13 Disney Wonder Repositioning Cruise Reviews

This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically ... Read More
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically Disney events (shows, characters, etc.), it wasn't any better. I understand that the Wonder had been recently in dry dock and the cabins and public areas looked very fresh. My cabin was much better than Royal Caribbean, about the same as Holland America and not as nice as Princess. Our cabin host (what happened to steward/stewardess?) was great. The food was generally blah. They always had fancy descriptions on the menu, but nothing was as good as it was described. Very little seasoning. I understand the children's menu being bland, but expected more from the main menu. The quality of the ingredients was uneven. Actually enjoyed the food in Cabanas more than the dining rooms as my expectations weren't as high. Had a steak in Palo and it wasn't worth the $30 surcharge. I didn't participate in many enrichment (2 lecturers) or entertainment activities, so I won't comment there. It seemed to be that everyone who is a member of the Cult of Mickey did enjoy the entertainment!! Embarkation in San Diego was fine. Disembarkation in Galveston, not so much!! Not many crew to be seen and some passengers deciding that they didn't need to go to the back of the line. Disney appears to be great for families with young to tween children and adults who are Disney fans, but isn't worth the increase in per diem for those adults who aren't especially Disney fans. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea ... Read More
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea days. There were also movies shown related to Ron Clements' lectures, animation classes, other Disney movies, Disney shows, cooking classes, hide and go seek for the ship's officers, live music and concerts, many other entertainment acts, trivia and all the usual Disney activities that are on shorter cruises. I did not enjoy the rap and millennial music that they played for some of the sail aways and Pirate Night Party. The food in the three restaurants has gone downhill, since cruising Wonder in January, for some of the meals, including the desserts. You definitely couldn't tell what they were by their descriptions. I ordered the spaghetti and turkey meatballs from the children's menu and the Mickey bar one night since you can order from it as well if needed. The breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent. I wasn't impressed with the restaurant for breakfast and brunch either. The food was just okay and took a long time before it was served. Our waitstaff, Elizabeth from Mexico and Levi from South America, were excellent! Disney Wonder is my favorite Disney ship with an easy flow to her. Our Navigator's balcony was a decent size. The balcony was smaller than normal, but was protected from the rain and had a working temperature gauge and barametor. The officers, cast members (staff, stewards, waitstaff, etc.) and guests (passengers) were friendly and fun to interact with. There were a lot less guests than usual and children due to the two week cruise. This was a major plus since there were seats available for the performances, movies, etc. The buffets flowed easily for both breakfast and lunch. There is no longer a dinner buffet. Instead there is a dining area, with wait staff and food prepared there,in Cabanas with a similar menu, with a few less choices, that you can go to as you please during certain dinner hours. We didn't try it. The highlight of the cruise was going through the Panama Canal. All I can say is,"Wow!", what an incredible experience it was! Our cruise began in San Diego, California. We visited Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cartagena, Columbia, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, arriving in Galveston, Texas. This is a must do cruise! You'll have many magical memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We sailed on the Wonder last year for a 5 day before dry dock. The work that they did was fantastic. Cabanas (the buffet) is much more functional and much roomier than it used to be, never really had any trouble finding a table ... Read More
We sailed on the Wonder last year for a 5 day before dry dock. The work that they did was fantastic. Cabanas (the buffet) is much more functional and much roomier than it used to be, never really had any trouble finding a table inside. The kids areas - the Oceaneer Lab and Club were both much better than last year. We had difficulty getting our son to go last year, this year he didn't want to leave. The staff in the Nursery and activities for the under 2 year olds there were great, but activities for the young ones outside of the paid nursery service are a bit lacking - there is a toddler area but not much in it when there is not defined toddler time, and the Dory's Reef splashground also could have used a bit more flair. The redesigned slide, and AquaLab were much nicer, as well as the quick service restaurants. We liked Tiana's, and thought it was a nice step up from Parrot Cay which was our least favorite last time. Food was good, I felt desserts a little lacking inspiration most nights. The upgrades to Animator's Palate were also very nice. Entertainment was great, and refreshed several times throughout