23 Miami to Bahamas Disney Wonder Cruise Reviews

There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to ... Read More
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to start with. This was a 4-night cruise from Miami, with stops as Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West on the Disney Wonder Ports of Call: 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 Food: 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 Entertainment: 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 Kid's Club: 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 Cabin (overall) 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 The ship: 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. Other: 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 Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Just off Disney Wonder. Brought 13 yr. old with me. Been on 93 cruises and this was the least enjoyable. Ship immaculate. Food delicious. Service outstanding. But...absolutely no activities for us. Tremendous blocks of empty time. ... Read More
Just off Disney Wonder. Brought 13 yr. old with me. Been on 93 cruises and this was the least enjoyable. Ship immaculate. Food delicious. Service outstanding. But...absolutely no activities for us. Tremendous blocks of empty time. Others were complaining as well. This cruise is appropriate for under age 6 cruisers. Over that, very disappointing. We ordered and PAID for a balcony. We got a Navigator opening. You could not see the ocean if you sat on the bench built into the "porch." My little girl had to stand on her toes just to see over the faux-balcony. It was awful. Every day the list of "activities" lay on our bed. If you didn't want to see a character, then you swam. That's it. Even the tween room, The Edge, only had WII and some other computers. Very uninspiring. The counselors chatted with each other. Kids bored. Never again on Disney Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I was very excited to sail with Disney on the Wonder. As a Disney Vacation Club member for almost 25 years, I had visited their parks numerous times. As a cruise lover, with almost 20 cruises under my belt, I was very interested in ... Read More
I was very excited to sail with Disney on the Wonder. As a Disney Vacation Club member for almost 25 years, I had visited their parks numerous times. As a cruise lover, with almost 20 cruises under my belt, I was very interested in checking out the accessibility features of the Disney ships (knowing that Disney sets the standard for accessibility and comfort for the disabled at their parks). I must say, I wasn't super-impressed (sorry, Disney, I still love you). Our room was beautiful (Deluxe Verandah Stateroom, #7636) and spacious, but I had an issue with our roll-in shower. Could have been the angle of our cabin, due to the all the way forward location, the shape was of a triangle. I require the use of a built in shower seat, which was provided, but due to size and shape of shower, it was placed on the same wall as a grab bar. The grab bar impeded into the space of the 7 inch deep shower seat, a good 3 inches, only allowing 4 inches of seat for me to use. I'm an average sized person, 145lbs, but was too big for the seat allowance. Had to ask housekeeping for an additional shower seat (portable) that I had to use during the entirety of cruise (uncomfortable and not safe..one slip, and...). Other areas I found lacking were the doorways leading to the pool and upper decks. They were either automatic with a huge lip to get over (popping a wheelie required each time, impossible for a scooter-user), or if the transition was flat/ramped, the door wasn't automatic...not possible without help each time. The elevators are VERY small on this ship, only holding 4 passengers comfortably. Spent a LOT of time waiting for an empty elevator to fit in. Enjoyed the decor on board immensely, and definitely got my love for Disney flowing...seeing the characters was a lot of fun, enjoying fireworks one evening was a special treat, too. As adults without kids, we were happy to enjoy the adults-only pool area and adult entertainment district. Had fun playing movie quotes trivia with the ever-energetic host Brett and the various mixology, beer-tasting and Mojito-making events on board. Loved loved loved the day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Was happy they had a wheelchair accessible tram to get around the large island as there was a lot to see and do. Was disappointed with the stop in Nassau, however. Of the thirty-plus excursions offered by DCL, not one was wheelchair-friendly. I know and understand that Nassau is not the US so isn't required to offer anything for disabled guests, yet, I was surprised Disney didn't or hadn't tried to find at least one option. Our visit to Nassau lasted 20 minutes...off the ship, through the masses of vendors offering tours and activities, into town, which was a difficult trek in a chair, to find nothing but tee shirt shops and the regular Diamond International stores known in cruise ports. We quickly returned to the ship. Key West was a lot more comfortable stop, shops, restaurants right outside the cruise port. Our dining experience was average. It was fun to rotate restaurants throughout the cruise while keeping the same table mates and service staff. Our server, Jose, was always super enthusiastic and efficient. The food was just okay, I must admit, and I would definitely NOT classify myself as a 'foodie', I'm pretty easy to please. I found the selections were minimal and I wasn't very impressed with the quality. The push at the end of our stay to provide a good review of the service (so that our waiter could earn a much desired day off) was a little off-putting as well. Lastly, I find it necessary to include, the strange vibrations and shaking our cabin endured several times throughout the cruise. I assume the location of our cabin is to blame. Whenever we would pull into port, our cabin would shake and vibrate, sometimes violently, for several minutes. This also occurred all the way from Nassau to Key West. Instead of the nice rolling motion of the ocean, we rattled and shook...not exactly relaxing. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend a cabin towards the front of the ship (our table mates, in a similar location, but two decks down from us, experienced the same thing). In closing, loved the Disney touches and decor, did not appreciate the lack of wheelchair accessibility on board. My understanding is that the Wonder will be undergoing enhancements later this year, I hope to contact Disney to ask them to address my concerns and advise of my experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have traveled on four different cruise lines and have been reluctant to book a Disney cruise since we have no young children. I have always wanted to visit Key West so when we found this cruise, thought we would give it a try. We are ... Read More
We have traveled on four different cruise lines and have been reluctant to book a Disney cruise since we have no young children. I have always wanted to visit Key West so when we found this cruise, thought we would give it a try. We are DVC members and enjoy the Disney parKs. My husband and my 22 year old daughter joined me. It was a four day cruise to Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West. Embarkation was easy and went quickly and we were on the ship by 1 PM. They announced every family when you entered the ship. It is a modest lobby as it was one of the smaller ships. Rooms were available about 1:30 PM so we grabbed lunch. The rooms are larger by cruise standards. We were on Deck 7 with a verandah. The bed was close to king size and a nice sitting area with a couch which became my daughter's bed. She said it was comfortable. The cabins have a two room bathroom, one with a toilet and sink and another with a Tub/shower combo and sink which was vey handy when we needed to get dressed at the same time. The veranda was a nice size which easily fit two chairs and a table. The rooms also have two wave phones which can be used on the cruise ship and cadtaway cay. This avoids the roaming charges on your cell phone. There is limited things to do as an adult. In the adult section of the boat, there was an adult only pool but since there was a strong breeze, it was uncomfortable to sit and relax or read. They did have a great cafe serving various coffee, tea and hot chocolate drinks as well as a nice bar area. In the evening, they had trivia in one of lounges which served appetizers of buffalo wings, hot dogs and chips and salsa. Very tasty with a nice bar menu. This worked well since we had the late seating and this was usually before dinner. The adult entertainment after dinner was a bit kitchy so we only went once. The shows were mostly aimed at the kids with the Disney characters but had a comedian/ventriloquist one night who was quite good. Disney rotates you to three dining rooms for dinner and unfotunately the food was disappointing. We ate at Parrot Cay the first night and everything was over salted. The other two dining rooms had mixed results depending on what you ate. Very disappointing. The staff were great - friendly, attentive and easy to have conversations. In particular, the matre-d, Simone, was very good. We had an issue in that we were seated with another family of three the first night and they were not very sociable and obviously annoyed to share a table. Disney should provide people an option to choose a private rable versus a group table as other cruises ask, when you choose your dining options. We met another couple at lunch at Castaway Cay who were traveling with their son and they had a similar experience in which they were seated with a family of 5 who wanted a table on their own. we found we had the same seating and rotation and Simone was able to seat us together which made a very enjoyable dining experience. Simone was transferred to the Fantasy on our return and they now have a great staff person. We had an unfortunate experience that my daughter signed up for the scuba trip in Nassau and when we went to the Activities desk on the first day to get her forms, they said she was the only one signed up and it might be canceled but provided no alternative. The scuba trip was the second day in port so they said to check the next day. We did and the women at the desk said it was going to be canceled but when we asked if she can refer us to private operators, she said you can check when you get off the boat. Not very helpful. After getting off the ship the first day on Castawat Cay, my husband saw the cruise director, Natalie, and explained our dilemma for our daughters scuba trip. My daughter was running the 5K at this time. Natalie took our wave phone number and said she would get back to us. Within two hours all was sorted out and my daughter had a wonderful scuba trip the next day. Thank you Natalie, the activities people can learn from you. Castaway Cay was nice but because of the breeze and cold water, it limited your activities. Nassau was a waste of time and Key West was great. We took the bike tour in Key West and enjoyed ourselves. We definitely will go back to Key West. Will we take another Disney cruise? We had very mixed reactions as the food and ports were the priimary attractions for adults and the food was so so and ports were mixed. It would depend on pricing and ports but we would not go back on the Wonder. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Pros Overall food was excellent.The breakfast and Lunch Buffets are the best, the sit down at night was satisfying. Though I did not like eating at the Parrot restaurant two nights in a row. Our server was very nice,she gave us free ... Read More
