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Sail Date: August 2018
This was the 3rd long'ish (>10 days) cruise we've gone to Europe via the Disney Magic, and it was once again, one of the best vacations we've ever had. So many reasons . . . I will miss many.. We love the ship, as it ... Read More
This was the 3rd long'ish (>10 days) cruise we've gone to Europe via the Disney Magic, and it was once again, one of the best vacations we've ever had. So many reasons . . . I will miss many.. We love the ship, as it is just the right size for us and we booked very early, snagging one of the least expensive (white metal) veranda's in the stern of Deck 7 at a pretty reasonable price considering. And yes, we do the place-holder's on every cruise to lock in an extra 10% discount. The embarkation in Copenhagen was ok, as they chose a dock with a sufficient indoor facility for processing .. . . much different than the "magic" at Port Canevaral, but still adequate. The food service is just right as my wife has many allergies, and I like to experiment a bit. We like the late seating as the pace of the evening works well for us (we don't drink or nightclub much). The shows were fantastic and we even were able to meet two of the fantastic performers (Eddie Brandt and Lisa Karlin) who were super-talented and actually, very nice people! Our son loves the kids, now teen, clubs and he is considering the idea of being a Youth Activities Counselor after college (loans permitting). We see him at dinner and he accompanies us to some (but not all) of the shore trips. We don't do Disney excursions because a) they are expensive, and b) more so, because they are set up for the lowest-common-denominator of traveler (kids, disabled, uneducated) and we like to do a little research and explore on our own. That being said, the choice of ports on this North Sea adventure was fantastic -- 3 little cities in Norway (Kristiansand, Stavenger, and Alesunc); incredible Rekyjavyk Iceland; and way underrated Invergordon - gateway to Scotland's Eastern Highlands. I am still struggling to determine what there actually was to do in Kristiansand, but Stavanger has some terrific museums and shops and even was having a big athletic and concert weekend when we visited. I would spend 2+ days there easy. Alesund was picture-postcard pretty (although it rained hard when we were there). The Hop-on/Hop-off bus was a good choice. Iceland is exploding with tourism the past few years and I can see why. Incredible natural sights - volcano's, geological rifts, geysir's, hot springs; really nice people and an incredible culture of sheep, unique horses, good food, and hospitality. I want to go back. I had done a 2-week intensive tour of Scotland on my owne 25+ years ago, but the day in Invergordon was an unexpected treat. Instead of going south to see Inverness (a great little city) or west to see the famous Loch Ness, etc., we went north by hired taxi to see Dunrobin Castle (amazing) and toured through the charming town of Dornoch, but ended up buying most of our souvenirs at McCrae's in Invergordon where the owner and staff couldn't have been nicer (and the prices were very fair!). Finishing up with a 1/2 day in Dover to see the Castle and downtown was well worth it for the history and the vistas, as we delayed our trip back up to London.and enjoyed another few days in Britain. What a great trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise had great ports and two nicely scheduled sea days. It was a great trip! The ship is in beautiful shape. We had wonderful food, terrific service and enjoyed our excursions. The shows on the ship were great though they are ... Read More
This cruise had great ports and two nicely scheduled sea days. It was a great trip! The ship is in beautiful shape. We had wonderful food, terrific service and enjoyed our excursions. The shows on the ship were great though they are repeating them on cruises which is not my preference. We had sailed with DCL several times but had not sailed in Europe until this trip. We did a couple of days pre-cruise in Barcelona and stayed at a DCL recommended hotel (Barcelona Renaissance). It's location and travel to the port were both great. Our DCL excursions in Lisbon (Lisbon Highlights) was a nice overview of a beautiful city. Sailing into and out of this port was breathtaking. We also enjoyed our excursion in Vigo, Spain which took us to a nearby town of Bionia where we toured a fortress and a replica of a sailing vessel like the one Columbus used. We had a stateroom with a balcony and enjoyed a little time out there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically ... Read More
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically Disney events (shows, characters, etc.), it wasn't any better. I understand that the Wonder had been recently in dry dock and the cabins and public areas looked very fresh. My cabin was much better than Royal Caribbean, about the same as Holland America and not as nice as Princess. Our cabin host (what happened to steward/stewardess?) was great. The food was generally blah. They always had fancy descriptions on the menu, but nothing was as good as it was described. Very little seasoning. I understand the children's menu being bland, but expected more from the main menu. The quality of the ingredients was uneven. Actually enjoyed the food in Cabanas more than the dining rooms as my expectations weren't as high. Had a steak in Palo and it wasn't worth the $30 surcharge. I didn't participate in many enrichment (2 lecturers) or entertainment activities, so I won't comment there. It seemed to be that everyone who is a member of the Cult of Mickey did enjoy the entertainment!! Embarkation in San Diego was fine. Disembarkation in Galveston, not so much!! Not many crew to be seen and some passengers deciding that they didn't need to go to the back of the line. Disney appears to be great for families with young to tween children and adults who are Disney fans, but isn't worth the increase in per diem for those adults who aren't especially Disney fans. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea ... Read More
