sailing on the disney dream

Video :: Cruising with Disney

Cruising with Disney

[trip style = sun + beach + spa]

I'm not going to lie. You know those people who retire, give up their houses and live on cruise ships? Mr. Trip Styler and I are tempted to do the same thing at this point in our life with Baby Styler. Cruise Styler, anyone?

Seriously though, at sea, Disney Cruise Line channels the throwback grandeur of cruising and the wonder of Walt to create decks and decks of pixie-dusted hideaways. Cue the adult-only spa, bevy of bars, misted pools, private beach or intimate dining that feel "nautical miles" away from the full-throttle kids activities. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the nursery and kids clubs, interactive dining with appearances from Nemo and friends, loop-de-loop water coaster and Disney-class entertainment keep the little ones captivated and wishing upon a star for future family sailings.

In my first look at our voyage aboard the Disney Dream I focused on photos. Today, it's a video! Coming soon: Batten down the hatches for a tidal wave of tips and tricks.

A Trip Styler tour of the Disney Dream and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas. 

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First Look: Cruising with Disney
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[Photo via Disney provided while I was a guest of Disney Cruise Line. As always, see my strict editorial policy, here.]

First Look: Cruising with Disney

Disney Dream Photos

[trip style = sun + beach + spa + luxury]

Baby Styler's legs started pumping the minute we boarded the motorcoach en-route to Port Canaveral, Orlando for our Bahamas-bound cruise on the Disney Dream. In his 11 months on Earth, with experiences such as his first bite of pizza in Rome and his first-ever swim off the island of LanaiI know, I know, he's a lucky little guynothing dazzled him like the Disney bus. I shouldn't have been surprised. Disney has a way of sprinkling fairy dust on everything it touches.  

Seeing his eyes open to the size of cantaloupes based on the bus' videos and character-painted windows alone, Mr. Trip Styler and I turned to each other and smiled, knowing he would go berserk when we actually boarded the boat. 

At the end of the gangway a corridor of white-suited staff lined up, announced our arrival by name and greeted us like long-lost friends as we stepped onto the 1,115-foot ship. Wondering if this VIP treatment was only reserved for Trip Stylers, seconds later I heard a string of other names exclaimed as more broods walked aboard. 

While I have clips and clips of video to showcase everything from our stateroom to the adult-only spa, I wanted to start my coverage with photos from the four-day cruise to give you a sense of how Disney navigates the high seas. 

Hint Hint: They do so with the throwback class of cruising and the wonder of Walt. Trip Styler approved.

[photos by @tripstyler, taken as a guest of disney cruise lines, a voyage i selected due to its blend of baby- and adult-centric entertainment]