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Donna

Age: 40

Occupation:SAHM

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Wonder

Sailing Date: 2010-03-25

Itinerary: bahamas

We LOVED our cruise! We were on the 3 day Bahamas tour. We took our 3 daughters ages 16, 12 and 6. There was something to do for all. We all had the time of our lives! We had never cruised before and had no idea what to expect. The staff catered to your every need. There were lots of opportunities to see the characters as they were scheduled to appear before and after the assigned dinner seatings. They also appeared at random on deck by the pools to greet the kids and pose for pics.

The food was terrific! I can't comment on Parrot Cay which was our 1st assigned seating dinner. I get motion sick and was not feeling well that 1st night so I didn't eat. My husband and children loved it tho. My daughter got the mixed grill and said it was delicious! Triton's and Animators Palate are excellent as well. The servers are wonderful and the chefs accommodate special requests. They made our 6 year old shrimp alfredo even tho the menu didn't include it. There is a buffet available for breakfast in the Beach Blanket. It is very good and serves a big variety of breakfast food. The snack stands on deck 9 are good as well. We got pizza and sandwiches for snacks before shows and movies, which made it unnecessary for us to spend money at the theatre stands. The snacks and drinks they sell there are not included and rather pricey. The theater allows you to bring in snacks and drinks from the fast service stands! Try that at your local theater! There is a free drink stand on deck 9 as well. I would recommend that you bring formula for babies if you have them and bottled water (sealed of course) in your carry on luggage to keep from paying premium prices for water on board as there is none at the soda stand, and you must pay for it otherwise or use tap water.

Our stateroom was cleaned daily by our lovely hostes Ana. She was very diligent about keeping things perfect and often picked up our children's toys, books and clothes for them as well as making the beds and cleaning our bathroom areas. The stateroom as a whole was very roomy. We had a deluxe family stateroom with veranda. They have seperate areas for bathing and using the toilet, but these rooms are VERY small! If someone was a very large person, they could not have used the toilet. Seriously. But other than that, we had no complaints about the stateroom.

The onboard activities were numerous and organized to have something for everybody. One lady, Nora, on this site said that the cruise should be called the princess cruise cause they catered only to little princesses and that her son didn't have enough to do. She must not have looked at her personal navigator daily. The personal navigator is a flyer that housekeeping delivers to your room nightly and tells what all is going on onboard the ship each day. There was a Pirate theme party one night during our cruise, pirate theme activities all afternoon that same day, Toy Story the Musical presented one night, character encounters that included Captain Hook, and several other characters that appeal to both boys and girls. This lady obviously didn't check out all her options and then complained about her own lack of planning. We were there for the family activities, so can't really comment on the childcare or adult options for the cruise. We did everything together and had fun, fun, and more fun! The pools are a bit small and can be crowded at times. Finding poolside seating can be a challenge also, but with all the other activities offered, the pool isn't that big a draw anyhow! The shows are stunning onboard the Wonder. We saw them all and I suggest you do too!

We went on the Ardastra Garden/City Tour in Nassau. It was great! We hand fed parrots, and watched a flamingo show. We wished we had more time in the gardens. It was the best part of the tour. At the Fort Fincastle, which was interesting, there were Bahamian vendors to buy souvenirs from. The Queens staircase was lovely as well. I wouldn't take small children on this tour. My 6 year old got very tired and some of the city tour part was not interesting for her. She was also afraid of the birds at the Gardens and refused to take part in feeding them. Altho you are allowed to bring kids 5 and up on this tour, I would say more like 10 and up. Castaway Cay is amazing. I would suggest that the night before you arrive there, go to Guest Services and ask for a map of the island and familiarize yourself with it. We wasted a lot of time because we didn't know where to go. I wouldn't rent floats either. A lot of people with small children rent the right at 1st, then their children get tired and they take them back to the ship. They will offer them to your kids when they leave. We had all the floats we could use and people still kept offering them to the kids when they left. also, go to Academy or a sports store and buy masks and snorkels and take them in your luggage. You can use your own stuff and save a bundle as they charge $25 a person to rent equipment. Plan ahead and wear lots of sunscreen! You will love Castaway Cay. The place is paradise!

We came home with memories to treasure forever. Take lots of pictures! Remember to use your personal navigator to maximize your fun! Bon Voyage!

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