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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We wanted to do Disney again this summer - but we also wanted to avoid the heat & humidity of Orlando. What better way than a summer getaway to Alaska? First: Traveling with a family of four, three of which have food allergies (two ... Read More
We wanted to do Disney again this summer - but we also wanted to avoid the heat & humidity of Orlando. What better way than a summer getaway to Alaska? First: Traveling with a family of four, three of which have food allergies (two dairy and a gluten - yup, we're that family). Our server team, Lito and Gerda, did an amazing job of ensuring my family's safety and comfort over the whole trip. I can't say enough good things about them - we actually ran into them both, upon separate occasions, off the ship - and both gave us pointers about where to go for a safe off-the-boat snack, where to pick up some essentials, tips about what to see, and more. The ship itself was great. Not too big, not too small - just the right size. Our stateroom attendant, Eric, constantly delighted us with his creations, and our stateroom was perfect. We opted for a large porthole stateroom, without a balcony, because we were nervous about having kids with access to a balcony. And our room was great. We were on deck 7 forward (just a few doors down from the access to crew senior officer staterooms and the bridge), and we found it was the ideal location - hotel floors above and below, so no noise issues - and forward, so the level of vibration from the ship's engines was unnoticeable. And, the youth staff was amazing. The oceaneer lab and oceaneer club were fantastic; Tavia from the club went above and beyond with my kids. When the prize for one of the contests turned out to be something that my kids were allergic to, Tavia took it upon herself to find a suitable substitute, and to deliver it to the fish outside our stateroom herself. Her above-and-beyond made my kids' day - and typified our experience with the cruise. Dining was great. My favorite, by far, was Tiana's Place. For folks who enjoy live jazz - even if it's mostly "Disneyed up" - you'll love the live band they have. The lead vocalist/guitar is really good, the trumpet player is fantastic - and wait 'til you hear the bassist's solo on Sweet Georgia Brown. These guys know how to play. We went up Endicott to Dawes glacier - for anyone concerned that Tracy Arm being packed with ice might take away from the experience, don't worry. Endicott was breathtaking, and the glacier calving (and rock slides) were amazing. Sea lions were sunning themselves on icebergs along the way - great photo ops. Skagway was nice (and rainy - it is southeast Alaska, and you will need raingear more often than not). It's a small town; the rail excursions seemed to be the favorite. There's a stream not far behind the rail station where we saw thousands of salmon swimming upstream - that was amazing. Here's a tip - if you need a few essentials while you're in Skagway, head over to the Fairway Market (only a few blocks from the docks) - I think it's on 4th street, and one street over from the main tourist strip. (Thanks, Lito!) On the way back to the ship, look for harbor seals right next to the ship - we were surprised to see them right there, maybe 30 feet away, taking advantage of feeding opportunities. Juneau was great, too - we went whale watching and saw at least 7 humpbacks, plus a massive sea lion colony. Wow, the sounds they make are amazing! The whales were great - so graceful, and the pictures of them coming out of the water were amazing. Ketchican was also good - this was the best weather of the whole trip, with the temperature up at least in the mid 60's and bright sunshine all day. Be sure to catch the lumberjack show - it's well worth it! A stroll up Creek Street should be on your must-do list. Also, make sure you find Ketchicandies. :) And, the last bonus... on the way back, our last sea day, in the afternoon, we saw a large number of whales from the ship; it was really phenomenal. One seemed to be waving at us for a good 10 minutes, on his back with flippers up. If you don't get a chance to go whale watching in Juneau, this is your best chance to see them. All in all, a great trip - we'd do it again in a heartbeat! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
It is a very small and old ship and it is crowded everywhere: cabana, theatre, decks, hallways, gym shower area (only two showers). Not everyone staff, which should be polite, professional and efficient. There was a lady serviced in ... Read More
It is a very small and old ship and it is crowded everywhere: cabana, theatre, decks, hallways, gym shower area (only two showers). Not everyone staff, which should be polite, professional and efficient. There was a lady serviced in cabana, she is from Portugal, while she was talking with the guests at adjacent table of ours, her butt kept on bumping into my shoulder, so rude! In the end we have to move to another table. Entertainment shows are not high in artistic level at all, considering this is Disney we are talking about. You can tell these shows are put together corsely and have been played for many many years. We all think these actress should lose some weight for the job. Food quality is so so, nothing outstanding. The shops at ports of call sell faked diamond and replica watches. Disembarkation is so rushed just like kicking everyone out of the ship asap. Really not much good thing to say about this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We are veteran Disney cruisers (have been on RC twice, but not for us) that choose the mostly more-interesting, longer cruises to places we've never been before. Hence, it was time this summer to get to Vancouver and do the SE Alaskan ... Read More
