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161 Disney Miami Cruise Reviews

Let me make this review nice and simple: 1. You miss your dinner: YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK! No buffet for you (thing is when you have kids chances are you will miss stuff, especially on this ship with so much to do, I mean, I get it, ... Read More
Let me make this review nice and simple: 1. You miss your dinner: YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK! No buffet for you (thing is when you have kids chances are you will miss stuff, especially on this ship with so much to do, I mean, I get it, consistency is key for kids, but really, I mean, Really!!!) 2. You want to wake up maybe, at least, 10 minutes late on the day of arrival back at port.....?: WHAT!!! What are you crazy!! Out of luck. These people will make sure your are out of your stateroom by 8am latest. There will be constructions going on outside, workers moving beds and what not, plastic wrapinc floors. I felt like I was robbing a bank and trying to get away as soon as possible on this ship. As much as I dislike Carnival, I got to give it to them on this one, they let you chill on the last day. 3. You want to have breakfast on the last day?: OK, but you need a reservation, and you better show up on time (usually at 8am) or you don't get food. This is if you got a ticket from your server the night before at the same restaurant. But I don't image the buffet was much of a difference. Disney wasnts you out! ASAP! 4. You want friendly kids?: Think again, I'm not rich, nor do I even come close, but the rate was good so I went with my super friendly daughter, well guess what, some kid pushed her against the wall in the pool. I asked where his parents were and he said he didn't know. Really? In my opinion, the kids on this cruise were not very nice. 5. My property is safe right?: What!!!! My daughter got her pirate sword stolen in like 5 seconds, the moment it droped on the floor, it was gone. I could not believe it! My water bottle went missing. I was left thinking, "wait, these people have money right, so why is there stealing going on?" I did not get that one bit. 6. My stateroom attendant is going to be great: Yeah he was fine, but when I told him it was ok, that he didn't have to clean that morning, it was like he had won the lottery, he also took a long time to do our room, and I was thinking because I'm hispanic, then he thought I was a poor tipper (stereotype given to Hispanics and African Americans) so he didn't have to try hard, but after I left him the tips, he tried to be nice, I kind of knew. That's just messed up. Then I realized how much nicer he was to the other guests and they probably didn't tip as much as I did. Just sad. 7. My daughter is gonna have a blast!: Well she did, but not in the club (Disney Oceaneer Club), the one where I was supposed to leave her for a couple of hours while I went and worked out, or meditated, or just relaxed. No! My daughter needs a bit of warming up, so I asked the attendant at the club if I could stay with her for 5 minutes and on two separate occasions I was told no. So we just stopped going, and I never got to work out at the "club." I'm a single parent so if no one else wants my baby, I am stuck with her, gladly, but of course I'm paying for all this, so it seems a bit unfair. You know?   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
It was wonderful! A true Disney experience without all the crowds and walking that goes along with Disney World. Plenty for kiddos to do and adults as well! And FREE POP ("soda" to those of you who are not from the Midwest)! ... Read More
It was wonderful! A true Disney experience without all the crowds and walking that goes along with Disney World. Plenty for kiddos to do and adults as well! And FREE POP ("soda" to those of you who are not from the Midwest)! Staff was wonderful and the Oceaneers Club and Oceaneers Lab weren't over crowded like I had worried they would be. Plenty of room for my kids whenever they wanted to go! We didn't do any port excursions, but did notice that some at Castaway Cay had to be cancelled due to the weather. The water was FREEZING, but in the pools on the ship it was fine! Our cabin was big compared to other cruises. The nightly entertainment was top notch! Very impressed! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I have been a DVC member since 1994 and last week was the first Disney cruise with my wife, no kids. Maybe I'm a little bias here but I felt the cruise ship was excellent. It may not be one of those newer and bigger ships, been on ... Read More
I have been a DVC member since 1994 and last week was the first Disney cruise with my wife, no kids. Maybe I'm a little bias here but I felt the cruise ship was excellent. It may not be one of those newer and bigger ships, been on some of those, but it still has it. The room was bigger than most cruise line ships, gotta love the split bathroom. It was clean and nothing I could see was worn or aged. One problem was the bed had a sag in the side. I told the cabin steward as we were going for breakfast and said they would take care of it. When we returned about an hour later it had been replaced along with a call from the front desk. Now that's service. The buffet line was never a line. It flowed even with the little kids having their parents serving them. Dinners have a good selection to choose from. I liked the rotating dining rooms each night. It was a little crowded at the adult pool so get there by 9. There is the deck just above where it was no problem getting a chair and plenty of towels. The comedy show they had were very good try not to miss them. The ones we went to were for adults but were not dirty. The stage shows they had were broadway production and the usual Disney theme. One thing get there no later than ten minutes after the doors open and if you have little ones try to sit in the center first 10 rows, they will love what happens! It was a cloudy and raining day at Castaway Cay but if it wasn't it looked like a nice beach to be on. You can't blame Disney for bad weather!!! Since it was raining the ship added multiple activities on the ship so you and the kids wouldn't get bored. We had a window room this cruise and felt no need for a balcony since wew were never in the room. We were having toom much fun!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We have sailed previously in the Disney Fantasy but this time my family went sailing on the Disney Wonder on january 2015. Save money and wait for the Disney Fantasy experience. The Wonder ship overall is decent, but not wonderful, just ... Read More
We have sailed previously in the Disney Fantasy but this time my family went sailing on the Disney Wonder on january 2015. Save money and wait for the Disney Fantasy experience. The Wonder ship overall is decent, but not wonderful, just ok. Service was good also, only that the joyful spirit experienced at the Fantasy cannot be compared at all with the Wonder. Food menu and variation is for mediocres.... totally unflavored, cold and super limited. Theaters and pools were extremely crowded since they are small size compared to the amount of people sailing. I won't say we did not have good times as a family but I was expecting way much more. Our visit to Castaway Cay was a mess: we could not get off the ship until almost midday, water was super cold, cold winds as if there was a hurricane and all port adventures cancelled except for swimming with stingrays in the freezing water as safety measures. There was nothing exceptional that I could point out other than the room movies, fruits, vanilla ice cream, chicken tenders and pirate night fireworks. We also had a really bad experience at the Quiet Cove with a group of people trying to dump me (25 years old) and my sister (20 years old) from the place literally harassing us alleging that we were lying about our ages and the right to enjoy of the adults jacuzzi. I mean we could have seemed to be younger but that does not mean that people can commit to dump others out just because they feel they are not the right age. Security did came and asked for all of our information to checked our ages in the system but that did not make up for the disrespect and the bad time that we experienced for almost 45 minutes. On the other hand, my husband and I went sailing on the Disney Fantasy on april 2014. There were by far more ups than downs. The Fantasy ship overall is really gorgeous, spacious and super neat... including the cabins and bathrooms all around. The service goes above and beyond and the spirit is wonderful. Not great are the food and the value for the money but plates are sincerely beautiful and the variety in the buffet is very good although most of the times the food do not have flavor at all. We had a wonderful time but the money spent is worth of consideration. This time our visit to Castaway Cay was very good except for the water's temperature which was really coooold. I must say we had a blast in the Watercraft Ski Adventure. Best things are cleanliness, spirit, Aqua-duck, pirate night fireworks, free variety of cold drinks, beautiful ship, comfort, Palo dining, Remi dining, Chankanaab Park at Cozumel and Watercraft Ski at Castaway Cay.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We first took our oldest daughter to Disneyland for her 5th birthday and my husband hadn't been since he was 3 and I hadn't been since I was 15 (33 and 17 years respectively). We expected to hate it, and were seriously dreading ... Read More
We first took our oldest daughter to Disneyland for her 5th birthday and my husband hadn't been since he was 3 and I hadn't been since I was 15 (33 and 17 years respectively). We expected to hate it, and were seriously dreading the 2 Disney days of our 7 day beach trip. Instead, we had an absolutely amazing time, and returned the next year and spent more time at Disneyland. We came to agree with the old ads, "The Happiest Place On Earth." We've been back twice in the 6 years since then and we just did our first Disney Cruise in January, 2015. We did the 5-night Western Caribbean on Disney Wonder. Disney exceeded our expectations again. And our expectations were high this go around! Customer service at every Disney venue I have ever been to has been unparalleled. Absolutely everyone is unfailingly nice and when we leave and go places (like all airports on the way home) with appalling customer service we say, "Toto, we're not in Disney anymore." The Disney Wonder was no different. Amazing staff, a dream vacation for the kids, and every place we went was gorgeous. The ship was clean, the staff was fantastic. I especially love that you have the same wait staff during your entire cruise. My only other wish is for a cruise itinerary that just docks at Castaway Cay for a week and we sleep on the ship and otherwise play at Castaway Cay every day for a week. Absolutely fantastic. C'mon Disney, it'd save you a ton in gas money! Dream vacation, dream-like customer service. Nothing could be better. Only 2 negatives for us: crowded pools and Flounder's Reef Nursery--staff is absolutely AWESOME, so fun and so cute with the little kids. But the facility itself is disappointing. Kind of depressing, really. Needs a remodel with more light or something. But they had unscheduled spontaneous visits from Cinderella, Tinkerbell, and Peter Pan (and our kids were only in there about 4 times total, for an hour or 2 each time, so this stuff is obviously going on constantly). Our 2 toddlers had a blast in there. In fact, they started off whining each time we dropped them off, and when on the last day we didn't take them up there at all, they were begging to go. The staff actually gave us free pictures of all the character visits that occurred when our kids were in there and they sent all their artwork to our room in an envelope the last day. Again--customer service above and beyond what you expect. And the staff was truly exceptional in a stressful environment. We did have some slight snafus: 1) the light in our stateroom bathroom was flickering when we boarded. They fixed it within 15 minutes of our calling it in. Even on the first day (delivering luggage, doing the evacuations drills, etc. They had it fixed before we knew it, even though they had a million other things going on). They even called later to double check it had been fixed. 