This was our third Disney Cruise, our second with our boys. We booked the cruise well over a year in advance and had a lot of fun planning. We looked at this as one of our big trips, one of only a few we may have while the kids live with us.
Finding affordable hotels with a family of five was difficult in San Juan. We stayed at the Embassy Suites which is very close to the airport. The hotel was nice, we liked our room, and the breakfast was also good. The pool was nice and the boys enjoyed that. The managers reception was disappointing, so plan on finding some food for an evening meal. While it was a nice place, I'm not used to spending $300/night on hotels.
This was our first time on the Wonder. Our favorite is the Magic and the Wonder did not disappoint in the least.
We had connecting secret porthole rooms on the Wonder. These rooms had a large porthole window (no seat). The blocked view wasn't that bad, and it was nice to see all the islands when we woke up in the morning. The TVs don't have on demand movies yet, but there were a lot of shows to choose from for late-night snack time. The closets were large, lots of storage, bathrooms were nice, split bathrooms. Regular tubs in the bath. Deck 5 is my favorite near the movie theatre and the clubs and very few rooms compared to other decks, so fewer passengers.
Really loved San Juan. We took the free trolley all around Old San Juan and walked around a bit. Felt very safe even with the kids. Food and lodging are expensive in San Juan. Lunch at Raices, two apps and one meal shared between five of us was $70 with tip. Hotels were consistently at least $300/night. Friendly though and very beautiful city.
The staff did a great job but we were unfortunate to see no turtles. That's no one's fault. I was also disappointed we did not get any fins, which made it hard for my boys and I to swim while it was very windy out.
My absolute favorite of the trip! The guides were great, our bus driver was also fantastic. The boys loved tubing and so did I. Very fun. The trip up the mountain is very curvy and tight, so if you get car sick easily I wouldn't recommend it.
I wish we had taken an excursion. To walk out on our own there wasn't much to see. Beautiful place but I didn't see much of it. I would recommend a tour of some sort.
Also one of our favorites of our trip. The guides were great, made sure our boys 10, 11 who were in a boat together stayed with the group. Showed everyone neat points of interest. The hike was a little scary (very short hike, but up a steep hill and I'm afraid of heights), but I'm SO glad I went up the hill, the view was amazing. Even with the downpour we got caught in it was wonderful.
For the cost of this excursion I would have expected a little better customer service. The staff rushed us at the end, and the bus was very late to get us (about an hour). The photos were $260 for five of us, which was ridiculous, and I went in assuming it would be high. The experience itself was fun, although short. Good to do once but won't go again.