5 Disney Wonder Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Bahamas

This was my second Disney cruise (first was on the Dream) and I have to say that overall, this one was a disappointment. I would honestly give it 2.5 stars but I rounded up; my husband who loves all things Disney gave it 3 stars. We ... Read More
This was my second Disney cruise (first was on the Dream) and I have to say that overall, this one was a disappointment. I would honestly give it 2.5 stars but I rounded up; my husband who loves all things Disney gave it 3 stars. We traveled with our 2 school aged children and my parents in 2 interior staterooms. No problems with embarkation. We arrived late (3pm) because we spent the day at Kennedy Space Center. Our rooms were ready when we arrived. Both bathrooms had hair in the tubs and on the floor but were otherwise clean. The vents in the shower were full of crud...best not to look up! Beds were comfortable and rooms were adequate. The good: We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. The shows, especially Frozen, were top-notch. We saw several newly-released movies including Born in China and Beauty and the Beast. Our waiter was very entertaining. He was personable and friendly and very attentive. The assistant waiter was nice but did not interact with us much aside from taking drink orders. Our room host did a great job. Aside from the hairs upon arrival we had no complaints. The bad: The food was not up to the same standard as on the Dream. Steaks were rubbery and tough. Fish was hit or miss. Triton's was our best meal, and Tiana's Place was the worst. Shrimp and grits were completely flavorless and the sea bass was not good. Even sticking to our waiter's recommendations we encountered several bad meals. The kids' food was often the worst. Cardboard crust pizza with overcooked, hardened cheese or rubbery chicken tenders were the norm. We ended up ordering off the adult menu for them and splitting it but still usually got room service after dinner for them. The kids club was the biggest disappointment to me. I had hoped to use the adult-only spaces on this ship and enjoy some time alone with my husband but we got a call shortly after dropping the kids off that they wanted to be picked up, and we had a hard time getting them to go back. Both of my children hated the kids clubs. My son can be a bit of a "momma's boy" so if he had complained, I would have taken it with a grain of salt, but both of my children shared the same story and the same low opinion. After waiting his turn, another child quit playing one of the tablets in a gaming area. My son began playing, and after seeing that my son had been able to beat the level the other child was stuck on, the other child came back to reclaim the tablet. My son does not stand up for himself (he's 7 and quite sensitive), so he was disappointed and wanted to leave. He went to the first staff member he saw near the entrance and asked to be picked up, and was told that he had to go to the front desk. He thought he was at the front desk, so again, being timid, he went and sat on a bench and began to cry, not knowing what to do (at the open house, we specifically asked and were told that when he was ready to leave, he could tell any staff member wearing a blue and yellow shirt). My 10 year old daughter was also there and saw him crying, so she asked what was wrong, and then went to the front and again asked for us to be called. She happened to go to the same staff member, who then proceeded to snap at her, telling her that she had already told my son he needed to go to another area to have us called. Needless to say, this made both of them not want to go back. My daughter is a joiner and very outgoing and she did try going again, but there were so many kids in the club that she was unable to partake in any of the activities she wanted to do (building a volcano and making goo...there were not enough spaces or supplies for everyone). My son really wanted to do the whale dig on Castaway Cay but when he found out he would have to stay in the kids club to do it, he refused. Guest services was rude and disinterested both times we went to them. I lost my camera, and my husband lost a backpack on the cruise. Coming back onboard from Castaway Cay, someone accidentally picked up our back from the xray machine conveyor belt. We didn't see it happen but couldn't find our bag once on the other side. We went to guest services and they could not have cared less. They did not offer to call or go down to the gangway. We went back ourselves 3 times and fortunately the 3rd time someone had returned it after realizing their mistake. Guest services sent a form via our room hostess for us to sign that the matter had been resolved. That was the extent of their "help". This cruise was full of family members of the cruise ship staff. Cruise staff work very long hours and for months on end and I think it is wonderful that their families are able to join them. However, I truly believe that this lead to us having distracted and inattentive service instead of the usually superior service we have had from Disney cast members. I had pre-selected a 7 day Disney cruise out of San Juan to book while onboard to get a discount, but after this cruise, our family will be trying another line. We do not feel we got our money's worth, and even the kids were disappointed. The bottom line for us is that the awesome shows and amazing waiter were not enough to make up for the many other shortcomings. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I took a 3 night cruise with our sons (13, 9 and 7). We loved it! Pros: Great, friendly staff. Fun pool areas and my younger sons really enjoyed the Kid's Club. (My youngest son is now in love with Stitch because they ... Read More
