597 Disney Wonder Cruise Reviews

My husband and I have been on cruises before (Carnival, Holland). Our kids had not cruised before. Had heard so much about Disney cruises. Wanted to try. Booked the cruise just 6 weeks before sailing. This is the first year Disney ... Read More
My husband and I have been on cruises before (Carnival, Holland). Our kids had not cruised before. Had heard so much about Disney cruises. Wanted to try. Booked the cruise just 6 weeks before sailing. This is the first year Disney has sailed out of New Orleans and initially the cruises had filled up. Then I heard rooms had opened up, and the timing worked out for us, so we did it. Great decision. Gorgeous ship. Outstanding service, as one would expect from Disney. Kids loved it so much they sobbed the last night. A 5th night would have been nice, but it’s what we could do at this time. So many great activities for kids AND adults. Amazing shows - very high production value. Food was DELISH! Buffet was so good - super-wide selection and everything was fresh. Loved the three dining rooms - Triton’s, Animator’s Palate and Tiana’s Place (my favorite). If you are considering a Disney Cruise, do it!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We chose this cruise to celebrate my granddaughter’s 10th birthday. Since she has enjoyed visiting Disney World in the past we felt this cruise would also be special & give her memories to treasure. I must say that the cruise staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my granddaughter’s 10th birthday. Since she has enjoyed visiting Disney World in the past we felt this cruise would also be special & give her memories to treasure. I must say that the cruise staff was friendly & helpful. Staterooms were larger, clean & comfortable. Food was equivalent to other cruise lines. Activities were numerous but not truly family orientated. Most activities were held in the Oceaneer Club were children participated with other children & in my opinion, were geared for children less then 8. The club actually reminded me of a locked ward. You could bring your child there early in the morning & leave them there until late in the evening if you wanted to. I witnessed many parents do exactly that-lock their child in claiming safety & then they would go off & do whatever, mostly drinking. For a family orientated cruise drinking alcohol was greatly promoted. At ports, more time was spent getting to a Ship excursion then actual time available to enjoy it. Communications regarding when your transportation was returning to your ship & were to get that transportation was poor. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This cruise far exceeded my expectations and any other cruise I have ever sailed on. We departed from the Port of New Orleans on the Inaugural sailing on February 7, 2020. Our party was 3 adults- 2 adults and our 21 yr. old daughter. This ... Read More
This cruise far exceeded my expectations and any other cruise I have ever sailed on. We departed from the Port of New Orleans on the Inaugural sailing on February 7, 2020. Our party was 3 adults- 2 adults and our 21 yr. old daughter. This was our first Disney cruise, though I have been to Disney World 64 times, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. We had a deluxe family verandah. The cabin was large and luxurious, larger than any balcony cabin on other lines. It was overflowing with storage space, we had 5 dressers, space in the closets, and lots of space under the beds. I liked the privacy curtain that closed off the sofa/sofa bed sleeping area from the main bedroom, as it gave our daughter privacy. The balcony was nice and large. The split bathrooms were great, and I appreciated the bathtub with a much larger shower. I loved the size of this ship, as it seemed to handle crowds really well, and never felt crowded. We had late dining, and really enjoyed it. Tianas Place was my favorite, I loved the live entertainment, the character interaction, and the food was divine! Animators Palate was great, but Tritons was my least favorite. We always had great food at Cabanas buffet, and the soft serve ice cream by the pool was another hit. The weather was a bit cool for the first 2 days, so we took advantage of the great movie theater and watched several movies. The theater was packed, but they had a great variety daily. We loved the different shows in the theaters , especially the Golden Mickeys and Disney Dreams. Castaway Cay was stunning, and the weather was perfect. We went to the adults only beach, Serenity Cay, and really enjoyed Cookies, the beach buffet and BBQ there. We also stopped at Nassau, which is not one of my favorites. We did a day pass to Atlantis, which was fun. Key West was great, and we did the hop on/off conch train, which was a great way to see the island. Overall, I cannot recommend this cruise any more highly. I am already planning to sail from New Orleans again next year, and I don't know how I will sail with any other line than Disney, even though we are a party of adults only. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My 3 year old had the time of her life, but I was disappointed. The Disney Oceaneer club for kids was fantastic and the nursery was also good. The adult entertainment and activities were awful. The buffet was better than average, but the ... Read More
My 3 year old had the time of her life, but I was disappointed. The Disney Oceaneer club for kids was fantastic and the nursery was also good. The adult entertainment and activities were awful. The buffet was better than average, but the main dining room, Pinocchio's Pizza, and the grill was bad to mediocre. If you don't have a rewards status on Disney, you can forget about booking any specialty restaurants, any decent adult or alcohol-oriented activities. Most of the adult activities consisted of Disney trivia, pop music, and NPC pop culture. If you're not an NPC, you will be very dissatisfied. They can't even get ice cream cones right-these were cheapest and worse I've ever seen in my life. Another low point was the quality of the hamburgers on Castaway Cay in particular. It looked like it was microwaved and it tasted gamey and rotten. If you're over 18 and not a Disney fanatic, any other line is better-even Carnival. At least Carnival figured out how to make a good burger at Guy Burger joint and has decent pizza. The cabin and bed were nice. I'm finnicky about mattresses and rate the mattress as a 8.5/10. I liked that the shower and toilet are separated and each have their own sink/mirror combo-that's terrific for families. The pull down bed and couch worked well. The wood trim and furniture in the cabin rattled with ship vibrations and became such an annoyance when trying to sleep that I engineered paper shims to wedge into the woodwork. The cleanliness of the cabin left some to be desired-the nooks and crannies had not been cleaned recently. If you like to sleep in a cool cabin, you can forget about it. The AC was awful and at the lowest setting, the room might only be as cool as the rest of the ship. I woke up sweating several times during the cruise. A maintenance tech looked at it and said it was operating as designed. I enjoyed the fact that they don't have a casino and don't constantly try to sell you drinks. I also liked that they had an accessible soda fountain so you don't have to ask a crew member for a soft drink as on other lines. The internet was horribily underpriced. I understand that they have a profit motive, but charging for popcorn, candy, and soda to see decades-old Disney movies or charging $80-$250/GB for internet access is a bit over the top. The least they could do is free messaging for FB messenger and the like-as many airlines now do. The ship was nice, but the styling was conservative and a little dated. No real complaints about the ship itself other than the miniature elevators that were finnicky. The engines and propulsion were smooth and produced little noise and vibration. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
7 day cruise left us feeling left out and shorted for our money. Captain said winds were too high to port in Jamaica.... never tried again. 4 other cruises were able to port on the same day. So we literally were at sea for no reason ... Read More
7 day cruise left us feeling left out and shorted for our money. Captain said winds were too high to port in Jamaica.... never tried again. 4 other cruises were able to port on the same day. So we literally were at sea for no reason missing out on what was promised. If he was able to dock in San Juan (terrible storm) he could have dock in Jamaica. Disappointed with not docking... disappointment with lack of internet.... disappointed with water bottle package... care team in kids department needed more experience when dealing with kids. However, loved the beds, loved the two bedrooms, loved the adult center! Won’t book a Disney Cruise again.... not worth the price if they can’t deliver! Probably wouldn’t have been so disappointing if we knew other cruiselines couldn’t have dock.... captain cared less that it ruined our trip. He is known for not trying and just making decisions. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Our family and friends choose this cruise out of our nearby port of Galveston. We Grandparents are experienced cruisers (52x). This is NOT a luxury cruise, the young kids were not thrilled with the care centers, entertainment ok for kids ... Read More
