Disney Wonder – Pacific Northwest and Alaska Cruise


In a little over a week we leave on the Disney Wonder, where we will be sailing on the Pacific Northwest repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, followed by the very first Disney cruise to Alaska! We’re pretty excited.

This will be a new cruise ship for us – we’ve been on the Disney Magic and I’ve been on the Disney Dream, but this will be our first time aboard the Disney Wonder. I know it’s the Magic’s sister ship, so I’m hoping the layout won’t be too much different. For those of you who have been on the Wonder, do you have any suggestions of cool things that we should be sure to take a look at?

The repositioning cruise will have two At Sea days, plus we’ll have an overnight visit to San Francisco, so we’ll have most of two days in San Francisco. We plan to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. And Ghirardelli Square. 🙂 We’ll also visit the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island in Canada. It’s been over 30 years since I last visited Victoria, but I remember how beautiful it was, and I was very happy to learn it would be one of the ports on the repositioning cruise. I’ll be taking an excursion to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. I love flowers, and since my other two trips to the gardens were in the summer, I’m looking forward to seeing the spring flowers this time.

We dock in Vancouver on May 3, and leave that same day for Alaska, so we won’t really be spending any time in Vancouver this time.

There will be a sizable group of All Ears fans on board for the Alaska cruise, and I think Deb Wills and Beci Mahnken (and the rest of the fine folks at Mouse Fan Travel) have been planning some fun events for us. Picture This! photographer Barrie Brewer designed an awesome logo for our AllEars Alaskan Adventure:


Isn’t that great? We can order some merchandise through Cafe Press – I have a t-shirt and a tote bag that I’ll be bringing with me.

On the Alaska cruise we will have two At Sea days, and we will be visiting the ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. We will also spend a day in Tracy Arm Fjord – no port there, but we’ll be cruising in the fjord to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. So we hope to see some glaciers calving, and also see some wildlife like seals and birds. And who knows, maybe we’ll get really lucky and see a bear!

I’ve been on an Alaskan cruise before but it was way back in 1983 – this will be Lee’s first time in Alaska.

Packing for this cruise is certainly a lot different than for our Caribbean or Mediterranean cruises – the weather is going to be a lot colder (and probably a lot rainier) than for either of those! Forget the shorts and tank tops – it’s going to be jeans and sweaters and lots of layers. Are UGGs considered appropriate footwear for formal night? 🙂

I plan to blog while we’re on both cruises – internet permitting, of course. Though while we’re in our Alaskan ports we should be able to use our cell modem, since for a change we’ll still be in the United States! 🙂 Hope you will follow along on our AllEars Alaskan Adventure!.

Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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7 Replies to “Disney Wonder – Pacific Northwest and Alaska Cruise”

  1. Hi Laura. I have some friends going on the same cruise. I’d be insanely jealous if I weren’t going in August. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures.

  2. Laura,

    I am currently in Valdez AK, a bit further north then where you will be headed.

    Just so you know the weather can change pretty drastically. The other day it was 50 degees and sunny then we had 2 feet of snow the next day. Soon after it was back up to 50 and sunny. So pack for anything.

    Hope you have fun,

    Laura replies: Thanks Joshua. I sure hope we DON’T have snow, but I will be bringing appropriate attire just in case! I visited Valdez on my first Alaska cruise – but that was 1983 so I bet it’s changed since then.

  3. Love your cruise blogs, so I am looking forward to this one!

    Laura replies: Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy them.

  4. Hey Laura,
    Right now it is 49F and sunny in Vancouver! I will think of you when you are in port here, I hope you have a terrific voyage and look forward to the trip report.

    Laura replies: Thanks Gaylin! I like the sunny part, but 49 is pretty cold for this southern California girl! 🙂

  5. See you on the Wonder! This is going to be such a great experienc, looking forward to meeting you.

    Laura replies: It’s going to be terrific! See you real soon!

  6. I’m excited to hear all of the adventures. I will be going on a Royal Caribbean Cruise at the end of the summer to Alaska, all the same ports (plus 1), so reading your trip report will be a great way for me to get excited about mine!

    Hope everyone has a good time and I wish you sunny skies, especially in Ketchikan.

    Laura replies: Thanks, Erica! I think you’ll have better weather at the end of the summer than we will.

  7. Cant wait to hear about your cruise! We a planning for May next year to go to Alaskan ports. I am so excited!!! Have fun!

    Laura replies: Thank you – and next May will be here before you know it!