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This is a quick summary of our great Disney cruise. Getting to the ship in Galveston was easier than I remember from previous cruises. Could be that the smaller Disney Wonder was the only ship there. I dropped my group off at the dock ... Read More
This is a quick summary of our great Disney cruise. Getting to the ship in Galveston was easier than I remember from previous cruises. Could be that the smaller Disney Wonder was the only ship there. I dropped my group off at the dock and zipped over to EZ Cruise parking, caught their shuttle and was able to caught up with my bunch as they were going through security. Had one problem in that the porter did not pick up my roll-on bag and no one caught it till he left. Probably could have given it to another porter, but didn’t. My wife was very generous to “allow” me drag the bag to the ship. There was an opportunity to take your own pictures with painted Disney characters in the typical cruise background and we did take numerous shots. Overall it was a fantastic cruise with and for young kids. Lots of activities and playrooms for kids so parents can do their own thing for short periods of time. Kids need to be at least 2 yr old to be left in an activity room. Younger than that, a person has to pay a $9/hr babysitting charge or limit somewhat what you do. Not sure why someone would want to go on a Disney Cruise with a under 2 yr old child since it is so geared toward kids and an under 2 year old just does not experience the fun of a Disney cruise. Not sure what the upper age limit for kids would be but think it would not be very exciting for a 16-17 year old teenager, although there were teenage activities and area on board, and shore excursions to enjoy. It is just that I did not see any teenagers taking pictures with Mickey or Donald or Goofy or any of the Princesses, but did see a lot of parents doing so, along with Grandma and I. There are adult areas on the ship to escape to while the kids are involved in activities, but I can not attest to the adult area other than I walked through or peaked in them, since as Grandpa, I had to do a lot of help shuffling kids to pictures and dancing with all the Disney characters, Princesses, hair makeup, splashing in the kid pool etc. I can say for a 3 to 10yr old, it was overwhelmingly exciting and our 15 month Grandson was constantly hyper, and surprised seeing a giant duck, mouse and dog. Without kids, I would opt for a cheaper adult cruise cause a person is paying for all those kid activities that Disney makes available, and there are a lot of them. I was overwhelmed at all the kid cool play and activity areas. Wish I was still a kid. Off ship tours in Cancun and Grand Cayman are the same as I had on several other cruise ships so there was nothing special that I was aware of. For this cruise we had to pull Grandparent duties and pick tours our Grandkids would enjoy while the parents did more adventurous tours. Dining room dining on the ship was fun and interesting. Disney has it set up that you rotate between the three different themed dining rooms. The rotation was enjoyable and made for interesting dining and you got to experience the different dining rooms. The food and service as you would expect, was great. You have to be sneaky to get the Mickey ice cream bar since only kids get it. I made sure I sat next to my 15month old Grandson who I insisted wanted one each night. Only made the formal dining room for breakfast one time since the kids had activities. It was nice and relaxing. The buffet line for breakfast and lunch had an excellent variety of items and my favorite, butter pecan ice cream, which I tried to eat the ships supply. This was the first cruise I have been on that Soda water (Cokes+ others) was free and I tried to drink my money’s worth! During the 6 day cruise, there were two outstanding night performances and the Mary Poppins 2 movie. The kids just went crazy during FROZEN and Disney Dreams and really enjoyed Mary Poppins 2. These are shows you do not want to miss. The only complaint I voiced to the ship crew was that one individual consistently would wait till 5 minutes before they opened the doors to the Disney theater and cut in ahead of everyone. There were always good seats available but I just did not accept that as good behavior after many of us waited in line for 30 minutes. I can offer these tips. If you take a enjoyable Disney cruise, be sure to download the Disney app before you get to the ship. I do not think you can download it once on the ship. It enables you to Text to other member of your party on the ship although you can use the ship wireless phones to call each other. We used both methods to stay in touch. Bring several empty water bottles so you can refill them on the ship. Bottled water on the ship is expensive and you want water when you go ashore. We brought 2 empty bottles each. Need suntan lotion for laying around the pool and on shore. Band-Aids, I can’t go anywhere without needing them. Disney has one theme night where everyone dresses like a Pirate or something. It was listed among the travel info, but we did not see it. Bring one of those big tote bags to carry cloths, shoes, towels if you plan to tour off ship. All in all, the Disney cruise was outstanding. The service was unbelievably great, food excellent and all kid activities had excellent supervision with lots of demonstrations to amaze them. It is something a kid would remember for a long time. I was told Grandpa would get to relax by the pool most of the time with small kid duties, and, like a fool I believed them. I was exhausted at the end. Would I do it again? Our group is already planning for a Disney Christmas cruise in 2 year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Activities: I had such high hopes for the Kids club- I particularly liked that Disney allowed all children from 3-12 to be in the same club so my daughters could be together. Unfortunately the clubs were so incredibly large that it was ... Read More
Activities: I had such high hopes for the Kids club- I particularly liked that Disney allowed all children from 3-12 to be in the same club so my daughters could be together. Unfortunately the clubs were so incredibly large that it was overwhelming for my four year old. She became separated from her older sister and there was not enough staff to help her to find an activity that she could participate in or to help her feel comfortable. She wandered around crying for some time before her big sister found her and located a staff member to call us. During Pluto's pajama party another child pulled my daughters hair extremely hard and wouldn't let go. There were not any staff around to intervene and no one contacted me or mentioned the incident when I picked them up. I feel that there should be enough staff to provide more supervision and to engage with the children in their care. The shows were all outstanding! The pool was much too small to go in and the hot tubs were very crowded, although my eldest daughter loved the slide (weather permitting) Dining: The service in the main dining hall was wonderful- our servers Dede and Lloyd went above and beyond. The food was good, nothing phenomenal but decent and presented beautifully. Cabanas provided decent breakfast and lunch options, but I found the food near the pool deck (pizza, burgers etc..) to be of poor quality. Overall, we had a wonderful time during our Merrytime sailing. The ship was decorated beautifully, and was immaculately clean. Staff were constantly cleaning, and I loved that there were hand washing stations outside cabanas and at the kids clubs. The weather was not in our favor, and was cold and windy. We were very disappointed to miss Castaway Cay, and the weather did not make for a good beach day in Nassau, however not even Disney can control the weather. We rented a golf cart and had a wonderful time in Key West, this was the highlight of our trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my 11th cruise and my first time with Disney. I thought the ship was smooth, I hardly felt it moving. I did not feel as if we were over crowded with children and I enjoyed the characters and shows. I loved the fact that there was ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise and my first time with Disney. I thought the ship was smooth, I hardly felt it moving. I did not feel as if we were over crowded with children and I enjoyed the characters and shows. I loved the fact that there was no a casino on the ship and I did not have to smell the awful smoke. I loved the decor and it seemed the staff was not over worked or cranky. Since my family does not drink alcohol, I very much appreciated not being harrassed with drinks pushed on us. Our room was always cleaned well and the gym area smelled good and was always clean. The food was excellent, I believe it was the best tasting food compared to all the other ships I have been on, and I loved going to the different dining areas to eat. We loved drawing cartoons and seeing them come alive! I love the beautiful music they had piped all through the ship. I loved having an adults only swimming area. I loved the banana ice cream. The water slide is a bit rough and I got water in my sinus, but other than that it was fun. