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Dream a Little Dream with Disney Cruise Line

Disney is known for innovation, creativity and the best in family entertainment, and the Disney Cruise Line is no exception to this rule  as they put their newest cruise ship, Disney Dream into service January, 2011.

Newest Disney Cruise Ship, Disney Dream launches Jan. 2011

Newest Disney Cruise Ship, Disney Dream launches Jan. 2011

Featuring some of the newest and one-of-a-kind on-board experiences like a water coaster that takes you above the upper deck, a lounge offering sunset views of a different, famous city in the world daily, and an interactive, educational program about ocean-life for children hosted by a talking turtle, Disney Dream has these and so much more.

Known for creating cruise ships with families in mind, Disney Cruise Line has made every effort to insure that the needs and preferences of every member of the family are met aboard the Disney Dream.  Here is a list of some of those special Disney touches:

  • AquaDuck Water Coaster – an industry first, this high speed flume ride takes passengers on twists and turns over 765 feet, including 13 feet over the side of the ship and 150 feet above the water in a clear tube allowing brave guests an incredible view of the ocean below.¬† As if that wasn’t enough of a thrill, high powered water-jets, push guests rapidly along for that coaster-like feel.
    Inside Staterooms offer virtual portholes for an "ocean view"

    Inside Staterooms offer virtual portholes for an "ocean view"

  • Virtual Portholes for interior staterooms - allow all passengers a view of the ocean.¬† Through the use of high-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship, live video¬†¬†images are projected in real-time¬†to the portholes.¬† Guests of these rooms should look very closely, however, as special visits from some Disney friends may pop into view.¬†
  • A Magical Oasis for Children – an entire deck devoted to¬†children and youth stimulating their creativity and imagination as well as entertainment.¬† With spaces like Disney’s Oceaneer Club and¬†Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, children can play in spaces like Andy’s toy room, Tink’s Fairy Forest and under the sea with Nemo and pretend they are a pop-star, test their animation skills, even navigate a ship through a virtual sea.
  • Teens¬†and Tweens Chill-out Zone¬†- Edge is a hang out just for the 11-13 crowd located inside the forward funnel housing the latest and greatest in hi-tech entertainment including the ability to use green screen to create your own¬†music video
  • The¬†indoor/outdoor space¬†- Vibe will provide space for the 14-17 age teens where a “teen-only” swipe card will allow access to this club with everything from social media connections, ability to create and edit videos, mix and spin their own music to outdoor deck games like foosball and¬†ping-pong, even sunbathing with misters and two wading pools for cooling off.

    Outdoor section of Teen Club Vibe

    Outdoor section of Teen Club Vibe

  • With the children so well cared for, adults can head to The District¬†where five distinctive areas, each with a unique¬†style for a variety of tastes in¬†nighttime entertainment,¬†Senses Spa and Salon¬†with¬†indoor treatment villas and private outdoor verandas,¬†and Palo for that unforgettable meal where every seat offers a view of the sea.

"Daytime" at Enchanted Garden Restaurant

"Daytime" at Enchanted Garden Restaurant

Speaking of dining,¬† the Dream will feature the innovative rotating dining experiences where guests rotate between three different “restaurants” to allow for greater variety in dining.¬† From a whimsical garden that magically transforms from day to night, an elegant restaurant inspired by Disney royalty to a dining room that captures the attention of the entire family through animation, these meals will surely be memorable experiences.

Offering alternating three- and four-night Bahamian cruises beginning with its launch in January, 2011, Disney Dream will offer four- and five-night cruises during the summer months.  No Disney cruise would be complete without a stop at the private Disney island, Castaway Cay (map).  Reservations are currently being accepted for cruises aboard the Disney Dream and can be made by visiting  disneycruise.com; calling 888-DCL-2500 or by visiting your travel agent.

Passengers have sailed with Disney Cruise Line, creating memories with their families.  The Disney Dream will enable travelers to create many more memorable moments at sea.

While I have never been on a cruise, I am not sure that I would want the Disney Dream to be my first experience in sailing.  As wonderful as everything sounds, I am afraid it would spoil me from any further cruising, but then, maybe I should give it a try!!!

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