You’ll find lots of fabulous things for families and kids to do onboard a Disney Cruise Line vacation. However, there are plenty of activities offered just for adults, including classes, spas, bar hopping and more!
Several years, for Mother’s Day, I headed out for three days of fun on the Disney Dream with a group of close friends. We didn’t have any kids with us, and yet still had a blast. Did you know that there is much to do on a Disney Cruise for adults?
Although you’ll absolutely find lots of fabulous things for families and kids to do onboard the ships, there are plenty of activities offered for adults. After that initial Mother’s Day cruise with my friends, we’ve done an annual girls trip on the Disney Cruise Line.
However, you don’t have to travel without kids to enjoy them the adult areas and activities on the ship. Since the kids’ clubs on the ships are so fun for children, you may find yourself with some extra time alone. I’m always surprised when I have extra time by myself. Here are my favorite things to do on a Disney cruise for adults.
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Disney Cruise for Adults: Things to Do
Visit the Adult Sundecks and Pool
On our first long family Disney Cruise, when we were on the Disney Fantasy for 7-days, my kids would attend the kids’ club each afternoon. My husband would head to the gym, and I’d grab my book and go to Satellite Falls, a relaxing, adult-only area onboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
When I would get hot from the Caribbean sun, I’d jump into the light falls to cool down. You can also enjoy an alcoholic beverage – there are plenty of waiters to take your order.
It’s just a relaxing spot to hang out. When I’m cruising with my friends, we enjoy sitting at Satellite Falls while chatting. There’s also a good amount of shade if you’d like to avoid spending too much time in the sun.
Don’t forget to bring along a book, because this is a relaxing place to sit and read. You’ll probably find that you visit Satellite Falls a few times on your trip.
On the Disney Cruise Line, these areas are for those 18 years of age and older. There are other adult-only outdoor areas on the Disney Cruise Line, including an adult pool, an adult jacuzzi. In addition, there’s also the Cove Cafe, a premium coffee bar that offers coffee and alcoholic drinks. You’ll pay for the coffee and espresso drinks in this relaxing cafe, but it’s worth it.
If you are visiting Castaway Cay during your cruise, there’s also an adult-only beach. Serenity Bay is at the end of the island and has hammocks, lounge chairs, and umbrellas for guest use. For lunch, there’s a special BBQ area just for adults.
Hit the Spa and Salon on the Disney Cruise Line
Too busy to visit a spa during your regular chaotic life? Visit the onboard Senses spa and salon for a relaxing treatment! You can also choose to get a pass to the rainforest room, where you can relax with saunas, steam rooms, specialty showers, and heated deck chairs (amenities vary by cruise ship – the Dream and Fantasy have the best rainforest rooms).
When I cruise with my friends, we typically get a one-day pass to the rainforest room during our vacation and spend an evening after dinner relaxing. You are also able to purchase a length-of-cruise pass. If you do that, I’d recommend getting it right away so you can use it the whole time.
You can also look at the Disney Cruise Line app and/or Daily Navigator to find various spa seminars and classes that you can participate in. For a special experience, you can even get a massage on Castaway Cay if your cruise stops there.
It’s best to book your spa treatments in advance when your Castaway Club booking window for the most availability. Keep in mind that you won’t want to schedule them during the port of call stops, dinner time, or showtimes. I prefer to do them on days at sea, if my cruise includes them.
Take a Seminar on the Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Cruise Line offers beverage seminars on the ship, and these are extremely popular. They are typically offered throughout the sailing.
During one of our girls’ trips, we took two classes – wine tasting, and mixology. Other options include tequila tasting and martini tasting. These fun, 21+ classes are offered throughout the cruise and can be booked through guest services when you get on board. Do it first, because they are popular and book up. You may also find available times when you book your excursions before your cruise.
Make sure you know your schedule when you book, because you won’t want to do a beverage seminar when you are supposed to be on a shore excursion or at another commitment.
I’ve really enjoyed the various beverage seminars that I’ve taken, and have found that I’ve learned quite a bit. They are typically held by the bartenders or sommeliers on the ship.
Enjoy Adult Programming on the Disney Cruise Line
Although many of the games onboard are family-friendly, you’ll find a few that are 18+. Over the years, we’ve done scavenger hunts, music trivia games, movie trivia games, and so much more.
The games are lots of fun and are definitely worth doing. You’ll find them listed in your Disney Cruise Line app schedule.
Bingo is also offered on the ships, but it’s not adult-only. Kids are welcome to play, although if they win, and adult needs to claim the prize.
Bar Hop at the Nightclubs and Lounges on the Disney Cruise Line
There are many little adult-only bars on the Disney Cruise Line, with such fun themes. My favorite is Pink (on the Disney Dream) and Ooh-La-La Lounge (on the Disney Fantasy), a cute little champagne bar. Most of these bars are open to children earlier in the day but switch to adult-only later in the evening.
Many of them offer different types of programming in the evenings. These include the game shows, as well as music entertainment.
Enjoy an Adult Meal on the Disney Cruise Line
All of the Disney Cruise Line ships offer Palo, an adult-only, premium restaurant onboard the ship. Palo is open for brunch and dinner, and guests can dine there for an additional fee. Although I love Palo dinner, I prefer the delicious brunch. It’s a small splurge, but worthwhile.
The Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream also have Remy, a French premium restaurant. Like Palo, Remy has both dinner and brunch, and is offered for an additional fee.
Have you ever been onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship without kids? What did you enjoy? If you are currently planning a DCL vacation, check out all of our Disney Cruise Line tips here.
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Originally written in 2015, updated in 2019.