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We took our granddaughter on the cruise of a lifetime. Ship was incredibly clean, well organized and the staff was unbelievable. The only reason for the less than 5 was due to the subpar food on the formal dinners. Everything seemed ... Read More
We took our granddaughter on the cruise of a lifetime. Ship was incredibly clean, well organized and the staff was unbelievable. The only reason for the less than 5 was due to the subpar food on the formal dinners. Everything seemed rushed and the Meals seemed to be prepared and served after cooking under a heat light for hours. Avoid the oysters Rockefeller and the lobster tail. The characters were very accessible and the meet and greets with frozen girls and the princesses were heavenly. Our cabin seemed brand new with everything working and fresh linens daily. Cabin staff were incredibly nice and remembered our little ones name (nice touch). The dolphin excursion in grand cayman was very well organized and not too pricey. Negotiate the cost of prints they want to sell them! Cozumel was mostly a bust - rain and didn’t feel safe wandering around too far from the ship. The sales folks are very aggressive and tries more than once to lure our little one with toys etc. just not comfortable. All in all this was a trip of a lifetime. Get the meals right guys. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I have been on 3 Carnival Cruises before I had kids and always loved them, however this time wanted to try the Disney Cruise with my 3 year old boy and husband. The reason why I did not like the Disney Cruise is because surprisingly ... Read More
I have been on 3 Carnival Cruises before I had kids and always loved them, however this time wanted to try the Disney Cruise with my 3 year old boy and husband. The reason why I did not like the Disney Cruise is because surprisingly they did not offer any good entertainment for the kids! No fun activities to do! I know it may seem hard to believe but its true!! I expected a lot more from Disney! The entertainment available for kids is basically a daycare they can be in all day and play in the toy story looking room and draw, play video games and play with staff. NO comedy shows available any of the days! NO different bands playing No characters walking around- had to make long lines NO fun activities My son does not attend daycare so he was too scared to stay in the daycare without us and they only offered very little opportunities for parents to be in there with children. The activities available if you didn't want to leave in daycare where to stand in hour or 2 hour lines to take pictures with characters throughout the day which was not how we wanted to spend our day. Compared to carnival cruise, Disney cruise did not offer any comedy shows or different bands playing different types of music only had same 2 musicians playing boring music. Classes on how to fold towels in animal shapes available every day or played the same movies in theater or big screen for all the days. Not enough staff I guess to provide entertainment. Even the character appearances was only 1 character available at certain time and when they all came out would be for 30 min times. Puppet show & pirate party was good but frozen show was only for girls. I did not like that they had princess characters available for pics every day several times a day but for boy characters like Spider Man & Captain America only 2 day, 1 time slot and one of those days was when everyone is off the boat. It was too cold to in the pool and didn't like they forced everyone out of the pool so everyone could use restrooms, we didn't need to go but they would kick everyone out. Staff was amazing and nice but nothing to do.. Save your money! Kids will have fun on other regular cruise! Going back to Carnival for sure.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had an amazing time the shows are amazing better than some broadway. The children had a great time. We had more trouble booking the cruise, getting our luggage and trying to sign up for the tea party. You really do not need to do the ... Read More
We had an amazing time the shows are amazing better than some broadway. The children had a great time. We had more trouble booking the cruise, getting our luggage and trying to sign up for the tea party. You really do not need to do the tea party a lot of money and you can meet the princesses and have pictures free you just n need to get that ticket. MY biggest complaint the youngest not quite potty trained they had NO pool for his age they had a very small area where he could run through the water, he swims in our pool and that was a little tricky to explain, the nursery is nice for b babies not a lot geared to the child that is a little older. The children activities were great for 3 and older. The staff on the ship were awesome. We tried to book our cabins together when we booked the one next to us was available but they said no children on balconies ok fine good idea except our neighbors had a 3 year old. On other cruises they had bands for the children with parents cabin number in case they got separated was surprised Disney did not. It was a great experience our family had a good time but would not go again until the younger one can participate. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We normally cruise on Celebrity, but chose this cruise to be with friends who have kids under the age of 10. As a childless couple that just turned the 50-year milestone, we were were worried that hundreds of screaming kids would make us ... Read More
We normally cruise on Celebrity, but chose this cruise to be with friends who have kids under the age of 10. As a childless couple that just turned the 50-year milestone, we were were worried that hundreds of screaming kids would make us want to jump overboard. We were pleasantly surprised. Disney does such a good job of keeping the kids occupied that we barely noticed them. There was a decent-sized adult pool area, as well as several bars which were adults-only after 9pm. These provided a nice escape on those few occasions when we had reached our kid limit. Overall, this cruise was much more casual than those we have taken on Celebrity. No one really dressed up for dinner, and many wore shorts and tees to dinner. Others dressed up a bit. It was nice to know you could, but didn't have to. The food is better on Celebrity, which also has more specialty dining choices. We did NOT like Disney's rotational dining at all. I think I should be able to choose where I eat, and with only one specialty restaurant on ship, you are pretty much stuck with their rotational nonsense. We ate in Tiana's Place and Triton's, but skipped Animator's Palate because we had Palo reservations on those nights. Tiana's was very loud with some sort of dancing alligator running thru the restaurant. It was annoying, service was slow (1 hr and 45 min) and the food was meh. However, we enjoyed Triton's