Setting Sail on a 3-Day Disney Cruise: A Dream Come True Experience

Thinking about setting sail on a 3-day Disney Cruise? It’s the perfect addition to a Walt Disney World vacation – and it makes the ideal pairing for a combination Disney World and Disney Cruise Line trip.

Every Thursday, the Disney Dream departs on a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. Kids love a Disney Cruise. (Disney is trying to keep it secret is that adults love a Disney Cruise, too. Not really.) This is the shortest of the offerings from the Disney Cruise Line. It’s a great idea for first-time cruisers, and even experienced cruise veterans will be blown away by the experience.

Sailing Aboard the Disney Dream

The Disney Dream will be your home for your 3 day Disney Cruise. The Dream is brand new and the 3nd of the Disney Cruise Line’s beautiful vessels. There are over 1,250 cabins on the Dream that can accommodate 4,000 passengers. The Dream is decorated in classic cruise ship style with great Disney touches.

Staterooms on the Dream are larger than the industry average and are designed with families in mind. Several of the outside staterooms and suites have 2 bathrooms (heavenly on a cruise ship). The Dream has some great new features including a waterslide (the AquaDuck) which is a “water coaster” at sea.

Day 1: Sail Away

Sunday is sail away day on the 3 day Disney Cruise and the start of your Dream Come True Vacation

Join the Adventures Away! Sail Away Party. Every cruise ship has a sail away party, this one’s just a little different. It’s a child friendly party led by Captain Mickey Mouse and some of his friends. It starts about 15 minutes after the Dream departs Port Canaveral, Florida. Departure is at 4:00 pm and starts with a blast from the horn. (The horn plays “When you wish upon a star.) During the party, cameras circulate through the crowds projecting video of revelers on the big screen (it’s all G-rated fun.) Streamers and confetti are everywhere. A dance floor covers the Goofy pool and a great time ensues.

The rest of the day is filled with exploration, food, shows and more entertainment than Pluto can shake his tail at.

Disney Dream docked in Nassau, Bahamas
Photo by Bill Ryan

Day 2: Nassau, Bahamas

Wake up on Day 2 of your Disney Cruise in Nassau, which is located in the Bahamas. Nassau is just about 180 miles from Miami, Florida. During your day in Nassau, you can do all kinds of islandy things.

You can, take tours of old forts that are located around the island. For years the Bahamas served as a base for pirates (of the Caribbean). The Bahamas was a British colony and the British built 3 forts to protect the populace from the menacing horde of mangy pirates. Oh, how the times have changed (or not). Now the pirates come in really big ships.

Also in Nassau is the Atlantis Resort. This is one home of the worlds largest open-air marine habitat. Over 50,000 creatures live in this area. Disney offers a 3 hour guided tour. (Funny, but to some of us that “3 hour tour” thing brings back some interesting memories.)

Jump back on the boat for an evening of great shows and great food as you jet off to …

Day 3: Castaway Cay

Day 3 of your 3-day Disney Cruise (we don’t count day 4), is spent at Castaway Cay. You don’t want to miss this. One of the first things Disney looked for for the Disney Cruise Line was a private island where guests could spend time relaxing before returning to real life. They found a little island that was just perfect and Castaway Cay was born.

Castaway Cay is the perfect way to relax from the cares of the world. It has miles of those picture book white sand beaches surrounded by deep blue water. The water in the Bahamas is perfect for snorkeling and Castaway Cay is snorkeling paradise. Disney has even added some real nice touches for snorkelers. They’ve taken 2 of the old submarines from the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride and sunk them just for those who want to snorkel.

Disney has also added typical Disney touches all around the island. You’ll see remnants from airplane crashes and the buildings have been aged to look like they’ve been there forever, but it’s all just Disney magic.

Like most things they do, Disney has thought of pretty much everything. There is an area for adults only. It’s a quiet lagoon complete with open-air massages. You can find something for everyone somewhere on this 1,000 acre island paradise.

Day 4: Back to Reality (Debarkation Day)

When you wake up on Day 4 of your 3-day Disney Cruise (yep, a bonus day), you will probably be arriving back at Port Canaveral. Grab one last breakfast on the Dream before disembarking for the trip either home or to enjoy more of the magic back in Mickeyland. You will be asked to pack up your suitcases and put them out the night before for the ride home. Disembarkation includes a quick (or sometimes not so quick) trip through customs then on to a bus for the trip back to reality.

Want to take a longer trip? You can set sail on a 4-day Disney Cruise Line sailing next time!

Book Your Disney Cruise Line Vacation

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