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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically ... Read More
This was my first (and probably last) Disney cruise. I had been lead to believe that Disney is a step up from other mainline cruises (my experience there is Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean), but other than the specifically Disney events (shows, characters, etc.), it wasn't any better. I understand that the Wonder had been recently in dry dock and the cabins and public areas looked very fresh. My cabin was much better than Royal Caribbean, about the same as Holland America and not as nice as Princess. Our cabin host (what happened to steward/stewardess?) was great. The food was generally blah. They always had fancy descriptions on the menu, but nothing was as good as it was described. Very little seasoning. I understand the children's menu being bland, but expected more from the main menu. The quality of the ingredients was uneven. Actually enjoyed the food in Cabanas more than the dining rooms as my expectations weren't as high. Had a steak in Palo and it wasn't worth the $30 surcharge. I didn't participate in many enrichment (2 lecturers) or entertainment activities, so I won't comment there. It seemed to be that everyone who is a member of the Cult of Mickey did enjoy the entertainment!! Embarkation in San Diego was fine. Disembarkation in Galveston, not so much!! Not many crew to be seen and some passengers deciding that they didn't need to go to the back of the line. Disney appears to be great for families with young to tween children and adults who are Disney fans, but isn't worth the increase in per diem for those adults who aren't especially Disney fans. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea ... Read More
Disney did it well with having Captain Ken Puckett (former Panama Canal pilot boat captain) and Ron Clements (animator and director of many wonderful animated Disney movies, including Moana and The Little Mermaid) give lectures during sea days. There were also movies shown related to Ron Clements' lectures, animation classes, other Disney movies, Disney shows, cooking classes, hide and go seek for the ship's officers, live music and concerts, many other entertainment acts, trivia and all the usual Disney activities that are on shorter cruises. I did not enjoy the rap and millennial music that they played for some of the sail aways and Pirate Night Party. The food in the three restaurants has gone downhill, since cruising Wonder in January, for some of the meals, including the desserts. You definitely couldn't tell what they were by their descriptions. I ordered the spaghetti and turkey meatballs from the children's menu and the Mickey bar one night since you can order from it as well if needed. The breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent. I wasn't impressed with the restaurant for breakfast and brunch either. The food was just okay and took a long time before it was served. Our waitstaff, Elizabeth from Mexico and Levi from South America, were excellent! Disney Wonder is my favorite Disney ship with an easy flow to her. Our Navigator's balcony was a decent size. The balcony was smaller than normal, but was protected from the rain and had a working temperature gauge and barametor. The officers, cast members (staff, stewards, waitstaff, etc.) and guests (passengers) were friendly and fun to interact with. There were a lot less guests than usual and children due to the two week cruise. This was a major plus since there were seats available for the performances, movies, etc. The buffets flowed easily for both breakfast and lunch. There is no longer a dinner buffet. Instead there is a dining area, with wait staff and food prepared there,in Cabanas with a similar menu, with a few less choices, that you can go to as you please during certain dinner hours. We didn't try it. The highlight of the cruise was going through the Panama Canal. All I can say is,"Wow!", what an incredible experience it was! Our cruise began in San Diego, California. We visited Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cartagena, Columbia, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, arriving in Galveston, Texas. This is a must do cruise! You'll have many magical memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Disney has always been on top of our lists in terms of quality and ability to exceed our expectations. We enjoy their movies, Disneyland and merchandise. Cruises now are part of that list. This was our first cruise with Disney while ... Read More
Disney has always been on top of our lists in terms of quality and ability to exceed our expectations. We enjoy their movies, Disneyland and merchandise. Cruises now are part of that list. This was our first cruise with Disney while cruising with several other cruise lines--approximately 10 other cruises. The Disney cruise exceeded all of our previous cruises. While on board we reserved 4 cabins for the rest of our family--especially our 6 grand kids. We want all of them to enjoy the entertainment, service, and overall fantastic experiences of Disney cruises. We enjoyed many things offered on board but also what wasn't--no casinos, and less emphasis on bars and alcohol. The rooms with two room bathrooms were great and I am sure those with small children enjoy having a bathtub. Changing dining rooms every night was a great touch. Dinner meals were average but to be over looked by great breakfast and lunch buffets. Crispy Cream doughnuts was nice touch. So was unlimited shrimp at lunch. There were many play areas for children but also adult only areas were great also. The specialty food areas with pizza, hamburgers/sausages, and unlimited soft serve ice cream among other favorites at lunch were great. Talked to some on board who were multi-cruise participants and one that had been on 47 Disney cruises. Loved the 10 different lectures on the Panama Canal by an expert on its histroy and current uniqueness. Also became an animation fan from 10 lectures by lead animator and director of Mauna, Pricincess and the Frog as well as 6 other Disney films. By far I would recommend Disney cruises to everyone even those without children with them--which we were on this cruise Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose cruise for 2 grandkids, 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. Swimming pools much too small for numbers of kids. Felt like large, crowded bath tubs. Show are at 6 and 8:30 pm. If want to eat and see show at the other time, it's a problem with this ... Read More
Chose cruise for 2 grandkids, 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. Swimming pools much too small for numbers of kids. Felt like large, crowded bath tubs. Show are at 6 and 8:30 pm. If want to eat and see show at the other time, it's a problem with this age kid. Dinner at 6 makes show at 8:30 too late and show at 6, dinner at 8:30 is too late. Only other place to eat is in buffet restaurant where you can choose your own time. But this is a set menu at night for some strange reason. Also, it was closed on the 1st and last night of 5 night cruise so the option was unavailable for 2 night. Why require restaurant dining in a cruise for kids with china and glass table settings. There were a couple of other very small eating options and food was awful, e.g. dry, well done hamburger with slice of cheese placed on it after it's been on the grill. Disembarkation was very slow. Service in dining room and cabins was excellent. Food very average. Read Less
Disney Wonder Ratings
Category Editor Member
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 4.0
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.5

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