Wonder to Alaska
Disney Wonder Cruise Review to Alaska
Ship: Disney Wonder
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 5 years ago
My family of three, two adults and a 7 year old girl sailed on the Disney Wonder from Vancouver to Alaska, finishing in Seattle in May of 2012. We had never been on a cruise before, and were wowed right from the start. They announce us as Princess (our daughter's name) and the _____family as we entered the Wonder's stunning atrium. There were a lot of children on this cruise, as we expected, it being Disney. We picked this cruise because of Disney's children's program. They will look after your kids from about 9am until 1am. This is the place where the toys play with the kids! Kind of hard to beat appearances from Snow White and Captain Hook. Our daughter loved the playroom and activities such as the Ratatouille Cooking School. The councilors were great and she had a "wonder"-full time. The only difficult thing was getting her to leave.
Our inside stateroom was very well appointed and comfortable. (Though the crew came down twice to fix it, the heat didn't work, but I hear these temperature control knobs in cruise ship staterooms are just for looks.) The bathroom was stocked with lovely lotions and shampoos by Disney. We even had a tub. The decor was very nice too. The TV had many choices and all good.Our steward Herbert was excellent.
The entertainment was first rate, we really enjoyed the music, costumes, dancers and special effects. These shows were fabulous. There were lots of movies and floor shows, cooking and drawing classes, and the biologist gave excellent presentations on whales. There was always something interesting to do.
I have done a good deal of waitressing and I must say, I was very impressed with how things were done in the dining rooms. Roy was the Maitre d', Jose and Marvin, the waiters. I have never seen such a high standard of service done so efficiently, a marvel of organization. The staff made us feel truly welcome. The variety of dishes on the menu each night was astounding, and they seem to be able to cater to any food allergies or preferences. The food was always excellent in the dining rooms. We went to three different dining rooms, in rotation, our wait staff was always the same though. They waiters remember all your quirks and preferences, and do magic tricks for the kids.
Disney characters roam around the ship, and my little girl got her photo taken with all the Disney Princesses.All the staff without exception were warm and friendly, they seemed to truly like their jobs. The ship was immaculately clean. The decor of the ship was so elegant, with Disney character touches. Each set of elevators and stairs had different decorative motifs and designs.
(Beware of 18th century type pirates though, the ship is crawling with them. Luckily they were nice to us;)
The buffet was a bit crowded at breakfast, they could of used more seating.
We stopped at Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and ended in Seattle. In Skagway we went on a van tour with a very knowledgeable guide up the White Pass.The three towns, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau seem to be wall to wall jewelry stores. In Juneau we visited the Mendenhall Glacier, a must see. Ketchikan had very friendly people who helped us out with tweezers and sympathy when our little girl got a sliver. We had only the one day in Seattle, so went to the marvelous Woodland Park Zoo.
If you love great entertainment, first rate food and service, and especially if you have kids, (but there's lots for the adults too, fine for couples as well), do go on a Disney Cruise.