Most people think of Disney Cruise Line as a family brand best for children, but it can also be a great experience for adults too, whether they be parents when the kids are in the children’s clubs or those alone to themselves.
The most obvious thing for adults to enjoy onboard a Disney ship is the single largest space exclusive to those 18 and over onboard: After Hours on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, The District on the Disney Dream and Europa on the Disney Fantasy. These entertainment zones all feature a nightclub for comedy shows and dancing, as well as several different themed bars, some with their own great live music. Skyline on the Dream and Fantasy is especially awesome with its digital evening metropolitan views.
Up on deck is another area dedicated exclusively to adults in the form of Cove Cafe. Here guests can grab a specialty coffee and kick up their feet while watching the passing scenery go by or reading a good book or magazine. It’s easily one of the quietest spots on the whole ship for a perfect escape.
Just outside the Cove Cafe is the adults-only Cove Pool where one can take a dip without any children around while also ordering a mixed drink at the nearby bar. For an additional retreat, the Dream and the Fantasy also have the secondary Satellite Falls wading pool all the way forward on the upper deck complete with a gentle water curtain falling from the globe above.
Palo and Remy
All four ships have Palo as a specialty restaurant exclusively for adults to enjoy at dinner or sea day brunches. The dining room is perfectly Italian themed with traditional cuisine in honor of the Magic’s and Wonder’s building location at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy. When the larger Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy were later constructed in Germany, Remy was added as another adults-only specialty restaurant themed to the titular chef character from “Ratatouille.” The French cuisine is sublime. Both dining rooms cost extra but are far worth the surcharge.
Kids at Heart
Meanwhile, everything else onboard that is commonly accessible to families is available to adults as well. Half the fun of being an adult on a Disney cruise is the chance to be a kid at heart and enjoy the character meet-and-greets and entertainment as much as a child. And no one will ever judge you for it. So, watch a 3D film screening of the latest Marvel film and buy a Pixar pin. It’s all in good family – and adult – fun.
If you’re an adult keen to enjoy activities popular among families, wait until a port day to stay onboard and partake then. When parents and children are off the ship, everything is much easier to access, particularity the AquaDuck and AquaDunk waterslides, as well as the interactive Enchanted Art and its Midship Detective Agency scavenger hunt.
Jason Leppert is the Editor-in-Chief of Popular Cruising, the leader in video cruise reviews.