4 Day Cruise On
The Disney Wonder
and I had never been on a cruise, and with the DVC
incentive, we shipped out on the Disney Wonder 4 day Bahama
voyage with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay.
have heard for years from cruisers that I have met that the
food on a cruise is abundant and delicious. Not so, but certainly
adequate once we adjusted to the Disney schedule. Food was
good, but not always available. Also, I need plenty to drink
and I had a hard time finding enough non-alcoholic liquid.
There was the typical Disney drink refill station on the 9th
floor, and it was the only one I found and it closed during
the night. The only other drink available was tap water.
Adults WithOut Children (AWOC), we found the activities limited.
Disney is designed for families, and should be, but I had
hopes of dancing cheek to cheek, hitting some golf balls,
and swimming. None of these came to fruition. The pools on
the Wonder are very small, more of a soaking area than a swimming
area; and even with the ship capacity short by 400, the pools
were too crowded. The weather was beautiful, 80’s with a breeze,
thank goodness. I can see where the 9th deck of the Wonder
could be miserable if the 90 degree mark was hit. All of the
outdoor activities are on the 9th deck, with 3 pools (soaking
tubs), and of course, all the children. The forward section
of Deck 9 is reserved for passengers over 18, but other than
the overcrowded soaking tub, there wasn’t much happening there.
food was excellent, the service was superbly Disney,
and the stateroom was tight, but comfortable. Disney
far exceeded cleanliness, there is not a germ on that
ship. And the shows were spectacular.
Cay was worth the trip. I expected a day on a deserted island
with not much happening and limited services. Wrong. This
day will long be remembered. Julius and I enjoyed the adult
beach, even though a hurricane had just passed and there was
a lot of seaweed, no big deal because the water was gorgeous
and the beach was ideal. We waded out quite a way and still
the water was below my waist, and the sand was soft and I
could see my feet easily. The wind, though, was still cool,
so we didn’t linger long in the water. Disney servers made
frequent passes to take drink orders, the chairs/umbrellas
were abundant and well kept.
rented bicycles in the afternoon for $6 each and biked the
paved path to the observation tower where could see most of
the island and the Disney Wonder off in the distance. It was
a spectacular day, relaxing with a little exercise. As we
left, though, we took a quick look around at the family beach
and realized that we had missed some great opportunities.
There is a very interesting looking water slide, a stingray
pool, boats, parasailing, all sorts of things to do and see
there. Castaway Cay is the highlight of the Disney cruiseline,
and I can’t wait to get back there. The Wonder was docked
there from 8 to 5, and I could have stayed for 3 days.
was pretty much what I expected. An older village with shopping
available, but risky.
Cindy Welch is a huge fan of Disney World and all
it has to offer. She practically raised her kids
there, and continues to visit at least once a
year. She is now a member of the Disney Vacation