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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
A lot of our food was served at room temperature. With long gaps between the courses. We've done 3 cruises on the Dream and were very happy. This cruise on the Fantasy the food and dining room service was not as good. Would ... Read More
A lot of our food was served at room temperature. With long gaps between the courses. We've done 3 cruises on the Dream and were very happy. This cruise on the Fantasy the food and dining room service was not as good. Would have like some movies geared to an audience of other than children. Disembarkation was not organized! It was a free for all to leave the ship. Families were allowed off then sent back to clear their accounts. They had to fight upstream because of the massive crowd to leave. And then were told they could go back to the final checkpoint to leave. Passing all the folks who were waiting in line. Not good. We were stopped at one point and told the computers were down. Only to overhear the staff talk about stopping disembarkation due to crowding at customers. We were lied to by Disney staff. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Disney vacation club members as well as experienced DCL travelers. Like the eastern cruise more sea day’s. Was interested in seeing Tortola as well. Cruise itself pretty good, reliable service they handle crowds well. Disappointed ... Read More
Disney vacation club members as well as experienced DCL travelers. Like the eastern cruise more sea day’s. Was interested in seeing Tortola as well. Cruise itself pretty good, reliable service they handle crowds well. Disappointed in evening entertainment. Two non-show evening entertainments were actually poor. Night club entertainment almost non-existent. Decent itinerary; Had very good tour with David’s Fun tours, private tour of island. Designed to what we wanted, traveling with 6 seniors so history and sightseeing was the priority. Had good lunch in town and delivered back to ship. Timely very personable would recommend. Tortola was a slightly different story, booked with Aristocat charter, I didn’t do my homework and it was 3 out of 5. Thought the owners, crew and boat were very nice and good. 3 spots to snorkel were good, could have used better stairs to get back on board. Had ladder and it was ok but not best for seniors. Lunch was average at best with boiled hot dogs and stuff,to go with it. I would have preferred less time on lunch, more sailing and less people. Had up to 30, lots of kids running around in controlled. Lastly watching for two hours s 20% of groups sucking rum down didn’t wind my watch. Probably would not do again. Probably would prefer to stay on ship or get private charter or tour. It was Lao pricey I thought for number of people. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
In an effort to get our families to experience more of the world than just the Caribbean, we decided to book an Alaskan cruise. We are 2 families who cruise together regularly (moms are cousins) and this time we both invited our parents ... Read More
In an effort to get our families to experience more of the world than just the Caribbean, we decided to book an Alaskan cruise. We are 2 families who cruise together regularly (moms are cousins) and this time we both invited our parents to come along and see what we've been raving about for so many Disney cruises now. One family has 5 kids (20, 19, 9, 6, and 3) and the other has 2 kids (11 and 8). Grandparents ranged in age from 66-84. Boarding the ship was simple. While the hotels very close to the port in Vancouver were CRAZY expensive, especially for a crew of our size, we were able to find an all suites hotel a few blocks inland that was VERY reasonable. We flew into Seattle (saved 50% on airfare), and took the train up to Vancouver Friday morning. We ended up having a 3+ hour delay, so the normally 4 hour trip took over 7. We were VERY comfortable on the train, kids were entertained and could move around, so all in all we didn't mind. I would NOT recommend trying to take the train on Monday as you're supposed to be at the port by 3pm. (We went early to get the kids acclimated to the time change.) The inside passage is VERY VERY VERY calm. No rocking at all like most other cruises. The first night we had fog, so the ship horn blasted every 2 minutes. ON THE DOT. Good to not crash into people or boats. Bad for sleeping. (Use white noise!!) We saw ample whales, seals, eagles, etc from the balcony. Many times, we just wanted to go back to the room to watch for whales!! (Side note: Orcas are WAY smaller than you think they're going to look in the wild from a big cruise ship!! FYI! Lots of splashing and they're FAST.) We saw MANY MANY humpbacks during this trip. The final sea day was the BEST whale watching of all. Don't take