We drove over with the help of BC ferries,to Canada Place. We stayed at the Pan Pacific hotel right at the cruises ship terminal so we could just walk onto the Wonder the next morning. Would recommend this to anyone that is driving in.
WOW! Embarked with the crew welcoming us aboard with cheers, clapping and a Mickey wave with our 'Key to the World'. The rooms would not be ready till 1:30 so we explored the ship and found the FOOD at the Beach Blanket Buffett, then we went from Aft to Stern.
Found our room 2038, 214 sq. ft. with bunk beds and a big porthole looking out to the ocean. Found out we were right under Wavebands and could hear the bass at night, I just went up and danced! (not used to the new squeek noises or movemnt either)
Played some backgammon and checkers in Destinations which was just up one floor to the starboard, waiting for the mandatory muster drill.
Straight to deck 10 at the Goofy Pool to get a good spot for the Adventures Away party with our Cruise Director Jimmy, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, with the adult (Robin) and kid entertainment directors. And set sail under the Lionsgate Bridge to Alaska with Captain Thord.
They do a great job of letting you know what is going on aboard. The hosts in the studio sea area and adult area were great and lively. Can't believe they do it weekly!
At 6:15 every night there was a show before our late seating dinner. On the first night it was the 'All aboard; Let the Magic Begin' show . I was able to snap one shot before the usher told me you can not do that, I thought they said no flash. ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOs. The second show was 'The Golden Mickeys' a live red carpet awards including young attendees. Showcasing Snow White, Tarzan, Cinderella, Lion King, Hunchback, Cruella and Pocahontas. On the forth night we saw the movie special 3D viewing of Planes, like Cars with a cute underdog story. (saw this one twice) Toy Story the Musical on the fifth night, just like the movie! The final show was 'Dreams' an awesome show with Anne Marie and Peter Pan visiting Cinderella, Ariel, Prince Ali, Lion King, Belle and the Beast. I found the last two shows the best, worth getting there for good seat at least 20-15 before the show starts. Doors open 30min prior, we did this once and ordered from the many staff in the room, of course this was an extra cost.
Adults Exclusive Dining at PALO's. Northern Italian cuisine, so much rich food! First our meal started with a generous plate of antipasti'slices of prosciutto and bresaola, marinated artichoke hearts, sun dried tomato and red pepper, various olives, and shards of Parmigiano-Reggiano, accompanied by breadsticks, olive rolls and several types of flatbread. For appetizers we both had the calamari. For our entr'e we had Lobster and Mascarpone Ravioli and the beef tenderloin topped with gorgonzola cheese and red wine sauce. Our server convinced us to try the chocolate souffl' with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce (unfinishable rich!) lucky we also got the panna cotta with berries to lighten it up .Our meal was served with finesse, we found Palo's $20 surcharge reasonable. Would of booked the brunch but it was sold out.
I also tried Escargots; Herb-marinated Snails with Finely Chopped Mushrooms, topped with Garlic Butter. Crispy Roasted Duck Breast, Juniper-Spiced Elk Tenderloin, Alaskan King Crab Legs, and Baked Crab Dip Martinique. So good!
Lots of 'Disney' to do, shop, game shows, karokee, movies even ping-pong.Or you could go to the adult only area for a latte! Kids went to Edge and Vibe, once registered (on the first day) they could come and go as they wished. With the wavephones in the room it was easy for them to take one so we could contact them later.
Tracy Arm Fjord- mountains, waterfalls and the twin sawyer glacier making the water a glacial aqua blue. We spent most of the day taking in nature even though it was windy at first and cold but they served us hot chocolate and cookies on deck 10. Our captain got us so close to a waterfall there,awesome view from our room then! Never made it to the BBQ at Aft.
Entertainment was John Charles a man who was with Disney since the beginning of Disneyland in 1955. He performed songs requested by the audience, with just his guitar and his singing voice, combineing music, comedy and audience interaction, he got quite the variety!
We also saw the variety show of Michael Holly juggling 2 bowling balls and a MM!
Day 6 we saw Ronn Lucas ventriloquist - and again with the whole family the next night. He has been doing this since he was 11 and told us stories on the different things he did with his voice. He has performed for presidents, tv shows and even the Queen. With Buffalo Billy, Sing an audience member as a dummy and turtle. Hilarious. Amazing to watch! A must see!
CREATING, every night while we were at dinner our room would be magically be cleaned and prepared for bedtime with a different visitor every night! Like MAGIC!
DAY FOUR Thursday, August 22, 2013
Arrived in Skagway a small (800 residents) gold rush town with false front buildings and wooden sidewalks. Up early for our 7:15 excursion- White Pass Rail to Fraser BC (even had to show our passports) and returned by bus. It was a easy slow journey, kids got a bit board especially half way up when it was too cloudy to see anything. On the way back we visited Liarsville for a small show, apple cider and cookies and pan for a bit (2 flakes each) of GOLD! Most of the stores in town were jewelry stores so we decided to just go back to the Wonder for an early night.
DAY FIVE Friday, August 23, 2013
Juneau the capital of Alaska- Whale watching and Mendenhall Glacier. Jackson our bus driver took us through town showing us the 'one' of everything, everything here is shipped in. They even have one McDonalds it was so popular on opening day that they sold out of burgers in 6 hrs. and had to wait another week for more!
Whale Quest, we saw Eagles, Seals, Sea Lions and a Humpback family. Very difficult to take photos on a rocking boat with animals that only come up for a few seconds. Would of liked to of seen Orcas but that was up to nature. Porpoises seen on the way back to Vancouver on the Wonder.
Onto Mendenhall Glacier, we only had an hour to look around, but we made it down nugget trail to the waterfall and glacier. Looked for bears but only saw what they ate and what that produces, the only brown bear we saw was in the museum!
Pixar Pals Party, my youngest and I went to the 4:30 show on deck 4 then later the adults went to the 10:15 on the main floor. It is held in the lobby with red dividers for the crowd. The charaters do walk around (deck 3 by elevators) and even dance with the guests. With Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Mike & Scully, Flick, Russell & Doug, Woody and Jessie. A great party!
DAY SIX Saturday, August 24, 2013
Our Character Breakfast, with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy! In Parrot Cay, servers making hats out of the napkins! Too funny, especially when they statrted using tableware too. On photos you could tell there was a routine with the chartaters, but it is the best chance for family photos with the charaters.
Ketchikan- A fishing village with gold and logging. Were we shopped for the first time!
Great American Lumberjack show- They made it very interactive for the Disney guests, underhand chop, axe throw, double buck, hot saw, speed climb, boom run the men ending up totally soaked after the log rolling competition! American Spruce Mills vs Canadian Dawson Creek. (of course the Canadians won!) it even had a fairy that they threw into the water!
LAST DAY 7 Sunday, August 25, 2013
'Till We Meet Again' a classic Disney farewell with Princess Tiana, Belle, Snow White, Goofy, Cinderella, Ariel, Captain Hook, Stich, Donald, Minnie and Mickey. Last chance to get charater photos.
I liked the Animator's Palate real life hand-drawn environment the most; the black and white that colorizes showcasing characters and scenes from classic Disney films around you. But the food in all the seated dinners was overwhelming. The servers were great letting us know where the next dinner was and what to expect for someone with sensitivities.
There was also a lot of Disney we did not do; we did not do any of the one on one charater visits, I did not want to wait in line. Professional photos. Or pools.
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