Pros Overall food was excellent.The breakfast and Lunch Buffets are the best, the sit down at night was satisfying. Though I did not like eating at the Parrot restaurant two nights in a row. Our server was very nice,she gave us free samples to try and was very helpful and caring with out kids.Portions were small so I recommend ordering multiple items. The shows were first class, kids did not fall a sleep and kept interested, we went 3 of the 4 nights. We did not go to the magic and illusion show because where here to see Disney show not a magic show. So, we stayed at the Pirate deck party and went to bed early. Took the scenic Trolly Tour on Key West, We paid the vendor on the island and was cheaper then going through Disney. Through the vendor kids were free. self serve Drink station and Ice cream Grant at the pool was awesome If your on board the wonder say hi to Kershek the Indian bathroom attendant near the Gift shops Castaway Cay was the best, nice beaches and private owned island seems lot secured. stateroom was clean and well attended to everyday. Cons Embarkation was poorly done. waited twenty minutes for our group to be called. When I asked the lady how long it would be she said ok its 25 now your 31 so 26 27 28 etc. and so on. She talk to me like I was stupid. Finally we got on after that things were ok that day Youth club for kids were terrible. The staff needs better training.We dropped our two kids off at the lab and they were their for 1 and 1/2 hours. We left them their so they could see the magic show. When we came back we waited in line to pick them up before dinner. Come to find out they were not in the lab but moved to the club section without our consent. When we went over there we had to wait in another line. Finally when I went to get my kids one was crying and breathing heavy. He said that he missed us the other said she did not know where she was going, had she known she would not have moved. When we asked the staff why were they moved without consent they said we asked the kids if they wanted to go over there. They said yes, I couldn't believe that Disney moves 4 and 5 years old kids without consent of parents. Sure we talked to them but they were uncaring and quoting policy. Another kid was crying and his parent was upset as well. Finally we talked to someone higher up who apologized but rejected when we requested some compensation. all they did was give a bag full of inexpensive goodies. Twice staff handed us the wrong room key after the character photo sessions. First time was on the island. When I notified them they just said go to customer service. Next was on the ship we could not open our door and then we realized we were given wrong key. To prevent others from opening our room or charging things to our bill Disney should be more careful. Our room was too cold we had to call Engineering to fix Popcorn is dirt cheap why do you have to pay for it Whats the purpose of a magic and Illusion show...boring seemed like a filler We got tickets to see Elsa and Anna, Anna did not show they said she was visiting her grand Papi hello they couldn't get staff to dress up as her. lame excuses don't advertise this if its not going to be. My daughter dressed up for nothing. last day should be just be a buffet not scheduled breakfast . forcing kids to get up early is unacceptable. Id rather have a day at sea then take the kids to Nassau,poor choice for a kids cruise.Not a safe place and they even say it. Should not have to pay for 300 to get all your pictures...it should be like Disney World where you can view and download online. Some character renditions looked sad,but to kids it doesn't matter Movies are scheduled at odd times or when things are going on like dinner or show. you have to pay for root beer Wheres Darth Vader? I guess on the more expensive cruises Final Thoughts save your money and go on the newer Disney ships or stay on land it would be better. If it wasn't for the Food and Shows it would have been terrible. Disney should train their staff better in customer service skills. sometimes I felt they do not not care about our problems. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved ... Read More
WONDERFUL! What a great trip. I wanted to give this cruise 4 and a half stars but it would not let me. Let's start with the kids activities. The Oceaners Lab and Club were well run clean and the kids had a ball. They loved going, my daughter who loves to play spent most of her time at the club while my son loves science and tech spent most of his time at the lab. The last night my daughter had a blast at the pajama party. When my son saw she had a pillow case we asked it he could get one and they gave him one even though we was at the lab during the party. The food in the dinning room was great. Our server and assistant at table 47 we the best. Knowing what we wanted and helping us celebrate. The buffet was ok not as good as I hoped. You have to dress up for the pirate party. even my grumpy father got into the action, and that says a lot! We had a swashbuckling good time. Castaway Cay was beautiful, clean and had the best buffet of the cruise. Pelican plunge was fun for the whole family. We enjoyed walking around the beaches, and could have spend several days there. Cabins were roomy. Nice to have to sinks but shower is very small and my six foot tall husband had a difficult time fitting in. Over all a fantastic trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our 20th cruise, the first one on Disney Wonder with the Grandchildren. It was great for the boys but I wonder why anyone without children would ever want to go on a Disney Cruise. There is absolutely nothing for adults to do ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise, the first one on Disney Wonder with the Grandchildren. It was great for the boys but I wonder why anyone without children would ever want to go on a Disney Cruise. There is absolutely nothing for adults to do during the day, other than the pool deck or the ports. On the plus side, the cabins were nice and large with much drawer and closet space. The split bath was good to although traveling in our cabin without children, I would have preferred a stall shower. Room Service was wonderful in the morning. We never waited more than 10 minutes for our order to arrive. The food in the dining rooms was really good as well as out waiter and assistant waiter who traveled with us to all three dining rooms. On the negative side, the dining rooms were really crowded with the tables very close together. They were also very noisy. The food everywhere else on the ship was really bad, especially at the buffet. The buffet was not set up for a lot of people with just two lines on either side of the buffet, slowly moving down the line. The area with tables was also very small and too close together. The pool in the Adults only area was small and only had ladders to get into it, making it very hard to get in and out of. The only real entertainment for adults was the Magician. I thought that act was really good. Wood I go on another Disney Cruise? Probably not. Even the kids ages 8 and 10 were getting a little too old for this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
It was wonderful! A true Disney experience without all the crowds and walking that goes along with Disney World. Plenty for kiddos to do and adults as well! And FREE POP ("soda" to those of you who are not from the Midwest)! ... Read More
It was wonderful! A true Disney experience without all the crowds and walking that goes along with Disney World. Plenty for kiddos to do and adults as well! And FREE POP ("soda" to those of you who are not from the Midwest)! Staff was wonderful and the Oceaneers Club and Oceaneers Lab weren't over crowded like I had worried they would be. Plenty of room for my kids whenever they wanted to go! We didn't do any port excursions, but did notice that some at Castaway Cay had to be cancelled due to the weather. The water was FREEZING, but in the pools on the ship it was fine! Our cabin was big compared to other cruises. The nightly entertainment was top notch! Very impressed! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Party of 4 adults, 2 of which are young adults with developmental disabilities. Embarkation in Miami was what we expect from Miami with an arrival around 1 pm, with hardly any lines or waiting. there was a Make-A-Wish family in front of us ... Read More
