7-night Disney Dream Italy and Greece Mediterranean cruise

Sharing a recap of our 7-night Mediterranean cruise (Italy and Greece) on the Disney Dream! This isn’t sponsored (I want, lol), however I’m excited to share our expertise. 

They’ve a helpful little trick whenever you’re on board a Disney cruise: you may have the choice to e-book a placeholder for a future cruise at a slight low cost. This manner, whenever you get off the ship, it’s barely much less miserable as a result of you recognize you’ll be on one other one quickly. We received off the Disney Dream in Rome a couple of weeks in the past, and already, we will’t await our subsequent Disney cruise.

This was Disney cruise #4 (we’ve finished Alaska, Bahamas, and Mexico), and it was our favourite one. It was a mix of the locations plus the bigger ship, which was a literal Dream.

(We additionally received to take pleasure in Rome on both aspect of our cruise! You can read about our Rome adventures here.)

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We arrived on the Civitavecchia port by way of a personal automobile that the lodge booked fo us, and it was the quickest and most seamless boarding expertise. By 1:30pm, we have been on the pool, watching the kiddos swim and consuming cocktails with mates. (A professional tip from certainly one of our good mates: pack your swim gear in a tote bag and test all the pieces else. Your room gained’t be prepared but, so you possibly can head straight to the pool. It’s the least busy it is going to be for the complete journey and after a few hours, your room will probably be prepared with your whole baggage ready for you exterior the door.)

We had lunch from Cabanas (the buffet) and ate it by the pool, checked out our room, after which received modified for the Muster Drill, Sail-A-Wave celebration and dinner.

On Disney cruises, you’re on a eating rotation. You get the early (6pm) or late (8pm) seating, and alternate eating places every night. You may choose out of your extra formal eating to have a fast chunk or room service as a substitute, however it doesn’t matter what, your desk will probably be ready for you. You even have the identical server and assistant server every evening. We had the early seating, and dined at the entire main eating places. The menus have been all similar to earlier cruises and was the beautifully-plated Disney fare we love. 🙂

It’s also possible to order no matter you need. You may choose from their 4-course menu, or should you’d like, order two appetizers, two entrees, and so on. In a Disney Cruise Fb group, a suggestion was to ask the server to ask the cooks in the event that they’d thoughts making a family-style meal from their house nation. They stated they’ve had the most effective Indian meals and curries of their lives this manner, together with naan and rice. We haven’t tried this but – I really feel unhealthy that we’d be inconveniencing them – however I’ve been interested by making an attempt it.

Our favourite is Animator’s Palate, which they’ve on the entire ships we’ve seen (Dream, Surprise, and Magic). You draw an individual in your placemat, and throughout the meal, they’ve a *present* through which all of animations come to life on massive screens all through the restaurant, dancing to the music, and added to well-known Disney scenes.

On this specific cruise, we stopped in Naples, Mykonos, Santorini, and Chania, and we had deliberate excursions in Naples and Mykonos. The remainder of the time we having fun with exploring the ports on our personal and residing our greatest cruise lives on the ship.

Tour 1: Positano, Sorrento, and Pompeii

This was a few 10-hour tour, which was undoubtedly a protracted one for the kiddos, however so price it. Additionally, within the center, we have been handled to an epic 4-course meal with wine pairings, overlooking the ocean.

Positano

Positano is certainly one of my favourite locations in the complete world, so in fact, I couldn’t wait to indicate the women. I solely want that we had extra time there! We had the prospect to get a chocolate croissant and low, put our toes within the ocean (it was so heat and beautiful), and do some little bit of procuring. (Extremely suggest Luisa Positano! Liv and I every received attire from there and so they’re so beautiful and distinctive.) It was in all probability an excellent factor that we have been on restricted time, as a result of I needed to purchase all the pieces. 😉

Sorrento

After Positano, we have been again on the bus for an extended cease in Sorrento. It was my first time in Sorrento and whereas it had the Positano really feel, it was a bit extra bustling, particularly on the primary avenue. We shopped and walked round, grabbed a gelato, after which met with our tour group for an Italian meal that I’ll always remember.

That is the place we had the well-known zucchini pasta, together with hen, salad, bread, and a chocolate hazelnut mousse dessert.

The meal was paired with glowing wine, white wine, crimson wine, and a dessert wine. Just about everybody in our tour group snoozed for the complete experience to Pompeii.

Pompeii

Pompeii was SO cool. It was fascinating to see such a well-preserved historical metropolis, along with the assorted facets of life in Pompeii, just like the bakery, bathhouses, and so on. By this level, the youngsters have been fairly drained, however they rallied! We discovered loads throughout the guided tour, and from right here, it was solely 45 minutes again to the cruise ship.

