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Old 01-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Cruising DCL without kids: Would/have you?

DH and I will be celebrating our 15th anniversary in September and are planning to take a 4-5 night trip to celebrate. We've talked about lots of different destinations, but all of them involve warm weather and lots of time in lounge chairs. Taking a Disney cruise hadnt even crossed my mind until I read the post about the special rates for late August through September. With the promotion, we could take a 4-night cruise on the Dream for substantially less than any of the land-based trips weve discussed. I know that there are plenty of adults-only places and activities on the ship and on CC, but Im just not sure how it would feel to be on a Disney cruise without DD (not to mention how she would take the news!). Id love some input from those of you who have done this or considered it and decided against it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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We did 7nights on the Wonder without DD for our honeymoon. It was AMAZING. Dining staff will seat you with other child-free couples and if you get a room at the adult end of the ship, you can take one bank of elevators to all the adult areas.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Personally I would do the cruise with my dd and do something else with husband. I know many adults love the cruise on their own but seeing other kids enjoying it do much would make me want dd there.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #4
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I have thought about doing this, but we really don't have anyone to leave the kids with so they can stay in school. Once they are both in college that will hopefully happen though! If you have someone to watch DD, then I don't see the problem with going. You weren't going to take her with you anywhere else, right?
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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I have been on many Disney cruises without either one of our DS.

If you like great food, great entertainment, wonderful places, lots to do for adults only around the ship, even some excursions are adults only..i HIGHLY recommend it..
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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DCL without kids is great

Every few years the two of us (DW and myself) have tried to take what we call a "Rents Retreat". One year when the DDs were at church camp DW and I went to Vegas, the kids still think that was just wrong. However, we never could bring ourselves to go on a DCL cruise without the kids.

This last fall DD#2 started college so DW and I decided to go on one of the DCL Pacific Coast Cruises. We had a wonderful time.

Through the cruise meet we were able to find several couples also traveling without their children. We even arranged to have two other couples traveling without their children as table mates.

While we will continue to travel DCL with our children, we "now" will not hesitate to travel DCL without our children.

The best thing I can do for my kids is to maintain a strong relationship with DW. I love my children and enjoy being with them, but someday when they are off raising their own children and building their own life, it will just be DW and myself and we need to know how to get along without the distraction of the kids.

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #7
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Every few years the two of us (DW and myself) have tried to take what we call a "Rents Retreat". One year when the DDs were at church camp DW and I went to Vegas, the kids still think that was just wrong. However, we never could bring ourselves to go on a DCL cruise without the kids.

This last fall DD#2 started college so DW and I decided to go on one of the DCL Pacific Coast Cruises. We had a wonderful time.

Through the cruise meet we were able to find several couples also traveling without their children. We even arranged to have two other couples traveling without their children as table mates.

While we will continue to travel DCL with our children, we "now" will not hesitate to travel DCL without our children.

The best thing I can do for my kids is to maintain a strong relationship with DW. I love my children and enjoy being with them, but someday when they are off raising their own children and building their own life, it will just be DW and myself and we need to know how to get along without the distraction of the kids.

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Hi Bill!!!

Dh and I took the same Pacific Coast Cruise as Bill and his wife (we were table mates) It was our first cruise without the kids and I would not hesitate to do it again. It was nice to enjoy the adult areas on the ship that we really hadn't enjoyed as much when we cruised with the kids.

I didn't feel bad not taking the kids on that one. They had been on the MR cruise last April and will be cruising with us on the Fantasy next June.

If the Wonder had stayed here on the West Coast, I'm sure there would have been more cruises for just DH and I
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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DH and I are going on a 7 night Disney Med cruise this summer without our kids. We have done two previous Disney Cruises and think we will enjoy it just as much without the kids. The kids are a bit upset about being left behind, but one of life's greatest lessons is learning to deal with disappointment
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #9
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We did an adults only DCL cruise (my kids ARE now adults!) and had such a great time on our August Alaska cruise that we did a second DCL cruise in December. I can't wait to book a third DCL cruise! It is truly a great experience that offers something for everyone.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #10
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It sounds like you've already resolved the "can I take a vacation without kid(s)" and that the only real issue is can the vacation be a Disney cruise.

If you're going to look at every kid on the ship and feel that your kids should be there, this may not be a good choice. On the other hand, if you are asking whether two adults can have a great time on Disney without kids, the answer is YES.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #11
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It sounds like you've already resolved the "can I take a vacation without kid(s)" and that the only real issue is can the vacation be a Disney cruise.

If you're going to look at every kid on the ship and feel that your kids should be there, this may not be a good choice. On the other hand, if you are asking whether two adults can have a great time on Disney without kids, the answer is YES.
That's it in a nutshell. We are definitely taking a trip without DD. We've only gone on one trip without her EVER, and it is high time for another. Knowing that others have left their kids at home and (mostly) not felt guilty about it helps. So does hearing from so many people who have enjoyed their adults only DCL cruise so much that they did it again (and again and again, for some!).
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #12
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I went by myself on a 14 night DCl Transatlantic.

My mom and I went on a 7 night California coast.

Both time my husband and kids stayed home, they could not get time off of work or school.

I had a great time.
My kids were upset but I told them that for all the dance lessons, summer camps, scouts, etc. It was my turn for a vacation.

My mom and I are talking about a 14 night Panama Canal in Sept.

My kids are not Disney deprived. We did a family vacation at WDW in August and are going on the Magic over Easter.

My husband took me to WDW for my 40th birthday. The kids stayed with grandma. We had a wonderful time. It was completely different since we could do what wee wanted. Long dinners, drink flights at the bars, etc.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:25 PM   #13
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DH and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary on a Disney Cruise without DD9 and DD4. We had a great time!
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:28 PM   #14
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We have done two cruises sans kids and have two more booked and LOVE it. The adult areas are great and there is a ton to do - we have barely scratched the surface it feels. That said, we don't have kids so I can't speak to that. It seems like it shouldn't be any worse than not taking them in the first place wherever you go though?
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:38 PM   #15
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My husband and I did a 2 night weekend getaway cruise this past summer on the Magic. When the day to begin making reservations for the DVC members only cruise in September came up, I mentioned it to my husband and said, "It will be like the 2 night one just a little longer." and he said "let's do it!"

Our kids have been on 3 Disney Cruises, they have been to Disney too many times to count and we are booked for another cruise in 2014, so I do not feel bad.
We will be doing a Double Dip at Castaway Cay, so when I was looking at things to do, I asked my husband if he wanted to rent Waverunners and my oldest son was really funny, he said "your leaving us home and your going to have fun too!!" Yep!!! It's much cheaper to do some of these things for 2!
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