Way back in the late 1990s, I’d never taken a cruise. The Disney Magic set sail in 1998, offering three and four day cruises. My husband and I took the plunge, based on our trust in the Disney brand name and the fact that, even if we hated cruising, we could stand anything for just three days.
As fate would have it, we most definitely did NOT hate cruising, and we’ve got almost 90 Disney cruises under our belts to prove it. These days the Disney Dream handles the short haul cruises, so if you’re like me and are tempted to sample cruising, here are the topic three reasons why a Disney cruise on the Dream is the perfect way to do it:
1) Short duration
As I mentioned, the Dream sails a three and four day itinerary. The three day cruises are a convenient long weekend, leaving on Friday and returning on Monday, with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney’s little slice of tropical paradise. The four day itinerary adds a day at seas. Three days in particular is a good sampler, especially if you’re worried that you might get seasick. You spend most of Saturday docked at Nassau and most of Sunday at Castaway Cay, so your time on the open sea is limited.
Depending on where you live, it might not be practical to fly somewhere just for a sampler cruise. The Disney Dream sails out of Port Canaveral, which is just a little over an hour away from Walt Disney World. You can easily combine your cruise with a stay at Walt Disney World and even take convenient bus transportation from the on-site Disney resort hotels to and from the port. The cruise runs Friday to Monday, so it’s basically a long weekend, which minimizes the number of vacation days needed.
3) True cruise sampler
You really do get a taste of what cruising is all about when you take a short-haul cruise on the Disney Dream. You get to sample a typical port (Nassau), with typical short excursion offerings like historic tours and dolphin swims. You also get a taste of Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, which gives you plenty of beach time. The Dream itself is a floating resort, where you get plenty of practice at that famous cruise pastime: eating. You also get to sample onboard stage shows and parties (don’t miss the pirate party) to see if you could imagine stretching the fun to a week or longer.
I’m currently getting ready for a three-day cruise on the Disney Dream at the end of February, from which I’ll be blogging live. Use this link to subscribe to my column and follow the trip. In the meantime, if you’re thinking about doing your own weekend sampler cruise, jump here to see the decisions you’ll have to make.