Disney dream cruise ship docked at Castaway Cay.

Disney Dream Cruise – The Complete Guide

Learn everything you need to know about the Disney Dream Cruise including unique culinary experiences, delectable dining options, activities, ports, tips and more! This guide features my disney cruise reviews with our favorite things to eat, see and do.

woman sitting in a chair on the beach in the bahamas with calm clear water.

The Disney Dream cruise ship includes everything you love about Disney with a taste of the Caribbean sea. Immerse yourself in the full Disney experience with high quality dining options, culinary experiences, character greetings, island exploration and more. Book a trip on a Disney cruise and experience first hand why we love the Disney cruise.

  • Service is top notch – exactly what you would expect from Disney.
  • Food is SO good! There is something for everyone – from high end dining to relaxing poolside meals. The pictures below are from our actual dining experiences. I promise you will be impressed.
  • The live performances each night are excellent and family friendly.
  • Disney is the only cruise line that sails to the beautiful island of Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.
  • With so many unique activities and experiences, you will want to book another trip.

Disney dream cruise ship docked at Castaway Cay.

Disney Dream Cruise 2019

This guide provides an overview of the dining, activities and things you should know about my Disney dream cruise to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. Scroll through all of the photos and information below for the Disney cruise reviews or book your cruise at Disney Cruise Line.

Disney Dream Restaurants

Dining on the Disney Dream cruise ship is a unique experience. With a variety of dining options including everything from casual family dining to high-end adults-only dining, a Disney cruise offers dining options for everyone.

Animator’s Palate

A unique feature of a Disney cruise is the rotational dining experience. Each night of your cruise, you rotate to a different restaurant for three different Disney experiences. Animator’s Palate is one of the rotational dining rooms. Step inside a colorful restaurant and dine with some of your favorite Nemo characters that come to life on the walls. Kids especially love this dining room because Crush and other Nemo characters interact with guests throughout the meal. The entire meal is a performance!

Animator's Palate Restaurant table with white tablecloth and black chairs.

Photo of the Animator's Palate Disney Dream

Food in all of the dining rooms is very high quality. Try everything from roasted red snapper to filet of beef Wellington plus dessert and more. Kids will love that each dinner ends with their favorite Mickey ice cream bar!

Three dinner options at the Animator's Palate Disney Cruise

Bruce from Nemo at Animator's Palate Disney Dream

Enchanted Garden

Transport yourself to the gardens of Versailles in the Enchanted Garden. This is our favorite of the rotational dining rooms. Throughout your dinner, the dining room transforms from day to night as the lights overhead change. The ambiance is light and fun and the food is exquisite.

Enchanted garden on the Disney Dream table setting with fountain in the background.

The cuisine at Enchanted Garden matches the crisp and airy feel of the restaurant. The menu features market fresh ingredients in meals like slow-roasted prime rib, pan-seared sea bass, salmon and lobster ravioli. The sea bass was one of our favorite meals during the cruise. Fresh, flavorful and cooked to perfection!

Breakfast and lunch are also served in the Enchanted Garden.

Two ravioli pieces with lobster sitting in a white plate on a table at the Enchanted Garden.

Scallops on a plate with asparagus and couscous plus sea bass on another plate.

Royal Palace

Royal Palace is inspired by all of your favorite Disney classics like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. The servers dress like Prince Charming and the ambiance is elegant and refined.

Table set at the Royal Palace with a picture of Cinderella in the background.

The Royal Palace dining room on Disney Dream with tables and chairs.

For dinner in the Royal Palace, guests enjoy world-class French cuisine including lobster, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the Royal Palace.

Lamb chops on a plate with potatoes and brussels sprouts.

A slice of cooked fish on a plate and a slice of cooked beef on another plate.

Palo

Even if you don’t do anything else in this guide, we highly recommend that you book a brunch or dinner reservation at Palo. The restaurant is one of the adults-only dining rooms on the ship. Enjoy a modern Italian meal in a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere.

An elegant dining room at Palo restaurant Disney Cruise with white tablecloths overlooking the sea.

Palo is elegant, peaceful and suitable for all tastes. It’s a truly unforgettable dining experience at sea. Everything from the table-side antipasto cart to the fresh pastas and delectable desserts will impress. We are still dreaming about the fresh lobster pappardelle and the chocolate soufflé.

Waiter serving from an antipasto cart at Palo Disney Dream.

A caprese salad with lobster paparedelle on the right.

The best thing about dining on the Disney Dream cruise ship is that you can eat as little or as much as you want. If you want to try both the chocolate soufflé and the amaretto soufflé, do it. You won’t regret it!

Two dinner plates at Palo Disney Cruise including lamb chops and shrimp in a red broth.

Reservations are required at Palo and there is a $40 charge for dinner or brunch (as of 4/15/19), plus the cost of alcoholic beverages. Palo is an excellent deal for the quality and service. Plus, the dining room overlooks the ocean and creates an unforgettable experience.

An elegant Italian inspired restaurant on a Disney cruise ship with tables and chairs and white tablecloths.

A table with a red tablecloth filled with an assortment of brunch dishes.

