Recently, I had the opportunity to sail on Disney Cruise Line with a small group of agents from Fairytale Journeys Travel. I wondered what a Disney Cruise Line sailing without my kids would be like: would there be enough to do, and would it be worth my time and money? I know my kids would love the Kids Clubs, characters, and nightly fun dining experiences but what would it look like for a group of twelve agents from Fairytale Journeys Travel to go on a cruise? Let me tell you, it looks like this:
Pictured: Fairytale Journeys Travel agents assembled at Meridian Lounge on the Disney Dream
*Nightly dining with a dedicated server. Ekkaphon moved with us each night to our new restaurant so he learned our preferences, which of us were ordering two appetizers and which were ordering two desserts, and always welcomed us, his “family” with kindness, humor, and a sense of fun. He and his team made us feel like we were the most important guests of his evening with every interaction.
*Dedicated adults only spaces such as The Cove. This adult’s only pool area allowed me to truly relax in a quiet space with good music, cold drinks, and great conversation. I read from my deck chair, sat in the sunning area on the upper portion of the pool with shallow waters and a mister to keep you comfortable, and took a dip in the 5.5 feet pool. As a mom, even if I am not with my children, I feel responsible to watch all kids for safety. I catch myself focusing on a child that doesn’t come up quick enough from the water slide or internally wishing a running child would slow down running on the deck so they don’t slip and fall. In this area, I was able to turn that “mom brain” off and be myself with friends and those we met.
*Activities dedicated to the adults were a blast. We would meet up on Deck 4 in the District area for Happy Hour, 80’s Movie Trivia, and even Karaoke after dinner one night. Nothing like a ship full of strangers to make you brave enough to belt out “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp with your girlfriends.
* Small group courses with highly trained bartenders to learn the history, science, and art of bartending at home are available. These affordable tastings and courses make for a fun add-on to your trip. At the time of our cruise, these classes were $25 each with options such as Mixology, Rum Tastings, Cognac Tastings, or Wine Tastings. I attended a Mixology class and was entertained, informed, and provided a variety of drinks with instructions on how to make for guests in my own home.
* Adult trips give you opportunities to do adventurous excursions or activities you might not do with small children in tow. Parasailing, spa treatments, or kayaking at Castaway Cay are all great options to add-on to your relaxing vacation. I received the Manager’s Special Spa Package while on ship. It was a 75 minute treatment of Swedish Body Massage with added hand/wrist, feet/ankles, scalp massage, and a collagen eye mask. This splurge for me was priced at $179 with an added 18% gratuity. It was charged to my room account, where I was then able to go to Guest Services to pay the balance off with a Disney Gift Card from my birthday last month.
I hope that seeing the many activities, adult's only options, and fun to be had has shown you that a cruise on Disney Cruise Line could be a great option for your next Couple's Getaway, Girls Trip, or Family Reunion for both families and childfree individuals.
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