I’m just back from my first Disney cruise and am compelled to report that there were more than 200 onboard activities daily including events as diverse as a storytime with Tinker Bell and a whisky tasting. (Suggestion: a whisky tasting with Tinker Bell). Here is some stuff I learned about the Disney Dream:
4,000 passengers, 1,458 crew members
Guests enjoy 5,000 free, self-serve ice cream cones daily.
10,000 meals served a day
At a seating of 600 guests, there will be approximately 150 people with allergies.
One restaurant–Flo’s–serves 3,500 chicken fingers a day.
There are two or three weddings per voyage.
–1,100 outside staterooms (88%) (199 ocean view; 901 verandah, including 21 suites)
–150 inside staterooms (12%) Guests in inside staterooms have magic portholes: a real-time view of the ocean outside courtesy of a live camera feed. Animated Disney characters also make appearances.
In the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app you can send familiar emojis whose heads are not yellow circles but Mickey Mouse.
Disney Cruise Line ships use the iconic first seven notes of the “When You Wish Upon a Star” song melody as their horn signals.
At 1,115 feet, the Disney Dream is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.
Disney is the only cruise line to first-run feature films, including films in 3-D, with movies premiering at sea on the same day that they are released on land.
Water is procured in Port Canaveral, Florida, and delivered to Disney’s private Bahamian island Castaway Cay by the Dream to an 80,000-gallon freshwater storage tank on the island.
Approximately 60 Disney Cruise Line crew members live and work fulltime on Castaway Cay.
Condensation from the shipboard air-conditioning units is reclaimed and re-used to wash the decks, saving up to 22 million gallons of water per year.
Disney Dream’s shipboard water coaster called AquaDuck is a flume ride with twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration, and river rapids—all while traversing the upper decks of the ship. Some 765 feet long and four decks high, AquaDuck gushes 10,000 gallons of water per minute.