Our family and friends choose this cruise out of our nearby port of Galveston. We Grandparents are experienced cruisers (52x). This is NOT a luxury cruise, the young kids were not thrilled with the care centers, entertainment ok for kids but very poor for adults,and food was extraordinarily bland and unavailable. Very limited food available after a show for hungry kids waiting for late dining ( after he show they missed eating in the childcare and the pizza is closed and no buffet. What!!!?? dinner hours--any other cruise line ship has multiple options. Doors were rarely handicapped available or stroller friendly and on 2 occasions closed hard on me struggling with a stroller. Service was OK. My sister, a first time cruiser and unaware of UNPOSTED costs, ordered a smoothie which did not have a properly fastened lid and subsequently spilled all over her---the response at customer service was "we'll look into it". Yes, we finally got the charge reversed and 2 bags of popcorn as an apology after I addressed their response. On debarkation there are no comfortable waiting areas and the restrooms were non functional or out of toilet paper.. We immediately went to another cruise on Carnival Fascination (old and small) and it was an amazingly positive experience reminding us how bad Disney was. An apology for a delayed unwashed window was a bottle of wine. Food was extraordinary. Sorry for those who think Disney is good. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
For 1, the people were GREAT they are very sweet and make you your #1 priority All foods are good dinner good lunch good breakfast good room service is the best and day care or youth clubs for kids and teenagers is the best program I ... Read More
For 1, the people were GREAT they are very sweet and make you your #1 priority All foods are good dinner good lunch good breakfast good room service is the best and day care or youth clubs for kids and teenagers is the best program I was in edge and Vibe and they treated me great and showed me around the show and play is a must if you want to be blown away me a 14 year old loved all plays you will love this cruise the basketball court is open 24/7 and don’t play like 5 hours a day because then you won’t be able to walk like me Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our family are huge Disney Cruise fans as we've been on both the Disney Dream & Fantasy. For the holiday, we've decided to book a 4 nights cruise on the Disney Wonder from Galveston...and we're sad to say it was a huge ... Read More
Our family are huge Disney Cruise fans as we've been on both the Disney Dream & Fantasy. For the holiday, we've decided to book a 4 nights cruise on the Disney Wonder from Galveston...and we're sad to say it was a huge disappointment. Our party consisted of myself, my significant other, our 5 years old daughter and 2 years old son. Prior to cruising Disney's smaller and older ship, we've been told that some preferred the smaller ships over the bigger ones because the staff & crew are more attentive, etc. However, from our experience, it was the exact opposite. The exceptional service that Disney was well-known for was almost non-existent on our trip. Below are some of our experiences on the Disney Wonder: Day 1 - Our dinner for the first night was Animator's Palate and we were told it would be the highlight of our cruise. It was a disaster! We had to wait 20 minutes for the Assistant Server to come with our water. After filling our cups with water, he didn't even bother asking us if we wanted something else to drink. I had to catch him before he took off and asked if our kids can get some apple juice. At this point, our kids were beginning to get fussy because they were bored and hungry. I had to walk up to one of the server and asked for crayons so they can color their menus (which is also a mini activity book). On our previous trips with Dream & Fantasy, crayons would already be at the table when we arrived. After ordering our drinks, we had to wait an additional 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive. And all this time, we were not offered a menu to look at and our main Dining Server was nowhere to be found. After a good 30 minutes after arriving, we were finally presented with a menu and was allowed to order. The food tasted terrible, not on the same caliber as the Animators Palate on the Fantasy. We were upset and shocked at the service we've received and wished we would've just done room service or quick food service instead. Day 2 - The Princess Gathering was unorganized and chaotic. They did not hand out the tickets like on the Dreams or Fantasy so people who did not sign up ahead of time was still able to line up for pictures. Dinner on the 2nd night was much better than the first night - they didn't take 30 minutes to come and get our order, but we still couldn't get over how inattentive and disengaged both our main server and assistant server were. On our previous cruises on the Fantasy, if you've ordered a Sprite on the first day, the next day when you showed up, a Sprite is magically already at the table waiting for you. This time on the Wonder, they could careless what you likes/dislikes are...hell, they didn't even know my son is allergic to diary although I've disclosed this on our reservation. The only thing that we enjoyed actually enjoyed at dinner was the food and show at Tiana's. Day 3 - We ate at Palo for dinner but was unimpressed with the service as well. Our server was nice but the way she carried herself made us felt like we were eating at Applebees and not a fine dining restaurant. She was very casual..which was ok but it was not something you would expect from a "fine dining" experience. Unfortunately, we didn't get to finish our meal at Palo because the Nursery called and asked that we picked up our son. They claimed he had diarrhea but we questioned this because he went #2 when we got back to our stateroom and it was normal. He was not running a fever and seemed completely fine. Apparently, a couple of parents was also pulled from Palo because their kid had the runs as well. We were instructed to bring our son to the Medical Center before they could take him again. We were hoping to have him cleared quickly so we could grab dinner since we barely ate. But come to find out, the Medical Center was closed (this was about 6:30pm)...something the Nursery should've told us before we tried making our way there. The staff at the Nursery was giving all of the parents an attitude as well. Our son, of course, was cleared the next day but we cancelled our reservation with the Nursery based on their lack of professionalism and at that time we've just had enough. Day 4 - For our last night, we dined at Triton's and their food had to be the worst on our trip. Triton's menu was the exact same as the Royal Palace on the Disney Fantasy but the quality and taste at Triton's was way sub-par. Even after 4 days, both our servers were inattentive and never once interacted with our kids. We've been ordering hot dogs for our son, who's allergic to diary, for almost every night. If we were on the Fantasy, there would be hot dogs for my son at the table as soon as we arrived. But on the Wonder, we had to wait for more than 20 minutes while the placed the order with the kitchen (although we made it known that he loves hot dogs and would be happy to be eating it for every dinner). Conclusion: If we could go back in time, we would rather book Fantasy rather than Wonder. We only cruised Wonder because we live in Texas and the port of Galveston was much more convenient. But our experience was so bad, we would be willing to do the extra traveling to Florida for our next cruise. The only good experience we've had on the Wonder was Tiana's Restaurant, their shows, and our Stateroom Host. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
It was our first cruise as a family and my 12 loves Disney the rest of us are fans but not as much as she is. The ship was very nice the rooms were nice and the pull out bunk beds were ok , the top bunk had a picture of peter pan which was ... Read More
It was our first cruise as a family and my 12 loves Disney the rest of us are fans but not as much as she is. The ship was very nice the rooms were nice and the pull out bunk beds were ok , the top bunk had a picture of peter pan which was a nice add on. The dining was a little better than average but we don’t have a fancy palate so anything would have been fine we had been leaving tips for the servers each night but they were still charging us separately each night. We had to work things out with guest services, but in the end everything worked out. The buffet was nice for lunch and the food shacks were a nice quick way to get a meal. I liked how they had a soft drink dispenser available to refill, however anytime you would want to get a drink without paying for it you would have to go all the way to the top deck. You should definitely bring refillable cups ti make it convenient so it won’t run out so fast. The entertainment was targeted towards the kids but if you are a big fan of Disney you will enjoy them. The character meetings were nice but on the last day of the cruise the seas were so rough the camera people had to sit down in between each picture and for “rare” characters like tinker bell the lines were enormous. I recommend getting the Disney cruise line app so you can like the events you want to go to and it will notify you ahead of time so you can get in line early.There are lots of crafts and trivia for the adults, but for the older kids there wasn’t really anything to do so we spent most of the time either in our cabin or at the pool. The pools were nice the family pools have a movie playing and on the other side of the ship there are water slides that aren’t too big for the little ones to enjoy. We booked a port adventure through Disney and overall it was good my kids seemed to enjoy it, however they wouldn’t allow us to take pictures. This cruise was amazing for our first time according to my 12 year old, but I wouldn’t recommend the cruise if you aren’t a big fan of Disney and are older than 18 and don’t have little ones. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a special cruise called HALLOWEEN ON THE HIGH SEAS. San Diego, Cabo, Mazatlan and PTO Vallarta/San Diego return. My first-ever holiday sailing. Cabin 5012 was forward and located on deck-5. A excellent location with great ... Read More