the Tracey Arm day lightly...it's BREATH TAKING!!!! SO much more than I was anticipating. The biggest let down of the cruise was the service and the food. Nothing huge. No glaring errors, but just small things like we'd bought a wine package and the unfinished bottles weren't waiting for us at our table when we arrived like they had on all our other Disney cruises. (4 to be specific.) The kid's didn't have drinks waiting for them on this cruise. Our party of 15 was supposed to be linked in the system, which we confirmed with DCL directly via the phone several weeks prior to sailing, yet half our party was on a completely DIFFERENT DINING ROTATION when we got on board. My cousin and I had to go fix it as soon as we were on board. Palo wouldn't let us make a reservation for the 10 adults we had, and made a huge deal about our party when we tried to fix our 2 separate reservations so we could all eat together....yet when we dined there the restaurant was only 1/4 full the entire time we were there. The kids enjoyed the muppet interactive scavenger hunt on the Fantasy MUCH more than the Anna and Elsa hunt on this ship. The kid's club crew wasn't as interactive and entertaining with the kids. If they wanted to do one activity in the club and then another activity in the lab later on, the crew didn't inform them the new activity was starting, so they missed it because they were doing something (like a small craft) filling the time. All of the younger kids were MUCH less impressed with the cast members in the kids club on this ship. The food is really rather blah. On every other sailing (Fantasy and Dream), I had multiple meals I could RAVE about....only Palo gets that note here. Tiana's was HIGHLY interactive, but the food was meh. I'm not sure if it was just the size of our party or not, but the photographers only took our pictures at dinner once at our table. When you pay $300 for the photo package, I'd like to see A LOT more of those types of photos at the end of my cruise. All in all, it was ALASKA!! It was amazing! BUT the Disney caliber cruises I've come to know and love just missed a bit on this one. I don't know if that's because it was Alaska, or because the staff on this ship just isn't being held to as high of a standard, but it was noticed. (Incidentally, another family we met on the train ride up had the exact same feelings.) We will absolutely sail again. Our kids LOVED Alaska and the fun adventures we took while we were gone. They are still talking about seeing all sorts of cool stuff from our balcony. These memories will last a life time (for everyone except the 3 year old), and all in all I'm very glad we went. Excursions: We did NOT do the extra boat in Tracy Arm (Acutally we went into Endcott Arm b/c there was too much ice in TA) and it was still amazing. OH OH OH and make time to go see the Naturalist's lectures!! They were fascinating and added so much understanding to what we were seeing. Ketchikan - cold and rainy that day - we did Zip lining....very fun but we were pretty wet in the end. We had plans of warm showers and then going back in to explore the town, but the rain wouldn't let up so we just continued to enjoy the ship. Juneau - we did the helicopter tour to the top of the glacier. (Booked via Viator.....saved several hundred $$) The dog sledding part was cancelled because it had been so warm that the snow melted and they had to close the dog camp. Walking on the glacier was AMAZING. Kids loved the helicopter ride as well. When else could we do that!!? We had to fork over the $. Skagway - grandparents, dad, and sons went Salmon fishing and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. It was the ONLY picture my 9 year old wanted to bring to show his class from his summer vacation. I took the girls on the Duck Boat tour and then we walked around town. Meh. it was ok. It was good to get out and get a little city tour. Before our cruise, we did a whale watching tour out of Vancouver harbor. That was great! (Also booked on viator) Alaska is definitely a bucket list place for most people. We are glad we sailed Disney with our families for all of the entertainment. All of us had things we wanted to do and didn't get to on our 7 day sailing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
3rd Disney cruise and loved it again every time room has been immaculate cleaned every day and towels are folded into animals and bed sheets changed every day. People say pool is too small and the 2 pools for all ages are small however ... Read More
