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We chose this sailing for the unique Southern Caribbean itinerary on Disney, and then stayed on the ship as it repositioned back to Port Canaveral. We have done many DCL cruises, and we know more crew on this ship than any other DCL ship. Natalie Bailey was our Cruise Director, bringing a genuine enthusiasm that made you want to be in the Walt Disney Theatre each evening. Captain Robert even mingled with passengers and made time for everyone at the Captain’s signing. He came up to us at the Captain’s reception and spent a minute or two discussing swales in the North Sea. (We had one night of rough seas and I compared the experience to the North Sea, knowing the North Sea is unique in this regard). The officers set the tone, and the crew delivered. By “crew” I mean the servers. assistant servers, stateroom host and hostesses, club hosts and all those we interact with around the ship. Our sever/assistant server team was one of the best we have ever had - Nebo from Croatia and Levy from South Africa. These guys were friendly, engaging, and made our main dining a great experience. We were seated at a table by ourselves as our original tablemates did not want a shared table (without ever meeting us). We ended up chatting with the couple next to us, and the server team discreetly asked each of us if we would like to share a table. The answer was “yes” and we made some good friends over the two cruises and will keep in touch. We ran into several other couples we have cruised with in the past. DCL has gotten so much better at catering to empty nesters. Rotational dining was at its best on this cruise. Tiana’s place may be the best concept for a main dining restaurant on DCL. A great menu, with live entertainment, and a Mardie Gras parade to top off all of the fun! We also prefer Animator’s Palette on the classic ships, (without the Crush segment). Our Palo server, Sasha, was just outstanding. I confess we have known Sasha since a Mediterranean cruise in 2007. Don’t be in a rush in Palo. Enjoy a two hour culinary experience, whether it be brunch or dinner. I did ask they cut back the portions a bit so we could taste a few different items without being stuffed to the gills! The ship was in top shape. I used the public restrooms a few times and noted to the attendant that the bathroom looked like it had just come out of dry dock - they were that clean. Azure is a great venue, as is the Crown and Fin Pub. The Southern Caribbean itinerary - San Juan, Antigua, St. Lucie, Bonaire and Aruba - is a favorite for us. Each island is unique. Embarkation in San Juan is a bit spotty. The Marriott didn’t seeme to have its act together on luggage pick-up (which happened late, around 10:30-11:30 am) and our luggage arrived later to our stateroom than we have ever experienced. Antigua has beautiful beaches, as does Aruba. St. Lucie is so beautifully scenic. Bonaire was a first for us and DCL. We weren’t thrilled with our beach experience, but the scuba passengers seemed to enjoy the island. We were impressed to see a large group of locals and their children seeing the Wonder off as we pulled away. Shipboard entertainment from the Walt Disney Theatre performers to the Club Host in Azure was outstanding. The Frozen show was one of the most clever, well done shows on DCL. The performances were terrific (Broadway quality), and the technical effects were exceptionally well done, taking full advantage of the theatre. The comedians and variety acts were really good, especially Heath Hychee! We had a blast, mostly because of the people we interacted with on the cruise, from the officers, crew and fellow passengers. I never give DCL high marks on value, although pricing for this itinerary was more reasonable than a recent Christmas cruise. We truly enjoy the DCL expeierence and it is worth the premium to us.

Wonderful crew, great entertainment, classy ship, unforgettable dining!

Disney Wonder Cruise Review by STHCruising

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
We chose this sailing for the unique Southern Caribbean itinerary on Disney, and then stayed on the ship as it repositioned back to Port Canaveral. We have done many DCL cruises, and we know more crew on this ship than any other DCL ship. Natalie Bailey was our Cruise Director, bringing a genuine enthusiasm that made you want to be in the Walt Disney Theatre each evening. Captain Robert even mingled with passengers and made time for everyone at the Captain’s signing. He came up to us at the Captain’s reception and spent a minute or two discussing swales in the North Sea. (We had one night of rough seas and I compared the experience to the North Sea, knowing the North Sea is unique in this regard). The officers set the tone, and the crew delivered. By “crew” I mean the servers. assistant servers, stateroom host and hostesses, club hosts and all those we interact with around the ship.

Our sever/assistant server team was one of the best we have ever had - Nebo from Croatia and Levy from South Africa. These guys were friendly, engaging, and made our main dining a great experience. We were seated at a table by ourselves as our original tablemates did not want a shared table (without ever meeting us). We ended up chatting with the couple next to us, and the server team discreetly asked each of us if we would like to share a table. The answer was “yes” and we made some good friends over the two cruises and will keep in touch. We ran into several other couples we have cruised with in the past. DCL has gotten so much better at catering to empty nesters.

Rotational dining was at its best on this cruise. Tiana’s place may be the best concept for a main dining restaurant on DCL. A great menu, with live entertainment, and a Mardie Gras parade to top off all of the fun! We also prefer Animator’s Palette on the classic ships, (without the Crush segment).

Our Palo server, Sasha, was just outstanding. I confess we have known Sasha since a Mediterranean cruise in 2007. Don’t be in a rush in Palo. Enjoy a two hour culinary experience, whether it be brunch or dinner. I did ask they cut back the portions a bit so we could taste a few different items without being stuffed to the gills!

The ship was in top shape. I used the public restrooms a few times and noted to the attendant that the bathroom looked like it had just come out of dry dock - they were that clean. Azure is a great venue, as is the Crown and Fin Pub.

The Southern Caribbean itinerary - San Juan, Antigua, St. Lucie, Bonaire and Aruba - is a favorite for us. Each island is unique. Embarkation in San Juan is a bit spotty. The Marriott didn’t seeme to have its act together on luggage pick-up (which happened late, around 10:30-11:30 am) and our luggage arrived later to our stateroom than we have ever experienced. Antigua has beautiful beaches, as does Aruba. St. Lucie is so beautifully scenic. Bonaire was a first for us and DCL. We weren’t thrilled with our beach experience, but the scuba passengers seemed to enjoy the island. We were impressed to see a large group of locals and their children seeing the Wonder off as we pulled away.

Shipboard entertainment from the Walt Disney Theatre performers to the Club Host in Azure was outstanding. The Frozen show was one of the most clever, well done shows on DCL. The performances were terrific (Broadway quality), and the technical effects were exceptionally well done, taking full advantage of the theatre. The comedians and variety acts were really good, especially Heath Hychee!

We had a blast, mostly because of the people we interacted with on the cruise, from the officers, crew and fellow passengers. I never give DCL high marks on value, although pricing for this itinerary was more reasonable than a recent Christmas cruise. We truly enjoy the DCL expeierence and it is worth the premium to us.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Cabin 05B 6098
The cabin was clean and everything in working order. It is located mid-ship between aft and mid, on the port side of the ship. There is an inside cabin across the hall. We like this location. It’s a bit closer to aft and a quick trip to Cabanas, but close to decks 3 and 4 where there are many public spaces, dining and entertainment.
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins