The allure of an All-Inclusive cruise is always, well, alluring. But perhaps the idea of battling for pool space with toddlers leaves a bit to be desired. And a Disney Cruise practically screams “small children on sugar overdose”, so why would you want to commit those 5 days of vacation off work to a Disney Cruise? As a Disney adult if you’re thinking that a Disney Cruise is only for kids. Think again. A Disney Cruise for Adults may be just what you need.
Disney Cruise for Adults
If you’re thinking a Disney Cruise is all character meet and greets and pirate dance parties, think again. Whether you’re adults traveling with kids, a solo traveler, or just traveling with friends you will be surprised to see loads of activities curated especially for Disney Adults. Adult Programs on a Disney Cruise are more plentiful than you think. From programs for foodies to bingo to trivia to specialty bars. Here’s everything you can find on a Disney Cruise Ship as a Disney Adult.
A Disney Cruise For Adults If You’re Bringing the Kids
Sure, watching diaper races is always a fun time, whether or not you’re drinking. But after a while, little voices and tantrums could easily ruin your well-planned Disney Adult Vacation. If you are traveling with kiddies know that there are oodles of programs and fun planned just for them too. You can send your children and teens off to special programming in the coolest spaces made just for Kids on a Disney Cruise. So there’s no need to feel guilty about dropping them off. Finally, you will be able to have some time to yourself. Here’s our list of things to do if you’re taking a Disney Cruise as an Adult.
Are there any Adult-Only Disney Cruises?
No, there are not any adult-only Disney Cruises. But, know that there are many adults traveling without children on a Disney Cruise. So you don’t have to worry about feeling weird or different. Adults traveling alone on a Disney Cruise is fairly typical. Why not? There are trips to Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay, Drinks of the Day, a 10k Bingo Jackpot to win, Signature adult-exclusive restaurants, and an adult-only deck. So even though you may see many children and families during your cruise, know that for the most part, they are well behaved and won’t really be in your way!
10 Things to Do on a Disney Cruise for Adults
Ok. Chances are if you’re an adult considering a Disney Cruise then you actually like Disney! No shame there. What we love most about a Disney Cruise is that in addition to all the grown-up things, there are also fun Disney things. Hidden Mickeys are everywhere. There are Disney Trivia challenges you probably know the answers to. There’s a theater that runs Disney movies throughout the day, and Disney Broadway shows in the evening.
Drinks of the Day
Drinks of the Day are offered in both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version and so much fun! We love that you don’t have the be a drinker to have fun as a grown-up on a Disney Cruise. But, naturally, a Disney Cruise for Adults means that you’re over 21 and able to join in on the fun if you want. Know that almost all of the adult programs have an alcoholic offering ( if you want it) as part of the good time! In the Anyone Can Cook cooking program, even the Apple Cobbler is made with rum. Some programs are even offered in the Disney Lounges on the Disney Cruise Ships. Meaning that you get amazing surroundings and a chance to explore all the ship’s cool spaces.
Adult Bars on the Adult Deck
If you’re looking for something more serious than a cocktail of the day, the adult section of the boat has a secluded pool, bar, and hot tub. The adult deck is tucked away in the forward away from the noise and kiddie areas. So whether you’re looking for the scotch, a tri-colored bahamarita, or a glass of wine hand-picked by the cruise Sommelier you are covered. You may not be stumbling around the world at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, but considering you’re on a boat that’s probably a good thing.
Adult Exclusive Deck
The forward part of the ship is Adult-Only and includes a pool, hot tub, and deck. Of course, there may be a stray child that wanders onto your area of the deck, but for the most it is child-free. Here you can watch sports on the tv at the bar, order the best drinks, lounge about in the pool or hot tub and layout, just soaking up the sun. What’s nice about this area is that it remains fairly empty, so you can relax in peace and quiet.
Adult Only Disney Cruise Programs
Are you a morning person? If so, you’ll be sure to find a morning Sunrise Stretch or group cycling class available at Senses spa. By 10 am the Adult programs start and consist of culinary classes, crafts, and ’70s, ’80s, and 90’s music and movie trivia. Even Mojito tastings are offered. At the port, you can look forward to more adult-focused opportunities. Diamond and precious gem shopping with Disney’s shopping expert is all the rage if you’re docking at Nassau, Bahamas. Or if you’re in the mood for alone time, quiet, or yoga on the beach, you can head out to Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay’s adults-only beach.
