Let me start off by saying I’m about as far removed from an expert on juice blends and green smoothies as one can get. My preferred drinks of choice are water and tea. On my most recent cruise, my goal was to try new things. When I saw that there is now a juice bar on the Dream, I figured that it wouldn’t kill me to try it, right?
The Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream is located in the Senses spa area on Deck 11 Forward. It is open from 6 AM to 10 PM most days (but not open on debarkation day as it opens at noon for the next group of cruisers on their embarkation day).
Even though I had been to the registration desk on embarkation day to get my Rainforest passes, the location of the juice bar in a former waiting area for spa treatments is hidden enough that it is easy to miss. In fact, if I hadn’t been reading the Navigator and noticed the times listed, I might have gone the entire cruise without knowing it is there. This makes it a great place to grab a drink and have a seat at some comfortable chairs with very tiny “tables” attached to them, big enough only for a single drink. The views from up there are fantastic, and every time I went up there, usually there was no one else.
The menu has three types of juice categories. The left side of the menu contains the more “hard core” juice options. The right side of the menu has more “newbie friendly” juice blend options. There are also a few “normal” juice options, namely apple, orange, and carrot.
I decided to go in full-force and opted for the “Get Up: Restore” juice, a blend of banana, blueberry, strawberry, almond milk, sunflower seeds, and turmeric powder. My husband went with a more traditional “green” variety with the “Juice Tonic: Rebuilding”, containing apple, banana, kale, spinach, chia seed, and spirulina.
As I mentioned, as I’m not a juice expert; I can’t tell you how it compares to other juice places on shore. I can say that all the ingredients were fresh and the juices had a vibrant flavor to them. That said, I must have had some sort of idea in my mind what mine would taste like, but it did not taste at all like I expected. It was a very bold flavor and savory — there was not any sweetness to it at all. With the sunflower seeds, it was also very thick, almost like a milkshake. This made it incredibly filling, too. In contrast, my husband’s drink was delightfully sweet (but not sickeningly so), and he enjoyed it enough that he mentioned thinking about buying a juicer when we got back on shore. He was able to easily finish his, but I was only able to finish half of mine before I felt stuffed.
Later on, we went back and split a carrot juice, and that was much more my speed. I had tried bottled carrot juice before and hated it, but this was refreshing, vibrant, and had a great flavor that was slightly sweet.
The juices at Senses are an extra cost ($3.95-$4.95), but for those looking to maintain a specific diet on board ship, this is a wonderful option. If you don’t see exactly the blend you want on the menu, simply ask and they are more than happy to accommodate special requests, as everything is made fresh to order.