night stands.

H20 Plus Spa, Bath and Shower Products
In addition to our regular upgraded amenities and premium offerings, all Disney Cruise Line Guests will find luxurious H20 Plus spa, bath and shower products stocked in every bathroom. Sea Marine Revitalizing Shampoo, Marine Collagen Conditioner and Hydrating Body Butter let you absorb the enriching benefits of the ocean while sailing on the high seas.”

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