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Disney Wonder Review

Disney Wonder
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  • Magical deck parties with Disney characters
  • Separate pools for kids, families & adults
  • Rotational dining scheme -- new venue nightly, same waiters
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Disney Wonder Overview

By Christine Koubek, Cruise Critic Contributor; updated by Lissa Poirot, Cruise Critic Contributor
Editor Rating
4.5
When Disney executives set out to enter the cruise business, they did so in typical Disney style: fashioning a ship that resembled the luxurious, and oft admired, ocean liners of the 1920's with a slate of spaces and activities that would be worthy of the Disney name. Disney Wonder is one sleek vessel, with its elongated black hull, two matching red funnels and the yellow insignias encircling the ship. The inside features an elegant art nouveau decor with plenty of subtle nods to the mouse that started it all, from the etched-in-pewter characters in the atrium railings to the hidden micro-mini Mickeys in Palo's china pattern. Perhaps what this ship does best though is prove that "elegance" and "family friendly" don't have to be mutually exclusive.

The family offerings are what set this ship apart from the pack. While many cruise lines offer excellent children's programs, Disney offers all that plus plenty of options suitable for a family to enjoy together, from kite-making workshops to game shows and evening stage revues.

At least that's what we thought the first time we sailed the Wonder, in 2005, with the family. In 2007, we sailed the ship again, with a pal, to explore the adults-only areas that I spent little time in before. While families are the primary focus of Disney Wonder, grownups have numerous places to call their own here, and since there are so many kids onboard (and adults watching them), the Quiet Cove Pool, Cove Cafe, Outlook Cafe, Vista Spa and Route 66 entertainment district are rarely crowded.

We've recently returned with the kids to explore Alaska onboard Wonder. The ship had traversed the Caribbean, but in 2011 it relocated to the West Coast, bringing Disney to Alaska for the first time. The ship cruises the Inside Passage from May to September, then heads down to Los Angeles for a season of Mexican Riviera voyages. In between seasons, Wonder sails a Hawaii cruise (spring) and a pair of Pacific Coastal voyages (spring, fall).

Disney Wonder Fellow Passengers

The vast majority of fellow passengers are families and multigenerational reunions due to the extensive children, teen and family programming. However, you'll also find a sprinkling of honeymooners and folks without children who appreciate the oversized staterooms, underutilized adult-only areas and Disney details.

Disney Wonder Dress Code

Resort casual is the dress of the day in all areas of the ship. Cruise casual is the code for most nights (i.e., no shorts, jeans or tank tops). Recently, though, the cruise line tweaked its definition of resort casual to include shorts, which means passengers may wear shorts in the main dining rooms in the evening. A formal night and semi-formal Captain's Reception give passengers a chance to glam it up, but it's not mandatory; we were surprised to see most passengers didn't participate in formal night. One night of each cruise is designated "pirate night," and you'll see many people dressed in pirate attire, even if it's just a hat. If you don't happen to have pirate attire -- and would like to -- stop by Mickey's mates for something to wear.

Disney Wonder Gratuity

On Disney Wonder, the recommended gratuities are $4 per day for the dining room server, $3 per day for the assistant server, $1 per day for the head server, and $4 per day for the room steward. Passengers can pre-pay gratuities or do so onboard. All bar drinks and deck service areas have a 15 percent gratuity added to the bill.
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Disney Wonder Member Reviews

Somehow, going into this, I had myself convinced there would be services over and above regular cruises. I suppose the price gave me that idea. We cruised with our 9 month old twins. Crazy? Likely a little. 2 pack n plays took up the entire room, ... Read more
Exceeded my expectations! Cruiseyourtroublesaway
05/15
We embarked at the San Diego Pier. Check-in was easy and well-organized. We arrived at the terminal at 11:30 AM and were on the ship by 12:08 PM. The ship was clean and had a good smell - some cruise ships have a harsh chemical smell because of ... Read more
We were extremely impressed with how courteous all the staff were on the Wonder. Even passing them in the hall they ALWAYS made eye contact and smiled with you. Hand sanitizing stations were prominent to minimize the spreading of germs, which is ... Read more
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Disney Wonder Ratings

Editor Rating 4.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.0
Public Rooms
4.0
4.6
Cabins
4.0
4.3
Entertainment
4.0
4.6
Spa & Fitness
4.0
4.2
Family & Children
5.0
3.8
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.0
Enrichment
3.0
3.9
Service
4.0
4.6
Value-for-Money
3.0
3.7

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Ship Stats
Crew:
950
Launched:
1999
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
83,000
Passengers:
1,754
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
99
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