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Disney Wonder Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
555 reviews
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Very Good Cruise for Young Families

Review for Disney Wonder to Alaska
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6-10 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Jun 2018
Cabin: Deluxe Inside Stateroom
Traveled with children
Cruising scenic southeastern Alaska
S’mores at our bonfire barbecue
Princess time
Dashing through the trees on a dog sled
‘Frozen’ night’s specialty dessert

My husband and I joined his family for a June 2018 cruise in southeastern Alaska on the Disney Wonder for a week of fun, with grandparents (65 years), brothers and wives (34-38 years), and kids (1-5 years). While the kids definitely got the most out of it, we all had an enjoyable time aboard.

The Disney Wonder staff catered wonderfully to our niece and nephews - almost to a fault, since there were a few times at dinner the adults sat waiting past appetizers for drinks as the waiter did multiple magic tricks for the kids. The Wonder had three restaurants with five (I think) themes, so the menu was always changing and highlighting different foods (seafood at King Triton’s, for example). The food was decent, but usually light on seasoning and warm rather than hot. However, that suited the 3 and 5 year olds in our party quite nicely. For a private night, my husband and I did their specialty extra cost restaurant, but I wouldn’t say it was a necessary addition for the trip. The final night in Animator’s Palace where we saw our drawings come to life was the hit of the cruise for the kids, along with the abundance of character meet and greet opportunities. Be warned - get in line early for character photos since folks, especially adults, could get a little competitive and some characters only appeared in a themed costume once or twice (Mickey and Minnie had cute Alaskan winter outfits they wore one day, and had their fancy outfits for the final night).

The princesses were incredibly gracious and kind to my shy 3 year-old niece, taking time to kneel down and beckon her over when she hid behind us shyly. Cinderella especially spent extra time with each child and made them feel special. Spring for the Princess High Tea onboard, and get your reservation early - it was worth it!!

Cabin Review

Deluxe Inside Stateroom

Our interior cabin was an average cabin with above average television selection! A food out couch and a fold down platform provide at least two more spaces for sleeping, although adding a crib even with the fold out/pull down and it becomes pretty crowded. The bathroom shower/tub combo was definitely child sized, and a struggle for my poor 6’1 husband. However, it was split so someone could use the toilet in one half while someone bathed in the other which seemed brilliant for people traveling with kids and more than 2 people in a cabin, with sinks in both sections.

Port Reviews

Skagway

The summer dog camp tour was our favorite shore excursion, and one of my top 5 travel experiences!

Juneau

Seeing Juneau from above and touring the raptor sanctuary was amazing!

Ketchikan

A whale-watching tour and beach side BBQ of reindeer hot dogs and s’mores with a hike in the rainforest.

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