View Full Version : Is DCL any good for adults only?

03-17-2006, 06:26 PM
My husband and I are going on a cruise for our 10th anniversary next year. We are both Disney junkies. Can you give me your advice on doing Disney with no kids? Or should I do a different cruise line? I just don't know if it is themed more for families or is it okay for adults only?

Scott H
03-17-2006, 06:31 PM
Yes it is great for adults only, we are DINKS and have been on several Disney cruises, and have had a great time each and every time.

03-17-2006, 06:33 PM
I've done Disney with my family twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe that I would enjoy it without children as well. I met other couples-young and not so young and they were travelling without children and loved the cruise. Hope this helps. :wave2:

03-17-2006, 06:33 PM
My husband and I are going on a cruise for our 10th anniversary next year. We are both Disney junkies. Can you give me your advice on doing Disney with no kids? Or should I do a different cruise line? I just don't know if it is themed more for families or is it okay for adults only?

Yep, great for adults...You will be bypassing the kiddie-oriented bottlenecks and enjoying the adult-oriented activities, which are more civilized and restful. The excursions, without kids will be exciting and fun...

You will be able to enjoy the fantastic level of service accorded to you by the CMs without having to share it all with anyone who won't appreciate it as a treat, rather than as an entitlement.

03-17-2006, 06:36 PM
Not only did my husband and I go on DCL without kids, we're taking my parents this summer. It is awesome without kids. We loved it, and it was always fun. We're Disney nuts, too, and everything about it was great.

Actually, my friend has been on just about every cruise line (he has no kids), and he will only go on DCL anymore. He said that DCL is the best, and they have so many programs for kids and so many programs/areas for adults that you are never around kids if you don't want to be. He said that on other cruises, they don't have the kids programs, so they're all over the place. Hope this helps.

:tigger: :mickeyjum

03-17-2006, 06:36 PM
We have only done DCL as adults-we have never brought little kids but our grown children have come-we have no grandkids yet. I am the Disney junkie and my husband tolerates my addiction. I think he has come to favor DCL over other cruise lines and we have done Carnival, NCL and RCCL. You can avoid the kids by using the adult areas of the ship. I would highly recommend DCL if you are Disney junkies-you will love it.

03-17-2006, 06:40 PM
Another set of DINKS here and we love DCL! We have two planned for this year!

I really love the adult areas that DCL provides and they keep them for adults only. Of course being Disney they also focus on the child in us.

03-17-2006, 06:44 PM
We're doing our second Disney cruise--but our first without kids. You have to be a Disney fan to go without kids, but I am so looking forward to it. There were just a few moments we had away from the little ones on the first cruise, but the adult areas were uncrowded. Also, adults without children can be a little less stressed. :goodvibes You can focus on each other instead of wrangling the young ones.

03-17-2006, 06:48 PM
My hubby and I have done 3 disney cruises, 3nt, 7nt and 14nt, we had our adult daughter with us on the 3nt. We love them.

We are planning a family cruise, told my daughter I may look at another cruise line..she said..no..I want to go on disney..lol.

03-17-2006, 06:55 PM
:goodvibes DH and I have gone on 3 DCL all 4 nights. We are in
our 60's and we just love it. There is a lot of Adult things to do
and you don't have to be with the kids if you don't want to.

You will really enjoy cruising with Disney as there is no smoking in
most places and the rooms are great. Plenty to keep you busy.

P.S. What is a DINK? :confused3

03-17-2006, 07:01 PM
P.S. What is a DINK? :confused3
DINK = Double Income No Kids
(Obviously not me!)

03-17-2006, 07:03 PM
Thanks I learn something new every day. Shirley

03-17-2006, 07:42 PM
Yessir-y Bob!!

The cruise was awesome! We did lots of fun things, including the wine tasting, lounging on the Adults only beach at CC, a visit to Atlantis, the late dinner seating, a couples massage at the spa, dinner at Palo's, brunch at Palo's.

We loved it so much that we're doing a 7 day next January

03-17-2006, 07:48 PM
Count DH and me in the group of DINK Disney Cruise enthusiasts!

We've taken two 7-night cruises with DCL and loved them both.

Here's a link to our trip report from October 2005 if you'd like to get an idea of what our experience was like (it's long...I like to write).


You will have a great time on DCL - go for it!!! :goodvibes

03-17-2006, 08:12 PM
DCL does a very nice job with the adult areas of the ship and Castaway Cay. It is quite possible to enjoy the cruise without kids. I'd have to say, however, that unless you are big Disney fans there is often better value elsewhere especially in the area of food which to this adult was quite bland and tasteless. But, I still ate a lot of it!

03-17-2006, 08:15 PM
There is SO much to do without kids....jusk ask the adults who bring kids and don't have that freedom!!! I have done 2 DCL without kids and Hubby and throughly enjoyed them. Only thing they don't have, if it is a must for you, is gambling. Enjoy!!

03-17-2006, 10:04 PM
We were DINKs now we are SINKs, I am a SAH something or another :rotfl2: .

