Bring the mouse ears but leave the kids at home, if you wish.
Take a vacation on a Disney cruise ship without bringing children along? That would be like a salad without dressing, burgers without fries, Chip without Dale… Well, not really. Disney ships such as the 4,000-passenger Dream (which sails out of Port Canaveral) are, first and foremost, beautifully appointed vessels. Sure, it’s laced with Disney-esque touches and there are costumed characters walking about, but the ship also has an overall style that harkens back to the classic ocean liners of the past. The food, entertainment, recreation and leisure activities are top-shelf, as well. Act like a kid if you wish, but there’s no need to have one in tow. Dining and drinking are integral to any first-rate cruise, and the Dream caters specifically to adults with two upscale restaurants, Remy and Palo. Remy, named for the star character in the animated film Ratatouille, seats 80 and serves a French-inspired menu. Complete with Frette linens, Riedel glassware, and white-gloved sommeliers; the meal is intended to be an exceptional culinary experience, from the wild turbot with lemon capers to the strawberry sorbet with crystallized mango chips. Dinner is $85 per person, not including wine or other alcoholic beverages, and diners must be at least 18 to enter. After-dinner fun can be had in The District, a nighttime adults-only entertainment area with five individual venues. Pink is a cozy wine and champagne bar and Pub 687 is akin to a neighborhood gathering spot where draught beer and craft cocktails are the libations of choice. All of Disney’s Florida-based cruises (starting around $1,300 per person for a seven-day Western Caribbean trip) make a stop at Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas. Its Serenity Bay is a kids-free zone located far away from the main family beach. White sand, turquoise water, two-person hammocks, oceanside cabanas, hot food and cold drinks—one could get used to this no-kids thing.
(photo credit: Diana Zalucky (top); Todd Anderson)