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Old 03-18-2013, 06:56 PM   #16
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I honestly thought I was going to get killed for this post. I am glad that there are some people agreeing with me.
I can see both sides. On the one hand it's like saying, "I expected more opportunities to gamble but all they had was Bingo and it was filled with kids." On the other hand, DCL does try to advertise a one-size-fits-all vacation experience when in fact they cannot provide one.

DH and I love Disney and loved our DCL cruise we took with our DS two years ago. We're taking another DCL cruise with our DS and DD in September and I know it's going to be awesome. That said, if we weren't bringing our kids, we wouldn't take a Disney cruise. We aren't 2am party people, but there are other aspects of adult-oriented lines that we find far more appealing than a cruise with, say, a fantastic kid's club we won't be using.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:11 PM   #17
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I know that my DD closed the clubs every night and made lots friends doing so. After the clubs closed, they headed up to Deck 4 to play shuffle board or Deck 11 to play mini golf or just hang out. It is what you make of it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:18 PM   #18
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We're aren't party/dancing folks so Disney is the right choice for us. I'm glad to know that we made the right choice to take our first cruise with Disney.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:23 PM   #19
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As a single guy who has done Disney centric vacay at least once a year for the last 14 yrs with extended family I was really surprised by the lack of nightlife on the cruise ships. I've had better times hanging @ the POR piano bar then any bars on either of the two cruises I've done. That being said I'm already booked for my 3rd cruise. I dont compare my family trips to my adult only vacations and enjoy DCL for what it is, a truly relaxing vacation for me(no kids only nieces & nephews) with excellent service and some very good food. I got no problems with my buckets of beer in the quiet cove, some wine at dinner and a couple of after dinner drinks somewhere. Early to bed then wake up and repeat. Lol
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #20
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This is something cruisers should mention on the comment card. (Or, enclose a seperate letter to DCL, using the stationery in the stateroom, and drop in the comment box.)

While I'm one of the "I'm too tired, going back to the stateroom cruiser, my DH is a night owl (he works nights.) We'd love it if DCL would have just ONE bar open until 2am?
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:44 PM   #21
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:50 PM   #22
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This is something cruisers should mention on the comment card. (Or, enclose a seperate letter to DCL, using the stationery in the stateroom, and drop in the comment box.)

While I'm one of the "I'm too tired, going back to the stateroom cruiser, my DH is a night owl (he works nights.) We'd love it if DCL would have just ONE bar open until 2am?
Agreed. Corral all us nightowls into one area. Lol.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #23
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I think part of it is the crowd on the ship with you! I have fine 4 DCL ANC RC. On all of my DCL except one we party hard! 2 out if 3 nights there was barely room on the dance floor and I was surprised (and happy) to find things got very adult after hours the down side was it did all ANC at 2. No problems though. My friend and I and others we met on board continue to party (responsibly and respectably) on HHS upper decks. My friend always said Disney wasn't just for kids and she was right. That bring said one cruise was different and it seemed kind the sans 10 ppl were the only ones to show up at the clubs. I really think it depends on your cruise director and type if sail mates at time if cruising!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #24
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I have been critical of Disney for it's lack of night life, but on my most recent cruises, on HAL and NCL, their night life has dropped off too. Now, there were a lot of families on those cruises too, so that may be a factor.
I think as cruising gets more and more mainstream, night life is going away on cruise ships. That may be we so many of them have done away with the nightly midnight buffet.

By way of comparison, my first cruise, in 1980, on a French cruise ship, the night club didn't even open until 1:30 am.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #25
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i'd be curious to hear more about the karaoke. what song was it? did they turn it off while you were singing?
I only ask because there are numerous songs that play on the radio fine but if you hear them played off of the cd the words are not the same. I can name a cello song and an adam Levine song off the top of my head. wait, I can actually name a few more.....
anyways, would it be a song they would have expected you to sing the 'nice' words to?
very very curious.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #26
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after reading thru all the previous posts - and being on more than a couple of disney cruises - i think you would have to think of what you want - we're not major partiers - but do like to socialize - so we did go to the lounges - we closed the piano bar - had a great time - we also found a place to watch a couple of sports games - will always remember stanley cup games - world cup games - but really crazy night life - you may have to go someplace different
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:11 PM   #27
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My girlfriend, 20, and myself, 21, just got off the Disney Dream from a 3 night Bahamian cruise and almost everything was amazing. The crew were incredible, best service I've had on a cruise ship, and the food was amazing, including the wait staff. The design of the ship itself was so beautiful, I loved everything about it.

