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TimmyK April 29th, 2014 10:44 AM

Can Two Adults Really Enjoy Disney w/o kids?
 
Hi, I love Disneyworld and have taken my kids and grandkids. Last year we had 11 of us at Disneyworld. I loved it; here is the question. If my wife and I were to go on Disney Cruise Line can experience the Disney culture without the Kids. Yes, I know Disney is for kids and families; but what about two adults? I know we can go on other cruise lines without kids; and we have done that. I really would like to try one of the Disney Ships; like the Wonder; which looks like a cruise line from the 1960's. So do you think my wife and I would have a good time and experience the Disney culture without all the hassles of kids? I know there is a separate deck for adults, and a separate pool. Thanks for any and all comments; positive or negative. Ps. This is not about wanting to cruise on a upscale line like Crystal or Regent; this question is about Disney and only Disney.

katluc April 29th, 2014 11:30 AM

Disney is awesome! Yes, to your question. 2 adults and no kids can have a great time on Disney. Just know that there is no casino, but there is so much to do that it doesn't really matter... Their private island also has an adult only section and it is fantastic.

storybookcruises.com April 29th, 2014 06:09 PM

I agree with katluc. We (two seniors age 60's) did a Disney cruise without kids and we loved it! We especially loved the shows, which were awesome and among the best we've ever seen on any ship. There are plenty of opportunities to get away from the kids (i.e. nightclub, pool, private island, etc.) when we wanted to. Really like that they allow you to take your own alcohol and beer onboard (in your carry-on bags). It was funny seeing people pulling their rolling luggage with cases of beer attached to them! Cabins are very nice, entire ship is beautiful and clean, and staff is wonderful. We enjoyed watching first-run Disney movies, including Bolt in 3D, and getting our pictures taken with all the characters.

Their private island is very nice and there's something there for everyone. The adult-only beach is on the other side of the island with a beautiful beach and its own food and beverage service.

But so as not to paint an entirely rosy picture, we did not find the food very appealing. It was was okay and I know others will disagree with me, but in our opinion and in the opinion of many of our clients, it was just nothing special. We just expected better given the much higher price of a Disney cruise. I, and many others, were especially disappointed in the pizza. We did find the specialty restaurant to be very good and, should we do another one, we'll eat there more often.

Overall, it was a very nice cruise, as one would expect from Disney. We're glad we did it and will probably do it again, but only with our grandchildren.

Pete

TimmyK April 30th, 2014 07:50 PM

Thanks for the info Pete. Do you think Disney charges a little more than other lines for same itinerary because their cabins are larger; and they include soft drinks in the price?

storybookcruises.com April 30th, 2014 10:05 PM

Cabins are larger, but not that much bigger to warrant such a high price. Plus, the 'free' sodas are only available up on the Lido Deck in one area, so it's not like they're 'free' everywhere and it's a hassle to always go to the same place and then wait in line with the kids to get a small plastic cup of soda.

Personally, just my opinion, I think they charge more simply because they know they can get more. Yes, it's a wonderful experience and everything is very nice. From what I've heard, they do pay their staff a bit more because they hire alot of Americans for the jobs that interact with the guests. So, yes, these things would tend to cost more. But parents want to make their kids happy, so they're willing to 'bite the bullet' and pay the extra cost for the Disney experience.

When I compare the overall quality and what you get for the money against other cruise lines and what they offer, I feel they do inflate the price because they know families will pay it, not necessarily because of the actual costs involved. Does that make sense?

In other words, when I look at what we get as adults without kids on a cruise line like Celebrity, I just feel I get an overall better quality of product, but maybe not quite as nice experience regarding the shows, private island, characters, etc.

As I always say, what one person loves, another will hate. So it becomes more about what one person feels is a good deal based on their individual needs, lifestyle, budget, and what type of experience they're looking for. Sort of like sailing on a small ship versus sailing on a mega ship. Or like sailing on a 1-star cruise versus a 5-star cruise. The experiences are completely different. It also can depend on the individual's past cruising experiences; how many, what cruise lines, sizes of ships, itineraries, etc.

Plus, the perception of how good the 'deal' is will play into one's perception of what they got versus how much they paid.

For example, if you were to book a 7-night cruise on Disney in July in an inside cabin, you could be paying about $2500 per person plus tax for an inside cabin. By comparison, if you were to book the same cruise in May, you'd start by paying about $1300. It's the same ship doing the same itinerary, so one might say the cruise in May was an outstanding deal, but the one in July was grossly overpriced. Then again, if you have kids and can only travel in July, then you can obviously only compare the cruises that are available during that time and their prices will become exponentially inflated as well so the difference becomes less noticeable.

Sorry, didn't mean to start a dissertation, but when it comes to prices, it's not an easy answer since there is so much involved in them. However, the one great thing about cruising is getting to try them all so you can experience all the various cruise lines, ships, and itineraries. And the only thing that's really important is how you felt about your cruise, not what someone else thinks or feels about theirs because you're different people with different likes and expectations.

Pete

TimmyK April 30th, 2014 11:34 PM

Pete. I totally understand. I booked a NCL Jade cruise next May. It's booked as 14 night cruise, but it's also sold as two 7 day cruises. The 9-15 cruise is $50 per person cheaper than the 16-23 cruise. I assume, like you mentioned, the summer season kicks in somewhere in the middle of May; hence the price increase. I just can't figure out why NCL serves Pepsi. I know they got a good deal from Pepsi, but really. Who wants to drink a Pepsi let alone a rum and Pepsi.

TimmyK June 6th, 2014 01:41 PM

So do you think if I went on Disney cruise to Hawaii; where you either go from Vancouver to Hawaii or Hawaii to Vancouver; since there are 5 sea days, do you think it may have less kids onboard than normal? It is a 10 night cruise. Thanks

storybookcruises.com June 6th, 2014 02:09 PM

Since those cruises occur in September, when school is in session, and the fact it's a 10-night cruise that either ends or originates in Hawaii, there will be very few children on board. There will obviously be many under school age and some who are home-schooled, but no where near as many kids as there would be if you were doing a cruise in the Caribbean, as an example.

But, if that were me, I would much prefer to do the Celebrity Solstice for 12-nights. MUCH nicer, plus it's cheaper. And the food is WAY better than Disney. And there will be almost no children on board. Just saying....

Pete

TimmyK June 6th, 2014 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1501757)
Since those cruises occur in September, when school is in session, and the fact it's a 10-night cruise that either ends or originates in Hawaii, there will be very few children on board. There will obviously be many under school age and some who are home-schooled, but no where near as many kids as there would be if you were doing a cruise in the Caribbean, as an example.

But, if that were me, I would much prefer to do the Celebrity Solstice for 12-nights. MUCH nicer, plus it's cheaper. And the food is WAY better than Disney. And there will be almost no children on board. Just saying....

Pete

I was looking at the Celebrity cruise also. Matter of fact, I was pricing NCL, Disney, and Celebrity. Celebrity was the only one offering OBC

storybookcruises.com June 7th, 2014 12:38 AM

Just my opinion, but the Solstice is hands down better than all the rest of them going to Hawaii to/from the mainland, especially the 12-nighter.

However, with that said, the POA is great for visiting the islands because it goes more places and spends more time at each one. The ship itself is okay, food is not all that great, staff is very good. But this way we got to spend several days on Oahu before the cruise, then we did the cruise, then we flew to Maui and spent a week there. A bit more costly, but we didn't have to spend 5 days at sea. Although, if I were going to spend that many days at sea, I would definitely want to do them on the Solstice.

Pete

TimmyK June 11th, 2014 11:31 AM

Cruise planner thanks for the info and feedback


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