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18 Disney Spring Break Cruise Reviews

We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and ... Read More
We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and was surprised at all the negative ones. I really think some of the negative reviews are coming from people who are used to other cruise lines and don't do Disney parks. For those not used to having to get to things early and wait in order to get good seats or see characters (much like rope drop at the parks), this cruise is going to seem super stressful. For those of us who are park pros, it's just another Disney day! I saw a lot of bad reviews of the food, but we found the food to be quite good every night! They are serving 3000 people, so I didn't expect five-star dining.... but truly, it was delicious! My 15-year-old son had one meal he claimed was the best thing he had ever eaten. Cabanas was a pretty typical buffet, but we all enjoyed it. The kids of course all loved the soft-serve ice cream on demand. We had adjoining staterooms and it was great. Having the verandah was completely worth the little bit extra we paid for it! We hung up as much as we could to save drawer space. I would suggest bringing a hanging bag for your toiletries. That helped a ton in the small bathroom. The shower//tub is VERY small and I spent much of the cruise pondering how 6-foot-tall men deal with it. Every employee we encountered seemed happy and were very polite and helpful. Our servers, Radu and Juan were wonderful, as was our stateroom host, Goodluck. We tipped them all extra. We did not tip the head waiter extra above the standard tip just because we only saw him a couple of times. The shows were amazing. Believe and Beauty and the Beast wowed our three boys! We missed the Golden Mickeys the first night because we were all exhausted. Spent the rest of the cruise regretting that decision because everyone raved about it. The pool was as expected. Small and crowded. We had been warned and we know pools are cruise ships are notoriously small. The kids rode the Aquaduck a couple times right when we boarded and several times on Nassau day since we did not leave the ship that day. They enjoyed it! Castaway Cay was amazing and lived up to every expectation and everything we had heard about it. LOVED the constant hand wipe distribution at the restaurants and buffets. The ship was immaculately clean. We discovered trivia on Day 3 and had such a blast. We wished we had hit those earlier! Here are our criticisms: 1) We bought the popcorn buckets after the second night because our kids always wanted popcorn. But seriously. The popcorn should NOT be extra for as much as you're paying for this cruise. 2) The food at Castaway Cay was by far the worst food we had the entire trip. It was definitely not up to par. 3) The age range for The Oceannear's Club it WAY too big. Our almost 9-year-old and 11-year-old were both bored and never went back after the first day. They said there were lines for everything. I feel like they need like a 3-6 and then maybe 7-11 grouping? Our 15-year-old enjoyed the little bit of time he spent at Edge, which wasn't a ton. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We just returned from a 5 Day Cruise on the Disney Magic. We departed from Port of Miami. Ports visited were Cozumel and CastawayCay. We had stateroom 2550. The cabin was nice and quite. I really liked the 2 “room” bathroom. ... Read More
We just returned from a 5 Day Cruise on the Disney Magic. We departed from Port of Miami. Ports visited were Cozumel and CastawayCay. We had stateroom 2550. The cabin was nice and quite. I really liked the 2 “room” bathroom. With 3 girls ....having the toilet and shower/bathtub in separate rooms was very convenient. The mattress were fairly comfortable. I do believe it’s about time for these mattresses to be replaced. Our stateroom host was great. He couldn’t do enough for us. My granddaughters (8 and 10) loved everything! The kids club (Oceaneers) was a favorite. They could check themselves into the club, and I would pick them up. They enjoyed the musical productions at the end of the day, too. These were well done. The girls loved dressing up on pirates night! (Bring your own costumes. Buying these on the ship are quite expensive). They also loved dressing up in princess dresses, which we bought before we packed for the cruise. We signed up - online - (a few weeks before leaving on the cruise) for ticketed Disney Character events. Do this as early as you can as they “sell” out. These events are free, but you have to sign up. Also we had fun with the Marvel Day-at Sea. Heads up - Since this is basically, just one day, the lines get very long ( hour wait) to meet Capt America and Thor! While we were waiting to get onto the ship, we were given a letter, informing us that the Mexican government recently lifted a tourist warning on traveling between the Cancun area and Cozumel. Nevertheless, Disney was cautiously avoiding excursions across this area. This made me very nervous about doing a reserved snorkeling excursion in Cozumel, so I cancelled it. We did a little shopping in Cozumel...a little overwhelming for an 8 and 10 year old due to lots a cigar smoking and salesmen calling out to us to buy their goods. Not much fun for us. Castaway Cay was a nice break. The captain couldn’t get the ship docked until about noon ( rough seas ) so we only had snacks offered on the island. We had Fun snorkeling (although not much aquatic life to see) . The girls felt comfortable in the floatation vests offered by Disney. We brought our own snorkeling gear since it ran about $100 for the 3 of us to rent them. We loved renting bikes ($10 each) and biking around the island. It was a great way to see the island and the beautiful ocean scenes. Bottom line, the girls had a blast on the cruise! And I loved seeing their joy and excitement. It was nonstop excitement over meeting Disney characters, nonstop high energy throughout the ship! I could hear young moms expressing exhaustion about day 3! My girls loved the pool area, even though the pool looked like a can of packed sardines....so crowded! My only complaint was the quality of the food. Given the price of a Disney Cruise, Disney should definitely improve on their cuisine! I heard multiple passengers complaining. The recent cruises I’ve done on - Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Holland America; all had far superior cuisine to Disney. My girls weren’t too disappointed because all they cared about were the free ice cream cones and room service delivered cookies and milk at the end of the day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I choose because why else Disney! Toddlers 3 and 4 girls of course loved it! Took 5 adults to corral and keep up with them. Never had such friendly and great service on a cruise line the concierge level attendants were stellar!!! They made ... Read More
