gremorr

gremorr
Third Mate

Joined: 09/09/2015
2
Cruises
2
Reviews
5
Helpful Votes

About gremorr



Following

gremorr's Past Cruises

Disney Wonder

May 2016 - Disney Wonder to Alaska - Inside Passage

Third Time As Good As The First

My wife and I made our first ever cruise aboard the Disney Wonder on the Alaska itinerary in August 2014. That trip was amazing, and hooked us on the joys of cruising forever. We followed that first trip up with our second in August 2015 aboard the Disney Magic on its 7 night Western Mediterranean itinerary. For 2016 we wanted to treat our daughter and her new husband to a cruise adventure, and the best one we could think of was Disney's Alaska trip. So, less than two years later we found ourselves once again touching down in the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. with renewed excitement and anticipation of the week before us.

 

Disney did not disappoint. In fact, having now been on three cruises with the Mouse and Co. aboard basically the same ship (the Magic and the Wonder are very similar) I am quite amazed at how consistently perfect the experiences have been. Everything we loved on the first cruise in 2014 was there in 2015 and again in 2016. At no point did we ever find ourselves thinking anything negative, i.e. this was better last time or why did they change that or I wish they would have stuck with this rather than change it. The service was exemplary, the dining without flaw, the entertainment as expected. The Wonder was as clean and maintained as we remembered, and we continue to value her classically elegant design aspects. She is a beautiful vessel, particularly when docked next to several other cruise lines at the various port calls. None compare to the Wonder, even smaller ships from the luxury class lines. I was always proud to wonder the port stops with my Castaway Club backpack, and was often asked by people from the other cruise line ships about how it was to cruise aboard Disney's ship.

 

I must give a shout out to Peter Hofer who has been our Cruise Director on all three of our adventures. Cruise Director Peter can single you out from 3,000 other guests and make you feel as welcome as if he were hosting you in his own home. Now, I realize my sphere of comparison is nil, but I would be perfectly happy if Peter was the CD on every cruise I ever take!

 

When we first experienced the rotational dining plan practiced on the Disney Cruise Line we were completely enthralled with it. The familiarity one experiences with the Head Server, Server and Assistant Server is what the plan is all about. Okay, the food is important, but it would really be just good food without the servers. We looked forward to each night knowing we had a set time to dine, a set table to eat at and the same people taking care of us for the entire week. Moving among the three main dining rooms is fun and adds to the variety. After the first cruise we did wonder if the experience could be duplicated the following year, and it absolutely was even with a different set of servers. Our third cruise was more of the same. How Disney can find and train servers to be so consistently friendly and attentive and personable is amazing. I've read some horror reviews over the last two years that have made me appreciate our experience so much more and to be further amazed at the consistency from year to year and ship to ship.

 

And then there is the Room Steward! All three cruises have introduced us to the most wonderful person who could ever look after our room. Three different times we have made a new friend from some far off point. This year we met Grenville from India who was always there with a smile and time to chat. Our room was always immaculate and any request granted immediately.

 

The only thing left to say is that we will have a difficult time trying another cruise line other than Disney, which worries me a little because they only have four ships and two of them are always in the Caribbean which isn't one of our desired destinations. I understand there are two new ship targeted for delivery in 2022 or so which may open up some more itineraries. I also understand the Wonder is going into dry dock in Cadiz, Spain at the end of this year's Alaska run for a significant overhaul. I will definitely look forward to reconnecting with her a third time, perhaps sometime in 2017.

 

I know I haven't said much about the port stops or the scenery along the route. It is amazing. I did wonder if I would be disappointed the second time around by feeling all "been there, done that" about the trip, but I was not at all. When you think about it chances are you are not going to go out on deck at exactly the same times each time you do the itinerary so you are bound to see different bits of scenery each time. You can always do a different excursion in the port stops, or, as with us, you just like to stay on the ship during some then you just enjoy the ship's amenities anyway. I will say the Alaska trip is quite different from the Med in that you are never out of sight of land on the Alaska run so there is always something to see and be amazed by. While sailing across the Med with no land in sight at times is equally amazing, it is different.

Read Full Review »

Disney Magic

August 2015 - Disney Magic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

One of Those Trips of a Lifetime

Pompeii, Rome, Florence, the French Riviera...all places Americans hear about from the time they begin hearing about places. These geographic locations are among the icons of our planet. They are not just simply tourist locations, but rather historical markers, cultural meccas and places of dreams and imagination. Now, what would you say if someone told you they could arrange for you to see all these wondrous spots within a single week, and all you had to do was unpack once? Well, that is exactly what DCL can arrange for you with their 7 Night Western Mediterranean cruise.

Following up our first ever cruise last year aboard the Disney Wonder in Alaska, my wife and I departed the ever so cool city of Barcelona aboard the Wonder's sister ship, Magic. Saturday, late afternoon, and the Magic eased its way out into the Mediterranean Sea, the bluest water I've seen in my life. Sailing due east across the sea we soon lost sight of the land behind us as the sun set. Disney did not disappoint. The food, the service, the entertainment...all was first rate.

The shore excursions, while amazing, were strenuous, especially during the summer when the heat and humidity were high. I imagine there are weather related reasons Disney repositions its ships to the Caribbean in the fall and winter rather than continue to tour other parts of the world when the temperatures are milder, but it would be nice to be able to take this cruise when it isn't so hot in Italy.

I am a big Disney Cruise Line fan and advocate. If you are contemplating a Med cruise, you should seriously consider the Disney experience.

 

 

 

Read Full Review »

gremorr's Tips

Disney Wonder Disney Wonder - Learn the ship and all she has to offer. Enjoy the Deck 4 Promenade that runs around the ship; it is never crowded and offers the best and most comfortable views of the scenery passing by. The top decks, 9 and 10, can get a bit windy. Triton's is the best place for breakfast and lunch.
Barcelona, Spain - It's all about the tapas, gracias. There is nothing like sitting down at Cerveceria Catalana in the Eixample District with a pitcher of house made sangria, a plate of jamon Iberico and another of Padron peppers.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - You cannot see Rome in a half a day (which is about the time you have after traveling from the port). Don't try or you will just get frustrated and tired.
Naples, Italy - Don't miss Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. Just hope for cooler temperatures.
Disney Magic Disney Magic - The laundry rooms are convenient and inexpensive. Easy to use, and it helps stretch out your wardrobe over the seven days.

Badges (Learn More)


Points (View Leaderboard)

0
This Week
72
Total

Recent Activity

shared a quick tip for Disney Wonder"Learn the ship and all she has to offer. Enjoy the Deck 4 Promenade that runs around the ship; it is never crowded and offers the best and most comfortable views of the scenery passing by. The top decks, 9 and 10, can get a bit windy. Triton's is the best place for breakfast and lunch. "

added May 23, 2016 cruise on Disney Wonder to their profile.

reviewed their Alaska - Inside Passage cruise on Disney Wonder and gave it 5 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Disney Magic cruise review - One of Those Trips of a Lifetime

received a helpful vote on their Disney Magic cruise review - One of Those Trips of a Lifetime

received a helpful vote on their Disney Magic cruise review - One of Those Trips of a Lifetime

received a helpful vote on their Disney Magic cruise review - One of Those Trips of a Lifetime

received a helpful vote on their Disney Magic cruise review - One of Those Trips of a Lifetime

uploaded a photo album from their Disney Magic cruise on 2015-08-29

reviewed their Europe - Western Mediterranean cruise on Disney Magic and gave it 5 stars!