Jeff and Joe's DREAM-Y Cruise Report *Day 2 Added*

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Jeff and Joe's DREAM-Y Cruise Report *Day 2 Added*

Joe and I had our first DCL experience last week! We were celebrating Joe's birthday and selected a 3 night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream.

Our departure day was Friday, March 1, out of Port Canaveral with stops in Nassau on March 2 and Castaway Cay on March 3, and back to Port Canaveral on March 4.

Here's a link to some of our pics; you don't need a Snapfish account or log in info to view.

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Embarkation Day
Our check in time was 12:15 to 12:30; we got to Port Canaveral at Noon and parked in the garage. (Parking for the entire trip was $68. Preferred parking is another $20; not sure of the value since we were pretty close to the terminal and there were plenty of spots in the garage)

Easy run through Security and we were immediately directed to a counter, where we signed the "Are you sick?!????" questionnaire, had our passports checked and we were given our Key to the World card. After that we were told "Open boarding; feel free to get right on!" So we did. Captain Mickey was taking pics in front of the ship model so we waved but went on our way.

Quick stop for a boarding picture and then to the welcome committee, where they announced our arrival party, everyone clapped and welcomed us on board! And by this time it was maybe 12:45. Woo!

Rooms weren't ready until 1:30 (and they have blue ribbons up across the room areas preventing you from going beyond the staircase/elevator area!) so we explored the upper decks. The ship is fascinating!! And huge!

We decided to check out Cabanas for lunch and since it wasn't too busy, we opted for that, and took an outside seat. Food was good and plentiful and the view was great.

They let us to our rooms right at 1:30, our luggage was already at our door. Nice! We had a backpack with a few essentials that we carried on, but getting our stuff so quickly and getting unpacked right away was nice.

VERANDAHS ARE AWESOME!! So glad we went with a verandah room. It was well worth it. And the sage advice for port side came in handy at Castaway Cay, where we backed into Port.

Muster drill was interesting (and loud!) but once that was done, we were off! What an experience for the first time! It was hard to notice we were moving, but when I looked directly down from the 14th deck to the ocean I felt a little woozy. So I found the horizon and was fine. And after an hour I was totally used to it and could look down no problem. And no seasickness for the entire cruise for either of us! YAY!

We spent a good hour or so just watching from the top deck, enjoying the adult area and lounge chairs, got a tropical drink and relaxed as the shoreline became distant and faded away.

After looking through the Navigator we decided we wanted to see the Golden Mickeys show and Ralph Breaks the Internet. And we decided that our 8:15 seating for dinner was too late for us to eat so we opted for room service instead. We ordered the buffalo wings, grilled cheese and steak sandwich and split it all. Was all pretty good. The cake of the day was something pumpkin which wasn't all that appealing so we got cookies, which were quite good!

The Golden Mickeys show was really really good; we opted for the balcony seating which allowed us a broader view. After that we headed over to the Buena Vista movie theater for Ralph Breaks the Internet. At 10:30 pm. It was just about 2 hours long. I may have fallen asleep during certain parts....we called it a night by 1 am. Which is waaaaaaay past my bedtime! But a great day, our room was turned down with towel animals and chocolates!! Now I want that every day.

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glad you had a great time. Off to look at your pictures

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Oh my goodness I have been looking forward to this!!! First of all, please tell Joe happy birthday! What a way to spend one and I know!!!!

Love the pictures, instantly made me wish I was back on the boat. It's such an amazing feeling looking out over the open ocean muchlove

I don't think I have EVER made it to 1am on a cruise so kudos to you two! I CAN NOT wait to hear about the rest!!!

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Can't wait to hear more!

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Yay! Can't wait to here the rest! We're barely a month after ours and I miss the boat so much already!

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Day 2: Nassau!

Day 2 of our cruise was Nassau. Going into the cruise we had our reservations about Nassau and getting off the ship, strolling around, and port adventures. The State Department has a travel advisory to exercise increased caution, due to violence in and around the area, even in broad daylight. I'd read tons of personal reports, good and bad, on the Disney Cruise Junkies forum. Part of me loves to explore and part of me has no interest in taking risks, especially outside our home country.

That's the backdrop as we woke up and took a few minutes to appreciate our verandah! We could see the Nassau port in the near horizon so we figured we had just enough time to grab showers, get dressed and work our way up to Deck 14 to watch the ship dock! And that's exactly what we did.

