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9 Disney USA Cruise Reviews

This was just a weekend "cruise to nowhere," but still we got a pretty good idea of what the Wonder is like. Embarkation was not fun: baggage handlers outside the terminal asking for tips; the hot and stuffy building; the ... Read More
This was just a weekend "cruise to nowhere," but still we got a pretty good idea of what the Wonder is like. Embarkation was not fun: baggage handlers outside the terminal asking for tips; the hot and stuffy building; the check-in process not allowing you to board the ship when completed, but you are assigned a group number and have to wait until that number is called (resulted in not many people boarding but most sitting in the building); then the computers broke and nobody could board for a time. Being greeted in the entry lobby was nice and the pools and buffet was open. The entertainment was outstanding, from the 2 nighttime stage shows, the outside sailaway party on deck the first night, with fireworks, to the events in the main atrium. The entire ship was decorated for Halloween. We had been notified about bringing costumes for a trick-or-treating event, but not, as seemingly most of the passengers, about wearing pirate costumes the first evening. Disney characters were readily available for photos many times, with minimal waiting times. Ate at the buffet one lunch, one late-night snack following fireworks, and one breakfast. The food was okay to good and service excellent. The assigned dining room meals were fair to very good, the waitstaff very friendly. Meals are staggered so everyone can attend one of the two main evening shows. At the Promenade lounge you can order special coffee drinks- they match Starbuck's beverages. Diversions turns into an adults-only sportsbar at night, we ducked in there to check on baseball playoff games. Hint--at late hours when other eateries are closed, they have a counter with hot dogs, chips and dip, etc. There are pools for all age levels and our grandson, and hundreds of other kids, had a great time. On that deck are free soda and coffee dispensers plus pizza, sandwiches, fruit, soft serve, etc. The two Disney shops got very crowded around show time as they are near the main showroom, but not too crowded at other hours. We didn't use them, but complimentary portable phones were on the desk, so you can keep in touch with others in your party. Disembarkation was also pretty bad. Disney assigns breakfast times to a couple of dining rooms on Deck 3, so hundreds of suitcases lined the hallways from people planning to eat then walk off the ship. Deck 3 is also where the gangway is located so everyone had to walk through this crowded space. The main atrium and Guest Services desk are also located in the middle of Deck 3, so we all had to maneuver past many people and obstacles to leave. Basically, everyone onboard was in the same place at the same time-poor planning. In conclusion, this was a wonderful family cruise. Knowing what to expect, with hundreds of noisy children onboard, we had a great time. All the staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. We wouldn't take Disney alone though, without children. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We selected this cruise to find out what a Disney Cruise would be like. I am a senior citizen who can walk a bit but not far, so I use a rented scooter on my cruises. We got a concierge cabin, since we wanted room for scooters (my partner ... Read More
We selected this cruise to find out what a Disney Cruise would be like. I am a senior citizen who can walk a bit but not far, so I use a rented scooter on my cruises. We got a concierge cabin, since we wanted room for scooters (my partner uses one also on board)and the one bedroom we got was very adequate and quite comfortable, with a nice accessible bathroom, which neither of us really need, but which we appreciated for the room it provided. The staff was amazing. They easily match the staff on any cruise we have ever taken. The food was excellent, not only at Palo, but in every restaurant we went to. The rotational dining room assignments with the same service staff following you is a great idea. The only place we did not visit was the buffet, since the other venues had such good food and we did not want to stand in line. The food was obviously prepared so younger palates would like it also, so the seasoning was generally less that other places I have eaten. But, as I said, it was still quite good. Disney get extra points on accessibility. The ship has many accessible bathrooms and neither of us had any problems getting around on our scooters. The only exception was the Walt Disney Theater, which is just marginal at best for scooters (and prams, too). The shows and activities were good and well run. I appreciated that Disney also showed the stage shows on our room tv so I did not have to put up with the noise. My partner also ended up watching the last stage show on the tv