disneyfan1313 Posted February 3, 2011 Share Posted February 3, 2011 (edited) When we heard that the Disney Dream was going to be sailing in 2011 we knew we HAD to be on its Maiden Voyage. We *love* cruising (shameless plug for the TPR Cruise Thread) and the Disney Cruise Line ships are very special to us. Our favorite is the Disney Wonder since we got married on it in 2007 but we love the Magic almost as much! The Maiden Voyage is the first *official* voyage of a new cruise ship - there are generally a few "test" trips before the maiden voyage to work out bugs and get the press a chance to experience it. This was a 4 day cruise with stops in Nassau, a day at sea and a stop at Disney's private island of Castaway Cay. Overall we were INCREDIBLY impressed and happy with our experience - there were a few small bugs (wake up calls not working) and a few things we prefer the look of on the older ships...but the new ones are amazing. The technology that is integrated into this ship is mindblowing - everything works off of the RFID chip that is in your room card and everything just works together from the photos to the stateroom door to the seating for the shows to ....well - everything! Anyways... enough talking - onto the photos! We were pretty worried because the drive to the port was foggy, rainy, and COLD. Normally you can see the ships perfectly from this point. We got their super-early.. as did everyone else! We had to wait outside in the cold for about 90 minutes until we could enter the terminal. Still cold...but at least the rain has lightened up. We can also see our awesome ship in the background! DCL goes for a very classic ocean liner look with dual stacks... one is just for show however. Finally we get to head into the terminal! The sun has started to come out to welcome us. We started to notice all the maiden voyage signage and touches EVERYWHERE. Our first daily navigator! This is where you find out all the activities for the day. See that small listing of numbers where it says "001" - first cruise! Photo ops were all over the place in the terminal. DCL has a custom built terminal which is very nice and not shared with other lines like most. OMG the maiden voyage stuff was everywhere! And it can only be used for this one! Even Mickey got in the act! now the real one comes out to visit in his Captain outfit. A special band was brought into the terminal for the celebration as well. Almost time to board - for those of you who have not sailed DCL before.. people NEVER hug the gate like this. It was crazy! Finally on board! We run to the D Lounge to check for Palo or Remy reservations (their upcharge restaurants). Only to find they are still all booked.. Lounge has a cool retro meets modern feel though! This is the equivalent of Studio Sea on the Magic and Wonder. But it has these weird foam chairs... yeah - these chairs are literally made of foam! We ran through the lobby but now take a closer look.. Beautiful! OMG. It really just *feels* luxurious. Lunch is through these gates at the Enchanted Garden! They have a homemade gellato bar... a first for DCL. Really pretty inside - when you eat here at dinner the entire restaurant converts from day to night. The plates were all custom designs in the restaurants. It's these details that make DCL for us. See! DCL exclusive! Yeah, I am a geek. Lunch was *awesome*. We were very surprised and happy with the food quality the entire cruise.. it was a step up from the already great Magic and Wonder. Pretty fountain with Mickey in a toga! Edited February 4, 2011 by robbalvey Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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