Disney Wonder Cruise Review by YagsFL
- Sail Date: February 2014
- Destination: Bahamas
First, getting on the boat is the easiest and fastest of any Cruise we have been on. We were on the boat less than 30 minutes from arriving to the Port. Very efficient.
However, my first disappointment was there was no welcome drink, or even anyone asking you to buy a drink. I had to go to the pool bar to get one, as there were no waiters anywhere around on the pool deck - this was throughout the cruise - I guess they are not there to make money on alcohol, and if you want it, then they figure you will go get it ...
Another downside - There was no 'Navigator' in the room the first day. We had to go down to Guest Services to get the Navigator so we could see what activities were on the boat that first day. We did receive the Navigator for every other day in our room.
The shows were pretty good - 3 Disney Shows and 1 Magic Show - they were more for the kids, but still enjoyable.
The Port Stops were good - Nassau was the same as any Nassau stop on any cruise. Key West caused a little headache, since the cruise went to the Bahamas first, you have to go through immigration on the boat before you can get off in Key West. Make sure you get in line early, and bring something to entertain your kids, as it's about a 20-30 minutes of standing in line to get the sticker on your Cruise Card - you can't get off the boat until you have this sticker.
Their private island was very nice - nicer and bigger than the RCL Island we've been on, though we had a rainstorm at 11 AM for the rest of the day, so we didn't see everything.
The Dining was pretty good. The meals were OK - I'd say 3-3.5 star - I think the food is better on other cruises - especially the deserts. Triton's and Animator's Palate had better food than the other Dining Room. Our waiters were fantastic though - they really made our experience at dinner enjoyable every night!
Other disappointments included the lack of any party type atmosphere - even late night in the adults section there wasn't much going on for the adults, what was going on was pretty tame - not really any live music to just hang out and relax to - unless you like Disco - they did have some of that.
Also they kept changing the movie schedule, we planned to watch Frozen at 5:30 on Friday, however due to rain they decided to change that to Thursday @ 2:30 PM, which we didn't make as we just watched a movie from 12-2 PM that day before they announced the change, and then changed the Friday Frozen movie to the movie we had just seen. So we never did get the see Frozen, which we really wanted to see. We did see Saving Mr Banks, which is a good movie. However, outside the theater they charge like $4 for popcorn - which comes out of a popcorn machine and probably cost them $0.30 ... that was a little cheesy. I also bought a beer, but then when out an hour into the movie to grab another, only to find the vendor had left.
Getting off the boat was very easy as well. They give you an assigned early breakfast time in the place you had dinner the previous night (around 6:45-7 AM for first seating and 7:45-8 AM for 2nd seating). After that you simply just walk off the boat - took only minutes to get to our car in the garage.
Overall it was a pretty good cruise, though I expected more in your face Disney. The boat was not has bright colored as I expected and unless you looked at the Navigator for the exact time/location of the charectors, you would not generally see any of them around the boat. It was nice to go on a Disney Cruise once, we did go with our 5 year old nephew - but I don't see us paying the money for another Disney Cruise in the future.
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