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Old 05-28-2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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Photo Trip Report – Panama Canal Cruise plus 3 days in DLR

For your viewing pleasure - a photo-filled trip report and the dueling commentary of two adult spinster sisters and their take on the 14 day cruise from Miami to Los Angeles aboard the Disney Wonder.

I want to share that a re-occurring theme for this trip has been wildlife sightings. I joked that DSis should become a wildlife photographer – she got so many great shots of marine life on this voyage. But it all started back home the morning we left.

It’s almost time for our car to arrive to pick us up to drive the four of us across Alligator Alley to Miami’s port. The driver first picks up my parents and then comes over to our house. We know our parents to always be early so we stand out front with our luggage ready to go.

And then…

dun dun dun….



Look at the size of this bug. Or as DSis calls it “Bad bug”. One thing to warn any wary first-time visitor to Florida – we got some big bugs.

Anyway, this is just a sampling of the fine wildlife photography you can expect to enjoy through this photo trip report.

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“Bad Bug”

First interjection to explain "Bad Bug". Started out when I thought I saw a wasp on the ground a few years ago. I tried to warn DSis but all that came out was “Bad Bug”. Turned out it was just a leaf But now it is a running joke between us and now with all our friends on DIS!
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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All Packed Up

So here we are with our luggage ready to go –


This is DSis’ luggage alone. We each got two checked bag luggage tags and she has here one large duffle, one carry-on sized wheelie bag that she will also check, one DCL small wheelie duffle that was a “with purchase” last year and also this year (spoiler - it got a huge, terminal tear this trip and didn’t survive this second voyage), and a laptop bag with you guessed it, a laptop.



Here’s our luggage combined (DSis and me) neatly stacked on the curb waiting for mom and dad to arrive with the driver. You can see we didn’t pack too lightly. In addition to the above mentioned items, we have a Disneyland tote bag (free with our DLR package), a camera bag for DSis’ wildlife photography equipment, a Mickey Mouse tote I got “with purchase” at Disney’s Grand Floridian (didn’t stay there – just like to visit and shop there and image I was staying there), and my huge (29”) hardside, lightweight suitcase (10lbs) and matching carry-on wheelie bag.

My sister’s luggage is from a good while ago, but I realized a couple weeks before the cruise that my luggage situation was a bit dire. I was in Macy’s for a massive sale and saw the luggage was more than 50% off. After hours of annoying the kind sales lady and testing out just about every bag in a pretty color that they had, I selected the Ricardo Roxbury. From their website “Roxbury Sleek. Strong. Nimble. Ricardo Beverly Hills’ Roxbury Collection is a showstopper in high-impact polycarbonate with corner armor added for lasting durability. Looking lustrous in brushed black cherry or brushed silver, each sleek piece has a split book-style opening with two full compartments and glides effortlessly in any direction atop a double spinner wheel system. The Roxbury’s sophisticated styling, superior performance and superlight construction will get you anywhere you need to go – with pizzazz.” And, I got a $50 rebate and additional 10% off with my Macy’s card. So pizzazz plus cha-ching. Following the trip and the flight home, all my new luggage made it fine and fit well in the stateroom. I give it a big thumbs up and agree that it is a showstopper – twice I found someone else picking up my luggage (once outside the bus when we arrived at DL Hotel and once at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale). Both times the person said “oh I’m sorry I thought it was mine.” And both times I see the person next pick up a black suitcase (mine was cherry) – I think they were checking mine out!

So you might imagine we travel to Miami in a stretch limo with my show-stopping pizzazz luggage. Not exactly.



My parents have hired a friend of my mother’s to drive us to Miami in her SUV. Dad asks mom repeatedly what size vehicle/what type of SUV her friend has and mom always answered “an SUV”. Well this one was a bit small and a bit tight. Not just with DSis and my luggage, but with mom and dad’s luggage – including golf clubs – as well. Dad has spent decades playing Tetris and prides himself on being able to get it all in and this photo is proof – no one and nothing had to sit on the roof across the Alley.

I include this post in the trip report to help anyone that may be packing for a trip or planning to pack for an upcoming DCL vacation. This should make you feel better about all the crap you plan on taking – it can’t be as bad as this!

We make it across Alligator Alley in one piece, with every piece.





I snap the first view of the Disney Wonder as we approach the port.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #4
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A Note on the Cameras

I haven’t bought a new camera in 10 years. My old camera was an Olympus megazoom (at the time) 10x camera that I really liked. But it was time for a new one. So I did my research sticking with megazoom point and shoot since DSLR seems too professional for me. The top rated seemed to be the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. So I ordered it a couple weeks before our trip – It was back ordered! But arrived a few days before our trip!


The other camera we brought along was one my sister got at Costco. This one was to be our “beach camera/park camera” - Less expensive than my megazoom but waterproof and rugged. This camera was Fujifilm FinePix XP60.
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Hi, sounds like a fun trip report! Such a long cruise must be wonderful, very interested in hearing more about it!

And may I ask why do you speak Norwegian?
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Hi, sounds like a fun trip report! Such a long cruise must be wonderful, very interested in hearing more about it!