the cruise so there was no duplication of the main shows for the night. Cartegena was a disappointment - safety was a concern on our beach shore excursion, and it really wasn't worth the money. All other ports were nice. Loved the Panama Canal, and even with a 4 year old and 2 year old did not feel like we were on the ship for 14 nights. Our only (minor) disappointment on board was that after the canal we had 4 sea days, and entertainment during the day was a little bit lacking. The entertainment cast was finishing their contract on this cruise, with the new cast already on board practicing, so I'm sure that was a part of it too, but they could have used some more activities during the day with 5 straight days on the ship (including canal day.) Would gladly recommend this ship and this particular cruise if you can fit it into your schedule! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a ... Read More
I love Disney, and cruising with Disney, but there was something that was just not right on this sailing. We were excited to sail on the re-imagined Disney Wonder after her dry dock. Unfortunately, she looked a little worse for wear than a year ago (which was before the dry dock). I am not sure why the dry dock took so long as there were still quite a few areas in need of repair. Yes, they made changes to the atrium, and the pool deck, they added the duck tail, and they made over Parrot Cay into Tiana's Place along with other minor changes (like the kid area's and Cabana's), but they were not dramatic or overwhelming. I can not speak for the maintenance that was taking place during the other cruises after dry dock leading up to ours, but the entire aft section of our floor was a maintenance zone during our sailing. Not to mention the maintenance needs throughout the entire boat. Don't get me wrong, as I said before, I do still love Disney and their cruises, but I do not think the Wonder will be my boat of choice going forward. One final note. If you are at all sensitive to motion, I would recommend that you stay on an upper deck near the front. My son and I are not sensitive to motion at all, and we were both suffering from sea sickness. The addition of the duck tail may increase the fuel efficiency, but it seemed to make the boat more unstable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We just got back today from a 14 day Panama Canal crossing. In typical Disney fashion, everything was well organized from the check in to the disembarkation. Nobody does it as well as Disney. The Wonder is heading to Spain tomorrow for ... Read More
We just got back today from a 14 day Panama Canal crossing. In typical Disney fashion, everything was well organized from the check in to the disembarkation. Nobody does it as well as Disney. The Wonder is heading to Spain tomorrow for a reimagine and overhaul. We found the ship to be in very good shape, with one exception. Our A/C did not work. To their credit, Disney was very concerned about this. They sent Engineering to our room 4 times and finally offered us another room. They also provided a fan. Unfortunately the room they offered was directly (and I mean DIRECTLY) across from the 6th deck laundry. I also didn't notice much air coming out of the vents in that room, so we decided to stay with our original room. The fan made a huge difference and we were fairly comfortable. I feel sure that this issue will be addressed in the upcoming overhaul. It certainly needs to be! We were aft and our bank of elevators was extremely warm at all times. Even Palo had to keep their doors closed to combat the unrelenting heat. We enjoyed 3 meals at Palo and all were absolutely delicious. We weren't very impressed with lunches in Triton dining room, but they were certainly adequate. The sandwiches in the Goofy Galley were the best lunch option on the ship, in our opinion. We had 2nd seating for dinner and got lucky in that most of our dining rotation seems to favor Triton. We liked that dining room the best, followed by Animators. Parrot Cay was our least favorite. We had an excellent dining team and had no complaints about them. The food wasn't as good as we had expected, thought it was adequate. Some meals were above average, others were just OK. By and large the food on the Wonder is somewhat better than other cruise food, but not stunning unless you are dining in Palo. We only had 4 port calls and the rest of the time were sea days. Disney Wonder provided a wide variety of activities and we were never bored. We had a Frozen day, a Pirate day and two formal nights. We tended to spend most of our leisure time in the Promenade Lounge. We got to know 3 of the waiters very well and they were just lovely. We also enjoyed music by Soul Duo nearly every night. We had balcony rooms and always love the design of Disney rooms, particularly the bathroom. In our case the balcony was wasted on this trip simply because it was so hot. We tended to sit indoors where we could see the Panama Canal, etc. In hind sight we will be more cognizant of the projected weather when deciding on room type. We have already booked 3 rooms on another cruise in April. We love Disney and had a wonderful, leisurely cruise. We'll be interested to see how the reimagining of Wonder turns out. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this Panama Canal cruise so we could visit my niece and family in San Diego, the have a leisurely journey back home to Port Canaveral, twenty minutes from our house. It was a really good cruise, nine sea days and four ports. ... Read More
