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    OK, I know nobody noticed I was missing.. the family.. Mrs. P8riot, and son Grenado along with PapaP8riot and MommaP8riot, Sister and Brother-in-lawP8riot, as well as Cousins and unclesP8riot.. all went on a cruise to the Bahamas Thursday through today.

    I struggle for words to describe Disney Cruise Lines, because there is just no way to convey what the ship and its crew are like.. it simply must be experienced. Unlike what I believe most voyages to be like.. a journey to a destination.. or series of destinations, depending on the cruise, the Disney Ship "Wonder" IS the destination and the ports-of-call are visited along the journey.

    There was nothing about the experience aboard the Disney Wonder and it's crew that rate less than an A+. I believe I am difficult to impress and also a harsh critic when it is warranted - but the only thing I can criticize is that the cruise was too short.

    The Disney Magic and Wonder aren't the biggest of ships, but they are state-of-the-art even by today’s standards. They are also the most stylish of all the ships we saw in port. The staterooms and interior ship carry the stylish design and attention to detail that far exceeds what I would consider 'Disney Standard'. The meals were exceptional our head server, Vesko from Bulgaria, was fantastic, talented and kept all of the children entertained while they ate.. but more importantly - tended to them so the adults could eat. All of the three restaurants served what might be the most fantastic meals I have had in any restaurant ever. And when you thought the food was the best you've ever be presented, the ships premier restaurant "Palo's" (no children) knocks it out of the ballpark.

    OK, this is getting too long.. what else was it like? Lets see..

    a 30' waterslide
    a free soda / drink fountain
    a free ice cream shop
    4 pools
    kid-free zones
    they launch fireworks from the ship while in motion all timed to music
    free kids activities in dedicated areas to specific age groups - practically 24-hours
    Disney premier movies in the Disney Theatre (this voyage was the midnight premier of "Cars")
    Theatrical Disney events
    Stellar Martinis
    (* - perhaps not free but at least included in the cruise fee)

    and on... and on.. and on...

    If you have kids of any age or no matter how 'adult' you think you are, I, and my family, recommend Disney Cruise Lines above all else.
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    Wow sounds like a great time. One of these days I want to go on a cruise. Thanks p8triot
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      Excellent!!

      Have you been on other cruise lines before? I've promised to take my 3 nieces on a cruise and have thought about the Disney line...it would be interesting to know how it stacks up against Royal Carrib etc...

      Sounds like you had a blast...hard not to on those things though. :)

      Cheers.

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        Originally posted by eGoatBoy
        Have you been on other cruise lines before?
        DOH! Nope! I forgot to mention that.. but many members of the family have cruised 4 or more times, including Mrs. P8riot - as she put it, "unfortunately, your first cruise is on the best in the buisness - you will either be disappointed on any other ones, or always cruise DCL".
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          I've seen shows on the Travel Channel about those Disney boats and they look amazing. To me, Disney is probably the permiere entertainment company in the world and I have no doubt that they could do a cruise "properly." There's just something to that Disney magic that no one else can touch. I've only been to Disney World a couple times in my life, and other theme parks many more times, but those Disney visits just stand out far and above the rest. Mickey and Goofy are just too cool! Eeyore too! Everyone forgets Eeyore! :)

          Did you get to visit Disney's private island? How was it?
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            Perry - Yes Disney is.

            I've lived in FL all my life.. 4th generation in fact. Disney leaves me dumbfounded every time. I've been to WDW countless times. My father was Annette Funicello's escort at the opening of the park.. he was a Boy Scout at the time.. as much as I could criticize their domination.. I can't - because I can appreciate the monumental tasks they choose to tackle and the do it with appreciable enthusiasm and with Walt's guiding vision in mind.

            Anyhow - yep.. we went to Castaway Cay.. that is a standard stop for the Magic and Wonder.. it is nice.. we had cabana massages out on the 18+ beach.. kids had a BLAST.. but I have tips for you if you do actually go - like - don't prebook shore excursions events for Castaway Cay unless there is something YOU MUST do.. sleep in and go to the Cay for lunch and the rest of the day.. the crowd dies down at/after lunch and the spaces are MUCH more open.

