Our family to a Disney Cruise to Alaska in June. Four of us shared this adventure – my mom, husband, daughter and I sailed on the Disney Wonder. We had heard that a cruise was a fun experience for all ages and my husband has always wanted to travel to Alaska. My mom had been on a cruise years ago, but it was the first one for my husband, daughter, and me. If you’re a regular reader of KLY, you know I’m a huge Disney fan. Walt Disney World is on my “happy place” short list. If you’d like to read how we chose a Disney cruise, follow the link. I’ll be writing a few posts about our trip, I hope you enjoy the stories! The day to board the Disney Wonder had finally arrived! After months of excitement, packing, reading about excursions, gathering tips… the day had finally come. When you check-in online, you are given a boarding time. The boarding process is very well organized, but be prepared to take some time to get through customs. Disney cast members are there to guide you through the entire thing and we felt very comfortable without a worry. At the port you are ushered through a large parking-garage-feeling area and get in line. The US citizens are separated from other countries. You pass through a security check point where they look through your bags, but it’s not as intense as at an airport, or as rushed, there is just a different vibe. I’d seen pictures of the ship, the Disney Wonder, online but nothing prepared me for how pretty it was! We stepped onto the ship and there were cast members in white uniforms lined up. A man announced, “The Carpenter Family, Welcome to the Disney Wonder!” and we were greeted by applause. My daughter loved this! When she called her bff to tell her about our trip when we got home, that was one of the “highlights” she included, it truly made her feel special. The ship is designed with an elegant, beautiful decor. It’s reminiscent of what you picture as old-school cruising, without feeling stuffy or overly formal. In true Disney style, there are subtle hidden Mickeys throughout. The brass, decorative railings and golden colors gave the atrium a overall warmth but without sacrificing the usual Disney feeling of energized fun. We had reserved a stateroom with a balcony for my husband and myself, and an interior stateroom across the hall, for my mom and my daughter. My dad passed away last August and we are still getting used to vacationing without him. Disney welcomed us with a bottle of champagne, a tray of delicious cheeses and other goodies. This was something very special to me, because toasting with champagne is something I remember from the old movies of people going on cruises. They would always have champagne before the call for, “All ashore that’s going ashore”. Disney takes care of all your luggage for you. We had left our suitcases in our hotel room where they were to have been picked up and delivered to our room on the ship. Ah, the luxury! I’m going to do a separate post on what our stateroom was like, but just briefly, we loved it! Disney has one of, if not the largest person to square footage ratio of any cruise ship and the stateroom was much bigger than I’d expected. And so very organized! Lots of drawers and storage space, we quickly unpacked and settled comfortably in. We headed on deck for the “Sail Away” party! In true Disney-style, the music and atmosphere was energized fun! Cast members were giving everyone sparkly pom poms to wave. My daughter quickly ran up on the stage to dance with the other children. The ship started moving and we were on our way!
Stayed tuned for more posts about our activities on the ship, excursions on shore, and the incredible beauty of Alaska.
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