Sail Date: February 2018
I was invited at the last minute to join a friend. We had an inside cabin on deck 5. I usually sail balconies, so I was a bit weary. Cabin was great, amenities great, Service second to none. Any issues that did arise were dealt with ... Read More
I was invited at the last minute to join a friend. We had an inside cabin on deck 5. I usually sail balconies, so I was a bit weary. Cabin was great, amenities great, Service second to none. Any issues that did arise were dealt with promptly most times. One thing I felt like on my recent cruises with the other lines (Celebrity mostly) was that I was a burden to the staff, the buffet area was always messy, took forever to get things cleaned. Not so on the Disney Wonder. EVERY member of the staff had a smile wherever we met them, no matter what their position. Food was good. Buffet selection had items that many other cruise lines have largely cut back on (fresh smoked salmon, sushi). The future cruise booking desk was the one thing that Disney really needs to work on. Hours were not sufficient, one person couldn't keep up with the line. Drinks were a lot less than on other ships and the fact that you can bring wine in at every port compensated for the fact that they do not offer drink packages in my opinion. Embarkation was sub-par to Disney Standards, apparently due to issues with the terminal in Puerto Rico. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this sailing for the unique Southern Caribbean itinerary on Disney, and then stayed on the ship as it repositioned back to Port Canaveral. We have done many DCL cruises, and we know more crew on this ship than any other DCL ship. ... Read More
We chose this sailing for the unique Southern Caribbean itinerary on Disney, and then stayed on the ship as it repositioned back to Port Canaveral. We have done many DCL cruises, and we know more crew on this ship than any other DCL ship. Natalie Bailey was our Cruise Director, bringing a genuine enthusiasm that made you want to be in the Walt Disney Theatre each evening. Captain Robert even mingled with passengers and made time for everyone at the Captain’s signing. He came up to us at the Captain’s reception and spent a minute or two discussing swales in the North Sea. (We had one night of rough seas and I compared the experience to the North Sea, knowing the North Sea is unique in this regard). The officers set the tone, and the crew delivered. By “crew” I mean the servers. assistant servers, stateroom host and hostesses, club hosts and all those we interact with around the ship. Our sever/assistant server team was one of the best we have ever had - Nebo from Croatia and Levy from South Africa. These guys were friendly, engaging, and made our main dining a great experience. We were seated at a table by ourselves as our original tablemates did not want a shared table (without ever meeting us). We ended up chatting with the couple next to us, and the server team discreetly asked each of us if we would like to share a table. The answer was “yes” and we made some good friends over the two cruises and will keep in touch. We ran into several other couples we have cruised with in the past. DCL has gotten so much better at catering to empty nesters. Rotational dining was at its best on this cruise. Tiana’s place may be the best concept for a main dining restaurant on DCL. A great menu, with live entertainment, and a Mardie Gras parade to top off all of the fun! We also prefer Animator’s Palette on the classic ships, (without the Crush segment). Our Palo server, Sasha, was just outstanding. I confess we have known Sasha since a Mediterranean cruise in 2007. Don’t be in a rush in Palo. Enjoy a two hour culinary experience, whether it be brunch or dinner. I did ask they cut back the portions a bit so we could taste a few different items without being stuffed to the gills! The ship was in top shape. I used the public restrooms a few times and noted to the attendant that the bathroom looked like it had just come out of dry dock - they were that clean. Azure is a great venue, as is the Crown and Fin Pub. The Southern Caribbean itinerary - San Juan, Antigua, St. Lucie, Bonaire and Aruba - is a favorite for us. Each island is unique. Embarkation in San Juan is a bit spotty. The Marriott didn’t seeme to have its act together on luggage pick-up (which happened late, around 10:30-11:30 am) and our luggage arrived later to our stateroom than we have ever experienced. Antigua has beautiful beaches, as does Aruba. St. Lucie is so beautifully scenic. Bonaire was a first for us and DCL. We weren’t thrilled with our beach experience, but the scuba passengers seemed to enjoy the island. We were impressed to see a large group of locals and their children seeing the Wonder off as we pulled away. Shipboard entertainment from the Walt Disney Theatre performers to the Club Host in Azure was outstanding. The Frozen show was one of the most clever, well done shows on DCL. The performances were terrific (Broadway quality), and the technical effects were exceptionally well done, taking full advantage of the theatre. The comedians and variety acts were really good, especially Heath Hychee! We had a blast, mostly because of the people we interacted with on the cruise, from the officers, crew and fellow passengers. I never give DCL high marks on value, although pricing for this itinerary was more reasonable than a recent Christmas cruise. We truly enjoy the DCL expeierence and it is worth the premium to us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We had an amazing time the shows are amazing better than some broadway. The children had a great time. We had more trouble booking the cruise, getting our luggage and trying to sign up for the tea party. You really do not need to do the ... Read More
We had an amazing time the shows are amazing better than some broadway. The children had a great time. We had more trouble booking the cruise, getting our luggage and trying to sign up for the tea party. You really do not need to do the tea party a lot of money and you can meet the princesses and have pictures free you just n need to get that ticket. MY biggest complaint the youngest not quite potty trained they had NO pool for his age they had a very small area where he could run through the water, he swims in our pool and that was a little tricky to explain, the nursery is nice for b babies not a lot geared to the child that is a little older. The children activities were great for 3 and older. The staff on the ship were awesome. We tried to book our cabins together when we booked the one next to us was available but they said no children on balconies ok fine good idea except our neighbors had a 3 year old. On other cruises they had bands for the children with parents cabin number in case they got separated was surprised Disney did not. It was a great experience our family had a good time but would not go again until the younger one can participate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I have been on 3 Carnival Cruises before I had kids and always loved them, however this time wanted to try the Disney Cruise with my 3 year old boy and husband. The reason why I did not like the Disney Cruise is because surprisingly ... Read More
I have been on 3 Carnival Cruises before I had kids and always loved them, however this time wanted to try the Disney Cruise with my 3 year old boy and husband. The reason why I did not like the Disney Cruise is because surprisingly they did not offer any good entertainment for the kids! No fun activities to do! I know it may seem hard to believe but its true!! I expected a lot more from Disney! The entertainment available for kids is basically a daycare they can be in all day and play in the toy story looking room and draw, play video games and play with staff. NO comedy shows available any of the days! NO different bands playing No characters walking around- had to make long lines NO fun activities My son does not attend daycare so he was too scared to stay in the daycare without us and they only offered very little opportunities for parents to be in there with children. The activities available if you didn't want to leave in daycare where to stand in hour or 2 hour lines to take pictures with characters throughout the day which was not how we wanted to spend our day. Compared to carnival cruise, Disney cruise did not offer any comedy shows or different bands playing different types of music only had same 2 musicians playing boring music. Classes on how to fold towels in animal shapes available every day or played the same movies in theater or big screen for all the days. Not enough staff I guess to provide entertainment. Even the character appearances was only 1 character available at certain time and when they all came out would be for 30 min times. Puppet show & pirate party was good but frozen show was only for girls. I did not like that they had princess characters available for pics every day several times a day but for boy characters like Spider Man & Captain America only 2 day, 1 time slot and one of those days was when everyone is off the boat. It was too cold to in the pool and didn't like they forced everyone out of the pool so everyone could use restrooms, we didn't need to go but they would kick everyone out. Staff was amazing and nice but nothing to do.. Save your money! Kids will have fun on other regular cruise! Going back to Carnival for sure.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
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
4 Helpful Votes
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: November 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 service. ... 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
Disney Wonder Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
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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