Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why a Disney Cruise?

Why a Disney Cruise??

I can’t speak for anyone else but I’ll share my opinions and incite. When we first told family and friends we were going on a Disney Cruise without our teenage daughter they thought we were nuts! They told us we should reconsider and pick a different cruise line that is more for adults. This was not an option for us. We had and still have little interest in other cruise lines, as good as they may be. Just the adds alone tell me those ships are just not for me and my husband.

One way to think about it is to consider it as prescreening the type of people you will be around for the duration of your cruise. What type of people do you want to be confined on a ship with?

I want to be with people of similar taste, people who hold family dear and wish to have a family friendly fun. I don’t wish to worry about the show I’m going to see in the evening being offensive to me. Will I find the comedians jokes overly objectionable? Are the costumes the dancers wearing too reveling for my taste? I know with Disney I will not have to worry about that.

Will the people on the ship be looking for “party time” all the time? Will they just be looking for some good fun? I’m not a typical party gal. I don’t like drinking and dancing I can’t do. I like “parties” where people come together to share time together and in the doing so they also share their creativity by bringing music, poetry, stories, crafts and food to share.

On the Disney Ships there is “party time” with dancing and alcohol being served to guests who wish. These include the Sail Away Deck Party and the Pirates IN the Caribbean Deck Party. There are crew members selling alcoholic drinks to the adults. Kids can have free soda or order a non alcoholic drink and food is also offered to all. There are family and adult dance parties in the various lounges every night as well. Even with that most people don’t get drunk because they have their kids with them or like us it is just not their interest.

I guess the easiest way to say it is would you enjoy spending a day at a bar and adult club or would you rather spend the day with family at a park or playing games. If spending family time is for you then I’d say a Disney Cruise even without the kids is right for you.

Don’t get me wrong. There are adult areas with “typical” adult activities of drinking and a club type atmosphere. After 9pm the lounges turn into adult only entertainment/party spots. Those areas are easy to get to and well themed. We enjoyed some time sitting in one of the lounges listening to the piano player several nights of the cruise. It just seems on the Disney Cruise not many people avail themselves of these “adult” areas.

The one adult area that is always full on the Magic and Wonder is Palo, the adult only restaurant. I’m going to guess Palo and Remy on the Dream are also full all the time. This is a wonderful respite from a noisy family filled restaurant. If you want a romantic meal with your sweetheart I suggest you book a meal at the adult only resturant online the first date you can.

The Quiet Cove Pool is calm and peaceful and the pool is not busy. The hot tubs are a different matter. Not often full but they usually have someone in them relaxing. There is a bar there and the noise from the family pool does not break the quiet calm atmosphere.


  1. Hello, I agree with you 100%! We have done 1 cruise with our kids, 19, 10, and 13 at the time. WE are going on the Dream this November hopefully the 23 yr old can go. Disney is the best!

  2. I hope your daughter does go with you!! I want to go on the Dream so bad!! I'm jealous ;0)

    Our 16 yr old refuse this time and missed out on a wonderful time.

    In 05 my husband and I wanted to take our daughter for one week at WDW and a week on the Magic. This was a 2nd honeymoon to celebrate our 25th anniv. My disabled dad decided he wanted to come along and bring mom. Then he figured it was a wonder time to bring the entire family! 3 friends joined the adventure for a total of 15 people!


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