25 Disney Wonder Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

I have previously sailed on the Disney Dream (September 2017) and wanted to try a classic ship (March 2018). Although overall I preferred the Dream, I did enjoy the longer cruise. On my week long cruise we visited Castaway Cay on two ... Read More
I have previously sailed on the Disney Dream (September 2017) and wanted to try a classic ship (March 2018). Although overall I preferred the Dream, I did enjoy the longer cruise. On my week long cruise we visited Castaway Cay on two occasions, had three sea days and visited San Juan. We were supposed to visit St Maarten but there was a storm and so we did the two Castaway Cay visits instead. I thoroughly enjoyed the Dining Experiences and the shows in the restaurants, animation night in Animators Palate was great fun and Tiana's Place Mardi Gras was phenomenal. The crew members I could not fault, from our great room host, who kept our room impeccable to our fantastic dining team and all others throughout the ship from Youth Activities to Cruise Staff we had a very enjoyable trip. I Loved the 'Dreams' show in the Walt Disney Theatre and enjoyed time in the Buena Vista Theatre seeing Coco, Thor and A Wrinkle in Time as one of the Sea Days the weather wasn't great. The only thing I would have liked more of was the Marvel Character Meet and Greets as they were always early in the morning or as we were getting ready for show/dinner. Possibly having character meet & greets later in the night like after dinner/show as they always tended to end by 10pm. I also feel their should be more sunbeds in the adult area as you had to be up and at the pool area really early to ensure you got one of the comfortable beds by the adult pools. All in all I would definitely recommend a Disney Cruise, but having stayed in a room with a verandah on the Disney Dream and an inside stateroom on the Disney Wonder I would definitely suggest the verandah. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was invited at the last minute to join a friend. We had an inside cabin on deck 5. I usually sail balconies, so I was a bit weary. Cabin was great, amenities great, Service second to none. Any issues that did arise were dealt with ... Read More
I was invited at the last minute to join a friend. We had an inside cabin on deck 5. I usually sail balconies, so I was a bit weary. Cabin was great, amenities great, Service second to none. Any issues that did arise were dealt with promptly most times. One thing I felt like on my recent cruises with the other lines (Celebrity mostly) was that I was a burden to the staff, the buffet area was always messy, took forever to get things cleaned. Not so on the Disney Wonder. EVERY member of the staff had a smile wherever we met them, no matter what their position. Food was good. Buffet selection had items that many other cruise lines have largely cut back on (fresh smoked salmon, sushi). The future cruise booking desk was the one thing that Disney really needs to work on. Hours were not sufficient, one person couldn't keep up with the line. Drinks were a lot less than on other ships and the fact that you can bring wine in at every port compensated for the fact that they do not offer drink packages in my opinion. Embarkation was sub-par to Disney Standards, apparently due to issues with the terminal in Puerto Rico. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Arrival: ship is docked away from Old San Juan. Did not like that you could not just jump off and tour the town like other cruise lines. Needed a taxi for sure! Computers were slow and lines were long. Glad we went snorkeling and ... Read More
Arrival: ship is docked away from Old San Juan. Did not like that you could not just jump off and tour the town like other cruise lines. Needed a taxi for sure! Computers were slow and lines were long. Glad we went snorkeling and beached it before we arrived at 1:30PM. They did not announce our family as we entered. Not a big deal but my kids were looking forward to that part because they heard it from friends. Once we got on board there was no staff to help direct us. On carnival, there were lots of people directing us. Being our first time cruising, we didn't know if we went up or down to find our levels. Eventually by trying one, we figured it out. The food for the buffet upon entering was great. Really pay attention to the times though. Things are way different on Disney than other lines, Short window for lunch buffet. Missed it next day and had to eat other things. Not as good as buffet; king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, tenderloins, etc. Really really good. The soft pretzels were cold. When they say Cheese or Salt, it is cream cheese by the way. Hard and not good. The pizza is not good either. So much better on Carnival. Loved the sodas are included! and hot chocolates. Did not really like Tritans dining. It was nothing special. Teens not happy with food choices; duck, seafood, lamb, etc. We told the waiter we would just go to the buffet. He said "it is closed by now." (buffet window for dinner very short too) Waiter brought them a burger and buffalo wings! So nice of them. There was not any entertainment or anything to make that dining fun! Loved the other two rooms. No one really dresses up so don't fee like you have to! We had plenty of room in our ocean view. Def much bigger than other cruise lines. Shows were very very good! Liked that all three nights had one. Not used to going to an early show before dinner. PIcked late dinner thinking we would see a show after dinner. Still had to get ready the same time as everyone else on ship. The 3D movies were really only offered during shows or dinner. You had to give up a show or dinner to see most. We did see a very late 11:00PM show but that was really really late for us. Castaway Cay was pretty. Weird how everyone goes back to the ship after 2:00 buffet shut down. Deserted! Didn't like the adult beach area. Water shallow and signs said "No swimming area" Confused, we left. We liked the food. Ribs were good. Saw turtles, rays, huge fish and sunken things while snorkeling. Water very cold. Had a wet suit top that did help hold heat. Bahama weather very iffy in Jan/Feb. cloudy day means it feels much colder! Kids liked the ice cream but disappointed that Disney's actual site says Eye Scream has toppings for the ice cream. We asked about it and they said no. It is wrong on site. Also read about fruit smoothies, found them but they were extra. Small disappointments didn't ruin the trip though. Also, the pools are fresh water and heated! Even the kids slide! We kept our bags so we could go to the buffet early and get off early. We were off the ship by 7:30 so we could get our rental car at Port Canaveral at 8:00. Got our car and off by 8:20. Got to Disney by 9:20 :) It was weird having the mandatory drill just as soon as you get on board and sit down with your food. It took so long to get on and then had to go to drill; pretty much everyone felt like they lost the first day of vacation. We wanted sun and had to stand in line and muster drill with the last remaining drops of precious sunshine (from snowy PA residents). Could not watch pulling out because you would have to give up show if you ate second or dinner if you ate first. Never had that happen before on other lines. Didn't like that! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Two older women on a Disney Cruise with no children was a recipe for disappointment. First, boarding in Miami was our first mistake. What a disaster! From the chaos at MIA to the ridiculously absurd directions to the port, to the end ... Read More
Two older women on a Disney Cruise with no children was a recipe for disappointment. First, boarding in Miami was our first mistake. What a disaster! From the chaos at MIA to the ridiculously absurd directions to the port, to the end of the trip and waiting 7 hours in MIA for a plane because we had to be off the ship by 9:30 am, we were very aware that whoever operates this cruise, has never been to the Disney training center where you learn how to move people quickly and efficiently. I actually felt sorry for the parents traveling with children, who had to put up with the incompetence. There were lines everywhere. We waited to get on the ship (at 1:30 in the afternoon), we waited to get something to eat, we waited to get a chair to sit near the pool, we waited in the bar for a drink, it just went on and on. The Disney Wonder is an older ship that should really be retired or have a major makeover. When we arrived in our veranda stateroom, we had an unusual veranda that was like a little room covered in wood with a window. Not only were we disappointed but there were vinyl covered pads on the seats and they were ripped with all the stuffing coming out and soaking wet. This was the first time we realized there was only one bed. I had been on 7 prior cruises and thought the bed could be separated. Nope. We either had to sleep together or one person would have to sleep on the couch. This is a $2100 cabin???? Our room was far aft which meant a ton of walking to get to an elevator or a dining venue. I guess for some that would be good. For us, not so much. We immediately made our way to guest services to ask for mercy. Unfortunately, the