We are veteran Disney cruisers (have been on RC twice, but not for us) that choose the mostly more-interesting, longer cruises to places we've never been before. Hence, it was time this summer to get to Vancouver and do the SE Alaskan pan-handle thing. Only 7-days, getting back to the same port (we've done repositionings and the flight planning hassle is often worth it, due to the diversity of locations one gets to experience) meant that we only had 3 relatively short port days plus a drive-by of some glacier unfreezing into a fjord. We love the ship and the entire Disney-service experience. Food was excellent, not haute cuisine but comparable to any good-excellent restaurant that we usually visit. More importantly, my wife has a myriad of food allergies/restrictions and Disney and our servers could not have been better. I can eat salmon, while my wife next to me (who is allergic to fish oil) can have her chicken knowing that she won't be visiting the bathroom in 15 minutes. Shows are good, but we've seen most of them previously. Kind of wish they did a little more "edgy" comedy, but this is mostly family-fare, and we like the overall atmosphere just fine. Ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan were well-traveled, comfortable and worth the visits. We choose to do our own excursions after a bit of research on the various Boards and forums and DCL generally offers a free bus service into the downtown Juneau while letting the $2 bus ply its trade in Ketchikan. Very sensible. We like our Category 6/7 cabin which is the least expensive verandah typically near the stern. Not much vibration, except when going into port when they use their thrusters. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My daughter talked us into it. We did enjoy it very much. All the staff were kind, some were getting cranky by day 5 and many of their smiles and responses were forced (can't much blame them, as they do work hard). The ... Read More
My daughter talked us into it. We did enjoy it very much. All the staff were kind, some were getting cranky by day 5 and many of their smiles and responses were forced (can't much blame them, as they do work hard). The entertainment director, Pierre, made us feel awkward. In the beginning he was so kind and took down our room number three times and said to count on him for anything we should need (we did not ask for anything, by the way). However, when we ran into him after that meeting, he not only ignored us, but swiftly turned away when my husband extended his hand for a handshake. Really awkward behavior, to say the least. The food was quite good in light of the fact that most everything is from frozen, except most of the vegetables and fruits. What really made our trip enjoyable was the fact that my daughter enjoyed it so much. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
1st time on this ship but 8th time overall on Disney and it was excellent! Ship was smaller than what I'm used to on their other ships, but it after a day or two it felt normal and it was fine. Dining was excellent, Irish Pub was ... Read More
1st time on this ship but 8th time overall on Disney and it was excellent! Ship was smaller than what I'm used to on their other ships, but it after a day or two it felt normal and it was fine. Dining was excellent, Irish Pub was comfortable and homey, Cabannas was a little small in the dining area but food was fine...coffee house was excellent. Spa and staff were great. Cusotmer service was excellent. Only concern we had was with the weather- when you go to Alaska they tell you to be prepared for the rain and it was a misty rain in Skagway and Juneau, but a down pour in Ketchikan. the weather couldn't be helped and that was fine. The ports were clos to towns and that was great. I was happy finding indoor oriented activities and it was comfortable. Overall the exepreince was amazing and I'd recommend it to anyone. Nobody does it like Disney! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Traveling with a family group of 10- 2 seniors, 4 adults, and 4 children (8, 5, 2, 1). Everyone loved the Alaska scenery, but we truly loved the personalized service of Ricardo and others that made each dinner special despite the challenge ... Read More
