By popular demand, here are more photos from the Disney Dream’s Christening Cruise. I have already talked about the christening cermony and showed you some photos of the food served at the restaurants on board the Disney Dream. This was my first time on a Disney Cruise Line ship and only my second time on a cruise both of which traveled to the Bahamas and back from Port Canaveral, Florida. The Disney Dream was designed to bring the luxury of past ocean liners to today’s cruising public using the latest in modern day technologies for Disney’s target audience…families.
Deck 11 is where you will find the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck family swimming pools. Both heated to 87 degrees F. When Deck 11 is used for larger events, the pools are covered. There are locations for food, non-alcoholic beverages (soda, coffee, teas) and an ice cream bar on this deck where one can get pizzas, burgers, fries, chicken tenders, sandwiches and salads. For adults, there are adult-only areas with bars, pools, nightclubs and spas.
The clear tube of the AquaDuck water coaster winds it’s way around the ship being suspended above Deck 12. People riding it wave at other guests as they slide over the decks.
Parents will have time to enjoy time in the adult sections as their kids, tweens and teenagers will be busy playing video games on the floors, walls and labs of the Oceaneer’s Club and Lab. Tweens can hang together in the Edge, a trendy indoor lounge and a breezy outdoor deck and watch television, play videogames, listen to music, surf the Internet, enjoy fun activities and make new friends. Teens have their own place called the Vibe. There’s even a family club called the D-Lounge where parents and children are invited to sing, dance, play games and enjoy live entertainment together.
The christening cruise was only a two night trip out to Disney’s Castaway Cay island in the Bahamas. I was up on deck as the Disney Dream approached and then backed into its berth at the island dock. For such a large vessel, the crew expertly brought her in.
As this was more a vacation than a working trip for my wife, we disembarked and went to the adult only beach called Serenity Bay. Serenity Bay is lovely area with beach umbrellas in every Caribbean island color. The weather was perfect in the mid-70′s with a slight breeze.
It looks quiet, warm and peaceful laying there on the hammock, doesn’t it? Well, after finishing my Konk Kooler rum drink, I found myself spinning out of control. The remnants of my drink went flying through the air and I landed with a thud on the soft sand underneath. Once everyone around me knew I was not hurt, as I had ended up on my ass which is well padded, they all erupted in a fit of laughter. I joined in hoping to keep a little of my dignity.
After my adventure with the spinning hammocks of Serenity Bay, we checked out the family beaches. Disney has recently added some new improvements to Castaway Cay including the Pelican Plunge water slide.
After a tropical day on Castaway Cay, we re-boarded the ship and got ready for the night festivities. It was Pirate Night with a show for kids in the early evening with fireworks later. Disney is the only cruise line to present fireworks from a moving cruise ship.
This was one Disney vacation where I took time to live, laugh and relax. Right, Mickey?