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We are family of 2 adults and a 8 year old boy. We have sailed on Carnival and NCL and have wanted to try Disney but the price has been an issue. Luckily I was looking for a cruise last year in January about a year out and found a great ... Read More
We are family of 2 adults and a 8 year old boy. We have sailed on Carnival and NCL and have wanted to try Disney but the price has been an issue. Luckily I was looking for a cruise last year in January about a year out and found a great rate on an Ocean view cabin. It was half of what you would pay for a similar cabin on the Dream out of Port Canaveral plus one extra port stop in Key West. We flew down the day before and stayed at the Comfort Suites in Miami which has free shuttle service to the airport and the Port of Miami. The hotel was very nice for an overnight stay and the shuttle got us to the port at 10:15am with only a 15 minute wait before the terminal started letting people in to check in. Check in was very quick and the kids registration was there as well so we knocked out two of our tasks very quickly. We then went to get in line for pictures with Mickey and luckily we were the 2nd group to be taken. FYI we were asked to present our form of citizenship and used birth certificates with no problem. We were on the ship by 11:45 being in group 6. I used a 11:00 to 11:30 boarding request when registering so right on time. On board ship we went up to Cabanas for lunch and had no problems finding a table. Cabanas was very easy to get around and find tables the entire cruise. The only problem was people butting in the lines to get one item or another. Our cabin was ready at 1:30pm and was adequate for what we needed. The storage under the bed is as advertised and held all three of our large suitcases. It was nice not tripping around them the whole trip. The bathrooms were great having one for the toilet and one for the shower with sinks in both. My son slept on the couch that rotated over and did not pull out leaving room to get to the desk and the window as we wanted. The cabin and bathrooms were clean with previous items from other users. The television was all Disney showing cartoons, tv shows, movies, and sports from Disney and their owned properties. If you can't stand Disney thats all that is on TV and the music in the hallways and public areas is again the same Disney tunes that you all know. All of our bags arrived before the muster drill which was held outside. Dining in the restaurants was very fast and easy. The kids got their meals first and were done with desert by the time the main course came for the adults. My son usually went to the kids club with the staff at the end of the meal. The one time he stayed was for the show at the end of Animators Palette. We did the second service as this allowed us to go to the show first and have kid pickup from the restaurants. We noticed that first service would always have long lines going to the showroom after they finished while the later service flowed in at their leisure. The only draw back to the second sitting was that younger kids started getting cranky and were tired during the service. Food was very good and anything you wanted the waiters were happy to get for you. Best of all if you asked for a soda in the Dinning Room they would get it for you at no charge and very quickly. No 30 minute wait like on other lines. The rotational dining was fine and was nice having the same servers every night. The pools were all freshwater and heated. The warmest of the bunch was the adult pool which kicked the kids out of the area if they lingered too long. My son used the middle family pool a lot and could stand up in it. Lifeguards were always present and kept an eye on the kids. The twist and shout slide always has at least a 15 minute wait and was very fun. The aquadunk never had a long line and psyched a number of people out. My son and I did it once. It was a little ruff on me being an adult but fun. The water on both slides was warm as well so no fear of a cold landing. The drink area was always kept clean and is located by Cabanas. We went up there a number of times to get drinks. All your Coke favorites are there as well as a Coffee and Hot Chocolate machine. Milk was available as well as a large selection of teas. Food on the pool deck included schwarma, hamburgers, hot dogs, fish sandwiches, chicken fingers, and healthier alternatives like salads, wraps and fruit. Pizza was available till midnight and was very good. Never a long wait for it either. Ice Cream machines were also available. The childrens area on Deck 5 kept my son well entertained and the magic band was a neat way to keep track of the kids including locating them in the kids area so we could find him when time to go. He spent time there every night and stayed during the port day in Nassau because he didn't want to stand around while Mom and Dad shopped. On Castaway Cay there is a Kids Club area as well called Scuttle's Cove. It includes a splash pad, playground and they do activies. After lunch on the island we placed him there and he had a blast while we went to the adult area for a nap. His favorite activity was becoming Iron Man where he vitrually tried on armor and became his favorite hero. The adult bars were very quiet. The one time a little girl came in Fathoms with her Mother, they were turned around very quickly and asked to leave. There was always something to do for adults only at 10pm each night and we enjoyed the time away from our little boy for adult beverages and entertainment. The shows were very well done, and Tangled was a highlight. Pirate night was fun and very one dressed up. My son loved seeing Jack Sparrow and we found a great spot in front of the showers on the main deck to watch the fireworks and show. Have the funnelvision to your left for the best views of the fireworks. We stopped in Key West and took the conch train which was a fun little tour of Key West. We spent most our time looking in the shops on Duval Street. The boat was moored at the Navy Pier so we did have to take a shuttle to and from the boat to Mallory Square. The next day in Nassau we wondered around and looked in the shops and got a drink at Fat Tuesdays. We have been to Nassau before so we spent half the day in port and the rest of the day using the pools on deck. The last day was at Castaway Cay. It was windy in the morning so most activities were canceled and the snorkeling area was closed. We mainly layed on the beach and swam in the water. The water was a little cold but nothing not to be expected for January. The sun stayed out the entire time and by mid afternoon the wind died down and was a perfect day. In fact we were in the upper 70's the entire trip with sun the entire time. Coming from snow and 30 degree temps it was a wonderful change. Disembarkation was very quick. Our breakfast time was 8:30 since we were the late sitting. We ate then went straight off the boat. Our luggage was waiting in the terminal and we had about a 20 minute wait for customs. We were done by 9:30. We took a taxi at the port and for $32 for the three of us was at the rental car counter at the Miami Airport by 10:00. Overall we rank Disney on par with Royal Carribean and a step above Carnival, NCL, and Princess. We are planning on going on a 7 day trip on the Fantasy in the future as a 4 day cruise does not let you do everything you want on a Disney cruise. The staff was very accomodating and did everything they could to make it a memorable time. The characters were easy to see and took their time with every kid. The ship never did feel crowded as many have said. We had nothing to really complain about the entire trip except it was too short. The Magic is a great ship and the Disney touches everywhere were the icing on the cake we look forward to our next trip with Disney. 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Sail Date January 2016
DH and I made this our 6th DCL cruise on Magic Dec. 23 - 27. It was just the two of us and as a couple who usually travels with others or MANY others, this was a nice reprieve. Here is a few thoughts... In no order whatsoever!! The ... Read More
