If you ever considered taking a Disney Cruise Line Vacation, only to later reconsider because of the kid heavy nature of this vacation you aren’t alone. You have probably seen the promotional videos of families with small children and teenagers being welcomed onboard a Disney Cruise Ship. The ads show off families sliding down the AquaDuck Waterslide, playing together at Castaway Cay Disney’s private island, and noshing on delicious dinners in the ship’s beautiful dining rooms. It’s a common misconception that Disney Cruises are for families with children only and focus solely on kid-centric activities.
Lucky for you, this could not be more untrue. In fact, there are some activities on a Disney Cruise that are for adults only.
Exclusive Pool Decks
It stands to reason that you want to spend a lot of time relaxing poolside on your Disney Cruise Vacation. Enjoying the ocean breeze with a cocktail in hand is the epitome of relaxation. Luckily, there is an adults-only pool deck with ample seating, pools, and hot tubs on all Disney Cruises. The Quiet Cove Pool is a relaxing place to hang out if you want to escape the high energy and noise of the main pool.
This adults-only area is great for napping, swimming, or chatting it up with other cruisers on deck or in the hot tubs. Perhaps best of all, the adult deck is located toward the front of the ship and just a few steps away from the main deck. If your kids are playing outside on the main deck, you can easily pop outside at intervals to check in on them or snap photos of the fun.
As the Disney Cruise Line has evolved and grown so has the adults-only deck. The newer ships the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, have two adults-only pool decks. If you are a frequent cruiser on other cruise lines then you know that an adult-only deck is not unique to Disney Cruise Lines. Hanging out on the Serenity Deck on a Carnival Cruise or The Solarium on a Royal Caribbean Cruise were vacation highlights on previous cruise vacations.
What is unique to Disney Cruises, however, is both the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy have a teen deck for the youngsters to hang out on. This means, That the adult deck on Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream are much quieter than the adult decks on other cruise lines, where teens over 16 years old are welcome. Hooray for more deck chairs, and less loud chatter while I relax on the deck!
If you were looking to enjoy your romantic and quiet child-free dinner, Disney Cruises have options for you. Disney Cruise Line offers excellent options in fine dining. If you’re sailing aboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, or Disney Fantasy ships, consider booking a reservation at the Northern Italian-inspired eatery, Palo. Visit this exquisite dining experience where delicious brunch is served or enjoy the rich cuisine for dinner. The delicious food is cooked and styled to perfection and paired with an abundance of delicious Italian wine.
Dining at Palo is an additional cost, but the experience of this restaurant is well worth it. In addition to phenomenal food and an elegant experience, you can enjoy the solitude of a childless dining experience. You will need to make reservations for this dining experience, but we wholeheartedly recommended you make time to visit Palo during your Disney Cruise!
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There are plenty of places you can hang out on board that are child-free as well. As you might imagine, nightclubs and lounges along with beverage classes and tastings are kid-free. Why not try your hand at mixology on your cruise, or expand your palate with a wine tasting? Drink tastings and seminars are a great way to enjoy your vacation and learn in a kid-free area of the ship.
On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, we love the open-air bar on Deck 13, Currents. This is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and kick back in the breeze. Onboard the Disney Wonder, we recommend you visit the French Quarter Lounge. This New Orleans-inspired bar is not to be missed during your vacation. During the daytime, the French Quarter Lounge is a family-friendly spot with fun The Princess and the Frog-themed activities for kids and parents. In the evening, adults can enjoy classic cocktails and an adults-only experience. Let the good times roll!
Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay
Planning a day on Castaway Cay Island but worried it will be slammed full of kids? The good news, there is an adult-only area on the island as well. Serenity Bay, is a private adult-only section of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. If you’re looking to enjoy water activities or just hang out with a tropical drink in hand and enjoy the beauty of the Bahamas, Serenity Bay is the place to be.
Rainforest Room Pass at Disney Cruise Spas
When you’re back on board and looking to hang out away from kid traffic, we have some recommendations. Hitting the spa is an incredible way to really get your relaxation on and pamper yourself during your Disney Cruise Vacation. Senses Spa is known for incredible facials and massages that are blissful, but there are a plethora of spa experiences and treatments to choose from.
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Did you know all of the Disney Cruise Ships have an option for you to purchase a Rainforest Room pass for the day? Yep, you’ll be able to relax in a child-free space for the entire day while you enjoy the steam room, showers, and sauna. Couple this with the spa treatment, or opt to purchase only the Rainforest Room pass. Either way, we bet this will make for an unforgettable and relaxing day. The spa and fitness center are adults-only areas, so you’ll be able to unwind or work out in peace while enjoying the solitude of the vast ocean around you.
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As a general rule, you will probably be surprised at just how often children tend to group together and stay away from adults on a Disney Cruise. We can hardly blame them, with activities and programming for children, why would the kids want to hang out with the adults? Disney’s Oceaneers Club is a club for kids 3 to 12 years old where they can enjoy cruise programming, interact with characters, learn new things and explore a Disney Cruise from their own perspective.
The tween crowd will enjoy visiting Club Edge and the activity center where they can play games, enjoy arts and crafts and hang out to watch those awesome Disney movies. Teens have their own space called Vibe. They will love chilling out and plugging in, in this exclusive teen space equipped to help kids connect, have fun, and enjoy their vacation just as much as mom and dad. With all these fun options at their fingertips, you won’t be tripping over children on deck. That’s the real scoop on Disney Cruising for Adults! Learn more about Disney Cruise Vacations and book yours here.