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Disney Wonder Review

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Review for Disney Wonder to Alaska
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Jun 2015
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
Traveled with children

My family's first cruise experience was a big success on the Disney Wonder. The service on this cruise line stands among the best I've experienced on any vacation. The Wonder's multi-national staff behaved professionally and politely, while maintaining a consistently friendly demeanor. I ascribe this to Disney's service system where you get the same staff members assigned to your stateroom and dining table throughout the trip. Further, the rotational dining for dinner facilitates promptness and the set dining times allow your stateroom host (in charge of housekeeping, etc) to get a pretty good idea of the best timing to clean your stateroom.

My first impression was an eye roll at the beginning because the opening presentation seemed more like a commercial for the cruise (that we'd already booked) vs. a show. That said, it was probably my day 1 cynicism in effect. As the cruise progressed, however, it was easy to relax and just have fun. I was surprised at how much our 9 year old like the Oceaneer's club and Oceaneer's lab. The wrist band sign in - sign out system for the kids is very reassuring. Likewise, the ship's portable "wave phones" are a great feature for allowing children a little autonomy while still having a means to communicate.

A few observations for people who've never taken this cruise:

Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

Our stateroom was more spacious than I'd expected and had a very efficient layout. Comfortable queen bed and fold-down futon couch. Small flatscreen TV, but it played not only Disney cartoon movies but other recent run films and sports.

Split bathrooms -- one with sink and toilet, another with sink and shower. Hot water consistently. Plenty of storage space. Stateroom was consistently clean, and had a privacy curtain between the two sections of the room. We had a window, which made for some great views cruising through ice flows and past the Alaska landscape. A verandah might have been nice, but I didn't choose one for two reasons: a, it's pretty cold, and b, the verandah's are among the few smoking areas on the ship; so you might end up dealing with some second hand smoke (or, if you do smoke, then, yeah, you'll want the verandah room).

Port Reviews

Vancouver

We drove to Vancouver and used the parking facility attached to the port. After a little bit of initial confusion regarding where to go check in (the elevator we first took stopped at a floor labeled "cruise ship" but didn't actually provide access to the cruise terminal) it became pretty easy to check in. Disney cruise staff were very helpful and overall it was a good experience. Restaurants close by also made it convenient to go grab lunch before boarding.

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