2) our 2 year old is potty trained, has been since 3 months before the cruise. The first day, the lifeguards and supervisors repeatedly kept asking us at the pool (because swim diapers are not allowed in the pool--he didn't have one on). Once a supervisor came out to resolve the issue, it never came up again and our little guy was allowed in the pool without question thereafter. They have to enforce the rules, but once they know the rule isn't being broken, they remember you and treat you wonderfully. 3) After Castaway Cay, our stateroom bathroom drains seeped water up and onto the bathroom floors. The water never went over the divider between the bathrooms and the carpet, and it was clear and graywater (sink and shower water), not blackwater (toilet water). If it had been more voluminous or blackwater I would have raised a HUGE issue about this! But as it was, they had it resolved, again, within a few minutes, and I think it probably only happened because probably 85% of the bathrooms on the ship were being used because everyone lingered on Castaway Cay until the last moment. So with the majority of the ship's bathwater running, and us being on the aft of one of the lower decks, it makes sense that the water pipes were overwhelmed. Or perhaps the ship was pulling away from the pier, and it was tilted slightly upwards so all the water rushed to the back faster than it usually does, or couldn't drain towards the front if that's where it flows. The staff did not seems surprised by the problem, which makes me think it's fairly common on that part of the ship. Gross? yes, very. Cleaned up virtually instantaneously? Yes. Great response to bad situation. I lowered my review only because of this. I credit the response more than the problem. Problems are unavoidable. It's the response to them that matters. And Disney's response is always above and beyond, in my experience. I have yet to be disappointed. Disney has turned me from a determined skeptic 7 years ago to one of their most avid supporters. I absolutely love Disney. Worth every penny I've given them over the years! I do think the Wonder's pools are overcrowded and small. TIP: go for the second seating at dinner and swim during the first seating. The pools were empty during the first seating. Or, if you have the first seating, get room service and skip the restaurant one or two nights and swim with your kids instead. You'll have the pools to yourselves. And room service is free! Take your dinner up by the pools and enjoy a nice outside dinner. I wish we had done this an evening or two, but we didn't notice until too late how empty the pools were during first seating of dinner. P.S. I think we probably went on the Cruise the week after the previous reviewer, and we had an absolutely glorious experience. I hate to break the news, but Disney can't control the weather. I feel for you, but the water temperature and weather at Castaway Cay are not Disney's fault. The crew all told us that the previous sailing's weather was terrible--that it rained the whole sailing and particularly bad on the Castaway Cay day. What a let-down for those cruisers, but not within Disney's control. I though the water temperature at Castaway Cay was fine. Chilly when you first got in, but you very quickly got used to it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder ... Read More
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder leaving from Miami and stopping in Grand Cayman and Cozumel…. Two Caribbean islands we had not seen. We left stl 45 minutes late...at 5:15. We had first class seats on American Airlines. We had dinner and I watched the movie Tammy and Steve watched planet of the apes. Both were mediocre at best. We got to Miami and caught the shuttle to our hotel the Hilton Miami airport. It was a very nice hotel and we had a nice room overlooking the water...but we had two double beds. We got all settled in about 10 pm. We got up the next morning and Steve had a sore throat. We had free breakfast at the hotel. We walked around and took some pictures. We caught a shuttle to the port which was 15$ apiece. The wonder is a fairly small older ship. We checked in and went straight on board but we had to wait about thirty minutes to go to our room at 1:30 #6076. Our room is lovely....a 1 bedroom suite with veranda. ....very well appointed...lots of shelves, drawesr, and closet space. This is one area Disney exceeds the other cruise lines. Our room is clean...the room steward, Jhe Del Rosario does a great job...The ship is not pristine…because it is older...but it is clean and nice. We went to lunch at parrot cay...a buffet. Prior to boarding I had purchased a 5 day premium wine package, our excursions, and the photo package. We had a glass of wine with lunch...$9 apiece. We wanted to save our bottle for dinner. The ship is small and easy to navigate…..though the elevators are very small. We went to the sail away party at 5 and got another glass of wine. Our dinner time is 5:45....and our servers are Jane from the Philippines and Duran from Jamaica. We had dinner at Tritons....they put us at table 16 with a group of three older couples. Cassie and Jim who live in Wildwood Mo., Doug from Texas is here without his wife...she missed the ship....we are still trying to figure that one out….and Melody and Fred from Florida. Steve had Chateaubriand and I had duck. Following dinner...we got our pictures taken and we went to the show....all aboard. We enjoyed it. On Saturday, we had a day at sea....we had booked a champagne breakfast at Palo at 10 for $25 a piece. It was quite a spread and our waiter Justin from Tasmania was lovely. After brunch...we went to the pool. We moved several times trying to get chairs in the adult only section. We were finally able to do so about 1:00. We stayed by the pool until about 4. We came to the room and took a nap. Steve is getting sicker by the day. We got up at 5 showered and went to dinner at animator’s palette. Steve had red snapper and I had chicken. After dinner...we got pictures taken…even one with Captain Gus and then we went to the show the golden mickeys. It was wonderful! We got to bed about 9:30. On Sunday...we docked in Grand Cayman. We got up and had breakfast at parrot cay. We booked the submarine tour. We saw lots of fish, a ray and a turtle. We had lunch at Margaritaville... It was terrible. We finally got our pictures taken with some characters. I got a ticket for a meet and greet with the frozen princesses. Then we saw Donald, Minnie, Mickey, Peter Pan, and stitch. So it was good! We had dinner at animator’s palette again. We went to the pirate party. On Monday we docked in Cozumel. We went to the ruins…which was a wonderful tour with Sebastian. Steve bought me a shark figurine, necklace, bracelet and earrings made out of black coral. We then went to Playa Mia resort for some beach time. We got our pictures taken with some macaws and an orange iguana. We had dinner at parrot cay. I had chicken. Tuesday was a day at sea. We sat by the pool. We had dinner at palo for $25 a piece. We again had Justin from Tasmania as our waiter. We both had the beef ravioli. I will admit i was a bit disappointed in our dinner. It was good but nothing to rave about. I had the chocolate soufflé...and it was good but not as good as it was when we went to Palo on the Dream in 2012. After dinner...We went to the Disney Dreams show. It was excellent! Wednesday we had breakfast at Tritons and left the ship. We went to the airport. We flew first class and both watched the movie sex tapes…it was hilarious! We had dinner. We got home about 5:30. We had a wonderful time. Disney does a great job. I would certainly go on another Disney cruise. Of the three cruise lines we have sailed on...Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. I would still rank Disney first. Next time....I think we might try Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
A little background. We are "lite" cruisers. We enjoy a cruise every few years. We have greatly enjoyed cruises with royal Caribbean, and to a lesser extend, Norwegian. This was our first cruise with a child. We logically thought ... Read More
A little background. We are "lite" cruisers. We enjoy a cruise every few years. We have greatly enjoyed cruises with royal Caribbean, and to a lesser extend, Norwegian. This was our first cruise with a child. We logically thought disney would be a good option, but in fact it was a disappointment. Wee had high expectations as this cruise was at least double the price per night of any other we had taken. It was by far the most disappointing. Mostly because the lack of a buffet option for dinner. I have never been on a cruise that did not offer a buffet option. Normally it would not be an issue, but with a toddler you don't want to have to endure a two hour, 5 course dinner. I find it extremely bizarre that Disney doesn't understand that it's guests may have young children that won't do well during an extended dining session. If the food was that good, it may have made up for the inconvenience, however the food was overcooked and heavily salted. It was such as shame too, as we could tell they used quality ingredients. Aside from the bizarre dinner experience, the rest of the cruise was ok. The ship looked very nice and the room was nice as well. The shows were targeted toward an older audience (maybe 5+). The one redeeming feature was the character sessions, which were really special. Unfortunately these were few and far between. Each character appear maybe once per day for 15 minutes. Would it really cost that much to have them appear longer? All and all this was the worst cruise we have ever been on. Yes, even worse than Norwegian. If you are adult that has a disney fetish and plenty of money it may be worthwhile. Otherwise, for parent of young children don't even think about it. You are better off going with royal Caribbean or one of the more reputable lines, saving a bunch of money, and doing a separate trip to Disney. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Party of 4 adults, 2 of which are young adults with developmental disabilities. Embarkation in Miami was what we expect from Miami with an arrival around 1 pm, with hardly any lines or waiting. there was a Make-A-Wish family in front of us ... Read More