and found the service there to be much quicker. We also had brunch and dinner in Palo, which was very good. However, if you are only doing one specialty meal, make it brunch. The selection and quality are amazing, and the service can't be beat. The Disney shows were of course great, but one goes a long way. Unless you are a Disney fanatic, they get old quickly. There was no adult dance club, which we missed. There was no casino. They had a variety of trivia in the pub, which was fun. Fewer activities for adults than on Celebrity, which is to be expected on this type of kid-centered cruise. I had occasion to visit the medical bay and was impressed by the quality of treatment I received. The doctor called to follow up with me for the next two days, which was a nice touch. But, it was expensive and they don't take insurance ($160 to just see the doc). I assume this is pretty standard across the various cruise lines. We found Disney to be expensive, and it is not a good value unless you have kids. We definitely felt we were subsidizing everyone else's child care. You definitely pay a premium to be on Disney, especially during the holidays. All in all, it was a pleasant week, but I don't think I'll ever sail Disney again. Unless you have kids, there are better options available. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have two daughters ages 9 and 11 who are in 4th and 6th grade. This trip was the perfect way to spend the last half of their winter break. We live in The Woodlands just north of Houston, so the Port of Galveston is an easy car ride for ... Read More
We have two daughters ages 9 and 11 who are in 4th and 6th grade. This trip was the perfect way to spend the last half of their winter break. We live in The Woodlands just north of Houston, so the Port of Galveston is an easy car ride for us. We cruised with another family with similarly aged daughters who are great friends/neighbors. All of us are Disney veterans and we had booked our cruise almost a year in advance! It exceeded expectations. Both of our families reserved parking spots in advance and online through the Port of Galveston’s website. We had each checked in online in advance of the trip and we all had American passports at the ready. Each family holds silver cruiser Disney Castaway Club status, so our embarkation went very smoothly. We brought a total of 7 bottles of wine/champagne aboard, and that was no problem. Disney gives silver cruisers and above their own check-in area. We were able to board at 1 pm. The Wonder was recently renovated and all areas (including our cabin) are shipshape! The ship is beautiful and appears well cared for. It was still decorated for Christmas so we enjoyed all of those festive touches. While we have children, none of the ones in our party were interested in the Kids’ Club. Instead, they passed their time with one another, visiting the various ship areas, trading pins with other kids and the Wonder cast members, going to shows and movies and meals with us and enjoying being on board. We did not hover over them, but allowed them to wander the ship with one another. We communicated with them using the texting feature on the Disney Cruise app. This worked perfectly and we had zero problems. Our 4th graders enjoyed meeting Disney characters while our tweens enjoyed visiting the shops, reading in the portholes on Deck 3 and eating lunch together. Both 4th and 6th graders loved playing Bingo! For our excursions, we chose lunch at Sloppy Joe’s followed by a Key Lime bike tour in Key West (amazing), a stingray snorkeling adventure on Castaway Cay (includes bike and tube rentals), and a visit to the Atlantis resort water park in Nassau. I would highly recommend all of these excursions for this age group. The Key Lime bike tour includes a piece of pie at the end, while the Atlantis excursion includes lunch vouchers. Our group took full advantage of onboard movies, with Coco and The Last Jedi warranting repeat viewings. We went to every single show. Standouts included Frozen (special to the Wonder) and a country music concert by Mark Wills. The four adults in our party had one dinner at Palo and one brunch there also. We would highly highly recommend visiting Palo at least once - it’s a small but beautiful space on the 10th deck and the service we received was magical. The food was truly wonderful. The brunch was the best I’ve ever enjoyed at any restaurant anywhere. My husband and I enjoyed a quiet coffee at the Cove restaurant as well as a late-night whiskey tasting there. There is plenty for adults to do on the Wonder without kiddos! Let the very capable waitstaff take care of your older kiddos while you and your partner enjoy some alone time and fine dining in a beautiful setting. Also, the Crown & Fin pub was a particular fave for the adults for pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. We felt that the service we received on the Wonder was exceptional. We loved our servers in the dinner restaurants. They were really great with our kids. Tiana’s Place, Animator’s Palate and Triton’s are each unique but each special in its own way. Tiana’s has a party atmosphere and we loved the live music and character appearances. Animator’s had a really neat show at the end which features drawings made by every diner. Triton’s is more formal with fancier food. They treated our families like royalty during each meal. Our older daughters ordered from the adult menus and were trying things like lamb, lobster, duck, and shrimp - it was amazing to see this! Our younger kiddos were content with the kids’ menu while ordering the occasional fancy adult dessert. We frequented Cabana’s for breakfast and typically had casual lunches on Deck 9 while at sea. Helpful hint: you can get a Dole Whip at the drink stand next to the ice cream dispenser. Also, you can get excellent shawarma (beef, lamb & chicken) with all the fixings at Boiler Bites on Deck 9 as well. We were treated to fireworks at sea TWICE during this cruise, once for NYE and once during Pirate Night. Both parties were extremely entertaining. Disney knows how to throw a great deck party, with everything appropriate for even the youngest of children. Our kids went to several events they found enjoyable - Disney Trivia, towel folding, and pin trading with the captain and his staff. Also, everyone in our party loved Bingo. We also loved getting family pics made with Mickey as well as special family pics in the beautiful lobby atrium during formal night. Take advantage of the professional photographers on board! They take wonderful pictures that you can purchase at Shutters on Deck 4, We went to breakfast at 8 am as a group on the morning of our disembarkation and it was a quick in and out. By the time we were called to disembark, we had already eaten. We were in our car and headed out of the port terminal area before 9:30. It was very smooth and quick. I highly recommend the Wonder. We have sailed on the Dream but I do believe I prefer the smaller Wonder ship! She is just as beautiful with just as much to do but on a slightly smaller scale that feels more manageable, especially given that we had kiddos roaming on board. This cruise was absolutely magical and I rate it EXCELLENT. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ... Read More