3rd Disney cruise and loved it again every time room has been immaculate cleaned every day and towels are folded into animals and bed sheets changed every day. People say pool is too small and the 2 pools for all ages are small however it isn’t easy to have a large pool onboard a cruise ship there are also adult exclusive pools and a pool for teen club vibe (14-17) Ship is easy to navigate with maps all around and staff are friendly the ship has a fun mini golf course and basketball court. The 3 times I’ve been on the cruise my son has been able to go to all 3 clubs oceaners lab (3-12) edge (11-14) vibe (14-17) the oceaners lab is very large and great for kids as there is always activity’s on this also goes with edge and vibe. Edge is fairly small however is my sons favourite out of the 3 and every time has been extremely sad to leave his new friends. The activities range from sports deck fun to trivia challenges and video game challenges and much more. We have never made him go to the clubs yet he has chose to he would wake up have breakfast with us ( which the breakfast is a large buffet) then go to the youth club until dinner have his dinner then go back till the club closed. The waterslide the aqueduct is also a must do. There is a rotational dining plan where you change restaurants every night and cycle between the 3 and your servers rotate with you. And one restaurant even allows you to draw a character and have it animated the food quality is great with bread service,starter, salad/soup, main course, dessert. not to mention the adult only restaurants you can go to. There is also an option to share your table with another family at first this may see odd however I would fully recommend as the look at of you have children there gender there age etc and match you up with a family like so you child will instantly have a friend. You can also get food like pizza and ice cream and soda during the day for no fee The whole ship is in Christine condition as everynight and whenever the boat docks workers are always jetwashing painting or doing maintenance There is also a range of activities for adults including Karaoke music quizzes game shoes etc and like there is plenty for kids to do there is also plenty adult exclusive areas all over the ship Overall an amazing vacation and would recommend to anyone thinking about booking with or without kids Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Went on the cruise with a bus load of folks from our community. Boarding process was very smooth. Over the 4 days I found 3 hairs in my food. Not enough adult activities. Children were allowed in events advertised as adult only. ... Read More
Went on the cruise with a bus load of folks from our community. Boarding process was very smooth. Over the 4 days I found 3 hairs in my food. Not enough adult activities. Children were allowed in events advertised as adult only. Adult events were either alcohol related or trivia based. No craft type events for adults. The 5K in the past were first off the ship, not organized to be first this time. Activity listed at 8:00, doors did not open to check in until 8:00. Would be nice if they could separate adults and families in the dining rooms. Too many parents allow their children to scream all through dinner. Cabins were roomy, heavy duty curtain allowed room to be separated into two spaces. Beds were extremely comfortable. Would be nice if families were reminded that corridors outside staterooms are hallways outside bedrooms. Running and screaming aren't really appropriate. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ... Read More
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ship. We traveled with parents, grandparents and two small boys who were quite a hit on their own. Disney's food, public and private areas, employees and Christmas decorations are so much more elaborate than any others we've seen and we've seen alot. Embarkation was a breeze with a 3-3:30 pm check-in we walked right on with no lines. The only thing we hadn't counted on was the welcome aboard photographers were already gone and there was no one to greet us or show us to our cabin. Disembarkation was also a breeze. We carry our luggage off and took our luggage down about 30 minutes before the process began because we would rather wait in a short line to get off the ship than a longer line getting through customs. We were in our vehicle heading outa Galveston at 8:15. The Christmas decorations are BEAUTIFUL and Christmas music is played in the halls every day. It is very festive and the entertainment from the tree lighting to Mrs. Claus reading Christmas stories was wonderful. After more than 30 cruises on a variety of lines, I think Disney's food is the most consistently good with a large variety in the dining rooms. Lunch in the buffet is varied daily and you can get burgers, hotdogs, etc a good part of the day. Our cabin was 7112 port and aft which is an excellent location for the buffet, pools and drink station. There is more storage than we needed and love the separate bathroom areas. Ventilation, lighting, air conditioning all worked as expected. Port is the side to be on for the Key West/Bahama cruise from Galveston because you have two sea days and the sun hits your balcony all day. Our assistant room steward, Edgar, was fantastic. He was as good as any we've ever had. For those who have been cruising several years and remember the times when you walked out of your cabin and turned around because you forgot something - to find somehow your cabin steward had already cleaned it that's how good he was and we leave by 8 am. We were on a Canada cruise, different cruise line, in September and there were times our cabin wasn't cleaned until after lunch. Another cruise line has gone to an optional 2 times a day - didn't like that at all. Back to Edgar - the most amazing towel animals ever - a 5 foot long alligator with the remote in his mouth, a frog where you could actually see the bugged out eyes. Really works of art. He was always smiling and did an excellent job. This is a Christmas cruise and it is Disney so there is no casino and there are a lot of children, but it's what makes the cruise. It is great that you can actually find several things to do while dinner is going on and that is rare. There was a piano player, a singing duo, comedians, trivia contests and other things during the usual very lack times on other cruise ships. We never had trouble finding entertainment from 5-8:15 pm our dining time. We normally sit in our cabin or go to a bar waiting on dinner - not on Disney. We didn't do any excursions through the ship. Castaway Cay is a beautiful Island with lots of stuff to do. The adult beach was still in repair from the late summer hurricanes and it actually had a bad odor from the rotting seaweed. But the barbq was good and transportation to and from it was constant. We wouldn't do this itinerary again, but we are thinking about the Mexico cruise next year. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Did we have a good time? Yes. Could the cruise have been better? OH, YES! Would we do it again? Only when we have a grandchild to take along, in three or four years. Was it over priced compared to a normal cruise? Not just YES, but Heck ... Read More
Did we have a good time? Yes. Could the cruise have been better? OH, YES! Would we do it again? Only when we have a grandchild to take along, in three or four years. Was it over priced compared to a normal cruise? Not just YES, but Heck YES? Did we feel we were treated well? Depends on who on the ship we are talking about; some folks were really wonderful, others were horrible. Did Disney’s Treatment meet our expectations? Again, it depends on who you are talking about---the customer service folks before the cruise, the customer service (Purser’s office) on the ship, the cabin attendant, or the folks in the dining rooms or bars---or the folks at Port Canaveral who got us on the ship. Let’s take it bit by bit. Our reservations guy was wonderful. If you need a good reservation agent, go to Vacations-to-go and ask for Finn. He is terrific. Got us exactly the room located where we wanted it. Disney’s pre-cruise “customer service” needs MAJOR overhaul. They don’t know a thing about the ships offerings, when it comes to electrical power for medical devices in the cabins, they know nothing about food offerings for people who are Gluten intolerant, and they really don’t seem to care about customers. That is a hard thing to say, especially about a Disney company, but it is true. 1. They told us there were outlets on both sides of the bed for CPAP medical devices. Wrong! There was one outlet on one side of the bed. [To be fair; that is an improvement over most cruise ships. But, what they told us was WRONG ---and that (as Edith Ann always said), “Is the Truth!”]---so lousy pre-cruise information. 2. We are both Celiacs---i.e. we are gluten intolerant & they also told us we couldn’t eat anywhere except in the main dining rooms. Wrong! Anywhere on the ship we went when we asked we were told, “OF COURSE, we can take care of you.” So, another WRONG! 3. They really need to do some staff training for their call center. Their email replies to need to be reviewed by managers, who actually know about the ship, so they can correct incorrect information. Boarding: Usual herd operation with a difference---there is a Disney character on hand---to greet people and have photos taken with them. The actual ‘processing’ was about the same. Show your passport, get a card, and off you go right onto the ship. Couldn’t have been easier, and with the character there entertaining all, actually a bit fun. Then, you get ON the ship. Greeting you and welcoming you is terrific. Very nice” line up” saying, “Welcome Bill and Gwen.” Of course, our ‘boarding time’ was 13:15 and the last ships tour was at 13:30. So, we missed that, and were lost most of the cruise. There really should be a ships tour at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00 to get late boarders (did I mention they ASSIGN you a boarding time?) a chance to explore the ship. It is a big, beautiful ship. It has lots of ‘adult’ areas---if you either stumble on them (as we did) or find them ahead of time in the ‘Ship Information’ online. Which mentions The District’ (four or five bars and dancing), and the Meridian Bar at the stern, but doesn’t really give enough information about them. We did enjoy the pool and hot tubs in the adult only area of the foredeck. We did enjoy the bar that was open there during the day; we would have enjoyed the second bar that had gluten free tap beer---but it didn’t open until 17:00---and we were looking for a drink at 13:00; not very nice scheduling, we thought. There is a nice bar in the main atrium of the ship. The bar tender there really didn’t know how to make a dry martini. Even when I carefully & fully exactly explained how I wanted it made. Unfortunately, she’ll probably never learn, since the tip is built in---not added on---so she’ll never be punished for doing it wrong. There are great Disney shops toward the bow; expensive, but nice. There are lots of opportunities for folks with kids or grand-kids to enjoy meeting ‘Characters’ and ‘Princesses’ which looked just great. We are looking forward to bringing our little “Princess” when she is five or six. We loved watching them and thought, “we’ll be there in a few years!’ Our dining experience---unlike what 800 customer service warned us about---couldn’t have been better. We first went up to the buffet and asked if we could get anything eat, being Celiacs. “Of Course!” (to our surprise!), they said. A Maitre’d appeared, asked us what we’d like, and had an attendant go back into the kitchen and got us exactly what we wanted. No problem at all! When we got to the main dining room, they gave us a table for two (really appreciated, since we get so tired of explaining what gluten intolerance is), right by the wall, and gave us an incredible meal. AND---it was my wife’s birthday cruise---and the turtle (from Finding Nemo---Crush) came around and wished my wife Happy Birthday! Lead the section in singing Happy Birthday to her. Incredible! One note on main dining: You change dining rooms daily, but you KEEP your Matre’de, your waiter, and your assistant waiter. Our Maitre’d --- Rexson --- was terrific. He made our cruise really special. Our waiter ---Emile---and assistant waiter---Aziz--- were also terrific---so attentive, so nice, so caring. So careful, to see we got nothing but Gluten Free. Including! Ta-Da! Gluten Free donuts at breakfast! Gluten Free waffles at breakfast! Gluten Free blueberry pancakes at breakfast! OMG! Can I just LIVE on this ship? And dinner---we had French Onion soup---Gluten Free bread covered with wonderful dripping cheese. We had Escargot that was so tender and so garlicy that it was just incredible. And, gluten free hot rolls or bread each meal. We were in paradise! Our cabin (9664) was very comfy. Our Cabin Stewart (name we can’t remember) was just wonderful. Two sinks in two bathrooms. Each is a ½ bath actually; but with a difference. One has the shower (& larger sink area) --- immediately claimed by my wife; and one has the water closet (& adequate sink area) --- which I was happy to have. The room ‘may’ be a bit smaller as a result; we couldn’t tell if it was. Didn’t seem like it… The balcony seemed the same size and was nice to get some fresh air or watch the sea go by. It had a nice door that slide sideways, instead on inward, which was also nice. Our problem with CPAP breathing machines sent me down to the pursers desk/customer service. They didn’t have an extension cord (you are forbidden to bring your own extension cord or power strip in “The Rules,” sent before the cruise) but they did offer a power strip. For a $50.00 deposit unless, you returned it at the end of the cruise. I returned mine, before the 08:00 “GET OUT OF THE ROOM” deadline---and they’d charged it to my American Express--- anyway. Still dealing with that issue… Other folks we found incredible on the ship included Claudette in The Pink Bar (Champagne) and Stephan in the Meridian Bar at the stern. She really knows her bubbly and found one my wife loved. Stephan was a master of Scotch (my weakness) and introduced me to a wonderful smoky single malt I’d not before found (& I’ve visited Scotland). Both were terrific. FYI---it is really NOT a three day cruise----it is two & ½ or ¾ days but three nights. Breakfast on debarkation day is at 0615! Is there a world at 0615? Are you kidding me? Off the ship by 10:00, since you don’t board until noon---that is not three days---on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Me, my mom, and the rest of my family went on a Disney cruise, the Disney Dream, to the Bahamas. It was a 3 day & night vacation, and during the drill, I went down and later back up more than 200 feet of stairs. Almost as tall as ... Read More
