Disney Dream Review

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  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars 4.5
  • Expert Rating:4.0-stars 4.0
  • Traveler Rating:4.0-stars 4.2
    • Couples: 4.4
    • Families w/ young children: 4.1
    • Families w/ older children: 4.0
    • Singles/Friends: 4.4
    • Groups: 4.5
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Ship Size: XL
  • Total Cabins: 1,250
  • Restaurants: 6
  • Pools: 3

How it Ranks: Disney Dream ranks #1 out of 4 Disney Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Introduced in 2011, the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream is Disney's largest ship. With whimsical art deco furnishings, like a bronze statue of Admiral Donald in the lobby atrium, the ship nods to classic Disney characters. One main highlight is the AquaDuck — a 765-foot-long water coaster that snakes through four decks and over the edge of the ship. Another draw is Goofy's Sports Deck activity center, which offers mini-golf, basketball courts, ping pong and foosball tables as well as a virtual sports simulator (for an extra fee). Though the ship places an emphasis on family-focused entertainment, with kids clubs split into distinct age groups and innovative youth programs that include stimulating games and supervised activities catering to everyone from toddlers to teens, it's also geared toward grown-ups with a host of adults-only nightclubs. A section of the ship called The District transforms into an adult oasis at night with five nightclubs and lounges. And with nine dining venues, including two specialty, adult-only restaurants, passengers have a wide range of cuisine options to choose from. In terms of lodging, like other Disney ships, the Disney Dream caters to cruising clans with perks like convertible sofas and seating and sleeping areas that can be partitioned with a curtain; and each comes appointed with an iPod docking station, a desk and a flat-screen TV. While the smallest stateroom category can comfortably fit three people, the largest Concierge Suite category rooms can accommodate five guests and grants extras, like a media library and exclusive access to a private sun deck. Though some past cruisers commented that the ship's common public areas, such as the pools and buffets, can feel crowded, with a 3-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, the ship offers a more tailored onboard experience than larger megaships sailing today. But with that in mind, if you're looking for attentive service, sparse crowds and secluded nooks, a smaller ship may better suit your needs. 

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.