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ship. We traveled with parents, grandparents and two small boys who were quite a hit on their own. Disney's food, public and private areas, employees and Christmas decorations are so much more elaborate than any others we've seen and we've seen alot. Embarkation was a breeze with a 3-3:30 pm check-in we walked right on with no lines. The only thing we hadn't counted on was the welcome aboard photographers were already gone and there was no one to greet us or show us to our cabin. Disembarkation was also a breeze. We carry our luggage off and took our luggage down about 30 minutes before the process began because we would rather wait in a short line to get off the ship than a longer line getting through customs. We were in our vehicle heading outa Galveston at 8:15. The Christmas decorations are BEAUTIFUL and Christmas music is played in the halls every day. It is very festive and the entertainment from the tree lighting to Mrs. Claus reading Christmas stories was wonderful. After more than 30 cruises on a variety of lines, I think Disney's food is the most consistently good with a large variety in the dining rooms. Lunch in the buffet is varied daily and you can get burgers, hotdogs, etc a good part of the day. Our cabin was 7112 port and aft which is an excellent location for the buffet, pools and drink station. There is more storage than we needed and love the separate bathroom areas. Ventilation, lighting, air conditioning all worked as expected. Port is the side to be on for the Key West/Bahama cruise from Galveston because you have two sea days and the sun hits your balcony all day. Our assistant room steward, Edgar, was fantastic. He was as good as any we've ever had. For those who have been cruising several years and remember the times when you walked out of your cabin and turned around because you forgot something - to find somehow your cabin steward had already cleaned it that's how good he was and we leave by 8 am. We were on a Canada cruise, different cruise line, in September and there were times our cabin wasn't cleaned until after lunch. Another cruise line has gone to an optional 2 times a day - didn't like that at all. Back to Edgar - the most amazing towel animals ever - a 5 foot long alligator with the remote in his mouth, a frog where you could actually see the bugged out eyes. Really works of art. He was always smiling and did an excellent job. This is a Christmas cruise and it is Disney so there is no casino and there are a lot of children, but it's what makes the cruise. It is great that you can actually find several things to do while dinner is going on and that is rare. There was a piano player, a singing duo, comedians, trivia contests and other things during the usual very lack times on other cruise ships. We never had trouble finding entertainment from 5-8:15 pm our dining time. We normally sit in our cabin or go to a bar waiting on dinner - not on Disney. We didn't do any excursions through the ship. Castaway Cay is a beautiful Island with lots of stuff to do. The adult beach was still in repair from the late summer hurricanes and it actually had a bad odor from the rotting seaweed. But the barbq was good and transportation to and from it was constant. We wouldn't do this itinerary again, but we are thinking about the Mexico cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and service. Embarkation was great, friendly staff once you are inside the terminal, the porters outside were very rude. They don't work for Disney though. We waited about 10 minutes to get the passport checked and headed to the ship. It is great when they announce your family and make the experience a little more special. The Sailaway party was kinda lame but alright, if you don't have kids you can skip that. Dancers were bad... i think the kids had fun though. Our room was clean - not spotless but reasonably clean, we had an inside stateroom which was larger than we thought. The whole ship looks pretty new, except for the Triton restaurant that still look like in the 90s. Food was excellent (except for the first night which the duck was really chewy) and we actually cancelled our Palo reservation because the food was good and we don't see the need to splurge more. Entertainment is lacking for adults only cruisers, there are 2 hot tubs that were constantly occupied, I don't like sitting in there with strangers. The water was too cold to swim. The adult only section was really quiet, I don't know how Disney does that, good to sun bathe and read a book. We tried to attend all the free activities but we don't fully enjoy the Disney Trivias because we are not hard core Disney Fans, we couldn't guess the song names / movie names by listening a 5 second clip. Shows were great except the juggling show, that was very lame as well. The Magic guy, Ventriloquist and country music guy were great! I fully enjoyed the Frozen show as well. The ports were alright, Nassau was terrible, you can skip unless you want to buy diamonds and rolexes. We did a Jet Ski tour that was great (not through Disney), rented a bicycle on Castaway Cay, nothing too special but I would recommend. We don;t have kids so we stayed at the serenity bay. The Barbecue was awesome, I took 2 bags of Lays chips on board as snacks. Overall I would do it again but my next cruise would be Royal Caribbean so I can compare the entertainment options. This is not a cruise for adults only unless you are a big Disney fan. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a ... Read More
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a year ago (which was before the dry dock). I am not sure why the dry dock took so long as there were still quite a few areas in need of repair. Yes, they made changes to the atrium, and the pool deck, they added the duck tail, and they made over Parrot Cay into Tiana's Place along with other minor changes (like the kid area's and Cabana's), but they were not dramatic or overwhelming. I can not speak for the maintenance that was taking place during the other cruises after dry dock leading up to ours, but the entire aft section of our floor was a maintenance zone during our sailing. Not to mention the maintenance needs throughout the entire boat. Don't get me wrong, as I said before, I do still love Disney and their cruises, but I do not think the Wonder will be my boat of choice going forward. One final note. If you are at all sensitive to motion, I would recommend that you stay on an upper deck near the front. My son and I are not sensitive to motion at all, and we were both suffering from sea sickness. The addition of the duck tail may increase the fuel efficiency, but it seemed to make the boat more unstable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We choose this cruise because while Disney can be really spendy, going in January makes it far more affordable (and a better value in my opinion). The refurb is gorgeous and we were very pleased with the service. Food service was ... Read More
We choose this cruise because while Disney can be really spendy, going in January makes it far more affordable (and a better value in my opinion). The refurb is gorgeous and we were very pleased with the service. Food service was amazing. They took such great care of our MANY dietary needs and food allergies. I have images of the dining room menus and some food photos of some of these entrees at Oh My Nosh The key is planning ahead but they will do everything in their power to help you! We were not pleased with the child care offerings, especially because we thought that's what the upcharge is all about on a Disney Cruise. Our 5 and 7 year olds were bored after the first day in the Club/Lab. Just too many kids and not enough engaged activities. They had fun with us in the days after (trivia, pool, scavenger hunts, etc) but the lack of engaged programming for the kids will probably keep us from cruising DCL much in the future. Overall a great experience (and a big thanks to Sandy Bevolo at Small World Vacations- top notch service with special surprises thrown in!) Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our family has four kids 2, 4, 5 and 13 when we went on the cruise. We had 2 rooms right next to each other. We drove from Michigan overnight to Houston. Stayed there while were notified by the fog delay. The embarkation was as good as it ... Read More
Our family has four kids 2, 4, 5 and 13 when we went on the cruise. We had 2 rooms right next to each other. We drove from Michigan overnight to Houston. Stayed there while were notified by the fog delay. The embarkation was as good as it could be. But I recommend going to the bathroom before you enter a line. There didn't appear to be one until you pass security. The ship was beautiful every inch, every detail. When we were in Nassau there were 2 Carnival and 2 Royal Caribbean ships in port. The Wonder made them all look 2nd rate. I laughed at all the people watching us from their ships as we left. There seems to be a worker for every 2 people onboard and they are working. Cleaning, fixing, and everything inbetween. Our room host was amazing! He truly made our trip. With 4 kids our rooms were less than perfect to say the least but every time we returned it was gorgeous! Twice a day our rooms were serviced and it was one of my favorite moments opening up that door and just loving how everything was clean and neat. He helped organize the kids toys, dresses and pickup clothes that my teen somehow multiplied on the trip. I had a light that didn't work at first and the USB ports on the plug didn't work. I mentioned it to the room host and it was fixed within an hour. Guest services also called to confirm. The kids oceaneer clubs were great. The kids loved them with lots to do. They have a fantastic automatic hand washer that should be in all schools. Very secure and everyone has their picture taken. You are notified by both the wave phones in the rooms and the phone app if you use it. We had booked time in advance for the nursery and they were able to accommodate extra time on both occasions. Super class act as well. The rotational dining was fantastic. The dinner entertainment was superb and the food was top of it's class. The desserts were to die for and I'm not a sweet person. The dining staff was beyond helpful. If we were busy with the kids they would run over and cut food to help. Disney pushes their employees to go above and beyond and they do. They live and die by the surveys given out. If you want to do something on the ship I recommend do it early. You will run out of time. Movies were awesome. We saw Roge One, Moana, and Dr. Strange all in 3D! Disney's entertainment catalog is huge and they show it off wonderfully. The only thing I didn't agree with was that the room host and your head server earn the same tip amount. Based on the amount of work the room host runs circles around the server. Maybe they get paid more but I don't know. We tipped the room host extra beyond the Disney amount. The evening entertainment was superb. Broadway or better. Every show was great. Overall fantastic!! one of the best vacations I have been on. Everything from top to bottom was a class act and beyond expectations. We are not super wealthy and this cruise was a huge expense for us. It was worth every penny!! If you are debating about it don't. GO. Go now. Disney has been in this business a long time and they know how to make people happy. We can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This is our first Disney cruise and at first I was a little hesitant that it was worth the money. We traveled with a 4-year-old and my wife's mother. We had inside stateroom 7001. The only drawback I can say from the trip was our ... Read More
This is our first Disney cruise and at first I was a little hesitant that it was worth the money. We traveled with a 4-year-old and my wife's mother. We had inside stateroom 7001. The only drawback I can say from the trip was our boarding was delayed due to inclement weather (fog) that had the port channel closed and would not allow vessels to leave or arrive. Disney gave a $25.00 per person credit to allow you to feed your party because of the delayed boarding time (5 hours). Once on board they announced that they would forgo the Key West port stop due to the delay in departing. We were refunded our Port fees and scheduled port activities for Key West. Once we go underway we truly enjoyed ourselves being at sea a total of 4 days. Now I will break down my review into sections: Cabin: a little cramped for 4 people but was manageable. We opted for the split room bathroom one with a shower and sink, the other with a toilet and sink. We also picked the forward and though you could feel the ship moving during rough sea times, we never felt the engines. If you decide to get your cabin in the aft you'll be vibrated the entire time. I definitely recommend getting a cabin in the mid-ship or forward section. Food: breakfast was a good choice at Cabanas (buffet style) depending on which time you go seating can be a challenge at times. You can also pick up breakfast on deck 9 where the pools are for something quick. We also did room service a couple of times for breakfast, very convenient and easy. We did this on the days we were to leave port for Castaway Cay and Nassau. You can also get a nice breakfast each day at Triton's sit down full service restaurant. For lunch you have the same options as breakfast. For dinner you are rotated between 3 restaurants. Triton's (nice place, nothing fancy), Tina's place (this has live jazz music where you can dance with the kids, the trumpet playing Luie comes out and takes pictures along with Tina herself), and then Animator's Plate. I would recommend when booking that you ask for Animator's Plate for your dinner for the first night that way you get to eat at this place 3 times that week in the rotation. This was our favorite place. Onboard Activities: For small ones there is the Oceaneer's Club Oceaneer's Lab on Deck 4. This is supervised and secure babysitting from 3-12. Then for the tweens and Teenagers they have clubs Edge and Vibe where they are allowed to check themselves in and out. For the smaller kids clubs they are connected and offer an array of play areas including Super-Heroes Training Academy, Andy's Room, Video Games, Crafts, etc. If you like you can leave your little one onboard while you and your spouse take your port adventure. I know this sounds selfish but you might enjoy some mom and dad time activities off-ship. They feed your kids while they are in their custody. They have a way to page you on the smartphone app or the cell phone you take with you in case your kid wants to leave the lab/club. For the adults there are activities, bars, pubs, lounges with games like Wheel of Fortune, Family Fued, Trivia, etc. They also have nightly shows (comedy, music, etc) for adults only. There is a sports area with basketball, table tennis on deck 10. Of course there is swimming, water slide, a nightly live action show (Frozen show was awesome), and a movie theater showing Disney movies (Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar) all day long. They also show movies on the funnel vision (large outdoor screen on deck 9 where you swim or sit in a hot tub). They also have a spa section where you can get a hair cut, facial, pedi, or massage on deck 10. Don't miss the Pirate night dress up as a pirate and dance while watching fireworks off of deck 9 and 10 near the goofy pool. You also want to check out the Bippity Boppoty Bouquet where you can have your little one turned into a princess, a pirate, a royal knight, or a captain of ship (extra charges). Ports: Key West (can't comment since we didn't go), Castaway Cay, very nice private Disney Island (less than 3 miles long) where you can just lay on the beach, or you can schedule a glass boat boat tour, snorkel, rent a bike, swim with dolphins, etc. Nassau: we went to Paradise Island and did the beach day. If you want to spend a little more you can do the Aquatic Water park, very nice Island and plenty to see and do. Be prepared to spend the money though. This port adventure is a pretty penny. Cleanliness: Bathrooms were always clean, our cabin was services 3 times a day, never saw a piece of paper lying in the hallway, Disney runs a clean ship. Overall we are going back in Jan 2018. Can't wait. maybe we'll get lucky and get on the Disney Magic ship and head toward a different destination this time. Happy Sailing... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I love cruises and I have done 10 of them so far. This was my first Disney cruise and we all loved it. It is expensive, but it really gives you ample opportunities to meet the Disney characters that you don't get at any of the parks. ... Read More