Anywhoo, we have done 2 DCL cruises and enjoyed them both very much. I am not a huge fan of kiddos (well, misbehaved ones, love the well behaved ones!) and I must say on both cruises we did not encounter one 'bad kid'.

As was already mentioned, so many areas are separate that you can easily escape the little critters if you want to. I enjoyed watching them have fun though. Yup, I would not not do a Disney cruise because of not having kids.
Does that make sense?? :thumbsup2

03-17-2006, 10:44 PM
I cruised with my 70 yo mother and no kids in December. We had a great time. We enjoyed the activities and shore excursions. When we were near or with children they were all very well behaved. Love no smoking and the activities.

Connie of Trenton
03-17-2006, 10:57 PM
We have gone on two DCL without kids and have loved it. We are huge Disney fans and just enjoy the atmosphere. If you need some adult time on the ship you can enjoy the adult pool area and at CC you can go to the adult beach. We also found attending matinee shows like Golden Mickey's is less busy kid wise...I think in the afternoon they must be at the pool or napping.

03-17-2006, 11:16 PM
Since you are Disney junkies you will love DCL! DH and I are in our 50's and will be taking our ninth DCL cruise in May. DD came twice when she was a teen and the rest were by ourselves. We enjoy the cruise much more than the parks. It is so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. And I absolutely love being treated like a queen for a week!

03-18-2006, 07:46 AM
My DH and I are going on a 3 night in August for our 10th anniversary too! No kids this time...DH and I want to get away for a few nights by ourselves ~ we haven't been away wihtout kids since our honeymoon :sad2: .

We only wanted to get away for a few nights ~ I didn't want to ask anyone to take the kids for a whole week so that's why we went with the 3 night option. I did look into other vacations because I wasn't sure DH would want to do a Disney cruise without kids ~ I mean the mentality is Disney = kids, but nothing else appealed to me and DH was fine with DCL after all.

Our friends & family think we are crazy going on a Disney Cruise without kids, but I think it will be great. We already know we like the ship ~ it's clean, it's fun, has great food, goes to CC etc ~ I have no desire to try another cruise line just to be disappointed and wonder the whole time why we didn't just go on DCL.

03-18-2006, 08:36 AM
DW and I have no children and are Disney-a-holics as well. We did DCL for our 6th anniversary and are doing it again this year for our 8th anniversary. We are also looking at doing one of the Med cruises next year. Does that answer your question? :rotfl:

We had an absolutely wonderful time on our cruise. We found it could be very romantic, and that is one of the reasons we are going back. I say go for it!

03-18-2006, 10:12 AM
My DW and I go every year. We love it! We have older kids and will go with grandchildern someday. You have to be a Disney Lover to go on the DCL, which we are. In addition if you are a Disney Lover you are not bothered by kids, but their Adult only areas provide shelter.

14 days until our cruise!!!!! :banana:

03-18-2006, 10:42 PM
Although my DH and I have children (9, 17, 19), we leave them at home and absolutely love the Disney Cruise! We have been on two, a 3 night last year and a 7 last month and booked another 7 for next February (our anniversary is in Feb.). The adult pool was so quiet and relaxing, as was Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay. Polo's is a must for one night, and there are so many areas of the ship where you can catch some romantic night air that you will find it very hard to believe that there are even children on the ship! Especially after eating at the second seating. We even loved the character breakfast on the Magic (okay, there were a lot of kids there but we enjoyed having our pictures taken with the characters!). Our children keep getting angry that we aren't taking them, but there is nothing like being pampered all week without them underfoot and being surrounded by all of the Disney magic! You will have a fabulous time!


03-18-2006, 11:58 PM
Yeah, us too. Three cruises so far, and no kids. It's not that we dislike kids, it's just, well, yeah, okay, we dislike kids. Although my nephew is cute. :teeth:

Be that as it may...we really love DCL. We took a friend, his sister, their dad and step-mom on this one, and everybody had a great time.

The thing I'm really looking forward to on our next cruise (finally, a 7-day) is not starting out the cruise exhausted. Two of our three previous have come on the tail end of a Land/Sea, and after four days of the parks, I'm just flat wiped out. The other cruise was for our honeymoon, and with the insanity of that whole deal (I planned our wedding, because DW is finishing her residency and works 80 hours a week), plus leaving the reception early to drive two hours to the airport, I didn't have a lot of energy for that one.

We're looking forward to the 7-day to maybe see some more of the night-life aboard the Magic. There are times the Wonder is a little dead after dark. I understand those with munchkins need to get them to bed, or people are exhausted (like me). Can the Magic vets around here discuss the clubs and such on the 7-days? Are they more populated than those on the Wonder?

03-19-2006, 01:38 AM
:thumbsup2 Ricka47 is right ...

