I hope Mickey will leave this here. I am not writing so much a trip report as much as a first time cruisers impressions of our voyage. We just returned from a combination 4 day WDW / 3 day Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder.
GETTING TO THE BOAT
When you arrive at your resort there is an area where you can check in for your cruise. This is the same area where you meet to travel to the cruise. On the day you are sheduled to leave, you tag all your luggage and have it ready by the door by 8:00am. A cast member arrives, picks up your things and the next time you see them is when they are delivered to your stateroom aboard the ship. A word to the wise. Be sure to pack some swim wear and reading material in a daybag that you then carry onboard with you. Our bags did not make it to our room until about 6:00pm ( which was not a problem as we were prepared and there was soo much to keep us busy till then!)
(Hint # 1: Don’t over pack period. You are not going to need anywhere near the number of clothes you might think! We took a total of 6 pieces of luggage for the 3 of us and it was WAY too much )
Well, the meals are first class, the food at Parrot Cay and Animators Palace were as good as any fine resturant I’ve been to. Both the fish and steak meals were a treat. Triton’s was a mixed bag. My steak was exceptional, my DW & DD fish were not as good as the other resturants. We dressed in what could be called business casual attire for Parrot Cay and Animators Palace, and I wore a suit for Tritons. However there was really no formal dress code and I saw everything from jeans to semi formal wear each evening.
A special THANK YOU for Bhoolah our dining captain and Fortune our head waiter. When we first went to dinner we told Fortune that our DD has a nut allergy and that it can be life threatening. He got our dining captain and from that point on whenever we sat down to a meal Bhoolah would personally take my DD’s order and take it to the kitchen to make sure it was not prepared with any nuts or even in cookware that had been used to prepare food with nuts. He further instructed us to ask for the cook at any of the buffets and they then walked DD thru the line showing what see could and could not eat. Finally one night my DW had a fish dish and my DD had a pasta dish. She asked Fortune if she could sample my DWs plate and he said he would check first. He then returned with a complete fish meal prepared just for her. Everyone at the table shared and it was both special and tasty!
(Hint #2: If you get a craving for a midnight snack and the pizza and burger bars by the pool do not appeal to you, room service is FREE and very fast. I ordered a nice snack one evening and had it 15 minutes later, you are expected to tip for it)
(Hint #3: At the end of the trip you can take advantage of a tipping service that is then charged to your credit card. The “normal” tip is shown. Due to the outstanding help we had with DDs needs we went a little overboard, but the staff reall seemed to appreciate it)
Do not miss the Hercules show, man I haven’t laughed that much in a while. We choose to skip the “Golden Mickeys” and the other show, but that was due to my becoming ill with the flu.
(Hint #4: Get to the show a little early as it is open seating)
SPEAKING OF SICKNESS:
Several folks have asked me about seasickness. We had pretty rough water one day and the sensation was very much like being on an airplane. There is a constant, but barely preceptible motion to the boat and every now and then you get that “cross step” feeling like when a plane hits an air pocket. No one I spoke to on the boat gave it a second thought. I would definatly say it was smooth sailing.
(more to come)