We chose this Panama Canal cruise so we could visit my niece and family in San Diego, the have a leisurely journey back home to Port Canaveral, twenty minutes from our house. It was a really good cruise, nine sea days and four ports. Embarkation was good- Donna and I were traveling alone and Donna uses a wheelchair for embarkation, but we found a San Diego port staffer who wheeled her on board, down to deck one to cabin 1052, so the journey began well. There were 1,700 passengers, not really overcrowded for an 83,000 ton ship. Probably not as many children as on many Disney cruises because of the length of the trip. Our cabin was midships on deck 1, only a few steps from midship elevators which was great. Cabin was a Disney type with split bathroom, but roomy and comfortable. Our steward was all we could hope for. Cabin had two fairly small portholes which limited viewing but with so many sea days we didn't suffer. If there was a weak spot it was in food quality, it just wasn't up to other ship's standards. Waiters were excellent and did there best to bring additional servings, but food wasn't so good. Donna had a complicated diet restriction which they handled very well. Having three dining rooms and changing each night got a little confusing for us, but was certainly innovative. We had a table for two on the first two nights, but requested another couple, and the four of us from then on had a good time. The highlight was the entertainment. Evening shows with variety and a great mix of individual acts plus Disney-quality production shows. A Panama Canal lecturer, Captain Puckett, was excellent and drew large audiences. Musicians all around the ship provided music, but scheduling around meals left a void for us. We missed before doinner music, not available on most nights. The ship was almost 20 years old and showed it in spots. It was headed for Spain and dry-dock after it ridded itself of passengers in Port Canaveral. It had great activities for kids and they seldom interfered with our activities. Our favorite spot was on Deck 10, and the Cove area. Three pools separated children, families and adults which was nice. The entertainment staff was fun and did their best to keep us all smiling. Finally, debarkation was a bit long. We had disembarked on short Disney cruises in past years, but this one fell short of the past experiences. Still, we were home and eating (again) by 10:00 AM. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My family and I was able to finally experience a Disney Cruise for a fraction of the price! We saved a total of $6,000 for two balcony rooms! We are a family of four adults and decided having two rooms would be best. We are Disney fanatics ... Read More
My family and I was able to finally experience a Disney Cruise for a fraction of the price! We saved a total of $6,000 for two balcony rooms! We are a family of four adults and decided having two rooms would be best. We are Disney fanatics and all but my mother has worked for the Disney company at some point in time. With that being said; this was by far one of the best cruises we have ever taking and we have been on 6+ with various companies. The embarkation process was very simple, 30 minutes’ tops; my sister and I flew in and meet up with mother at their hotel; which was 7 minutes away from the airport. They booked a beautiful hotel directly across from the port (Wyndham San Diego Bayside) and we were able to see the ship from our balcony. We took the shuttle across to the port to drop off our luggage at 10am and then walked back to the hotel and waited for my father to get off work. At 1pm we walked back to ship and jumped in line; it was far shorter then what we expected it to be and we were threw security in less than 10 minutes. After getting checked in and taking pictures; we were announced as we walked onto the ship. (Little tip: if you would like to see if there are any upgrades for CHEAP; head down to the Supervisor booth…we were trying to upgrade to one of the Suites but they were all sold out). The Wonder is exactly that…a Wonder. She is an older girl, first established in 1999; but she has been well maintained and has a very classy and elegant atmosphere. The first thing we did was head over to Triton’s to sign up for the multiple tastings they offer, we did four total. Chocolate and wine from the Lasseter vineyards with Nancy Lasseter; which was very exciting considering her husband is the CEO of Pixar. We also did Rum, Mojito’s, and Martinis; the others included Cognac, Margaritas and Wine. They were all reasonably priced $20-$35, considering how much top liquor you receive; if you volunteer to demonstrate how to make the drink you get to keep what you make!! (FYI-demonstrated drinks are in these HUGE glasses!) We also made our reservations for Palo, the adult only dinning. Afterwards we went to Guest Services to apply cash onto our accounts; we were so glad we did because we avoided the ridiculous lines later. Once we were done downstairs; we headed to our rooms. My room was 6124, which is Aft and my parents room were 7116 also Aft. Most of our luggage was already