Monday, March 31, 2014

Disney Cruising without Kids

   My husband and I like to take a little trip for our anniversary every year.  I researched about a half dozen destinations including NYC and all inclusive Caribbean locations.  The thought of an adult only Disney cruise came in my head.  I looked up the cost for the two of us and it was well in my budget and included food!  We chose a three night cruise on the Disney Dream.

This cruise was our 6th, which upgraded us to Platinum Members of the Castaway Club with Disney Cruise Line.  We are no strangers to the high seas, but this was the first time we had cruised without kids since they were born.  Our very first Disney cruise was for our honeymoon six years earlier.

What do you do on a Disney cruise without your kids?  Anything you want!  We chose to make it a relaxing vacation.  I booked a couples cabana massage months earlier, but my husband sprung for the Rainforest Pass when we were touring the Senses Spa.  (More on that later)

We decided to splurge for a verandah stateroom, which includes a balcony.  It really doesn't matter what type of stateroom we have, but it was lovely sitting on the balcony in the morning and watching the stars at night.  The rooms are quite spacious compared to other cruise lines.  The extra square footage is helpful when you have a family of four.

 We took advantage of the adult only areas of the ship, which includes a pool, hot tub and of course, the spa.  Senses Spa has every indulgence one would need.  There is a full service salon as well as wide variety of spa treatments.  The Rainforest Room had three saunas.  We were given a scented scrub each day of our cruise to use while sweating in the rooms.  There are four different Rainforest showers to rinse off in, each with an array of settings and temperatures.  The Rainforest Pass also includes two hot tubs that look off the side of the ship and heated stone loungers where it seems most came to nap.  Ha!  Our couples massage was in an open air cabana on Disney's private island of Castaway Cay.

We took full advantage of riding the AquaDuck together.  Our kids aren't tall enough just yet, so it was extra special to be able to enjoy it, just the two of us.

Another adult-only perk we experienced was dinner at Palo.  We did this on our honeymoon, so we only found it fitting that we do it again for our anniversary.  This is an upscale restaurant with an extra charge.  The menu is small, but the entrees are to die for.  The chocolate souffle is enough reason to book this on your next cruise.  

We enjoyed our cruise so much that we booked another one for our next anniversary.

Happy sailing!

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