Is a Disney cruise for adults? When you think of a Disney cruise you may first think about how much there is to do on board for children. However, what you may not realize is just how many activities and things to do there are for adults on a Disney Cruise. Whether you want to sit back and relax, watch an amazing show, or discover some of the fun activities on board there is always something for the adults to do on a Disney cruise.
Adult Exclusive Dining on a Disney Cruise
All of the Disney ships have restaurants which are exclusively for the grown ups. The rotational dining restaurants on the Disney ships are always a great option, but if you want to have a very special meal which is just for the adults, there are some great options.
The Disney Wonder, Magic, Dream and Fantasy all have the Palo adult only restaurants. Only the over 18s are allowed in the Palo dining room. This beautiful restaurant serving Italian style cuisine is located on Deck 10 of the Wonder and Magic, and Deck 12 of the Fantasy and the Dream.
Dinner, brunch and high tea is offered here. My particular favorite is the champagne buffet branch. There is a very good selection of cold buffet items and you can also order hot entrees cooked to order.
The charge for Palo is $30 per person for brunch and dinner. A wine pairing is available for the Palo dinner which is an additional $59. This takes the cost of a Palo dinner with wine pairings to $89 per person.
You can read our Disney Fantasy Palo Brunch Review
The Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream also have the Remy restaurant available for adults. This is widely recognized as one of the finest dining experiences at sea. The cuisine at Remy is French inspired. The setting and decoration is just beautiful. The Art Nouveau inspired interior is the perfect place for a romantic meal.
There are various options for dining at Remy. We think that the best option is the Remy Champagne Brunch which is offered at $60 per person with Champagne pairings available for an additional $30.
The Remy dinner is charged at $95 per person. A wine pairing is $105 extra. We know this takes it up to $200 per person, but this really is one of those once in a lifetime things that you have to do.
Remy also offers a Dessert Experience for $55 each, with wine pairings for $25. The final option is the Petites Assiettes de Remy for $50 which includes a wine pairing with each course.
The Disney Cruise Senses or Vista Spa
You will find a complete selection of spa services on board every Disney cruise. For the Disney Wonder and Magic it is the Vista Spa, and for the Disney Fantasy and Dream it is the Senses Spa.
The Spa offers massages, skin treatments, aromatherapy, pedicures, manicures and hair styling.
All of the Disney ships have the option to get a day pass for the Rainforest Room. This is an experience which we highly recommend, particularly on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. Here you will be able to relax and enjoy the sauna, steam rooms and showers. You can sit back and relax on one of the hot stone loungers. On the Disney Fantasy and Dream there are two large jacuzzis which look out over the back of the ship. It’s a great place to spend some time relaxing.
Serenity Beach Castaway Cay
Many of the Disney cruises have a port stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. Many guests say that this is one of the top highlights of their Disney cruise. If you want some quiet time away from the kids then head to the adult only Serenity Beach. This is a remarkably quiet haven which is a short tram ride away from the family beach. There is a bar and buffet available and plenty of loungers so you can soak up the sun.
For the absolute ultimate in luxury why not treat yourself to a Cabana Massage on Castaway Cay? Rates start at $147 for a 50 minute massage.
Here is our Ultimate Guide to Disney Castaway Cay
The Disney Quiet Cove Pool
There is a place where you can hide away from all the kids on board a Disney cruise – the Quiet Cove Pool. Whilst some cruise lines I have experienced have not been that great at truly providing a pool area just for the adults, Disney really does keep this space clear of the younger ones.
Perhaps it is because there is so much for the children to do on a Disney cruise they really don’t want to venture where the adults hang out!
Be Like a Kid!
For anyone who knows Disney World and Disney cruises well you know that part of the appeal is being able to get in touch with your childlike side! Disney gives you the chance to recapture your youth (no not with the treatments in the spa) by letting you act like a big kid if that is what you want to do.
You can get up close and personal with Mickey Mouse, a Disney Princess or even Jack Sparrow. Ride the Aqua Duck on the Disney Fantasy or Dream. Take part in one of the great family activities, or practice to be the next American Idol in karaoke. This really is an amazing chance to rediscover your inner child – in a good way!
All of the Disney cruise ships have a great fitness facility which are for the over 18s only. Each ship has a large gym with plenty of cardio and weight machines. There is also a good selection of classes particularly for early morning yoga or pilates so that you can start the day off well.
The gym on the Disney Wonder and Magic is not that big, but it doesn’t tend to get that crowded. If you want some help with your fitness regime then there are Personal Trainers available for a fee.
Another great feature of the Disney ships is the jogging track. This is a great opportunity to keep or even start your fitness program.
Disney Cruise Adult Enrichment Classes
The most popular of these are The Art of Entertaining and Stem to Stem Wine Tasting. Every day there are different classes which are adults, most of which do have a small charge of around $15 per person. The Art of Entertaining features a Disney chef preparing a dish from one of the Walt Disney World resorts or Disney cruises. There are also plenty of wine tasting, tequila and martini tasting classes on board.
Walt Disney World Entertainment
The shows in the Walt Disney Theatre are the best at sea. Disney certainly knows how to put on a show. There are some shows just for adults late at night. However, the over 18s will most definitely enjoy the Disney classic shows such at The Golden Mickeys,Tangled:The Musical, and Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular.
The Buena Vista Theatre shows movies throughout the day. From movie premiers to Disney classics there is something which will appeal to all ages.
The Cove Cafe
This is another quiet haven for grown ups on the Disney ships. It is located on Deck 9 on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, and on Deck 11 on the Disney Fantasy and Dream. Here you can relax in the comfortable chairs, read one of the magazines, enjoy a quiet conversation, and enjoy a drink from the menu of specialty coffee, tea, wines, and snacks. This is one of my favorite places on the Disney ships as it just has a very relaxing atmosphere where you can truly get away from it all!
Disney Cruise Entertainment Districts
Each Disney ship has an entire deck devoted to adult bars and lounges. In the day time this area is sometimes used for family activities, but after 9pm this is off limits to all but the over 18s.
On Disney Wonder and the Magic the area is After Hours,on the Fantasy it is The District.
There are bars and lounges to suit every mood and taste. As you would expect from Disney each space has it’s own theme and ambience.
There are so many things to keep the adults happy on a Disney cruise. The kids are not the only ones who will be asking when their next cruise is!