since the noise bothered her, too. There was also a wide selection of Disney and other movies available all the time. Really, the only negative thing I have to report is the noise level almost everywhere. The dining rooms, except Palo, are very loud, as was the theater often. The lounge entertainment at the Promenade Lounge was deafening. I was prepared for noise since it more or less goes with a place with a lot of younger kids. No excuse for the Lounge, though. I would definitely recommend a Disney cruise except if you are sensitive to noise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Choosing to celebrate a 70th birthday on a Disney ship was a Slam Dunk - based on all our previous experiences, Disney is absolutely TOPS in producing wonderful celebrations and glorious memories. Well, friends, Disney Cruise Line is NOT ... Read More
Choosing to celebrate a 70th birthday on a Disney ship was a Slam Dunk - based on all our previous experiences, Disney is absolutely TOPS in producing wonderful celebrations and glorious memories. Well, friends, Disney Cruise Line is NOT Disneyland or Disney World. The details of what went wrong here are not important to others who are thinking of sailing aboard the Disney Wonder. It is a greater service to pass along the caution against expecting Disney Cruise Line to come through for you on a pre-planned celebration with the same flawless professionalism, preparation, and attention to detail that people usually experience at the Disney parks. Moving on, this was a West Coast repositioning cruise and, as sometimes happens on repositions, there was a certain lackluster quality to a number of things. For passengers on repositions, crew members can seem tired, slightly slack, even a bit let down or detached. The quality of the food, of service, and of entertainment is frequently somewhat below par. It is as if "Prime Time" on any cruise ship is specific to a given region where itineraries are repeated for several months, so that moving the ship between, let's say, winter and summer cruise regions upsets and diminishes crew performance, engagement, and morale. All of these "sags" were noticeable on this particular cruise. The ship itself seemed clean, well-maintained and, other than equipment failures in the theater which disrupted the schedule of live shows, in excellent condition. My inside stateroom was large and comfortable, while the bathroom was really small (compared to other ships and cruise lines) and musty. As other reviewers have mentioned, the three main dining rooms feel cramped and crowded, with too much noise and distraction caused by too many waiter stations. Up on Deck 9, the casual Beach Blanket Buffet has far too few tables to accommodate the number of passengers on this ship and, as the ship moves North into colder regions, the fact that all swimming pools and surrounding seating areas are outdoors (no sliding roof) means swimmers, sunbathers, and people at tables (and their food) get unpleasantly cold, fast. The Wonder was just not designed to sail beyond warm waters! On the bright side, the Wonder's 2-day-1-overnight stay in San Francisco is a huge plus! People who already know San Francisco had ample time to do things they love to do there, while those interested in excursions were treated to an unusually long and varied list of options - some of them involving quite a bit of distance. Pier 35 is perfectly located right on the F (Heritage) trolley line, close to the Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf tourist areas, as well as to downtown, BART, and the cable car lines. Another plus was the thoughtful appearance of fleece throw blankets on most of the deck chairs, making it possible to brave the cold winds and spend some time out on deck, even to watch one of the poolside "funnel vision" movies. Also, the pizza on Deck 9 was consistently yummy, as were the panini. On the other hand, the hamburgers were pretty awful ... and you'd think that any enterprise called Disney would at least get the great American hamburger right. One last and serious minus. At every activity, indoors and out, the amplified sound was deafeningly, painfully loud. Children (Disney's bread and butter, after all) complained, covered their ears, even cried. Why does DCL believe that LOUD equals fun and FRENETIC equals exciting??? By the middle of the cruise, the physical and behavioral impact of these never-ending, ear-splitting, hyperactive assaults on passengers - of ALL ages - was easily visible. Children in particular showed signs of increasing neural overload. Good Godfrey, DCL: Please tone it down and calm it down a tad; everyone will truly function better and have much more fun! This was honestly not one of the more enjoyable cruise experiences I've ever had. I won't cruise with DCL again and, even though several members of the Wonder's staff made extraordinary, personal, and deeply-appreciated efforts to salvage my ruined celebration for me, I cannot recommend DCL either to those who want something a tiny bit out of the ordinary or to those who are not taking a cruise centered on the children in their family. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This is our 10th cruise but first on Disney, overall I would rate the cruise a B+ there were many pros and few cons. I will highlight them in the review. We do not have kids and at first was concerned about all the children on board ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise but first on Disney, overall I would rate the cruise a B+ there were many pros and few cons. I will highlight them in the review. We do not have kids and at first was concerned about all the children on board however it was not bad at all. Children normally would be seen in large numbers when it came time for character pictures. Daily they would have scheduled character photos and hundreds of kids with their parents would line up. I liked this photo opportunity however the downside was it was always at the wrong times. It was scheduled many times at 5:30pm and the first sit down dinner was at 5:45pm with the large lines we'd never make dinner. The second photo opportunity would come at 7:30pm and the nightly show would start at 8pm, again if we wanted to wait in long lines we'd miss a good chunk of the entertainment. So we did not get a chance to take many photos with the characters here only once did we get a chance to see Mike and Sully from "Monsters" and took a photos with them. I do want to mention that Disney does schedule a character breakfast which is great, you sit and wait for: Mickey, Mini, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale to arrive at your table and they will use your personal cameras to take photos of you and all these characters. We took advantage of this and had a lot of fun. We had in inside cabin 6053 and it was a sideways cabin, very spacious and great layout, perfect floor. Largest inside cabin compared to Royal, Princess, Holland, and Carnival. The cabin had a full coach not a love seat, plenty of storage and a large closet as well as a desk and bench. I loved this cabin, there was only one downfall to the cabin which was the bathroom. It was the smallest we'd ever seen; in order to use the toilet or shower we had to shut the door. The only nice thing about the small bathroom is it had a tub. The staff was very friendly; our room steward was very nice as well as our waiter and his assistant. However this is the first cruise where they never addressed us by our name. They would always say sir or maam. This may seem like a small point however in our previous 9 cruises the room steward along with the waiter would always call us by our name. Food and Beverage: The food on this Disney cruise was not that good. Compared to previous cruises I would rate it the lowest for food quality. The menu choices were poor and the flavor and taste lacked flavor. Sit down lunch was better because there were less people and the food was cooked to order for a smaller crowd. The soft drinks such as lemonade, ice tea and soda were all free which is a nice treat if you are a soda drinker. Warning...if you are a coffee drinker do not drink the coffee on deck 9 that is Nescafe liquid coffee it is not brewed, the coffee is already in liquid form and in a box inserted in the machine, it tastes awful. For a good cup of coffee you need to order it in the dining room or room service. If you want to spend money at the Cafe it's the same price as Starbucks and tastes similar. Again if you want a good cup of coffee just wait till sit down breakfast, lunch or dinner to order one. We did eat at "Palo" their specialty restaurant and the food was much better than the dining room, however I would not recommend spending the extra $20pp because this is the type of food quality we normally would receive in the sit down dining room on other cruise lines. However I would like to mention we did go to "Palo" brunch which is available on sea days and this was well worth the $20pp fee. You do receive one free mimosa and refills will cost you extra. They had Alaskan king crab as well as snow crab and other numerous items. There were so many different food choices, and very tasty. I would like to acknowledge that the gym on board is smaller than what I'm use to however it worked well for us since many mornings the gym only had 6-8 people in there. I did like their shower and dressing areas right near the gym room the decor is orange (something out of the 70's) but they have good products for lotions, soap and cleanser they use Elemis which is very good. The dress attire on Disney is very casual again not what I'm used to but that I can easily adapt to. The nice part about being so casual is if you're coming back from an excursion you don't have to rush to change your clothes to eat in the dining room. On formal night I did see a handful of men in tuxedos, maybe about 5 or so, most men wore dark suits. Woman had cocktail dresses and some gowns. Everyone who ate in the dining room looked