Which Disney Cruise ship is the best?
We just returned from our 7 day Disney Cruise on the Wonder out of Galveston. I had no real expectations because I have never been on a cruise before. I wasn't overly impressed. I was traveling with my husband and two kids, 8 and 3. Pros: We had a stateroom and honestly it was bigger than I thought it would be. It was still small, but it's a cruise and that is to be expected. Our room was always immaculate. Our housekeeping person, Lewin, always did a great job and was very pleasant.
Castaway Cay - We splurged and rented a cabana for the day. While I would say that the "cabana service" wasn't great (there was a lame selection of beverages and granola bars) it was totally worth it to have a place in the shade with comfy furniture. The lagoon over by the cabanas was perfect for my 3 year old as he wasn't so sure about the waves. I didn't feel like it was overly commercial (which is what I was expecting) and honestly it is just a gorgeous place. We got 8 hours in port, so it was a great day.
The shows - All were great and geared towards kids. Special perk - We were disembarking the day that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" came out, so Disney had it arranged for all of us to see it the day before! My 8 year old was beyond stoked. Talk about bragging rights with his friends. The staff on board - All were excellent. Our dining staff was amazing.
Cons: The pool - Honestly I laughed out loud when I saw how small the pools were and how, um, gross. I didn't let the kids swim in either pool at all, especially after they were closed twice for puke in the pool. Napkins - At any of the quick dining restaurants you have to ASK for napkins. You are a cruise line geared towards families with young kids and I have to ASK you for napkins? No.
The food - Honestly? It was just ok at best. I wasn't impressed. Not a ton of "quick dining" options and the breakfast buffet thing was gross. If I wanted frozen waffles and pancakes, I would have just stayed home. Dinners were also just "ok." There wasn't much flavor at all and even the desserts (the best part of ANY meal) were mediocre at best.
Ports of call - Except for Castaway Cay, our ports of call days were ridiculously short. Kids Club - So, my 8 year old had only heard great things about Kids Club and was anxious to try it out. We sent our 3 year old too because he really wanted to go. They were bored within 30 minutes. Also, with the exception of a couple of staffers, the Kids Club crew were rude and short with the kids and completely disengaged. I did say something when I turned in their bands, but they seemed disinterested. Not surprised. There are always more people coming on board. We were just a number.
The Arcade - In typical Disney fashion, they have made the arcade nearly completely unaffordable. In the end we had fun as a family because we were all together. Again, Castaway Cay was the highlight and the staff was so kind, even to my super-shy 3 year old. But overall, for the money spent, I just felt like it didn't really live up to expectations.
Characters - All the classics were there, but just like with anything Disney, the lines were long. We just always got there early. Also, MAJORLY disappointing not to see any Avengers or Star Wars people. Disney really missed out on those. Tons of princesses though, for little boys and girls who are into superheros, Star Wars, etc; it was definitely geared more towards girly girls.
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