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Old 02-23-2013, 06:36 AM   #16
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I don't get it... I'm going with my KIDS on a DISNEY cruise... why are there so many adult sections and restaurants on the ship? My kids want to spend the whole time with us and I feel like it cuts off part of the boat for us...

Am I the only one who is confused by this? If you want adults-only why don't you go on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

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I got a real chuckle out of this. Thanks.

But on the off chance that you were really serious. There are plenty areas for families on board. There are areas that are kid only too. I enjoy the adult only areas as well as the family areas and never felt that my cruise was missing anything.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:38 AM   #17
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I know my kids don't want to be separated from us so the adults-only sections are something we probably won't even be able to see.
LOL, my daughter can't wait to be separated from me; she would forgo meals/sleep/pool for the kids clubs if I would let her.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:50 AM   #18
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There are adult only areas not for parents wanting to get away from their kids, but to keep adults occupied so their kids can get away from them

Independence is a good thing and it's certainly a fun thing on a Disney cruise. IMO, if you don't take your kids to try out the clubs, they are missing out. If they don't enjoy the club, pick them up and keep them with you.

Lots of activities for kids, adults and families. You will not be bored.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:55 AM   #19
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Coming up is our 4th DCL cruise with DS's family. DS, DDiL do not just let the kids go off on their own. There are times they were with the kids in a club. Maybe this has changed?

As the DGP's we do like some time alone and some times all together. We have looked into other lines for these family cruises, and we actually had one booked, but we cancelled it. DH does not feel exactly as I do, he does enjoy another cruise line more. However, he is not going to let me sail DCL with the family without him!
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:59 AM   #20
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Yep, our kids are with us constantly on vacations. I understand some people need "time away" from kids, but for us we enjoy the family vacations with all of us together.
We are the same way. Our kids don't do the clubs. We go on family vacations to spend time together not to be apart.

I do however understand the need for adult only areas. Not everyone has kids and others take Disney cruises without their kids so it is nice to have a space for them. My husband and I are going on a cruise for our anniversary in a couple of days without our kids. We are really looking forward to the adult areas and eating at the adult only restaurants.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:02 AM   #21
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I don't get it... I'm going with my KIDS on a DISNEY cruise... why are there so many adult sections and restaurants on the ship? My kids want to spend the whole time with us and I feel like it cuts off part of the boat for us...

Am I the only one who is confused by this? If you want adults-only why don't you go on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

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Because most people are not attached at the hip to their kids 24/7; the kids don't like it and neither do the adults. Disney ships are designed for families but they have spaces reserved not only just for adults, but just for kids as well. This is no different from CCL, RCCL, or NCL (I'm guessing, never been on NCL).

I'm not sure why you think RCCL is an adults-only cruise line. Do you think RCCL put Dreamworks or Barbie on their ships to appeal to adults?

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/conten...reamworks_main
http://www.royalcaribbean.com/static...agename=barbie
http://www.royalcaribbean.com/conten...me=main_family

Plus, DH and I just celebrated our anniversary on the Fantasy last year...and left our kids at home. A lot of people travel DCL without children.

Even when we do cruise with our kids, they go one way and we go another. Occasionally we meet up for activities during the day (not all of them at once, they each do whatever they want), always for dinner at night and shore excursions. OUR idea of a family vacation is everyone getting to relax and have a good time. My children deserve to have a vacation, too, and their idea of fun is not hanging around with us all the time. This is something cruise lines do a fantastic job of, providing a vacation for everyone.

If you want families-only, perhaps you should take a land vacation and design our own outings and control your surroundings. That way, seeing other people enjoy spaces reserved for "adults only" or "kids only" won't bother you or your children.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:11 AM   #22
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We did our first family Disney cruise when our kids were 11 and 14. They loved the kids activities so much we pretty much saw them at dinner.

My 11 year old liked the kids clubs so much he didn't even get off the ship when we docked in Costa Maya. My kids enjoyed the freedom to come and go as they pleased and we all agree it was the best family vacation we ever took!

As long as they followed Mom's only rule, "Stay away from the railings" I had 100 percent confidence that they were safe and happy at all times.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:12 AM   #23
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Not only that, there are times when our kids have been doing things in the kid's club. Free time for mom and dad.

Like you, we spend alot of time together as a family, there are times when we like to get away for date night or some adult conversation.

This. We do not have a babysitter or nearby grandparents and for us to be able to go out for dinner alone is just We have not had a date night outside of a kids club in over 2 years.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:23 AM   #24
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Independent of what we like as a couple with grown up kids, Disney has to appeal to adult couples or not run longer cruises. As the length of the cruises increase the percentage of families with kids decrease.

