This was our 9th cruise, first time on Disney. We've always wanted to try Disney Cruising, as we love everything else Disney, but felt it was too expensive. So when they came to the West Coast, we decided to capitalize on the fact that we did not need to purchase air. Boy are we glad we made that choice!
The mexican riviera is not our destination of choice, so our focus was relaxing and enjoying the ship. We also do not have kids (but we do like them!), so we wondered how we were going to do on what could have been a kid focused cruise. Fortunately, we never felt "over run" by kids. Looking at the Navigator you see that they have AMAZING programs for kids. I see now why at the late seating, when the kid's programs showed up to collect the kids they went running to the front of the dining room.
Embarkation was great. The terminal in San Pedro is absolutely beautiful. One of the nicest we've experienced. Very organized and easy to follow. Extra kudos go to Michael, an embarkation coordinator, for helping us that morning and making us feel like a VIP! Great job. The extra perk of each family being announced as you board the ship (while it may sound cheesy) made you feel special and started off the ship at the high note it would remain at!
The service onboard the Wonder is top notch. At every turn we felt genuine attention and friendliness - from the Guest Services desk to Pedro at the Excursions desk.
Our oceanview stateroom had great storage options and as everyone's noted, the split bathroom design is genius. The wavephones (on board cell phones) are another genius move. I hope that all cruise lines jump on that bandwagon. It was so much easier than scribbling notes to eachother all week. On the downside - the hairdryers are horrible. So make sure you bring your own.
Historically, on land, we've never felt that Disney has had amazing food options. I mean, there are some super stars (Napa Rose, Le Cellier), but for your everyday needs, it's usually ok. Unfortunately (since I'm focused on losing weight right now), We Were Wrong! The food was amazing. 6 out of th 7 nights the food was absolutely delicious. The portion sizes were great. And we haven't even started on Palo yet. I do not usually book the fee dining options, but wanted to try the champagne brunch. WOW! I anticipated the food being pretty good, so I did a Spin class in the gym that morning. Well, it was soooo great, that I ran a 5K that afternoon to try and put a dent in some of the calorie damage.
Which leads us to the Spa/Gym information. The gym was great. Good amount of equipment. The view of course, like most ships, very nice. Pulling into port in Cabo San Lucas while on the bikes was amazing. They had a wide variety of classes - spin, yoga, pilates and boot camp and they are free! Not like other cruise lines where you pay a $10 fee. We bought a 3 day pass to the Rainforest Room. I have to say that was too much. Maybe a 1 day...but even then, not what we expected. The Thermal Suite on RCCL is better. However, the spa staff was very friendly and we wish it was in the budget to arrange for one of the Spa Villas - beautiful.
The Adults only areas are great. The Cove pool was relaxing and Alan and Tibor at the Signals bar adjacent to the pool were friendly and a highlight of each day.
Another nice surprise was the shopping guide Melanie. We don't usually interact with the guide, but she had hours in a lounge one night so we stopped by (had a complimentary cocktail - nice!) and talked to her about some of the stores in the ports. She has a lot of good info and pointers. Not to mention her special touches - we were going to pick up something on day 2 in Cabo that we had purchased and it was being worked on - she brought it back to the ship and then down to our table at Dinner - Brava!
Now for the ports. Puerto Vallarta has gone downhill as a city. But we did walk over to the Krystal resort from the port where they allow you to lounge by the pool if you are purchasing food and drinks. We went into town later that day and walked the Malecon, but weren't drawn in to do much more.
The itinerary had been adjusted to 2 days in Cabo. We had never been, so were anxious to check it out. On Day 1, we went to Modano beach - your basic party beach. Decent swimming at the beach and touristy prices. In the afternoon we took a trip to Diamonds International, a block from the pier. We had amazing service from (pronounced) Eree from Isreal. So if you're in the area stop and say Hi from Steve and Heidi. He was one of the most accomodating salespeople we've ever encountered in the jewelry world. Unassuming and very kind. A rarity.
Disembarkation day went pretty smoothly. They have continental breakfast in the buffet area. However, they also have assigned dining times in the dining rooms as well. So we went to our assigned dining at 9 AM (I think) and were off of the ship around 10 AM. Seemed to go pretty smoothly.
Good thing we had already booked the Disney Dream or I would be crying right now hoping for another Disney cruise! Can't wait until September!