DH and I made this our 6th DCL cruise on Magic Dec. 23 - 27. It was just the two of us and as a couple who usually travels with others or MANY others, this was a nice reprieve. Here is a few thoughts... In no order whatsoever!! The ship is lovely. I didn't find it run down, worn or full of strange smells. The crew is VERY proud of their ship and will continually tell you it is the BEST. The Christmas decorations were perfect, not too much and never in your face. Classic and beautiful. Palo is a must do. We did dinner and brunch and will never miss either, if we can help it!! Lamb at dinner is phenomenal as were the lobster pasta, mushroom risotto and the beef tenderloin. At brunch, the chicken parm is a big hit but the frittata is also excellent. Skip the desserts and go back for the sticky cinnamon rolls. Yummy. Jane was our server both times (by request for brunch after dinner!!) and she was superb. The adult entertainment is seriously lacking. While Jo the Entertainment host tries super hard and the games/game shows are fun and well organized, the actual entertainment for adults is sad. The magician was downright bad and the musicians certainly aren't stellar. Entertainment aboard other ships is FAR superior. However, Tangled is the BEST SHOW I have ever seen onboard a ship. Hopefully this is the future of DCL entertainment. Castaway is as always, beautiful. We had a cabana this time for the 2 of us. I know, excessive. And while it was pampering at its finest and comes with some lovely perks, it just isn't necessary. Ran the 5k and we did a bike ride for the first time as well and really enjoyed it. Lunch was good but nothing special about it. Had several frozen drinks which are always good and enjoyed the fantastic weather. Unseasonably warm winter was fine with us!! The low tide mid day made for some cool sand bar experiences on Serenity. Key West. We went to Blue Heaven for breakfast and had lobster eggs benny, shrimp omelet and key lime pie. All 3 were stellar. This is a must do for breakfast lovers, seafood lovers and key lime pie lovers. IT WAS AWESOME. Get there early, it gets packed. We then went to Hemingway house and did the tour. A great stop and we aren't big readers but it was interesting and fun. Great guide too. Worth the price of admission to see the 6 toed cats. Walked every inch of Key West after that...saw the southern most point and the cemetery. Both are skips in my opinion. Missed Truman Home...next time. Stopped at B.O's fish wagon and split a fried grouper sandwich. Good but not great. Another skip if ya ask me. Christmas Day!! We had a special dinner menu and the Chilean Sea Bass on that menu was the best entrée item I have ever had in a MDR. We played bingo 3 times and won twice!!, saw Star Wars in 3D and Bridge of Spies. We had a great time...feel free to ask questions. We stayed 3 nights prior to the cruise in Ft Lauderdale. We did a Segway tour there, enjoyed the beaches, shops and restaurants. Wasn't impressed with Las Olas and nightlife is a snore. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Awesome and relaxing, best describes the 4 night cruise our family just took on Disney Magic. My husband and I are not too much into cruises but wanted to do this at least once. Now this will be a vacation idea we will entertain again. ... Read More
Awesome and relaxing, best describes the 4 night cruise our family just took on Disney Magic. My husband and I are not too much into cruises but wanted to do this at least once. Now this will be a vacation idea we will entertain again. Having two other families with kids at the same age as our daughter made it much easier. Our 15 year old son suffered a bit without company but he also found many things to do and the food was unilaterally the best part for all of us. Kids or not, nothing beats the Disney way of doing things. Efficient, pleasant and entertaining throughout. Every single employee on the ship regardless of their role carried it out to perfection. Photographers could use some more training in the Disney way as their activities seemed the least intuitive. This is not a major issue, just something I noticed as slightly off. Tween daughter did not use 'Edge' much. I think Edge and Vibe(for teenagers) are good for arcade game players. Oceaneer's club/lab for kids under 11 must be popular with parents. We flew to Florida/Miami International airport from California the day before and stayed at Marriot Biscayne Bay. Took about 10 minutes and $29 to get from the airport to the hotel in a taxi. Another 7 minutes in a taxi to the port from the hotel on the next day. Since hotel checkout was 12PM we got there earlier than our assigned check in time of 12.30. We were met by one of the porters to whom we gave all the luggages tagged with the Disney tags that were mailed to us. Tipped the porter right there as he said we won't see him later. Got on the ship after passport/id checks and being issued 4 room key cards. These were also used to pay for anything extra we needed on the ship. Very convenient as kids could go get food and be with friends on their own resulting in happy parents. Had lunch at the Cabanas as soon as we got in. Luggage arrived by 4-5PM. The port-away party on deck was nice. The 3 families were always seated together as requested for dinner all 4 nights. It was at different dining places each night. We had second seating which started at 8.15 so we can see the shows at 6.15PM and go change for dinner. First night was pirate themed and we all adorned the bandanas that were provided. Optional dress-up night was on the night before last. Took pictures every night after dinner since we were all nicely dressed in general for dinner. Just casual but nice enough will do. Our cabin was about the same size as the hotel room. Stateroom 7502 with a porthole located forward. Kids had a pull out sofa and a bunk bed area with TV separated by a heavy curtain from the bed room. The bunk bed needs to be setup by the service person while people are at dinner. Probably a safety feature so that no one will hit their heads on it by accident. Shower and sink in one tiny room and toilet and sink in another tiny room helped us to get ready faster. Lots of space under the bed to push our luggage in, enough cabinet drawers to put things out and ample closet space. Do not use the bathroom outlets for hair dryer as the current rating on those are not high enough for a dryer. Use the outlet next to the porthole as indicated with the provided hair dryer. Breakfast and lunch was mostly at the cabana in buffet style. Nice enough selections. First port day was at Key West. Took the trolley tour once we got there and the highlight was visiting The Hemingway House and the 54 cats there as well as the southernmost point of the USA. Day was hot but still enjoyable. Next day was at sea which was spent with many activities. Watching Star Wars - The awakening & Bridge of Spies in the theaters was cool! Magic show was nice. Last port day was at Disney's leased island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay - pronounced Castaway Key. (Key stands for little island) Beautiful day spent floating, swimming, biking, water-sliding and a wonderful BBQ lunch. Since Disney Magic is smaller than Disney's largest ship (Disney Fantasy) the island facilities were not crowded at all since it is built to accommodate all the guests on the largest ship. Aquadunk water slide was good for big kids and adults, basketball and table tennis facilities and walking 3 rounds equaling a mile on top deck were all appreciated. You can get hot dogs, pizza and ice cream all the time after 11AM. Good to know in case you missed lunch or breakfast. You don't want to miss the sit-down 5 course dinner. Appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. Best food was at Animator's Palate and Lumier's but others were decent too. Special non-alcoholic drinks available for about five dollars were delicious too. Don't forget to checkout your pictures at Shutters and order what you like before you leave. Room service was available but we didn't use it. Our room was always kept clean by our service guy. We went with the Disney suggested gratuity totaling ~$200 for the four key people. 3 people at the dining service and one at servicing the room. Plenty of quite spots available if you just want to curl up with a book and watch the ocean. If you don't want to lug your bags on the morning of disembarkation, be sure to pack all except a carry-on and leave outside the room before 10.15PM the night before. Then you can just walk off the ship and collect your luggage at the baggage claim same as in an airport. I don't think I will take any cruise line other than Disney just for the awesome service spanning every single aspect of our travel. The attitude of every single employee is to be commended. Better than Broadway quality musicals every evening is not to be missed as well as the port adventures at Key West and Castaway Cay and all the other activities on the ship. We never really felt rushed, yet there was never a dull moment. You can always take a break from all and still catch up with what is happening really quick. One thing that needs special mention is the Disney Navigation app. A great tool that all of us used extensively. It told us of the activities each day not to mention the dinner menu. There was an online chat that we can use to connect with other members of our party. Very useful! Kids can use the permission code to join. The free wi-fi can be used only for the app. Didn't use the internet data package or the available laptops so no comments on that. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
First of all, our transfer representative from Miami airport was not where she was supposed to meet us. (Baggage carousel). The worst part was that the employee told her supervisor that SHE was there and we were not. This was an outright ... Read More
