Adults Only Disney Curise Vacation
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I'm considering taking my wife on a Disney Cruise for our 10th anniversary (2015) but I'm wondering if there is enough for just adults to do. We like to have fun, so we'll definitely want to do things like the detective agency (especially if it's Muppet themed) but is it possible to have some time away from other people's kids? My other concern, since we've never been on a cruise, is how crowded it is. On commercials you always see one or two people in the pool, or sunbathing, and no one else around. But it seems to me that if there are 4000 people on the ship it's going to be wall to wall.
Anyway, just wanted to see if other people had done adult only Disney cruises and what your thoughts were. Thanks.
There's SO much for adults to do! I'm taking my 3rd DCL cruise this summer. I travel solo and, even on the 15-night Panama cruise, have always found that there's too much to do! Check the navigator every night for the next day's events. They have them divided into sections for kids, families and adults. I always checked the adults listings (bingo, wine and beer tastings, tours of the ship, towel animal creation, cooking demonstrations, lectures....) and also the family listings (drawing lessons, craft projects, character greetings). There are no children allowed in several sections of the ship, including the adult pool, nightly entertainment district, and whatever they call the coffee shop on the Fantasy. For child-free dining you can have dinner or brunch at Palo, dinner at Remy. As for crowds, I've never been on the Dream or the Fantasy, but from what I hear, there are so many different areas and different things going on at any given time that you'll only be in real crowds in the theater, waiting to embark and disembark, and at the deck parties.
We'll be on the Fantasy next month (next month?!?!) for our 32nd. No fear of being overwhelmed by kids. I'd actually have more concerns aboard Carnival or RCI ships since they don't have nearly as attractive, and therefore utilized, kid's programs.
Don't worry! The adults-only section is wonderful (don't miss the spa, especially the Rain Forest - no kids allowed there either)!
I've done 6 DCL cruises, and one of those was without kids. I plan on doing MANY more kid-free ones once my kids are in college and beyond!
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We've taken 2 Disney cruises with the kids (and my Mum) and booked one for Sept for our 20th anniversary without the kids. I don't think we'll have any problems finding ways to stay occupied and avoid all the kids on the cruise. Heck, my kids are usually in the kids' clubs all day (and night) when we bring them, so we spent a lot of time in the adult-only area already!
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All 3 of my cruises were without children and left with lists of things I didn't get around to doing. The only time we'd see lots of kids is at the shows, or walking past the kids/family pools on our way around. Otherwise we were in adults-only areas or on shore. At dinner, we always sat with other adults. You can seek out character interactions and silly activities, or not, based on your mood.
The theater shows, deck parties, and lobby-area gatherings can be a bit crowded, but the overall feeling certainly isn't. Thats just lots of folks gathered at one time in one place - think 'fireworks from Main St' vs. other park areas. The adult pool varies but if you cannot find a chair, ask a cast member. They'll help, or bring in more if necessary. Those 4k people are spread way out; Disney does a good job of crowd control.
My husband and I don't have kids yet and we always cruise DCL! We love it. I am not going to mislead you and say we are big partiers or gamblers because we are not at all and that is why we love DCL. We like the adult areas, spa,palo,the bars that have some options but aren't to clubby or over the top. And we love the Disney touch. If you are looking for that sort of thing then yes, DCL can be perfect even for couples. If you want contstant nightlife, casinos,lots of couples, shopping then it's probably not the line for you.It's so personal, being a diehard Disney fan helps
The larger ships seem a bit more crowded on deck, but even the Magic on a sold out cruise is packed so the way to avoid that is sailing off season. You really only notice it at the pool or the lobbies for pictures.
We took our honeymoon on the Wonder and it was fantastic. We never felt as if the ship had to many kids. In fact many time we asked ourselves where are all of the kids. They were probably in the kids clubs since they're so popular. We stayed in the adult sections (pools, Palo, Remy, Bars, Clubs) and had the late seating for dinner. Also sailed the Dream recently. I also thought that with more people and a larger ship all together we would have to fight our way through the crowds. This was not so. We never felt as if there were too many people. Of course there are off peak times when you can do things to minimize the amount of traffic you see. For example heading to the pool during port days or when people are dinning/seeing the show.
There is so much for adults to do on a Disney cruise. We've just returned from our first non-Disney cruise and I can tell you we struggled to find enough to do on that cruise, compared to Disney. Usually, on days at sea, we have a list of activities we want to do, movies and shows we want to see, characters we want to meet - and that's before you add in swimming, spa time etc. We're never bored on a Disney cruise...
I just got off my 8th Disney Cruise without kids. My husband and I always wish we were able to do all the things on board but we just run out of time. I was just on the Fantasy for a week but never found time to play shuffleboard or mini-golf. There is a lot to do, don't worry, you won't be bored!
We love the kid themed stuff as well, like the Muppet Detective game (great fun!) and the AquaDuck. Also, if you plan to sail the Fantasy, there are even more adult areas, like Satellite Falls which is wonderful.
DH and I will be taking our 3rd Disney cruise in September (NY to Canada and back). It's only 5 days and I'm so worried we won't have time to do all I want to do. Our first DCL trip was 15 days from LA to FL and last year was 7 days to Alaska. Somehow the number of days on my trips are going in the wrong direction! Have fun!
My husband and I honeymooned on the Disney Dream last year in October and it was wonderful! We spent a lot of time in the adults only section of the ship, which tended to be pretty empty a lot. Even when we were in all-ages areas, we didn't have any problems with "too many kids". As far as I know, our ship was full because there was a sign at the main desk saying there were no availabilities for upgrading anymore. So if the ship was in fact full, you'll have no problems.
As far as stuff to do, there's plenty! Movies, lounges/bars, shows, pool/hot tub, spa, gym, activities like mini-golf, etc. In fact we said the next time that we wouldn't even get off the ship in Nassau so we could take advantage of the stuff to do on the ship.