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Activities: I had such high hopes for the Kids club- I particularly liked that Disney allowed all children from 3-12 to be in the same club so my daughters could be together. Unfortunately the clubs were so incredibly large that it was ... Read More
Activities: I had such high hopes for the Kids club- I particularly liked that Disney allowed all children from 3-12 to be in the same club so my daughters could be together. Unfortunately the clubs were so incredibly large that it was overwhelming for my four year old. She became separated from her older sister and there was not enough staff to help her to find an activity that she could participate in or to help her feel comfortable. She wandered around crying for some time before her big sister found her and located a staff member to call us. During Pluto's pajama party another child pulled my daughters hair extremely hard and wouldn't let go. There were not any staff around to intervene and no one contacted me or mentioned the incident when I picked them up. I feel that there should be enough staff to provide more supervision and to engage with the children in their care. The shows were all outstanding! The pool was much too small to go in and the hot tubs were very crowded, although my eldest daughter loved the slide (weather permitting) Dining: The service in the main dining hall was wonderful- our servers Dede and Lloyd went above and beyond. The food was good, nothing phenomenal but decent and presented beautifully. Cabanas provided decent breakfast and lunch options, but I found the food near the pool deck (pizza, burgers etc..) to be of poor quality. Overall, we had a wonderful time during our Merrytime sailing. The ship was decorated beautifully, and was immaculately clean. Staff were constantly cleaning, and I loved that there were hand washing stations outside cabanas and at the kids clubs. The weather was not in our favor, and was cold and windy. We were very disappointed to miss Castaway Cay, and the weather did not make for a good beach day in Nassau, however not even Disney can control the weather. We rented a golf cart and had a wonderful time in Key West, this was the highlight of our trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my 11th cruise and my first time with Disney. I thought the ship was smooth, I hardly felt it moving. I did not feel as if we were over crowded with children and I enjoyed the characters and shows. I loved the fact that there was ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise and my first time with Disney. I thought the ship was smooth, I hardly felt it moving. I did not feel as if we were over crowded with children and I enjoyed the characters and shows. I loved the fact that there was no a casino on the ship and I did not have to smell the awful smoke. I loved the decor and it seemed the staff was not over worked or cranky. Since my family does not drink alcohol, I very much appreciated not being harrassed with drinks pushed on us. Our room was always cleaned well and the gym area smelled good and was always clean. The food was excellent, I believe it was the best tasting food compared to all the other ships I have been on, and I loved going to the different dining areas to eat. We loved drawing cartoons and seeing them come alive! I love the beautiful music they had piped all through the ship. I loved having an adults only swimming area. I loved the banana ice cream. The water slide is a bit rough and I got water in my sinus, but other than that it was fun. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We normally cruise on Celebrity, but chose this cruise to be with friends who have kids under the age of 10. As a childless couple that just turned the 50-year milestone, we were were worried that hundreds of screaming kids would make us ... Read More
We normally cruise on Celebrity, but chose this cruise to be with friends who have kids under the age of 10. As a childless couple that just turned the 50-year milestone, we were were worried that hundreds of screaming kids would make us want to jump overboard. We were pleasantly surprised. Disney does such a good job of keeping the kids occupied that we barely noticed them. There was a decent-sized adult pool area, as well as several bars which were adults-only after 9pm. These provided a nice escape on those few occasions when we had reached our kid limit. Overall, this cruise was much more casual than those we have taken on Celebrity. No one really dressed up for dinner, and many wore shorts and tees to dinner. Others dressed up a bit. It was nice to know you could, but didn't have to. The food is better on Celebrity, which also has more specialty dining choices. We did NOT like Disney's rotational dining at all. I think I should be able to choose where I eat, and with only one specialty restaurant on ship, you are pretty much stuck with their rotational nonsense. We ate in Tiana's Place and Triton's, but skipped Animator's Palate because we had Palo reservations on those nights. Tiana's was very loud with some sort of dancing alligator running thru the restaurant. It was annoying, service was slow (1 hr and 45 min) and the food was meh. However, we enjoyed Triton's and found the service there to be much quicker. We also had brunch and dinner in Palo, which was very good. However, if you are only doing one specialty meal, make it brunch. The selection and quality are amazing, and the service can't be beat. The Disney shows were of course great, but one goes a long way. Unless you are a Disney fanatic, they get old quickly. There was no adult dance club, which we missed. There was no casino. They had a variety of trivia in the pub, which was fun. Fewer activities for adults than on Celebrity, which is to be expected on this type of kid-centered cruise. I had occasion to visit the medical bay and was impressed by the quality of treatment I received. The doctor called to follow up with me for the next two days, which was a nice touch. But, it was expensive and they don't take insurance ($160 to just see the doc). I assume this is pretty standard across the various cruise lines. We found Disney to be expensive, and it is not a good value unless you have kids. We definitely felt we were subsidizing everyone else's child care. You definitely pay a premium to be on Disney, especially during the holidays. All in all, it was a pleasant week, but I don't think I'll ever sail Disney again. Unless you have kids, there are better options available. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have two daughters ages 9 and 11 who are in 4th and 6th grade. This trip was the perfect way to spend the last half of their winter break. We live in The Woodlands just north of Houston, so the Port of Galveston is an easy car ride for ... Read More
We have two daughters ages 9 and 11 who are in 4th and 6th grade. This trip was the perfect way to spend the last half of their winter break. We live in The Woodlands just north of Houston, so the Port of Galveston is an easy car ride for us. We cruised with another family with similarly aged daughters who are great friends/neighbors. All of us are Disney veterans and we had booked our cruise almost a year in advance! It exceeded expectations. Both of our families reserved parking spots in advance and online through the Port of Galveston’s website. We had each checked in online in advance of the trip and we all had American passports at the ready. Each family holds silver cruiser Disney Castaway Club status, so our embarkation went very smoothly. We brought a total of 7 bottles of wine/champagne aboard, and that was no problem. Disney gives silver cruisers and above their own check-in area. We were able to board at 1 pm. The Wonder was recently renovated and all areas (including our cabin) are shipshape! The ship is beautiful and appears well cared for. It was still decorated for Christmas so we enjoyed all of those festive touches. While we have children, none of the ones in our party were interested in the Kids’ Club. Instead, they passed their time with one another, visiting the various ship areas, trading pins with other kids and the Wonder cast members, going to shows and movies and meals with us and enjoying being on board. We did not hover over them, but allowed them to wander the ship with one another. We communicated with them using the texting feature on the Disney Cruise app. This worked perfectly and we had zero problems. Our 4th graders enjoyed meeting Disney characters while our tweens enjoyed visiting the shops, reading in the portholes on Deck 3 and eating lunch together. Both 4th and 6th graders loved playing Bingo! For our excursions, we chose lunch at Sloppy Joe’s followed by a Key Lime bike tour in