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5 Awesome Facts about Disney Cruises for Adults

by Andrea Updyke

Fun facts about Disney Cruises for adults! We know Disney takes care of the kids and there are tons of family activities. But my favorite is the alone time!

If you’re considering a Disney Cruise vacation, you probably already know how many activities and fun features there are for kids and families.

But what should you do when your little ones are safely playing in the Oceaneer Club and you find yourself with a couple hours to kill? Disney Cruise Line will take care of you. I promise!

5 Awesome Facts about Disney cruises for adults

Just like Disney Parks, Disney Cruises for adults are awesome, especially if you’re a parent in desperate need of a real vacation. Why should the kids get to have all the fun?

On our recent Halloween on the High Seas cruise, my husband and I had a blast on our own and I can’t wait to share some of our favorite grown-up activities on board for us kids at heart.

Just like Disney Parks, Disney Cruises are awesome for parents too. Why should the kids get to have all the fun?

Does worrying about getting sick on a cruise keep you from going? Check out my tips for that and grab the printable packing list. 

5 Fun Facts About Disney Cruises for Adults


You Can Sip on Drinks of the Day

If you plan to enjoy a few drinks on vacation, don’t miss the drink of the day! These mixed drinks are quite tasty and at around $5 each (currently) they are quite the bargain in Disney dollars. 

I don’t always love drinking alcohol in front of my kids. This way, we can go enjoy a cocktail and some adult time while they play. 

Drink of the Day Disney Cruise

Each day is a different drink but think rum, pineapple and all things tropical when it comes to flavor. If beer is more your style, you can also purchase a 20oz beer mug and get it refilled throughout the cruise at 16oz prices.

Orrrr, if you want to splurge a little, Disney Cruise Line now offers Dole Whips (with or without rum) for under $10. Pretty sweet and definitely delicious.

Read: Disney Cruise Planning for Beginners

Dole Whip with Rum Disney Cruise

Enjoy an Adults-Only Brunch at Palo

We love dining as a family in the beautiful restaurants on board so we didn’t even consider making dinner reservations at Palo or Remy, the ship’s adults-only signature restaurants. But when I learned they open for brunch on days at sea it was game on! 

Brunch begins with mimosas and an appetizer buffet and is followed by amazing made to order Italian entrees (the Chicken Parmesan is incredible) and a dessert buffet. Come hungry!

Palo Brunch Disney Dream Date

You’ll want to snag your reservation the moment your booking window opens. If you miss out that first day, keep checking back as the cruise nears for new openings and cancellations.

But don’t worry, if you still can’t get an advance reservation, you can go straight to the desk when you board the ship for one last try. You never know. 

Waiting Lounge at Palo Disney Dream

Waiting lounge for Palo and Remy

On our last cruise, I added my name to the waiting list the day we boarded and a note was left in our stateroom confirming the time of our reservation.

Brunch at Palo is a must-do for us from now on! We had a fabulous meal and it was so nice to be away from the busier areas of the ship for some quiet time. *Note: Dining at Palo and/or Remy is an additional cost

Read: Make the Most of a Quick Trip to Walt Disney World

Brunch at Palo Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Take an Animation Class

There are tons of family-friendly activities on board so this one isn’t JUST for adults. That said, our boys love the Oceaneer Club and Lab so much it was hard to pull them away for anything!

We loved learning to draw Mickey and Donald and even got to keep a few extra practice sheets to share with the kids. 

If you’ve been to an animation class at a Disney Park, this is similar. An instructor goes through each step on a larger paper, which is then projected on screens around the room so everyone can see. 

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Animation Class Disney Cruise

Animation classes are another reason Disney cruises are awesome for parents! So much to do!

If drawing isn’t your thing, there are cooking lessons, games and even a class on how to create those fun towel animals you find in your stateroom! Most classes are a short 30-45 minutes so definitely worth a stop.

