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Old 01-11-2014, 09:40 AM   #16
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Ultimately you know what is best for you. My husband and I are in the 20's age group and planning a Disney Cruise/WDW stay for our 5th wedding anniversary. at that time(next year) we will be 27. At this time we don't have any kids, so that is not the deciding factor for choosing Disney for us. We both(me especially) are Disney fans and I just can't imagine going with any other cruise line. I think if you aren't big into things that are found on other ships than Disney sounds great for you And to be honest, even if there is an age gap, I am sure you will make friends because you'd already have something in common, a love of Disney!
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We are an early 40s couple no children taking our first cruise in April. We are a fun energetic couple, but I wouldn't say we are the party type....

We made the choice for Disney because we LOVE WDW, Disney movies and etc... I came to this decision after reading threads here, talking with friends and people we met at the parks through the years who have cruised DCL and other lines, we feel we made the right choice for us!

One reoccurring comment I received from veteran cruisers - if you are adults only and worried about kids - there are kids on other lines too. That gave me perspective. That made an adults only beach on CC all the more attractive to us.

If we weren't big Disney fans, I'd likely consider another line for financial reasons.
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Castaway Cay does look really nice.

This thread has been very helpful.
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Can't stress this too much -- you need to do your own research before selecting a cruise line. There is nothing sadder than encountering passengers who are unhappy with their cruise because they didn't select a cruise line that suited them. DCL is comparatively expensive. There is no casino. The night life is fairly quiet. The OP seems interested in an active, child-free vacation with people in the same age group.
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Here's the "too long; didn't read" version. It depends on what you want from the cruise. We are a late 20's gay couple and we loved our first Disney cruise. We were pampered, it wasn't crowded, there was a lot of time to relax, the children were out of sight, we weren't treated like cattle, we weren't nickeled and dimed. Disney quality of Service and Entertainment is amazing. If you are looking for a party or adventure it's not the cruise for you. If you want to have a good time with your significant other and just relax, see a couple of shows, "go out" to dinner, have a few drinks, walk around a little port in some island somewhere. Then yes, I would highly recommend Disney. If you are a Disney fan you'll love it even more because the whole theme is geared towards you but it's so well done than even none Disney fans can enjoy it.

Now here's the long version.

We're a late 20's couple (27 & 28) and we absolutely loved our cruise on the Disney Magic. We're a gay couple so no kids. We decided to go with Disney because we had only sailed with Carnival previously and my BF hated it. He said cruising was boring, they treated you like cattle and made you fat. So yeah, this past December when I wanted to do something between Christmas and New Years I had a hard time convincing him to go on a cruise with me. The only reason he said yes to the cruise was because it was a Disney cruise. He's not a big fan of Disney. (I'm the Disney freak who is always dragging him along to the parks) but he knows the quality of service Disney offers so he was willing to take the chance on cruising again only if it was with Disney. If it had been up to me I would have saved my money and gone with Carnival or Royal Caribbean lol but I'm glad he made me choose the Disney cruise. We had the best time ever!

Ok, so lets start off with the service. AMAZING! I mean, it's Disney. If you've ever been to the parks or stayed at their resorts you know they really go above and beyond. There's always a smile on everyone's faces and there's always a little extra something to make your day. Honestly I felt the service was even better on the cruise than in the resorts. Maybe its because we didn't have to put up with the heat and the crowds (and we were tipsy most of the time) lol I don't know but we loved every moment of it.

For dinner they sat us with another 20something couple on a table for 6 or maybe 8. I don't know if the other people just never showed up or if it was just meant to be the 4 of us. They were an Asian couple and I don't think they spoke much English because we both sat at opposing ends of the table and never said a word to each other throughout the whole thing. I never really even heard them talk to each other. They just took pictures of the restaurant and their food. I really didn't care since I wasn't there to socialize anyway. I was just glad they didn't sit us at a table with a huge family or anything.

The dinner service was great. Maybe a little too fancy for us. We are more of an Olive Garden and Outback type of people. Just take our order, keep the bread and drinks coming and then go away lol. At first the servers tried to be all fancy with us but eventually we both sort of worked out a little silent compromise. They toned down the fancy act and we tried to behave like civilized humans. So we would still put up with them putting the napkin on our laps but they sped up the service and fed us like animals.

