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Scottie C

Age: 40ish

Occupation:personnel

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Wonder

Sailing Date: 2011-07-26

Itinerary: various

Have been on a total of 5 Disney Cruises on the 3 various ships so far with more plans to cruise with Disney. Starting with the boarding process, the ship does not generally board until around 12 noon. If you arrive about 1:30, you should be able to get on the ship very quickly; otherwise it could take up to about an hour. When you get on board head to the top floor where there is a great buffet waiting for you. Don't forget dinner is just around the corner though. Recommend a light breakfast before you go, but go on board stuffed, it will be a long cruise. You can generally get into your room around 4 pm, carry on a swim suit for you and the kids. Great time to go, a lot of folks don't think of it. Recommend that you purchase a balcony if at all possible. There is usually some down time over the life of the cruise and just sitting on the balcony is awesome. DISNEY IS NOT A PARTY SHIP. If you are looking to party the night away, don't do Disney. It is a family entertainment environment.

The buffet when you first arrive on board is supreme. Dinner is in three different locations with a traveling staff. Makes for a great experience. On cruises longer than 3 days, there is alway at least 1 theme night. Longer cruises have numerous theme nights. All 3 locations have the same menu on theme night. Take pirate stuff for the Pirates of the carribean night aboard every cruise. Buffet with ribs and fajitas afterward, GREAT!

Staterooms are a little tight; however you don't go on a cruise to stay in the cabin. Always clean and kept up. If you have any issues, address with the staff. I had a single complaint and got about 5 phone calls to ensure I was satisfied. Balcony is a MUST if you can afford it. The new Dream Ship has a virtual view for those who reside on the inside cabins, supposed to be awesome.

On board activities are plentiful for the 3-4 day cruises. If you take a longer cruise, try to space some activities over the life of the cruise. Enough to do, but if you are at sea a couple of days, swimming and balconies will be a must.

Like the site seeing tours very well. Most are inexpensive and can generally get good pictures. Watch the times and ask questions for the beach days. Noticed some folks paying a lot of money to be at a beach for a couple of hours, find out much time is in the transportation and actually at the beach.

Again, numerous cruises so I will be general. If you get seasick, bring some medicine and you will be fine. Get up early and eat the breakfast buffet if you like breakfast. On the day at sea, you better find chairs on the upper deck if you want on the deck. It gets crazy with everyone trying to find their little area. Please of room on the very top deck. Great omelets, you have to find the station on the buffet on the top deck but there is one and they are wonderful. Don't wait till the last night to settle your bill if you don't use a credit card, long lines. On the final morning, you have to take your carry on with you, but eat breakfast before departing. The baggage area pickup is crazy for the first 30 minutes. Save a headache and wait a little while, 30 minutes past deportation time will be about adequate. The main focus of the staff is to be preparing the staterooms for the next guest. Happy Cruising.

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