For many people the words “Disney Cruise” invoke visions of a daycare gone wild, with a ship full of small children running about screaming and yelling and utter chaos everywhere. The reality of it is, Disney Cruise Line is the best option even if you are traveling without children. You’re thinking, “how is that possible?” and the answer comes in three little words: adults only areas.
Those words are like sweet, sweet music to your ears. Unlike Walt Disney World parks, where you’re subject to the moods of everyone else’s children, Disney Cruise Line not only provides top of the line kids programming but also a number of adults only areas onboard.
The adults areas are strictly 18+ and include some of the best areas on the ship. Let’s look at the top five places you can find this kid free paradise onboard Disney Cruise Line.
- Nightclubs-Every ship has an adults only district where you can indulge in an adult beverage, watch the big game (or play games), experience cabaret style adult entertainment or have a cocktail in a posh lounge. Each ship has unique theming for the adults only areas and offers hilarious games and shows such as “Match Your Mate”. If you ever wanted too much information about strangers, that is the game to watch; it’s absolutely hilarious every single time.
- The Cove-Located near the adults only pool (yes, there’s an adults only pool, hold your horses, we’re getting there!) this cozy coffee shop offers fresh brewed coffee and specialty drinks as well as liquors, magazines and books. Filled with plenty of cozy chairs and stools you can grab a magazine from the rack, borrow a book from the cabinet or just sit and watch TV with your choice of coffee concoction. Many people this kid-free wi-fi zone (there is a fee for internet onboard and it’s extremely slow, so unless it’s an emergency, don’t even bother with the internet while onboard).
- Adults Only Pool-Yep, I said it. Adults.Only.Pool. Could there be anything better? I think not. If you’ve heard the volume at the Mickey and Goofy pools you will appreciate the solace of the adult pool more than you could even imagine. Aside from your eardrums thanking you there are plenty of nice cozy chairs to lounge in and soak up the sun or you can take a dip in the pool or one of the water features (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy). There is a pool bar, with full service, so relax in your lounger in peace and quiet while a Cast Member delivers you a fruity drink with an umbrella.
- The Spa-The Senses Spa on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offer a small separate spa area for the teenagers. There are a limited number of services for the teens and that portion of the spa is separate from the adults areas where you can select a variety of treatments from massage, ionothermie, personal training sessions, manicure/pedicure, facials, etc. The Vista Spa (Disney Wonder/Disney Magic) and the Senses Spa (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) are a relaxing oasis away from everyday life. Fitness buffs can find a top of the line gym with a wide variety of equipment or even take a fitness class or schedule personal training sessions. Even if you aren’t paying for a treatment you can use the saunas and showers in the gender specific locker rooms, where there are plenty of fluffy robes!
- Dining-Palo is the adults only restaurant on each of the ship which offers Northern Italian cuisine in a gorgeous setting. This dining experience is a $20 per person fee and is so underpriced it’s almost a shame (almost). Pick an endless selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts from the vast menu and be transported to a different place and time with the various dishes and amazing service. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offer an additional adult only dining option-Remy. This French inspired restaurant is tended to by Michelin trained staff and offers a superb French dining experience. The Remy experience is truly an entity all to itself. Both Palo and Remy offer a brunch during longer sailings, which take place on a sea day.
Chances are, the only place you'll see children is in the nightly shows and at a dinner. Parents traveling with children...consider yourselves lucky if you can get your child to come to dinner with you, they never want to leave the kids programming; which is why meals are offered there. Your kids are taken care of and no one has to drive, so be sure to check out all that the adults only areas have to offer on your next Disney Cruise!