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Old 11-17-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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More bacons & Mickey waffles Pls! 5 day W. Caribbean on the Wonder (updated 11/20/14)

Hello! My name is Kay. This is my first cruise, first Disney cruise and first trip report. Total rookie! I do, however, really enjoy taking food pictures. So: WARNING! Excessive food pictures enclosed!

To start off the trip report, I will introduce the members of this trip:

I am on the right, again, my name is Kay (30). I am originally from Taipei, Taiwan. I love Disney. It is a big part of me and my sister's childhood. We watched all of the Disney movies on VHS over and over; and we will sing along with the song when we don't even know English and were making up sounds. We also have reasons to believe that the VHS my mom bought from the street vender were bootlegged since our copy of the Beauty and the Beast would have full color in one scene and then black/white or looking like artist's sketches in others. Favorite Disney character....well, it's hard to pick a favorite, since I do like most of the villains (mostly because all the villain songs are awesome sing alongs while being alone in the car..or anywhere). But if I have to pick one, it would be a toss up between Captain Hook and Jafar (see I can't even pick one!)

On my left is my wife Lindsay (31). She is from northern Virginia, outside of DC. She also is a big Disney fan. Growing up, Lindsay enjoyed many good Disney movie memories with her sister too, except they know the words of the songs. :P Lindsay's favorite character is Eeyore. She also likes the villains because they have more personalities.

We currently live in central Pennsylvania (Burrrrr). Using the Disboard lingo, we will be DW#1 and DW#2.

On this trip, we are celebrating our one year anniversary and delayed honeymoon. We got married on November 9, 2013 and thought it would be great to go on a cruise on our first anniversary! Okay, maybe as the planner in this relationship, I thought it's a great idea! DW#2 concurred.


This was my first cruise ever. Lindsay has been on two NCL cruises before, so this was her third cruise. Throughout the trip, I kept asking her to compare her experience with NCL to DCL. I'll try to incorporate her comments in the reports.

Our trip date was November 9, 2014 to November 14, 2014. The itinerary was:

Day 1: Miami
Day 2: At sea.
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico.
Day 4: At sea.
Day 5: Castaway Cay.
Day 6: Back in Miami.

Coming up next: Day 0 and Day 1.

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Old 11-17-2014, 08:10 PM   #2
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Looking forward to reading about your adventures. We traveled the same itinerary in 2013 and had a great trip.



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Old 11-17-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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Happy first anniversary! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

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Old 11-17-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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Can't wait

I am so happy to see your trip report! I'll be on the same itinerary 12/7! Please share your wonderful cruise details
Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:51 PM   #5
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Thank you!

Thank you all for the encouragement! I really enjoyed reading all the trip reports before my trip. Reading TRs really help with coping the anticipation and excitement! So I'm hoping to contribute back to the pot and help a fellow DISer kill time before his/her cruise.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:04 PM   #6
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Day 0 and Day 1. Take me to the nunnery! I mean airport! and then the port!

Day -300ish

I booked our trip back in late Jan 2014 after my boss told me he was going to take a week off for his cruise in Jan 2015. I thought to myself, "Hum, I want to go for a cruise. You know what, I bet not that many people cruise during November. Maybe we can afford off-season Disney cruises..." So I looked up DCL and got a quote. It was surprisingly affordable! I believe I was quoted about $1300 for an inside stateroom for 2 ppl. I've heard that it costs a lot more to have a verandah... so when I found out that the "Navigator's verandah" was only $100 more, my heart was set. I booked the room and told Lindsay on gchat (we were still at work) we are going on a Disney cruise for our anniversary! Woohoo!


I quickly found Disboard and got myself aquanted with what our stateroom may look like, what FEis, pirate nights, palo's grape pizza and ...anything and everything I could find on the internet! The wait was hard. I allowed myself to obsess over this trip for the month of Feb. Then I made myself forget about it (like that's possible...). Luckily, work got really busy starting in May and crazy till October. I didn't get to be excited about the trip till the 10 days count down.

Day -1 and 0
We live in central PA. The plan was to drive from central PA to Lindsay's mom's house in VA on Friday (11/7/14) after work. We would relax and spend time with her family on Saturday (11/8/14), then fly out from Dulles airport on Sunday first thing in the morning.


We went to Tyson's mall the week before and checked out the Disney store to get ourselves in the spirit for the cruise!


We found these adorable tsum tsum (why do Japanese ppl always come up with the cutest stuff??) in the store and couldn't help but to take them home (and later on to the cruise).

I was a little nervous about flying out the same day we were supposed to embark. But, since I didn't want to spend money on a hotel, I was counting on some good karma to come my way.

Day 1

The Day is finally here!!!


Our flight was at 7:20AM. We woke up at 4:45AM and headed to the airport. Lindsay's mom lives only 20 mins away but we are old fashioned and like to get to the airport early early, even it's domestic flight. We went through the security line quickly. There's not many people at the airport that early in the morning. Lindsay got to get tested for gun powder residue. I was jealous I didn't get to do the cool stuff.

Here's a pic of Lindsay riding the airport shuttle. Everyone was "holding on" tight as directed....


We quickly were waiting outside our boarding gate. Ok, we are ready to be on the ship.

We arrived in Miami airport at 10:30ish (right on time). The evil plan was to get some alcohol at the duty free store to take on the ship (one of the most awesome perks of DCL). To our surprise, we couldn't buy duty free items unless we were flying international... this put a damper on the evil plan.. It's ok though, we had the taxi driver take a detour. Taxi fare from MIA airport to MIA port is a flat fee of $24. I decided to do the taxi since it's half the price of taking the DCL bus. But, because we made a pitstop at a liquor store, the flat fee didn't apply so the driver had to use the meter. I was a little wary of that. Luckily, the liquor store was on the way and even with stop, it took only 15 mins to get to the Port. The taxi fare ended up being $34. Not bad at all.

