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Old 09-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Thinking about a Disney Cruise...

Next August, I have a WDW trip planned for the 26-30th. I was browsing the DCL website and noticed there's a 3-night Bahamas cruise on the Dream leaving out of Port Canaveral on the 29th. So, now I'm thinking about maybe cutting the last day from my trip in order to add a cruise on. (It'll be my 4th trip in a little over a year, so it's not a big deal.)

But here's the thing... I can't spend much time in chlorinated pool water because of skin problems, I can't drink alcohol because of medications, and I don't enjoy nightclubs or spas. (My life is pretty boring.) As a result, I've spent years saying: "I never want to go on a cruise, it's like a resort you're trapped at, there's nothing to do but eat, drink, and swim," etc. But the idea of a few days rest and relaxation after a few days going commando at the parks actually sounds like it could be fun, and a big draw for me is the live theater on board I've read about. The dining does sound pretty good too. Is there anything else on the Dream that would appeal to a solo adult who's mentally about 17?

So what do you guys think? I love Disney theming and the general Disney "feel" of WDW and its resorts. Should I give cruising a shot?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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We aren't big drinkers and (me, personally) I don't find DCL to be alcohol pushers. We were just on the Wonder in Alaska and didn't spend one minute in the pool. The spa, well I can't help you because nothing beats a good massage! Disney has shows that are fantastic. They play first run movies. Disney has activities all over the ship at any given moment for kids of all ages.


Plus, I promise, there's a chair for you where you can relax and hear, see, smell the beautiful sea it's our favorite part!

Three days would be a great amount of time to give it a shot....
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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I say do it. We've never been on DCL, but we're looking at doing a similar thing in 2014. Although we do drink and occasionally go to nightclubs, we were on RCL Monarch for a 3 day to the Bahamas and we didn't drink or go to clubs. We did do shows however. I bring this up to say its possible to still have a good time on the ship and no drink or club. Monarch is very old do I know there's tons more to do on Dream.

I can't speak about if the pools are chlorinated on Dream as Monarch was salt water, however, you can get off the ship and go to the beach.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:59 AM   #4
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My personal opinion is there is not enough activities for adults to keep from being bored on DCL. You will be fine during the day, but once evening comes around you will be bored. I don't cruise to watch movies.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #5
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You might have a great time!

I would suggest looking through navigators from the past on similar itineraries to see what is available in the way of activities. It could be a great solo adventure!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:19 AM   #6
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My personal opinion is there is not enough activities for adults to keep from being bored on DCL. You will be fine during the day, but once evening comes around you will be bored. I don't cruise to watch movies.
On the other hand, it might be nice to just chill after a few days at WDW. I find cruises extremely relaxing. I read a book, listen to the musicians, take a nap on a shady deck, etc.

But I'm a stay-at-home mom, so the idea of alone time without anyone climbing on me--that alone is worth the cost! Add in meals I don't have to cook, laundry, cleaning, entertainment, kids' clubs, and it's a deal. I can see how most of this wouldn't appeal to someone who has plenty of time on their own, though.

But I still say try it. I agree with a pp that 3 days might be perfect. You never know until you try!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:23 AM   #7
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I agree with pp - look at recent Navigators and see if there's something that would keep you entertained. My personal experience with a 3 day cruise was that we were not on the boat long enough to get bored! Between dinner and the (awesome) shows, we never were really looking for things to do. The ship was so beautiful we walked around. One night we did the Detective thing, which gave us a chance to see the cute artwork.

We did not see any of the clubs, nor have time for a movie! Plus, one night will be taken up with Pirate Night. I think a 3 day cruise is the perfect way to see if cruising is for you!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:26 AM   #8
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We are adults only and love DCL. Took a cruise to Alaska earlier this month and had such a great time that we will be taking another DCL cruise to the Caribbean in December. I didn't find that we were bored at all.

We don't drink and didn't swim. In the evenings we had early dining, then went off to the evening show in the Walt Disney theater and from there it was nice to just stroll the ship or head to the adult area to listen to the band or comedian. It was a great trip. Loved it so much that I have convinced other family members to go along on our next cruise!
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We are adults only and love DCL. Took a cruise to Alaska earlier this month and had such a great time that we will be taking another DCL cruise to the Caribbean in December. I didn't find that we were bored at all.

We don't drink and didn't swim. In the evenings we had early dining, then went off to the evening show in the Walt Disney theater and from there it was nice to just stroll the ship or head to the adult area to listen to the band or comedian. It was a great trip. Loved it so much that I have convinced other family members to go along on our next cruise!
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:34 AM   #10
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Next August, I have a WDW trip planned for the 26-30th. I was browsing the DCL website and noticed there's a 3-night Bahamas cruise on the Dream leaving out of Port Canaveral on the 29th. So, now I'm thinking about maybe cutting the last day from my trip in order to add a cruise on. (It'll be my 4th trip in a little over a year, so it's not a big deal.)

But here's the thing... I can't spend much time in chlorinated pool water because of skin problems, I can't drink alcohol because of medications, and I don't enjoy nightclubs or spas. (My life is pretty boring.) As a result, I've spent years saying: "I never want to go on a cruise, it's like a resort you're trapped at, there's nothing to do but eat, drink, and swim," etc. But the idea of a few days rest and relaxation after a few days going commando at the parks actually sounds like it could be fun, and a big draw for me is the live theater on board I've read about. The dining does sound pretty good too. Is there anything else on the Dream that would appeal to a solo adult who's mentally about 17?

So what do you guys think? I love Disney theming and the general Disney "feel" of WDW and its resorts. Should I give cruising a shot?
oh yes u will have a fabulous time! the movies (some 3D), the crew, chillaxing on a deck chair, some shuffleboard, some trivia games, some animation drawing classes, some napkin folding fun, coffee at the cove cafe or tea if u like ... endless relaxing and fun. don't forget a picture with your favourite character!
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:59 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info and encouragement, folks! I think I'll talk to my TA this week and see what we can work out. After all, you can't hate something you've never tried.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:14 PM   #12
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I echo the other posters - you will have an awesome time! The Disney magic is everywhere on the ships - the shows are great - the adult only areas are lovely - have fun!
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:57 PM   #13
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We, two adults, did the 4 nights cruise.. to short!! So much to do.. and we didn't do the spa . and no alcohol for us and we aren't party people also. we did second dining. we didn't get bored! We just needed more time in the day ;-) we haven't seen the hole ship.. You really should go!! :D
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:27 PM   #14
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i agree. I am an adult who is never bored on Disney cruises.
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