22 Disney Wonder Romantic Cruise Reviews

We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining ... Read More
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining food was superb- many options on the menu! -Our servers in main dining were wonderful- best I’ve ever had on a cruise. They were personable, and very efficient. -Our inside cabin was very comfortable and clean. -Entertainment is high quality. The main stage shows are of a high caliber with Frozen the musical stage show being a highlight. - We enjoyed all the adult entertainment options on the ship! We liked trivia, bingo, crafts, adult only game shows, adult only pool area and the adult only restaurant, Palo. Cruise entertainment staff were very upbeat and personable! - Ports of call were Cabo and Ensenada. -In Cabo we took an excursion to the Breathless all inclusive resort! It was gorgeous and staff were wonderful. -Port of Ensenada we took a wine tasting tour that was fabulous! We LOVED our guide and the countryside was beautiful. This was an amazing cruise and you cannot beat the Disney experience. I have previously sailed on Holland America and Disney beats out Holland in the service and entertainment categories! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
In an effort to get our families to experience more of the world than just the Caribbean, we decided to book an Alaskan cruise. We are 2 families who cruise together regularly (moms are cousins) and this time we both invited our parents ... Read More
In an effort to get our families to experience more of the world than just the Caribbean, we decided to book an Alaskan cruise. We are 2 families who cruise together regularly (moms are cousins) and this time we both invited our parents to come along and see what we've been raving about for so many Disney cruises now. One family has 5 kids (20, 19, 9, 6, and 3) and the other has 2 kids (11 and 8). Grandparents ranged in age from 66-84. Boarding the ship was simple. While the hotels very close to the port in Vancouver were CRAZY expensive, especially for a crew of our size, we were able to find an all suites hotel a few blocks inland that was VERY reasonable. We flew into Seattle (saved 50% on airfare), and took the train up to Vancouver Friday morning. We ended up having a 3+ hour delay, so the normally 4 hour trip took over 7. We were VERY comfortable on the train, kids were entertained and could move around, so all in all we didn't mind. I would NOT recommend trying to take the train on Monday as you're supposed to be at the port by 3pm. (We went early to get the kids acclimated to the time change.) The inside passage is VERY VERY VERY calm. No rocking at all like most other cruises. The first night we had fog, so the ship horn blasted every 2 minutes. ON THE DOT. Good to not crash into people or boats. Bad for sleeping. (Use white noise!!) We saw ample whales, seals, eagles, etc from the balcony. Many times, we just wanted to go back to the room to watch for whales!! (Side note: Orcas are WAY smaller than you think they're going to look in the wild from a big cruise ship!! FYI! Lots of splashing and they're FAST.) We saw MANY MANY humpbacks during this trip. The final sea day was the BEST whale watching of all. Don't take the Tracey Arm day lightly...it's BREATH TAKING!!!! SO much more than I was anticipating. The biggest let down of the cruise was the service and the food. Nothing huge. No glaring errors, but just small things like we'd bought a wine package and the unfinished bottles weren't waiting for us at our table when we arrived like they had on all our other Disney cruises. (4 to be specific.) The kid's didn't have drinks waiting for them on this cruise. Our party of 15 was supposed to be linked in the system, which we confirmed with DCL directly via the phone several weeks prior to sailing, yet half our party was on a completely DIFFERENT DINING ROTATION when we got on board. My cousin and I had to go fix it as soon as we were on board. Palo wouldn't let us make a reservation for the 10 adults we had, and made a huge deal about our party when we tried to fix our 2 separate reservations so we could all eat together....yet when we dined there the restaurant was only 1/4 full the entire time we were there. The kids enjoyed the muppet interactive scavenger hunt on the Fantasy MUCH more than the Anna and Elsa hunt on this ship. The kid's club crew wasn't as interactive and entertaining with the kids. If they wanted to do one activity in the club and then another activity in the lab later on, the crew didn't inform them the new activity was starting, so they missed it because they were doing something (like a small craft) filling the time. All of the younger kids were MUCH less impressed with the cast members in the kids club on this ship. The food is really rather blah. On every other sailing (Fantasy and Dream), I had multiple meals I could RAVE about....only Palo gets that note here. Tiana's was HIGHLY interactive, but the food was meh. I'm not sure if it was just the size of our party or not, but the photographers only took our pictures at dinner once at our table. When you pay $300 for the photo package, I'd like to see A LOT more of those types of photos at the end of my cruise. All in all, it was ALASKA!! It was amazing! BUT the Disney caliber cruises I've come to know and love just missed a bit on this one. I don't know if that's because it was Alaska, or because the staff on this ship just isn't being held to as high of a standard, but it was noticed. (Incidentally, another family we met on the train ride up had the exact same feelings.) We will absolutely sail again. Our kids LOVED Alaska and the fun adventures we took while we were gone. They are still talking about seeing all sorts of cool stuff from our balcony. These memories will last a life time (for everyone except the 3 year old), and all in all I'm very glad we went. Excursions: We did NOT do the extra boat in Tracy Arm (Acutally we went into Endcott Arm b/c there was too much ice in TA) and it was still amazing. OH OH OH and make time to go see the Naturalist's lectures!! They were fascinating and added so much understanding to what we were seeing. Ketchikan - cold and rainy that day - we did Zip lining....very fun but we were pretty wet in the end. We had plans of warm showers and then going back in to explore the town, but the rain wouldn't let up so we just continued to enjoy the ship. Juneau - we did the helicopter tour to the top of the glacier. (Booked via Viator.....saved several hundred $$) The dog sledding part was cancelled because it had been so warm that the snow melted and they had to close the dog camp. Walking on the glacier was AMAZING. Kids loved the helicopter ride as well. When else could we do that!!? We had to fork over the $. Skagway - grandparents, dad, and sons went Salmon fishing and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. It was the ONLY picture my 9 year old wanted to bring to show his class from his summer vacation. I took the girls on the Duck Boat tour and then we walked around town. Meh. it was ok. It was good to get out and get a little city tour. Before our cruise, we did a whale watching tour out of Vancouver harbor. That was great! (Also booked on viator) Alaska is definitely a bucket list place for most people. We are glad we sailed Disney with our families for all of the entertainment. All of us had things we wanted to do and didn't get to on our 7 day sailing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and service. Embarkation was great, friendly staff once you are inside the terminal, the porters outside were very rude. They don't work for Disney though. We waited about 10 minutes to get the passport checked and headed to the ship. It is great when they announce your family and make the experience a little more special. The Sailaway party was kinda lame but alright, if you don't have kids you can skip that. Dancers were bad... i think the kids had fun though. Our room was clean - not spotless but reasonably clean, we had an inside stateroom which was larger than we thought. The whole ship looks pretty new, except for the Triton restaurant that still look like in the 90s. Food was excellent (except for the first night which the duck was really chewy) and we actually cancelled our Palo reservation because the food was good and we don't see the need to splurge more. Entertainment is lacking for adults only cruisers, there are 2 hot tubs that were constantly occupied, I don't like sitting in there with strangers. The water was too cold to swim. The adult only section was really quiet, I don't know how Disney does that, good to sun bathe and read a book. We tried to attend all the free activities but we don't fully enjoy the Disney Trivias because we are not hard core Disney Fans, we couldn't guess the song names / movie names by listening a 5 second clip. Shows were great except the juggling show, that was very lame as well. The Magic guy, Ventriloquist and country music guy were great! I fully enjoyed the Frozen show as well. The ports were alright, Nassau was terrible, you can skip unless you want to buy diamonds and rolexes. We did a Jet Ski tour that was great (not through Disney), rented a bicycle on Castaway Cay, nothing too special but I would recommend. We don;t have kids so we stayed at the serenity bay. The Barbecue was awesome, I took 2 bags of Lays chips on board as snacks. Overall I would do it again but my next cruise would be Royal Caribbean so I can compare the entertainment options. This is not a cruise for adults only unless you are a big Disney fan. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right ... Read More
