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Disney Wonder Review

Disney Cruise Line’s second ship Disney Wonder was introduced in 1999 in the wake of her successful sister ship Disney Magic. Distinguished by its sophisticated design, it was constructed with families in mind, combining a sleek ocean liner style with splashes of fun. Disney Wonder sails a series of Alaska cruises through the summer from Vancouver, British Columbia, and then heads to Galveston for a season of Caribbean itineraries.

Reminiscent of classic ocean liners, Disney vessels have two funnels (the forward one is nonfunctional) and high-tech interiors behind their art deco and art nouveau styling. Whimsical design accents cleverly incorporate images of Mickey Mouse and his friends without overpowering the warm and elegant decor. Artwork showcases the creativity of Disney artists and animators. The atmosphere is never stuffy.

More than 15,000 square feet—nearly an entire deck—are devoted to children's activity centers, outdoor activity areas, and swimming pools. Theaters cater to family entertainment with large-scale production shows, movies, dances, lively game shows, and even 3-D movies.

Adults-only hideaways include an avenue of theme bars and lounges tucked into the area just forward of the lobby atrium; the Promenade Lounge, near the aft elevator lobby; and Cove Café, a quiet spot adjacent to the adult pool to relax with coffee or a cocktail, surf the Internet, or read.

With the launch of Disney Cruise Line in 1998, families were offered yet another reason to take a cruise. The magic of a Walt Disney resort vacation plus the romance of a sea voyage are a tempting combination, especially for adults who discovered Disney movies and the Mickey Mouse Club as children. Mixed with traditional shipboard activities, who can resist scheduled opportunities for the young and young-at-heart to interact with their favorite Disney characters?

Although Disney Cruise Line voyages stuck to tried-and-true Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries in their formative years, and sailed exclusively from Port Canaveral, Florida, where a terminal was designed especially for Disney ships, the line has branched out to other regions, including Europe.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • There are plenty of connecting cabins that fit three up to seven
  • Soft drinks at meals and beverage stations are complimentary
  • For adults, each ship has a piano bar/jazz

Cons

  • Only the splash play areas are available for youngsters who wear swim diapers
  • Although a Disney cruise isn't all Disney all the time, it can get tiring if you aren't really into the atmosphere
  • There's no library on board
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 950
  • Entered Service 1999
  • Gross Tons 83,000
  • Length 964 feet
  • Number of Cabins 877
  • Passenger Capacity 1,754 (2,400 max)
  • Width 106 feet
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Jan 1, 2017

Disney Wonder Review

Kirk Wolf Age: 47 Occupation:Attorney Number of Cruises: 1 Cruise Line: Disney Ship: Disney Wonder Sailing Date: 2013-08-11 Itinerary: Alaska You learn something new every day. After our first cruise, we learned that a full price ticket doesn't always buy you a full cruise, even with Disney in control. First-time cruisers, beware! Look into travel insurance, arrive in port at least a day early and don't depend on the magic of Disney. Make sure to