there. These rooms are amazing!! Biggest normal rooms we’ve been in; there is tons of storage, two bathrooms: shower, bath and sink in one, toilet and sink in the other. The room consists of two parts: the main room has a queen size bed, the bathrooms, closet and two dressers. The second part has a convertible sofa bed, mini table, vanity, and TV. The rooms can be separated for privacy by a sliding partition. The balcony has two chairs and one small table. My sister and I would rotate who would get the bed and who would get the couch every night. The room is 268sqft. including the balcony; it can sleep 3-4 people. I believe the room would be a little cramped for more than two adults. Our room Stewart was amazing! Very tentative and pleasant. Our waiting staff was Excellent as well; they rotate with you for every dinner and get to know you what your preferences are. There are three main dinning rooms: Triton’s, Animator’s Palate, and Parrot Cay. The adult only dinning is Palo on this ship…a must do!!! There are also 3 eateries and the Buffet on deck 9. If you don’t feel like leaving your cabin you can order room service 24/7 and it’s already included in your fare…we used this often!!! There is plenty of places to eat on this ship…you will not go hungry! On Pirates night the cast members all dress up and we dressed up as well; the festivities begin about 5pm with pictures. Captain Jack comes out twice throughout the night so make him a priority if you are taking pictures. At dinner there is a little pirates parade and the show/deck party starts after second dinner about 945pm. It was extremely cold (so bundle up) and the waves were pretty high but the show went on and the fireworks were shot off. It was show geared for all and everyone who went and saw it had a blast. Afterwards there’s another buffet!!! We went through to grab some dessert and headed back to our rooms. (Little tip: MICKEY BARS are available upon request from the dining rooms and room services…they are not on the menu) The cast members are always smiling and will go out of their way to make sure you are having a “magical” time. A big shout out to Brett the host for the adult activities on Route 66; he was a big ball of entertainment and definitely made sure you knew the Disney cruise wasn’t just for the kids to cut loose. Route 66 transforms into an ADULT ONLY Haven after 10pm: there is dancing, trivia, shows and more! My parents were the winners of a Newlyweds spin-off show they played; they won two passes to the Rainforest at the Spa (also a must do), a Disney Vacation Club beach bag filled with goodies and a bottle of Champagne on the house!!! Although, this is a cruise geared towards children; I can definitely say there was PLENTY to do for adults. There are also adult only areas and pool; the spa is another place to hangout to get a break from the little ones. You absolutely have to try the Rainforest: 3 saunas’, 3 specially designed showers that have different attributes and warming lounges perfect after a message. You are able to get passes 7 days prior to your cruise online for $16 for all day access, once on the ship it’s $27 for all day access. My mother got a seaweed warp and acupuncture treatment; she loved both!! We stopped in San Francisco but we didn’t do any of the excursions provided by Disney. We are Californians and have been to SF often, so we decided to do the Big Bus Hop on- Hop off tour. It was $45 per person and it took you to all the major sights; you are allowed to get off at any time and basically create your own tour and hop back on when you are ready to continue to another place. We stopped in Chinatown and Fisherman’s Warf Pier 39 for carb legs and Ghirardelli. It was a great choice and much more inexpensive to do it on our own. Overall; this was an amazing experience and we highly enjoyed ourselves. We saw every show (another must do…you can even watch them in your room if you want). We went and watched Civil War and Jungle Book at the movies on the ship. We tried to do every activity but there is literally something every hour and sometimes we couldn’t keep up and ended up needing a nap lol. This is a cruise for all ages, young, old and the young at heart. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Got offered a deal on Disney Wonder East Bound Panama Cruise 23 Nov 2015 - bit worried as I am not a great lover of Disney - or children - perhaps that's why I have a Grumpy T shirt. My wife wanted to go - so off we went. Had a good ... Read More
Got offered a deal on Disney Wonder East Bound Panama Cruise 23 Nov 2015 - bit worried as I am not a great lover of Disney - or children - perhaps that's why I have a Grumpy T shirt. My wife wanted to go - so off we went. Had a good few days in San Diego visiting the Zoo etc - (stay near the cruise terminal - those hills are a killer). Easy boarding and check in. Cabin really nice. Staff onboard were amazing - from the Entertainment staff, Singers and Dancers, Cabin Hosts and Servers who were all brilliant. The entertainment was second to none but things seemed to die down after 1130 - after all it was a Disney cruise. Cabo San Lucas was OK just did a little tour around the harbour and had lunch. Puerto Vallarta was really nice - we did a beach break at Paradise Beach club - which was excellent. The Panama canal was interesting. Next stop Cartagena - as I remembered it from the 80's. Nothing there to enthral me. Just had a walk around the old town. everyone who did a tour said it was not very good. Cozumel was the last stop - did a beach break there which was ok. Not the best but good enough. All the themed parties onboard were of a great standard - Pirate night, Frozen night, Halloween etc. They put a lot of effort into everything they do. Overall had a really good time - not as relaxing as I would have liked as my wife dragged me off to every class there was going. Would I do another one. My wife tells me I would. So that's that then. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Disney Cruises appears to be trying to attract an "older crowd", meaning older than 6 maybe, not sure of the definition. So we thought we'd try it. We have about 10 cruises under our collective adult belts. Let's ... Read More
Disney Cruises appears to be trying to attract an "older crowd", meaning older than 6 maybe, not sure of the definition. So we thought we'd try it. We have about 10 cruises under our collective adult belts. Let's start with the plusses. Food - Remarkably good relative to other cruises. In fact, we felt the food was better than the food on any cruise we have taken after 1990 (before that, different in those days of glory). Even the buffet was pretty tasty. Palo was actually on a par with land designer restaurants. The service in Palo was impeccable, like Capitol Grill or Ruth's Chris. Didn't try room service. Even snack bars had pretty good fast food EXCEPT pizza kiosk. That was dreadful. Several of our party dined in Parrot Cay. Bad news. The music/noise was ear splitting (see my comments about Disney noise later). Other dining rooms much better. Main deck had 24 hour coffee and soft drinks. Nice touch. Staff - excellent. Always friendly and generally efficient. Kudos to the staff in the Disney costumes, especially the Cinderella-types who are literally acting in front of the kids. They show remarkable restraint with recalcitrant children, and there were plenty of them. (Cue rants and flames between people with small children who are "only expressing themselves" on airplanes, and people without) The "averages": Bars - Typical. Prices not unreasonable. Service okay. (See noise comment following). Modest selection of wine and cocktails. "Adult" sections of boat - Not so good. So called adult pool area forward had two problems. Kids passing through all the time and hanging around the pool. At least I did not see any of them IN the pool. Other is entertainment racket. The area is small and semi-enclosed by the next deck up so the acoustics suck, but the entertainer felt he had to amp his "music" volume off the charts. Couldn't hear yourself think. Conversation impossible while he was strumming. Disney also felt that more is better so it piped the music through the area PA system, even one deck up, at much louder than reasonable volumes. Couldn't be escaped. Disney's idea of "attracting older crowds" is apparently millennials, but there were none of those to be seen, so the rest of us slightly older folks had to endure. "Adult entertainment" was definitely of the Carnivale Cruise Line's beer-pong crowd genre, but the adult dance areas and adult entertainment areas were kid-free. Cabins - Okay. Disney lauds its larger-than-average cabins. That's probably true except for the layout. They certainly are larger than average but also, for good or bad, have considerably more storage closets, effectively reducing all that "extra space" to closet extra space. It's understandable since some of the cabins must have housed 2 adults and 23 children judging by the incredible messes on some cabins' floors as I walked past. So there is probably less actual usable floor space than other cruise lines' cabins. Bathrooms are split into 2 areas with 2 doors. Again, for families, probably great for privacy. But for just adult couples, not so much. The toilet was awkwardly angled and the room so small you had to step into the hallway to pull your pants up. But they were mostly clean, given wear and tear. Beds comfortable. Nothing exceptional but nothing to complain about either. Other posters have complained about cabin noise, but mine was whisper quiet all the time. Oddity - The ship must have undergone a refit. My cabin was a "porthole balcony" and almost the last one aft on my 6 Deck. Just aft of my cabin door was a heavy bulkhead door. Behind that door the companionway continued with more cabins further aft, but, the carpet there was thinner and the walls plainer, as if this had been crew quarters and converted to passenger cabins without matching the carpet and walls to the forward cabin areas. More oddly, continuing further aft was another bulkhead door. Behind that, more passenger cabins but even cheaper carpet, steeper staircases, narrower hallways, even more plain walls. Bizarre. It was like walking from 1st class to 2nd class to steerage, all within a few feet and all on the same deck. The only bright spot was a dark and steep staircase aft of my cabin that led up directly into the buffet. Note - If you book the Wonder, do not book cabins 6 Deck aft of the area where the deck begins to curl inward with the ship bow. You'll feel the Ritz cabin you paid for was actually at Motel 6. Embarcation - Average. Long