||10-05-2013 04:20 PM
Another just off the Wonder thread!
Debarked this morning from the Wonder's first Galveston sailing and already can't wait to go back! I'm not into writing trip reports so here are some highlights!
-FE: This was our 2nd Disney curise, but first time participating, LOVED it! We only signed up for one of the three groups our meet thread decided to break it up into which was 30 cabins, next time we will do all groups if it's broken up again because it was that fun!
-Castaway Cay: First visit and it was even better then I imagined, started with the 5K which was HOT, and ran straight to the water which sadly didn't last long. DO NOT FORGET TO BUY SEA LICE CREAM, we got stung a lot and because of that only stayed in the water for small amounts of time. BEST PART was the fact that the Dream came to the island to welcome back the Wonder since this was her first trip to Castaway since going to Alaska. Getting to hear the horn battle between the two ships was amazing! I've never been on a dream class ship just the two classics, so getting to see the two next to each other from Disney's beach was just priceless.
-Nassau: we did not walk around town, but via Disney did the beach day at Atlantis, which was great! LOVED this beach, it had waves and no sea lice or shells just white sand and crystal water perfect for swimming! Also we almost did aqua adventure but are glad we didn't! For us there would not have been enough time to do everything that way! Instead we hit the beach for about an hour as soon as we got there, grabbed lunch (which was yummy), then went through the two aquariums. It was perfect, and by then we felt we saw a lot of the resort and now understand why it's such a big deal and can't wait for a vacation just to Atlantis soon!
-Pirate Night: Held after Castaway Cay on Tuesday night was great as usual
-Halloween: Held on Wednesday after Nassau, honestly didn't hold what I was expecting. Take your costumes for great picture opportunities with the Disney characters in their Halloween costumes, but this was the highlight for me. The deck party was just the pirate one from the night before repeated to Halloween music minus Mickey zip lining and fireworks. They gave us one small bag of candy in our stateroom that had like 5 pieces in it and that's it, no trick or treating of any kind.
-Tropical Storm Karen: the captain navigated the ship off course as our intended course would of put us right in the center, instead we passed through the southwest portion of the storm. I have never felt the ship move so much! Thankfully it was just 24 hours of the cruise, the worst part being late at night, this was the only time I needed motion sickness medication.
-Meals: MDR ones were just not as great as last cruise. Personal taste of course but I just didn't enjoy the MDR food itself as much this time around, seemed as if there was a lot more seafood on the menus this time, and being allergic to shellfish that cuts out a lot of it. Service part of course was excellent as always my serving team was GREAT, loved them. No Mickey waffles on a buffet this time around on any day, only in Triton's!
-Rebooking on board: it was these boards that led me to believe this is something we HAD to do since we are planning on more DCLs (aiming for gold) within the next year. I priced out the cruises we are planning on before leaving, the price quoted on board with that 10% off was WAY more then what I saw online for the same category of room and same group of people, no changes at all! Priced them again this morning and still they were cheaper on the DCL website then the quoted prices I got on board, so for this reason we did not rebook onboard and just plan to book direct through DCL.
Overall: great vacation that went by WAY too fast! I cannot wait to get back on a DCL ship soon!!!