            And for your own info.. I think all of the cruise lines have their own private islands now.. BUT.. in true Disney fashion.. Castaway Cay is the only one of the bunch that allows docking directly at the island.. the others must ferry the passengers to their island - THAT is a big deal. It's the stuff like that that really makes the difference.. they are the only cruise ship that does a fireworks show while underway.. the only that has dockage at their own island.. they even had the rules changed for the required color of lifeboats under maritime law to accommodate matching the color of the life boats to the ship.

            The crew was truly multinational (as I imagine all of them are) and very respectful and they actually seemed to care about you, your family and how your experience was going. The cruise director was an Aussie that reminded me of Bommando over the ships intercom (but I didn't hold that experience against him the times we met :))

            I will upload some of the pictures to my TG album soon.. maybe tomorrow..

            Enough for now.. I'm very tired.. woke up at 6:30am to get off the boat and drive home.. I can't believe they can turn a ship over like that and have it out to sea again only 7 hours after the previous voyage.. amazing.
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              All good info,

              I've been on a few cruises (3 in fact, all different cruise lines) and had a great time on each...what I don't know is how the activities are for kids...say for girls 10 - 13yrs? I assume there must be plenty to do for that age bracket given that it is Disney, but I wouldn't mind your opinion.

              Cheers.

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                Welcome back! Now, if we can only get you to play Bf2 more often...

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                  Originally posted by eGoatBoy
                  All good info,

                  I've been on a few cruises (3 in fact, all different cruise lines) and had a great time on each...what I don't know is how the activities are for kids...say for girls 10 - 13yrs? I assume there must be plenty to do for that age bracket given that it is Disney, but I wouldn't mind your opinion.

                  Cheers.
                  We didn't have any kids with us in that bracket but they weren't left out. In my opinion, they would be safe to have unsupervised run of the ship. There is a dedicated teen area called 'Aloft' that looked really cool - it actually occupies the faux exhaust stack forward of the rear stack. parents have message-pagers that they carry.. kids can ask any uniformed crew member to page their parents or whatever they need. Since all the food and non-alcoholic bevs on the pool decks is free, parents don't need to worry about them not having cash or a ships card to buy food, pizza, hamburgers, chicken wraps, whatever. Specifically the 'Oceaneers Lab' covers that age group and it seemed like a nickelodeon-style learning/fun environment. There is also an ongoing project during the cruise is a final show that that the kids put together that takes place in the Disney Theater on the last night for their parents.

                  We saw no misbehavior or ill-tempered kids of any age aboard the ship.. pretty amazing.. but then they were under pretty much constant entertainment. I don't know what the crew/passenger ratio is exactly but there were 935 crew members and barely over 1000 passengers.. so almost 1:1.

                  I was just eye-balling the 11-day mediterranean cruise.. ohhh booy...
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                    Originally posted by Tempus
                    Welcome back! Now, if we can only get you to play Bf2 more often...
                    And where have YOU been?! :p
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                      Right on P8riot. Glad to see you're back and well and had a great time. Now get in game so I can teabag you!!!!!!!! lol
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                        The Disney line scares me because I picture a ton of kids running around everywhere. I have sailed with Royal Caribbean and am doing so again next year because of their Voyager class ships and now their new Freedom class. They are just fun ships but not to much partying. I would consider a Disney cruise because I love the parks. Were their kids everywhere or did you sail when they were still in school?

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                          Pretty much kids everywhere - but not out of hand. I wouldn't do a Disney cruise if I didn't have a kid.. so if you don't.. don't do it.

                          About a third of the public space on the ship is kid-free / 18+ area, so you can escape at will. Likely, if you've got kids nearly teen+ they'll be off on their own and show up back in the stateroom when they are ready.
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                            Good to see you back P8triot. I don't have any kids yet but I'm sure when they're old enough I'll bring them to the splendor that is Disney. I've never experienced it yet but everytime I talk with someone who has they say they've had an amazing experience, no matter how old they are :)



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                              Hey!

                              I finally posted some pictures from the trip - so if you are interested - you can find them here.

                              I don't know how to put them in a particular order.. but, enjoy!
                              Last edited by P8riot; 06-28-2006, 04:51 PM.
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