Regular readers will remember that I booked a cruise on the Disney Magic during COVID times, but switched to MSC because I could get a seven night cruise for the price of three on the DCL, and the ship looked cool.
I always kinda regretted that decision and thought I’d forever lost my chance to sail with Disney. I’m not interested in taking a cruise from the US and I didn’t think DCL cruised in Europe. I thought the COVID thing was a one-off for Disney to make emergency cash.
Well, it turns out that DCL does sail in Europe. I know this because Facebook has figured out that I’m not returning to Orlando any time soon, so it’s trying to tempt me with alternative Disney options.
Anyhoo, I looked at the options and the only one that is even remotely affortable to me in these lean economic times is a three night cruise from Southampton in the UK to Zeebrugge in Brussels. I’m not sure Zeebrugge is somewhere anyone wants to go, but that’s not really the point.
Initially I looked into travelling solo, but DCL charges singletons the exact same fare as a couple, so I asked Paul if he’d be interested in tagging along. To my surprise he was and he even managed to watch a 25 minute ship tour with me on YouTube without losing interest and, indeed, he’s up for it.
We both expressed a strong preference for a Verandah room and those are around £2,000. ($2,500). (The Oceanview rooms are only marginally cheaper at £1,900.)
With three nights we’d get to do all three main dining rooms, right? And we’d take a shot at brunch at Palo and / or Remy.
Given that the main point of the trip would be to experience the ship, rather than to visit any particular port, does this make sense? Is three nights enough to get the “full” experience of everything the Dream has to offer? Any advice about booking? Room choice?