On Friday, February 2nd, we drove to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Dream for a short cruise to Castaway Cay. It was the first cruise we've been on in years and the first cruise since the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the earliest drama with the pandemic was aboard cruise ships and we've been apprehensive about trying a cruise until things were under control. We've heard that some of the cruises recently were well below capacity and ours had around 1500 guests aboard out of a possible 4000, so definitely didn't feel crowded. Andrea spent quite a bit of time on all of the required paperwork to even get aboard. She uploaded a number of documents showing our vaccine status and when we arrived we had to have a negative COVID test. We all took home tests the morning before we left so we wouldn't get stuck driving all the way there only to be turned around. On the boat the staff all wore N95 masks the entire time and guests were required to wear masks in all the indoor spaces unless eating.
The cruise was a short one and only went to Disney's private island Castaway Cay on the first day (Saturday). The water was a little cool, but it wasn't so bad once you were in it for a while. We didn't swim on the boat at all, but we had fun watching movies in the room, doing the mystery, mini golf, and went to the Beauty and the Beast show which was well done.