My husband and I took a 3 night cruise with our sons (13, 9 and 7). We loved it! Pros: Great, friendly staff. Fun pool areas and my younger sons really enjoyed the Kid's Club. (My youngest son is now in love with Stitch because they got to make Stitch's Space Goo and Stitch made a visit.) The food was really good on board. The Frozen show was very good. Getting on and off the ship was very organized and easy. Negatives: the Tween club is small and dark. My 13 year old son only went in once and did not want to stay. The main pool is pretty small but it is still fun. The hamburgers on Castaway Cay were very overdone. However, my oldest son liked the BBQ ribs. I can't comment on a lot of the activities at Castaway Cay because many of the activities were closed when we were there. A storm came through and it rained on and off through the day. However, the beach is very nice. The only other negative would be the cost. I would encourage any family to save up to go on a Disney Cruise but it is very pricey. Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to ... Read More
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to start with. This was a 4-night cruise from Miami, with stops as Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West on the Disney Wonder Ports of Call: This is an interesting, "introductory" cruise, and better than the 3-night Castaway Cay/Nassau cruise from Port Canaveral. You have a bit more time to do things, and Key West is a great place to visit (much more so than Nassau). Castaway Cay is always fun but as we were there at low tide, bottom algaes were a bit of an issue. Nassau is Nassau. As this was one of the busiest day from a cruise ship perspective, we elected to go on a port adventure rather than risking doing something on our own. Port adventures in Nassau are overpriced, especially if electing to go to Atlantis, which is starting to be past its prime (the Aquarium). After two cruises, I am starting to feel that a 5-night cruise with at least one day at sea would be ideal for us as it gives you a bit more time to enjoy the ship Food: The food was above average to excellent, especially for dinner. I found the food to be better than on the Disney Dream at dinner time. Breakfast is a little bit of a different story. The Wonder is a relatively small ship and the buffet area is small, with more limited options (The Dream was much more impressive in that regard). I strongly recommend that one goes to Triton for breakfast for a more formal sit-down breakfast. Quality is superior. The quick snacks option offered decent choices and service was quick Entertainment: The night time shows are ok, and some of the shows are presented on more than one Disney ships. For example, the Golden Mickeys is also shown on the Dream (ok show). The one thing about the Wonder is that it showcases "Dreams" which is probably one of the best Disney Cruise production. Toy Story was ok, but not as good as I expected. One night featured a comedian/magician that I did not watch. There are other entertainment options such as movies (got to see Zootopia), clubs, game-nights,... Entertainment is at the very least adequate and I found better than on the Dream Kid's Club: The Wonder is set for a major refurbished and this is one area that I think needs improvement, especially when compared to the Dream. First the "Club" and the "Lab" have totally separate check-in areas and are technically separate from each other. Décor is a bit older and not as impressive as one would experience on the Dream. Programming was good and activities plentiful Cabin (overall) Even though the Wonder is an older ship, I found the cabin to be well-maintained and in good shape. We had one minor engineering issue which was quickly fixed. I much prefer the balconies and views on the Dream than the Wonder, but found the Wonder to be more stable and provide better sleep quality The ship: Compared to many other ships in the industry, and compared to the Disney Dream or Fantasy, the Disney Wonder is a relatively small ship and it is set for a major overhaul this Fall. I much preferred the larger open space on the top deck of the Dream, than the split deck that you have on the Wonder, as it creates 3 relatively small areas. On the flip side, the smaller size provides for a more intimate experience in the dining rooms (Triton, Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate). Unless you know that this is an older ship, you don't really notice it, except for a few areas of the ship such as the Kids club and the fact that the entertainment/dining experience is not as modern. We found the ride to be smooth, even though we went through at least one storm. Other: The fact that we go through Key West before reaching our final destination (Miami) means that we have to go through Immigration procedures in both Key West and Miami. It is mildly annoying, and results in slightly less time in Key West. Probably would not be an issue if Key West was the first Port of Call. All in this was a very enjoyable cruise on a fine ship. It is going to be interesting to see what Disney does to this ship as part of the overhaul. My understanding is that there will be a focus on the dining areas, kids clubs as well as an upgrade to the furniture. If this is the focus, then the Wonder will move from being a great ship to an excellent ship Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved ... Read More