Key West (amazing), a stingray snorkeling adventure on Castaway Cay (includes bike and tube rentals), and a visit to the Atlantis resort water park in Nassau. I would highly recommend all of these excursions for this age group. The Key Lime bike tour includes a piece of pie at the end, while the Atlantis excursion includes lunch vouchers. Our group took full advantage of onboard movies, with Coco and The Last Jedi warranting repeat viewings. We went to every single show. Standouts included Frozen (special to the Wonder) and a country music concert by Mark Wills. The four adults in our party had one dinner at Palo and one brunch there also. We would highly highly recommend visiting Palo at least once - it’s a small but beautiful space on the 10th deck and the service we received was magical. The food was truly wonderful. The brunch was the best I’ve ever enjoyed at any restaurant anywhere. My husband and I enjoyed a quiet coffee at the Cove restaurant as well as a late-night whiskey tasting there. There is plenty for adults to do on the Wonder without kiddos! Let the very capable waitstaff take care of your older kiddos while you and your partner enjoy some alone time and fine dining in a beautiful setting. Also, the Crown & Fin pub was a particular fave for the adults for pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. We felt that the service we received on the Wonder was exceptional. We loved our servers in the dinner restaurants. They were really great with our kids. Tiana’s Place, Animator’s Palate and Triton’s are each unique but each special in its own way. Tiana’s has a party atmosphere and we loved the live music and character appearances. Animator’s had a really neat show at the end which features drawings made by every diner. Triton’s is more formal with fancier food. They treated our families like royalty during each meal. Our older daughters ordered from the adult menus and were trying things like lamb, lobster, duck, and shrimp - it was amazing to see this! Our younger kiddos were content with the kids’ menu while ordering the occasional fancy adult dessert. We frequented Cabana’s for breakfast and typically had casual lunches on Deck 9 while at sea. Helpful hint: you can get a Dole Whip at the drink stand next to the ice cream dispenser. Also, you can get excellent shawarma (beef, lamb & chicken) with all the fixings at Boiler Bites on Deck 9 as well. We were treated to fireworks at sea TWICE during this cruise, once for NYE and once during Pirate Night. Both parties were extremely entertaining. Disney knows how to throw a great deck party, with everything appropriate for even the youngest of children. Our kids went to several events they found enjoyable - Disney Trivia, towel folding, and pin trading with the captain and his staff. Also, everyone in our party loved Bingo. We also loved getting family pics made with Mickey as well as special family pics in the beautiful lobby atrium during formal night. Take advantage of the professional photographers on board! They take wonderful pictures that you can purchase at Shutters on Deck 4, We went to breakfast at 8 am as a group on the morning of our disembarkation and it was a quick in and out. By the time we were called to disembark, we had already eaten. We were in our car and headed out of the port terminal area before 9:30. It was very smooth and quick. I highly recommend the Wonder. We have sailed on the Dream but I do believe I prefer the smaller Wonder ship! She is just as beautiful with just as much to do but on a slightly smaller scale that feels more manageable, especially given that we had kiddos roaming on board. This cruise was absolutely magical and I rate it EXCELLENT. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ... Read More
This was our second Wonder Christmas cruise and we loved it again. Not having children of our own, we love watching all of the children dress in costumes and parade around meeting and greeting their favorite Disney characters all over the ship. We traveled with parents, grandparents and two small boys who were quite a hit on their own. Disney's food, public and private areas, employees and Christmas decorations are so much more elaborate than any others we've seen and we've seen alot. Embarkation was a breeze with a 3-3:30 pm check-in we walked right on with no lines. The only thing we hadn't counted on was the welcome aboard photographers were already gone and there was no one to greet us or show us to our cabin. Disembarkation was also a breeze. We carry our luggage off and took our luggage down about 30 minutes before the process began because we would rather wait in a short line to get off the ship than a longer line getting through customs. We were in our vehicle heading outa Galveston at 8:15. The Christmas decorations are BEAUTIFUL and Christmas music is played in the halls every day. It is very festive and the entertainment from the tree lighting to Mrs. Claus reading Christmas stories was wonderful. After more than 30 cruises on a variety of lines, I think Disney's food is the most consistently good with a large variety in the dining rooms. Lunch in the buffet is varied daily and you can get burgers, hotdogs, etc a good part of the day. Our cabin was 7112 port and aft which is an excellent location for the buffet, pools and drink station. There is more storage than we needed and love the separate bathroom areas. Ventilation, lighting, air conditioning all worked as expected. Port is the side to be on for the Key West/Bahama cruise from Galveston because you have two sea days and the sun hits your balcony all day. Our assistant room steward, Edgar, was fantastic. He was as good as any we've ever had. For those who have been cruising several years and remember the times when you walked out of your cabin and turned around because you forgot something - to find somehow your cabin steward had already cleaned it that's how good he was and we leave by 8 am. We were on a Canada cruise, different cruise line, in September and there were times our cabin wasn't cleaned until after lunch. Another cruise line has gone to an optional 2 times a day - didn't like that at all. Back to Edgar - the most amazing towel animals ever - a 5 foot long alligator with the remote in his mouth, a frog where you could actually see the bugged out eyes. Really works of art. He was always smiling and did an excellent job. This is a Christmas cruise and it is Disney so there is no casino and there are a lot of children, but it's what makes the cruise. It is great that you can actually find several things to do while dinner is going on and that is rare. There was a piano player, a singing duo, comedians, trivia contests and other things during the usual very lack times on other cruise ships. We never had trouble finding entertainment from 5-8:15 pm our dining time. We normally sit in our cabin or go to a bar waiting on dinner - not on Disney. We didn't do any excursions through the ship. Castaway Cay is a beautiful Island with lots of stuff to do. The adult beach was still in repair from the late summer hurricanes and it actually had a bad odor from the rotting seaweed. But the barbq was good and transportation to and from it was constant. We wouldn't do this itinerary again, but we are thinking about the Mexico cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 30s, no children, we don't drink, love Disneyland and Disneyworld but we are not hard core fans that watch every single Disney movie. We chose Disney as our first cruise mainly for the good review and service. Embarkation was great, friendly staff once you are inside the terminal, the porters outside were very rude. They don't work for Disney though. We waited about 10 minutes to get the passport checked and headed to the ship. It is great when they announce your family and make the experience a little more special. The Sailaway party was kinda lame but alright, if you don't have kids you can skip that. Dancers were bad... i think the kids had fun though. Our room was clean - not spotless but reasonably clean, we had an inside stateroom which was larger than we thought. The whole ship looks pretty new, except for the Triton restaurant that still look like in the 90s. Food was excellent (except for the first night which the duck was really chewy) and we actually cancelled our Palo reservation because the food was good and we don't see the need to splurge more. Entertainment is lacking for adults only cruisers, there are 2 hot tubs that were constantly occupied, I don't like sitting in there with strangers. The water was too cold to swim. The adult only section was really quiet, I don't know how Disney does that, good to sun bathe and read a book. We tried to attend all the free activities but we don't fully enjoy the Disney Trivias because we are not hard core Disney Fans, we couldn't guess the song names / movie names by listening a 5 second clip. Shows were great except the juggling show, that was very lame as well. The Magic guy, Ventriloquist and country music guy were great! I fully enjoyed the Frozen show as well. The ports were alright, Nassau was terrible, you can skip unless you want to buy diamonds and rolexes. We did a Jet Ski tour that was great (not through Disney), rented a bicycle on Castaway Cay, nothing too special but I would recommend. We don;t have kids so we stayed at the serenity bay. The Barbecue was awesome, I took 2 bags of Lays chips on board as snacks. Overall I would do it again but my next cruise would be Royal Caribbean so I can compare the entertainment options. This is not a cruise for adults only unless you are a big Disney fan. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We choose this cruise because while Disney can be really spendy, going in January makes it far more affordable (and a better value in my opinion). The refurb is gorgeous and we were very pleased with the service. Food service was ... Read More