Party of 4 adults, 2 of which are young adults with developmental disabilities. Embarkation in Miami was what we expect from Miami with an arrival around 1 pm, with hardly any lines or waiting. there was a Make-A-Wish family in front of us waiting in line, but they were waiting in line, which should not happen with a Make-A-Wish family, in my opinion. In the Disney Parks, all Make-A-Wish families get front of the line access. This small thing should have given us a clue as to how our cruise was going to go. Room was ready when we got on the ship. We have a wheelchair, but when we booked 9 months in advance there were no accessible staterooms available and we were put on a waitlist. Nothing came through so we had a regular oceanview cabin. Since the overall square footage is close to the 220sq. ft. of Carnival's I expected we would be able to fit. Well, the configuration of the bed being set up first in the room before the sofa gave us little room to maneuver the wheelchair, even when folded up. The bed was also very close to the floor, and our average size suitcases would not fit under except for the carry-ons. So, we had various suitcases taking up floor space. The overall storage in closet and drawer space was less than on Carnival and I had to keep all of my things in the suitcase as there was no room after the other 3 people's suitcases were empty. The split bath concept is nice, however, we are a tall family and could not sit on the toilet without banging our knees into the wall and could not stand up straight in the shower and actually shower without hitting our head and arms on the ceiling. You also cannot go to the bathroom and take a shower in the same room. You have to go to the bathroom to use the toilet, then go to the other bathroom to take a shower. The room steward was very good throughout our trip. there was a flood in a stateroom a couple of doors down from us and it spilled out into the hallway. Well, 3 days later they were still trying to dry out the carpet in the hall with blowers and it smelled very musty. Dining staff was good and the rotational dining rooms were unique. but, we felt the food was lacking something and over relied on coconut flavoring. We tend to be meat and potatoes kind of people and the attempt at gourmet foods fell flat for us. We also checked the children's menu to see if something appealed to us and there were not many choices. The buffet food for breakfast and lunch were fine, but again seemed to be gourmet based (risotto for lunch) and lacked flavor. I love the made to order omelets on Carnival in the am, and all Disney had were pre-made omelets with limited choices (cheese, western, plain). The buffet area had limited seating and trying to get a wheelchair through it was near impossible. The shows as would be expected were great. Character meet and greets were plentiful, but this is where it went wrong. Due to the extra holiday programming added to the Navigator schedule, there were lots of additional activities. Screaming kids running around, yelling parents, music that was much too loud and not needed in the atrium lead us to lose some of our hearing. I don't think that any of the 1000 kids on the cruise ever used the kids club. There were long lines for everything. We had picked an off-season cruise so there wouldn't be so many children on the cruise, but it seems like people take their children out of school all the time now. We were unable to ever find a lounge chair to sit on in the adult only cove area. Night activities for adults were non-existent unless you wanted to sit in a bar, which closed at midnight. We are Disney fans and have been to Disney World many times and expected to be treated by the staff the same way we are treated at Disney World. We just didn't feel that Disney magic coming from the staff on board other than our room steward and dining staff. Nobody ever said hello or good morning if you met them in the hall, etc. In fact, we went to Disney World for a week after our cruise and felt the magic as soon as we arrived at our resort. Castaway Cay was the bright spot on our trip. What a fabulous private island! They had beach wheelchair which made it easy to navigate for our son and the staff there was awesome. Food was good and the bar service on Serenity Bay was great. Nassau was Nassau, need I say more? Key West was wonderful after we finally got off the ship. What a fiasco immigration is in Key West. Our person in the wheelchair and one pusher had to go to the Cadillac lounge to go through immigration while the other 2 of us had to go through the horrendous line that snaked around the 4th floor. So, an hour and a half later, we met up and got off the ship. For a wheelchair user, this ship is not friendly at all. The expansion joints are too high throughout the ship and we kept getting stuck on them. To get out on deck through any door we found had very high lips that we kept getting stuck on. A wheelchair user without a pusher would have a difficult time to get out on deck. The hallways are very narrow. The elevators are too small for more than 4 people to begin with, but add in a wheelchair and we had to split up all the time to get to another deck. There were a couple of other wheelchair/scooter users on the ship and they all complained about the same things. I think what turned us off the most was the incessant loud noise wherever you went. The atrium, pool deck, shows, dining rooms; it was all too loud. Disney should really check the decibel levels that they are generating on the ship. Announcements were in more than just English, so there were a lot of loud announcements to get through in addition to the music being played, kids yelling, etc. We had to yell at each other most of the time to be heard. Our ears are still buzzing 2 weeks after our cruise ended. Is it worth twice the price of other cruises for the same amount of days? We don't think so. But, if you like the Disney shows and characters, this might be for you. We will probably go on another Disney cruise in the future as my sons want to go again, but we will choose more carefully. Looking for a cruise that has at least one or 2 sea days and one that does not go during any special holiday events on board (Christmas, Halloween, etc.)   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This is our 3rd time on the Disney Wonder over a number of years. Sadly, she is showing them. While it is obvious that DCL works hard to keep her shipshape and pretty, some wear and tear is getting through. We have stayed in the same ... Read More
This is our 3rd time on the Disney Wonder over a number of years. Sadly, she is showing them. While it is obvious that DCL works hard to keep her shipshape and pretty, some wear and tear is getting through. We have stayed in the same cabin all three times on the wonder 5134. The first time, she was still shining and the perfect place for our little clan of 3. The experience was a 10 out of 10 for a family that wouldn't have rated any "vacation" more than a 5 in the years prior to that one. The wear and tear is obvious when you see patches on the walls, little things missing, and have a drawer that needs fixed from the previous passenger because it can't close. But in theory, they are putting the Wonder in for her own vacation and beauty treatment next fall after she gets back from Alaska. This was a strange sail. The crew we dealt with were nothing short of superb. I'd say we had the best team we've ever had. Narissa our room steward shines out amongst room stewards like a beacon of light. If I can ever find a way to bring her that baby dolphin pet she craves? I will. We will miss her not because of towels or room maintenance, but because we honestly felt like she was inviting us into her home as guests. The modifications to the kids clubs are great!! With a now-tween girl, I think we almost lost her to Club Edge permanently. She spent more time there than doing anything else on the ship. When asked he most memorable thing? It wasn't riding and kissing dolphins, nor spending Thanksgiving Day with our toes in the perfect sand of Castaway Cay - no, it's "I think I miss most my friends at the Edge club." Still, while the people were perfection, and the club a home run? They have clearly scaled back on things for the adults to do. The daily schedule which used to require highlighters to clarify everything that everyone wanted to do has been pared down to a half page of "not much." Little costs have been cut - where were the fan clocks in the room that could be purchased from the shops because people loved them so much they wanted to steal them? Replaced by a cheap ipod/iphone digital clock. Cake of the Day? Not so exciting when it is *always* cheesecake. DCL is still world class - but this spin on the Wonder? The parental consensus was a 7-out-of-10. The tween ranking it higher because of the club restructure. When they are on? No one is better than DCL. But when they are off? You notice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My 4-year-old son had a fantastic time. He loved meeting all the characters and after he warmed up to the Oceaneer Club and Lab, we had a hard time getting him to leave at the end of the night. With that said, I will still never go on a ... Read More
