Anniverary Cruising - IS it adult enough ??

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  1. zdad

    zdad Tagless since 2005 !

    Mar 11, 2005
    Hi all. Planning my 25th wedding anniversary trip (1st week of January 2007). We love Disney, and have enjoyed cruises on other cruise lines in the past. So the apparantly obvious combination is a Disney Cruise. The question we have is......Would a Disney cruise be adult enough?

    We do fine at the Disney properties, because they are so big, and we know where and when to "get lost". A cruise ship is more confining. While we love kids and want to do Disney-type things, we don't want it to be a week solely in Fantasyland with a zillion screaming youngsters.

    Anyone with experience travelling DCL as an adult only couple, I'd love to hear your experiences and suggestions.

    Thanks !!!!
  2. DrCavin

    DrCavin DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2003
    First cruise I was expecting to see kids running wild everywhere - insert vision of Chuck-E-Cheese on a crowded day, didnt get that feeling once the entire week while on board. If you go down to the Goofy/Mickey pool area, you will encounter the most kids. The adult pool is great, few people & quite.

    The only thing that would change my mind on going on DCL would be cost vs another cruise line.
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  4. zweihund

    zweihund I tagged myself. I'm it.

    Mar 16, 2006
    I had the same worry, but you hardly notice them at all. We spent most of our time in the adult areas, but even in the dining rooms and theatres the children were very well behaved and just blended in.
    It is actually a worry of mine about other cruise lines......are the adult areas as peacefully quiet?
  5. N2DVD

    N2DVD Ready to cruise again in 2011!

    Apr 14, 2006
    My DW and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary on the Wonder May 18-21. Our honeymoon was at WDW, so we feel this is quite appropriate for us! There seems to be plenty for us to do that will keep us separated from kids for significant portions of time!
  6. MrsMork

    MrsMork Proud Old Geezer

    Sep 10, 2004
    Disney absolutely enforces adult only areas. You will find plenty of adult activities....the spa being one of my personnal favorites! :goodvibes They do not have a casino so if gambling is your thing you will miss that.
  7. lvstitch

    lvstitch Yankees Rule

    Nov 8, 2005
    We loved the adults only areas. Never had a problem with screaming kids. Serenity Bay was great on Castaway Cay too. We ate there and it was very quiet. When we headed back to the ship we passed Cookies and it was a mad house. I felt Disney did a really good job at making adults without kids feel just as welcome as families.
  8. HooKooDooKu

    HooKooDooKu <font color=orange>Only thing that beats a trip to

    Oct 8, 2003
    So far, I've enjoyed DCL more as a couple (5 trips) than as parents (twice).
  9. Verandah Man

    Verandah Man I DREAM of a FANTASY that's full of MAGIC & WONDER DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2003
    DW and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary in January 2005 aboard the Magic and had the best time ever!!! :thumbsup2
  10. TiggerKing

    TiggerKing If we don't go crazy once in a while, we'll all go

    Oct 27, 2000
    DW and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on DCL, and we are going back this year for our 8th anniversary. Had to cancel last year's anniversary cruise due to Uncle Sam. He wanted more money!

    I am also working to schedule our 10th anniversary on DCL. So, the answer is yes, it is adult enough. DW and I have no kids, and we had an absolute blast. The peace and quiet on Serenity Bay was wonderful. And, we never saw more kids than we would expect at any other non-Disney vacation site.
  11. Tibbles98

    Tibbles98 <font color=FF0033>I wished upon a star and look w

    Aug 3, 2002
    My DH & I celebrated our 17th anniversary on the NYE Magic cruise in 2003/2004 and we even renewed our wedding vows! :bride: Even though there were kids around, the adult area was the best place to be :yay: Congrats and have a blast!!! My DH, DS, & I will be hopefully be going on our third cruise in 2009 for my DH high school graduation gift!!! :woohoo:

    Lisa :disrocks:
  12. Hixski

    Hixski Snickers Martinis <font color=red>not</font> accep

    Mar 24, 2006
    My DH and I went on the Western Caribbean cruise this past September for our 20th. We had a wonderful time and I am glad we did the DCL cruise. Snorkeled in Grand Cayman, dolphins in Cozumel. Could not have asked for a better cruise.