We choose this cruise because while Disney can be really spendy, going in January makes it far more affordable (and a better value in my opinion). The refurb is gorgeous and we were very pleased with the service. Food service was amazing. They took such great care of our MANY dietary needs and food allergies. I have images of the dining room menus and some food photos of some of these entrees at Oh My Nosh The key is planning ahead but they will do everything in their power to help you! We were not pleased with the child care offerings, especially because we thought that's what the upcharge is all about on a Disney Cruise. Our 5 and 7 year olds were bored after the first day in the Club/Lab. Just too many kids and not enough engaged activities. They had fun with us in the days after (trivia, pool, scavenger hunts, etc) but the lack of engaged programming for the kids will probably keep us from cruising DCL much in the future. Overall a great experience (and a big thanks to Sandy Bevolo at Small World Vacations- top notch service with special surprises thrown in!) Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This is our first Disney cruise and at first I was a little hesitant that it was worth the money. We traveled with a 4-year-old and my wife's mother. We had inside stateroom 7001. The only drawback I can say from the trip was our ... Read More
This is our first Disney cruise and at first I was a little hesitant that it was worth the money. We traveled with a 4-year-old and my wife's mother. We had inside stateroom 7001. The only drawback I can say from the trip was our boarding was delayed due to inclement weather (fog) that had the port channel closed and would not allow vessels to leave or arrive. Disney gave a $25.00 per person credit to allow you to feed your party because of the delayed boarding time (5 hours). Once on board they announced that they would forgo the Key West port stop due to the delay in departing. We were refunded our Port fees and scheduled port activities for Key West. Once we go underway we truly enjoyed ourselves being at sea a total of 4 days. Now I will break down my review into sections: Cabin: a little cramped for 4 people but was manageable. We opted for the split room bathroom one with a shower and sink, the other with a toilet and sink. We also picked the forward and though you could feel the ship moving during rough sea times, we never felt the engines. If you decide to get your cabin in the aft you'll be vibrated the entire time. I definitely recommend getting a cabin in the mid-ship or forward section. Food: breakfast was a good choice at Cabanas (buffet style) depending on which time you go seating can be a challenge at times. You can also pick up breakfast on deck 9 where the pools are for something quick. We also did room service a couple of times for breakfast, very convenient and easy. We did this on the days we were to leave port for Castaway Cay and Nassau. You can also get a nice breakfast each day at Triton's sit down full service restaurant. For lunch you have the same options as breakfast. For dinner you are rotated between 3 restaurants. Triton's (nice place, nothing fancy), Tina's place (this has live jazz music where you can dance with the kids, the trumpet playing Luie comes out and takes pictures along with Tina herself), and then Animator's Plate. I would recommend when booking that you ask for Animator's Plate for your dinner for the first night that way you get to eat at this place 3 times that week in the rotation. This was our favorite place. Onboard Activities: For small ones there is the Oceaneer's Club Oceaneer's Lab on Deck 4. This is supervised and secure babysitting from 3-12. Then for the tweens and Teenagers they have clubs Edge and Vibe where they are allowed to check themselves in and out. For the smaller kids clubs they are connected and offer an array of play areas including Super-Heroes Training Academy, Andy's Room, Video Games, Crafts, etc. If you like you can leave your little one onboard while you and your spouse take your port adventure. I know this sounds selfish but you might enjoy some mom and dad time activities off-ship. They feed your kids while they are in their custody. They have a way to page you on the smartphone app or the cell phone you take with you in case your kid wants to leave the lab/club. For the adults there are activities, bars, pubs, lounges with games like Wheel of Fortune, Family Fued, Trivia, etc. They also have nightly shows (comedy, music, etc) for adults only. There is a sports area with basketball, table tennis on deck 10. Of course there is swimming, water slide, a nightly live action show (Frozen show was awesome), and a movie theater showing Disney movies (Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar) all day long. They also show movies on the funnel vision (large outdoor screen on deck 9 where you swim or sit in a hot tub). They also have a spa section where you can get a hair cut, facial, pedi, or massage on deck 10. Don't miss the Pirate night dress up as a pirate and dance while watching fireworks off of deck 9 and 10 near the goofy pool. You also want to check out the Bippity Boppoty Bouquet where you can have your little one turned into a princess, a pirate, a royal knight, or a captain of ship (extra charges). Ports: Key West (can't comment since we didn't go), Castaway Cay, very nice private Disney Island (less than 3 miles long) where you can just lay on the beach, or you can schedule a glass boat boat tour, snorkel, rent a bike, swim with dolphins, etc. Nassau: we went to Paradise Island and did the beach day. If you want to spend a little more you can do the Aquatic Water park, very nice Island and plenty to see and do. Be prepared to spend the money though. This port adventure is a pretty penny. Cleanliness: Bathrooms were always clean, our cabin was services 3 times a day, never saw a piece of paper lying in the hallway, Disney runs a clean ship. Overall we are going back in Jan 2018. Can't wait. maybe we'll get lucky and get on the Disney Magic ship and head toward a different destination this time. Happy Sailing... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our family has four kids 2, 4, 5 and 13 when we went on the cruise. We had 2 rooms right next to each other. We drove from Michigan overnight to Houston. Stayed there while were notified by the fog delay. The embarkation was as good as it ... Read More
