The second ship in Disney’s fleet, Disney Wonder was launched a year after the Disney Magic, and together they elevated the idea of what it meant to cruise with kids. For many passengers, the happiest surprise is that Disney really is, as they say, in the details. These ships are not floating theme parks but rather elegant throwbacks to the golden age of cruising. While the prices are higher than other family cruises, the service and food quality are higher, too.
What We Love
Family-friendly Staterooms: Larger than the cruise industry standard, Disney cabins feature pull-down daybeds for kids, oh-so-handy split bathrooms, ample storage, and (for families of five) Murphy beds. Portable cribs and Diaper Genies are available upon request for no extra charge.
Rotational Dining: Your family dines at a new venue every night (the better to sample all three main restaurants) and your waitstaff follows you. The result is service that’s personalized but never stiff. When you arrive on the second night, your kids’ favorite drinks will be waiting on the table.
Best Known For
Standout Kids Clubs: Amazing play spaces and a terrific array of age-specific activities for babies to teens keep kids busy with science experiments, pizza parties, cooking classes, video-game tournaments, and much fun with the Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars franchises.
Memorable Deck Parties: From the first night’s Sail-Away Celebration to Pirate Night and fireworks at sea, deck parties are a high-spirited blend of music, dancing, and Disney characters.
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Who It's Best For
Kids and their parents: No cruise line caters to — or understands — families better than Disney.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
It Isn't Cheap: Disney is a premium cruise line and prices reflect that. To be fair, the line also delivers great value, as prices are more inclusive than on some other lines.
Pools Are Charming But Crowded: The Mickey and Goofy pools are undeniably adorable but small, and the top deck gets packed on sea days.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Boston Globe.
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Disney Wonder at a Glance
- Line: Disney Cruise Line
- Class: Magic
- Number of Passengers: 2700
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 1999