shop around for the best deal. My family has always had great experiences with Disney in the past, so when we decided to take our first cruise, we booked DCL. We were thrilled to hear that they could arrange the air and ground travel. We did not want to have any issues, so we agreed. DCL arranged to have us fly to Vancouver on the day of the cruise with Delta Airlines. Delta began the day with problems when their baggage conveyor at check-in was broken. Delta went downhill from there. Our take-off was delayed for an hour and a half due to mechanical difficulties and revising the route around thunderstorms in the Great Lakes area. While our connecting Delta flight in Minneapolis was also late, it took off in front of us as we approached the gate. Delta staff were rude and disorganized in dealing with us and the other Disney cruisers. They told us to stop complaining or they wouldn't help us. They finally arranged (and DCL told us to accept) two additional flights to Vancouver. Both of these were also late and when we finally landed in Vancouver, the DCL ground representative explained that while the Wonder had waited half an hour for us, it could not wait the additional time it would take to get us to the pier. She had no further information or recommendations for us. After I called Delta and was offered a $50 voucher towards my next flight, I visited their counter, which was closed. Next I went to the West Jet counter, since they handled the last leg of our journey. West Jet was very sorry and helpful for their role in this, so they gave us a two-night voucher for the Fairmont Hotel at the airport, along with food coupons for the airport. They were great. The Fairmont Hotel was our home for the rest of the day and the next, as DCL offered to fly us to Skagway to meet the Wonder on day 4 of our trip. The Fairmont deserves its five star rating. The two rooms for our party were clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. They provided my son with free Wi-Fi and the staff was pleasant and helpful. They even helped us to plan a day-trip into Vancouver the second day. Vancouver is a wonderful place. They even employ paid guides on the street to help obvious tourists to make the most of their time. On day three, DCL arranged to fly us to Skagway on two flights with Alaska Air and a third on a puddle-jumper with Alaska Seaplanes. The service on Alaska Air was average, but both flights were on time. The last flight with Alaska Seaplanes was picturesque and the pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. Once in Skagway, we went to the Westmark Inn (paid for by DCL) for the night. It reminded me of a hotel from the 50’s, complete with paneled walls. It was clean, but small. The staff was pleasant. The next day we met the Wonder at the pier and finally boarded the ship as the other passengers were eager to disembark. We registered and had breakfast at Tritons. Then we went to our two staterooms. They were adjoining deluxe oceanview staterooms with verandas, Rooms 6100 and 6102. The rooms were very nice. They were larger than expected, beautifully decorated and clean. The split bathroom was a nice feature. The verandas were perfect for drinking our early morning coffee. Once we were aboard, the staff was wonderful and attentive. The dining staff was engaging and friendly. Our stateroom host was very helpful and supplied everything that we asked him for, including an extra chair for the veranda and ice for when the veranda door caught my wife's finger. Guest services on board was helpful in that an employee checked on us often and asked if there was anything he could do for us. What we really wanted was the missing days on board, but he fit us into the dining schedule and made sure that we still saw the show at Animator's Palate and the Character breakfast. The dining on board was average to good, but I had expected more variety. The dining room experience was entertaining. The buffets were average as far as buffets go. I really can't comment on the ship's activities, since we missed two out of the three sea days and we ventured into all three ports. We did see a movie onboard, but the seating was very cramped. The live show theater provided more personal seating room and Dreams was an enjoyable experience. Everyone in our party was over 18, so we did not use the children areas. Also, it was too cold to use the pools, but they looked very small for the number of passengers. Most of our shore excursions were also planned by DCL. In Skagway, we rode the historic railroad along the Gold Rush Trail of 1898. We like trains, so we enjoyed the five hour ride along scenic mountain routes. The town itself was a small street of jewelry stores, which was unimpressive. In Juneau, we took a whale-watching/Mendenhall Glacier photo safari. That was great, since on the ride to the bay we were instructed on the use of our 35mm cameras and their features. We saw plenty of wildlife on the bay and on the trails, including whales and eagles. In Ketchikan, we took our own excursion and hiked into the Tongass rainforest, climbing Deer Mountain. It was strenuous but very worthwhile. The town itself, like Skagway, was a collection of jewelry stores. Disembarkation went smoothly, without any issues. The flight back home on Delta was par for the course. There were delays, but we were going home, so another hour and a half in the airport had come to be expected. The trip was worthwhile and we were happy to have experienced it, especially since I am self-employed and we really had no option to reschedule it. But being self-employed, I also realize the importance of customer service. No matter how you look at it, we trusted DCL with our travel arrangements and we missed out on forty percent of our time on-board through no fault of our own. Guest services on board said that they had done all within their authority to help us and told us that corporate guest services would be contacting us once we got home. Well, by Wednesday I called DCL myself and was connected with Joseph P. While he claimed to understand how I must feel and was truly sorry, he said that "DCL had met industry standards and was not prepared to provide any additional refunds or discounts." He hoped that it would not affect my future dealings with Disney. I know that this experience does not match our prior dealings with Disney. I do not know enough about "industry standards" to dispute his claim, but I also know that I need to consider the value of what I received when I book my next cruise. I do not feel that I received the premium value that I paid for. The food was OK, but I expected more variety. Great cabin. We had adjoining deluxe ocean view staterooms with verandas. They were more spacious than expected. The split bathroom was a clever idea. NA. By the time we got onboard, we had missed two of the three days at sea. The train ride and the photo safari were worth the money and really exposed Alaska to us.

