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  • Palo-open-kitchen-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Watch your chefs in action in Palo's adults-only open kitchen aboard your Disney cruise.
  • Disney-Wonder-Palo-server - Head to the specialty restaurant Palo on your Disney Wonder cruise for an intimate, adults-only dinner featuring contemporary Northern Italian cuisine. Brunch is also available on select dates on cruises lasting four days or longer.
  • Quiet-Cove-Pool_Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - In the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool, on the Lido Deck of both Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Family-Pool-kids-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Having fun in the Family Pool on deck 5 of sister ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Cove-Cafe-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Guests can grab a beverage and snack, read a magazine, watch TV or hop on the Internet at Cove Café, an adults-only lounge on deck 9 at midship of Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Disney-Wonder-Vista-Spa-Villas-couples-massage - Salon treatments are available for both women and men at the Vista Spa on deck 9 of Disney Wonder. Operated by Steiner of London, the most prestigious name in the spa industry, the spa offers a wide range of treatments, including couples massage and a 75-minute Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy.
  • Family-Pool-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Kids frolic in the Family Pool on your Disney sailing, which sees a lot of action during the day.
  • Fitness-Center-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Guests work out on cycles, treadmills and other equipment in the Fitness Center aboard a Disney cruise.
  • Quarter-Masters-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Girls play a game of air hockey at Quarter Masters, the young people's arcade on deck 9 at midship of Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder next to Quiet Cove Pool. The arcade also features tons of videogames.
  • Disney-Cruise-Vibe-teen-club - At Vibe, a teens-exclusive activity center on deck 11 at midship on Disney Wonder, youths ages 14 to 17 can make new friends, watch TV, play videogames, listen to music, dance, surf the Internet and enjoy a variety of social activities throughout the day.
  • Disney-Wonder-kiddie-pool - The children's pool on Disney Wonder.
  • Family-Pool-kids-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Having fun in the Family Pool on deck 5 of sister ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Disney-Cruise-Vibe-teen-club - At Vibe, a teens-exclusive activity center on deck 11 at midship on Disney Wonder, youths ages 14 to 17 can make new friends, watch TV, play videogames, listen to music, dance, surf the Internet and enjoy a variety of social activities throughout the day.
  • Cove-Cafe-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Guests can grab a beverage and snack, read a magazine, watch TV or hop on the Internet at Cove Café, an adults-only lounge on deck 9 at midship of Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Disney-Wonder-Vista-Spa-Villas-couples-massage - Salon treatments are available for both women and men at the Vista Spa on deck 9 of Disney Wonder. Operated by Steiner of London, the most prestigious name in the spa industry, the spa offers a wide range of treatments, including couples massage and a 75-minute Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy.
  • Quarter-Masters-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Girls play a game of air hockey at Quarter Masters, the young people's arcade on deck 9 at midship of Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder next to Quiet Cove Pool. The arcade also features tons of videogames.
  • Disney-Wonder-Palo-server - Head to the specialty restaurant Palo on your Disney Wonder cruise for an intimate, adults-only dinner featuring contemporary Northern Italian cuisine. Brunch is also available on select dates on cruises lasting four days or longer.
  • Disney-Wonder-San-Diego - Disney Wonder visits the Port of San Diego.
  • St-John-Annaberg-Sugar-Mill-ruins - For the history-minded, a visit to the ruins of Annaberg Sugar Mill in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, shows the sugar plantation factory where sugar cane was refined into sugar and molasses.

Disney Wonder: Kid tested, parent approved

As family cruising goes, it does not get much better than a Disney cruise. With an entire deck of youth programming and a family-friendly vibe, it's easy to see why Disney Wonder has earned nods from parents and kids alike.

For those worried that they will experience Disney overload, you will be pleasantly surprised. Sailing on Disney Wonder is not like spending a week at a Disney Resort. The ship surprises  you with Disney touches without going over the top. Highlights of the Disney Wonder are spacious staterooms, great entertainment and world-renowned Disney service.

Who will like sailing on Disney Wonder

Anyone who is a Disney fan will enjoy cruising on this ship. Although mostly geared towards families, there are plenty of places for adults to enjoy on their own.

Where Disney Wonder sails

Disney Wonder is a family-friendly ship that transports you to ports of call in the Bahamas, the Mexican Riviera and Alaska.

Ratings & awards

Cruiseable           
Conde Nast           
Berlitz           
Cruise Critic           
  • Top 20 Large Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)

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Here's an 8-minute video tour of Disney Wonder from our friend Jason Leppert of PopularCruising.com.

Kid tested, parent approved

I have long had the opinion that when kids are having fun, then parents can have fun, too. On Disney Wonder, there is practically non-stop entertainment and youth programming to keep youth engaged so parents can relax.

From interactive games, educational programs and Disney character encounters for young ones, to video games, karaoke and dance parties for teens, Disney Cruise Line's kids programs and clubs promise an unforgettable experience for all.

Kids clubs

I sailed with two of my children. One of them liked the structured activities and making new friends while the other preferred to spend more time with me. Having the ability to come and go from the kids club made every day an adventure. The kids clubs are open daily and there are age-appropriate activity centers for infants, toddlers, children, tweens and teens.