very elegant. Disney's Entertainment was very good their shows were not boring and kept our attention the entire time. They were not too long or too short, their Toy Story show was excellent and probably one of the best show's I've seen at sea. They offered new movies to view in their move theater such as "Frankenweenie" that was a nice treat since that just came out in the theaters at home. The movie theater is big and can seat a few hundred people however if your tall and have long legs the aisles are cramped and most likely your knees will hit the seat in front of you. The Pirate night theme which was held on Friday night was great, many passengers got all dressed up in their pirate attire (us included) and then the deck party and fireworks at 10:15pm which were amazing. Immediately following was a buffet with large turkey legs and deserts. Our port of calls were San Francisco which we spent two days there, the weather was perfect. We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at 6:45am and it was a clear morning, a bit chilly about 60 degrees or so but it warmed up nicely to about 80 degrees later that day. We were able to spend the day site seeing with a friend of ours who lives there and she was able to drive us around all the scenic areas. On day two of San Francisco we took an Alcatraz tour which was a great experience and after spending ½ day there we walked around Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. San Diego was a full day in port we've visited several times before and decided to tour the USS Maritime which was docked next door and only a block walk. Great experience touring that massive ship it takes about 2-3 hours to tour depending on how much you want to see. Ensenada, we did their City tour and visited two wineries in town, not much really to see but we were able to taste test some wines and then spend 1.5 hrs in the city shopping. If you are looking to do laundry on the ship there are three different laundry facilities there are at least 5 washers/dryers on deck 6, other decks that have laundry facilities have more. There were several washers that were broken during the week so it made it harder for others to do their wash. Disney only charges $1.00 to wash, $1.00 to dry and $1.00 if you need soap. Great deal, no need to bring quarters it all gets charged to your cabin. Overall I did enjoy this cruise; there were a few downsides such as the coffee and food which was not enjoyable. Would I sail Disney again, probably not the Wonder...but maybe I would try the newer ship "Fantasy". Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
The planning was easy to do, but the Disney travel website was a bit confusing to navigate. Took some time to find what I wanted to look at. Getting the planning DVD got my kids (4 yrs old twins) interested and excited. I didn't ... Read More
The planning was easy to do, but the Disney travel website was a bit confusing to navigate. Took some time to find what I wanted to look at. Getting the planning DVD got my kids (4 yrs old twins) interested and excited. I didn't tell them until a week before we left. Embarkation at Vancouver was easy. Once we pulled into the passenger unloading area at Canada Place, our suitcases were taken away. So make sure you have your room tags on them. They will not be delivered to your room till 4 - 5pm. I live in Vancouver, so we didn't need to worry about packing a day bag. The process to get check in was really quick. Since I had done on-line check-in, we had a 'barcode' to present at the counter. My kids were also registered on-line for their Mickey bands (for the kids' club). (Once you are onboard, you just have to go to the club and they will put the Mickey bands on, no more forms to fill out. I saw line-ups for that, so to save time, do it on-line.) At the check-in counter, they also take you picture for the family for security purpose - I found out that as you disembarked at port, they would scan your Key to the World card and your photo would be on their screen. We had chosen to check in between 12 - 12:30. So we were onboard by 1 pm. We tried to go to Parrot Cay for lunch but it was full. So we went to Beach Blanket (buffet) for lunch. It was very crowded. Hard to find a table. Since it was a sunny day and quite warm, lots of people were sitting at outside tables to eat. The kids really liked the self serve ice cream machine. You can go get it I think almost anytime. Our room was fine. I thought having 2 sinks were a great idea. We had bunk beds in our room. But since my kids are 4, the upper bunk that came out of the ceiling was too high for my comfort level, so one child had 'the little bed' and the other one slept in our bed. I was told that sailing along the Pacific coast may be rough, and our first night was very rocky. I was a bit seasick. So be prepared. I had brought candied ginger and had alot of ginger ale. I also ate light. Just toasts for breakfast. The rest of the 5 days, I was fine. As for the food, I did not go