Our family has four kids 2, 4, 5 and 13 when we went on the cruise. We had 2 rooms right next to each other. We drove from Michigan overnight to Houston. Stayed there while were notified by the fog delay. The embarkation was as good as it could be. But I recommend going to the bathroom before you enter a line. There didn't appear to be one until you pass security. The ship was beautiful every inch, every detail. When we were in Nassau there were 2 Carnival and 2 Royal Caribbean ships in port. The Wonder made them all look 2nd rate. I laughed at all the people watching us from their ships as we left. There seems to be a worker for every 2 people onboard and they are working. Cleaning, fixing, and everything inbetween. Our room host was amazing! He truly made our trip. With 4 kids our rooms were less than perfect to say the least but every time we returned it was gorgeous! Twice a day our rooms were serviced and it was one of my favorite moments opening up that door and just loving how everything was clean and neat. He helped organize the kids toys, dresses and pickup clothes that my teen somehow multiplied on the trip. I had a light that didn't work at first and the USB ports on the plug didn't work. I mentioned it to the room host and it was fixed within an hour. Guest services also called to confirm. The kids oceaneer clubs were great. The kids loved them with lots to do. They have a fantastic automatic hand washer that should be in all schools. Very secure and everyone has their picture taken. You are notified by both the wave phones in the rooms and the phone app if you use it. We had booked time in advance for the nursery and they were able to accommodate extra time on both occasions. Super class act as well. The rotational dining was fantastic. The dinner entertainment was superb and the food was top of it's class. The desserts were to die for and I'm not a sweet person. The dining staff was beyond helpful. If we were busy with the kids they would run over and cut food to help. Disney pushes their employees to go above and beyond and they do. They live and die by the surveys given out. If you want to do something on the ship I recommend do it early. You will run out of time. Movies were awesome. We saw Roge One, Moana, and Dr. Strange all in 3D! Disney's entertainment catalog is huge and they show it off wonderfully. The only thing I didn't agree with was that the room host and your head server earn the same tip amount. Based on the amount of work the room host runs circles around the server. Maybe they get paid more but I don't know. We tipped the room host extra beyond the Disney amount. The evening entertainment was superb. Broadway or better. Every show was great. Overall fantastic!! one of the best vacations I have been on. Everything from top to bottom was a class act and beyond expectations. We are not super wealthy and this cruise was a huge expense for us. It was worth every penny!! If you are debating about it don't. GO. Go now. Disney has been in this business a long time and they know how to make people happy. We can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I love cruises and I have done 10 of them so far. This was my first Disney cruise and we all loved it. It is expensive, but it really gives you ample opportunities to meet the Disney characters that you don't get at any of the parks. ... Read More
I love cruises and I have done 10 of them so far. This was my first Disney cruise and we all loved it. It is expensive, but it really gives you ample opportunities to meet the Disney characters that you don't get at any of the parks. At the end of the trip we felt that we knew them all and that we were friends LOL. We saw them every day all the time and had many opportunities for photos, hugs, kisses and autographs. The princesses even talked to the kids and showed them affection. The food is amazing and the restaurants are super cool. The service is great and the ship was in perfect condition ... super clean and nothing broken. As I mentioned, we loved the Disney Cruise, but I was particularly touched by the amazing and loving service the photography team gave to me and my family. Although they are not Disney employees, they did an outstanding job and personally went beyond my expectations to make us feel great during the cruise. I actually cried because I was going to miss seeing them and having our photos taken LOL. The unlimited package is totally worth it - permitting you to take as many photos as you please .... it is amazing! Something that I was not very pleased about was that this ship does not have a little pool for babies (under 3), just an area with squirting water. So there are limited fun spots for them as compared to kids age 3 and up. Additionally, changing tables are not located in all of the bathrooms, which was weird considering these ships cater to families with kids. Nonetheless, these drawbacks were really pretty minor compared to everything else we experienced, and we definitely would love to do another Disney cruise if we had sufficient funds. If you are going to do a Disney cruise, it is an unforgettable experience. Lastly, don't be afraid to feel like a kid again. I think I was more excited about the cruise than my kids! LOL Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises ... Read More
Me and my wife are huge huge Disney fans. I proposed in Disney, yes in front of the castle, and a Disney cruise seemed like the right idea. A little background on us. I've never been on a cruise and she's been on 2 cruises with Carnival. This was our first Disney cruise. We live in Houston, so we did the check-in online and drove about the hour there and got there a little before our check in time of 1:45. The check in process was extremely fast. I feel like from getting out of the car to on the ship was about half an hour tops. It was pretty cool that they introduced us onto the ship with the loudspeakers. First up checking out the room. My first thoughts walking into the room were wow this is a lot smaller than I was expecting. but the balcony was nice and spacious. Bed was incredibly comfortably. I was overall kind of thrown aback because my first impression was this is small, but I grew to like it a lot. The room behind us 6154 had a HUGE balcony though! It covered about half the back of the boat. Then we explored the ship. I remember saying to my wife the thing I love most about Disney is their attention to detail. Every aspect of the ship is Disney related, and everything has a purpose. Near the adult area there were spots you could sit in the windows and look out. Being adults on our honeymoon we spent most of our time in the adult only area. The dining rotation was very cool. We got Triton's first, and it was like fine dining I have never experienced before. It was so much food and so good I felt so bad when I couldn't finish it all. We were 2nd dining and so we would have to leave pretty quick to make sure we made it to the adult shows. The shows were amazing. I HATE Frozen but my wife convinced me to go to their Frozen show and it was actually pretty cool. All the shows they had were awesome. I'm still stunned from David Gatti's show. I'm still laughing at Buckets and Boards. Dreams was very well put together, although the ending was kind of interesting. Every show in the adult area was hilarious. As a honeymooning couple on a Disney cruise we were kind of expecting to see and be bombarded by a lot of kids, and we were kind of concerned about that. But we barely saw kids. Barely! Anyway I digress. The shows in the adult area were awesome. The club host Brett was one heck of a guy and extremely hilarious! We all miss him. The wings at Crown and Fin Pub were to die for. I miss those a lot as well. Speaking of not seeing kids. There was even an adult only pool and hot tubs. It was almost always quiet over there too. At Castaway Cay there is an adult only beach as well. Like I said we barely interacted with kids, and that was pretty surprising to the both of us. The service was amazing. From room service, to service at the restaurants, or shops it was absolutely amazing. Everyone was super nice and it made us go, "Now I kind of want to work here!" The best port was Castaway Cay. If I could just live on Castaway Cay that would be okay. It was incredibly peaceful, and we loved it. Key West was pretty cool, but pretty touristy. All we really did there was get a picture with the 90 miles to Cuba point. The Bahamas were kind of disappointing. The beach was nice, and the bars were cool. But a lot of the shops were closed due to Majority Day and some kind of march. We decided to walk a bit and after about 10 minutes of walking in one direction we felt like we were in the ghetto. We were back on the ship well before it was time to be quite simply because we ran out of things to do. Our excursions at the Bahamas and Key West were both cancelled due to low visibility and wind respectively. To us that meant more spending money and it wasn't a big deal. The one excursions we did get to do was the Kayak tour at Castaway Cay. It was beautiful and we both learned a lot. Our tour guide was hilarious. The only downside, if you even want to call it that, was on the return. We woke up the last day expecting to be in Galveston, and instead we were just outside the port, anchored down due to the fog. For us living in Houston it was no big deal that just meant more time on the ship for free to us! But to others it was kind of a problem having to reschedule flights and stuff. Disney Cruise Line was amazing and made sure everybody was fed and made sure to add a lot of events so that the time went by faster. All in all it was an amazing cruise and me and my wife can't wait to go on our next Disney Cruise. Like I said earlier she's been on other cruises and agrees that Disney was better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Usually when we travel, my husband and I prefer to be travelers rather than tourists if you know what I mean (we like to stay in smaller locally operated B&Bs, explore towns in the evening away from daytrippers, do active activities ... Read More
