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Old August 9th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Default Wonder for 4 adults, no kids?

The good news is that I won a cruise from Disney! We've got a 3 night/4 day cruise on the Wonder coming to us, just need to finish the paperwork and see what dates they can offer us and we're set. I'm doing legwork now because I don't really know when we'll be going but I know they want us to go sooner rather than later.

There's no bad news (nothing bad about a cruise in my book!), but we're a 30something married couple without children and usually cruise on Carnival or Royal. This will be our fifth or sixth cruise depending on when we go, so we're somewhat experienced on the seas. We'll likely be traveling with another couple without children who also cruise often.

I know not to expect a casino on a Disney ship, but what about other adult amenities? And not to be curmudgeonly, we like children, my husband works with them often and I do also, but I don't necessarily want to spend my entire vacation with other people's kids. Is everything geared to the shorter vacationers and Disney to the hilt, or is it a balance?

I just want to know if I should be prepared to spend a bit more time in the cabin for peace and quiet, etc. I don't expect to carry out my usual plan of buying a giant drink in a neon color and hunkering down in front of a slot machine while chainsmoking until the wee hours. (I'm only partially being tongue in cheek here). But I'd feel more at ease knowing we'll have a good time if there's stuff for us to do. We've enjoyed the games and activities on Carnival a lot- I love trivia games of all sorts, karaoke, and the silly mix-and-mingle stuff you see on cruises.

We do like the Disney theme parks (at least some of the party does) so I'm not overly worried about it being "too Disney", and of course we'll expect to be cruising with lots of kids so we'll take it easy and be prepared for some noise at dinner and kids in the pools, etc.

I know there are child-free areas on the ship but are they fun, or are they just a place for adults to hide out from the chaos for a bit? What do you guys do without the kids on board?
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Old August 11th, 2006, 08:24 AM
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Congrads on your win!! That is awesome!
We went in June with our 4yr old. I think you should have a great time. I didn't think the ship was too disney. It is very tastefuly done. The ship has the adult only pool/hot tubs which you will probably have to yourself. I never saw anyone in it. They have a coffee cafe for adults only near that pool. And an adult only restraunt (there is a surcharge though I think 10$/pp). I would definetly recommend eating at palo's (the adult only restraunt) a couple of nights, and you need to make reservations as soon as you get on the ship. If you eat at any of the regular restraunts, be prepared it will be very noisey. They have a kareokee club, and I think they had a millionare game. The shows in the evening are disney....I enjoyed them more then my daughter I think! The hurcules show I think was my favorite.

On the private island at castaway cay, the adult beach is awesome!!!! reminded me of that corona comercial where that person skips the beeper across the clear calm water. Very quiet and peaceful there and, they have thier own lunch buffet on the adult beach. Not crowded at all there! Back on the main area of castaway cay they have all sorts of water sport rentals or you could rent bikes to ride.
I think you should have a great time! Plus its free for you!

There is a lady on this board (kathleen templeton) that is just about a disney cruise expert. She cruising right now and think she will be back sunday.
She should be able to give you more info! Have fun!
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Default I'm sure you could use the spa

When I had gone on the Disney Cruise with my husband and our kids and grandkids, we girls took some time off and had a relaxing while at the spa. It was heaven!
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Old August 13th, 2006, 08:55 PM
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Howdy,
we have cruised lots of times as a couple with no kids. as well as with kids and grandkids.
There is an adult pool with 2 hot tubs which we often go to. They are good about watching kids dont come near the pool area. There is quiet cove cafe which is an adult coffee shop by the adult pool too. lots of speciality coffees, coast way less than Starbucks.
After 9 P.M. the 3 main clubs are adults only . 18 and over only. One has rock n roll style music. one night will be 70's one 80's etc...
Another has piano music which is also themed each night. Diversons is more of a sports pub. Lots of adult trivia events in there.
Someone already mentioned Palos for adult only dining.
There are several events through the cruise that are for adults only such as martini tasting, wine and cheese tasting. Some ships tours are 18 and older too.
The clubs also have an adult comedy or magic show at night too. really funny comedians. Rich Purpura is our favorite. John Marshal is great too.

The promenade lounge is afamily lounge, but dont let that stop you from dropping in and listening to music some evening. Usually a duo in there playing. Don and Tommie are great if your lucky enough to have them play. They will do requests if they know it.

Lots of the family events are great fun too. Yes there will be kids, but give it a try if it sounds like fun, try it. The kids are usually well behaved because they are having so much fun!!!

There are a couple of adult game shows too.
One is called Know you Mate!! A spin off from the Newly wed game.
This is a must see!!!!

Hope this helps some, if you have any specific questions feel free to PM me and I will try to answer them for you.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 02:47 PM
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Lots of the family events are great fun too. Yes there will be kids, but give it a try if it sounds like fun, try it. The kids are usually well behaved because they are having so much fun!!!

There are a couple of adult game shows too.
One is called Know you Mate!! A spin off from the Newly wed game.
This is a must see!!!!

Hope this helps some, if you have any specific questions feel free to PM me and I will try to answer them for you.
kathleen
Thanks so much!

We do like kids, but I figure we'll need a break now and then so it's good to hear there's plenty of grownup fun space, too.

And trivia...oooh. I love trivia...that's how I won the cruise in the first place. I'd better not tell my hubby that they have it on the ship. I might be in trouble.

I'm really looking forward to this, I think the hardest thing is picking the date. There are a ton of blackout dates unfortunately. But any cruise is a good cruise.
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