A short cruise on the Disney Dream reveals plenty of fun for grown-ups.
By Deborah Reinhardt
“Are you crazy? Why would anyone go on a Disney cruise without kids?” The question came from a cruise passenger in front of my friend and me as we waited to disembark the Disney Dream. He had been on the three-day cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla., with his godchildren and their parents.
The Godfather, I guess, missed the happy, relaxed looks on our faces, so we answered, “Because it’s fun and a great experience for adults.”
If anyone, like the Godfather, is harboring similar questions but is too afraid to ask, let Disney make you an offer you can’t refuse. Sure, Disney Cruise Line–with its three, soon to be four, ships–excels in family vacation experiences. But adults can have an affinity for Disney, too.
During a recent five-day trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando that included a short cruise on the Disney Dream, I saw at least a dozen couples in bride-and-groom mouse ears, a happy new couple posing for unforgettable wedding photos on Castaway Cay (the cruise line’s private island), and hundreds of people packing Disney stores. For Disney fans, a cruise on the Disney Dream is a no-brainer. It’s like coming home to them.
A greater number of adults grew up with Disney but are not serious collectors or fans. We fell into this demographic, and for us, a cruise on the Disney Dream was indeed magical.
Quiet Cove on deck 11 is an area with an adult pool, hot tub, bar, and coffee lounge. Comfortable seating and deck lounges make this a relaxing–and surprisingly quiet–shelter.
The District on deck 4 has five lounges for adults to enjoy. The sports lounge, 687, named for the ship’s block number in the shipyard, was a great place for fans to gather and watch World Series action. In Pink, a bubbly champagne bar, adults sample Prestige Rose bottled by Taittinger just for the ship.
Specialty restaurants Palo (Italian) and Remy (French) are available only to adult passengers. The Meridian lounge is between the two and is a lovely place for a drink prior to your dinner reservation.
Senses Spa and Salon has a fabulous Rain Forest relaxation area. Two whirlpools facing the ocean warmed our tired muscles. Heated tiled chaises invite adults to stretch out with a good book, while showers invigorate with different sprays and aromas.
Slice of Paradise
Castaway Cay is the passengers’ favorite part of the cruise, according to Hotel Director James Willoughby.
“It drives the whole experience,” he said.
Adults have their slice of this Bahamian paradise at Serenity Bay. Rent tubes or floats and relax in the gorgeous water. A fantastic barbecue lunch is served just a few feet from your beach lounge and umbrella, and full bar service is in the area. Rent a bike and explore the island on well-marked trails. Grab one last souvenir at one of the island shops.
Magic in the Details
Grown-ups, with or without kids, can appreciate the acute attention to detail on the Disney Dream that starts with a marvelous crew. Outstanding service, wonderful cuisine beautifully presented, and exceptional entertainment for adults–as well as families–all are part of a Disney cruise. It’s the type of ageless magic we want to experience again.
Deborah Reinhardt is managing editor of AAA Midwest Traveler and AAA Southern Traveler.