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Our Posh Guide to a Disney Cruise for Adults

by Mommy Frog on January 23, 2024

 

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Roll call! Disney adults, raise your hand! Not surprisingly, both Leap and I have our hands proudly raised! If you've been hopping along with us for a while, you know we've already shared our guides to Disney World with Adults and Disneyland with Adults, but today, we're expanding to share everything you'd want to know about the adult-only spaces on a Disney cruise. A Disney cruise can be a frogtastic experience for adults, offering a mix of relaxation, entertainment and magical moments. We'll share helpful info, our top tips and things to consider when planning a Disney cruise for adults. And we're so excited to announce that your favorite frogs now offer exclusive Disney Cruise Line savings! So grab your favorite (adult) beverage and let's get started.

Disney Cruise for Adults - Adult couple on a Disney cruise

Planning a Disney Cruise for Adults

It's no secret that Disney Cruise Line is the number one rated cruise option for families. It's a no-brainer, right? From special character meet-and-greets, and themed Disney kids clubs, to the seemingly endless amount of family-friendly amenities and activities — a Disney cruise vacation just makes a lot of sense for families with children.

We've cherished every family Disney vacation at sea and are eager to embark on more in the future. BUT, we've also experienced the magic of a Disney cruise without the kiddos. Yes, our friends and family give us the side-eye when they ask, "Isn't a Disney cruise just for kids?" It's a valid question and one you might be asking yourself. Well, let us assure you — a Disney Cruise isn't exclusively for kids. In fact, we had an incredibly enjoyable and froggerific trip without the little ones. (But, shhh! Don't let Lily and Tad in on our secret!)

Disney Cruise for Adults - Disney Couple

Whether you're cruising with the tadpoles and in need of adult hideaways during their playtime at the kids' clubs, or if you're embarking on a child-free voyage, we've got all the details to assist you in planning the ultimate adult getaway.

Adult-Only Areas on a Disney Cruise

This goes without saying, but you will obviously see and hear lots of children on a Disney cruise. If you prefer a cruise setting without any kids around, then a Disney Cruise might not align with your preferences. Instead, we'd suggest exploring options with cruise lines such as Virgin or Viking for a more adult-oriented experience. Your friendly frogs here have some fantastic deals on these cruise lines too!

Disney Cruise for Adults - The Rose Bar and Lounge

We personally love the energy and joy that children bring to the world. However, we're also realists and can be open about the desire to enjoy upscale and tranquil environments without the kiddos. Across every vessel in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, you'll discover allocated spaces designed exclusively for adults. Remarkably, approximately one-third of each ship is dedicated to these adult spaces, including lounges, nightclubs, restaurants, pool areas, as well as spa and fitness facilities. Quite impressive, wouldn't you say?

Quiet Cove 

One of our frog-favorite adult-exclusive spots is known as the Quiet Cove on Disney Cruise Line ships. Nestled away from the buzz of family activities, this secluded oasis is designed for grown-up relaxation for the 18+ crowd. This is where you can find yourself lounging by the tranquil pool, basking in the sun or just enjoying the peaceful ambiance with a refreshing beverage in hand. In addition, there are comfy loungers, and several whirlpool spas situated throughout the space.

Disney Cruise for Adults - Quiet Cove Infinity Pool

Cove Café

Cove Café on the Disney Cruise ships is another peaceful spot just for adults. Here, you can enjoy specialty coffees, teas and pastries away from the ship's busier areas. I like to kick back in the comfy seats, take in the sea views and just allow myself to unwind. Whether you're a coffee lover or just want a quiet break, the Quiet Cove Café is a go-to spot for a bit of calm and zen at sea.

Disney Cruise for Adults - Cove Cafe

Adult Dining Options

For a refined culinary experience sans the kiddos, you'll want to set your sights on either Palo (or Palo Steakhouse on the Disney Wish), Remy or Enchanté. These sophisticated restaurants are designed exclusively for grown-up tastes.

