A look at our trip sailing on the Disney Wish in November 2022 – today we look at our first day arriving on board!
A few months ago I had the chance to sail on the Disney Wish – it was a gorgeous ship and we had a fantastic time! I’m excited to tell you all about my trip and what we experienced both on board and on land.
We arrived at Port Canaveral for the Disney Wish around 11am on Monday. Our port arrival time wasn’t until 12:30pm so I thought we might be just hanging around for awhile – but my vaccine card still hadn’t been approved so I wanted to get there early to hopefully straighten that out.
It turned out to be quite simple, despite the amount of stress and anxiety it caused beforehand! My card hadn’t been approved for the apparent reason that it didn’t have the location where I received my first dose listed correctly. Despite trying to get it fixed we didn’t have enough time. They were fine to accept my card in person though, and my immunization records from the state had just come in about half an hour before so I was all set to go.
Speaking of anxiety, there was a lot of things before getting on board that were a bit stress-inducing…
A tropical storm was headed right for the Bahamas – you know, our destination. I wasn’t worried about safety, but I was a little concerned just not knowing what exactly might happen. I was also wondering if I would get seasick on choppy waters.
While we were sitting waiting for our group to be called, they did finally make a decision and handed out a letter about the tropical storm. Turns out our entire itinerary was changed! While we were supposed to be at Nassau, Castaway Cay, and a Day at Sea, we were now doing a Day at Sea, Cozumel, and another Day at Sea.
A lot of people were upset by this but we were actually quite happy. We’d never been to Cozumel, and I would much rather have good weather on our stop in Mexico rather than miserable weather at Castaway Cay. But honestly, I would have also been fine if it was just all days at sea and I got to hang out on the ship the entire time!
Of course, there was yet one more snafu awaiting us before boarding the ship. It turned out there had been some sort of medical emergency on board the Wish the night before, so they were delayed leaving Castaway Cay by about 3 hours. They got into port later than normal and it took a little longer to unload the previous passengers and get us on board. As a result, they didn’t start boarding us until around 12:30 or 12:45, and Jason and I weren’t on board until close to 1:30.
Boarding the Disney Wish
I was starving by that time, but before we went to get food we had one very important stop – the spa to sign up for the Rainforest Room. If you’re not familiar this is an area of the spa that offers heated lounge chairs, various heat rooms/saunas, fancy showers, hot tubs, etc. It’s a wonderful place to just relax, but they do limit the number of people so it won’t be too crowded. That’s why we headed there first to make sure we got in. It was a success and then it was off to lunch!
Lunch at Marceline Market
We ate at Marceline Market, which is a “buffet-like” restaurant on the pool deck. It’s more or less a buffet – but instead of taking items yourself you have to ask a cast member for them. There was a wide variety of food there, and I was impressed because everything we had was very good. It certainly felt like a step up from the other ships.
Our stateroom and the Rainforest Room
Once we were done eating our stateroom was ready, so we headed there! Our luggage had already arrived, so we did a little unpacking, did the assembly drill, and took a nap.
We had been told the Rainforest Room opened at 4:30 that day, so we headed down there to check it out and really get our money’s worth. We spent a wonderful hour using the facilities. After running a half marathon the day before, the hot tub especially felt amazing!
Disney Seas the Adventure
We then went to get ready for the evening. We had the second seating for dinner, so if we wanted to go to the show that night it would happen beforehand at 6:30. We attended and it was a fun little show called “Disney Seas the Adventure” and it was a medley of great Disney songs. The performers were all extremely talented in both singing and dancing. In particular, I was impressed with Elsa in this production. She sang Into the Unknown, and then was joined on stage by Merida singing “Touch the Sky” and Moana singing “How Far I’ll Go.” At the end, they actually sang all 3 songs at the same time. I never imagined those 3 songs would blend together, but it sounded really cool.
After the show, we had a little bit of time before dinner so we decided to explore. We came across Hyperspace Lounge, the Star Wars themed bar, and figured it was a good time to stop in for a drink!
The themeing is neat, and the really cool part is the “window” (actually a screen) behind the bar. Every once in awhile you jump into hyperdrive, and when that’s done you’re at a new planet/location. We had two drinks and I really enjoyed mine – it was unique but delicious. I don’t think the themeing is as good as Oga’s Cantina, but it was still a neat space.
After that I hung out in the lobby for a bit to catch part of a show by the Disney Vitrionics, which was a really neat sort of jazz/swing style band. They did all Disney songs, but more jazzy versions of them which I loved. They also had a tap dancer which was fun. It was a great show.
Dinner at World of Marvel
For dinner that evening we were at World of Marvel, where we met our table mates for the first time. In particular, we hit it off with another couple who were both software developers and video game players – so Jason had lots to talk about with them!
We had some excellent food here. The highlight for me was the entree I had. I went with the lamb shwarma salad, which was well-spiced and had lots of interesting things in it. I loved the nod to the shwarma from Marvel and the fact that it was something a bit different.
The show here is cute as well. For the most part, there are quick clips from Marvel films and TV playing, but every once in awhile Scott Lang and Hope show up to tell us a little bit about some of the newest Avengers technology. I won’t say much more than that so as not to ruin the surprise, but suffice it to say that some exciting things occur!
Dinner went quite late, and we didn’t leave til after 10 pm. By that point, I was rather exhausted so we decided to just head back to the room and call it an early night. I think my body was still tired from running and getting up early the day before from the Wine and Dine half marathon. We were able to do a lot on the Wish on our first day, and it was a great start to our trip!
Video of Day 1
What do you think of this trip? Would you want to do a Sailing on the Disney Wish?