Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Wonder

A sister ship to the Disney Magic, the 2,700-passenger, 83,000-ton Disney Wonder debuted in 1999. The ship has an appealing Art Nouveau decor in the elegant Atrium Lobby and such standard Disney Cruise Line features as a Broadway-style theater; a movie theater (complete with concession stand); an adult nightclub district with a disco, sports bar and piano/jazz bar; expansive kids' facilities and family friendly spots including Studio Sea, where kids and adults join together for such activities as karaoke, game shows and dancing. Unlike its peers, the Disney Wonder has not been upgraded with the latest and greatest in technologically enhanced entertainment features. There's no watercoaster or "thrill" ride.

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The Cove Café near the adults-only Quiet Cove pool is a wonderful, cushy indoor hangout spot for grownups, a perfect place to sit with a latte or cocktail while you check your e-mail (fees apply). Head up the winding staircase to catch expansive views through floor-to-ceiling curved windows.

Pool areas include a Mickey's Kids' Pool shaped like the mouse's famous head, with a big white-gloved Mickey hand holding a snaking yellow slide. There's also a family pool with lifeguard. Both are popular spots even on cruises in Alaska, when it's chilly enough to wear hats and gloves.

Dining highlight
Triton's restaurant, the fanciest of the three restaurants, which everyone visits in the rotation dining lineup, is inspired by the "under the sea" theme of "The Little Mermaid." Passengers dine on such French-inspired dishes as duck confit and seared sea bass with mushroom risotto.

Wow factor
Whether on the giant poolside Funnel Vision screen, in the Buena Vista movie theater, live on stage at the Walt Disney Theatre, dancing at a lively pirate party, appearing on stateroom TVs, doing meet and greets on deck and in the atrium or making appearances during dinner, Disney characters are never far from view.

2014 itineraries
Alaska, 7 and 9 nights
Bahamas, 4 and 7 nights
Panama Canal, 14 and 15 nights
Vancouver-San Diego, 4 and 5 nights
Western Caribbean, 5 nights

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