Party of 4 adults, 2 of which are young adults with developmental disabilities. Embarkation in Miami was what we expect from Miami with an arrival around 1 pm, with hardly any lines or waiting. there was a Make-A-Wish family in front of us waiting in line, but they were waiting in line, which should not happen with a Make-A-Wish family, in my opinion. In the Disney Parks, all Make-A-Wish families get front of the line access. This small thing should have given us a clue as to how our cruise was going to go. Room was ready when we got on the ship. We have a wheelchair, but when we booked 9 months in advance there were no accessible staterooms available and we were put on a waitlist. Nothing came through so we had a regular oceanview cabin. Since the overall square footage is close to the 220sq. ft. of Carnival's I expected we would be able to fit. Well, the configuration of the bed being set up first in the room before the sofa gave us little room to maneuver the wheelchair, even when folded up. The bed was also very close to the floor, and our average size suitcases would not fit under except for the carry-ons. So, we had various suitcases taking up floor space. The overall storage in closet and drawer space was less than on Carnival and I had to keep all of my things in the suitcase as there was no room after the other 3 people's suitcases were empty. The split bath concept is nice, however, we are a tall family and could not sit on the toilet without banging our knees into the wall and could not stand up straight in the shower and actually shower without hitting our head and arms on the ceiling. You also cannot go to the bathroom and take a shower in the same room. You have to go to the bathroom to use the toilet, then go to the other bathroom to take a shower. The room steward was very good throughout our trip. there was a flood in a stateroom a couple of doors down from us and it spilled out into the hallway. Well, 3 days later they were still trying to dry out the carpet in the hall with blowers and it smelled very musty. Dining staff was good and the rotational dining rooms were unique. but, we felt the food was lacking something and over relied on coconut flavoring. We tend to be meat and potatoes kind of people and the attempt at gourmet foods fell flat for us. We also checked the children's menu to see if something appealed to us and there were not many choices. The buffet food for breakfast and lunch were fine, but again seemed to be gourmet based (risotto for lunch) and lacked flavor. I love the made to order omelets on Carnival in the am, and all Disney had were pre-made omelets with limited choices (cheese, western, plain). The buffet area had limited seating and trying to get a wheelchair through it was near impossible. The shows as would be expected were great. Character meet and greets were plentiful, but this is where it went wrong. Due to the extra holiday programming added to the Navigator schedule, there were lots of additional activities. Screaming kids running around, yelling parents, music that was much too loud and not needed in the atrium lead us to lose some of our hearing. I don't think that any of the 1000 kids on the cruise ever used the kids club. There were long lines for everything. We had picked an off-season cruise so there wouldn't be so many children on the cruise, but it seems like people take their children out of school all the time now. We were unable to ever find a lounge chair to sit on in the adult only cove area. Night activities for adults were non-existent unless you wanted to sit in a bar, which closed at midnight. We are Disney fans and have been to Disney World many times and expected to be treated by the staff the same way we are treated at Disney World. We just didn't feel that Disney magic coming from the staff on board other than our room steward and dining staff. Nobody ever said hello or good morning if you met them in the hall, etc. In fact, we went to Disney World for a week after our cruise and felt the magic as soon as we arrived at our resort. Castaway Cay was the bright spot on our trip. What a fabulous private island! They had beach wheelchair which made it easy to navigate for our son and the staff there was awesome. Food was good and the bar service on Serenity Bay was great. Nassau was Nassau, need I say more? Key West was wonderful after we finally got off the ship. What a fiasco immigration is in Key West. Our person in the wheelchair and one pusher had to go to the Cadillac lounge to go through immigration while the other 2 of us had to go through the horrendous line that snaked around the 4th floor. So, an hour and a half later, we met up and got off the ship. For a wheelchair user, this ship is not friendly at all. The expansion joints are too high throughout the ship and we kept getting stuck on them. To get out on deck through any door we found had very high lips that we kept getting stuck on. A wheelchair user without a pusher would have a difficult time to get out on deck. The hallways are very narrow. The elevators are too small for more than 4 people to begin with, but add in a wheelchair and we had to split up all the time to get to another deck. There were a couple of other wheelchair/scooter users on the ship and they all complained about the same things. I think what turned us off the most was the incessant loud noise wherever you went. The atrium, pool deck, shows, dining rooms; it was all too loud. Disney should really check the decibel levels that they are generating on the ship. Announcements were in more than just English, so there were a lot of loud announcements to get through in addition to the music being played, kids yelling, etc. We had to yell at each other most of the time to be heard. Our ears are still buzzing 2 weeks after our cruise ended. Is it worth twice the price of other cruises for the same amount of days? We don't think so. But, if you like the Disney shows and characters, this might be for you. We will probably go on another Disney cruise in the future as my sons want to go again, but we will choose more carefully. Looking for a cruise that has at least one or 2 sea days and one that does not go during any special holiday events on board (Christmas, Halloween, etc.)   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We had an amazing time on the cruise. I sailed with my husband and 7 year old son. He did not want to leave the kids club. So that means my husband and I was able to participant in adult only activities, which Disney has plenty. Things to ... Read More
We had an amazing time on the cruise. I sailed with my husband and 7 year old son. He did not want to leave the kids club. So that means my husband and I was able to participant in adult only activities, which Disney has plenty. Things to do: Download the App for activities times and locations. Try wine tasting and other tasting such as the cognac and tequila tasting. The Mixology class was a big hit! The game shows are fun as well. (although I wish they had different criteria to become a participant; they usually say "act crazy" to be selected). We like that most activities are offered at least twice. Try to allow your stateroom host to visit your room twice a day; morning clean up and to prepare to bed. They also leave helpful information for the next day such as the navigator, towel animals, and chocolate! The fireworks display on the Wonder was amazing, save space for the feast afterwards. I think that the second seating can be a bit lengthy. I booked main seating for out next cruise in Aug. on the Fantasy. With 2nd seating you can expect to get the main course around 9 or later. Unlike the Magic, the Animator's Palate restaurant is not so fancy. I was a little disappointment because they did not have the screen show. That feature is clearly an upgrade. Also, my husband didn't think the food was as good on the Wonder. Beach Blanket Buffet had options if dinner did not. There are some areas which reminded us that the Wonder is an older ship. Parrot Cay was one. And the kid's clubs look older as well. As usual, we have no complaints about the service. Top Notch! And again we met another awesome family at dinner. Right now we are stuck on Disney! If we are cruising, its only with DCL!!!!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our 6th cruise but first on Disney. We got a last minute deal and decided to give it a try. The cabin was nice. Similar to our ocean view room on Carnival with the split baths.We enjoyed our cruise. The ship was not sailing at ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise but first on Disney. We got a last minute deal and decided to give it a try. The cabin was nice. Similar to our ocean view room on Carnival with the split baths.We enjoyed our cruise. The ship was not sailing at capacity to it was easy to swim in the pools, see the shows, find a lounger, etc. Our kids enjoyed the two kids clubs and asked to go often. They enjoyed the pool and my 6 year old son enjoyed the slide. My husband was too tall to ride it. They also enjoyed the hot tubs which unlike our last cruise on another line...these were actually hot.We enjoyed the food on this cruise. We never had a bad meal in the dining room. Our dining staff were all great. Food at buffets were pretty good. Pizza at the pool was not very good but the chicken fingers were. The steak n cheese was very gross. The kids enjoyed the hot dogs and hamburgers.The entertainment was great. The shows we did see were good. Our kids just couldn't stay up that late each night. The pirate night doesn't even get started until after 9:30. The firework show was very good. We also saw Golden Mickeys and we all enjoyed it. We met a lot of characters. Frozen, princesses and disney jr were ticketed events and that was really nice. Some character lines did get busy and had a long wait. We stopped at Cozumel and did our usual of going to Paradise Beach. Castaway Cay was great. We loved it and wish we went there twice. The water and beach were very nice. Lunch was pretty good. The slides were fun. The kids enjoyed a dance party with the characters. It was a great day.Overall we had a great time on our Disney cruise. We have enjoyed every line we have sailed on. I wouldn't pay a ton extra to go on a Disney cruise again but for the right price we would definitely do it again and it would have to go to Castaway Cay! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Background - I am a seasoned traveller with 2 prior Royal Caribbean cruises behind me. We had 7 people (3 adults and 4 kids ranging from 4 to 12). This cruise was organized by grandmother mainly for her grandkids and probably ran 1.5K USD ... Read More