My 4-year-old son had a fantastic time. He loved meeting all the characters and after he warmed up to the Oceaneer Club and Lab, we had a hard time getting him to leave at the end of the night. With that said, I will still never go on a Disney cruise again (and we LOVE Disney!). We've been on six prior cruises on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Sadly, Disney was a major disappointment when compared to other cruise lines. First, there is the entertainment - or lack there of for parents... They seem to really miss the mark when it comes to providing any type of entertainment beyond the one scheduled nightly show, character appearances and the one pirate night. We live in central Florida and go to Disney frequently and were quite surprised at how much they dropped the ball on this when their theme parks are so good at entertainment. My husband and I were frequently bored at night - which I have never experienced on a cruise before. Aside from pirate night, there were no deck parties, only ONE 30-minute dance party with a "band" (one singer and a guitar player) the entire cruise, and the only nightly music was a guy playing slow songs on the piano or another guy also playing slow songs on a guitar (but neither sang). Even at the night club they were only ever doing audience games - which we did and were slightly entertained but we really just wanted to listen to some actual music that wouldn't put us to sleep. It was really odd and completely opposite of what we were expecting. Since it was the Very Merry Christmas cruise I also thought there'd be some caroling or Christmas music at the very least. Aside from the Christmas decor and very brief tree lighting ceremony there was nothing. We've gone to Magic Kingdom's Very Merry Christmas Party and expected it to be along the same lines with the theme, entertainment and even the cookies and hot chocolate late at night. Clearly we had our expectations too high for their cruise line. Second, there are the dining options... prepare to go hungry especially if you have second dining... We weren't able to get early dining so we were left with no option but the 8:15 p.m. second dining. We normally eat dinner around 7 p.m. so we thought this time would still be fine... which it would if dinner didn't last nearly two hours every night. This means you don't actually get your main course until about 9:15 p.m. We never were able to make it through the two dinners we attempted to go to with our 4 year old. (The other nights he fell asleep during the shows and napped through dinner time) Stuck on second dining and looking for another option so you can actually eat at a normal time? Good luck with that! First of all if you are in second dining your show is at 6:15 - at the start of the first dining time. (This is normal with most cruise lines) Once the show is out if you are hungry you would think that like on other cruise lines you could find a dining option. NOPE! Two of the nights we literally were starving looking for food options before just going to our room and waiting 45 minutes for room service - I guess it's because everyone else was doing the same! The buffet restaurant that is supposed to turn into server dining for a brief time at night was constantly closed for "cleaning." We found out it was only open during the first dining which means you had to miss the show in order to eat. The quick service that offers sandwiches is only open for a brief time at lunch and the hot dog/hamburger and pizza quick service places had awful hours. When they were actually opened they were slammed and had long wait times because there were no other food options available. Also, surprisingly, they didn't have as many food options for kids as other cruise lines offer. At the buffet for lunch the only "kid friendly" option was mac and cheese and mini corn dogs. The didn't offer anything else I've seen offered on other cruises... fruit, raw vegetables, yogurt, apple sauce, etc. Thankfully our little one isn't a picky eater so he did just fine but we did overhear many other parents in line griping about the limited options for the kids. Third, the pool hours are quite bad. The Mickey slide was only open for about 5 hours a day with no clear rhyme or reason for the hours they had. The adult pool closed at 10 p.m. which meant that if you had second dining you couldn't relax in the hot tub in the evening or go swimming any time past 5 p.m. because you had to get ready for the 6 p.m. nightly show. Finally, the staff was a mixed-bag. The Oceaneer's Club and Lab staff were ALL AMAZING! Our room attendant was great and guest services were also very helpful. Shockingly, we saw a lifeguard at the Mickey Pool TEXTING. We took a picture and were about to approach him to kindly remind him that children can drown in as little as 30 seconds but then he just walked away from his post. Thankfully a couple minutes later another lifeguard took over. We do plan to address this still with the cruise line. Also, our waiter in the main dining room was extremely rude to us because we missed some of the main dining nights. We were seated to a table with no place settings because apparently they didn't think we were coming back. (Looking around the dining room this is common for them to do this as there were numerous tables with either partial place settings or none at all). Finally after over 5 minutes of waiting we flagged someone down so we could get place settings for us. When our waiter did make her way over she flippantly said she didn't think we were coming so she saw no need to set out plates or cups for us. We actually thought she was joking but then we realized she wasn't. We left and went directly to guest services to lodge a complaint. I've never experienced such rude service at any restaurant let alone on a cruise when the services is usually superb. So long story short, if you want to have the Disney experience just go to the theme parks since that's what they do best. If you want to have a family cruise choose a different cruise line.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I don't know if I was expecting too much, but I was disappointed. Something's were just not up to Disney standards some just not acceptable. I love Disney parks and always think nothing else compares, but not so with the cruise ... Read More
I don't know if I was expecting too much, but I was disappointed. Something's were just not up to Disney standards some just not acceptable. I love Disney parks and always think nothing else compares, but not so with the cruise line. Things not to Disney standards- Staff was not as friendly as expected Paper navigator didn't match electronic navigator Expected guests to use tongs with hand wipes / couldn't they just serve How about some signs- at Castaway Cay there was a section of beach that was for snorkeling only, no sign to say it so the lifeguard kept yelling every 5 minutes No sign for lineup of characters, Jake was supposed to be out at 1, Sofia at 1:30 then Jake again at 2. Jake stayed out until 1:50 so people in line for Sofia were really in line for Jake and vice versa Character meeting that were not publicized, not organized and trash left by previous groups Things that were not acceptable- Our bathroom and shower room drains backed up, maintenance came to fix the problem but we had 2 call twice to get it cleaned up The last morning we had breakfast in Animators Pallet the table next to us had 4 people eating at that table, when the table was done the waiter did not clear the unused dishes. You made me use a hand wipe to push the buttons on the soda machine but it ok not to clear the dishes or the tablecloth. Our ship stopped in key west on the day of adult themed fantasy fest. All other ships stayed away. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We stayed In a 1 bedroom concierge suite. Since we were "concierge", we were able to be the first ones on the boat and the first ones in line on day 4 for the immigration stop which was nice. Our room was on the 8th floor which ... Read More
We stayed In a 1 bedroom concierge suite. Since we were "concierge", we were able to be the first ones on the boat and the first ones in line on day 4 for the immigration stop which was nice. Our room was on the 8th floor which is great because the pool is literally 1 floor up (room 8078 I think) In addition, the drink machine, ice cream, coffee & buffet lines were there too! The suite was average quality. A little old and dated but adequate. The shower didn't drain very well but who cares, there were 2 in the suite. We traveled with a 4-yr old & I've got to say she did very well considering how late Disney likes to do things. We originally had the second seating for dinner but really.....how many little kids can stay up that late after swimming in pools or playing on the beach all day. Our first night we didn't get to go to dinner for that reason. However, since we were "concierge", we were able it have dinner ordered to the room. The next day I moved our dinner to the first seating. Way better!! Cast away Key was the best part of the whole trip by far! Get the cabana it's worth the extra cash. We got cabana 1 which was literally next to the bathrooms & lunch buffet. Perfect spot!!! We had a fresh water shower to cool off, fridge with water, sodas & beer (at our request). Your concierge team comes off the boat with you & is available by phone if you need them. It's sort of like the butler service you get at Sandalls but a little less the server mentality. The beach was waist deep and perfect for small children. I wish we could have just stayed there the whole time. We didn't see very many characters which I figured we would have but that's not a big deal. They are everywhere on the ship (during scheduled times). Dinner that night at Animators pallet was fine. Nothing special. The servers who travel from room to room with you are great but not exceptional. The next day we went to the dolphin experience at the blue lagoon instead of going to Atlantis due to the large crowds. At first we were like wth were we thinking booking an excursion at 745 in the morning? After getting up & out it was cool. It was a 30 minute 2-story catamaran ride over (passing Atlantis). My daughter loved it! That day was a bit cloudy so we decided to take the first boat back to the ship so we avoided the rain. We pretty much stayed out by the Mickey Mouse pool on the ship the rest of the day. This was nice because most other passengers were off to Atlantis and we had less rowdy kids to deal with in the pool. The water slide was pretty fun but no adults are allowed to ride only kids. I would have to walk her up the stairs, turn around and go down while my wife waited for her at the bottom. No floaties or water shoes are allowed on the slide. The floors around the pool are extremely hot! Kids were crying all over and running like crazy to get back in the water. That night was pirate night. Ok...this is pretty cool. Parents, kids & staff are dressed up like pirates for dinner. We had so much fun. Don't be afraid to pack a pirate costume for the kids or yourself. The actual pirate party on the deck didn't start until 9:45pm. Kids were having melt downs all around us. Lol! But so worth it. Don't bother getting there early to get close to the show, they make you move off so the kids can play some dumb game then you lose your spot anyway. Our last day was the Florida Keys. We didn't bother getting off of the boat & just stayed on . This is the delay we say the most characters because there were no lines. That night is the Disney Dream musical which was won a ton of awards. It was super cool! We loved it. Sit up close to the left or right side and during the Arial part bubbles will float down from the ceiling. During the Beauty & The Beast set snow will fall. Overall a great trip but be prepared to shell out the cash & deal with 4 yr old melt downs galore! We would definitely do it again but would bring more people with us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Overall the Disney Cruise was pretty good. I think we just expected a little more having been on 4 previous cruises (2 RCL and 2 Norwegian) . First, getting on the boat is the easiest and fastest of any Cruise we have been on. We were on ... Read More
