November2011 1010Since we usually travel with our family of six, I typically book two Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandahs on a Disney Cruise. However, we had to leave our teen son at home this time when we sailed on the Disney Wonder to the Mexican Riviera.  Therefore, we booked one stateroom which sleeps five.  We arrived early to the Port of Angeles – so, I thought we might have a chance to request an upgrade.  And, I was right!  There was a one-bedroom concierge suite available.

Located on Deck 8, the suite featured a double verandah, a sitting room, two TVs and DVD players, a wet bar with a dining area, two bathrooms, a dressing area with large walk-in closet and beds for five.  We were thrilled with the extra room for our 7-night voyage, and even more delighted to have an extra bathroom – especially with our teen daughter in tow!

One of the most delightful aspects of staying in a suite was the benefit of the concierge services.  Although we didn’t require much of his planning assistance, Tawanda provided us with information and amenities which made our cruise extra special.  He learned what drinks and snacks we liked and kept our refrigerator and pantry stocked.  When our traveling companions were purchasing bottled water to carry off the ship before excursions, we simply loaded up our day bags with what Tawanda had stocked our fridge the night before. He brought us DVDs, gave the kids arcade game cards and hooked us up with 100 complimentary internet minutes.  For any meal, we could order from any of the dining rooms and have it brought to our suite by room service instead of having to order from a pre-set room service menu.  On a late day when we were busy shooting video of Port Adventures in Puerto Vallarta, we missed our main dinner seating. We simply ordered from the menu where we would have eaten that night and dined in our suite.

For $100 per night up-charge plus gratuity for Tawanda, the service and room was well worth the extra price we paid on our Disney cruise, and I will definitely inquire about an upgrade every time I check in at the port terminal.  For a full report on the Disney Wonder’s voyages to the Mexican Riviera, head over to Homeschooling Traveling Mom’s post, A “Wonder”ous, Double Dose of Disney, and to take a virtual tour of the Disney Dream’s Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom, check out Toronto Traveling Mom’s video post.


Because Andi and her family were traveling with Disney to film promotional videos for, they received the base price of the cruise, Port Adventures, a stay at the Disneyland Hotel and park tickets complimentary.  Andi purchased the upgrade. As a Walt Disney World Moms Panelist, Andi is an independent contractor. The views and opinions which she express are her own and not intended to reflect the opinions of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, its affiliates, its management, its agents or its employees. As a part of her contract work with Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, she is compensated with a reward trip for her and her immediate family members.