Traveling with a family group of 10- 2 seniors, 4 adults, and 4 children (8, 5, 2, 1). Everyone loved the Alaska scenery, but we truly loved the personalized service of Ricardo and others that made each dinner special despite the challenge of so many little ones and my allergy precautions. The servers knew each of us by name and quickly learned our preferences, and showed Exceeding patience with our little ones who were no always on best behavior. The Princesses - - particularlyTiana; the Characters- esp. Chip and Dale and Pluto, and the musicians -- particularly the Summerwinds duet and Ben on Saxophone at Tiana's place-- were super in engaging with customers graciously and providing marvelous entertainment. Bam made sure our cabin was always refreshed and ready; again, the people on our hall all recognized the kids by name, and they felt right at home-- and we loved it! We were expecting to love the characters and musical shows but were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the Naturalist presentations on board (glaciers, whales) and the service across the board! Wanted to book again as soon as we disembarked! Only wish on the glacier viewing day there would have been narration available live and that wildlife sightings were somehow broadcast/shared more. Also would have liked more info on what was or wasn't included in fitness options. Had impresssion all spa things were extra, but wonder if the cycling classes all cost, etc., because we learned afterwards you could use the spa showers without extra fees. It would have been nice to have use of stationary bike or to know if any fitness equipment or classes were available without buying extra passes/fees. Read Less
45 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We are a family of three - my husband and myself are both 29 and we have a 3.5 year-old daughter. This is our 3rd cruise as a family (one previous with Carnival and another with Disney); my husband and I did a Carnival and Norwegian cruise ... Read More
We are a family of three - my husband and myself are both 29 and we have a 3.5 year-old daughter. This is our 3rd cruise as a family (one previous with Carnival and another with Disney); my husband and I did a Carnival and Norwegian cruise prior to having a child. Of the three cruise lines, Disney had far exceeded any expectation each time. We sailed from Vancouver, which is only about a 2.5 hour drive from our hometown. Vancouver is a lovely city (we've been a few times before). We spent two nights prior to embarkation at Times Square Suites (great for families!), which located in West End near Stanley Park and the waterfront promenade (we spent most of our time strolling around the park and along the waterfront). I booked parking at Canada Place ahead of time through their website (West Park is the parking company) and it cost $215 for the length of the 7 night cruise. After booking online, I was able to print a barcode that allowed us entry into the garage and allowed us to exit at the end of our trip. I think some of the more expensive hotels on the waterfront have a cruise parking package, but we elected to stay at a different hotel and just park at the terminal. Embarkation was a breeze. We were slated to arrive at the port between 12 and 1230, but we arrived at 11 and had no problems (no one even checked our PAT). If you are parking your car, you need to drop off your bags down on P2 (we parked on P1 and ended up at the check-in area before realizing we never saw anywhere to drop our luggage with the porters, so had to take the elevator back down). The check-in line wasn't very long, we waited maybe 10 minutes to get our Key to the World Cards, boarding group number, and lanyards. We also checked in at the Oceaneer booth (I pre-registered for Youth activities online) to get our daughter's magic band for the kid's clubs. Once registration is complete, follow the cast members and port employees downstairs to the security and customs area before being ushered to the waiting area to board the ship. We were in boarding group 11 and were on the ship by 1210! I love that Disney announces each family as they enter the Atrium, it's so classy. Lunch is served at Cabanas (buffet) on Deck 9 Aft, we didn't have much problem finding a table, even though it was the first day. Cabanas is pretty much standard buffet food for lunch with a "specialty" station that changes daily (sometimes Asian, Indian, etc). After lunch we headed to the Oceaneer Club/Lab open house. Our previous Carnival (Dream) kid's club was pretty sad - one room for too many ages 2-5. The Oceaneer Club/Lab (ages 3-12) is legit! Each section is HUGE with multiple themed rooms in both the club and lab - a favorite for our daughter was "Andy's Room", which features a Slinky Dog slide. The Club/Lab serve lunch and dinner at set times throughout the cruise. There are bathrooms in the Club/Lab, but kids have to be able to do everything themselves (there are stools in each stall) - the counselors will send you a message if your child needs help in the bathroom and you can assist them in the family restroom. Additionally, the magic bands that each child wear have a tracking device in them, so when you go to pick up your kiddo, the staff at the front can tell you which room they are in (even if they're in the bathroom!); if your child won't leave the bracelet on, they have a device that can be attached to the wristband that is childproof. There are several hours of "open house" everyday, where kids of all ages can participate in activities with their parents. **Quick note: I read on one of the boards that the Club/Lab allow three-year-olds who are not toilet trained to wear pull-ups and diapers - this is NOT true. We were asked repeatedly if our daughter was completely toilet trained (she has been for at least 8 months and wears big-kid underwear) and told several times that pull-ups and diapers were not permitted even in kids who were at least three.