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from the beginning with a Happy anniversary card inside our cabin to a special dessert at the first dinner to a special invite to meet and greet with the characters. This was my 2nd trip to Alaska on the Wonder, the first time with my twin sis. We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady. Really enjoyed the updates and refit of the new Disney Wonder after its dry dock. Just a few notes to those of you coming back, as I did, for the 2nd time to Alaska. With the changes that happened to Wonder in dry dock one of them is at the aft buffet Cabanas. The deck 7 aft deck is gone, now above it is the deck for Cabanas on deck 9 (don't know what was on 8)and an extended inside eating area. Also gone is the Tracy arm fjord day Bar-b-q on the aft eating deck. Asked why and they said with the outside eating area smaller not enough room for outdoor cooking. Never fear though, the hot soup in bread bowl still exists that day and is served by walking wait staff on deck 9 and 10. More about changes to Wonder--on open house time embarkation day got to see updates to kids and spa areas and can only say excellent!!! Deck 9 changes great too! The Adult deck as great as always. On our first night dinner we were in Animator's Palette seated with wonderful adult table mates, but at one of the back wall tables. If seated there expect service to take longer. why? Because the wait stations to pickup food and clear tables are in the corners of the back wall requiring the wait staff to backtrack over the one only route on each trip since they could only access the table from one end and not around the table as other locations in the room. Also these tables, we found out, were the farthest from the kitchen. No problem in Tiana's or Triton since we were at oval tables with full round access. We finished, with the same wait staff for all restaurants (Disney rotates you through all the restaurants for evening meals and your wait staff goes with you), a full 20 minutes later in Animator's Palette than in the other two. That's not to say that all of Animator's tables were slower just all those at the aft back wall. Not our wait staff's fault, just the layout of the room. Tiana's was Excellent! Really enjoyed the menu and the supper club atmosphere with live music throughout the entire dinning experience and the 2nd seating of the trip Mardi Gras night was a real hit. Triton's was excellent as always. Sea food aboard and the deck 9 buffet and quick eats were excellent. Not to mention the free ice cream and beverage dispensers on deck 9. And free room service daily. A nightly mickey ice cream bar was how we ended the day, all inclusive. An up point on Animator's Palette. With three seatings here on this trip since we were at Animator's palette the first night, we got the regular show the first night, which was great, on the middle night was also Frozen night and the the restaurant was decked out with Frozen artwork and colors, on the last night we got to become animators and see our own art work in the show that was more than excellent. We had great weather for most of the trip, thank you Disney. Had some fog and mist on first day at sea but cleared up to broken clouds. Had one night of high very high winds, but the captain and his crew did their best and kept us on top of each breaking wave for an easier ride. We got our sea legs quickly and were rocked to sleep that night. Next day we were due for Tracy Arm but too much blue ice in fjord so we went to the alternate Endicott Arm and Dawes Glaicer. It was fantastic. The ship had room in the fjord to turn broadside to the glacier for great views of the face. We had sun that day so calving was witnessed. Saw wildlife on the way out and had the deck 4 to ourselves. Had cold hard wind in Skagway but sunshine through clouds. It's Alaska, so you layer up and keep on going. We enjoyed the experience. In Skagway we did the National Park Walking tours through historic downtown Skagway--3 different tours and free as long as tickets last. Get your tickets first thing in the A.M. at the National Park Office at 2nd and Broadway. In Juenau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and the Glaicer Gardens. If we saw one eagle we saw 50 and one really close fly by. In Ketchikan we toured the totems at the Totem Heritage Center and shopped. Great sunny day, so came back on ship to enjoy the pool area and decks. The stage shows are not to be missed on this ship. You are seated by dinner rotation so the theatre is never overcrowded for seating. The new stage musical Frozen is fantastic as well as the last night show Dreams. Inbetween is excellent entertainment in the main theater as well as the adult only clubs at night. Got to see great first run movies--and early viewing of new Pirates movie.On last night went for quick trip back to stateroom after dinner and saw an envelope in the fish by our door. We got a special invite (after the Dreams show) to a special meet and greet in D lounge with the characters before the Till we Meet Again show in the lobby. This was a special treat and one on one with ALL the characters before the show. Thank you Wonder staff for the invite. Next morning they assign you to a breakfast seating according to your first restaurant seating time. We chose to do the express walk off after breakfast since we had the first breakfast seating and would be out of the room before 8:30am. We were walking off the ship and to Disney airport transportation by 8:10a.m. We had an excellent time and took advantage of the "hold my place" plan to book our next cruise. For $250.00 you can "hold my place" and have up to two years to book your next cruise and still receive the shipboard booking credits and discounts. It's a win-win. This allows you time to check your schedule and travel buddies names for reservation. We really liked that and took advantage of it. Looking forward to the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises ... Read More
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises with Carnival. This was our first Disney cruise. We live in Houston, so we did the check-in online and drove about the hour there and got there a little before our check in time of 1:45. The check in process was extremely fast. I feel like from getting out of the car to on the ship was about half an hour tops. It was pretty cool that they introduced us onto the ship with the loudspeakers. First up checking out the room. My first thoughts walking into the room were wow this is a lot smaller than I was expecting. but the balcony was nice and spacious. Bed was incredibly comfortably. I was overall kind of thrown aback because my first impression was this is small, but I grew to like it a lot. The room behind us 6154 had a HUGE balcony though! It covered about half the back of the boat. Then we explored the ship. I remember saying to my wife the thing I love most about Disney is their attention to detail. Every aspect of the ship is Disney related, and everything has a purpose. Near the adult area there were spots you could sit in the windows and look out. Being adults on our honeymoon we spent most of our time in the adult only area. The dining rotation was very cool. We got Triton's first, and it was like fine dining I have never experienced before. It was so much food and so good I felt so bad when I couldn't finish it all. We were 2nd dining and so we would have to leave pretty quick to make sure we made it to the adult shows. The shows were amazing. I HATE Frozen but my wife convinced me to go to their Frozen show and it was actually pretty cool. All the shows they had were awesome. I'm still stunned from David Gatti's show. I'm still laughing at Buckets and Boards. Dreams was very well put together, although the ending was kind of interesting. Every show in the adult area was hilarious. As a honeymooning couple on a Disney cruise we were kind of expecting to see and be bombarded by a lot of kids, and we were kind of concerned about that. But we barely saw kids. Barely! Anyway I digress. The shows in the adult area were awesome. The club host Brett was one heck of a guy and extremely hilarious! We all miss him. The wings at Crown and Fin Pub were to die for. I miss those a lot as well. Speaking of not seeing kids. There was even an adult only pool and hot tubs. It was almost always quiet over there too. At Castaway Cay there is an adult only beach as well. Like I said we barely interacted with kids, and that was pretty surprising to the both of us. The service was amazing. From room service, to service at the restaurants, or shops it was absolutely amazing. Everyone was super nice and it made us go, "Now I kind of want to work here!" The best port was Castaway Cay. If I could just live on Castaway Cay that would be okay. It was incredibly peaceful, and we loved it. Key West was pretty cool, but pretty touristy. All we really did there was get a picture with the 90 miles to Cuba point. The Bahamas were kind of disappointing. The beach was nice, and the bars were cool. But a lot of the shops were closed due to Majority Day and some kind of march. We decided to walk a bit and after about 10 minutes of walking in one direction we felt like we were in the ghetto. We were back on the ship well before it was time to be quite simply because we ran out of things to do. Our excursions at the Bahamas and Key West were both cancelled due to low visibility and wind respectively. To us that meant more spending money and it wasn't a big deal. The one excursions we did get to do was the Kayak tour at Castaway Cay. It was beautiful and we both learned a lot. Our tour guide was hilarious. The only downside, if you even want to call it that, was on the return. We woke up the last day expecting to be in Galveston, and instead we were just outside the port, anchored down due to the fog. For us living in Houston it was no big deal that just meant more time on the ship for free to us! But to others it was kind of a problem having to reschedule flights and stuff. Disney Cruise Line was amazing and made sure everybody was fed and made sure to add a lot of events so that the time went by faster. All in all it was an amazing cruise and me and my wife can't wait to go on our next Disney Cruise. Like I said earlier she's been on other cruises and agrees that Disney was better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We took this Alaskan cruise on the Disney Wonder as our honeymoon. In order to make things as simple as possible with the wedding planning going on at the same time, we choose to book airfare and the pre-night hotel with Disney. While the ... Read More
We took this Alaskan cruise on the Disney Wonder as our honeymoon. In order to make things as simple as possible with the wedding planning going on at the same time, we choose to book airfare and the pre-night hotel with Disney. While the price was about the same as booking directly with the airline, I would recommend booking your airfare on your own. I wasn't a huge fan of DCL's airfare department (they're 9-6 Monday through Friday so they're super hard to get a hold of if you work during the week). Plus you can't upgrade your seats after the fact without going through DCL, which is difficult to say the least because of their hours. We stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. The hotel was beautiful and the bed was comfortable. Instead of the typical Disney transfer which gets you to the port, the transfer only included luggage delivery as the port was a short walk across the street. Getting through Customs was super fast and checking in was a breeze. We got to the final holding area about 11:35am which gave us some time to use the washroom and get a photo with Mickey before boarding started at 12pm. We were in boarding group 2 so we were on the ship by 12:30. The Disney Wonder may be a classic ship that has started showing her age, but she is still beautifully maintained and the crew take a great deal of pride working on her. We stayed on Deck 7 which in our opinion is the perfect deck, two short flights up to deck 9 and 2-4 flights down to get to the movie theater, dinning rooms, atrium, and adult areas. The room was updated with the same style of furniture that the other DCL ships have AND this was the first time we didn't have any plumbing issues throughout the entire cruise! As a small downside, the AC in the room didn't seem to work, but we're not sure if this was due to the sailing being to a colder climate or just an AC that didn't work. We weren't bothered too much by the AC so we didn't actually talk to anyone about it. As is typical on a Disney ship, the bathrooms always had a crew member nearby ready to clean them and it was rare to find a stall that didn't have toilet paper with the nice little fold. The only issue that we had was from the entertainment a few nights. The nights of the Golden Mickeys the sound system went down and they cancelled the first showing. They made this up by doing the show after dinner and again at 9:15am two mornings later. Also, the ventriloquist seemed really unprepared and had some off-humor jokes which didn't seem to be Disney appropriate. Our dinning team left much to be desired. After we boarded we asked to have a table for two, which was honored. Our dinning team seemed to be more interested in spending time with the larger tables and at times were borderline rude to the two of us. Food wise DCL nailed just about every dish, although we skipped dessert most nights to save on the calories in favor of a post-dinner martini made by our favorite bar tender Wawan. Debarkation went really smoothly. We left our luggage out the night before and our character was called just as we were sitting down for breakfast. Once we finished eating we walked off the ship, grabbed our bags and got on a bus to the airport. Overall this was an amazing cruise and I'm glad we did it for our honeymoon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This is my 4th Disney Cruise and I must say it was probably my favorite so far. I've been on all the other Disney ships, and the Wonder is by far an older ship, but well kept and very clean. You definitely still experience the Disney ... Read More
This is my 4th Disney Cruise and I must say it was probably my favorite so far. I've been on all the other Disney ships, and the Wonder is by far an older ship, but well kept and very clean. You definitely still experience the Disney atmosphere, it's incredible. We embarked from Vancouver, and the transportation was quick and easy, Disney does a great job with getting you to feel valued. The ship itself is incredible, it was a full ship, yet we didn't feel crowded. Our room was very spacious for my wife and I, and we had a great host who made us feel right at home. The 3 different restaurants are amazing and provide exceptional food, we would order a few different items on the menu because it was so hard to pick. The entertainment and shows were excellent, I felt as if I was at a broadway show in New York. There are plenty of activities for everyone. We had our own adult activities that we would go to daily, and they also had a lot of fun activities for families, children and teenagers. You get the best experience with Disney regardless of your age. The grab and go snacks and fast food was delicious. They always had the hot chocolate machine going which was good for this cruise. The breakfast and lunch buffet was amazing as well, they had a great variety of food. Alaska was superb. I would go on this cruise again in a heartbeat. You just don't get that kind of scenery or experience anywhere else. The shore excursions were absolutely amazing. We chose to do the Liarsville Disney Character experience in Skagway and that was fun. My wife loved doing the gold panning, and taking pictures with the Disney characters. We also had a buffet lunch on that excursion and the salmon was great. In Juneau, we kayaked on Mendenhall lake to the glacier, and let me tell you, DO THIS EXCURSION!! I have never been so close to such an amazing glacier, the view and pictures are priceless, and our guide was absolutely amazing. They said that was a new excursion that was added this year, and I see it becoming very popular. Our last stop was Ketchikan, and this was probably my favorite town. We did the Jeep and Canoe excursion and it was fun. We got to off road up to a mountain which overlooked the town and bay, and the views were beyond beautiful. After the excursions at every stop, we got to walk through the towns and shop and get some souvenirs and try some Alaska food and snacks. I would highly recommend any one of those excursions to anyone. If you enjoy sightseeing and walking through small towns, then do any of the above excursions. We also purchased the Rain Forest pass on this cruise. It's a spa pass that allows you to use their rain forest room. It had a few different showers that gave you the experience of a rain forest storm. They had different saunas and steam rooms, as well as my wifes favorite, the heated stone chairs. It's a great pass to purchase if you like to relax and enjoy some alone time away from the kids. It was especially good for us coming back from an excursion and being able to relax in the spa for a little bit before dinner and the show. Everything about this cruise was magical and tons of fun. If you are wondering "should I pay a little more to do the Disney Cruise vs these other cruises?" then YES YOU SHOULD. The service and experience is so much better than any other cruise line I've been on. We have our 5th Disney Cruise booked for August on the Fantasy and we are like little kids on Christmas Day waiting for it to come up. You'll love this Alaska cruise, and we plan on doing it again after the Wonder has finished being renovated. If you'd like more information or have questions about this cruise or any of the other ships then feel free to email me, mcookie39@hotmail.com. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
That being said, the adults that are bringing the kids are probably going to be disappointed. The focus of a cruise is itinerary, food and entertainment. Since we are a slightly mature couple couple, I will give the entertainment ... Read More
That being said, the adults that are bringing the kids are probably going to be disappointed. The focus of a cruise is itinerary, food and entertainment. Since we are a slightly mature couple couple, I will give the entertainment a pass as we did not attend or participate in a lot of the shows or events that were mostly geared towards kids. We did however attend a couple of shows by the comedian/entertainer/juggler Michael Jolly and were very pleased with his performances! Also, Magic Dave's magic show was very good. We walked out of the Golden Mickey show as we thought it was pretty lame. It was intended for adults as well as children, but we just thought is was lacking in real entertainment. For a huge name like Disney, I expected a lot more. Another reason we chose this cruise was itinerary. Overall it was pretty good, at least there was a different port most days to break up the trip. They could have left Grenada off the schedule. There was a lot of poverty in Grenada and I do feel for the people that live under those conditions. I know there are very poor places in the world and suffering that goes along with it, but this was vacation and seeing the abject poverty up close did take away from "paradise". Next up is the food. This was one of the main reason we chose Disney. At some point in the past we heard the food was supposed to be great. In reality, it was overhyped, too salty, too sweet, overdone and bland! A huge disappointment considering you pay a premium for a Disney cruise. The fish was overcooked and dry everytime, so I just quite ordering it. What a waste of seafood. The soups were way oversalted when they didn't need to be. The worst part was the later evening places to grab a bite. I think the burgers were a 50/50 meat/fat mix...very poor quality. The fries were not very good either, but I did spy some good looking steak fries in the dining room. Should have ordered them. The pizza they offered was limp and tasteless. I can make pizza ten times better at home! In the dining room, the servers were nice, but towards the end of the cruise they were stressing the importance of leaving a good dining review. I did leave a good review of "the dining experience" on their form for the servers sake, but did not rate the food good because it wasn't. Disney could have better food, but it would cost them more and they obviously care more about profit than providing a really quality product. There were a couple of things wrong with our cabin. When you took a shower there was still some water still coming out of the tub spout, so our shower pressure wasn't very good. A couple of the electrical outlets were very loose and a plug would not stay in them. NEVER again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We've cruised Carnival more than 10 times, NCL 8 times and others have been Regency 2X, Celebrity 2X, Royal Carribbean, Uniworld, Princess, HCA and several other lines for more than 30 total. By far, this was the best food ... Read More
We've cruised Carnival more than 10 times, NCL 8 times and others have been Regency 2X, Celebrity 2X, Royal Carribbean, Uniworld, Princess, HCA and several other lines for more than 30 total. By far, this was the best food (although Uniworld was close) for the dining rooms than any of the others. Tenderloin steaks on six outa seven nights and strip the other. No extra charges for great dining room food like the other lines are doing and even then it is usually not restaurant quality. The lunch buffet had large shrimp every day and oysters and crab legs on the final day. The only food complaint would be the meat in the hamburgers - it didn't have good mouth feel and no flavor. Carnival's Guy Fieri's Burger Joint hands down is the best burger at sea, but you're also getting about 2,000 calories if you load it. We were in a 5A balcony which had more storage than we needed and that has never happened even in suite categories on other lines. Biggest help there is the well designed beds which allow full size suitcases to be easily stored underneath, instead of trying to cram them in the closets. The entertainment wouldn't be for everyone, but it is Disney and the shows' props, entertainners, music, seating were Broadway class. Just amazing but that's what you expect from DCL. The theaters are great because there are no bad seats. Unlike the other lines where you lose a large amount of visibility behind floor to ceiling columns. Disney's columns are all on the outside of the seating areas. A tip on embarkation, you may think you want to be first to board, well you'll stand or sit in lines til your number is caused. We chose late boarding 1:30 so we could see the sights in Galveston. We got to the port at 1:50 and had been to our cabin and to the buffet line at 2:10. No lines boarding or at the buffet. That would be the last time that happened, but it made for a nice experience. There is so little time at the ports except for Castaway Cay, we didn't book any excursions. Some folks complain about the time ashore, I thought it was great - more time cruising and that's why I came. The service in the restaurants and our room steward were as good as any have been even the expensive Regents. The Wonder was all decked in Christmas pagentry and it was beautiful. There were several holiday activities along with more things than we could do. There was always some musical entertainment during dining times so for those of us who eat late, we didn't have to sit around our cabin with nothing going on in the whole ship. The only problem was the liquor policy. I booked when you were allowed to bring what you could carry in your carry-on. It was changed two months before our cruise to two bottles of wine or a six pack of beer per person. I don't drink beer or wine and so this upset me. I got over it, but had thought about canceling. Disney is serious about it's policy. It confiscated 2 one ounce bottles of rum and a one ounce bottle of Crown in my checked bag. REALLY. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We embarked at the San Diego Pier. Check-in was easy and well-organized. We arrived at the terminal at 11:30 AM and were on the ship by 12:08 PM. The ship was clean and had a good smell - some cruise ships have a harsh chemical smell ... Read More
We embarked at the San Diego Pier. Check-in was easy and well-organized. We arrived at the terminal at 11:30 AM and were on the ship by 12:08 PM. The ship was clean and had a good smell - some cruise ships have a harsh chemical smell because of the cleaners, but the Wonder had a pleasant smell throughout. Also has the best bathrooms on any cruise ship I've been on, and I've been on several. Because the cruise line is geared toward families, the ship had more bathrooms and better toilet paper than any other ship I've sailed on, which can be very important when you take medication that - shall we say - makes the need for facilities all the more necessary. We had lunch at Parrot Cay, one of three main dining venues on board. It was buffet style, while the wait staff brought us our drinks. Food was delicious, with lots of selections to choose from. Nothing was too salty or under/over cooked. By 1:30 our stateroom was ready. Our room steward, Sumarta, was very helpful and friendly. I introduced myself and my husband to him, and asked that he keep our stateroom well stocked with soap and towels, as we are large people. I have always believed that a little kindness and a little cash goes a long way with hotel staff, and I can't emphasize enough how well that practice ensures a pleasant trip. We were never without soap, shampoo, towels, or stationery, towel animals, or the cute little chocolates on our pillow at night! The stateroom has recently undergone a renovation, with a new bed and new carpet, as well as new pillows and sheets. I did notice a little bit of rust around the porthole opening - ours was a navigator's verandah, but that is to be expected with an older ship. All the staff we encountered, from guest services to wait staff to pool attendants, were friendly and helpful. Never a sour attitude among them! Whenever I had a question, they were more than happy to find an answer/solution. My husband had forgotten his cufflinks, and the guest services staff made us a cute little safety pin solution. Thanks again to Jerry at guest services! We dined at Palo, and our server Alvaro was top notch. The food was delicious - cooked exactly the way we wanted it. I requested a well-done filet, and it was cooked beautifully, while my husband had a rare Miyazaki beef that he said was one of the most delicious cuts of meat he's ever tasted. The next night we had room service - it was delivered within the half-hour and it was pretty good. The hamburger and the steak sandwich was excellent, but the chicken strips were too fatty - but that's usually the case with chicken strips. We didn't dine at the main dining venues for dinner, as we had Palo and room service, so we can't comment on the service/food. The port at Ensenada is pleasant enough, but we've been there several times and decided not to get off the ship. Rather, we enjoyed the pool and hot tub, and it was great - though heavily chlorinated, perhaps a bit too much. My only disappointment is with the entertainment. I had heard that the nightly shows weren't too good, and they weren't lying. Poor singing, bad lighting, bad acting - we did one show and called it quits on that. A duo playing in the main atrium was also a poor act - they kept hitting sour notes. The only highlight for the entertainment was in the Cadillac Lounge, where the piano player was superb. In all it was a pleasant voyage, one that I would happily take again. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, there are a lot of children on board. Yes, it's head to toe Disney-themed. But if you take a Disney Cruise with the full knowledge of the prices, themes, and the kids, you'll do just fine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
So, for starters: most people would assume that Disney is a destination for families with children. Well, since childhood, both my wife and I have been obsessed with all things Disney. Our cruise was last week, and it was just the two of ... Read More
So, for starters: most people would assume that Disney is a destination for families with children. Well, since childhood, both my wife and I have been obsessed with all things Disney. Our cruise was last week, and it was just the two of us. With the small exception of brief sea-sickness, this cruise was everything a young married couple ever could have dreamed of and more. To begin with: we had an issue when we first signed up for the cruise with some of the information we initially placed being written in wrong. The airline was going to charge us an additional $500 dollars to change my wife's name from "Jessi" to "Jessica" in their records. One quick phone call to Disney Cruise Line's customer service fixed that within 24 hours. It was quick, painless, and exceeded every expectation we had. We got off the plane to two adorable older women holding a Disney Cruise Line sign, and escorting us and our bags quickly and easily from the airport to the cruise ship in port. From the moment we met them, to the moment of our return trip, we never once had anything short of the most exceptional service from every single member of the Disney Cruise Line Staff. Each day of our cruise, we had a brilliantly performed Broadway style play for us and all of the other guests. We were able to see "Toy Story the Musical," "Disney Dreams," and our personal favorite, "The Golden Mickeys." All three were full of great actors and actresses, brilliant changing sets and lighting, exceptional choreography, and the trademark magic that comes with everything Disney (*this statement excludes any "Disney Channel Original" series or show). The plays were fun for children of all ages, as they dealt with childhood hopes and wishes, but tugged at the heartstrings of every adult with any piece of neverland left in their hearts. My personal favorite moment was when, amidst the slight rocking of the boat, Tarzan came swinging gracefully in to center stage to do one of the most brilliant acrobatic shows I have ever seen, despite the aforementioned rocking. Next, our server; Reagan. I don't know how many cruise ships do this, but our server was assigned to us the entirety of the cruise. He was well mannered, efficient, and unafraid to laugh and smile with our entire table. He made brilliant recommendations on the food, and moved faster and more effectively than Captain Hook fleeing from the ticking Crocodile. The food was absolutely divine. I sampled everything I could get my hands on, and over the course of my three night cruise gained TWELVE pounds (this is not an exaggeration). The steaks and other meats were cooked exactly to my specifications. The vegetables were never mushy, and never raw - instead cooked to perfection, and seasoned with pixie dust. I have never eaten finer food in my life. Animator's Palate and Triton's were both such wonderful restaurants that I will undoubtedly dream of those morsels on my death bed. We also had the extreme pleasure of eating at the Palo restaurant for brunch one morning. Our server, Hristo, was kind and entertaining, and recommended some of the best food on board. The meal selection was grand, but nothing compared to the desserts. Finally, we also very much enjoyed our kayak tour of the Encenada Mexico Coast. We loved seeing "La Bufadora", and the rare treat of spotting a couple of sea lions. I highly recommend this particular port excursion for anyone sailing to Encenada and back. Overall, I expected that I would enjoy the Disney Cruise experience, but that I would anticipate it being more of a 'children only' experience. I was wrong. My wife and I would be back tomorrow if we could afford it. Sometime, though, we will be back. Highly recommend it for anyone, but for young disney fanatic couples especially. Thank you Disney for exceeding expectations yet again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We have sailed previously in the Disney Fantasy but this time my family went sailing on the Disney Wonder on january 2015. Save money and wait for the Disney Fantasy experience. The Wonder ship overall is decent, but not wonderful, just ... Read More
We have sailed previously in the Disney Fantasy but this time my family went sailing on the Disney Wonder on january 2015. Save money and wait for the Disney Fantasy experience. The Wonder ship overall is decent, but not wonderful, just ok. Service was good also, only that the joyful spirit experienced at the Fantasy cannot be compared at all with the Wonder. Food menu and variation is for mediocres.... totally unflavored, cold and super limited. Theaters and pools were extremely crowded since they are small size compared to the amount of people sailing. I won't say we did not have good times as a family but I was expecting way much more. Our visit to Castaway Cay was a mess: we could not get off the ship until almost midday, water was super cold, cold winds as if there was a hurricane and all port adventures cancelled except for swimming with stingrays in the freezing water as safety measures. There was nothing exceptional that I could point out other than the room movies, fruits, vanilla ice cream, chicken tenders and pirate night fireworks. We also had a really bad experience at the Quiet Cove with a group of people trying to dump me (25 years old) and my sister (20 years old) from the place literally harassing us alleging that we were lying about our ages and the right to enjoy of the adults jacuzzi. I mean we could have seemed to be younger but that does not mean that people can commit to dump others out just because they feel they are not the right age. Security did came and asked for all of our information to checked our ages in the system but that did not make up for the disrespect and the bad time that we experienced for almost 45 minutes. On the other hand, my husband and I went sailing on the Disney Fantasy on april 2014. There were by far more ups than downs. The Fantasy ship overall is really gorgeous, spacious and super neat... including the cabins and bathrooms all around. The service goes above and beyond and the spirit is wonderful. Not great are the food and the value for the money but plates are sincerely beautiful and the variety in the buffet is very good although most of the times the food do not have flavor at all. We had a wonderful time but the money spent is worth of consideration. This time our visit to Castaway Cay was very good except for the water's temperature which was really coooold. I must say we had a blast in the Watercraft Ski Adventure. Best things are cleanliness, spirit, Aqua-duck, pirate night fireworks, free variety of cold drinks, beautiful ship, comfort, Palo dining, Remi dining, Chankanaab Park at Cozumel and Watercraft Ski at Castaway Cay.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder ... Read More
2014 Disney cruise December 11-17 On Thursday December 11, 2014... A trip we booked in February 2013 was about to come to fruition. I love Disney and wanted to take a merry time cruise. So I booked a 5 day trip on the Disney wonder leaving from Miami and stopping in Grand Cayman and Cozumel…. Two Caribbean islands we had not seen. We left stl 45 minutes late...at 5:15. We had first class seats on American Airlines. We had dinner and I watched the movie Tammy and Steve watched planet of the apes. Both were mediocre at best. We got to Miami and caught the shuttle to our hotel the Hilton Miami airport. It was a very nice hotel and we had a nice room overlooking the water...but we had two double beds. We got all settled in about 10 pm. We got up the next morning and Steve had a sore throat. We had free breakfast at the hotel. We walked around and took some pictures. We caught a shuttle to the port which was 15$ apiece. The wonder is a fairly small older ship. We checked in and went straight on board but we had to wait about thirty minutes to go to our room at 1:30 #6076. Our room is lovely....a 1 bedroom suite with veranda. ....very well appointed...lots of shelves, drawesr, and closet space. This is one area Disney exceeds the other cruise lines. Our room is clean...the room steward, Jhe Del Rosario does a great job...The ship is not pristine…because it is older...but it is clean and nice. We went to lunch at parrot cay...a buffet. Prior to boarding I had purchased a 5 day premium wine package, our excursions, and the photo package. We had a glass of wine with lunch...$9 apiece. We wanted to save our bottle for dinner. The ship is small and easy to navigate…..though the elevators are very small. We went to the sail away party at 5 and got another glass of wine. Our dinner time is 5:45....and our servers are Jane from the Philippines and Duran from Jamaica. We had dinner at Tritons....they put us at table 16 with a group of three older couples. Cassie and Jim who live in Wildwood Mo., Doug from Texas is here without his wife...she missed the ship....we are still trying to figure that one out….and Melody and Fred from Florida. Steve had Chateaubriand and I had duck. Following dinner...we got our pictures taken and we went to the show....all aboard. We enjoyed it. On Saturday, we had a day at sea....we had booked a champagne breakfast at Palo at 10 for $25 a piece. It was quite a spread and our waiter Justin from Tasmania was lovely. After brunch...we went to the pool. We moved several times trying to get chairs in the adult only section. We were finally able to do so about 1:00. We stayed by the pool until about 4. We came to the room and took a nap. Steve is getting sicker by the day. We got up at 5 showered and went to dinner at animator’s palette. Steve had red snapper and I had chicken. After dinner...we got pictures taken…even one with Captain Gus and then we went to the show the golden mickeys. It was wonderful! We got to bed about 9:30. On Sunday...we docked in Grand Cayman. We got up and had breakfast at parrot cay. We booked the submarine tour. We saw lots of fish, a ray and a turtle. We had lunch at Margaritaville... It was terrible. We finally got our pictures taken with some characters. I got a ticket for a meet and greet with the frozen princesses. Then we saw Donald, Minnie, Mickey, Peter Pan, and stitch. So it was good! We had dinner at animator’s palette again. We went to the pirate party. On Monday we docked in Cozumel. We went to the ruins…which was a wonderful tour with Sebastian. Steve bought me a shark figurine, necklace, bracelet and earrings made out of black coral. We then went to Playa Mia resort for some beach time. We got our pictures taken with some macaws and an orange iguana. We had dinner at parrot cay. I had chicken. Tuesday was a day at sea. We sat by the pool. We had dinner at palo for $25 a piece. We again had Justin from Tasmania as our waiter. We both had the beef ravioli. I will admit i was a bit disappointed in our dinner. It was good but nothing to rave about. I had the chocolate soufflé...and it was good but not as good as it was when we went to Palo on the Dream in 2012. After dinner...We went to the Disney Dreams show. It was excellent! Wednesday we had breakfast at Tritons and left the ship. We went to the airport. We flew first class and both watched the movie sex tapes…it was hilarious! We had dinner. We got home about 5:30. We had a wonderful time. Disney does a great job. I would certainly go on another Disney cruise. Of the three cruise lines we have sailed on...Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. I would still rank Disney first. Next time....I think we might try Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
I "Wonder" why we didn't do this sooner! Oh, I know. The cost! This ain't cheap, but it IS something you have to do for your kids. Overall, I was very satisfied (except for the weather, which we know is uncontrollable). ... Read More
I "Wonder" why we didn't do this sooner! Oh, I know. The cost! This ain't cheap, but it IS something you have to do for your kids. Overall, I was very satisfied (except for the weather, which we know is uncontrollable). The ship is lovely and well-maintained. No matter where you were or who you bumped into, the staff always had a smile and friendly face. Getting to see all the characters without having to wait in hours-long lines is a great perk. The food was very good, the stateroom was nice, the movie theater awesome, and the kid's club was very good. Dining: I love the idea of going to different dining rooms each night and having your waiter follow you. Much better than going to the same place every night like on other cruises. By night #2, our servers (Eddie and Desmon) knew that each of our (3) kids wanted a bowl of strawberries, and that I wanted lemon in my water. The buffets were well-stocked and yummy, and the pizza and grill by the pool were great options, as was Goofy's Galley with wraps and salads. Oh, and the ice cream machines were fun! Palo was well worth $25 per person. Our server, Felice, was the best I've seen in any restaurant. I truly felt like a valued customer and the food was great. Overall, the food was very good everywhere on the ship - better than I thought it would be. You are never wanting for anything because you can get everything! Nightly shows: Toy Story was top notch! Golden Mickeys was cute. The theater itself is very nice. The room itself was rather nice, but its location on the ship not so much. This cabin is in the rear of the boat, with close proximity to the rudders, etc., so we heard quite a bit of noise at terrible, middle-of-the-night hours. Choose a room more in the center of the ship so you can actually sleep! As for the room, Disney is great with 2 baths...one has a shower and sink, and the other has a toilet and sink. This worked well for our group. However, since this is so kid-centric, it was very surprising that there were no step stools in either of the baths. I suggest that they install flip-back stools below the sinks in both baths. The sleeping areas were good - as soon as my son noticed there was a flip-down bed, that's where he wanted to sleep. And though there was only a curtain separating him from our bed, at least it was heavy-duty. Our stateroom host, Nerine, was FABULOUS. Always had a smile, kind word for us, and always left our room perfectly made-up. Immigration in Key West: though the line moved rather quickly (for an adult), there was not enough staff on-hand to direct the flow of people. Most people on line were questioning if they were where they were supposed to be. Plus, since nearly everyone had kids with them, it was tough to wait in line with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We greatly enjoyed our recent cruise on the Disney Wonder traveling to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. A bit about me: I am in my early 20s. I travelled with my husband, mother, and teenage brother. No children in our party. We all love Disney! ... Read More
We greatly enjoyed our recent cruise on the Disney Wonder traveling to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. A bit about me: I am in my early 20s. I travelled with my husband, mother, and teenage brother. No children in our party. We all love Disney! This was my first Disney cruise, previously we have cruised Carnival and Royal Caribbean. We will start with the not-so-good -Food-the food was just okay. It was better than what we eat at home, but the food often came overcooked & really didn't impress us much at all. There are also very limited choices in venue & variety out of the dining room compared to other cruise lines. Room service choices were very limited. The iced tea is also a no-go. -Entertainment-generally in the "good" section other than Toy story, the musical, which was truly terrible. Everyone in our group agreed that they took the least interesting & funny parts of the story and wrote mediocre songs about it. I was very impressed by the sets and costumes for about 5 minutes, then literally fell asleep. -Communication-It was very difficult to figure out any information on our specific cruise prior to boarding the ship. When we arrived, it was difficult to discover what was going on each day. Their activities page "The Navigator" isn't in your room the first afternoon. You have to go to guest services to get it. When you do receive it on all of the subsequent evenings, it is disorganized & has unclear or no description of what particular activities are. -Lack of shops-I am shocked that I am saying this about a disney venue, but I wanted to buy a few disney souvenirs and I felt that I had incredibly limited options in their only 2 shops! -Shore excursions-We take "duck tours" as a family every place we visit, however I do not recommend the tour of Grand Cayman that we scheduled through Disney. There was very little interesting or historical information on this particular tour especially for the prices that they charge. We had much more fun doing excursions through the vendors on shore. We primarily used the same companies that serve Disney, however for much lower costs than booking through the cruise ship. -Layout of the ship-Usually by the 2nd day, I know how to get anywhere I want to go on a ship, however I just couldn't get the hang of this layout for some reason. It is odd, because it is the smallest ship that I have ever sailed on! -Characters-we wanted to get a picture with Mickey & waited in line 45 minutes to see him. It would have been faster to drive down to Disneyland! Now for the good and great! -Service-this is where Disney truly is exemplary, going above and beyond in every way. Every single staff member in every department went that extra mile, which would truly make a difference when you have young children. For example, our dining room server pre-ordered the desserts that we liked even though they weren't on the menu, the merchandise team searched high and low in their back room to obtain products we wanted, and when we complained of construction noise in our room, the guest services team's attention to the situation verged on annoying. In every not-so-good mentioned above, a cast member did more than expected to make it right. -Music-there wasn't as much live music as we would have liked, but what we did see was exceptional. -Palo-I wasn't sure if it was worth the extra cost myself, but during dinner, my husband said "I would pay $100 to eat this steak again." So he was impressed enough for both of us. -Entertainment-the broadway-style shows were almost all exceptional & the comedians & other entertainers were family-friendly even in the adult shows, which I enjoyed. -The ports-we spent the maximum hours on shore! In Grand Cayman, we snorkeled off the shore, simply renting the equipment for $18 from a little place walking distance from the tender called "Paradise." In Cozumel, we visited the mayan ruins & walked around shopping at little markets & bartering a bit. If you enjoy history, the mayan ruins are a must! -The regular coffee was actually much better than I had expected. -Seeing current disney movies on a cruise ship-yes please! Just be prepared for a crowded & noisy theater of small children. With every song from Frozen, there were at least a half dozen little ones singing along (which I found to be completely adorable). -Adult areas-very nice. Not as overly-crowded as other cruise ships seemed to be. -Decoration and overall feel of this ship, including stateroom =) Summary-We enjoyed ourselves completely! I would definitely consider a Disney cruise again when we have young children. I think that simply the service of the staff would make all the difference in the world! Until then, we just would not justify the rising cost of Disney in comparison to other cruise lines & will most likely return to Royal Caribbean & Carnival.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I are both teachers so our only time to cruise is during winter, spring or summer breaks. As we live in the Northwest, by the time January hits, our theme for the past three years has been... "Okay, where should we ... Read More
My husband and I are both teachers so our only time to cruise is during winter, spring or summer breaks. As we live in the Northwest, by the time January hits, our theme for the past three years has been... "Okay, where should we cruise for spring break?" The year before we sailed the Mexican Riviera on Holland America and had an experience that nearly kept us from cruising for good. However, I had been on a Disney cruise ten years prior and had an amazing experience with my family, so once 2012 started, my DH and I decided to give cruising a go one more time. If we hated our experience with Disney, we vowed we'd never be back. A lot of people gave us raised eyebrows when we said that we would be sailing on a Disney cruise during spring break (especially since we are around kids all the time with our jobs but we don't have kids ourselves). However, Disney did such a great job of intentionally creating specific areas for kids, teens and even babies to be during the day so adults could have their own time. Quite frankly, being around families warmed my heart because it showed my DH and I what our future vacations may possibly look like some day. Disney's productions at sea are out of this world. Twice I found myself tearing up because they were so beautiful and really communicated that special Disney magic. Our service was phenomenal and we loved our servers each night as we rotated through various dining rooms (a nice Disney touch). We also appreciated being paired at a table with three other couples in our same age/life demographics-- no kids at the table! We have stayed very close friends with a couple we met at our table and have even planned upcoming vacations with them and joined them recently on a trip to Disneyland. Friendships on this cruise are definitely encouraged! One of the highlights of our cruise was eating at Palo. We ate there for an incredible dinner and a mind-blowing brunch. We definitely rolled out of there and had to nap afterwards-- the food was beyond our expectations! I would definitely eat there as much as I could in the future. We had a wonderful room in a great location. We loved drinking wine and reading on our patio at night. We also thought all of the food on the ship was great (except breakfast-- we never could find a good breakfast. Oh well.). The ONLY thing I would complain about with Disney is the price. It's Disney-- what would you expect? You pay for the Disney experience and because the experience is so good, it keeps families coming back for me. I would absolutely do another Disney cruise in the future, especially when we have kids, however, we have found better cruise deals on some other really strong cruise lines and have decided to give them a shot so we don't feel like we have to penny pinch on our cruise like we did with Disney. We are getting a comparable room, cruise and itinerary for about $1,000 less. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
I told my lovely wife that no matter what we were going to do something big for our 25th wedding anniversary. After much research and prompting from my boss who is hooked on cruises I decided we would go on a Disney Cruise. I decided on ... Read More