Tour 2: Tremendous Paradise Seashore Day in Mykonos

This was our favourite tour. Tremendous Paradise Seashore is a personal seaside membership, with enjoyable loungers, umbrellas, a full menu, and a peaceable seaside with shiny, turquoise waters. It’s additionally partially blocked from the extraordinary winds that may have an effect on Mykonos.

The humorous factor was that our Naples tour was so time-specific – we knew precisely after we wanted to be again on the bus or at a sure assembly point- and for this seaside tour, the information was like, “Eh. Have enjoyable and I’ll let you recognize when we have to prepare to depart.”

We ended up being there for about 3 hours, which was the proper period of time. All of us swam, the women performed within the sand and waves, and we proceeded to order half of the issues on the menu.

(My fave Vuori suit)

A sandwich was included with our tour, however I’m petty positive our Greek mates would disown us if we ate a turkey sandwich of their homeland.

Earlier than we left, they gave us a listing of all the pieces to order whereas we have been in Greece. The Pilot wrote down all the pieces phonetically so we’d be capable of pronounce it, like, “Gotta lotta booty yo.” I feel we made them proud; we tried virtually all the pieces they advised between our time in Mykonos and Chania. The meals was out of this world unimaginable. So recent, vibrant, and scrumptious. I extremely, extremely suggest the pastitsio, which is sort of a spaghetti lasagna with tacky foam on high.

(We additionally had grilled octopus, salad, cooked garlicky greens, stuffed grape leaves, beef patties, and little doughnuts)

Santorini:

In Santorini, we didn’t find yourself doing a lot. It’s the place you possibly can see the well-known white buildings with the blue domes in Oia, nevertheless it was so scorching, and the youngsters have been melting. It’s form of an uncommon port, too. You’re taking a smaller tender boat to the bottom of the port, the place you are taking a cable automobile up the steep hill to the city of Fira (plenty of procuring and eating places). It’s also possible to stroll up stairs to the highest, however there are 400+, which will not be practical for babies or these with mobility difficulties. Our plan was to take the cable automobile UP, however stroll down the steps on the finish of the day.

The cable automobile line tends to be extraordinarily lengthy, with out a lot shade. The road was simply 200+ after we received there and shifting very slowly. The women have been carrying their neck fans and we have been always pouring water on them, and so they have been too scorching, so we ended up heading again.

Should you’re stopping in Santorini in mid-June or July, I’d suggest reserving an tour with motor coach switch so that you don’t must take care of the cable automobile line. Or convey plenty of water + an umbrella, or courageous the steps!

(I had an iced tea on the cafe on the backside of the port. I discussed this in a earlier publish, however the iced tea in Greece is INSANE. Whether or not it’s brewed in-house, or in a can, it’s really one thing particular. Many flavors are infused with lemongrass, ginger, or fruit, like cherry, and calmly candy and refreshing. Who knew I’d dream about Greece iced tea ceaselessly and ever??)

The proprietor additionally introduced us photographs of ouza with our invoice, ice lotions for everybody, and despatched us again to the ship with an enormous piece of baklava to-go.

Chania:

In Chania, we ended up exploring on our personal, which was very best. We adopted a tour information group into Outdated City, which was lined with small outlets, kiosks, eating places, and a beautiful view of the bay.

We purchased souvenirs and jewellery, and had one other legendary lunch + extra of the most effective concept tea.

(The sardines have been SO zesty and flavorful)

Disney Cruise Dream eating and actions

On the ship, we loved the entire normal Disney cruise choices: the stay reveals – Magnificence and the Beast was phenomenal – motion pictures, character greetings, Bingo, gymnasium, child’s membership, swimming, limitless ice cream cones and Mickey bars, whiskey tastings, and the entire great eating places.

The very best half was that we traveled with mates. The women had built-in buddies, and so did the adults 😉 It undoubtedly makes the expertise much more enjoyable!

Disney actually goes above and past in the case of visitor expertise, cleanliness, and meals high quality. Should you guys have any questions in regards to the Disney cruise expertise, please let me know!

(the most effective cruise ship magnets are on Etsy!)

So, inform me, mates: are you a cruise fan or not-so-much? Have you ever finished a Disney cruise??

Attempting to determine which one we must always do subsequent!!

xo

Gina

*All the attire on this publish are from Nuuly! I’ve had hit or miss experiences with them, however the attire for this journey have been all nice

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