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved going, my daughter who loves to play spent most of her time at the club while my son loves science and tech spent most of his time at the lab. The last night my daughter had a blast at the pajama party. When my son saw she had a pillow case we asked it he could get one and they gave him one even though we was at the lab during the party. The food in the dinning room was great. Our server and assistant at table 47 we the best. Knowing what we wanted and helping us celebrate. The buffet was ok not as good as I hoped. You have to dress up for the pirate party. even my grumpy father got into the action, and that says a lot! We had a swashbuckling good time. Castaway Cay was beautiful, clean and had the best buffet of the cruise. Pelican plunge was fun for the whole family. We enjoyed walking around the beaches, and could have spend several days there. Cabins were roomy. Nice to have to sinks but shower is very small and my six foot tall husband had a difficult time fitting in. Over all a fantastic trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are "cruise veterans" having been on several over the years - mostly on Carnival, but also on Princess and Norwegian. We have always wanted to try the Disney Cruise Line because it seemed different than the others - but never ... Read More
We are "cruise veterans" having been on several over the years - mostly on Carnival, but also on Princess and Norwegian. We have always wanted to try the Disney Cruise Line because it seemed different than the others - but never did until now because of the price. Although still expensive, Disney was running a "Kids Sail Free" promotion so all four of us went just for the price of the two adults. So we figured now was as good a chance as we were going to get. For the most part, I would say that a Disney Cruise is very similar to a cruise you might take on any other of the big lines. I'll highlight some differences, but overall I would say they are more the same than different - which makes it hard to justify Disney's much higher price (roughly 60% on average higher than Carnival for cruises with similar staterooms and lengths). My overall recommendation is to try a Disney cruise if you can get a deal on one (they do offer deals sometimes) or you just aren't that concerned about the cost. Embarkation - Very smooth - and also similar to Carnival's embarkation process. The Disney terminal at Port Canaveral is very nice, and has couches and lots of TVs showing Disney cartoons. But just like everywhere else, you check in and are then given a boarding group number. You board the ship when your number is called. We arrived around 11:30 and were on the ship a little after 12:00. The literature Disney sends you will say that boarding begins at 1:00 PM but I think it is almost always earlier than that. If you are staying in a suite or have done lots of Disney cruises you get priority boarding - but this wouldn't have been that much of a "perk" since boarding was quick anyways. Stateroom- We had a category 6 balcony cabin which was quite nice. Disney's split bathroom concept (one side has toilet/sink, the other has shower/sink) is convenient. Other than that difference, it's similar to a balcony cabin on any other ship - except it has decorations with Disney themes. Plenty of closet and drawer storage space. Four of us fit quite nicely into it, the additional bunk bed folded down out of the ceiling. Ship - It is really well maintained and very elegant in most areas (unlike Carnival which is more flashy). They don't give the decks names (Lido, Empress, Riviera, etc.) just the numbers. Very clean everywhere. Not sure if they have had problems with Norovirus in the past, or just don't want to, but there is hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE. When entering any restaurant at any time, there is a crew member with hand sanitizer wipes giving them to EVERYONE - they don't rely on people to do it themselves. Dining- Overall the food was excellent, as we have found it to be on every ship we have sailed on. It always amazes me when reviewers say the food is "terrible" - I do not see how anyone could say that. Everything we had was excellent - and the portions were sensible (not gargantuan). If you wanted more than one of something, just like on any other ship, you could simply ask. The food was comparable to Carnival's. We also tried Palo one evening - and it was excellent and the atmosphere very nice (similar to the specialty restaurants on other ships). A couple of differences: Disney rotates you among three different restaurants instead of seating you at the same one the whole cruise. This is kind of fun because the restaurants have different themes. They