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Aug 10, 2013

Alaska

Overall not meeting expectations of a product with the disney name! Service is high because the employees care so they give you 100% but the quality is not up to disney standards. The food was at best average. Dinner has some decent choices as long as you ate in the main dinning halls. The buffet was unacceptable. You can hardly call if a buffet it is more like a cafeteria where you literally get a tray and go down a line to get your food. The

food avilaibility and quality was the most disappointing part. Rooms are nice. We had a room with a window on level 2. Only issue we were below the kitchen so there was excess noise during the early morning as they prepared meals. For a disney cruise I expected characters to be wandering all over the ship. Not so. Instead you had to get on insanely long lines to meet the characters who came out during scheduled times. This is based more purely on your own preferences. Many looked great however be ready to pay as some excursions wee $600 a person. Alaska itself is simplly amazing. I am not much of a nature or our doors type of person however the views and scenery were awesome. Glaciers were enormous. The kids loved the kids club and wanted to keep going back.getting on ship ship was a breeze. Slight lines but once you cleared customs you got right on. Not too many activites on board which was disappointing. They re not as aggressive as on other cruises pushing drinks and bingo. Overall with the disappointing food I would say no value here.

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Aug 10, 2013

Alaska

You learn something new every day. After our first cruise, we learned that a full price ticket doesn't always buy you a full cruise, even with Disney in control. First-time cruisers, beware! Look into travel insurance, arrive in port at least a day early and don't depend on the magic of Disney. Make sure to shop around for the best deal. My family has always had great experiences with Disney in the past, so when we decided to take

our first cruise, we booked DCL. We were thrilled to hear that they could arrange the air and ground travel. We did not want to have any issues, so we agreed. DCL arranged to have us fly to Vancouver on the day of the cruise with Delta Airlines. Delta began the day with problems when their baggage conveyor at check-in was broken. Delta went downhill from there. Our take-off was delayed for an hour and a half due to mechanical difficulties and revising the route around thunderstorms in the Great Lakes area. While our connecting Delta flight in Minneapolis was also late, it took off in front of us as we approached the gate. Delta staff were rude and disorganized in dealing with us and the other Disney cruisers. They told us to stop complaining or they wouldn't help us. They finally arranged (and DCL told us to accept) two additional flights to Vancouver. Both of these were also late and when we finally landed in Vancouver, the DCL ground representative explained that while the Wonder had waited half an hour for us, it could not wait the additional time it would take to get us to the pier. She had no further information or recommendations for us. After I called Delta and was offered a $50 voucher towards my next flight, I visited their counter, which was closed. Next I went to the West Jet counter, since they handled the last leg of our journey. West Jet was very sorry and helpful for their role in this, so they gave us a two-night voucher for the Fairmont Hotel at the airport, along with food coupons for the airport. They were great. The Fairmont Hotel was our home for the rest of the day and the next, as DCL offered to fly us to Skagway to meet the Wonder on day 4 of our trip. The Fairmont deserves its five star rating. The two rooms for our party were clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. They provided my son with free Wi-Fi and the staff was pleasant and helpful. They even helped us to plan a day-trip into Vancouver the second day. Vancouver is a wonderful place. They even employ paid guides on the street to help obvious tourists to make the most of their time. On day three, DCL arranged to fly us to Skagway on two flights with Alaska Air and a third on a puddle-jumper with Alaska Seaplanes. The service on Alaska Air was average, but both flights were on time. The last flight with Alaska Seaplanes was picturesque and the pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. Once in Skagway, we went to the Westmark Inn (paid for by DCL) for the night. It reminded me of a hotel from the 50’s, complete with paneled walls. It was clean, but small. The staff was pleasant. The next day we met the Wonder at the pier and finally boarded the ship as the other passengers were eager to disembark. We registered and had breakfast at Tritons. Then we went to our two staterooms. They were adjoining deluxe oceanview staterooms with verandas, Rooms 6100 and 6102. The rooms were very nice. They were larger than expected, beautifully decorated and clean. The split bathroom was a nice feature. The verandas were perfect for drinking our early morning coffee. Once we were aboard, the staff was wonderful and attentive. The dining staff was engaging and friendly. Our stateroom host was very helpful and supplied everything that we asked him for, including an extra chair for the veranda and ice for when the veranda door caught my wife's finger. Guest services on board was helpful in that an employee checked on us often and asked if there was anything he could do for us. What we really wanted was the missing days on board, but he fit us into the dining schedule and made sure that we still saw the show at Animator's Palate and the Character breakfast. The dining on board was average to good, but I had expected more variety. The dining room experience was entertaining. The buffets were average as far as buffets go. I really can't comment on the ship's activities, since we missed two out of the three sea days and we ventured into all three ports. We did see a movie onboard, but the seating was very cramped. The live show theater provided more personal seating room and Dreams was an enjoyable experience. Everyone in our party was over 18, so we did not use the children areas. Also, it was too cold to use the pools, but they looked very small for the number of passengers. Most of our shore excursions were also planned by DCL. In Skagway, we rode the historic railroad along the Gold Rush Trail of 1898. We like trains, so we enjoyed the five hour ride along scenic mountain routes. The town itself was a small street of jewelry stores, which was unimpressive. In Juneau, we took a whale-watching/Mendenhall Glacier photo safari. That was great, since on the ride to the bay we were instructed on the use of our 35mm cameras and their features. We saw plenty of wildlife on the bay and on the trails, including whales and eagles. In Ketchikan, we took our own excursion and hiked into the Tongass rainforest, climbing Deer Mountain. It was strenuous but very worthwhile. The town itself, like Skagway, was a collection of jewelry stores. Disembarkation went smoothly, without any issues. The flight back home on Delta was par for the course. There were delays, but we were going home, so another hour and a half in the airport had come to be expected. The trip was worthwhile and we were happy to have experienced it, especially since I am self-employed and we really had no option to reschedule it. But being self-employed, I also realize the importance of customer service. No matter how you look at it, we trusted DCL with our travel arrangements and we missed out on forty percent of our time on-board through no fault of our own. Guest services on board said that they had done all within their authority to help us and told us that corporate guest services would be contacting us once we got home. Well, by Wednesday I called DCL myself and was connected with Joseph P. While he claimed to understand how I must feel and was truly sorry, he said that "DCL had met industry standards and was not prepared to provide any additional refunds or discounts." He hoped that it would not affect my future dealings with Disney. I know that this experience does not match our prior dealings with Disney. I do not know enough about "industry standards" to dispute his claim, but I also know that I need to consider the value of what I received when I book my next cruise. I do not feel that I received the premium value that I paid for. The food was OK, but I expected more variety. Great cabin. We had adjoining deluxe ocean view staterooms with verandas. They were more spacious than expected. The split bathroom was a clever idea. NA. By the time we got onboard, we had missed two of the three days at sea. The train ride and the photo safari were worth the money and really exposed Alaska to us.

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Feb 26, 2013

Miami to Bahamas

In general: We have cruised on Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Disney. Before this Disney cruise, we actually took a Royal Caribbean holiday cruise in December. Since it was just two months prior, we found ourselves doing a lot of comparisons. Disney cruises are for kids and families. Period. Anyone who tells you that it's a great experience for an adults only cruise is lying. Everything is catered to children, from restaurants, to shows, to pools,