The food was delicious. We tried to stay away from the buffets and quick serve restaurants by the pools. We didn't want to get too fat so we only ate breakfast and dinner. We aren't big breakfast people so we had room service breakfast which was nice and light. We just ordered fruits, croissants, some coffee or orange juice. It was nice. We woke up at around 9:30 or 10 and they would call us before bringing up the food. I loved it because it gave me time to get ready without having to run around like a chicken with no head trying to put something on to go open the door. We would have breakfast in our room and hang out in the verandah before getting ready to head out on our late excursions.

When we'd come back we'd usually shower and head to the early theater show and then late dinner. With early show/late dinner you seem to avoid the kids. The theater wasn't very full and we usually got good seats near the front even when we got there late. I'm a huge Disney fan but even I felt some shows were hit or miss. Honestly I think what killed the shows were the annoying male characters like the "Evil Godfather" or whatever in the Cinderella show and "Hades" in the Villains show. I'm not into the whole obnoxious bad guy thing. The musical numbers were nice though and I loved Disney Dreams. I even got teary eyed at the end when Mickey and Minnie came onstage. I don't know why. I must have been tipsy and felt extra emotional. Or it could have jus been the Disney Magic.

Back to the food since that's what cruising is all about. I really liked the whole rotational restaurant thing. We loved going somewhere new every night. I loved all 3 restaurants but my BF wasn't a fan of Carioca's. I agree it wasn't very authentic Latin. I don't think any Hispanic eats most of the stuff the way it was prepared in the restaurant but still, I thought the food tasted fine. It's more of a "Latin Fusion" thing I think. Our favorite was Lumiere's. The food was good, the restaurant was pretty. Animator's Palate was sort of the in between. We expected more from the show but I really can't complain since we got dinner and a "lights show"? with Mickey walking around. So hey! It's better than nothing.

After dinner we would go to the Adults after hours section. We mostly hung out at the Keys Lounge because we loved the singer/piano player Clara Oman. We'd stay there from 9 till a little after 12:00 when she would leave. The staff was super attentive and Clara would take all of our requests and chat with us during her breaks. We LOVED LOVED LOVED her! She was the highlight of our cruise. I think I would annoy the other guests every time I asked for a Disney song lol. They preferred my BF's more mature requests.

Anyway here are some videos of her I found on youtube.
Her Adution Disney Medley http://youtu.be/DZN3B25NfPE
And here's her doing Skyfall on the Fantasy Atrium http://youtu.be/rruU7joAHhA

I can't wait to see her again. She told us she's going to be on the Fantasy this fall so I hope I get to see her on our November cruise. Yes! My boyfriend the cruise hater loved the Disney cruise so much that he agreed to rebook on board.

After we visited with Clara we would go to the "dance club" which usually had a handful of people but we wouldn't stick around past 1. After that we'd go back to our room and order cheese and crackers and eat that with the cheap "sparkling wine" we brought aboard. It was nice just sitting outside watching the stars while having some grapes and wine and cheese. After that little romantic late night meal it was lights out.

So, what else is there to do other than eat and shows? Just relax! The most exciting thing I did was the aquadunk which for some reason never had a line. Maybe because I always went during the day when everyone was off the boat or coming back from an excursion. I loved it. I went on like 4 or 5 times in row. The whole countdown thing and the drop was very exciting. Kinda like being in the parks on a slow day and riding tower of terror over and over. It was my own private slide. lol I also loved the adult pool area. It was never too full and they had nice live entertainment but the pool. My favorite part was just sitting there with my feet in the water and a drink in my hand listening to live music. I had never been in a hot tub so I tried that too but I didn't enjoy it much. I felt like I was being slowly cooked in a human soup.

Oh we also saw two movies. I woke up early one morning and saw "Frozen" in 3D and on the last night I left the Piano bar early to go watch "Saving Mr. Banks" because it was the last time it was playing. My BF had already seen it during the afternoon when I was at the pool. He's more of an "inside person".

So yeah, it was a very very nice and relaxing experience. No screaming kids, no crowded decks, no lines, excellent service. The ports weren't too interesting so we had a lot of time to just relax on the boat while everyone was out and about. I think that was our mistake on the Carnival Cruise. We were going to so many new places for the first time that we tried to pack too many excursions in. We were running from one thing to the next which made us tired and cranky. The Disney cruise was more laid back and the wonderful service we got from the crew just made it all so much nicer.

