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The WONDERful new Disney Wonder!

The WONDERful new Disney Wonder!

We recently disembarked from the first public sailing of the re-imagined Disney Wonder. She spent over a month in Cadiz, Spain receiving the largest update in Disney Cruise Line history. I will post more photos and information soon. Here are 30+ (before on the left, other than the first two pics) and after (on the right) photos from my personal collection. Note, in some pics there isn’t a color difference, it is a difference in the lighting. Most of the before photos are from our Alaska cruise in 2013. I hope you enjoy this quick peek at the changes. It looks amazing!

Disney Wonder Old Lobby

Disney Wonder New Lobby
They removed the staircase on the left. Ariel’s new home is now to the left by the remaining staircase. New carpet was added throughout the ship. There is now a much better “under the sea” theming throughout.
Disney Wonder Chandelier Before and After
The new chandelier looks similar to the Chihuly-style. The design was crafted with the help of Disney Imagineers.
Disney Wonder Port Adventures Before and After
The murals behind Guest Services and Port Adventures are now related to The Little Mermaid.
Disney Wonder Guest Services Before and After
The murals behind Guest Services and Port Adventures are now scenes related to The Little Mermaid.
Disney Wonder Secret Deck 7 now gone
The “Secret Deck 7” is no more with the addition of the ducktail. This area now provides room for a new generator.

Disney Wonder Staircase Before and After Disney Wonder Lobby Before and After Disney Wonder Mid-Ship Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder After Hours Before and After Disney Wonder Spa Before and After Disney Wonder Spa Before and After Disney Wonder Spa Before and After Disney Wonder Family Pool Before and After Disney Wonder Children's Area Before and After Disney Wonder Sports Deck - No changes noted

Area outside of the Disney Sports Deck - now empty?
Thanks to Lori at AdventurerMom, she tells me that the foosball and ping-pong tables are back!
Disney Wonder Arcade now Edge

 

Note the walls were all replaced and now are the same as on the newer ships.
Note the walls were all replaced and now are the same as on the newer ships.

Disney Wonder Stateroom Before and After Disney Wonder TV Before and After

This area looks mostly the same, but did receive new carpet.
This area looks mostly the same, but did receive new carpet.

Disney Wonder Internet Cafe to Toddler Play Area

Just new carpet in this area.
Just new carpet in this area.

Disney Wonder Buffet Before and After Disney Wonder Buffet Before and After Disney Wonder Parrot Cay to Tiana's Place Disney Wonder Parrot Cay to Tiana's Disney Wonder Parrot Cay Chandelier to Tiana's Place Chandelier

In all fairness these made be different areas of Deck 1. The second picture is Deck 1 aft currently.
These may be different areas of Deck 1. The second picture is Deck 1 aft currently.

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Disney Cruise Line and Hurricane Season: What You Need To Know

Disney Cruise Line and Hurricane Season: What You Need To Know

So you finally booked your dream cruise only to find out there is a hurricane barreling toward one or more of your destinations. Before panic sets in, let me assure you that this can be an excellent time to cruise and you can still enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. Cruise lines continuously monitor weather conditions and prepare for these yearly conditions.

Some of the lowest rates for cruises are in the fall after school has started. What most new cruisers do not realize is that this is also hurricane season. Here are some comparison rates for 2017:

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As you can see, it certainly makes financial sense to cruise in September!

And then something like this happens:

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It looks like Hurricane Matthew will be on the path toward Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay. Of course, Disney Cruise Line is monitoring the storm and posting advisories on the website:advisory-update-1016

We have been on multiple cruises during hurricanes. The captain and crew have done everything possible to keep us informed of the weather conditions. Often itineraries are altered before the start of your cruise. We sometimes received notifications before we left home, once at the port, and during one particularly strong hurricane season, had daily itinerary changes as we cruised. I can say I never felt in any danger and we experienced plenty of sunny, relaxing days in the Caribbean. If you choose to book during hurricane season, here are a few suggestions to make your cruise go more smoothly:

  1. As my husband says, “Flexible expectations are the key to happiness.” Yes, you spent hours choosing those perfect excursions, and now you are not even visiting that port of call! No worries, the Port Adventures desk will have a list of newly available tours and will help you pick the right one for your family. Any excursions booked through Disney Cruise Line will be automatically cancelled and refunded to your account. If you booked with an outside vendor, they might cancel your excursion if your ship is unable to make the port of call, however, read the fine print to see what you may be responsible for in those cases.
  2. Trip insurance is a must-buy. There have been times in the past where cruises have not been able to return to the scheduled debarkation port. Cruises have been known to extend days at sea or debark in a different port. Very rarely, a cruise can even be cancelled. While these are unusual events, it does happen. Trip insurance will help reimburse changed airline flights, rental cars, etc. that you may need to reschedule your trip or return home. I purchase trip insurance for every cruise because, let’s face it, things happen! Again, though, read the fine print as not all trip insurance is equal and not everything is covered.
  3. Pack a few extra things. Throw in rain gear, a long pair of pants, and a sweater. The great thing about being on a ship is the ability to maneuver away from the storms. Of course, sometimes that is not entirely possible. Be prepared with an umbrella and/or rain jacket. It is very unlikely you will have multiple days of rainy weather, but being prepared can help. Also, the weather tends to cool off quite a bit after a storm passes, so having a couple of items of warm clothing can be helpful.

While I cannot promise your cruise will be perfect, it will be a vacation you won’t soon forget!

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— livingthedisneydream

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