with any expectations that Disney cruise will have great food. It was fine. If you are expecting great food, then you will be disappointed. The best meal was at Palo. So definitely book your reservation early. It was worth the extra money. We did not get to do any spa treatments. My kids did not like kids club at the beginning. So I didn't plan for much free time. They did like it, but it was the last day. When I dropped them off on our first full day at sea, Oceaneer lab was very busy, so i think it was too overwhelming for them. I got paged (on your wave phone from your room) after 30 minutes. The kids have to potty trained. They will not take the kids to potty for you. They didn't encourage parents to stay if it was not open house time. I am not sure why. At designated times, the kids are given the choice if they want to move to the other club/lab. So when I checked in at the desk, I was told that one child was at the other side. The lab had at lots of computers, but all the games on them were meant for older kids. My 4 yrs olds needed the staff to explain how the games work, etc, but of course they did not have the time for that. They also have science experiment (making flubber) and cooking class. At Oceaneer club, there were some things that they finally liked to do. During open house, you can not leave your child there. So be prepared for what you may have planned on doing based on your Navigator. My husband had planned on playing bingo and I had to go get the kids and kept them busy. So not always relaxing for me. As for things for adults to do, there are not really that much. They had beer/wine tasting (there is a fee), cooking demo, how to draw Mickey and friends. But as i think about what I did, I couldn't really tell you. The days just went by so fast. Definitely, the time spent waiting to see the characters and the princess tea party took up alot of time. If your daughter wants to see princesses, you need to book your tickets for the tea party. Do it on the first day. Go to the guest services for tickets. Since we had the first seating (5:30), we found keeping to our kids normal schedule back home helped. We usually have a bit of quiet /relaxing time at 4:00, so we did the same on the cruise. So by the time we got to the dining room, they were not hyper. The menu had the usual kid favourites, but I did try to have them try our 'adult menu", but no luck. The part my kids liked was the assistant waiter made 'mickey ear' with the ketchup on a side plate. I just found that to be way too much ketchup and that just encouraged my kids to eat only fries. So after that first time, i told him to give just a small dab. I have been trying to teach my kids not to be wasteful with their food. The shows - The Golden Mickey and Toy Story the Musical were very good. The only thing I found was the Pirate of the Caribbean show on Deck 9 and the fire works after was really late. Being just outside of San Francisco, the night was really cold. A staff member did come by with blankets. Now I know why some people had their winter coats on! The fireworks were at 10:30. My kids were cold and sleepy, but they managed to stay up late. It was really cool. I was told that this was the first night in a long time since they displayed fireworks, since fireworks were not allow in Alaska. This reposition cruise was a good test to see if my kids liked cruising. It was their first big trip. There was also the first plane ride home to Vancouver later. That was another adventure. The line up for photos with the characters on board were long. So be prepared. They also used your camera to take the same shot. So if the shot in your camera is good, don't pay for the print. The cost of the photos were really expensive (8 x 10 - $19.95, 5 X 7 - $12.95). They kept selling the package deal -the best deal is $359 for all the photos that you selected on CD, plus $50 for all the prints as well. I couldn't justify $400. We went through our digital camera and alot of our photos were really good, so we only bought the ones of the whole family. Also, there was a character breakfast. The characters will come to your table and they will take the photos with your cameras. No professional photographer there. Our only port was San Francisco (2days). Since our kids are young, we did not do the port adventure. We just walked to Pier 39 (5 min walk) and saw the sea lions. They loved that part. We just kept walking around and managed to walk to Lombard Street. Took a taxi back to the cruise terminal ( $7). Next day, took a city bus to Chinatown and had some very yummy egg tarts at Golden Gate Bakery. Then, we walked (downhill) towards the pier. I forgot the name of the place. It was at Pier 1. It was a foodie type of place. Then, we took the street car back to pier 35 (cruise terminal). The last day at sea, I found out that the kids from the lab and the club would be on the stage to be in 'Friendship Rocks' show and that Mickey and Minnie would also be there. So i convinced my kids to stay