First of all, our transfer representative from Miami airport was not where she was supposed to meet us. (Baggage carousel). The worst part was that the employee told her supervisor that SHE was there and we were not. This was an outright lie! Yes, she was some place at the airport, I assume, maybe, but not where she was supposed to meet us. I was on the telephone for 30 minutes with her supervisor who kept telling me that the employee who was supposed to meet us was there but she wasn't! Then of course, apologies that sounded quite bogus. ("I was meeting someone else whose flight was late." If this was true she should have told this to her supervisor who told us otherwise.) Next issue was the Nassau Paradise Island Excursion. Granted we were late to land because of bad weather. However, for the price, I recommend, don't bother. The boat is nicer and you already paid a fortune for it. Don't bother to go to the Adventureland. It is at least a 1 mile walk from where they drop you off to the pool area and the excursion people were extremely disorganized. If you have ever been to an average indoor or outdoor water park, you will be disappointed in this one. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Ok, the good stuff. Like any cruise I have ever been on (Raddisson, Celebrity), the food was plentiful and very good. Kids loved it. We didn't go to the adult only anything because I was with my mom, my kids and grandkids. The wait staff was excellent and made it clear that they aimed to please. They even cut up the kids food! Room was very nice except for the location. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We live in Florida, so Disney in general is no big deal to us. Don't get me wrong, Disney does what they do very well, and if you're a Disney fan, you should definitely try one of their cruises, if you can afford it. We tend to ... Read More
We live in Florida, so Disney in general is no big deal to us. Don't get me wrong, Disney does what they do very well, and if you're a Disney fan, you should definitely try one of their cruises, if you can afford it. We tend to go for the more economical cruises but decided to bite the almost $2k bullet because two of our daughters had been on a Disney cruise two years ago, raved about it, and invited us to join them on this one. From the getgo, Disney makes you feel special and whether you're a fan or not, you can't argue with the overall quality and attention to detail that are Disney hallmarks. Embarkation was very smooth, we had minimal waiting and were able to board and enjoy the amazing buffet lunch, including something I enjoyed almost every day: large, fresh boiled peel & eat shrimp and crab claws. I mean, if food is your thing on cruises (and who doesn't go for the food, c'mon?!), then you will not be disappointed. There was nothing mediocre about the food anywhere on this cruise and after a recent very underwhelming experience on Carnival, the Disney Magic and her dining rooms and other dining options did not disappoint at all. The choices are abundant, fresh, and we hardly ever had much of a wait in line. This cruise was the weekend before Thanksgiving, so the cruise was dubbed a "Very Merry" time and the ship was totally decked out, including a tree in the lobby that spanned three decks. And a life-sized real gingerbread house. There was truly a holiday spirit everywhere. Santa showed up one evening, there was an opportunity to make our own gingerbread houses, with help from one of the chefs, and even snow in the lobby and of course, free hot chocolate! Like I said, Disney knows how to entertain. The shows on board were some of the best I've ever seen on any cruise, period. I mean, when you come away from a production with tears in your eyes, you know they've done something right. In addition to the live shows every evening, there were first run movies in the theater, so you weren't just at the mercy of tired reruns on your TV. There were also movies running on the giant screen on the pool deck, although they were mostly cartoons, for obvious reasons - kids. So if you don't enjoy being around kids - LOTS of them - then you probably shouldn't consider a Disney cruise. We were with 5 of our 12 grandkids, so in general, we were ok, but there were definitely kids everywhere. I mean, it IS a Disney cruise. There is an "adults only" area at the front of the ship which was fairly kid-free, but otherwise, you just have to be prepared for lots of munchkins everywhere you go. Our ports were Grand Cayman & Disney's island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Both stops were outstanding. We booked a non-ship tour of the turtle farm in GC, I highly recommend it. On the private island, there is plenty to see & do that does not require a shore excursion expense and even though we had rather ugly weather for that stop (a bad storm had come thru the night before and dropped temps quite a bit), we still enjoyed ourselves very much. My only complaint overall was the size of the bathroom in our cabin (we were on Deck 7, inside aft). My knees literally bumped the tub when I was sitting on the toilet and there is NO way more than one person could be in there at any time. One plus, though, was the tub, which was nicer than the walkin showers on most ships, which usually leads to lots of water on the floor, no matter how careful you are. One other negative in my eyes was debarkation. While we did enjoy a nice breakfast in the dining room (at the suggestion of our head waiter on our last night & we were glad we did, saved us time hunting for something for the little ones one we got to the cars!), we ended up standing in a rather slow moving queue for longer than I think would have been needed if they had handled it a little differently. Our overall experience with service on this cruise was above & beyond, which is what you'd expect from Disney. We especially enjoyed our waiters and the process of changing dining rooms each night, but retaining your same wait staff, actually works very well and gives you a great and varied dining experience. We did not try the "pay for it" dining room, but one of our daughters & her husband did and thoroughly enjoyed it. So overall, we enjoyed ourselves, and would do it again if a family opportunity presented itself. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Let me start by saying my family and I stayed in 8016, a two bedroom suite on the concierge level, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The accommodations were fabulous, felt extremely spacious, and well appointed. No matter what ... Read More
Let me start by saying my family and I stayed in 8016, a two bedroom suite on the concierge level, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The accommodations were fabulous, felt extremely spacious, and well appointed. No matter what room type you decide on, I would encourage anyone to splurge on the concierge level. I can not say enough wonderful things about the staff, Julia and Andy, who run the concierge level. They were so attentive to my two young children, made us feel welcome and pampered, and went above and beyond to make the trip even more memorable than it already was. Wherever you stay though, the boat is magical and I would highly recommend it to anyone! the kids programs are top notch, the shows are fabulous and entertaining for every age group. Disney's island Castaway Cay is fabulous, here I would highly recommend the cabana so you have a designated spot to hang out! The only reason I would not give the Magic five stars is because on disembarking the boat I realized I had left my wedding and engagement ring (which has been handed down in my husbands family for three generations so completely and totally irreplaceable) on the bedside table (the same spot I had taken them off every night and left them). As soon as I realized what I had done (less than thirty minutes from leaving the ship), I called and emailed the only DCL numbers for items left on the ship. In my heart, I knew the gentleman who cleaned our room each and every day we were there would return to them to me, but after numerous calls and emails they claim that nothing had shown up. Needless to say I am devastated; not only for my wedding and engagement and the symbolism they have to me, but for the tradition that has been broken in my family. We were planning a 2016 cruise with our kids and friends, and I would truly love to make more memories on this cruise line, but I don't know if I can knowing what was stolen from me... Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I sailed on the Disney Magic to Cozumel and Castaway Cay on 11/15 with my husband and kids. I want to say, first of all, this was not a bad cruise in any way. I was not as impressed with the Disney Magic as I thought I was going to be. ... Read More