** Our stateroom was ready at 1:30 pm exactly and our luggage arrived to our room by 2:30 pm (the earliest we've ever had luggage arrive). Dinner the first night was at Tiana's Place - there was a live jazz band (the Crawfish Crooners) and a special visit by Tiana and Louis! They even visited each table for photos. The food the first night was delicious - I had hot crab dip for my appetizer and a wonderful halibut fillet with whipped potatoes in a dill cream sauce for my entree - delicious!! The show was the "Be Our Guest" show, which was a good introduction to what the entertainment would bring on subsequent evenings, but there was a LOT of talking by the cruise director, which did little to hold our daughter's attention. Day 2: Sea Day We booked the VIP Character Breakfast online prior to the cruise (FREE!) - standard breakfast fare with table service in Animator's Palate. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy came to all the tables for photos and autographs. After breakfast, we went to go Good Morning, Disney Junior, which was a dance party geared more toward preschoolers (perfect for our daughter) featuring songs from Disney Junior shows. Our girl had a blast! And, surprise!, Doc McStuffins showed up to dance with the kids. The Oceaneer Activities our daughter attended that was Storytelling with Sofia (yes, Sofia made an appearance); our daughter also participating the Parachute Games activity - she had a great time then too. We booked tickets online for the Princess Gathering (FREE!) - Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, and Tiana were there. Other Character meet and greets (in the daily Navigator) were Doc McStuffins, Sofia, Chip/Dale. Echoing the "carry your camera everywhere" comments I've seen on the Disney Cruise Line threads --- we randomly met Cinderella in a hallway and she took the time to chat with our 3-year-old, pose for photos with her and then took her hand and went on a walk around the deck with her! She was so sweet and gracious with our daughter. It was truly a special experience. Dinner that night was at Triton's and it was "formal" night, but you see all manner of dress. Maybe 30% of folks were in true formal attire (tuxedos and evening gowns) - the other 60% ranged from casual dresses, slacks/polos to fairly casual attire. This was also the evening of the Captain's Reception located in the Atrium -- FREE drinks! offered by roaming waiters. Bonus! Stage show of the night was the Golden Mickeys - great show with many song and dance numbers to hold the attention of littler kids. Day 3: Tracy Arm and Dawes Glacier I went to Senses Spa in the morning to cash in a Mother's Day mani/pedi gift (booked in advance online). I had the Fire and Ice manicure and pedicure and it was wonderful! The nail area of the spa faces a large panoramic window - I got to relax and enjoy the scenery - I even saw some whales! The "ice" part of the treatment was a mint mask, followed by "fire", which was hot moist towels, warm oil, and a hot stone massage. Glorious. We booked tickets in advance for the Frozen Meet and Greet (FREE!) - Anna, Elsa, and Olaf were there. Other characters (listed in the Navigator) were Tinkerbell, Donald, Minnie, and Goofy. Take note that photos with the original Mickey characters include them in their "Alaska" gear, which was pretty fun. I booked the Royal Court Royal Tea for my daughter and I to attend together, and though expensive, so worth it! All the girls (and boy) were announced individually to the "court" and received their crown (a beautiful beaded Cinderella crown) and shown to their tables. Parents had a choice of teas (the herbal was delightful) and kids got apple juice in fancy tea cups. The food was scrumptious and ranged from savory finger sandwiches to sweets. Each child got to choose a princess to adorn their special cupcake. There was singing and dancing by the hosts, Chef Brulee and Lady Chamomile. Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle all attended the party as well and spent time with each child, posed for photos, and signed autographs. The gifts were the most spectacular part! - an 18 inch Cinderella doll, autograph book, princess pen, jewelry music box (with a charm necklace and bracelet), and beautiful photo portfolio with an photo of the child with all the princesses by one of the ship's photographers! Each princess brought an additional charm for each child when they arrived to the party. My only complaint is that the timing of the Tea Party was when our ship was stopped at the Glacier...so I didn't get to see much of it up close - the party should have been scheduled on an actual sea day. Dinner that night was at Animator's Palate. The effects in that restaurant are truly spectacular - Sorcerer Mickey even came for a show with the dining staff. The stageshow for the evening was a magic show by Kalin and Ginger. My husband and I enjoyed the show, but didn't do a whole lot to hold a young child's