Disney Cruise Lines has just started taking bookings for their newest ship, Disney Dream, set to sail on January 26, 2011. This incredible addition to the fleet of magical ships will be the biggest yet—with a capacity of more than five thousand passengers. Disney has implemented some innovative and distinctive features that the whole family will love. My favorite? Being a roller coaster junkie, I can’t wait to try the AquaDuck, a 765-foot-long water coaster that goes around four decks and even extends out over the ocean. You sit in a tube (see photo above) and off you splash! Then, there are the virtual portholes so every interior room feels like it has an outside deck. These virtual portholes use HD TVs to create projections of the sea and will even have the occasional Disney character “swim” by. (Hey, Nemo!) Check it out:
Of course, if you can drag yourself away from your fabulous stateroom or get off the AquaDuck, you’ll never go hungry on this amazing ship. Guests on Disney’s Magic and Wonder ships will recognize their favorite Animator’s Palate, where the room changes color throughout your meal. There’s also the Royal Palace, an elegant restaurant inspired by Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and The Beast, and Sleeping Beauty; and the Enchanted Garden, a more casual spot inspired by the gardens of Versailles, which changes from day to night as you dine. You can also go more upscale at the reservations-only Italian restaurant, Palo.
Post-dinner entertainment finds kids at the “Chill-Out Zones” filled with hi-tech entertainment such as postcard creators and video karaoke. Parents have their own after-dark, kids-free entertainment area, The District, with five distinct venues: The District Lounge, Metro Pub, Pink (an upscale cocktail lounge), Evolution (nightclub), and Skyline (a metropolitan “sky bar” with changing views of city skylines on LCD screens).
And, because this is Disney after all, nightly entertainment for the whole family includes first-run Disney movies at the Buena Vista Theater and major stage productions at the Walt Disney Theater.