Disney Dream Cruise Ship Arrives In Port Canaveral

Posted Jan 4th 2011 02:12 PMUpdated Jan 4th 2011 04:27 PM

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With fireworks and thousands of enthusiastic onlookers, the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Lines' first new ship in a decade, arrived at its new homeport of Port Canaveral, Fla.

The 4,000-passenger, 130,000-ton Dream is Disney's largest ship ever, about 50% bigger than the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder (Disney just upped the size of Dream from an earlier estimate of 128,000 tons).

The new ship introduces such innovative features as AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea, and inside cabins that offer virtual views through Magical Portholes.

The ship's horn impressively honks opening notes from five familiar Disney tunes – not just When You Wish Upon a Star like the earlier ships.



The early morning arrival of the Dream in Port Canaveral, about an hour from Orlando, follows a 16-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Germany, where the Dream was constructed.

Port Canaveral was recently expanded to handle the addition of the Dream and sister ship Disney Fantasy, currently under construction in Germany and set to debut in 2012.

After a naming ceremony on Jan. 19, charity events and a maiden voyage on Jan. 26, the Dream will cruise on three-, four- and five-day itineraries from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. All include a call at Castaway Cay, Disney's private Bahamas island, and Nassau.

Disney Dream Arrival

Photos, Disney Cruise Line

Disney Dream Arrival

Photos, Disney Cruise Line

Disney Dream Arrival

Photos, Disney Cruise Line
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Disney Dream Cruiser from the Feb. 3rd 6th (3rd) Innaugural sailing

The Disney Dream is a beautiful ship filled with lots of fun and entertainment especially for the kids. This is a floating theme park. The kids clubs and nursery are amazing. The staff was terrific there as well. The food unfortunately is very similar to theme park food as well that are served in the three dining rooms. Most of the staff are amazing. We did encounter a problem with the Wait Staff Manager on our very first evening. His name was Baryk. He was very unprofessional and the service that we received from him was poor to say the least. He should not be dealing with customers. We were traveling with two small children with disabilities and had made that known two months ahead of time so that he would be aware for the seating arrangements to seat the 5 of us in our family at a table alone and that we needed a high chair each evening. He sat us with another family first of all. I felt bad for the family because one of my children has Asbergers and is very difficult during dinner, has a hard time staying seated, can be loud, move around, and is difficult during dinner time. He may also come out with inappropriate remarks at times. My 2 year old has Down Syndrome and requires a highchair and doesn't eat solid food yet. I had informed them of these things well in advance of our arrival. He told me it was impossible to accommodate us at this point and that he had too many passengers that he had already set all of the arrangements in place. We was less then accommmodating to say the least. He was non-chalant and had an "I do not care" attitude. Everyone in the dining room dining witnessed it. The second night he did not provide us with a high chair but merely a booster seat and my son fell over in the seat to the floor with the chair landing on top of him. That was the final straw for me! Also, I should mention that Baryk seated us by the dining room doors so that the waitstaff was coming and going and it was loud all night long and we were in their way. My son with Down Syndrome is afraid of noise and we had requested a quiet table in a corner as well. I found another Waitstaff Manager, Pierre who was extremely helpful and professional. Unforunately at that point we only had one night left on the cruise. Pierre was wonderful. The Disney Cruise Line is supposed to cater to families with young children. We have 3 little boys. There were long lines everywhere. You stood waiting for an elevator (if you have a stroller beware)for 20 minutes at a time. I did not find the value for the dollar to be consistent with the service that we received during our cruise. The entertainment is wonderful if that is all you are looking for then this is the cruise for you. If you are looking for exemplary service, help with your children for ease of travel, and great food during your cruise then you will be disappointed. I have traveled on several different cruise lines - on more then 10 cruises, and had never received this kind of service especially on a new ship(Shame on them!) The passengers on the Disney Dream ship would have been more helpful then the staff would be. The passengers all had to stick together to help each other out with small ones! That's pretty sad. There was that sense of commaraderie amongst the passengers because we were all in the same boat literally with the staff being less then helpful and the long lines!

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