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IMG_1428By Darlin’ Diva

So you want to take a vacation alone.  What a great idea!  It could be a romantic getaway full of rest, relaxation, good food, and fun!  Why not set sail with Disney Cruise Line?  I know what you’re thinking – There are so many cruise lines and itineraries to choose from, why would anybody take a Disney cruise without children?  There are plenty of reasons!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Disney is in the entertainment business and they are experts in magical vacations for guests of all ages.  So push any guilt you may be feeling about leaving the children at home and think about these….

Five Excellent Reasons to take an Adults-Only Disney Cruise:

Adults-only dining:  It doesn’t matter which ship you choose, there will be options for dining without children.  Yes, there is a $25 per-person upcharge for each meal, but the food, service, wine selection, and romantic ambiance are worth every penny.  Brunch and dinner are available.  My best tip?  Do them both!IMG_0396

Spa and Fitness Center:  A huge menu of spa treatments exists.  Couples massage?  Check.  Mani / Pedi?  Check.  Facial?  You bet.  And so much more is available on a Disney cruise.  The spa also has a large workout area and even offers complimentary exercise classes.  Why not make a couple of visits and alleviate some of the the cruise-calorie guilt?

Dedicated Pool / Lounge Area:  The Quiet Cove Pool is located on Deck 9 (Magic and Wonder) or Deck 11 (Dream and Fantasy).  Relax in a lounger, unwind in the hot tub, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a cold, refreshing beverage from the pool-side bar – no children allowed!  You can almost forget there are any kids on the cruise with you.

Excellent Entertainment and Night-life:  Live Disney entertainment is top notch.  Big Broadway-style shows are offered each evening for all ages.  In the adult entertainment district (night clubs and lounges), entertainment by comedians, ventriloquists, and musicians is strictly adults-only.  First run movies are also shown on board day and night.

IMG_1454Castaway Cay and Excursions – If your cruise happens to make a stop at Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island in the Bahamas), you’re sure to find a relaxing spot at Serenity Bay – the secluded, adults-only beach.  Check the Disney Port Excursions menu for your particular cruise and you’ll find excursions specifically for adults 18 and over.

Tips for avoiding other people’s children –

Choose late dining.  Main (early) seating will have more small children in attendance.  You can also request to be seated alone rather than with another party (just remember not all requests are guaranteed).

Avoid lunch buffets.  Eating mid-day in one of the nicer, full-service restaurants is quiet and practically kid-free.

Sit slightly towards the back and away from the middle aisle in the theaters whether seeing a movie or a live show – the families with little children tend to sit front and center.

IMG_0205Be early birds or night owls.  Early risers have a better chance to breakfast in peace or enjoy a quiet stroll on deck.  Don’t want to get up early?  Place your room service breakfast order before you go to bed at night and have a quiet and romantic breakfast in bed.  After late dining, the overall presence of children is vastly reduced – time to see a late movie or hit the clubs and lounges for some dancing!

If you’re thinking of taking a grown-up vacation, you can’t go wrong with a Disney Cruise.  If you have to, tell the kids you’re doing it as research to see if it’s something the whole family might enjoy on a future trip.

Until next time….Darlin’ Diva