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Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from the beginning with a Happy anniversary card inside our cabin to a special dessert at the first dinner to a special invite to meet and greet with the characters. This was my 2nd trip to Alaska on the Wonder, the first time with my twin sis. We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady. Really enjoyed the updates and refit of the new Disney Wonder after its dry dock. Just a few notes to those of you coming back, as I did, for the 2nd time to Alaska. With the changes that happened to Wonder in dry dock one of them is at the aft buffet Cabanas. The deck 7 aft deck is gone, now above it is the deck for Cabanas on deck 9 (don't know what was on 8)and an extended inside eating area. Also gone is the Tracy arm fjord day Bar-b-q on the aft eating deck. Asked why and they said with the outside eating area smaller not enough room for outdoor cooking. Never fear though, the hot soup in bread bowl still exists that day and is served by walking wait staff on deck 9 and 10. More about changes to Wonder--on open house time embarkation day got to see updates to kids and spa areas and can only say excellent!!! Deck 9 changes great too! The Adult deck as great as always. On our first night dinner we were in Animator's Palette seated with wonderful adult table mates, but at one of the back wall tables. If seated there expect service to take longer. why? Because the wait stations to pickup food and clear tables are in the corners of the back wall requiring the wait staff to backtrack over the one only route on each trip since they could only access the table from one end and not around the table as other locations in the room. Also these tables, we found out, were the farthest from the kitchen. No problem in Tiana's or Triton since we were at oval tables with full round access. We finished, with the same wait staff for all restaurants (Disney rotates you through all the restaurants for evening meals and your wait staff goes with you), a full 20 minutes later in Animator's Palette than in the other two. That's not to say that all of Animator's tables were slower just all those at the aft back wall. Not our wait staff's fault, just the layout of the room. Tiana's was Excellent! Really enjoyed the menu and the supper club atmosphere with live music throughout the entire dinning experience and the 2nd seating of the trip Mardi Gras night was a real hit. Triton's was excellent as always. Sea food aboard and the deck 9 buffet and quick eats were excellent. Not to mention the free ice cream and beverage dispensers on deck 9. And free room service daily. A nightly mickey ice cream bar was how we ended the day, all inclusive. An up point on Animator's Palette. With three seatings here on this trip since we were at Animator's palette the first night, we got the regular show the first night, which was great, on the middle night was also Frozen night and the the restaurant was decked out with Frozen artwork and colors, on the last night we got to become animators and see our own art work in the show that was more than excellent. We had great weather for most of the trip, thank you Disney. Had some fog and mist on first day at sea but cleared up to broken clouds. Had one night of high very high winds, but the captain and his crew did their best and kept us on top of each breaking wave for an easier ride. We got our sea legs quickly and were rocked to sleep that night. Next day we were due for Tracy Arm but too much blue ice in fjord so we went to the alternate Endicott Arm and Dawes Glaicer. It was fantastic. The ship had room in the fjord to turn broadside to the glacier for great views of the face. We had sun that day so calving was witnessed. Saw wildlife on the way out and had the deck 4 to ourselves. Had cold hard wind in Skagway but sunshine through clouds. It's Alaska, so you layer up and keep on going. We enjoyed the experience. In Skagway we did the National Park Walking tours through historic downtown Skagway--3 different tours and free as long as tickets last. Get your tickets first thing in the A.M. at the National Park Office at 2nd and Broadway. In Juenau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and the Glaicer Gardens. If we saw one eagle we saw 50 and one really close fly by. In Ketchikan we toured the totems at the Totem Heritage Center and shopped. Great sunny day, so came back on ship to enjoy the pool area and decks. The stage shows are not to be missed on this ship. You are seated by dinner rotation so the theatre is never overcrowded for seating. The new stage musical Frozen is fantastic as well as the last night show Dreams. Inbetween is excellent entertainment in the main theater as well as the adult only clubs at night. Got to see great first run movies--and early viewing of new Pirates movie.On last night went for quick trip back to stateroom after dinner and saw an envelope in the fish by our door. We got a special invite (after the Dreams show) to a special meet and greet in D lounge with the characters before the Till we Meet Again show in the lobby. This was a special treat and one on one with ALL the characters before the show. Thank you Wonder staff for the invite. Next morning they assign you to a breakfast seating according to your first restaurant seating time. We chose to do the express walk off after breakfast since we had the first breakfast seating and would be out of the room before 8:30am. We were walking off the ship and to Disney airport transportation by 8:10a.m. We had an excellent time and took advantage of the "hold my place" plan to book our next cruise. For $250.00 you can "hold my place" and have up to two years to book your next cruise and still receive the shipboard booking credits and discounts. It's a win-win. This allows you time to check your schedule and travel buddies names for reservation. We really liked that and took advantage of it. Looking forward to the next cruise.

41st wedding anniversary trip

Disney Wonder Cruise Review by txtwin1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Standard Inside Stateroom
Just got back from the first Alaska cruise of 2017. This was my husband'f first time ever on a cruise ship so I picked the Disney Wonder and we did Disney for Adults to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Disney did it up right from the beginning with a Happy anniversary card inside our cabin to a special dessert at the first dinner to a special invite to meet and greet with the characters. This was my 2nd trip to Alaska on the Wonder, the first time with my twin sis.

We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady.

Really enjoyed the updates and refit of the new Disney Wonder after its dry dock. Just a few notes to those of you coming back, as I did, for the 2nd time to Alaska. With the changes that happened to Wonder in dry dock one of them is at the aft buffet Cabanas. The deck 7 aft deck is gone, now above it is the deck for Cabanas on deck 9 (don't know what was on 8)and an extended inside eating area. Also gone is the Tracy arm fjord day Bar-b-q on the aft eating deck. Asked why and they said with the outside eating area smaller not enough room for outdoor cooking. Never fear though, the hot soup in bread bowl still exists that day and is served by walking wait staff on deck 9 and 10.

