|06-08-2006, 03:34 PM||#1|
DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey!
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Kansas
My report on our first cruise on the Wonder
Although it has been a week since we first began our journey on the 3 day Wonder, I felt that I should try to write a trip report. Afterall, I've been reading all of the trip reports that have been posted for about a year now in preparation for our cruise! I'm not much of a writer, but I hope some of you who are also going to be new to cruising DCL will be able to take something away from my report to help you in your planning.
On the roster for this cruise was: me(Susan), DH(Brian), DD(Brianna-11), DS(Brandon-8), and my best friend(Toni). We flew into Orlando last Wednesday, May 31st on Midwest Airlines from Kansas City. Thanks to the tips on this board, we rented a car from Budget at MCO and stayed at the Radisson at the Port the evening before our cruise. The Radisson was much nicer than I had expected it to be. All we did was sleep there because we got in pretty late, but we did get a chance to check out the grounds the next morning, and we thought it was a very nice hotel. We would definitely stay there again.
After we checked out the hotel, we decided to drive around a bit and ended up at Ron Jon Surf shop. We just wanted to say we'd been there. We then found a place to buy a case of bottled water and headed to Budget to return our rental car. We were going to have my husband drop all of us off at the port and return the car and have Budget shuttle him back to the port, but when we passed Budget's office, there was no one else there. We decided to stop in to see how long it would take to get us shuttled over to the port. To our surprise, there was absolutely no wait! We knew this vacation was off to a great start!
The shuttle driver for Budget was very polite and informative. It only took us about five to ten minutes to get to the port. The first time I saw the Wonder, I was blown away! We have never cruised before, and I just couldn't believe how big and beautiful the ship was! We were all so excited and just couldn't wait to get into the terminal. We arrived around 10:00 a.m. and were lucky enough to get a 2 boarding pass. I was so excited about this, but I was even more excited when I heard that having a 2 meant that you would be among the first group to board!
The terminal was also very, very nice. I couldn't believe how many characters the kids got to have their pictures taken with just while waiting to board the ship. I wished that I had their autograph books before we got to the terminal, but the shop inside the terminal was out of them, and I didn't have any luck finding them before we left. However, we did get lots of pictures! This was amazing to me because we have done DL and WDW many times, and we've never had such luck in getting our kids' pictures taken with the characters!
I honestly cannot tell you the exact time that we boarded the ship as I was SO, SO excited that I forgot to look at my watch! It was somewhere around 12:30 (I think). Okay, there is just something about walking through those Mickey Ears! I thought that I just might lose it! I didn't want to act like a kid, but I was sure feeling like one on the inside! We stopped to pose for our picture with Mickey and Minnie, and then came the moment I'd been waiting for! I had read on the DIS that they announce your family as you enter the ship, and I couldn't wait for that! They announced our name, we entered the ship, and yes, I cried! I was overwhelmed with happiness. I'd planned every detail of this trip for my family for the last year, and I just couldn't help myself! The ship was gorgeous, and I just couldn't believe I was finally here with my family! This was a whole new experience for us, and I wanted to savor every second of it!
After we boarded the ship we went straight to Beach Blanket Buffet to grab some lunch. I thought the food was okay. The fresh fruit was amazing! We grabbed a table outside so we could look down off of the ship. It was all so cool! After we finished lunch, we headed straight for the Mickey pool! I knew from reading reports on the DIS that we should have our suits on when we boarded, so my kids and husband were prepared. To my amazement, we were among the first ones in the pool, and my kids were actually the very first kids to go down the Mickey slide! My husband tried to go down it but was ran off pretty quickly! My friend and I decided to try a Bahama Mama and watch Brian and the kids play in the pool. It was great!
We headed to find our rooms around 1:30. My friend had an inside stateroom (#6045), and we had a category six stateroom with a verandah (#6050). We could not wait to check out the verandah! Although we didn't spend a whole lot of time on it, we felt that having that verandah was absolutely amazing! I was impressed with the size of our stateroom, and I really liked the split bathroom. Of course, the kids had to do rock, paper, scissors to see who would get to sleep on the bunk the first night, but they both eventually got their turn! I unpacked all of our clothes, got everything situated, and we ordered room service (just because we could ). I tried the All Hands on Deck cheese platter, and we ordered a few chocolate chip cookies. Both of them were very good. My kids knew from that moment that this was going to be an amazing trip! It's not every day you get to order room service--atleast not in my family! Between the room service and the ice cream, I'm surprised that neither of my kids ever got sick!
After everything was situated, we checked out some of the ship and did the safety drill. The kids thought it was fun too! The crew onboard the ship can make anything fun! We then got ready to go see Hercules and went to dinner at Triton's at 8:00. We really enjoyed seeing all of the shows because that is something we never take the time to do when we go to the parks. When we first walked in to Triton's, I could smell seafood. No one in my family is a seafood eater, so we were very relieved when we were able to order something other than seafood. Our servers did a pretty good job on our first night, but I am sorry to say that the worst part of our cruise was probably the service at dinner the next two nights. I'll tell more about that later.
After we finished dinner, my kids wanted to be checked into the clubs. They stayed for about an hour and loved it. My son really just wanted to stay at the basketball court, but we told him we were not going to spend the entire cruise playing basketball! However, he did con my husband into several games!
Our first day on the ship was great! I forgot to say that we did go to the sailaway party and watched from deck ten. It was good and kindof got everything started. None of us got seasick. We could feel the ship moving on the first evening, and it felt sort of weird, but thank goodness there was no sickness! We went to bed pretty late that night and found a towel lobster with chocolates on our bed when we got back to our stateroom. Wana from Romania was our hostess, and she was amazing! My husband and I tucked the kids in, and we all slept very well that night!
09/93 Honeymoon at WDW, 03/01 First time to WDW with kids,
06/02 WDW, 11/03 First trip to Disneyland, 05/05 BIG family trip
to WDW POR, 06/06 First cruise on the Wonder/WDW ASM,
11/06 Disneyland, 03/07 7 Night Eastern, 09/07 3 Nights on the
Wonder, 03/08 Cruise to the Hawaiian Islands, 11/08 DD on the Magic,
11/09 3 Nights on the Wonder and WDW, 07/10 Family Vacation to WDW,
02/11 3 Nights on the Dream, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise on the Wonder, 03/12 One Week in Maui,
07/26/12 Bay Lake Tower 1st DVC Stay
Upcoming Trips: 03/16/13 5 Night DCL Western, 07/13 Villas at Grand California
Trip Reports: 06/06 Wonder, 03/07 Eastern, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise
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