I love cruises and I have done 10 of them so far. This was my first Disney cruise and we all loved it. It is expensive, but it really gives you ample opportunities to meet the Disney characters that you don't get at any of the parks. At the end of the trip we felt that we knew them all and that we were friends LOL. We saw them every day all the time and had many opportunities for photos, hugs, kisses and autographs. The princesses even talked to the kids and showed them affection. The food is amazing and the restaurants are super cool. The service is great and the ship was in perfect condition ... super clean and nothing broken. As I mentioned, we loved the Disney Cruise, but I was particularly touched by the amazing and loving service the photography team gave to me and my family. Although they are not Disney employees, they did an outstanding job and personally went beyond my expectations to make us feel great during the cruise. I actually cried because I was going to miss seeing them and having our photos taken LOL. The unlimited package is totally worth it - permitting you to take as many photos as you please .... it is amazing! Something that I was not very pleased about was that this ship does not have a little pool for babies (under 3), just an area with squirting water. So there are limited fun spots for them as compared to kids age 3 and up. Additionally, changing tables are not located in all of the bathrooms, which was weird considering these ships cater to families with kids. Nonetheless, these drawbacks were really pretty minor compared to everything else we experienced, and we definitely would love to do another Disney cruise if we had sufficient funds. If you are going to do a Disney cruise, it is an unforgettable experience. Lastly, don't be afraid to feel like a kid again. I think I was more excited about the cruise than my kids! LOL Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises ... Read More
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises with Carnival. This was our first Disney cruise. We live in Houston, so we did the check-in online and drove about the hour there and got there a little before our check in time of 1:45. The check in process was extremely fast. I feel like from getting out of the car to on the ship was about half an hour tops. It was pretty cool that they introduced us onto the ship with the loudspeakers. First up checking out the room. My first thoughts walking into the room were wow this is a lot smaller than I was expecting. but the balcony was nice and spacious. Bed was incredibly comfortably. I was overall kind of thrown aback because my first impression was this is small, but I grew to like it a lot. The room behind us 6154 had a HUGE balcony though! It covered about half the back of the boat. Then we explored the ship. I remember saying to my wife the thing I love most about Disney is their attention to detail. Every aspect of the ship is Disney related, and everything has a purpose. Near the adult area there were spots you could sit in the windows and look out. Being adults on our honeymoon we spent most of our time in the adult only area. The dining rotation was very cool. We got Triton's first, and it was like fine dining I have never experienced before. It was so much food and so good I felt so bad when I couldn't finish it all. We were 2nd dining and so we would have to leave pretty quick to make sure we made it to the adult shows. The shows were amazing. I HATE Frozen but my wife convinced me to go to their Frozen show and it was actually pretty cool. All the shows they had were awesome. I'm still stunned from David Gatti's show. I'm still laughing at Buckets and Boards. Dreams was very well put together, although the ending was kind of interesting. Every show in the adult area was hilarious. As a honeymooning couple on a Disney cruise we were kind of expecting to see and be bombarded by a lot of kids, and we were kind of concerned about that. But we barely saw kids. Barely! Anyway I digress. The shows in the adult area were awesome. The club host Brett was one heck of a guy and extremely hilarious! We all miss him. The wings at Crown and Fin Pub were to die for. I miss those a lot as well. Speaking of not seeing kids. There was even an adult only pool and hot tubs. It was almost always quiet over there too. At Castaway Cay there is an adult only beach as well. Like I said we barely interacted with kids, and that was pretty surprising to the both of us. The service was amazing. From room service, to service at the restaurants, or shops it was absolutely amazing. Everyone was super nice and it made us go, "Now I kind of want to work here!" The best port was Castaway Cay. If I could just live on Castaway Cay that would be okay. It was incredibly peaceful, and we loved it. Key West was pretty cool, but pretty touristy. All we really did there was get a picture with the 90 miles to Cuba point. The Bahamas were kind of disappointing. The beach was nice, and the bars were cool. But a lot of the shops were closed due to Majority Day and some kind of march. We decided to walk a bit and after about 10 minutes of walking in one direction we felt like we were in the ghetto. We were back on the ship well before it was time to be quite simply because we ran out of things to do. Our excursions at the Bahamas and Key West were both cancelled due to low visibility and wind respectively. To us that meant more spending money and it wasn't a big deal. The one excursions we did get to do was the Kayak tour at Castaway Cay. It was beautiful and we both learned a lot. Our tour guide was hilarious. The only downside, if you even want to call it that, was on the return. We woke up the last day expecting to be in Galveston, and instead we were just outside the port, anchored down due to the fog. For us living in Houston it was no big deal that just meant more time on the ship for free to us! But to others it was kind of a problem having to reschedule flights and stuff. Disney Cruise Line was amazing and made sure everybody was fed and made sure to add a lot of events so that the time went by faster. All in all it was an amazing cruise and me and my wife can't wait to go on our next Disney Cruise. Like I said earlier she's been on other cruises and agrees that Disney was better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Usually when we travel, my husband and I prefer to be travelers rather than tourists if you know what I mean (we like to stay in smaller locally operated B&Bs, explore towns in the evening away from daytrippers, do active activities ... Read More
Usually when we travel, my husband and I prefer to be travelers rather than tourists if you know what I mean (we like to stay in smaller locally operated B&Bs, explore towns in the evening away from daytrippers, do active activities such as hiking, biking, and historical sites). So we did not think cruising was for us, but our two kids, age 9 and 5 had been asking to go on a Disney cruise for a while, so we decided to give it a try for my daughter's 5th birthday. We were not disappointed, and will definitely do it again. Scattered thoughts: -We live in Dallas, so sailing from Galveston was super convenient and inexpensive. Cheap, monitored parking right inside the port terminal. -Since we didn't fly, we had virtually no limits on what/how much to pack. Normally, we pack super light (r.g. one roll on and a back pack each is our general rule), but with fancy dress night (New Year's Eve), pirate night, and our family Halloween costume (we were characters from Mary Poppins, so we HAD to wear it on a Disney Cruise, right?), plus Fish Extender gifts, we packed a lot more than usual --- with no problems from drop off at embarkation to pick up upon getting off the ship. -Due to school schedule, we couldn't actually go on daughter's birthday in December, so we opted for a post Christmas, New Year's trip. It was the BEST New Year's experience for us, our kids, and my mom (who we brought along). There were so many neat things, surprises, and gifts from Disney. Came home with special logo champagne glasses, a limited edition NYE print, special Mickey chocolates, and memories of a lifetime. Our kids will be super bored with all future NYE celebrations after dancing all night, counting down with family, Disney characters, and new friends, and fireworks. We will strongly consider other special occasion sailings in the future. -Everything on board as far as entertainment, food, and activities were fantastic. Disney knows how to make everyone happy. 