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Disney Cruise without kids.....would you sail again on Disney?

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We are childless and are considering doing a Disney Cruise for the first time.  We have sailed on Princess many times and Norwegian.  For those of you who have sailed on at least one Disney Cruise, would you choose Disney again or another cruise line?  Why or why not?  Thanks so much.

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We've sailed DCL 17 times, four with kids, although the last two were when they were all adults. So that should answer your question right there.

 

Having said that, there are itineraries that we want to do, that I may look outside of DCL for, since they are slowly pricing themselves out of the market for us. I would stick with DCL on cruises where there are a number of sea days, but for port intensive itineraries, probably not.

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If you want to, why not. But I can cruise twice with other cruise lines for the cost of a Disney cruise.

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8 hours ago, 5kitty said:

We are childless and are considering doing a Disney Cruise for the first time.  We have sailed on Princess many times and Norwegian.  For those of you who have sailed on at least one Disney Cruise, would you choose Disney again or another cruise line?  Why or why not?  Thanks so much.

We've done 12 DCL cruises.  2 with "children" (adult aged).  So, yes, I would choose Disney again.  

 

We primarily pick cruises for itinerary, so we look a several different cruise lines and Disney is still in the group.

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We have done three Disney cruises sans children nor traveling with people with children.  Just the two of us.  We would do so again, except the prices have gotten out hand.

 

I think it does help if you are a bit of a Disneyphile.

 

 

 

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Im solo, no kids over 40 and I have just booked my first Disney cruise and I can't wait. I also go to Disneyland California every year solo.

 

To me , the choice other than price is do you want a DISNEY cruise experience or just a cruise experience. 

 

 

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We have sailed Disney more times without our now adult kids than with them.  We have sailed other cruise lines too, and like to sail Princess for their great itineraries.  But when we want a cruise to relax, or with lots of sea days, we always choose Disney.  Yes, it costs more, but there is a reason for that.

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We started cruising DCL with a 7 year old in 1998.  Needless to say, that 7 year old is now much older, and we've explored other lines.  There are things that are by far the best on DCL, things that have gone up and down over the years (food), and things that are basically the same as other lines.  The one thing that has gone up and up are the prices.  We LOVE DCL, but we did 14 nights in a window suite on Princess for less than what 7 nights in a cat 6 on DCL would have cost.  We cruised in Japan, which we can't do on DCL.

 

Yes, we'd happily do DCL again if and when we can find an itinerary we are interested in at a price we are willing to pay.

 

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My spouse and I went on a Disney cruise several years ago. It was a lot of fun, and we were travelling with friends who had kids. The biggest drawback for us was the schedule. We like to stay up late and sleep in when we're on vacation. They closed the buffet at 10:30am to reset for lunch and had no food options for late risers other than floppy pizza and tasteless burgers. The bars also closed early. It may have been midnight, but it felt like 10pm. The drinks in the Cadillac bar however, were amazing! Our bartender was fantastic. It was pricey, so we generally pick other cruise lines that mesh better with our schedule. I'm not saying I wouldn't try again though. 

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On 10/3/2019 at 4:53 PM, Nightrythm said:

My spouse and I went on a Disney cruise several years ago. It was a lot of fun, and we were travelling with friends who had kids. The biggest drawback for us was the schedule. We like to stay up late and sleep in when we're on vacation. They closed the buffet at 10:30am to reset for lunch and had no food options for late risers other than floppy pizza and tasteless burgers. The bars also closed early. It may have been midnight, but it felt like 10pm. The drinks in the Cadillac bar however, were amazing! Our bartender was fantastic. It was pricey, so we generally pick other cruise lines that mesh better with our schedule. I'm not saying I wouldn't try again though. 

 

It has been a long time since we have cruised on DCL (7 years) but we wouldn't and this is mostly why.  Without the kids DCL just doesn't fit our schedule/traveling style. We have been avoiding DCL because our youngest wasn't interested in the clubs but now that she is almost 11, we are planning on giving it another go and hoping for more evening activities.

 

That being said, if you want to give it a try then do! Plenty of adults travel on DCL and love it. 

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If you want an immersive Disney experience and you like the itinerary, yes, I would do it without kids.  If you are simply looking for a nice ship, comfortable, well-designed stateroom, good food and entertainment, no, I wouldn't do it.  You are paying a significant up charge to be surrounded by Disney 24/7 on a DCL cruise and you can find equally lovely ships with, IMHO, better itineraries, on other lines.  I'm a huge Disney fan (40+ trips to WDW, several DL trips and 7 DCL cruises) and my husband and I would never sail DCL on our own.  He is absolutely bored stiff at night on DCL as he has no interest in the Disney productions and there is no casino on board.  For major cruise lines, we have switched over to X (nice, smaller kids club for our son and shows and casino for us in the evenings).  We have also now sailed on Lindblad and Paul Gauguin and will probably be doing a Crystal cruise within the next year or so.  

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No, because a large part of the cost subsidized the kids club.  Why pay so much for something you won’t use?

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