Usually when we travel, my husband and I prefer to be travelers rather than tourists if you know what I mean (we like to stay in smaller locally operated B&Bs, explore towns in the evening away from daytrippers, do active activities such as hiking, biking, and historical sites). So we did not think cruising was for us, but our two kids, age 9 and 5 had been asking to go on a Disney cruise for a while, so we decided to give it a try for my daughter's 5th birthday. We were not disappointed, and will definitely do it again. Scattered thoughts: -We live in Dallas, so sailing from Galveston was super convenient and inexpensive. Cheap, monitored parking right inside the port terminal. -Since we didn't fly, we had virtually no limits on what/how much to pack. Normally, we pack super light (r.g. one roll on and a back pack each is our general rule), but with fancy dress night (New Year's Eve), pirate night, and our family Halloween costume (we were characters from Mary Poppins, so we HAD to wear it on a Disney Cruise, right?), plus Fish Extender gifts, we packed a lot more than usual --- with no problems from drop off at embarkation to pick up upon getting off the ship. -Due to school schedule, we couldn't actually go on daughter's birthday in December, so we opted for a post Christmas, New Year's trip. It was the BEST New Year's experience for us, our kids, and my mom (who we brought along). There were so many neat things, surprises, and gifts from Disney. Came home with special logo champagne glasses, a limited edition NYE print, special Mickey chocolates, and memories of a lifetime. Our kids will be super bored with all future NYE celebrations after dancing all night, counting down with family, Disney characters, and new friends, and fireworks. We will strongly consider other special occasion sailings in the future. -Everything on board as far as entertainment, food, and activities were fantastic. Disney knows how to make everyone happy. 5 and 9 was the perfect age because my older one wasn't "over" Disney characters, and my younger one was old enough to do most anything. Old one loved the magician, the juggler, the ventriloquist, quiz shows and the production shows (including the new Frozen) more than kids' club activities (though she enjoyed a few of those as well), while the younger one was happy as a clam in the kids' club when we didn't think she'd like the show as much. Neither of them even went to see a single movie there was other stuff to do. (But mama got to see 3 new movies without paying a babysitter plus one on tv in our cabin!!). Our kids never once said "I'm bored" or touched their devices on the ship that I can remember (hallelujah!). class. -Of the 3 restaurants (plus adults only Palo), we enjoyed the food in all of them, but for the atmosphere we preferred Animator's Palette, Tiana's, Palo, and Triton's in that order. Animator's Palette had special exclusive things to see on the screens around the restaurant both nights. I won't spoil the surprises here. Tiana's had great music and character appearances. Triton's was more of a standard restaurant -- quiet with no entertainment. Some might prefer that (but if so, I say why are you on a Disney Cruise at all?) We enjoyed the food in Palo very much, but it was not so far an above the excellent choices in regular dining that anyone should feel like they are missing out if they don't want to spend the extra money. -Our servers were friendly and helpful. They seemed to really love their job and our kids, and both we and our kids looked forward to seeing them each night and elsewhere around the ship. -Disney's Castaway Cay is fantastic. Again, it's Disney knowing how to do it. I don't know if they arranged for that big beautiful sea turtle munching sea grass while my daughter and I were snorkeling, but if they did, they really are amazing. (If you are undecided on whether and where to go snorkeling for beginners or kids, this is the place to do it.) My husband and I rented bikes while grandma watched the kids and rode to the adult beach, cabanas, and lookout tower on the other side of the island. It was a nice, flat easy ride to get some exercise. I'd be interested to check out the cabanas and their part of the beach sometime if we ever go with another family. -We did the Blue Lagoon Island beach day in Nassau, and at the last minute upgrade to get the dolphin experience. I'm glad we did. It was more economical than other dolphin encounters I'd seen elsewhere. There is a trade off on scenery, since this one took place inside a square shaped floating dock rather than in shallow water on a beach (they "shallow" part is steps that lead to a submerged platform in the middle of the square), but the experience was fantastic, and the bonus was that the experience is covered which we needed after a long day in the sun at Castaway Key the day before. The beach itself is smaller than Castaway Cay, and everything is an upcharge, but the boat ride to and from was scenic, and it was a pretty, shallow sugar sand beach for the kids to play in for a few hours. -We had only 2 minor complaints, which I post here for information but want to emphasize that it did not diminish our enjoyment of our week at sea at all. First, our excursion in Key West with the glass bottom boat tour. Our tour departure was at 1:15 from the lounge on the Wonder, but it would have been nice to know in advance that we wouldn't actually be boarding any boat until about 2:30 and leaving about 2:45. You waited at the port for the Disney crew member to hand you off to the contracted tour operator, who handed out tickets then explained that we would take a trolley to the dock boat but would have about a 10 walk back to the ship when the tour was over (no trolley, which was not associated with the glass bottom boat operator). What actually happened was a 5-10 minute walk to the trolley, waiting for 10 minutes where it dropped us off (not at a boat) with no communication about what was happening, another 5-10 minute walk to the actual mooring site on the extensive docks. Only then, once we got on the boat, did someone announce over the loud speaker that due to weather conditions (I think wind), we would not be going to the reef on the Atlantic side, but a "coral garden" on the Gulf side and if that wasn't what people were anticipating, they could disembark the boat. And FYI the entire bottom of the boat is not glass -- there are 2 sunken viewing areas with glass window that you stand or sit around and look down into. This caused maybe 70-80% of the people that made it that far to get off the boat -- in a trickle, slowly. So those of us who thought "what else are we going to do? It's a lovely day, and a nice day for a boat ride and we'll see what we see" were delayed even longer waiting to depart. In the end, the ride WAS lovely -- our kids loved standing at the bow of the boat extended over the water, the crew was friendly and informative, and we saw ZERO fish after several passes because the tides had made the water to murky to see bottom. Because we could not see anything, they refunded the entire fee, and we got a free lovely boat ride, watched parasailers and soaked up the sun and the gorgeous turquoise water. I daresay those that got off were much more disappointed than those of us who rolled with the punches and stuck it out. My biggest complaint was really about the lack of communication. People could have been told at the port about the Atlantic vs. Gulf thing, and there could have been better communication about what to expect (not 1.5 hours until the boat actually left the dock). -2nd minor issue was the engine vibration and noise in our cabin for the middle 3-4 nights. I'm not sure what about our course made the noise increase on those nights but be fine before and after, but it was quite noticeable at night. It did not prevent anyone from sleeping, but we all wondered what it was. I would also note that our cabin was just below Tiana's (I think), so on the last night in particular there was some thumping and clanging noise later than usual -- I suspect because they were getting ready to arrive back in Galveston and turn over the ship for the next lucky group heading out the next afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 5th Disney Cruise, and the 4th time on the Wonder.. They did the refurbishment, about a month ago.. not sure what I was expecting. But it did not change much.. Except the Adult area.. they revamped the whole area.. It ... Read More
