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Rebecca

Age: 40

Occupation:Office Manager

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Magic

Sailing Date: 2008-08-17

Itinerary: Panama Canal Cruise

The great thing about Disney Cruise Line is that it is not all about catering to just the kids, it caters to adults as well. When you first see one of the Disney ships, the Magic or the Wonder, sitting in the port, you see this beautiful ship that looks like one of the ocean liners that sailed across the transatlantic of the thirty’s and forty’s.. I’ll never forget the first time my husband walked into the atrium on the Wonder and looked at me and said “We are never cruising on Carnival again.” . In 2008, my husband and I took a fifteen day Panama Canal cruise on the Disney Magic for our twentieth anniversary. Onboard there were more kids than adults, but you would never had known it thanks to Disney’s wonderful kids programs. That trip by far is our favorite vacation ever, and most of it has to do with how Disney caters to adults on their ships. The great thing about Disney cruises is that they are family based so people tend to be on a better behavior.

. Unlike other cruise lines where you dine in the same dining room night after night, on Disney you rotate nightly between three separate dining rooms. The great thing about Disney catering to adults is that they will set up their seating plan with adults traveling without children with other adults traveling the same way. If you want a break from the dining room, you can book in advanced a romantic table for 2 at their adult’s only signature restaurant, Palo’s. Here you can eat a formal dinner in quiet and romance.

. The staterooms are decorated in woods for the cabinetry, not orange laminate, and the fabrics are in a dark blue nautical theme; most even have an old steamer trunk to store your clothes in. The bathrooms are in most rooms split, one side is the shower and sink, the other side a toilet and sink. No other cruise line has this design, and when you are getting ready for dinner it makes it very nice to have two separate areas to get ready in. The only mention of Disney is in the art work. In the rooms that we have had, there has been a picture of Walt Disney and his wife Lily standing on a deck of a ship by the railing, and over the bed is a quote from one of the many Disney songs. If you are lucky you will find a hidden Mickey in the comforter on the bed or in the curtains. To make your cruise more romantic you can book the romance package that will include a pass to the Rainforest room at the spa, a turn down service, and a dinner to Disney’s exclusive dining room for adults Palo’s. Or you can just order some chocolate covered strawberries and champagne or cider to be waiting in your room when you arrive on board.

Up on deck nine, or the lido deck, Disney has three pools; two are for families and their children, the third though is strictly for adults eighteen and older, no kids allowed! The Quiet Cove area is strictly for adults and on Deck 9 Forward. Here you can order yourself one of those fruity drinks and lay in a lounge by the pool. If you do not want that drink but are missing your daily latte, you can step into the Cove Café and order yourself one, sit and watch the news, or read maybe read that book you have not had the time to get to. . If you want a little more pampering, step into the Vista Spa and have a massage either by yourself or bring your special someone along with you. On shore, Disney owns a small private island named Castaway Cay. This is Disney’s island, not a rented beach off the coast of another island. The island is broken up into three parts, one of them being an adult only beach call Serenity Bay. The name says it all and the whole point of this area is to sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation. At night you can head to the adult entertainment area of the ship or to one of their Broadway style shows. The shows are of course Disney based, but if you are a Disney fan they are not to be missed. Both ships offer three different bar areas. First bar is where you can enjoy a show that is adult based or a live band, and then they have dancing after. The second is more of a sports bar, somewhere where the guys can go while the girls are shopping upstairs. The third is a piano style bar, quiet and dark. My favorite thing to do though is holding hands with my husband and taking a stroll up on deck. Sunsets are amazingly romantic from a cruise ship.

Look into Disney's excursions to see if there is something you like. Or look into doing your own. There are many websites that have boards with advice on how to do this. Just make sure that you are back on the ship before they leave or your excursion will suddenly become a longer stay. On their island Castaway Cay there are rentals for snorkel equipment and other floating devices. They also have a sting ray excursion. If you are going to Grand Cayman though I would suggest doing one of the ones on that island, you get more of an interaction with the rays there.

. In 2008, my husband and I took a fifteen day Panama Canal cruise on the Disney Magic for our twentieth anniversary. Onboard there were more kids than adults, but you would never had known it thanks to Disney’s wonderful kids programs. That trip by far is our favorite vacation ever, and most of it has to do with how Disney caters to adults on their ships. If you want that relaxing vacation or that vacation where you can just let loose, Disney caters to it all with or without children in tow. I would do this trip over and over again. We traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Alcapulco, Panama Canal, Colombia, Aruba, and Castaway Cay. It was truely a trip of a lifetime. There was non stop activities for those days onboard, and the ports were nice as well. I never thought I would step foot in the country of Colombia just due to their history, but it was a very nice country with beautiful churches and people. Aruba with it's turquoise seas was beautiful The best part of the cruise was just getting to know people. With a longer cruise you get to know your tablemates better. My husband and I met some great people on the Disboards and cruised with them. We became fast friends with a couple from the UK. To this day we still keep in touch. I cannot say how great Disney is as a cruiseline. My husband and I travel with and without our daughter and it never fails to be a great time. Yes it is more spendy, but I will spend more to live without a smokey casino, or having drunks walking all over the place like some of the other party ships.

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