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View Poll Results: What do you enjoy/look forward to most about a repositioning cruise?
Different Ports of Call/Itinerary 44 38.26%
Variety of entertainment 14 12.17%
More opportunities to dine at Palo 8 6.96%
More Sea Days 84 73.04%
New and different dinner menus 20 17.39%
More interaction with cast and characters 19 16.52%
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:49 PM   #31
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hi

I try to think and I don't think so.

Just wonder how times you have been cruising with Disney?

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Only three cruises - Magic Western Caribbean January 2011; Fantasy Eastern Caribbean May 2012; and Wonder Panama Canal May 2013.

Many people on our Panama Canal cruise were wearing Platinum lanyards so we realize we are very new to DCL.
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Looking through your pictures I momentarily got excited because saw someone I know... and then I realized it was the guy from the spa that gave my husband his massage during our couples massage. Oh well, not quite the same as seeing some one i actually know, but cool all the same. He was very nice and totally adorable.

Loving your pictures. It's killing me to know I won't be on the Wonder next year, but going on the Fantasy instead.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #34
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Looking through your pictures I momentarily got excited because saw someone I know... and then I realized it was the guy from the spa that gave my husband his massage during our couples massage. Oh well, not quite the same as seeing some one i actually know, but cool all the same. He was very nice and totally adorable.

Loving your pictures. It's killing me to know I won't be on the Wonder next year, but going on the Fantasy instead.
Too funny! Was it Mark from Spain that you recognized? He was adorable.

You'll enjoy the Fantasy though the spa is different from the Wonder/Magic. I actually liked the set up on the Magic and Wonder better - with the fitness area looking straight forward off the bow of the ship and with the rainforest room a dark, quiet, private place. I hope you get to do the Panama next year too. Thank you for posting!
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:07 AM   #35
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Since many of you have traveled on the Wonder in the past you might be Wondering what cast members were traveling with us this cruise. Here's my list of folks we met:

Starting in the Spa since some friendly faces have already been spotted: Mark (Spain) was the one sent to book treatments for concierge guests during our meeting in the Cadillac Lounge. He got manicures for mom, DSis and me and we also booked rainforest room for 5 days starting later in the cruise for the three of us.
Tricia (Jamaica) was our manicurist. Mom gets regular manicures back home but always with just clear coat and we all were really impressed with how great Mom's nails looked after her manicure. I got Tricia next for my appointment a few days later and I really enjoyed talking to her about Jamaica. My dad and I are in Rotary and our club just had our sister club in Jamaica join us the week before. We held a fundraiser for them at our business and it was fun talking to Tricia about her home. DSis gets gel/shalack done on her nails and we convinced her to request Tricia as well. Tricia was getting off the Wonder in Los Angeles but hopefully she will be back in the fall - she was such a sweet person and very talented manicurist.
Irene and Vicki (both from South Africa) were often at the front desk and were friendly, smiling faces every morning when we signed in to use the rainforest room.

I made friends in some unlikely places - like the ship's stores. Probably my favorite person on the cruise was in merchandise: Shebaz (India - but I might not be remembering how to spell his name right). He was so friendly, I found myself stopping to talk to him both in the store outside the theater and on the 9th deck by the Mickey pool while on my way to get soft serve. Really a nice person. DSis and I also thought Fernando (Spain?) was very nice as well.

Our room hostess was Faydella from St. Vincent. She has a great sense of humor and a fun personality.

Our dining room server was at first Januar (Indonesia) and starting in Cartagena was Patryk (Poland/London). Our drink server was Kristina (Serbia) and her husband is Toni (Croatia) in Palo. Our head server was Geoffrey (the Don Johnson of the Philippines).

Already mentioned the concierge team were Rodrigo (Argentina) and Lynda (US).

From the beverage team, we enjoyed getting to know Aleksander (might not be spelling this right I know there was some twist on the spelling) who worked down in Diversions and made the VERY BEST drinks. I loved his virgin strawberry daiquiris (I don't drink) and my family loved his mixed drinks. The daiquiris onboard were hit or miss - some were more like smoothies. The best were in Diversions and made by Aleksander. We also enjoyed getting to know Vedran (Croatia?) and Rahul (India?) both in the Cove Café - where I never bought anything but did stop in a few times and always had nice conversations with the servers there.

Cruise team was Jimmy, Lesley, Robbie, Sarah, Steven and Kalli. With the cruise having so many extra sea days we became familiar with the cruise team more as they often lead the onboard activities - emceeing the talks and leading the trivia challenges.

With so few kids onboard (185!) we used the family/goofy pool instead of the overcrowded adult pool and got to know Dwayne from Jamaica who worked really hard cleaning up after folks and keeping the pool deck spotless, and did so while singing and seemingly having a good time. The Disneyland Hotel pool could really use Dwayne!

We also remember Tai (from Australia) who worked the future sales desk and had one of the harder jobs on the ship in my opinion. We used his services a lot as DSis and I were torn on what, if anything to book.