Background - I am a seasoned traveller with 2 prior Royal Caribbean cruises behind me. We had 7 people (3 adults and 4 kids ranging from 4 to 12). This cruise was organized by grandmother mainly for her grandkids and probably ran 1.5K USD per traveler with 2 cabins on deck 7. Cabins were immaculate and very well designed. Our 7yr old loved the bunk bed which came down from the ceiling. The cabin attendant (Lorenzo) was excellent and kept up deftly with the mess of our room. The veranda was nice, but we did not use it much except for the view, to dry wet clothes and to occasionally read in peace and quiet. Food was excellent. Buffet breakfast was on deck 9 and was actually quite good, with enough variety to keep you coming back and a staff ready for those custom requests (can we get pasta with no sauce?). Dinner was rotated among the 3 main dining rooms with excellent variety, food quality and extensive choices. The wait staff was nice, but a little slow at times getting food to us, even though we were part of first seating. A few evenings the kids got antsy waiting for their dinner, whereby this could have been prevented by getting their entrees out with appetizers. When we hung out at dinner a little longer, our waiters would drop by to interact with the kids a little (one showed a few magic tricks). Really wish there was some incentive to order and eat less. I overate almost every day, emphasis on the full 3-4 course dinner and long list of desserts. Even tried ordering some veggie and low-cal dishes along the way. After a while I started to notice that a large % of the guests on the ship were definitely on the obese side. Might be a correlation there somewhere between that and the sit-down screen-based culture of Disney. Entertainment was pretty good with a nice show in the main WD Theater every evening (twice) to allow attendance regardless of dinner time (5:45 or 8:15). Movies were more recent (we had already seen 4 of 6), with 1 premiere I never saw (Into the Woods) that was mostly shown too late for little kids. Magician (Scott Pepper) was really good. Juggler (Michael Dubois) was very good. Impressed the hell out of me on a unicycle escaping from a straightjacket. But the next evening got a few more complex things right on the second try. My greatest complaint of the trip was the absolutely unfair nonsense at Bingo (one of our family traditions). Not only were the cards ridiculously expensive ($40 for 1 set of 6 paper cards for each of +5 games), but the fun was completely ruined by the rent and use of electronic bingo computers. You pay extra $20-40 to get one of these things, giving you more cards played automatically by the device. As a player, you do absolutely no work, have much greater chances (more cards loaded on these), watch on the screen only the card closest to bingo and yell if you win. In addition, Disney cooked up another way to reduce payouts (biggest jackpots only can be won on blackout games if bingo is called within 46 #s called). After learning the "rules" on day 2 or 3 of our cruise we decided never to play again. I am still fuming over this experience... Our Cozumel Dolphin swim experience was quite nice, but man did they push some tourist volume through there. Wife and I also had a fantastic lunch off the beaten track at a local restaurant near the port (La Mision / The Mission). And prices for silver and souvenirs near the port were reasonable. We also had good weather there. Our stop at Castaway Cay was nice, but the weather was more iffy and the water a little chilly. Kids still spent a lot of time in the water though. Our Stingray adventure there was cancelled due to higher wind and low water visibility. Lunch was provided similar to being on the ship. All in all, a nice family vacation. At the same time, I still think thus sort of thing is better for younger kids interested in seeing characters (Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, etc) and caught up in Disney movies. There are facilities similar to daycare for kids 3-12 (but much more fun and with alot more to do). Not entirely sure what the kids >12 do with themselves. Each age group had a club set up for them (up to age 17) but not sure what they did. Then again, we did not attend a lot of activities after 10pm. Most of the pools were on the small side and better for younger kids. Not sure I would try to do it again, at least with Disney. But it was nice to try it once.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This is our 3rd time on the Disney Wonder over a number of years. Sadly, she is showing them. While it is obvious that DCL works hard to keep her shipshape and pretty, some wear and tear is getting through. We have stayed in the same ... Read More
This is our 3rd time on the Disney Wonder over a number of years. Sadly, she is showing them. While it is obvious that DCL works hard to keep her shipshape and pretty, some wear and tear is getting through. We have stayed in the same cabin all three times on the wonder 5134. The first time, she was still shining and the perfect place for our little clan of 3. The experience was a 10 out of 10 for a family that wouldn't have rated any "vacation" more than a 5 in the years prior to that one. The wear and tear is obvious when you see patches on the walls, little things missing, and have a drawer that needs fixed from the previous passenger because it can't close. But in theory, they are putting the Wonder in for her own vacation and beauty treatment next fall after she gets back from Alaska. This was a strange sail. The crew we dealt with were nothing short of superb. I'd say we had the best team we've ever had. Narissa our room steward shines out amongst room stewards like a beacon of light. If I can ever find a way to bring her that baby dolphin pet she craves? I will. We will miss her not because of towels or room maintenance, but because we honestly felt like she was inviting us into her home as guests. The modifications to the kids clubs are great!! With a now-tween girl, I think we almost lost her to Club Edge permanently. She spent more time there than doing anything else on the ship. When asked he most memorable thing? It wasn't riding and kissing dolphins, nor spending Thanksgiving Day with our toes in the perfect sand of Castaway Cay - no, it's "I think I miss most my friends at the Edge club." Still, while the people were perfection, and the club a home run? They have clearly scaled back on things for the adults to do. The daily schedule which used to require highlighters to clarify everything that everyone wanted to do has been pared down to a half page of "not much." Little costs have been cut - where were the fan clocks in the room that could be purchased from the shops because people loved them so much they wanted to steal them? Replaced by a cheap ipod/iphone digital clock. Cake of the Day? Not so exciting when it is *always* cheesecake. DCL is still world class - but this spin on the Wonder? The parental consensus was a 7-out-of-10. The tween ranking it higher because of the club restructure. When they are on? No one is better than DCL. But when they are off? You notice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My 4-year-old son had a fantastic time. He loved meeting all the characters and after he warmed up to the Oceaneer Club and Lab, we had a hard time getting him to leave at the end of the night. With that said, I will still never go on a ... Read More
My 4-year-old son had a fantastic time. He loved meeting all the characters and after he warmed up to the Oceaneer Club and Lab, we had a hard time getting him to leave at the end of the night. With that said, I will still never go on a Disney cruise again (and we LOVE Disney!). We've been on six prior cruises on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Sadly, Disney was a major disappointment when compared to other cruise lines. First, there is the entertainment - or lack there of for parents... They seem to really miss the mark when it comes to providing any type of entertainment beyond the one scheduled nightly show, character appearances and the one pirate night. We live in central Florida and go to Disney frequently and were quite surprised at how much they dropped the ball on this when their theme parks are so good at entertainment. My husband and I were frequently bored at night - which I have never experienced on a cruise before. Aside from pirate night, there were no deck parties, only ONE 30-minute dance party with a "band" (one singer and a guitar player) the entire cruise, and the only nightly music was a guy playing slow songs on the piano or another guy also playing slow songs on a guitar (but neither sang). Even at the night club they were only ever doing audience games - which we did and were slightly entertained but we really just wanted to listen to some actual music that wouldn't put us to sleep. It was really odd and completely opposite of what we were expecting. Since it was the Very Merry Christmas cruise I also thought there'd be some caroling or Christmas music at the very least. Aside from the Christmas decor and very brief tree lighting ceremony there was nothing. We've gone to Magic Kingdom's Very Merry Christmas Party and expected it to be along the same lines with the theme, entertainment and even the cookies and hot chocolate late at night. Clearly we had our expectations too high for their cruise line. Second, there are the dining options... prepare to go hungry especially if you have second dining... We weren't able to get early dining so we were left with no option but the 8:15 p.m. second dining. We normally eat dinner around 7 p.m. so we thought this time would still be fine... which it would if dinner didn't last nearly two hours every night. This means you don't actually get your main course until about 9:15 p.m. We never were able to make it through the two dinners we attempted to go to with our 4 year old. (The other nights he fell asleep during the shows and napped through dinner time) Stuck on second dining and looking for another option so you can actually eat at a normal time? Good luck with that! First of all if you are in second dining your show is at 6:15 - at the start of the first dining time. (This is normal with most cruise lines) Once the show is out if you are hungry you would think that like on other cruise lines you could find a dining option. NOPE! Two of the nights we literally were starving looking for food options before just going to our room and waiting 45 minutes for room service - I guess it's because everyone else was doing the same! The buffet restaurant that is supposed to turn into server dining for a brief time at night was constantly closed for "cleaning." We found out it was only open during the first dining which means you had to miss the show in order to eat. The quick service that offers sandwiches is only open for a brief time at lunch and the hot dog/hamburger and pizza quick service places had awful hours. When they were actually opened they were slammed and had long wait times because there were no other food options available. Also, surprisingly, they didn't have as many food options for kids as other cruise lines offer. At the buffet for lunch the only "kid friendly" option was mac and cheese and mini corn dogs. The didn't offer anything else I've seen offered on other cruises... fruit, raw vegetables, yogurt, apple sauce, etc. Thankfully our little one isn't a picky eater so he did just fine but we did overhear many other parents in line griping about the limited options for the kids. Third, the pool hours are quite bad. The Mickey slide was only open for about 5 hours a day with no clear rhyme or reason for the hours they had. The adult pool closed at 10 p.m. which meant that if you had second dining you couldn't relax in the hot tub in the evening or go swimming any time past 5 p.m. because you had to get ready for the 6 p.m. nightly show. Finally, the staff was a mixed-bag. The Oceaneer's Club and Lab staff were ALL AMAZING! Our room attendant was great and guest services were also very helpful. Shockingly, we saw a lifeguard at the Mickey Pool TEXTING. We took a picture and were about to approach him to kindly remind him that children can drown in as little as 30 seconds but then he just walked away from his post. Thankfully a couple minutes later another lifeguard took over. We do plan to address this still with the cruise line. Also, our waiter in the main dining room was extremely rude to us because we missed some of the main dining nights. We were seated to a table with no place settings because apparently they didn't think we were coming back. (Looking around the dining room this is common for them to do this as there were numerous tables with either partial place settings or none at all). Finally after over 5 minutes of waiting we flagged someone down so we could get place settings for us. When our waiter did make her way over she flippantly said she didn't think we were coming so she saw no need to set out plates or cups for us. We actually thought she was joking but then we realized she wasn't. We left and went directly to guest services to lodge a complaint. I've never experienced such rude service at any restaurant let alone on a cruise when the services is usually superb. So long story short, if you want to have the Disney experience just go to the theme parks since that's what they do best. If you want to have a family cruise choose a different cruise line.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was, in fact, our 3rd time staying in Cabin #5134 on the lovely Disney Wonder. It's a great cabin, in a fabulous location, on a ship that still holds my heart. But if you'd asked me the last time I debarked what I'd ... Read More
