The final day of the cruise started early due to an early arrival time to Castaway Cay; we docked around 5:00 AM. Although we arrived early, we still needed to wait until around 8 AM to get off the ship.
As Emily was getting ready to run, she woke me up to see if I was interested in making the most of this early arrival to take some pictures out on deck. Since I was so well rested from my early bedtime the night before, I jumped at the opportunity. Just wish I planned for this as I left my tripod in the room and missed some great opportunities. At least this time I remembered to check my ISO settings before shooting.
The AquaLab under a half moon at sunrise.
Now here is a great shot of the Disney Wonder’s concierge sundeck. Essentially, from the area between the glass spiral staircase of the right is the concierge lounge. The Outlook Cafe is now limited to the one side. More on this space at the end.
Around 7ish, Isabelle and I headed to deck 4 to check on Emily’s 10 mile run.
Yup, you read that right. 10 miles = 30 laps. We decided to walk opposite of the suggested jogging direction to make sure we ran into her. On our walk we found a spot for service animals to relieve themselves on deck 4 port forward.
Emily still had a few laps to go so we passed the time before heading up to Cabanas for breakfast by playing a mean game of shuffleboard.
I can think of worse places to eat breakfast.
A huge thanks goes out to whoever scheduled a hull cleaning which was the driving factor for our early arrival on the island. You can see the team from Subsea Global Solutions getting ready to get into the water.
Over on their website, they have the following video showing what it looks like to clean a hull.
A view of the Wonder from Marge’s Barges on Castaway Cay.
Passengers who frequent Walt Disney World may recognize this table, the Zika prevention initiative, featuring a table of mosquito repellant and wipes to clean your hands after you apply the repellant.
As we made our way onto the island we noticed that Sven joined Olaf as a souvenir mug at Olaf’s Summertime Freeze.
There were a lot more wagons available then we’ve notice previously along with strollers which we think are newish additions, but frankly we may have just not noticed them. The beach wheelchairs appeared to be in good supply as well.
We stopped in the gift shops and will have a separate post full of Castaway Cay merchandise. We spent the day more or less just hanging out.
No, no, no, not a real stingray, the drink of the day.
After lunch, we took took a bike ride around the island. A few weeks ago, I received a question asking me if there are any handicap accessible bike options or pull behind cards. The answer is no. Below is a selection of the bikes available.
The weather was great, but the water was a bit chilly. Isabelle did go in for a bit wearing a wet suit, but mostly hung out by the shore. There is really no need to rehash the cabana experience as our thoughts are relatively unchanged from our prior review except it was even more enjoyable this time around hanging out with friends.
Fruit infused water is such a small offering, but one of my favorite when returning to the ship. I love it more than the cold water towels they hand out and those can be life changing on some port days.
Returning to our room, we are reminded that we have just a short time to enjoy the rest of the cruise with th luggage tags, customs form and debarkation information sheet placed on the bed.
Our final dinner of the cruise takes us to the upgraded Animator’s Palate. The venue looks great and it was great that they included artwork from Moana considering the Wonder relaunched before the movie was released theatres.
DCL’s newest stage show, Frozen, A Musical Spectacular capped off our evening. Frozen fans will enjoy the show. The sets were well done and the puppetry of Sven mirrors the awesomeness of Maximus from Tangled. The use of projections and laser tracking adds a ‘wow’ factor to the look of the show. In terms of the show itself, we thought was just ok. I say ‘we’ as two adults and a 10 year old girl. It is right there in the title — A Musical Spectacular, which essentially means it is a sing-along show more than a musical. It seemed like it was a rush to the next song rather than bringing the story to life on stage. I waited until after seeing the DCL version to watch the version from Disney’s California Adventure. If the DCA version was the one on the Wonder, I’d have a drastically different opinion on the show. The DCL versions feels more like the Frozen Sing-Along at Hollywood Studios than a stage show.
Like I said, Frozen fans will love it. In terms of a stage show based on or inspired by a Disney animated film, this ranks 3rd behind Tangled and Twice Charmed in my book. I hope the upcoming Beauty and the Beast production is less like the Hollywood Studios version with more of a focus on the story than sing-along.
After the show it was time to finish packing up the suitcase and complete the feedback card. Love how DCL decided to take free space away and put a graphic taking away valuable space for guest feedback. Just another reason to take some note paper or use the stationary in your stateroom desk drawer.
Trip log, day four. Port Canaveral.
3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
February 19, 2017
Welcome to Port Canaveral – Debarkation Information
Debarkation morning leaves one last chance to say goodbye. While our final breakfast seating was at a more respectable time of 7 AM, we still opted for the ‘get off the ship’ fare up in Cabanas. We prefer this, as we can take our time and often choose to debark during a lull between first and second breakfast seating when the check off line and customs lines are lower.
As I was packing up my camera, we overheard that a production crew was setting up to shoot some promos from Marvel Day at Sea. Since the Wonder was in Port Canaveral and the Magic is in Miami, they choose to use the Wonder as a backdrop to promote the special sailings on the Magic. I’m sure with creative camera angles the general public will not be the wiser when they see the final product.
We made it into the car just as a morning shower hit the port.
Overall, we enjoyed the re-imagined Disney Wonder, and 3-nights was not nearly enough to see and experience all there is to do on the ship. I’m seriously left evaluating which ship is my favorite. The Disney Wonder is the first ship that we sailed on back in 2005 on our honeymoon, so she has a special place in our hearts. To be fair to the Disney Magic, I will reserve final judgement until we get some more time on the Wonder – 31 nights on the re-imagined Magic versus 3 on the re-imagined Wonder is not a level playing field. However, I am very impressed with the Wonder. DCL definitely stepped up their game and learned from the mistakes and scheduling issues that plagued the Magic’s re-imagination. While we waited a few months since the relaunch, it appeared the Wonder was in excellent shape and corners were not cut to get her back into service. We will be sailing on her this summer and are excited for a return trip to check the Wonder out in more detail.