This was a special cruise called HALLOWEEN ON THE HIGH SEAS. San Diego, Cabo, Mazatlan and PTO Vallarta/San Diego return. My first-ever holiday sailing. Cabin 5012 was forward and located on deck-5. A excellent location with great access to everything. This is a outside stateroom with the large picture window/porthole. The ship is in pristine condition. As in the cleanest ship I have ever sailed on. Both in stateroom and public areas. Embarkation was classic Disney with perfection in line/group control but Disney was using the older San Diego cruise terminal that is in dire need of refurbishment. Escalators and elevators were broken so it was the stairs for all with the exception of one elevator. It's dark, cold, poor seating and with limited restrooms. Once aboard, it all turns to Pixie Dust and I will never know how Disney accomplishes such crew perfection but they do and with ease. Every single employee/cast member/crew member was amazing 24/7. I was never so impressed. Cabins are larger than most at-sea with a two-bathroom concept that takes up way too much space in the stateroom/cabin. Serving no purpose as only one bathroom has a toilet. Stateroom TV's are ultra small at 22"-26" and guess what? It's all Disney programming! ABC, FOX and CNN can be had but that did not occur when at-sea. The most disappointing aspect of a Disney cruise is the overall dining quality (my third Disney sailing). That said, expect 'Theme Park Dining' at best. Catering to families and kids mostly. You'll need your own salt & pepper shakers. The food is bland, boring, basic in presentation and uneventful in every single course. Disney incorporates what is called 'Rotational Dining' in that that every night you change dining rooms (keeping the same waiter) which are themed on a different approach each night. We had ANIMATOR'S PALATE, TRITON'S and TIANA'S PLACE as our dining venues. Tiana's Place is new to Disney with a Mardi Gras theme and it is exceptionally loud. Very loud. It is a dining room floor show experience in a sense. It can be impossible for the waiters or the guest to engage in conversation. There are Quick Service dining venues also aboard The Disney Wonder but they all failed. The only exception to any dining experience onboard is the buffet area called CABANA'S. That saved us all! Yet Disney closes it for dinner making it a sit-down venue instead serving the same basic and bland offerings as found in the dining rooms. Unlike most other cruise lines that offer 24/7 dining options, Disney has a very rigid schedule of openings and closings. Room service is 24/7 thankfully but on par with Arby's Roast Beef if not worse. Disney is all about its movies and shows and expect only the best because that is the rule for any Disney showroom presentation. We were entertained for FROZEN, THE GOLDEN MICKEY'S and DREAMS. There were also several guest performers for a 7 day cruise but all were 'VERY SAFE' because we are a family cruise line first and foremost. Because this was a holiday sailing involving Halloween, candy was passed out Halloween night and most passengers dressed in costume for the event but activities were very limited. Menus that night never addressed Halloween. This isn't a cruise line for just kids. There are many 'adult-only areas' (never enforced) and on this sailing the amount of kids never felt like it exceeded 40-50%. What I will remember most about the type of passenger aboard a Disney cruise was the morning we were dining outside (at Cabana's) and on the table, next to the drink station for beverages, was a mother changing her baby on the table while we all dined for breakfast. Several Disney cruise staff walked by the event but none ever addressed it... There was a bathroom just inside the doors some 30 feet away that the mom could have used. That said, it is a family line. It's a Disney product and it's always 'Pixie Dust'. Sometimes boring. Unless you are a kid or a pure Disney fanatic. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
No one does it better than Disney! After the terrible experience of taking my first cruise on Carnival about 5 years ago I was real hesitant to go cruising again...least to say I'm very glad I gave Disney a try because they ... Read More
No one does it better than Disney! After the terrible experience of taking my first cruise on Carnival about 5 years ago I was real hesitant to go cruising again...least to say I'm very glad I gave Disney a try because they changed my perspective on the whole cruising industry. Our cruise was a 7 night to the Mexican Rivera with stops in Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Room: The room was great! We had a family balcony stateroom which was very spacious and could sleep up to 5 people with 4 beds in the room. The split bathrooms on Disney ships are genius, especially for getting ready in the mornings. Our room steward Lorenzo was amazing! Entertainment: There was never a down moment aboard the Disney Wonder! They always had something going on. We saw 3 stage shows which were all amazing and they also had a Ventriloquist, Magician, comedian and hypnotist aboard doing shows daily. Being 23 I was concerned that there would be annoying kids all over the ship and that all entertainment and activities would be geared solely to children. Despite what I thought, the only time I really saw children was a breakfast in the buffet and at night at the stage shows. For the most part they stayed in the kids clubs and the children pool. There were plenty of adult areas to relax in, and the entire front of the ship in filled with adult only clubs and lounges. Food: To me the food aboard the Disney Wonder was a bit of a disappointment. The appetizers, soups and desserts always blew us away but the entres were somewhat lacking in flavor and constancy. I feel this is one area they could definable improve. The buffet was good, they had a great variety of food and rotated their menus which I appreciated. I really enjoyed the rotating dining that Disney does, my favorite restaurant for food was Tritons and Tianas Place for the atmosphere. Service: The service aboard the ship was incredible! Our servers were amazing and really boosted our experience aboard the ship! Tati and Ikadek were our servers and they treated us like kings. The cruise line lost our bags on the first day, we went to guest service and they located them within hours and sent chocolate covered strawberries and a hand written apology for the inconvenience. Spa: I spent alot of time (and money) in the spa and was pleased with the service rendered there. On day one of the cruise I won a raffle for a $50 spa certificate. I ended up getting a rainforest pass which for $129, I don't feel was worth the money. Also had my teeth whitened what I was very pleased with (they honestly did a better job than my dentist), I received an acupuncture session (waste of money) and a great massage! They always tried to sell you stuff after services which really got annoying after a while. Ports: Highlights Cabo: we didn't do any excursions here, just walked around the pier. Extremely touristy! Mazatlan: Probably our lease favorite port. We did the Best of Mazatlan tour which was a complete waste of money and time. They took us to see a light house (which was a couple miles away from the look out point the bus stopped at) Then took us to see a old church (which was pretty) Their "golden zone" was super trashy and full of street vendors that get really annoying after a while. We ended the tour with a nasty fiesta lunch filled with store bought taquitos, overcooked rice, and other gross, non authentic food. There was supposed to be a folkloric show that mainly just consisted of drinking games. Don't go on this tour. Puerto Vallarta: Our favorite port. It's very jungly here and lest touristy. We did a cooking class which consisted of visiting a local market and tortilla factory where we bought masa, then took a bus ride through the mountains to a rural village where we learned to cook amazing authentic mexican food. I highly recommend this tour if you are looking for an authentic mexican experience. Altogether the cruise was amazing! I booked another cruise while onboard and can't wait till my next one! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Summary of our trip: If you ever traveled on one of the larger Disney boats, the Dream or Fantasy, you will be somewhat disappointed on the Wonder. We traveled with our adult children and their children ages 8, 6, 2-1/2 and a 10 month ... Read More
Summary of our trip: If you ever traveled on one of the larger Disney boats, the Dream or Fantasy, you will be somewhat disappointed on the Wonder. We traveled with our adult children and their children ages 8, 6, 2-1/2 and a 10 month old. My husband and I had connecting rooms with my daughter who has two babies. The connecting rooms helped with the small cabin size as we freely went back and forth. We had all their junk in our cabin so they could accommodate the pack and play comfortably. I don't know how they could have managed with all their kid stuff....stroller, diapers, formula, diaper genie, etc...if they had only their cabin space. Embarkation was fine. We arrived at the Port of San Diego about 10:45 and people were already checking in. We were number 21 for boarding and that happened about 12:45. We headed for the Triton sit down restaurant, but it was already full and there was a 30 minute wait. So off to the food court, Cabanas, we went. What a mad house as everyone was there since the cabins were not ready. Your first impression is ....holy cow....how crowded is this small ship. It took some ingenuity to find a table for nine. Once we could go to our cabin at 1:30, we received our bags about 45 minutes later. The first night of dining was at the Animator's Palace, early seating. They had a cute show on the walls and Mickey makes an appearance in Fantasmic fashion. Our servers were Jen from the United Kingdom assisted by Angelina from Poland. They could have not been more helpful especially since we had two kids in high chairs making a mess every night. Out of the many