This was our 5th Disney Cruise, and the 4th time on the Wonder.. They did the refurbishment, about a month ago.. not sure what I was expecting. But it did not change much.. Except the Adult area.. they revamped the whole area.. It needed the update.. This was our first time out of the new facility in Galveston.. it was better.. More spread out.. and not as cramped.. The leaving the ship was a lot faster.. they had a big ramp you could walk down with your luggage instead of waiting for an elevator.. They have a new dining place on the Wonder.. Tiana's Place.. I like the decorations, and they have a Jazz Band playing every night.. That is nice.. The food there was just OK... Animator's Palate has some new electronics.. which are very spiffy.. They now have the Magic of Animation.. which is always fun.. and their nightly show is good.. They have updated the 9th floor deck menu.. it's good.. they now have soups and salads, and some Swarma.. They have updated some of the nightly productions.. the FROZEN show is very high tech with some great lighting.. and I guess the big question is.. "Can the girl playing Elsa hit the big notes.. ?" Yes she can.. we saw the production twice,, and she hit the big notes hard and strong.. Very nice They had a new comedian on the cruise.. Johnathan Burns.. super funny.. Comedy/magic/contortionist...everyone was saying how much they enjoyed him They also had "Buckets and Boards", we have seen them before,. they are just a good show.. Castaway Cay was excellent as usual. The weather was good.. This port is wonderful, the only thing left to chance here is the weather.. if the weather is good.. you will have a great time.. The adult area.. Serenity Bay.. is just what the doctor ordered.. clean and quite Key West was a nice stop.. They changed the port there too.. You can now get straight off the boat into the shopping area.. Before you were on a naval base, and had to take a shuttle to the shopping area.. Nassau, What can you say.. the water is beautiful. but the rest of the island is pretty run down.. we did not take too much time there.. (ohhhh and just a note.. they do not carry XXL tee shirts.. I guess they think everyone is skinny.. lol) Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This is our 2nd Carnival cruise and 3rd cruise overall. Lets start with the most negative, FOOD: The buffet food on this cruise was below our expectations, even after our first cruise on the ecstasy 10 years ago that we were pleased with ... Read More
This is our 2nd Carnival cruise and 3rd cruise overall. Lets start with the most negative, FOOD: The buffet food on this cruise was below our expectations, even after our first cruise on the ecstasy 10 years ago that we were pleased with the selection and quality, we were VERY disappointed on the buffet quality and selection on this cruise. Guys burgers were awesome! Italian restaurant was awesome! Even though we had to pay extra to eat there. Main dining room food was not much better than buffet. SHIP: We decided to go interior this time after staying in balcony on previous cruises, and rom was ok. Dark like I like it and on the 9th floor out of 12 it was close to action. But the whole ship shook side to side on calm seas on sea days, due to speed I assume because from port to port night travel was smooth. Didn't sleep much for the 3 sea nights because ship was surging forward, and shaking side to side. IMO this ship is just layed out weird? The ecstasy was much smaller but had more to do, I guess this ship being the 2nd largest carnival ship is mostly rooms. PORTS: Key West, Florida AWESOME! Nice shopping and lots to see.. Freeport, Bahamas Should have stayed on the ship. Took a ride to pirates beach, was told this was only beach open. Should call it broken glass and hidden costs beach. Beer was semi not cold, and vendors were EVERYWHERE and would not take no for an answer. Should have stayed on ship here. Nassau, Bahamas.. nice port, good shopping, we steered clear of beaches because there were 4 Carnival ships in port at the same time, and we had already stayed in a resort here. Overall I give this cruise a 2 out of 5 Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I took this cruise along with some other friends. I traveled by myself so had to pay for 2. I have been on this boat before and didn't really like this boat so I decided to upgrade and pay for a room with a balcony to make the ... Read More
I took this cruise along with some other friends. I traveled by myself so had to pay for 2. I have been on this boat before and didn't really like this boat so I decided to upgrade and pay for a room with a balcony to make the cruise better. I got a balcony room on the 6th level just above the entry to the casino. Mistake number one. This room filled up with smoke from the casino as soon as the cruise hits international waters. Not so good if you don't smoke. After a trip to guest services and 3 people coming to the room to confirm it smells like smoke and another trip to guest services, guest services said they would move me. They could upgrade me to another room but the room has had some noise issues. I asked to see the room, its midnight, second night on the boat. The room is larger nicer balcony and has clean air. I can breathe so this is a plus. Go to bed and at 6 am the staff moves the deck furniture around above my room, this sounds like finger nails on a chalk board in a microphone. At 7 am the room attendants come out of the side closet next to my room and bang up against the wall with the carts. I know these guys are hard working and doing their job so I can't really blame them, it is a poor choice of the layout of the room on the boat and its location. The room definitely needs some noise barriers. Port of calls were Key West, Freeport and Nassau. Key West is great but Carnival wants you back on the ship by 5pm just when Key West is coming alive with some good night vibes. Freeport is a sad little port of call. Very industrial and not much to do. Nassau is nice and should deserve a two day stay. On Friday the return back to Galveston I eat breakfast in the dinning room and I don't even make it thru breakfast and get sick. Not motion sickness sick, Food poisoning sick. I spend my return home for the next 2 days sick in the bed with Chills, Fever and nauseated. Not how I planned my 2 days at sea for the leg home. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My son is 12 and other than short family visits we have never vacationed. He has PKU and requires a strict diet. At a function for PKU I was told Disney was the way to go so I booked the cruise. I informed them of my son's diet which ... Read More
My son is 12 and other than short family visits we have never vacationed. He has PKU and requires a strict diet. At a function for PKU I was told Disney was the way to go so I booked the cruise. I informed them of my son's diet which they were familiar with. I called 5 times and was assured each time everything was taken care of. Long story short they did not have his food and every visit to the restaurant was an embarrassing scene. Finally I said I would eat elsewhere for the remainder of the cruise. They even brought him desserts that I had them he couldn't have. Chocolate and ice cream. I have never been so upset in my life and it ruined my whole experience. After the Key West port they called and said they had Mac and cheese on his diet (hard to do unless a plane landed on the boat because it is special order). I gave them the benefit of the doubt and ordered it. It was crusted over and a big blob. We did the last night in Anamators (awesome show) and they again brought ice cream. The entertainment was good, boat clean etc. The photos are all staged with no candid shots and no excursions are photographed. Dolphin Cayman has photos but they are an added expense you pay there. Wish I could have enjoyed the cruise. Thankfully he enjoyed children's activities. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
It was a first time cruise experience for my family. And, as usual, my husband decided to choose the best way to experience this journey. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Bahamas. Everyone on the ship made us feel so special and ... Read More
