View Full Version : Anniverary Cruising - IS it adult enough ??

05-04-2006, 01:57 PM
Hi all. Planning my 25th wedding anniversary trip (1st week of January 2007). We love Disney, and have enjoyed cruises on other cruise lines in the past. So the apparantly obvious combination is a Disney Cruise. The question we have is......Would a Disney cruise be adult enough?

We do fine at the Disney properties, because they are so big, and we know where and when to "get lost". A cruise ship is more confining. While we love kids and want to do Disney-type things, we don't want it to be a week solely in Fantasyland with a zillion screaming youngsters.

Anyone with experience travelling DCL as an adult only couple, I'd love to hear your experiences and suggestions.

Thanks !!!!

05-04-2006, 02:13 PM
First cruise I was expecting to see kids running wild everywhere - insert vision of Chuck-E-Cheese on a crowded day, didnt get that feeling once the entire week while on board. If you go down to the Goofy/Mickey pool area, you will encounter the most kids. The adult pool is great, few people & quite.

The only thing that would change my mind on going on DCL would be cost vs another cruise line.

05-04-2006, 03:22 PM
I had the same worry, but you hardly notice them at all. We spent most of our time in the adult areas, but even in the dining rooms and theatres the children were very well behaved and just blended in.
It is actually a worry of mine about other cruise lines......are the adult areas as peacefully quiet?

05-04-2006, 03:37 PM
My DW and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary on the Wonder May 18-21. Our honeymoon was at WDW, so we feel this is quite appropriate for us! There seems to be plenty for us to do that will keep us separated from kids for significant portions of time!

05-04-2006, 04:17 PM
Disney absolutely enforces adult only areas. You will find plenty of adult activities....the spa being one of my personnal favorites! :goodvibes They do not have a casino so if gambling is your thing you will miss that.

05-04-2006, 04:38 PM
We loved the adults only areas. Never had a problem with screaming kids. Serenity Bay was great on Castaway Cay too. We ate there and it was very quiet. When we headed back to the ship we passed Cookies and it was a mad house. I felt Disney did a really good job at making adults without kids feel just as welcome as families.

05-04-2006, 04:52 PM
So far, I've enjoyed DCL more as a couple (5 trips) than as parents (twice).

Verandah Man
05-04-2006, 05:05 PM
DW and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary in January 2005 aboard the Magic and had the best time ever!!! :thumbsup2

05-04-2006, 05:16 PM
DW and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on DCL, and we are going back this year for our 8th anniversary. Had to cancel last year's anniversary cruise due to Uncle Sam. He wanted more money!

I am also working to schedule our 10th anniversary on DCL. So, the answer is yes, it is adult enough. DW and I have no kids, and we had an absolute blast. The peace and quiet on Serenity Bay was wonderful. And, we never saw more kids than we would expect at any other non-Disney vacation site.

05-04-2006, 05:31 PM
My DH & I celebrated our 17th anniversary on the NYE Magic cruise in 2003/2004 and we even renewed our wedding vows! :bride: Even though there were kids around, the adult area was the best place to be :yay: Congrats and have a blast!!! My DH, DS, & I will be hopefully be going on our third cruise in 2009 for my DH high school graduation gift!!! :woohoo:

Lisa :disrocks:

05-04-2006, 07:07 PM
My DH and I went on the Western Caribbean cruise this past September for our 20th. We had a wonderful time and I am glad we did the DCL cruise. Snorkeled in Grand Cayman, dolphins in Cozumel. Could not have asked for a better cruise.

The adult areas are just that, "ADULT". We only saw one instance where someone tried to bring a child in the adult pool area. They hustled them out pretty quick. The adult area at CC was just awesome.

We loved it so much we are doing another cruise on DCL September 2007.

ME ::MinnieMo DH ::MickeyMo

05-04-2006, 07:12 PM
We are on the 4/29 cruise celebrating our 9th. Very nice. DW is doing the spa and we finally hit the hot tub. It has been a wonderful cruise. I wish I could take another week off and afford to do a back to back cruise.

Anyhow, Semi-Formal night, so off to get ready. Gotta have a nice post anniversary dinner, you know.......

