I’ve been sailing on Disney Cruise Line ever since I took my first cruise on the Magic in her inaugural year in September of 1998, and although the majority of my Disney cruises have been on the Wonder, I’ve sailed on the Dream many times since the maiden voyage.
It’s been much too long since I’ve been on the Dream, and although I can’t wait for the whole weekend cruise experience, I have five old favorites to which I’m especially looking forward.
The Dream has undergone some changes since I last sailed, so I’m also looking forward to trying out some new things. Tops on the list is Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats. You can get free soft serve ice cream at Eye Scream, but Vanellope’s offers more sophisticated flavors, including gelatos, if you’re willing to pay. That reminds me a bit of Scoops, the original ice cream on the Disney Magic before it shifted to soft serve, so I can’t wait to see if the gelatos bring back memories of that long ago Scoops goodness.
Meanwhile, here are the top five things I can’t wait to revisit:
The Skyline Lounge
I love Pink, but there’s something about the Skyline Lounge that appeals to me. I think the concept of having “windows” into cities around the world is so clever. If you look closely, you’ll even see cars moving and lights turning on and off in the building windows. Out of all the nightspots in the District, it’s my favorite place to pop in for a drink, although Pink is a close second.
Palo and Remy
I know Animators Palate gets all the Disney Dream dining love; I’ll admit it’s very clever, and I like to chat with Crush, but, for me, nothing compares to Palo and Remy. I love them both, but Remy wins out if I have to choose between the two, mainly because of the amazing cheese cart and the food and atmosphere that makes me think I’m at Victoria & Albert’s (minus the open-flame coffee pots, of course).
The Tropical Rainforest
I’m a spa gal at heart, so I like to book a massage or wrap, but sometimes there isn’t time on a weekend cruise. Even if I can’t do a full-blown treatment, there’s always time to get a Rainforest Pass and while away a morning or afternoon in the heated tile loungers, gazing out at the ocean. I top it off with a refreshing scented shower. Pure bliss!
The ‘See-Through’ Hot Tubs
People often don’t think of Disney as an adult cruise line, but it has adults-only areas on its ships and on Castaway Cay. One thing I love in the Disney Dream’s adult pool area is the hot tubs with clear windows in the bottom that let you see all the way down to the ocean. It’s a great view, as long as you’re not afraid of heights!
Castaway Cay is paradise, plain and simple. Imagine the most wonderful, tranquil tropical island and you have an idea of what it’s like. There are plenty of beach activities, like swimming with stingrays, snorkeling, boat rides, and floating the ocean. If you like to spend time on land, kick back in one of the many lounge chairs. Choose from the family beach or Serenity Bay, which is for adults only. You don’t even have to go back on board the Dream for lunch, as it’s served at two restaurants and also by the adult beach.