lines. That might have been because there were a lot of families trying to herd children, but the process took A LOT longer than ANY OTHER cruise we have been on. Boat in general - clean. Only notable was that every time you passed a restroom the disinfectant smell was overwhelming. Chalk that up to virus paranoia probably, but a better ventilation system in those heads would eliminate that smell in the adjacent companionway. Very small Internet cafe. Rarely anyone there. I never tried it. One amusing note though: On several occasions as I used the dark steep back staircase ("stair tower" if you want to be nautically correct), there were three pre-teen girls cloistered around an iPad watching porn and giggling. That's funny, not because they were watching porn (easy to see as I walked up the stairs past them), but funny because (1) Internet access on the boat is staggeringly expensive and their streaming porn video will eat up a lot of data and money, and (2) the Internet usage invoice will show their parents which sites they visited. Gonna be hell to pay! And the bad............... NOISE! Staggeringly loud NOISE! Everywhere! One morning there was a kids' dance game in one of the bars. There were exactly 2 kids there. The 2 Disney DJ's were playing music at ear splitting levels through their amps on the stage AND through the entire bar's PA system! WHY? They did manage to chase way all the adults who just wanted to sit there with their morning coffee. And that is the Disney problem. Noise! Disney believes that, if you are not within, say, 30 feet of the stage, then you MUST listen to music on the area's PA system, on the PA system in the nearby hallways, probably in the restrooms, and everywhere within a 5 minute walk of that stage. And if you think you can escape by walking to another area - forget it. Another "event" will pick up in the PA system as you escape the first event down the hall. NOISE everywhere, even when there wasn't a soul in sight! Entertainers entertaining NO ONE at ear-splitting volumes. The buffet. As I mentioned, food was very good. Unfortunately as other posters mentioned, there are very few tables. During the daytime, with the adjacent pool full of kids, there can be literally nowhere to sit other than on the deck or in some hallway. The buffet seating area is WAY TOO SMALL. It's not that families hog the tables. Most are in and out fast, but there are just too few seats. Some retrofit! Dis-embarcation - Bad news. More lines. (San Diego) Taxi wait was about an hour in the searing sun with little shade. We were miserable enough in the interminable lines but I really pitied the frazzled parents with kids. And the lines to actually get OFF the boat stretched the entire length of the companionways inside the boat, creeping forward astonishingly slowly. Score on Disney for crowd management out of 10, a bad 3. We took the cruise to try Disney. It was end of September, middle of school year, so we expected few children. The boat did indeed have few North American children, but was packed with Asian kids. Might have been some sort of Asian school holiday. But it was not really the kids that were an issue, just the supposedly kids-oriented noise and racket. For an adult on a Disney cruise - nope! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Somehow, going into this, I had myself convinced there would be services over and above regular cruises. I suppose the price gave me that idea. We cruised with our 9 month old twins. Crazy? Likely a little. 2 pack n plays took up the ... Read More
Somehow, going into this, I had myself convinced there would be services over and above regular cruises. I suppose the price gave me that idea. We cruised with our 9 month old twins. Crazy? Likely a little. 2 pack n plays took up the entire room, and breaking them down every day was kind of a pain, but we knew there'd be inconveniences from the start- so ya, we are a little crazy. We were in stateroom 6103. Inside basic cabin. Looking back, a balcony would have been much better. Somewhere to go during the boys nap time. Our room was missed cleaning twice. I wish they'd come clean during our dining times. Food was good but nothing exceptional. I'm comparing this to Carnival only, because they are the only other cruise line we've experienced. Flounders Reef nursery was wonderful.. The staff was great and it provided a nice break for my husband and I. It's not free though... Disembarkation was a breeze. Quick and efficient albeit quite early, but that is normal. Our dining team staff were wonderful and accommodating. They Pureed the boys food for supper time. All in all, I have to say, if you are ok with the typical Disney lineups.... Then go for it. For us, we will do the lineups at the theme parks and cruise with Carnival from now on. The Disney Line is nothing spectacular compared to its price point. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The cabin was clean and our steward was polite. The common areas and restrooms were kept clean as well. My problem was with the wait staff. This was my 5th cruise with Disney, I am a DVC Member, and this may be my last. For those that ... Read More