  • Flounder's Reef Nursery is a nursery for young children ages 3 months to 3 years.
  • Disney's Oceaneer Club, a children's activity center, is the perfect place for kids to dress up as their favorite princess or hero, play computer games and enjoy a wide variety of supervised themed activities throughout the day.
  • Disney's Oceaneer Lab has opportunities for both organized and free play for your kids between the ages of 3 and 11.
  • Edge is a tween-exclusive space for kids ages 11 through 14 who want to play video games, watch television and participate in arts and crafts.
  • Vibe is where teens ages 14 through 17 can watch television, play video games, listen to music, surf the Internet, enjoy fun activities and make new friends.
The Oceaneer Club on Disney Wonder is a fun supervised activity center for children ages 3 to 12.
Courtesy of Disney Cruise LineThe Oceaneer Lab on Disney Wonder is a fun supervised activity center for children ages 3 to 11.

Entertainment

From the moment you walk onto the ship it is non-stop entertainment. I loved how cast members announced the name of each family when they stepped onto the ship for the first time. Also, the Pirates in the Caribbean and sail away deck parties were super fun.

Most nights after dinner, there were Broadway-caliber live production shows starring some of your favorite Disney characters in the Walt Disney Theater.

  • Character Greetings anyone? One of the nice things about sailing on Disney Cruise Line is that there are many opportunities for children and adults to meet and greet Disney Characters.
  • Disney Dreams - An Enchanted Classic is an award-winning, 50-minute, live musical show celebrating the value of dreams, starring some of your favorite Disney characters.
  • The Golden Mickeys is a crowd favorite. This musical production show is presented as an awards ceremony in which characters from Disney movies are nominated in a series of categories.
  • Toy Story - The Musical is a full-on production show not to be missed about Woody and Buzz Lightyear's friendship.
At Vibe, a teens-exclusive activity center on deck 11 just for youths ages 14 to 17.
Courtesy of Disney Cruise LineAt Vibe, a teens-exclusive activity center on deck 11 just for youths ages 14 to 17.

Nightclubs & lounges

While the kids are playing with their new friends, parents can head to one of the lounges or night clubs to relax. Disney Wonder has a coffee bar, piano bar, sports bar and a dance club. Some of the places I hung out were:

  • Cadillac Lounge, an adult's only piano bar
  • Cove Cafe, an adults-only spot to read, enjoy some coffee and surf the Internet
  • Promenade Lounge, an Art Deco venue that served as the setting for many family games offered by cast members

Dining

Dining aboard the Disney Wonder includes a variety of dining venues, which is part of the rotational dining experience of a Disney cruise.

Rotational dining venues

There's no surcharge for these dining venues, which are rotated during your cruise:

  • Animator's Palate celebrates Disney animation in an innovative dinner "show" starring your favorite Disney characters.
  • Triton's serves continental cuisine with a French flair amid a more elegant setting for dinner. The restaurant is themed after the hit Disney movie, "The Little Mermaid."
  • Parrot Cay serves up classic American fare for breakfast and lunch, and Caribbean island grill house specialties for dinner. Don't miss the seafood buffet during lunch on one of the sea days of your cruise.

Casual eateries (included in the cruise fare)

  • Beach Blanket Buffet serves classic American and international cuisine during breakfast and lunch. At night, Beach Blanket Buffet becomes a table-service restaurant offering many Main Dining delights, which is a great option for families with very tired kids.
  • Pluto's Dog House near Mickey's Pool serves classic American fare like hamburgers and chicken for lunch and dinner.
  • Preludes is just outside the Walt Disney Theater where you can get a snack or beverage during live show performances and movies.
  • Room Service is available 24 hours a day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Alternative dining

  • Palo is an adult-exclusive restaurant that serves Northern Italian cuisine for dinner. Additionally, brunch is offered on select cruises. An additional fee is required, but it's worth the splurge.

Staterooms

The brochure promised larger staterooms compared to other cruise lines and it was accurate. I stayed in an inside cabin, and there was plenty of room for three people. I could appreciate the thoughtful design details in the cabin like a bath-and-a-half that allowed more people to get ready at night, a bathtub, lots of storage space and the nautical furnishings inside the cabin. My kids loved the TV programs, which played non-stop Disney shows.

Your take

Have you cruised on Disney Wonder? What was the highlight for you or your family? I'd love to hear about your experience.

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Carrie Finley-Bajak
I'm a cruise journalist, blogger, CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor and a columnist for Travel Weekly. Follow me on Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Quarter Masters
  • Where: Disney Wonder

  • What: Cove
  • Where: Disney Wonder

  • What: Vista Spa
  • Where: Disney Wonder
  • Enjoy a uniquely different dining experience every night of your cruise with rotational dining.
  • Attend live musical stage shows.
  • Spend a day exploring Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas.
  • Enjoy imaginative children's programs and separate activity areas for adults, teens and kids.

Top dining options on board

Palo

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,400 Passengers [?]
945 Crew
11 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
83,000 Tonnage [?]
964 Length in feet
106 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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