Inaugural Cruise to Alaska.: Disney Wonder Cruise Review by brisgal
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Inaugural Cruise to Alaska.
The couple we were traveling with had never been on a cruise before, and I think they were very skeptical. They were a bit nervous as well. I am very happy to report that they loved it and will do it again. In fact, my friend just commented the other day that she could have used another sea day. Yep, she's a cruiser!!
There was such a feeling of excitement on board because of this being the inaugural cruise. I've decided that I'm going to be on the look-out for inaugural cruises so I can go on all of them! Everybody on board, including the crew, were festive and full of wonder as we sailed through such pristine land. It was so much fun More watching the crew run out on board taking pictures of the scenery. It just added to the fun.
Tracy Arm, our second day at sea, was the highlight for me. I have never seen such beauty. We were surrounded by it. It was pristine. I felt like we were the first and only people to ever have been there. Seriously, it felt magical. Less
Cabin review: 5C5626
It was a great cabin. We were glad we sprung for the balcony. The cruise had great scenery the entire time and it was so peaceful sitting out...under a blanket, admiring the beauty. The location of the cabin was great as well. We felt close to everything. There wasn't much noise except when the family across the hall came in every night around 10. They had three cabins and had to say good night to everyone in the hall. No worries, though. I would definitely choose this cabin again.
Port and Shore Excursions
Our first stop was Mendenhall Glacier. Beautiful! There was a trail to hike and a visitor's center with an interesting movie about the glacier. It was only eleven minutes and well worth our time.
We boarded the bus an hour later and headed to our boat for the whale watching expedition. The boat was really nice! I was happy to find bathrooms as well as a snack bar that served free coffee and hot chocolate and sold snacks, soda's, and beer as well. It also sold AA batteries which we were relieved to find out.
We saw several humpback whales, which was so fun. The highlight for me, though, was seeing at least fifty sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks. The papa sea lion, we were told, had to weigh between twelve hundred and fifteen hundred pounds and barely waddled out of the sea. Even though he didn't seem to move very fast, the other males were intimidated by him, as they ran away for the other sea lions and jumped into the sea.
We went to several other shops, but one memorable one was a popcorn shop. It was their first day open...ever! They didn't even have all the shelving in. Most things were place on card tables. They had been open for 15 minutes when we arrived. We felt like celebrities. Of course, he couldn't find the twist ties to fasten the bags with, and the Visa machine was giving him problems (his wife had gone to the bank) but the popcorn was fabulous!! The cheese for the cheese popcorn came from Wisconsin where they were originally from. I would guess they will do well! By the way, the popcorn shop is on one of the side streets off to the left as you are walking away from the ship.
Our excursion was going on the White Pass Railway. We booked through the Cruise line and it was very organized. We had to re-board the ship after wandering the town as our meeting place was back on the ship. That made us a bit nervous, but it was no problem at all.
The train ride was beautiful and our tour guide was fabulous. She had so many stories to tell of the miners making their way up the mountain. I was a bit afraid I wouldn't enjoy being stuck on a train for three hours but the time flew!! The scenery was spectacular and I really got a feel for what it was like for the miners. (Except I was comfortably sitting on a nice train instead of worrying about money and food and finding gold...)
Embarkation was fine...never fast enough for me!! I'm always way to excited to get on board. It ran smoothly, never really waited in a line as we waited on chairs until our group was called. The only disappointment is that it was a generic port and only had a few Disney pictures up. Don't expect Port Canaveral. Of course, it was fine, my expectations were way too high after sailing out of Port Canaveral and walking through the Mickey Ears!
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