Many are anticipating the Disney Dream; I will be on board this week

Tomorrow Chet and I head to Orlando, where we will first spend one night at Walt Disney World and then on Wednesday we board the Disney Dream for its press inaugural cruise. We will only be on board for a couple of days but I will tell you as much as I can about the new ship (and its christening) on this blog. Obviously, there is much anticipation. See below:

Cruise consultants at Cruise Holidays have voted Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream the most anticipated new ship of 2011. The Dream was voted No. 1 out of a list of nine other major new cruise ships that will sail in 2011. Thirty-three percent of all respondents chose the Dream in a “Cruise Trends” survey conducted Jan. 3 to 13. There were 125 respondents.

“Disney has not introduced a brand new ship in more than a decade,” said Mark Schiffner, vice president of Cruise Holidays. “However, it also goes far beyond the novelty of just being new, because Disney is a proven, family-friendly brand. The features and amenities on this ship will most likely make anyone feel like one of Disney’s own royal family.”

Highlights of the ship include virtual portholes for inside cabins; the Enchanted Garden restaurant, where the setting gradually transforms from day to night; a nursery for children as young as 3 months old; the Oceaneers Club for children ages 3 to 10; a water roller coaster; and The Skyline Bar, which features a hi-def projection of a different international cityscape each night with matching food, drinks and music.

On the list of most anticipated ships, Celebrity Cruises’ Silhouette placed second with 28 percent of votes and Oceania Cruises’ Marina placed third with 18 percent of the votes. For more information, visit

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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