By Lynn Jones (Jax Urban Traveler) – When Florida weather predictions indicate a hurricane is brewing, Floridians man the hatches and wait out the storm! One storm that could not be stopped was the sailing on the Disney Wish cruise ship that departed Port Canaveral, Florida, November 11-14, 2022. Riding the I-95 freeway corridor, your excitement takes over as you reach the port and there high above the ship is a Mickey Mouse logo waiting for you to board and embark on a fun filled weekend.
Once aboard the Disney Wish, the elegance is imagined throughout the foyer entrance, with a swirly star-filled chandelier and staircase straight from the Beauty and the Beast files, and a center stage ready for a Disney World showcase. Disney characters greet guests with open arms swaying and lightly tip toeing on the marble floors! As you gaze and admire the ships elegance, you are whisked to your room, where the ships staff eagerly and politely articulate tending to your every whim. On this trip it’s a silver platter welcoming complete with champagne, Charcuterie board tapas to step out onto the verandah, dear, yes, Disney cruises balconies are Verandahs! That’s just the beginning, the rooms are spacious, and the Verandah is quaint and private, overlooking the ocean waiting to catch a Bahama breeze!
Now let’s get to the good part, Disney Cruises are for the entire family. Specialty cocktails for adults, comedy clubs, karaoke and The Rose, a chic lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté restaurants. The name is inspired by the fateful flower at the heart of Beauty and the Beast. Room service is available 24 hours, just a quick jot on the menu you can have fresh orange juice, coffee and croissants at your door in minutes! The dining experience ensures that you are not bored, the first night dinner was inside the Worlds of Marvel “Avengers: Quantum Encounter spaceship, where Avengers characters come to life for guests to interact and taste what its like on an Avengers spaceship! In addition, dining rotation included Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure and The 1923 restaurant that embodies old Hollywood styles.
We must mention the amazing activities for the children: the multipurpose rooms for all age groups are scientifically soundproof, child proof and proof that you may have to go find your child and let them know its dinner time because they’re having such a good time and don’t want to leave! The highlight of this cruise was surely the premier of the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever playing in the elegant Walt Disney Theater adorned with green velvet decor. #wakandaforever
Dear, I’m resting on the verandah, alright back to our excursions, the spa and infinity pool on deck 12, inside the The Senses Spa provides tranquillity, pampering and relaxation with a multitude of spa treatments. Dive into pure bliss, indulgent luxuries for a tropical, tranquil, calm and peaceful moments, yes all of that – you lose yourself in meditation for a high dose vibration of serenity!
All smiles were on deck as guest enjoyed the water slides and the food courts that tout a superb brisket, ala carte breakfast and an early morning cocktail, well for your tomato/orange juice glass (smile)!! Highlighting the cruise success were colorful fireworks and musical stage show brightening the sky at night.
As a media guest, our itinerary consisted of a private Minnie and Mickey Mouse photo-op with a behind the scenes look at Disney Wish ship staff and the inner-workings of a cruise ship. Speaking to us were Selah Maronie, Casual Dining Services Manager; Ropafadzo Kuhuni, Concierge; Erin Shaw, Assistant Crew Director and Maryann Williams, Mainstage Performer. Each staff member was excited to share their experiences on how although they hail from different parts of the world, their camaraderie and personality provided commonality and respect for each other’s culture. It is noted that at least 80% of the staff are from other countries outside of the United States. The Disney Wish has a capacity of 1,555 crew and 4,000 passengers with 1,254 staterooms. It is the largest in its fleet; the other ships are: Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy.
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