Disney Wonder Cruise Review by hexdragon: Last trip to Alaska for the year
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Last trip to Alaska for the year
Well they say traveling is the hardest part of a vacation. Ours was a case in point, luckily all the major hurdles waited until the return trip... Leaving from Vancouver seems like a smart move (no having to briefly stop in Victoria to comply with US regs). However getting to Vancouver was such a pain... It was actually cheaper to fly into Seattle and take the train up then to fly directly to Vancouver...
Anyways, you are here to read about the cruise, not the travel. Although the ship was well maintained, it wasn't as sparkly as i remember from 6 years ago. But with 6 years of use and that it was going into drydock right after the cruise, it is understandable.
One couple in our group had been on other lines but never Disney. All through the trip to the ship and embarkation they were "RCL does this, Norwegian does that..." After seeing just the "Welcome Aboard" show, the wife went down and requested quotes on another cruise... I think they were blown away :-) More
The ship stayed in the inland passage as much as she could. When she was, the ride was like glass. There were a couple of runs where she had to go out to the open ocean. The captain mostly arranged that it was done at night after most were in bed. We had this wonderful server from Hungry named Vicky. My friend's wife wanted to stuff her into a suitcase and bring her home with us. She actually got the "Meat and taters" of the group to try foods outside their comfort zone. She gave good advice if you didn't know what to order.
I will admit take on the last sea day we were looking around to find something to do. There wasn't a good movie playing and we didn't want to play Bingo... We just wandered the ship occasionally stopping to watch the scenery go by...
I had forgotten how good "Wishes" was. However it also marked the end of the cruise. The next morning we had to leave.
Overall the cruise was good. Could have they done a few things better, of course, no one is perfect... One comment our "multi-cruiseline" couple had was that the Disney ship was so much more sedate. The crowd wasn't all these 20 somethings drinking and partying up a storm. The bars were closer to "Lounges" where you could sit and talk, or listen to the music, not shouting to be heard over the thump of the bass... Less
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Cabin review: 11B2515 Standard Inside Stateroom
Cabin 2515. It had a queen bed that could be split and the couch flipped into a single bed (not comfy...) I was expecting the split bath setup, but this level didn't have it. The room was a little cramped with 3 adults, but workable. My friends cabin 7515 was similarly setup but with the split bathroom and extra room.Read All Standard Inside Stateroom (11B) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Juneau is rather large and busy. Traffic seemed kind of heavy for a town you can not drive to...
We went on a whale watch and saw humpback whales and okras. Mendenhall glacier was pretty cool. I would have liked to hiked to Nugget Falls, but we didn't have time. Looking at our pictures we noticed a figure sitting on an iceberg. We were looking so hard at the glacier that we missed the eagle right in front of us...
Rudyard Bay was amazing. We pulled up to within 10 foot of a 1000' cliff face and the captain told us we still had 500' of water under us...
Out and back was about 4.5 - 5 hours. I just made it back for our dinner seating.
We rented a car and headed up the Klondike Highway. Unfortunately we had rather lower clouds that day. The pass was so foggy that we couldn't see 15 yards in front of us. Once through White Face Pass we got below the clouds and the drive became very scenic.
We shopped after we returned from Emerald Lake. Here is two shopping tips. The hardware store had the cheapest prices on Ulu Knives, and several of them will fit in a medium priority mail box along with several Tee Shirts. Everything shipped for about $16 and was waiting for me when I got home. A word of cation, the box and it's contents did have a fishy odor since it was probably on a boat for a while...
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