9 Disney Wonder Spring Break 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
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
This was our 4th Disney cruise, and the first time sailing on the Wonder. We have previously sailed on the Magic (3-night in 2005) the Dream (3-night in 2013) and the Fantasy (7-night in 2015). We have two teenagers, ages 14 and 16. ... Read More
This was our 4th Disney cruise, and the first time sailing on the Wonder. We have previously sailed on the Magic (3-night in 2005) the Dream (3-night in 2013) and the Fantasy (7-night in 2015). We have two teenagers, ages 14 and 16. Since we live in Orlando we usually sail out of Port Canaveral, but this time we cruised with extended family from all over and Miami was the most convenient port for everyone. Aside from the minor inconvenience of having the extra drive, we absolutely loved sailing out of Miami! You get a fantastic view of downtown, as well as a peek at the multi-million dollar homes of the rich and famous on Star Island as you are heading out to sea. We also got a huge kick out of the people who were stuck in traffic hanging out their windows to wave to us! My initial reaction to stepping onto a smaller ship after recently sailing on the larger ones was one of minor disappointment. The atrium on the Magic and Wonder are beautiful and elegant in their own right, but just don't hold a candle to the grandeur of the those on the Dream and Fantasy. However, over the course of the cruise I found that I loved the smaller feel of the ship, and can honestly say that I may have even preferred it! We sailed the week before Easter, prime Spring Break time and the cruise had been completely sold out for months. Despite this, not once did it ever feel crowded to us. The pools did at times seem a bit packed ("kid soup") but it was relatively cool outside so we never actually went in them. As always, the adult areas were pretty empty most of the time. The food ranged from just ok to excellent. We absolutely loved our servers, Shane and Meibel. We are a family of jokesters, and we love to have fun interacting with our servers. They did not disappoint! They kept all of the kids at the table (from age 4-16) entertained and the service was impeccable. And I can not say enough good things about Palo Brunch. A must-do if you can swing it! Unfortunately, nothing has been done to remedy the bad coffee situation in the buffets and room service. This has always been one of our biggest complaints on the Disney ships! We love to order room service the night before and have our coffee on the verandah, but the "coffee" this time was truly undrinkable. I ended up heading to the Cove cafe and buying our coffee drinks each morning. I wish they could figure out a way to improve the complimentary coffee! Cabin service was excellent as always. Our cabin steward, Emer, went above and beyond to keep our room serviced and help us with anything we needed. The kids loved the teen club (Vibe). They did admit that they preferred the larger size of the clubs on the larger ships, but they still had a great time each evening. The nightly shows were enjoyable as always. We especially enjoyed the magician, Mike Super. We had watched him on America's Got Talent so it was awesome to get to see him in person! The Wonder is certainly showing it's age, but it is still such a beautiful ship. I look forward to seeing what they do to it when it enters it's two-month dry dock in the fall. Overall we had one of our best cruises to date. For those trying to decide between Disney and other cruise lines, let me just say this. We LOVE everything Disney. We are Disney Vacation Club members and have annual passes. We have have cruised with other lines and enjoyed them equally, but for different reasons. For us the intangible Disney "magic" is what makes it our go-to cruise line. If you aren't a Disney lover, I can understand why the extra expense may deter you. However I will say that Disney has continued to wow us with each and every cruise. We even booked a future cruise on the Dream in January! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in ... Read More
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in Miami was impressive. The reception area was very welcoming and there were even character "meets" for photos. It was the best way to kick off the voyage. There was absolutely no hitches and it was completely painless. Embarking the ship was also very simple and as soon as we entered the main lobby we were welcomed with a loud-speaker welcome to our family with accompanying applause. Brilliant! Once on the ship, between 12pm and 1pm, it did get hairy as there was so much excitement and people everywhere. Be sure to research your carry-on and dressing choices for embarkation as well as dining alternatives (avoid the buffet if possible if you arrive at the time we did). The pools/water areas were understandably packed so we strolled throughout the ship. Once folks started getting the alls-clear for their cabins it was fine. The cruise shows were amazing and always entertaining for all ages. We never had a hard time finding a good seat but we always tried to arrive about 10 min early. There was always something to do and the daily navigator newsletter really helped plan the events. There is literally not enough time to do everything. The activities ranged from dancing and singing to arts and crafts as well as games. So much to do. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Walking around the ship day and night was pleasure and as I mentioned before the ship does not look old and is impeccably well maintained. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Disembarkation was a breeze. What an amazing cruise. So many people we talk to say that Disney Cruises are expensive compared to the others but the old adage of "you get what you pay for" really shines through. If you dissect the numbers you will you see the value in it (non-alcholic beverages are free and readily available at drink stations and you are allowed to bring your own bottles of alcohol for your personal "in-room" consumption - all that you can carry)! Be sure to book your next trip on-board to take advantage of 10% discount and some great on-board credit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Embarkation/Check In process We drove to the port (and others in the party were transferred). We experienced some confusion on the part of the staff when we were checking in since we had some members of the party with us, and others ... Read More
Embarkation/Check In process We drove to the port (and others in the party were transferred). We experienced some confusion on the part of the staff when we were checking in since we had some members of the party with us, and others checking in at a different time. They were unable to process check-ins for partial rooms without a lot of grief. It took a while, but we eventually got it straightened out, and we got onto the ship. We proceeded to the ship to check the kids into the kids club, since there was a very long line to do this at the port. Still a very long line onboard the ship (over 30 minutes). Up to the Beach Blanket Buffet for a very nice lunch.- the food was always excellent Meals: We had dinner at Palo the first night (At least most of the adults in the Party did). It is an Italian themed restaurant and was excellent. Highly recommended. I had a fillet mignon that practically melted in my mouth. Per Disney's plan, we rotated between the three regular dining rooms onboard, and they were all very nice. The food was consistently good for dinner, and we had lots of tasty meals. There seemed to almost always be a filet or tenderloin and a fish entree offered. I liked that there are always sugar free desert options for those in our party who had sugar restrictions. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were awesome with magic tricks, and quick service. Lunches for us were experienced in a number of venues, and each was good. Breakfast for us was at Beach Blanket every day, except departure, when we had breakfast at the Parrot Cay Restaurant. Travelling with a Disabled Traveller: We travelled with my dad in a wheelchair, and two caregivers- one for daytime, and one for night time. The stateroom he stayed in was very large and spacious. The bathroom was excellent, and had a fantastic roll-in shower. (Cabin 7638, and his caregiver was in 7636 which also was handicapped, and had a roll in shower). Our only nit was that the rooms did not interconnect, so she had to go out to the hall in the middle of the night, if she wanted to go to her room. The ship is generally very accessible, and we experienced no difficulties there. My father's stateroom steward was very helpful, and went above and beyond. We found that they really made it easy to travel with someone who can be quite needy. Staterooms: Most of our party stayed in 6592, 6596, and 6598. The cabins were adequately sized with balconies. There is very little space at the end of the beds to get around , but it is manueverable. The bathrooms are a split layout- with toilet and sink on one side, and sink and shower on the other. There are two separate doors. I'm rather larger in size, so I found it somewhat difficult to actually enter the toilet part of the bathroom, because there was a stopper that stopped the door from opening fully. This necessitated a great deal of contortions. Also, the cabin steward we had was not as good as we've had on other cruises, or on other cruise lines. I generally have the expectation that they'll service the room while we're out for the morning, and do the evening turn-down while we're at dinner. That didn't necessarily happen. We had a couple of evenings when it got to be very late, and I had to tell him to please come and do his thing, since I was headed to bed. The first day, he didn't manage to get into our stateroom, despite our being gone from 8:00 AM until almost 1:00 PM. Then he came knocking at 2:00 when we were down for a nap. Shore Excursions: Cozumel: Is very pretty. We did a couple of different dolphin tours. the one my daughters and au-pair ended up on was better than ours(They went to Dolphinaris). We had dolphin discovery. We had to wait for almost an hour and a half in the sun, despite being on time. My son ended up getting a bit sick from being in the heat and sun during that time. He was crying and unhappy (and I can't say I blame him) at being left to stand there for so long. I did address it with them, and their response was just to let us get into the water with the manatees to pet them for a couple of minutes. IMO- too little- too late. Castaway Cay: Stunning, and a real highlight of the trip. We fed the stingrays, and snorkeled with them. That was a lot of fun, and a great deal for the money. On Castaway, lunch is brought to the Cookies/Cookies too restaurants, and they serve a lovely Barbecue. There are also kids club activities, and many, many things to do. A lot of them are included in the cost. Very nice. I could honestly just go there a couple of times during a cruise, and be quite happy. Kids Club: We had 6 kids, ranging in age from 6 to 14 with us, and they all had a good time. The two 14 year olds were almost aged out of the camp, so they spent more time with the adults, but the younger kids practically lived in the kids clubs. Spa: Beautiful Spa. Great time. I had the seaweed wrap, a stone massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. The rest of the family visited as well. The teen/Tween girls in the party were very disappointed to find out that they could only get a mini nail 'do, and a mini facial. Not a full mani/pedi, and not a full facial. We've gotten those on other cruises, and routinely get them at home. (My Oldest gets facials regularly to help treat acne) Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
