My college friends and I like to travel together, and this trip had us sailing the high seas to Alaska on board the Disney Wonder. It’s been about a couple of weeks since we left the ship, and frankly, we can’t wait to take another Disney cruise!
Pre-cruise days in Vancouver: We really recommend going to Grouse Mountain for a Breakfast with Bears excursion. It was great since it turned out to be the only time we saw bears. The orphaned and rehabilitated bears casually did their morning business (ahem!) in front a lot of excited humans before moseying down and grabbing the apples, yams and carrots that we threw into their enclosures. After taking a great many pix of the bears, we headed to eat our own buffet breakfast in a nearby yurt. The food was great and it was even a character experience as Grouse Mountain's own character bear showed up for pix with the entire group. Loved the bear ears on a headband or honey gifts that were given as a momento of this experience!
Embarkation: It was relatively organized and we got on board in less than an hour. You need to remember that Disney allows you to bring aboard 2 wine bottles or liquor in your CARRYON, but the airlines requires you to put the alcohol in your LUGGAGE. As long as you don't confuse the two, you will have a trip with no regrets (unlike me).
In the beginning, we had minor issues with our room (the bed needed to be separated into 2 twin beds and the beverage cooler wasn't cold), but Guest Services took care of those issues within a few hours and called numerous times to make sure that we were satisfied. There was a lot of storage space between the closet, drawers and space under the bed. I unzipped my suitcase so it unfolded like an open book and slid the whole thing under my bed. It worked like a big drawer and it came in handy when I went to re-pack at the end of the cruise since it stayed mostly packed. There were a lot of small, special touches about the room, such as: the coffee table had a lever which moved it up and down; curtains for privacy between the living room and bedroom areas; TV swiveled out so you can see it from your bed; and there was a retractable clothesline over tub in the bathroom.The room is next to the DVC conference rooms and overall is pretty quiet. We liked the location since we just had to walk down a flight of stairs each night from the Cadillac Lounge. Also, it was great on port days since the meeting places were usually in one of the bars on Deck 3 right above our room. The ramps for exiting the ship on port days were located on either Decks 1 or 3 so we had an easy time quickly getting on and off the ship. We would choose to stay on this deck again due to the convenience of its location. We would probably change the cabin to one in the middle of the ship, however, since it is quite a walk to the other end of the ship especially when you're in a hurry.