Overall the Disney Cruise was pretty good. I think we just expected a little more having been on 4 previous cruises (2 RCL and 2 Norwegian) . First, getting on the boat is the easiest and fastest of any Cruise we have been on. We were on the boat less than 30 minutes from arriving to the Port. Very efficient. However, my first disappointment was there was no welcome drink, or even anyone asking you to buy a drink. I had to go to the pool bar to get one, as there were no waiters anywhere around on the pool deck - this was throughout the cruise - I guess they are not there to make money on alcohol, and if you want it, then they figure you will go get it ... Another downside - There was no 'Navigator' in the room the first day. We had to go down to Guest Services to get the Navigator so we could see what activities were on the boat that first day. We did receive the Navigator for every other day in our room. The shows were pretty good - 3 Disney Shows and 1 Magic Show - they were more for the kids, but still enjoyable. The Port Stops were good - Nassau was the same as any Nassau stop on any cruise. Key West caused a little headache, since the cruise went to the Bahamas first, you have to go through immigration on the boat before you can get off in Key West. Make sure you get in line early, and bring something to entertain your kids, as it's about a 20-30 minutes of standing in line to get the sticker on your Cruise Card - you can't get off the boat until you have this sticker. Their private island was very nice - nicer and bigger than the RCL Island we've been on, though we had a rainstorm at 11 AM for the rest of the day, so we didn't see everything. The Dining was pretty good. The meals were OK - I'd say 3-3.5 star - I think the food is better on other cruises - especially the deserts. Triton's and Animator's Palate had better food than the other Dining Room. Our waiters were fantastic though - they really made our experience at dinner enjoyable every night! Other disappointments included the lack of any party type atmosphere - even late night in the adults section there wasn't much going on for the adults, what was going on was pretty tame - not really any live music to just hang out and relax to - unless you like Disco - they did have some of that. Also they kept changing the movie schedule, we planned to watch Frozen at 5:30 on Friday, however due to rain they decided to change that to Thursday @ 2:30 PM, which we didn't make as we just watched a movie from 12-2 PM that day before they announced the change, and then changed the Friday Frozen movie to the movie we had just seen. So we never did get the see Frozen, which we really wanted to see. We did see Saving Mr Banks, which is a good movie. However, outside the theater they charge like $4 for popcorn - which comes out of a popcorn machine and probably cost them $0.30 ... that was a little cheesy. I also bought a beer, but then when out an hour into the movie to grab another, only to find the vendor had left. Getting off the boat was very easy as well. They give you an assigned early breakfast time in the place you had dinner the previous night (around 6:45-7 AM for first seating and 7:45-8 AM for 2nd seating). After that you simply just walk off the boat - took only minutes to get to our car in the garage. Overall it was a pretty good cruise, though I expected more in your face Disney. The boat was not has bright colored as I expected and unless you looked at the Navigator for the exact time/location of the charectors, you would not generally see any of them around the boat. It was nice to go on a Disney Cruise once, we did go with our 5 year old nephew - but I don't see us paying the money for another Disney Cruise in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was the first cruise for my husband and I. We went with our 3rd old, along with my brother and sister in-laws and, their 8 yr old. Being our first cruise, I had no idea what to expect. I imagined a ship full of screaming, running, out ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my husband and I. We went with our 3rd old, along with my brother and sister in-laws and, their 8 yr old. Being our first cruise, I had no idea what to expect. I imagined a ship full of screaming, running, out of control kids. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it was not that at all. The ship never felt crowded. We never had to wait in lines for anything. The kids were all well behaved and I never heard a kid screaming throwing a temper tantrum. We have a balcony room with a pull down bed, which our 3 yr old loved. She especially loved the different towel animals on her bed each day. On the first day, our steward put the bed back in the ceiling and our daughter cried because her bed was gone. We just called and asked to have it left out the remainder of the stay. Our steward did an awesome job keeping our room neat and tidy each day. The kid's club was great! Our daughter couldn't wait to go there every night after dinner and play for a couple hours. It was nice to have some adult time for a few hours each night knowing she was having fun. We only did the assigned set down dinner two of the four nights. We had chosen the earlier dinner, but found it was almost too early for us. Yet that later dinner time would have been too late. So we just ate at the pool grill one night and ordered room service another. One thing that we really liked about Disney is that you can bring your own alcohol on. We aren't huge drinkers, but like to have a couple drinks each night. We also made our own bloody marys in the morning. Castaway Cay was our favorite port. Although it was chilly the day we stopped there, we still had fun playing at the beach and appreciated that all of our food was still included for the day. I would recommend Disney for any family with young children. I didn't see many teenagers, so was glad that we hadn't brought our older daughters with. Our daughter is still talking about the Mickey pool and asking when she can go on a big boat again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Our cruise was from January 15th – January 19th out of Miami. I have cruised twice before, both Carnival. The first was the Legend and the second was the Ecstasy so I will make some comparisons between Carnival and Disney during the ... Read More
Our cruise was from January 15th – January 19th out of Miami. I have cruised twice before, both Carnival. The first was the Legend and the second was the Ecstasy so I will make some comparisons between Carnival and Disney during the review. My wife is a Disney fanatic and had on her bucket list to go on a Disney cruise. She averages trips to the park 1-2 times a year. We found the Disney cruise out of Miami to be cheaper than Disney cruises normally are so we jumped at the chance. The question I had when I started this trip was, are Disney cruises that much better? Is the additional cost worth it or are we just paying for the Disney name? We flew in to Miami on Wednesday morning and took a taxi to the cruise terminal. The cost is $24.00 per taxi, not per individual. This is a fixed rate so don’t pay more. We arrived at the cruise terminal about 10:00. We had to wait about 30 minutes before they would let us in. A small crowd of 100 or so gathered before we were admitted to the terminal. Once in, we received our room/charge card (they call it the key to the world card), had our pictures taken for security, etc. Then we were given a group number and instructed to wait until that group number was called before we could board the ship. We waited about 2 hours before our number was called. By that time the terminal building was pretty well packed with people. On the Carnival boats we never had to wait. We entered the terminal, checked in and went straight on the boat. I am not sure if this delay is a Disney or a Miami cruise terminal thing. I suspect it is a Miami cruise terminal problem. I might cruise out of Miami again but if we have the long wait, it will be the last time. Our pervious cruises went out of Port Canaveral. We boarded the ship and because it was so cold in the terminal building and we were in there for two hours, we decided to go up on the top deck to warm up. The weather in Miami was unusually cool. Probably 60s, overcast and very windy so it was not much warmer. After that we went to the buffet to get something to eat and then went to our room which was ready by 1:30. Our luggage was not there but it did arrive a little later. The boat was nice and pretty easy to get around. I would rate it on the same level as the two Carnival boats we have been on. Nothing really stood out as good or bad. The food was average. It was good but nothing outstanding. Once again I would rate it as the same level as Carnival. We ate in the main dining room twice. One was Animator’s Pallet. I read about this before the cruise. I expected to enter a room that was all black and white and as we ate I expected the room to change. We did enter a black and white room with all kinds of sketches of characters on the wall and some large pictures of characters around the room. The large pictures changed to a kind of digital type color picture and the smaller sketches changed from black and white to a reddish and white color but it was not what I expected. I think it was more hype than substance. We went to the Toy Story show and it was really good. A must do for kids. We also attended the pirate party. It was outside and it was quite chilly. Characters danced around on stage to music and Mickey Mouse came swinging in on a high wire. It was cute and the kids seemed to have fun but again it