This was, in fact, our 3rd time staying in Cabin #5134 on the lovely Disney Wonder. It's a great cabin, in a fabulous location, on a ship that still holds my heart. But if you'd asked me the last time I debarked what I'd rate it on a 1-to-10 scale? You would've heard the 10 before you finished. This time? I'd give it about a 7 1/2. If I were ranking it solely on the people? 10+ Our room steward Narisa was an angel in disguise. Our wait staff was beyond awesome. Pretty much everyone we met was wonderful this time around. But the poor Wonder. She needs the dry dock and updating badly. She's a bit scuffed up and creaky and starting to look like an old sea tramp rather than a grand lady of the waves! DCL is waiting too long since they won't refit her until she comes back from Alaska next summer. Not soon enough that we booked Disney for our family cruise up there in May. DCL has obviously had to cut a few corners the past few years. It's too bad. It is still the best familiy experience if you can afford it. But not so different that you wouldn't be willing to look at the competitors. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was my first Disney cruise but i have cruised numerous other lines. My parents are avid cruisers and it took some persuading to get them to agree to try Disney, but it turned out very well. My two daughters (ages 5 and 6) had a great ... Read More
This was my first Disney cruise but i have cruised numerous other lines. My parents are avid cruisers and it took some persuading to get them to agree to try Disney, but it turned out very well. My two daughters (ages 5 and 6) had a great time but when asked what they liked best, they said meeting all the characters was their highlight. I expected they'd want to be in the kids clubs all the time, but they were more into the Mickey Pool and meeting characters. Pros: dining -- the rotational dining is completely new to us and we all loved the change of venue with the same servers; our servers, Joel and Endang, were professional, delightful, great with the kids (they cut up their food and did clever magic tricks), and gave us something to look forward to each evening. Each restaurant is completely different so it never got old in the least. This was a 5 night cruise (which is short to my well-traveled parents) and there are three restaurants in the rotation, so there was no chance to get bored. Quality of the food was exceptional. Disney has found a way to please both adults and kids at the same time. But i can't imagine doing the later dining with kids -- that would seem crazy late... the early dining didn't feel too early at all. Entertainment was also exceptional, broadway-caliber shows with amazing costumes -- granted, the themes were for kids but the quality made it fun for all. Cons: on the first day we had the chance to get tickets to meet characters, which worked splendidly, but the ticket option didn't exist after the first day, meaning that lines could get long (the characters spend some real time with each child, it's not just a quick picture). if there was a ticket option for later days i couldn't find it. Rooms: the room itself was above average (outside cabin, level 2, no balcony), but my husband freaks out about bunk beds, and every night he moved the upper bunk mattress to the floor; he thought the steward would get that's what we wanted after the first night or two and set up our room for us like that, but that never happened. Considering all the other ways Disney anticipates what people want, this just came as a surprise. Overall, i feel that for those with kids, there is something for everyone here. Palo is an exceptional adult only restaurant, that truly makes you feel like there isn't a child within miles. it's a blissful, delicious escape. we attended the brunch which was a buffet and there were servers at every turn to help you, but i found that a bit intimidating -- i don't need help in that way, but my dad did, so that's why this is neither a pro nor a con. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My wife and I, along with our two daughters ages 4 and 22 months, just got back from our Disney Cruise and we loved it. We had done a Disney World trip last year and I didn't want to go that route again, as I find cruising more ... Read More
My wife and I, along with our two daughters ages 4 and 22 months, just got back from our Disney Cruise and we loved it. We had done a Disney World trip last year and I didn't want to go that route again, as I find cruising more relaxing than a week at Disney. After doing a lot of research, we opted for the 5 night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. We were a little nervous due to the fact that the ship is so old and quite a bit smaller than the Allure of the Seas, the last ship we cruised on. However, we found that even though the ship is nearly 20 years old, she was in great shape. We spent the night before the cruise at the Miami Airport Hilton where they have a package that gives you two vouchers to the buffet plus free transportation to the port the morning of your cruise. Be warned that when staying there, you don't have a say as to what time you get transported to the port. Our Disney Cruise check in time was 11:30, but we couldn't get the shuttle to the port until noon. This wasn't a big deal, since we were basically able to walk right aboard the ship by the time we got there. I don't want to repeat what everyone else has already said, but just a few of the highlights. The shows are great, even our 1 year old loved them. The characters are everywhere, so as long as you are willing to wait in in line, you can see pretty much everyone. Castaway Cay was great, but we opted to spend only a short time on land there, as the ship was empty we decided to take advantage of the pool on board. It was like having your own private pool, as nobody was there. The food was good, typical cruise fare. The buffets were actually better than I expected. The one downside I thought to the food was that the children's menus at the main restaurants lacked some options. We have two picky eaters, and I would have thought cheese pizza, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, and macaroni and cheese would be an option each night for the kids, but they were not. The service was good, as it usually is on board a cruise ship, but our waiter was not the best we've ever had on a cruise. We will definitely be back on a Disney Cruise in the future, although I think I would opt for a longer sailing. With younger kids, routine is important, and on a 5 night cruise, you are just starting to get into the routine and then the cruise ends. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I don't know if I was expecting too much, but I was disappointed. Something's were just not up to Disney standards some just not acceptable. I love Disney parks and always think nothing else compares, but not so with the cruise ... Read More
I don't know if I was expecting too much, but I was disappointed. Something's were just not up to Disney standards some just not acceptable. I love Disney parks and always think nothing else compares, but not so with the cruise line. Things not to Disney standards- Staff was not as friendly as expected Paper navigator didn't match electronic navigator Expected guests to use tongs with hand wipes / couldn't they just serve How about some signs- at Castaway Cay there was a section of beach that was for snorkeling only, no sign to say it so the lifeguard kept yelling every 5 minutes No sign for lineup of characters, Jake was supposed to be out at 1, Sofia at 1:30 then Jake again at 2. Jake stayed out until 1:50 so people in line for Sofia were really in line for Jake and vice versa Character meeting that were not publicized, not organized and trash left by previous groups Things that were not acceptable- Our bathroom and shower room drains backed up, maintenance came to fix the problem but we had 2 call twice to get it cleaned up The last morning we had breakfast in Animators Pallet the table next to us had 4 people eating at that table, when the table was done the waiter did not clear the unused dishes. You made me use a hand wipe to push the buttons on the soda machine but it ok not to clear the dishes or the tablecloth. Our ship stopped in key west on the day of adult themed fantasy fest. All other ships stayed away. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
First cruise for us. It served as our honeymoon. Overall it exceeded every expectation we had. It was well worth the money. Our six year old had a great time and we didn't want to leave. We continued our honeymoon for a couple days ... Read More