cruises that we have been on, the food delivery was the quickest that we have experienced. Tonight's show was the Golden Mickeys in the Walt Disney Theater. Note that this theater is only on one level....versus the larger ships that have a balcony. Go early if you want a decent up front seat. We never arrived after 8 for a 8:30 show. (First dining at 5:45, shows start at 8:30) We spent some time the next day in the Oceaniere Lab during the open house....the only time the toddlers could be in the Lab. The two year old thought it was fun, but the 8 and 6 year old loved it. We did not get off the ship in Enceneda....others felt the same was as it was full of people for a shore day. Pirate dinner in Tiana's Place. Servers walked around in pirate gear. It was pirate night and here is where the difference between a large ship and a small old ship is highlighted. On the Dream last year, there was a detailed pirate show that lasted a full 15 minutes with about 30 actors. On the Wonder, it's basically a dance party for pirate night. Mickey and a pirate go down the zip line, but there is no show to speak of. What a disappointment. Fireworks at sea lasted for about 90 seconds. It was not worth keeping toddlers up to past 10:15 when the fireworks happened. Before the pirate and firework event, there was a magician in the WD theater. We saw half of the show then left to save seats on the pool deck for the non existent pirate show. Day three was a sea day. Our impressions....the food at Cabanas is fine. Nothing special but it is convenient if you want to be at the pool area. There is also an average burger and pizza spot. Daisy's food area has salads and sandwiches and fruit, so we enjoyed that area. We went to Triton's for a sit down lunch most days....nice to be out of the crowded pool area. Speaking of pools....the pool area compared to the Dream is about half its size, which is also a disappointment. BTW. Kids must be potty trained...swim diapers not allowed. A kid pooped in the baby pool and it had to be closed for three hours. If not potty trained, there is a very small splash pad area....again, half the size of the Dream. Not worth the hassle with the toddlers. We played bingo with the kids....$40 for the cards. Dinner again at Tiana's Place where she made an appearance and they had a New Orleans style parade around the restaurant. The show was Frozen. Fabulous production. The actor playing Elsa is amazing with a really solid voice. Again, if you want center, up close seats, get in line early....for this show, earlier than 8 pm. Next day was Cabo. There are tenders in Cabo....a royal pain with kids in strollers. We went to the Dolphin area where the older kids swam with the dolphins. They enjoyed themselves...they should for the price of this excursion. Cabo by the port is very touristy...bars and tee shirt shops. Next time, I won't get off the ship. Dinner at Triton's Place...the most boring restaurant of all. Forgot to mention that the cabin stewart, Omar, made sure his services did not interfer with nap time. He was great dealing with that dreaded diaper genie. Thanks, Omar! The highlight for the 8 and 6 year old granddaughters happened on the last full day. The Princess Royal Tea. Very expensive for the girls, but well worth it. It is done so well. The girls were showered with gifts only available at this tea....a doll, jewelry box, charms, crown etc. The Princesses came to each table and spent time talking to the girls. A cute show with the hostess and baker....two very good actors from the ensemble. I can't recommend this tea more....worth every penny if you have girls that love the Princesses. The show tonight was Believe which was fabulous. It's snippets of many Disney movies. Don't miss. Back to Animator's Palace. No show by the servers. Disembarkation was chaos. We had breakfast in Animator's Palace....they rush you through. We had first seating at dinner....so first seating for the last breakfast at 7:15. They servers make it very apparent that they want you out for the next group. You get off the ship on level 3 and the elevator spills out to the area where those waiting for Tiana's Place are lined up. It was gridlock. Plus, most people are with all their luggage ignoring the night before drop off. There is luggage everywhere, wall to wall people on level 3 and no where to go. I'm so surprised that Disney has not figured out a solution to this problem. Getting off was easy if you do not need an elevator in the port building. We carried down the stroller or we would have had a 20 minute wait for an elevator. Customs was a breeze and cabs were plentiful. Again our total impression....we will not cruise on the Wonder or Magic, the smaller ships, again. Just too crowded, not as technically advanced, more of a wall to wall people feeling. Give us a newer, larger ship any day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Kids age 16 and 17. We had never cruised before and never been to Alaska. We love Disney so this seemed like a good fit. Spent a day in Vancouver both before and after the cruise. Took a guided tour, wonderful city. Embarkation was ... Read More
Kids age 16 and 17. We had never cruised before and never been to Alaska. We love Disney so this seemed like a good fit. Spent a day in Vancouver both before and after the cruise. Took a guided tour, wonderful city. Embarkation was straightforward, we boarded with no waiting around 12:30pm. The ship is pristine, you would never guess it's 20 years old. Everything literally looks brand new. Cabin had a queen bed and a sofa bunk bed. Small but fine, we were never there except to sleep or change. No window, and we didn't miss it really. The nightly shows truly were spectacular. Great talent and sophisticated technical aspects like sound, special effects, props, and sets. Food was the center of the experience. The rotation dining is fun and the dedicated wait staff of three give you a nice consistency. Food quality was truly excellent. The ship constantly had activities going on, from nature talks to trivia contests. It was all fun, mostly because the cruise activity staff is fun. Cruise Director Natalie is super high energy. We arranged our own port call activities. The kids spent a lot of time in the Teen Club "Vibe" and loved it. We felt safe letting them run around the ship and they were fine. Overall we consider this the best vacation we've ever taken. Highly recommended!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We previously sailed on the Disney Dream during a Bahamas cruise and loved the experience. When we decided to try Alaska this year, Disney was a no-brainer for our family. The Wonder, however, is a smaller ship than the Dream, as it is one ... Read More
We previously sailed on the Disney Dream during a Bahamas cruise and loved the experience. When we decided to try Alaska this year, Disney was a no-brainer for our family. The Wonder, however, is a smaller ship than the Dream, as it is one of the two classic ships in Disney's fleet. Regardless, the Wonder was incredible, and we had an amazing time. SHIP - OVERALL The Wonder is a beautiful ship. For her age, she is in exceptionally great shape. The crew keeps her spotless. She is instantly recognizable in port with her white and navy color scheme. The interior is what a Disney fan would expect. Disney characters and art can be found throughout the ship, but it isn't overdone. Also, plenty of familiar Disney tunes are played in the common areas. The Wonder is on the luxury side of things in appearance and atmosphere. EMBARKATION Embarkation was really pretty easy from Canada Place in Vancouver. We hired a car to drop us off. Once we got there, it was easy getting our luggage to the porters, checked in, and on the ship. It is a bit noisy in there, so just come with a little patience. Don't forget your passport! DINING As with any ship in Disney's fleet, rotational dining is featured and included in the cruise fare. We had two nights at Triton's, two nights at Tiana's Place, and three nights at Animator's Palate. Of the three, Tiana's Place was our favorite. The food was the best on average, and the Mardi Gras party on our last night was just a lot of fun. In addition, Tiana's Place featured the Crawfish Crooners, and they were a very fun band that put a jazz spin on plenty of Disney classics. After Tiana's Place, we next enjoyed Animator's Palate the most. Our Frozen evening was there, and while that was fun, the night we got to create our own artwork that was animated as part of the evening's entertainment was the most fun we had during a dining experience. Triton's was fine, but we were seated in a corner near the kitchen. Our meals there were a little loud and it was on the warmer side. As with any Disney cruise, your wait staff follows you from restaurant to restaurant. Our servers, Nyoman and Jack, were amazing. They got to know us and our preferences. They knew what kind of recommendations to make when it came to food and drink at every meal. Typically, we had breakfast at Cabana's up on deck nine. This buffet style restaurant was wonderful. Each morning, everyone in my family was able to find plenty of options to choose from. I preferred the Mickey waffles with strawberry syrup, but my wife typically choose fresh fruit, oatmeal, and coffee. Our kids enjoyed the waffles, bacon, eggs, and other bakery items. For snacks, we typically went to Pinocchio's Pizza for a slice after returning from our shore excursions. Also located on deck nine, it is near the pool. My wife enjoyed Daisy's Delites, and the kids frequently got self-serve, soft serve ice cream when I would get a Dole Whip from Eye Scream Treats (the ice cream was included in the fare, the Dole Whip was extra). Boiler Bites, located near Pinocchio's, has some good burgers if that is what you are in the mood for. In short, there is always plenty to eat and it is easily accessible and almost always no extra charge. LOUNGES Even though the Disney Wonder is a family ship, it does cater to adults as well. After 5 p.m., the aft section of deck three becomes an adults only area. Many of the performers would have additional shows in this area that were a little more tailored for an adult audience. I typically hung out at Crown & Fin pub at the end of the evening. I'd usually buy a beer or cider, enjoy the complimentary nuts and mini-buffet, and watch Sports Center. A lot of others would gather there for cards and other games. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Cove Cafe. Although they serve alcohol there in the evenings, we enjoyed it for the coffee. You can, of course, get plenty of coffee for free on the ship. However, if you want a mocha, latte, or other concoction outside of your meal time, you will want to head to the Cove Cafe. The coffee drinks there are for an additional charge, but they are worth it. Plus, they have a machine that will make designs in the foam of your latte. They had everything from Disney to Marvel and Star Wars characters. I highly recommend it. CABIN Our cabin was just right for us. We probably could have used the extra space with a Deluxe Family Verandah room as our kids are 12 and 15. But, it worked out for us. We spent plenty of time on the balcony. Honestly, a balcony is the way to go for Alaska. There is so much great scenery to see as you sail, and a balcony helps you get the most of it. Our first full day at sea featured plenty of time on the balcony just taking in the sights. Definitely worth it. We appreciated that the bathroom in the cabin was split into two parts. The shower and tub were in one part. That room also had a sink. The other half of the bathroom had its own sink and the toilet. With two boys, and four people total needing to take showers, that was essential. Our guestroom host was exceptional. He kept our room tidy and well supplied throughout the cruise. We didn't have too many occasions to make special requests, but he was on top of things. STORAGE SPACE AND LAUNDRY Storage space was plentiful. TIP: store your suitcases under the bed. The bed sits a little higher, and there is plenty of room. The closet had more than enough space to hang up our suits for formal night and my wife's dress. Around the desk and the closet there were plenty of drawers as well. We had enough room for all our clothes. I would mention that we brought about four days of clothes and we spent a few days in Vancouver prior to the cruise. So, we did do laundry a few times. It was fairly affordable, but there was a laundry service available. Also, the laundry machines will send a message to your phone through the Disney Cruise app when your laundry is done. ENTERTAINMENT - THE MAIN STAGE A number of productions were held in the main theater, which is known as the Walt Disney Theater. These were all included in the fare for your voyage. We didn't catch everything there, but we saw the production of Frozen and Disney Dreams. Both shows were innovative and fun. They are described as Broadway caliber shows, and for the most part that is true. The only real difference is the length of the shows (about an hour) and the understandable absence of an in-house orchestra. The Walt Disney Theater also hosted performances by comedians and magicians. We saw one of the comedians, and he was entertaining, but not a can't miss. The magician, however, was a must do. Shawn Farquhar is a two time World Champion. We saw him in the Disney Theater one evening, and then we made sure to catch his performances in Azure later in the week. ENTERTAINMENT - THE BUENA VISTA THEATER The Wonder played several movies every day. Everything was under the Disney umbrella. For instance, the live action Aladdin was out recently, and that was available in the theater most days. So was Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel. Endgame was presented in 3D in a few instances as well. The theaters have a concession stand outside. The popcorn, candy, and drinks are for an extra charge. TIP: buy a popcorn bucket. You may not want to keep it, but the refills are only $1.50. Also, you can bring in food from any of the restaurants on deck nine. Nobody will stop you. We also attended a presentation on the bears of Alaska in the Buena Vista Theater, and that was informative and entertaining. ENTERTAINMENT - OTHER Beyond the theaters, the Wonder has plenty of other entertainment opportunities. The Disney characters have regular meet and greets throughout the day. Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Stitch, and others are regularly available. Also, Spider-Man and Thor made appearances for the Marvel fans. The D Lounge and the Promenade Lounger are also a good places for families to go for game shows. We regularly attended "The Wheel" (a take off on Wheel of Fortune), Who Wants to Be a Mousketeer?, and So You Think You Know Your Family? All were a good time and family appropriate. Plus, there were always servers available to bring drinks and refreshment if you so needed. There are three kids clubs on the ship. My boys are more introverted, and they didn't really enjoy them. That said, I saw countless kids that did. The counselors we met were very friendly. PORTS AND EXCURSIONS The ports and excursions on this cruise were phenomenal. Alaska is just beautiful, and there aren't any real exceptions. Our first day was a sea day. Day two was to Dawes Glacier. We took the tour with Allen Marine Tours. They brought a boat up to the Wonder, and we boarded. They then explored the fjords and got us up close to berglets, cascades, and some of the wildlife. We got to within a mile of Dawes Glacier compared to the three miles the Wonder got. The following day was Skagway. It is a small town. Our excursion was the White Pass & Yukon Route. This was a train ride from Skagway through the mountains into British Columbia. We then took the bus back. This is another great way to see some scenery and wildlife. Make sure to bring your passport! The next port was Juneau. This was our favorite day of the cruise. We booked the excursion that took us whale watching and then to the Mendenhall Glacier. Again, this was with Allen Marine Tours. We saw plenty of whales and glaciers during the tour. The real highlight was Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. The bus dropped us off near the visitor's center, and we walked the two mile round trip trail to get closer. Very worth it. The sights are breath taking. The last port was Ketchikan. We took a canoe tour of a nearby lake. It was a fun alternative to our earlier tours. That was also the only port where it rained on us. It was good, but not a must do. Be prepared for physical exercise as you do the rowing on the canoe trip. CONCLUSION Alaska on the Disney Wonder is a fantastic experience. We would consider doing it again. Our kids really enjoyed it. There are plenty of options for dining and excursions that you could do this cruise more than once and have very different experiences. Of course, with Disney, you are paying for the brand. So, if Disney is not important to you, consider an alternate cruise line to save some money. Disney fans, however, should love this. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
THIS IS MY SECOND DISNEY CRUISE. The first one in the carribean to their private island. It was so good that we decide to go on another one. This time is was from San Diego to Cabo and Enesanada. Checking on in San Diego was so smooth. ... Read More
THIS IS MY SECOND DISNEY CRUISE. The first one in the carribean to their private island. It was so good that we decide to go on another one. This time is was from San Diego to Cabo and Enesanada. Checking on in San Diego was so smooth. No line up. As soon as I arrived in cabin after lunch in buffet, I phoned the conciege and asked for a robe since I was sharing with my daughter and her boyfriend. The bathrooms are super small and there's no where to put your clean clothes after you take off your dirty clothes to shower. I was told that the robes are only for conciege class. I explained about the situation in the bathroom and when I cruised on Disney before they supplied robes no problem. So I went to the desk to ask again, this time for someone in charge. She left me standing there while she went to the back for 10 mins. I told the other person standing there , that "This is a waste of time, how long does it take to ask about a robe". Also there are no slippers. Good thing I bought it from my hotel. I said I gotta go for dinner, I will come back for an answer. I stopped by the room after dinner and surprise, There's a robe. One of the drawers was stuck and after pulling it out it will become jammed. I told the room steward and he pushed it back in and said: It's fixed. Next time I pulled it out, it got stuck again. I informed the steward again when I was heading out and he said he will fix it. Next time i pulled it open , it completely fell out on my foot. This time I phoned the conciege and they sent a maintenace guy to fix it for real. I'm lucky I didn't break my foot. The day before we arrive in Ensenada, we wanted to go to the place where margaritas were invented. I looked it up at home but we didn't have internet on the ship, and I couldn't remember the name of it but I recall the ship did offer a tour there. She told me she didn't have that info and there's no such tour. She told us to find a Starbucks to get internet and we could google it. After walking a couple of miles to find the Starbucks, we found the place. It was right across from where the ship was docked. We were sitting there enjoying our drinks in the courtyard and wondering why the ship doesn't support this place. And surprise the tour arrived from our ship. Do not take the shuttle from the ship in Ensenada. It's supposed to take you into town but we saw it stopped a couple of blocks down the pier. There is not a town and not much to see except the place where we went to. There was a museum which charge $2.00 and then bar which we got margaritas. There's a small market. We got fridge magnets. There's a beautiful cactus garden. But everything else there is not worth to see cause there's nothing to see. We did eat some corn and some pancake, at the little booths that were on the walkway. Nobody spoke English. Lucky for us, my daughter's boyfriend spoke Spanish. Be aware that the charge to use the washrooms. The food on ship at the buffet at lunch was good and the dining at night was very good. Loved the shows. Got to see the lastest Disney movies in 3D if you want. The live shows are really good. Service in dining room was good. Over all the Disney experience was evident on the cruise but the price was triple other cruises to the same places. I expected better service and larger washrooms. We had a cabin at back of the ship on 7th floor. There was so much creaking and weird banging noises that it was extremely hard to sleep. It was every night. This cruise had a lot of kids on it because of spring break. There was an adult only area but there were kids in this area too. Be careful not to trip over them, they run around through you to try to be first in line to see their characters. Don't take this cruise unless you love Disney a lot. If you want to see Mexico, use Holland America. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
