How Adults Can Have Fun on a Disney Cruise
1. Scope out the adults-only spaces on board
These serve as a haven from the hustle and bustle of the family areas. On the Disney Dream, this included the spa, gym, a Jacuzzi, pool, two restaurants, and the myriad of bars.
2. Take advantage of the activities
If you think Disney only knows how to entertain kids, you’re sorely mistaken. From whiskey and rum tastings (at an extra cost) to karaoke and trivia nights, we thought these would be cheesy but it ended up being a highly entertaining way to spend a night. Bonus: On a big ship, you’ll never get dragged up on the karaoke stage if you don’t feel comfortable singing. You’re free to sit back, sip a martini, and judge in peace.
3. Look for adult bonding time
Head to a ship pub to catch a sports game, and you will find droves of people cheering for their favorite teams—just like what was happening at sports bars all over the world.
4. Steer clear of crowds
During port excursions, opt for the smaller-group activities, or look for options that are adult-only, such as a snorkeling tour that ends with a rum tasting. And at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, there’s an entire beach (aptly called Serenity Bay) for those 18 and over. We headed straight there after docking and had our pick of beach chairs. I loved the complimentary yoga session that was held on the beach in the morning. Crew members stroll up and down the beach with drink menus, and come lunchtime, they set up a separate buffet so you don’t have to trek down to the main beach. Even though we’d come off a ship with thousands of people, it truly felt like we were on a peaceful island retreat.
5. Splurge on fine dining
The best thing about a cruise is that it’s all-inclusive, but certain things truly do merit the extra cost. We paid $30 extra each to eat Palo, the adults-only Italian restaurant and loved every second. The servers were knowledgeable, friendly, and happy to bring an extra appetizer or dessert if we couldn’t decide between two. My boyfriend, who returned recently from a trip to Italy, said the gnocchi rivaled the best he’d had there. And though we were on the three-night cruise, there were couples that admitted they’d dined at the specialty restaurants more than once. There’s also Remy (which costs $80 per person), which serves French food and requires men to wear jackets.
6. Drink on a budget
Liquor is not included in the cruise fare, and purchasing one-off cocktails, wines, and beers can add up quickly. Luckily, Disney has a liberal booze policy. Guests are welcome to bring their own onboard, as long as it fits in your day bag. And there’s also a duty-free shop on board that sells bottles at very reasonable prices. And every day, there’s a specialty frozen cocktail available at a discounted price.
7. Embrace your inner kid
Let’s face it—a Disney cruise is the absolute last place to take yourself too seriously. This is the time to kick back and act like a kid again, whether it means binge-watching Disney movies or starting lunch off with a chocolate chip cookie. One night at dinner, I spotted one of the kids at the next table with a Mickey-shaped ice cream bar from the children’s dessert menu. The next night, I slyly asked our server if I could go off-menu for dessert and have a Mickey Bar. “Sure,” he said. “Can I see some ID?”