to entertainment. This was specifically glaring in the restaurants and with food options and quality of food. This is fine for us because we were a group of four (grandma, mom, and two kids ages 4 and 2.5). Be prepared to wait in lots of lines and be prepared to be "Disneyed-Out." Also be prepared to be surrounded by throngs of overstimulated and overtired rugrats. That is what a Disney Cruise is. We thought the food on Royal Caribbean was MUCH better. Food - Pretty bad. Disappointingly bad, considering the premium price for the cruise. The menu options were varied and promising, but the execution of the meals and the flavors were bland and sometimes awful. Buffet food was also sub-par. The "fast food" on the cruise (pizza, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, burgers, etc.) all around the pool area were tasty. But the sit down restaurants food was very disappointing. Fish was way overcooked and flavorless. Same with steak. Instead of a whole cut of tenderloin steak, they serve you a few strips of a dry and tough pre-sliced meat. More surprising Lobster was not offered at all. In fact, I dont' think there was any lobster on the cruise at all. This is clearly a cruise where food is geared toward children, and not anyone with a gourmet palate. On Royal Caribbean we felt like we were eating at a fine dining restaurant every night because the caliber of the food was so great. Steaks, lobster, all kinds of seafood. On Disney everything was just bland and some dishes were down right ruined. But no lobster? Not even one night! On Royal, we had lobster three nights! It was a shame because the Disney Dining rotation was a neat concept. We ate in three different restaurants on three different nights, all with different themes. But the menus were all similar and the food was all equally disappointing. We had ONE decent dinner in Tritons on the second night. The sea bass. Steaks were not actual steaks, but strips of pre-cut steak badly cooked. An "avocado citrus salad" was two tiny chips of avocado sitting on a bunch of iceberg lettuce with some minute made condensed OJ drizzled on top. I tried a tuna-tatar appetizer with wasabi, but it just tasted bad. The restaurants were clearly for kids. Which was nice because our kids could act out, make noise, etc., and no one would care. But if I was not part of a family and wanted to go on a relaxing adult cruise, this would not be it. Just because of the restaurants. Noise. Clanging. Crying. Screaming. Great for kids. Not so great for adults. We were in room 7106, which was a balcony stateroom. It was a lovely room, and we would book it again. In Key West we did not overlook the dock, but peacefully looked out over the out-islands and boats coming in and out of the harbor. In Nassau we over looked the dock. In Castaway Cay, overlooked the dock, not the island, which was a little noisy, but fun to watch the staff come and go and set up early in the morning. The room was spacious by cruise standards, and easily fit two adults and two children. Much bigger than Royal. Our 4 year old was in the sofa that converts to a twin sized bed. 2 year old in pack n play. Love the dual bathroom set up and especially the tub, which made it so easy to bathe the kids after a day on the beach. better than Royals shower-in-toilet set up. Be careful because the drawers roll in and out without guards, so we had two incidents of pinched fingers. Water pressure was so-so. In the sink/toilet room the hot water was scalding and was difficult to adjust. Love that we got shampoo, conditioner, and lotion (Royal gave nothing at all). All good sized bottles. Lots of storage in the room, including enough room for a stroller. Would be nice if they had a step for kids to use to access the sink for tooth brushing, etc. we overturned a trash can and used that. Beds were very comfortable, so were pillows. (Better than Royal). Nice that there was a privacy screen to separate where kids were from where adults were, so we could read at night. Compared to Royal. Stateroom significantly larger. Much more accommodating for a family of four with two children under age 8, who cannot sleep in a pullman bed. Loved the real bathtub and shower curtain as opposed to the shower in toilet area. No beauty products on Royal. Much more space. Entertainment We found the shows to be quite wonderful for Disney themed shows. You aren't going to see variety shows or comedians or anything like that. On a Disney Cruise you get Disney Disney and more Disney. It's all for kids, and the Disney shows were amazing. Special effects, costumes, production, were all incredible. One thing we did notice that was interesting is that a lot of the time, the performers were singing to a pre-recorded track, so the chorus you hear isn't just the performers on the stage, but a large chorus of performers that is recorded, as well. On Royal, everything was "live" as far as vocals, as compared to Disney. Sure, the solos are live, but the vast majority of the music and singing was obviously pre-recorded. The Golden Mickey's show was adorable, and we loved the way they incorporated the audience and certain members into the performance. Same with Toy STory the musical. During our performance there was a technical problem with making the character of Buzz Lightyear "fly." You could see the wires attached to him, but for some reason there was a malfunction. When the stage went dark, there was a moment of panic and then a bunch of dancers came running in to entertain the crowd while the technicians tried to fix things behind the stage. It was a great cover! Our favorite performance was the final night "Disney Dreams" which included reenactments of several princess-themed musical spots. My 2 year old son was transfixed the entire time. Also neat was the confetti and bubbles and other crowd-entertaining