Disney Wonder Cruise Review by yowfflyer
- Sail Date: March 2016
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
This was a 4-night cruise from Miami, with stops as Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West on the Disney Wonder
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This is an interesting, "introductory" cruise, and better than the 3-night Castaway Cay/Nassau cruise from Port Canaveral. You have a bit more time to do things, and Key West is a great place to visit (much more so than Nassau). Castaway Cay is always fun but as we were there at low tide, bottom algaes were a bit of an issue. Nassau is Nassau. As this was one of the busiest day from a cruise ship perspective, we elected to go on a port adventure rather than risking doing something on our own. Port adventures in Nassau are overpriced, especially if electing to go to Atlantis, which is starting to be past its prime (the Aquarium). After two cruises, I am starting to feel that a 5-night cruise with at least one day at sea would be ideal for us as it gives you a bit more time to enjoy the ship
The food was above average to excellent, especially for dinner. I found the food to be better than on the Disney Dream at dinner time. Breakfast is a little bit of a different story. The Wonder is a relatively small ship and the buffet area is small, with more limited options (The Dream was much more impressive in that regard). I strongly recommend that one goes to Triton for breakfast for a more formal sit-down breakfast. Quality is superior. The quick snacks option offered decent choices and service was quick
The night time shows are ok, and some of the shows are presented on more than one Disney ships. For example, the Golden Mickeys is also shown on the Dream (ok show). The one thing about the Wonder is that it showcases "Dreams" which is probably one of the best Disney Cruise production. Toy Story was ok, but not as good as I expected. One night featured a comedian/magician that I did not watch. There are other entertainment options such as movies (got to see Zootopia), clubs, game-nights,... Entertainment is at the very least adequate and I found better than on the Dream
The Wonder is set for a major refurbished and this is one area that I think needs improvement, especially when compared to the Dream. First the "Club" and the "Lab" have totally separate check-in areas and are technically separate from each other. Décor is a bit older and not as impressive as one would experience on the Dream. Programming was good and activities plentiful
Even though the Wonder is an older ship, I found the cabin to be well-maintained and in good shape. We had one minor engineering issue which was quickly fixed. I much prefer the balconies and views on the Dream than the Wonder, but found the Wonder to be more stable and provide better sleep quality
Compared to many other ships in the industry, and compared to the Disney Dream or Fantasy, the Disney Wonder is a relatively small ship and it is set for a major overhaul this Fall. I much preferred the larger open space on the top deck of the Dream, than the split deck that you have on the Wonder, as it creates 3 relatively small areas. On the flip side, the smaller size provides for a more intimate experience in the dining rooms (Triton, Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate). Unless you know that this is an older ship, you don't really notice it, except for a few areas of the ship such as the Kids club and the fact that the entertainment/dining experience is not as modern. We found the ride to be smooth, even though we went through at least one storm.
The fact that we go through Key West before reaching our final destination (Miami) means that we have to go through Immigration procedures in both Key West and Miami. It is mildly annoying, and results in slightly less time in Key West. Probably would not be an issue if Key West was the first Port of Call.
All in this was a very enjoyable cruise on a fine ship. It is going to be interesting to see what Disney does to this ship as part of the overhaul. My understanding is that there will be a focus on the dining areas, kids clubs as well as an upgrade to the furniture. If this is the focus, then the Wonder will move from being a great ship to an excellent ship
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The cabin itself was quite comfortable and did accommodate (with ample space for storage and movement) 4 adults and 1 child. The only item requiring improvement is the couch which needs to be replaced (hard and lumpy- but was comfortable as a bed).
We had one engineering issue during our stay (toilet) which was promptly fixed by staff.
Noise was not an issue
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Castaway CayCastaway Cay is always nice, with just the right mix of activities, beach, retail and the traditional lunch time BBQ. Enjoyment of Castaway Cay is very weather dependent and we had perfect beach weather on the day of our visit. We were at low tide, so algaes on the floor were a bit of an issue. Water temperature was reasonable for this time of yearView All 460 Castaway Cay Cruise Port Reviews
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Key WestA great way to get an orientation on Key West and see sights that might be of interest. A bit on the pricey side, but worth itView All 1,834 Key West Cruise Port Reviews
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MiamiMiami is the embarkation point for this cruise. There is plenty to do in Miami but actual port excursions are mostly limited to transportationsView All 2,457 Miami Cruise Port Reviews
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NassauThe most interesting part was actually the narrated tour to/from Atlantis. Although the Aquarium is in an interesting setting, it is getting old and is not that impressive anymore. For the price charged, this is pretty much a total waste of moneyView All 5,967 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
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