Me, my mom, and the rest of my family went on a Disney cruise, the Disney Dream, to the Bahamas. It was a 3 day & night vacation, and during the drill, I went down and later back up more than 200 feet of stairs. Almost as tall as the Citrus Tower in Clermont. The thing is that at my destination, me and my family went onto the Atlantis park, and went into the pool. I went on a lazy river with my mom, filled with several short and surprising waterfall drops in caves. The 1st few hours there were fun and I had lunch and drank. It was all fun until the last few hours, where my sister waited to go on the big waterside. It was h e double hockey sticks, I was getting hot and thirsty, and I saw the ship out at the distance, and I wanted to go back in there so badly, but it wasn’t until after another few hours that my sister waited and finally went down the slide. 4 Hours for a Water Slide!?! 4 hours is 240 minutes, and 3 hours is 180 minutes. I was glad I was in the water the whole time, but I was getting heat exhaustion and I was covering myself with water. I was dehydrated, among the most I’ve ever been. Once she was done and I was back in the ship, I was SO relieved to feel cooled off and hydrate myself again. Yet 3 or 4 hours or more out in the sun without water will really do a number on one, and I’ve gotten sunburn as well, even though I was covering myself with water. The worst areas were my shoulders and upper face, and my arms. I was tired and I felt like my sister, after waiting in line over 3 or 4 hours, was dehydrated and heat exhausted as well, though at the 2nd half of the line, she was covered in shade. So she must be lucky, and I was the real victim. I will NEVER forget, and after remembering this, I feel like I never want to go on another cruise vacation or to the Bahamas again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We were given this cruise as a "gift" to celebrate a milestone birthday from a relative that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). The cruise was a great getaway for adults - from our pairing at the dining tables to just ... Read More
We were given this cruise as a "gift" to celebrate a milestone birthday from a relative that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). The cruise was a great getaway for adults - from our pairing at the dining tables to just being able to have "alone time." Want to relax? Find the padded windows on deck 3 outside of Azure to read a book or nap while watching the Canadian/Alaskan nature go by. Some real positives - HOT - hot chocolate available during the northern part of the trip - lentil soup served outside as well. As mentioned previously, food was just OK - the halibut was always overcooked (a shame for such an expensive piece of fish). And except for Palo, the food was never really hot. Service was 5-star from the hostess to the wait staff. Late movies were almost always in 3-D. The Pirates - Dead Men Tell No Tales premiere was in the Walt Disney theater the night it opened in the US. A the Frozen show is probably the best presentation we've seen this side of Disney-based Broadway shows. Cabin (standard/inside) was very comfortable except that the shower was a bit hard to get "all wet" due to the low height. Having a clock next to the bed was a nice touch. Excursions are expensive - and if you don't take one - walking around Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan can get pretty tiring of jewelry and t-shirts (although the tram to Mt. Roberts is right by the docks). Not sure we would have picked Disney if this hadn't been a gift - but if you and/or your kids are Disney fanatics - this is a great cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right ... Read More
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from the beginning with a Happy anniversary card inside our cabin to a special dessert at the first dinner to a special invite to meet and greet with the characters. This was my 2nd trip to Alaska on the Wonder, the first time with my twin sis. We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady. Really enjoyed the updates and refit of the new Disney Wonder after its dry dock. Just a few notes to those of you coming back, as I did, for the 2nd time to Alaska. With the changes that happened to Wonder in dry dock one of them is at the aft buffet Cabanas. The deck 7 aft deck is gone, now above it is the deck for Cabanas on deck 9 (don't know what was on 8)and an extended inside eating area. Also gone is the Tracy arm fjord day Bar-b-q on the aft eating deck. Asked why and they said with the outside eating area smaller not enough room for outdoor cooking. Never fear though, the hot soup in bread bowl still exists that day and is served by walking wait staff on deck 9 and 10. More about changes to Wonder--on open house time embarkation day got to see updates to kids and spa areas and