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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, 04:05 PM   #6
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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   #7
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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, 04:16 PM   #8
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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   #9
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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   #10
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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   #11
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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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Old 01-04-2013, 04:42 PM   #12
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DH and I did a 3-night on the Dream in Nov. without our DS (6). To avoid some of the guilt we thought we might feel, we agreed to NOT do a lot of activities that DS enjoyed. We didn't do any shows, no character interaction, no FE, no mid-ship detective agency, no dining in the MDRs, no sail-away party. We got a killer upgrade deal at the port, and upgraded to a one bedroom concierge suite. That experience alone was new for us, so we enjoyed that. We ate at Remy one night, Palo the next and then ordered MDR room service the last night. We did champagne tasting at Pink...spent a lot of time at the Skyline bar...or just lounging on Deck 4 or the adult-only areas. The room was so nice, we spent some time hanging there on our verandah. At CC we went only to the adult beach. It was a blast. We had such a great time. It helped a bit to know we'd be taking our DS on a cruise over Spring Break this year, so we were ok. We were so was great "us" time. I'd do it again in a minute!
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #13
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DH and I have done WDW twice without the kids and it was awesome! We also cruised without the kids once but we elected to sail on another line. It wasn't because we didn't think we would have fun on Disney without the kids. It was more of a cost decision than anything else. However, we spent the entire time comparing everything to Disney and nothing quite stacked up to what we were used to. In the end, we wished we were on a DCL ship.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #14
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Go for it! We did and had a great time. My review is in my siggy.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:49 PM   #15
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We're heading out for our 2nd Disney cruise without kids. I can't wait!
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