All year, we have been collecting photos of Mickey in his different costumes and this cruise was like JACKPOT!
When we got to the Disney terminal to check-in, Minnie was already there greeting guests wearing her cruise director costume. Captain Mickey arrived about 20 minutes later for his meet & greet.
Because of the way we booked our cruise within two weeks of sailing, we were automatically assigned the late seating time for dining. The first thing we did onboard was change our dining reservation time from late seating (8:15pm) to early seating (5:45pm). Because our ship was sailing with >10% vacancy, this was not a problem for us, but I don’t think that’s true normally.
Once onboard the Dream, the character greeting times are listed on an LED screen by the Grand Atrium and also in your daily Personal Navigator newsletter that is delivered to the cabin nightly.
Guests actually bring yellow highlighters onboard with them and read the Personal Navigator newsletter cover–to-cover highlighting all the things they want to do so they don’t miss out on anything. First run Disney movies play from 8am to midnight in the Buena Vista Theatre; we watched “Frozen” in 3D one night. And, every night there is a new Broadway show performed in the Walt Disney Theater. We loved it all!
Dining onboard the Dream was wonderful. Disney does rotational dining where you get to dine in a different restaurant every night. Your servers move with you from restaurant to restaurant, showing up in a different costume each night. The first night, we ate at the Enchanted Garden, the restaurant theme was inspired by the gardens of Versailles. It was beautiful. The food was “‘Continental Market”.
The second night of the cruise we ate at the Royal Palace, the more formal of the three restaurants. The food was “French Dinner”. (I had Chateaubriand Beef, fork tender!)
On third night, we ate at Animator’s Palate, a really cool restaurant with a lot of animation going on in the large LED screens along the walls of the restaurant. Fishes, turtles, sharks, etc. start out swimming in one LED panel, then slowly swim around the entire restaurant. The food was “Pacific Rim Cuisine”. This was the night the dining crew celebrated Caroline’s birthday by bringing her a special dessert and singing “Happy Birthday”.
All the food served for dinner during each the four course meals was delicious from the appetizers, to soups/salads, to main entrees, to the dessert selections…all of it was top notch. We tried to order at least one seafood dish, either the appetizer or entrée, at each meal.
Some more character photos: