10 Disney Wonder Senior Cruise Reviews

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
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ... Read More
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ship. We traveled with parents, grandparents and two small boys who were quite a hit on their own. Disney's food, public and private areas, employees and Christmas decorations are so much more elaborate than any others we've seen and we've seen alot. Embarkation was a breeze with a 3-3:30 pm check-in we walked right on with no lines. The only thing we hadn't counted on was the welcome aboard photographers were already gone and there was no one to greet us or show us to our cabin. Disembarkation was also a breeze. We carry our luggage off and took our luggage down about 30 minutes before the process began because we would rather wait in a short line to get off the ship than a longer line getting through customs. We were in our vehicle heading outa Galveston at 8:15. The Christmas decorations are BEAUTIFUL and Christmas music is played in the halls every day. It is very festive and the entertainment from the tree lighting to Mrs. Claus reading Christmas stories was wonderful. After more than 30 cruises on a variety of lines, I think Disney's food is the most consistently good with a large variety in the dining rooms. Lunch in the buffet is varied daily and you can get burgers, hotdogs, etc a good part of the day. Our cabin was 7112 port and aft which is an excellent location for the buffet, pools and drink station. There is more storage than we needed and love the separate bathroom areas. Ventilation, lighting, air conditioning all worked as expected. Port is the side to be on for the Key West/Bahama cruise from Galveston because you have two sea days and the sun hits your balcony all day. Our assistant room steward, Edgar, was fantastic. He was as good as any we've ever had. For those who have been cruising several years and remember the times when you walked out of your cabin and turned around because you forgot something - to find somehow your cabin steward had already cleaned it that's how good he was and we leave by 8 am. We were on a Canada cruise, different cruise line, in September and there were times our cabin wasn't cleaned until after lunch. Another cruise line has gone to an optional 2 times a day - didn't like that at all. Back to Edgar - the most amazing towel animals ever - a 5 foot long alligator with the remote in his mouth, a frog where you could actually see the bugged out eyes. Really works of art. He was always smiling and did an excellent job. This is a Christmas cruise and it is Disney so there is no casino and there are a lot of children, but it's what makes the cruise. It is great that you can actually find several things to do while dinner is going on and that is rare. There was a piano player, a singing duo, comedians, trivia contests and other things during the usual very lack times on other cruise ships. We never had trouble finding entertainment from 5-8:15 pm our dining time. We normally sit in our cabin or go to a bar waiting on dinner - not on Disney. We didn't do any excursions through the ship. Castaway Cay is a beautiful Island with lots of stuff to do. The adult beach was still in repair from the late summer hurricanes and it actually had a bad odor from the rotting seaweed. But the barbq was good and transportation to and from it was constant. We wouldn't do this itinerary again, but we are thinking about the Mexico cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were given this cruise as a "gift" to celebrate a milestone birthday from a relative that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). The cruise was a great getaway for adults - from our pairing at the dining tables to just ... Read More
We were given this cruise as a "gift" to celebrate a milestone birthday from a relative that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). The cruise was a great getaway for adults - from our pairing at the dining tables to just being able to have "alone time." Want to relax? Find the padded windows on deck 3 outside of Azure to read a book or nap while watching the Canadian/Alaskan nature go by. Some real positives - HOT - hot chocolate available during the northern part of the trip - lentil soup served outside as well. As mentioned previously, food was just OK - the halibut was always overcooked (a shame for such an expensive piece of fish). And except for Palo, the food was never really hot. Service was 5-star from the hostess to the wait staff. Late movies were almost always in 3-D. The Pirates - Dead Men Tell No Tales premiere was in the Walt Disney theater the night it opened in the US. A the Frozen show is probably the best presentation we've seen this side of Disney-based Broadway shows. Cabin (standard/inside) was very comfortable except that the shower was a bit hard to get "all wet" due to the low height. Having a clock next to the bed was a nice touch. Excursions are expensive - and if you don't take one - walking around Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan can get pretty tiring of jewelry and t-shirts (although the tram to Mt. Roberts is right by the docks). Not sure we would have picked Disney if this hadn't been a gift - but if you and/or your kids are Disney fanatics - this is a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
We are a family of five. Three seniors and two adults. We are attracted to Disney because of the reputation of great food, entertainment, and service. We also wanted to see Alaska which this trip was perfect for. To start, we spent two ... Read More
We are a family of five. Three seniors and two adults. We are attracted to Disney because of the reputation of great food, entertainment, and service. We also wanted to see Alaska which this trip was perfect for. To start, we spent two days in Vancouver before going on the ship. Arriving to the port was easy. Cabs take you straight to the port and drops off right where the Disney staff are awaiting to direct you. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Check in was easy and there are staff everywhere to direct you where to go. We got on the ship without a hitch. We were amazed at how clean and well maintained this ship is. We have two rooms with windows. Figure it wasn't much use to have balconies going to Alaska. This is a smaller ship after having being on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. Our room attendant was great. In fact, all the staff seem happy and helpful. They always greet you with a warm smile and greeting. We ate mostly at the main dinning rooms. Our waiter and assistant waiter are totally awesome. They cater to us better than any restaurant we have been to. They know what you like or dislike by the second night and makes recommendation accordingly. The food quality was good and better than what we had on Allure. It is probably the best amongst all the cruise line in terms of main dinning room food. We went to Palo on the second night. This was awesome in food and service. The souffle was to die for! Never had such good service in any restaurant before. The view from Palo was great being in the aft of the ship. The shows were great. It is nearly impossible to produce shows that caters to everyone. Disney has mastered this. The Frozen musical is just unforgettable! The lady portraying Elsa sang Let It Go much better than Idina Menzel. The daily itinerary is not as packed as say on Allure but nicely organized. Everyone is able to make it to the shows on a daily basis. We went on three excursions. The magic of this trip is that there was no rain to ruin any day or shore excursions. This is almost unheard of in Alaska. If you are into nature, then this is a blessing. We took the White Pass train ride in Skagway. Then we went on the Mount Roberts tram and the Mendalhall Glacier. Last, we did the city tour of Ketchikan. We booked through Disney which is about the same cost wise as booking independently. Disney is expensive but this is totally worth it. You go on cruise expecting good food and service so you can enjoy yourself and relax. Disney nailed this perfectly. so the extra cost is justified in my mind. We are already booked on another Disney cruise to Caribbean in February! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We had three families traveling. My grandson and his family (3), my daughter and her family, (2) and my husband and I. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen and we have been on at least 6 cruise line and have taken many ... Read More
We had three families traveling. My grandson and his family (3), my daughter and her family, (2) and my husband and I. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen and we have been on at least 6 cruise line and have taken many cruises over the past 30 plus years. (more then I can remember) Our cruise went out of Galveston, TX. We all went in the day before the cruise and stayed at Tremont Hotel. The port is very close to this hotel. There is also a store that you can buy wine, not too far from the hotel. Our cabin on the ship was nice, it had plenty of space for our clothes. We also could get everyone in our room to have a glass of wine before dinner. The room steward was very good. Service in the dinning rooms was good. I would go again on the Disney, with family. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
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
We wanted to see the Panama Canal & this Disney repositioning cruise was a perfect fit. Because this was a 15 day cruise, late in the school year there were only about 300 kids on the cruise. I don't believe all the cabins were ... Read More
We wanted to see the Panama Canal & this Disney repositioning cruise was a perfect fit. Because this was a 15 day cruise, late in the school year there were only about 300 kids on the cruise. I don't believe all the cabins were filled either. So, there was little or no waiting for everything (except deck chairs around the Quiet Cove pool). The Disney Wonder is starting to get old, but is still a very nice ship. The embarkation process was a little long but once we got onboard all was well. Our balcony stateroom (#6610) had plenty of room for the two of us and was very close to the elevators and stairways. Very close to the laundry facility, which we made use of too. I like the idea of the rotating dining room schedules. We were lucky to be with a great group of new friends at our table. I thought the dinner food selections were nothing special. The food was good, but I expected it to be better. I really enjoyed the self serve ice cream station. And the 'free' coffee, pop and water station on deck 9 is a super touch. Also, Disney allows you to bring alcohol onboard at embarkation and at each cruise port. So, there's no need to try and hide bottles in your luggage. At embarkation it simply must be in your carry on luggage. No questions asked. Although the food was only average, I thought the service in our dining room was the best ever. Our server staff of Rolly, Andrew (and even the head waiter, Roy) were just super. Also, our stateroom attendant, Shiv, was also the best ever. The only problem we had with our stateroom was some unusual snapping and scratching sounds coming from the ceiling. The maintenance staff was unable to get it fixed. So, we just dealt with it. Besides there were so many other positives. The split bathrooms is a great idea. We stopped in Key West, Cozumel, Cartagena, Puerto Vallarta & Cabo San Lucas with the cruise ending in San Diego. Our excursions were a trolley tour in Key West; shopping in Cozumel; a bus & horse carriage tour in Cartagena; a 5 hour visit to the Paradise Beach Resort; and casual site seeing & shopping in Cabo. PV was our favorite stop. The beach area was absolutely beautiful. However, the full transit of the Panama Canal is something I'll never forget. The lake cruise between the locks is very relaxing and quite beautiful. The Wonder has a very nice fitness center which I made use of during our sailing days. The pool in the Quiet Cove was very nice and quiet (no kids allowed). However, trying to get one of the comfy deck chairs near the pool is almost impossible. Folks 'reserve' them early in the day by leaving towels and personal items on them and they are left unused for hours at a time. Cruisers continue this discourteous practice despite the signs telling them not to do so. I guess there are rude people everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Halloween on The Wonder was in fact Wonderful! My wife and I, both in our late 50's, had our long awaited honeymoon! The staff really know how to pamper you. So much layed back than the parks go go go atmosphere, though we do love the ... Read More
Halloween on The Wonder was in fact Wonderful! My wife and I, both in our late 50's, had our long awaited honeymoon! The staff really know how to pamper you. So much layed back than the parks go go go atmosphere, though we do love the parks! Characters everywhere, with time to meet & greet and take no-rush pics with everybody! Do not miss the character breakfast,...all characters come to all tables and take pics with each person! Not to mention the funny napkin hats made for everybody. Sometimes we ate at the restaurants, sometimes the buffet, sometime the quick serve spots. The Broadway type shows were fantastic. Also comedians and ventriloquists with shows for all ages. Take advantage of all the 'stuff' offered. We took a couple of tours on board,...learned how to make those special towel animals,....also how to make special napkins. We had a blast! Cant wait to go again,....maybe the 3 day park/ 4 day cruise package with the grandkids next time. I suggest a Disney cruise for all ages,...they have special places just for you! We loved the cabin, with a huge porthole to view outside. Every time you return to cabin from breakfast/lunch/dinner, wherever, your cabin has been cleaned! Every evening the bed turned down with a new towel animal, candy, and the ships next day 'menu' of events left on the bed! Plenty of room with large closet, drawers, shelves, and a split bathroom that is so convenient. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
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 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.5

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