My wife and I and a couple of friends just returned home from a 7 night cruise on the Disney Wonder to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau. We have sailed with a number of other cruise lines but wanted to give Disney a try as we had heard very good reports from people we know about their experience with Disney. Well, the reports were on target. We are in our 60s and so were our friends and we all had a ball. I have visited Disney World a few times and always marveled at the professionalism and efficiency of the Disney operation. Their cruise experience is no less a marvel. If someone is our age and recoils from the thought of all those little munchkins running around - don't. They keep thos little guys busy all day and their are plenty of 'Adult Only' areas to escape to if you feel the need. The following is a brief review of our experience:
Embarkation: Smooth - one of the best we have encountered.
The ship; Again smooth. The Wonder rides the seas very comfortable even in some choppy conditions. She is a well designed ship and even with a few years on her is very clean and well kept. Each of the three dining rooms is a unique experience.
Our cabin: We were on deck 7 mid-ship with a balcony cabin. The cabin was very nice with plenty of room to move around and far more than enough storage space for 2 people. I suppose the extra storage is for family situation as our cabin could accomodate 4 people. And the split bathroom was the best we have encountered. One side had a tub&shower along with a sink. The other side had the toilet and another sink and mirror.
Dining: The three main dining rooms are Triton, Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate. Each night you eat in a different dining room but at the same numbered table and your waiter, asst. waiter and head waiter travel with you.. We found the food to be excellent in these main rooms although we tend not to be that hard to please, but I heard no complaints from others. One night we ate in the 'adult only - extra charge' dining room 'Palo'. It was a real treat and worth the surcharge. Our waiter was a young man from India named Ashlie and he was a joy.
Service: Excellent!! Every member of the crew we encountered was pleasant and ready to meet any need with a smile. A special shout-out to our cabin stewar Lewyn; our dining room attendants - Thatree our waiter from Thiland - our asst.waiter Sergio from Portugal - and our head waiter from Turkey via his current hom in Akron, Oh. I can't pronounce his name so I just called him Tex.
Entertainment: Of course, being a Disney operation, most of the entertainment was focused on families and children. The showroom shows were mainly production numbers associated with Disney movies and characters. We did really enjoy the comedian-ventriliquist onboard although I can't recall his name.
Ports: Took a city tour in Key West and learned a lot of the history. Spent most of our time in Nassau at the resort of Atlantis. Toured the place a had a nice time at their beach. Just relaxed at the beach on Castaway Cay, Disneys private island. Another very well designed and operated Disney experience. Spent most of our time ther at Serenity Cove, the adult only area of the island.
Disembarkation: The smoothest and best we have ever experienced. Again, Disney knows how to organize and move large numbers of people.
Conclusion: If you are a dedicated cruiser or a family with children you should at least go on one Disney cruise. You will thouroughly enjoy it.