Monday,  February 18, 2019  3:08 am

Refurbished Disney Wonder delights agents in Vancouver


Refurbished Disney Wonder delights agents in Vancouver
Ming Tappin

Ming Tappin, a cruise expert and industry veteran based in Vancouver, is the owner of Your Cruise Coach Consulting.

The Disney Wonder hosted 16 travel agents in Vancouver for a tour, led by Angela (Stecca) Cain, district sales manager, Western Canada. The Wonder was recently “reimagined” in November 2016, with many public areas refurbished and several new venues introduced.

The adults-only lounge area called Route 66 has been completely redone and is now called After Hours, leading the way with blue mood lighting. During the day, this area hosts activities and games for all ages, but after 9pm, it becomes a venue for adults 18+ only. The new Azure night club has a contemporary feel with white seating and curvy motifs in the carpets and walls. There is also an authentic English Pub as well as a retro Cadillac Lounge.

Dining venues have been updated as well. Parrot Cay restaurant has been replaced by Tiana’s Palace, with New Orleans-themed décor and menu. Animator’s Palate restaurant also received a refresh, and diners can make drawings at the table before seeing their image come to life on one of several large screens on the restaurant walls.

These two restaurants, along with Triton’s restaurant, form Disney’s unique rotational dining experience, where guests have a chance to eat at all three restaurants during their cruise, keeping the same table mates and servers, but never repeating a menu.

Many staterooms accommodate up to five, and there are one and two-bedroom suites for larger families. With almost half a deck dedicated to children’s programs, there are activities for different age groups, and a nursery for infants.

Up on deck, there are family pools, a large waterslide and Mickey’s Splash Zone. Teens also have Edge - their dedicated hang out space. Adults on the other hand can still have quiet zones such as the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Café, an adults-only specialty restaurant called Palo ($35 cover charge applies, by reservations only for dinner and occasional brunch on sea days), and the above-mentioned After Hours clubs.

Families can keep in touch with each other by using the complimentary wave phones that are supplied in each stateroom which works throughout the ship, as well as on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

The Disney Wonder will homeport in Vancouver for the Alaska season until mid-September, after which she will reposition to San Diego for several Halloween-themed sailings on the West Coast, before transiting the Panama Canal back to Galveston for the winter season, sailing to the Western Caribbean and the Bahamas.

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