I sailed on the Disney Magic to Cozumel and Castaway Cay on 11/15 with my husband and kids. I want to say, first of all, this was not a bad cruise in any way. I was not as impressed with the Disney Magic as I thought I was going to be. When my husband booked this cruise for us, I had thoughts of walking on to the ship and just being blown away. That was not the case. The sum of my review is this - it was fun, it was a good first cruise for my kids and a good first family cruise for me, but I wouldn't pay full price for another Disney cruise. Pros: Embarkation was surprisingly smooth, compared to experiences with RCCL and CCL. It didn't take any time at all to get through the line and get our Key To The World cards. We had a check in time of 1230 and I think we were there right on time. We spent a total of maybe 10 minutes getting checked in. Debarkation was very smooth as well, except Disney has not done a very good job of informing the staff of the Magic on how debarkation takes place. My husband asked the night prior to getting off the ship how it worked. He was told that once we were finished with breakfast, we were able to get off the ship. We actually found out, during breakfast debarkation morning, that you had to wait for your character tag and color to be called. We would not have rushed through breakfast had we been provided accurate information. Also, the information we received with the character tags did not indicate how the debarkation process would go. Both embarkation and debarkation were very well executed and dropping off/picking up luggage was very good as well. The friendliness of the staff was incredible. We didn't have a single negative experience and a few members went above and beyond to ensure things were handled properly. We had a couple of stateroom issues that we notified our room steward about and she made sure they were not only fixed, but checked back with us multiple times to ensure they stayed corrected. Our wait staff in the dining rooms were wonderful and I would love to have them as my wait staff on any additional cruises I go on. The abundance of kids activities was amazing. My children are 3 and 9 and there was constantly things for them to do, even if just as simple as having time to run excess energy off in the Oceaneer's Club. While I'm not sure they participated in the organized activities, I was definitely impressed with not just the amount of activities but the fact that Disney went ahead and assigned the most appropriate age group to each activity. My 9 year old really enjoyed the creativity of the Oceaneer's Lab, whereas my 3 year old could have spent all day and all night in the Club. The food was excellent - the buffet and the restaurants. My husband and I both were most impressed with this aspect of the cruise. We also enjoyed the rotation between the dining establishments on the Magic. We did not eat at Palo, much to our disappointment. The breakfast buffet was very diverse and it was very easy to find things for my children, who are rather picky, to enjoy. I do believe my son's favorite food item was the Mickey waffles and the doughnuts. The one show we took in, Tangled: The Music, was AMAZING. It was simply one of the best theatre shows I think I've ever seen. The acting and the singing was spot on. We didn't make any of the other shows and I am deeply regretting the fact we did not see those as well. Cons: I think the biggest con I have about sailing on the Disney Magic is that for adults, it's a little bit on the boring side. I do understand the ship is geared towards kids and families, but unless you went to the movie theater or the Quiet Cove pool, there just was not much for adults to do. The decor of the ship was very bland. The Christmas decorations and the life size gingerbread house were top-notch, but the overall look of the interior was just rather plain. Definitely not a deterrent from cruising DCL again, but just something I happened to notice as we walked around the ship. The lines for the Character meets were incredibly long and if you wanted a good chance of meeting a certain character, you had to get there roughly a half hour before their showing time. The farther back in the line you were, it seemed as though the more rushed through the meet and photos you were. My son wanted to meet Sophia and by the time we made it to her in line, we were being rushed and I was only able to get a single photo. So, all in all, while it was a good experience, I just was not "wow'd" like I thought I would be onboard a Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My sister and I decided to take a cruise with some friends. What originally started as six friends ended up just three, but we had a blast. There wasn't one night that we didn't dress up to have fun and party. The food was ... Read More
My sister and I decided to take a cruise with some friends. What originally started as six friends ended up just three, but we had a blast. There wasn't one night that we didn't dress up to have fun and party. The food was amazing, as always with Disney, the staff was always attentive and kind, and there's just something so special about Disney. They make everyone feel welcome, and there's always something for everyone to do. I love that Disney's adult area is policed so well to keep it just adults. It was quiet and fun, and the hot tubs were great. The waitstaff always had a menu for a drink, and they wanted to make sure you had fun. The shows were on par with Broadway, and I really enjoyed getting tickets for the big meet and greets like the princesses and then Anna/Elsa/Olaf. That saved a lot of time, and there wasn't a lot of waiting around. More of that please! Our excursions were wonderful. In Grand Cayman we went to the Turtle Farm, and swam with turtles all day. The lunch that was provided was delicious, as well. In Castaway Cay, we did the 5k and spent the rest of the afternoon napping on Serenity Bay. It was a perfect afternoon. I can't recommend Disney cruises enough. They're fun for everyone, including people like my non-Disney uncle. Even he can find something to enjoy on a Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My family got back from our First Disney cruise last week. we started in Orlando and drove the relatively easy drive in about 4 hours to Miami. This was the first cruise we have taken our kids (6 &4). It was everything I hoped for ... Read More
My family got back from our First Disney cruise last week. we started in Orlando and drove the relatively easy drive in about 4 hours to Miami. This was the first cruise we have taken our kids (6 &4). It was everything I hoped for our first cruise with kids!! Embarkation was a breeze! The thing that took the longest was finding someone to check in our luggage. It was quite chaotic outside but smooth sailing once inside! Announcing each family by name was a very nice touch! We went up to Cariocas and ate lunch shortly after boarding, it was a buffet for embarkation day, but table service the rest of the cruise. By the time we finished, our room was ready. We walked down to level 2 and were pleasantly surprised by the size of our stateroom. After checking out our room, we headed to the kids club. AMAZING!! I have a son with a bleeding disorder, and was worried about how this would be handled. All kids receive bands and get a "lock" to help keep it on. Kids with any sort of special considerations get a red lock and others get black. The red lock alerts staff to a special consideration and prompts them to look in the computer to see what needs to be done. The band scans them in or out (you also have to give a password) and can also give their location in the kids club. Throughout the entire cruise we never felt like there was "nothing to do". There were always fun activities going on or time was spent at the pool, waterslide, hot tub! We attended a cooking activity and super sloppy science during the kids club open house (parents allowed). My kids attended a few activities during kids club lockdown (no parents allowed). I felt very safe leaving my kids with the staff, and they came back with nothing but excellent things to say. our first port was Grand Caymen. We opted for the Dolphin and sea turtle encounter. When it came time for photo souvenirs we ere absolutely disgusted. No personal cameras were allowed and photos taken by staff were ridiculously expensive. (1 photo was $38 per person in the photo, so for our family $152. to get all the photos on a disk was $250) needless to say we got no photos. the next port was Castaway Cay and I have nothing but great things to say about it! We took our kids snorkeling, shelling, swimming, sliding, jumping, it was excellent!!!! The cold cloths waiting for you when you get back on the ship were so nice!!! One of our only disappointments was the food. I just didn't feel like it was really up to par with your normal cruise food. Each restaurant was just ok. I didn't walk away from any of them feeling like anything was really really good. Same with the buffet meals. Just ok. Not bad at all just not the deliciousness that I was expecting. Entertainment wise, we didn't see any shows. We tried but our kids were not interested at all. We watched Lion King out on the pool deck, and Inside Out in the theatre, and did all the character signings, and kids club activities. Our disembarkation was super easy. We kept our luggage with us and pretty much walked right off the ship to customs. No problems at all. In summary, this was a fantastic trip with our kids. I would definitely do it again, if the price were right. We will try other cruise lines with them now that we have one under our belt. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We did our first Disney Cruise and expectation were high but it actually turned out to be an average cruise. In my opinion it was overpriced for what was provided. The only advantage of Disney is having the Characters on the boat and if ... Read More
