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Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise – The Essential Guide 2023

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One sailing that is on many people’s bucket lists is a cruise to Alaska.

And if you want to sail on one of the best cruise lines which offer that itinerary you really should consider a Disney Wonder Alaska Cruise.

Here we look at the Alaskan cruises that are available on the Disney Wonder, get an idea of pricing and find out more about what Disney Cruises have to offer.

Disney Wonder Sailings from Vancouver

First, let’s see what itineraries are available.

All the Disney Wonder Alaska Cruises sail from the port of Vancouver, Canada.

There are a number of different cruises available including 5, 7, 8 and 9 night itineraries.

Most of the Disney Wonder Cruises are for 7 nights.

There are some variations on the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise itinerary but most are 7 night cruises sailing from Vancouver.

Disney Wonder 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • At Sea
  • Dawes Glacier
  • Skagway, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Ketchikan Alaska
  • At Sea
  • Vancouver, Canada

Sailing on:

5/15/23, 5/22/23, 5/29/23

6/5/23, 6/12/23, 6/26/23

7/3/23, 7/10/23, 7/17/23

8/7/23, 8/21/23, 8/28/23

9/4/23

disney wonder alaska
Disney Wonder sails to Alaska


Disney Wonder 7-Night Cruise to Alaska

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • At Sea
  • Dawes Glacier
  • Icy Strait Point, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Ketchikan Alaska
  • At Sea
  • Vancouver, Canada

This itinerary includes Icy Strait Point sails on 6/19/23 and 8/14/23.

Disney Wonder Cruise 5-Night Alaska

  • Vancouver
  • At Sea
  • Dawes Glacier Alaska
  • Ketchikan Alaska
  • At Sea
  • Vancouver

Sailing on 8/2/23

Disney Wonder 9-Night Cruise to Alaska

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • At Sea
  • Icy Strait Point, Alaska
  • Skagway, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
  • Sitka Alaska
  • Ketchikan Alaska
  • At Sea
  • Vancouver, Canada

This sailing is on 7/24/23.

Disney Wonder 8-Night Cruise to Alaska

  • Vancouver, Canada
  • At Sea
  • Dawes Glacier, Alaska
  • Skagway, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Sitka, Alaska
  • Ketchikan, Alaska
  • At Sea
  • Vancouver, Canada

This sails on 9/11/23

Do You Need a Balcony Stateroom on a Disney Alaska Cruise?

The very simple answer to this is that a balcony stateroom is always very nice to have, particularly for an Alaskan cruise.

However, balcony staterooms are almost always more expensive than Inside and Outside staterooms – and never more is this true on any Alaskan cruise that you may choose.

Let’s look at this price difference.

These Disney Alaskan cruise costs are shown as correct if you were booking on November 27, 2022. Prices vary a lot so always check the Disney website for up-to-date pricing.

The prices below are for 2 guests including taxes and port fees.

The rates shown are for the lowest rates in that category.

As you can see the rates for a balcony stateroom are considerably higher than for an Inside or Oceanview stateroom.

For some dates the cost of a balcony stateroom is almost double that of an Inside stateroom.

disney alaska cruise cost

So should you book a balcony stateroom on a Disney Alaskan cruise?

Only you can decide whether the cost is within your budget.

Of course, it is nice to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the beautiful scenery go by, but you can do that in the public areas of the ship.

Is it as great an experience?

Probably not, but you are saving $3,000 to $4,000. You need to decide how important that is to you.

When is the Best Time to Book a Disney Alaska Cruise?

There is no easy answer to this – as pricing patterns have changed since sailings restarted.

The usual advice prior to 2022 was that you should always book a Disney Cruise as close to the opening date as possible as the prices were likely to go up considerably over time.

However, this has become a little more complicated when you look at the prices for 2022 and how they have changed.

You can see Disney Alaska Cruise 2022 Prices here to see how the changed from release date to rigt up to before sailing.

Some cruise prices for Alaska even went down from opening day. This is really not what you would expect, and was probably unique for 2022.

What you can see is that if you want to sail Concierge on a Disney Wonder Alaskan Cruise then the best idea would be to book as early as possible.

