Welcome to our trip report! To start reading from Day 1, click here!
Today was our first full day on the Disney Dream and our scheduled port of call was Nassau, Bahamas. We had debated on taking a trip to Atlantis or to a zoo, but we ultimately decided to just enjoy the ship this day.
Brett actually woke up early to get sunrise photos and photos from around the ship without many people around. Trent and I stayed in bed!
One of the great things the Disney cruise ships are known for are their amazing kids clubs. They have very strict rules when it comes to drop-off and pick-up, and I think the kids get bands to wear so that they can be kept track of. The price for the nursery is very reasonable at $6 an hour, and we considered dropping Trent off, but then decided against it. After all, the main reason we chose a Disney cruise was so Trent could have more to do and we wanted to enjoy our vacation WITH him. I’m not saying anything bad about parents that like to drop their kids off and go drink or whatever, and I may be singing a different tune when he’s older, but at least for now, we wanted to do activities with him and watch him have fun too.
So what we did instead was keep an eye out for Open House hours so that we can bring Trent into the kids areas and we can go in with him (adults can NOT go into the kids areas during non-Open House hours). Our first Open House was for the It’s a Small World Nursery, which is for kids Trent’s age.
We walked in to find absolutely no one else there.
So while it looked fun, we noticed that Trent already had many of the toys in there at home! He went to play with a few things, but we felt sad that there was no one else there for him to play with. A little boy and his parents came in a little while after, but he kept to himself. So we decided to leave and take advantage of the main reason we chose the Disney Dream…Nemo’s Reef!
Nemo’s Reef is a large, mostly enclosed area that’s basically a big splash pad with various water features. It is the one water-based activity on the ship that kids in swim diapers could enjoy. And enjoy it he did!
We were in there for well over an hour…I’m sure his feet were all wrinkly and everything. He just went from one activity to the next, running around and having a blast. We took a few videos on the GoPro, so be sure to watch our trip video that I’ll share after the last day of the trip report.
While Trent and I were in Nemo’s Reef, Brett took a brief trip to take photos from the top deck. There was a British Navy ship in port with us that he was pretty excited about.
Atlantis is in the background.
We were in port with two other Carnival Ships for most of the day.
After Brett came back, we were able to get Trent to leave the Nemo’s Reef (we may have tried to trick him some way – he did NOT want to leave), so Brett and Trent grabbed some ice cream while I took a ride on the AquaDuck.
I tried looking for them while I was riding, hence the extreme look of concentration…little did I know they were already watching me!
Our beautiful view for the day.
One benefit of staying onboard the ship while in port s that you basically have the ship to yourself. However, a lot more people stayed on the ship in this port compared to any other port we’ve been to. Even still, we took advantage and played some mini golf by ourselves!
I showed Trent what he had to do…
…then he became a pro!
He may have been slightly distracted by all the fun props around the mini golf course.
And he may have taken control over all of our golf balls.
What a picturesque time playing mini golf on a cruise ship with Atlantis in the background.
After we accomplished the mini golf course, we went back to the room to get out of our swimsuits and take a nap. But not before waving at our new neighbors as they were pulling into port!
We all took a nap and woke up at exactly 2pm. Why does that time matter? Because that is the exact time that Cabanas closes from lunch. We were so angry. That is definitely one of my gripes about this ship/cruise…the limited dining. On our RC cruise, their buffet was open almost all day long. And while the Dream has a couple of other options in addition to the buffet, like a pizza and burger window, those are only open during certain hours too. Plus, we really wanted to eat at the buffet again.
We decided to take an adventure and get off the ship in search of some nearby food. We walked through the Nassau Welcome Center only to find little shops for souvenirs and not anything really to eat. So we thought maybe there would be something just outside the Welcome Center. In our short walk (less than 2 minutes), I must have been asked if I wanted my hair braided by at least 20 people…and they were all sitting near each other! What makes one person think I’m going to say yes to them after I just said no to the person sitting next to them? I know they are trying to make a buck, but common sense people!
We reached the gate and didn’t see anything of interest (we didn’t realize that there was a Senor Frogs not too far down the road, but I’m not sure if we would have gone if we knew anyway). So we turned around and stood in line to get back through the Welcome Center and have our passports checked. I tell ya, we absolutely fail when we don’t have a plan at the ports. After getting past the passport check, Brett took some photos from the pier.
So now the question of the day is…”Where do we eat?”
We looked on the Navigator and saw that pizza was still being served for the next few minutes in Cabanas, so we rushed down there only to find an unmanned warming window with hours old pizza there. But seeing as we didn’t have any other options, that’s what we ate. Looking back, I wonder if we could have gotten room service or something, but we made the best of it and enjoyed an empty dining room.