Palo & Palo Steakhouse

Palo boasts breathtaking ocean views and a menu inspired by the flavors of Northern Italy. This adults-only gem is the ideal setting for a romantic brunch, or dinner and can be found on the Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy. The Wish is home to Palo Steakhouse. Get excited because here you can indulge in an array of dishes, from exquisite seafood to mouthwatering steaks. The atmosphere is both elegant and relaxed. To secure a spot at Palo, you'll want to make reservations online or onboard the ship. We highly recommend the chocolate souffle for dessert!

Disney Cruise for Adults - Palo Steakhouse

Remy

For an even more exclusive experience, consider Remy — an upscale French restaurant named after the beloved rat-chef from "Ratatouille." The atmosphere is refined yet intimate, with an emphasis on artful presentation and exceptional flavors. Remy is the epitome of fine dining at sea and the menu offers a multi-course menu paired with exquisite wines. This restaurant is advised by the three-Michelin-starred chef, Arnaud Lallement. Oh boy! We can't stop raving about the attention to detail and just how amazing the food was! Everything was so fresh and the combination of flavors was outstanding. Leap still talks about our experience here. Remy is located on the Dream and Fantasy.

On cruise itineraries 4 nights or longer, Remy also offers a champagne brunch and the Remy Dessert Experience.

Enchanté

On the Wish, Enchanté is a "Beauty and the Beast"-inspired venue that offers the most lavish culinary experience aboard. The gourmet menu is also meticulously crafted by the three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement and showcases seasonal ingredients sourced globally. In addition to dinner, Enchanté also offers a champagne brunch and a five-course dessert experience.

The Rose stands as the stylish lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté. Guests can access The Rose through a corridor adorned with exclusive artwork designed just for the Wish. Alongside a curated selection of fine wines and liquors, The Rose offers a special menu featuring amuse-bouche and small plates straight from the Enchanté galley.

Disney Cruises - Palo Ravioli

There's an additional cost associated with all the adult-only restaurants, but we've always considered the experience well worth the investment. Don't froget that there is a dress code where semi-formal or formal attire is required. We have found that you don't have to be super dressy, but a clean and polished look is the way to go. Men, shorts and open-toe shoes are not permitted. If needed, you can rent dressy attire from the Maitre d'.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Bars, Lounges & Nightclubs

On the Magic, you can immerse yourself in a variety of adult entertainment and nightlife. Start your evening at the sophisticated Keys piano bar to enjoy a cocktail and live music. For a taste of British charm, O'Gills Pub is a cozy pub where you can unwind with a pint. As the night unfolds, head to Fathoms nightclub to dance the night away. Onboard entertainment features adult-exclusive shows and events, including comedy performances and dance parties. Grown-up frogs, you'll never be bored here!

After Hours can be found on the Wonder, which has several different venues to suit various tastes. Azure, with its chic décor, provides a tranquil escape, while Crown & Fin Pub captures the essence of a British tavern. In the evening, Cadillac Lounge transforms into a lively hotspot with themed events and music. Be sure to check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for the daily lineup of shows and events.

The Skyline on the Dream offers skyline views of iconic cities that change as you "travel" to different city destinations. This makes for the most frogtastic spot for pre- or post-dinner drinks. The Evolution nightclub invites you to cut a rug, while Pink offers a chic, champagne-inspired lounge for a touch of glamour. The adult-exclusive scheduled events are a highlight, with comedy shows, dance parties and trivia making your cruise vacation a trip to remember!

Disney Dream - Bar

Meanwhile, aboard the Fantasy, the Europa district transports you to different European cities with O'Gills Pub, La Piazza, The Tube and Ooh La La. So swanky!

