Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Dream

The Disney Dream's introduction in 2011 heralded a new era for Disney Cruise Line. The 4,000-passenger ship is about 40 percent larger than the earlier ships and makes the most of the kind of high-tech wizardry and special effects only the Disney Imagineers could come up with. Nearly a whole deck is dedicated to kids' play spaces. From a first-at-sea watercoaster, AquaDuck (themed on Donald Duck and his mischievous nephews), and an expansive AquaLab water park (with all kinds of squirting devices) to animated characters you can actually talk to (including Crush from "Finding Nemo") and animated artwork that springs to life when you stop to look, the ship is one big wow. Attractively decorated with richly colored Art Deco influences (including a 24-carat gold and Swarovski crystal chandelier and golden friezes with Disney characters in the Atrium Lobby) and feeling a tad more upscale than the line's "classic" ships Magic and Wonder, the Disney Fantasy even has innovative inside cabins with Magical Portholes serving up virtual views.

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In the Skyline bar in the adults-only nighttime enclave, The District, special effects showcase city skylines. You may see Paris one night, New York the next, with special drinks to match.

Most of Deck 5 is dedicated to kids, and while there are play spaces themed on "Toy Story" and "Monsters, Inc.," the coolest attraction is the Magic PlayFloor, an interactive floor with video screens that allows kids to engage in activities using their feet to control the action, such as following Peter Pan through the streets of London.

Dining highlight
Influenced by the movie "Ratatouille," Disney created Remy, a fancy, adults-only dining venue that serves up what is arguably the best French cuisine on any cruise ship.

Wow factor
Kids will scream, adults will scream like kids, and everyone will get wet and love AquaDuck, the first watercoaster at sea.

2014 itineraries
Bahamas, 3 and 4 nights

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