We got to the port at 11:15. Way too early for our PAT time.


This is Lindsay posing with a Donald Duck flag. She meant to pretend that she was not wearing pants. But ended up looking like she needed to go to the bathroom... my classy lady.

Our PAT time was 12:30PM. But we were there at 11:15AM. I asked one of the crew members and to my surprise, we were able to go ahead and check in. There were maybe 15-20 windows open for ppl to check in, so there was no wait at all. I already pre-signed all the papers so I just handed the the signed papers with our passports to the lady and got our KTTW cards within 2 mins. Then we got the little card that tells us we were in group 12 to board/embark.

There were plenty of people there waiting to embark. They called the family of the day and group 1 to embark around 11:30AM. Group 12 was called around 12:15PM. I was very impressed with how fast and smoothly everything went. Note: I didn't realize there's a photo opportunity with Mickey in the back of the waiting area until our numbers were called for embarkment. So if you are waiting to embark, might as well use the time to take a picture with Captain Mickey!

After reading many Disboard comments, I told Lindsay we should avoid the Beach Blanket Buffet for today since that's where everyone was directed (by crew members) to go to and, instead, we should head straight to Parrot Cay. We were sitting in Parrot Cay enjoying our buffet lunch by 12:20PM. Thank you Disboard. My belly is forever in debt to your wisdom.

This is Lindsay and her first meal on the Wonder! She is trained not to touch her food until many pictures of the food have been taken. My good wifely.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hope you find it interesting. Please feel free to leave questions or comments and let me know what you would like to hear/know about the trip.

Next up: Lunch, yes please, and a tour of the kids&teens clubs

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Pirate night?

This report is awesome! So rich in detail - thanks so much!
Could you tell me which night was pirate night?
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:47 AM   #8
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Excited to read your trip report!!!

I feel like I have researched everything on these boards for our first cruise doing the same itinerary as you. Loving your report so far.

Congrats on first anniversary.
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I'm all aboard! looks like you had a very smooth boarding process! look forward to reading more!!
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Thank you for the report, I look forward to reading more! I'm sailing the same itinerary leaving Dec 7 and we also have a PAT of 12:30 so it's good to know that we might be able to check in early. I'll also have to remember the tip about Parrot Cay.
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This report is awesome! So rich in detail - thanks so much! Could you tell me which night was pirate night? Thanks Barb
Hi Barb! Happy to hear you are enjoying the report. . To answer your question: our pirate night was on the second day (first sea day). It was originally set as the fourth day (second sea day) on the event calendar but they changed it the last minute. I think it's because they added the holiday winter ball event so they have to move things around.

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Excited to read your trip report!!! I feel like I have researched everything on these boards for our first cruise doing the same itinerary as you. Loving your report so far. Congrats on first anniversary.
Thank you! DCL was great for an anniversary trip!! I find it super fun to do all the research and discover this great community. Thanks for reading!
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Thank you for the report, I look forward to reading more! I'm sailing the same itinerary leaving Dec 7 and we also have a PAT of 12:30 so it's good to know that we might be able to check in early. I'll also have to remember the tip about Parrot Cay.
Thanks for reading! I was glad we can check in early because there wasn't any siting/standing area before you check in. Once you checked in and got your embarking/boarding group number card, there will be plenty of space to sit/stand.

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Your TR is off to a great start! We are doing a very similar itinerary on the Magic next October, so I'm especially eager to read more about your trip.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:30 PM   #15
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Can't wait to explore the ship and see our room!

Lunch at Parrot Cay


I forgot to add to the earlier post. Our cruise is the start of their Christmas decorations. As we are boarding the ship, we can see CMs everywhere busy setting up all the decorations. It was pretty special seeing how CMs transform an already magical ship to even more magical!


Back to the buffet line! First day's lunch at Parrot Cay is buffet style (like BBB) but we are assigned a table and have server who takes care of our drink orders (unlike BBB).


I was very happy with the selections. On my plate: steamed shrimps, spicy beef salad (just a little spicy flavor, not spicy at all), tomato salad (yummmm), stirred fried veggies (what you would expect), Caribbean jerk chicken (good flavor, could be spicier) and baked salmon (very fresh).


On Lindsay's plate: same tomato salad (Lindsay also liked it), a chicken salad slider, cheesy bread with red peppers and olives, penne pasta and spinach salad. Everything tasted good. Nothing special.

Parrot Cay was 30% full when we were there at 12:20. When we left at 1:00ish, it's about 75% full and we can see more people standing outside waiting for a table. I, again, was happy that we went straight to the dinning room.

Ahoy! Let the exploration begin...


This pic was taken around 1:10PM, our stateroom was not ready yet. I can't wait to show Lindsay what our room looks like and our special Navigator's verandah.

Since our room wasn't ready, we decided to look at the kids' and tweens' clubs during their open house.

This was the tweens' club. The theme is space and futuristic.


We got very jealous when we saw this.


Lots of cool, science stuff on those shelves. On the Navigators (including the DCL app), we can see all the activities happening during the day. There's always many fun stuff happening for kids, tweens and teens that we wish we could join.


I think it was the outside of the kid's club. The theme here is... pirate ship?


Excuse the picture quality here. The space is kind of dark.


The setup in the kids' club is up to the theme park experience and standard. Even "big" kids like us really enjoy it...


This stairs lead to a slide that's also parts of a pirate ship. Sorry we forgot to take a picture of the ship...


Under the deck of the ship leads to a "secret" room that has more computer games and this cool treasure chest!


Oh! Time flies when you are taking silly pictures! As soon as it's 1:30, we tried to see if our room was ready and it was!

Continued to next post due to photo limits!

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