In Palo, our server was always Sasha (Croatia) because Toni's section was all 2-tops. Sasha was amazing though. He really knows his wines and he is super sweet and polished. Dragan from Croatia was very friendly and on the floor a lot making sure everything was running smoothly.

I think that's all I can remember right now.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:42 AM   #36
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Enjoying your report and really looking forward to hearing all about this cruise!
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:18 PM   #37
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So many of the CM's mentioned in the above post I also loved. I so agree with you about Verdan. He was the nicest guy. I remember in the canal he was a little bummed because his camera was broken. So I told him to come out really quick and I took a pick of him with my iPad and emailed it to him. Tai was great as well. He helped me play a joke on a friend of mine. Can't thank him enough for that. We also really liked Shabaz and Fernando. My wife really liked Fernando cause the both love the 7 Dwarfs. We also really got to know Natasha in the stores. She was getting off in L.A. as well. I am with you on the cruise staff. All were great but one. I had a lot of fun with Sara. See I am a big L.A. Dodgers fan ( I know, we suck right now) and she is a big San Francisco Giants fan. So we would have very friendly, um how to put this, talks about baseball. She asked me of I was doing the duck derby. I said yup. I am going to have Dodger Duck. Well when it came time to submit our ducks for the derby, I had written on the tail of mine, Giants kiss this. Well to my surprise her duck had Dodgers kiss this. It was so cool. We have a pic of that. When I up to San Francisco to see friends of mine on the Wonder I saw her dressed up in Giants stuff as she was headed to their afternoon game. That got interesting. She was great. I am not going into the one I had a issue with. This had gone on long enough. Sorry about that. Oh one question. Why the server switch? Just wondering.

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I was on the Wonder in late April and do recognize some of the names! Of course on a 5-night cruise you do not get to know the people as well as on such a long cruise as yours. But I do remember Sasha who was our server at Palo as well. I thought he was truly an excellent server. He told us that he was on the Maiden voyage of the Magic already and just transferred over to the Wonder to see Alaska. Dragan was very excited that I was from Germany as he speaks German and chatted quite a bit with me. I also remember Shebaz from the shop, he seemed very friendly! All in all, even though I do not remember so many names, I was truly amazed about the friendliness of all staff on board.
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Januar had a death in the family and had to fly home from Cartagena. Patryk was on board already but didn't have tables this cruise. Januar was very sweet and I was sad to hear of his loss. I was wondering if it was possible to send some note of condolence and thanks to him? I'm also not sure how his tip was handled. We just had Patryk on our tip form and gave Patryk his tip, but I hope Januar got his share too.
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the end of the first day

Let's wrap this first day up, shall we? With late dinner not starting until 8:15 and consisting of so many courses, we don't finish dinner until nearly 10pm. After dinner DSis convinces me to change into swimsuits (which we carried in our carry-on and then never even changed into today). We head up a deck to the adult hot tubs.


The two tubs both had occupants but the one only had one girl so we asked if we could join her. She turned out to be a very friendly cast member from England named Sophia who worked in the nursery/children's areas. We asked her if it was less busy with only 185 kids on board, she said she hadn't noticed there were fewer kids. She, like many, of the cast members seemed to be looking forward to some more time off and relaxing a little more on this repositioning cruise.

When we got back to the room, our parents had their information on the cabana for tomorrow


And this was out towel animal

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.
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I was on the Wonder in late April and do recognize some of the names! Of course on a 5-night cruise you do not get to know the people as well as on such a long cruise as yours. But I do remember Sasha who was our server at Palo as well. I thought he was truly an excellent server. He told us that he was on the Maiden voyage of the Magic already and just transferred over to the Wonder to see Alaska. Dragan was very excited that I was from Germany as he speaks German and chatted quite a bit with me. I also remember Shebaz from the shop, he seemed very friendly! All in all, even though I do not remember so many names, I was truly amazed about the friendliness of all staff on board.
So Sasha is BACK in Palo? I heard he was in the dining room.
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Enjoying your report and really looking forward to hearing all about this cruise!
Thanks! I remember you from last year's trip report from the Fantasy. Thanks for reading and I see you are on the Magic out of Miami soon. We booked a short 4 day trip from Miami on the Magic in December for DSis' birthday. Miami was a more convenient port for us than PC.
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So Sasha is BACK in Palo? I heard he was in the dining room.
Yes, he was in Palo and I believe he will be there all through the Alaska cruises. This is Sasha from Croatia - I might have a photo of him in my pictures some where - I'm going through them one day at a time!
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Yes, he was in Palo and I believe he will be there all through the Alaska cruises. This is Sasha from Croatia - I might have a photo of him in my pictures some where - I'm going through them one day at a time!
Any idea when he disembarks? Hopefully not until after the Panama Canal cruise!
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Thanks for your posts on the PC cruise. Your pictures remind me of all of the fun we had. It was great to meet you two sisters and your parents, even if we didn't win at trivia in Diversions. Did the two of you book another cruise?
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