I was kinda hoping that we would back in, as I had been watching a Nassau Port Cam for weeks and was fascinated by how these huge ships do a 180 to back into the docks! But it turned out we pull straight into the port. Which was still fascinating to watch! Smooth as silk.

Our ship was the very first one to dock. We could see another one a bit further out so we knew we'd have company soon. (And said ship backed in, which was equally fascinating to watch from another ship!).

We headed down to Cabanas for breakfast and decided that we would get off the ship, check out the Festival Place and wander the shops just one block over. No further though. I had originally planned to walk to the Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle, but the advisories scared us off.

It was about 9:30 am when we decided to disembark and check out Nassau. TIP #1: Don't be among the first ones off the ship in Nassau!! Wow! Lesson learned!!! The taxi drivers, tour drivers and vendors are like vultures! Which I knew because I read all about it. I just didn't realize how few people had gotten off the ship so far, so we were targets for everyone. I can't say anyone was overly pushy or aggressive and most quickly backed off with a polite "no thanks" or "not interested thanks". But it was a swarm! Haha.

We also learned that it was still a little early for some of the vendors to be opened at the Festival Place so in additional to being swarmed, there was nothing to see. We worked our way out to the main shopping street (Bay Street I believe) and walked around. We didn't feel not safe but we had our guard up.

We made our way down to the Straw Market, and gain, since it was still early not all the vendors were open and set up. I didn't care for it at all " the aisles were so narrow I knocked over a coffee mug, and everyone was wanting to make a deal today! So we decided to hit up Starbucks instead. We paid in cash and for change got a Bahamian dollar so free souvenir! The Starbucks had an upstairs so we wandered up and people watched for a little bit.

We decided that we enough adventure for us and headed back to the ship. And by now there were at least 2 other ships at port and people were filling up the area.

Once back on, we had a fun afternoon playing mini-golf, fooz ball, ping pong and enjoying the adult deck. Oh, and the line was short so we rode the AquaDuck! Boy that was fun.

I had also ordered a specialty cake for Joe's birthday and that was delivered to the room. It was nicely packaged and I brought along some candied birthday lettering so I added that and we celebrated the Big 4-0! DCL also left him a nice birthday card and button in our stateroom. He would not let me be obnoxious and make a scene about it " he said that's my thing. Which is true....

For dinner Cabanas was offering a sit down dinner so we decided to do that. It was really good (we both had steak), though the dish of fingerling potatoes was way too garlicy for me so I asked for a side of mashed potatoes instead.

The evening show was Beauty and the Beast, and the adaption for the ship show was really creative and good. We thoroughly enjoyed. TIP #2: Call room service 30 minutes before you plan to leave for the show and order warm chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal cookies (or both!) and take the plate with you to the show! The popcorn and candy at the theater cost $, but room service was free J

This was also Pirate Night, so after the show we wandered up to the main pool deck area grabbed a viewing spot. The Pirate Party was fun to watch, and people really went all-out dressing to theme. In our staterooms earlier were Pirate bandanas, and of course I brought my Pirate Ears, so we fit right in.

The fireworks were fun to watch " fireworks at sea = amazing! Afterwards was a pirate buffet (10:30 pm) " featuring tacos! Haha. I can't eat tacos at 10:30 pm but plenty of people could! Instead I tried for a piece of pistachio pie (which was mediocre) and then got ice cream with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, mini marshmallows and chocolate shavings. I know, I can't eat a taco but I can eat that. Believe me, I paid for it all night. I'd do it again though. Haha!

And that was our Saturday.....

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Some additional pics from our day at Nassau.

1. Pulling into Port
2. From the adult deck looking out - another ship heading in
3. A Carnival ship.docked next to us
4. They Carnival ship had Mr. And Mrs. Potato Head photo op.... eek
5. Towel/blanket animal and chocolates at night time (not 100% sure I know what it is - haha)
6. Warm chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies and a Mickey Ice Cream Bar from Room Service - Yay!

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Sounds like you had a great time! Tell Joe Happy belated Birthday from us. birthday

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Sounds like another fabulous day. We walked to the staircase on our honeymoon, 5 years ago, it wasn't bad, very quiet on the way back which spazzed me out a bit but it was really cool.

Can't wait to hear about Castaway!!!! I love watching them shoot the ropes out to the dock. It's been a tradition since our first cruise!!

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I will, thank you!