Disney Wonder Cruise Review by jimhcom: Some good some not so good
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Some good some not so good
Embarking on the Wonder has to be described as painful. We arrived about 11 am and spent the next 1+ hr standing in lines, the longest for the mandatory wrist band for my son to attend the Oceaneer Club.
The port facility was crowded and there were not enough chairs so many people were sitting on the floor.
The ship itself is somewhat dated, the elevators are very small and you are sometimes uncomfortably crowded in them. The ship does not have stabilizers and tends to rock and roll considerably compared to the Carnival ship we were on years before.
The cabin was decent size and we had a wonderful 4' round window with a great view, although the outside of the window had not been cleaned in some time and detracted from the experience.
The split bath setup is great for families and the mini refrigerator is a great feature. The room was well designed and functioned well even if was showing some age.
The only real complaints we had with More the cabin was the dirty window, and the roof which made creaking, and snapping noises in correlation with the rocking of the ship. The first night is was loud enough to wake me several times.
Food is one of the big draws on a cruise, and Disney needs some improvement in this area. Dinners were good but not really in the same league as what we had on our previous Carnival cruise. Both breakfast and lunches could best be described as cafeteria food. Children's menu is small and the same choices every night. The pizza is just plain bad.
It is a little hard to understand why a children's oriented cruise puts so little effort in having good tasting food for the kids, it is hard enough to get kids to eat as it is. It is really no harder to make good pizza as to make bad pizza. The hot dogs and hamburgers at Pluto's Dog house were some of the best tasting food we could find.
The service of both the dining room staff and the room hostess was excellent and was definitely the highlight of the cruise.
Entertainment quality on the Wonder is excellent, but there is just not enough of it. The movies and theater productions are great, as are the character appearances which the small kids really get a thrill from.
The lounges usually have nothing going on during the day except people reading or playing board games. 4K is a lot of money to spend to be stuck playing board games. There were times we just walked the decks looking for something to do, and really could not find anything. We often resorted to watching TV in the cabin. It really would not be that hard to have a little live music, or something going on. Especially on sea days.
The Oceaneer Club was a hit with my 5yr old, I must admit I am not sure why, but he loved it and you cannot argue with success.
I especially appreciated Disney's alcohol policy and would not consider going on any cruise which enforced a strict policy on bringing your own alcohol on board. Less
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