Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Did you know that Disney Cruise Line is not just for kids!? Have you been contemplating a voyage onboard one of Disney’s amazing ships, but not sure if it would be right for you? Keep on reading to learn why everyone can have fun on a Disney Cruise Line sailing, even without children!
When I told my husband that I wanted to go on a Disney Cruise, he was skeptical. He wanted to go to Italy, eat great food, and experience authentic culture. He enjoyed going to Walt Disney World, but wanted to do something special for our first anniversary, and wasn’t sure how a Disney Cruise Line sailing could possibly be right for a couple without children.
Luckily, I was able to convince him otherwise.
After months of planning, researching, and reassuring my husband we would have a good time, we arrived in Barcelona, ready to embark on our 7 Night Mediterranean cruise. While I am confident I told my husband about all the great things we would experience, I think there is a good chance he forgot everything as soon as we saw the ship – especially about what was included in the price. The amount of times I heard him say “Well let’s just order room service since it’s free”? I lost track. But I can tell you every night we had cookies and fruit before going to bed.
Our first day was at sea, and it perfectly set the mood for our vacation. We took advantage of the adult-only pool area for most of the day, and trust Disney to have a little extra magic, as we couldn’t hear any of the noise from the other pool areas where the kiddos were splashing around. Having the poolside bar, spa, hot tubs, and coffee lounge didn’t hurt either. We quickly realized that there were many other couples of all ages, and we didn’t stand out as travelling without children.
We took advantage of exploring the ship; while we didn’t go to the dance venues at night, we loved going to O’Gills Pub for board games and trivia, or listening to live music at Keys, the piano bar. The nightly shows were Broadway caliber, and we would wander around the upper decks or head back for a nightly dip in the hot tub before returning to our stateroom.
One great highlight was the amazing Italian restaurant Palo. My husband would still say it is the best meal he’s ever had – and considering we were sailing through Italy and France, I think that says a lot! Palo is adult-only dining, and is an additional cost but it is so worth it! Aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, you also can book a meal at of French fine dining at Remy (keep your eyes peeled for a the little chef scurrying around the lights), based off of the Pixar film, Rataouille.
And then there was the itinerary – we explored some of the most beautiful cities in the Europe, and learned about rich history as well. We hiked through the ruins of Pompeii, wandered around Vatican City after visiting the Colosseum, bought a painting in Florence and strolled hand in hand through Villefranche before swimming in the ocean. It gave us a great taste of Italy, and we can’t wait to return on another cruise!
So whether you are young or not-so-young, Disney Cruise Line has something for you! Contact your Vacation Specialist to learn more about what sailing is best for you – including new 2020 itineraries!
– Haylee Neal