5 and 9 was the perfect age because my older one wasn't "over" Disney characters, and my younger one was old enough to do most anything. Old one loved the magician, the juggler, the ventriloquist, quiz shows and the production shows (including the new Frozen) more than kids' club activities (though she enjoyed a few of those as well), while the younger one was happy as a clam in the kids' club when we didn't think she'd like the show as much. Neither of them even went to see a single movie there was other stuff to do. (But mama got to see 3 new movies without paying a babysitter plus one on tv in our cabin!!). Our kids never once said "I'm bored" or touched their devices on the ship that I can remember (hallelujah!). class. -Of the 3 restaurants (plus adults only Palo), we enjoyed the food in all of them, but for the atmosphere we preferred Animator's Palette, Tiana's, Palo, and Triton's in that order. Animator's Palette had special exclusive things to see on the screens around the restaurant both nights. I won't spoil the surprises here. Tiana's had great music and character appearances. Triton's was more of a standard restaurant -- quiet with no entertainment. Some might prefer that (but if so, I say why are you on a Disney Cruise at all?) We enjoyed the food in Palo very much, but it was not so far an above the excellent choices in regular dining that anyone should feel like they are missing out if they don't want to spend the extra money. -Our servers were friendly and helpful. They seemed to really love their job and our kids, and both we and our kids looked forward to seeing them each night and elsewhere around the ship. -Disney's Castaway Cay is fantastic. Again, it's Disney knowing how to do it. I don't know if they arranged for that big beautiful sea turtle munching sea grass while my daughter and I were snorkeling, but if they did, they really are amazing. (If you are undecided on whether and where to go snorkeling for beginners or kids, this is the place to do it.) My husband and I rented bikes while grandma watched the kids and rode to the adult beach, cabanas, and lookout tower on the other side of the island. It was a nice, flat easy ride to get some exercise. I'd be interested to check out the cabanas and their part of the beach sometime if we ever go with another family. -We did the Blue Lagoon Island beach day in Nassau, and at the last minute upgrade to get the dolphin experience. I'm glad we did. It was more economical than other dolphin encounters I'd seen elsewhere. There is a trade off on scenery, since this one took place inside a square shaped floating dock rather than in shallow water on a beach (they "shallow" part is steps that lead to a submerged platform in the middle of the square), but the experience was fantastic, and the bonus was that the experience is covered which we needed after a long day in the sun at Castaway Key the day before. The beach itself is smaller than Castaway Cay, and everything is an upcharge, but the boat ride to and from was scenic, and it was a pretty, shallow sugar sand beach for the kids to play in for a few hours. -We had only 2 minor complaints, which I post here for information but want to emphasize that it did not diminish our enjoyment of our week at sea at all. First, our excursion in Key West with the glass bottom boat tour. Our tour departure was at 1:15 from the lounge on the Wonder, but it would have been nice to know in advance that we wouldn't actually be boarding any boat until about 2:30 and leaving about 2:45. You waited at the port for the Disney crew member to hand you off to the contracted tour operator, who handed out tickets then explained that we would take a trolley to the dock boat but would have about a 10 walk back to the ship when the tour was over (no trolley, which was not associated with the glass bottom boat operator). What actually happened was a 5-10 minute walk to the trolley, waiting for 10 minutes where it dropped us off (not at a boat) with no communication about what was happening, another 5-10 minute walk to the actual mooring site on the extensive docks. Only then, once we got on the boat, did someone announce over the loud speaker that due to weather conditions (I think wind), we would not be going to the reef on the Atlantic side, but a "coral garden" on the Gulf side and if that wasn't what people were anticipating, they could disembark the boat. And FYI the entire bottom of the boat is not glass -- there are 2 sunken viewing areas with glass window that you stand or sit around and look down into. This caused maybe 70-80% of the people that made it that far to get off the boat -- in a trickle, slowly. So those of us who thought "what else are we going to do? It's a lovely day, and a nice day for a boat ride and we'll see what we see" were delayed even longer waiting to depart. In the end, the ride WAS lovely -- our kids loved standing at the bow of the boat extended over the water, the crew was friendly and informative, and we saw ZERO fish after several passes because the tides had made the water to murky to see bottom. Because we could not see anything, they refunded the entire fee, and we got a free lovely boat ride, watched parasailers and soaked up the sun and the gorgeous turquoise water. I daresay those that got off were much more disappointed than those of us who rolled with the punches and stuck it out. My biggest complaint was really about the lack of communication. People could have been told at the port about the Atlantic vs. Gulf thing, and there could have been better communication about what to expect (not 1.5 hours until the boat actually left the dock). -2nd minor issue was the engine vibration and noise in our cabin for the middle 3-4 nights. I'm not sure what about our course made the noise increase on those nights but be fine before and after, but it was quite noticeable at night. It did not prevent anyone from sleeping, but we all wondered what it was. I would also note that our cabin was just below Tiana's (I think), so on the last night in particular there was some thumping and clanging noise later than usual -- I suspect because they were getting ready to arrive back in Galveston and turn over the ship for the next lucky group heading out the next afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 5th Disney Cruise, and the 4th time on the Wonder.. They did the refurbishment, about a month ago.. not sure what I was expecting. But it did not change much.. Except the Adult area.. they revamped the whole area.. It ... Read More
This was our 5th Disney Cruise, and the 4th time on the Wonder.. They did the refurbishment, about a month ago.. not sure what I was expecting. But it did not change much.. Except the Adult area.. they revamped the whole area.. It needed the update.. This was our first time out of the new facility in Galveston.. it was better.. More spread out.. and not as cramped.. The leaving the ship was a lot faster.. they had a big ramp you could walk down with your luggage instead of waiting for an elevator.. They have a new dining place on the Wonder.. Tiana's Place.. I like the decorations, and they have a Jazz Band playing every night.. That is nice.. The food there was just OK... Animator's Palate has some new electronics.. which are very spiffy.. They now have the Magic of Animation.. which is always fun.. and their nightly show is good.. They have updated the 9th floor deck menu.. it's good.. they now have soups and salads, and some Swarma.. They have updated some of the nightly productions.. the FROZEN show is very high tech with some great lighting.. and I guess the big question is.. "Can the girl playing Elsa hit the big notes.. ?" Yes she can.. we saw the production twice,, and she hit the big notes hard and strong.. Very nice They had a new comedian on the cruise.. Johnathan Burns.. super funny.. Comedy/magic/contortionist...everyone was saying how much they enjoyed him They also had "Buckets and Boards", we have seen them before,. they are just a good show.. Castaway Cay was excellent as usual. The weather was good.. This port is wonderful, the only thing left to chance here is the weather.. if the weather is good.. you will have a great time.. The adult area.. Serenity Bay.. is just what the doctor ordered.. clean and quite Key West was a nice stop.. They changed the port there too.. You can now get straight off the boat into the shopping area.. Before you were on a naval base, and had to take a shuttle to the shopping area.. Nassau, What can you say.. the water is beautiful. but the rest of the island is pretty run down.. we did not take too much time there.. (ohhhh and just a note.. they do not carry XXL tee shirts.. I guess they think everyone is skinny.. lol) Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Overall a good experience, but some disappointments. The buffet had VERY limited hours. I traveled with two young grandchildren, and the dinner service lasted FOREVER. The service was very slow, and most of the kids in the dining ... Read More