So yeah, that was my vacation. lol If it sounded like something you and your significant other would like to do then go ahead and book the Disney cruise because you'll love it.
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Here's the "too long; didn't read" version. It depends on what you want from the cruise. We are a late 20's gay couple and we loved our first Disney cruise. We were pampered, it wasn't crowded, there was a lot of time to relax, the children were out of sight, we weren't treated like cattle, we weren't nickeled and dimed. Disney quality of Service and Entertainment is amazing. If you are looking for a party or adventure it's not the cruise for you. If you want to have a good time with your significant other and just relax, see a couple of shows, "go out" to dinner, have a few drinks, walk around a little port in some island somewhere. Then yes, I would highly recommend Disney. If you are a Disney fan you'll love it even more because the whole theme is geared towards you but it's so well done than even none Disney fans can enjoy it. Now here's the long version. We're a late 20's couple (27 & 28) and we absolutely loved our cruise on the Disney Magic. We're a gay couple so no kids. We decided to go with Disney because we had only sailed with Carnival previously and my BF hated it. He said cruising was boring, they treated you like cattle and made you fat. So yeah, this past December when I wanted to do something between Christmas and New Years I had a hard time convincing him to go on a cruise with me. The only reason he said yes to the cruise was because it was a Disney cruise. He's not a big fan of Disney. (I'm the Disney freak who is always dragging him along to the parks) but he knows the quality of service Disney offers so he was willing to take the chance on cruising again only if it was with Disney. If it had been up to me I would have saved my money and gone with Carnival or Royal Caribbean lol but I'm glad he made me choose the Disney cruise. We had the best time ever! Ok, so lets start off with the service. AMAZING! I mean, it's Disney. If you've ever been to the parks or stayed at their resorts you know they really go above and beyond. There's always a smile on everyone's faces and there's always a little extra something to make your day. Honestly I felt the service was even better on the cruise than in the resorts. Maybe its because we didn't have to put up with the heat and the crowds (and we were tipsy most of the time) lol I don't know but we loved every moment of it. For dinner they sat us with another 20something couple on a table for 6 or maybe 8. I don't know if the other people just never showed up or if it was just meant to be the 4 of us. They were an Asian couple and I don't think they spoke much English because we both sat at opposing ends of the table and never said a word to each other throughout the whole thing. I never really even heard them talk to each other. They just took pictures of the restaurant and their food. I really didn't care since I wasn't there to socialize anyway. I was just glad they didn't sit us at a table with a huge family or anything. The dinner service was great. Maybe a little too fancy for us. We are more of an Olive Garden and Outback type of people. Just take our order, keep the bread and drinks coming and then go away lol. At first the servers tried to be all fancy with us but eventually we both sort of worked out a little silent compromise. They toned down the fancy act and we tried to behave like civilized humans. So we would still put up with them putting the napkin on our laps but they sped up the service and fed us like animals. The food was delicious. We tried to stay away from the buffets and quick serve restaurants by the pools. We didn't want to get too fat so we only ate breakfast and dinner. We aren't big breakfast people so we had room service breakfast which was nice and light. We just ordered fruits, croissants, some coffee or orange juice. It was nice. We woke up at around 9:30 or 10 and they would call us before bringing up the food. I loved it because it gave me time to get ready without having to run around like a chicken with no head trying to put something on to go open the door. We would have breakfast in our room and hang out in the verandah before getting ready to head out on our late excursions. When we'd come back we'd usually shower and head to the early theater show and then late dinner. With early show/late dinner you seem to avoid the kids. The theater wasn't very full and we usually got good seats near the front even when we got there late. I'm a huge Disney fan but even I felt some shows were hit or miss. Honestly I think what killed the shows were the annoying male characters like the "Evil Godfather" or whatever in the Cinderella show and "Hades" in the Villains show. I'm not into the whole obnoxious bad guy thing. The musical numbers were nice though and I loved Disney Dreams. I even got teary eyed at the end when Mickey and Minnie came onstage. I don't know why. I must have been tipsy and felt extra emotional. Or it could have jus been the Disney Magic. Back to the food since that's what cruising is all about. I really liked the whole rotational restaurant thing. We loved going somewhere new every night. I loved all 3 restaurants but my BF wasn't a fan of Carioca's. I agree it wasn't very authentic Latin. I don't think any Hispanic eats most of the stuff the way it was prepared in the restaurant but still, I thought the food tasted fine. It's more of a "Latin Fusion" thing I think. Our favorite was Lumiere's. The food was good, the restaurant was pretty. Animator's Palate was sort of the in between. We expected more from the show but I really can't complain since we got dinner and a "lights show"? with Mickey walking around. So hey! It's better than nothing. After dinner we would go to the Adults after hours section. We mostly hung out at the Keys Lounge because we loved the singer/piano player Clara Oman. We'd stay there from 9 till a little after 12:00 when she would leave. The staff was super attentive and Clara would take all of our requests and chat with us during her breaks. We LOVED LOVED LOVED her! She was the highlight of our cruise. I think I would annoy the other guests every time I asked for a Disney song lol. They preferred my BF's more mature requests. Anyway here are some videos of her I found on youtube. Her Adution Disney Medley http://youtu.be/DZN3B25NfPE And here's her doing Skyfall on the Fantasy Atrium http://youtu.be/rruU7joAHhA I can't wait to see her again. She told us she's going to be on the Fantasy this fall so I hope I get to see her on our November cruise. Yes! My boyfriend the cruise hater loved the Disney cruise so much that he agreed to rebook on board. After we visited with Clara we would go to the "dance club" which usually had a handful of people but we wouldn't stick around past 1. After that we'd go back to our room and order cheese and crackers and eat that with the cheap "sparkling wine" we brought aboard. It was nice just sitting outside watching the stars while having some grapes and wine and cheese. After that little romantic late night meal it was lights out. So, what else is there to do other than eat and shows? Just relax! The most exciting thing I did was the aquadunk which for some reason never had a line. Maybe because I always went during the day when everyone was off the boat or coming back from an excursion. I loved it. I went on like 4 or 5 times in row. The whole countdown thing and the drop was very exciting. Kinda like being in the parks on a slow day and riding tower of terror over and over. It was my own private slide. lol I also loved the adult pool area. It was never too full and they had nice live entertainment but the pool. My favorite part was just sitting there with my feet in the water and a drink in my hand listening to live music. I had never been in a hot tub so I tried that too but I didn't enjoy it much. I felt like I was being slowly cooked in a human soup. Oh we also saw two movies. I woke up early one morning and saw "Frozen" in 3D and on the last night I left the Piano bar early to go watch "Saving Mr. Banks" because it was the last time it was playing. My BF had already seen it during the afternoon when I was at the pool. He's more of an "inside person". So yeah, it was a very very nice and relaxing experience. No screaming kids, no crowded decks, no lines, excellent service. The ports weren't too interesting so we had a lot of time to just relax on the boat while everyone was out and about. I think that was our mistake on the Carnival Cruise. We were going to so many new places for the first time that we tried to pack too many excursions in. We were running from one thing to the next which made us tired and cranky. The Disney cruise was more laid back and the wonderful service we got from the crew just made it all so much nicer. So yeah, that was my vacation. lol If it sounded like something you and your significant other would like to do then go ahead and book the Disney cruise because you'll love it.
Enjoyed reading your post! Sounds like a perfect vacation to me!
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Thanks for the story! That really helps.

