Disney Wonder Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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5 out of 5

A GREAT vacation for Children and Adults

Sail Date: April 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

The Ship is beautiful, the staterooms were relatively spacious and the service was terrific. We cruised two years ago on the Disney Wonder. On April 30, 2007 we went on our 2nd 4-night Cruise on The Disney Wonder, which recently came out of dry dock. The renovations involved some nice changes to the ship. The gym size was doubled and new, state of the art equipment was added. The Vista Spa also receive some updates including new "Spa Suites" that adults can rent for the day. For the family, the Goofy Pool received a new "Jumbotron TV screen" on which one can watch cartoons while lounging in the pool. The snack bar by the Mickey Mouse pool now offers new, healthier food alternatives for lunch.

For the adults, we highly recommend the Vista Spa! So many great offerings at similar rates as to what you would find on dry land. note - they often run specials and different services than what you can find on-line. so booking a spa experience can easily be done on the ship ( a good time to do this would be shortly after you board). You will find a great staff eager to tell you about what they have on offer and often willing to take you on a tour of the state of the art facility.

One other note, we arrived at the port around 11:30 and by the time we dropped off luggage, went through security, hit the potties and then checked in, it was about 12:20p.m. We boarded the ship around 12:45 and ate lunch right away ( our kids are always hungry). Our staterooms were ready at 1:30 pm on the dot! The great thing is that not everyone had boarded so the kids pool was not too crowded and we could roam about and discover all of the new changes.

Overall, our expecations were not only met, they were surpassed!

Pros: The Service!!!

Cons: The Day at Sea

Recommends Disney Wonder? Yes!

Ship Quality
We love the attention to cleanliness. There were constantly staff members cleaning everything. The decor is very disney and very nautical - we LOVED it!! The kids, pools, as one would expect, do get pretty crowded, however, Disney is changing their cruise itinerary soon, where the ship will stop twice a Castaway Cay ( for the 4 night cruise) - when the ship is docked the pools are not nearly as busy and almost quiet...
Food and Dining
Food was out standing. If you like wine, we highly recommend the wine package - it pretty amazing on how they keep track of your actual bottle of wine ( but they do!!) and more cost effective than buying wine by the glass. The wine selection was really quite good!
We also recommend making advance reservatiojns for PAOLO's - which is outstanding - not only the view, but the food and the service!!!! - not to mention no children - so we could enjoy a little adult time.
Cabin / Stateroom
We have travelled in both the Category 7 and Category 5 staterooms. Both are great, but now that our youngest is a little older, you can't beat the stateroom with the balcony. I also recommend trying to arrange for a room that is "midship". We once had a room on deck 5 Forward and had 25 foot seas one night - so every wave could be felt - and then some!!!! Being Midship helps limit some of the motion felt if you tend to experience motion sickness.
Service and Staff
Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!
Entertainment
The Shows were terrific - Broadway quality. The best thing is that they were long enough to keep you interested, but no so long where your children are getting restless.

We liked the fact that you could make your own schedule - we are not the sort of family that likes alot of "group" activities - we like to have the option of doing our own thing - which Disney gives you that option either way. There are plenty of things going on throughout the day if you want to get involved, but if not, you can do your own thing.

We also liked that they show recently released Disney Movies in the movie theatre.
Children's Programs
We like the security and cleanliness of everything involving the children. The nice thing is that often the characters come to the Oceaneers Club to see the children. Otherwise, your child would need to wait in line to get some time with Cinderella or whomever it might be. - sorry, but I don't want to spend my vacation standing in line! - so the Oceaneer's Club was a good alternative and the staff are energetic and patient.


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