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Are we craZiE to sail with Disney without kids?!!? Well, we booked anyways since I'm a Disnut and some of our friends were doing this same cruise. Turned out to be a wonderful cruise with lots of opportunities to get away from the kids onboard.

It was fun to watch kids enjoy the magic of the Mickey and Goofy onboard, especially during the 2 deck parties. Our friends had a hard time getting their kids to leave the Kids' Club activities, and of course the kid and family pools looked crowded whenever we passed by.

The 18+ yr old areas are well-signed and monitored. In the front of the ship the adult-only pool & hot tubs are surrounded by an enclosed cappuccino cafe (additional cost for the specialty coffees but the pastries and hor d'oeuvres are included) and a regular bar that faces the pool. Lots of lounge chairs around on either side. The niteclubs (lounge, dance club, piano bar) are adults only after 9pm.

As anticipated there are fewer children at the second dining time, 8:15pm. There are 3 main dining rooms and guests rotate thru a dining room each nite with their serving team so that was unique. Our servers were good.

Overall, the food was good, not excellent. We thought dinner at 2 of the 3 restaurants were excellent, and in the other restaurant (Parrot Cay), where we ate twice, some elements were hit or miss so it actually felt like we were eating mass produced food. The breakfast buffet was good but the breakfast and lunch in the restaurants were much better than the buffet.

Always lots of food options available if one did not want to go to the main dining rooms. The buffet did not have a dress code. And paninis, wraps, sandwiches, fresh fruit, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, ice cream were available from 7am to quite late from counter service locales. A hot and cold beverage station and room service were available 24hr. It was fab to have this all included in the price and not feeling like being nickel and dimed to death (on a Princess cruise years ago, I remember having to pay for ice cream & pizza). Outside the niteclubs at about 11pm, a small buffet of desserts and appetizers were set up each nite. After the Pirates of the Carribean deck party, where there's lots of stage entertainment, group dancing and even fireworks (Disney is the only cruise line that is allowed to shoot off fireworks), there was a large dessert buffet set up.

For adult entertainment, there is no casino onboard, and the only downside to the cruise was the lacking nite life. Apart from one nite where our group closed down karaoke at 2am, not much was going on in the open clubs.

Our cabin felt quite large with a separate area between the bed and verandah that had a fold out couch in it. Our rooms steward was exceptional, leaving towel animals (gorilla hanging from a hanger, etc.) to greet us upon our return. Also loved the H2O Spa toiletries.

Disney knows how to add magic thru special touches throughout the cruise and the cruise staff seemed sincere in their interactions to provide a memorable cruise experience. They do all the things you'd expect (e.g., being polite and helpful when answering questions) but they also go out of their way to make you feel unique. For example, one of our port days was spent at Castaway Cay (Disney's private island - a paradise for sure, complete with great snorkelling right at the adult-only beach!). The Capt's assistant led a 5K run first thing that morning. And 2 days later on the last nite of the cruise when the staff were in their dress uniforms, the Capt.'s assistant came up to me to ask me how the rest of my run was. I would not have recognized her out of her running clothes and I was dressed up as well so I was surprised she recognized me too, let alone 2 days later out of the 2000+ passengers!

There's a lot of scheduled activities on the ship well organized by age group so it's easy to scan and decide what to do. Some of the evening shows are Broadway quality.

Disney definitely knows how to manage queues and the check-in and debarkation processes are hassle-free and quick.

We had a wonderful time and our 4 day Bahama cruise went too fast!

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