It was a first time cruise experience for my family. And, as usual, my husband decided to choose the best way to experience this journey. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Bahamas. Everyone on the ship made us feel so special and happy. Starting from a facial treat that was made by Shalom-who was the sweetest person and had a super professional approach! Our Concierge team were 2 SUPER Stars: Joan and Rodrigo Padilla-without them I think we would be lost! Everyone at Palo restaurant made us feel like we were in a fairy tale: Gonzalo, MATTEO (the best chef in the world!!-who was ready for any challenge from my picky husband and provided the most luxurious dishes), Alex-such a polite server, Ashley-really outgoing person. I have to mention my Braid-Queen Janet who made my look super comfortable and beautiful by styling my hair into Jamaican style braids! Paulo was an amazing Head server, Sinisha and Ibrahim who made us so happy and satisfied during the dinner times. Darma, who was our room cleaning person-made an outstanding job, by surprising us everyday and by treating us with a polished look of the rooms. I can go on and on about so many other people who are dedicating their lives to make others happy. As a mother, daughter, and a wife, I can understand that everyone on Disney Wonder is a very kind and generous individual who must be respected and cherished by the colleagues, management, and guests. Thank you Disney for making our dream come true! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We took our Son and his wife 50 and 40 and our granddaughters 6 and 11. We are in our mid 70's. All ages enjoyed the cruise. The food is ok nothing to write home about but after all this cruse is for younger people.all the shows and ... Read More
We took our Son and his wife 50 and 40 and our granddaughters 6 and 11. We are in our mid 70's. All ages enjoyed the cruise. The food is ok nothing to write home about but after all this cruse is for younger people.all the shows and activities where around Disney charters and so where the evening shows and movies. They do have a quiet cove on deck 9 where no children are allowed an nice quiet lounge and pool area to enjoy. This was our second Disney cruise and we have now taken all our grandchildren. We will most likely not do another Disney,we are Celebrity cruise fans and working on our 31'st cruise most of which are back to back on Celebrity for 28 to 30 days long. The Disney cruise was excellent for our children and grandchildren and they even booked another Disney cruise when we where on the ship and that shows how much they enjoyed the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The Wonder had already kind of been "our ship" because we had sailed on it several times before, so we were anxious to see the changes made. The pool deck upgrades were well done but didn't add anything too extravagant aside ... Read More
The Wonder had already kind of been "our ship" because we had sailed on it several times before, so we were anxious to see the changes made. The pool deck upgrades were well done but didn't add anything too extravagant aside from the new slide for the kids' pool. The makeover of Parrot Cay into Tia's place was definitely a good move. The former was definitely showing its age and ready for an update. The new restaurant is very nice and atmospheric. The other part of the ship that saw the most changes was the adult nightlife district and again, they hit the mark here as well. The new English pub was definitely one of our favorite hangouts. However, being ships that cater especially (but not solely) to families, things go quiet pretty quickly after 11pm. The food, service and entertainment on Disney ships is always of the highest order (this is probably where the price difference comes in) and there is rarely even a chip of paint missing. With our kids usually going off on their own, we spent a good chunk of our time lounging at the adult pool and nearby coffee bar. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We took a 7 day Disney cruise out of Galveston on the Wonder with my family of 4, my sister's family of 4 and our parents. Overall, the cruise was a wonderful experience filled with memories that will last a lifetime. The ship had ... Read More
We took a 7 day Disney cruise out of Galveston on the Wonder with my family of 4, my sister's family of 4 and our parents. Overall, the cruise was a wonderful experience filled with memories that will last a lifetime. The ship had just come out of dry dock and it was completely renovated including the staterooms. We were the second group to sail on it and it was nice and clean. There were plenty of activities for everyone to do. Our kids ranged from 6-10 years old and they had a blast. They kids club was fun and they kept asking to go back. They showed first run Disney movies on the ship. The dining experience was top notch. The Animation Palace restaurant was incredible and such a fun experience. Our waiters Tino and Jack were amazing and so fun! They doted on our kids, doing magic tricks and making them feel special. The food was great and abundant. We canceled our reservation at Palo because we were having too much fun at the other restaurants with our waiters. The entertainment on the ship was up to Disney standard. My nieces especially loved the shows. We were one of the first groups to see the new Frozen musical and while the puppets were a little hokey, the show overall was very entertaining. Contrary to other reviewers comments, we saw Disney characters EVERYWHERE! They were in the lobby taking pictures, walking the hallways, and in the kids club entertaining the kids. We took several photos with various characters from Disney princesses to Mickey Mouse to Superheros. We stopped in 3 ports - Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau. We didn't have enough time to do much in Key West which was disappointing. Castaway Cay was a great day. We had 75 degree weather and the island was beautiful. While crowded, there were plenty of lawn chairs and shade and lots to do. We tried to get a family cabana but they were in high demand so we weren't able to secure one. It really wasn't a big deal though because there were plenty of lawn chairs and shade. Contrary to other reviews, we thought the food on Castaway Cay was very good and of course they had free beverages and ice cream just like on the ship. The options were limited-BBQ and Chicken sandwiches but they quality was good. In Nassau, based on other reviews we chose to forego the chaos of Atlantis and purchased day passes to the British Colonial Hilton. We spent the day at their beach and the kids had a blast. For $60 per adult and $40 per child you can use their facilities for the day. Included in the cost was a $40 food/beverage credit for the adults and $20 credit for the kids. It's within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal and the straw market so it was very convenient. You can purchase tickets in advance at www.resortforaday.com or buy them at the hotel. Overall the trip was awesome and we will definitely take another Disney cruise but I have some tips for travelers and some feedback for Disney on how to improve. First, DO NOT STAY IN A 2nd FLOOR AFT ROOM. We were in 2638 and 2640. I kid you not, these rooms were right over the engines and were horribly noisy. The bed in 2640 vibrated non-stop. I couldn't sleep it because it literally moved all night long. Whenever we would pull into port, the thrusters on the ship were so loud it sounded like a freight train coming through our room. Jay at Customer Service was very helpful. He offered to move us to a vacant room on the same floor but we needed adjoining rooms and they didn't have any available so we chose to tough it out. A nice gift basket showed up at our room the next day so at least they tried to help us out. Second, more time is needed in Key West. We only had 4 hours in Key West and took a horrible hour and a half train tour around the island that was supposed to have 4 stops that we thought would be at key sights like the Hemingway house but were actually at random rest stops. The first half was interesting but the second half was a waste of time. It wouldn't been nice to take a tour and then have time to walk around in town. Third, It was a real treat that Disney was able to show first run movies on the ship for free. The last 2 days of the ship they showed Moana even though it wasn't coming out in theaters until later that week. While they had 3 or 4 showing each day, some of them were either really early or really late at night which meant everyone on the ship with kids was trying to see the afternoon showing. This created quite a bit of drama in the theater. I was chewed out by several parents who were upset I was "holding" seats for my kids and my mom who had gone to the bathroom. It basically ruined my day. If Disney is going to show first run kids movies (which I totally appreciate), they need a lot more showtimes during the day to accommodate everyone. Finally, both my daughter and I caught a stomach bug. Fortunately hers was at he beginning of the trip and was short lived and mine was the last night so it didn't really interfere with our fun. Disney was great about handing out sanitizing wipes before meals and when getting on and off of the ship but it would also be nice to have hand sanitizer in the lobbies and at the elevators. You might want to bring you own. Overall we had an amazing time. Disney knows how to do everything right and it was well worth the money we spent on the cruise. We will definitely take another Disney cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The "Freedom" was an amazing ship. This was my 4th cruise and we have the best time so far. We stayed in room 2473 which is a back corner room with two windows. The extra floor space in the room was awesome. There was some ... Read More
