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Old 06-12-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Help Me Convince DF A Disney Cruise Is "Not For Kids"

I want to go on a cruise. So does DF. He doesn't want to go on a Disney Cruise, because he thinks that would be too Disney. He thinks we'd be surronded by Mickey Mouse and company 24/7.

I told him that there are special adult-only areas, and the characters don't go there. (Seriously, have no idea why I'm engaged to this man.) And that we, (okay, he,) could avoid most of the character meet and greets by watching the navigators. That we could go to adult activities, and we wouldn't be surronded by kids.
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:57 AM   #2
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You mean not JUST for kids. Have him read this trip report about a couple of couples that went and had great time w/o kids. Tell him he can pick next cruise, that you realllllllly want it. Most men decide its better for them to keep the wife/girlfriend happy.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1219471

You don't have to "wait" for kids. I was on this cruise with my kids and it was great but I don't think I had near as much fun, alcohol and relaxation as the childless couples!
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:08 AM   #3
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We went on the 4 day wonder for our 5th Wedding anniversary and it was amazing. Other than the shows you could totally avoid the characters if you wanted!! Most of the time you see them is during organized meet and greets so like you say - you can avoid those.

Castaway Cay is amazing and the adult beach is miles (not literally but it does feel like it!) from all the kids and therefore all the characters too!!

The adult pool is very quiet (or it was when we were there) and the spa is FANTASTIC!!!! (If you are struggling to convince him - show him details of the VERY INITMATE Serial Bath!!!)

Palos is also very romantic - In fact there is so much you can do as a couple that I'm actually worried that we are going for the first time with children next year and that they will spoil our adult time!! (only joking!! - Well partly!! )
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:15 AM   #4
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Hubby and I have no kids and have been on almost 60 Disney cruises!! We see Mickey and the gang as an enhancement, but not as the sole reason. I'd rather do Disney than RCCL any day (done 4 on RCCL) because Disney is the one that actually enforces their adults-only areas (well, usually...I was rather disappointed in Cove Cafe's enforcement...or lack thereof...on my last Wonder trip, but I hope it was just an anomaly). The adult pool area, adult beach on Castaway Cay, brunch and dinner at Palo....ahhhhhhhhhh!! And the spa...don't even get me started! I could live there.

I've seen characters in the adult areas occasionally, but they don't make a point of coming to them...and I've never seen any in the spa!
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:27 AM   #5
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I've seen characters in the adult areas occasionally, but they don't make a point of coming to them...and I've never seen any in the spa!
now there is a thought ... what do you say to Mickey in the sauna?
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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We are going in July for our 13th anniv. and we will be leaving the kids at home
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:58 AM   #7
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I've been three times and we've never gone with kids!

I'll tell you - the most amazing fact to me at the end of every cruise has been how many children are on board! I would have guessed 200-300 on the first cruise we took with Disney - during the end talk, they told us it was over 1000! They keep the kids so busy, you don't see them except during meals (except Palos), during the shows or if you head to the family or kids pool...
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:13 PM   #8
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now there is a thought ... what do you say to Mickey in the sauna?
Better yet, what do you say when you see Mickey and Minnie coming out of the surial/rasual?!
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:40 PM   #9
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Hubby and I have no kids and have been on almost 60 Disney cruises!! We see Mickey and the gang as an enhancement, but not as the sole reason. I'd rather do Disney than RCCL any day (done 4 on RCCL) because Disney is the one that actually enforces their adults-only areas (well, usually...I was rather disappointed in Cove Cafe's enforcement...or lack thereof...on my last Wonder trip, but I hope it was just an anomaly). The adult pool area, adult beach on Castaway Cay, brunch and dinner at Palo....ahhhhhhhhhh!! And the spa...don't even get me started! I could live there.