and they did have fun. Disembarkation in San Pedro was very efficient. Breakfast 7:15 and you will be done by 8:00. We had to leave our room by 8:30 am. We walked off with our suitcases, so we didn't have to put out our suitcases the night before. If you are renting a car, be prepared. It was a nightmare. Enterprise was the only company at the pier. Not too happy with their service. It was very expensive. They charged a different rate than posted on line for the type of cars once they know you are dropping off in LAX. There were also a surcharge on top that. We also rented car seats and one seat did not have the proper latch, so we had to drive to the airport to get a new car seat. Luckily we were staying by the airport. At the end, they didn't charge us for the car seats because of the inconvenience. As for tipping, we chose to tip them with cash. If you didn't make the arrangement at guest services, they would automatically charge all tipping to your account. For us, the 6 days, the tip was $ 78 per passenger including kids. ($78 X 4 = alot of money). I had already had cash planned for this. I like to see the person to give them the tip and say thank you their face. Just charging it to your account is too impersonal. Not something I wanted to teach my kids. I had them say thank you and actually gave the envelop (provide to your room on the last day) to the staff. One more thing about onboard charges, instead of giving them a credit card, I put down $500 (that is what you are allowed to put down if it was a 6 night cruise). Since, there wasn't much to do, except for the 3 days of bingo, and our photo purchases, I got money back! That was a nice surprise. Overall, we would do another cruise with Disney. I know this was long, but I hope it was helpful in some way. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
My wife and I booked this cruise while on board our Alaska cruise in 2011. We were not completely happy with our experience in Alaska but this cruise was CHEAP and since we live in Southern California, the airfare was only one-way. We ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise while on board our Alaska cruise in 2011. We were not completely happy with our experience in Alaska but this cruise was CHEAP and since we live in Southern California, the airfare was only one-way. We are very happy we booked it as we had a great time. As the summer began we took our 25th Anniversary cruise to the Western Caribbean aboard the Freedom of the Seas in June. That was the most amazing vacation experience ever. We knew we had another cruise coming in September and had everything already planned out. We were a little nervous that this little Disney ship would fade in comparison to the grandeur of the much larger Freedom. It did not. This "little" classic ship held her own. We started our vacation by flying to the Pacific Northwest to see family for the weekend. Then we headed out to Seattle to see the sights before taking a train from Seattle to Vancouver. There we shared a cab ride to the cruise terminal with a couple sailing on NCL that same morning. The pre cruise experience was nice and relaxing. We had an excellent meal in Seattle at a place called Elliot's. They had amazing crab cakes and the rest of the food was excellent as well. It was also great to walk Pike's Place Fish Market, visit the Space Needle and ride the Seattle monorail. The next morning we took a cab to the train and enjoyed a nice and relaxing ride into Vancouver. Once we arrived at the port it was a very smooth and quick boarding process. We were Castaway Silver and skipped the lines. They didn't even have to take our pictures for our KTTW card as they were stored in their system from the last cruise. We were on board after having arrived just 30 minutes earlier. We were sitting and eating lunch by the time our scheduled boarding time had arrived. Obviously this didn't matter. We were on board, in familiar surroundings and very relaxed. This was awesome. We chose not to book any excursions for the entire trip. Having seen most of the shows, there was no need to make time for those either, if we didn't want to. This allowed us the addiitonal freedom to wonder around on the Wonder. One of the first things we noticed is that the ship was very clean. Typical Disney but it made us remember that the Freedom was clean, but showed occasional signs of guests coming before us in ways that Disney seems to erase away. Our first day was to be a sea day and the one and only port was San Francisco for two days. We lounged around, caught a movie, enjoyed dinner in the main dining room and had a generally relaxing time our first two days on board. We had purchased our own tickets to Alcatraz and had booked a tour with MiceChat for the Walt Disney Family Museum for San Fran. We were looking forward to the time in port. We had a great time in port and boarded the ship in time for the Disney Dreams show on day two, but spent very little time on the ship while the ship was