First cruise for us. It served as our honeymoon. Overall it exceeded every expectation we had. It was well worth the money. Our six year old had a great time and we didn't want to leave. We continued our honeymoon for a couple days after the cruise at disney world and south florida but if we could do it again we'd take a longer cruise as nothing we did after that compared to how awesome the cruise was. We felt like we were on vacation and waited on hand and foot every minute of the day, even naps and down time were glorious. If you do it right you only get married once and only get one honeymoon. We are 100% happy that we picked Disney and the cabin with verandah for ours. Everything was great, the cabin, the ship, the service, excursions were awesome. We swam with Dolphins in Cozumel, Rode horseback on the beach in Cayman and fed sting rays at Castaway Cay. Don't get hustled for paying full price for dolphin experience btw. Low ball them, pretend to walk out and offer then one third of what they're charging and they'll bite. We paid $120 (still too much) for what others forked out 300-350 for all photos and a dvd of experience. Biggest Pros: Absolutely everything, dinning was great, entertainment was great (we're from Vegas and kind of spoiled and expected cheesy) plenty of adult only areas, options and availability. Biggest Con: I wish the kids club stayed opened a little later. A couple night we were just getting into a great night at the entertainment lounge and us, along with half the lounge had to leave to pick up the kids. If they extended it one hour it would be awesome. While it was well worth every penny, I do wish Disney wasn't so expensive. We would probably do nothing but Disney cruises but we're taking Norwegian to Alaska for our anniversary, partially so we can check something else out but also because for the price of a disney cruise, we can do Norwegian and take the family to michigan for christmas week. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My husband and I went on our first cruise on the Disney Wonder along with our daughter and her family that had traveled with Disney once before. From the boarding process, our suite, to the great time we had on the ship was Top Notch. All ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first cruise on the Disney Wonder along with our daughter and her family that had traveled with Disney once before. From the boarding process, our suite, to the great time we had on the ship was Top Notch. All the staff were very friendly and helpful especially our Concierge Rodrigo! However I must say that the" Golden Mickey's Show" was just plain awful. We didn't even stay for the end of the performance! We did attend other shows on the ship that were great, especially "Toy Story". Our grandson spent some time at the Oceaneer Club as well as the Oceaneer Lab and had a great time! He really enjoyed meeting all the Disney Characters and getting his picture taken with them. Our most favorite place to dine for all our meals was at the Triton. We plan on sailing soon with Disney again! Thanks for a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was my third cruise, the first one on Disney. Traveled with my husband and our four year old daughter. Loved every minute of it. First of all, the cleanliness of the ship is phenomenal. Our steward, Noel, kept our cabin immaculate ... Read More
This was my third cruise, the first one on Disney. Traveled with my husband and our four year old daughter. Loved every minute of it. First of all, the cleanliness of the ship is phenomenal. Our steward, Noel, kept our cabin immaculate the entire trip. This was the best-kept cruise boat I have been on. I wondered how it would be since the Wonder has been in service since 1999 and hasn't yet been redone like its sister ship, the Magic. Disney has maintained this ship beautifully. When I was up early in the morning to exercise, I was amazed by the number of crew members out polishing everything on the ship. Second, the kids program is second to none. We only planned on leaving our daughter at the Kid's Club for one evening while we had dinner at Palo. However, she wanted to go every day after dinner because she enjoyed the programming they did so much. Security to get her in and out was excellent, giving me peace of mind while she was there. My husband and I found ourselves with more free time to relax with a glass of wine after dinner than we anticipated. Third, the food was great and the food service was excellent. The food service staff always had a smile on their face that looked genuine. If they are faking it, they are very good at doing so. We enjoyed the rotational dining at dinner that kept our same servers with us. While all our dinners were good, I will say our dinner at Palo was well worth the extra money. Great view of the sunset while we ate some phenomenal Italian fare. I could go on and on. The saddest part of my Disney Cruise is that it is now over. We will definitely be sailing with Disney again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Our first cruise with DCL was a magical experience. We had a last minute reservation which I was slightly worried about because we couldn't choose a cabin, it was assigned at the terminal. The cabins are the biggest we've ever ... Read More
Our first cruise with DCL was a magical experience. We had a last minute reservation which I was slightly worried about because we couldn't choose a cabin, it was assigned at the terminal. The cabins are the biggest we've ever had for regular cabins. The split bathrooms are genus. The curtains can be pulled so one can sleep and others in cabin can watch TV. The cabin stewards are very kind and friendly and keep the cabins in mint condition. The ship is older but well maintained. The three dining rooms are a neat concept, I loved Triton's, my husband loved Animator's Palate, and we both agreed Parrot Cay needed a major face lift. The food was good but sherbet needs to be added to dessert list with more flavors. I can not report on children's programs since we traveled without them, but all the other people that I spoke to about the programs both kids and parents were extremely pleased with everything. The Disney shows in The Walt Disney Theater are excellent, they should offer more than three on the longer cruises. There are so many programs offered during the cruise days some of my favorites are the arts of entertaining which is a cooking demo by DCL chefs and the different alcohol tastings. They were all very informative and fun. The adult pool area was our only disappointment, the pool is small and not with easy access to enter or exit the water. The ladder is hard on the feet. The sitting area did not have enough lounge chairs about 12 on each side and only about 15 other seats to sit and read a book. There were regular table and chairs but that is uncomfortable to sit and read. Also there is no beverage station in the adult only area you have to go all the way to the other end of the ship for a drink. The overall trip was great and I would book DCL again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We wanted to see the Panama Canal & this Disney repositioning cruise was a perfect fit. Because this was a 15 day cruise, late in the school year there were only about 300 kids on the cruise. I don't believe all the cabins were ... Read More
We wanted to see the Panama Canal & this Disney repositioning cruise was a perfect fit. Because this was a 15 day cruise, late in the school year there were only about 300 kids on the cruise. I don't believe all the cabins were filled either. So, there was little or no waiting for everything (except deck chairs around the Quiet Cove pool). The Disney Wonder is starting to get old, but is still a very nice ship. The embarkation process was a little long but once we got onboard all was well. Our balcony stateroom (#6610) had plenty of room for the two of us and was very close to the elevators and stairways. Very close to the laundry facility, which we made use of too. I like the idea of the rotating dining room schedules. We were lucky to be with a great group of new friends at our table. I thought the dinner food selections were nothing special. The food was good, but I expected it to be better. I really enjoyed the self serve ice cream station. And the 'free' coffee, pop and water station on deck 9 is a super touch. Also, Disney allows you to bring alcohol onboard at embarkation and at each cruise port. So, there's no need to try and hide bottles in your luggage. At embarkation it simply must be in your carry on luggage. No questions asked. Although the food was only average, I thought the service in our dining room was the best ever. Our server staff of Rolly, Andrew (and even the head waiter, Roy) were just super. Also, our stateroom attendant, Shiv, was also the best ever. The only problem we had with our stateroom was some unusual snapping and scratching sounds coming from the ceiling. The maintenance staff was unable to get it fixed. So, we just dealt with it. Besides there were so many other positives. The split bathrooms is a great idea. We stopped in Key West, Cozumel, Cartagena, Puerto Vallarta & Cabo San Lucas with the cruise ending in San Diego. Our excursions were a trolley tour in Key West; shopping in Cozumel; a bus & horse carriage tour in Cartagena; a 5 hour visit to the Paradise Beach Resort; and casual site seeing & shopping in Cabo. PV was our favorite stop. The beach area was absolutely beautiful. However, the full transit of the Panama Canal is something I'll never forget. The lake cruise between the locks is very relaxing and quite beautiful. The Wonder has a very nice fitness center which I made use of during our sailing days. The pool in the Quiet Cove was very nice and quiet (no kids allowed). However, trying to get one of the comfy deck chairs near the pool is almost impossible. Folks 'reserve' them early in the day by leaving towels and personal items on them and they are left unused for hours at a time. Cruisers continue this discourteous practice despite the signs telling them not to do so. I guess there are rude people everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We stayed In a 1 bedroom concierge suite. Since we were "concierge", we were able to be the first ones on the boat and the first ones in line on day 4 for the immigration stop which was nice. Our room was on the 8th floor which ... Read More
We stayed In a 1 bedroom concierge suite. Since we were "concierge", we were able to be the first ones on the boat and the first ones in line on day 4 for the immigration stop which was nice. Our room was on the 8th floor which is great because the pool is literally 1 floor up (room 8078 I think) In addition, the drink machine, ice cream, coffee & buffet lines were there too! The suite was average quality. A little old and dated but adequate. The shower didn't drain very well but who cares, there were 2 in the suite. We traveled with a 4-yr old & I've got to say she did very well considering how late Disney likes to do things. We originally had the second seating for dinner but really.....how many little kids can stay up that late after swimming in pools or playing on the beach all day. Our first night we didn't get to go to dinner for that reason. However, since we were "concierge", we were able it have dinner ordered to the room. The next day I moved our dinner to the first seating. Way better!! Cast away Key was the best part of the whole trip by far! Get the cabana it's worth the extra cash. We got cabana 1 which was literally next to the bathrooms & lunch buffet. Perfect spot!!! We had a fresh water shower to cool off, fridge with water, sodas & beer (at our request). Your concierge team comes off the boat with you & is available by phone if you need them. It's sort of like the butler service you get at Sandalls but a little less the server mentality. The beach was waist deep and perfect for small children. I wish we could have just stayed there the whole time. We didn't see very many characters which I figured we would have but that's not a big deal. They are everywhere on the ship (during scheduled times). Dinner that night at Animators pallet was fine. Nothing special. The servers who travel from room to room with you are great but not exceptional. The next day we went to the dolphin experience at the blue lagoon instead of going to Atlantis due to the large crowds. At first we were like wth were we thinking booking an excursion at 745 in the morning? After getting up & out it was cool. It was a 30 minute 2-story catamaran ride over (passing Atlantis). My daughter loved it! That day was a bit cloudy so we decided to take the first boat back to the ship so we avoided the rain. We pretty much stayed out by the Mickey Mouse pool on the ship the rest of the day. This was nice because most other passengers were off to Atlantis and we had less rowdy kids to deal with in the pool. The water slide was pretty fun but no adults are allowed to ride only kids. I would have to walk her up the stairs, turn around and go down while my wife waited for her at the bottom. No floaties or water shoes are allowed on the slide. The floors around the pool are extremely hot! Kids were crying all over and running like crazy to get back in the water. That night was pirate night. Ok...this is pretty cool. Parents, kids & staff are dressed up like pirates for dinner. We had so much fun. Don't be afraid to pack a pirate costume for the kids or yourself. The actual pirate party on the deck didn't start until 9:45pm. Kids were having melt downs all around us. Lol! But so worth it. Don't bother getting there early to get close to the show, they make you move off so the kids can play some dumb game then you lose your spot anyway. Our last day was the Florida Keys. We didn't bother getting off of the boat & just stayed on . This is the delay we say the most characters because there were no lines. That night is the Disney Dream musical which was won a ton of awards. It was super cool! We loved it. Sit up close to the left or right side and during the Arial part bubbles will float down from the ceiling. During the Beauty & The Beast set snow will fall. Overall a great trip but be prepared to shell out the cash & deal with 4 yr old melt downs galore! We would definitely do it again but would bring more people with us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
