“When you wish upon a star. . . your dreams come true.” Aboard Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish, dreams certainly can come true. This 5th Disney Cruise Line vessel offers 3-& 4-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, FL.
(Sandra sailed on the Inaugural Christening Cruise of the Disney Wish and was hosted as a member of the media. The views and opinions expressed in this article are hers.)
Disney Cutting-Edge Innovation
The new cruise ship introduces several innovative “firsts” that will delight Disney fans of all ages. From its Fairytale Grand Hall to its most unique Tower Suite, upscale theatrical family dining experiences, new water features, fun kid zones, and expanded adult-only spaces, Disney has definitely sprinkled some new pixie dust around this ship.
With the theme of “Enchantment,” Disney Wish combines classic Disney characters with heroes from Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars to deliver a new level of high-tech, immersive experiences above and beyond what any other Disney cruise ship offers.
A Cruise Ship Extraordinaire
Disney introduces the first-ever, 2-story Tower Suite, housed in one of the ship’s iconic funnels. Offering amazing views, this suite has a private elevator, access to the concierge lounge, and a sun deck with two whirlpools, a bar, a wading pool, and lounges. (Get your reservation in early as it’s already booked more than a year out!)
The Disney Wish has four royal suites and 70 concierge staterooms (double any other Disney ship). And its family staterooms are also a step up with 70% offering verandas.
New Concepts in Family Dining
The Disney Wish introduces three new story-driven dining adventures. Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is a theater-in-the-round experience of music, story, and live characters from the popular Frozen movie. The “Marvel Cinematic Dining Experience” invites all Marvel fans to play an interactive role in an action-packed Avenger’s mission using a Quantum Core located on their dining table.
A third dining room, “1923,” celebrates the year that the Walt Disney Company was founded and pays homage to the golden age of animation. During the cruise, guests will rotate through all three dining experiences (along with their serving staff).
Water, Water Everywhere
Get ready for adventure on the high seas with AquaMouse, the first-ever Disney water attraction at sea. This wild water ride showcases animated shorts of Mickey and friends through port holes as it climbs to the top before cascading through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended above the upper deck.
Water escapes are abundant, with more pools and deck space than any other Disney ship. There are 3-themed waters districts and six pools designed for family members of all ages.
A Kid’s Life
Disney’s Oceaneer Club, for ages 3-12, will have even adults wishing they could spend a day here. The Marvel Super Hero Academy trains young recruits to become the next generation of Super Heroes. First, they design a Marvel-inspired superhero suit and then test the suit’s power in a game. At the new Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, kids design their own rollercoaster and then take it for a virtual spin.
At Fairytale Hall, kids choose from arts and crafts, storytime with Belle, or play in the “virtual” snow with Anna and Elsa. Tweens and teens have their own spaces known as the Edge and the Vibe.
Adults Only, Please
Couples, singles, and even grandparents who want to spend some time with their grandchildren but also want to relax, unwind, or bar hop all night will find several new adult-only spaces on the Disney Wish. The Quiet Cove pool area has its own bar, whirlpool, and the first infinity pool aboard a Disney ship.
The Outdoor Oasis at Senses Spa is also a first for the Disney Line, offering an outdoor rainforest area, spa treatments, and food and drink options.
Two adult-only restaurants—the Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté—feature chef-inspired gourmet meals. For after-hours fun, Nightingales Piano Bar provides the music and serves a Frozen Bubbles cocktail made with one of their 26 different champagnes. Other unique adult spaces include the “Rose Lounge,” the New Orleans-inspired “Bayou,” and the Keg and Compass Pub.
The Highly Anticipated Star Wars Lounge
The most anticipated new lounge is the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, where guests can sip out-of-this-world libations while staring out a 20-foot-wide-widow into space with views that change every 7-10 minutes.
At night it’s an adults-only space, but Star War fans of all ages can visit the lounge during the day. They even serve non-alcoholic cocktails to those too young to drive a hyperspace vehicle.
For more info see more of the Disney Wish, check out the Disney cruise website. All photos courtesy of The Walt Disney Company.
This article was written by Destination Expert Sandra Chambers of Southern-Traveller.
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