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Maiden Voyage Guests Enjoy Innovation and Pixie Dust Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on January 28th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


After visiting Nassau in the Bahamas yesterday, the Disney Dream is spending today at sea during her four-night maiden voyage.

On Thursday, Disney Cruise Line guests spent the day enjoying everything from the thrills of AquaDuck, the world’s only water coaster aboard a cruise ship…

Maiden voyage guests enjoy an exhilarating ride on AquaDuck, the only shipboard water coaster

…to the chic sophistication of exclusively adult venues like Skyline lounge, where the ever-changing penthouse view features famous metropolitan skylines that transform from day to night and showcase a variety of stunning cities.

Adult guests sip on signature cocktails in Skyline, aboard the Disney Dream

On Thursday morning, two local marching bands met the ship upon her arrival in Nassau for a lively welcome filled with sound, color and rhythm. For guests who chose to explore the city through Port Adventures, it was a chance to soak up the rich history and culture of the Bahamas.

A Bahamian marching band greets the Disney Dream upon the ship’s arrival in Nassau

For those who stayed aboard the Disney Dream, it was an opportunity to enjoy all the magical innovations throughout the ship, including fun spaces for children in Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, and the grownup entertainment offerings in the five interconnected venues of The District.

A Bahamian marching band welcomes the Disney Dream to Nassau Another Bahamian band performs for Disney Cruise Line guests in Nassau Children experience exciting twists and turns during a wild ride on AquaDuck Guests of all ages enjoy the thrills and crystal-clear views aboard the AquaDuck water coaster
Crush, the totally cool turtle dude from the Disney•Pixar animated motion picture “Finding Nemo,” chats with children in Disney’s Oceaneer Club Young guest, Albert, samples the fun in Andy’s Room, one of five areas within Disney’s Oceaneer Club Reece, 6, plays inside Monster’s Academy within Disney’s Oceaneer Club “Anyone Can Cook” is the motto of a fun activity for kids in Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab

After the sun went down, it was time for a ship-wide pirate party, including a special themed menu in the onboard family restaurants, Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace. Up on the pool deck, the fun continued with Mickey’s Pirates IN the Caribbean, an all-ages deck party.

Many families embraced the ship’s pirate-themed festivities with elaborate costumes

Afterward, a rollicking pirate ship battle broke out under the stars during a brand-new fireworks spectacular called Buccaneer Blast! DJ Randy kept guests rocking during Club Pirate, the hottest dance club at sea, which was followed by a late-night screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” on the ship’s giant Funnel Vision display.

Guests filled the ship’s upper decks to see the fireworks spectacular, Buccaneer Blast!

Here arrrrr some highlights from another magical day aboard the Disney Dream:

During Friday’s day at sea, Captain Tom Forberg treated guests with a “drive-by” visit to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, which was hosting our flagship vessel, the Disney Magic. To guests’ delight, a mini Disney concert echoed across the island as the ships tooted their horns back and forth, including many familiar Disney melodies played by the Disney Dream.

Follow Disney Cruise Line on Twitter at twitter.com/disneycruise for real-time tweets and photos during the maiden voyage. Then come back to the Disney Parks Blog on Monday for another exclusive report from the ship – and from the sands of Castaway Cay!

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Ian on January 28th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I was fortunate enough to be invited along for the preview cruise that sailed on the 23rd and let me tell you … the Dream is AMAZING! She definitely lives up to her name.

I’ve only been home 24 hours and the wife and I are ready to book our first family trip on her for April 2012. Can’t wait to go back!

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Lisa on January 28th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Amazing!

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Jamie on January 29th, 2011 at 7:23 am

Going on the cruise in April. This blog made me so excited for the cruise!!!!

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Trisha from TX on January 29th, 2011 at 11:24 am

Oh my Goodness, I cannot wait for our cruise! We are sailing on the Fantasy in 2012. Now I’m wishing we had booked the dream as well! Cannot wait for that pirate deck party. You guys are awesome Disney! Walt would be very proud.

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david on January 29th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Waooo el crusero esta espectacular no puedo esperar a que llegue mi dia de salida el proximo abril 7/2011. The disney cruise line are spectacular I can’t wait until April 7 to sail, Thanks a lot Disney everything with you is Wonderful!!!!!!

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Anne from IL on January 30th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Just got home from the Maiden Voyage. What an AWESOME ship! Can’t wait to sail her again!

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Elizabeth from WI on January 30th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Just got back from the Maiden Voyage. Ship is awesome!! A few glitches with logistics which surprised me for Disney based on experience, however hopefully they will take the feedback and improve over the next couple of sailings. The cast and crew were great and the ship is beautiful!!

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Katrina from MA on January 31st, 2011 at 11:31 am

We had a blast on this Maiden Voyage!! We enjoyed exploring the ship and neat new additions! My children when down the AquaDuck 40 Times!!! (Night-time is best for multiple rides). I went down twice – amazing!!! If I could post some pictures I would – good job Disney – as always, nothing but the best!!!

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Carole from FL on January 31st, 2011 at 3:37 pm

She is a brand new ship, first public voyage and imagine there had to be a few “glitches” and going on her so new and crew as well is new………One has to be a bit understanding!

I imagine all in all a fantastic time was had and if not………..perhaps the cruiser is just to difficult to please no matter what. You excell D.C.L. and from what I hear……………..You got a winner again!
OH>>>>>>WHERE IS THE PIRATE SHIP ON THE ISLAND??????????? THAT IS SO EFFECTIVE>>>>>>>>>>WHERE IS IT?

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Shelly from IL on January 31st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Had an awesome time on the Maiden Voyage (FYI – I’m one of the people sitting at the bar at Skyline). The Dream is so beautiful! The AquaDuck was a blast – and I loved seeing Donald Duck ride it. So many wonderful spaces on the new ship~

I believe the pirate ship at Castaway Cay has been destroyed. Heard it was there one cruise and gone the next.

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KAMI on January 31st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

A few “Glitches” I can only imagine the fun one would have!! Be happy and jump for joy that you and your family can afford such a vacation!! I would be on a high for about a month if my family would be on a Disney Cruise, some can only dream about vacations such as these! Disney you rock the Disney Dream boat looks fantastic and amazing!!

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Amy from CT on January 31st, 2011 at 10:00 pm

The “Dream” was awesome. We had a great time on the ship. That was my mother and her freind on the AquaDuck picture above. I can’t belive she went on it. We had such a great time. Can’t wait for the “Fantasy” madien voyage.

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