Concierge is likely to sell out quickly on many dates, and 2022 shows that prices can rise considerably.

What Are The Disney Alaskan Cruise Port Stops Like?

A Disney 7 night Alaska cruise has port stops in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. It also has a day exploring Dawes Glacier. Each of these experiences has something different to offer.

Disney Cruise Dawes Glacier

This isn’t a port stop in the conventional sense. However, it is an experience sailing around the Dawes Glacier.

This is an amazing experience and is often the highlight of a Disney Alaskan cruise.

To be able to get up close and see the amazing scenery is an experience not to be missed.

South Dawes Glacier
South Dawes Glacier from the Endicott Arm near Juneau in Alaska

Dawes Glacier is part of the scenic Endicott Arm fjord which is located approximately 45 miles south of Juneau, Alaska.

You get very close to the glaciers. Nothing can prepare you for that amazing sight of the spectacular glaciers.

The Tracy Arm experience will last around 5 hours, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the experience from different view points. Remember to dress in layers and bring those binoculars with you!

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

The 7 night Disney Alaskan Cruises and the 9 night cruise sails to Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

It is a stuningly beautiful port with spectacular views in the surrounding landscape.

icy strait point Alaska view

A relativelly new addition to Icy Strait Point is the gondola which gives spectacular views of the area. The Skyglider climbs 1,600 feet to Sky Peak. It is well worth the journey for the view at the top.

Gondola Mountaintop and Transporter Port Adventure costs $50 for adults and $40 for children aged 3 to 9.

There are lots of tours which will give you the opportunity to see the abundant wildlife. There are a number of Whale Watching Tours available. There is also a Discovering Birds excursion.

Other Port Adventures include Family Scavenger Hunt, Seafood Fest, Back Country Jeep Adventure, and the Spasski River Valley Wildlife and Bear Search.

Disney Cruise Alaska Skagway Port and Excursions

Skagway is probably my favorite port stop in Alaska.

This is another town where you dock very close to the center, so it is easy to just walk off the ship and explore.

Skagway is a small Gold Rush town. It is part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

This is how you imagine stepping back in time would feel like.

Skagway is a tiny town. It has one main street which isn’t very long. The population is just 1,191 people.

It is well worth the short walk into town though if only to imagine what it must have been like to live in one of the Gold Rush towns.

There are some tourist stores, a couple of bars and a museum which is worth checking out.

However, you will most likely want to combine your visit to Skagway with some Disney cruise excursions to make the most of your time there.

A highlight for many visitors is the White Pass Scenic Railway.

The White Pass and Yukon Route
The White Pass and Yukon Route

You really couldn’t dock any closer to the station – it is right next to the ship.

This is a very very popular Port Adventure and it does sell out.

The cost is $149 for adults and $74 for children aged 3 to 9 for the basic journey.

There are other Port Adventures which include the rail journey but add on other elements such as a hike, a bike trail, or a VIP experience.

This vintage train takes you on a spectacular journey on a track which was built in 1898. This is another one of those once in a lifetime experiences which we highly recommend.

One of the most sought after Disney Cruise Alaska excursions is a dog sledding adventure. There are plenty of opportunities to book an Alaskan port adventure where you can enjoy this amazing experience.

There are many other options of excursions in Skagway. One of the least pricey is the Skagway’s Original Street Car City Tour which is $52 for adults and $35 for children.

On this excursion you board an original 1927 sightseeing bus and are taken on an historical journey around the town. It is a good way to see more of the breathtaking scenery surrounding the town and to get an overview of the history of the area.

Other excursions include Alpine Lake Canoe Adventure, Dog Sledding and Glacier Flightseeing, Evening Wildlife Expedition, Klondike Bicycle Tour, Ocean Raft Nature Adventure, Sunset Horseback Adventure and the Yukon Expedition.

Disney Cruise Alaska Juneau Port and Excursions

Junuea is the only US State Capital which is land locked.

The only way to get there is by land or sea – there are not roads going in or out of the town.

Disney Wonder docks right in the center of town.

Juneau Alaska Cruise Port
Juneau Port Alaska

Just step off the ship and you can explore the shops and resstaurants.

