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This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL. The check-in process in Miami was impressive. The reception area was very welcoming and there were even character "meets" for photos. It was the best way to kick off the voyage. There was absolutely no hitches and it was completely painless. Embarking the ship was also very simple and as soon as we entered the main lobby we were welcomed with a loud-speaker welcome to our family with accompanying applause. Brilliant! Once on the ship, between 12pm and 1pm, it did get hairy as there was so much excitement and people everywhere. Be sure to research your carry-on and dressing choices for embarkation as well as dining alternatives (avoid the buffet if possible if you arrive at the time we did). The pools/water areas were understandably packed so we strolled throughout the ship. Once folks started getting the alls-clear for their cabins it was fine. The cruise shows were amazing and always entertaining for all ages. We never had a hard time finding a good seat but we always tried to arrive about 10 min early. There was always something to do and the daily navigator newsletter really helped plan the events. There is literally not enough time to do everything. The activities ranged from dancing and singing to arts and crafts as well as games. So much to do. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Walking around the ship day and night was pleasure and as I mentioned before the ship does not look old and is impeccably well maintained. The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went. Disembarkation was a breeze. What an amazing cruise. So many people we talk to say that Disney Cruises are expensive compared to the others but the old adage of "you get what you pay for" really shines through. If you dissect the numbers you will you see the value in it (non-alcholic beverages are free and readily available at drink stations and you are allowed to bring your own bottles of alcohol for your personal "in-room" consumption - all that you can carry)! Be sure to book your next trip on-board to take advantage of 10% discount and some great on-board credit.

Better Than We Could Ever Imagine!

Disney Wonder Cruise Review by rmm3313

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
This was our first cruise as a family and the grandparents came along for the trip as well. We were on a 5 night Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay aboard the Disney Wonder leaving from Miami, FL.

The check-in process in Miami was impressive. The reception area was very welcoming and there were even character "meets" for photos. It was the best way to kick off the voyage. There was absolutely no hitches and it was completely painless.

Embarking the ship was also very simple and as soon as we entered the main lobby we were welcomed with a loud-speaker welcome to our family with accompanying applause. Brilliant!

Once on the ship, between 12pm and 1pm, it did get hairy as there was so much excitement and people everywhere. Be sure to research your carry-on and dressing choices for embarkation as well as dining alternatives (avoid the buffet if possible if you arrive at the time we did). The pools/water areas were understandably packed so we strolled throughout the ship. Once folks started getting the alls-clear for their cabins it was fine.

The cruise shows were amazing and always entertaining for all ages. We never had a hard time finding a good seat but we always tried to arrive about 10 min early. There was always something to do and the daily navigator newsletter really helped plan the events. There is literally not enough time to do everything. The activities ranged from dancing and singing to arts and crafts as well as games. So much to do.

The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went.

Walking around the ship day and night was pleasure and as I mentioned before the ship does not look old and is impeccably well maintained.

The kids clubs were great for kids and adults. Our kids (7 and 4 years old) would ask incessantly to go day and night. It gave us a sort-of date night/day every time they went.

Disembarkation was a breeze.

What an amazing cruise. So many people we talk to say that Disney Cruises are expensive compared to the others but the old adage of "you get what you pay for" really shines through. If you dissect the numbers you will you see the value in it (non-alcholic beverages are free and readily available at drink stations and you are allowed to bring your own bottles of alcohol for your personal "in-room" consumption - all that you can carry)!

Be sure to book your next trip on-board to take advantage of 10% discount and some great on-board credit.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Cabin 04E 8092
Once we settled in our cabin we were completely in awe at the appointments and details. The ship in fact was over 15 years old and it showed no signs of its age. The cabin was gorgeous. We splurged and paid for the Category 4 cabin and it was a great add-on. Was the extra space necessary compared to a category 5 cabin - not really - but it was an added plus for a "few" bucks.

One of my biggest worries was the bed and I have to say that the mattresses were amazingly comfortable. The adults were extremely pleased and relieved.

The balcony was solid white wall which was a problem for small kids but it was acceptable and usually not an issue. The best thing about our cabin was that it had access to the buffet and drink station upstairs via a seemingly "secret staircase" right around the corner from our cabin. This was an amazing plus.
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