was quite chilly. We took advantage of the ping pong tables and basketball courts some. My 8 year old boy was with us and we signed him up for the kids club but he never attended any activities. He didn’t seem impressed with what they had to offer but I suspect he would have had fun if he went. Our three stops were Disney’s private island, Nassau and Key West. The private island stop was fun but the weather did not cooperate. It was overcast, windy and cool. The Nassau stop was better. We went on the Blue Lagoon beach day and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beach day. The weather was nice. They have lots of activities for kids and adults as well as food and drinks. Key West was nice once we got off the boat. We didn’t dock until later in the morning. We were told we had to clear immigration before we could leave the boat in Key West. At 10:00 everyone was to line up outside one of the restaurants. The Wonder holds something like 2400 passengers. I am sure some people stayed on the boat but it seemed like everyone was leaving and we all had to filter through this “process”. By 12:00 (two hours later) we entered the room. They had 4-5 stations set up with an immigration officer standing at each. You had to walk up to him and present your passport. They had the ceiling lights, some type of spot light, turned to shine in your face. It was very bright. It reminded me of the torture scenes you see in movies where they shine the bright light in the face of the suspect as they question him. He looked at my passport and asked where I was born. I answered and I received a little sticker on my key to the world card so I could leave the ship. Two hours for 2 minutes of that silliness! I guess they have to justify their jobs somehow. I won’t get started on government that is too big and out of control. I will just say I was not happy with that process. It was useless and wasted a lot of time. Disney and/or the immigration service needs to do some serious work on that process. Once off the boat we just roamed around Key West. We purchased the train tickets but only rode it once. If you are not against walking, save your money and don’t purchase the tickets. They are pretty expensive for what you get. I think it was $29.00 per adult or something like that. Key West was nice. I would go back there again as long as I didn’t have to go through that ridiculous Immigration inspection/inquisition/questioning session or whatever you want to call a waste of time and money. We arrived back in Miami to some chilly weather. We kept our luggage and carried it off the boat ourselves. This was probably the quickest we ever left a boat. We took a taxi back to the airport. So was the Disney cruise worth it? It was a fun cruise. The boat was nice and clean, as was our stateroom. The food was average. The entertainment was typical Disney which means it was good. The staff on the boat was excellent, always happy and quick to say “good morning” or “good afternoon”. The weather was not very good for our trip but that is out of Disney’s hands so they can’t be faulted for that. Overall it was a good cruise but I don’t think it was any better than the two Carnival cruises we have been on. If you are totally in to Disney, then that aspect of the cruise would probably make it better than the others. Is it worth the extra money? I really don’t think so. We may take another Disney cruise on one of the other newer and larger boats just to compare but I think my next cruise will be with Norwegian or Royal Caribbean. Just remember, most cruises are what you make of them and any cruise is a good cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Just returned from our wonder trip last night. Wanted to write a review ASAP, before I forget. This cruise is my fifth cruise and I must state I am not a big cruise person. My husband on the other hand loves them. I agree to go because ... Read More
Just returned from our wonder trip last night. Wanted to write a review ASAP, before I forget. This cruise is my fifth cruise and I must state I am not a big cruise person. My husband on the other hand loves them. I agree to go because they are cheap, simple and convenient trips. The Disney Wonder changed my view about cruising. The food, service, and entertainment was much better then any other cruise we have taken. We were told that disney cruises were the best from many friends but I was not expecting very much. We were with our three year old and that was why we chose disney but we also brought my 22 year old son and his friend, (yes, we had a wonerful surprise 40s baby). Everyone had a great time. My son and his friend hung out in the adult area. They were not annoyed at all about all the children because the boat is big enough that there are not kids running crazy all over the place, something I also liked since I am older and sadly not so kid friendly anymore. Us older folks also loved the shows. They were broadway quality and beyond exceptional!! We could not get over the talented singers and special effects. I was not expecting my 22 year son to come with us every night to see the shows but he and his friend were impressed with them and came every night. I am very picky about food and disney did not disappoint. I was in the food industry in my younger years and fully understand how hard it is to feed thousands of people everyday, so I don't expect to get great healthy food on cruises. This time I was impressed. There was only two times at dinner I received your usual cruise ship over cooked- under the warmer to long food and those times were only a part of the whole dinner, one appetizer and one section of the main course. The only issues I had was that we spend 95$ a person to visit Atlantis resort. Not worth it at all. We didn't receive a tour like promised and it took around two hours from the time we met for the excursion to the time we got to sit down and enjoy the resort. What a waste of valuable vacation time. When we got to the resort a guy lead our group to the beach and then just left. The service at Atlantis is horrible if not down right rude. We got a voucher for lunch, well a terrible burger and fries is all you get. A five minute ride, Bad service, bad food, a few fish tanks, and hour on the beach, all for 95$ per person.... Not worth it. We had two other problems, one was the hour long line for immigration when you arrive in Keywest. It's mandatory, even if you don't go into port. This kind of thing is difficult with kids and the kids in line were understandably getting out of control. And the 4:45am refueling notice over the loud speaker right above our beds when we got back to Miami. WTF, my daughter was awaken by this alarm and was terrified. She cried for twenty minutes and then finally went back to sleep. Could they refuel at a different time since it was disembarkment day or warn us during the day. I couldn't get back to sleep, ugh. Other then that we had a Great time, Thank You Disney!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I "Wonder" why we didn't do this sooner! Oh, I know. The cost! This ain't cheap, but it IS something you have to do for your kids. Overall, I was very satisfied (except for the weather, which we know is uncontrollable). ... Read More
I "Wonder" why we didn't do this sooner! Oh, I know. The cost! This ain't cheap, but it IS something you have to do for your kids. Overall, I was very satisfied (except for the weather, which we know is uncontrollable). The ship is lovely and well-maintained. No matter where you were or who you bumped into, the staff always had a smile and friendly face. Getting to see all the characters without having to wait in hours-long lines is a great perk. The food was very good, the stateroom was nice, the movie theater awesome, and the kid's club was very good. Dining: I love the idea of going to different dining rooms each night and having your waiter follow you. Much better than going to the same place every night like on other cruises. By night #2, our servers (Eddie and Desmon) knew that each of our (3) kids wanted a bowl of strawberries, and that I wanted lemon in my water. The buffets were well-stocked and yummy, and the pizza and grill by the pool were great options, as was Goofy's Galley with wraps and salads. Oh, and the ice cream machines were fun! Palo was well worth $25 per person. Our server, Felice, was the best I've seen in any restaurant. I truly felt like a valued customer and the food was great. Overall, the food was very good everywhere on the ship - better than I thought it would be. You are never wanting for anything because you can get everything! Nightly shows: Toy Story was top notch! Golden Mickeys was cute. The theater itself is very nice. The room itself was rather nice, but its location on the ship not so much. This cabin is in the rear of the boat, with close proximity to the rudders, etc., so we heard quite a bit of noise at terrible, middle-of-the-night hours. Choose a room more in the center of the ship so you can actually sleep! As for the room, Disney is great with 2 baths...one has a shower and sink, and the other has a toilet and sink. This worked well for our group. However, since this is so kid-centric, it was very surprising that there were no step stools in either of the baths. I suggest that they install flip-back stools below the sinks in both baths. The sleeping areas were good - as soon as my son noticed there was a flip-down bed, that's where he wanted to sleep. And though there was only a curtain separating him from our bed, at least it was heavy-duty. Our stateroom host, Nerine, was FABULOUS. Always had a smile, kind word for us, and always left our room perfectly made-up. Immigration in Key West: though the line moved rather quickly (for an adult), there was not enough staff on-hand to direct the flow of people. Most people on line were questioning if they were where they were supposed to be. Plus, since nearly everyone had kids with them, it was tough to wait in line with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Not knowing at all what to expect we were pleasantly surprised. The flight from Austin to Miami was delayed so we were very rushed in getting there. We learned to travel to the port the day before in order to avoid this hassle. Once ... Read More
