Baby Let’s Cruise – Disney Style – Adventures Aboard the Disney Wonder

My first view of the ship

I was recently invited by Disney to go on a 3-day cruise. The ship was going through the Bahamas leaving from Port Canaveral with a stop at the private Disney island, Castaway Cay.

A 3-day cruise by myself, with no children sounded like the most heavenly thing imaginable. I couldn’t sign up fast enough. Plus I had been wanting to go on a Disney cruise since that very first ship years ago.

Getting there.

Disney took care of all of the accommodations. All I had to do was show up at the airport, board a plane and arrive in Orlando.

A car was waiting to take me right to the boat and my bags were taken care of. Disney really does make it this easy for all of their passengers.

Getting on board and Checking in.

I felt like Kate Winslet as she was about to board the Titanic. Although, of course, this was all without that fateful ending and the trunks of luggage.

Ok not really but it really was magic. Just the place where you enter to be able to board the boat was huge and staffed with friendly employees to show you the way.

I could feel the energy in the room. Seasoned cruisers. Families on a first time cruise. Generations coming together to experience the magic of Disney. I was really getting excited and I hadn’t set foot on the boat yet.

I entered the line and it moved quickly as there were at least 20 employees available to check in passengers. I was asked for a identification. They quickly brought up my reservation and made me a card which they explained would enable me to make charges throughout the cruise. It was also the card to get into my room onboard.

The view from my verandah on board on the Disney Wonder.

The room.

I was given a Verandah room with a patio. I had to take a picture of the view. I especially loved sitting on the patio at night when the ship was cruising. It was so incredibly peaceful. Just the darkness with a little light coming from my room and the sound of the waves.

The room was a decent size and honestly, I was not expecting that at all. My mother taught college on Navy ships for years and I had gone out with her several times. She had Officers accommodations and the rooms on the Disney ship were much larger.

I could easily see how a family fits. The closets were large and the sitting area was very comfortable.

Disney Wonder Golden Mickey's Show

The shows and entertainment.

They rivaled any Broadway show I have ever seen. And I have seen almost 100 Broadway shows.

We were given an exclusive backstage tour of the show set and I have to say that is was an awe inspiring experience. The sets are top notch. The props. The costumes. Everything is the best of the best. Disney spared no expense.

In fact, I learned that to be a performer on a Disney cruise ship is a highly coveted job. Many of the cruise ship performers are either coming from Broadway or going to Broadway.

This was evident in the nightly performances. The caliber of quality of actors. Phantom of The Opera or a Disney Cruise, these performers gave it their all.

I was actually looking forward to the show each night. I couldn’t wait.

Disney Wonder Toy Story Show

The food.

When booking a cruise, you are usually given the choice of a two different dinner seatings. Fortunately, we had the later seating which was great. This meant we could see the shows before dinner and then just relax for the rest of the evening.

The food was really wonderful. There is definitely something for everyone and every type of diet. I was trying to eat as healthy as possible so although I wanted the delicious looking Mickey pancakes, I had fresh fruit and yogurt every morning for breakfast. I was never hungry.

There were buffets. There was room service. There was actually never an opportunity to even be hungry!

My favorite meal was at the fine dining restaurant Palo. Northern Italian cuisine is definitely one of my favorites. I wouldn’t have eaten there every night if they would have let me.

The ship.

There were safety drills before we even set sail that put my mind at ease. These people had safety down to a science. They were organized, serious and ran the drills like the pros that they were.

The ship was just unbelievable. For detailed sip statistics, please see my previous post: Aboard the Disney Wonder.

We got to blow the captains horn which was quite an honor. In fact, we got to interview the captain and really learn a lot about his job.

The spa.

Well let’s just say that they had to drag me out of the spa. It was really quite fantastic. The steam room had built in chairs made out of tile that looked just like beach chairs complete with pillows.

The workout facilities was unlike any place I have ever seen. There is a walking path around the entire ship and the machines are well maintained with more than enough room for everyone.

Arrrrgh Matey. Dread Pirate Colleen from Classy Mommy

The parties and activities.

We went to Mickey’s Pirate Party the first night dressed in our finest pirate garb. Every night is a party and feels like New Years Eve combined with the 4th of July.

Bingo anyone? There are tons of family activities onboard throughout the day to keep everyone occupied and happy.

The ports of call.

While these vary from cruise to cruise and indeed ship to ship, there are ports available almost everywhere in the Caribbean.

My family stopover was the Disney owned private island Castaway Cay. Check out my post here to learn more about the island.

The verdict.

I have traveled the world. A lot. I have been around the world and had always avoided cruises. For some reason I thought that I would be bored. I wouldn’t have enough to do.

I happy to report that I was wrong. This was one of the most memorable trips of my lifetime. And that says A LOT!

I am someone that spends long time planning vacations for my family. I have no problem spending money as long as I feel that I am getting value for that money. A large portion of our yearly expenses go to vacations and spending quality time together as a family.

In all honesty, I cannot wait to cruise again and I am not certain I would choose any other cruise line but Disney. We are hoping to sail on the new Alaska cruise coming next year.

SPECIAL NOTE:

There was an incident that I was involved in during an excursion on my cruise but it wasn’t onboard the ship and the way Disney handled it was just amazing. I have never felt so taken care of or thankful to have the Disney people on my side. I also apologize for taking over three months to get this post up. I had a hard time dealing with the aftermath of the event.

Thanks to my onboard pals for making this an unforgettable experience. Colleen. Shameeka. Laura. Jonathan. Jonathan’s brother whose name escapes me as I write this.

RELATED POSTS FROM MY VOYAGE ABOARD THE DISNEY WONDER:

Nobody Does Disney Style Service Quite Like Disney – Memories from the Disney Wonder

Aboard the Disney Wonder

Castaway Cay – The Disney Private Island in the Bahamas

About Stacie Haight Connerty

Stacie Haight Connerty, a social media consultant, is the Editor's Pick for Most Influential Southern Blogger from Circle of Mom's one of Cision Media's Top 10 Most Influential Mommy Bloggers and one of the HERoic: 10 Mommy Bloggers Who Rule Social Media.

Stacie is the About.com Travel Expert for Vacation Rentals and Shares and a contributor to iBlog Magazine. Stacie founded Social Media Chicks, a collaborative social media consulting company and Georgia Social Media Moms, a group of 350+ social media/blogging experts in her home state.

An Atlanta resident and lifelong writer, Stacie is the mother of three children (11 & under), leader of two Girl Scout troops, an active PTA member and married to the love of her life. She is always planning the next epic travel adventure for her family.

Comments

  1. I wanted to let you know that because of your post we booked our first Disney cruise this Summer and cannot wait.

    I love knowing how easy it was to get there and get on board.

    We are counting down the days.

  2. I always thought the same about taking a cruise…that it would be boring. I have heard they are wonderful for familes! My husband wants to do an Alaskan one some day. I was thinking the rooms would make a person clautrophobic…but seems not to be true here!
    The pictures and calmness would be amazing to see. Love to go when it’s so cold here…which is pretty much from Nov1 to June 1. LOL! thanks for a great review! Looks like such fun…well, except for the other that happened.

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