More about changes to Wonder--on open house time embarkation day got to see updates to kids and spa areas and can only say excellent!!! Deck 9 changes great too! The Adult deck as great as always.

On our first night dinner we were in Animator's Palette seated with wonderful adult table mates, but at one of the back wall tables. If seated there expect service to take longer. why? Because the wait stations to pickup food and clear tables are in the corners of the back wall requiring the wait staff to backtrack over the one only route on each trip since they could only access the table from one end and not around the table as other locations in the room. Also these tables, we found out, were the farthest from the kitchen. No problem in Tiana's or Triton since we were at oval tables with full round access. We finished, with the same wait staff for all restaurants (Disney rotates you through all the restaurants for evening meals and your wait staff goes with you), a full 20 minutes later in Animator's Palette than in the other two. That's not to say that all of Animator's tables were slower just all those at the aft back wall. Not our wait staff's fault, just the layout of the room. Tiana's was Excellent! Really enjoyed the menu and the supper club atmosphere with live music throughout the entire dinning experience and the 2nd seating of the trip Mardi Gras night was a real hit. Triton's was excellent as always. Sea food aboard and the deck 9 buffet and quick eats were excellent. Not to mention the free ice cream and beverage dispensers on deck 9. And free room service daily. A nightly mickey ice cream bar was how we ended the day, all inclusive. An up point on Animator's Palette. With three seatings here on this trip since we were at Animator's palette the first night, we got the regular show the first night, which was great, on the middle night was also Frozen night and the the restaurant was decked out with Frozen artwork and colors, on the last night we got to become animators and see our own art work in the show that was more than excellent.

We had great weather for most of the trip, thank you Disney. Had some fog and mist on first day at sea but cleared up to broken clouds. Had one night of high very high winds, but the captain and his crew did their best and kept us on top of each breaking wave for an easier ride. We got our sea legs quickly and were rocked to sleep that night. Next day we were due for Tracy Arm but too much blue ice in fjord so we went to the alternate Endicott Arm and Dawes Glaicer. It was fantastic. The ship had room in the fjord to turn broadside to the glacier for great views of the face. We had sun that day so calving was witnessed. Saw wildlife on the way out and had the deck 4 to ourselves. Had cold hard wind in Skagway but sunshine through clouds. It's Alaska, so you layer up and keep on going. We enjoyed the experience. In Skagway we did the National Park Walking tours through historic downtown Skagway--3 different tours and free as long as tickets last. Get your tickets first thing in the A.M. at the National Park Office at 2nd and Broadway. In Juenau we went to Mendenhall Glacier and the Glaicer Gardens. If we saw one eagle we saw 50 and one really close fly by. In Ketchikan we toured the totems at the Totem Heritage Center and shopped. Great sunny day, so came back on ship to enjoy the pool area and decks.

The stage shows are not to be missed on this ship. You are seated by dinner rotation so the theatre is never overcrowded for seating. The new stage musical Frozen is fantastic as well as the last night show Dreams. Inbetween is excellent entertainment in the main theater as well as the adult only clubs at night.

Got to see great first run movies--and early viewing of new Pirates movie.On last night went for quick trip back to stateroom after dinner and saw an envelope in the fish by our door. We got a special invite (after the Dreams show) to a special meet and greet in D lounge with the characters before the Till we Meet Again show in the lobby. This was a special treat and one on one with ALL the characters before the show. Thank you Wonder staff for the invite.

Next morning they assign you to a breakfast seating according to your first restaurant seating time. We chose to do the express walk off after breakfast since we had the first breakfast seating and would be out of the room before 8:30am. We were walking off the ship and to Disney airport transportation by 8:10a.m.

We had an excellent time and took advantage of the "hold my place" plan to book our next cruise. For $250.00 you can "hold my place" and have up to two years to book your next cruise and still receive the shipboard booking credits and discounts. It's a win-win. This allows you time to check your schedule and travel buddies names for reservation. We really liked that and took advantage of it. Looking forward to the next cruise.
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Cabin Review

Standard Inside Stateroom
Cabin 11A 7063
We were in an inside cabin #7063, it slept three but just the two of us. The cabin was in Midship on deck 7, and between two decks of staterooms. Very quiet and very steady-- even in one night of high winds. Only notice slight rocking, enough that one night to rock us to sleep. Disney Wonder outfitted with stabilizers. Excellent bed, storage underneath for empty bags, soft close device on all draws and closet doors. Bath small but very clean, upkeep of room done in timely manner and no problems. There is also a laundry on deck 7 aft.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Ketchikan
    Got on line before trip and found Heritage Totem Center could be reached by free downtown shuttle system. Right in front of berth 2 there is a building with a green roof on the dock side that says "tours" walk all the way thru it (independent tour hawkers will try to stop you, keep walking) till you get to the end of the building and there is the free tourism desk for Ketchikan. They will direct you to the free shuttle and give you a map. The Heritage Totem Center is a $5.00 fee but well worth it. Great information and exhibits inside.
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  • Skagway
    Booked for free tickets on line beginning first week in March. 30 tickets available each hour for three separate tours. Total cost to $1.50 to book ahead. When got off ship around 8am went with receipt to National Park Headquarters at 2nd and Broadway to get tickets validated. Had great walking historic tours of city and city buildings including insides. Free tickets were still available that a.m. at park headquarters only did on line to make sure got a space.
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