attention. Day 4: Skagway We arrived in Skagway early, so we walked off the ship and found a cute little coffee shop (Glacial Smoothie). Once we got our coffee, we walked to the trailhead for Yukatania Point (about a 10-15 minute walk from "downtown"). The hike was relatively easy, but if you rely on mobility equipment, it would be difficult as there are several steep sets of uneven rocky "stairs" and very uneven rocky footing (we had a stroller with us and ended up parking it in the bushes at the trailhead). Yukatania is beautiful and we were the ONLY ones there!! I highly recommend this option if sitting on a train all day is not your cup of tea (most of the excursions from Skagway involve a train ride on the White Pass/Yukon railroad). Skagway is a cute little town with souvenir shops and delectable popcorn shop (the white cheddar was so good!). We walked around town both in the morning and afternoon as we had 12 hours in port. It was Frozen Night on the ship, so our daughter attended Olaf's Summer Party in the Oceaneer Club (Anna, Elsa, and Olaf visited). There is one dinner for all restaurants on Frozen Night, so eventhough we dined in Tiana's Place again, everything was Frozen themed. The Freezing the Night Away party on deck was really fun and took place right as we were leaving Skagway (I can only imagine the jealousy those on the other three ships in port were experiencing!). The show included all the Frozen characters and SNOW! There was no stage show this evening as it was the "Disney Wonder Premier" of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I went while my husband put our daughter to bed. I thought it was the perfect ending to the series (for those wondering, there were several showings per day for the rest of the cruise, so my husband went a couple days later). Day 5: Juneau It was Pixar Day on the Wonder! Prior to getting off the ship, we visited many Pixar characters we had never had the opportunity to meet before, such as Sulley, Mr Incredible, Elastigirl, Dug, Russell, Remy, Emile, Jessie, and Woody. To catch all the characters during their first appearance times, our daughter and I stood in a line for one (set of) character(s) and my husband stood in a different line - golden tip! :) Since were docked at the furthest pier from downtown, there was a free shuttle bus from the ship to downtown. We did not book an "excursion", but I did buy tickets from M&M Tours for the "Blue Glacier Bus" that took us to Mendenhall Glacier. This company was easy to work with and kids 3 and under are free. Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls are beautiful and the approximately 1 mile out to the Glacier is easy and mobility friendly. We ate lunch in town at El Sombrero (good food, but a little overpriced) and then took the Mt Robert's aerial tram ride. We only had to wait about 5-10 minutes for a tram to arrive (two run simultaneously, one from the top and one from the bottom). The view was incredible!! I had wanted to do one of the hikes at the top of the mountain, but they really weren't as stroller friendly as some other reviews made them out to be. The Pixar Pals Party in the Atrium was a blast and every character had their own song and dance - each of the other characters danced in the crowd when it wasn't their turn to be on stage. Dinner at Triton's (semi-formal night) - this was the crab leg and lobster tail night, which is a night I look forward to on every cruise!! The Frozen Show on the main stage that evening was incredible! The special effects were mesmerizing and singing and dancing was top notch! Get there EARLY for this one as it was an absolutely full house about 15 minutes prior to show time. Day 6: Ketchikan We again participated in Good Morning, Disney Junior, which was the same activity as Day 2. Doc McStuffins showed up this day as well. During the Oceaneer Open House, the kiddo and I participated in Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital - all the kids go to be Toy Doctors in Training with Doc! We were originally going to hike to Carlana Lake in Ketchikan, but it would have ended up being much farther that anticipated from where the ship actually docked (I couldn't find docking information for this port prior to arrival). We ended up last minute booking the Great Alaskan Lumber Jack Show (I booked through the website for the Disney Exclusive show as opposed to going through the shore excursions desk on the ship). The show as fun and the Disney Exclusive show allowed for a lot of audience participation and even featured an appearance by Goofy. We walked around Ketchikan, which is a really cute little town, but the weather was cold, rainy, and very windy, so didn't offer a great experience for wandering around. Dinner at Animator's Palate - when we sat down at our tables, we all drew a character, which was collected by the dining staff. At the end of dinner, our characters were animated up on the screens and were seen dancing with some of everyone's favorite Disney Characters! It was quite enjoyable. The show that night was Comedian/Ventriloquist show, but we were certain our daughter were not be interested, so we saw Moana in the movie theater instead (we hadn't seen it before and it was great!) Day 7: Sea Day The morning