Friday, January 10, 2014

A Review of the Disney Wonder- The Last Galveston Sailing

                            We had a magical vacation onboard the Disney Wonder this past week. It's been 3 years since we sailed her and after sailing the newer Disney ships she looks a little tired. My overall thought is that this ship is in desperate need of a referb. Please note, I am not a complainer and am super easy to please. I love Disney, especially their ships and the attention to detail. But the musty, moldy smell in our balcony stateroom was enough to throw me overboard.
                            If you are planning to sail the Wonder you may want to hold off until she's had an overhaul. This is a great ship for the younger children who are not interested in the Aqua Duck, or more interactive kids areas. Our kids were 4 & 7 while sailing and they were thrilled in every way, which is the whole point right? Our older kids have been on all three ships and are much more pleased with the Dream & the Fantasy.
                           The shows were outstanding, as always, Disney knows how to put on a great show. We enjoyed seeing first run movies on this sailing such as Frozen, Planes and Monster's University.
Food and dining was a good time. I love the dining rotational system that Disney uses. It keeps the kids attention and changes it up each night. The service on this ship was wonderful.
                           The highlight of our trip was the Palo brunch. Palo is the adult only restaurant that has a $25 cover charge. On sea days they open up a buffet style brunch. This is the best meal we've had on Disney so far. It was so good that I will give it a separate post, it's worth talking about and I have pictures to go along with it.
                           Disney has now pulled out of Galveston, while we are sad we know it's worth a flight to Florida to catch the newer ships and enjoy Castaway Cay. On our return from Cozumel we hit 18 foot seas for 12 hours. I am  thankful we have never been seasick. You could barely walk, they closed down the entire upper, outside deck. The winds were 50 miles per hour. It was exciting, and a little scary all at once! Many people were sick. Disney provided several activities indoors, including the known Pirates Party, without the fireworks.
                         Overall it was a great trip, and we look forward to our next sailing.

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