Disney Wonder Cruise Review by middleagedcruiser: Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Suite 8600
Overall Member Rating
Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Suite 8600
Destination: Western Caribbean
Mid 30's, married almost 10 years, fairly well traveled, 2 ½ year old son. 1st time taking a big trip with just the 3 of us. 1st time cruisers. Got a very nice work bonus and went for the "blow out vacation" and spent $4100 on the 1 bedroom suite. Went to Cozumel and Castaway Cay. These are the good and bad things that I had not seen mentioned in other reviews.
- Staff and service- fantastic, friendly, multinational, all excellent english. Engaging w. the children. Servers are cordial sweet and funny with the kids and efficient in their duties. the custodial staff were kind, nice and unobtrusive.
- Concierge staff (extra service as part of the 1 bedroom suite)- accessible, informative, answered questions, provided any 3 of 3000+ DVDs for the room. Allowed for priority embarkation (however no priority disembarkation). Were there to book activites for you. Invitation only reception w. Captain Mickey (super cool)
- Ship- clean, nice amenities, things in good More repair. Amazing suite! Huge. awesome view and veranda.
- Nursery- has one for kids under 3 yo who cannot go to the other kid programs. Staff seemed friendly. Only used this service once.
- Food/restaurants- large portions, fairly expansive menus, 4 different sit down restaurants and 3 grab and go options. Unlimited except for alcohol, specialty options (coffees, etc) and Palo. Quick and 24/7 room service (limited menus for non-concierge cabins)
- Palo- excellent fine dinning experience and worth the $20 per person.
Internet- WiFi throughout the ship for a fee, spotty and slow buts its satellite.
- Shows- fun, engaging, well paced, 2 per night. 3D movies look great (however 2 year olds don't wear glasses for 3d!)
Spa services were amazing (but pricey and try to up sell a lot) and the gym area and free classes were a great addition.
- Fair amount of hidden/excessive costs- $20 wine most fine dining was $40, 16oz Budweiser was $7+, they include 15% gratuity on ALL alcohol, as concierge cabin there was $12 per day per quest gratuity included for wait staff (2), chamber maid (who is the same daily) for all guests (even 2 ½ year olds). For our 5 days it was over $200 for the five days plus the additional 15% on alcohol. Also there is a expected (but not included) tip for the concierge
- Food- over all the the quality is poor at best. All frozen, and tasted every bit of it. fish/seafood was horrible, kid options had no green veggies unless explicitly requested (1 entree option for kids was deep fried mozzarella sticks with french fries for dinner)
- Kid options- website showed lots of free play area in the Oceaneer club/lab. However the vast majority of the times its open is drop off day care time with limited allowance of kids 3yo-12yo and no parent supervised play time was allowed. "open house" (general admission of all ages, parent supervised) times were early am or late PM. Great facilities and a lot of fun when it was open to us, but that was only twice as our son goes to bed @ 8-9pm. However was probably tons of fun for kid 4-5+, as the age range is quite broad.
- Nursery- nice they have one, but its 0-3 yo, all integrated ages in a fairly small room. Was mainly just watching TV, no structured activities (that we could see) only used for 2 hrs as it seemed a little depressing. Fine for babies, but boring for 2 1/2 yo kid. Also no-one tells you to return the tracker bracelet (I assumed you left it in the room) was immediate charged to our bill $50.
- Concierge- was a little surprised by the pre-printed, fill in the #'s tip form that came along with the invoice. Very reticent to discuss anything other than Disney day trips @ the ports-o-call.
- Privacy- the room service folks/cleaning staff just come in. will knot/buzz once and enter.
While it may seem there are a fair amount of negatives, we had a wonderful family vacation. Lots of fun and laughter, great memories and photos. Its just that the additional costs added up very quickly. Was an extra $1000 on top of the cruise and airfare, granted ½ of this was a wine package (7 bottles total, hey we're on vacation!) and a massage. We spent a large amount of money on what was supposed to be the best vacation ever and felt a little disappointed with the amenities/extras we thought we paid for once it was all done. Less
Read more Disney Wonder cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Disney Wonder Review >>
Cabin review: T8600
1 bedroom concierge suite 8600 with veranda- is the wheel chair accessible suite (not wheel chair bound, but it was open). very spacious, large bed, 2 full bathrooms (1 master w/ 2 sinks), stand up showers (wheel chair accessible), Bose sound system (but no iPod connection), veranda w/ about 220 degree view, fold out couch (its a back killer), 4 chair dining table, nice decoration
A horrible experience with hos...
Carnival Fantasy was a let dow...
Small Cruise Ship with lots of...
Last time on Paradise
Pros and Cons of the Disney Wo...
Two weeks of Disney
Great cruise but some things n...
Panama Canal crossing was love...