Second cruise with DCL. First was on the Dream in 2011. Have cruise plenty of other cruise lines in between our DCL cruises. Enjoyed our first trip on the Dream that we thought we'd try it again. This time with a 16 and a 14 year old.
We stayed in stateroom 6582. Goodluck was our stateroom attendant, and he was FANTASTIC. Our room was definitely showing it's age compared to when we first sailed when the Dream was brand new. But it was still a nice room overall. The lifeboats are directly below the balcony but it wasn't a big deal to us. No major complaints about this room. There was never much for noise. I was told you would be able to watch the fireworks from our balcony but why anyone would stay in their room for that is beyond me. So I cannot verify if that was true or not. Room had plenty of storage and space to move about in. Our teenagers are tall, the beds were fine but not ideal for their height. Our muster station was on deck 4, by the lifeboats, directly below our room.
Dining was average this time. Food was just "okay". Nothing special. Ordered a steak off the light menu and it was actually pretty bad. The rest of the meals were nothing spectacular. We had a table for just our family. Unfortunately the first night, the table next to us had let their toddlers go completely nuts. Coming to our table, wiping spit all over the mirrors behind them and just being obnoxious. Fortunately for us, we never saw them the rest of the cruise. One thing I learned after many cruises, although they are fun for the kids, the main dining rooms on DCL are just not our thing. We enjoy dining as a family and found we prefer the more open dining rooms on other cruise lines. We usually are seated by a window which is nice. DCL is very closed in, especially when its with tons of screaming, hungry children! For us, with older kids, we no longer care about the "themes" so something to consider if you have teens or are all adults. Unless you're just a Disney fan, then you'll probably not care about that as much. Our servers were great. No complaints whatsoever with them.
Our kids were in the Vibe club which was also a let down. They usually aren't much into hanging out and playing video games, but it was very cold and rainy on our cruise so there were times that they were looking for inside things to do. Other than the arcade games in Vibe, most of the PS4 and other video games were off or broken. Because of that the kids all flocked to the arcade games. So very oddly they didn't have much to do. There weren't a lot of teens on this cruise, so they were actually quite bored. Water activities were out as was the sports court. And with being docked in Nassau, not much was open on board. The scavenger hunt wasn't working. Kids were running like crazed lunatics up and down the halls. Other than eating, it actually was a very boring day, how can that be possible on a cruise. That was a first for us. My DD did go to Senses for a teen manicure and enjoyed that. They were excellent and did not up-sell her any items which is awesome.
Nassau: Been there a zillion times. It's not our favorite place. We only got off the boat here because we really had nothing else to do. Walked for a little while in port to do some shopping. Nothing to see here, same ol' trinkety junk you can find anywhere else. The straw market is there if you like aggressive bargaining. It started pouring rain so we got back on the ship. Bring your passport and room key if you go into Nassau. Watched too many passengers ill prepared for this.
Castaway Cay: Heaven on earth. Best part of our cruise. Weather cooperated for us. Enjoyed a great day on the island. Most of the port adventures were cancelled due to weather but we still had plenty to do. Buy your CC shirts and memorabilia here because you won't get it anywhere else, not even on the ship! And the tshirts shrink considerably, so buy a size up. Instead of eating at Cookies, we ate on-board. Surprisingly there were a ton of people who didn't get off the ship but the buffet was quiet and we enjoyed our lunches al fresco.
Did not go to any of the theater productions. The pirate party/fireworks were fun. Fireworks display was excellent. Watched the Superbowl on the big screen by the pool which was great.
Overall, we had a nice time. I would safely say it was our last DCL cruise though. I think unless you're really into Disney, there's just not enough here to keep us coming back with older kids. And there were so many poorly behaved kids on this cruise that DCL just lost it's luster. I realize DCL is geared towards children and families. But it is the parents who once they're on board, they just let the kids go nuts. So it's just not our thing anymore.
Not bad. Bed was comfortable. Bunks are best suited for kids, not teens or adults. So our teens weren't comfortable. Balcony was nice, lifeboats weren't an issue.
Our plane was late. We took the DCL bus, we were the only ones on it! No one was left in the port terminal when we got there so we were on board in a few minutes.
Nassau is run down. Do your research before you go. There isn't any worthwhile excursions to do with the short amount of time you are there. Avoid shopping in the port, it is not nearly as nice as other ports. The locals can be very pushy and aggressive to ANYONE in your group, regardless of age.
Excursions were canceled due to weather. But CC is still the best place on earth. Plenty to do for all ages. More then enough room for all to spread out so it seems very peaceful and tranquil.