My family and I was able to finally experience a Disney Cruise for a fraction of the price! We saved a total of $6,000 for two balcony rooms! We are a family of four adults and decided having two rooms would be best. We are Disney fanatics and all but my mother has worked for the Disney company at some point in time. With that being said; this was by far one of the best cruises we have ever taking and we have been on 6+ with various companies.
The embarkation process was very simple, 30 minutes’ tops; my sister and I flew in and meet up with mother at their hotel; which was 7 minutes away from the airport. They booked a beautiful hotel directly across from the port (Wyndham San Diego Bayside) and we were able to see the ship from our balcony. We took the shuttle across to the port to drop off our luggage at 10am and then walked back to the hotel and waited for my father to get off work. At 1pm we walked back to ship and jumped in line; it was far shorter then what we expected it to be and we were threw security in less than 10 minutes. After getting checked in and taking pictures; we were announced as we walked onto the ship.
(Little tip: if you would like to see if there are any upgrades for CHEAP; head down to the Supervisor booth…we were trying to upgrade to one of the Suites but they were all sold out).
The Wonder is exactly that…a Wonder. She is an older girl, first established in 1999; but she has been well maintained and has a very classy and elegant atmosphere. The first thing we did was head over to Triton’s to sign up for the multiple tastings they offer, we did four total. Chocolate and wine from the Lasseter vineyards with Nancy Lasseter; which was very exciting considering her husband is the CEO of Pixar. We also did Rum, Mojito’s, and Martinis; the others included Cognac, Margaritas and Wine. They were all reasonably priced $20-$35, considering how much top liquor you receive; if you volunteer to demonstrate how to make the drink you get to keep what you make!! (FYI-demonstrated drinks are in these HUGE glasses!) We also made our reservations for Palo, the adult only dinning. Afterwards we went to Guest Services to apply cash onto our accounts; we were so glad we did because we avoided the ridiculous lines later.
Once we were done downstairs; we headed to our rooms. My room was 6124, which is Aft and my parents room were 7116 also Aft. Most of our luggage was already there. These rooms are amazing!! Biggest normal rooms we’ve been in; there is tons of storage, two bathrooms: shower, bath and sink in one, toilet and sink in the other. The room consists of two parts: the main room has a queen size bed, the bathrooms, closet and two dressers. The second part has a convertible sofa bed, mini table, vanity, and TV. The rooms can be separated for privacy by a sliding partition. The balcony has two chairs and one small table. My sister and I would rotate who would get the bed and who would get the couch every night. The room is 268sqft. including the balcony; it can sleep 3-4 people. I believe the room would be a little cramped for more than two adults.
Our room Stewart was amazing! Very tentative and pleasant. Our waiting staff was Excellent as well; they rotate with you for every dinner and get to know you what your preferences are. There are three main dinning rooms: Triton’s, Animator’s Palate, and Parrot Cay. The adult only dinning is Palo on this ship…a must do!!! There are also 3 eateries and the Buffet on deck 9. If you don’t feel like leaving your cabin you can order room service 24/7 and it’s already included in your fare…we used this often!!! There is plenty of places to eat on this ship…you will not go hungry! On Pirates night the cast members all dress up and we dressed up as well; the festivities begin about 5pm with pictures. Captain Jack comes out twice throughout the night so make him a priority if you are taking pictures. At dinner there is a little pirates parade and the show/deck party starts after second dinner about 945pm. It was extremely cold (so bundle up) and the waves were pretty high but the show went on and the fireworks were shot off. It was show geared for all and everyone who went and saw it had a blast. Afterwards there’s another buffet!!! We went through to grab some dessert and headed back to our rooms.
(Little tip: MICKEY BARS are available upon request from the dining rooms and room services…they are not on the menu)
The cast members are always smiling and will go out of their way to make sure you are having a “magical” time. A big shout out to Brett the host for the adult activities on Route 66; he was a big ball of entertainment and definitely made sure you knew the Disney cruise wasn’t just for the kids to cut loose. Route 66 transforms into an ADULT ONLY Haven after 10pm: there is dancing, trivia, shows and more! My parents were the winners of a Newlyweds spin-off show they played; they won two passes to the Rainforest at the Spa (also a must do), a Disney Vacation Club beach bag filled with goodies and a bottle of Champagne on the house!!!
Although, this is a cruise geared towards children; I can definitely say there was PLENTY to do for adults. There are also adult only areas and pool; the spa is another place to hangout to get a break from the little ones. You absolutely have to try the Rainforest: 3 saunas’, 3 specially designed showers that have different attributes and warming lounges perfect after a message. You are able to get passes 7 days prior to your cruise online for $16 for all day access, once on the ship it’s $27 for all day access. My mother got a seaweed warp and acupuncture treatment; she loved both!!
We stopped in San Francisco but we didn’t do any of the excursions provided by Disney. We are Californians and have been to SF often, so we decided to do the Big Bus Hop on- Hop off tour. It was $45 per person and it took you to all the major sights; you are allowed to get off at any time and basically create your own tour and hop back on when you are ready to continue to another place. We stopped in Chinatown and Fisherman’s Warf Pier 39 for carb legs and Ghirardelli. It was a great choice and much more inexpensive to do it on our own.
Overall; this was an amazing experience and we highly enjoyed ourselves. We saw every show (another must do…you can even watch them in your room if you want). We went and watched Civil War and Jungle Book at the movies on the ship. We tried to do every activity but there is literally something every hour and sometimes we couldn’t keep up and ended up needing a nap lol. This is a cruise for all ages, young, old and the young at heart.