This is not a proposal story, this is a guide to planning a Perfect Proposal aboard the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.
My sweet and wonderful boyfriend surprised me with an amazing Disney Cruise set for August 2014 as my Christmas present in December 2013. Our ship was the Disney Dream and if you're looking for a dreamy way to propose to your loved one, this might be the place!
Here are a few things you should know:
When couples book a cruise, they are paired up with two other couples who will join them at the same table for dinner each night -- there are three main dining areas each with a different theme and guests rotate to a different dining experience each night of the cruise with the same table mates and the same wait staff. Some people might really like this -- it is a cool way to meet other couples and discuss your day -- however, this isn't Boyfriend's nor my style -- we went on a cruise to be together and enjoy each other's company. The first night on the ship we had our regularly scheduled dinner in the Royal Palace dining room where we met our table mates -- they were nice, but it was a little awkward.
Our last night on the ship we dined at the luxurious Remy where Chef Arnaud Lallement from l'Assiette Champenoise -- a Michelin 3-star chef from France -- and Chef Scott Hunnel -- from award-winning Victoria & Albert's at Walt Disney World Resort -- have created two different menus from which to choose your courses. They are beautifully complimentary and Boyfriend wound up choosing a little from each menu. They also offered a superb vegetarian menu for me. But I will go more in-depth about this experience later in the Perfect Proposal.
If you plan ahead and pack your swimsuit in your carry-on bag then you can go to your room and change into your bathing suits and go back to deck 14 to swim, or get more food -- there are food stations and ice cream machines in multiple areas of the ship and it's all free! -- and watch the big-screen movie screen above the swimming pool. There is also a deck party when the ship sails away, but there is a lot going on there, all the kids are up on deck 14 and there's a ton of action. It's also very fun and relaxing to explore the other parts of the ship and to just get comfortable in your state room.
The Perfect Proposal
To plan for the proposal you may want to give the Disney Dream Customer Service a call or send them an email to give them a heads-up about your plans and to get their help. In Disney World and Disneyland they will work with the proposer to make it as magical as possible -- horse-drawn carriage rides, glass slipper presentation, etc. -- and Disney Cruises are no different. A traveling violinist was at Remy and Palo on the nights when we ate there and it's very romantic! There is also a traveling photographer at Palo's restaurant right next door to Remy and it could probably be arranged to have the photographer there to capture the big moment. So, here is my suggestion for the perfect Disney Dream Proposal:
Resources for the Perfect Proposal:
Contacting the Dream
Disney Weddings Engagement
Disney Proposal Ideas
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