Help Me Convince DF A Disney Cruise Is "Not For Kids"

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  1. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    I want to go on a cruise. So does DF. He doesn't want to go on a Disney Cruise, because he thinks that would be too Disney. He thinks we'd be surronded by Mickey Mouse and company 24/7.

    I told him that there are special adult-only areas, and the characters don't go there. (Seriously, have no idea why I'm engaged to this man.;)) And that we, (okay, he,) could avoid most of the character meet and greets by watching the navigators. That we could go to adult activities, and we wouldn't be surronded by kids.
     
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  3. ReallyFunMom

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    You mean not JUST for kids. Have him read this trip report about a couple of couples that went and had great time w/o kids. Tell him he can pick next cruise, that you realllllllly want it. Most men decide its better for them to keep the wife/girlfriend happy.

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1219471

    You don't have to "wait" for kids. I was on this cruise with my kids and it was great but I don't think I had near as much fun, alcohol and relaxation as the childless couples!
     
  4. amystevekai&bump

    amystevekai&bump DIS Veteran

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    We went on the 4 day wonder for our 5th Wedding anniversary and it was amazing. Other than the shows you could totally avoid the characters if you wanted!! Most of the time you see them is during organized meet and greets so like you say - you can avoid those.

    Castaway Cay is amazing and the adult beach is miles (not literally but it does feel like it!) from all the kids and therefore all the characters too!!

    The adult pool is very quiet (or it was when we were there) and the spa is FANTASTIC!!!! (If you are struggling to convince him - show him details of the VERY INITMATE Serial Bath!!!)

    Palos is also very romantic - In fact there is so much you can do as a couple that I'm actually worried that we are going for the first time with children next year and that they will spoil our adult time!! (only joking!! - Well partly!!:rotfl: )
     
  5. inkkognito

    inkkognito <font color=green>I shall call him Mini-Me<br><fon

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    Hubby and I have no kids and have been on almost 60 Disney cruises!! We see Mickey and the gang as an enhancement, but not as the sole reason. I'd rather do Disney than RCCL any day (done 4 on RCCL) because Disney is the one that actually enforces their adults-only areas (well, usually...I was rather disappointed in Cove Cafe's enforcement...or lack thereof...on my last Wonder trip, but I hope it was just an anomaly). The adult pool area, adult beach on Castaway Cay, brunch and dinner at Palo....ahhhhhhhhhh!! And the spa...don't even get me started! I could live there.

    I've seen characters in the adult areas occasionally, but they don't make a point of coming to them...and I've never seen any in the spa!
     
  6. ScouterJT

    ScouterJT DIS Veteran

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    now there is a thought ... what do you say to Mickey in the sauna?
     
  7. surferrat

    surferrat <font color=blue>SURF? And get my wings wet? Dream

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    We are going in July for our 13th anniv. and we will be leaving the kids at home :thumbsup2
     
  8. mrp4352

    mrp4352 DIS Veteran

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    I've been three times and we've never gone with kids!

    I'll tell you - the most amazing fact to me at the end of every cruise has been how many children are on board! I would have guessed 200-300 on the first cruise we took with Disney - during the end talk, they told us it was over 1000! They keep the kids so busy, you don't see them except during meals (except Palos), during the shows or if you head to the family or kids pool...
     
  9. LAMPSKIES

    LAMPSKIES <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>

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    We are bar far "Mouse people" our DDs never had any interest in pictures with any characters. But we had a great time EVERY time. The characters seem to know who wants pics and who doesn't....our DDs are 17 and 15 and requested DCL for our 6th sailing this November.....there are many adult activities and areas to just get away........

    Example 1: Hot legs contest......ya think they'd allow kids to see this??:rotfl2:

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  10. LAMPSKIES

    LAMPSKIES <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>

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    Then of course there is the "Ron Bon Jovies"....no kids allowed here either......

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    The Go Gos are always a hit around midnight..........

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  11. LAMPSKIES

    LAMPSKIES <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>

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    And there is no better "adult entertainment" the the Village people singing on stage.....

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  12. LAMPSKIES

    LAMPSKIES <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>

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    Now that I have scared your DF.....there are some great relaxing places.......

    Diversions for beer tasting......

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    Snorkeling at CC

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    Or laying on the beach sharing a beer......

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  13. ReallyFunMom

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    You might tell him the median age of the ADULTS is lower on DCL too. Depending on which other cruise and cruiseline you are considering, you may look around the dining room and feel like you are dining with the early bird crowd. Not that thats a bad thing.......

