My family loves all things Disney and the 3 day Disney Dream cruise to the Bahamas did not let us down!
Here are 8 things to consider for your Disney Dream cruise to the Bahamas:
- Bring your pirate gear! Pirate night kicked off with a buccaneer themed dinner, followed by a stage show featuring Mickey and the gang. It was fun to see everyone dressed in their pirate gear. The night ended with a spectacular display of fireworks.
- Plan an excursion! Everyday, you can choose to stay on board or take an excursion. In Nassau, we interacted with the dolphins at the Atlantis resort. My three and five year olds were hesitant at first, but once they saw how docile the dolphins were, they waded into the water. Even though it was an extra expense, it was our favorite excursion. How often do you get to pet a dolphin?
- Get off the boat at Castaway Cay. This is Disney’s private island. Rent a cabana or lounge on a complimentary beach chair. Disney provides it all- the towels and a huge lunch buffet, frequented by many of the Disney characters. We took a glass bottom boat tour. Our crew taught us about the native fish and the correct pronunciation of Cay—it’s “Key.” After the boat tour, we grabbed beach chairs and jumped in the ocean. There’s a nice set up with waterslides near the shore.
- Enjoy the phenomenal Disney productions. Each Broadway style show lasted about 45 minutes – the right length for young families. We sat in the front and in the back during two different shows and our boys could see well. These high energy productions kept us entertained each night.
- Take advantage of the kids club. Our boys spent a few hours there while we had a quiet dinner. The boys wanted to return but we had too many other fun activities planned, which brings me to my next piece of advice…
- Plan your day. You can be as busy or relaxed as you want. In hindsight, I would have slowed down. We tried to do every event and by 8 pm, we were exhausted. We liked our oceanview stateroom with bunk beds for the boys and a curtain to draw so the adults had some privacy. It also had a great balcony with chairs and I liked that there was a water closet separate from the shower and the sink. If one of the boys had a bathroom emergency while someone was showering, it wasn’t a problem. Disney does a great job with those little details that are important to young families.
- Choose your dining time asap. We missed the window for the early seating at 6 pm and had an 8 pm dinner time. Each night, you sit with the same people and have the same wait staff, but you eat at a different themed restaurant. We are early eaters, so the second dining time at 8 pm didn’t work for us. We tried it the first night and my boys fell asleep in their food! Our waiter said it was possible to change but we never requested it. Instead, we ate as a family at a buffet area. Chicken nugget paradise!
8) Be ready for crowds. We went while school was in session, which we thought would be less crowded, but the pools were packed. Disney cruise line, following US Public Health service requirements, requires all swimmers to be potty trained. No swim diapers allowed in the pools or on the slides. There are splash areas where toddlers in swim diapers can go. Our boys were too short for the AquaDuck, the on board water slide, but they enjoyed a smaller water slide on the pool deck. We loved the beach at Castaway Cay and the large pools and slides at Atlantis.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience. It was crowded but that’s something we expect when we do anything Disney related. This cruise was a fun way to introduce our family to the high seas. We could feel the boat moving at dinner but for the most part, it was smooth sailing. Disney cruise line pays attention to the details and makes cruising with a young family a pleasant experience.