The cabin was clean and our steward was polite. The common areas and restrooms were kept clean as well. My problem was with the wait staff. This was my 5th cruise with Disney, I am a DVC Member, and this may be my last. For those that don't know, Disney Ships have rotational dining. This means you eat at 3 different resturaunts and your tablemates and wait staff go with you. This is nice beause they seem to try to sit you with people roughly your own age, or your children's age if you have any etc. Your waiter and their asst. get to know your preferences and it's usually nice. Sadly when you go to a restraunt for breakfast or lunch the waiters knowing you won't be tipping them aren't as friendly especially if you go in torwards the end of service. I felt very rushed the times I did this. I don't like getting dessert 5 min after my meal is served. This happened both times I had lunch late. Same attitude on the Alaskan Cruise we took in 2013. One of our ports was cancelled during the cruise over state dept warnings. I understand why as it was a safety issue. Our waiter for lunch that day complained through our whole meal about it because the staff had to work much harder during at sea days than port days. He informed us how much he and the rest of the crew hated Panama Canal cruises because most of the days were at sea. The food itself was mediocre. If you don't have the room to rest your meat or time to cook it properly don't serve it. Most of the meats were dry and overcooked. Most of our appetizers seemed very well rested. They seemed to do okay with pasta dishes. If you want good food on the Wonder eat at Palo's. There is a $30.00 fee per person and you must be 18 to eat there, liquor is extra, but the food is wonderful. If you had that meal on land it would easily run $100.00 or more per person. The entertainment is pretty good, think Disney Show on Broadway, and they had 1rst run Disney movies sometimes in 3D. They also had a man who captained boat through the Panama Canal for many years give a talk everyday we were at sea. My husband really enjoyed this. I have to say my favorite thing was the crew talent show. The had an engine room Guns and Roses coverband that was really good. We went snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico and Cabo Mexico we really enjoyed this. We did the exursions through the ship. We also booked a bus tourin Cartagena Columbia. I'm glad I did this because it would be stupid to go all the way to Columbia and not see it. It was basically one big tourist trap broken up by street performers you were very encouraged by your tour guide to tip. I don't know if he or the tour company and There only seemed to be one, got a cut but someone did. He would steer us toward one vendor and away from others saying their stuff was junk even though it was all pretty much the same. The little shopping mall was way aver priced. Coffee was $22 for 3 pounds an $8.00 for the same amt from the street vendor for the same brand. The weather is very humid and when you get back to the ship crew members are waiting with cold wet towels. Disney is very organized getting you on and off. Speaking of humidity bring a sweater. They keep the ship really cold. I really felt it during dinner. I found out why when I turned the air down in my cabin. It gets really humid if they don't keep the A/C blasting. They have an all adult pool which is nice, but the waiters get nasty if you aren't drinking. One kept asking me if I wanted any sippy sippy, getting more and more sullen as the cruise went on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Positives: -Very few children on the Canal Crossing which meant the characters got to know the children by name. -Our room location, experience was great. -Although every room was sold, most rooms were only 2 pax, so the ship ... Read More
Positives: -Very few children on the Canal Crossing which meant the characters got to know the children by name. -Our room location, experience was great. -Although every room was sold, most rooms were only 2 pax, so the ship seemed less crowded -We were the first to experience Freeze the Night Away deck party. -Free BYOB! Not so goods: -A large majority of the cast was getting off the ship in San Diego as a new cast arrived in Miami to train...this lead to short timer syndrome resulting in horrible dining service as well as an inefficient room hostess. -Skipped a port due to "unrest" while many other cruise lines were still stopping there and people we knew were there on vacation and said all was well. -Food allergy NIGHTMARE! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
If you want to take a Disney cruise but think it's a bit pricey...and it will be...unless you take an unpricey repositioning cruise to the Panama Canal from Miami to San Diego. We booked early (14 months prior to cruise) to get best ... Read More
If you want to take a Disney cruise but think it's a bit pricey...and it will be...unless you take an unpricey repositioning cruise to the Panama Canal from Miami to San Diego. We booked early (14 months prior to cruise) to get best rate and room. Got verandah room with balcony and it was awesome. Cost was much cheaper than most cruise lines for balcony room. Cruise, food, service, activities, movies, shows, were all excellent and first class. Disney Wonder was a smaller ship which we prefer, and we were happy campers the entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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