Once the safety drill is over, your Disney Cruise Line vacation begins in earnest. You can head to the upper decks and enjoy the sailaway party with Mickey and friends or hang out somewhere quieter like deck four if you don’t have a verandah stateroom or your own verandah if you do. Hubby opted for the party, while I relaxed on our verandah and watched the world go by. Once we reached Jetty Park, I knew it was time to hit the open ocean on our way to Nassau. There are always people waving goodbye to the ships at Jetty; it’s a perfect spot if you’re not sailing but want to watch the cruise ships go out. There’s also a nice beach, but it was chilly so there weren’t many people in the water other than a couple of brave polar bears.
After sail away, we headed to Pink, which is down in the District (the adult club area). Pink is a fun champagne bar decorated in soft tones, with lots of bubbles in which you can occasionally spot Dumbo. Our media group enjoyed beverages to kick off the trip. I went with the Ring of Bubbles, a pair of tasty champagnes that felt suitable celebratory for my 88th Disney cruise.
The Golden Mickeys was the show of the night; an especially fitting show, considering that it’s Oscar season. It’s a cute awards show with a typically Disney theme of believing in yourself and taking risks in order to achieve your dreams. It has a whirlwind selection of characters and familiar songs, including Snow White, Cruella deVil, Tarzan, Terk, Quasimodo, Mulan Stitch, and more. You can see it live in the theater before or after dinner, depending on your dining time, or on your stateroom TV, where it plays several times during the evening. Seeing it live is fun if you have kids, since they might be interviewed on the way in. The Walt Disney Theater is a spacious, comfy place to see the main shows. I particularly like being up in the balcony.
After the show, it was time to get ready for Remy, the most upscale of the two adults-only restaurants. It costs $85 per person to eat there, and you can add a wine pairing for an additional $150. Other upgrades include a special beef or caviar experience and, since it was truffle season, a truffle dinner. It was pricey, but I was intrigued and I adore truffles, so I decided to treat myself. They’re added to dishes from the main menus, and they made a nice little indulgence that I deemed a (very) early birthday present for myself.
If you stick with the main menu, you can opt for French or American cuisine. It rotates every six months, but at the moment there are options like lobster and veal, although with some of the most delicious and decadent chocolate desserts I’ve ever tasted. There’s also a cheese course that’s pure Heaven for a cheese fanatic like me.
One of the chefs who creates the Remy American menu is from Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian, and the restaurant is pretty much V&A at sea. It doesn’t have the V&A coffee pots (no open flames allowed on the ship), but purses do get their very own stool. Watch for an article that goes into more depth on Remy coming up when I return to shore.
Hubby thoroughly enjoyed his wine pairing, and I had a glass with my meal, as well as some port to accompany the cheese. The serving sizes are small enough so you don’t get overwhelmed by the seemingly neverending stream of courses. Don’t think you’re done at dessert time; you’ll also get some sweets to take with you.
There were some late night activities, but after a Remy meal we were in no condition to do anything but waddle back to our stateroom and settle in for the night. The ship had been rocking a bit earlier in the evening, but it was smooth as glass by bedtime. I actually like a little sway because it rocks me to sleep, but I honestly wouldn’t have know that I was out on the ocean if it wasn’t for the view through my verandah doors. By the way, a hint if you don’t like the motion or are prone to seasickness: the lower decks get less motion, so don’t book a stateroom on the upper decks. Think of the ship as a giant upside down pendulum. The sway is mainly at the top. Also, you get more motion forward than aft, and midship has the least amount. Of course, the Dream has stabilizers so you really won’t get a lot of motion anyway unless the weather is crazy.
Our first day was over all too quickly, but we hit our pillows looking forward to a new day ahead in Nassau. Check in soon for the next part of my weekend on the Disney Dream trip report. You’ll find part one here.