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Disney’s Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

For years, my sister told me about the benefits of Disney cruises. They have been favorites of her, her husband and her son (now two sons) for some time. “They have a lot of things to do not only for kids, but also for adults,” she once told me. When I had my first child, I was intrigued by the idea of ​​a truly family-friendly cruise, so when Disney offered the chance to test drive their new ship, the To wishI grabbed my hubby and energetic toddler, and we hopped aboard the 1.2 million square foot ship.

What I quickly learned was that my sister was right. In addition to film screenings, shows and children’s areas, there were countless things for the little ones and adults to not just try but really enjoy. Check out some of the things that stand out for me and my family.

Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

For Marvel Fans

I think we all know that Marvel superhero fans come from all ages and walks of life (which is why Marvel movies are consistent hits and Comic Con conventions are always major events). Disney bought out Marvel in 2009, so to cater to those fans aboard the Wish, a first for cruise ships, they created a restaurant called Marvel Worlds. It’s an interactive, cinematic dining experience that brings Ant-Man, The Wasp, Captain America, and other popular Marvel characters (and movie props) to your table. I don’t really watch a lot of movies but I loved the character displays and descriptions of the various members of the Avengers. And the food was tasty too!

Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

For those who like to have fun

Listen, I love every opportunity to shop. On board the Wish, there are not only Disney souvenir shops. I came across Royal Regalia, where they had a pretty impressive display of designer bags and women’s scarves. My husband went through 3 Wishes which was full of fancy watches including Breitling. Other pampering opportunities came from salon and barber shop experiences, adorably named the Tangled Salon and Hook’s Barbery. There is a fitness center to stay on top of your goals. And you could get manicures, facials, haircuts, whatever you need. And there is also a luxurious spa on board, Senses, three times larger than the Senses spas of the other four Disney cruise ships. Try all sorts of treatments (they even have [email protected]), facials, massages, waxing, acupuncture and more to help you relax while on vacation.

For teenagers

Teenagers are a tough bunch to impress, but the ship had plenty to do away from their parents in a safe and comfortable environment thanks to Disney counselors. There is the chill out place called The Vibe where teenagers can play video games, listen to music and watch TV. They could do karaoke at The Hideaway and participate in creative activities at The Edge. Each place is soft and allows young people to socialize and make new friends.

Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

For the little ones

You would assume that a Disney cruise is all about the kids, but as mentioned, there are plenty of spaces set aside to appeal to people of all ages. But of course there are very colorful and fun places reserved for small children. When my husband and I needed time to do our own thing, we were able to leave our son at “It’s a Small World” daycare for a block of time. Granted, he didn’t like it, but the staff worked hard to make him feel comfortable, eventually getting him to play with soft blocks, which he liked (and they gave us to keep!). They also sent updates to the Disney Cruise Line app (where you can communicate with people on the ship and keep all your trip details), letting us know how it was going. For older children, there is the Oceaneers Club. It allows children up to 12 years old to spend time with Disney characters and discover “magical multi-themed lands”. This place is perfect for letting your kids burn off a lot of pent up energy on the ship. I also loved the Toy Story Splash Zone, which was a splash pool for little kids with characters from the beloved movie turned into life-size bath toys. My son was initially skeptical of the space but quickly became obsessed.

Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

For adults

There were great shows and events for everyone, but some spaces were adults only. The nightlife was perfect for dressing up and going for drinks and good vibes. Everything was still Disney themed, but nothing was childish. Grab a beer at The Keg & Compass, cool off at Nightingale’s Piano Bar, unwind with a cocktail at The Rose, and hang out geeky (I mean in the most respectful way) at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge. I was very impressed with the Bayou bar, inspired by the Big Easy and The princess and the Frog. They serve delicious donuts! Hubby enjoyed checking out the bar scene when we were swapping to take care of breakfast to bedtime.

Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

For those who need sun and sand

While there are plenty of great pools available to dip into, nothing beats the chance to be on the beach, with your toes in the sand, taking a dip in the ocean. Before the ship returns to Port Canaveral in Florida, the Wish docks in the Bahamas on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The water is fantastic (not too cold either to avoid that initial body shock), the sand was clean and they had places on the island for you to enjoy a BBQ lunch, have drinks, smoothies, ice and more before you got back to the ship. This was by far my favorite experience – not the sunburn I got.

For lovers of live shows

Broadway shows spoiled me, so I knew I had to attend some of the performances that take place on the Wish. They even happen during dinner. We spent our first night on board in Arendelle, a dining experience based on the film Frozen. The show was a celebration of the characters Queen Anna and Kristoff’s engagement. The performers, who sang, played instruments and interacted with patrons, were in full Frozen mode – we even got to see the snowman Olaf! As for the food served, it is Norwegian inspired with delicious dessert options. Full shows you can enjoy on board include Disney’s Aladdin, Disney Seas Adventure and The little Mermaid.

There was a lot to see and experience in the three days we spent on Wish. Even the smallest details made the cruise all the more memorable and comfortable, from having the same catering staff every night (no matter where our reservations were) to catering to our allergies and preferences in terms of catering, having the same cruise staff to fix our room every day and answer our questions. There was also a laundromat, Fairytale Fresh Laundry, which helped us get home with clean clothes (you can completely dry clothes in 20 minutes!), food options open most of the day when not are not in the restaurants (the Marceline market has everything), and the Bibbidi Boppidi boutique, to send your child home with a princess dress, accessories and a fairytale prince outfit.

Disney's Newest Cruise Ship, The Wish, Literally Has Something For Everyone

The design details were also stunning, including Cinderella’s castle amidships, the celestial constellation layout in the Luna lounge, and Ariel from The little Mermaid in the lights as you move around the ship. And if you were wondering, COVID tests were mandatory days before boarding, and for unvaccinated small children, right before boarding, to make sure people can enjoy themselves safely and without COVID.

The whole experience brought out my inner child, as I was a big Disney kid growing up. And it was also a great experience for my family. It was our first big vacation as a brood and our very first Disney cruise – but certainly not the last.

Check out dates and itineraries to experience the Disney Wish for yourself at Disney Cruises website.

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