Sharing a recap of our 7-night Mediterranean cruise (Italy and Greece) on the Disney Dream! This isn’t sponsored (I want, lol), however I’m excited to share our expertise.
They’ve a useful little trick whenever you’re on board a Disney cruise: you will have the choice to ebook a placeholder for a future cruise at a slight low cost. This manner, whenever you get off the ship, it’s barely much less miserable as a result of you’ll be on one other one quickly. We acquired off the Disney Dream in Rome just a few weeks in the past, and already, we are able to’t look forward to our subsequent Disney cruise.
(We additionally acquired to take pleasure in Rome on both aspect of our cruise! You may examine our Rome adventures right here.)
7-night Disney Dream European cruise
We arrived on the Civitavecchia port through a personal automobile that the lodge booked fo us, and it was the quickest and most seamless boarding expertise. By 1:30pm, we had been on the pool, watching the kiddos swim and ingesting cocktails with mates. (A professional tip from one among our good mates: pack your swim gear in a tote bag and examine the whole lot else. Your room gained’t be prepared but, so you may head straight to the pool. It’s the least busy it is going to be for all the journey and after a few hours, your room might be prepared with your whole baggage ready for you outdoors the door.)
We had lunch from Cabanas (the buffet) and ate it by the pool, checked out our room, after which acquired modified for the Muster Drill, Sail-A-Wave get together and dinner.
On Disney cruises, you’re on a eating rotation. You get the early (6pm) or late (8pm) seating, and alternate eating places every night. You may decide out of your extra formal eating to have a fast chunk or room service as a substitute, however it doesn’t matter what, your desk might be ready for you. You even have the identical server and assistant server every evening. We had the early seating, and dined at the entire main eating places. The menus had been all similar to earlier cruises and was the beautifully-plated Disney fare we love. 🙂
You can even order no matter you need. You may decide from their 4-course menu, or should you’d like, order two appetizers, two entrees, and so on. In a Disney Cruise Fb group, a suggestion was to ask the server to ask the cooks in the event that they’d thoughts making a family-style meal from their house nation. They stated they’ve had the perfect Indian meals and curries of their lives this fashion, together with naan and rice. We haven’t tried this but – I really feel unhealthy that we’d be inconveniencing them – however I’ve been inquisitive about making an attempt it.
Our favourite is Animator’s Palate, which they’ve on the entire ships we’ve seen (Dream, Surprise, and Magic). You draw an individual in your placemat, and through the meal, they’ve a *present* during which all of animations come to life on giant screens all through the restaurant, dancing to the music, and added to well-known Disney scenes.
On this specific cruise, we stopped in Naples, Mykonos, Santorini, and Chania, and we had deliberate excursions in Naples and Mykonos. The remainder of the time we having fun with exploring the ports on our personal and dwelling our greatest cruise lives on the ship.
Tour 1: Positano, Sorrento, and Pompeii
This was a few 10-hour tour, which was undoubtedly an extended one for the kiddos, however so value it. Additionally, within the center, we had been handled to an epic 4-course meal with wine pairings, overlooking the ocean.
Positano is one among my favourite locations in all the world, so after all, I couldn’t wait to point out the ladies. I solely want that we had extra time there! We had the prospect to get a chocolate croissant and occasional, put our toes within the ocean (it was so heat and wonderful), and perform a little little bit of purchasing. (Extremely advocate Luisa Positano! Liv and I every acquired clothes from there they usually’re so attractive and distinctive.) It was in all probability a very good factor that we had been on restricted time, as a result of I wished to purchase the whole lot. 😉
After Positano, we had been again on the bus for an extended cease in Sorrento. It was my first time in Sorrento and whereas it had the Positano really feel, it was a bit extra bustling, particularly on the principle road. We shopped and walked round, grabbed a gelato, after which met with our tour group for an Italian meal that I’ll always remember.
That is the place we had the well-known zucchini pasta, together with hen, salad, bread, and a chocolate hazelnut mousse dessert.
The meal was paired with glowing wine, white wine, pink wine, and a dessert wine. Just about everybody in our tour group snoozed for all the journey to Pompeii.
Pompeii was SO cool. It was fascinating to see such a well-preserved historical metropolis, along with the varied elements of life in Pompeii, just like the bakery, bathhouses, and so on. By this level, the youngsters had been fairly drained, however they rallied! We discovered rather a lot through the guided tour, and from right here, it was solely 45 minutes again to the cruise ship.