saw really rough weather with sea spray and some waves coming up almost to deck 4 - the cruise director joked we were on the Deadliest Catch excursion. Our daughter spent time in the Oceaneer Club for some scheduled activities, such as parachute games and Once Upon a Time story time (Belle arrived in her "villager costume"). In the afternoon, the weather cleared (though still chilly) and my husband and daughter decided to check out the pool - they said the water was like bathwater, nice and warm. Our daughter also played in Dory's Reef for awhile, but this area is pretty sad on this ship (the one on the Dream is awesome!). Our last dinner was at Tiana's and it was Mardi Gras! Tiana and Louis led a Mardi Gras parade that included participation by all the kids and dining staff! All the waiters gather the smaller kids from their tables and kept the children with them during the parade, which was really sweet. That evening was Disney Dreams on stage...with all the hype about the show before hand, my expectations were set very high...unfortunately, they were not met. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I think it could have been better. Disembarkation: Early dinner seating was given a breakfast time of 0715 (in the last restaurant you dined in); late seating at 0830. However, we drove a car (DCL knew this as you declare how to you are getting home in your check-in information), so we were given Green Tinkberbell Luggage tags for our "checked" luggage. Unfortunately, since we had an early breakfast, needed to be out of our room by 0800 anyway, AND didn't have a flight/bus/train/excursion to catch, we were one of the last ones off the ship! Our tag color/character didn't get called until 0930! And we were done with breakfast at 0745. With much of the ship closed and no stateroom to wait in, it was a little frustrating. We found some seating on deck 4 midship, which was too crowded, but waiting for almost 2 hours with a 3-year-old is not exactly awesome. From what I could gather, this is the order of the luggage tags: Express Walk-off (meaning you didn't check luggage), started at 0730 Yellow - Chip & Dale White - Ariel Gray - Daisy Purple - Minnie Green - Tinkerbell Red - Mickey I'm not sure if there were additional colors after this, but the ship was pretty empty by the time green was called. Do NOT get off the ship before your tag color is called as your luggage may NOT be cleared by customs and available for pick-up yet and there's nowhere to wait in the terminal if you jump ship too soon! Customs was easy, all they did was collect our declaration form - we didn't even have to show our passports. By 10:00, we were in our car and on our way! General Notes and Tips: Dinner in the main dining rooms can last up to an hour and a half or longer! I bought some sticker activity books ahead of time for dinner entertainment for our daughter. I also always ordered her a "starter" (fruit is NOT on the menu, but several nights she was not interested in the soup option, so I asked for a bowl for fruit - DONE!) and requested that her main course come out with our entrees so we could eat in peace and not have to deal with a child who was finished and wanting to leave before we even got our meals. I rented a stroller on board on Day 3. This is a free service, but they will charge you $200 if you lose the stroller or don't bring it back. I got the last one, so I'm not sure how many they have. It was a rickety old version of a Peg Peraggio, but it worked fine for strolling around the ports. I still don't know why I didn't bring ours. There's chips and salsa every afternoon in the Promenade Lounge. There is also a toddler area there. There is ALWAYS music playing in the halls, even in stateroom locations, which gets a little annoying. Thankfully, it's all instrumental and not lyrical. Silver Level Castaway gift was a nice one-shoulder backpack and a silver lanyard for each member of our party. Cove Cafe (adult coffee shop) offers a five coffee punch card and then you get the sixth free. The photographers let you take your own photos with the characters and backgrounds, which is great since DIGITAL prints cost $21 each! We did not purchase any... Always remember, your vacation is what you make it. Yes, unanticipated circumstances occur, but fun can be had anyway. Don't let the little things ruin your trip! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first cruise and we started at the top! Disney does everything top notch. The ship was just the right size that didn’t feel overwhelmingly big or too crowded. We were on the first Alaskan sail of the season: the weather ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we started at the top! Disney does everything top notch. The ship was just the right size that didn’t feel overwhelmingly big or too crowded. We were on the first Alaskan sail of the season: the weather was cold so no fighting for lounge chairs in the decks. The cabin for our family of four adults was compact but surprisingly roomy. There was room for four big suitcases under the large bed. There was plenty of drawers and shelves for us to totally unpack. Each night, our cabin attendant made up the beds, which included turning the sofa into a bed and lowering a bunk bed