    You also have less of the 18-22 heavy drinker singles crowd hoping to hook up. Course if you are in your 20's, these might be fun people to party with so that could be strike against DCL.

    I also found less smoking and smoky smells on DCL but really only have RCL Majesty to compare it to. And I like Majesty fine, but DCL more.
     
  14. inkkognito

    inkkognito <font color=green>I shall call him Mini-Me<br><fon

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    Better yet, what do you say when you see Mickey and Minnie coming out of the surial/rasual?! :rotfl2:
     
  15. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    I went on a Disney cruise back in 1999, and never saw my kid cousins, except at dinner. I sent DF an e-mail telling him how much I'd like to go on another cruise, since I was just under 18 on the last one, and really want to try Palo and the spa. Especially since my parents and other adult relatives all ate there, and said how good it was.
     
  16. dahuffy

    dahuffy Always Be Nice To The Lunch Lady

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    Ditto!
     
  17. mattmommy

    mattmommy Mouseketeer<br><font color=green>My DS loves rice.

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    We cruised back in 99 before we had ds6. We spend all of our time at the adults pool and serenity bay. Tell df that the characters don't hunt you down and tackle you. Quite the opposite. They have pretty standard stations in the Atrium. There's tons to do... or just relax. I love the adult pool because there's a huge amount of space where there's one inch of water to relax in... with my pina colada.
     
  18. Ears

    Ears Mickey's not Dumbo's

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    My wife and I did Disney and the cruise for our honeymoon. We were shocked there wasn't more kids to be seen. I also would have guessed maybe a couple hundred kids, but also heard near the thousand mark too. I wasn't really excited about having so many kids around (or even on a cruise-was my first), but Disney is what sold me on cruising:
    • elegance of the ship
    • impeccable cleanliness
    • the way they managed the kids
    • entertainment
    • how everything is an option, you don't HAVE to do anything, or you can participate
    • they didn't forget about the adults and activities

    Disney plans things so completely, that when they created the line (after using the Big Red Boat for several years), they looked at every aspect. They focused on 6 main things:
    -entertain the kids away from the main crowd
    -maintain the Disney image including service and appearance
    -provide quality food
    -make sure the adults have fun too-they're the ones paying
    -create the ship in a classic liner style, toning down the in-your-face style of the "lands"
    -a private island was an absolute must, but would not be a "land", it would be a perfect Caribbean island paradise

    I think they did it right.
     
  19. Belle2002

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    DCL is certainly not just for kids. My boyfriend and I went on a Disney cruise in the fall and I told him that he could pick whatever cruise line he wanted as I had already done 2 Disney cruises with my parents. We spent a lot of time looking at cruise brochures and he picked Disney (I had no complaints!!) He picked it because he thought it had class and would be more suitable for our age and would be a lot more fun than other cruiselines.
    I wasn't sure what he would actually think of the cruise, but it turned out he absolutely LOVED it!! He should be a spokesperson for DCL now because all he does is tell everyone how amazing it is and how you definitely don't need kids to go on this cruise. Neither one of us are a fan of children and you can totally avoid them if you want. There are also so many adult only areas and adult only activities as well and when you are in port you do your own thing anyway. Also, if you pick the late dinner rotation you won't see kids at dinner either!
    I've never been on any other cruiseline and don't really want to try another one. I love DCL. It's classy, you get amazing service, unbelievable entertainment, fabulous food and you meet lots of great people of all ages. On our cruise we were at a table for 10 at dinner and the entire table was made up of couples except for one woman travelling with her teenage daughter. Basically the age range was 25-50 and nobody had kids with them. We actually saw a ton of couples only on our cruise. It was so much fun!!
     
  20. tfc3rid

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    The GF and I have been on 2 4-day cruises thus far (in fact last year we sailed with her brother and sister as well...) All adults and we have had a fantastic time... We leave on September 29 for our first 7 day cruise and we are looking forward to it!
     
  21. LindaBabe

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    A couple things that really impressed my spouse (former military50+ DINKS)

    Disney's attention to Safety - he talked to a Coast Guard inspector who told him the Disney very rarely gets written up for any code violations and if they do, the subject of the write up is fixed before the next inspection - unlike some other cruise lines.

    Caliber of the stage shows - and they're "clean"

    No gambling. Fun things to do without going to the smokey clubs.

    He was a reluctant 1st timer, but couldn't wait for the second and now impatiently waiting for the 3rd and 4th.
     

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