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Disney Cruise Line: Adult Experiences on the Disney Fantasy

There is a common misconception that cruises on Disney Cruise Line are only for families with young children. That is not true at all, there are plenty of experiences for the adults where kids are not even allowed. I was part of a small media group on February 16, 2019, where we were invited to learn more about some of the offerings that were created with those 18 and older in mind. Our day was spent on the Disney Fantasy, but there are adult only experiences available on all four Disney Cruise Line vessels.

We started our day in the Cove Cafe. This is an adult only coffee shop. The coffee costs extra but the pastries are included in the cost of your cruise. We learned a bit about the history of Disney Cruise Line and also how Walt Disney loved to cruise. Cove Cafe is filled with little touches such as pictures of Walt and family and friends. We also saw one example of Enchanted Artwork, a still photo that has a little bit of magic appear from time to time.

We then headed to Senses Spa. This place is huge! This is where you will find the fitness center. There are classes that are held at the fitness center during the cruise. The classes and the center itself are complimentary. It is recommended that you sign up for the spin class because that one does tend to fill up. The views from the fitness center are incredible.

There is much more to Senses Spa than just the fitness center. You can receive a manicure or a pedicure. There is a full service hair stylist, offering the same services as your salon back home. There is also a barbering station, where men can get a shave, a haircut, and a facial. You can even have your teeth whitened onboard if you would like. These services all cost extra.

 

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Another stop at Senses was the Rainforest Room. There are plenty of experiences here that will help you to relax and unwind. We had a chance to see one of the couples’ suites. The package for couples includes your choice of treatments, massage, and even a private hot tub. We also stopped by the Senses Juice Bar and sampled some of their healthy options.

After Senses we headed to Deck 13 to visit Satellite Falls. This is an adult only wading pool. There’s a giant sphere in the middle that showers water down, although it was not on for our tour. There is another version of Satellite Falls on the Disney Dream. We also saw the Quiet Cove Pool. There is sometimes live music at the adult pool, and there is a bar where you can enjoy your drink in the water if you would like. It was pointed out that the lounge chairs in the adult pool areas are cushioned, while those in the family areas aren’t.

Part of our day included the Palo Be Our Chef experience. I’ll be writing up a full review of that soon, but let me touch on the highlights. Be Our Chef is available only on the Disney Fantasy. It’s part cooking class, and part meal and wine tasting. It’s limited to only eight guests per session, and it is recommended that you sign up on the Disney Cruise Line website. It is highly unlikely that any last minute spots will be open.

Palo is the 18 and up Italian restaurant that is found on all four Disney Cruise Line ships. Brunch and dinner are available, and it is not included in the cost of your trip. (I had brunch at Palo on the Disney Magic and it was fantastic.) Remy is also an adult only restaurant that is found on the Fantasy and the Dream. The food has a French flair, and there are nods to Remy from Ratatouille throughout the space. Remy is so high class that there are stools for women to put their bags on so that they do not have to put them on the floor. We didn’t eat there, but I’ve only heard good things about this restaurant.

We then visited Europa, which is a series of adult nightclubs. You’ll be able to visit different European countries without leaving the area! Skyline Lounge has backgrounds that feature different cities, and the city will change every 12 minutes. O’Gill’s Pub is an Irish sports bar. Oh La La is a French champagne bar with an upscale feel. La Piazza has plenty of Venetian touches. Possibly the liveliest place in Europa is The Tube. It resembles a subway (or Tube) station in London. In the evenings in The Tube you might find comedians, game shows, or you can dance the night away.

Our day ended with stops in two different shops. The first was Tiffany & Co. The Disney Fantasy is the only DCL ship where you’ll find this store. There is one exclusive Disney Cruise Line necklace for sale. There are also events held within the store during each cruise. The second shop was BVLGARI (or Bulgari). This store is brand new, it’s only been open since November. The most expensive piece in the store is a necklace that costs $98,000. One thing that we were told about the two high end jewelry stores is that people who may not normally stop at other locations will wander in on their cruise. It’s less intimidating than visiting a full store elsewhere.

I’d like to thank Disney Cruise Line for inviting me to see many of the things that are geared towards adults on the Disney Fantasy. A Disney Cruise Line vacation is not just for kids. It’s for the kid in anyone.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.