By Deborah Bowen
The question comes up time and again: “Can I – should I? – take a Disney cruise when I’m not traveling with children?” The savvy traveler is well aware of Disney Cruise Line’s reputation for world-class service, and understands that while Disney certainly means character interactions and kids’ dining options, it offers “a whole new world” of incredible options for grownups as well.
In February, I had the pleasure of sailing for four nights on the Dream. I spent a good part of a day in Senses, the blissful full-service spa. While I received only one service, a hot-stone massage, I managed to take advantage of the amenities for hours. For a fee, guests can access a variety of indulgent facilities, such as a rainforest-themed wet/dry area, featuring a sauna, a steam room and a steam bath.
Another favorite? The incredible heated contour loungers overlooking the ocean. Oh, how I loved tucking into a book while stretched out on one of those amazing chairs! And of course, the Dream provides refreshments in Senses (or will bring you refreshments as you wish).
When the pampering ends (boo), don your date-night clothes and head upstairs to dine at one of the two adults-exclusive restaurants on board: Palo (Italian fare) or Remy (French cuisine). The elegant ambience is matched by the superb service, and is surpassed by the food. Please be advised that Remy and Palo do require advanced reservations and that each guest will incur a surcharge for dining in either of these two restaurants.
Dinner finished, what to do? A leisurely walk on deck? A first-run movie in the Walt Disney Theatre? How about getting your groove on at Evolution, an 18+ nightclub? But if you want to enjoy cocktails before killing it on the floor, the Dream offers several options: I highly recommend the fabulous Pink, an incredible club that literally makes you feel like a bubble of the bubbly! And do yourself a favor: Make sure to try the signature pink champagne. The delicious fizziness will definitely get you in the mood to showcase your moves. And there’s also a sports bar, a karaoke bar, a club lounge …
For creative types, the cruise staff puts on a host of adults-only classes, including wine tastings, art lessons and cooking demonstrations. Of course, a cruise vacation beckons time at the adults-only pool, featuring separate whirlpools, a poolside bar and live entertainment.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with the tykes, Disney ensures that all guest are treated with the same set of rigorous standards. Just as children are provided with unbelievable activity rooms, Disney makes a strong statement in making sure that adults have play time, too. On the Disney Dream, there is truly no age limit on amazing!
Deborah Bowen, an English professor at the University of South Florida and member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, has lived the majority of her life less than an hour from Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.