Not knowing at all what to expect we were pleasantly surprised. The flight from Austin to Miami was delayed so we were very rushed in getting there. We learned to travel to the port the day before in order to avoid this hassle. Once Disney took over though we were treated like royalty. From the bus ride to the ship and back our trip could not have been better. Our stateroom was adequate for our needs. Loved the split bathroom. That made getting dressed for dinner much easier with the two of us getting ready at the same time. We loved the pool area. Only used the Quiet Cove since we did not have our kids along, but it was a lot of fun. Every dinner was delicious and our servers were spectacular. I loved how everyone knew our names with in the first day and if we saw them any where else on the ship they would stop and talk to us and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Our stateroom hostess, Christine was so nice. I think she cleaned our room every time we left. The boat was a lot of fun. Plenty to do at all times. We only saw one show, Toy Story the musical. It was a broadway style production. Very well done and entertaining. We chose to carry our own luggage off the ship on the day of disembarkation, we walked right through Customs and made it to the airport in plenty of time. We are looking forward to returning on another Disney Cruise, this time with our kids. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We have cruised on Norweigian and Royal Caribbean several times. But, everyone (including travel agents) told us that DCL was the "best" and the "premiere" cruise line for families. We are a family of four (two adults ... Read More
We have cruised on Norweigian and Royal Caribbean several times. But, everyone (including travel agents) told us that DCL was the "best" and the "premiere" cruise line for families. We are a family of four (two adults in 30s and two children, ages 2.5 and 4). We also had grandparents in their 60s join us. So when we saw that DCL offered a "kids cruise free" deal out of Miami, we decided to skip Orlando and the long lines at Disneyworld and try the DCL cruise instead. The Disney Wonder was mostly a good experience, but there were some disappointements, as well. The biggest disappointment for all of us was the quality of the food onboard. We just cruised on Royal Caribbean in December and the DCL food was just terrible by comparison. Disney cruises are for kids and families. Period. Anyone who tells you that it's a great experience for an "adults only" cruise is lying. Everything is catered to children, from service at restaurants, food options (or lackthereof), shows, pools, entertainment, etc. This was specifically glaring in the restaurants and with food options and quailty of food. Be prepared to wait in lots of lines and be prepared to be "Disneyed-Out." Also be prepared to be surrounded by throngs of overstimulated and overtired rugrats. That is what a Disney Cruise is. Instead of waiting in lines at DisneyWorld, we waited in lines at sea. Pros: (1)Embarkation. Pretty easy. We took the Disney transportation shuttle from Miami airport to the cruise terminal, and it was a relatively seamless experience and convenient. Since we didn't have car seats for our 2 year old and 4 year old, the shuttle bus was a must. No regrets on utilizing and paying for it. (2) Room: We were in room 7106, which was a balcony stateroom. It was a lovely room, and we would book it again. The room was spacious by cruise standards, and easily fit two adults and two children. Much bigger than Royal Caribbean. Our 4 year old was in the sofa that converts to a twin sized bed. 2 year old in pack n play. Love the dual bathroom set up and especially the tub, which made it so easy to bathe the kids after a day on the beach. better than Royals shower-in-toilet set up. Be careful because the drawers roll in and out without guards, so we had two incidents with crying over pinched fingers. Water pressure was so-so. In the sink/toilet room the hot water was scalding and was difficult to adjust. Love that we got shampoo, conditioner, and lotion (Royal gave nothing at all). All good sized bottles. Lots of storage in the room, including ample room for a stroller. Would be nice if they had a step for kids to use to access the sink for tooth brushing, etc. we overturned a trash can and used that. Beds were very comfortable, so were pillows. (Better than Royal). Nice that there was a privacy screen to separate where kids were from where adults were, so we could read at night. (3) Entertainment We found the shows to be quite wonderful for Disney themed shows. You aren't going to see variety shows or comedians or anything like that. On a Disney Cruise you get Disney Disney and more Disney. It's all for kids, and the Disney shows were amazing. Special effects, costumes, production, were all incredible. One thing we did notice that was interesting is that a lot of the time, the performers were singing to a pre-recorded track, so the chorus you hear isn't just the performers on the stage, but a large chorus of performers that is recorded, as well. On Royal, everything was "live" as far as vocals, as compared to Disney. Sure, the solos are live, but the vast majority of the music and singing was obviously pre-recorded. The Golden Mickey's show was adorable, and we loved the way they incorporated the audience and certain members into the performance. Same with Toy STory the musical. During our performance there was a technical problem with making the character of Buzz Lightyear "fly." You could see the wires attached to him, but for some reason there was a malfunction. When the stage went dark, there was a moment of panic and then a bunch of dancers came running in to entertain the crowd while the technicians tried to fix things behind the stage. It was a great cover! Our favorite performance was the final night "Disney Dreams" which included reenactments of several princess-themed musical spots. My 2 year old son was transfixed the entire time. Also neat was the confetti and bubbles and other crowd-entertaining experiences. Aside from the shows in the theater, there was also a variety of entertainment available for the kids. The Bon Voyage party included dancing and interactive activities for the kids, including these cute sparkle things the kids could wave and shake. And, of course, there was the famous pirate night and fireworks. Be forewarned, that the pirate party and fireworks are LATE at night, e.g., 10:30 PM / 10:45 PM, so the littlest pirates will not be able to make the show. Kind of sad. It would be nice to do the fireworks a little bit earlier, perhaps, so the under age 7 set can enjoy them. (4) Activities - lots for kids to do on board. Especially neat were the character experiences. But be prepared to wait in LONG lines. We had to wait for 45 minutes to meet the Disney Princesses. It's not Disney World, but be prepared for lots of lines. (5)Castaway Cay - this was amazing. Beautiful. Clean. Good food. Wonderful Beaches. And so nice to not have to take a tender into the island. The ship pulls right up and you can walk off. I would live there if I could! My daughter enjoyed playing in the rented inner tube. And there is also a water slide that is available for children who are over 38" tall. My 4 year old went down the water slide with a life jacket on. (6) Nassau - Blue Lagoon Island. In Nassau we went to Blue Lagoon Island, which was terrific and worth the extra price for the beach. The island is gorgeous with warm blue water, an inflatable water park, and on-land bounce park, dolphin and sealion encounters, and a really yummy BBQ lunch included in the price. Just the ferry ride to the island is an adventure, as you get to ride past the gorgeous Nassau estate of Oprah! ONE major CON for this shore excurion -- What did surprise me though is that Disney Cruise Line charged $55 for my two-year-old to participate in this shore excursion. On Royal Caribbean we did the same shore excursion two months ago and he was FREE. What's that about? My four year old daughter was half priced on Royal, and Disney charged her a full price ticket. Same excursion. Same ferry. Same BBQ Food. But DCL charged a lot more! (7) BYOB - Nice that DCL allowed us to carry on two bottles of wine, so we could enjoy a good glass of wine at half the price. Alcoholic beverages on DCL were also comparatively inexpensive at $5.75 for most mixed drinks vs. $9 on RCL. CONS: (1) Food - Pretty bad. Disappointingly bad, considering the premium price for the cruise. The menu options were varied and promising, but the execution of the meals and the flavors were bland and sometimes awful. Buffet food was also sub-par. The "fast food" on the cruise (pizza, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, burgers, etc.) all around the pool area were tasty. But the sit down restaurants food was very disappointing. Fish was way overcooked and flavorless. Same with steak. Instead of a whole cut of tenderloin steak, they serve you a few pre-cut strips of a dry and tough meat. More surprising Lobster was not offered at all. In fact, I don't think there was any lobster on the cruise at all. This is clearly a cruise where food is geared toward children, and not anyone with a gourmet palate. On Royal Caribbean we felt like we were eating at a fine dining restaurant every night because the caliber of the food was so great. Steaks, lobster, all kinds of seafood. On Disney everything was just bland and some dishes were down right ruined. It was a shame because the Disney Dining rotation was a neat concept. We ate in three different restaurants on three different nights, all with different themes. But the menus were all similar and the food was all equally disappointing. We had one decent dinner in Tritons on the second night. The sea bass. Steaks were not actual steaks, but strips of pre-cut steak badly cooked. An "avocado citrus salad" was two tiny chips of avocado sitting on a bunch of iceburg lettuce with some minute made condensed OJ drizzled on top. I tried a tuna-tatar appetizer with wasabi, but it just tasted bad. The restaurants were clearly for kids. Which was nice because our kids could act out, make noise, etc., and no one would care. But if I was not part of a family