The food served on any Disney Cruise is first-class. If you’ve ever been on a cruise you know it’s all about the food. No matter which Disney Cruise you pick the restaurants are sure to be stellar. We’ve sailed on several Disney Cruises and there are so many great restaurants not only for families but also adults. Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder offers New Orleans fare and classic beignets as an option for dessert. These are rumored to be much better than the beignets in French Quarter at Walt Disney World, so obviously a must-try. Live music in Louis Armstrong style made for a nice ambiance and you can head to the French Quarter Lounge onboard for drinks.
Animators Palate has been one of our favorite restaurants, mainly because the digital picture frame televisions that covered the walls provided endless entertainment. Showing the film cell drawings of many Disney classics. And if you’re looking for something really fancy ( about 75 dollars a plate fancy) Palo is an adult-exclusive signature restaurant that has a dress code. But you will have to pay for your Palo meal and make reservations, as it isn’t included in your cruise.
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Disney Cruise Specialty Bars
All Disney Cruise Ships have Lounges. And all are themed to perfection, but not necessarily to Disney! For example on the Disney Wonder, The Cadillac Lounge is a piano bar that offers a nice throwback to the good ‘old days. Crown and Fin is “a proper English pub” and is littered with board games, a dartboard, and a pool table in case you decide to show up and hang out all day. And Azure is bathed in blue lighting for a classy club-like atmosphere. This is where you’ll find dance parties, karaoke, and bingo. The Disney Wish has amazing spaces perfect for grown-ups, including a barber salon with a prohibition theme.
Senses Spa Services
One of our favorite things for Adults on a Disney Cruise is that you get access to spa services. Because sometimes you really need that! You also get access to the gym for free as a guest on a Disney cruise. Of course, the massage, acupuncture, and facials come at an extra cost. Nevertheless, while we were on board the spa was booked every day. So if you’re the kind that really needs to relax on this cruise, make a reservation. There is no need to do anything else- you’re on vacation.
Bingo. Who knew this was a Thing?
With a $10,000 dollar jackpot, the Bingo joy runs rampant. All Disney Cruise Ships host Bingo, trivia, and a variety of fun grown-up activities that involve money! Since this event usually takes place in a Disney Cruise Ship Lounge, you can count on loads of seating and loads of drinks. Truth be told we had no idea this was such a big thing but apparently people go crazy for Bingo. To the point that there is a line of people waiting to get in. So brush up on your bingo card strategy and join in on the fun with this one. The jackpot builds every night with winners along the way. Just another reason a Disney Cruise for Adults is always a good idea.
Live Stage Shows
Every Disney Cruise includes live stage shows. These Broadway-quality, award-winning shows were really the highlight of our trip. We were fortunate enough to see the Frozen show the night it debuted. The cast did an amazing job with plenty of original choreography and special effects. And as always Olaf is a favorite no matter your age. The shows play opposite your dinner time slot so there is no excuse to not attend every single one during your stay. However, if you find them warring this is also a great time to enjoy having the boat somewhat to yourself. But, if you’re all in, grab popcorn and head into the show!
Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay
Many of the Disney Cruise Vacations include a stop at Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay. Once on Castaway Cay, adults get access to their very own beach, Serenity Bay. Along the far end of the island at the end of the Bike and Hike trail, you will find Serenity Bay. This is Castaway Cay’s Adult-Only beach. Complete with a bar, small restaurant, restrooms, beach chairs, and music you may not have to return to the other parts of the island at all before it’s time to get back onboard the ship. There are also private cabanas stocked with little luxuries like sunblock, towels and water are available for an extra cost. In the mornings the music is soft and calming like the waves of the ocean. But by afternoon you can feel the Caribbean vibes as people start getting drinks, food, and of course the free ice cream that pops up everywhere on this all-inclusive Disney cruise.
Most Disney Adults need coffee, even on a Disney Cruise. But, know that specialty drinks cost extra. Typically located on the adult area of the deck, the cafe offers amazing specialty coffees. You could also get these treats with your desserts at meals. We loved the Cinnamon Mickey Mocha at Tiana’s Place and the Chai at Animators Palate. And if you are up for something a little less sweet the cappuccino is a perfect drink for the morning stroll along the deck.
Disney Cruise for Adults
Whether you’re traveling with family or alone be sure to indulge in the little things offered for adults on a Disney Cruise. You’re sure to find something that floats your boat:) Check out all our Disney Cruise Line Posts!