05-04-2006, 07:13 PM
The adult areas were completely missed by us so I believe they are truly "adult". Our cruise was for our boys so it completely revolved around them. DH and I never really got any time alone that wasn't spent packing or planning the next day!

We wanted to visit the pool and spa and serenity bay but just didn't have the chance on a 3 night.

We'd love to go back some day just us but I think our kids would protest greatly! .....just have to wait about 12 years I guess until they are grown!

05-04-2006, 07:32 PM
This has been a great thread....I really love hearing about other's experiences....hubby and I are going on our first-ever cruise on the Wonder in Nov....we don't have kids and I have wondered how it would be....y'all are helping alot! :thumbsup2

Keep 'em coming.....

05-04-2006, 08:24 PM
My DH, DS, & I will be hopefully be going on our third cruise in 2009 for my DH high school graduation gift!!! :woohoo:

Lisa :disrocks:

Lisa, I hope you meant your SON's high school graduation! ;) :rotfl:

05-04-2006, 09:05 PM
We also celebrated our 25th anniversary last year on the Magic. I have to agree with some of the previous posters. We mostly stayed in the adult areas and the spa. Plenty of kids at the shows but they were all very well behaved. I think it's the Pixie Dust that is sprinkled on all of us when we embark!! pixiedust:

Go and enjoy yourself!! :bounce:

05-04-2006, 09:48 PM
DH and I have no kids but have DCL cruises #8 & 9 booked for this year. I've sailed on other lines as well and can tell you that DCL does it best for kids and adults. Sure there are kids on board but they are so busy having fun in their own areas that you really don't see them in the adult only areas. The adults have their own pool, the spa, even their own beach on Castaway Cay. We love DCL!

05-04-2006, 11:08 PM
DH and I are taking our 9th DCL cruise this month. I cannot even imagine taking any other vacation. As other posters have said, there are plenty of adult only areas to enjoy. I would suggest booking the second dinner seating since most families with little ones try to book the early seating. That way you will be dining and attending the shows with fewer noisy children around. No flames please. I love my kids and grandkids more than anything. I just want a peaceful vacation and find that second dinner seating contributes to that end.

05-05-2006, 01:20 AM
Dh and myself are taking our 4th cruise in July. (sadly we have no kids)

I agree with what has been posted before, the adult places on the ship are brilliant!

Serenity Bay ( on castawy cay) is amazing. On one cruise there were only 8 other people on the entire beach. ! ;) The family beach was sooo crowded when we walked past :rolleyes:

05-05-2006, 04:33 AM
My wife and I have sailed three times on DCL with just the two of us. Have sailed cunard, rccl, and celebrity as well. Disney does a great job catering to adults. The adults only pool is great and the ages are enforce. Palo is a wonderful restaurant and serenity bay on castaway cay is a pleasant retreat.

05-05-2006, 11:16 AM
DH and I have done 2 4-night Wonder cruises without the kids, so obviously we loved it! We did both cruises as a break from parenting, and we absolutely got it. The adult-only pool area is great, and Serenity Bay looks like that perfect beach you see on beer commercials! On our last cruise we were sitting on the beach sipping Konk Koolers at 10:30 in the morning and just saying to each other "This is the life"!

I agree that it helps to get second seating for dinner. Quite honestly, although I like to dine earlier I would have felt selfish asking for it when it was just DH and I. It worked out well, though.

Go for it, I'm sure you'll love it!

05-05-2006, 12:42 PM
I picked second seating too....and I booked before I was reading here at DIS....I just used common sense and figured most of the kiddies would need to eat earlier.....guess I was right!!! :teeth: Doesn't matter when hubby and I eat...we aren't picky.....I'm sure there will be plenty of snacks around to keep us from getting famished!!! :thumbsup2


05-05-2006, 01:05 PM
With no children of our own - and few in our lives, DP & I approached our first Disney cruise on the Wonder with a certain amount of trepidation. Having cruised Norwegian, Princess, and Holland America in the past, we weren't sure just how inundated with children we would be on Disney. We're so glad we did it!

As other posters have said, the plethora of adult activities, as well as children's activities, provide plenty of entertainment for both, and you can mix and mingle as you like. Aboard ship was fine (I'm still not sure where they hide all the kids) and Serenity Beach - as reported - was excellent. There were probably 20 people there, tops. So peaceful and beautiful with attentive CMs and plentiful 'adult beverages.' We were happy!