After a quick peek at the Navigator, we saw that the Oceaneer Club was having Open House hours, so we took a trip there so Trent could play. They have really cool hand-washing stations at the Youth Clubs. You just stick your hands in there and it does all the washing and sanitizing for you.
The Oceaneer Club has some game stations to drive your own boat, which Trent enjoyed, even though we crashed a lot.
This club is meant for older kids, but Trent enjoyed playing with hula hoops for the first time. Other than that, there wasn’t much in there to do. I’m guessing the Oceaneer Club is more dependent on Cast Member-led activities.
As we walked out of the Oceaneer Club, we noticed that Mickey was going to be taking photos soon and there was barely a line, so we stood in line for the only character meet-n-greet of the entire trip. But it was well worth being the only one, because it was Sailor Mickey!
Trent was walking around in the area we were waiting in and noticed Mickey heading our way and proceeded to point at him the entire time he walked towards Trent and Mickey even pointed back. It was so cute.
As with most meet-n-greets, there was slight hesitation at first, and then he became fully immersed in interacting with Mickey.
After they posed for a photo and Brett was talking to the PhotoPass guy, Mickey gestured for a high five, which Trent knows how to do, but had never done with anyone but us before, and Trent gave him a high-five. I may have shed a tear because it was so cute and I was so proud that he was comfortable enough with Mickey to do it. Of course, Brett missed taking a photo of it and I already put the video camera away. But you know what? Sometimes it’s best to live in the moment and as much as I would have loved to have it as a photo or video, I am glad that it happened and that I saw it.
We were originally scheduled to stay at Nassau until the evening sometime, but that day they announced we would be staying until 2am. So while the other cruise ships made their way out, we stuck around much later.
Trent and I went back to the room to relax while Brett went back out to take more photos.
Enjoy some lovely sunset and Disney Dream photos.
We joined Brett a little bit later and hung out on a lounge chair for a while, which was actually set up next to the guy in the photo below. We left after a few minutes, and when Brett went back around that area, all the lounge chairs around the guy were gone and he woke up looking very confused at what had happened! That must have been a good nap!
Tonight’s dinner was at the Royal Palace. I had been looking forward to this night’s menu to try some new items that I had heard good things about.
Brett’s appetizer was the breaded and deep fried baked brie with an orange and cranberry chutney.
I had two appetizers: the first was Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp: White and Green Asparagus, Micro Greens and Lemon-dill dressing with Horseradish Cream. It was good, but rather small.
I wanted to try something new and it was between the escargot and the duck…I talked myself out of the escargot for the millionth time (I always say I’m going to try it at the Food & Wine Festival each year) and went for the duck confit instead. I wasn’t a fan and only ate a few bites
Brett’s chose the Farmhouse salad next.
Instead of salad, I opted for the Belle’s French Onion Soup with gruyere cheese crouton. I had enjoyed the French Onion Soup at Be Our Guest so much, so I had high hopes for this soup. Unfortunately, the taste was completely different. The onions were overwhelming and the soup was bitter. I ate the cheese and barely touched the rest.
For the main course, Brett had the Lobster Macaroni. He ate it all so it must have been good.
I had the Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak with crushed new potatoes and buttered green beans. I ate all of mine too, but the fact that I barely finished my first courses probably helped with that.
Trent started with a honeydew mellon boat with strawberries, then chicken fingers, fries and veggies again for dinner and 2 mini cupcakes for dessert.
For dessert, Brett had the Sweet Temptations: A trio of Peanut Butter Mousse, Mango Cheesecake, and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée.
I had the Grand Marnier Soufflé: Infused with fresh Orange Zest and served with Crème Anglaise. It was delicious and the highlight of the meal.
However, I was a bit disappointed seeing that I was looking forward to some specific items at this meal and they weren’t all that great.
The show tonight was Villains Tonight! We decided to skip actually going to the theater and watched it from our room tv instead, which was good because I think Trent would have been bored.
After the show, we took a short stroll around the decks to see the Dream in all it’s awesome nighttime glory. I love all the lights at night and the place was rather empty! We also hung out by the pool for a bit, since it was empty from everyone out partying in Nassau.
We arrived back at the room to our beds ready for us…complete with Navigators for the next day, chocolates and a towel animal.
The prior night, we all tried sleeping in the one bed, but it was a bit cramped, so Brett requested that the couch be turned into a bed for him to sleep there. This ended up being a terrible sleeping spot for me, which I will explain on Day 6 of the report, but it was ok for Brett. He did say it was a bit short, so it is definitely not meant for tall people!
I hope you enjoyed Day 4 of our trip report! Stay tuned for my absolute favorite day of the entire trip…Day 5: Castaway Cay!