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  1. ramrac

    ramrac Earning My Ears

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    My husband and I are thinking about trying out a Disney Cruise with our two sons, 8 and 3. We have been on 4 Carnival cruises but are looking for a change. I know Disney does not have a casino and wanted to know what the adults do in the evenings when the kids are in camp and the shows are over. My husband is worried about getting bored in the evening. I would also like to know what your favorite ship is and why, also any additional info you could give to a Disney cruise newbie.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Moxin

    Moxin Mouseketeer

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    They usually have some great adult entertainment going on in the bars; top notch talent, always a blast.

    I've only sailed on the Magic and the Fantasy, and love them both. With the Magic getting reworked, I'm sure that'll be a great ship as well to be on. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the DCL ships though.

    I wish they'd make the pool ares larger on the Fantasy/Dream, but it it was what it is currently.

    Yes, DCL is family oriented, and there are a lot more kids on board. That said, as an adult, I've never been bored on a cruise!!!
     
  4. JimGA

    JimGA DIS Veteran

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    There are several nightclubs that have variouse entertainment, as well an adults only pool area with a bar with occasional live musicians playing music. Plus there are 2 very nice adults only restaurants that you can have brunch at on sea days or dinner at night, additional cost.

    Check out the Disney Crusie Line blog web site, they have some personal navigators from various past cruises posted at that blog, you will have to do a search for them and when you find the navigators that will give you a great idea of what they have to offer for adults only. the navigators are the handouts that you get telling you what is taking place and the times.
     
  5. ramrac

    ramrac Earning My Ears

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    Thank you!
     
  6. mordecai

    mordecai Mouseketeer

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    We found that there was just as much for us to do onboard as there was the kids. It all depends on what you "enjoy" doing. If you like being active and playing sports, that's available. If you like watching sports, you can do that too. If you like live shows and music, they have that. You can always catch a 3D movie, or go lounge in the spa. Sit out on the deck, play shuffle board. They have pretty big adult only area's at the front of the boat with pools and bars, and the adult only restaurants that someone else mentioned. They do have Bingo but that's the closest to gambling you'll get. If the only thing you do for fun is gambling tho, yeah I guess you'd be bored ;)
     
  7. TDluvsDaisy

    TDluvsDaisy DVC Member BCV

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    My husband and I went in March on a 7 night cruise on the Fantasy for our anniversary with no kids. We were never bored. We don't drink and we don't gamble and had a blast.
     
  8. EeyoreIsMyName

    EeyoreIsMyName DIS Veteran

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    There are game shows and entertainers in the nightclubs later in the evening. The arcade and pools are open late too. The Buena Vista Theatre runs movies throughout the day, some are late at night-sometimes if a new movie is opening they will have a midnight showing of that movie. Lots to do--you'll find you don't have time to do everything you want to do and wonder how to fit it all in (another cruise perhaps?!?!?!). Enjoy your cruise!
     
  9. PrincessTrisha

    PrincessTrisha DIS Veteran

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    Compared to my Carnival cruises, I found less to do in the evening on DCL. There were specific events but then things seemed to clear out immediately afterwards.

    On Carnival, one of the things I enjoyed was the almost unlimited nightlife (between the regular kareoke, the superstar kareoke, the comedy club, the dance club, the individual singers in the atriums or casino bar, and the casino).
     
  10. expeditioneverestgrl

    expeditioneverestgrl DIS Veteran

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    For your younger kids there is the Oceaneer Lab and the Aquaduck. This is for the Dream/Fantasy Disney ships. There are so many destinations you can go to.

    For adults there are clubs, movies, pools, restaurants for adults only, and more. If you want to see more on the Disney Cruises, get the Disney Cruise Video for free!
     
  11. drb116

    drb116 Mouseketeer

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    Compared to Carnival, you will find less to do in the evenings. My wife and I are not as much into the clubs, so we were fine with the Disney cruise.

    What we loved about Disney is that you can enjoy the pools and hot tubs at night without a huge crowd. We had a couple of nights were the entire adults area, including the pool and hot tub were empty at 9 pm.

    We also love the movie theater which goes well into the night, as well as Funnel vision.

    At the same time, we did find ourselves going to bed a little earlier and getting up a little earlier, as there is a lot more to do in the morning compared to the Carnival ships.
     
  12. SuperDry

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    That's true, but there are several bars and lounges open until midnight, and the dance club and bar is open until 2am. Less selection than on Carnival, but there's going to be something open if you're up late, unless it's after 2am.
     
  13. CSHaydt

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    You know; my husband and i have done 2 DCL's Wonder (honeymoon) and the Dream (w/ our DS6 last year) We have also done a Norwegian and 2 Royal Caribbeans just us.

    We love going on cruises just the two of us; we enjoy gambling and drinking etc... but when we were on the Dream; we found we spent a lot of time as a family. Our son went into the kids' club for specific classes he wanted to do and we did enjoy a late dinner just ourselves one night but we spent the evenings hanging with him having a blast; sometimes enjoyed later evening swimming after dinner, or doing Character meets, shows etc... We are all exhausted by 10 and often had a bedtime snack and hit the sack. We then got up early; had breakfast and hit the pools again before it got busy. We are all very fair and do pool/outdoor time in the morning and evening and find alternative activities like movies and indoor fun during high sun.

    I say if you are looking for strictly adult time with more then two or three adult options maybe DCL isn't exactly what you are looking for but if you are looking to really have quality time with the kids it is the PERFECT place.
    I agree; check out the Navigators on allears.com they are a great way to see what is going on.

    We are booked on the fantasy for April 2014.
     

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