By Ben Creighton
Someone once shared with me that although they love the Disney parks, they didn’t want that same type of experience while on a cruise ship. They’ll probably choose a more adult-oriented cruise line to go on. After all, Disney cruises are all about the wading pools, kids activities, Disney movies, character meets and the like, right? Well, not exactly!
If you’re a parent considering a Disney cruise, but concerned there will be nothing for you to enjoy, let me put your mind at ease. My wife and I are platinum* Disney cruisers. Our first cruise was on the Magic when our children were ages 9 and 11. We realized very quickly what a brilliant job Disney did, from a design standpoint, of separating family areas from adult-only venues. Standing midship on deck 9, you witness a monstrous video screen (dubbed “Funnel Vision”) which plays a live broadcast of your sailaway party, and from then on various Disney shows and movies. That, coupled with the hustle and bustle of kids in the pools creates a loud, and sometimes crowded, environment. Now, walk forward to the Quiet Cove area, and suddenly you can barely hear the noise from where you just left. It’s called Quiet Cove for a reason. It’s an 18 yrs. and older area, very subdued, relaxing and yep… quiet. There’s a bar, pool, and 2 whirlpools for only the adults to enjoy. A similar experience is in store for you on deck 3, in the After Hours area. As the name implies, this area is reserved for adults 18 and older after 9:00 PM. The venues here offer adult oriented entertainment such as comedy acts, dancing, music, and cocktails. There is also the opportunity for an intimate dinner at Palo (and also Remy on the Fantasy and Dream) where the adults can enjoy a delicious steak, a bottle of wine, and a chocolate souffle, among other offerings. And don’t forget to reserve some time for yourself in the spa, and enjoy a stress-melting massage or aroma therapy treatment. During these “me” times, your kids can be enjoying countless activities in their age appropriate kids club, where they are cared for by trained Cast Members, and cannot leave the club without your authorization.
A Disney cruise is a wonderful vacation, where you’ll want to spend most of your time together as a family. But when you find you need a little break, alone time (or maybe a beer or a Chardonnay), Disney Cruise Line will not disappoint.
* 10 or more Disney cruises.