In addition to dinner, a champagne brunch is offered at Palo. The brunch is available on sea days and select port days. The brunch features everything from signature pizzas to a fresh selection of cheese, breads, pastries, desserts and more. We highly recommend trying both dinner and brunch at Palo for two unique culinary experiences.

A tower of different desserts with berry fruit cups and mousse.

Remy

Remy is an intimate, adults-only French inspired restaurant aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. With theming inspired by the Disney film Ratatouille and it’s star Remy, the dining room is elegant, quiet and sophisticated. Superb French cuisine paired with a world class wine list and excellent service creates a lavish affair at sea. Guests may order from two tasting menus and include wine pairings or order a la carte from the menu.

Photo os the Remy dining room on the Disney Cruise with tables and chairs overlooking the ocean.

The dinner experience at Remy is currently $125 per person (as of 4/15/19), plus the cost of wine and other alcoholic beverages. An optional wine pairing is offered for $105 per person. Brunch at Remy is currently $75 per person and includes one complimentary glass of Champagne. An optional Champagne pairing is offered at an additional $30 per person. Reservations are required for both experiences and a dress code is enforced.

Remy waiter serving champagne during brunch.

Two plates from Remy brunch include lobster and caviar on one plate and scallops on the other plate.

Brunch plate and a plate with dessert.

A bowl of yellow soup on the left and a plate with sliced beef and decorative flowers on the right.

Cabanas

If you want something more casual than any of the three mini dining areas, the Disney Dream offers plenty of casual family-friendly dining options.

Cabanas is a free-flow casual dining restaurant offering ocean views and delectable food options. For breakfast and lunch, the restaurant offers a buffet of 16 specialized food stations with everything from pizza and pasta to stir fry and sushi. For dinner, the restaurant transforms into a table-service casual dining experience. Walk in at your leisure during their hours and grab a casual meal. And the service is excellent in Cabanas too!

A large pile of cooked shrimp at a buffet at Cabanas on the Disney Dream

Additional casual dining options are found at Flo’s Cafe, located on Deck 11 near the pool or via made-to-order room service.

Castaway Cay

The 4-night Bahamas itinerary on the Disney Dream currently includes one stop in Nassau, Bahamas and one stop on Disney’s Castaway Cay. We visited Nassau before and always prefer to stay on the ship during the day we dock in Nassau. There are so many activities on the Disney Dream so we prefer to explore the ship and take advantage of the lighter crowds while the boat is docked in Nassau.

However, on Castaway Cay, we are the first people to debark the ship and the last ones back on. Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. If you want to visit the island, you must book a Disney cruise. It’s worth waking up early so you can spend your entire day on the island. White sand beaches and clear water await!

Palm trees line the sand with beach chairs on Castaway Cay.

You don’t need to bring towels as they are available when you debark the ship. Beach toys and other items are available for purchase in the Castaway Cay gift shops. Snorkel gear, floats and bikes are available for rent.

A toddler building a sandcastle in the sand at Castaway Cay beach.

Castaway Cay also offers an adults-only beach, Serenity Bay. The beach is a gorgeous stretch of white sand with palm trees, lounge chairs and hammocks. It’s a restful retreat from the family beaches with less crowds and ocean breezes. The photo at the top of this post is from Serenity Bay. So gorgeous!

In addition, there is an adults only dining area which serves the same food as the family dining area plus a few extra items for lunch. If you’re looking for a quiet spot away from the crowds then visit Serenity Bay.

Cookie’s BBQ

Cookie’s BBQ is the main dining area on Castaway Cay. It offers a BBQ style buffet during lunch hours. Make sure to check the hours because once the bbq is closed, there are no other locations to grab food unless you head back to the ship. The bbq offers ribs, chicken, burgers, chips, salads, fruit, cookies, cookies, ice cream, soda and more.

Picture of cookies bbq on Castaway Cay.

Burgers at the lunch bbq buffet on Castaway Cay.

Tomato salad and grilled chicken

A fruit salad and cookies at the bbq at Castaway Cay.

Heads up bar and Summertime Freeze

If you’re looking for a place to grab a refreshing drink, visit Heads Up Bar and Summertime Freeze. You might even find Olaf or Sven! Non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks are available for purchase in an assortment of drink cups. Plus, the views from Heads Up Bar are some of the best on the island!

Heads up bar on the dock at Castaway Cay.

Holding a coconut cup in one hand that says Disney Cruise Line.

Olaf and Sven cups near heads up bar overlooking the Disney dream cruise ship.

Snorkeling, beach and water activities

One day isn’t enough time to experience everything on Castaway Cay. The island offers everything from kayaking and biking to snorkeling and waterslides. We recommend that you don’t book an excursion on your first visit to Castaway Cay. There are plenty of things to see and do on the island for all ages.

Blue and red kayaks on the beach with palm trees in the background.

waterslide on castaway cay

Snorkeling is one of our favorite things to do at Castaway Cay. You can simply walk in and swim to the snorkeling area from the beach. Visit Mickey and Minnie underwater and see various marine life such as fish and turtles. The water is calm and relatively shallow in most areas so it’s great for the entire family.

underwater Mickey and fish while snorkeling at Castaway Cay

Other unique culinary experiences on the Disney Dream

We are always looking for unique foodie experiences and the Disney Dream did not disappoint. The culinary experiences don’t end at lunch and dinner. In fact, you can plan an entire cruise around the culinary experiences!