from in the ceiling (clever use of space) and leaving an adorable animal on the bed made out of towels. Each night, we looked forward to seeing what it would be. After we left each morning, the same attendant would put away bunk, make the lower bed back into a sofa, and freshen up the room and bathrooms. The bathroom consisted of two small rooms. Both had sinks, one had a toilet, the other a tub/shower combo. One of the best parts of the cruise was the dining. Breakfast and lunch were an endless buffet, and dinner was one of three Disney themed dining rooms that families would rotate through, but keep the same servers. They knew us so well that by day 2, whatever beverages we needed came right away. One night, our kids told our Indian head server how much they liked curry. The next night, besides the regular menu, he surprised us with three Indian dishes that were amazing! Our only complaint is that one night, the adults wanted to skip the Cajun themed restaurant. Our kids went to our regular table. Instead of the buffet restaurant serving a buffet, they had the same menu we wanted to skip. This was Disney cruises before this one. An argument over the food started and the meal was a bust. To rectify the situation, chocolate covered strawberries were sent to our room and our friends' room. Entertainment was great-talented singers and dancers in the shows, as well as fun trivia games each night in the bar, comedians, and game shows. Jo, the show hostess for our week was outstanding!!! There was never a lack of things to do or see. If you have small kids, there's things to do and if your group is all adults as our was, you could easily bypass the kids and have fun. Our 19-25 year kids had a blast! There was also a formal and semi formal night for two different dinners. We all brought formal clothes and got dressed for dinner. Once we got down to the dining room, we realized that the majority of people didn’t dress up so it took away from the atmosphere. Wish there could’ve have been a separate dining room for those who wanted to dress up. Because of that, we didn’t bother to dress up for semi-formal night Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My mom and I just finished our first Disney Cruise, and we cannot say enough positive things about our experience!!!!!!!!! (! X infinity and beyond) My mom had the opportunity to live out her life-long dream of visiting Alaska and seeing ... Read More
My mom and I just finished our first Disney Cruise, and we cannot say enough positive things about our experience!!!!!!!!! (! X infinity and beyond) My mom had the opportunity to live out her life-long dream of visiting Alaska and seeing a glacier, and I had the honor to travel with her! I am pretty sure she cried from joy and gratitude almost every day. Majestic. That is the only word that can do an inkling of justice to the beauty and wonder that is Alaska. Neither words nor pictures can fully capture the majesty of this incredible part of the world—it is something that must be experienced in the flesh. There is no better way to experience Alaska than on a Disney Cruise! The staff and crew alone make the trip magical—not to mention the beautiful ship, pristine cleanliness, and delicious food. By the end of our trip, not only did my mom and I never want to leave the gorgeous sights of Alaska, but we also felt so attached to the Disney staff and crew that we didn’t want to leave them either! A huge thank you and shout out to our incredible stateroom host, Eric; our amazing servers Dede and Jorge; and crew members Tony and Yasmin! These men and women, along with their fellow Disney staff and crew really made dreams come true! Also-a huge thank you to Nathan and Jen of Gastineau Guiding for the most incredible glacier and whale watching tour! So many whales and so much beauty. Without a doubt we would both 100% recommend that anyone and everyone take a Disney Cruise to Alaska! And if you go, book it with Holly Bliss! She made the preparation simple and seamless. Holly made the entire process easy every step of the way for us. She was always available to answer questions and offer helpful advice. What it comes down to is this: Disney does it right. If you have yet to visit Alaska, then bump it to the top of your bucket list. This simple, yet magnificent part of the world is good for the soul. Thank you, Disney and thank you, Alaska—you have truly made dreams come true!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from ... Read More