I choose because why else Disney! Toddlers 3 and 4 girls of course loved it! Took 5 adults to corral and keep up with them. Never had such friendly and great service on a cruise line the concierge level attendants were stellar!!! They made up the bunks in the cabin for the grandkids for one night for us so the parents could have a break and they allowed them to come into the lounge to have breakfast and watch cartoons. BBB for the girls is the best money spent as is Palo. Regrets, if you have small kids don't waste money on a cabana its far from the activities. Would not do Couples Villa in port you'll likely be facing another ship during you romantic hottub experience. The Shows are great keep the little ones up for Beauty and the Beast!!! For the oceaneer club a bit disappointed its connected to the older lab club from behind the walls and we dropped off toddlers at oceaneer for face painting and somehow they wandered over to the older side and an hour later did not get their faces painted making us late to dinner, Quire unorganized apparently the key is to watch the schedule for planned activities which we learned the last day otherwise they may end up sitting. Older kids who love video games probably love it. I will probably do another IF i can work out the bed situation maybe I'll sleep on the fold out couch. So great cruise IF the kids love Disney I"d say the younger the better since they still believe in all the characters but better accommodation for the $$$ on other lines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We are frequent cruisers who have been on all ranges of ships, from the NCL weekend booze cruises to Regent luxury cruises and we weren't sure what to expect on our Disney cruise. We took our very first cruise ever on the Disney ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers who have been on all ranges of ships, from the NCL weekend booze cruises to Regent luxury cruises and we weren't sure what to expect on our Disney cruise. We took our very first cruise ever on the Disney Wonder 15 years ago. So, we were excited to revisit the perennial reader's favorite. We took advantage of the Disney check-in from home, as well as the Disney transport. It was nice to not to have to worry about our bags (which always magically appear onboard in our cabin, after checking in at the airport upon departure). When we landed in Orlando, though, we did not enjoy having to wait at the airport to board our bus for the Port for almost an hour. Not a great way to start our vacation. I think the reason Disney does this, is to manage crowds at the Port, but I think I would rather be waiting at the Port, instead of the airport. This part was not managed well. Once on board the ship, we were simply blown away with all of the design and decor. Each and every space on the ship was designed with thoughtful details (including music in each zone of the ship to create the mood). The selection of colors, textures, tiles, carpets and more was simply exquisite (and even the bathrooms are all specifically designed to fit in each area of the ship - be sure to check out the ones in Tatooine, with their round sliding doors). Activities abounded while on board, but here's what you need to know. Disney has all of their different activities segmented by age. So, if you are traveling with a child who is 18 and a friend who is 17, they will have a hard time trying to do much together on the ship, as Disney is very strict about the age cut-offs for everything. The older kids club goes from 14-17, and my 18 year old was not allowed to participate in their activities. And the "adult-only" areas on the ship, including many of the night-time activities (where drinking age is still 21) is strictly limited to those 18 and older (and this includes the 2 adult-only restaurants). When we asked if our daughter and friend could join us for dinner, we were told no, that the 17-year old would be unable to join (and they assign reservations to each guest, whose age is on file in the computer). So, that was sort of a bummer, because almost ALL of the activities are age-segmented. The onboard shows were amazing!! The two nights of fireworks onboard were pretty spectacular. We were there for the Star Wars Day at Sea. Think more people got into the Pirate night than the Star Wars theme. Think they could have done a better job of enhancing the offerings throughout the day for Star Wars day. We did have a great guest lecturer from Lucasfilms, who oversees all of the design and merchandising for all of the Star Wars films. The food was average, but the service throughout the ship was incredible. They had a ton of staff onboard and their attention to detail was fabulous. There are a couple of pools onboard. Total sensory overload at the main pool during the day with not one, but two pools filled with kids, and really loud movies playing all day long everyday. The adult pool area was better, but not as much ability to be in the sun near the pool. There is an adult-only deck on the top deck, which would be nice, but we had high winds at sea, and the area was not fun to be in. Great bar service at the adult pool area, and there is an additional bar up one deck (Currents), where they have live music (and is the best area on the ship to watch fireworks, if you don't care about seeing the accompanying stage show). Our room, which was an enlarged aft balcony suite, featured a 40' long balcony, which was awesome to have to escape the crowded pool areas. However, the trade-off was the severe vibration from the engines that we experienced a couple nights on our 7-night journey. The furnishings in the room are tired. Time for an update. Overall, it was a fun family trip, but for the money we paid, I would be hard pressed to not want to go back to Regent (we have been spoiled). We will probably wait until we have grandchildren to return back to the Disney ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose Disney again for my cruise. This was our third time cruising and it was a mother-daughter cruise. My daughter is 9. The Disney Dream is a large ship with tons of amenities. Here are the Postiives: (1) The Oceaneer Club (for ... Read More
