This years holiday was something special as well as our annual trip to Walt Disney world in Florida. we decided to combine business with pleasure and book on a Disney cruise
As lots of you will know I spent most of my earlier career working on the prestigious cruise ship the QE2 with my band the MIKE JAMES SOUND so to go on board a another ship for my holidays was not something I wanted. As this was a special trip for my wife’s birthday and also we had been asked by the Vice president of the Cruise line Jim Urry .we thought we would try it out
.Disney cruise line have now got four ships we went on the most recent to the fleet THE DISNEY DREAM.
GRAND FLORIDIAN AND SPA
We statred this special trip off with three days at the top Disney hotel ” THE GRAND FLORIDIAN AND SPA. Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish bayside Resort hotel. Relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz and popular Disney tunes. Bask on the white-sand beach, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch the fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle.
Just one stop to Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes Palm Beach’s golden era. what a way to start our Disney cruise from there we travelled to fort lauderdale to meet our ship the Disney Dream.
The first impressions of Dream are grander The lobby is large and luxurious and definitely has a “wow” factor. The Art Deco decor is elegant and jazzy, with a colorful glass chandelier, and there’s also the requisite bronze Disney statue to greet passengers at the foot of the marble stairway — this one is Donald Duck.
Deep blues and reds in the ship’s public spaces offset rich yellow and impart an old-world luxury, mostly refined, but with a touch of glitz. The influence of the Mouse is subtle, if omnipresent. “Hidden” Mickeys can be found just about everywhere on the ship: in artwork, on railings, on dinnerware, in cabins. What’s endearing to some, though, may be overkill to others.
Exploring the ship we saw many enhancements to familiar spaces, as well as several Disney firsts: the snazzy new AquaDuck watercoaster;( which we tried )
redesigned, tech’ed-up kids’ clubs; and a huge amount of beanbag-chair- and Wii-filled real estate dedicated to ‘tweens and teens. All reveal a noble effort to better cater to older children, especially the older-than-8 crowd, for whom the signature character experiences may be starting to lose their appeal. And, in an attempt to please adults traveling without kids (or parents looking to escape theirs), the new $75-a-head French dining restaurant, Remy, was magical.
As I went to judge the entertainment there was a great stage production, “Disney’s Believe,” and innovative uses of technology throughout the ship. (The virtual portholes in inside cabins are genius.) Dream is wired with new technology, which touches most areas of the ship. Paintings and pictures called “Enchanted Art” adorn the walls of hallways and come to life as you admire them.the 4 days we spent with Disney cruise line was just out of this world and we cann’t wait to go again