Onboard the Disney Wonder for Alaska: Part I

Onboard the Disney Wonder for Alaska: Part I

There are many reasons for going on a Disney Cruise, and for many, visiting Alaska is a big bucket list item. Combine the two and you make for a wondrous journey. Join us as we take in the Alaskan waters on board the Disney Wonder for an 8-day, 7-night journey. We discuss the many decisions one has to make in determining if, when and how to take this cruise. We talk about the opportunities and issues around boarding in Vancouver. And then we talk in detail about being on a Disney cruise ship not in Bahamian, Caribbean waters, but in the cold realms of Canada and Alaska. We’ll talk about the accommodations, dining, entertainment, recreation and other amenities of this ship, and what’s it like to be on the Wonder for such a long trip. Join us for the first part of our voyage as we go onboard the Disney Wonder for Alaska.

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Deciding on Alaska

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This is part of a milestone birthday celebration, but we pulled the lever fairly late. That has several implications when you don’t book early:

  • Pricing of the cruise
  • Availability of Premium shore excursions
  • Availability of Premium Dining
  • Availability and Rising Airfare Costs
  • Availability and Rising Hotel Costs
  • Weather!?

Because of family commitments we got into Vancouver about as late as you should ever get there. Here too were some ramifications:

  • Anxiety when your plane is stated as being late
  • Arriving at a late hour of the day
    • Utilizing ArriveCAN
    • Going Through Customs
    • Waiting for Luggage
    • Choosing Lyft vs. Taxi–Set cost on the taxi


Between the buildings you see the Disney Wonder pulling into dock. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • We stayed at the Sheraton–a great hotel.
  • It is cool staying at the dock with hotels that are there, but availability is limited.
  • We should have spent more time in Vancouver up front prior to sailing.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Boarding Experience

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Taxi goes into the parking/boarding structure–no being out in inclement weather
  • Didn’t sense anyone really asking us what time we were arriving
  • Boarding process was the best outside of Port Canaveral–30 minutes
  • Interesting maritime museum within the port

The Disney Wonder

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


  • The Disney Wonder: Important to have a smaller ship that can get through the Canadian and Alaskan waters.
  • Still 7 Nights is a long time on a smaller ship.
  • Smaller Ship–Less Offerings
  • Older Ship–Well kept up
  • A touch less Disney–Parrot Cay
  • 25th Anniversary

Here’s a 60 second video that gives you a taste of the Wonder of the Disney Wonder!


Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • New Castaway Gifts
  • Workable Size
  • Great Room Attendant
  • 25th Anniversary Gift


Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Casual Dining
    • Cabanas and Churro Waffles
    • Hot Chocolate for All
    • Cove Cafe–Always a Line
    • Daisy DeLites–Rice and Soup Bowls
    • Pete’s Boiler Bites–Schwarma
    • French Quarter Lounge
  • Evening Dining
    • Animator’s Palette
    • Tiana’s Place–Shaking with the motor
    • Triton’s
    • Palo–Didn’t Do
    • Best Part–Our Table Companions–Jerrod & Deanna Martin
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Disney Characters–Meet ‘n’ Greet Alaskan & 25th Anniversary Style
  • Frozen at Sea–No Pirates
  • Cadillac Lounge–Pianist
  • Azure–Women’s Vocal Group
  • Buena Vista Theatre–Elemental
  • Evening Shows
    • Golden Globes–Bob Iger & Improvements
    • Frozen–A Musical Spectacular
    • Disney Dreams–An Enchanted Classic


  • Oceaneer Club and Lab
  • Gym/Health Club
  • Swimming
  • Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash


  • Big crowd to get Alaska merchandise at Whitecaps and Mainsails
  • Blanket comes at $20 with a $60 purchase–Blankets on board throughout like towels
  • Little 25th Disney Cruise Anniversary merchandise

Disembarking & Visiting Seattle

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
  • Ease in getting off the ship
  • Problems getting a rental car
  • Going over the border
  • Chance to see Seattle
    • Woodland Park Zoo
    • Fish Market
    • Needle
    • Monorail
  • Red-eye flight continually pushed back

Next Podcast

We’ll cover the following sights and experiences:

  • Glaciers at Sawyer and South Sawyer Bay
  • Icy Point
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan

Meanwhile, to give you a taste of things to come, here’s a short music video summarizing our whale watching experience. Amazing!

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