So happy, we booked a cruise this October for our 20th anniversary as well as a cruise for December 2007. I think this is going to be habit forming!

05-05-2006, 09:42 PM
I did really mean my DS and not my DH, but sometimes you never can tell with them because they both act the same way!! :lmao: :rotfl2:
I guess you can say we are all kids at heart!! :cheer2:

Lisa :hippie:

05-05-2006, 11:06 PM
Our first cruise was with family, we have no children of our own. There were 4 kids in our party of 15. We fully thought that we would see kids everywhere. However it was just the opposite. The only place we saw alot of children was at the kids and family pool. The 4 kids that were with us we only saw at dinner. We enjoyed the cruise so much that we went on another for our honeymoon and are going again in Sept. It's wonderful for adults.

05-18-2006, 06:40 PM
Wow, this was exactly what I've been wondering. :thumbsup2

05-18-2006, 10:34 PM
We have been on two DCL cruise with our kids, and one without. We honeymooned at WDW, and decided that a cruise would be a nice way to celebrate our 23rd anniversary. We had never left the kids behind, and felt a little guilty (but we got over it).
It was like a completely different cruise ship! Although the staff claimed they were completely full with kids, we wondered where they were hiding them. Even at dinner (early seating) and the shows, it was like they were invisible. The adult areas were great, and we did have a great time at Serenity Bay.
I cannot wait to go without kids again, but do not see it happening any time soon, because they are huge fans also.
Looking forward to next spring break with the extended family.

Deb & Bill
05-18-2006, 11:38 PM
We're celebrating our 25th wedding aniversary on the March 31 Magic 7 day cruise. We're bringing our 12 yr old (only son and well loved, couldn't imagine a trip to Disney without him). We're doing the later dinner seating. We did the earlier dining time on our first DCL trip in 2001.

05-19-2006, 10:47 AM
Yes, it is hard to believe that adults only can enjoy the DCL cruise, but it is absolutely true! My DH and I have done 5 DCL w/out kids and since our last one, we have been blessed w/ a little one. Without repeating what the others have said too much, you don't really notice the kids. We do late seating and while everyone is getting ready for early seating and the shows, we enjoy Deck 9 practically all to ourselves. There have been many times that we've just been the only ones in the pool or hot tub. We've seen most of the shows, so we just spend the time to ourselves. The adult bars are a nice escape, as well as the adult pool. But I usually spend the day at the family pool because of the reggae band. My DH loves Deck 4, out of the sun, and during the day, there aren't a lot of kids roaming around down there. We also always mention how well behaved the kids are too. We try to imagine our nieces and nephews being that good, and just can't! :confused3 The ship is also decorated very elegantly so it is very fitting for adults too! Go and have a blast! You'll be glad you did!

05-21-2006, 06:36 PM
We JUST got back from the Wonder, celebrating our 25th anniversary over a 3-night. If anything, we feel we didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted!

05-26-2006, 09:29 PM
yes, yes, yes, yes...congratulations on 25th...

05-26-2006, 09:39 PM
I would celebrate all our anniversarys on A DCL ship! :cool1: That's if we didn't have a million places we want to travel! :confused3 NOW.... only if Disney went to Hawaii :goodvibes

05-27-2006, 08:16 AM
MAKE SURE YOU LET THEM KNOW UPFRONT THAT IT'S YOUR ANNIVERSARY! You never know what little "extra special treatment" you might get!

05-27-2006, 10:20 AM
Our very first cruise was a disney cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Every disney cruise after that we have been without children (they are all grown), one time we did take our adult daughter with us.

The kids are so busy you really don't see them.

One and only one time did hubby and I have a problem with kids on the ship and that was during the 14 night panama cruise. It was just to long for the kids, I think they were going stir crazy by the end. They were running up and down our hallway, up and down the stairs, yelling and screaming. Other than that..there are plenty of adult only areas and the disney cruises have always been enjoyable.

We have only cruised disney and have two more disney cruises coming up.

05-27-2006, 10:55 AM
In the evening there are shows for adults only. You can expect comedy routines with gender and Viagra jokes.