We did our first Disney Cruise and expectation were high but it actually turned out to be an average cruise. In my opinion it was overpriced for what was provided. The only advantage of Disney is having the Characters on the boat and if your children are into that than I guess it maybe worth the additional hundreds of dollars. The boat is one of the oldest in the fleet but it was recently renovated. The pools and pool areas were small and very crowded. The kids were literally on top of one another. The food service around the boat was average withe the breakfast and lunch being ok. The dinner was very good the food and service were good and the atmosphere was very family oriented. In conclusion I would probably not go on another Disney Cruise. There are other cruise lines that offer the same luxuries for a lot less money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
First let me say that overall we definetly enjoyed the cruise. We were on the Disney Magic, which is approx 17 years old, and this is obvious when you board. Perhaps some of the let down was on me, as I set my expectations based on the ... Read More
First let me say that overall we definetly enjoyed the cruise. We were on the Disney Magic, which is approx 17 years old, and this is obvious when you board. Perhaps some of the let down was on me, as I set my expectations based on the Disney brand, hype, and increased costs compared to competitor lines with the same itinerary (allbeit not Castaway Kay but rather their own private island). My expectations were much higher than what was provided. We paid much more than the other cruise line options and when I booked, I justified this by noting that we were paying for the Disney experience, i.e. Exceptional service, unique entertainment focused on Disney Characters, amazing food, and a "magical" environment. Unfortunately, none of these proved true. In general, the food was good (though nothing was fantastic or stood out, other than the daily lunch buffet which was excellent). Making this worse, our wait staff, while friendly, was terribly slow, missed at least one thing each night (did not bring everyone's appetizer/soup/etc.), we were lucky to have at least one glass of water or soda and almost never received a refill despite multiple requests, and on multiple occasions had only part of our party's dinner arrive, having to wait as long as an additional 9 minutes (timed it as by this point I was beyond frustrated) for the missing plate. The "head server" was 10 feet away looking at us, saw we were upset, and simply walked the other way, only coming by twice throughout our trip to say hello. In regards to the ship itself, you can definetly tell it was 17+ years old. There was no grand entrance, the elevators were so small, and overall there was little in the way of places to go and sit or shop. I have been on Royal Caribean and Celebrity, and these were not only less expensive (not to mention for 7 nights) they were so much nicer and had much more in the way of options and locations to spend time during your trip (I.e. Library, computer stations/business center, arcade, more shops, etc.) The Magic essentially had two stores (there is also a kiosk on the pool deck and what is essentially a kiosk for Star Wars merchandise hidden by a bar), which was surprising given Disney's ability to market and take advantage of their brand. In regards to the Disney "magic", this was probably my biggest disappointment, the only time there were characters were for pictures which were only three to four 15-30min sessions throughout the day, with absolutely no other option to meet Mickey or his friends (I do believe you could meet some of the princesses in the boutique, but not sure of the details as I have two boys that were not keen on the princesses.) In summary, average cruise though above average costs with below average Disney "magic". Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Background: Family with kids 7 and 9 traveling with our parents and sister's family with kids 5,6,8. We've been on Disney Wonder 3 times and Royal Caribbean 3 times. We live in South Florida, and cruising has been our family ... Read More
Background: Family with kids 7 and 9 traveling with our parents and sister's family with kids 5,6,8. We've been on Disney Wonder 3 times and Royal Caribbean 3 times. We live in South Florida, and cruising has been our family vacation (usually, during spring break) Disney Cruises are great for kids - especially ages 3-9. Their kids programs are top notch. Food and service is great. Also, good family entertainment. The only drawback is the cost usually. Similar itineraries from other cruise lines are cheaper, but you don't get the Disney experience. The drawback on this cruise was that due to weather and a tropical storm, we missed the highlight of Disney Cruises - Castaway Cay. This is the private Disney Island beach we think is probably the best excursion. The beach is clean and we usually have a great day here. We went to Cozumel instead. As with our other Disney cruises, everything was very good, so II'l try to point out the highlights. Dining is great with kids. I think Disney expects kids and families, and knows how to deal with them. The kids were usually entertained during dinner, and the waiters knew what the kids liked. Family entertainment in the evenings are geared more towards family and kids, and kids usually enjoy the shows. Kids club was great as well. Our kids also liked Royal's but not NCL's as much. There is no cap here like Royal's. Another plus is they will keep the kids and feed them without extra costs. Some of the game shows were fun too; especially if you were lucky to participate. The props and stage setup were very good. Little things like the room phones are great to stay in touch with family and if the kids club needed to reach you. They are portable so you can bring them with you around the ship. Disney Characters: Only Disney has them and some of the characters had tickets, so the waits were okay. If they could come up with a better system of queues, this would be great because some of the waits are pretty long. The Frozen experience was great, but you need tickets (free) I wish they would use this system more Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The cabin was clean and our steward was polite. The common areas and restrooms were kept clean as well. My problem was with the wait staff. This was my 5th cruise with Disney, I am a DVC Member, and this may be my last. For those that ... Read More
The cabin was clean and our steward was polite. The common areas and restrooms were kept clean as well. My problem was with the wait staff. This was my 5th cruise with Disney, I am a DVC Member, and this may be my last. For those that don't know, Disney Ships have rotational dining. This means you eat at 3 different resturaunts and your tablemates and wait staff go with you. This is nice beause they seem to try to sit you with people roughly your own age, or your children's age if you have any etc. Your waiter and their asst. get to know your preferences and it's usually nice. Sadly when you go to a restraunt for breakfast or lunch the waiters knowing you won't be tipping them aren't as friendly especially if you go in torwards the end of service. I felt very rushed the times I did this. I don't like getting dessert 5 min after my meal is served. This happened both times I had lunch late. Same attitude on the Alaskan Cruise we took in 2013. One of our ports was cancelled during the cruise over state dept warnings. I understand why as it was a safety issue. Our waiter for lunch that day complained through our whole meal about it because the staff had to work much harder during at sea days than port days. He informed us how much he and the rest of the crew hated Panama Canal cruises because most of the days were at sea. The food itself was mediocre. If you don't have the room to rest your meat or time to cook it properly don't serve it. Most of the meats were dry and overcooked. Most of our appetizers seemed very well rested. They seemed to do okay with pasta dishes. If you want good food on the Wonder eat at Palo's. There is a $30.00 fee per person and you must be 18 to eat there, liquor is extra, but the food is wonderful. If you had that meal on land it would easily run $100.00 or more per person. The entertainment is pretty good, think Disney Show on Broadway, and they had 1rst run Disney movies sometimes in 3D. They also had a man who captained boat through the Panama Canal for many years give a talk everyday we were at sea. My husband really enjoyed this. I have to say my favorite thing was the crew talent show. The had an engine room Guns and Roses coverband that was really good. We went snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico and Cabo Mexico we really enjoyed this. We did the exursions through the ship. We also booked a bus tourin Cartagena Columbia. I'm glad I did this because it would be stupid to go all the way to Columbia and not see it. It was basically one big tourist trap broken up by street performers you were very encouraged by your tour guide to tip. I don't know if he or the tour company and There only seemed to be one, got a cut but someone did. He would steer us toward one vendor and away from others saying their stuff was junk even though it was all pretty much the same. The little shopping mall was way aver priced. Coffee was $22 for 3 pounds an $8.00 for the same amt from the street vendor for the same brand. The weather is very humid and when you get back to the ship crew members are waiting with cold wet towels. Disney is very organized getting you on and off. Speaking of humidity bring a sweater. They keep the ship really cold. I really felt it during dinner. I found out why when I turned the air down in my cabin. It gets really humid if they don't keep the A/C blasting. They have an all adult pool which is nice, but the waiters get nasty if you aren't drinking. One kept asking me if I wanted any sippy sippy, getting more and more sullen as the cruise went on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Positives: -Very few children on the Canal Crossing which meant the characters got to know the children by name. -Our room location, experience was great. -Although every room was sold, most rooms were only 2 pax, so the ship ... Read More
