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 helpful little trick whenever you’re on board a Disney cruise: you’ve got the choice to ebook a placeholder for a future cruise at a slight low cost. This fashion, whenever you get off the ship, it’s barely much less miserable as a result of you recognize you’ll be on one other one quickly. We obtained off the Disney Dream in Rome a couple of weeks in the past, and already, we will’t look ahead to our subsequent Disney cruise.
(We additionally obtained to get pleasure from Rome on both aspect of our cruise! You’ll be able to examine our Rome adventures right here.)
7-night Disney Dream European cruise
We arrived on the Civitavecchia port through a non-public automotive that the resort booked fo us, and it was the quickest and most seamless boarding expertise. By 1:30pm, we have been on the pool, watching the kiddos swim and consuming cocktails with associates. (A professional tip from considered one of our good associates: pack your swim gear in a tote bag and verify every little thing else. Your room gained’t be prepared but, so you may head straight to the pool. It’s the least busy it will likely be for the whole journey and after a few hours, your room will likely 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 obtained modified for the Muster Drill, Sail-A-Wave social gathering 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’ll be able to decide out of your extra formal eating to have a fast chew or room service as an alternative, however it doesn’t matter what, your desk will likely be ready for you. You even have the identical server and assistant server every night time. We had the early seating, and dined at the entire main eating places. The menus have been all similar to earlier cruises and was the beautifully-plated Disney fare we love. 🙂
It’s also possible to order no matter you need. You’ll be able to choose from their 4-course menu, or when 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 dwelling nation. They stated they’ve had the very best 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 interested in making an attempt it.
Our favourite is Animator’s Palate, which they’ve on the entire ships we’ve seen (Dream, Marvel, and Magic). You draw an individual in your placemat, and through the meal, they’ve a *present* wherein all of animations come to life on massive 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 couple of 10-hour tour, which was positively a protracted one for the kiddos, however so price it. Additionally, within the center, we have been handled to an epic 4-course meal with wine pairings, overlooking the ocean.
Positano is considered one of my favourite locations in the whole world, so in fact, I couldn’t wait to indicate the ladies. I solely want that we had extra time there! We had the possibility to get a chocolate croissant and low, put our ft 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 obtained clothes from there they usually’re so beautiful and distinctive.) It was in all probability an excellent factor that we have been on restricted time, as a result of I needed to purchase every little thing. 😉
After Positano, we have 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 rooster, salad, bread, and a chocolate hazelnut mousse dessert.
The meal was paired with glowing wine, white wine, crimson wine, and a dessert wine. Just about everybody in our tour group snoozed for the whole experience to Pompeii.
Pompeii was SO cool. It was fascinating to see such a well-preserved historic metropolis, along with the assorted features of life in Pompeii, just like the bakery, bathhouses, and so on. By this level, the children have been fairly drained, however they rallied! We discovered so much through the guided tour, and from right here, it was solely 45 minutes again to the cruise ship.
Tour 2: Tremendous Paradise Seashore Day in Mykonos
This was our favourite tour. Tremendous Paradise Seashore is a non-public seashore membership, with enjoyable loungers, umbrellas, a full menu, and a peaceable seashore with vibrant, turquoise waters. It’s additionally partially blocked from the extraordinary winds that may have an effect on Mykonos.
The humorous factor was that our Naples tour was so time-specific – we knew precisely once we wanted to be again on the bus or at a sure assembly point- and for this seashore tour, the information was like, “Eh. Have enjoyable and I’ll let you recognize when we have to prepare to depart.”
We ended up being there for about 3 hours, which was the right 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 positive our Greek associates would disown us if we ate a turkey sandwich of their homeland.
Earlier than we left, they gave us a listing of every little thing to order whereas we have been in Greece. The Pilot wrote down every little thing phonetically so we’d be capable of pronounce it, like, “Gotta lotta booty yo.” I believe we made them proud; we tried virtually every little thing they steered between our time in Mykonos and Chania. The meals was out of this world unimaginable. So contemporary, vibrant, and scrumptious. I extremely, extremely advocate the pastitsio, which is sort of a spaghetti lasagna with tacky foam on high.
(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 scorching, and the children have been melting. It’s sort of an uncommon port, too. You’re taking a smaller tender boat to the bottom of the port, the place you’re taking a cable automotive up the steep hill to the city of Fira (plenty of purchasing and eating places). It’s also possible to stroll up stairs to the highest, however there are 400+, which is probably not life like for young children or these with mobility difficulties. Our plan was to take the cable automotive UP, however stroll down the steps on the finish of the day.
The cable automotive line tends to be extraordinarily lengthy, with out a lot shade. The road was simply 200+ once we obtained there and transferring very slowly. The women have been carrying their neck followers and we have been continuously pouring water on them, they usually have been too scorching, so we ended up heading again.
In case you’re stopping in Santorini in mid-June or July, I’d advocate reserving an tour with motor coach switch so that you don’t should take care of the cable automotive line. Or carry plenty 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 actually 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 endlessly and ever??)
The proprietor additionally introduced us photographs 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 preferrred. We adopted a tour information group into Outdated City, which was lined with small outlets, kiosks, eating places, and a beautiful view of the bay.
(The sardines have been SO zesty and flavorful)
Disney Cruise Dream eating and actions
On the ship, we loved the entire common Disney cruise choices: the reside reveals – Magnificence and the Beast was phenomenal – films, character greetings, Bingo, fitness center, child’s membership, swimming, countless ice cream cones and Mickey bars, whiskey tastings, and the entire fantastic eating places.
One of the best half was that we traveled with associates. The women had built-in buddies, and so did the adults 😉 It positively makes the expertise much more enjoyable!
Disney actually goes above and past in relation to visitor expertise, cleanliness, and meals high quality. In case you guys have any questions concerning the Disney cruise expertise, please let me know!
(the very best cruise ship magnets are on Etsy!)
So, inform me, associates: are you a cruise fan or not-so-much? Have you ever performed a Disney cruise??
Attempting to determine which one we must 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 have been all nice