7 Things for Adults on a Disney Cruise
Just like their parks, Disney cruises can be equally as fun for young-at-heart adults as they are for kids. Here are seven decidedly mature activities and venues that adults can enjoy on Disney Cruise Line.
1. Quiet Cove Pool
If you thought all of the pools would be filled with kids every day, you thought wrong! Each Disney ship has an adults-only Quiet Cove Pool. The space is outfitted with loungers and whirlpool spas, perfect for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. On Disney Dream and Fantasy, the pool is a three circle design broken up into a plunge pool, a whirlpool, and a shallow sunbathing pool with the Cove Bar adjacent to it. On Disney Wonder and Magic, the Quiet Cove Pool has a more traditional rectangle design with two whirlpools. Plus, you won’t need to go far to get a coffee, cocktail, or snack as the Cove Café is adjacent to the space. And don’t worry, Cove Café is adults-only too!
Tip: Aboard Disney Dream and Fantasy, don’t miss Satellite Falls, a wading pool featuring a circular rain curtain on the Satellite Sun Deck. It’s also adults-only, and just steps away from the Quiet Cove Pool.
2. Bars & Lounges
Each ship has a dedicated area that houses a number of bars and lounges, all of which are adults only. On Disney Dream it’s called The District, on Fantasy it’s Europa, and After Hours on Wonder and Magic. Almost all of the venues are unique to each ship, with a few exceptions. Both Disney Fantasy and Dream feature a metropolitan-inspired bar called Skyline, where screens made to look like windows are inlaid behind the bar. The images change throughout the night to different skylines from cities around the world, which means each time you visit may feel like a completely new experience. O’Gills Pub is another venue that can be found aboard two ships: Disney Magic and Fantasy. As the name implies, this sports bar is modeled after an Irish pub, where you’ll find global and Irish beers, the Blarney Stone Tasting Flight featuring Irish whiskey and Irish coffee, and more. Other venues in this area on different ships include the butterfly-inspired Evolution dance club, Keys piano bar, and Pink: Wine & Champagne Bar.
3. Palo & Remy
Disney Cruise Line features two specialty restaurants, and they’re both open to only adults. Disney Dream and Fantasy offer Remy, a French-inspired fine dining experience with a menu created by Chef Scott Hunnel, the expert behind the Five Diamond award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World, and 3-starred Michelin French chef Arnaud Lallement. This elegant venue is located near the top of the ship, and the sea views match the quality of the exquisite dishes. All of Disney’s ships also include the more laid-back, but still elegant venue Palo, which features northern Italian dishes with a modern twist. Live music and a child-free atmosphere seal the deal on this venue as the perfect spot for a relaxing date night.
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4. Senses Spa & Salon
For a day of ultimate relaxation and pampering, head to the Senses Spa & Salon which you’ll find on all of Disney’s cruise ships. The usual spa treatments are available, including massages, stone therapy, wraps, facials, and more. The salon offers haircuts, blowouts, manicures, pedicures, and other familiar salon services. The Disney ships also have a thermal suite, the Rainforest, which includes a sauna, steam room, heated ceramic loungers, multiple showers with different “rain” programs, and whirlpools. The best part is, the spa treatments and thermal suite are for only those 18 and up.
Tip: There is a special area in the spa just for teens ages 13-17 called Chill Spa. The Chill Spa features a hot chocolate wrap, acne attack facial, ice cream manicure, and other fun treatments. Plus, they even offer mother/daughter and father/son massages so you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your teenager.
5. Tastings & Mixology Classes
Just like on other cruise lines, Disney has a number of fun activities for adults throughout the day. One of the most popular is a hands-on mixology class, where you’ll learn how to make popular cocktails alongside fellow passengers. These sessions, held in one of the ship’s bars, also show you how to properly use drink-making equipment and teach you fun techniques to ensure your creation comes out perfectly. Cruisers will learn to make a variety of classic drinks, including margaritas, mojitos, layered shots, and frozen cocktails. Beverage tastings are also a popular choice. Wine, beer, rum, tequila and margaritas, whiskey, and martini tastings are all offered on Disney Cruise Line, although they may not all be available on every sailing. While you’re sipping spirits, you’ll also get to hear some facts and history about each beverage from the mixologist teaching the class.
6. Adults-Only Shore Excursions
In most ports that Disney’s ships stop in, there will be at least one excursion that’s only open to travelers 16 or 18 and older. Of course, the adults-only activities will vary greatly depending on the port, but it’s the perfect way to have grownup time while enjoying some of the best that the destination has to offer. Some of these excursions include ATV offroading in Bonaire, a historic saloon experience and city tour in Skagway, and a 3-course lunch and tour of the Ballymaloe House during a call in Cork, Ireland.
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7. Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay
Disney’s private island Castaway Cay has plenty of fun for everyone, and it’s the perfect place to have an adults-only beach day. Further away from the cruise pier, past the family beaches and shopping area, you’ll find another beach just for cruisers 18 and older. It’s called Serenity Bay, and this relaxing oasis comes complete with cabanas, a bar, and its very own BBQ buffet with all of the same dishes that are offered at the family beach BBQs. If you’re traveling as a group of adults and your voyage stops at this Bahamian island, Serenity Bay is the perfect spot to kick back and relax with a cocktail in hand.
Tip: If you enjoy running or want to start your Castaway Cay day bright and early, consider signing up for the Castaway Cay 5K. It’s completely free, but spots fill up quickly so sign up as soon as you can on embarkation day. This is a family event, but for avid runners or those who just want a challenge, it’s a great way to get onto the island before the masses and get your heart pumping.
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