I chose Disney again for my cruise. This was our third time cruising and it was a mother-daughter cruise. My daughter is 9. The Disney Dream is a large ship with tons of amenities. Here are the Postiives: (1) The Oceaneer Club (for Kids 3-12) was fabulous. This club was so tricked out, as the youngsters say, that I did not want to leave it. It has "Andy's Room" from Toy Story, a Star Wars Deck with large screen video games, crafts tables, a lit up dance floor. The club is filled with youth directors to help your children and engage them. Loved it. (2) Food. Excellent, fresh, variety. I gained 10 pounds this week but it was worth it. The dining experience was spot on. (3) The activities onboard the ship. Great for the kids. Bibibidi Boppidi a must for the girls or boys. Here's why I didn't give the cruise 5 stars. The pool area is a cluster. It is awful. Guests "reserve" all the chairs and disappear. Disney staff won't monitor this. I stood for an hour watching my daughter swim (parents cannot leave children unsupervised in the pool) because all of the chairs were taken. The Disney staff around the pool only focus on cleaning the floor and clearing the towels. Not providing more seating. I found this to be a major operational issue. Also, single, widowed, divorced parents do not have an outlet. I was lonely despite the 30 minute singles program. It would be nice if Disney had a buddy system for single parents and only children. With that said, no one cruises like Disney. Disney corporation is top flight and I highly recommend the Disney cruise. It's worth the price. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I expected my first Disney cruise to blow me away. The dinner service was so lacking that it colored my whole cruise. My paid for birthday cake for my special birthday which was not delivered on the correct evening was so disappointing. ... Read More
I expected my first Disney cruise to blow me away. The dinner service was so lacking that it colored my whole cruise. My paid for birthday cake for my special birthday which was not delivered on the correct evening was so disappointing. That colored my feelings for the cruise too. However, the evening shows were wonderful, the Concierges were wonderful and the Concierge Lounge was wonderful, with great coffee and Afternoon tea too. Pirate Night was excellent fun. The ticketed meet and greets were very easy to do and fun. My Concierge cabin was very noisy, above us and inside the cabin it creaked. The mattress dips a bit too much and some drawers stick. However, there was lots of room in our cabin. The school age kids couldn't find anything they wanted to buy in the gift shop with the gift cards I gave them. There wasn't a big selection in the gift shops on board. If my kids wanted to go on a Disney cruise again, I would go with them if they wanted me, but I wouldn't choose to go on another one. I like other cruise lines better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise to coincide with our sons' spring break. This was the first time we were cruising with Disney. Everything was very nice. From the welcome aboard to the dining. The main server at our table (Stipe) went out of ... Read More
We chose this cruise to coincide with our sons' spring break. This was the first time we were cruising with Disney. Everything was very nice. From the welcome aboard to the dining. The main server at our table (Stipe) went out of his way to make sure our boys (8 & 12) were getting something they enjoyed - even if he had to go elsewhere to get it. Our cabin was an interior aft stateroom. It was little cramped, but we kind of expected that. Once the ship picked up speed though, the vibration in that part of the ship was almost unbearable and made sleeping difficult. Entertainment was great especially with the Star Wars day at sea. Food was great. Aquaduct is a must! Ice Cream great. Loved the Disney beer mug option. Beautiful ship and professional, friendly crew. Kids activities were top notch. Even though we felt some of the items were greatly overpriced onboard we were aware of that going in. The only area that I had any complaint about would be a shore excursion we took. Not really in Disney's ballcourt, but nonetheless they advertised it. Part of the excursion was taking us to an all exclusive beach after snorkeling. It was very, very expensive. Kind of felt stuck there until time to go. Eating at Cabana's for breakfast and lunch was great. Never ran out of options. All of the crew were courteous and kind. Our boys loved it. Leaving the ship was painless and easy. Don't know if we would go again on Disney since there isn't much of a price break for repeat guests. Overall we would rate this as a once in a lifetime experience. If someone has the opportunity to go they should. I saw several other guests that were "Castaway Club" members, but never really learned anything about that. Service was top notch - If I inquired about something I found what I was looking for 100%. This was only the 3rd cruise we have taken (1st for boys) and by far it was the best. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our ... Read More