experiences. Aside from the shows in the theater, there was also a variety of entertainment available for the kids. The Bon Voyage party included dancing and interactive activities for the kids, including these cute sparkle things the kids could wave and shake. And, of course, there was the famous pirate night and fireworks. Be forewarned, that the pirate party and fireworks are LATE at night, e.g., 10:30 PM / 10:45 PM, so the littlest pirates will not be able to make the show. Kind of sad. It would be nice to do the fireworks a little bit earlier, perhaps, so the under age 7 set can enjoy them. Activities - lots for kids to do on board. Especially neat were the character experiences. But be prepared to wait in LONG lines. We had to wait for 45 minutes to meet the Disney Princesses. It's not Disney World, but be prepared for lots of lines. Kids Club - This was another, surprising, disappointment for us. The kids club facilities were impressive...amazing, actually. Both the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab were gorgeous, taking up half an entire deck of the ship. But, facilities aside, we found the kids clubs to be disorganized, chaotic, and even a bit dangerous. There seemed to be no organized activities for the kids while our daughter was there. Just a huge mob of children running every which way. The kids scanned in and out with a special RFID bracelet. But there were no name tags for the children. No individual attention. No personalized attention. No organized activities from what we could see. There were groups of kids running here and there exploring and playing, but I did not see an organized group doing a craft. The only thing I did see was a haphazard "dance class" in the Oceaneer Lab. It felt like you drop off your child in this massive room with all this overstimulation, and then they fend for themselves. This wasn't very confidence-building for parents with younger children in the 3-6 age range, who require more structure. I could easily see a situation where a younger child gets hurt or injured due to the lack of ratio with adult care-givers and individualized attention. when we used the kids club on Royal Caribbean, it was a smaller program (and filled up quickly), but the children had name tags and there was much more structure, organization, planned activities and themes, and very strict ratios with adult caregivers. I had much more confidence leaving my 4 year old child in the Royal Caribbean staff care than Disney. The Disney kids club truly reminded me of "Neverland" and all the kids were "lost boys" running about, doing whatever they wanted, without any adult organization. Perhaps the club facility itself is enough. But if you have a child who is shy or easily bullied, there could be trouble. Another example of the lack of attention - My daughter spent 2 hours in the Kids Club on Castaway Cay while I went to the spa. When I checked her in, I specified that she had dietary restrictions (we do not eat red meat or pork). When I picked her up after lunch, she proudly explained how she "ate all kinds of different foods" (including a hot dog and a hamburger). She ended up with a bad tummy for most of the afternoon because she normally doesn't eat that stuff. While I realize this wasn't a big deal... it was a burger. It would be concerning to me if my daughter had much stricter food allergies or food intolerances. Just something for parents to note. Shore Excursions / Ports. Key West was fun, but not much to do there except look around the stores and eat Key Lime pie (which was awesome). In Nassau we went to Blue Lagoon Island, which was terrific and worth the extra price for the beach. The island is gorgeous with warm blue water, an inflatable water park, and on-land bounce park, dolphin and sea lion encounters, and a really yummy BBQ lunch included in the price. Just the ferry ride to the island is an adventure, as you get to ride past the gorgeous Nassau estate of Oprah! What did surprise me though is that Disney Cruise Line charged $55 for my two year old to participate in this shore excursion. On Royal Caribbean we did the same shore excursion two months ago and he was FREE. What's that about? My four year old daughter was half priced on Royal, and Disney charged her a full price ticket. Castaway Cay - this was amazing. Beautiful. Clean. Good food. Wonderful Beaches. And so nice to not have to take a tender into the island. The ship pulls right up and you can walk off. I would live there if I could! My daughter enjoyed playing in the rented inner tube. And there is also a water slide that is available for children who are over 38" tall. My 4 year old went down the water slide with a life jacket on. Embarkation. Pretty easy. We took the Disney transportation shuttle from Miami airport to the cruise terminal, and it was a relatively seamless experience and convenient. Since we didn't have car seats for our 2 year old and 4 year old, the shuttle bus was a must. No regrets on utilizing and paying for it. BYOB - An added bonus is that Disney will let you bring on a bottle of wine per passenger. So we were able to pick up a couple of nice bottles in Key west and carry them on. NO Upcharges. We loved that Disney didn't upcharge for everything the way Royal Caribbean did. Soft drinks were included. Even alcoholic beverages were much less expensive. $5.75 for a pina colada vs $9.00 on Royal. Disembarkation - there is no buffet or room service available on the morning of disembarkation. This was hugely inconvenient. We were assigned a breakfast time of 6:45 AM. Imagine trying to wake two overtired kids up at 6am, so they can get dressed and get to the restaurant by 6:45 AM on vacation. Not good. All in all we had an enjoyable time, and would probably go again. But we found the food to be sooooo disappointing for the price we paid for the cruise.