Play Trivia and Make Some Friends

We did trivia twice on this cruise and wished we had done them all! Each day there are different options for trivia from Disney to Pixar to TV Theme Songs and Music by decade. There are small prizes for the winning team but we just had a great time testing our memories!

You should have heard the groans in the room when we ALL realized we forgot the theme song to Home Improvement. Has it really been that long? Music trivia was even more fun as everyone sang along as we tallied up the scores. 

What I love about trivia is that it was during the day so parents could join in. Even though our kids stayed up way past their bedtimes, it was nice that the adult fun wasn’t limited to nighttime.

Adults Love the Aquaduck Too

The big slide on the Disney Dream is called the Aquaduck and if you ask me, it’s a must-do for parents when the kids are being cared for.

Our youngest isn’t quite ready for this slide so we always have to split up when the kids are with us. So when they were in the kids’ club, we threw on our suits and took the plunge together!

Aquaduck Disney Cruise

It was so awesome to ride on the double raft giggling and splashing like kids all the way around the ship. We may be grown up but we still know how to have fun! 

We had a great time on the Disney Dream with AND without our kids and this was just the beginning! I can’t wait to share more. 

Do you think Disney cruises are awesome for adults? What are your favorite things to do at sea?

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Courtnee October 5, 2017 - 8:07 pm

This is great Andrea, thank you so much for sharing! Love your pictures, looks like you guys had an amazing time.

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Jessica November 9, 2017 - 3:14 pm

Going on a cruise is in my bucket list! Disney is just the best, so fun, I like the idea of the animation class!

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Andrea Updyke November 9, 2017 - 4:30 pm

It is SO much fun. And yes that class was a spur of the moment decision and I’m SO glad we did it! We had such a great time.

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Lori Geurin November 9, 2017 - 3:27 pm

We’ve never been on a Disney cruise before, but when we cruised to the Bahamas one of my favorite things was the incredible food (and shark dive). This food looks equally delicious! Thanks so much for sharing about your trip – it looks like you had a blast!

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Andrea Updyke November 9, 2017 - 4:29 pm

It was truly amazing. And wow! A shark dive sounds like such an adventure!

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Marissa Mckenna November 9, 2017 - 7:38 pm

What fun you two must have had! We’ve never gone on a cruise before, but the kids would LOVE a Disney cruise.

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Andrea Updyke November 13, 2017 - 4:49 pm

We really love it and that goes for all of us. SO much to do at any age!

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Beth Davidson November 9, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Well, I’m sold. Lol. My husband and I pretty much only had children so we could go on a Disney cruise, so as soon as our little one is allowed, we’ll be looking into it! πŸ™‚

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Serena November 9, 2017 - 9:42 pm

That animation class looks great! I had no idea. Add a few cocktails in the mix and what a great trip πŸ™‚

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Tara November 10, 2017 - 9:34 am

Yes! I agree! There is so much to do for adults on a Disney Cruise! Our favorite is to sip drinks at the adult-only pool. It’s very zen!

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krystal November 10, 2017 - 6:53 pm

We live in Florida, so we hope to hit a Disney cruise soon! We live so close to the port!

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Marge November 11, 2017 - 9:07 am

WE love Disney Cruises too!! Palo is a DEFINITE must!! We also like to play bingo–usually without the kids. Oh and yes, on the drink of the day–it is a bargain and always so yum!

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Shoshana Sue November 11, 2017 - 9:28 am

On my bucket list is a cruise trip and really the Disney cruise sounds like a must do so that I can sip on those tropical cocktails while my kids think I am on the cruise for them because they don’t know about the cocktails part lol

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Amanda Rosson November 11, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Oh how fun!! I love that you can take an animation class! I’ll actually be taking my first ever cruise this coming Thanksgiving! It’s not Disney but I’m really looking forward to it and maybe I can do a Disney one next – I’ve heard nothing but good things about them!

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Melissa November 11, 2017 - 11:04 pm

I’ve been wanting to go to one so bad! It looks like so much fun, and your photos seem like you guys really enjoyed your time!

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