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Disney Wonder is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line. She was launched on February 23, 1998, and completed on June 18, 1999.[4] She was the second ship to join the Disney fleet on entering service in 1999. She is nearly identical in construction to her fleet mate, Disney Magic. The interior of Disney Wonder is decorated in the Art Nouveau style, in contrast to her sister ship, Disney Magic which is decorated in the Art Deco style. Both ships have 11 public decks, can accommodate 2,400 passengers in 875 staterooms, and have a crew of approximately 950. Disney Wonder was built in the year following completion of Disney Magic. As of 2015, Disney Wonder sails various North American itineraries on a seasonal basis. From early September to late October 2016, the ship underwent dry dock in Cadiz, Spain where it had many new dining, entertainment, and accommodation enhancements.

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Disney Wonder docked at Nassau.
History
Name: Disney Wonder
Owner: Disney Cruise Line (Disney Signature Experiences)
Port of registry:  Bahamas[1]
Route: Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska, West Coast of the United States
Ordered: 1995
Builder: Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, Italy[2]
Launched: February 23, 1998
Completed: June 18, 1999
Maiden voyage: August 1999[2]
In service: 1999-present
Identification:IMO number9126819
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Magic-class (Disney) cruise ship[2]
Tonnage: 83,000 GT[2]
Length: 964 ft (294 m)[2]
Beam: 106 ft (32 m)[2]
Draft: 25.3 ft (7.7 m)[3]
Decks: 11
Installed power: 43,000 kW (57,600 hp)
Propulsion: Diesel-Electric; *5 × Sulzer 16ZAV40S; two shafts
Speed:
  • Cruising 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph),
  • maximum 23.5 knots (43.5 km/h; 27.0 mph)[3]
Capacity: 2,400 passengers[2]
Crew: 945

HistoryEdit

 
Disney Wonder in Puerto Vallarta

Disney had cruise ship designs drawn up by February 1994.[5] Disney Cruise Line in 1995 commissioned Disney Magic and Disney Wonder from Fincantieri in Italy. Wonder entered into service in August 1999.[2] Her maiden voyage was a four-night Bahamian cruise that commenced on August 15, 1999.

Disney Wonder originally sailed three- and four-night cruises to The Bahamas. In 2011, Disney Dream took over these itineraries. Since then, the Disney Wonder has been sailing a variety of itineraries that include stops in Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and passages through the Panama Canal.

With the arrival of Disney Dream in 2011, Disney Wonder was relocated to Los Angeles under a two year contract with a three-year extension with the port.[6]

Rebecca Coriam, a 24-year-old cast member, was last seen by one of the Wonder's security cameras having an apparently upsetting telephone conversation in the early morning hours of March 22, 2011, before apparently disappearing the next day. It was the first such incident in the history of Disney Cruise Lines.[7]

On January 10, 2013, the ship made its first-call ceremony in Miami. Cruises while stationed in Miami would consist of four- and five-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean with stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay; Grand Cayman; Key West and Nassau, Bahamas. The Disney Wonder returned in April 2013 to Vancouver for Alaskan cruises.[8]

The ship was dry docked for an overhaul at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain[9] on September 2016 until October 23, 2016. Wonder was then station out of Galveston, Texas starting November 10, 2016.[10]

In October 2018, Disney Cruise Line began showing Disney at Sea with D23, a 30 minute entertainment news show that covers the many Disney subsidiaries with input from D23, starting with the Wonder.[11]

RecreationEdit

For children (3-12) there are the Oceaneers Club, and the Oceaneers Lab. The Club provides a slide, multiple TVs, dress up clothing, and counselor-led activities. The Lab provides video games, computers, cooking classes, and TV time geared towards the older end of that age bracket. Children receive an RFID badge when registered that allows the cruise staff to know the child's location in the activity areas. The Disney Wonder also has a video game arcade called Quarter Masters.[12]

DiningEdit

For dinner, Disney Cruise Line uses a dining rotation. There are three main restaurants aboard Wonder: Triton's, Tiana's Place and Animator's Palate. Each night, the guests "rotate" to another restaurant, sitting at the same table number, eating with the same people, and having the same wait staff. Each of the restaurants' decor and menus are themed, with Triton's featuring an Art Deco dining room serving French cuisine,[13] Tiana's Place being themed to Tiana's dream restaurant in New Orleans,[14] and Animator's Palate featuring a dining room that changes from black-and-white to color over the course of the meal and serves contemporary cuisine.[15]

Disney Wonder has several complementary "open" dining/food options. The largest is Cabanas[16], which operates as a buffet during breakfast and lunch and as a casual sit-down restaurant during dinner. There are also three outdoor quick-service restaurants located near the pools: Daisy's De-lites, which serves breakfast and lunch as well as evening snacks, Pinocchio's Pizzeria, which serves pizza during lunch and late-night hours, and Pete's Boiler Bites, which serves hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken tenders, and hot dogs for lunch and dinner.[17] Triton's serves American food during lunch, with the former offering a sit-down lunch, and the latter offering a buffet.[13][14]

Disney Wonder also features a premium restaurant, Palo, on aft deck 10 which serves Northern Italian fare. Palo is limited to guests 18 years of age or older, and charges an additional per-person dining charge. Additional for adults, the Wonder had the Cadilac Lounge on Deck 3 forward.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Inquiry call over vanished cruise woman". BBC. 30 October 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Saunders, Aaron (October 1, 2013). Giants of the Seas: The Ships that Transformed Modern Cruising. Seaforth Publishing. pp. 76–78, 179. ISBN 1848321724. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ship Facts". Disney Cruise Line. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29.
  4. ^ "Disney Wonder (9126819)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  5. ^ Dezern, Craig (February 20, 1994). "Disney Contemplating Creation Of Cruise Line". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Jason Garcia (March 30, 2009). "Disney will homeport a ship in Los Angeles". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  7. ^ Ronson, Jon (November 11, 2011). "Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea". The Guardian. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Disney Wonder Hosts First-Call Ceremony in Miami". Cruise Industry News.com. January 10, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Tribou, Richard (October 26, 2016). "Upgraded Disney Wonder headed back to the U.S." Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Sloan, Gene (June 2, 2016). "Disney Wonder makeover to bring new pool zone, pub". USA Today. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Tuttle, Brittani (October 16, 2018). "Disney Cruise Line debuts new live news show, 'Disney at Sea with D23'". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Disney Wonder facts – Disney Cruise Line website
  13. ^ a b "Lumiere's". Disney Cruise Line.
  14. ^ a b "Parrot Cay". Disney Cruise Line.
  15. ^ "Animator's Palate". Disney Cruise Line.
  16. ^ "Cabanas". disneycruise.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  17. ^ "Dining on the Disney Wonder". Disney Cruise Line.

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