The new Disney Dream cruise ship returned this morning from its Christening Cruise, which launched from Port Canaveral, Fla. on Jan. 19, 2011. I had the honor of enjoying this brief 2-night cruise through the Caribbean and have brought back with me thousands of pictures, hours of video, and an endless supply of reviews and reports.
It will take several days to summarize and post it all, but I thought I’d start with the most fun activity I experienced throughout the journey: the AquaDuck.
This one-of-a-kind water slide / coaster starts several flights of stairs up at one of the highest points on the Disney Dream and wraps around the ship’s edges with nothing but amazing scenic views to see. It’s thrilling and visually pleasing. During the day, the ocean views from that high up are stunning. At night, the AquaDuck tube and nearby pool deck glow with electric brilliance, enhanced by reflections on the water inside the ride. The AquaDuck should be experienced both ways.
Below I bring you two POV (point-of-view) videos of myself riding the AquaDuck during the day. The first is strictly a POV shot, facing outward from the two person tube all passengers use. I was holding the camera, sitting in the front seat, with my wife Michelle behind me.
Behold, the AquaDuck:
The second AquaDuck video below is a mixture of front-facing POV shots and rear-facing shots of me riding in the back seat of the tube. This was actually my very first ride on the AquaDuck and all reactions you see from me are completely genuine:
I could not stop smiling while riding the AquaDuck, day or night. Unfortunately I do not have a nighttime video of it, but I can offer plenty of vibrant photos, taken late at night with no one else around. Having the Disney Dream practically to myself (and my camera lens) was an incredible experience (more on that in future articles). Here are a few of my favorite AquaDuck shots:
Anyone who is a fan of water slides will find the AquaDuck, coupled with its panoramic views of the Caribbean, to be the single most thrilling, exciting, and captivating water ride around. It’s a must-do… several times!
There will be many more Disney Dream articles, pictures, and videos, in the coming days, so keep checking back to take a look at all the decor, dining, shows, shopping, and other activities!