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our servers never really seemed available for us, so we started going to Cabana's for dinner. Our servers at Cabana were amazing. My daughter does not like french fries, and would ask for broccoli instead, the service team would go out of their way to make sure she got broccoli every time without the other mixed vegetables. We only had one issue that we are still waiting for resolution from, my daughter was pushed down 2 steps by a character handler then pushed out of the way by the same handler. Guest services nor the handler have ever so much as apologized. If that incident (which is on video and has been presented to them) had not happened we would have no hesitation about going on another Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We chose this cruise as we are avid Disney fans and had already been on the Disney Magic. I wanted a larger newer ship and we picked the Fantasy. Overall Disney knows how to raise the bar at all levels and really makes others play catchup. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we are avid Disney fans and had already been on the Disney Magic. I wanted a larger newer ship and we picked the Fantasy. Overall Disney knows how to raise the bar at all levels and really makes others play catchup. This was my 12th cruise total (Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Disney) and would rank it as the 2nd best trip. Disney brings the same level of quality from their parks into the ships. If you've ever been on a cruise, you will know what I am talking about, as most staff are poorly trained and not treated well on other lines. Overall great trip, with a few minor negatives for this larger ship. Cabins - The cabins were worn (we traveled March 2016) and our cabin had very worn carpet with a giant patch replaced (3' x 3'). I was a little disappointed as I expected the rooms to hold up a bit better. Overall normal size as all other cruises lines, (Deluxe Family Balcony). The only pro for the Deluxe rooms is the extra 5' of cabin space, as the dual bathrooms take up a little more room than normal. Food - People always rave about food on cruises. My standards are not very high, as I am on vacation and know there is variety around the ship, plus they prepare it in mass for thousands of people. I think the food was good, not great. It met my needs and I NEVER went hungry. I will say that on the 2nd Disney cruise, they continue to run out dry cereal by day 4 of a 7 day cruise (the small boxes that people take and use as snacks for the kids). The MAJOR PLUS here is the free soft drinks for the kids. I hate when cruise lines charge for soft drinks!!! Activities - ALWAYS stuff to do on this ship. The Aquaduck is great (kids rode it probably 30+ times) along with the water slides. Pools are a little small considering how many kids are on the ship, they should have planned for larger pools. Deck space is tight and as always, chairs are very hard to get in the main pool area. We did the sports simulator a few times which I would NOT do again. Very inaccurate and didn't work well. The only reason we did it a few times was we would be charged for cancelling our pre-bookings. I will say for activities - you must be online the day the activities open to book out!!! (I.e. - I went on one hour later, and all of the cabanas were already sold out on their island!!!) The negatives I want to point out - Photo Gallery - The last night they are packed and ill-prepared to handle the masses flooding to pick out photos and place orders. Even worse is the pickup line in the AM. We waited 1.5 hours to pick up a book that was pre-paid. They need to figure this out!!!! Shows - (with all cruises) - if you're not early, you won't get a seat. People lineup super early and block out seats for friends Boarding - While it was okay, they tell you to not get to the port until Noon, or 1. We got there at 11, and they had just started boarding by groups. We had to wait in line to get our kids registered for the kids club for almost 30 minutes, and missed our boarding call. NOT normally a big deal, but we had to get on the ship early to try to get some activities booked that were already sold out on line 6 months in advance. Overall they suffer from some of the same problems other cruise lines do, but I do appreciate their quality and attention to detail. We will definitely cruise another Disney again... Just not during peak season. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Just got back from a 5 day cruise that went to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay. There were 8 in our party (4 adults and 4 children (from 6-10 years of age). I have been on three previous Carnival Cruises in the past (even though I am a ... Read More
Just got back from a 5 day cruise that went to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay. There were 8 in our party (4 adults and 4 children (from 6-10 years of age). I have been on three previous Carnival Cruises in the past (even though I am a huge fan of Carnival, my wife wanted to do the Disney thing before the kids got to big) so now I can compare the two different cruise lines. Over all it was a very good cruise. Our inside cabin was very comfy, big enough for the 4 of us. The service on the sip was excellent and the night shows were amazing (best shows I've ever seen anywhere). One other positive factor about the Disney Wonder is it's size. It is not a huge ship (holds only about 2300 passengers). I was worry about this at first because it is a 17 year old ship, but it turned out to be ok. Because the ship was smaller there was not line ups which is not usual on a cruise ship. The biggest downfall of our Cruise were the buffets, especially the breakfast (which you could compare to a HO JO continental breakfast) It was the same everyday and not alot of selection (compared to Carnival Cruise Lines where the food selection is incredible). The dinner a la cartes were real good. Ports Of Call Our first stop was at Grand Cayman. We went to 7 Mile Beach... not a very good beach, not enough sand and way too many rocks. Our next stop was a Castaway Cay.... wonderful day spent at the beach, lots of activities for everyone, great location Overall, it was a good cruise, the kids loved all the characters, the weather was great and no one on our party got sick...not sure if I ever will do another Disney Cruise again though due to their high prices. I can do 2 cruises on Carnival for the price of 1 on Disney. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My family and I went on our first cruise. It was wonderful. Pros: The cruise ship has so many activities for the kids, it was absolutely awesome. My daughter went to Kids' Club every night and rode the Aquaduck (so did I several ... Read More