Chocolate and liquor tasting

Try the chocolate and liquor tasting and experience flavors from around the world. The sommelier will walk you through the different chocolates and suggest pairings to please your palate. The tasting requires reservations so be sure to book as soon as possible.

Glass of wine and liquor with chocolate set on a table in a pink lounge.

From Stem to Stern Wine Tasting

Learn more about wine and taste some of the best wines from around the world during the Stem to Stern Wine Tasting. A head sommelier will guide you through the tasting to recognize flavors, regions and winemaking process behind each glass of wine. The tasting is informative, fun and delicious! The tasting also requires reservations so be sure to book as soon as possible.

A sommelier holding a bottle of wine at a wine tasting.

Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats

There is no shortage of sweets on the Disney Dream. Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats is everything you imagine in a sweet shop. It’s packed with gelato, milkshakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, candy and more. There is an additional cost for items at Vanellope’s but we think they are very reasonably priced. Although there is endless free ice cream available on the pool deck, we still stop into Vanellope’s every single day for something unique. Stop in and grab a sweet treat inspired by some of your favorite Disney movies and characters.

A huge cup filled with at least 10 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate topping and cherries.

Different colors and flavors of gelato.

Beauty and the beast cupcake and Wreck it Ralph cupcake.

Minnie red velvet cupcake and unicorn cupcake.

Peanut butter milkshake with whipped cream and a donut in front of a red background.

Meridian Lounge

Meridian Lounge is one of our favorite places on the ship to grab a drink. It’s a relaxing retreat to enjoy beautiful ocean views before brunch or dinner at Remy or Palo. With an extensive cocktail list and a fun gin trolley to create unique gin cocktails, you will experience high quality handcrafted cocktails at sea.

A gin cocktail sitting next to a gin trolley.

Two cocktails sitting on a bar.

Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar

Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar is another fun little hidden lounge on the Disney Dream. It’s located in The District, an area of the ship with adult bars and lounges. It’s swanky but relaxed, intimate and fun.

Glasses of wine sitting on the bar.

Cove Cafe

Another great place to escape the crowds is the Cove Cafe located near the adults-only pool. Grab a handcrafted coffee or tea drink and some fresh pastries each day. The coffee and tea are an additional cost, but the pastries are complementary. We love stopping in here during the early morning hours or in the afternoon before dinner. It’s quiet, restful and the perfect place to escape from the excitement on the pool deck.

Picture of a cafe on a cruise ship.

Pastries sitting on a plate and a box of tea off to the side.

Two coffee drinks.

Senses Juice Bar

Stop by Senses Juice Bar if you’re looking for a fresh fruit juice. The bar is located near the spa and fitness center. We like to stop in to grab a juice in the morning and then sit out on the pool deck to watch the ship dock in port.

A glass of juice.

chairs overlooking the ocean on a cruise ship

Disney Cruise Activities

As you can see, there is no storage of culinary activities on the Disney cruise. But, that’s not all! In addition to the culinary options, there are so many great activities for the entire family. Here is a highlight of a few of the other activities on the Disney Dream cruise.

View over the cruise ship on the disney dream.

  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Youth Clubs
  • Pools, Waterslides, Splash Pads and Aquaduck
  • Basketball court and mini golf
  • Shopping
  • Pirate Night with fireworks at sea (so fun!)
  • Live Performances
  • Spa and Salon
  • Disney Movies
  • Trivia, Bingo and  Scavenger Hunts
  • Fitness studio with pilates and yoga classes, personal trainers or exercise equipment
  • Seminars to learn about Disney innovations and secrets behind entertaining

plate of cupcakes

Things to know about a disney cruise

  • Disney cruises depart from various ports. The Disney Dream currently departs from Port Canaveral. Other Disney Cruise ships include the Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic. Trips vary in length from 3 nights+.
  • We recommend ages 2 and up.
  • While there are obviously a lot of children on a Disney Cruise, you will find many areas reserved exclusively for adults including an adults-only pool, bars, lounges, fitness center, spa and two restaurants – Palo and Remy! Plenty of locations to escape the crowds to find a peaceful retreat.
  • Use the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. The app provides a full itinerary of all activities and events, hours for the dining locations, character meet and greets and more. Plus, you use the app to text or send messages to family and friends while on the ship.
  • There are a variety of staterooms on board the disney cruise, from inside staterooms to concierge level staterooms. We recommend booking a Verandah room.
  • Check out our guide featuring the best Disney Cruise Tips for everything you need to know before, during and after the cruise!

cruise ship cabin room with bed, couch and chair.

disney dream cruise ship cabin

If you have any questions about the Disney Dream Cruise, don’t hesitate to send us a message or leave a comment below. Visit Disney Cruise Line to book a trip and learn more. And if you book a trip, I want to hear from you. Let us know what you think about sailing with Mickey!

A huge thank you to Disney Cruise Line for hosting us on this cruise! As always, all opinions are my own.