Also, does anyone know if the DCL restaurants are vegetarian friendly? I'm one of those weirdos that doesn't eat meat/fish/poultry/eggs. Not vegan, but almost (cheese..... Nom nom nom).
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Also, does anyone know if the DCL restaurants are vegetarian friendly? I'm one of those weirdos that doesn't eat meat/fish/poultry/eggs. Not vegan, but almost (cheese..... Nom nom nom).
Yes. Not a vegetarian myself, but all the menus in the main rotational dining have listings for vegetarian selections. Do a search for menus or look at the trip report threads for reviews. Additionally, your wait staff will ask you the first night if your party has any food allergies, special needs, etc. they will be happy to assist you.

I'll echo what others have said on this thread. My wife and I don't have children and have thoroughly enjoyed our previous three cruises and are looking forward to our upcoming cruise on the Fantasy. We found there was plenty to do for adults.

As for best time to go if you are looking for less kids, I would advise avoiding summer or holidays. We prefer going when school is still in, April/May timeframe, while avoiding Spring Break.
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Thanks for the story! That really helps. Also, does anyone know if the DCL restaurants are vegetarian friendly? I'm one of those weirdos that doesn't eat meat/fish/poultry/eggs. Not vegan, but almost (cheese..... Nom nom nom).
I'm a veggie with allergies to onions and peppers. We have experienced good and not so good in the restaurants, but only once was it so bad I gave it back!
This past year, they added a heap of veggie options to the menu which has made the dining experience so much better for us, but, as has been said before, if you don't find something you like, ask them to do you something else!!