While I do understand that it was Disney, I was disappointed in the lack of night life on the ship. My cruise could've just been a bad crowd in terms of going out and partying, but my girlfriend and I were looking forward to dancing and having a few drinks until the wee hours of the morning at the clubs.

Frankie, the adult entertainment director, did a really great job with the events that were pre-planned. He was very entertaining, but as soon as Karaoke or Meet Your Match was over, no one stayed and danced, just went right to the room. I even heard some people say how they couldn't believe how late it was! It was only midnight!

I also was a little surprised when I did a karaoke song that had a couple swears in it they turned it off. I understand that it was Disney, but it was 18+ so I figured it would've been ok. I did feel bad after though, hope I didn't offend anyone.

All in all I really can't complain about the ship, everything about the vacation was amazing except this one little thing. I was just a little shocked seeing it as a short three day weekend cruise I was expecting a couple party nights, but the ship was a ghost town after midnight. Not what I was used to from my other cruises.
One of the problems we found was that the kids club closes around 11-12, so you kind of agave to go pry the kiddos out of their club to go put them to bed. Yes, we left our kid there until closing but how else are we supposed to squeeze in some dancing and drinks?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:19 PM   #28
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DH and I are just happy to be able to get to the adult shows in the club now that the kids are older and stay in the Edge later. Last year on the Fantasy's MV one thing I noted among most of the DISers on board at least was that after the adult show everyone got up and left the "dance" club simply because the music was obnoxiously loud. A bunch of them went to Pink or the other club where it wasn't as loud and they could talk and have a few drinks.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:29 PM   #29
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My girlfriend, 20, and myself, 21, just got off the Disney Dream from a 3 night Bahamian cruise and almost everything was amazing. The crew were incredible, best service I've had on a cruise ship, and the food was amazing, including the wait staff. The design of the ship itself was so beautiful, I loved everything about it.

While I do understand that it was Disney, I was disappointed in the lack of night life on the ship. My cruise could've just been a bad crowd in terms of going out and partying, but my girlfriend and I were looking forward to dancing and having a few drinks until the wee hours of the morning at the clubs.

Frankie, the adult entertainment director, did a really great job with the events that were pre-planned. He was very entertaining, but as soon as Karaoke or Meet Your Match was over, no one stayed and danced, just went right to the room. I even heard some people say how they couldn't believe how late it was! It was only midnight!

I also was a little surprised when I did a karaoke song that had a couple swears in it they turned it off. I understand that it was Disney, but it was 18+ so I figured it would've been ok. I did feel bad after though, hope I didn't offend anyone.

All in all I really can't complain about the ship, everything about the vacation was amazing except this one little thing. I was just a little shocked seeing it as a short three day weekend cruise I was expecting a couple party nights, but the ship was a ghost town after midnight. Not what I was used to from my other cruises.
I think one of the challenges might have resulted from the fact that if you just sailed, you were sailing right as spring break season is starting to peak which definitely can impact the level of activity in the night clubs. On my 2 Disney Dream sailings, the nightlife definitely lasted into the wee hours (until about 2am I'd guess) but the guest composition was skewed toward active adults versus young families. Therefore, fewer parents who had to get their kiddies to bed and more people to spice things up in the nightclubs.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:48 PM   #30
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Yes, there should be more nightlife. Unfortunately for us, on our first cruise, we were young parents so needed to have our kids in bed. And once they are in bed, we are kind of stuck in our cabin twiddling our thumbs. I would LOVE to dance the night away like old times, but can't unless we bring our babysitter with us...which we don't have the money to do.

Our next cruise, our girls will be 9 and 7 and I will still feel uncomfortable leaving them in the cabin asleep alone. I'm just afraid that once they are old enough to stay in cabin alone (teenage years), I will be too old and tired to dance the night away.

So...there may be people on the DCL cruise who want to party until the wee morning hours, but they just can't because kids can't be left alone. Believe me, I've tried talking my inlaws to join us on the cruise so I can try to get them to babysit late, but they refuse. Oh well.
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