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    Said I was going to do this so I needed to get around to it. Still working on photos and such from our Dream cruise so they're not ready. But I wanted to get some impressions of the Disney Dream down for you.

    First of all, it's big. To paraphrase one of my favorite authors:
    "The Dream," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to a walk back to the District, listen..."
    If you've been on the Wonder or the Magic, this thing is gonna make them feel like a toy. It's that big.

    Here's some specifics:
    • Staterooms:
    • This is a rather odd one. For our class of stateroom (5C), the stateroom on the Dream is actually a little smaller than it was on the Magic (268 sq ft on the Magic and 246 sq ft on the Dream), it actually feels larger. I think the reason for this is that they've done some new things on the Dream that seem to increase the usable space. For instance, on the Dream, they've raised the beds in the staterooms off the floor so that you can store your luggage under the bed. Huge improvement over the Magic. I only hope they do the same thing to the Magic (and the Wonder) at some point in the future.
    • The bathrooms seem to be about the same size but once again, they've done some things on the Dream that make them seem larger. Specifically, the bath tub/shower. On the Magic (and I assume the Wonder), the shower curtain pull straight along the length of the tub. The standing joke in the clubs was that in order to take a shower, you had to soap the walls and then just spin in place. On the Dream, they've taken that straight curtain rail and put a big curve in it. The net result is that the shower curtain bulges out into the bathroom space while you're in the shower. This provides enough room to move with relative ease without rubbing against the various bits.




    • Dining:

      There's still 3 main restaurants on the Dream. They are; Royal Palace, Enchanted Garden, and of course, Animators Palette. They are naturally larger. There's also two adults only restaurants. Palo, like on the Magic and Wonder, and Remy, which is completely unique to the Dream and will also be on the Fantasy I imagine.
    • Royal Palace (Dream) versus Lumiere's (Magic) or Triton's (Wonder).
      The Royal Palace theming revolves around all the Disney Princesses. It's no longer specific to a certain character. There are references to all of them throughout the restaurant. The most obvious reference is the Glass Slippers that are a part of the central chandelier in the restaurant. For some odd reason though, we weren't as impressed with the Royal Palace as we were with Lumiere's on the Magic. Chalk it up to personal preference but it just didn't seem "right". Don't misunderstand, it's still very nice. Just didn't impress us as much as the main restaurant on the Magic.
    • Enchanted Garden (Dream) versus Parrot Cay (Magic and Wonder).
      Ask almost anyone who's been on the Magic or the Wonder what their least favorite restaurant is and you'll almost always get a response of "Parrot Cay". Well, that's all changed on the Dream with the Enchanted Garden. We found the theming and ambience of this restaurant just delightful. The only downside of this one for us was that they only served a breakfast buffet here. That meant I couldn't have my standard Eggs Benedict for breakfast here. No matter. This was still our very favorite restaurant and we would have happily taken all our meals in here if we could.
    • Animators Palette (Dream) versus Animators Palette (Magic and Wonder).
      On the Dream, they've updated Animator's Palette with lots of video type displays. There was one over our table. Right behind my head as it turned out. This proved to be significant in that the volume from it was so loud, that it almost hurt. Volume you say? Yes, volume. Seems that the characters here, interact with the guests. In our case (as in most of what we saw), it was Crush from "Finding Nemo". And when I say interact, that's exactly what I mean. Crush started querying members of our party and carrying on a conversation with them. Quite impressive.
      However, there's some caveats here. While the wall display's change from black and white to color, these seem to be mostly the video type displays. While that's impressive, it just didn't have the impact for me that the change in the artwork on the Magic (or the Wonder) does. Also, on the Magic (and I assume the Wonder), as the evening goes on, the wait staff change their vests from black and white to color. Not so on the Dream. Finally, on the Magic and Wonder, the wait staff, at the end of the meal, used to do a very nice flag ceremony where they paraded through the dining room with the flags of various countries representing the crew. Once again, that's gone on the Dream. Or at least it was on our cruise.
    • Adult Dining - Palo and Remy on the Dream
      We only did brunch at Palo on the Dream. This was roughly on a par with Palo on the Magic. At least for brunch. But, there were some noticeable differences. One thing that was different was the lack of the traditional pizzas there were available in Palo on the Magic. For my DW and I, these pizzas were a part of brunch that we really enjoyed. And they were delicious. Sadly, on the Dream, they weren't available. Also, on the Magic (and I assume the Wonder), Palo is laid out in almost a semi circular manner around the stern of the ship. On the Dream, Palo is laid out on only one side. The other side is reserved for Remy. This layout made Palo feel long and thin. At least to me. I found the layout on the Magic to be much more to my liking.
      We didn't even consider Remy. If I were on my honeymoon or an anniversary, it might be nice. But like Victoria and Alberts at the Grand Floridian, Remy is relatively expensive. Especially for a cruise where all the food is included. At $75 per person, we gave it a pass.
















These are just my observations and feelings that we got from our Dream cruise. All in all, given a choice, we prefer the Magic to the Dream. Prefer being the operative word. The Magic just seems to be more "intimate" than the Dream does. It's still Disney through and through. There was certainly nothing on the Dream that would dissuade us from taking another cruise on the Dream, but given our choice, we'd still prefer the Magic (or probably the Wonder).

Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I do have to mention one thing. There was an accident while we were on the Dream. No one was hurt but the potential certainly was there. The lifeboats hang above the walkway on deck 4. Deck 4 is the deck with deck chairs, shuffleboard areas are. The cables holding the lifeboat bow to the davit for lifeboat number 9 let go and the bow of the lifeboat crashed to the deck. As I said, no one was hurt. I don't have the specifics as Disney was quite tight lipped about it but I've heard it mentioned that it was during a lifeboat testing session for the lifeboat crew. My DW and I were in the Enchanted Garden having lunch when this occurred and heard a rather large boom but didn't know what happened. Of course, this couldn't be fixed while we were at sea but when we returned to Port Canaveral, there were two cranes waiting to lift the lifeboat off the deck so the damage could be repaired. It took out the railing on deck 4 directly under the lifeboat. I've since learned that they patched the railing and the Dream sailed minus this one lifeboat. What happened or why, I don't know specifically. But it wouldn't concern me in the slightest. I'd still lounge in the deck 4 chairs on any Disney cruise. I consider this a fluke and wouldn't let it bother me at all. I just didn't want you to hear about it from other sources and wonder why it wasn't mentioned.

I'll get a proper trip report up at some point in the future. After I get my pictures cataloged and edited.

In the meantime, if you've got questions, ask. I'll do my best to answer them.

Tom (... self appointed Assistant Cruise Director )
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    wow!!! tom the dream sounds absolutely gorgeous. thank you so much for giving us your insight to this lil rowing boat

    so is the fantasy another new liner being built now or sometime in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 256773
    so is the fantasy another new liner being built now or sometime in the future?
    The Fantasy is under construction right now by Meyer-Werft in Germany. Due to launch early next year.

    Tom (... yep... they're big! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher, post: 256776
    The Fantasy is under construction right now by Meyer-Werft in Germany. Due to launch early next year.

    Tom (... yep... they're big! )
    cool!! thx tom. is the dream more expensive to cruise on than the wonder and the magic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 256777
    cool!! thx tom. is the dream more expensive to cruise on than the wonder and the magic?
    Don't really know Mick. It all depends on how long the cruise is, what stateroom class you book, where the cruise goes. A lot of variables. I haven't done a comparison really. I do know that the cruises in general are more expensive now than they were in 2003 when we took our first Disney cruise. Big surprise. Huh?

    Tom (... ahhh but it's such a delightful way to travel!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher, post: 256778
    Don't really know Mick. It all depends on how long the cruise is, what stateroom class you book, where the cruise goes. A lot of variables. I haven't done a comparison really. I do know that the cruises in general are more expensive now than they were in 2003 when we took our first Disney cruise. Big surprise. Huh?

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    ok no worries thx anyway tom. id just love to do a DCL on any one of them tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 256777
    is the dream more expensive to cruise on than the wonder and the magic?
    Yes. The Fantasy will be more expensive as well. For instance.....my Sister and her family have booked on The Fantasy for next May (using DVC points). We looked into going as well but decided against it since for two of us for a 7-night cruise in an oceanview stateroom is $3,100 (currently cheaper than inside staterooms). We looked at the Magic in January of next year and for the two of us we are able to get a 7-night cruise in a deluxe inside stateroom (split bath) for $1,700.

    Now since the Magic is no longer doing the Caribbean cruises after April of next year we couldn't compare a May price to Fantasy but the April cruises are $2,000 on the Magic.










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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher, post: 256766

    All in all, given a choice, we prefer the Magic to the Dream. Prefer being the operative word. The Magic just seems to be more "intimate" than the Dream does. It's still Disney through and through. There was certainly nothing on the Dream that would dissuade us from taking another cruise on the Dream, but given our choice, we'd still prefer the Magic (or probably the Wonder).
    This is one thing I was worried about that the new ships would just be too big and lose the intimate feel of "older" cruises.

    I just hope that the Wonder and the Magic still come back "home" to Port Canaveral every now and then in the future to sail their old itineraries once the Dream and Fantasy are both in service.

    Thanks for all the great info Tom!










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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFreak, post: 256784
    Yes. The Fantasy will be more expensive as well. For instance.....my Sister and her family have booked on The Fantasy for next May (using DVC points). We looked into going as well but decided against it since for two of us for a 7-night cruise in an oceanview stateroom is $3,100 (currently cheaper than inside staterooms). We looked at the Magic in January of next year and for the two of us we are able to get a 7-night cruise in a deluxe inside stateroom (split bath) for $1,700.

    Now since the Magic is no longer doing the Caribbean cruises after April of next year we couldn't compare a May price to Fantasy but the April cruises are $2,000 on the Magic.

    thats really expensive for two people thats nearly 2000 but the magic isnt a bad price at all. whats the weather like tho in january?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFreak, post: 256785
    I just hope that the Wonder and the Magic still come back "home" to Port Canaveral every now and then in the future to sail their old itineraries once the Dream and Fantasy are both in service.
    Current rumors have the Wonder staying on the West Coast and the Magic moving permanently to Europe to do the Med and Northern European cruises.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFreak, post: 256785
    Thanks for all the great info Tom!
    You're welcome!

    Tom (... glad to be the guinea pig!)

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