For our family of four, staying at a Disney resort has always been a highlight, so it’s not a surprise that when our youngest daughter turned three, we kept the Disney magic alive. This time around, we opted for the Disney Wonder Cruise. We boarded a four-night cruise out of San Diego, docking at Cabo San Lucas.
From the moment we boarded the ship, it was a full-on celebration. The cruise is fantastic for parents and kids alike. My husband and I, as well as our two daughters, were entertained endlessly with jampacked activities, incredible meals, and nonstop entertainment. When it comes to big family events, Disney has always got our backs.
If you’re planning to do a Disney cruise, continue ahead as I relive our adventures and provide a few helpful tips along the way.
Big, Spacious Rooms to Choose From
When it comes to your living quarters, you’re in for a treat. The Disney Wonder Cruise’s cabins are custom-built for families and provide more space than standard accommodations. These refitted rooms have modern conveniences like ample storage space, electrical outlets and USB ports, and modified furnishings.
Depending on the size and preferences of your family, you will have four stateroom options to choose from. The Concierge stateroom is the largest and most opulent, with separate bedrooms and first-rate facilities. Ideal for a family or group of three to five people, the Verandah bedrooms have a private balcony with a beautiful sea view. The Oceanview suites, with one or two portholes to enjoy the views, include a delightful nautical design and Art Deco finishes. And finally, the Inside staterooms are cozy and inviting, with unique artwork, warm wood finishes, and mattresses dressed in quality Egyptian linens.
Each stateroom is wheelchair accessible and, excluding Inside, has split bathrooms. All rooms are childproofed as well. The balcony doors have a lock six feet above the ground and plexiglass rails for protection. As a whole, the rooms are premium and provide outstanding value for money, resulting in a delightful family holiday on at sea.
Fun, Safe Decks for Kids (And Kids at Heart)
Disney Wonder’s onboard facilities cater to guests of all ages. The ship includes 11 passenger decks and various exclusive amenities like the “It’s a Small World” nursery for kids, Oceaneer for younger children, the Vibe for teens and tweens, and the Crown & Fin Pub for adults.
Most of the ship’s dining and entertainment facilities are located on Decks 3 and 4, making the layout very straightforward. Kids have their own spaces on Deck 5, where the Oceaneer Lab is situated. Kids and kids at heart can learn and play in larger-than-life spaces and see their favorite superheroes inside the Marvel Super Hero Academy. The adults’ domain is on Deck 3, where they can enjoy the “After Hours” area.
Decks 10 and 9 also have outdoor spaces, including the family pools, the adult-only Quiet Cove Pool, and the kid-friendly Splash Zone, complete with Mickey’s Pool Slide.
Nonstop Entertainment for All Ages
Disney Wonder has an extensive array of kid and adult-friendly activities. The ship’s public areas, including the pool deck, promenade deck, and central atrium, are bustling with character interactions throughout the day. It’s fun trying to guess when Mickey Mouse and the gang will make appearances in various parts of the ship.
The nightly presentations on the ship are on par with those on Broadway. Shows like Frozen, A Musical Spectacular and Disney Dreams: An Enchanted Classic bring the Walt Disney Theatre to life with their own music and choreography. If you prefer movies to live shows, you can see the newest Disney releases in the magnificent Buena Vista Theatre, which was designed to evoke Hollywood’s Golden Age.
For teens and tweens, Edge is a great hangout, with a variety of activities such as video games, music, and movies available all day long. Meanwhile, Vibe is a cool place where teens can sing and dance the night away until two in the morning, parents-free, of course.
Adults have their own spots and recreations as well, like wine and whiskey tastings and martini mixing lessons. The Azure Club hosts late-night adult trivia. For ultimate relaxation, the cruise also has a luxurious spa and salon.
Disney Wonder has a themed firework show party as part of its itinerary. It’s a beautiful spectacle of sound and light that fills the night with cheer and characters also make an appearance and perform.
Food Galore and Rotational Dining
There is a wide variety of mouthwatering meals available on the Disney Wonder Cruise. Rotational Dining is one of the exciting options, where three unique restaurants with their own ambiance, cuisine, and cocktails will be available to you every day of your trip. The three dining venues are Triton’s, Tiana’s Place, and Animator’s Palate.
The most formal of the three is Triton’s, a French bistro with a Little Mermaid motif. The Princess and the Frog-inspired Tiana’s Place serves Creole cuisine and New Orleans-style beignets. The Animator’s Palate, where classic dishes are served, is a room on Deck 4 aft inspired by animation. Its black-and-white interiors eventually explode into vibrant colors. If you just want a light snack or something casual, Daisy’s De-Lites offers salads, sandwiches, and wraps, while Pinocchio’s Pizza serves up slices of pizza. For a romantic night out, Palo, an Italian-Californian restaurant, is the place to be. Reservations are required for Palo, and you should book ahead of time.
A Tip for the Kid’s Club
The ship’s numerous kid-friendly clubs will have open houses on embarkation day. If you want your children to participate in these, it’s important that you make the most of these activities. During open houses, parents and guardians are welcome to accompany their kids to the clubs so that they may get acquainted with the amenities and the staff. Make time for this so that when your children return, checking in will be quicker since you won’t have to repeat questions regarding the setup and processes.
A Birthday Celebration Packed with Love and Memories
We look forward to celebrating our girls’ birthdays. It’s not just a time to be thankful for another year in their lives, but it’s also a chance to create lasting memories for the whole family. This Disney Wonder Cruise is no exception. We can’t wait to try again.
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