For those of you that follow this blog, you are used to my detailed daily trip reports on our cruises. However, being that we were invited guests and were hosted on the 3-night Disney Wish Christening cruise on June 29th, I am going to provide more of an overview with some opinions woven in and save the detailed trip report for the Maiden voyage upcoming this week, since that is a sailing in which we are paying guests on.
The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of the ship, and just with the other four ships in the fleet, she is a beautiful ship. In fact, the view from the direct back (or front) of the ship flows better than the Dream or Fantasy. There is something that is just very classy and beautiful with the nautical colors of the Disney ships. However, that is where the nautical colors and theming end…..
Once you board into the Grand Hall (yes, that is the new nomenclature of the ‘atrium’), you are transported to a true ‘castle at sea,’ which is a departure from the other four ships. Now, I am not at all saying this is a bad thing, but it is definitely different. The whole ship is very elegant and opulent – from the statues and chandelier, to the carpet, wallpaper, decor and especially the furniture.
The layout of the ship is a bit choppy, but one of the things I actually liked was that I didn’t feel like I was walking down long never ending hallways like on the Dream or Fantasy. Not having the aft stairway/elevators wasn’t terrible once we got used to figuring out which way we were going.
We had someone tell us the green carpet/wallpaper meant ‘go’ so that was forward and the blue had B for back, meaning aft. Plus, once we found the Mickey heads and the star fish on the hallway carpet, that was also a huge help.
The lay out of the pool deck seemed to be better in a stage-like set up, but the huge stand out was the Oceaneer Club and the It’s a Small World nursery moved to deck 2. This removed the bottleneck that we were used to on the Dream and Fantasy on deck 5. Plus, one of the neatest features is the slide entrance on Deck 3 into the Oceaneer Club. The answer is YES! During open house hours, anyone can slide down the slide!
There is a Youth Activities counselor there to check the child in and then down they go. I know a lot of people have asked about the noise or if the slide is ‘off putting,’ but I can assure you that neither is true. It is hidden and does not take away from the decor or overall feel of the Grand Hall, nor is it noisy. This gets a thumbs up and if our daughter was still in that age group, that is probably the way she would choose to check-in every time. The other kids clubs also looked great, and yes, even the inflatable area looked like a fun time.
Sticking with the topic of the layout, the adult areas are more spread out versus in one central area, and I am indifferent about this. I am fine with either way, and in fact, there are some bonuses to have more lounges in more areas in that you are more apt to stop by and visit one that may not be ‘out of the way.’ For example, Nightingales is on Deck 3 midship, making it very convenient to 1923 if you are looking to stop there for a drink before or after dinner. While everyone is talking about the Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge, we actually loved the Bayou and the Rose the most.
The Bayou is gorgeous, and live music is a huge plus. The only detracting factor was that to one immediate side, there is a very bright jewelry shop, and on the other side was a crowd at the entrance of Hyperspace Lounge (however, that may not be the case on routine cruises).
On to the topic of lounges, the Wish has many lounges and bars, and several notables about them. One, the cocktail program is great! There are many wines and beers very reasonably priced, and several that are mid to high (to even super high) end. We were able to order a new-to-us glass of Taittinger Prelude.
The Rose drink in The Rose lounge wins for presentation and taste. There were so many new and unique drinks, including more ‘zero proof’ cocktails. The glassware is also tremendous – there were pineapple glasses at the Wishing Star cafe, themed glasses at the Bayou and in Nightingales, plus the glasses at the Rose – you can absolutely tell that these details were thought out and we definitely noticed.
The old fashioned bar in Hook’s Barbery is also a top notch thought and it had us wondering why you could not order a Prosecco or the like when getting a pedicure in the Untangled Salon! Another thing that we liked was the sheer number of places that you can get coffee, as most of the bars/lounges had an espresso machine.
One morning as Em was on her way back from the gym (which is on deck 5 forward), she was able to stop at the Enchanted Sword Cafe at deck 5 midship, rather than having to go up to the Cove Cafe.
The Toy Story splash zone with Trixie’s Falls and Slide-a-saurus Rex is absolutely adorable. All 3 adults in our party rode the slide and it was fun. On the other end of the spectrum, the Quiet Cove was also very pretty with the infinity pool. The ladies tried it out after returning from Castaway Cay, but on the sea day, it was super packed, so your mileage may vary. The adult hot tub was in a great location and was fairly quiet.
Dining. The three of us all agreed that we liked the feel and decor of 1923 the most. It is also nice to dine in new restaurants with new menus as well. The shows were well timed to finish dinner in a timely manner. We did not have the chance to dine in PALO Steakhouse or Enchante, but we were given a tour and look forward to trying them out on the Maiden voyage. The Mickey & Friends Festival of Foods is by far the best set-up and pool deck quick service food of the fleet. We in fact came back to the ship to eat lunch there instead of eating lunch on Castaway Cay.
As far as staterooms, we were in a 4C, which was definitely comfortable for 3 adults. The addition of the night light and the hand soap in the bathroom was incredible!
It’s the little things!!! We did get a chance to tour the Wish Tower Suite and a 2-bedroom Princess Aurora Suite and all 3 of us unanimously agreed that the 2-story suites would be our choice over the Tower Suite.
Other random thoughts: We did not see any movies on this voyage, but did go into the Wonderland theater to take a peek and the seats and set-up looked great. Having one central laundry room seems to be great, and we will try this out on the Maiden voyage as well.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below and I will try to answer them. We look forward to sailing again and going back to our trip reports!