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Manchester Family

Age: 40


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Wonder

Sailing Date: January 13th, 2005

Itinerary: Bahamas

We arrived on to the Disney Wonder on January 16, after three days in Disney World. In Disney World we stayed at the Polynesian (great Hotel, great restaurants, great food). We purchased the 7 day land/sea package.

On Sunday, we boarded the ship in no time, and our first impression of the ship was “WOW”! It is a beautiful ship, immaculate, our room was wonderful! They held a great Bon Voyage Party in the lobby, it was great .. but unfortunately, after setting sail the first evening was a bit bumpy, as the captain described the waves to be up to 14 –15 feet. By the end of the evening, it was a ghost town ship due to several people with motion sickness.

After a bumpy night, the next day in Nassau was nice, windy but nice. We did the Caribbean Queen Snorkeling tour which was great, the kids loved it. Didn’t get a chance to go to the aquarium or Atlantis, but heard it was great.

Our day in Castaway Cay was great, beautiful Island, lots of stuff for the kids to do. The Oceaneers clubs move right on to the island, so the kids have plenty of choices and stuff to do. Great shops, great Island! ****

The day at sea was great, we visited the Vista Spa for pedicures, and had total R&R there. A fun day to just check out all of the shops, take advantage of the shows, and have a great time. There was so much for the adults & children on the cruise, it was hard choosing what to do.. (Bingo, games, themed shows, beer tasting, movies, pin trading, etc.) .

The evening shows were fabulous! We saw all four shows, and each one was just as good if not better than the first! Wonderful!!

The service on the ship, in restaurants, in shops and in room care etc,. was Great! They all did an exceptional job keeping our room clean, the turn down service on the beds, setting out the little chocolates and animal towels, an extra special touch!

Now, on to our ONE disappointment of the cruise, . … the Food. With the exception of Palo (the adult dining restaurant.. which was Fabulous).. We were very disappointed with the food. At the end of the trip, we graded the overall food a 5 out of 10. The best way to describe it is “very institutionalized”. Everything was just ok. The breakfasts were just ok, the buffets seemed all the same, nothing new (similar to Bob’s Big Boy). We felt the dinner menus were limited, and were disappointed with the different things we tried. I think we went into this with very high expectations, and the food just didn’t do it for us.

The disembarkation went smoothly, Disney definitely has that down! It was great, the luggage went smoothly.. all was well.

Would we do it again? Probably not. It was very expensive $$$$$ and to be so disappointed with the food, and having motion sickness issues (which could happen on any ship), probably not.

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