ship was completely booked and there was no way we could be promised a cabin change, but our guest services rep would do what she could. Stay in our room was the suggestion and she would call...which she did and we received a much better cabin in a better location. Thank you! We had asked for a table for two because we are both hard of hearing which makes dinner conversation with others a bit difficult. Well, imagine 100's of noisy kids, with parents who saw this cruise as an opportunity to let their children run wild, scream, yell and irritate the waiters and other guests. Not only could we not hear ourselves talk, we could not hear when the waiters offered evening menus. It was chaos. We thought the Disney characters would be walking around on this cruise to visit with the kids, but not so. There were only certain times and locations they would be available and only for very short periods of time. Guess what...lines. In all fairness, we were not the typical Disney cruisers and our expectations were skewed. But we thought we would "preview" for our grandchildren. If they had fun, then we would? We were wrong, I think. I was surprised by how many non Americans were on the ship and how many non-English speaking guests (and crew). I was under the wrong impression that a Disney ship would have all-American Disney crew members. I forgot, this is a cruise ship, which generally means crew members from all over the world. Of course their service was wonderful. The food was fantastic! Of all the cruises I have been on, I believe this food was the best. Very nice selections and prepared beautifully. Palo, the specialty restaurant was outstanding from antipasto to the delicious chocolate souffle. Don't miss it! We were wakened almost nightly with strange machine noises and blasting power washers cleaning the verandas...at 3 am??? Come on. Thank goodness I downloaded the Disney navigator app so we could find out what was happening and navigate the ship. I found the information provided in the daily newsletter to be sadly lacking. The app is great and gives you an overview of activities and deck layout. Castaway Cay is lovely and has absolutely gorgeous beaches. The Bahamas are sadly lacking and a ripoff. Key West was actually fun and had some cute stores and bars. Would I go again? No. But, one thing I know for sure..all those 100's of kids had a blast! So, if you have children, don't hesitate...just take along a lot money and patience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our 5-day cruise on Disney Wonder was a fun experience for our entire family. This was our 2nd Disney cruise - but first on this particular ship. Our stateroom was located on Deck 8 with a verandah (8512). Our family consisted of 5 ... Read More
Our 5-day cruise on Disney Wonder was a fun experience for our entire family. This was our 2nd Disney cruise - but first on this particular ship. Our stateroom was located on Deck 8 with a verandah (8512). Our family consisted of 5 people but we found our stateroom spacious for all of us. Everything in our cabin was in good working order and always well kept with the help of our steward, Shiv. His friendliness and warm smile didn't hesitate us to ask him for anything. The itinerary of this ship during this time was unique as it was in transition to another itinerary. We started in San Juan, PR, visiting St. Kitts, Tortola, BVI, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay and then Miami, FL. What a great itinerary. All the ports were beautiful. The excursions we chose along the way were just enough to do some sight-seeing of the islands and having some beach fun. Day at sea unfortunately was not great. The waters were quite rough and it rained most of the day that didn't allow us to really enjoy relaxing out on the decks or pool areas. Out of all the cruises we have experienced, this was our first - oh well. And of course, Castaway Cay was the highlight of our cruise. Their beach areas were fantastic and surprisingly the food was very good. There's lots to do from beach fun to riding bikes to scout around the area. It was definitely a fun day for the entire family. The food overall was unfortunately not as good as our last Disney cruise. We found the soups quite salty and the entrees lack of flavour. However, our dining servers were very accommodating, friendly and very personable. They made our dining experience positive despite the disappointment of some of our dinner meals. However, when my husband and I had a chance to eat at Palo (their adult-only restaurant) for dinner, we found our meal very delicious! We didn't have a chance to dine at Palo on the Disney Dream, so this was a very nice surprise. The extra cost is definitely worth it! Our server, Judy, was very detailed orientated and friendly. The shows and entertainment were enjoyable. My 8-yr-old son enjoyed them. The evening shows were just over an hour long. As long as my kids enjoyed them then that's satisfactory. The Disney Wonder boat overall was fine. It might need some updating compared to the Disney Dream, but we prioritized the itinerary over the cruise ship alone. Overall is was a fun family vacation. It's up to you on how you want to make lasting memories. This Disney cruise helped make that happen for us! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third Disney cruise. We have been on the Fantasy, the Magic (post-dry dock) and now the Wonder. I was second guessing booking on the Wonder as I know that dry dock is coming up for her and I was thinking that maybe she would ... Read More
This was our third Disney cruise. We have been on the Fantasy, the Magic (post-dry dock) and now the Wonder. I was second guessing booking on the Wonder as I know that dry dock is coming up for her and I was thinking that maybe she would feel sort of run down. I could not have been more wrong. Everything seemed to be immaculate and kept in excellent condition. When she goes into dry dock, they will upgrade the kids' club, water slides, and restaurants (among other things) so I am sure it will be even better. What drew us to this particular cruise was the itinerary. We stopped in Grenada, Barbados, Martinique, Antigua, and St. Kitts. I really enjoyed each and every port. I was not expecting too much out of Martinique but I ended up loving it. It was like a combination of Europe and New Orleans. Since Martinique is an outpost of France, you can find excellent patisseries and cafes. What I really loved were the pharmacies. It sounds crazy but if you are a fan of French beauty products (think Caudalie, Embroyolisse, Biafine, Nuxe etc) you will be in for a treat. There are many such pharmacies within walking distance of the port and the prices are great. The food onboard was good. I like good food but I am also not too hard to please. I know that there are other cruise lines who probably have more upscale food but I was satisfied with the food. A visit to Palo was a highlight as well. I think the best thing about Disney is the service. The staff always seemed warm and helpful. The embarkation and debarkation process was well organized and very easy. We enjoyed the shows and the adult entertainment as well. The waterslide is pretty small but my kids liked it. It seemed like the kids' pool ended up being off limits several times due to "accidental releases" however this is nothing that Disney has control over. The cabin was comfortable and was very quiet (rooms 7088 & 7090). We always have to get adjoining cabins as we have four kids and no one room would accommodate us. On the magic, the balcony can be opened up to create one large deck space on adjoining rooms but not so on the Wonder, at least not yet. We had an amazing time...my only regret is that we didn't rebook while on board so lost out on the 10% discount and $200/cabin credit. If you are thinking of rebooking, don't wait until the last evening like we did because there were always a lot of people waiting to sit down at the booking desk. There was only one person working the booking desk and it would be nice if there could be too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We had the worst cruise of our lifetime. After returning from the cruise I had to take my husband and son to the ER all the family members that went on this cruise are sick. First of all the boat was very rocky and when we spoke to the ... Read More