After doing many cruises from Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival, we had a variety of experiences and were looking forward to the Disney experience. We needed a shorter cruise and my 6 year old was the perfect age to enjoy the ... Read More
After doing many cruises from Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival, we had a variety of experiences and were looking forward to the Disney experience. We needed a shorter cruise and my 6 year old was the perfect age to enjoy the Disney experience. Since it was shorter, I could afford Disney - a 5 day Disney cruise is the same cost as a 7 day Royal Caribbean. I'm not sure why though, from my experience I can't see what warrants that extra cost. My daughters favorite part was being a part of the fish extender group from DisBoards. But that had nothing to do with the ship :) The port was fine in Miami, though freezing cold inside. I had multiple flights for this trip because we weren't do a straight round trip flight. Because of this I forgot to do the online sign in and we got there at 11am before anyone was boarding and I took care of everything there, only to find out we got number 36 out of 37 for a boarding number! So be aware, even if you arrive VERY early, you are PUNISHED for not doing online check in. Luckily one of the guys guarding the stairs had pity on my poor freezing child and we got on around group 10 an hour or so later. Now onto the boat! As a single mom, cruises are our one big vacation of the year. They are affordable and offer relaxation for me, and fun for my daughter. This was my daughters 3rd cruise, and since the first, it has always been what she asks for when we talk about vacation. She was excited about the Disney cruise, and while she had fun, even she was let down in a few areas. First I'll start with the cabin. It was nice! Great set up, lovely decor and well maintained by our cabin steward. He turned her couch into a very comfy bed each night and had it turned back into a couch in the morning. The separate shower/sink and toilet/sink was nice, but not necessary. I could see it being a big help if you have 4 people in the room instead of 2. We spent more time in this cabin than on normal ships because of the lack of evening activities... so I was glad it was comfortable. Tip for those who usually take magnets to put their cruise papers on the walls etc.... the walls in these rooms are not magnetized so your papers will be everywhere :) Kids club: was split into two large rooms, club and lab. While I typically dropped her off for things like Flubber (which she actually didn't enjoy much) and the Lava demonstration (which she really, really liked), it was typically club where she chose to play. She said she didn't really like the games that they played though, sometimes kids were bossy and pushed other kids away so they didn't get a turn - I think its an age issue. Disney has a HUGE range of kids in this club, from 3-12 year olds! This means their activities have to try to incorporate all of those ages. On a Royal Caribbean ship, the kids are divided into ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and then the teen groups. This allows for much more age specific activities and smaller groups. On a Royal ship, my daughter begs to stay and play with her friends. On the Disney, she enjoyed it and wanted to go there, but I noticed a big shift in actual excitement. On one port day, I left her on the ship while I took a long excursion to ruins, which I knew she wouldn't enjoy. She is normally very excited to stay on the ship! One of her favorite times on a Royal ship is lunch, where they take small groups to the buffet and they get to choose their own lunch. That *freedom* to pick exactly what she wants without mom saying "why dont you eat some...." is a huge exciting thing for her. On the Disney ship they just brought them turkey and cheese sandwiches and fruit to club. My daughter is not a fan of turkey and cheese unless its loaded with lettuce and tomato and stuff. So when I picked her up from club at 5 that afternoon, she was SOOO hungry!! When asked what she had for lunch? "Watermelon and apple juice" was her reply. It was very disappointing both her and I. Obviously I could never leave her on a Disney ship again if we were to port somewhere. With 900 kids on the ship, you would think they would bring an assortment from Goofys kitchen of chicken fingers, hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids to choose from as well - we ate up there both sea days, and that food was great. What is a bit concerning is that they didn't seem to care that they didn't eat. Pools: they were packed like sardines! Literally (I have pics). There were over 900 kids on the boat, yes I said 900! There were 2 small pools for the kids to play in, the mickey pool and the goofy pool. They were beyond crowded. There was a life guard, which I was very happy about, since I could see a kid accidentally pushing another kid down in the water to get around them. It allowed me to sit back and relax and read a book over at a nearby table which is nice. The goofy pool should be double the size. The deck is taken up by a ton of deck chairs, which would be fine if there wasn't so many kids wanting to be in the pool. There is plenty of space on the deck above, surrounding the pool, to have the chairs for those who want to lay out - there WERE chairs up there, but they weren't even used. Which means the chairs taking the deck space is a waste of space and the pool should be bigger - kids LIVE to be in the pools, this pool is smaller than your standard hotel pool. The slide was fun though, she really enjoyed that once she figured out how to get in there. The adult pool was nice, not crowded at all (like a typical cruise), so you could actually swim. However it was incredibly cloudy! You could NOT see to the bottom at all. I've never seen a pool so dirty. The 2 small hot tubs were nice. I would have loved a bit more time in there! Shows: Excellent! They were so well done. The actors were great, the story lines were cute and we were well entertained. This was the best part about this cruise, hands down. I would choose a Disney cruise over another line for the shows if the other issues weren't so huge and the price so much higher. Time zone issue: Disney does NOT take into account that people come from different time zones other than EST. I never realized what an impact this has! I always try to keep my kid close to HER time zone since it helps with jetlag when we get back. One thing I love about cruises is the late dining, late show option. Being from the west coast, the late dining at 8:15pm means we are eating dinner around 5:15pm PST(perfect). A normal cruise follows dinner with a show, which works well. If I wanted to put my daughter to bed at HER time zone at 9pm (12am ship time), that works well. Instead, Disney puts the show BEFORE dinner. There are a few ig problems with that. 1) We love that on other ships, the pools are typically more empty around 5 when people who have early dining are getting ready for dinner. It gives us 2 hours to enjoy the pools before we have to go shower and get ready for our evening. On the Disney ship, we have to go to the show at 6:15, the same time as everyone else's dinner, we lose that 2 hours of nice quiet pool time. 2) The halls and elevators are crowded with everyone getting to dinner or the show at the same time. The is easily avoided, yet this is their schedule. 3) The show is 1 hour. Which means our show that starts at 6:15 ends around 7/7:15pm Which means we now have to waste one full hour until our dinner time! This is SUCH a waste of time! EVERY night we would go back to our room to twiddle our thumbs and have to wait out the hour before dinner. I'm sorry, but that is just a very stupid schedule. A few times my daughter asked to go play at club so she didn't have to sit in our room doing nothing. Its not like we can go swimming that hour since we are ready for dinner. If the show started at 7:15 or even 7, that would give us a bit more time at the pool before it and not have such an terrible waste of time. But the show SHOULD be after dinner. If I'm trying to keep my daughter as much on HER time zone as possible, we finish dinner by 7:30 HER time! The show should follow dinner for anyone who is trying to keep their kid closer to their own time zone. **SO in summary, having the show before dinner makes us lose valuable pool time, loses an hour wasting time between the show and dinner, and leaves us with hours after dinner with not much to do! Leading to a disappointing evening EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. Food: I typically enjoy dinner very much on cruise ships. I like the variety of fruit soups, creative appetizers and exciting entrees. And sometimes the best part of the day is the conversation with a large table of people from all over laughing and telling stories. On most ships I enjoy a table of 10-12 people. On the Disney Wonder I was sat at a table with 3 other single moms and their one child. After I got over the awkward "exiled from the family tables" feeling, it was ok. One poor mom was from the East coast, so she would have MUCH preferred the early seating since her daughter was used to going to sleep at 8pm - which she did, about 20 minutes after sitting down, on top of her mom. So her poor mom could barely get her dinner in. I suggested she go to the Maitre'd that night or during the next day to get swapped to the other supper time, she said it was not an option when she signed up for the cruise, but I assured her they would likely find room (though maybe not at a secluded single mom table). I didn't really have good conversation with the few ladies at my table so I switched. I had met a lovely lady the first day before we even sailed away, and our kids got along very well. So I found her table the next night (also single moms with 1 kid) - the table sat 8 but there were only 4 of them so I joined them. I only ordered room service once, and I was happy to say they were very prompt! Much