The transatlantic cruises are mostly people without kids.

Even when my kids were little, we always spent a couple of days at Disney without them. One vacation a year with the kids and a short one without them.

Also, if you look closely as Disney advertising, there are multiple focuses and one is always Disney for lovers ( weddings, honeymoons, and couples). Disney makes tons of money on childless vacations!
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I don't get it... I'm going with my KIDS on a DISNEY cruise... why are there so many adult sections and restaurants on the ship? My kids want to spend the whole time with us and I feel like it cuts off part of the boat for us...

Am I the only one who is confused by this? If you want adults-only why don't you go on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

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So many? There are vey few. Hardly a hardship to have a few kid-free zones. Disney is for families. Not all families have children.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:28 AM   #26
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We've cruised 6 cruises thus far with DCL. My youngest is now 9yrs old. He always LOVED the kids clubs, but our most recent cruise last month, he preferred the "out of the clubs" activities which meant he was mostly with either my DH or myself or both of us, doing and going to various activities. In all of the 7 days of this cruise, he spent a total of about 2 hours in the club. I don't know why he wasn't into it this time around, but he had a ball on this cruise none the less, with us! I never did get to the adult only events this time and really didn't feel like I missed anything either
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #27
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No I was referring more to the "maybe it's not right for us" because it sounds like a lot of the kids activities involve us dropping them off... i just want to make sure there are enough family activities for people like us who like to stay together.
My kids are older now (13 and 10), but they have been cruising DCL and other lines since they were 7 and 4. They have never enjoyed the kids' clubs very much, and we generally spend the vacation together. On our Dream cruise last month, DH and I enjoyed the adult-only area for about an hour while our DDs got pedicures at the Teen Spa - it was the first time we have done any adult-only things on a cruise (except cruises we took before the kids were born). We enjoy our time with them on vacation, and we still enjoy time together by the pool while the kids are swimming or riding the aquaduck.

There are tons of things to do together. You can use the clubs as a family during open house times, go swimming, see the shows, play mini-golf (on the newer ships), ride the aquaduck together (newer ships), see characters, explore the ship, do the Midship Detective Agency (newer ships), and explore the ports. We have always had a great time with our kids on the ships.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:12 AM   #28
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Independence is a good thing and it's certainly a fun thing on a Disney cruise. IMO, if you don't take your kids to try out the clubs, they are missing out. If they don't enjoy the club, pick them up and keep them with you.

Lots of activities for kids, adults and families. You will not be bored.
I totally agree with this. Perhaps if you are unsure if your kids would enjoy the club, why not visit one of the open house times with them. If they like it, offer them the chance to go without you when it is "kids only" time (you would of course be taking them there and picking them up again).

If they are not having fun or are anxious, they can ask the CM's to contact you and advise that they wish to be picked up.

Our DD loves the clubs, but she also likes to hang out at the pool with us or take part in the family activities - bingo with her dad, animation class with me and likes to have her meals with us as a whole family.

In 3 (longer) cruises, we've been to the bar at night once, been to 1 "adult only" show and have visited the spa 3 times. DH has used the "adult only" pool area a few times while we've been off doing princess themed activities. We've never visited any of the adult only dining choices.

There is plenty to do without visiting the adult areas - and I have not missed using them even though we have had the opportunity to do so.

I would say go on your cruise, relax, maybe try some new things and I'm sure you'll all have fun - no matter if you're always together or if you do some things as individuals.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:12 AM   #29
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So many? There are vey few. Hardly a hardship to have a few kid-free zones. Disney is for families. Not all families have children.
Perhaps the OP confused a multitude of threads with a multitude of adult areas. There aren't that many. On another note, I am an overprotective parent and don't leave my son with ANYONE, not even family. I would never goann ANY vaction without him. I had the same mentality as the OP before my 1st cruise. NOT ANYMORE. My DS is an only child and spends a lot of time with us. I was surprised at how comfortable I felt with the clubs and the CM's and had no problem leaving him there. And he REALLY enjoyed it. My wife and I rarely had any alone time together before then. Now we relish it. Op, consider the fact that your kids might actually enjoy being away from you, even if it's for just an hour or 2.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #30
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Having been on seven DCLs and only one of those with a DGC (teen), I can say my DW and I absolutly love having adult only areas of the ship.
We do not mind the kids being around, you hear them:
in the halls
at meals
at shows/movies
next door in their room
etc.
We like that we can get away and hear ourselves talking.
All this being said, next trip we are taking our DGC (2), will spend the whole trip in the kids areas, and are excited to do so.
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