Disney Cruise Line: Not Just for Kids!
To a lot of people, the very word “Disney” conjures up visions of children laughing, characters hugging, and the general joy that comes with childhood. So naturally, this vision would spill over into a Disney cruise. It must be all giggles and diapers and sticky, jelly-covered fingers, right?
Well, nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, a Disney cruise can be a magical family vacation. But it can also be, a wonderful adult experience.
We began our adventure in a stateroom with a verandah. This little slice of heaven allows you to sit out and overlook the deep blue sea or various ports of call by yourselves, with not a child in sight.
There is the option of the late dining rotation, which will have fewer children and more adults. And the dinner choices make you think you are on a gourmet dining experience. You can also forgo the whole dining room experience for a change, and have in-room dining. You can have breakfast delivered to your room and feel like royalty, dining privately al fresco while the ship docked at Castaway Cay or the Bahamas.
And while we are on the subject of dining, did I mention Palo? Palo is the adults-only dining experience on both of Disney’s cruise ships. You must be 18 to get in, no ifs, ands, buts, or children. Dinners are outstanding, upscale, delicious and definitely adult!
So what about entertainment? Well, the first thing you will notice is that deck 9 is divided into three distinct and separate areas. There is the kiddie area, complete with Mickey’s pool, and then there is the family area, complete with Goofy’s pool. But keep going…further down the ship is Quiet Cove, the adults-only pool area. Here you will find plenty of lounge chairs, comfortable seats, two hot tubs, and the pool, all reserved for guests over the age of 18. You can get a drink from Signals bar, or sip a quiet double latte from The Cove Cafe, a coffee bar, also exclusively for the enjoyment of the adult crowd!
Not far from Quiet Cove is one of the Disney Cruise Line’s highlights, The Vista Spa and Salon! Here you can get a massage, work out on state of the art equipment, get a manicure, enjoy a spa treatment or relax in the Tropical Rainforest Room. And guess what? Adults only!
And how about night time? Well, Disney is of course known for its great family entertainment, and the shows are geared that way at the main, Walt Disney Theatre. But after the last show, head on down to Route 66 for some kid-free entertainment. There are comedy shows, illusionists, live music and themed party nights. Do your disco best and you might get to be one of the Village People live and on stage! You can also end your night with a relaxing drink in the Promenade Lounge. While this is not an exclusive adults-only area, musical entertainment and drinks provide an adult atmosphere.
Castaway Cay has its share of adult-only spots as well. Take the tram past the family beach and head out to Serenity Bay, the adults-only beach, complete with its own bar and barbecue. Grab a few chairs or a hammock and enjoy the crystal blue waters. For a real treat, book a couples massage in the open air cabanas! (These need to be booked in advance, but they are wonderful!) When you get hungry, you can eat at the open-air adult barbecue, right at Serenity Bay. This dining alternative means you never have to leave the adult area, even to eat! And there are a few things on the adult buffet that aren’t on the family buffet, including salmon and steak!
So there you have it! A relaxing adult time provided by one of the world’s foremost leaders in family entertainment. Your cruise can be as adult or as family oriented as you want to make it. Either way, you are sure to have the experience of a lifetime!