can only say excellent!!! Deck 9 changes great too! The Adult deck as great as always. On our first night dinner we were in Animator's Palette seated with wonderful adult table mates, but at one of the back wall tables. If seated there expect service to take longer. why? Because the wait stations to pickup food and clear tables are in the corners of the back wall requiring the wait staff to backtrack over the one only route on each trip since they could only access the table from one end and not around the table as other locations in the room. Also these tables, we found out, were the farthest from the kitchen. No problem in Tiana's or Triton since we were at oval tables with full round access. We finished, with the same wait staff for all restaurants (Disney rotates you through all the restaurants for evening meals and your wait staff goes with you), a full 20 minutes later in Animator's Palette than in the other two. That's not to say that all of Animator's tables were slower just all those at the aft back wall. Not our wait staff's fault, just the layout of the room. Tiana's was Excellent! Really enjoyed the menu and the supper club atmosphere with live music throughout the entire dinning experience and the 2nd seating of the trip Mardi Gras night was a real hit. Triton's was excellent as always. Sea food aboard and the deck 9 buffet and quick eats were excellent. Not to mention the free ice cream and beverage dispensers on deck 9. And free room service daily. A nightly mickey ice cream bar was how we ended the day, all inclusive. An up point on Animator's Palette. With three seatings here on this trip since we were at Animator's palette the first night, we got the regular show the first night, which was great, on the middle night was also Frozen night and the the restaurant was decked out with Frozen artwork and colors, on the last night we got to become animators and see our own art work in the show that was more than excellent. We had great weather for most of the trip, thank you Disney. Had some fog and mist on first day at sea but cleared up to broken clouds. Had one night of high very high winds, but the captain and his crew did their best and kept us on top of each breaking wave for an easier ride. We got our sea legs quickly and were rocked to sleep that night. Next day we were due for Tracy Arm but too much blue ice in fjord so we went to the alternate Endicott Arm and Dawes Glaicer. It was fantastic. The ship had room in the fjord to turn broadside to the glacier for great views of the face. We had sun that day so calving was witnessed. Saw wildlife on the way out and had the deck 4 to ourselves. Had cold hard wind in Skagway but sunshine through clouds. It's Alaska, so you layer up and keep on going. We enjoyed the experience. In Skagway we did the National Park Walking tours through historic downtown Skagway--3 different tours and free as long as tickets last. Get your tickets first thing in the A.M. at the National Park Office at 2nd and Broadway. In Juenau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and the Glaicer Gardens. If we saw one eagle we saw 50 and one really close fly by. In Ketchikan we toured the totems at the Totem Heritage Center and shopped. Great sunny day, so came back on ship to enjoy the pool area and decks. The stage shows are not to be missed on this ship. You are seated by dinner rotation so the theatre is never overcrowded for seating. The new stage musical Frozen is fantastic as well as the last night show Dreams. Inbetween is excellent entertainment in the main theater as well as the adult only clubs at night. Got to see great first run movies--and early viewing of new Pirates movie.On last night went for quick trip back to stateroom after dinner and saw an envelope in the fish by our door. We got a special invite (after the Dreams show) to a special meet and greet in D lounge with the characters before the Till we Meet Again show in the lobby. This was a special treat and one on one with ALL the characters before the show. Thank you Wonder staff for the invite. Next morning they assign you to a breakfast seating according to your first restaurant seating time. We chose to do the express walk off after breakfast since we had the first breakfast seating and would be out of the room before 8:30am. We were walking off the ship and to Disney airport transportation by 8:10a.m. We had an excellent time and took advantage of the "hold my place" plan to book our next cruise. For $250.00 you can "hold my place" and have up to two years to book your next cruise and still receive the shipboard booking credits and discounts. It's a win-win. This allows you time to check your schedule and travel buddies names for reservation. We really liked that and took advantage of it. Looking forward to the next cruise. Read Less
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