... more or less about some of the food. I feel the topsiders buffett is not too hot... but at the same time it is not too bad either. And the presentation in the main dining venues is a slight cut over some other lines. We recently returned from the CArnival Spirit (8 nites, San Diego to Mexico) and had a decent time. Disney was better. And we sort of compared the dishes against Disney. And in side by side comparisons it is interesting how many items are actually similar... while it is just as interesting to see the preserntation differences in side by side photos.

So, aside fromn that - in brief - we liked the DCL entertainment by FAR, and the service at all levels was significantly better. Cabin layout/condition/ship layout and condition were also nominally better. IE, we were the 1st passengers on the Spirit after a dry dock... and we had new furniture on our veranda plus new carpeting in their tiny kids' club... but aside from that the elevators were clearly worn and that was annoying in such a public focal point. Carnival planners are fools to be saving on elevator condition given their frequent use. And there were other smaller lapses here and there on the Spirit that we would have NEVER found on the DCL Magic (we have not sailed the Wonder yet). And, the front desk staff were definately LESS professional or patron oriented than DCL. The Carnival staff almost seemed like they were disinterested and ineffectual considering the plights of folks ahead and behind us in line. And my questions were met without care or satisfaction. And just to put it into perspective... (I kno... I'm getting longer in my posting now)... I was suspicious that a gold watch might have dissappeared from my cabin - and I admitted it might be in my bags. It was an $8,000 watch and the desk staff were not very sensitive to my queries and referred me to land side customer service. AND I had read on that the better business bureau noted the land side customer service ratings for CCL were abysmal... as well as their record of resolving issues. Compare that against NCL who also has an abysmal front end land record for customer service BUT a good record for resolving problems!

So... I was not too enthuisiastic. On the upside I found my watch in my baggage.... so there was no loss... but the conduct of the front desk left me sour and expectant of nothing from CCL. If this were DCL I KNOW they would have acted otherwise. IE... on our 1st DCL cruise we were debarking and at the gangway I paused to ask the CM for a comment card. The staffer was immediately concerned and walked me over to the front desk. And they exchanged very very concerned glances and were really concerned. As they handed me a replacement comment card they asked which cabin I was in and recorded it and I paused and asked politely WHY they were so concerned. The CMs paused in silence and exchanged glances and then one of them said they were concerned that maybe the cabin steward had not left a comment card to avoid commentary because comment cards are viewed very very seriously and it is expected that every cabin have a comment card available.

SO... I must say they would NOT have told me and they might have investigated our cabin styeward if I had not paused to ask. I in turn explained that this was my first cruise after sailing (at the time) about a dozen other cruises... and I was SO IMPRESSED that just before leaving I wanted to write some commentary in PRAISE of everything that I had encountered. At that point the CMs at the front desk looked visibly relieved and were all smiling hugely. Big difference in their attituides.

BTW... at the end of that 1st DCL cruise we were SO impressed with the condition of the Magic... and then as we were leaving we discovered the ship was going into dry dock for refurbishment. They were laying down plywood over the marble floors and work crews and materials were piled up on the dock. We were awefully imipressed they were actually going to find something to refurbish given the beautiful condition of the ship as it was!

So back to the comparison... overall... the only advantage of the Carnival Spirit was that it was cheaper for our family of four and delivered 8 nights instead of 7; and a veranda instead of a window.

SO... I hope this helps a little.


03-19-2006, 04:09 PM
I'm a DINK to I guess!

We have done 3 of the DCL short 4 night cruises and in July my DH & myself will be doing a 7 nighter!!

We have no Kids :(

But we r big kids ourselves ;)

03-19-2006, 05:28 PM
This is a great post - my husband and I have been thinking about a Disney Cruise for some time now and have been wondering what the atmosphere would be for adults only.

We both love Disney and are DINKs as well.

We have been on two RCL cruises (Voyager & Explorer) and loved them both.

Does DCL offer seating for 2 ?? I would like to eat by ourselves.

From the experience of others here....I just ordered the DVD to get a feel of the boats.

03-19-2006, 07:36 PM
DH and I are also DINKS and have enjoyed the cruises. Frankly, I feel like kids have less of an impact on the experience on the cruise then they do at WDW because there are so many adult-only areas. We spend most of our time in Palo, the spa, the adult pool, and Serenity Bay. The food in the main dining rooms is okay - think like your average moderate Disney restaurant, Boatwrights, Olivia's, etc. Palo is more like an Artist Point, Citrico's, etc. to me. You should expect to sit with others in the main rooms. You might try to convince some other DINK friends to go along or find someone on the boards.

BTW, off topic, but my husband was telling me that he heard the sequal to DINKS the other day: SITCOM = Single Income, Two Children, Outrageous Mortgage ;)

03-19-2006, 07:55 PM
BTW, off topic, but my husband was telling me that he heard the sequal to DINKS the other day: SITCOM = Single Income, Two Children, Outrageous Mortgage ;)

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03-19-2006, 09:46 PM
Are the extra special series (The art of entertainment...)..etc for adults only as well?

03-20-2006, 02:31 AM
Are the extra special series (The art of entertainment...)..etc for adults only as well?

Yes :thumbsup2