A weekend cruise goes by very quickly on the Disney Dream. Just like Walt Disney World, it’s backed with things to do, so you have to make some hard choices when you have limited time. Here are the five things on my no-miss list as I prepare for my cruise this weekend. I love them all, and I recommend you find a way to fit them into your whirlwind weekend when you take your own Disney Dream cruise:
1) The Aquaduck: How often do you get to ride a waterside out at sea? You’ll love whisking through the clear tubes that let you see the ocean right down below. The Aquaduck lines get long, so I recommend bringing swim suits in your day bag when you board the ship and going for a spin early on embarkation day. Other good times include Nassau and Castaway Cay day if you happen to be on board.
2) Palo: Palo and Remy are the two adults-only extra cost dining options on the Disney Dream. While I love both, I recommend Palo if you can only do one. Remy is very upscale, on a par with Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian. I love that type of multi-course cuisine, served up in a leisurely meal, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Palo is a high-end restaurant, too, but it serves Italian cuisine with enough “familiar” dishes to satisfy meat and potatoes diners along with those who enjoy fancier food. It’s well worth the surcharge.
3) Mid-Ship Detective Agency: The Disney Dream has animated artwork around the ship, but the Mid-Ship Detective Agency takes things a step further. Go on a self-paced family adventure to solve a mystery using clues provided by the special artwork. Kids love it, and I know more than one adult who’s also gotten hopelessly addicted.
4) Fireworks at Sea: Saturday night is Pirate Night, featuring a Disney Cruise Line exclusive: a fireworks show at sea. While it’s not as long or elaborate as the shows at the Walt Disney World theme parks, it’s pretty darned impressive, considering you’re out on the ocean. Check your Personal Navigator to confirm the time and make sure you’re out there for the show.
5) Believe: “Believe” is the Disney Dream’s signature stage show. It plays on the last night, and if you only see one of the shows, be sure it’s this one. While I love “The Golden Mickeys,” “Believe” wins me over with its heartwarming theme, and, like “The Golden Mickeys,” it incorporates a fast-paced selection of Disney movies and characters. If you love Genie, you’ll see plenty of him in this show.