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
Over all, we had a great time. And my kids especially enjoyed it; they have fantastic kids' programs for all ages (both oldest son and youngest son ended up with the 11-13 year olds all week). So bottom line, if you have ... Read More
Over all, we had a great time. And my kids especially enjoyed it; they have fantastic kids' programs for all ages (both oldest son and youngest son ended up with the 11-13 year olds all week). So bottom line, if you have children or grand children, this is a fantastic cruise! Lots and lots of activities for the kids, lots of family type events, etc. They do have adult only sections so once you drop the kids off at their activity (youngest son and oldest son came and went on their own since it was the 11-13 year olds), then you can find some quiet areas. Also, after 9:00 p.m., a lot of the lounges that were open for kids were now off limits. Not an issue normally but we really wanted to do some family game nights and we never found a place to do that after 9:00 p.m. That was kind of a bummer for us. The food was just OK. Some dishes that were supposed to be hot were cold, others had little flavor while other dishes were fabulous! I guess we were spoiled by the Regent Seven Seas Mariner but now that I look at their current prices, I really cannot compare them to Disney. It's like comparing a Four Seasons hotel to a Best Western or Holiday Inn Express (we love BW and HI). Apples and oranges. But for the value, it was excellent. We spent about $1200 per person and we had 2 seperate staterooms. The same 2 staterooms on the Regent Mariner would be a lot more! Also, you do have to tip and pay for all alcoholic drinks on the Disney Cruise. On the Mariner, it's ALL included. On the Disney Cruise, we had to pay for just about everything including internet. It does add up but not what we would pay on the Mariner! (We paid an additional $1500 for shore excursion, internet access, surcharge for the adult only restaurant, alcohol, club sodas, lava flows for the kids and laundry). The noise level was over the top. I guess I should have expected this since it was a holiday cruise and the ship was full. Lots and lots of small children. Even some of the 11-13 year olds were allowed (by their parents) to run wild. Not my kids' style, thankfully! When we walked into the dining room the first night (and this was after watching the kids run up and down the hallway), it was quite loud. All hard surfaces and many of the parents ignored their children as they banged their spoons and forks on their plates. It did settle down a bit as the cruise went on and we changed dining rooms each night (rotation dining). We ate a peaceful and quiet dinner on the 2nd night in their very casual restaurant since none of us felt like dressing up (formal night). On the 3rd night, my husband and I went to the adults only restaurant (an extra $20 surcharge per person) and it was a lot more like what we experienced all over the Mariner. It was very quiet (except for some large adult parties) and the food was outstanding. We cancelled our reservations for Saturday night to have dinner with the kids; I kind of wished we had not done that and enjoyed yet another great meal at that restaurant (called Palo on the Disney Wonder). I asked my husband to move to the later seating but he really wanted to eat at the main seating (he gets up early to workout since he is a triathlete). So I told him to get ear plugs! I was told by our server and main server that the second seating has a lot less kids and is somewhat quieter. I was very impressed with the service! On the 1st night, I guess they could tell my husband was a bit annoyed (mostly at the 4 year old, curly haired blonde boy that played the drums on his plate all evening while his mother at the other end of the table completely ignored him), the Head Server asked us there was anything he could do for us. Well, the bok choy with oldest son's meal was outstanding! And my husband was hoping for some green vegetable. So he came back in a few minutes with a huge bowl of the bok choy and a 2nd bowl of steamed broccoli. Also, whenever we went to the Outlook Cafe and Lounge (an adults only place), "Vendy", our server from the Czech Republic) automatically brought me a class of La Crema Chardonnay and a club soda with lime. This so impressed this other family on the 5th night when I sat down to say hi! The bar tender at Diversions was equally responsive to our needs. My husband and I had some difficulty finding activities we liked. The trivia games were fun. I'm not a big fan of Bingo but that seemed to be a big hit with a lot of other folks. The live entertainment was very "Disney" and more suitable for smaller children and total Disney freaks (there were a lot of these on the ship!). They had a great movie theatre and showed first run movies. Unfortunately, I