Disney Cruises - Bayou Lounge on the Disney Wish

For an adults-only cruise, Disney Cruise Line's latest addition, the Wish, stands out as our top recommendation. Currently holding the title of the largest ship in the fleet, the Wish has an abundance of dedicated adult-only spaces. Step into the sophistication of the Grand Hall, where Nightingale's, the ship's adults-only piano bar, awaits. Additionally, the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge provides an immersive journey to a galaxy far, far away. And not to be overlooked is Luna — a lively family hub by day, transforming into an exclusive adult lounge at night. Silent Disco, anyone?

Keg & Compass is a maritime pub with period-style paintings and an impressive ceiling map paying homage to Disney sea tales. Here, you can enjoy exclusive craft brews and bar bites. The Bayou, inspired by "The Princess and the Frog," welcomes adult frogs with a canopy of magnolia blossoms and a beautiful ambiance. Our froggy hearts certainly feel at home here.

If you get the chance, we highly recommend you attend the "Walking the Wish" tour. Led by a Disney crew member, you'll be taken on a tour of the Wish and discover fascinating details about the Imagineering and design elements that went into creating this magnificent vessel.

Mixology Classes & Beverage Tastings

Disney Cruise Line offers detailed and engaging beverage tasting and mixology classes. For wine lovers, expert-led tastings explore grape varieties, regions and expert pairing techniques. Craft beer aficionados can explore the world of unique brews, and learn about the brewing processes and flavor profiles. There are also hands-on mixology sessions that offer comprehensive classes all about cocktail crafting, covering essential techniques and flavor balance, often featuring Disney Cruise Line's signature concoctions.

To participate in these experiences, be sure to register online as soon as your booking window opens (according to your Castaway Club membership stats). You can check the cruise itinerary on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app and visit the onboard Guest Services or the designated venue to secure your spot.

Disney Cruise for Adults - Wine Tasting

Senses Spa & Fitness

Enjoy relaxation and wellness with the adult-exclusive spa and fitness centers aboard Disney Cruise Line ships. You can escape the bustle of everyday life as you enter the serene Senses Spa & Salon. Here, adults can rejuvenate mind and body with a range of spa treatments, from soothing massages to rejuvenating facials. You'll also want to unwind in the Rainforest Room, which features steam rooms, stone lounge chairs and hydrotherapy experiences.

Disney Cruise Line - Senses

For the adult froggies looking to stay active, the fitness center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. There are also invigorating classes, including yoga and spinning, available with panoramic ocean views. Whether you prefer the tranquility of a spa day or the energy of a workout, Disney Cruise Line makes it possible for adults to focus on their well-being even while sailing.

Disney Cruise for Adults - Senses Fitness Treadmills

Adults-Only Serenity Bay

Serenity Bay isn't just a beach; it's a retreat within a retreat. Situated on the far left side of Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, Serenity Bay is a secluded area exclusively for guests aged 18 and older. Disney has also announced that the upcoming Lighthouse Point will also feature Serenity Bay. In this private area, you find the Castaway Air Bar, open-air cabana massages and ample seating, including hammocks, all designed for adults to escape away from the lively family areas. Can you picture yourself sinking your toes into the powdery white sand, surrounded by swaying palm trees and listening to the sounds of the Caribbean Sea? If you haven't already guessed, this is where you'll find this mommy frog!

Even further, Disney Cruise Line elevates the vacation experience for adults by offering a range of adult-only port adventures. These excursions are just for the grown-up frogs and include unique and culturally rich experiences from exploring historic landmarks, indulging in local cuisine or adventurous activities such as snorkeling and parasailing.

Disney Magic - man and woman couple smiling under the Castaway Cay sign with Disney Magic cruise ship in the background

By now we can all agree that the Disney Cruise Line isn't just for the kids. A Disney cruise vacation includes tailored activities and spaces exclusively for grown-ups. From adult-only dining experiences and entertainment to tranquil spa retreats and secluded island paradises, the possibilities are almost endless! So, When are you booking your adult-only Disney cruise? Let us know in the comments!

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