March 2016 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Disney Wonder
"Wonder"ful family vacation
Family of 6. Travelled with grandparents (total 8). Two kids in a stateroom with grandparents and two kids in our stateroom.
Accomodations: Deluxe Ocean view room- ample space for 2 adults and 2 kids. Plenty of storage space. Includes a safe for valuables. Loved the bathtub for our 3yo and the separate rooms for sink/toilet/shower. Two sinks was a huge benefit. Fridge was handy. Mostly very clean. We found someone's left behind luggage under our bed and dust/hair behind one bathroom door. Otherwise pristine. Beds were comfy. Alarm clock worked for the two mornings we had to be up early. Only gripe- if the closet door isn't closed correctly it will slide open as the boat rocks overnight which turns on an automatic closet light.
Room service: Sometimes took more than an hour, but was always a generous portion and exactly what we asked for.
Stateroom attendant: Provided twice daily service and turn down service. Very friendly and accomodating.
Tuxedo rental- flawless and handy, nice suit, good value, would recommend.
Self service laundry- only cost $3 to wash and dry a load. Was a lifesaver as we had one seasick kiddo and one wait too long for the bathroom. So very thankful for reasonably priced laundry availability!
Meals and dining service: Readily available and reasonably fast at all restaurants. Triton's was Mom's favorite with Animator's Palate a close second. Husband and Kids both reported Parrot Cay as the favorite and cited larger portions and more selection. Animator's Palate was the most entertaining. Servers were always willing to accomodate special requests. One night they made a custom ice cream sundae for our daughter and ice cream wasn't even on the menu. They learned our preferences and names quickly and entertained the antsy kids with magic tricks and games.
Complimentary beverages, ice cream and meals on deck 9 at all hours was handy. The sweet pretzels were only "ok" but all other food was great.
Pirate night buffet should not be missed.
Spa services were top class. Had a hot stone massage, facial and mini foot treatment. Take advantage of booking specials on the first day.
5K was famiy friendly. Dropped 3-yo off at Scuttle's Cove on the Island during the run. Even the kids and walkers were awarded medallions- would recommend.
Our kids age 3,6,7, and 11 all really enjoyed the Oceaneer Lab. They said the Oceaneer Club was just OK. 11 yo didn't really care for the Edge, mostly because the Legos were off limits.
Two of our kids were selected to appear in the Golden Mickey's show as guests. They received certificates for their participation, it was nicely done. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos, I expected the ship photographer to capture that moment for us, but they didn't.
Overall photography was superb. We had gorgeous family photos with our party of 24 extended family members. Dozens of character photos and fantastic family portraits on the white background. Don't miss the professional photography spots on Castaway Cay- they are exquisite.
Lines are much shorter to see the characters after 9 pm.
The gameshow "Who wants to be a Mouseketeer" in Studio Sea was delightful. The host gave hints to kiddos under age 7 to help them along- well done.
Family games in the Promenade lounge were just ok- better for older kids. Animation class was fun but fast for young kids.
Could have been better:
Shutters Photography- created a madhouse on the last day. Guests should be able to view and order photos from their rooms. Guests were literally pushing and shoving others off the photo viewing screens to meet the deadline. Poorly done. Should offer incentivised pricing to purchase photo packages on the first day and allow guests to design photo books in their rooms.
Too many Oceaneer Club/Lab open house hours during mid-day. We were among the first to debark onto Castaway Cay due to the 5K. By 2pm our young kids needed to come in and get out of the sun. Our oldest wanted to watch the Star Wars movie that was playing on the ship at 2. It is PG-13. We would have liked to let the younger kids go to the Oceaneer Lab as we watched the movie with our oldest son. Since there was no place for the younger kids, only one parent could go. This sort of thing happened multiple times throughout our stay. Our bigger kid too frequently had to forego participation in things that interested him because of open house/no place for his younger siblings at the time his activity was offered.
Any movie that is playing on the ship should be able to be ordered to your room tv to be watched at your convenience. That would solve movie scheduling conflicts.
There are secret ticketed events. These are not advertised. If you don't go to guest services and specifically ask if there are any secret ticketed events you'll never know about the Frozen characters, the Princesses appearance times, or that you need a ticket for the 5K.
Most of the activities happen in the afternoon and evening- exactly when young kids are napping or eating or when the big show is scheduled. It would be better if the activities were more spread out throughout the day. We still found plenty to do, but there were many things we missed due to dinner and the nightly show and many lulls with nothing to do for the age of our kids earlier in the day.
Overally a most memorable and pleasant family vacation.