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We spent 4 days doing the Disney parks and left the Polynesian (where we had H2O raining from the bathroom ceiling; older hotel, would not rebook it) by Disney Cruise bus (one of our three daughters got bus sick; not a good omen). Checking in and embarking was seamless and our Family cabin (8020) was clean, but a little tight (esp. with the three extra beds in the down position). Nice to have balcony (but would have preferred more s/f) and split bath helped out. Our cabin was near front bank of elevators and worked out well for us, though we lived out of suitcases (as storage for 5 was tight). Sailaway was fun and the meals were decent; waitstaff was great [thx Nondu]. The crew members were fantastic, with most all of them calling our daughters "princess" at every opportunity. One of my daughters got selected as an honorary crew member for pin trading, which made her smile ear to ear. Our favorite crew member, Pikey (Asst. Cruise Director) got another daughter practice time on a piano and invited the 5 of us to a special meet and greet with the characters. All personal touches. Seems as though they strive to do something to make each child feel special. Our kids did not do much in the kids programs, but we heard they are good. Highlights and recommendations the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon in Nassau (our girls, 4, 7 and 8 all participated) [try to be last and be sure to order video and photo package]; the Pirate Party on deck at night (characters on zip lines and fireworks, a great time); most everything on Castaway Cay (great spot); the stage Shows (Toy Story was super); and the bottomless soft serve ice cream machine (the kids' favorite); and the family greeting (announcement) on arriving on board and the requisite towel animals were nice touches (makes that credit card bill easier to swallow). Dad also found most of the other Dads on deck, late at night, in deck chaises, watching sports on the big, big screen. Disembarking involved some lines, but moved quickly enough. Though cabin a tad tight for 5 (the only non suite category that allows 5), and trip a bit pricey, was memorable and worth it (at least once). Would highly recommend Disney Cruise Line (kudos to DCL, well done, on several levels.

Land versus Sea? Kids' (and parents') vote? Sea wins!

Disney Wonder Cruise Review by Johnny Pie

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2008
  • Destination: Bahamas
We spent 4 days doing the Disney parks and left the Polynesian (where we had H2O raining from the bathroom ceiling; older hotel, would not rebook it) by Disney Cruise bus (one of our three daughters got bus sick; not a good omen). Checking in and embarking was seamless and our Family cabin (8020) was clean, but a little tight (esp. with the three extra beds in the down position). Nice to have balcony (but would have preferred more s/f) and split bath helped out. Our cabin was near front bank of elevators and worked out well for us, though we lived out of suitcases (as storage for 5 was tight). Sailaway was fun and the meals were decent; waitstaff was great [thx Nondu]. The crew members were fantastic, with most all of them calling our daughters "princess" at every opportunity. One of my daughters got selected as an honorary crew member for pin trading, which made her smile ear to ear. Our favorite crew member, Pikey (Asst. Cruise Director) got another daughter practice time on a piano and invited the 5 of us to a special meet and greet with the characters. All personal touches. Seems as though they strive to do something to make each child feel special. Our kids did not do much in the kids programs, but we heard they are good. Highlights and recommendations the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon in Nassau (our girls, 4, 7 and 8 all participated) [try to be last and be sure to order video and photo package]; the Pirate Party on deck at night (characters on zip lines and fireworks, a great time); most everything on Castaway Cay (great spot); the stage Shows (Toy Story was super); and the bottomless soft serve ice cream machine (the kids' favorite); and the family greeting (announcement) on arriving on board and the requisite towel animals were nice touches (makes that credit card bill easier to swallow). Dad also found most of the other Dads on deck, late at night, in deck chaises, watching sports on the big, big screen. Disembarking involved some lines, but moved quickly enough. Though cabin a tad tight for 5 (the only non suite category that allows 5), and trip a bit pricey, was memorable and worth it (at least once). Would highly recommend Disney Cruise Line (kudos to DCL, well done, on several levels.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8020
Tight for five [not much floor space when all beds are down]; nice balcony; decent location; relatively quiet; appreciated the split bathroom and the Mickey wake up calls.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon was great (memorable); too short and somewhat expensive (not as bad as prices for similar event at Atlantis though). However, while not dangerous, the denizens outside the cruise terminal are rough around the edges. The guy who sold us a big conch shell ($5) was guzzling Bud talls. One of ladies braiding my daughter's hair got served with legal papers (was boyfriend stalking not health, whew) and got in a big shouting match with the process server. Upset the kids and then I had to argue the price of the beading. So, cancelled the shopping plans and went back aboard. My tip: If getting off with kids in Nassau, do an organized and led excursion; stay away from downtown and the erratic locals. (also, Dads and Moms: The beading is cheaper on Castaway Cay than Nassau, f.y.i., who knew?).
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