By way of background, this is the 3rd cruise my wife and I have been on and second with my 11 year old son (my wife and I took a short Carnival cruise nearly 15 years ago, and our family sailed on RC's Enchantment of the Seas this ... Read More
By way of background, this is the 3rd cruise my wife and I have been on and second with my 11 year old son (my wife and I took a short Carnival cruise nearly 15 years ago, and our family sailed on RC's Enchantment of the Seas this past summer). We had a good time on this cruise, but have come to the conclusion that the extra money you pay for the Disney name probably isn't worth it for us. Cruise was a 5 night Mexican Riviera cruise with stops in Cabo and Ensenada. I should probably also mention that as Southern California residents we've grown up with Disneyland and have made a few trips to Disneyworld, which we love. I wouldn't say we're Disney fanatics, but Disneyworld is definitely our favorite vacation spot. Ship: We liked the layout of the ship, particularly the fact that it was a manageable size. It rarely felt overly crowded. A few parts of the ship (like the main theater) look a little dated, but the renovated areas like the kids' clubs and adult clubs (the pub, the Azure theater) look good as new. I liked the decor of the lounge areas, particularly the Crown and Fin pub. Dining: Eating in 3 different dining rooms was cool. The changes of scenery were nice. The food was underwhelming. A few dishes were really good (like the sea bass at Tiana's), but in general the dishes weren't as good as they looked in the menu descriptions. Service was fine, not exceptional. One thing that would frustrate me was their insistence that the main server present you with the dishes, which often meant food would be brought to the service station and sit there getting colder while the main server was attending to another table. This would happen despite the fact that the head waiter or assistant server were available to serve the food. I was tempted at times to just go and get my own food from the station while it was still warm. Cabanas buffet had decent options and we didn't have too much trouble getting a table. I was more impressed by the service in some of the lounges, where the servers quickly learned what you liked to drink even if you weren't a very regular customer. We ate brunch at Palo, and while the food was very good the service was surprisingly slow. Maybe it was just our server. If I sailed with Disney again I would probably dine there again. Entertainment: We went to most of the major shows. "Frozen" is an excellent show. Matt Baker (juggler/stunt performer/comedian) was great in both his family and "adult" shows. Golden Mickeys had a weak story line and some odd song choices (being on this cruise would make you think "Princess and the Frog" was the most successful film in Disney history. I've never seen it.) We walked out of the magician's show, we just weren't into it. We missed the Enchanted, um, whatever it was. But we heard it was pretty similar to the Golden Mickeys so I don't think we missed out. Trivia and the game shows were definitely highlights. The cruise activities staff were funny and entertaining throughout, and the games were fun. Kids Stuff: Our son spent a fair amount of time at the Edge, and I think he enjoyed it? It was hard to tell. He had no complaints about it, and said he enjoyed the activities. But often when given the choice between doing something at Edge or playing an "adult" trivia game with us (note- they don't seem to enforce the "adult" part at all during the day) he would usually choose to stay with us. He said he liked the counselors. Maybe it's just part of being 11, but it was hard to get much information out of him about the kids' club. He was technically also allowed to go to the Oceaneer Lab, but only went once (he liked the activity, which was science-based). He liked the water slide. Spa/Fitness Center: This was the first time I tried going to a fitness center on a ship. It seemed a bit small (maybe they all are?) but pretty well equipped. My wife and I got a couple's massage at the spa which was nice. The only weird thing was that at one point we tried to go into the massage room from our verandah and found we had been locked outside with no way to communicate with the staff. Good thing neither of us had fallen overboard... I also got the Rain Room pass which had some nice amenities but seemed a bit expensive for what it was. Excursions: We didn't go through the cruise line for either of our excursions. In Cabo we took a snorkeling trip on the Buccaneer Queen, which was cool. It got a little racy at the end when they started pouring shots into people, but for the most part it was a fun trip and the emcee/snorkeling leader was cool. The port at Cabo was fun to walk around once you got past the 5 million people offering you a tour or water taxi. In Ensenada we took a taxi out to Las Canadas Campamento for ziplining and ATV riding, which was my son's favorite part of the whole trip. We practically had the place to ourselves. The zipline/rope bridge course was a blast, and the guides (who were fully bilingual) were nice, very focused on safety and took tons of great pictures with my phone while my son and I did the course. I highly recommend it. Cabin: See review below. All things considered we had a good time, but we came to the conclusion that for our particular family we probably won't sail with Disney in the future. If the cruises were similarly priced then sure, we would do Disney again. But for our family it doesn't make sense to pay a premium for the Disney aspect of the cruise. We don't take pictures with the princesses (which seemed to be happening all hours of the day). If my son was younger then we'd probably consider it, because the atmosphere on the ship is a bit more family-friendly and there are a lot of kid activities. (The flip side of that is that there are a LOT more kids- they are EVERYWHERE on that ship.) But now that my son is more interested in trivia games then taking his picture with Mickey I'd rather save some money and sail with a less expensive line (hopefully with better food) going forward. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose a Disney cruise because we thought it would be an ideal vacation for a couple with toddler. It’s a tough age to keep actively engaged. While the character greetings and related events were spectacular, experiences for toddlers ... Read More
We chose a Disney cruise because we thought it would be an ideal vacation for a couple with toddler. It’s a tough age to keep actively engaged. While the character greetings and related events were spectacular, experiences for toddlers overall were really quite limited. That being said, this alone was not why the magic was missing for us. The stateroom was not in the best shape when we arrived. The safe lock had not been reset (we had to wait for maintenance to reset, which was fine if that was the only issue), the clock alarm had not been reset (getting us up much too early the next day), there was hair on the shower curtain, and a pair of eyeglasses were lost in the cabin (?). The cabin and ship was especially creaky the whole trip. This was not our first cruise...so found it annoying. It negatively impacted our sleep. The restaurant food was good but too hot for our toddler, every time. One would assume that this would be tested before plating. While the service itself was especially friendly, off-putting was the constant requests night after night for an “excellent” rating. It left us feeling soured. We didn’t need to be pushed so much. Maybe just say it once and leave it. As for the food quality outside of the restaurants and buffet, it was really bland. We needed cash for one of the excursions and guest services would only take personal checks (in 2019!). My son and I caught a bad cold by the last day! On balance, this was not the vacation that I hoped for and expected from the magical Disney. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We sailed the Disney Fantasy this past December. There was Disney magic at every turn, we loved it. We are seasoned cruisers, with 75+ cruises. The Disney Wonder, where do I begin? The excellent: The Golden Mickey, Frozen and Dream ... Read More
We sailed the Disney Fantasy this past December. There was Disney magic at every turn, we loved it. We are seasoned cruisers, with 75+ cruises. The Disney Wonder, where do I begin? The excellent: The Golden Mickey, Frozen and Dream shows. The character experiences and the Kids Club. The Bad: Very poor service in dining room, luke warm food to cold food. The taste was terrible. We never had our drinks refilled, pepper offered, minimal interaction with our table. On the Disney Fantasy, the staff are calling your by name, doing magic tricks with the kids etc. The food was very good on the Fantasy and it was served hot. The Cabana's food was just okay, like at a Denny's. Our stateroom host was friendly and kind. Our stateroom 7067 had mold around the tub. Screws falling out from door stops. The walls were beat up. He could never remember what time we had dinner however. Our stateroom would get cleaned about 2:00 pm or after. We would come back after eating at 5:30 and the 8:30 dinner shows and our stateroom would not have been turned down or cleaned from showers taken before dinner. Our ports were Cabo and Ensenada. Our granddaughter did the kids dolphin encounter ($100.00) at Cabo Adventures. She loved it and we loved watching her. The photos's were $300.00 Embarkation and disembarkation were seamless. We have done the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the parks, about six times. On the Disney Fantasy once, and on the Wonder this pass cruise. Oh my, not the experience you pay for on the Wonder. On The Fantasy we bought the three trips into BBB, the pirate day was so fun on the Fantasy. Speaking of Pirate show. The Wonder's pirate night is NOT what you get on the Fantasy. It is one short show and no pirate buffet afterwards. Yes, no turkey legs. On the Fantasy you have a Character pirate show, then a big production of Jack Sparrow and friends show. All pirate buffet. The fireworks were the same. They are now giving you large containers of soap, shampoo and conditioner. No cute pillows on the bed of When you wish upon a star. DCL commands at least a 50% premium. I would NOT sail on the Wonder. I would sail on the Fantasy. No comparison. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
An exceptional (whole family) vacation experience - we highly recommend! The brand name might scare all us 6 star luxury cruises away, (I certainly was for years!), but I will admit Disney delivered a fantastic product for everyone of ... Read More
An exceptional (whole family) vacation experience - we highly recommend! The brand name might scare all us 6 star luxury cruises away, (I certainly was for years!), but I will admit Disney delivered a fantastic product for everyone of us 'kids' (from 3 to 73). The 4 Cabins and Suites we booked were all well appointed, dining was a lot of fun and always delicious, and the entertainment was Disney quality. Surprises for the kids were everywhere on the ship. The product is also VERY expensive when you consider it is not all inclusive - full stop... And you will leave the ship with another 3K in shipboard expenses … But there are enough (adult) spaces to keep the ship classy, and more than enough (child friendly) spaces to keep them all busy and happy - and this is why we were onboard. We all had a wonderful time, a perfect family week escape. Disney delivers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining ... Read More
We were two adults traveling without children that stayed in an inside stateroom on deck 7 midship of the Disney Wonder. We had an amazing experience with superior service and I cannot wait for my next Disney cruise! -The main dining food was superb- many options on the menu! -Our servers in main dining were wonderful- best I’ve ever had on a cruise. They were personable, and very efficient. -Our inside cabin was very comfortable and clean. -Entertainment is high quality. The main stage shows are of a high caliber with Frozen the musical stage show being a highlight. - We enjoyed all the adult entertainment options on the ship! We liked trivia, bingo, crafts, adult only game shows, adult only pool area and the adult only restaurant, Palo. Cruise entertainment staff were very upbeat and personable! - Ports of call were Cabo and Ensenada. -In Cabo we took an excursion to the Breathless all inclusive resort! It was gorgeous and staff were wonderful. -Port of Ensenada we took a wine tasting tour that was fabulous! We LOVED our guide and the countryside was beautiful. This was an amazing cruise and you cannot beat the Disney experience. I have previously sailed on Holland America and Disney beats out Holland in the service and entertainment categories! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We sailed on the Wonder 10 years ago with our then 1 year old and had the most glorious time. We had since cruised on both the Fantasy and Allure of the Seas, so it’s interesting to compare experiences. The Wonder feels very small ... Read More
We sailed on the Wonder 10 years ago with our then 1 year old and had the most glorious time. We had since cruised on both the Fantasy and Allure of the Seas, so it’s interesting to compare experiences. The Wonder feels very small compared with those larger ships. I love that it’s quick to get anywhere on board. We never felt particularly crowded except around the pool. We all felt the ships movement much more than the larger ships but overall I quite liked the size. Just wish there was more space around the pool!! I LOVE the magical Disney touches. Disney music piped in the halls, the horn’s tune, entertainment, themed restaurants. It seemed like most people on the cruise were there primarily for the Disney-ness of it all. Service was good. Not as over the top as it was 10 years ago but still good. We had two major disappointments. Our kids hated the kids club! I couldn’t believe it. Especially my daughter who loves participation in kids activities. She said she couldn’t understand the staff because of their accents. Second was the wifi. My hubby needs to stay connected for work so he bought the highest package of 1000 MB that claimed “will suit all needs including streaming shows”. What a joke! He burned through that in just a couple days of periodic email checking and one hour’s worth of work. And yes, he logged out of the wifi each time. It was also insanely slow. We had perfect wifi when we cruised on the Allure so assumed it would be similar. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was the first time I have sailed with DCL. The Wonder looked beautiful coming off its 2017 refurbishment. 14 nights was a gamble for a cruise line I have never sailed before but Disney lived up to it's reputation for excellence. ... Read More
This was the first time I have sailed with DCL. The Wonder looked beautiful coming off its 2017 refurbishment. 14 nights was a gamble for a cruise line I have never sailed before but Disney lived up to it's reputation for excellence. Of note, this particular cruise had only 300 children aboard. It was a running joke among the crew. It made for what was probably a much quieter cruise experience than typical. Embarkation was simple and for the most part, everyone arrived at their assigned time so it was not insanely crowded. Debarkation was equally as simple and we put our luggage out the night before to have it taken off the ship. It was just myself and my husband on this trip. Food: highlights were the incredible service in the rotational dining and the high quality of the food both in the dining rooms and in the buffet and quick service stops. Was every meal and every menu item amazing? No, but most of them were between “outstanding” to “very good.” You can preview the dinner menus on the DCL onboard app or by stopping outside your dinner location - there's a menu posted. Our servers were so accommodating and friendly and worked extremely hard to deliver a four star experience. The buffet was strongest at lunch. Beautiful options every day and a different variety every day which is hard to do on a 14 night sailing. Breakfast was plentiful and had an omelette station where they would make your order and give you a number, then deliver it to your table. Nice to not stand in line. Cabanas staff was on top of clearing and cleaning. There were always tables available. The quick service and room service were abundant with options - Pete's boiler bites was excellent for shawarma and standard fried fare/burgers and served a specialty every day that was not on the regular menu (chili dogs, Philly cheesesteak, spicy chicken sandwiches), Pinocchios for pizza (it was average), Daisy's Delights for soups, fresh made sandwiches/wraps/paninis, salads and tons of fresh fruit. Truly amazing. Even the self service ice cream was really good - standard chocolate and vanilla and then new flavors rotate into the mix each day. Self-serve ice cream sometimes is icy or has a funny taste, but DCL’s was great. Room service was PLENTIFUL and included in your cruise, and it didn't take more than 20 minutes (although they quote up to 45 minutes.) The best items we had were the buffalo-style chicken wings, BLT, French fries, Mickey ice cream bars and he famous “All Hands On Deck” cheese plate. It was SO easy to pile on the pounds! Pools: the adults-only pool was very crowded on most sea days because there were so few children on board. Their pools and hot tubs have fresh water. I tried the waterslide and it was cute and fun. Cove Cafe is in the adults area and was always populated. They have complimentary pastries throughout the day including rice Krispy treats which I did not see anywhere else onboard. Can’t really comment on the kids areas because we did not have kids with us. Spa: the gym was not crowded - ever. It was well equipped and had all the expected equipment. Entertainment: there’s something for everyone. On this long cruise, there was multiple speciality acts plus their regular nightly shows like Frozen and Disney Dreams. The on board movie theater showed about 7 rotating movies that were all recent releases, some in 3D. There’s also the “Funnel Vision” which is the giant pool-side screen showing movies all day long. And of course, character meets every day. Unlike in the parks, the characters actually take time to meet with you! Can't comment on the kids clubs experience but we did tour them during open houses and they looked incredible. Accommodations: we were in a deluxe Oceanview stateroom on deck 2 aft. The mattress was very, very comfortable. I am a fussy sleeper and I slept so well on this cruise! The split bath is as awesome as everyone says. The room was spotless. Even the bunk bed was comfortable. We did not schedule any port excursions. They just weren't up our alley. We did go to Castaway Cay and it was as beautiful as expected. What really made it all worth it was the outstanding service, from our stateroom hosts to the staff at the pool. There’s literally nothing I had to suggest to make it a better experience (except that the Wonder, unlike all the other Disney ships, does not have the free in-room on demand movies.) We will definitely be back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