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from the beginning with a Happy anniversary card inside our cabin to a special dessert at the first dinner to a special invite to meet and greet with the characters. This was my 2nd trip to Alaska on the Wonder, the first time with my twin sis. We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady. Really enjoyed the updates and refit of the new Disney Wonder after its dry dock. Just a few notes to those of you coming back, as I did, for the 2nd time to Alaska. With the changes that happened to Wonder in dry dock one of them is at the aft buffet Cabanas. The deck 7 aft deck is gone, now above it is the deck for Cabanas on deck 9 (don't know what was on 8)and an extended inside eating area. Also gone is the Tracy arm fjord day Bar-b-q on the aft eating deck. Asked why and they said with the outside eating area smaller not enough room for outdoor cooking. Never fear though, the hot soup in bread bowl still exists that day and is served by walking wait staff on deck 9 and 10. More about changes to Wonder--on open house time embarkation day got to see updates to kids and spa areas and can only say excellent!!! Deck 9 changes great too! The Adult deck as great as always. On our first night dinner we were in Animator's Palette seated with wonderful adult table mates, but at one of the back wall tables. If seated there expect service to take longer. why? Because the wait stations to pickup food and clear tables are in the corners of the back wall requiring the wait staff to backtrack over the one only route on each trip since they could only access the table from one end and not around the table as other locations in the room. Also these tables, we found out, were the farthest from the kitchen. No problem in Tiana's or Triton since we were at oval tables with full round access. We finished, with the same wait staff for all restaurants (Disney rotates you through all the restaurants for evening meals and your wait staff goes with you), a full 20 minutes later in Animator's Palette than in the other two. That's not to say that all of Animator's tables were slower just all those at the aft back wall. Not our wait staff's fault, just the layout of the room. Tiana's was Excellent! Really enjoyed the menu and the supper club atmosphere with live music throughout the entire dinning experience and the 2nd seating of the trip Mardi Gras night was a real hit. Triton's was excellent as always. Sea food aboard and the deck 9 buffet and quick eats were excellent. Not to mention the free ice cream and beverage dispensers on deck 9. And free room service daily. A nightly mickey ice cream bar was how we ended the day, all inclusive. An up point on Animator's Palette. With three seatings here on this trip since we were at Animator's palette the first night, we got the regular show the first night, which was great, on the middle night was also Frozen night and the the restaurant was decked out with Frozen artwork and colors, on the last night we got to become animators and see our own art work in the show that was more than excellent. We had great weather for most of the trip, thank you Disney. Had some fog and mist on first day at sea but cleared up to broken clouds. Had one night of high very high winds, but the captain and his crew did their best and kept us on top of each breaking wave for an easier ride. We got our sea legs quickly and were rocked to sleep that night. Next day we were due for Tracy Arm but too much blue ice in fjord so we went to the alternate Endicott Arm and Dawes Glaicer. It was fantastic. The ship had room in the fjord to turn broadside to the glacier for great views of the face. We had sun that day so calving was witnessed. Saw wildlife on the way out and had the deck 4 to ourselves. Had cold hard wind in Skagway but sunshine through clouds. It's Alaska, so you layer up and keep on going. We enjoyed the experience. In Skagway we did the National Park Walking tours through historic downtown Skagway--3 different tours and free as long as tickets last. Get your tickets first thing in the A.M. at the National Park Office at 2nd and Broadway. In Juenau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and the Glaicer Gardens. If we saw one eagle we saw 50 and one really close fly by. In Ketchikan we toured the totems at the Totem Heritage Center and shopped. Great sunny day, so came back on ship to enjoy the pool area and decks. The stage shows are not to be missed on this ship. You are seated by dinner rotation so the theatre is never overcrowded for seating. The new stage musical Frozen is fantastic as well as the last night show Dreams. Inbetween is excellent entertainment in the main theater as well as the adult only clubs at night. Got to see great first run movies--and early viewing of new Pirates movie.On last night went for quick trip back to stateroom after dinner and saw an envelope in the fish by our door. We got a special invite (after the Dreams show) to a special meet and greet in D lounge with the characters before the Till we Meet Again show in the lobby. This was a special treat and one on one with ALL the characters before the show. Thank you Wonder staff for the invite. Next morning they assign you to a breakfast seating according to your first restaurant seating time. We chose to do the express walk off after breakfast since we had the first breakfast seating and would be out of the room before 8:30am. We were walking off the ship and to Disney airport transportation by 8:10a.m. We had an excellent time and took advantage of the "hold my place" plan to book our next cruise. For $250.00 you can "hold my place" and have up to two years to book your next cruise and still receive the shipboard booking credits and discounts. It's a win-win. This allows you time to check your schedule and travel buddies names for reservation. We really liked that and took advantage of it. Looking forward to the next cruise. Read Less
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