We had the worst cruise of our lifetime. After returning from the cruise I had to take my husband and son to the ER all the family members that went on this cruise are sick. First of all the boat was very rocky and when we spoke to the cruise staff they said at this time of the year from Galveston the cruises are all like this. As a matter of fact in 2013 the whole ship was sick out of Galveston and crew was praying to make it home alive. If Disney knows that the waters are so rough then why make families suffer rather than putting a smile on their face. We weren't able to sleep all 6 nights. The kids and my husband have a fever and it was the worst cruise ever. Spoke to several families on board that said they will demand a refund! We have been on cruises in the past out of New York and Port Canaveral and both were very pleasant. This one was horrible. The ship smelled bad. The vents in the room rattled. The vents in the room didn't work and the air wouldn't circulate and all the rooms smelled bad. Behind the sofa there was an awful smell which was later discovered to be a very old Depend diaper. Nasty! We had to pay an upgrade fee for an accessible room that we couldn't even use. The staff at the port told us that the room they would upgrade us to would have a huge balcony and restroom so there is an upgrade fee. No problem we paid it. When we go to this accessible room number 6154 it smelled awful. It was located at the aft and everything in the room rattled all night long. Honestly it felt like the ship was going to tip over and we were all very sea sick. The guest services manager explained that cruises at this time of the year are very unpleasant and several families and kids get very sick. We even saw several families leaving the ship with luggage at Key West. Overall, I feel that if Disney knew that cruises are so bad sailing out of Galveston why charge $6500 per cabin and a upgrade fee and make families have a bad holiday vacation? Very disappointed. I didn't expect this from Disney!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 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
Having never been on a cruise, but always enjoying the "on land" Disney experiences of the past, we chose to venture out on the high seas with Disney Wonder. We wanted an entertaining trip for our 10 year old son and had heard ... Read More
Having never been on a cruise, but always enjoying the "on land" Disney experiences of the past, we chose to venture out on the high seas with Disney Wonder. We wanted an entertaining trip for our 10 year old son and had heard and read a lot of positive comments from others about Disney cruises. Not the least expensive option by far, our expectations we fairly high that this would be a great mini-vacation. From the beginning it just felt like being herded on a cattle boat. It would be impossible to count the number of times we walked from one end of that ship to the other, top to bottom, state room to the top deck just to get a soda. The staff was friendly, always smiling and saying hello, but they really didn't do much for you. There were multiple times that we asked 2 staff members standing together for directions and they pointed in opposite directions...comical, but not much help. Given that it was a Disney cruise, I would expect it to be pretty much all about the children. The Disney island on the first day was great. I did the 5K fun run, followed by a fun family day at the beach. But when you consider that the other two ports are definitely NOT children friendly, I'm not sure what they were thinking. Nassau is not the kind of place you want to take your children. Key West is where you go with your adult friends to party, again without kids. I have been told many times how wonderful the food is on cruise ships, so I was really looking forward to that. Again, I was underwhelmed. I'm not much of a cook, but I do all of the cooking at home and I’m not that picky. The first dinner began well. The menu was beautiful and promising, the service was good, the meal presentation top notch. Too bad I could only eat a quarter of my meal. I don’t normally leave food on the plate, but that is what I did. Pretty institutional. The second night we didn’t go to the sit down meal, we just ate salads. The third night we gave it another try and I hate half of the meal, but that was all. The fourth night we had snacks again. If you wanted a “real” cup of coffee, not the “instant” stuff that comes out of the machine on deck, that costs extra. Actually, the breakfast was probably the best meal of the day. The buffet always had lots of fresh food to choose from. The “snack” places had the standard burger, chicken dogs and fries, plus fruit, salad and wraps throughout the day. I guess it was just the dinner that was disappointing. We didn’t do any of the shore excursions, we kind of thought that the ship would entertain us enough. All of the “extras” on the Disney Island cost “extra”. Seemed like they were always trying to sell you one more thing. The “Pirate Night” got all the kids excited. Everybody bought all the “pirate” stuff they had for sale in the gift shop. Then, on the night of the party, the crew was out in force selling lighted swords and lighted spinners and gadgets up at the party, which lasted all of one hour. Again, it seemed like just an event to sell more stuff. The on board theater was nice. I was a bit perturbed that they charge you for popcorn…seems like that would be something they would include in the price of admission. We are not big drinkers, but we did go to a couple of the bars in the evening just to hang out a bit. I'm not sure where all of the rest of the adults were, but the bars were always empty. And there are quite a few bars, so a lot of unused space. We took our son to the entertainment room for 5-10 year olds and it was a little too immature for him. So we asked if he could go to the older kids room, called the Edge and be with the 11-14 year old kids. Lots of video games and other staff led activities. He had a great time there and was pretty content to stay all evening. I was wondering what the pools looked like and was not really able to see anything on the website. I found out why. The kiddie pool, the one with a slide is really small. The older kid pool is about 6 feet across and 20 feet wide, so when you get about 10 kids in there, it looks full because it is. The third pool is for adults only and is about the same size. Since they move the ship from port to port at night, they arrived at port very early in the morning, like before 6am. Apparently they use some sort of side thrusters to maneuver into dock, but the ship shudders enough to wake everyone on board. And it takes about 20 minutes to dock, so you’re wide awake by then. I guess I thought there would be more things to do together as a family. But it seemed like the ships goal was to give adults every opportunity to separate themselves from their children. Maybe that’s what some people wanted, but not us. Bottom line: if I want a Disney experience in the future I’ll go to Disney World or Disney Land. Never back on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Let me make this review nice and simple: 1. You miss your dinner: YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK! No buffet for you (thing is when you have kids chances are you will miss stuff, especially on this ship with so much to do, I mean, I get it, ... Read More
Let me make this review nice and simple: 1. You miss your dinner: YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK! No buffet for you (thing is when you have kids chances are you will miss stuff, especially on this ship with so much to do, I mean, I get it, consistency is key for kids, but really, I mean, Really!!!) 2. You want to wake up maybe, at least, 10 minutes late on the day of arrival back at port.....?: WHAT!!! What are you crazy!! Out of luck. These people will make sure your are out of your stateroom by 8am latest. There will be constructions going on outside, workers moving beds and what not, plastic wrapinc floors. I felt like I was robbing a bank and trying to get away as soon as possible on this ship. As much as I dislike Carnival, I got to give it to them on this one, they let you chill on the last day. 3. You want to have breakfast on the last day?: OK, but you need a reservation, and you better show up on time (usually at 8am) or you don't get food. This is if you got a ticket from your server the night before at the same restaurant. But I don't image the buffet was much of a difference. Disney wasnts you out! ASAP! 4. You want friendly kids?: Think again, I'm not rich, nor do I even come close, but the rate was good so I went with my super friendly daughter, well guess what, some kid pushed her against the wall in the pool. I asked where his parents were and he said he didn't know. Really? In my opinion, the kids on this cruise were not very nice. 5. My property is safe right?: What!!!! My daughter got her pirate sword stolen in like 5 seconds, the moment it droped on the floor, it was gone. I could not believe it! My water bottle went missing. I was left thinking, "wait, these people have money right, so why is there stealing going on?" I did not get that one bit. 6. My stateroom attendant is going to be great: Yeah he was fine, but when I told him it was ok, that he didn't have to clean that morning, it was like he had won the lottery, he also took a long time to do our room, and I was thinking because I'm hispanic, then he thought I was a poor tipper (stereotype given to Hispanics and African Americans) so he didn't have to try hard, but after I left him the tips, he tried to be nice, I kind of knew. That's just messed up. Then I realized how much nicer he was to the other guests and they probably didn't tip as much as I did. Just sad. 7. My daughter is gonna have a blast!: Well she did, but not in the club (Disney Oceaneer Club), the one where I was supposed to leave her for a couple of hours while I went and worked out, or meditated, or just relaxed. No! My daughter needs a bit of warming up, so I asked the attendant at the club if I could stay with her for 5 minutes and on two separate occasions I was told no. So we just stopped going, and I never got to work out at the "club." I'm a single parent so if no one else wants my baby, I am stuck with her, gladly, but of course I'm paying for all this, so it seems a bit unfair. You know?   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I have been a DVC member since 1994 and last week was the first Disney cruise with my wife, no kids. Maybe I'm a little bias here but I felt the cruise ship was excellent. It may not be one of those newer and bigger ships, been on ... Read More
I have been a DVC member since 1994 and last week was the first Disney cruise with my wife, no kids. Maybe I'm a little bias here but I felt the cruise ship was excellent. It may not be one of those newer and bigger ships, been on some of those, but it still has it. The room was bigger than most cruise line ships, gotta love the split bathroom. It was clean and nothing I could see was worn or aged. One problem was the bed had a sag in the side. I told the cabin steward as we were going for breakfast and said they would take care of it. When we returned about an hour later it had been replaced along with a call from the front desk. Now that's service. The buffet line was never a line. It flowed even with the little kids having their parents serving them. Dinners have a good selection to choose from. I liked the rotating dining rooms each night. It was a little crowded at the adult pool so get there by 9. There is the deck just above where it was no problem getting a chair and plenty of towels. The comedy show they had were very good try not to miss them. The ones we went to were for adults but were not dirty. The stage shows they had were broadway production and the usual Disney theme. One thing get there no later than ten minutes after the doors open and if you have little ones try to sit in the center first 10 rows, they will love what happens! It was a cloudy and raining day at Castaway Cay but if it wasn't it looked like a nice beach to be on. You can't blame Disney for bad weather!!! Since it was raining the ship added multiple activities on the ship so you and the kids wouldn't get bored. We had a window room this cruise and felt no need for a balcony since wew were never in the room. We were having toom much fun!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was, in fact, our 3rd time staying in Cabin #5134 on the lovely Disney Wonder. It's a great cabin, in a fabulous location, on a ship that still holds my heart. But if you'd asked me the last time I debarked what I'd ... Read More
This was, in fact, our 3rd time staying in Cabin #5134 on the lovely Disney Wonder. It's a great cabin, in a fabulous location, on a ship that still holds my heart. But if you'd asked me the last time I debarked what I'd rate it on a 1-to-10 scale? You would've heard the 10 before you finished. This time? I'd give it about a 7 1/2. If I were ranking it solely on the people? 10+ Our room steward Narisa was an angel in disguise. Our wait staff was beyond awesome. Pretty much everyone we met was wonderful this time around. But the poor Wonder. She needs the dry dock and updating badly. She's a bit scuffed up and creaky and starting to look like an old sea tramp rather than a grand lady of the waves! DCL is waiting too long since they won't refit her until she comes back from Alaska next summer. Not soon enough that we booked Disney for our family cruise up there in May. DCL has obviously had to cut a few corners the past few years. It's too bad. It is still the best familiy experience if you can afford it. But not so different that you wouldn't be willing to look at the competitors. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
First cruise for us. It served as our honeymoon. Overall it exceeded every expectation we had. It was well worth the money. Our six year old had a great time and we didn't want to leave. We continued our honeymoon for a couple days ... Read More
First cruise for us. It served as our honeymoon. Overall it exceeded every expectation we had. It was well worth the money. Our six year old had a great time and we didn't want to leave. We continued our honeymoon for a couple days after the cruise at disney world and south florida but if we could do it again we'd take a longer cruise as nothing we did after that compared to how awesome the cruise was. We felt like we were on vacation and waited on hand and foot every minute of the day, even naps and down time were glorious. If you do it right you only get married once and only get one honeymoon. We are 100% happy that we picked Disney and the cabin with verandah for ours. Everything was great, the cabin, the ship, the service, excursions were awesome. We swam with Dolphins in Cozumel, Rode horseback on the beach in Cayman and fed sting rays at Castaway Cay. Don't get hustled for paying full price for dolphin experience btw. Low ball them, pretend to walk out and offer then one third of what they're charging and they'll bite. We paid $120 (still too much) for what others forked out 300-350 for all photos and a dvd of experience. Biggest Pros: Absolutely everything, dinning was great, entertainment was great (we're from Vegas and kind of spoiled and expected cheesy) plenty of adult only areas, options and availability. Biggest Con: I wish the kids club stayed opened a little later. A couple night we were just getting into a great night at the entertainment lounge and us, along with half the lounge had to leave to pick up the kids. If they extended it one hour it would be awesome. While it was well worth every penny, I do wish Disney wasn't so expensive. We would probably do nothing but Disney cruises but we're taking Norwegian to Alaska for our anniversary, partially so we can check something else out but also because for the price of a disney cruise, we can do Norwegian and take the family to michigan for christmas week. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My husband and I went on our first cruise on the Disney Wonder along with our daughter and her family that had traveled with Disney once before. From the boarding process, our suite, to the great time we had on the ship was Top Notch. All ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first cruise on the Disney Wonder along with our daughter and her family that had traveled with Disney once before. From the boarding process, our suite, to the great time we had on the ship was Top Notch. All the staff were very friendly and helpful especially our Concierge Rodrigo! However I must say that the" Golden Mickey's Show" was just plain awful. We didn't even stay for the end of the performance! We did attend other shows on the ship that were great, especially "Toy Story". Our grandson spent some time at the Oceaneer Club as well as the Oceaneer Lab and had a great time! He really enjoyed meeting all the Disney Characters and getting his picture taken with them. Our most favorite place to dine for all our meals was at the Triton. We plan on sailing soon with Disney again! Thanks for a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Boarding was very smooth, overall wait of 30 minutes. When we entered the ship, I got goosebumps as they announced "Disney Wonder, please welcome the Biggs family!" As we entered the ship, we headed out for the Mickey pool. We ... Read More
Boarding was very smooth, overall wait of 30 minutes. When we entered the ship, I got goosebumps as they announced "Disney Wonder, please welcome the Biggs family!" As we entered the ship, we headed out for the Mickey pool. We found a great spot to watch our kids play and began to relax immediately. Our room was ready at 2:00. When we walked in, we were shocked by the amount of space we had. I had been nervous about how tight the room would be with 5 of us in a single stateroom. We were on the 8th floor and had a veranda, which we used a lot. The queen size bed, pull down bunk, murphy wall bed and reversible sofa, gave us a feeling of a great amount of space. We loved that there was the pull-back curtain which allows you to separate the room into two areas (perfect for nap time, or those that wake up early). I had read a lot ahead of time and brought along magnetic items to decorate our stateroom door. We loved all of the shows on the ship, my boys loved the Toy Story Musical and my daughter's favorite was the Enchanted Dreams show. I love that Disney allows you to bring adult beverages on board and doesn't charge you a fee for doing so because this saved us a lot of money. The dining rooms are great and some offer live entertainment. Another great thing about dinner is that your kids can join you for dinner and then head off to the club or lab with a DCL staff member so that you can finish your meal. Dinners in Triton and Animator's take about an hour and forty five minutes, which gets very long for little ones. They were very accommodating in getting our kids dinners that were not exactly what they listed on the menu. We also decided to skip dinner one night and headed to the sports bar area (I forget the name) and watched a NCAA March Madness game while eating wings and nachos. All of the food in this area is free but they do charge for drinks. About drinks, I really love that DCL does not charge you for sodas! This is very helpful when you have a teenager, as is the ice-cream spots that are self-serve, he loved that. There are so many opportunities to meet the