From timeless classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to modern day blockbusters like Frozen and Toy Story, setting sail on a Disney cruise turns childhood fantasies into magical realities. As expected, Disney Cruise Lines is far and beyond the number one choice for parents wanting to treat their little ones to an unforgettable at-sea adventure. Since launching in 1996 the line has won a plethora of industry awards, including Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Mega Ship Cruise Line for Families. The family friendly vessels are guaranteed to get kids jumping for joy, but youngsters aren’t the only ones who’ll have a fantastic time.
Wander around the decks of any Disney cruise ship and you’ll be blown away by the number of adults who appear to be having the time of their lives. So much so that some grown-ups even choose to sail with Disney sans kids! So what exactly does the line have to offer adults who expect more than a hug from Goofy, a high five from Mickey Mouse and daily screenings of Disney classics? Read on for some of our favourite adult oriented perks!
Adults only spaces
Disney may be predominantly focussed on the youngsters but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about the adults. Throughout Disney ships (and on its private island) you’ll find an array of adults only spaces. Think private pools with swim-up bars, exclusive restaurants serving five star cuisine and a handful of over 18s lounges. Passengers can also sign up for yoga classes, massages and adults only workshops.
Food for the mature palate
Thought cruising with Disney would be all about toasted sandwiches, fizzy drinks and sugary snacks? Think again! The standard of food on-board Disney cruise ships is world class. While there are plenty of kid friendly options adults are served up a tantalising menu that wouldn’t look out of place in the specialty restaurants of other adult oriented cruise lines. From pan seared salmon and escargot to truffle tortellini soufflé, adults definitely don’t have to settle for second best. Those watching their waistlines can also opt for healthy smoothies, fresh fruit and wraps.
Cruises are great for spending quality time together as a family but sometimes mum and dad need a little downtime. Disney is by far one of the best lines for palming off the little ones, with a constant itinerary of kids club activities, movie screenings, games, babysitting services and more. Parents can even request an attendant to pick up their kids after they’ve eaten dinner so they can enjoy a digestif or two.
Let the good times flow
Save the mocktails for the kids because Disney certainly doesn’t have a shortage of alcoholic beverages. Most restaurants are happy to serve up beer, wine or spirits with dinner while those on the search for a kid free experience can hit up venues such as the Pink champagne lounge and 687 sports bar. For parents that really want to let their hair down some ships even offer nightclubs and theatres showcasing cabarets, dance parties, karaoke competitions and live Broadway style shows.
Activities for the grown-ups
Accompanying kids to character meet and greets can soon get a little old. When you tire of on-screen magic seek out a little down time at the ultra-modern spa and fitness centre which offers workouts, treatments, massages and more.
Have we convinced you that Disney cruises aren’t just for the little ones? Whether you’re a solo sailor, a loved up couple or a family on the search for a budget friendly holiday, head over to Cruise 1st where you can snap up great deals on Disney itineraries. All aboard!
Images sourced via Disney Cruises Media Center. Credit: Disney Cruises.