also don't seat you with strangers (even at lunch and breakfast) like other cruise lines do - at least it never happened to us and I didn't notice it happening to anyone else. They also give the food cute names ("Ariel's surprise", etc.) but it is the same food you would get on other big lines. Also like other lines, the coffee is awful. You can get "specialty coffees" (for around $3) - these are better but don't expect Starbucks. I do not understand why it is so difficult for cruise ships to make good coffee. Servers- The servers are very good and especially focused on the kids. If the kids order something big (like roast chicken) they will cut it up for them. They also engage the kids in conversation at least as much as the adults. They provide crayons on the tables for the kids to play with. They also have children's menus - though our kids (11 and 10) preferred to order off of the adult menu. They are the same mix of international staff that you see on any other big ship. Other Passengers - Families with kids are by far the biggest group - which makes the average age on this ship way less than typical. There were "senior citizens" but almost always as part of large family groups (with grandkids). There were very few wheelchairs/walkers like you see on some of the other lines. Most of the wheelchairs I saw belonged to kids - there were a lot of "special needs" type kids on this cruise - wheelchairs, Downs Syndrome, autism, etc. The staff seemed to go out of their way to make these kids feel special - so if you are traveling with a special needs child, I think that Disney would be a great choice. Shows and Entertainment - The shows were excellent - but they all had a Disney theme so if you don't like Disney (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) you may not care for the shows. Most of them are around an hour. Also, the ship has a separate movie theater where they show first run movies (Disney of course) - on this cruise they were showing Alice in Wonderland. They also have 3D capability in this theater. There is also a Big Screen TV over the "Goofy" pool - which shows movies and occasionally other things (again mostly Disney though there was one basketball game). Disney characters roam around the ship and are available for meet and greet and photos (they publish a schedule in the daily "Personal Navigator"). They have the typical trivia contests and other games - again mostly with a Disney theme, but not exclusively Disney. Adults- They do have areas just for adults - one pool and its surrounding lounge chairs, a coffee bar type place, the specialty restaurant (Palo's), and a nightclub area. Oddly, since there are so many families with children, these areas don't tend to be crowded and are actually less crowded than other ships. Disney does strictly enforce the no kids rules in these areas. Smoking/Gambling - Smoking is restricted to very few areas - mostly outdoors (and on Deck 9 "the pool deck" only on certain parts of the starboard side). Smoking isn't allowed in the staterooms. There is no casino - but they do have a few Bingo sessions (which we didn't attend). Seems like smoking and gambling often go together - so maybe because there isn't a casino there aren't as many smokers. We didn't see many. Kids Programs - Very well attended and popular. Kids areas take up most of Deck 5. Lots of computers/video games. Our kids enjoyed very much. However, kids have to be 10 and up to participate in the "Out and About" program - where they go do different things around the ship - pools, basketball court, etc. Otherwise, they just stay in the kid's club on deck 5. Teens have their own club called "Aloft" which looked good. They give kids little tracking devices that they wear on their wrist so at any time the staff can tell you where your kids are if you can't find them. They also give each family a pager so that they can send you a message about your kids if needed. Castaway Cay- Disney's "private" island experience is excellent. Everything you could want and very well laid out. Snorkeling was good though it was a little chilly. Plenty of beach, games, sports, and a brand new waterslide. This is really a fun time. We actually "aborted" our trip to Castaway Cay on the first attempt (Tuesday) due to high winds and seas. Because we were on the 4 day cruise, we were able to try again on Wednesday when the weather was much better. This is one of the big advantages of the 4 day over the 3 day cruise. The 3 day cruise can't try again. Castaway Cay is really a highlight of the trip and you don't want to miss it. Debarkation - Again very smooth. You are given a time and place to have breakfast - and you bring all your carry on stuff with you. Then when you are done with breakfast, you just walk off the ship. No numbers are called. Luggage is waiting when you get off and you are on your way. Conclusion - A fabulous time was had by all. If you can get a deal, or don't mind the cost, go for it. If you want to take a cruise but can't afford Disney, go on Carnival or one of the other big lines. You won't be missing that much and you will probably pay a lot less. Read Less
Sail Date March 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 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.5

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