I'm a very plain eater and that's where my problem lies .. It's not DCL, it's me! We have Quorn products here, which are basically meat substitutes made of micro-protein. It's so easy as you just use it the same as chicken, beef etc. doesn't taste the same, although I don't really remember what real meat tastes like after 23 years as a veggie. Really wish they had something like that on offer!!
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Without going into a lot of detail, my husband and I went on a Disney cruise (with a few WDW days before and after) for our honeymoon and we still think it was the best trip we've ever taken.
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Curses! I am a boring 45 year old.

I suspect you will enjoy a Disney cruise. My wife and I enjoy them whether we are traveling with our teen daughters or by ourselves. Also, my wife has gone with her BFF a couple of times, and she once went with a group of 10 women (all in their boring 40's).

I do know what you meant by the 40's comment, by the way, and I am not offended by it. I'm going to rib you about it, but I'm not at all offended. Enjoy my good-natured ribbing.

Ribbing aside, your comment has some merit to it. For example, when my wife was one of 10 women, they found they were pretty much the only people in the dance club at night. I think two young women in their 20's were there as well. So if you are hoping for a lively crowd on the dance floor, you are not likely to get that. I am distinguishing that from the drunken spring break crowd, which you don't want and we all know doesn't really happen on Disney ships (yay!). (Please note, I am not saying that drunkenness doesn't occur on Disney ships, just that the ships don't have a pervasive atmosphere of drunken spring break style partying.)

I suspect you will love a Disney cruise, for the reasons stated above. The only things it lacks are 1. Casino, 2. Spring Break Style Partying, 3. A lot of people on the dance floor.
Some people want one or more of those three things. It is very reasonable to want them, and very reasonable to want to avoid them. Each person has different desires. I fall into the camp that wants to avoid a casino and spring break style partying, but I wouldn't mind a few more people on the dance floor.

Anyhow, that's just the musings of a boring 45 year old. Indeed, I'll turn 46 this month and get placed on a soft diet. Enjoy your cruise, while I sit at home and reminisce about the good times I had in the past!
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Curses! I am a boring 45 year old. I suspect you will enjoy a Disney cruise. My wife and I enjoy them whether we are traveling with our teen daughters or by ourselves. Also, my wife has gone with her BFF a couple of times, and she once went with a group of 10 women (all in their boring 40's). I do know what you meant by the 40's comment, by the way, and I am not offended by it. I'm going to rib you about it, but I'm not at all offended. Enjoy my good-natured ribbing. Ribbing aside, your comment has some merit to it. For example, when my wife was one of 10 women, they found they were pretty much the only people in the dance club at night. I think two young women in their 20's were there as well. So if you are hoping for a lively crowd on the dance floor, you are not likely to get that. I am distinguishing that from the drunken spring break crowd, which you don't want and we all know doesn't really happen on Disney ships (yay!). (Please note, I am not saying that drunkenness doesn't occur on Disney ships, just that the ships don't have a pervasive atmosphere of drunken spring break style partying.) I suspect you will love a Disney cruise, for the reasons stated above. The only things it lacks are 1. Casino, 2. Spring Break Style Partying, 3. A lot of people on the dance floor. Some people want one or more of those three things. It is very reasonable to want them, and very reasonable to want to avoid them. Each person has different desires. I fall into the camp that wants to avoid a casino and spring break style partying, but I wouldn't mind a few more people on the dance floor. Anyhow, that's just the musings of a boring 45 year old. Indeed, I'll turn 46 this month and get placed on a soft diet. Enjoy your cruise, while I sit at home and reminisce about the good times I had in the past!
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[QUOTE=DetroitDisney;50454154]Thanks for the story! That really helps.

Also, does anyone know if the DCL restaurants are vegetarian friendly? I'm one of those weirdos that doesn't eat meat/fish/poultry/eggs. Not vegan, but almost (cheese..... Nom nom nom).[/QUOTE.]

Here is site that has some menus posted. http://disneycruiselineblog.com/menus/ They are very accommodating to dietary requests, If you want something not on the menu or on another menu just ask and they will get it for you.
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Ha! Just had some hard candy the other day. The kind that is coated in some powdery sugar stuff. Totally reminded me of my grandparents. Since this is a family forum, please insert a DVD (or VHS, if you've got one) of the original "Planet of the Apes" into a player, fast forward to Charlton Heston's last two lines, and pretend I said them to you, pretty much as he delivers them.
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