Cruising on the Disney Dream

For my annual vacation with my parents this year, we decided to give Las Vegas a rest and go on a Disney cruise! We've been on other cruise lines in the past, but that was ages ago, so we were excited to cruise again on the beautiful and huge Disney Dream. Of course, we knew we would have fun, but we were all amazed at how perfect and magical our vacation turned out to be! We flew in the night before and stayed at the Hyatt right at the airport (highly recommended, since they take care of getting your luggage to the ship), so on our cruise day we woke up early and were the first family to check in. Before we knew it we were at the cruise terminal and on the incredible ship! After a hectic lunch at the overcrowded Cabanas buffet (actually the only thing we didn't enjoy), we explored the pools and soon found the adults-only area, which was a heavenly place for margaritas! Next we checked out our room, which was absolutely wonderful and downright huge compared to other ships, and soon it was time for our first deck party. After that was dinner at Animator's Palette (all of the food was fantastic and the selections were great), then our first session of Bingo and my Mom's first win! Then it was showtime for the Golden Mickeys, followed by a nightcap and then Mickey Bars delivered by room service!

Our first port was Nassau, but we had already been there on a previous cruise, so we stayed on the Disney Dream to enjoy the ship. We got to meet the princesses (and I got choked up watching Mom hug them all), play miniature golf, ride the incredible Aqua Duck water coaster, relax by the adult pool, watch a presentation on the making of the ship, get our photos taken with Mickey and the gang, win at Bingo a second time, enjoy dinner at Enchanted Garden, check out the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party, watch Villains Tonight (my least favorite show but still cool), then it was back up to the deck for fireworks and a nighttime ride on the Aqua Duck! What a day!

The next day we arrived at Castaway Cay, Disney's private and perfectly themed island, so we got off the ship to explore for a while. We immediately got to meet Captain Jack Sparrow, then relax on the beach with a beer at 9:30 AM! Next we rode the tram to the adults-only Serenity Bay, where I played in the ocean, had another drink and took a short hammock nap. Back on the ship, we got spiffed up for dress-up night and had a drink, then attended our third Bingo session where Mom won the final snowball jackpot (which was considerably huge)! By this time Mom was friends with the Bingo crew who all loved the "lucky flowers" she wore in her hair each day. Our last dinner was at Royal Palace, and the final show Believe was my favorite (and brought a tear to my eye).

Getting home went perfectly also, from customs to flawless baggage handling. We were all truly impressed with Disney's impecable service, which made our cruise experience on the Disney Dream another cherished family memory to last a lifetime!

View photos: Disney Cruise 2012

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