Overall a good experience, but some disappointments. The buffet had VERY limited hours. I traveled with two young grandchildren, and the dinner service lasted FOREVER. The service was very slow, and most of the kids in the dining room were anywhere from restless to out of control. The buffet was NOT an alternative, as Cabanas, at night, is also a sit-down restaurant. No buffet. Also, the regular buffet service shut down about 1 p.m. every day. so if you were not on a child schedule (early meals) or on a shore excursion, you were stuck with mediocre fast food (pizza, salad, sandwich) or room service. Embarkation was very efficient. Leaving the ship was chaos. If you are used to other cruise ships, be prepared for a mess. They time breakfast service, so you would think you would automatically leave the ship after breakfast. But no. They still call colors of luggage tags, in very soft announcements that you cannot hear, and the lobby is a mess. There is no crew interaction, so you don't know what you're doing. We left the ship, but were then stopped at the terminal because our luggage tag category was not ready yet. We (and about 100 others) lined up against the wall until Minnie tags were announced. On the plus side, the cabins are large and the crew is very friendly. Children's activities: The five-year-old was thrilled with everything. The eight-year-old thought many activities in the kids' club were too young for her. The age group in the Oceaneers club was 3 to 11. Why 3-year-olds? They definitely belonged in a younger group. Disney should separate pre-school aged kids. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had three families traveling. My grandson and his family (3), my daughter and her family, (2) and my husband and I. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen and we have been on at least 6 cruise line and have taken many ... Read More
We had three families traveling. My grandson and his family (3), my daughter and her family, (2) and my husband and I. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen and we have been on at least 6 cruise line and have taken many cruises over the past 30 plus years. (more then I can remember) Our cruise went out of Galveston, TX. We all went in the day before the cruise and stayed at Tremont Hotel. The port is very close to this hotel. There is also a store that you can buy wine, not too far from the hotel. Our cabin on the ship was nice, it had plenty of space for our clothes. We also could get everyone in our room to have a glass of wine before dinner. The room steward was very good. Service in the dinning rooms was good. I would go again on the Disney, with family. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We cruised Dec. 2 on a 7 day trip to Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Animator's Palate was our favorite family dining experience watching our cartoons come alive with Tiana's Place a close second to continuously good ... Read More
We cruised Dec. 2 on a 7 day trip to Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Animator's Palate was our favorite family dining experience watching our cartoons come alive with Tiana's Place a close second to continuously good meals and entertainment. Triton's was my least memorable dining experience (no entertainment) except for lobster night which tasted great. The Oceaneer's Club and Lab was all it was expected to be continuously entertaining our 6 year old throughout the days at sea. Our teenager surprisingly had even more fun with his Vibe group and we saw him less and less each day at sea. The only two shows we saw were Frozen and Enchanted which were both broadway quality shows given their 50 minute length. My wife and I visited Azure several nights to laugh at the game shows, see a professional juggler perform, and listen to music. We set up our own port excursions so I can't comment on what Disney offered. The only down side to the cruise was the cold front in the Gulf caused the first two days in open water and the last to be extremely rocky without each member of our family feeling down at some point. We have never been on a cruise where someone got sick but I guess 40-50 knot winds will do that do a vessel and even the stabilizers won't help. All in all a great family trip and the kids even said they would rather do a Disney Cruise again in several years versus travelling to Disney World! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My son is 12 and other than short family visits we have never vacationed. He has PKU and requires a strict diet. At a function for PKU I was told Disney was the way to go so I booked the cruise. I informed them of my son's diet which ... Read More
My son is 12 and other than short family visits we have never vacationed. He has PKU and requires a strict diet. At a function for PKU I was told Disney was the way to go so I booked the cruise. I informed them of my son's diet which they were familiar with. I called 5 times and was assured each time everything was taken care of. Long story short they did not have his food and every visit to the restaurant was an embarrassing scene. Finally I said I would eat elsewhere for the remainder of the cruise. They even brought him desserts that I had them he couldn't have. Chocolate and ice cream. I have never been so upset in my life and it ruined my whole experience. After the Key West port they called and said they had Mac and cheese on his diet (hard to do unless a plane landed on the boat because it is special order). I gave them the benefit of the doubt and ordered it. It was crusted over and a big blob. We did the last night in Anamators (awesome show) and they again brought ice cream. The entertainment was good, boat clean etc. The photos are all staged with no candid shots and no excursions are photographed. Dolphin Cayman has photos but they are an added expense you pay there. Wish I could have enjoyed the cruise. Thankfully he enjoyed children's activities. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We took our Son and his wife 50 and 40 and our granddaughters 6 and 11. We are in our mid 70's. All ages enjoyed the cruise. The food is ok nothing to write home about but after all this cruse is for younger people.all the shows and ... Read More
We took our Son and his wife 50 and 40 and our granddaughters 6 and 11. We are in our mid 70's. All ages enjoyed the cruise. The food is ok nothing to write home about but after all this cruse is for younger people.all the shows and activities where around Disney charters and so where the evening shows and movies. They do have a quiet cove on deck 9 where no children are allowed an nice quiet lounge and pool area to enjoy. This was our second Disney cruise and we have now taken all our grandchildren. We will most likely not do another Disney,we are Celebrity cruise fans and working on our 31'st cruise most of which are back to back on Celebrity for 28 to 30 days long. The Disney cruise was excellent for our children and grandchildren and they even booked another Disney cruise when we where on the ship and that shows how much they enjoyed the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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