Positives: -Very few children on the Canal Crossing which meant the characters got to know the children by name. -Our room location, experience was great. -Although every room was sold, most rooms were only 2 pax, so the ship seemed less crowded -We were the first to experience Freeze the Night Away deck party. -Free BYOB! Not so goods: -A large majority of the cast was getting off the ship in San Diego as a new cast arrived in Miami to train...this lead to short timer syndrome resulting in horrible dining service as well as an inefficient room hostess. -Skipped a port due to "unrest" while many other cruise lines were still stopping there and people we knew were there on vacation and said all was well. -Food allergy NIGHTMARE! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
If you want to take a Disney cruise but think it's a bit pricey...and it will be...unless you take an unpricey repositioning cruise to the Panama Canal from Miami to San Diego. We booked early (14 months prior to cruise) to get best ... Read More
If you want to take a Disney cruise but think it's a bit pricey...and it will be...unless you take an unpricey repositioning cruise to the Panama Canal from Miami to San Diego. We booked early (14 months prior to cruise) to get best rate and room. Got verandah room with balcony and it was awesome. Cost was much cheaper than most cruise lines for balcony room. Cruise, food, service, activities, movies, shows, were all excellent and first class. Disney Wonder was a smaller ship which we prefer, and we were happy campers the entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were extremely impressed with how courteous all the staff were on the Wonder. Even passing them in the hall they ALWAYS made eye contact and smiled with you. Hand sanitizing stations were prominent to minimize the spreading of germs, ... Read More
We were extremely impressed with how courteous all the staff were on the Wonder. Even passing them in the hall they ALWAYS made eye contact and smiled with you. Hand sanitizing stations were prominent to minimize the spreading of germs, which is especially considerate on a trip geared to children. Our kids couldn't wait to try out the kids clubs after seeing the commercials on TV. I was very impressed that when I picked them up, the staff knew exactly where in the room they were located with the swipe of my key card. It was also reassuring to know that there are sensors along the side of the ship to notify the crew if someone falls overboard so they can take action. We were also blown away by the accessibility guests have to the show stars and guest performers. Kyle Night and Misty the magicians, welcomed impromptu photo opps even though they were out enjoying their evening. We really enjoyed meeting Clayton the Cruise Director, and we're impressed when he recognized us later by the pool when he was off duty. He stopped and engaged us in conversation! Anna the Port Side Shopping expert helped us make an impromptu diamond purchase by getting the store manager at DI to offer us a deal we couldn't resist. She also entertained our kids while we shopped and hooked us up with a welcomed cold beverage. We didn't make it to Palo because we were having too much fun with our kids and the family at our table. The food all around was exceptional. I find it hard to believe that people complain when they go to the Goofy's grab ' N go where there are the most mouthwatering prepared sandwiches, and give the server a hard time because she can't make them a peanut butter and jam sand which there. The server kindly smiled and suggested room service but the woman didn't seem happy with that. Commendations to the server for not really telling the lady where to go. Our servers Alicia and Ericson were most entertaining. We were happy to have the later seating with them. Finally to Co-Captain Johnathon, thank you for the time spent explaining how the charting of the ship is done, and the WONDERful opportunity to speak with you. Looking forward to our next Disney experience! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Pros Overall food was excellent.The breakfast and Lunch Buffets are the best, the sit down at night was satisfying. Though I did not like eating at the Parrot restaurant two nights in a row. Our server was very nice,she gave us free ... Read More
Pros Overall food was excellent.The breakfast and Lunch Buffets are the best, the sit down at night was satisfying. Though I did not like eating at the Parrot restaurant two nights in a row. Our server was very nice,she gave us free samples to try and was very helpful and caring with out kids.Portions were small so I recommend ordering multiple items. The shows were first class, kids did not fall a sleep and kept interested, we went 3 of the 4 nights. We did not go to the magic and illusion show because where here to see Disney show not a magic show. So, we stayed at the Pirate deck party and went to bed early. Took the scenic Trolly Tour on Key West, We paid the vendor on the island and was cheaper then going through Disney. Through the vendor kids were free. self serve Drink station and Ice cream Grant at the pool was awesome If your on board the wonder say hi to Kershek the Indian bathroom attendant near the Gift shops Castaway Cay was the best, nice beaches and private owned island seems lot secured. stateroom was clean and well attended to everyday. Cons Embarkation was poorly done. waited twenty minutes for our group to be called. When I asked the lady how long it would be she said ok its 25 now your 31 so 26 27 28 etc. and so on. She talk to me like I was stupid. Finally we got on after that things were ok that day Youth club for kids were terrible. The staff needs better training.We dropped our two kids off at the lab and they were their for 1 and 1/2 hours. We left them their so they could see the magic show. When we came back we waited in line to pick them up before dinner. Come to find out they were not in the lab but moved to the club section without our consent. When we went over there we had to wait in another line. Finally when I went to get my kids one was crying and breathing heavy. He said that he missed us the other said she did not know where she was going, had she known she would not have moved. When we asked the staff why were they moved without consent they said we asked the kids if they wanted to go over there. They said yes, I couldn't believe that Disney moves 4 and 5 years old kids without consent of parents. Sure we talked to them but they were uncaring and quoting policy. Another kid was crying and his parent was upset as well. Finally we talked to someone higher up who apologized but rejected when we requested some compensation. all they did was give a bag full of inexpensive goodies. Twice staff handed us the wrong room key after the character photo sessions. First time was on the island. When I notified them they just said go to customer service. Next was on the ship we could not open our door and then we realized we were given wrong key. To prevent others from opening our room or charging things to our bill Disney should be more careful. Our room was too cold we had to call Engineering to fix Popcorn is dirt cheap why do you have to pay for it Whats the purpose of a magic and Illusion show...boring seemed like a filler We got tickets to see Elsa and Anna, Anna did not show they said she was visiting her grand Papi hello they couldn't get staff to dress up as her. lame excuses don't advertise this if its not going to be. My daughter dressed up for nothing. last day should be just be a buffet not scheduled breakfast . forcing kids to get up early is unacceptable. Id rather have a day at sea then take the kids to Nassau,poor choice for a kids cruise.Not a safe place and they even say it. Should not have to pay for 300 to get all your pictures...it should be like Disney World where you can view and download online. Some character renditions looked sad,but to kids it doesn't matter Movies are scheduled at odd times or when things are going on like dinner or show. you have to pay for root beer Wheres Darth Vader? I guess on the more expensive cruises Final Thoughts save your money and go on the newer Disney ships or stay on land it would be better. If it wasn't for the Food and Shows it would have been terrible. Disney should train their staff better in customer service skills. sometimes I felt they do not not care about our problems. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I really wanted to like this cruise. I had heard from so many people and read so many reviews that suggested that Dsiney cruises were awesome and worth the high price tag. Well, I just returned and I couldn't wait to get off that ... Read More