Tour 2: Tremendous Paradise Seaside Day in Mykonos
This was our favourite tour. Tremendous Paradise Seaside is a personal seaside membership, with enjoyable loungers, umbrellas, a full menu, and a peaceable seaside with vibrant, turquoise waters. It’s additionally partially blocked from the extreme winds that may have an effect on Mykonos.
The humorous factor was that our Naples tour was so time-specific – we knew precisely after we wanted to be again on the bus or at a sure assembly point- and for this seaside tour, the information was like, “Eh. Have enjoyable and I’ll let when we have to prepare to go away.”
We ended up being there for about 3 hours, which was the proper period of time. All of us swam, the ladies performed within the sand and waves, and we proceeded to order half of the issues on the menu.
A sandwich was included with our tour, however I’m petty certain our Greek mates would disown us if we ate a turkey sandwich of their homeland.
Earlier than we left, they gave us an inventory of the whole lot to order whereas we had been in Greece. The Pilot wrote down the whole lot phonetically so we’d have the ability to pronounce it, like, “Gotta lotta booty yo.” I feel we made them proud; we tried nearly the whole lot they prompt between our time in Mykonos and Chania. The meals was out of this world unbelievable. So recent, vibrant, and scrumptious. I extremely, extremely advocate the pastitsio, which is sort of a spaghetti lasagna with tacky foam on prime.
(We additionally had grilled octopus, salad, cooked garlicky greens, stuffed grape leaves, beef patties, and little doughnuts)
In Santorini, we didn’t find yourself doing a lot. It’s the place you may see the well-known white buildings with the blue domes in Oia, but it surely was so sizzling, and the youngsters had been melting. It’s type of an uncommon port, too. You are taking a smaller tender boat to the bottom of the port, the place you’re taking a cable automobile up the steep hill to the city of Fira (a number of purchasing and eating places). You can even stroll up stairs to the highest, however there are 400+, which is probably not sensible for babies or these with mobility difficulties. Our plan was to take the cable automobile UP, however stroll down the steps on the finish of the day.
The cable automobile line tends to be extraordinarily lengthy, with out a lot shade. The road was simply 200+ after we acquired there and shifting very slowly. The women had been sporting their neck followers and we had been continually pouring water on them, they usually had been too sizzling, so we ended up heading again.
For those who’re stopping in Santorini in mid-June or July, I’d advocate reserving an tour with motor coach switch so that you don’t need to cope with the cable automobile line. Or deliver a number of water + an umbrella, or courageous the steps!
(I had an iced tea on the cafe on the backside of the port. I discussed this in a earlier put up, however the iced tea in Greece is INSANE. Whether or not it’s brewed in-house, or in a can, it’s really one thing particular. Many flavors are infused with lemongrass, ginger, or fruit, like cherry, and frivolously candy and refreshing. Who knew I’d dream about Greece iced tea without end and ever??)
The proprietor additionally introduced us pictures of ouza with our invoice, ice lotions for everybody, and despatched us again to the ship with an enormous piece of baklava to-go.
In Chania, we ended up exploring on our personal, which was very best. We adopted a tour information group into Previous City, which was lined with small retailers, kiosks, eating places, and a beautiful view of the bay.
(The sardines had been SO zesty and flavorful)
Disney Cruise Dream eating and actions
On the ship, we loved the entire common Disney cruise choices: the reside exhibits – Magnificence and the Beast was phenomenal – films, character greetings, Bingo, fitness center, child’s membership, swimming, infinite ice cream cones and Mickey bars, whiskey tastings, and the entire fantastic eating places.
The very best half was that we traveled with mates. The women had built-in buddies, and so did the adults 😉 It undoubtedly makes the expertise much more enjoyable!
Disney actually goes above and past in the case of visitor expertise, cleanliness, and meals high quality. For those who guys have any questions in regards to the Disney cruise expertise, please let me know!
(the perfect cruise ship magnets are on Etsy!)
So, inform me, mates: are you a cruise fan or not-so-much? Have you ever performed a Disney cruise??
Making an attempt to determine which one we should always do subsequent!!
*All the clothes on this put up are from Nuuly! I’ve had hit or miss experiences with them, however the clothes for this journey had been all nice