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Jul 25, 2012

Alaska

The Disney Wonder was great. The service was AMAZING! If you cruise with kids, Disney is a perfect choice. We took the 7-day Alaska cruise that left out of Vancouver, BC and returned to Seattle, WA. The food in the Palo restaurant was incredible. Be sure to go hungry! The rest of the food was good, but not great. My husband thought it was fine, but I was a little disappointed. I have cruised on Royal Caribbean and Carnival and I would

rank them Royal Caribbean -1st, Carnival - 2nd and Disney Wonder - 3rd, as far as food goes. The fajita wrap from room service was one of the best things we ate! There are three nice restaurants for dinner, which are very fun, but not as elegant as on the other ships. You get to eat in a different restaurant each night, which was lots of fun. The buffet was a little small, with limited selections, and there was not enough room for all the guests to eat inside, which was a problem, since we were on the Alaska cruise. Also, it was pretty noisy and chaotic with kids and strollers everywhere. The room was great. We booked a room with a "Navigator's" balcony, but we were upgraded to a room with a regular balcony! The bathroom situation was great! There was a room with a toilet and sink and vanity, and another room with a shower and mini-tub and a sink and vanity! The lighting was also great, especially for putting on makeup! The only activities we participated in were bingo, in the adult nightclub and three different movies in the movie theater. There was no casino, which was fine, because we don't gamble. We preferred the movie theater. There were lots of activities for kids. We were not traveling with kids, but the ones we saw appeared to be having a blast. The adult-only areas were very nice, but we are huge classic rock fans, so the night life was too tame for us. We purchased the "Best of Skagway" and the "Best of Juneau" tours. They were very pricey, but wonderful. Tormented Valley was still covered in snow and was magnificent! The only negative of the Skagway tour was the train ride back down from Tormented Valley. We were in the second car of the train and the fumes from the engine were very strong inside the car and out on the observation platform. The scenery was magnificent, but the fumes were so bad, we were happy when the ride was over. On the Juneau tour, they took us whale watching and we got to see quite a few whales. The main part of the boat was enclosed with huge windows, so we could see everything, but not freeze to death! We had lunch on Colt Island. I do not like salmon, but the salmon they served was so good, I ate my entire portion! The Mendenhall Glacier was a sight to behold. Be sure to take the walkway to the waterfall just to the right of the glacier. It is really pretty. We had a great time on the Disney Wonder. The service was amazing! They were very health conscious and handed out hand sanitizing wipes as you entered every restaurant. The ship was clean and beautifully appointed. We opted for the shuttle from the boat to Sea-Tac airport. They picked up our bags the night before we docked and checked them all the way to the airport. They were waiting for us in baggage when we arrived at LAX! What a luxury! They were very well organized and departing the ship, which is usually such a pain, was effortless.

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