My family and I went on our first cruise. It was wonderful. Pros: The cruise ship has so many activities for the kids, it was absolutely awesome. My daughter went to Kids' Club every night and rode the Aquaduck (so did I several times). The ship had activities for the adults as well. I enjoyed the fitness center, the spa, the pool area itself and being able to relax. The cruise ship also had martini tasting, whiskey tasting room and basketball. My family had plenty to without getting off the ship; however, we enjoyed the sites of the Bahamas and absolutely loved Castaway Cay. The staff was wonderful and provided excellent service. The buffets were great, to have smoked salmon, smoked trout, and colossal shrimp was great. The kids love the fact that they could get as much ice cream they wanted and sodas (it was vacation so it was ok to have all of that). The rooms were excellent, it was roomy and although the shower is not extremely large, it is a ship; therefore, I know it would not be like a shower in a house. However, my husband I both fit in the shower very comfortable (and we both were in it at the same time). Cons: The only thing I would say about the cruise I didn't really enjoy was the sit down dining because the food was bland and it was cold. I'm not sure if it was like that because they have so many to serve and different dietary needs but the buffets were so much better. Also, I know the cruise ship provide maps of what is located on each deck but if they could provide more guidance regarding directions. Overall the cruise was great, the only reason I gave it a four is because of the sit down dinner was just ok. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved ... Read More
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved going, my daughter who loves to play spent most of her time at the club while my son loves science and tech spent most of his time at the lab. The last night my daughter had a blast at the pajama party. When my son saw she had a pillow case we asked it he could get one and they gave him one even though we was at the lab during the party. The food in the dinning room was great. Our server and assistant at table 47 we the best. Knowing what we wanted and helping us celebrate. The buffet was ok not as good as I hoped. You have to dress up for the pirate party. even my grumpy father got into the action, and that says a lot! We had a swashbuckling good time. Castaway Cay was beautiful, clean and had the best buffet of the cruise. Pelican plunge was fun for the whole family. We enjoyed walking around the beaches, and could have spend several days there. Cabins were roomy. Nice to have to sinks but shower is very small and my six foot tall husband had a difficult time fitting in. Over all a fantastic trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We recently traveled with our 4 children on the Disney Magic. There are a lot of great things about Disney. The food was great, customer service excellent and the boat offers a variety of programs to keep children of all ages ... Read More
We recently traveled with our 4 children on the Disney Magic. There are a lot of great things about Disney. The food was great, customer service excellent and the boat offers a variety of programs to keep children of all ages entertained. There are a few things that we were not thrilled with or wish we had known going in. I am a planner, so I read all the information sent to us and looked up things like dress code and policy on bringing alcohol on board. We adhered to the "no shorts" and packed accordingly. I have 4 boys, so they were not thrilled when they were in long pants and collared shirts every night and other kids and adults were walking in wearing gym shorts and t-shirts. If there is going to be a dress code provided, Disney should stick to it. If they want to accommodate more casual diners, they should designate one dining room for this. Disney also stated we could bring one bottle of wine per adult. When we arrived there were people with cases of water, multiple bottles of wine and other alcohol. This would have saved us a lot of money and if we had known Disney was so flexible on their own policy, it would have been helpful. Repeat cruisers told us that they always bring things on board that Disney states they do not allow and no one ever says anything. I am glad they are flexible, but again, either change the policy or create something they are going to adhere too. The food selections were great and my kids loved the flexibility of options and times they could eat. There were a few up-sell items I did not feel were necessary. Water is one, why not give guests water? We had to purchase a bottled water package. They also have fresh popcorn outside the theater every time a show is on, but only for purchase. How much can popcorn really cost compared to everything else they include in the dining plan? The same was true for any of the kids frozen treats and smoothies that they offered. It was just a bit confusing to the kids to have the up-sell items scattered among the included items. Lastly, the excursions were a bit of a cattle call. I had not been to the caribbean for several years and the excursions were all geared toward getting gratuity and up-selling photo's. So much so, that it was hard to enjoy the excursion itself. We did a lot of standing around waiting "our turn" and it made for very long days. A 30 minute snorkeling experience would take 4 hours. We would cruise again, but we would not do the organized excursions but look for some private ones. Our best one, was at Castaway Cay the last day, skip all the float, snorkel and bike rentals. The kids can swim, have lunch and then we took a sandbar excursion. It was 3 men on their boat and only 3 families. We spend two hours on a mile long sandbar, just us. They had music, games, rum punch, snorkeling gear and never once asked for gratuity. It was by far the best, most relaxing excursion we had. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying ... Read More
Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying that the good coffee was $3.74 a cup at the Cafe. Dinners loved by the kids due to variety of restaurants and food. The kids all ate from the adult menu and liked all the options. Do not get sirloin steak Lunch - tons of fresh fruits and veggie options. We would have loved berries and grapes. Strawberries were only offered for 2 breakfasts. Overall great variety of fruits, veggies, proteins. I would love to see Disney go to organic dairy and grass fed meats. They do make wishes come true. On Board Acticities: Oceanids Lab loved by the 8 yr old who went there all the time. In fact we did not see him most of the day. Edge loved by -11yr old boy. They played doge ball, Bball, gagA ball, scavenger hunts, video games. Furthermore, many things go on even when the schedule shows nothing planned Vibe - liked not loved by 14y/o. She found activities to be limited and meeting new people a bit difficult. She would have loved more mingling activities that included everyone. There is a small teen pool in Vibe with a jacuzzi. Favorite shows by the kids - Aladdin show, Magic Dave, and the Juggling guy. Favorite shows by adults Aladdin and Magic Dave. My husband and I attended many of the adult games and activities led by Bret. We had a blast!! Pool: Pool was too small and too crowded. The chair situation was a Nightmare. People reserved chairs 4-5 at a time and maybe 2 would be used. So by mid afternoon there would be 50% of chairs occupied and the rest sitting empty and "reserved". The kids would have liked more slides. The adult pool was quiet, had plenty of shade, but a bit limited on chairs. The water features provided enough space and entertainment. The Rooms: The rooms with fold out couch and bunk bed were roomy and spacious. The kids loved it!!! We had rooms with balconies and used those every day. No safety concerns. Room service was impeccable. Sam was our room host and he made our journey very enjoyable. Carlos and Josip were our waiters. They were full of energy and couldn't do enough to make us enjoy our dining experience. They even helped cut the kids steaks and chicken breasts so I, the mom, could eat in a relaxed fashion. Excursions: Snorkeling tour in St Thomas - amazing. Loved the crew, the turtles, sting rays, variety of fish, and ship wreck. Zip Line in La Marquesa was fraught with difficulty and frustration. Castaway Cay - LOVED by all. We did the 5k, bike tour, and floating tricycle. We didn't want to leave. Motorized water sports should have been more abundant and people should be able to rent them on the beach, not just with reservation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying ... Read More
Dining Experience: Breakfast - we loved the eggs, bacon, variety of cereal, sausage links, mueslik. We wish they had berries. They had lots of melons, apples, and bananas The coffee on deck was atrocious. I did find it annoying that the good coffee was $3.74 a cup at the Cafe. Dinners loved by the kids due to variety of restaurants and food. The kids all ate from the adult menu and liked all the options. Do not get sirloin steak Lunch - tons of fresh fruits and veggie options. We would have loved berries and grapes. Strawberries were only offered for 2 breakfasts. Overall great variety of fruits, veggies, proteins. I would love to see Disney go to organic dairy and grass fed meats. They do make wishes come true.... On Board Acticities: Oceanids Lab loved by the 8 yr old who went there all the time. In fact we did not see him most of the day. Edge loved by -11yr old boy. They played doge ball, Bball, gagA ball, scavenger hunts, video games. Furthermore, many things go on even when the schedule shows nothing planned Vibe - liked not loved by 14y/o. She found activities to be limited and meeting new people a bit difficult. She would have loved more mingling activities that included everyone. There is a small teen pool in Vibe with a jacuzzi. Favorite shows by the kids - Aladdin show, Magic Dave, and the Juggling guy. Favorite shows by adults Aladdin and Magic Dave. My husband and I attended many of the adult games and activities led by Bret. We had a blast!! Pool: Pool was too small and too crowded. The chair situation was a Nightmare. People reserved chairs 4-5 at a time and maybe 2 would be used. So by mid afternoon there would be 50% of chairs occupied and the rest sitting empty and "reserved". The kids would have liked more slides. The adult pool was quiet, had plenty of shade, but a bit limited on chairs. The water features provided enough space and entertainment. The Rooms: The rooms with fold out couch and bunk bed were roomy and spacious. The kids loved it!!! We had rooms with balconies and used those every day. No safety concerns. Room service was impeccable. Sam was our room host and he made our journey very enjoyable. Carlos and Josip were our waiters. They were full of energy and couldn't do enough to make us enjoy our dining experience. They even helped cut the kids steaks and chicken breasts so I, the mom, could eat in a relaxed fashion. Excursions: Snorkeling tour in St Thomas - amazing. Loved the crew, the turtles, sting rays, variety of fish, and ship wreck. Zip Line in La Marquesa was fraught with difficulty and frustration (see review on trip advisor). Castaway Cay - LOVED by all. We did the 5k, bike tour, and floating tricycle. We didn't want to leave. Motorized water sports should have been more abundant and people should be able to rent them on the beach, not just with reservation. Lastly - the Disney Navigator App was great and a must download. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Before I begin, please note that this review is from the perspective of a 27 year old who was traveling with 4 other 25-30 year olds and no children. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 9am due to taking a red-eye flight from the ... Read More
Before I begin, please note that this review is from the perspective of a 27 year old who was traveling with 4 other 25-30 year olds and no children. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 9am due to taking a red-eye flight from the Northwest and had to wait until 10:15am before they would allow us to enter the port. Once we entered the building, the embarkation process was incredibly fast and easy! There were cast members everywhere to point us to the correct line and answer any questions we might have. Once we checked in and got our 'key to the world' cards, we had another hour or so to wait before embarkation began but there were plenty of activities to occupy our time. There were also many Disney characters around to take photos with. Once we boarded the ship, Cabanas (the buffet on the 11th deck) was set up with plenty of food and the pools/aquaduck were open and available to swim until the cabins were ready which was right around 1:45pm. The checked baggage was delivered relatively quick and all of us had our bags by 3pm. Food: The food was not anything to write home about, but it was tasty. I enjoyed the rotational dining and especially enjoyed having brunch at Palo. The dinner menus consisted on soups, salads, veggies, meat, seafood....really a good variety of everything. We had one person in our party who kept (semi) kosher and the staff did everything they could to ensure that she was able to eat and still keep to her dietary restrictions. Adult Areas: The pool decks were absolutely wonderful! They were quiet, separated from kids, and had plenty of space! There were a number of crew members walking around constantly to ensure that we were not missing out on any beverages, which I took full advantage of! There really is only one real pool for adults, the other one is about 1-2 feet deep so it works for giving you a nice cool down while sun bathing, but not much else. The adult nightlife area on the ship is called Europa and is without a doubt the most incredible group of bars I have ever seen on a ship! I have been on 10 cruises with numerous lines- Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, etc.- and this was by far the best. There are 5 bars in Europa and each has its own decor (with Disney's unbelievable attention to detail), specialty drinks, and theme. Skyline was the one I spent the most time in because the beverages were absolutely delicious and the bartender was FANTASTIC!!!! The other bars- Ooh La La (Champagne bar), O'Gills (Irish pub), La Piazza (Italian Carnivale), and The Tube (English Underground themed dance club)- were all amazing, fun, and had a unique feeling that made you forget you were on a ship. Shows: I had late seating at dinner so I attended the early performances of most of the shows aboard the ship. I enjoyed all of them, but it was difficult watching the Aladdin one since I grew up on that movie and it just doesn’t seem right without Robin Williams as Genie…. But I will say they did a wonderful job of adding humor for all age groups. I especially enjoyed Disney’s Believe. Pirate night was a lot of fun. I couldn’t believe how many people-adults and kids- really got into it- I’m talking full on costume, wigs, makeup….. It was really unbelievable. The early show for pirate night is definitely kid-centric. No adult humor or entertainment whatsoever. However, the later show (the one with the fireworks) was definitely entertaining. Make sure you get a spot on deck 11 for this one, the Aquaduck blocks some of the fireworks if you are trying to view from deck 12. The ports were great-very clean, safe, and fun. We didn’t book any excursions through the ship so I cannot talk about those. We purchased independent shore excursions (food and wine tour in San Juan, Scuba diving in St. Thomas, nothing on Castaway Cay). Since many lines go to San Juan and St. Thomas, I will only talk about Castaway Cay which was wonderful! We spent most of our time on the adult beach which was very quiet but still had character visits. Capt. Jack Sparrow came around for photo-ops, which was nice since the kids pretty much monopolized the characters on the ship. Overall, the only negatives I had were the following: The food could have been better. I enjoyed all of the food, but nothing was amazing or stood out. Although there were a lot of activities for adults, they all seemed to conflict with each other so we couldn’t really do everything we wanted. That’s really it…. Overall, I DEFINITELY recommend the Disney Fantasy.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We took our 4th Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera during Spring Break. This was our 4th trip on the Wonder, so we were very familiar with the ship. In fact, sailing on the Wonder feels like we're at our vacation "home." ... Read More
We took our 4th Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera during Spring Break. This was our 4th trip on the Wonder, so we were very familiar with the ship. In fact, sailing on the Wonder feels like we're at our vacation "home." Dining: Our waiters were great! They interacted with our 10 yr old son and the other children at our table. They remembered not only our drink orders each night, but also our preferences. For example, as a Texas girl, I don't like my steak smothered in sauces, so my sauce was always on the side. My son was always anxious to get back to the Oceaneer Lab and missed dessert each night, so our waiter assembled a plate of cookies and milk for him to enjoy in our cabin later in the evening. He even remembered to send chocolate chip and not oatmeal raisin cookies! Since this was our 4th cruise with Disney, we've made some observations. First, the quality of the waiter is not a direct reflection on the cruise, but on the waiter and if you're not getting the service you believe you should, this should be taken up with the head waiter immediately. Our servers on our 2011 Alaska cruise were not up to par and we should have said something. Second, this cruise was the first one that we've had the first dining time and we noticed a huge improvement in the qualify of the food in the main dining rooms as well as how quickly we received our meals. The first 3 cruises we requested 2nd seating and dinner took 2+ hours. This allows for a more leisurely meal. The food was never that fantastic but we couldn't put our finger on the reason. This time we requested first seating and there was a 110% improvement in the food and the speed to the food getting to the table. We ate the same food we had had on previous cruises expecting a certain flavor/texture, but it was much much better this time. We truly believe the food must be getting "held over" for the second dining and is not as fresh. We're requested 1st seating on our Nov 2012 Western Caribbean and our 2013 LA to Vancouver cruises! Cabin: We had a wonderful stateroom host who ensured our room was always clean and neat! We noticed a couple changes to the room. The have added Velcro to the sliding closet doors so they no longer move back and forth with the movement of the ship. A down side is that one of my nice blouses kept getting stuck to the Velcro. I wish they would have put that up high or down low on the door, but not at hanger level. They've replaced the old bedspreads with the new duvets (I think the same ones used on the new