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Old 01-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #16
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DH and I have done 3 DCL cruises without the kids! The first one a week on the Magic for his 40th birthday, and the second was a 4n/5n back to back on the Dream for our 20th anniversary. It was heaven! Our kids weren't jealous the first time, but were the second! We spent most of our time in the adult areas. We would sail DCL again kidfree in a heartbeat. I highly recommend it!
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #17
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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.
While not quite the same (our kids are older) we took 3 DCL cruises before we brought the kids along.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:00 PM   #18
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We have celebrated our 20th, 25th and 30th anniversaries onboard DCL without the kids and some other non anniversary DCL cruises as well without them.

Love them!!! There is plenty to do onboard for just adults. Just tell your DD mom and dad need some Disney Magic as well!!!

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:04 PM   #19
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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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Thanks so much for all of your replies! It doesn't sound as if any of you who have taken an adults-only DCL cruise regret your decision. It's true that we will not be taking DD with us regardless of where we go, but somehow the fact that it would be a DISNEY cruise makes a difference. DD has been on one DCL cruise already and we have another coming up in March, so she has not been Disney deprived. I know that she'll get over any initial disappointment or jealousy she may feel, so that's not really the concern. I'm just not sure how we'll feel being on a ship with a whole bunch of kids having a great time, knowing ours is at home!
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:22 PM   #21
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Of my six cruises on DCL, all but one have been adults only (bad, I know...well, not really!). We did our first cruise in 2000 with DH's daughter. Since then I have also cruised with my mom once, and with one of my closest girlfriends once. So, as you can see, my cruises have been all over the board as to who I have cruised with! Go for it! Every single time I have had a great time!
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:31 PM   #22
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We are taking a cruise without the kids in Feb for our anniversary. This will be our first cruise without the kids and we are looking forward to it! We took the kids on a cruise last year and we will be booking a 7 night for the whole family while we are on board. So they have not been left out. We always do some sort of trip each year for our anniversary.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:38 PM   #23
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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, 04:44 PM   #24
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I have done 10 Disney cruises without kids and the 11th will be in 2 weeks (I'm taking my parents). Of course I don't have any kids, so there weren't any to miss. It's a different thing for parents who are planning to leave a kid at home, I'd guess, but if I didn't like the Disney cruises I wouldn't have done 10 of them. If you are going to spend so much time missing your child that you can't enjoy the cruise, then taking it may not be the best idea, but only you can answer that one.
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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, 05:14 PM   #26
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We have done 1, 3 night and 2, 4 night Disney cruises without our kids. They have been wonderful! Go for it!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #27
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Thanks so much for all of your replies! It doesn't sound as if any of you who have taken an adults-only DCL cruise regret your decision. It's true that we will not be taking DD with us regardless of where we go, but somehow the fact that it would be a DISNEY cruise makes a difference. DD has been on one DCL cruise already and we have another coming up in March, so she has not been Disney deprived. I know that she'll get over any initial disappointment or jealousy she may feel, so that's not really the concern. I'm just not sure how we'll feel being on a ship with a whole bunch of kids having a great time, knowing ours is at home!
We didn't tell our DS that we were going on a Disney cruise...we told him we were going to the Bahamas, just not how we were getting there.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #28
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I don't have kids--I'm my parents' adult kid, and we went on DCL for the first time last year and had the best time. Yes, my mother looked around and missed the fact that her grandchildren should have come along, but it only resolved us to decide that a future cruise should have the whole family on board. Now it's just convincing my one brother to spend the upcharge for Disney versus his favorite, Carnival. They would have joined us for our return to the Dream at the end of this month, but his wife vetoed the idea with the argument that she didn't want to travel with a baby. Nevertheless, it's not holding my parents back. We had a superior time on the Dream, and you're going to see kids on most any other cruise ship, anyway.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #29
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We've done several w/o our kids & loved every one of them! Go & enjoy and don't feel guilty.
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We are preparing to debark on our first Disney Cruise January 28th with DD7 and DD5. My wife and I will be celebrating 15 years April 2014. We were just talking about this very subject the other day. We decided there is NO WAY we could go on a Disney Cruise without the girls. We could do RC or Carnival, but we would just not feel right leaving them home while we went on a Disney Cruise.

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