Disney Cruise – not just for kids

January 29, 2009 Katja Presnal

Disney Cruise – not just for kids

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There is something for everyone in the family at the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder. Here are some of my picks for adults: The Vista Spa & Salon is a full service, luxurious spa with variety of facial and body treatments, hair & nail salon, and several different types of steam rooms and a sauna. The adults only pool is on a deck right outside of the spa, and the adults only gym is right next to it too, so you can easily first work out and then get relaxing treatments or enjoy the spa. What was absolutely amazing is the Vista Spa Villas. They offer a private room for massage and other treatments and beautiful verandahs with a hot tub and open-air shower (tip: book your Villa for the time when the boat is on the sea, or you will be the one tourists will take photos of). There is champagne was waiting next to the jacuzzi… just overall the romantic and relaxing spot for couples. They also have a single Villa – perfect for a moms’ pampering day.

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The excursions list is so long that you will find something fun and exciting, or memorable and relaxing, from the list. The Disney Wonder stops at Nassau and at Disney’s own private island Castaway Cay. Nassau We chose to attend the Nassau Segway Tour. I don’t know what I was thinking but I just skimmed through and read Segway and thought it was some type of a boat and signed up. Well, I found out pretty quickly that it was not a boat, in fact we were mall-copping around the back bushes of Nassau. It was actually a lot of fun, but in a geeky way – and because I was with a very cool group of women (and one man, Travis from Canada).

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I think next time I will skip the Segway tour and do something that involves boats, there are plenty to choose from, from catamaran to glass bottom. (Note to myself: if you don’t know what a word means – google it.)

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You might also want to google conch, because that’s your exotic Bahamian food specialty. Thanks to Maria Bailey we found an excellent authentic-for-tourists conch restaurant, Conch Fritters, in the little downtown of Nassau, and had some fried conch and conch salad for lunch. It was very good, especially the fried type. Conch is the large pink sea shell with a (delicious) snail living inside. I had to buy one of the empty conches for five bucks from a street vendor when we were walking back to Disney Wonder – now it’s staring at me on my bookshelf and reminding me of the warm breezes of the Bahamas and making me suddenly so hungry.

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Castaway Cay Castaway Cay is Disney’s own private island, and the Disney Wonder docks right on the beach and you can walk to sandy beaches and several different activities like snorkeling, riding a bike around the island, sail around the island with your rental boat or pretty much anything you can imagine you can do on your beach vacation. We chose the stingray feeding, which was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who likes animals. The stingrays don’t have teeth, so they just kind of suck the food of your hand. It was really cool how they had taught the stingrays to get their food from a Mickey shaped plate and we just put our hands firmly down on the plate and held the food between the fingers and the stingrays just came and sucked the food away. The nice thing about the Castaway Cay for adults was that they had a totally separate beach section only for adults (there was also a teenager only beach, very nice touch for older kids), so it was nice and relaxing for those who travel without kids.

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Food Food… I think there is so much to say about the Disney food on board Disney Wonder, that I will try to do a whole new blog post just about the food. One of the excellent examples of the superior Disney customer service was that guests eat in a different restaurant every night to get a different dining experience – but the servers are the same every night. So your waitress will learn to know you and your individual likes and dislikes and it gives a very nice touch for the whole Disney cruise experience. I will also follow up soon with a blog post about everything the Disney Cruises have to offer for kids. PS. I will be changing the photos of the top right corner and you’ll see new photos from my Disney Cruise experience every time you refresh the page. , , , ,

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (18)

  1. Champagne by the jacuzzi! That sounds SO relaxing right about now. Except that I can’t have champagne. Or be in a jacuzzi. Because I’m pregnant. Ah, well…my day will come soon enough. :)

    Thanks for the comprehensive review of the activities and amenities for adults on the Disney Cruise line. I especially love that you get to try a new restaurant every night…with the same waiter! That’s very cool. I can’t wait to read your post about the food.

    Were there lots of “classes” available? I love fitness classes and dancing classes and photography classes, etc.

    Now, I’ll look forward to your post about all of the amenities for kids…

  2. amazing photos. stunning! i think a disney cruise sounds marvelous and i love how as a family someday i could imagine getting the best of both worlds out of this type of vacation. so happy you were able to do this trip to share so many details with us. we are taking our 1st vacation to disney in a month and staying at a resort within the park. i’ll have to ask you if they shared any good tips about that kind of vacation too! let me know!

  3. Thanks so much for this post. I have resisted cruising for a long time. I am not the get dressed up for dinner, tour the island with a tour group type of person. We were thinking a Disney cruise might work for us…with or without the grandkids. Sounds like we were right!

  4. Looks like a great time! I have been wanting to plan a Disney Cruise for awhile now, hopefully in the next year or two.

    And Maria, I agree, Disney is the ONLY place I have ever had mail me back my left items. Great service as always.

  5. I cannot believe how beautiful your pictures are! I was there and the pictures look better than the real life objects. Amazing. Another amazing thing is that Disney just called to tell me they were mailing me back my favorite Parrot print running shorts and my blue bathing suit that I apparently left in the stateroom. In all my travels I HAVE NEVER had a hotel call me to tell me they were mailing back my lost items. That’s service.
    It was great fun meeting so many wonderful moms. BFFs for life as my teenage daughter would say.

  6. Katja

    I want to go back and take my whole family! Thank you so much for the photo comments, I actually have the Canon Rebel too Sheena :) I love it, and don’t mind carrying it for the quality of photos I get.

  7. I love the Disney Cruise. When I took my daughter they had so many ‘kid only’ activities that even though I had my daughter with me she was happy to go off with the other kids. They had a group for the kids to take part in that gave the adults some relaxation time. I was very impressed with all the options available for adults only. Having a separate pool and spa for the adults was quite nice so you didn’t get splashed by children. Of course me and my daughter had a lot of mommy-daughter bonding time too. Disney is awesome! Congrats, Katja for being able to blog for them. How exciting!

  8. All I can do is sit back and drool over these photos!! Mall copping must have been so much fun. What kind of camera do you have? I’m looking for something compact with DSLR quality. It’s kinda a hassle whipping out Big Bertha (Canon Rebel) on the go, lol.

  9. Oh….great pictures! I am wishing for a Disney cruise right away…..without kiddo. I dare say that I love Disney World “just adults”….and went with my husband twice before becoming parents. Some people thought we were nuts….or just big kids. Maybe we were (are)…..but there were so many adult things to do at DW – romantic dinner at the California Grill overlooking the Magic Kingdom at fireworks time etc. Glad you had a great trip!

  10. My husband would be jealous that you got to eat conch. Makes me miss being back home in the Virgin Islands :(

    But your photos are incredible! They definitely capture the beauty and relaxation of the cruise.

  11. Those pictures are AMAZING!! Everything looks so beautiful, relaxed, and fun! I’m so jealous but SOOOO happy you had the chance to do it. The mall copping looks fun and the food looks YUMMY!!

    Definitely something for me to consider for the future! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. I love cruises. I went on two in 2008 and have another one booked for our 25th anniversary. I’ve always wondered about Disney cruises. I’m so glad you shared your trip with us. I know that I loved coming back and writing about mine – it’s almost like living it over. Almost.

  13. Wow, your pictures are fabulous. A Disney Cruise sounds like the perfect vacation with kids…or without. I like the sounds of the spa right now.

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