Disney Wonder Cruise Review by Trave1er: Disney is Always the Best
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Disney is Always the Best
From entering the ship to leaving the ship, there is not much we dislike about our Disney Cruise. We were a group of 5 adults without children and still loved every minute of our cruise. This was our first trip to Alaska, after two 3 day cruises to the Bahamas on the same ship.
We began with lunch at Beach Blanket and dinner that night at the adult restaurant, Palos. It was fantastic with excellent service from our waiter. He made it so special for us that we booked brunch 2 days later.
The 3 restaurants are fantastic. We had 2nd dining at 8:15 and weren't sure if we would like it, but with all the food we ate at lunch, it was nice to wait to eat dinner. Around 4 everyday we stopped for an ice cream cone on deck 9. Two of the nights have special activities while we eat: Animator's Palate with it's wall show of Disney characters and Parrot Cay with our waiters wearing vests of different country's flags, then all of them doing a parade through the restaurant with their More country's flag. We couldn't begin to tell how wonderful our servers, Aaron and Netashia, were. They were at our very beck and call. Just mention the possibility of trying a certain food and it appeared. Aaron had a great sense of humor and Netashia's laugh was incredible. By the end of the cruise we knew all about their families. Our only disappointment was for breakfast. The eggs and bacon are tasteless. However, the fruit and french toast were incredible. Not to mention the wonderful desserts.
The entertainment shows, Golden Mickey, Toy Story The Musical and Disney Dreams An Enchanted Classic were as always wonderful. We also saw a very funny comedian magician. One night Maleficent was shown rather than a play. It was incredibly good. Our only complaint is that they need heat in their theaters. Wear a jacket when you go.
During the day we went to many of the Trivia games. It wasn't until the last one that we finally won, but it was fun nonetheless. We walked the ship from top to bottom exploring all the nooks and crannies. There was always something to do, if you wished or just sit and enjoy the sights.
Our visit to Tracy Arm was amazing. It was the only clear day on the cruise. Our ship pulls up pretty close to Sawyer Glacier for some great views of the glacier and seals on the surrounding icebergs. We stayed there for a long time, so plenty of time to enjoy the view. It then turns around and does the same thing.
At two of the ports the ship was right in town. The one where we parked away from the town, a full size bus traveled back and forth, bringing everyone to and from town. Getting off the ship was quick and easy.
We did port adventures at two of the towns. Everyone sat in the theater after being given a Disney character sticker. When your character was called, a person with a sign carrying that character led us off the ship to our bus. It was simple and easy.
One thing we all appreciated was how much we saw of the captain and his staff. He was always on hand to greet everyone. If you passed a staff person, they smiled and said "hi". Also either the captain or the cruise director spoke over the intercom telling everyone about the ports, the weather and what activities were coming up. If you didn't read your personal navigator every day, you knew about it anyway. My family appreciated the free i-phone version of the navigator.
The on board parties, leaving port, Pixar Party, 4th of July and Till We Meet Again were always fun. They even passed out small flags for the 4th of July. Disney always makes everything more fun right up to the end when all the characters line up to say goodbye.
Since we did our last cruises in 2001 and 2003, the ship now has some wear on it. However, Disney keeps everything spotless and shiny. Not much can be done about nicked wood that was obviously bumped.
Our cabin was spot clean and kept that way by our hostess. Her friendly smile is something we will carry away with us. Each night we lay down to the smell of the best white sheets and pillows I have ever slept on. The showers were always hot, regardless of what time we used them.
We love the fact that 1st run movies play in the theater. This is something we would miss on other ships. The television in our room plays regular channels as well as movies that had played recently. We loved the channel with the current data, latitude and longitude, weather, and a map showing where our ship is as we travel.
Now we're looking at doing Northern Europe. Can't wait to check out another Disney ship. Less
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Our cabin was spot clean and kept that way by our hostess. Her friendly smile is something we will carry away with us. Each night we lay down to the smell of the best white sheets and pillows I have ever slept on. The showers were always hot, regardless of what time we used them. Although we had 3 people in our room, there was plenty of space for clothes and luggage. We stowed the empty luggage in the closet and under the bed.
Port and Shore Excursions
Our bus driver was great with a wealth of information about the area and Alaska. We saw the Rainforest Garden Adventure first. They had some flowers and flowering trees. We were put in a shuttle bus for a steep climb to the top of the hill through the forest, where we had a view. Then we took a golf cart ride down to the gift shop. Not really much to see, except a pretty much normal forest. The bus driver then took us to Mendenhall Glacier for a 90 minute visit. This gave us enough time to walk to Nugget Falls. It was spectacular as it lies in front of the glacier. Finally the driver took us to a viewpoint overlooking the Juneau area and airport. Next time I would just do the glacier.
We enjoyed Ketchikan the best of the 3 towns. It lies in a harbor with many boats. As with all 3 towns, there are many jewelry stores. As we don't do those, we did find 3 really good big souvenir shops on Front Street. We also walked Creek Street, but not many shops open there. At the end was Married Man's Trail, which is a nice short walk. Don't climb the stairs going up, unless you need the exercise or want to visit the restaurant. Take the funicular instead.
Liarsville was a waste. They rushed us through every step from the barbecue to the campfire with cookies and hot chocolate, a poem and finally panning for gold. They hand you a pan with some dirt in it and you are to find the gold in it. Before I could do much, they took the pan away from me, so we would leave as another tour was coming in. Only 3 people in charge. The tents showing how they lived were filthy with vegetation having blown in them. Finally we were bused in town to the see the Red Onion Saloon. It was OK. Disney should do their own mining town and not these people. The driver kept forgetting to turn up on the sound on his speaker. He needs to be a bit more professional.
White Pass Scenic Railway
We did the Best of Skagway. It began with a bus up White Pass, then the great White Pass train back. Fog on the way up, but a great view on the way back. Very beautiful countryside.