I really wanted to like this cruise. I had heard from so many people and read so many reviews that suggested that Dsiney cruises were awesome and worth the high price tag. Well, I just returned and I couldn't wait to get off that ship. It was exhausting- too many people, pools so crowded they were standing room only, awful food, and almost nothing for adults to do. Here is my summary of the various aspects of this cruise- Ship- smaller than many of the mega-ships, but clean and modern inside. Shopping for adults is very minimal. Loses of Disney clutter to buy in the kids store. They play Disney music constantly which got in my nerves after a while. Kids Club- this is the place where I thought Disney really excelled. Wonderful children's programs. My 7 yo had a blast and the staff were top notch. Check in/check out could be a bit chaotic at times so be sure to come early if you are trying to make your showtime or dinner. Entertainment- excellent, and clearly kid- oriented. Magicians were wonderful and we all enjoyed Toy Story. Disney Dreams showwas on the last night and by that time I was so sick of everything Disney I thought it was a bit much. But my 7 yo loved it. Food- really, really bad. Buffet was small and chaotic and the food choices were very limited. Reminded me of an elementary school cafeteria (you actually get trays for your food). Really basic items like eggs, donuts, bacon, sausage,cereals. Limited fruit. I sent back cold eggs Benedict in Tritons restaurant and ended up just having cappuccino and pastry at Cove Cafe (which was lovely and became my morning routine). Lunch was equally awful. My husband had a basil, tomato and mozzarella panini and he couldn't even eat it- terrible. We don't even think it was actually made with cheese but rather some gelatinous mystery substance. Salads were pre-made at the outside sandwich area and were very sad- wilted iceburg lettuce and one slice of tomato. Vegetables were hard to come by- peas and carrots and steamed broccoli, and cauliflower were all I could find and they were only available a few times despite asking the servers. Never saw a salad bar!!!! We only ate in the main dining room once, because the food was also terrible and the noise level was so unpleasant- just too many people and lots of kids. Palo restaurant was the only edible food in my opinion. I know food is a matter of personal preference but for this price point I expected a lot better (at least a salad bar!). Castaway Cay was beautiful- could have spent 2 days there. Cozumel was- meh. embark and debark were a breeze and staff were very friendly and professional throughout the cruise. I'm glad I went on this cruise to see what Disney has to offer. My 7yo old loved it- DH and me, not so much. This review just reflects our opinions. Once was enough for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our 20th cruise, the first one on Disney Wonder with the Grandchildren. It was great for the boys but I wonder why anyone without children would ever want to go on a Disney Cruise. There is absolutely nothing for adults to do ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise, the first one on Disney Wonder with the Grandchildren. It was great for the boys but I wonder why anyone without children would ever want to go on a Disney Cruise. There is absolutely nothing for adults to do during the day, other than the pool deck or the ports. On the plus side, the cabins were nice and large with much drawer and closet space. The split bath was good to although traveling in our cabin without children, I would have preferred a stall shower. Room Service was wonderful in the morning. We never waited more than 10 minutes for our order to arrive. The food in the dining rooms was really good as well as out waiter and assistant waiter who traveled with us to all three dining rooms. On the negative side, the dining rooms were really crowded with the tables very close together. They were also very noisy. The food everywhere else on the ship was really bad, especially at the buffet. The buffet was not set up for a lot of people with just two lines on either side of the buffet, slowly moving down the line. The area with tables was also very small and too close together. The pool in the Adults only area was small and only had ladders to get into it, making it very hard to get in and out of. The only real entertainment for adults was the Magician. I thought that act was really good. Wood I go on another Disney Cruise? Probably not. Even the kids ages 8 and 10 were getting a little too old for this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved ... Read More
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved going, my daughter who loves to play spent most of her time at the club while my son loves science and tech spent most of his time at the lab. The last night my daughter had a blast at the pajama party. When my son saw she had a pillow case we asked it he could get one and they gave him one even though we was at the lab during the party. The food in the dinning room was great. Our server and assistant at table 47 we the best. Knowing what we wanted and helping us celebrate. The buffet was ok not as good as I hoped. You have to dress up for the pirate party. even my grumpy father got into the action, and that says a lot! We had a swashbuckling good time. Castaway Cay was beautiful, clean and had the best buffet of the cruise. Pelican plunge was fun for the whole family. We enjoyed walking around the beaches, and could have spend several days there. Cabins were roomy. Nice to have to sinks but shower is very small and my six foot tall husband had a difficult time fitting in. Over all a fantastic trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Having never been on a cruise, but always enjoying the "on land" Disney experiences of the past, we chose to venture out on the high seas with Disney Wonder. We wanted an entertaining trip for our 10 year old son and had heard ... Read More
Having never been on a cruise, but always enjoying the "on land" Disney experiences of the past, we chose to venture out on the high seas with Disney Wonder. We wanted an entertaining trip for our 10 year old son and had heard and read a lot of positive comments from others about Disney cruises. Not the least expensive option by far, our expectations we fairly high that this would be a great mini-vacation. From the beginning it just felt like being herded on a cattle boat. It would be impossible to count the number of times we walked from one end of that ship to the other, top to bottom, state room to the top deck just to get a soda. The staff was friendly, always smiling and saying hello, but they really didn't do much for you. There were multiple times that we asked 2 staff members standing together for directions and they pointed in opposite directions...comical, but not much help. Given that it was a Disney cruise, I would expect it to be pretty much all about the children. The Disney island on the first day was great. I did the 5K fun run, followed by a fun family day at the beach. But when you consider that the other two ports are definitely NOT children friendly, I'm not sure what they were thinking. Nassau is not the kind of place you want to take your children. Key West is where you go with your adult friends to party, again without kids. I have been told many times how wonderful the food is on cruise ships, so I was really looking forward to that. Again, I was underwhelmed. I'm not much of a cook, but I do all of the cooking at home and I’m not that picky. The first dinner began well. The menu was beautiful and promising, the service was good, the meal presentation top notch. Too bad I could only eat a quarter of my meal. I don’t normally leave food on the plate, but that is what I did. Pretty institutional. The second night we didn’t go to the sit down meal, we just ate salads. The third night we gave it another try and I hate half of the meal, but that was all. The fourth night we had snacks again. If you wanted a “real” cup of coffee, not the “instant” stuff that comes out of the machine on deck, that costs extra. Actually, the breakfast was probably the best meal of the day. The buffet always had lots of fresh food to choose from. The “snack” places had the standard burger, chicken dogs and fries, plus fruit, salad and wraps throughout the day. I guess it was just the dinner that was disappointing. We didn’t do any of the shore excursions, we kind of thought that the ship would entertain us enough. All of the “extras” on the Disney Island cost “extra”. Seemed like they were always trying to sell you one more thing. The “Pirate Night” got all the kids excited. Everybody bought all the “pirate” stuff they had for sale in the gift shop. Then, on the night of the party, the crew was out in force selling lighted swords and