Live From the Disney Dream

One of our favorite things on the Dream - the Aquaduck
One of our favorite things on the Dream – the Aquaduck

Do you have questions about Disney Cruise Line? Starting today, May 1, we will be blogging live from the Disney Dream. Ask your questions in the comments – anything from can you post today’s Personal┬áNavigator to what’s on the menu at Animator’s Palate tonight – and we will be happy to get you answers. We’re going to be on the Dream for seven nights, a back to back 3-night, followed by a 4-night. The cruise stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay on each sailing.

We’ll start a new article each day, so keep checking back!

Laurel Stewart

Laurel has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1971 when she was negative-15 years old and running the Disney races since 2007. Her favorite attraction is Big Thunder Mountain.

28 thoughts on “Live From the Disney Dream

  • May 1, 2014 at 11:38 am
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    Would you be able to post pictures of all the menus? Thanks!

    • May 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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      Yes. They should go up tomorrow after we take them tonight.

      • May 2, 2014 at 8:21 am
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        Would you post pics of the champagne menu at Pink? We were there a few weeks ago and neglected to write down the name of the champagne we really liked. Thanks!

  • May 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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    When doing a back to back as you are, do you keep the same servers for the entire cruise? How does it impact your dining schedule? What procedure do you need to follow on the intial disembarking (i.e. do you have to waste a lot of time getting off at Port Canaveral and getting back on)?

    • May 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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      I can tell you in 3 days. We’ve never done a back to back before.

  • May 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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    Tell me about the rooms. Verandah vs. interior stateroom. Does a family of 4 “need” the verandah, like I’m trying to convince my hubby?

    • May 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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      A family of 4 needs all the space it can get. If you must do only one stateroom, get one with the words Deluxe Family in it (inside or outside – it’s a little bigger), but I’d strongly recommend pricing 2 inside cabins instead of a single cabin if your kids are old enough to sleep in their own room. To put it in perspective, prisoners are allowed 60 square feet of space per person. The largest non-suite stateroom (cat 4) has 299 sq ft. An inside regular has 169 (inside deluxe has 204).

    • May 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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      We are a family of 4 (kids 11 and 13) do fine in the Disney staterooms. We had a Family stateroom one time and regular one’s all the other times and didn’t have any trouble. We have done other cruise lines though and were very tight. I think it depends on whether money or space are more important to you. We’d rather have the extra money to do more excursions.

  • May 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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    How soon do you know your specific restaurant rotation? For an upcoming short cruise, we want to make Palo reservations but don’t want to miss Animator’s Palate.

    • May 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      You find out when you board.

      • May 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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        Because you can make Palo reservations long before your actual sailing date, I assumed Palo would be completely booked by the time we board. Any way around this, or do we just have to wait to board and see when we’re scheduled for Animator’s Palate and then hope Palo has openings on the other nights?

        • May 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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          You don’t have to change your Palo reservation if it’s the same night as Animator’s Palette. Just go to Guest Services and ask for a different dining rotation so it will fall on a different day. You’ll have a much better chance of being able to do that than change Palo.

    • May 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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      Hi.

      They load the rotations the day before your cruise so you are best to call DCL a week before. We have done this every cruise and we ask for which rotation we want and we have always had them given.

      Enjoy.

  • May 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    Two questions…What is there to do on the ship while it’s in port at Nassau – what is open/available and what is not? (We didn’t really like Nassau and the expensive Atlantis excursions.) Also, how early do you need to get to the Castaway Cay family beaches to get front row lounge chairs/umbrellas? (The cabanas are always sold out.) Thanks!

    • May 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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      Non of the shops are open while the ship is in port, but the pools, restaurants, movies, and spas are open. It’s a great time to do the AquaDuck/Dunk.

      The beach starts to fill about an hour after you are able to leave the ship. I’d eat breakfast early at Cabanas (like before 8) and plan to get off the ship as soon as it’s cleared if a front row if important to you.

  • May 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    Do they offer the Castaway Cay 5k on the 4-day itinerary? Thanks!

    • May 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      Yes on any itinerary that stops on Castaway Cay.

  • May 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    Besides the regular fab 5 and the usual princesses, what other characters are on the 4 night cruise? My kids really want to see: Woody, Buzz, Anna & Elsa. Are they there? Thanks!

    • May 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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      We’ll post the ships schedules each day.

    • May 2, 2014 at 9:02 am
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      We’re on the 3 night night now.

  • May 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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    Can you grab me some of the free H2O products? ­čÖé

    • May 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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      Did you know you only get shower gel if you’re in Concierge?

  • May 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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    Please let us know if you find Anna and/or Elsa are on board!

    • May 2, 2014 at 9:01 am
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      They’re not on the schedule, but maybe they’re with the princesses this morning.

  • May 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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    Which movies are currently playing in the theater?

    • May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am
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      Muppets, Frozen (3D and not), DisneyNature Bears, Capt. America, Need for Speed.

  • May 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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    Doing a B2B in january. Was wondering if we bring mask and snorkle can we rent just the fins for a lesser cost than renting all the gear on Castaway Cay.

    Like the blogs keep up the great work.

    • May 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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      That’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago!

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