I've seen characters in the adult areas occasionally, but they don't make a point of coming to them...and I've never seen any in the spa!
Ditto!
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:12 PM   #10
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We cruised back in 99 before we had ds6. We spend all of our time at the adults pool and serenity bay. Tell df that the characters don't hunt you down and tackle you. Quite the opposite. They have pretty standard stations in the Atrium. There's tons to do... or just relax. I love the adult pool because there's a huge amount of space where there's one inch of water to relax in... with my pina colada.
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:41 AM   #11
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My wife and I did Disney and the cruise for our honeymoon. We were shocked there wasn't more kids to be seen. I also would have guessed maybe a couple hundred kids, but also heard near the thousand mark too. I wasn't really excited about having so many kids around (or even on a cruise-was my first), but Disney is what sold me on cruising:
  • elegance of the ship
  • impeccable cleanliness
  • the way they managed the kids
  • entertainment
  • how everything is an option, you don't HAVE to do anything, or you can participate
  • they didn't forget about the adults and activities

Disney plans things so completely, that when they created the line (after using the Big Red Boat for several years), they looked at every aspect. They focused on 6 main things:
-entertain the kids away from the main crowd
-maintain the Disney image including service and appearance
-provide quality food
-make sure the adults have fun too-they're the ones paying
-create the ship in a classic liner style, toning down the in-your-face style of the "lands"
-a private island was an absolute must, but would not be a "land", it would be a perfect Caribbean island paradise

I think they did it right.
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:01 PM   #12
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I want to go on a cruise. So does DF. He doesn't want to go on a Disney Cruise, because he thinks that would be too Disney. He thinks we'd be surronded by Mickey Mouse and company 24/7.

I told him that there are special adult-only areas, and the characters don't go there. (Seriously, have no idea why I'm engaged to this man.) And that we, (okay, he,) could avoid most of the character meet and greets by watching the navigators. That we could go to adult activities, and we wouldn't be surronded by kids.
We are bar far "Mouse people" our DDs never had any interest in pictures with any characters. But we had a great time EVERY time. The characters seem to know who wants pics and who doesn't....our DDs are 17 and 15 and requested DCL for our 6th sailing this November.....there are many adult activities and areas to just get away........

Example 1: Hot legs contest......ya think they'd allow kids to see this??





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Old 06-12-2007, 01:08 PM   #13
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Then of course there is the "Ron Bon Jovies"....no kids allowed here either......





The Go Gos are always a hit around midnight..........

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07 11/24 Eastern.....Finally, ready or not here we come.....The Ron Jovies are back!

Nov. 19, 2005 second annual "Turkey day sailing". Ready or not here we come!!!

Thanksgiving 2004 First "Official Turkeyday sailing"!


Feb. 2000 our first land and sea vacation

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Old 06-12-2007, 01:13 PM   #14
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07 11/24 Eastern.....Finally, ready or not here we come.....The Ron Jovies are back!

Nov. 19, 2005 second annual "Turkey day sailing". Ready or not here we come!!!

Thanksgiving 2004 First "Official Turkeyday sailing"!


Feb. 2000 our first land and sea vacation

Nov. 2002 Cancelled Eastern

Nov. 2002 Replacement Land, Sea, Land of cancelled 11/29 Magic

Nov. 27, 2003 Land and 7 night Eastern.....finally


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Old 06-12-2007, 01:17 PM   #15
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Now that I have scared your DF.....there are some great relaxing places.......

Diversions for beer tasting......



Snorkeling at CC



Or laying on the beach sharing a beer......

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07 11/24 Eastern.....Finally, ready or not here we come.....The Ron Jovies are back!

Nov. 19, 2005 second annual "Turkey day sailing". Ready or not here we come!!!

Thanksgiving 2004 First "Official Turkeyday sailing"!


Feb. 2000 our first land and sea vacation

Nov. 2002 Cancelled Eastern

Nov. 2002 Replacement Land, Sea, Land of cancelled 11/29 Magic

Nov. 27, 2003 Land and 7 night Eastern.....finally


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