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Paula Jobin

Age: 44


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Wonder

Sailing Date: July 1st, 2004

Itinerary: Bahamas

We are Disney Fans; lucky to be living in central Florida where we can visit the parks when we have a spare moment! Wanted to take the kids and husband on a cruise for a long time, and finally got the ok from them for a 3-nighter to the Bahamas. Thankfully, we were able to get the "Friends and Family" rate from a cousin who worked on the ship, but the room was on the second level (from the bottom) with no view. But we were glad to be able to go (first attempt was in April but kids were sick, were able to change to July with no problem with Disney) and looked forward to the trip.

The boat is beautiful!! Our room was small, but you know what, it was fine for us and it had the double bathrooms and the pull down bunk (two girls, 11 and 12). We were just a level below a nightclub, but the noise from that ended at 12 midnight which was before we ever went to bed! On the other hand, we were just a stairway from the theatre and the shops, so we were happy to be where we were.

 The one thing that impressed my husband was the SERVICE. The crew and staff were great, the food was good and never-ending! All the softdrinks, pizza, hotdogs, ice cream, etc. you could eat. It was great having a plate loaded with stone crabs, eating them overlooking the other cruise ships in the port of Nassau. What a memory!! The pools get crowded during the day, but the girls found time to wet when they wanted to, and the movies and shows kept us busy.

We were only in our rooms to shower and change, and hung out on the decks the rest of the time. Our servers were great, and they followed us from restaurant to restaurant. The last night my daughter felt a little motion sickness, and the waiters from dinner (which I and my husband so abruptly left) got our dinner plates to the room before we made it there!

Nassau was a 30 minute visit (to buy conch shells and look at the straw market), but Castaway Cay was glorious! Speak to the locals who work there, and they are full of information about what is on the island and where their day starts. Talk to the crew members...such an international group, and many have wonderful stories to share.

Our only regret is that we didn't book a longer cruise. But we are already looking into that for our next vacation!! Pluses: the kids entertainment, food, freedom on decks, comfy chaise lounges, staff, beauty of ship, cleanliness and smooth sailing. Minuses: all you can drink center (soda, tea, coffee, juices) were on the 9th deck, back of ship (minor!!).

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