ships.) And, during our cruise to Alaska in 2011, we noticed they changed the clocks in the room to one you can actually see in the middle of the night. The only down side is the clock is entirely too bright. The first night of our cruise, our cabin had unusually LOUD creaking noise and resulted in very little sleep for my husband and I. We mentioned this to our cabin maid first thing and he said he reported it. (He was fantastic all week, so we don't doubt that he did indeed report the issue.) However, when we were in our room getting ready for dinner that night it was obvious the noise had not be resolved. One brief stop to the front desk, and all of a sudden we had the Head Engineer in our room placing little wedges around our room between the ceiling and the wall. Surprisingly this pretty much fixed the issue. They also sent up ear plugs to our room just in case, and asked us to tell them right away if the issue persisted or if we had any other issues during our stay. We received several follow up calls asking if the noise was ok, and they sent chocolate covered strawberries to our room and gave our son a $15 gift card to be used in the arcade to help make up for our first night without sleep. I learned two things here. One, tell the front desk. They know who to call to get quick resolution. Two, Disney does a great job at trying to make a situation "right". Consistency: We chose Disney for our cruises because we've had some fantastic cruises and each cruise has been consistently great. However, Disney does not make any real changes in their programming from year to year. In other words, the Disney Broadway shows on this last cruise were the same ones that were on the other 3 cruises, dating back to our first cruise in 2008. So, we tend to skip the shows every other cruise. this is the same thing with the game shows. We love "Who Wants to Be A Mouseketeer" and "Mickey Mania" but we'd like to see some new game shows and other entertainment. Our son has been in the same kids club since 2008 (he was 6, now he's 10)and he's made Flubber, cookies in the Ratatouille Cooking School, and solved cases in the Goofy Files 4 times now. He needs some new programming. Oceaneer Lab: Some of the counselors remembered our son from our Alaska cruise last year and he made some new counselor friends as well, which he enjoyed. However, now Disney does not segregate the Club from the Lab and so there's very small kids (4 yr olds) in the Lab, which goes through age 11. My son was not interested in several activities because the children participating were so young. He didn't even want to play the Wii because the boys playing were so young. He didn't feel it would be fair to the little ones so he spent lots of time visiting with the counselors and using the computers for individual games. Not exactly what we're paying for when we book a Disney cruise for our son. This huge age range needs to be whittled down, or let the older kids go into Tween club. Ports: Our ports were Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. We booked excursions at both ports, although we did not enjoy these ports like others we've been too and were disappointed in Disney choosing these. We especially didn't enjoy the tendering at Cabo and can't imagine how scary it would have if we would have had small children with us. Embarkation: This was our first time to ever arrive before noon but we were excited to get there this time to get on the ship early. We had to wait and got on around 1pm which wasn't too bad. It was nice to get on and have time to eat leisurely without rushing to finish in time for the safety drill. Right after eating, our son had his swim suit in his day bag, so he hit the pool! Debarkation: This process we found to be very smooth on our cruises out of Port Canaveral since our bags "magically" went from the hallway the night before all the way to Dallas without us having to touch them. However, this was a complete nightmare in Vancouver last year where we had to WAITE for our bags to be taken off the ship and then FIND them at the port, take them through customs, etc. So, this year we did something different. Our suitcases are large rolling bags, so we decided to NOT put them out the night before and take them off with us. That way we also didn't have to wait until our turn to get off the ship. This was AMAZINGLY smooth and will be our choice going forward if we are not at Port Canaveral. Aging Ship: Yes, the ship is aging, needs dry dock time, and overall upgrades. However, through out the week we did notice workers repairing sections of carpeting, painting etc., so they are trying to keep the ship in good repair. This is not to ignore the fact that the bathrooms do need new tiling and paint, the sleeper sofas should be replaced, etc. I assume all of this will be accomplished in the next dry dock and none of this diminished the enjoyment our our cruise in any way. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We are avid Royal Caribbean cruisers...but I sooo love Disney that we decided to try one when it came to this side of the world. We went on board, expecting a lot of Disney to be the decor and theme of the ship, but it was limited. Also, ... Read More
We are avid Royal Caribbean cruisers...but I sooo love Disney that we decided to try one when it came to this side of the world. We went on board, expecting a lot of Disney to be the decor and theme of the ship, but it was limited. Also, the Disney Wonder looked and felt like an old ship. We were disappointed with the upkeep - lots of items in and around the ship were in need of repair. No wonder it is going into dry dock the end of the Alaska run.The shows were spectacular, the food as good as other cruises, the staff were just as friendly, but I must admit - too many kids...I know, what does one expect on a Disney ship, but other ships you hardly see the kids as they are all in their adventure clubs...but it seems like the kids did not stay in the clubs on the Wonder.Music was below par - one overall kind of music - rock and roll- was prevalent...Lots of Mickey Mouse and the characters. Animator's Palette restaurant was amazing.I enjoyed the cruise - after all it was a cruise- but I would not sail with Disney again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
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