characters and they are so patient and interactive with every kid (not like at the theme parks). We had the chance to meet all of the princesses, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Sofia and Jake. I love all of the different outfits that they wear throughout the cruise. The onboard shopping was great, although they ran out of Frozen merchandise quickly just like other disney stores. I did appreciate that the Alex and Ani disney bracelets are cheaper onboard than they are online. The movie theatre on board was excellent and we took advantage of that to see a couple of movies. We were very fortunate to have a premEAR of The Muppets Most Wanted on the last night of the cruise, and that was a special time for my teenager and I. So kids ages 3-7 have the club and the lab which they love! Kids 11-14, can hang out in Edge which offers lots of group activities, including video game challenges and gender wars. Vibe is similar to Edge but geared toward 14-18 year olds. Kids ages 3-7 have secure check in and out of areas so they aren't wondering the ship and moms and dads don't have to worry but the older kids have a lot of freedom. This is where the wave phones (portable phones) come in a lot of handy. These helped us all stay in touch. Our teen always had one and we had one so that we could all stay connected. This was also helpful when we wanted to meet up for certain activities and shows. We arrived in Cozumel and took a taxi to Chankanaab, to participate in Dolphin Discovery. We booked this excursion on our own and while we were there, added a zip lining adventure for our teenager, which he loved doing. The park was great, and we loved swimming and getting kisses from the Dolphins. We did a little port shopping and grabbed a latte before heading back to the ship. Days at sea were great, one night was really rocky but that is not anything they could help. We also went to Castaway Cay and again, I love that so much of the activities were included and not an extra charge. Also, there were SO many characters on the island, and it was so easy for the kids to meet them, get autographs and take photos. We saw Chip & Dale, Captain Hook, Mickey, Pluto without waiting at all. The kids clubs that they take onto the island were fun for our kids too. We had them go in for an hour while my hubby and I rented bikes to explore the island. This was a great way to get around and see some of the island (nice lookout tower) but I do wish we would have been able to go on a longer trail. When we went to pick the kids up from Scuttles Cove, they begged us to stay, but we took them out. They had an awesome water park area and double water slide ( also included). We brought our own snorkeling equipment and my husband enjoyed snorkeling in the water. We rented an aqua trike to ride out on the water but it was a lot more leg work, than I was planning on. It was worth it though because it was peaceful and gave a different glance at the island and at the crystal clear water below us. The pirate party in the caribbean was a lot of fun . The adult trivia and 80's flashback stuff was fun too. We loved playing BINGO with our kids and the staff kept it fun and exciting for the adults and the kids. The staff on board was in true Disney form, all of them were extra cheery, polite and really seemed to enjoy their jobs. When we read up on Disney Cruise Lines prior to cruising we read about joining a fish extender group. After finding a DISboards discussion thread about fish extenders, we joined the group for our cruise. This is a group that makes/create/buys something (or in some cases something different for each person) that they share with the other members of the fish extender group. We searched fish extenders on Pinterest and found options for the pockets to hold the items as well as items to make/create and buy. Some of the favorite things we received were magnets that were personalized with our names, or with the ship name and the sail dates. The fish extender trade/exchange really added a special element to our cruise. The kids loved coming back to the room in the middle of the day or at night to find a special surprise in their pocket. It was also really fun to make and then deliver our items to the other rooms. We broke it up so that we delivered one thing to just kids on the 2nd day, one thing to the parents on the 3rd day and one thing to the kids on the 4th day. This along with our decorated door, really added a personal touch. This was the most amazing cruise we could ask for. Being a family of 5 with kids ranging from 14 to 4, it is tough to plan a family vacation that everyone will enjoy equally. This is the best family vacation we have ever done and I cannot wait to book another Disney Cruise with my family! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This is my third cruise, first on Disney Cruise Line. The other two cruises were on NCL Pearl and Spirit, which was great. Disney Wonder is a old ship but really well maintained, you feel is newer. I went with my wife and 2 year old kid, ... Read More
This is my third cruise, first on Disney Cruise Line. The other two cruises were on NCL Pearl and Spirit, which was great. Disney Wonder is a old ship but really well maintained, you feel is newer. I went with my wife and 2 year old kid, which actually was his birthday onboard. They did a good job celebrating him on dinner. About the ports, we went to Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mx. The best for no excursion plan, is Cozumel without doubt. Jamaica is nice, with the new port and small stores, but not too much to do. Grand Cayman is a classic town with some stores and nice to walk around for a couple of hours. Cozumel as well, but we found more party and restaurants near the port, more stores. We´ve been there on the past cruise, and is a good place to walk around. Our recomendation is, take a shore excursion if it´s possible on the three of them, if not, there´s not too much to do. About the Pro´s and con´s of the ship. Pro´s: - Great for kids (specially 3 to 14 years old.) my son was 2 and couldn´t enter to most of the things, pool, lab, etc. - The experience with disney characters (pictures, hugs, etc) are excellent, coninuous and great for kids happiness. - Cruise is well maintained and cabin was very good (porthole) deck 5 front. - Shows were great, very well done (disney style). Cons: - Very few things for kids below 3 years old. (only splash zone "tiny", and only nursery club but more focused on- Food was ok to less than ok. (Compared to NCL, was less than OK). On both NCL Pearl adn Spirit, we were amazed with food, on included and specialty restaurants, always. If we rated, NCL 10 points out of 10, Disney 7 out of 10. - Cabin was good in size and maintenance. The things we found was 2 cockroaches (small ones) one on first day and one on 5th day. (we didn´t expected that). - The assigned hours (5 45 dinner and 8 30 shows) didn´t work very good for us. (Compared to Freestyle on NCL which you decide when and where)... And also, two shows, Pirates and Farewell, were at 10 30 pm, which was a mess for us with small children (2 yo) which sleeps regularly at 9 pm... we had to leave on both shows at 10 40 because he was crying, beggin to sleep LOL Overall, we love cruising and I think Disney Wonder is a good choice if bringing kids, if not, NCL will be by far a much better option, for us at least. Also, we considered Freestyle as a great option, now that we compared with scheduled hours, is a EXCELLENT OPTION, Freestyle. Maybe Disney should consider this.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
My husband and I (30s) and our 2 children (1 and 4) just returned from a great vacation on the Disney Wonder. This was the 6th cruise for DH & I but only the second since kids, and the first on Disney. As others have done, I will ... Read More
My husband and I (30s) and our 2 children (1 and 4) just returned from a great vacation on the Disney Wonder. This was the 6th cruise for DH & I but only the second since kids, and the first on Disney. As others have done, I will break down my review by category. Embarkation at Miami: A breeze. After the horror stories I'd heard from folks who sailed on other lines, we were prepared for the worst. However, embarkation was nothing but pleasant. I wish we had not had to pay the money to park at the pier, but from my research, I was unable to arrive at an off-site location I felt was safe. Stateroom: We had an oceanview cabin on Deck 5 forward, and this was a great location, as it was the same floor as the kids' clubs and also you could easily view the mid-ship lobby to see if anything as going on (such as character greets) We loved the cabin, and to our surprise, it had a bunk bed that pulled down out of the ceiling and a full curtain to separate the room! There was plenty of storage space; our largest suitcase easily fit under the bed. Flounder's Reef Nursery: Our baby, who will be 2 in June, went in the nursery on two different occasions for two hours, and although he has a lot of separation anxiety, he did really well in the nursery. (we wished we'd used it more!) There are lots of toys, they have Mickey Mouse Clubhouse playing on TV, and they have snacks. The counselors are very involved in playing on the floor with the kids. Oceaneer's Club/Lab: Our 