Family Cruise on the Disney Dream – Castaway Cay
I had totally forgotten it was Valentine’s Day until about 3:00 PM today, when I woke up from a nap to the sounds of an Italian couple canoodling in the hammock beside me. I guess that’s what you get at the adults-only beach, Serenity Cay, on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Other than the sweet nothings, it was a nice way to spend the day, no children around or characters in sight.
I’ll be honest: a Disney cruise is FANTASTIC for families with children the appropriate age. For our family of three adults, we were a little out of place. It’s just that going on a Disney Cruise without a child is like going to a dog park without a dog. You’re just missing something crucial to appreciate it all. This is fine, as we mainly wanted to come on the ship to experience it since we were already in the area. The Disney Dream exceeded my expectations – they cater to children in a way that no other experience does.
Take my last post about the Dream, for example – the AquaDuck and Animator’s Palate are straight from a kid’s dreams. Everything onboard the ship focuses on children, like the Midship Detective Agency. This activity is perfect for a day at sea – kids receive a mystery to solve and consult the artwork on board to help them do so. Consult the artwork? Just watch:
With that being said, Disney does a wonderful job of taking care of the adults, as well. Throughout the day, there are activities solely for 18+, like alcohol tastings and trivia challenges. At night, an entire section of the ship is dedicated to the grown up crowd. The District, as it’s called, is composed of a number of bars and lounges, including both a sports bar and a champagne bar. My mother and I were particularly fond of Evolution, a bar/lounge/club/event area with a ton of nightly entertainment – from karaoke to dancing to live shows. The host, Trevor, really made the experience as great as it was. It’s amazing how one person can make such a difference. They need to clone him and have him as the host onboard every ship.
The entire staff on the Disney Dream went above and beyond. We watched as the waiters interacted with some of the children at other tables – everyone was really focused on providing excellent service and a friendly environment. It definitely worked! We had a great time on the Dream and I would highly recommend it to families and Disney aficionados, it will not disappoint.