Monday, May 15th, 2023
Before my husband and I set sail on our first Disney Cruise Line vacation together, the first response people would say to us was, “You’re going on a Disney cruise without children? Why would you do that to yourself?”. To be honest – I get it! When you hear ‘Disney’ your first thought is not ‘adult’ vacation. However, this was one of our favourite vacations to date, so much so that we’ve already planned to set sail again for our 5th wedding anniversary this summer.
So let’s break down some of the reasons we love sailing on a Disney Cruise Line vacation without kids!
“And I look at you and I’m home” – Dory, Finding Nemo
Those of you who have been on a Walt Disney Travel Company vacation (including but not limited to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in Southern California, Adventures by Disney, or Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii) will most likely agree that the Disney Cast Members provide some of the highest level of care and attention to ensure a magical vacation. I can assure you that when you’re at sea, it’s no different. When you check-in, a Cast Member will say “Welcome Home”, and that is exactly how I felt!
In the Fall of 2022, we sailed on a 4-night cruise from San Diego, California, roundtrip to Baja Mexico (Cabo San Lucas) aboard the Disney Wonder. The Disney Wonder is one of the original vessels of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. While the ship is small compared to the others in the fleet, one of the best parts is that you start to recognize the Crew Members pretty quickly! But you especially forge connections with your Stateroom Hosts whose task is to ensure your stateroom is comfortable and clean everyday (they visit twice a day!) and your Dining Team helps keep your thirst quenched and stomachs full! Rotational Dining is a great feature on the Disney Ship, it means your Dining Team (Head Server, Assistant Server, and Server) will follow your party every night to your rotational restaurant. They learn your name, get to know if you like your water with lemon and ice, or if you hate tomatoes!
Our next cruise will be in the Mediterranean, somewhere neither of us have ever been. I’m a little nervous to travel so far from home but I can feel my anxiety levels decrease knowing I will find respite and relief when I step back onboard the ship each night. Travelling can make many folks feel uneasy, especially after being at home for so many years. Personally, I find it comforting to know I will still feel at home while I’m an ocean away!
“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome.” – Walt Disney
The big thing I hear folks complain about is that Disney is too… Disney! Especially if we are not traveling with kids! Let me remind you, one of the best features about the Disney brand is the evolution, development, and acquisition of new franchises. So, yes, you will see lots of the iconic Mickey Mouse symbols on the ship, whether it’s in the design of a chandelier or a carpet, or literally the Mouse himself strutting through the atrium, but depending on the sailing itinerary you might just spot your favourite Marvel superhero or Pixar pal! Our sailing was a special “Halloween on the High Seas” themed itinerary – so we saw characters like Jack Skeleton and Sally meeting Guests, occasionally hearing songs like ‘Monster Mash’ in the hallways and screenings of Hocus Pocus 2!
Although much of the storytelling on board is Disney or Disney-adjacent, the attention to detail and commitment to the story is truly immersive. For instance, on the Disney Wonder you are transported to New Orleans when you dine at Tiana’s Place! As a fan of Princess and the Frog, I loved seeing Tiana greet guests around the restaurant but as a jazz fan, my husband enjoyed listening to the talented musicians in the Crawfish Crooners serenade the crowd with jazz and Disney-classics. So, even if you aren’t a big fan of any particular Disney brand, the commitment to the theming will still be something to marvel at, kids big and small.
“Hakuna Matata” – Timon and Pumba, The Lion King
To some, a Disney vacation is synonymous with children running around screaming and long line ups. We did not find either of these stowed away on a Disney Cruise ship! Especially since we spent a majority of our time in the adult-only sections. For parents, they can enjoy these areas as their toddlers and little ones play in the Oceaneers Club or Lab, or as tweens and teens hang out in Vibe and Edge.
For a Disney Cruise Line vacation there’s ‘me’ time (age-appropriate areas / activities) and ‘we’ time (fun for the whole family). Some of the ‘we’ time activities did not appeal to us, so when the whole family was enjoying lively deck parties we were lounging in the Rainforest Room* at the Senses Spa or on ‘Pirates Night’ during the fireworks, we opted for an intimate dining experience at Palo’s*. I highly recommend taking advantage of adult-only areas during off-hours to make the experience even better!
If you’re considering a cruise and you are looking for high quality service, immersive entertainment, and maximum relaxation, I highly recommend adding a Disney Cruise Line vacation to the top of your list!
– Miranda Burton
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