And may I ask why do you speak Norwegian?
Jeg snakker lit norsk. min oldemor kom fra Norge, og jeg har sřskenbarn som fortsatt bodde der. You are the first person to understand my screen name! Yeah!

I'm enjoying catching up on your trip report too. thanks for reading and I promise to have better photos soon!
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Just wondering who forced you down the stairs when you got on? I wanted to check something about our dinning so we just walked right to Studio Sea. No need to go down any stairs and no one told me I had too.

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Just wondering who forced you down the stairs when you got on? I wanted to check something about our dinning so we just walked right to Studio Sea. No need to go down any stairs and no one told me I had too.

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Interesting. The cast member at the top of the stairs told me the elevators were for disabled only. It made sense to me - there are so few elevators and so many people boarding at once. It was fine. I survived. It was an adventure!
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Concierge and Cadillac



After lunch we went to the Cadillac Lounge for mom and dad to meet with the onboard Concierge team. Mom and Dad have only done one other DCL vacation and that was last year on the Fantasy in Concierge. We tried to warn them that this experience would be different but it is very hard to go from Fantasy/Dream to Wonder/Magic.



Here there was another beautiful display of light snacks and refreshments.





I didn’t have anything and the above post should illustrate why, but it looked nice and they also had champagne or wine for the concierge guests. Lynda, one of the two concierge, informed DSis and I that we are not considered concierge guests. Okay. Well, we gate crashed anyway. On the Fantasy our stateroom was the same and was considered concierge, but on the Magic and Wonder the only concierge rooms are the suites. Rodrigo was the concierge assigned to mom and dad’s starboard room and he did an excellent job making my parents feel comfortable and happy. He also was sweet enough to treat DSis and I as concierge guests as well (allowing us to be included with our parents).

DSis and I had actually booked the one room suite with our mother for this cruise but on the last day our dad decided to join and we had to change the reservation to the one bedroom suite for them and then DSis and I booked an adjoining family verandah stateroom. Technically, we could have all been in the one bedroom suite.

Look how cute the Cadillac Lounge is -
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concierge check in

just a quick note that the check in for concierge took a very long time. My sister and I were through our check in much faster. It turned out that Platinum cruisers could check in with concierge. But on this cruise there were a lot of platinum cruisers (which was great of course) but the terminal did not plan for this and still only had two people at the counter for concierge check in. After a long while they finally let my parents check in with the regular line which was so much faster! They should have just gone through the regular line with us to start with
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Interesting. The cast member at the top of the stairs told me the elevators were for disabled only. It made sense to me - there are so few elevators and so many people boarding at once. It was fine. I survived. It was an adventure!
Sorry now I am confused. I needed no elevator. I just walked right over to Studio Sea after they announced our names. Are you saying you wanted to use the elevator? Still wondering who forced you down the stairs? In terms of check in, I maybe the Platinum member that caused the delay. For some reason my KTTW would not print. My wife's printed just fine. It seemed mine caused the system to crash. It took about 30 min for me to get my KTTW card, and honestly the girl checking me in could not have been any nicer. I really do think she was embarrassed. So to those out there in concierge or my fellow Platinums, I am sorry. My fault.

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Sorry now I am confused. I needed no elevator. I just walked right over to Studio Sea after they announced our names. Are you saying you wanted to use the elevator? Still wondering who forced you down the stairs? In terms of check in, I maybe the Platinum member that caused the delay. For some reason my KTTW would not print. My wife's printed just fine. It seemed mine caused the system to crash. It took about 30 min for me to get my KTTW card, and honestly the girl checking me in could not have been any nicer. I really do think she was embarrassed. So to those out there in concierge or my fellow Platinums, I am sorry. My fault.

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Yeah we were directed down the stairs above Tritons that go to the atrium (the ones the characters use). I guess if you were headed to studio sea you would just go there and not down the stairs. But we were heading to beach blanket for lunch so I think we ended up going down the stairs then walked by Tritons and the Promenade lounge to use the aft elevators to go up to the buffet. So yes we went down to go up but that seemed to be how they were directing us. On another thought maybe they were directing us to the stairs because of the concierge meeting in the Cadillac Lounge which is on the third floor. It was our first time on the Wonder and as they say never do anything for the first time.
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This photo also shows how bright that clock is - I had to turn it towards the wall at night to keep it from blinding me.
I have finally found your trip report - I wasn't on the DIS much the last week because I was having a hard time adjusting back to reality after this wonderful WPBC cruise that I was also on! Since I already have a WBTA planned and thus don't really have anything to complain about, I have now decided to jump back into DIS action

About the clock, by the way: It has a big button on top that you can press, that adjusts the brightness. I always pressed it to the point where the clock wasn't shining anymore at all, because it annoyed us, too.
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Just wondering who forced you down the stairs when you got on? I wanted to check something about our dinning so we just walked right to Studio Sea. No need to go down any stairs and no one told me I had too.

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Not to belabor the point but I've been reading Flossbolna's trip report (a great report by the way) for the Wonder out of Miami. About halfway down on this post you will see a photo of cast members directing cruisers down the atrium stairs. So I do think this is how it is done for those cruising out of Miami:

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