I have a confession to make, one that won’t come as a surprise if you listen to the Mouse Chat podcast: Until last week, I had no desire to go on a cruise ship. I can’t really put a finger on why: I mean, what is it about unlimited amounts of food and relaxation that didn’t appeal to me? And it’s not like I was basing my feelings on anything more than one slightly disasterous (don’t ask) crossing of the English Channel (pre-Chunnel years). But last week, I got to tour the Disney Dream and it took about 30 minutes to change my mind. Here’s what did it:
Yes, I was won over by the thought of using this spa. Come on, I’m only human. What mom doesn’t dream about having a spa day while the kids play happily . . . somewhere else? You can get a pedicure in these chairs above. The best part is that they’re right across from a large bank of windows that look out to the ocean. You can also have a soak in these tubs right outside.
In addition to every treatment you can think of, there’s also a well-equipped fitness center full of the type of equipment you’d find in a better gym. One of the agents on our tour is a personal trainer and he used the gym on his last trip on the Dream and gave it a thumbs up.
I was really impressed by the dining options on the ship. This restaurant is known as the Enchanted Garden, with pretty art deco style booths. The ceiling is made to look like an outdoor trellis that changes from bright morning light to moonlight as the day passes.
We ate at this buffet-style restaurant, called Cabanas. It’s located near the main pool and was excellent.
You can also try more upscale restaurants like Palo or Remy for a small additional charge.
The pools were really extraordinary, especially the Aquaduck waterslide that goes out a tiny bit over the ocean. A little scary, but I can’t wait to try it.
The Nemo play area is for kids up to 8-years old. It’s completely closed off and supervised, so you don’t have to worry about little ones running off while you’re in your blissed-out post-spa happy place.
For kids three and up, there are play areas that are free of charge. The areas are segregated by age and are full of creative things to keep them entertained.
I loved this area called Pixie Hallow. There’s a cupboard with princess dresses for little girls to play with as well.
Andy’s bedroom is a must for any kid who loves Toy Story. I know I’m not the only one who had to fight the urge not to climb through Slinky Dog.
Kids can even crawl on Andy’s bed. Parents can too. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.
I’m so happy the Dream changed my mind and can’t wait to give it a try!