For the price, my family and I were disappointed with our first ever Disney Cruise. Pros: 1) We really enjoyed the shows. The Frozen performance, in particular, was spectacular! It was truly Broadway-caliber! 2) The rotating ... Read More
For the price, my family and I were disappointed with our first ever Disney Cruise. Pros: 1) We really enjoyed the shows. The Frozen performance, in particular, was spectacular! It was truly Broadway-caliber! 2) The rotating dinner was very special. You rotate between three restaurants: Triton's, Tatiana's Place, and the Animator's Palate. Each had a different type of cuisine and really amazing decor and ambiance. The multi-media show at Animator's Palate was a highlight of the entire cruise. 3) Overall, the food was better than other cruises we've been on. 4) The service was exceptional (minus the kids' programs) 5) Castaway Cay was breathtaking! Cons: 1) The children's pools were so tiny! My daughter, who loves pools, felt too overwhelmed to even go in them. 2) Now for our biggest complaint. We booked the Disney Cruise because we thought the children's programs would be an area of emphasis for them. We found, however, that they were run more like a babysitting service. There were always several crew members around, but they were extremely unengaged with the kids. My daughter is a very shy, four year old and when I peeked into the Oceaneer Club, she was almost always alone, with the staff just standing around, chatting amongst themselves. The scheduled kids events at the Club were pretty lame. The program on Castaway Cay was even worse! When I went to pick up my daughter, I counted NINE employees standing around, and none of them were interacting with any of the kids. This was not at all what I expected, and definitely not the magical Disney-way I have come to respect. Because of the lack of attention, I signed my daughter up for about 1/3 of the time that I was hoping to. Everyone told me the kiddos are not going to want to leave the Club, but my daughter, honestly, dreaded going and they didn't seem to do anything to help ease her anxiety the four times I dropped her off. Definitely would consider other cruise lines before Disney again, due to the cost and terrible experience with the kids' club. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I was on the Wonder before its last major drydock and at the time, found a few deficiencies. After having been on the Magic last summer, I noticed that Disney has been spending a bit more time taking care of the Wonder and the ship appears ... Read More
I was on the Wonder before its last major drydock and at the time, found a few deficiencies. After having been on the Magic last summer, I noticed that Disney has been spending a bit more time taking care of the Wonder and the ship appears to be in great shape for a 20-year old ship. This cruise featured a relatively unique Southern Caribbean itinerary for Disney, where they spend less than a month a year. Stops included Antigua, Bonaire, Aruba and St.Marteen. Most islands had their charm - with the potential exception of St.Marteen which is still in rough shape one year after Irma. Service in the main dining room was beyond excellent. Great attention to details, and allergy concerns. I made a comment around the food not being to its usual standard on night 3 and let's just say that food quality (and quantity) was not an issue on any other nights afterward. I found the buffet in Cabana to be a little better on the Magic during a European cruise. Food at Cabana's was generally quite overcooked - although no complaints on overall quality and quantity. Our main server team was one of the best we have had. We also met throughout the ship other dining staff that we had on previous cruises and they remembered us. We had brunch and dinner once at Palo and the experience was excellent as always Kids club on Disney is always excellent. This particular cruise had a little less programming than usual - with a bit more open house time. Still plenty to do for kids though. Both the Club and Lab are very modern and have been regularly updated throughout the years. The main Disney shows were good, with the highlight being Frozen. The non-Disney entertainers on this group were ok but I have seen better on other DCL cruises. Photography staff were very friendly and efficient. We recognized a few staff from a previous cruise, and they did recognize us as well - and this led to some great memories. The one area where the Wonder is a bit weaker is on board water activities. Only one main, relatively small pool (for families) and one water slide. Adult area is well maintained with good entertainment and drink options. Loved this DCL cruise and already booked on next year's version of this cruise. Very adequate gym, forward, on Deck 9 with great "bridge-like" views The port of San Juan as an Embarkation port is a bit underwhelming but check-in was very quick and so was boarding once it started. The port is in the midst of major renovations so it will probably look great in a few years from now. On shore excursions, we had 1 excellent one, 2 very good ones, and one so-so. Value for money on some of those wasn't great, but this is typical of cruise lines booked port adventures. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We loved pretty much everything about the cruise we went on. We were a little worried, thinking, how much better can it be over Royal Caribbean. The price was more than double what we could have done on RCI, but our daughter really ... Read More
We loved pretty much everything about the cruise we went on. We were a little worried, thinking, how much better can it be over Royal Caribbean. The price was more than double what we could have done on RCI, but our daughter really wanted to go on a Disney cruise, so we gave it a shot. Well, the saying, you get what you pay for, totally fits in this situation. We flew to San Juan a day early and stayed at Marriott's Stellaris Resort & Casino. The reason we chose this hotel is because it is the hotel that Disney offers transportation from. We met at the Disney desk in the morning, when told to meet, and were relatively quickly put on a tour bus heading to port. When we arrived at port, we were told to NOT get into line. Once everyone was off the bus, we were lead around the huge line of people, directly to the front of the security line. That was a great perk for the transportation. The whole boarding process was WAY smoother than we have ever experienced on RCI or NCL. Mickey and Minnie made an appearance for photos too. The ship, although ~20 years old, was extremely well maintained. It looked pretty much perfect all over. While we were onboard, there was activity from the staff to fix random things, keeping everything looking good. Their activity was never in the way though. Our cabin was 6142. The cabin itself was great. The layout was really nice, with plenty of room. The bed was a lot better than any other cruise for us. Our daughter slept on the pull out sofa, which was actually quite comfortable. This cabin has the Navigator's Verandah, so it was surrounded by metal walls and did not have a glass railing, but metal. It was still very nice, with plenty of room to see around. The only negative I have about the cabin was the noise. We never herd noise from other cabins, but we heard noise and felt a lot of vibration each time we came into port and left port. I am pretty sure it was every time the side propulsion was used to move the ship sideways. Our cabin host was fantastic, and always figured out our schedule to get in when were not there and be done before we came back. A few days, we had pretty odd schedules and assumed we would run into her, but we never did. Our dining attendants were also fantastic. Not only was the service impeccable, but the food was also amazing. Our waiter pretty much demanded that we order everything that we think we might like, so we had several meals each night. Everything we had was very good, and we are pretty picky eaters. Our daughter became a big fan of Pete's Boiler Bites, so would sometimes skip dinner, but was still with us. They made her feel right at home and did not make her feel bad for not eating in the dining room. The entertainment was a lot better than we expected. The acting/singing/dancing was similar to what you would see on Broadway. The character experiences were really great as well. Not only the planning/intervals of them coming out, but also the actual characters. They didn't just stand there and be in a pic. They interacted with each person as they came up through the line. The southern Caribbean is great, and the ports are very nice. We had a great time at each port. We made excursion plans through Disney on all but one port. During the St. Maarten excursion, which was through Disney, the only complaint I have is that we were handed off 3 or 4 times to different representatives, who didn't really make it clear what we were doing. We were just following them, but during the hand-off, communication would have decreased the confusion. We absolutely loved it, did the $250 future cruise booking, and are already planning another. That should speak for itself. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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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