4 year old enjoyed such things as Pluto's Pajama Party and Storytime with Belle in the kids' club, and she also went there for free play and several other activities. The band they require the kids to wear is bulky and annoying, but she got used to it after a day or so. Pools: Our baby enjoyed the splash zone, and our 4 year old loved Mickey's pool, which is shallow enough to where it was never over her head. Disney staff had to constantly tell people to take their babies with swim diapers out of it, as babies are only allowed in the splash zone. This is true of any cruise line, not sure why many seemed to have trouble understanding this. The Mickey slide seemed fun and again our daughter enjoyed it. Every day at naptime while hubby and the kids slept, I went to the Quiet cove pool. I only found an empty lounge chair once in that area, but had no trouble finding one on Deck 10. We did not go in the Goofy pool. Entertainment/Activities: Do not miss Disney Dreams. This is a wonderful show and it is no wonder it won a big award amongst cruise shows. Toy Story was good, but a bit long. It seemed like there were far less activities going on on this ship than on other cruises we have been on. If we had not had perfect weather, we would have had large pockets of time with nothing to do, although it's possible they add extras in the case of inclement weather. I appreciated the fact that everything was truly family-friendly. (and for the adults-only activities, they don't even allow children if they're asleep from what I understand) Staff: Wonderful. All smiles, very courteous, just great! Characters: There were plenty of character greeting times, but be prepared to stay in line, much like at the parks. We found lines shortest on the first 2 days, before people really got a feel for what was going on. Characters that had meet & greets include: Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Pinocchio, Stitch and Chip & Dale. I'm sure I've left out some! Many of them could be seen at some point each day. Dining: Disney has a unique setup where you rotate eating in the different dining rooms. This seems like it would be confusing, but it really wasn't. On the pool deck there is Pluto's Dog House, which has hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers and fries, Pinocchio's Pizzeria, Goofy's Galley, which has a selection of deli sandwiches, wraps and fruit, and Beach Blanket Buffet, which is the breakfast/lunch buffet. We thought the food was very tasty, and the desserts were much better than those on the other cruise lines. We originally had late dining put requested to change to early seating, and on Day 2 we were surprised this had been done, even though there had been a waiting list the day before. The late buffet on Pirate Night was very good, with tacos, ice cream sundaes, turkey legs, ham and more. It was wonderful for us to have the soda included at no extra charge, and milk, coffee, hot chocolate and possibly more are available 24/7. However, despite these positives, I believe this is the area where Disney needs the most improvement. The Dining Flaw: The various eating venues are open only certain hours, and it varies from day to day. Even the pizzeria is closed for several periods throughout the day and it's hard to keep up with. Breakfast at the buffet ends at 10:30, which is a problem for late risers such as us. The main problem, however, is that Disney offers very little in alternative dining in the evenings. On our other 5 cruises, we often ate in the dining room for only 1-2 of the meals, preferring the variety and come-and-go-as-you-wish aspect of the buffet. There is no such option on the Wonder. Some nights, the buffet venue acts as an a-la-carte restaurant, but there is very little variety. One night, both kids were in programs and after our dinner alone we picked them up and there was literally nothing open. If you like eating at set times in the dining room, this is a non-issue but this aspect really took away from our cruise. General: The ship is lovely, and has a great open layout. It is very easy to learn, and although older, is in excellent condition. Some of the amenities on board that we took advantage of were the use of the Diaper Genie, 2 extension cords, and a nice stroller. All of these were free of charge, as long as you return them. The wave phones are wonderful, and extremely useful for peace of mind when the kids are in their areas, as well as just general communication when you're in 2 different places. One improvement that I feel is needed is to have automatic doors on Deck 9 forward and mid ship. With a stroller or wheelchair, it is difficult to be opening these frequently-used doors all the time. The Disney magic permeated all aspects of the voyage. Disney music could be heard in nearly all public areas, a classical pianist played Disney tunes in the lobby, and from the moment you step on the ship, you know it's going to be a magical experience. They start by announcing each family by name and applauding upon your entrance, which is a neat touch. The ship's horn is the tune of "When You Wish Upon a Star," as is the alert tone that comes on before the captain or cruise director speaks throughout the ship. You really feel like a VIP, and everything feels special and magical. Only a few hours removed from our trip, I think with some, "faith, trust and pixie dust," perhaps I, too, can fly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Cruising with Disney was a big dream for my family. We took advantage of a great deal they had offer that allowed kids to sail for free. So we went in the month of April of 2013 from the port of Miami. Check-in was easy and fast. we got on ... Read More
Cruising with Disney was a big dream for my family. We took advantage of a great deal they had offer that allowed kids to sail for free. So we went in the month of April of 2013 from the port of Miami. Check-in was easy and fast. we got on we didn't have to wait very long to get our room. We had an inside cabin and it was just fine. We were 2 adults and 2 children of age 10 and 6 years. My kids enjoyed every minute in the kids club. They also loved the pools and we were able to let them go around from pool to pool back and forth and it was safe. it was also easy to watch them with out having to follow them. Breakfast was great but we didn't like the fact that the time was very limited. Over all we didn't like the food and there was not many choices but fast foods. Ice cream machines were closed very early and didn't give us a chance to for an ice cream at night. The shows were all very amazing. There was an area just for adults and it was the best because my husband and I were able to relax. Shops had very expensive things. Entertainment was great everywhere we went. Unfortunately our kids didn't get to enjoy the Disney characters unless we got in lines that sometimes we had to stand on for more then 1 hour. We were in line to get a picture with captain Hook and so by the time we had our turn, they had changed to Peter Pan. Don't waist your time on those lines unless you absolutely need to or an opportunity comes up. Disney's private island was the most amazing place. Everything was organized and they had the most delicious fruits. Ice cream machines were available everywhere and tour were awesome. We all loved the ship because it's not so big and it's very safe and family friendly. I just hope they offer kids to sail for free again so we can have another chance to cruise with Disney. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Embarkation/Check In process We drove to the port (and others in the party were transferred). We experienced some confusion on the part of the staff when we were checking in since we had some members of the party with us, and others ... Read More
Embarkation/Check In process We drove to the port (and others in the party were transferred). We experienced some confusion on the part of the staff when we were checking in since we had some members of the party with us, and others checking in at a different time. They were unable to process check-ins for partial rooms without a lot of grief. It took a while, but we eventually got it straightened out, and we got onto the ship. We proceeded to the ship to check the kids into the kids club, since there was a very long line to do this at the port. Still a very long line onboard the ship (over 30 minutes). Up to the Beach Blanket Buffet for a very nice lunch.- the food was always excellent Meals: We had dinner at Palo the first night (At least most of the adults in the Party did). It is an Italian themed restaurant and was excellent. Highly recommended. I had a fillet mignon that practically melted in my mouth. Per Disney's plan, we rotated between the three regular dining rooms onboard, and they were all very nice. The food was consistently good for dinner, and we had lots of tasty meals. There seemed to almost always be a filet or tenderloin and a fish entree offered. I liked that there are always sugar free desert options for those in our party who had sugar restrictions. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were awesome with magic tricks, and quick service. Lunches for us were experienced in a number of venues, and each was good. Breakfast for us was at Beach Blanket every day, except departure, when we had breakfast at the Parrot Cay Restaurant. Travelling with a Disabled Traveller: We travelled with my dad in a wheelchair, and two caregivers- one for daytime, and one for night time. The stateroom he stayed in was very large and spacious. The bathroom was excellent, and had a fantastic roll-in shower. (Cabin 7638, and his caregiver was in 7636 which also was handicapped, and had a roll in shower). Our only nit was that the rooms did not interconnect, so she had to go out to the hall in the middle of the night, if she wanted to go to her room. The ship is generally very accessible, and we experienced no difficulties there. My father's stateroom steward was very helpful, and went above and beyond. We found that they really made it easy to travel with someone who can be quite needy. Staterooms: Most of our party stayed in 6592, 6596, and 6598. The cabins were adequately sized with balconies. There is very little space at the end of the beds to get around , but it is manueverable. The bathrooms are a split layout- with toilet and sink on one side, and sink and shower on the other. There are two separate doors. I'm rather larger in size, so I found it somewhat difficult to actually enter the toilet part of the bathroom, because there was a stopper that stopped the door from opening fully. This necessitated a great deal of contortions. Also, the cabin steward we had was not as good as we've had on other cruises, or on other cruise lines. I generally have the expectation that they'll service the room while we're out for the morning, and do the evening turn-down while we're at dinner. That didn't necessarily happen. We had a couple of evenings when it got to be very late, and I had to tell him to please come and do his thing, since I was headed to bed. The first day, he didn't manage to get into our stateroom, despite our being gone from 8:00 AM until almost 1:00 PM. Then he came knocking at 2:00 when we were down for a nap. Shore Excursions: Cozumel: Is very pretty. We did a couple of different dolphin tours. the one my daughters and au-pair ended up on was better than ours(They went to Dolphinaris). We had dolphin discovery. We had to wait for almost an hour and a half in the sun, despite being on time. My son ended up getting a bit sick from being in the heat and sun during that time. He was crying and unhappy (and I can't say I blame him) at being left to stand there for so long. I did address it with them, and their response was just to let us get into the water with the manatees to pet them for a couple of minutes. IMO- too little- too late. Castaway Cay: Stunning, and a real highlight of the trip. We fed the stingrays, and snorkeled with them. That was a lot of fun, and a great deal for the money. On Castaway, lunch is brought to the Cookies/Cookies too restaurants, and they serve a lovely Barbecue. There are also kids club activities, and many, many things to do. A lot of them are included in the cost. Very nice. I could honestly just go there a couple of times during a cruise, and be quite happy. Kids Club: We had 6 kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14 with us, and they all had a good time. The two 14 year olds were almost aged out of the camp, so they spent more time with the adults, but the younger kids practically lived in the kids clubs. Spa: Beautiful Spa. Great time. I had the seaweed wrap, a stone massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. The rest of the family visited as well. The teen/Tween girls in the party were very disappointed to find out that they could only get a mini nail 'do, and a mini facial. Not a full mani/pedi, and not a full facial. We've gotten those on other cruises, and routinely get them at home. (My Oldest gets facials regularly to help treat acne) Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Embarkation-super easy, quick and painless Stateroom- was great, double bed that could be split, sofa that turned into a bed, and upper bunk brought down during turn down service. We did not see much of our stateroom host. But he was ... Read More
Embarkation-super easy, quick and painless Stateroom- was great, double bed that could be split, sofa that turned into a bed, and upper bunk brought down during turn down service. We did not see much of our stateroom host. But he was quietly efficient. Great towel animals! Dining: Really awesome. Food was great! If you don't like something they will replace it. Servers do magic tricks for the kids. We went to Palo during our night at Tritons. The kids did not like that one too much. But Palo cost us about $70 when it was all said and done, $15 each, plus 2 glasses wine $24 plus tip. Seems to be about the same as we would have paid going out. so you really kind of lose a free dinner. I don't think we would eat there again-even though it was outstanding. Buffets were very clean and nicely presented. Kid club- 12 year old would not go in. They really need to revisit their age groups. 3-12??? how about 0-3, 3-6, 6-10 middle school and high school. I did not see anyone over 9 in the kids club. We skipped Nassau. Most people did, the ship was pretty crowded during this time. Cayman Cay was awesome. But don't plan to go jet skiing... $320 for 2 people on a jet ski for 45 minutes. x2 for family. You might as well buy the jet ski. Did the stingray excursion that was great. loved the beach. ran the adult 5k with my 16 year old son, well behind my 16 year old son. they let him run too, but said they wouldn't take responsibility for him. But the leader still looked out for him which I appreciated. Entertainment: We went to all three shows. And loved them! We all had different favorites so see them all. They are real broadway quality. The kids pools were crowded and pretty murky. Too much sunscreen in the water I think. Also there is a huge television that turns kids into zombies. Have you ever seen 20 kids in a pool? No one playing? All staring at the tv? They should turn that thing off sometimes. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
The Disney Cruise Ship, Wonder was wonderful. The staff was pleasant and attentive to details. I would recommend this cruise to anyone with children. Sodas are included in the price of the cruise. I did not care for the dinner seating ... Read More
The Disney Cruise Ship, Wonder was wonderful. The staff was pleasant and attentive to details. I would recommend this cruise to anyone with children. Sodas are included in the price of the cruise. I did not care for the dinner seating options because we had second seating at 8:15PM and it was too late. The main course did not arrive to the table until 9:30PM and by the time you finished eating dinner it was at least 10:00PM. The dinner seating options are 5:45 and 8:15. These seating options coincide with the nightly Disney shows, which start at 6:15 PM and 8:15 PM. The Disney shows were entertaining. Disney has characters walking around in surplus all day long so the kids get multiple chances to visit Mickey, Minnie, etc. The kid activities have variety and there is always something to do for the kids or as a family. If you have been to Disney World and want to try something different but still Disney... try the cruise. The staterooms (Deluxe) was spacious and it accommodated three persons very well. The bathrooms are separated, which is a time saving feature while trying to get dressed. Disney shows various Disney movies throughout the entire cruise to include movies currently in theaters. The entire cruise offered a magical Disney experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
This was our first cruise, first time out of the country, etc. So, I didn't know what to expect but I too had read a lot of traveler reviews and this ship scored fairly well so lets just say that I had high expectations.We boarded the ... Read More
This was our first cruise, first time out of the country, etc. So, I didn't know what to expect but I too had read a lot of traveler reviews and this ship scored fairly well so lets just say that I had high expectations.We boarded the ship at 11:30 and everything went smoothly. I do have to say that they are properly staffed for check in which is a plus. NOthing starts your vacation off to a bad start like standing in line for 45 minutes. So, we had lunch about 12 noon at the Beach Blanket Buffet which had a good assortment of just about everything you could think of!Our rooms are ready at 1:30 ( disney tapes off the corridors until 1:30 ) and our luggage arrived pretty soon there after which was great considering I had forgotten to take the sunblock out of our luggage and put it in the carry on after we got off the flight! The cabin itself, was fairly small - although, from what i understand of cruises, this is fairly common. However, the housekeeping staff was SUPERB. I mean, really, SUPERB. EVERY time that I left and came back the room had been cleaned, and by cleaned I mean she took the time to organize our clothing, hang things up, put things away, clean up the towels, everything you would expect from housekeeping with the exception that they did it every time you left your room. Literally. These people are stealth like. :) I had no idea when they were coming or going! I will say that I was not all that impressed with the fitness center. Pros and cons - #1 - the treadmills had