and wanted to go on a relaxing adult cruise, this would not be it. Just because of the restaurants. Noise. Clanging. Crying. Screaming. Great for kids. Not so great for adults. But that's a Disney Cruise. CONS - (2) Kids Club - This was another, surprising, disappointment for us. The kids club facilities were impressive...amazing, actually. Both the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab were gorgeous, taking up half an entire deck of the ship. But, facilities aside, we found the kids clubs to be disorganized, chaotic, and even a bit dangerous. There seemed to be no organized activities for the kids while our daughter was there. Just a huge mob of children running every which way. The kids scanned in and out with a special RFID bracelet. But there were no name tags for the children. No individual attention. No personalized attention. No organized activities from what we could see. There were groups of kids running here and there exploring and playing, but I did not see an organized group doing a craft. The only thing I did see was a halphazard "dance class" in the Oceaneer Lab. It felt like you drop off your child in this massive room with all this overstimulation, and then they fend for themselves. This wasn't very confidence-building for parents with younger children in the 3-6 age range, who require more structure. I could easily see a situation where a younger child gets hurt or injured due to the lack of ratio with adult care-givers and individualized attention. when we used the kids club on Royal Caribbean, it was a smaller program (and filled up quickly), but the children had name tags and there was much more structure, organization, planned activities and themes, and very strict ratios with adult caregivers. I had much more confidence leaving my 4 year old child in the Royal Caribbean staff care than Disney. The Disney kids club truly reminded me of "Neverland" and all the kids were "lost boys" running about, doing whatever they wanted, without any adult orgnization. Perhaps the club facility itself is enough. But if you have a child who is shy or easily bullied, there could be trouble. Another example of the lack of attention - My daughter spent 2 hours in the Kids Club on Castaway Cay while I went to the spa. When I checked her in, I specified that she had dietary restrictions (we do not eat red meat or pork). When I picked her up after lunch, she proudly explained how she "ate all kinds of different foods" (including a hot dog and a hamburger). She ended up with a bad tummy for most of the afternoon because she normally doesn't eat that stuff. While I realize this wasn't a big deal... it was a burger. It would be concerning to me if my daughter had much stricter food allergies or food intolerances. Just something for parents to note. (3) CONS Pirate Night Be forewarned, that the pirate party and fireworks are LATE at night, e.g., 10:30 PM / 10:45 PM, so the littlest pirates will not be able to make the show. Kind of sad. It would be nice to do the fireworks a little bit earlier, perhaps, so the under age 7 set can enjoy them. (4) CON - Disembarkation Disembarkation - there is no buffet or room service available on the morning of disembarkation. This was hugely inconvenient for us. We were assigned a breakfast time of 6:45 AM at one of the restaurants, and if we missed it, we wouldn't eat breakfast. Imagine trying to wake two overtired kids up at 6am, so they can get dressed and get to the restaurant by 6:45 AM on vacation. Not good. (5) CON - Service charges. Our cruise was four nights and we had close to $300 in gratuities and service charges added to our bill. On top of these "fixed" gratuities, it's expected that you give an additional tip to each of the head waiter, main waiter, assistant waiter, and cabin steward. DCL provides the envelopes and you feel bad if you don't give them more. My 2-year-old had the equivalent of $75 in tips prefixed for four days. Methinks excessive. All in all we had an enjoyable time, and would probably go again. But we found the food to be sooooo disappointing for the price we paid for the cruise. I don't think that DCL lived up to the hype in our book. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
I went on this 4 night cruise with my husband and 2 kids (ages 7 and 9). This was our 2nd Disney cruise and it was as great as the first one, though too short! As repeat cruisers, it took us less time to get acclimated and we immediately ... Read More
I went on this 4 night cruise with my husband and 2 kids (ages 7 and 9). This was our 2nd Disney cruise and it was as great as the first one, though too short! As repeat cruisers, it took us less time to get acclimated and we immediately started taking advantage of the evening shows and other special events. The cabin size (outward-facing with balcony) was comfortable for 4 people and stateroom service was great. We again enjoyed Castaway Cay and really liked the day excursion to the Atlantis water park, as well. But my highest praise comes around the food, which is the main reason we sail Disney. My daughter was multiple severe food allergies (egg, dairy, peanut, tree nut, sesame) and the dining staff is fabulous. We felt confident that her food was safe, and they went out of their way to offer alternative desserts. We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
This is my third cruise with DCL. We took 2 cruises on the Disney Dream in 2012 before trying out the Disney Wonder for the first time. First, even though I will share the good, bad and everythign in between, let me say that I still think ... Read More
This is my third cruise with DCL. We took 2 cruises on the Disney Dream in 2012 before trying out the Disney Wonder for the first time. First, even though I will share the good, bad and everythign in between, let me say that I still think Disney is the premiere cruise line for families with children, and for adults w/o children for that matter who seek out the magical Disney experience. We were uncertain about the older Wonder ship, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that the service quality, staff friendliness, shows, kids activities, and ship cleanliness were all superb on this ship just like it was on the newer Dream. I will quickly go through the list of things I think Disney can and should improve about the Wonder experience to make it even better, but all in all still a great cruise experience. This is out of Disney's control, but the Port of Miami check-in procedures seemed more hectic and chaotic than checking in at Port Canaveral. We arrived at 11:00 for early check-in (that was our scheduled time to arrive), but they didn't clear the ship until 12:15 for those already checked-in to enter the ship. That was a frustrating full hour to just sit around with absolutely nothing to do, no snacks, no nothing in that tiny waiting area. We never had an experience like that at Port Canaveral. Those ships at that Port cleared by 11:00 on both occasions for us. The food was very good overall, but we did find that the food quality was not quite as good on the Wonder compared to the Dream. Animator's Palate was spectacular as far as the dining room experience. What a neat place to eat dinner! We really liked the atmosphere and food at Triton's too. Parrot Cay was just okay, and unfortunately we got assigned to eat there 2 out of the 4 nights. Our waiters were friendly, but they seemed overworked and stressed out part of the time. The ship was packed (full), so that might have explained why we felt the waiters were so slammed and assigned too many tables. Not their fault. We never once felt this way about the wait staff on the Dream. The shows were great as always, with the exception of the Toy Story musical. That show was a little bothersome for us and we think other families with children felt similar. They way overplayed the "evil" kid in that musical, so the show took on too dark of an experience for Disney if you ask me. The music in it was just plain weird when the evil kid played his parts. The "Dreams" show was absolutely incredible and easily the best Disney show we've ever seen. Incredible acting and music in that show...they need to take this one to Broadway! We had already seen the Golden Mickey's. It's a good show, but it's probably time for Disney to retire it soon since all of us who cruise regularly are going to tire out from that same show. The kids activities were great as always. One of our kids just became a tween, so he enjoyed the Edge a lot. Heck, we all enjoyed it during Open House and my wife, myself and his 7 year old sister enjoyed about an hour playing games in there one day. Bingo, always fun. Disney trivia, always fun. Pools were great on this ship. Thank you for keeping the Goofy pool heated, in January! That made all the difference. I have to admit our kids and I really missed the Aqua Duck that is only on the Dream and Fantasy, and the Mickey slide on the wonder was way too slow and no thrills for our 7 and 11 year olds. The ship needs to upgrade and put in some type of new slide or water attraction beyond what's there (2 small pools for kids and a dinky slide). The b-ball and soccer courts were great, as was the ping pong and fusball tables at the front of the ship. We hung out there a few times and loved that part of the ship! This was better than the Dream's sports deck if you ask me. Our interior cabin on Deck 2 was very clean and we loved our cabin steward. He was very nice and always asking about our experience with the room and with the cruise in general. We did miss staying in a room with a veranda this time, so if you can spend a little more to stay in a room with a balcony on DCL I highly encourage it. It makes a big difference to experience that natural sunlight and ocean breeze right from your room. All in all, a fantastic cruise and ship. We have our sights on the Fantasy next time, and can't wait to enjoy the longer 7 nt. cruise experience on DCL. Also, I'm SO ready to return to Port Canaveral. I'm just not a fan of Miami or the Port there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Disney Wonder Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 4.5 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.5

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