So sad your 6yr old didn't enjoy the cruise and you didn't as well. With Disney cruises, your paying for the name, the icon, the theme. And it sounds to me like they fell short for your cruise. Such a shame to pay the extra compared to what you would have paid for a cruise on another line and not get what you expected. Maybe next time, try Norwegian for their themed "Nickelodeon" cruises for kids. May have more success there.
Review by jmj85
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
Thanks for your review, nice to see that you did a balanced review giving good ratings for the good things. I guess the lines for the characters on the ship is like the lines at the parks for the good rides.
I have done 3 people in a cabin before and can not imagine 4 in a cabin. Did you do a inside or the Deluxe inside with the split bath ? Traveling with 4 I could see how the Deluxe with split bath would be of help.
We had taken my 6 year old niece on RCCL and she loved it. Granted no Disney characters, but she loved it. The kids department was great and kept her happy giving us adults ability to go to the shows.
It is a shame since Disney is about twice the price of other cruise lines, but it is a premium line.
Atleast your enjoyed the food and the shows. It is too bad that the lines were so long. It is hard enough for adults to wait on a long line but twice as hard for kids with their short attention span.
Interior cabins on the Wonder are 184 square feet, fairly large for an interior and comparable to staterooms with balconies on newer ships. On the NCL Breakaway, for example, an interior is 151 square feet and a cabin with a balcony is 205 square feet (and that number includes a 30 square foot balcony). When Disney launched the Dream and Fantasy they kept the original stateroom dimensions while other cruise lines were shrinking them on their newer builds (a notable exception is Carnival). You do, however, pay a premium when taking a Disney cruise.
As for character experiences they're frequent but during peak hours (typically around dinner) the lines can be fairly lengthy. Characters also tend to wander around the ship unexpectedly (my daughter once passed Belle and she sat down and read to her).
There's a lot to do on a Disney cruise but like a trip to Disney it takes a bit of planning to ensure that you get the maximum bang for your buck.
I think it was Monarch of the Sea that had 115 SQ Ft interior cabins.... they were so small the head of the bed was the back wall, the foot of the bed was the wall to the shower. The TV was mounted to the shower wall. Now that was small.