I’ve often heard the same criticism time and again from people who have preconceived notions of Disney Cruise Line: it’s full of kids. I’ve been on Disney Cruise Line four times, each without children. Each trip has been better than the last. Here is Proof Disney Cruise Line is For Adults Too.
Children…Are Not Everywhere
The best thing about Disney Cruise Line (DCL) in terms of children – for adults and kids alike – is they’re designed to accommodate children. This means that they have specific areas for blocks of ages of kids – for instance toddlers versus teens – where they tend to hang out day and night. Thus, unless you’re dropping off your child at one of their child care areas you never encounter them.
Aesthetics and Ship Plan
Adults are perhaps the real people who would appreciate the aesthetics and ship plan. When was the last time you heard a child say, “This bathroom is so smartly designed!” The ships are in pristine condition as the crew is continuously concerned with upkeep. I’ve stayed on the ship when it’s in port and most guests are ashore for day excursions. It’s then I’ve seen workers repainting signs and doing extra hallway cleaning. It’s really impressive. The cabins are also very smartly designed and bigger than your average ship cabin on competing lines. Interior design of each stateroom is elegant and chic and Disney touches are subtle to non-existent.
The Cast Members on the ship are 100 times better than those at the parks. I’ve noticed the quality of Disney Cast Members at the parks, as a whole, has declined over the years. I suppose it’s a sign of the times and changing of generations. But smiles, friendliness and politeness are at an all time high on the ships. No request is too great, no care too small. They’re really phenomenal. It’s something only adults would be able to sincerely appreciate.
Adult Only Activities
There are plenty of adult only activities to enjoy. There’s trivia nights, nightclubs and specialty tastings (yes, with alcohol) to name a few. DCL also offers adult-only excursions at some ports.
Food and Drink Areas
Sure there’s a good amount of dining rooms that are for every guest aboard the ship to enjoy. But there are a lot that are for adults only. They include:
- Cocktail and Champagne Bars
- Reservation needed, adult-only restaurants (like Palo and Remy)
- Cove Cafe near the adult-only pool area
Spa and Pools
There’s a spa onboard every ship that’s certainly just for adults (including a gym). There’s also a pool area on every ship that they strictly only allow guests 18 and older to enjoy. I’ve actually seen Cast Members kindly ask some guests in the hot tub their age after realizing they looked younger than 18. As an adult myself, wishing to be kid-free in adult-only areas, I really appreciated that.
This is Disney’s private island many of their itineraries stop at. There’s an adult only beach area that’s so private and quiet you’ll forget there were any kids at all on your sailing. For a real indulgence book a massage at the beach with their spa staff.
You Can Be a Kid…If You Want
There ARE opportunities to see characters – the most obvious is the “Sail Away” party and another is when you get to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, if it’s on your itinerary. But otherwise you have to look at the daily Navigator schedule to really find characters. There have been cruises I hardly see any characters at all. You don’t see them unless you’re specifically on the hunt and in the designated location indicated on the schedule. Which, if you think about it, is kind of the same way it is at the Disney theme parks.
It’s true there are Disney touches around the ship. However most of them are subtle. Let’s face it though – if you weren’t a Disney fan it’s unlikely you’d be interested in a Disney cruise! Let’s say, though, that you’re just going along with a trip your family designated for you, like a bigger family reunion or wedding sailing. Fret not. Great art is great art. If you appreciate Disney animation prints on the walls, or solid painted murals (that may not have to do with Disney at all) or incredible mosaics you’ll simply fall in love with the ship. At the end of the day every touch of Disney is done in good taste including the instrumental versions of more popular songs that helps creates the ambience when you walk through the cabin area halls.
You’ll be wowed by Disney Cruise Line’s every aspect from the moment you first interact with Cast Members in the cruise terminal, to the shows you see onboard, to customized meals you enjoy. Everything will impress you until the moment you disembark. And you’ll surely be sad to leave!
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