in port. We are not fans of the Toy Story show and were much happier with Disney Dreams, although some of the numbers seemed to be lip-synced, which surprised us a little. Perhaps the lead was not feeling well. We know that happens sometimes. We watched as the ship sail under the Golden Gate at night. What an awesome experience that was. We had Palo dinner that night. We had pretty high expectations and were a little disappointed. We sat outside the banquet room, which was too loud. The food was good but having had an amazing dinner at Elliot's in Seattle and then at Scoma's in San Fran the night before, Palo just didn't measure up. It was good, but not that good. The rest of the cruise found us out on deck and spending time on the second floor of the Cove adult area. We had an excellent and very relaxing time. The final sea day we enjoyed brunch at Palo. That was outstadning, exceeding our expectations and putting Palo back into our good graces. We had been put at the same table outside the banquet room and asked to be moved, which was done promptly. The variety of food was a big surprise for such a small area. The chef was out tending to the presentation at the buffet, which was also a pleasant surprise. Service at Palo was always outstanding. Disembarkation was just as smooth and Disney really does this process much better than any other line in our view. We had booked a van to take us home from the port and we were off the ship and ready for pick up much earlier than we had originally thought. We did get to see the carsland cars arriving at the port to get ready for arriving guests of the pixar cruises that followed ours. In all we had a great time and actually booked another cruise while on board, this time because we felt Disney had redeemed themselves as a top notch cruise line. We really saw several positive steps from our feedback on the Alaska cruise and were pleased with the service and the experience. Nicely done Disney. Nicely done. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
I had such a good time on the Disney Wonder I don't know where to begin. We took the Pacific Coast Cruise which I felt was a good start for a first time cruiser like myself and my husband. We were traveling with our two year old. ... Read More
I had such a good time on the Disney Wonder I don't know where to begin. We took the Pacific Coast Cruise which I felt was a good start for a first time cruiser like myself and my husband. We were traveling with our two year old. I was amazed at the detail of the decoration of the ship, it amazing. Our stateroom was spacious, and it was nice to have a curtain that separated our room from our daughter's room. The food was very good, we enjoyed every meal. One thing that I wish I could have done differently-it would have been nice to have the itineraries with the activities ahead of time. I had no idea on how to schedule the babysitting time, so I picked random hours here and there. Our daughter had a great time in the Flounder's Reef Nursery, but if I could have done things differently, I would have spent my days with her, and then at dinnertime, put her in the nursery so I could eat in peace. A two year old is not capable of sitting through a two hour meal, and it makes a very stressful situation. It got so bad at one point that my daughter was on my lap, crying, tugging at my breast and I couldn't eat my food. My waiter came over, and offered to cut my meat for me so I could finish my meal. I cried at the kindness he showed me, I was so stressed out and my husband was oblivious to my plight. From that moment, it was a turning point for me. I was hooked. We went to all of the shows, enjoyed the pools, enjoyed the gym and the adult area. The adult bar area was dead most of the time, but it was ok with us since we were traveling with a small child. In retrospect, I should have picked the later seating for dinner. It was too hard getting ready for the 5:45 dinner time, it seemed like we just got the day started and then it was time to eat dinner. The Ports of Call-not so good. Los Angeles-San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada. I think this was done backward. It was freezing cold in San Francisco and we were there for two entire days. It should have been San Francisco-Los Angeles-San Diego-Ensenada. I would have been fine with one day in SF, one day in LA, two days in San Diego, and one day in Ensenada. Maybe cold-to warm-to warmer-to hot. I was miserable those cold days at sea and in cold San Francisco. My mood lightened the moment we arrived in Sunny San Diego. I preferred being on the ship, and there was a lot for us to get into. If not, I would have really of been disappointed. Overall, I would rate this trip 4 out of 5 stars. Service was top notch, entertainment was top notch, food was great, and amenities of the ship were great. Ports of call-eh...I would pass. Just booked my next cruise for next year on the Disney Fantasy. Now I know how a cruise works, I know exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it. Disney-you made a believer out of me!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We recently took the special Pixar sailing of the Disney Wonder along the California Coast. The entertainment and kids's programs were wonderful but that's about where the fun ended. The food was hardly edible, unless you ... Read More