I told my lovely wife that no matter what we were going to do something big for our 25th wedding anniversary. After much research and prompting from my boss who is hooked on cruises I decided we would go on a Disney Cruise. I decided on Disney because I enjoy Disneyland and appreciate the quality that they deliver in their resorts and hotels. I figured that since I do not drink or smoke or gamble that it would be nice to go on a cruise line that didn't focus on these activities. Also as parents of 6 children we love kids and aren't disturbed by having them around. We were concerned about several factors. 1) What if we got seasick? 2) What about security when we were in the ports? 3)Would we enjoy being on the ship for 7 days? and, I admit now in hindsight that this is really silly, 4) Would it be miserable to sit at dinner with 3 other couples that I have never met before and have to socialize with? First off, we NEVER got even queasy let alone seasick. There was one lady at our table that struggled with seasickness but it seemed to be rare. We didn't take any medication and really enjoyed the best sleep I've had in a long time. Port Security- Wow! what a surprise, felt very safe and the people we met were wonderful. Then again we didn't go out of our way to be victimized; we weren't drunk, didn't try to find vice, and we stayed in public areas. Shipboard activities- We loved the shows, movies, cooking classes, quizzes, and presentations that were available. We also liked looking at the ocean, walking the deck and sitting in a lounge with a virgin drink or just spending some alone time. We never felt like we were on a "kiddie cruise" and now for the dining. I am not the most social of people but I really liked the three other couples at our table and looked forward to talking to them each evening. One couple was fairly well to do, frequent cruisers and wine connoisseurs, another couple were middle class and on their second cruise and finally there was a single lady with her young daughter. We loved them all and I was amazed at how quickly we became almost like family. The highlight of the trip was snorkeling in Puerto vallarta and scuba in Cabo. I was afraid the shore excursions might be very slip-shod operations but they were state of the art and very professional. We went with Vallarta Adventures and Cabo Adventures. I will have to say that the last day sailing was shy on shipboard activities, it was raining and cold so swimming was out, walking wasn't pleasant and I was about to feel bored when I saw that Toy Story was just starting on the jumbo tron so I grabbed a free soda, a plate of fruit, cheese and sandwiches, sat at a table out of the rain and had a nice afternoon of 10-15 foot waves. I can't wait to go on another cruise, I just wonder if Disney has spoiled me and I won't be happy now on any other ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We live in Vancouver, so it's great just to go down to Canada Place & hop on the ship. The security screening begins at 11 am. Go through Customs, lots of agents here. Then onto the waiting area for your boarding number. It ... Read More
We live in Vancouver, so it's great just to go down to Canada Place & hop on the ship. The security screening begins at 11 am. Go through Customs, lots of agents here. Then onto the waiting area for your boarding number. It goes pretty fast. You can also take pics with Mickey or Minnie before boarding the ship. Staterooms are ready at 2 pm. 1st seating is 5:45 pm, 2nd seating 8:15 pm. The muster drill is at 4 pm. You don't need your life jackets. We had a table of 8 at 2nd seating, 4 couples all around the same age. A fun group. Cruise Casual tonite. Wednesday, Day at Sea Formal nite Golden Mickeys Turn clock back 1 hr tonite. We mostly ate breakfast & lunch in the buffet. The a la carte service was quite slow. There weren't any sale items in the shops except for 30% off Dooney & Burke, the Neon collection. Thursday Tracy Arm Cruise Casual Most people were on deck 10 where they have hot chocolate, bbq buffet, characters & pics of you by the photogs. We spent the entire afternoon on deck 4 portside. It wasn't that cold & we could see up the mountains. Saw wild mountain goats, seals on ice floes, bald eagles. Friday Skagway Cruise Casual They showed Pirates 3D several times this cruise. Saturday Juneau Pirate or Cruise Casual Toy Story, the Musical ( loved it ) Sunday Ketchikan Semi Formal Set clock forward 1 hr tonite Monday At Sea Semi Formal I didn't think the food was as good this cruise as when I was on the Magic 3 yrs ago. We enjoyed the movies, entertainment & the shows. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
I've definitely heard the term "great product, not for us" thrown around a few times lately...and I have to say that this is probably the best way to describe our experience with Disney Cruise Line. Now, there will be no ... Read More
I've definitely heard the term "great product, not for us" thrown around a few times lately...and I have to say that this is probably the best way to describe our experience with Disney Cruise Line. Now, there will be no bashing here-because we really did have an amazing time, and I think that if one is traveling with children, Disney Cruise Line is probably by far the best way to go. But I have to write from the heart about my experience, and writing from the heart means admitting things like: we checked with the onboard booking specials and could have gotten a great price (for a Disney cruise, anyway) on a cruise in October, but decided to forgo that option because as adults traveling without children, the experience simply wasn't worth the cost for us. First things first-I do have to express my absolute love of Disney's alcohol policy, that being: if you can fit it in the designated carry-on, you can get it on the ship! We brought four pint bottles and some nippers with us, and I can't even fathom how much money that saved us in the long run. That, and it was nice to be able to run by the (free!) drink station and mix up a nice strong rum and coke or bourbon and coke when the urge grabbed us, rather than heading off to a bar and just hoping that they put a proper amount of alcohol in your drink. However. In the end, the cost of the cruise itself was prohibitive enough that we probably could have gone on another cruise line (for instance, we could have spent half the amount on the cruise and had an oceanview room on Royal Caribbean rather than an inside room on Disney) and ended up spending the same amount on cruise fare plus alcohol as we did on just the cruise fare for Disney. Another huge plus for this cruise was the adults-only area. Better lounge chairs, a nice quiet pool, and two jacuzzis-it was perfect. There were maybe two times when cast members had to ask children to leave the area, but the point is-they actually asked them to leave. Adults only means adults only! (And thank God for that). Plus it was right next to the spa, and we purchased Rainforest Room passes in order to take advantage of their amazing steam rooms and aromatherapy showers. We also enjoyed the adults-only Cove Cafe quite a few times-great coffee, great little snacks (mini caprese sandwiches and the like), and the best service on the ship! Last but not least, I could never say enough good things about Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Beautiful, clean, and again-an amazing adults-only area. Not to mention beachfront cabanas in which one can receive a massage. We partook in this "activity" and it was the most amazing massage I've ever had-mainly because of the location, but let's not get picky, right? Now, for the not-so-amazing bits...the food was good, but not the best I've had on a cruise. I was only truly impressed on two separate occasions-when we went to the buffet for lunch on the first day, and when we went to Palo for dinner. Of course, the only time I was actually unimpressed was when I tried the pizza at the poolside counter. It was gummy and tasteless and kind of, well, gross. But otherwise, our dinner at Parrot Cay on the first night was above average, and the dinner at Animator's Palate on the last night was okay as well. The deck parties (the sail away party on the first day, and the Pirate party on the second night) were very obviously geared toward children. I remember loving the sail away party on my Carnival cruise, so I was a bit disappointed with Disney's...the area where it was held (decks nine and ten) were simply too small for the crowd of people. I think the Pirate party could have been a total blast had I not spent the entire time being jostled by the family standing next to us and worrying about the fact that the mother had her 5 or 6 year old son standing on top of a trash can on the top deck of the boat. This was the one time when I was truly frustrated that cast members were walking by us and not saying anything to this mother about her children. Finally, our stop in Nassau was very disappointing, but I won't go into detail about that now, because it really is an entire separate blog in itself. When I said that this was a great product-I still think that if you are cruising with young children (as in, any children under the age of 12), Disney Cruise Line is the way to go. Their deck parties and shows are geared toward kids. They offer discounted children's rates, which other cruise lines don't. Sodas and whatnot are included with your meals and if you get them from the drink station on deck nine, so there's no paying extra for a soda card once on board. They've got opportunities to meet characters left and right. Their rooms are bigger than other cruise lines. And I can only imagine that it would be a great vacation to do a 3 day cruise and then spend 4 days at Walt Disney World. Would I do another Disney cruise? Yes, if I had the extra vacation and if the price actually dropped to $400 per person or less for an inside cabin. I would do it for the Cove Cafe, the adults-only area, the Rainforest room at the spa, Castaway Cay and the beachfront couples massage. And again, we did have an amazing vacation regardless! I just wish that it hadn't been quite so pricey, because I'm not sure we really got our money's worth. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This was our 7th cruise on Disney (or any other CL) and our 1st as just a couple of old married folks. Our son (in college) had classes so he stayed home and my husband & I were celebrating our 30th anniversary! We were on the May 16th ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise on Disney (or any other CL) and our 1st as just a couple of old married folks. Our son (in college) had classes so he stayed home and my husband & I were celebrating our 30th anniversary! We were on the May 16th sailing of the Wonder. It was our best cruise yet! We arrived at port a little too early (9:00 - because I woke up at 5:30 and just was too excited to wait) and were requested to return around 10 as guests from the previous cruise were still disembarking. We went toward the beaches and passed the time at a McDonalds and returned to the terminal by around 10:05. Our luggage was collected by porters (tipped) and my husband parked in the temporary parking lot (the parking garage is nearing completion) at $60 ($15 per night). I went up to check-in and our check-in process went smoothly (we had prechecked-in online). Our boarding number was 3 - it definitely pays to arrive early! We boarded the ship by 12:30 and were routed to Parrot Cay (deck 3 aft) for lunch. You had the option of going up to Beach Blanket (deck 9 aft) but we prefer the indoor comfort of PC. The buffet (same as Beach Blanket) consisted of various meats, salads, sides, desserts, and the always popular cold steamed shrimp. While at PC, we saw a server from our 5th cruise 7 years ago, Vit, who (much to our surprise) recognized us and even inquired as to how our son was doing - what a memory (or maybe we're too memorable...humm?)! Staterooms are not usually ready until after 1:30 so we passed the brief wait time by sitting on the port side promenade deck - facing the other 2 cruise ships in port (RCL-Oasis & Carnival-Sensation) and just being happy about once again being onboard this fabulous ship. One of the comments we've heard from friends and other cruisers is that there is much more drinking (inebriated people) and raucous behavior on the Carnival ships. They have also commented that their shows are much less 'kid/family' friendly - scantily clad dancers and more 'adult' humor. It's a shame that many of the balcony areas have had to be screened in to keep fools from falling overboard. But - I digress. Suffice it to say that we've never encountered drunken or inappropriate behavior or sleazy shows on Disney cruises. There are adult areas and shows that may not be appropriate for children (adult themes - but not foul), they are clearly stated as such and children are not permitted. We arrived in our clean and ready stateroom by around 1:35 and were delighted to discover that because our room was so far forward and due to the curve of the bough, we had about 20 added square feet of floor space plus another 12 sq. ft. in front of the large porthole window. Compared to our cat. 4 stateroom last year - we felt like we had as much or more floor/storage/living space. The only thing we didn't have was a balcony - but we really didn't miss it as our window was large and being on deck 2 - we were close to the water. Another thing we like about this room as opposed the the others (balcony) in which we've stayed, is that its a/c is cooler and less humid. If you are traveling with children and staying in a cat. 9 on deck 2 - request rooms 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 or 2500, 2502, 2504, 2506, and 2508. All of these have extra floor/window space and a place the kids can sit and look out the window. Our wonderful steward (Sakol) said that many children like to put pillows in the window ledge and sleep there by the window. Our bed was pillow-top and very comfy. Sakol kept us well stocked with ice (2x per day-prearranged), clean towels, towel critters, and many other 'niceties.' Since we are now classified as "Gold Castaway Club Members" (between 6-10 DCL cruises) and we're Disney Vacation Club members we had many perks left in our room each day - invitation to captain's reception, special tote bags, drink containers, door magnets, treats and more. Another advantage to being on deck 2, far forward is that our muster station is in the Walt Disney Theater on deck 4. We avoided having to be outside on the promenade deck in the hot sun like most other cruisers! Another perk! Our dining rotation order was Parrot Cay, 2 nights at Tritons (our favorite), and Animators' Palate (clue - when you receive your 'key card' - it will have initials on it like 'f-3 PTTA Table 57' - which translates as first seating, 3rd set, Parrot Cay, Tritons, Tritons, Animators' Palate). We were seated at table 57 (in all 3 restaurants throughout the cruise dinners with the same servers) which is a 4 top. Our table mates, Carl & Shannon, were a delightful couple - about our age from Utah. We enjoyed their company and were entertained by their creative costuming on pirate night (same day as Castaway Cay day). Our servers, Zoltan & Victor, as well as our head server, Carina, were very attentive and just wonderful. The menus since our cruise last year had changed somewhat, but found our favorites to still be there. The new changes were definitely an improvement (not that they were lacking before, but more to our liking). Our food always arrived at the appropriate temperature and was well seasoned, prepared, and displayed. I've never waddled off from a DCL meal hungry! As we learned on previous cruises, we prefer to dine in Tritons & Parrot Cay for breakfast & lunch each day as they are less crowded and cooler. (We're Floridians who don't care for the heat.) Beach Blanket Buffet (deck 9, aft) is usually full of families still in swimwear. We did order coffee & croissants one morning by using the 'night before door hanger' and it arrived on time. One of the officers, Pierre from France, remembered us from our cruise last year and we enjoyed conversing with him several times throughout our cruise. The captain, Henri Andersson, and cruise director, Ray, were equally engaging. We got off the ship at Nassau long enough to walk through the shopping district (which is filthy and full of peddlers being pushy about wanting to braid your hair or taxi you around the island) and purchase our Tortuga Rum Cakes. I've since learned I can buy these at Bass Pro Shops - so no more Nassau for me! Since the DCL ships are Bahamian registry, I think there is a contractual obligation for the ships to visit there. The other stop was on Castaway Cay (Disney private island) where we disembarked long enough to snap some pics of the "Flying Dutchman" with hubby's new camera. CC is where most everyone disembarks and enjoys the fabulous beaches and activities on the island. The lunch provided on the island is included in your cruise - so no need for money here unless you wish to purchase things in the gift shop (no cash, just your key card is needed). However, we were only on the island briefly and quickly returned to the quiet ship to enjoy the Quiet Cove (adult) pool area where there were only about 6 other people in the area along with a few attentive crew members. As for shore excursions - if you want to enjoy parasailing, glass bottom boating, or other small craft recreation - sign-up early and do these things on CC. You can count on the vessels and excursions being clean and safe (not so sure about the ones by outside vendors at Nassau - although Disney does try to keep up with and check out quality on these, they don't control them). If you have not been to Castaway Cay - and enjoy the beach - this is a must - beautiful, clean and safe! Just be ready to walk a little, but there is a tram for a much of the way to the beaches. Lunch on the ship on Castaway Cay day is Parrot Cay (only place open on CC days) is no longer buffet (for CC day), but menu order - which we found to be ample and tasty. I'm now spoiled to wanting my 4 course dinners - appetizer, soup, entre, & dessert! But it was all to quickly back to normal when I returned home. The 'big' shows each evening were of usual Disney high quality and family fare. First night was "Golden Mickeys," second night was "Toy Story," third night was "Oceans," the movie, and final night was the always delightful "Disney Dreams." We decided not to see the movie this time around just because we wanted to do enjoy some of the other DCL activities. We also skipped Toy Story as we saw it last year and it really wasn't our favorite - spent too much time on the villan, Sid, than the 'cuter' aspects of the show. They are working on a new show featuring the Disney villans which will be on the new ship. They did offer a 1:30 matinee of "Disney Dreams" on day at sea, which we attended so the evening could be spent packing, shopping and other onboard activities. Another side note - the theater shows are also shown on your stateroom tv simultaneously with the stage shows. This could be useful if one of the family members was ill or too tired to attend. Nice touch. We both were so glad we chose the Disney Cruise for celebrating our 30th anniversary - only wish it had been around for our honeymoon. Although there were many children on board, we never felt overwhelmed or annoyed by them. There were only a few times that there were crying children, which is to be expected when they are tired or just overwhelmed by the exciting events of the day. But being parents ourselves, we understand that. Most of the time the children were happy and glad to tell you what they've been doing with Mickey and his 'wonder'ful crew! Overall, the ship was incredibly clean (cleaner than last year I think), the crew members at all levels were interested in making our stay as fun and comfortable as possible. We'd never had so many of the upper level crew seem as interested in our opinions and input on making the cruise better. All of the folks with whom we discussed other cruiselines indicated that Disney is by far the best for wholesome, clean, guest pleasing cruising - also the most enjoyable. We can't imagine sailing with anyone but Disney...ever! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Disney Wonder Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.5

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