Disney had offered cruises prior to that, but contracted out to another cruise line. Since the time that Disney has had full control of their cruise ship operations, the experience has been totally Disney – exceeding every expectation of passengers and creating a magical experience.
About the Ship
The Disney Cruise Line has a reputation for excellence and that is what you will find in every detail of the Disney Wonder. The Disney Wonder is the second of the four ships that make up the Disney fleet of cruise ships. The interior of the ship boasts elegant art nouveau décor including touches of gorgeous marble and Venetian glass. The staterooms are thoughtfully appointed, and even the inside cabins feel roomier than those on some other ships. The cabins include split bathrooms, where one space contains a sink and toilet, and a separate space contains another sink and the shower. These are a nice touch and they make the cruising experience a bit easier and more convenient for families.
Designed For Families
In fact, the entire ship was designed with families in mind. You will find many areas of the ship that are set aside just for kids, such as the many kid’s clubs and activity areas and the kids only pool. The décor is a balance between elegance and whimsy, and there are many nods to the many Disney characters that are so loved.
The kids clubs are divided by age groups so kids will be with those of similar ages. This also allows the activities to be custom tailored for specific age groups making the experience much better for every child.
But There Is Great Fun For Adults Too
While families and children are important to Disney, they didn’t scrimp when it comes to providing fun just for adults. As mentioned earlier, there is a pool just for kids. There is also an adult’s only pool for when you want a little quiet time. Nightclubs, first rate spas, and fabulous dining options will make you feel like you are at an exclusive resort rather than on a family friendly cruise ship.
Dining on board the Disney Wonder includes dozens of choices that include everything from fast service options to fine dining restaurants. You can even order room service on those lazy mornings where you just don’t feel like heading to the dining areas.
The Disney Wonder is the only Disney Cruise Line ship that goes to Alaska. Cruises to Alaska have gained popularity over the last decade or so as more and more people long to visit the unspoiled beauty of this state. A cruise is also an environmentally friendly approach to touring sensitive ecosystems – it allows you to enjoy the land without damaging it.
The Disney Wonder Alaska cruise itinerary includes stops at many of the most popular spots in the state.
Ketchikan – This is where those who enjoy outdoor adventure will have the most fun. Go kayaking, embark on a guided hike through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, or spend the day trying to catch a glimpse of bears or other wildlife.
Juneau – While in port in Alaska’s capital, you may choose to the spend the day shopping, visiting museums, or going on a whale watch where you will have the chance to see some of the most beautiful and majestic creatures in the sea.
Skagway – Here you will find evidence of what was once a booming gold rush town. Check out an old saloon or visit an old gold mining camp.
On any cruise, getting to your destination is half of the fun. This is even more the case on an Alaska cruise. As the Disney Wonder makes it way towards the various Alaskan ports, you will have an amazing view of ancient glaciers. While you can see the glaciers from the land, a cruise is the best way to get up close to them and really behold their majesty.
A cruise to Alaska on the Disney Wonder is something a bit different than the typical tropical destination cruise, but it is a vacation that you will never forget.
Tips for Cruising with Kids
Have a Schedule
While this tip may not apply to older children, if you have younger kids, it is a good idea to try to stick to a schedule. Of course, you can alter the schedule from the normal routine (this IS, after all, a vacation!), but you should still try to have some type of routine.
Use the Available Child Care Services
Some parents feel guilty if they utilize any of the youth clubs or childcare facilities on the Disney Wonder. A word of advice: DON’T FEEL GUILTY! Not only will this give you a chance to have some much needed and well deserved adults only time, the kids will enjoy taking part in fun activities and adventures developed just for them. Keep in mind that if you have very young children, ages 3 months to 3 years, you will need to use the ship’s nursery service. There is limited space, and reservations are taken in advance. Be sure to book your space in the nursery as soon as possible.
Preview the Shows
Some of the shows on board the Disney Wonder might be a bit much for smaller kids or for kids who tend to scare very easily. If you have a child that is easily frightened, you might want to preview any show that you think might bother your child.
Make Time for Down Time
It is normal to want to pack as much fun as possible into your Disney Wonder cruise, but be sure to also allow for some down time. If your child or children are used to having a nap, try to stick to that. If you opt for a room with a balcony, you can enjoy a good book and an ocean view while your little ones get some rest.
There is no other cruise ship line that can rival Disney when it comes to creating a fabulous cruise experience for the entire family. When you choose a Disney Wonder cruise, you are doing more than just taking the family on vacation. You are making memories that will last a lifetime.