The "Freedom" was an amazing ship. This was my 4th cruise and we have the best time so far. We stayed in room 2473 which is a back corner room with two windows. The extra floor space in the room was awesome. There was some motion but not bad more like being rocked to sleep. The food in the main dining room was fantastic. The best food we've ever had on a cruise. Everything was fresh, hot and plentiful. All of the staff we interacted with were extremely friendly and helpful. We loved the adults only serenity deck. We never had problems finding chairs. The comedy shows were all very good. This was our first cruise in a summer month and it was very hot. It is much nicer to cruise in the fall months. We did the segway excursion in Freeport and it was a blast...can't wait to ride them again somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I chose this cruise because the dates matched when we could travel. This cruise exceeded my expectations in most areas. Food: The food was exceptional. We did the Chef's Table experience, and it was truly memorable. We enjoyed ... Read More
I chose this cruise because the dates matched when we could travel. This cruise exceeded my expectations in most areas. Food: The food was exceptional. We did the Chef's Table experience, and it was truly memorable. We enjoyed meeting Chef Panda and Sous Chef Rebel. The kitchen tour showed how hard the Carnival staff works to make your dining experience the best possible.The dining room staff was attentive. They put on a great show each evening. Delicious prime rib, desserts, and wine service. The kale salad was perfect. Loved the escargot and steamed mussels. The American Table menu provided some Caribbean dishes such as paella to highlight the countries we visited. My only suggestion would be to bring back the tablecloths at every evening meal, not only the elegant nights. Wine: I purchased the deluxe wine package (5 bottles). Carnival seated us with some other diners who had similar interests and experiences. I shared the wine with them, and they reciprocated by buying a bottle for the table as well. We tried different wines each night. I am glad I did purchase the package because it was a good value and provided a common point for us to discuss. It definitely got the conversation going! Thankfully, they were all wine people. Stateroom: We chose an interior stateroom on deck 10. It was hard to walk around the beds, but it was a very clean and functional cabin. Linens were great. There was a mini-fridge in the room. It was stocked with things you can purchase such as small bottles of liquor and mixers. It was good because you could mix up a drink and then carry it around without paying a gratuity at the bar. Nice-smelling soap and shampoo! The stewards were excellent, creating towel art and keeping our ice bucket filled up. Activities off-Ship: Excursions were well-planned, interesting, and fun. We came back with many pictures. We chose the cheapest, simplest excursions offered by Carnival such as a bus tour and a beach day. Activities on-ship: We frequented the casino, the comedy club, and the Serenity deck hot tubs. We also sunned and swam on the Lido. I went down the water slide one time. It was fun and easy. The Welcome Aboard and other lounge shows were not as glamorous as those on the Carnival Triumph. The casino was very smoky. Carnival needs to stop the smoking in there. However, the casino staff was wonderful. Loved the Serenity Deck and the lounge hammocks/nooks for couples. Itinerary: I recommend this itinerary. The Bahamas are a great place to go, and Key West is a hidden gem of Florida. Do not miss it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Freedom Ship We sailed with a party of 39 people, this is my 7th cruise on Carnival, my third out of Galveston. This was by far the best cruise I have ever been on. That is including the Royal Caribbean cruises I have sailed. The ... Read More
Freedom Ship We sailed with a party of 39 people, this is my 7th cruise on Carnival, my third out of Galveston. This was by far the best cruise I have ever been on. That is including the Royal Caribbean cruises I have sailed. The food was delicious. I never ordered from the extended menu at the dining room but my husband ordered Lobster twice and he loved it. We ate in the dining room six of the seven nights and the buffet only one night. The buffet was only ok but I ate mostly from the salad bar. We ate in the buffet/Igunana Cantina on the Lido deck for breakfast six of the seven days on board. Because I like my eggs over easy, I ate at the Blue Igunana Cantina most days for breakfast. The Posh dining room served breakfast on sea days but I thought the buffet was better for breakfast only because it took so long for the servers to bring us our breakfast order. For lunch I ate the burgers at Guys Burgers which were the best burgers I have ever had. My husband had the fish and chips and he thought the cod was delicious but he loves fried fish. I am writing more about the food because I was so nervous after reading several of the previous reviews but I thought the food was good if not great. I did, however, experience the A/C not blowing as cool as we would like but I noticed this was only at night so I mainly used the sheet instead of the blanket. I carried on a portable cooler and the porters filled it with ice which kept my sodas and water cold throughout the entire cruise. Entertainment was great and Service was beyond great! The gym was ok but does not have the stair climber from which i get my best workout. I only used the gym one day. The track is cool but I found it very windy on most mornings. The gym opened at 7am and was very crowded at 8am. Stops We sailed to Key West, Freeport and Nassau Bahamas. Our first stop was Key West. We decided to do the train ride which was $20 per person with Carnival. Nothing special about the train ride, we sat in the back and had a hard time hearing the conductor. My daughter and I decided to get off the train halfway and go to the hotel where my nephew was jet skiing. Enjoyed seeing the kids laugh and have a good time. Back on the ship at 5pm. Next stop Freeport. We took a cab over to Port Lucaya ($4 per person) which has a beach, casino, shops and a delicious Greek Restaurant that serves fresh fish and conch all in walking distance. My cousin did pretty good in the casino and my nephew was next door jet skiing at the beach. He thought the equipment was older and wasn't impressed. The last stop was Nassau. We got a room for four at Comfort Suites which included passes to the Atlantis. If I had to do over again, I would have gone through Booking.com and purchased a one night stay at the Cove at Atlantis which is what my sis in law did. She paid almost double what we paid (us $490 her $800) but the Cove Hotel is beautiful and worth the extra. Some of the adults enjoyed Cain the adult pool the entire day while the kids had fun at the Atlantis Water Park. Atlantis was a very good excursion for everyone. It was so ironic that after being at the Cain all day when getting back to ship the movie the Other Woman was on starring Cameron Diaz. I noticed that the pool scene was filmed at the Cain in the Bahamas. Which was really neat. At the Cove, my aunt took a picture with Anthony Anderson (Blackish) and we also saw basketball player Chris Paul from the Clippers and his beautiful wife. Some of the group did the top 10 sights in Nassau and thought it was very good also. The kids really liked Atlantis. I have to say though Atlantis is very expensive. The burgers are $20 + tax and tip (included). Drinks are crazy expensive also. I think we spent about $100 per person in food and drinks alone. But I love the Atlantis. Because Clay Atkins was doing a Live concert on the ship we didn't have to be back on board until 10:15 which was cool that we didn't have to rush to get back on the ship. This was a great day!!! Two more sea days filled with family fun, good food and great entertainment. We did the self embarkation and was off the ship at 8:30 am. We really enjoyed this cruise! Would do definitely sail the Freedom again! I would have to rate it a 5! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016

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