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Small World Vacations’ Agent Ella’s Adult Only Disney Cruise
Adults Only Disney Vacation
By Small World Vacations’ Agent, Ella
My husband has never experienced a Disney Cruise so when we were looking to take a vacation without our children, I jumped at the idea of taking a Disney Cruise to Nassau and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Disney Cruises are of course extremely kid friendly, but did you know that they are adult friendly too? Read along to see just what I mean.
Day 1- Arrival at Walt Disney World
We arrived very late in the evening at Disney’s Old Key West Resort due to a delayed flight. I was relieved that we had decided to come in a few days before our cruise, you just never know what can happen with flight delays or cancelations.
Day 2- Day at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
It was a wonderful treat to sleep in and enjoy our newly renovated Deluxe Studio. Our first stop was breakfast at Good’s Food to Go, the quick service location at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. After breakfast, we strolled the quiet resort grounds and laid out at the Sandcastle Pool.
Since Disney Springs is just a short boat ride away, we decided to do some shopping and grab dinner at Wine Bar George. Wine Bar George features small plates, cheese and meat boards, and family-style plates to pair with your wine or drink of choice. If you are a wine fan, I highly recommend checking out Wine Bar George as the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced.
Day 3- Sailing Away on the Disney Dream
We opted to take advantage of Disney Cruise Line transfers to and from Port Canaveral. We were picked up at our Disney Resort at noon by a Disney Cruise Line bus to head to the port. A Disney Cast member had picked up our luggage at 8am to transfer to the Disney Dream. We arrived at Port Canaveral at 1:30pm and we were on the ship before 2:00pm. Once aboard, we headed to our ocean view stateroom with a verandah and then went straight to Senses Spa & Salon. My husband and I purchased passes for The Rainforest for the entire length of the cruise and it was the best decision we made during our vacation! The couples pass cost $152.22 USD (including tax and gratuity) and allowed us access to The Rainforest from 8am-11pm each day. The Rainforest includes showers, saunas, heated stone loungers, and hot tubs overlooking beautiful views of the ocean.
The first night we were scheduled for dinner with our rotational dining at Animator’s Palate for the second seating. We were assigned to be seated with other couples traveling without children, but my husband had asked the manager if we could get a private table and within minutes our request was granted. You can always make table seating requests in advance and while on board. Please note requests cannot be guaranteed.
Day 4- Nassau, Bahamas
We woke up just in time to catch the beautiful sunrise in Nassau, Bahamas. My husband and I had been to Nassau in the past so we decided to stay on board and explore all of the amenities. We enjoyed the Rainforest, the adult only pools, played mini golf, and took a fun ride on the AquaDuck. My husband is a golfer and I was able to schedule in advance an hour time slot for him to play in the golf simulator. On this evening, we had a wonderful dinner at the Enchanted Garden and then went on the top deck to gaze at the stars.
Day 5- Castaway Cay
Castaway Cay is a slice of heaven! We disembarked the ship as soon as we could to enjoy the island to the fullest. Our first activity was Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure where we fed stingrays and got the opportunity to snorkeled with them. After our incredible experience with 69 stingrays, we headed to Serenity Bay (Castaway Cay’s Beach for guest 18 years of age and older). We enjoyed a barbeque lunch and then relaxed with an amazing Cabanas Couples Massage.
The time had come to head back to the Disney Dream, but we had Pirate’s Night to look forward to. My husband and I did not come prepared, but when we returned back to our stateroom from Castaway Cay, there were pirate bandanas waiting for us. We dined at the Enchanted Garden once again, but it was a special pirate themed menu. Try not to fill up because Pirate’s Night includes a buffet after the Fireworks show with plenty of desserts. We viewed the fireworks on the adults only section of the ship to avoid crowds. How many people can say they saw a Fireworks display in the middle of the ocean?
Day 6- Day at Sea
Another day to enjoy the Rainforest, pools, and bars. We did indulge in a Martini tasting at the Meridian where we got to learn about the origins of a Martini. We were sad that our cruise was about to come to an end, but we had a magnificent meal at the Royal Palace which included escargot.
Day 7- Disembarking
Disney made the disembarking process effortless! We had decided to have our luggage transferred from the ship to the airport upon check in at Port Canaveral. Before our last dinner, we packed our checked luggage and placed it outside of our stateroom for pickup. Just like with Disney’s Magical Express, we did not see our checked luggage until we were back at our home airport. Since our flight was not until 2:00 pm, we were able to take our time at breakfast. Once we disembarked the Disney Dream and went through customs, we were directed to our Disney Cruise Line Bus that took us to Orlando International Airport. Our magical vacation was over!
My husband and I had such a wonderful, relaxing cruise. We both agreed that the customer service on the ship was some of the best we have ever experienced! It is safe to say that we are both hooked on Disney Cruises and cannot wait to set sail again! The only question is which itinerary should we choose next?
Contact Small World Vacations’s Agent, Ella for assistance with your Disney Vacation at Ella@smallworldvacations.com