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Old 02-09-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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First DCL Cruise, Tell Me What Not To Miss!

Hi all, my family is going on our first DCL cruise this summer. We've cruised previously (Western Caribbean, Scandinavia/Russia, and twice to Alaska), but the thrill of being on Disney is too exciting! So, what's not to miss on the ship (Wonder, to Alaska). What's your favorite thing to do on board? Best advice for a nearly 8 year old passenger - her first cruise? Thank you!

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:48 AM   #2
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Hi all, my family is going on our first DCL cruise this summer. We've cruised previously, but the thrill of being on Disney is too exciting! So, what's not to miss on the ship (Wonder, to Alaska). What's your favorite thing to do on board? Best advice for a nearly 8 year old passenger? Thank you!
So many wonderful things to do and see onboard, you can't get to them all. You will have a great time no matter what.

For the 8yo, the kids clubs, of course. The best at sea, hands down. S/he will do many exciting things. You should tour the clubs the first day to see what's there.

As for you, well...here's my advice: interact with ALL the cast members. Not just your servers; talk to your room steward, to the bartenders, the bathroom attendants, the guys cleaning the deck, shop attendants, servers behind the buffet, the hosts outside the theater.....we have found them universally to be warm, friendly folks who love to tell you about themselves and their jobs on the ship. You'll get wonderful insights into your ship and crew life, some stories from people who live around the world, and you'll really feel like you had a rewarding cruise. This won't take much time out of your cruise, and will enhance it immeasurably. A smile and a sincere thanks goes a long way.

Then of course the shows. Ah, the shows!
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:45 AM   #3
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I would advise you to make sure you take time to relax. My favorite thing was to sit by the family pool, watch/listen to the movies playing on the JumboTron, drink my Diet Coke, read and nap. (Not having small children to keep an eye on made it doubly relaxing)

Also loved playing the Trivia games.

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Old 02-09-2014, 03:45 PM   #4
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I LOVE the Wonder, and our family LOVED the Alaskan cruise on the Wonder last summer!! That cruise is truly amazing. I say it is like cruising through postcards. Simply too magnificent and lovely for words.

It stays light out quite late, and for me, being on either the Promenade deck or the top decks for watching the scenery glide by was breathtaking. Tracy Arm was unreal! You feel like you can reach out from the railings and touch the mountains they are so close to you in the fjord. Waterfalls, seals, a glimpse at bears perhaps….. they do an outdoor BBQ while you're in Tracy Arm that is fun to enjoy.

As said, the shows onboard a Disney Cruise are not to be missed, particularly the theatrical productions. They had a guy onboard that did various talks scheduled though out the cruise on Alaska and it's wildlife that were very interesting as well.

Said before, but kids programming is a blast. Vancouver is a gorgeous city ( but I thought the port was a little hectic. get there a little early if you can) You are going to have SO much fun!!
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Make sure you play "The Quest", it's a scavenger hunt but you stay in the same room the entire time. It's so much fun and very family friendly. But most importantly, relax and have fun. You're going to love it!
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Palo Brunch ! Best meal on the ship !

Be sure to go very early to autograph sessions. Lines get very long !

Have a wonderful cruise !!
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Thank you all very much! Hmmmm...hadn't heard of this Quest scavenger hunt. Sounds perfectly wonderful! (And NO, no pun actually intended! lol)
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We just got off the Wonder 5 night Western Caribbean cruise on Friday. It was our first cruise on Disney and we enjoyed quite a bit.
5 days felt like it was too short and sometimes, I was so busy with different schedule, I felt rushed. In fact, I had purchased an one day rainforest spa and didn't even have time to use it.

I did both brunch and dinner at Palo and I think brunch was much better.
Dinner was like a 3 hour ordeal and I had to rush through my main course so I can take my son to watch the Golden Mickey. Didn't even get to enjoy it because the dinner experience took so long.
If I can do it all over, I think I would just stick with brunch.
Having things scheduled ahead of time made things too busy in your already busy sea day.
We had a private Mixology class too, so I had to rush my son at lunch so I can drop him off at the Oceaneers Lab and head over to Mixology. Again, kind of stressed out with busy schedule.
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