lighted spinners and gadgets up at the party, which lasted all of one hour. Again, it seemed like just an event to sell more stuff. The on board theater was nice. I was a bit perturbed that they charge you for popcorn…seems like that would be something they would include in the price of admission. We are not big drinkers, but we did go to a couple of the bars in the evening just to hang out a bit. I'm not sure where all of the rest of the adults were, but the bars were always empty. And there are quite a few bars, so a lot of unused space. We took our son to the entertainment room for 5-10 year olds and it was a little too immature for him. So we asked if he could go to the older kids room, called the Edge and be with the 11-14 year old kids. Lots of video games and other staff led activities. He had a great time there and was pretty content to stay all evening. I was wondering what the pools looked like and was not really able to see anything on the website. I found out why. The kiddie pool, the one with a slide is really small. The older kid pool is about 6 feet across and 20 feet wide, so when you get about 10 kids in there, it looks full because it is. The third pool is for adults only and is about the same size. Since they move the ship from port to port at night, they arrived at port very early in the morning, like before 6am. Apparently they use some sort of side thrusters to maneuver into dock, but the ship shudders enough to wake everyone on board. And it takes about 20 minutes to dock, so you’re wide awake by then. I guess I thought there would be more things to do together as a family. But it seemed like the ships goal was to give adults every opportunity to separate themselves from their children. Maybe that’s what some people wanted, but not us. Bottom line: if I want a Disney experience in the future I’ll go to Disney World or Disney Land. Never back on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in Miami was impressive. The reception area was very welcoming and there were even character "meets" for photos. It was the best way to kick off the voyage. There was absolutely no hitches and it was completely painless. Embarking the ship was also very simple and as soon as we entered the main lobby we were welcomed with a loud-speaker welcome to our family with accompanying applause. Brilliant! Once on the ship, between 12pm and 1pm, it did get hairy as there was so much excitement and people everywhere. Be sure to research your carry-on and dressing choices for embarkation as well as dining alternatives (avoid the buffet if possible if you arrive at the time we did). The pools/water areas were understandably packed so we strolled throughout the ship. Once folks started getting the alls-clear for their cabins it was fine. The cruise shows were amazing and always entertaining for all ages. We never had a hard time finding a good seat but we always tried to arrive about 10 min early. There was always something to do and the daily navigator newsletter really helped plan the events. There is literally not enough time to do everything. The activities ranged from dancing and singing to arts and crafts as well as games. So much to do. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Walking around the ship day and night was pleasure and as I mentioned before the ship does not look old and is impeccably well maintained. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Disembarkation was a breeze. What an amazing cruise. So many people we talk to say that Disney Cruises are expensive compared to the others but the old adage of "you get what you pay for" really shines through. If you dissect the numbers you will you see the value in it (non-alcholic beverages are free and readily available at drink stations and you are allowed to bring your own bottles of alcohol for your personal "in-room" consumption - all that you can carry)! Be sure to book your next trip on-board to take advantage of 10% discount and some great on-board credit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Disney's older, classic ship, but she's still a beauty! Everything was pristine. Many cabins have been refreshed. This was a Sunday to Friday Western Caribbean with stop in Cozumel, 2 at sea days, and a stop at Castaway Cay, ... Read More
Disney's older, classic ship, but she's still a beauty! Everything was pristine. Many cabins have been refreshed. This was a Sunday to Friday Western Caribbean with stop in Cozumel, 2 at sea days, and a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's leased, private island. Service was impeccable from the dining to the room. Really appreciated the pristine condition of the ship. Noticed only a little motion on the departure from Cozumel. Picked up a refugee in an inner tube in the middle of the night. That notification was a little unnerving: Mr. MOB, Starboard Side in the middle of the night. No worries, however. The crew was constantly cleaning, polishing, attending to guests. Every crew member greeted us with a smile and a hello. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. The food was magnificent. Palo brunch was amazing and a must do. Pools were small, but we didn't cruise to swim. Lots of things to do. Kids clubs are great, if your child is into that. Soda machines, ice cream machine available all hours. Disney movies abound. Really would love to sail her again! I was pleasantly surprised with Cozumel. We had a private tour and had a tequila tasting and some island history. Very nice. The Port of Miami was ok getting around. We had a rental that we dropped at MIA (that was a less than stellar experience - the signage was horrible) but once on our way in car rental shuttle, it was easy peasy. Castaway Cay is simply beautiful. Did the Castaway Cay 5k. Lots of fun. Lots to do. Went snorkeling. Great fun! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our 7th Disney cruise and we had planned it to be our last for awhile since my boys are getting older(11 & 14). Prior to this cruise, we strayed and took 2 non DCL cruises and had a great time, which was why we thought it was ... Read More
This was our 7th Disney cruise and we had planned it to be our last for awhile since my boys are getting older(11 & 14). Prior to this cruise, we strayed and took 2 non DCL cruises and had a great time, which was why we thought it was time to move on. This cruise we went to Cozumel and Castaway. Sailing out of Miami is not as easy as Port Canaveral, but it was relatively smooth. The Wonder is not shiny new and our cabin was on the 2nd floor which had not been refurbished yet. The porthole window was slightly smaller than the ones towards midship and did not have the window seating like my previous one. I was slightly apprehensive initially, but within a 30min, I was wowed again by the Disney service and vibe of the ship. Due to my son's allergies, we went to Parrot Cay for lunch. The chef came out and took care of him. We relaxed and went over the navigator which reminded me how much there was to do on a Disney ship! Having sailed "the other line" just 3 months before, it really was a reminder how Disney is just that one notch above the other line. Our servers were fabulous. We got really lucky with wonderful tablemates. The food is fine(not the best ever), the dining experience was a treat. No problem with the food allergies. We always got the menu the night before so we could pre-order. Loved Animators on Wonder even better than on Dream. All the special Disney touches, from the back ground music to seeing the character interactions, nothing lacking. Although we had seen all the shows before, we never get tired of them, except I think I've had enough of Toy Story, specifically Sid. For us, the stage shows are just "wow." We also had a magician one night. We loved all the movie options from the Buena Vista theater, funnelvision and even relaxing in the cabin. There were a ton of channels including the ever important sports ones, for my hubby. We skipped most of the adult scene as we usually get to tired and like to relax. The night time food was adequate. We loved the thin crust pizzas and warm pretzels. There isn't the usual huge buffet, but I really didn't need to pig out like that anyways. On the other cruise, we would sometimes eat, since there wasn't that much to do, but on this cruise(Disney in general) there's always something I can do besides eat. My boys especially loved the kids club, Edge this time. In past Disney cruises, they never really spent time in the kid's club. Maybe they got lost in the crowd of kids. This time they went from noon to past 1am. The counselors ran so many games and fun programs. The boys really enjoyed their independence. The ship was clean and well cared for. The staff superb. I'm really loving the smaller ships. We did not use the pool and didn't miss any of the bells and whistles of larger ships. We would love to sail Disney again, but the cost is so high during school holidays that we probably will have to settle for the "other lines." With all the blackout dates, even on board booking won't help. But we have great memories and top notch experience on the Disney Wonder. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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