windows so you could overlook the ocean - that was cool. #2 - they had TV's - cool as well - as for the cons - for a ship of this size, they had very limited weight equipment. I was really surprised. Only one leg machine, one arm machine, etc - all the rest was cardio equipment. Having stayed at many disney resorts, the Saratoga Springs resort had a much larger and much better selection in terms of equipment!As for the excursions, this was our first time in Nassau, which was an adventure. We wanted to visit the Astrada Gardens and Zoo and the ship had something you could book, OR, you could venture off on your own and take something called a Jitney ( public transportation, like a bus ) there and back. So, I thought, lets do that! What a mistake! Apparently, Nassau is divided into two parts, the first part is very run down, impoverished and not a place you want to be walking with kids. Easy target for lots of bad things. The Jitney looked , and smelt, like someone had vomited all over the seats, it was FILTHY. I made my daughter sit on my lap and wouldn't let her touch anything! We got there and the zoo was quite nice - but I was so grossed out by the jitney, I wouldn't take one back and decided to walk the mile and half / 2 miles. We did come across a nice little beach along the way, which was neat. The other side of Nassau is where we went for the Dolphin Encounter and that side is beautiful. It is surprising that they are so different! We did the dolphin encounter and booked it directly through the company. Disney wanted $125 pp for the dolphin swim and it was $85 pp if you book through the company directly, plus $4 pp for the cab ride there. The dolphin swim was great, we had a really nice time, plus the island that it is on is lovely. The food on this cruise was wonderful - the only thing was that when we came back from Nassau since it took so long to get back through customs ( and beware, you will be berated by people asking "braids for your princess?' and when I said no, they gave me nasty looks and called you names ) that we missed our dinner seating. So, we went back to Beach Blanket buffet and they had a wonderful menu for people who missed dinner and the restaurant was nice and quiet - it was nice to sit back and relax and watch the ship leave Nassau. Castaway Cove was quite nice as well. I could tell that there were not a lot of early risers since we got on the island early and there was no one there. That changed around 11am though and it was pretty packed, BUT there were plenty of chairs and hammocks, etc. They had a BBQ at lunch which was good as well. They also had strollers you could borrow to push your child from one end of the island to theother which I thought was nice. The only thing I didn't like is that you go to a beach, a Disney beach none the less, and there are no sand toys! We had to pay $18 for sand toys and $6 pp for a tube rental. Seems a little nickel and dimey when you have spent all this money for a cruise but I guess it is what it is. The shows were great, we really liked them - overall, this was a great first cruise. I was very sad to leave the ship and come home! We are looking forward to this again next year! Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Just returned from the inaugural 11-night voyage on the Disney Wonder. What an excellent experience! From the beginning pick up at the airport until we were deposited at the airport for our return, it was a seamless and stress-free trip. ... Read More
Just returned from the inaugural 11-night voyage on the Disney Wonder. What an excellent experience! From the beginning pick up at the airport until we were deposited at the airport for our return, it was a seamless and stress-free trip. All you must do is put your Disney luggage tags on your baggage (at your home) and when you arrive in Orlando you go to the Disney counter at the end of the terminal and "sign" in. You don't have to hustle bags at all. They're waiting for you on the ship! You're then shown to the waiting motorcoaches where you embark and ride the 45 minutes or so to the port. Our driver was courteous and had a Disney tape ready for us to see. After it had finished he gave us an informal "tour" of the area as we drove. Embarkation was typical. Past cruisers in one line, first timers in another; but it was orderly and fairly quick. Then through "Mickey's head" and onto the ship. Each passenger is greeted and announced, via microphone, to everyone in the lobby and taken aside and briefed about the ship. What fun that was! The ship is remarkable. There is NO bleed-over in the three different deck areas and pools. Children have a wide assortment of fresh fruits as well as the standard hamburger/hot dogs as well as chicken tenders and fish sandwiches at Goofy's Pool and Scoops (the ice cream and fresh fruit bar). In the Beach Blanket Buffet there is a children's line featuring mac and cheese, broccoli, corn, chicken tenders, french fires chips, etc. All pretty "kid-friendly". AND, all soft drinks, juices and the like are in dispensers in different areas and are free. That's a $1,000,000 decision Disney has made for their guests. Each area has it's own music and activities and the Quite Cove adults only area IS. Adults 18 and over are the only folks there....no "accidental" children and a very enjoyable place for swimming, reading or just enjoying the ship. The children are all "in the program" and they are connected to their parents by pager. Of course you see children in the dining areas and the pool areas, but they are kept so busy and occupied that we hardly realized they were there! Entertainment was fantastic! It's Disney, after all. The movie schedule featured most of Disney's animation films and first run films....Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man' Chest, for example as well as several others. Service is AMAZING!!! It was as good as any premium cruise I've been on if not better. The entire crew from Captain Henry to the deck hands smile and greet you no matter where they are or what they're doing. Castaway Cay is the best private island I've experienced. Not only are the areas organized, clean and spacious, but there is even an adults only beach area. The food was good....hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted chicken, bar-b-que ribs, corn, beans, different salads, and of course free drinks. This is a cruise I heartily recommend IF you want an exceptional experience, whether or not you have children. We, by the way, DID NOT have children with us and had a fabulous time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
Absolutely beautiful ship!! I traveled with a party of seven; myself, 2 adult friends, three 15-year olds and an 18 year old. I had always read that the Disney cruises were family oriented, so I expected to be bombarded with younger ... Read More
Absolutely beautiful ship!! I traveled with a party of seven; myself, 2 adult friends, three 15-year olds and an 18 year old. I had always read that the Disney cruises were family oriented, so I expected to be bombarded with younger children the whole cruise (much like going to Disney World), but was extremely surprised at how little you see other kids, as they are always off at the kid's places. Also, I was worried that the teenagers wouldn't have much to do, but my girls (15 year old twins) would check in with me during the day & be gone most of the evening at Aloft, the teen hangout. They made many new friends & expressed that they were sorry the cruise wasn't longer. I can't say enough about our accommodations. I was in a deluxe oceanview stateroom on Deck 2, which was more than enough room for myself and the 2 teenagers. My friends & their kids had a one bedroom suite on Deck 8. If you can afford the extra cost, the one bedroom suite is THE way to go. Beautiful room & more than ample space. We all stood on the verandah for embarkation and had room to spare. Also, the suites allow for concierge service, which was a nice luxury. We enjoyed the rotational dining, although I was not so impressed with the desserts. All the other places to eat (Beach Blanket Buffet etc.) were done well with a good selection of food. The room service was quick & the servers were polite. We especially liked the free drinks on Deck 9. (sodas & coffee). We did one shore excursion in Nassau to Atlantis, but found it was more money than I would have liked to spend. I wasn't impressed with Nassau, although Atlantis is a wonderful resort. Castaway Cay is great. The kids headed for the teen beach while we adults headed for Serenity Bay & our cabana massages. The adult beach is the way to go for utter relaxation. The massages were to die for. We met the kids back at the family beach for lunch, and then headed back to the ship to the spa. Make the spa a place to go!!! Well worth the money. Can't say enough about this Cruise Line. We are already looking to make reservations for next year. The friend I went with had cruised with Carnival previously and said she'd never go back to anything but Disney. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
Disney Wonder Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.6
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.6
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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