We chose this itinerary because it fit within the kids' school vacation so it wasn't necessarily chosen due to the itinerary. We don't generally enjoy stopping in Nassau so we treated it as an "at sea" day and stayed on the ship. Unfortunately with Nassau, a LOT of people do this so the ship is still pretty crowded if its a full sailing.
Our server team was one of the best teams we have had on any sailing with Disney (and all of our teams have been great). We really enjoyed them. We had a great time on the short trip getting to know them.
This was our first trip (of our 5 Disney cruises) with a verandah and we really enjoyed having it as a place to relax. I wouldn't say its a "must have" on future cruises but we definitely will do it when its affordable now. Our teens especially liked having a quiet place away from the pool deck craziness.
My husband did several drink tastings and LOVED those experiences. The bar staff was incredible!
This cruise was our "Grand Slam" cruise so we have now been on all 4 ships. Across the board, although we liked this ship, we generally like the Magic and Wonder more. Things we do like better on the Dream:
1) mini golf - we love having the courses on the Dream and Fantasy,
2) the bar area is MUCH better on the Dream than on the Fantasy because it doesn't have the weird round bar room where they try to do family activities but no-one can see,
3) The movie theater has better seating, and
4) the workout room is bigger.
All that said, there were many things we don't like as much on the Dream and would cause is to pick either the Magic or Wonder if given the choice.
1) Several decks have no way to go from one end of the ship to the other which means that there are huge traffic bottlenecks on the ship. It makes the ship (and the Fantasy) much harder to navigate.
2) If you are staying aft (as we typically stay mid to aft), the elevators on the 11th floor aft empty directly into Cabanas. This is frustrating if you don't want to go to Cabanas and are trying to just get to that floor. It also means that there is tons of unneeded traffic flowing through what is already a quite conjested spaces at the height of breakfast and lunch.
3) There were no family trivia games on the entire 3 night sailing. We love the trivia games and go to most of them, but our teens also love them. This sailing did not have a single family trivia game. We brought our teens to a few adult ones that were held during times when the bars aren't restricted for age since they are older, but missed those trivia times.
4) they seem to have scheduling issues on this sailing. They were late starting several adult events. for example schedule said 1pm and no one was there at 1pm, and then they eventually showed up at 130pm.. made it difficult to plan and participate.
5) We really missed the Promenade lounge (French Quarter Lounge on Wonder now). This is one of our favorite places to hang out before the main seating dinner and we loved doing activities in this lounge on the Magic and Wonder. We really missed this on the Fantasy and Dream. There is really no comparable space for adults and kids to hang out together on the ship.
6) because the Dream's itineraries are so short, there don't seem to be any variety acts on board like on the other ships. We really missed that.
Last critique I'd have is that we were on board right after the Last Jedi came out so Frozen 2 and Last Jedi were pretty much the only movies showing. (there was like one showing of Maleficient at midnight or something). We were actually pretty excited about seeing the Last Jedi a second time, but they showed Frozen 2 during all of the "normal hours" and pretty much only showed Jedi while we were in port or late at night. It would have been really nice to have a daytime showing. Athough I liked the original Frozen, I'm Frozen-ed out due to all of the hype around it, and my boys are definitely over it. It just would have been nice to have a more boy-friendly movie showing at some normal times of the day. Maybe if you have two blockbusters both new, show a few showings of one in the Walt Disney Theater so people can choose. In general, I really wish they would have some variety of films i the theater. The first run films are great but there are tons of classic Disney films and I'd love to see some of those in the theater. Or I'd settle for not just two films for the entire cruise. Surely it could be mixed up a bit?
Great Cabin. Not a lot of ship noise. Hall noise was also not bad. We had one family down the hall that let their kids run through the halls yelling on the way to their (early!) breakfast which was really rude, but other than that most families were quiet in passing. We were near the elevator which was nice and our verandah was a nice size with good views.
The ship did not dock in Castaway Cay due to weather issues.
We did not get off at Nassau due to crime concerns and lack of interest in the port. We stayed on the ship to enjoy the ship since we didn't have an At Sea day. The ship was fairly crowded due to many not wanting to get off at Nassau.
Great embarkation experience. Efficient and friendly!