Disney Wonder Cruise Review by cameocameo: Disney Wonder was worth the money
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Disney Wonder was worth the money
We felt that maybe we were being ripped of by paying such a high fare for a cruise since so many great cruise deals are out there and Disney didn't offer much of a deal. However, the shows, the intimate time with each character, the amazing customer service and the love of kids on this ship made it worth every penny. The wait staff was not only patient with the children (mine are 6 and 8 and we traveled with 15 family members also with kids) but they actually seemed to think they were cute and fun when they acted crazy! The staff and characters here all loved kids and it showed as they did everything in their power on a daily basis to make every moment magical for them. There was plenty of adult activities but we only participated in a few. Between meals, shows and excursions there wasn't much time to enjoy all the ship had to offer. But, everything we did do was excellent. I am so glad we chose to do this cruise instead of Disneyland. We only stood in line once behind about 5 More
families to get an official character photo. Other than that ALL of our character photos were done randomly as they show up in the hallways, the pool, the dinners, the deck. No matter where you go, the characters are roaming to visit and take pictures. I cannot image getting that sort of interaction ANYWHERE else. I heard that the Wonder was the "junk" ship because it was old. Well, I have only been on 3 cruises (Holland, NCL, and Disney) but I thought it was beautiful and more than sufficient. One of my favorite things (besides the shows) was that they are obsessive about cleanliness and germs! I am a germaphobe and even I was impressed. They make every passenger use an antibacterial wipe every time they enter any food establishment, anytime they enter the ship after leaving, and every time entering and exiting the kid areas. The kids are squirted soap onto their hands upon entering gate of the kid club and sent directly to the wash area to scrub their hands before they can start playing and they must use a wipe when they leave. Even parents have to disinfect if entering to get their kids. It might bug some people but I LOVED IT. We traveled for 10 days and nobody got even a sniffle while surrounded by kids and railings and food and toys, etc. I assumed we would get sick like every time after chuck e cheeses or something. I could go on and on about everything great but I know I will bore you. One thing I will advise is to see the guest services when you arrive. Even though I pre-booked on line for Palo dinner, brunch and excursions they had unadvertised events that we only found out about by asking. I noticed it never was put in any Navigator listing either. For example, the character TEA. I specifically asked Disney 1-800 number and my travel agent about a princess tea. They both said they don't have that on the Wonder. Well they did. It was free and only for the first 200 or so passengers. We all signed up and had a sit down tea of cookies and apple juice hosted by Ariel and Tiana princesses. Then they took photos with each person and signed autographs. Another mis-information was about the "wave phones". All publications and staff before the sailing said they are not available. Well each room had two cell phone like wave phones that we used for free to communicate with our group. It can call, text, and take messages from wave phone to wave phone or to the rooms. It was GREAT. Also the Navigator app. that you can download also works on the ship. We were told it does not work on the Wonder. It does! They have laundry rooms on the ship so don't over pack. The excursions were worth every cent also. We did the Mushers Camp and Lumberjack Show. Kids loved both, so did we. If you do this cruise do the Palo brunch and dinners. YUM. Brunch has crab legs too. Also don't let them scare you about pre-booking the Palo. We changed and added reservations multiple times with the Maître d at Palo and he always accommodated us.
If I could change ONE thing it would be the off hours dining. they have 24 hour room service but if you miss the sit down breakfasts or lunches you basically eat at fast food joints. Breakfast buffets end at 10:30, sit down ends at 9;30. Lunch is not until 12pm and sit down is only 12-1:30, I think buffet goes until 2:30. So if you wake up late you are too hungry to wait for lunch then too late for breakfast so you eat pizza or hot dogs or sandwiches at the pool deck. Then there is no dinner til 815 for my seating so you want to eat at about 4pm but nothing but room service or pool deck food again. I would recommend you plan to do the sit down breakfast and/or sit down lunch daily as the food is amazing. then maybe do fast food for snack in early evening then do your nice dinner at night. I was worried my kids who normally sleep at 8pm in Hawaii would not stay up for show or dinner second seating but they did and were wide awake. We went to bed about midnight and got up about 10am each day. I liked the second seating. those with first seating seemed rushed to get there by 5:45. so much else going on at that time. Less
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Cabin review: 2645
The rooms are large. We had 4 suitcases, 4 backpacks and 4 in our family and it wasn't very cramped at all. I enjoyed having the split bathroom so one kid could be bathing while others used the toilet or brushed teeth in the other bathroom. The host was friendly and they kept the rooms very clean.
Port and Shore Excursions
We did the lumber jack show and cultural tour. The kids were a bit bored on the tour but they loved the lumberjack show!
We could not afford the glacier dog sled excursion so we settled for the MUSHERS camp excursion. Well we were surprised at how awesome it was. I highly recommend it