missed Cars 2 and I do not want to see The Help until I finish the book (which I read on the cruise). They also showed the new Muppets movie the morning it opened (at 12:01 a.m.). We liked most of the lounges and enjoyed meeting other parents with kids our age. The adult only lounge at the bow of the ship was a popular place to get an after dinner drink after the kids took off for their kids club. Very quiet, adult's playing cards and we met quite a few folks there. It also had a killer view! There was no Bridge playing on the ship. But a lot of grandparents. I was surprised that this was not an activity like it was on the last cruises we took (the 1st being NCL with my mom in 2000 and again on the Mariner to Alaska, all had Bridge time). The kids clubs were fantastic and I think this is what would bring me back to a Disney cruise. They had 5 different areas: The Vibe for ages 14-18 just for teens (and they did not allow anyone younger), The Edge for ages 11-13 and the kids could come and go as they pleased, The Oceaneers' Lab for ages 8-10 and Oceaneer's Club, ages 3-10 with some younger activities. Kids could come and go as they please at the Lab but ONLY with parents permission (they had to wear an electronic bracelet). Unfortunately, the activities were a bit "babyish" for youngest son and he did not have very much fun. But then on the 2nd day, we met a family with the same aged children and she told me that her almost 10 year old was going to The Edge. Since they never checked the kids, I thought I would just let youngest son go in. He loved it and fit right in! My youngest son hangs out with his big brother's friends (all in 7th grade) all of the time. They also had a Nursery, play room for the babies and toddlers. We never went in there :). My kids spent most of their time in The Edge with all of their activities including Xbox 360 games, Wii, card games, scavenger hunts, t-shirt painting, Dodge Ball, or on the Sports Court playing soccer or basketball. We also discovered that we all love Foosball! Looks like Santa may be delivering one of those this Christmas. We often hung out at the Outlook Cafe or in loungers near the bow while they played. On Saturday, it was too windy on the Sports Court (we were heading back up Baja at this time), so my husband set up a server (he bought a router at the Wal-Mart in Puerto Vallarta) and they had a Quake Fest in the Diversions Lounge with 4 college aged kids. It was quite the site to see the 7 of them playing Quake! I relaxed and read. So if you thinking about this cruise with your grandkids, it was fabulous. Disney does a great job with the kids and the adult areas were extremely nice. Don't expect the food to be "Cafe Firenze" but it was OK. Also, if you absolutely LOVE Disney and enjoy all that Disney offers in shows, characters (my husband got to ride the elevator with Donald Duck), than it's also fun. The Disney Vacation Club members were all over this cruise and they eat, breath and live Disney. ;) With no kids, stay in the adult area sections, eat at the late seating (8:45 p.m.) and hang out in the lounges. So my friends asked me to be honest about the noise. It bothered both my husband and me and we have kids! So maybe another cruise line geared towards adults might be a better choice if you are sensitive to the noise level generated by children unless you want to try my suggestions. They were very strict about not letting children in the adult only sections. They had a fabulous Cadillac Lounge in the Route 66 area (yes, an entire area devoted to Route 66) and the piano bar was great. I told them they needed to add a picture of the Cadillac Ranch in Texas to be complete! Also, the carpet had the entire Route 66 map from Santa Monica to Chicago. But for some reason, it stopped at Santa Rosa, NM and resumed at St Louis. I gave them a real hard time about skipping Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas especially since the National Route 66 museum is in Oklahoma! The location of our staterooms was key. Mid-ship (minimum movement), on the same level and right around the corner as The Edge, only one deck from the main dining and lounges. We also had easy access to the elevators, stairs and laundry room! I guess my biggest disappointment was the quality of food (which would explain why I actually lost weight!). The pool areas that were open to the children were zoo like on sea days (again, the ship was full because of the holiday). Neither one of my children opted to swim on the ship; just too hectic! But the younger kids seem to enjoy it quite a lot. A comment on loungers in the pool area. I noticed a lot of people dropping off their stuff to save their place and then take off. The Disney pool staff was well aware of this practice and if they saw this happening, they would take the towels off the loungers to free it up for someone who would actually use it. Of course, if you went into the pool for a little while, they would not do this. But some "campers" were obvious. For instance, my youngest son and I wanted a place to sit and eat lunch. We had a table but not chairs. I borrowed two chairs from a table behind me just long enough to eat. I thought I would wait until they came back and return their chairs. They never came back. The Disney staff also did a great job with getting more chairs, etc. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
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
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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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