Greetings from Barb!
We boarded Disney Dream yesterday afternoon at Port Canaveral after a leisurely (and huge) breakfast at Grill’s (yup, the same place we had dinner on Wednesday). We killed time after breakfast driving down through Patrick AFB to Satellite Beach and back, finally venturing to the port around 12:30 pm.
The Dream is much larger than Disney Magic or Wonder; it can accommodate 4,000 passengers and displaces 130,000 tons. It is the second-largest ship we have been on, the first being the Queen Mary 2 (our impromptu transatlantic voyage last year). Embarkation was a bit chaotic, but we got through the check-in fairly quickly and were able to board right away because I was using the wheelchair.
The Dream is spectacular! Everything looks brand new and the public areas are absolutely magnificent. We will post some pictures when we are back in 3G zones; we are suffering again with MTN shipboard Internet access (slow and expensive).
We lucked out and got a reservation at Palo last night, one of the two adults-only specialty restaurants. Tonight we dine at Remy, the other specialty restaurant named after the intrepid rat chef from the delightful Pixar movie “Ratatouille”. Saturday night will be our only dinner in one of the main dining rooms.
Palo was fantastic! We both had the beef tenderloin as the main entree and enjoyed good appetizers and pasta courses (I had lobster and mascarpone ravioli). We washed it down with a hearty Sicilian red wine (Nero d’avola).
One really interesting feature on this ship are artworks scattered throughout the ship that have animated features (for example, you are looking at a picture of a young Walt Disney and suddenly some of the characters zoom into the picture). We plan to look for more of these this afternoon.
Our verandah stateroom is very nice, on deck 6 right by the mid-ship elevators. The bed was very comfortable. My only complaint so far is the shower: The tub is very deep (much deeper than the ones on Magic and Wonder) and the floor of the tub was very slick. I needed help getting out because of my bad knees. I requested a tub mat so that I don’t feel like I’m going to fall.
Steve just got back from riding the AquaDuck, a long water slide (roller coaster?) above the middle pool. He came back soaking wet but really enjoyed the experience.
This is our fifth time in Nassau, which is one of our least favorite destinations, so we don’t even plan to leave the ship. Tomorrow is Castaway Cay day, which will be wonderful. We’re doing a trip on a glass-bottom boat (I can’t snorkel anymore) and we plan to relax on this private island developed for Disney Cruise Line. All too soon we will be disembarking on Sunday and heading to Hilton Head, South Carolina.
More to come!