We recently took the special Pixar sailing of the Disney Wonder along the California Coast. The entertainment and kids's programs were wonderful but that's about where the fun ended. The food was hardly edible, unless you like chicken strips and pizza every meal. Every night, we would have to wait for our main course at dinner until our dining companions (after arriving 45 minutes late for seating) had ordered and gotten through their first and second courses. Character interactions were great but unfortunately wasted a lot of time waiting in line to see them. Production shows were top-notch. Oceaneer's Club and Oceaneer's Lab were both fantastic. Cabins were comfy. Did not care for the split bathroom concept. They were even tight for my child to maneuver. Cabin steward was good but VERY slow. Room was not serviced until after 1:00 each afternoon and then again at 10:15 at night. Our almost six-year-old daughter had a great time but was ready to come home by day five. She told us she'd rather go back to Princess next time. I would say give it a try once for the experience but wasn't for us. :( Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Spent last week on the Disney Wonder traveling from Vancouver to Los Angeles. My friend and I had an inside cabin and my mother was across the hall with a balcony. Had late seating (PTTAP)at table 24 with Nelson as the server and Cindy as ... Read More
Spent last week on the Disney Wonder traveling from Vancouver to Los Angeles. My friend and I had an inside cabin and my mother was across the hall with a balcony. Had late seating (PTTAP)at table 24 with Nelson as the server and Cindy as his assistant. Purpose of this cruise was to relax and I did. Traveled to Vancouver 2 days early and stayed at the Renaissance on the waterfront. Wonderful stay and since my husband is Platinum with Marriott we stayed on the club floor and had lounge privileges so breakfast and dinner were taken care of. Bought a couple of bottles of wine to carry on board. Our boarding time was 11:30. Walked to the port, turned in our bags and we were in Parrot Cay for lunch by 12:30. We had boarding number 9 and they were boarding number 6 while we were checking in. Got my silver lanyard...We were allowed in the rooms at 1:30 and not a second before (somewhat surprising since the ship had been in dry dock the previous two weeks)met our room steward Filbert, the wine and cheese I had ordered for my mother's room was already there. Muster drill was at 4:00 and we were in Animator's Pallet, no need for life jackets and we sailed shortly after. Only two stops on this cruise Victoria and Ensenda. First night the captain sailed through the San Juan Islands. It isn't very far to Victoria. We docked in Victoria and you could go ashore at about 8:30 am. I had booked High Tea at the Empress at 11:30 am through Open Table. Saved some money over the Disney excursion. It was as good as I hoped. Disney provided free shuttle buses to downtown. If you wanted to walk it takes about 30 minutes. The first night on the open ocean was pretty rocky. 15-20 foot swells according to the captain and 40 mph winds across the bow. Lots of green looking people. The next night was not nearly as rough. It did stay cloudy and cool while at sea though. I think people were surprised. Hit the gym twice for personal training. For the price had two great workouts. Had the ultimate spa indulgence package and was pleased for the price. Food is always subjective but I will tell you that as a beef eater that likes my beef "bleu" this is the first time I have had it served that way each and every time - to include every cruise line I have been on. That says enough for me. The only meal that wasn't good was the Mahi Mahi, it was too dry but a bit more curry sauce made up for it. My mother bought a wine package and the choices were varied and good. Didn't go to the buffet at all so can't speak for any of the fast food experiences. Favorite for me was the Cove/Outlook cafe. With cool sea days it was the perfect place to hang out and read and drink coffee. Lattes were 4 bucks and if you wanted regular coffee you just had to walk a few yards to the free coffee and bring it back. There were also snacks, a daily paper and magazines available. Off the ship on Sunday. Although it seemed to take forever we were in the taxi to LAX in about an hour. Cab was flat rate $57.00 for one to seven people. I booked my next Disney Cruise on board for the discount and on board credit. I will be sailing on the Magic out of Galveston. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
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