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea days. There were also movies shown related to Ron Clements' lectures, animation classes, other Disney movies, Disney shows, cooking classes, hide and go seek for the ship's officers, live music and concerts, many other entertainment acts, trivia and all the usual Disney activities that are on shorter cruises. I did not enjoy the rap and millennial music that they played for some of the sail aways and Pirate Night Party. The food in the three restaurants has gone downhill, since cruising Wonder in January, for some of the meals, including the desserts. You definitely couldn't tell what they were by their descriptions. I ordered the spaghetti and turkey meatballs from the children's menu and the Mickey bar one night since you can order from it as well if needed. The breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent. I wasn't impressed with the restaurant for breakfast and brunch either. The food was just okay and took a long time before it was served. Our waitstaff, Elizabeth from Mexico and Levi from South America, were excellent! Disney Wonder is my favorite Disney ship with an easy flow to her. Our Navigator's balcony was a decent size. The balcony was smaller than normal, but was protected from the rain and had a working temperature gauge and barametor. The officers, cast members (staff, stewards, waitstaff, etc.) and guests (passengers) were friendly and fun to interact with. There were a lot less guests than usual and children due to the two week cruise. This was a major plus since there were seats available for the performances, movies, etc. The buffets flowed easily for both breakfast and lunch. There is no longer a dinner buffet. Instead there is a dining area, with wait staff and food prepared there,in Cabanas with a similar menu, with a few less choices, that you can go to as you please during certain dinner hours. We didn't try it. The highlight of the cruise was going through the Panama Canal. All I can say is,"Wow!", what an incredible experience it was! Our cruise began in San Diego, California. We visited Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cartagena, Columbia, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, arriving in Galveston, Texas. This is a must do cruise! You'll have many magical memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the entertainment was all wonderful and appealed to all ages 2. the absence of Park West and that awful overpriced art 3. the absence of a casino 4. the kids activity -- wonderful. The grand kids had a wonderful time and were kept busy with lots of interesting activities. They got a little bored with it all at the end of the cruise and we were happy to have them "back" with us for some family time. 5. changing the dining rooms was such fun. Where the ship "missed the boat": 1. the food was OK -- could have been better. There was a lack of diversity in the dining room menus and at the buffet. The only steak that was good was at the Palo restaurant. 2. the selection on the TV was poor. You could watch Disney cartoons, or the news but there was very little otherwise. I would have welcomed a selection of other movies each evening. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
I realy enjoyed the cruise We had a problem with the information on the visa and we were forced to desembark in azores and rembark in amsterdam We were a party oh 5 and that cost us a lot of extra money But everything else was ... Read More
I realy enjoyed the cruise We had a problem with the information on the visa and we were forced to desembark in azores and rembark in amsterdam We were a party oh 5 and that cost us a lot of extra money But everything else was realy great Excelent food Great entertinment for the kids Loved thr attention of our waiters aaron he was so special Ask for him if you can The pirate night is very amazing m i would encourage not to eat much becouse the buffet at 11 pm looked amazing but i was full amd could not eat Movies were great, we had the premiere of pirates of the caribean and that was very nice. Also amazing were all the movies in 3d Finally my son was happy , my wife was happy and i alao had a great time , i will surely go back again . Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We expected a lot from Disney and were not disappointed. Staff are excellent, and go out of their way to make sure everyone is having the best experience possible. The food was very good, and having the servers join us in the different ... Read More
We expected a lot from Disney and were not disappointed. Staff are excellent, and go out of their way to make sure everyone is having the best experience possible. The food was very good, and having the servers join us in the different restaurants meant that we never needed to explain our preferences again after the first night. Breakfast and lunch were okay, but not in the same league as dinner. The adult to child ratio on the transatlantic is definitely not typical of most Disney cruises. I was told we had just over 2000 guests, of which 300 were children. The kids clubs and pools were never crowded… But the adult pool area was packed! It also meant short lines to meet characters or ride the water slides. I had been concerned that we would be bored with nine days at sea, but that was not the case! There were lots of things to do, but with having the luxury of time, the pressure to fill our day in order to try it all was eliminated. We were blessed with amazing weather and calm seas. Every port was safe and completely doable on your own. All, in all, it was a fantastic vacation and I highly recommend it to all. The kids had a great time, the adults had a great time, we enjoyed doing things together, and we enjoyed doing things on our own. Yes, Disney costs more, but we felt like we got what we paid for. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We sailed on the Wonder last year for a 5 day before dry dock. The work that they did was fantastic. Cabanas (the buffet) is much more functional and much roomier than it used to be, never really had any trouble finding a table ... Read More
