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Tony Echeverria

Age: 41

Occupation:Information Technology

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Wonder

Sailing Date: January 30th, 2003

Itinerary: Bahamas

My first comment is that Disney has the best embarkation / disembarkation system in the business.

We were coming off a week at Disney World which ended on a Thursday. Instead of going back home to a cold hard slap in the face reality of a New York City winter, we decided to extend our vacation for 3 more days by trying a 3 night Disney Cruise on the Wonder. 5 stars all the way!

Be our guest! Let me tell you that the food was spectacular and eating at the adult only Palo's was amazing! Everything far exceeded our expectations. After having sailed on Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas 4 months ago, the food on the Disney Wonder was definitely an upgrade. I'm not going to say that the food on Royal Caribbean was bad; no it was good but not on Disney’s level. We had previously sailed on Celebrity Century which also had amazing food. On Disney the food consisted of items such as sea bass, rack of lamb, warm shrimp salad, and chocolate soufflé! Oh yes! The chocolate soufflé! I could go on and on. I hear people say that they would be bored on a cruise and that the food is just too much. That they would gain too much weight. Well based on the people feeding their facing on this ship, everyone was having a great time. And ladies and gentleman, my wife and I ate a lot at Disney World and the Disney Cruise over an 11 day period and we lost weight. We swam, we walked, and we ran all the way to the buffet line and still didn’t gain a pound. So Hakuna Matata!

I just have to say that this cruise was perfect. On our flight home, we tried to find something we weren’t happy about but we came up emptier than Pooh’s honey pot after one of his rumbly tumbly binges. Yes, you have the occasional idiot who just has to complain about something..the sun’s too hot or the pool water is too wet! People who just want attention. Those people should just stay home! I'm sure you've seen these people.

We had a navigator's balcony cabin the 6th floor which much larger than our cabin on RCCL Monarch of the Seas, 119 square feet as compared to 268 square feet on the Wonder. We had a lot of room for the 3 of us. Myself, my wife and 3 year old. The kid's club was great. My daughter loved it and we felt very comfortable with her safety and the fact that they had lots of fun things for her to do.

Nassau/Paradise Island were much nicer than I expected. I had heard a lot of negative things about it. The beaches are very beautiful. The one thing I did notice was that the people are not friendly. Not friendly at all! They gave off the impression that they could care less if I bought anything and really did make an effort. There are many places where vendors pressure you to buy their stuff but at least they do it with a smile. The Dig at the Atlantis resort is something worth seeing eventhough its $25 to see it. I only wish I could have used their swimming pools and slides.

Castaway Cay is very beautiful and relaxing. I'd love to go back when the water is warner. I think it was about 70 on February 1, 2003. We did swim in the water eventhough it was a little chilly. The BBQ and the characters running around make it a wonderful day. It's also great that the ship can dock right on the island and you don't have to use tenders. I can see Disney doing something more with this island than just a cruise ship stop.

We saw families, couples and even some singles. This cruise targets families but everyone is invited to have a great time. I truly encourage everyone to cruise and after cruising on Disney I would have to say that you would have to be more miserable than Uncle Scar to not have a great time.

Actually we did have on problem with the cruise. It was only a 3 night and not a 7 night. We could have eaten at Palo's a second time!

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