    The adult areas are just that, "ADULT". We only saw one instance where someone tried to bring a child in the adult pool area. They hustled them out pretty quick. The adult area at CC was just awesome.

    We loved it so much we are doing another cruise on DCL September 2007.

    ME ::MinnieMo DH ::MickeyMo
  13. Snoopyto

    Snoopyto Disney Addict

    Apr 23, 2003
    We are on the 4/29 cruise celebrating our 9th. Very nice. DW is doing the spa and we finally hit the hot tub. It has been a wonderful cruise. I wish I could take another week off and afford to do a back to back cruise.

    Anyhow, Semi-Formal night, so off to get ready. Gotta have a nice post anniversary dinner, you know.......
  14. we4blairs

    we4blairs Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2006
    The adult areas were completely missed by us so I believe they are truly "adult". Our cruise was for our boys so it completely revolved around them. DH and I never really got any time alone that wasn't spent packing or planning the next day!

    We wanted to visit the pool and spa and serenity bay but just didn't have the chance on a 3 night.

    We'd love to go back some day just us but I think our kids would protest greatly! .....just have to wait about 12 years I guess until they are grown!
  15. jgc

    jgc Earning My Ears

    Apr 9, 2006
    This has been a great thread....I really love hearing about other's experiences....hubby and I are going on our first-ever cruise on the Wonder in Nov....we don't have kids and I have wondered how it would be....y'all are helping alot! :thumbsup2

    Keep 'em coming.....
  16. TiggerKing

    TiggerKing If we don't go crazy once in a while, we'll all go

    Oct 27, 2000
    Lisa, I hope you meant your SON's high school graduation! ;) :rotfl:
  17. cntkg1

    cntkg1 <b><font color=blue>Runs with Scissors!!<br><font

    Feb 1, 2005
    We also celebrated our 25th anniversary last year on the Magic. I have to agree with some of the previous posters. We mostly stayed in the adult areas and the spa. Plenty of kids at the shows but they were all very well behaved. I think it's the Pixie Dust that is sprinkled on all of us when we embark!! pixiedust:

    Go and enjoy yourself!! :bounce:
  18. WDWLVR

    WDWLVR <font color=green>DVC @ The Boardwalk</font><br><f

    Feb 17, 2000
    DH and I have no kids but have DCL cruises #8 & 9 booked for this year. I've sailed on other lines as well and can tell you that DCL does it best for kids and adults. Sure there are kids on board but they are so busy having fun in their own areas that you really don't see them in the adult only areas. The adults have their own pool, the spa, even their own beach on Castaway Cay. We love DCL!
  19. ragdoll

    ragdoll DIS Veteran

    Sep 7, 2000
    DH and I are taking our 9th DCL cruise this month. I cannot even imagine taking any other vacation. As other posters have said, there are plenty of adult only areas to enjoy. I would suggest booking the second dinner seating since most families with little ones try to book the early seating. That way you will be dining and attending the shows with fewer noisy children around. No flames please. I love my kids and grandkids more than anything. I just want a peaceful vacation and find that second dinner seating contributes to that end.
  20. MrsJobba1

    MrsJobba1 Dvc owner at BWV & SSR

    Mar 16, 2005
    Dh and myself are taking our 4th cruise in July. (sadly we have no kids)

    I agree with what has been posted before, the adult places on the ship are brilliant!

    Serenity Bay ( on castawy cay) is amazing. On one cruise there were only 8 other people on the entire beach. ! ;) The family beach was sooo crowded when we walked past :rolleyes:
  21. DrDO

    DrDO Mouseketeer

    Oct 9, 2001
    My wife and I have sailed three times on DCL with just the two of us. Have sailed cunard, rccl, and celebrity as well. Disney does a great job catering to adults. The adults only pool is great and the ages are enforce. Palo is a wonderful restaurant and serenity bay on castaway cay is a pleasant retreat.

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