We sailed on the Wonder last year for a 5 day before dry dock. The work that they did was fantastic. Cabanas (the buffet) is much more functional and much roomier than it used to be, never really had any trouble finding a table inside. The kids areas - the Oceaneer Lab and Club were both much better than last year. We had difficulty getting our son to go last year, this year he didn't want to leave. The staff in the Nursery and activities for the under 2 year olds there were great, but activities for the young ones outside of the paid nursery service are a bit lacking - there is a toddler area but not much in it when there is not defined toddler time, and the Dory's Reef splashground also could have used a bit more flair. The redesigned slide, and AquaLab were much nicer, as well as the quick service restaurants. We liked Tiana's, and thought it was a nice step up from Parrot Cay which was our least favorite last time. Food was good, I felt desserts a little lacking inspiration most nights. The upgrades to Animator's Palate were also very nice. Entertainment was great, and refreshed several times throughout the cruise so there was no duplication of the main shows for the night. Cartegena was a disappointment - safety was a concern on our beach shore excursion, and it really wasn't worth the money. All other ports were nice. Loved the Panama Canal, and even with a 4 year old and 2 year old did not feel like we were on the ship for 14 nights. Our only (minor) disappointment on board was that after the canal we had 4 sea days, and entertainment during the day was a little bit lacking. The entertainment cast was finishing their contract on this cruise, with the new cast already on board practicing, so I'm sure that was a part of it too, but they could have used some more activities during the day with 5 straight days on the ship (including canal day.) Would gladly recommend this ship and this particular cruise if you can fit it into your schedule! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a ... Read More
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a year ago (which was before the dry dock). I am not sure why the dry dock took so long as there were still quite a few areas in need of repair. Yes, they made changes to the atrium, and the pool deck, they added the duck tail, and they made over Parrot Cay into Tiana's Place along with other minor changes (like the kid area's and Cabana's), but they were not dramatic or overwhelming. I can not speak for the maintenance that was taking place during the other cruises after dry dock leading up to ours, but the entire aft section of our floor was a maintenance zone during our sailing. Not to mention the maintenance needs throughout the entire boat. Don't get me wrong, as I said before, I do still love Disney and their cruises, but I do not think the Wonder will be my boat of choice going forward. One final note. If you are at all sensitive to motion, I would recommend that you stay on an upper deck near the front. My son and I are not sensitive to motion at all, and we were both suffering from sea sickness. The addition of the duck tail may increase the fuel efficiency, but it seemed to make the boat more unstable. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Disney World is known by creating magic and by providing customer service that is by far the best in the world, thinking of exceeding that, it is impossible but there is one place that tops it by 1000 times. On September 28th we (my hubby, ... Read More
Disney World is known by creating magic and by providing customer service that is by far the best in the world, thinking of exceeding that, it is impossible but there is one place that tops it by 1000 times. On September 28th we (my hubby, 7 year old and me) came back from the most magical vacation ever, the Disney Magic Transatlantic cruise. The accommodations are fabulous, the ship is gorgeous, the food splendid, the only down side this time around was the itinerary as it was very cold through almost the entire voyage BUT what makes this cruise so special it’s the people that work there… We have done this itinerary for the 3rd time ONLY to see a very special friend, Jasna Raicevic (Our Assistant Server). Some might wonder why but she is that special, she has more pixie dust than anyone we have ever met. She not only has the highest level of customer service but she is genuine, kind and simply amazing, once we met her 4 years ago, all of our Disney cruise vacations have been scheduled around her schedule, we love to get her wonderful & positive energy even if it is only for 10-11 days. Although Jasna always makes our vacation unforgettable and yes we will continue to book vacations so we get a chance to see her again, this time there were a lot of other individuals that made this trip more magical than it has ever been. Raphael Khumalo (Our Server) & Wira Wirajaya (Our Head Server) & of course Jasna!, wonderful team always kind, thoughtful and eager to make sure that all of our dining experiences were fabulous, every so often we got special surprised meal in addition to what we were ordering, specialties that were very authentic and delicious, we couldn’t ask for a better team! Just be careful because they do make all your wishes come true, so make sure you are not just hungry but super hungry. Mila (Guest Services) - is a beautiful person inside and out, she is the most perfect Guest Service individual that we have ever encounter, when we had an issue with our Disney Visa (we were supposed to get a credit for paying our cruise with our Disney Visa but apparently doesn’t apply if you book your next cruise on board), she managed to deliver this message kindly and apologetic as if it was her fault, which obviously it wasn’t. Every time we saw her she remembered us and was always kind and sweet to, she even delivered generous treat for us which made our voyage even more special. Paulina, Jade, Etson, Liz and Sol (Kids Club) – Not sure how we can categorize this group but they are a blessing to every parent cruising, cruising wouldn’t be magical without them. We have encounter many kids counsellors and kids care takers but there are none that come close to the level of greatness these individuals have. I wish I could clone them, Jaden still remembers them all with love and kindness. Alberto (Hotel Director- Officer) surprisingly he always remembers us and makes us feel welcome, we are grateful for his kindness and the outstanding job that he does but I do blame him for all the weight we gained during this voyage. Nor sure how Disney recruits these individual but they are all stars and we are so grateful because they not only made our vacation unforgettable & magical but they are the reason, we will never cruise with anyone else than the Disney Cruise. Read Less
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