faster than any other cruise I've taken. We all loved the food at Animators Palate. The decorations were great. The menu had a lovely variety that included pasta (which was oddly rare in any of the restaurants). After 3 nights of bad-ok food, we were excited. All of us ordered 2 main dishes and were were finally not disappointed. We even had 2 desserts that looked great so we tried both. It was by far our favorite meal and we SO wished we could have dined there every night. Tritons was ok. If you are a seafood lover, than the food on this cruise was probably awesome for you! Beware if you are not a seafood lover. You are limited to 1-2 choices. Dont feel like lamb? You will have to choose the skirt steak. The next night, don't feel like beef twice in a row? You will have to have the chicken and pray it isn't dry. There wasn't pasta except for the night in animators palate (or if there was, it was seafood so I skipped right over). Parrot Cay was the WORST. I literally was shocked at the food. The offerings for appetizers did not look good, so I didn't have any (those at my table that did, were not impressed). The main course was so so... I left half of it on the plate. Got a baked potato with said dry chicken one night, and there wasn't even sour cream offered with it. And the offerings for dessert were even so pathetic we didn't order and just left to get soft serve on the pool deck. The first night there was so bad I was dreading the fact we HAD to go again due to their arrangements of how they sit people for dinner. I was very jealous of whoever got to go to Animators Palate twice. Why didn't we skip it and just go to the buffet? If you have been on a Royal Caribbean or Carnival cruise you will understand that the buffet is huge. There is a large salad bar, an area with pastas, pizza, sometimes fresh hamburgers, sandwich fixings, asian food area, tacos, etc etc. When we arrived on the ship we made our way to the buffet for lunch, which is what we normally do when we get onto a ship. We got our try and plate and put small bits on it as we worked our way down the buffet line. My plate was about half full with salad and samplings of things when I turned the corner to go to the next buffet island only to find there wasn't any. That was it. It was about the size of a cafeteria. The salad bar area was lettuce and just a few things to add to it - Carnival's salad buffet area is the BEST on any ship I've been on. No less than 20 things you can add to your salad! There was a pork chop thing that I wouldn't have chosen had the guy beside me said he had already had it and said it was good. We took our trays and sat down and I found that there was am area with a pasta and rice bowl. So I grabbed some pasta since I knew my kiddo wouldn't eat much that was offered on our way through the buffet line. Breakfast was much better. We enjoyed the french toast a lot, very good! I was hoping to enjoy eggs Benedict the last breakfast day before we got off the ship, but sadly it was basic breakfast in the restaurant and not available (had I known I wouldn't have waited until the last day - so I heard the eggs Benedict in Tritons was good, but I didn't get to try them myself.) The overall feel of the restaurants is very much like a standard 3-4 star family restaurant back home. You won't get the crisp white linens, fine dressed wait staff or the feeling of being in a 5 star restaurant you will get in the main dining room of a Holland America (best food), Royal Caribbean (runner up), or even a Carnival dining room (though their food is so-so too). If you want to feel like you are out at a special dinner, this isn't going to be it. If you want to just feed your kids and get it over with, this is more your style. Your drinks won't be on the table when you get there (bummer) and most of the time my tea or soda didn't arrive until after my appetizer! Sad service considering the tables weren't full. Not at all the service I've received elsewhere. I did miss the option for the kids to go to kids club - if it was available, no one used it so I'm not sure how to. On a Royal ship they are very, very quick to get the kids their food. My daughter loves on other ships that her milk and fruit cup are waiting for her - she doesn't like pineapple, and on our last Royal cruise the wait staff was SO excellent they made sure her fruit cup was pineapple free and always there when she sat down. She got to order and her main course was served with our appetizer She finished her food and I would walk her to the entry of the restaurant where the kids club staff was ready to take her for a night of fun and planned activities. I would go sit and enjoy the rest of my meal with the other adults and have great conversation about the day and adventures everyone had that day knowing that my kiddo was well fed and off having a fantastic time in kids club. On the Disney cruise one boy at our table finished his food and was old enough to make his way to kids club so he would after a few bits of his entree. The other two weren't old enough so we made sure to bring stuff for them to do. There was no rush to get out, since there was no show after dinner. Palo - I didn't do it simply because from all of the reviews I read it was a huge seafood buffet and I could not justify the price for seafood when I'm not going to eat it. Adults: Which brings me to last of my review. Lack of adult fun! There were very few things for adults to do afterhours. I've already discussed the fact that Disney doesn't take into account anyone that is on a different time zone. After we talked our way through dinner as long as possible, it was around 10EST (which is just 7pm my time) and we were roaming the halls looking for what to do. The kids typically wanted to go play in kids club, which was fine. But there weren't adult comedy shows, the main evening show or even adult trivia games going on in the bars. I went to their version of "love and marriage" one night, which is always a favorite, and it was enjoyable - but that was the first night. There wasn't anything like that any other night. The few "singles" activities were typically lunch in the middle of the day. Hey here is an idea, have a singles trivia game in a bar at 11! There were some family game shows but nothing else for adults other than live music in a few places - not my cup of tea, but no other options. So most nights I was back in my room at 11pm wide awake (it was 8pm my time). I would have loved to go to a movie in the theater, Captian America was showing and I would have gone to that, but it started at 10 and the kids club closes at 12..... Captain America is over 2 hours - which means I would not have gotten to kids club in time to pick her up when it closes. Makes that 12-2am $7/hour extra baby sitting on a Royal ship feel very missed since I would have gladly paid the $7 to be able to go to a movie at least one night. But alas, I picked her up from club and we went back to the room and I read while she watched tv until 12 or 1am when we actually fell asleep. We have been known to get our suits on and go relax in the quiet empty hot tub together on a Royal ship. But that was also not an option... pools close at 10. So while we weren't entirely miserable on this cruise. I don't think it was worth the money. Someone who hasn't been on another cruise may not know how great it can be so they may have an awesome time. Or they may not care so much about the food, the pools or activities. Perhaps their vacation is just hoping their kids are happy.... but my kid was just as happy (if not more) sailing Royal Caribbean - which might have to do with the bigger, emptier clean pools, the food, the age separated clubs and the later night fun. I had a few friends who said they really enjoyed the Disney Fantasy... but to be honest I typically have about a $1600 budget for our week long cruise, and that doesn't even pay for 1 person on that ship! So I doubt I'll even be able to review that ship. I think if Disney put their late dinner show after dinner it would ease the pain of no late night adult fun and allow some less crowded pool time - it would be the fastest, easiest way to make a huge improvement. I'm hoping to do Princess and Norweigan cruises sometime to compare those. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Lots of great stuff on the Wonder – the ship décor, the crew, the Disney characters. But I am going to focus on the gluten-free food aspect. My daughter (8 years old) has celiac disease so it was important for her to get the correct ... Read More
Lots of great stuff on the Wonder – the ship décor, the crew, the Disney characters. But I am going to focus on the gluten-free food aspect. My daughter (8 years old) has celiac disease so it was important for her to get the correct food. She is also vegetarian. We notified Special Needs @ Disney before travelling, and confirmed with the Dining Manager on boarding. You can do this at the same venue where they take requests for dining-time changes, and Palo reservations. In our case it was at the Studio Sea. On boarding, the chefs at the buffet in the Parrot Cay dining room were extremely helpful and reassuring. They assembled my daughter’s salad & veggies in the kitchen, to prevent cross contamination from the buffet. From then on, she ordered all meals in advance and we had to eat in the main dining rooms at all mealtimes. We were given the next days dinner menu each night to choose from. However, we weren’t given menus for breakfast and lunch, so we just had to think of things to order. Note that there are no gluten-free breakfast cereals on board, so you will have to bring those with you if you prefer them. This is what we experienced: Excellent: The deserts (Every single night the “pastry chef” would make my daughter a special gluten-free desert. Each one was delicious – chocolate mousse, walnut cake, mango slice, ice-cream sundae. We even got freshly-baked gluten-free ginger cookies one night). The soft-serve ice-cream on deck and at Castaway Cay, which is gluten-free and yummy. The gluten-free pancakes and donuts at breakfast. The Mickey bars. Fresh fruit and options at all meals. The house salads, served with celiac-safe plain olive oil and vinegar. Somewhat disappointing: There was only one type of gluten-free roll. No other breads or crackers. Some of the dishes we pre-ordered couldn’t be made, although they seemed like simple requests – for example: gluten-free macaroni cheese, or gluten-free pasta in a soup/broth. Which resulted in my daughter getting pasta with tomato sauce for three nights running. The tomato pasta was very tasty and she enjoyed it, but I would have been happier with a little more variety. (Non- vegetarian celiacs would have a much wider choice, of course.) Gluten-free pizza was not easy to order from the on-deck pizzeria, so we ordered one for our sit-down lunch one day. It was OK. Room service: There are some gluten-free vegetarian items to order from room service: the cheese platter (without crackers), the fruit bowl, Mickey bars, or (at an additional cost) popcorn. Note that the cheeses include smoked/blue/brie cheeses which kids might not enjoy. In summary, the food was fantastic. The small drawbacks I have mentioned did not detract from an overall wonderful experience for a gluten-free vegetarian child. And she never once got sick – thank you Disney!   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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