It is of course a town which caters to tourists, so you will find a lot of souvenir shops which start to look the same as each other very quickly.

The Goldbelt Tramway is a very popular attraction in Juneau and it is just a short walk from where the Wonder docks.

The aerial tramway takes guests 1,800 feet into the mountains for a spectacular view of the surrounding scenery.

You can do this on your own, but there is also an excursion available. The lines can be long and if the weather is bad (as it often is) you may not see much of a view.

We would say to wait until you arrive and see what the weather is like before deciding if it is worth standing in line.

There is a huge choice of activities in Juneau – it is difficult to choose just one.

Juneau is well known for the Mendenhall Glacier. This breathtaking natural feature is the only glacier in Alaska which you can access by road.

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

There are many Disney Port Adventures which give guests the chance to visit Mendenhall Glacier.

These range from a trip to view the glacier from the ground, to plenty of options from a boat or kayak.

The Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure gives you an opportunity to explore the glacier up close. It is is $229 for adults and $119 for children

Alaska is of course known for it’s abundant wildlife.

You will likely see whales from your ship, but if you want to increase your odds of seeing one of these beautiful creatures there are plenty of Whale Watching Adventures to choose from.

The Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest is $179 for adults and $109 for children. Guests will board a catamaran and sail on a whale watching adventure.

Want to be even more adventurous? The Taku Lacier Adventure by Helicopter is one of those bucket list experiences that you will never forget. It is available for $459 for all ages.

Disney Alaska Cruise Ketchikan Port and Excursions

Another fascinating port on your Disney Cruise is the town of Ketchikan.

Disney Wonder docks right in the town so you can just step off the ship and explore.

As you would expect, the town is full of tourist shops.

It is worth taking a short time to browse around, but you will probably want to book a Port Adventure to explore much more than the town itself.

Creek Street Ketchikan
Creek Street Ketchikan

Ketchikan is most famous for it’s colorful totem poles which you can see around the town.

The Misty Fjords National Monument by Seaplane is a very popular excursion. This 75 minute flight will have you flying over spectacular scenery and enjoying a view of the surrounding fjords, waterfalls and lakes. The cost is $499 for adults and $409 for children aged 2 to 9. Under 2 are free.

Ketchikan is also famous for its lumberjack show, which is a short walk from the cruise ship. You can book the Exclusive Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show at $50 for adults and $28 for children. For an extra charge you can even try your hand at axe throwing!

There are lots of Disney Alaska Cruise Port Adventures to get you out in the amazing Alaskan scenery. These include an Alaksan Bear Adventure, Zipline Adventures, Hunting for Halibut, Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Rainforest Family Adventure and a Wilderness Exploration and Crab Fest.

Visiting Sitka on a Disney Alaksa Cruise

The Wonder only has a port stop in Sitka on the 9 night itinerary which only sails once in 2023.

You can easily explore on your own but you will get the most our of your experience if you book a guided tour or Port Adventure.

There are several Disney Port Adventures available to the National Park which is also known as Totem Park. The basic tour is $64 for adults and $44 for children aged 3 to 9.

If you prefer something a little more adventurous then the Alaska Zodiac Adventure and Fin Island Lodge Port Adventures is available for $199 for adults and $139 for children.

Hubbard Glacier

You will only visit Hubbard Glacier on a Disney Alaska Cruise if you are sailing on the 9 night itinerary.

This is subject to actually being able to acces the glacier as for part of the cruise season it is too icy to actaully pass close to Hubbard Glacier.

Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier

It is a spectacularly beautiful placce and most guests enjoy the views from the ship.

However, there is one Port Adventure available which is the Hubbard Glacier Explorer costing $299 for adults and $199 for children. This 2 hour tour on a water-jet-powered catamaran  takes you close up to the glacier so that you are likelly to see

Want to Know More About the Disney Wonder?

We have spent many months on the Disney Wonder and have written lots of guides about this fabulous ship:

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Disney Wonder Restaurant Guide

Disney Wonder Bars

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Wednesday 30th of November 2022

The photo posted of the Disney Magic in Vancouver - just an fyi that’s not Vancouver! Great article though :)

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