This was our second DCL cruise and we traveled with another couple - all without children. From an adult perspective, this cruise has a lot to offer even if it seems to be very much pointed towards families with kids. We found the small number of children on this cruise to actually be kind of sad - since we love watching them get so excited about Mickey and all the activities to do onboard.
Embarkation was fast and efficient. I can't say enough about the superlative customer service experience on this ship from start to finish. Our friends noted that this is the first cruise they have taken, where on disembarkation, they felt just as loved as the first day. Usually, there's a rush to just get you off the ship. They also enjoyed the less 'nickel and dime' feel you end up paying for on other cruise lines.
Entertainment was top notch - can't say enough about it. Yes, it was mostly PG, but we come to appreciate that more in this current world. We even laughed when we More
were watching one of the adult movies one night, and someone actually cursed - it was jarring to hear that again.
Dining was delicious. 14 days on a ship can become very tedious if you eat in the same dining room the whole time, so the rotational dining concept really made things more fun. We enjoyed two dinners and one brunch in Palo - and it was worth it. We ate the brunch while transiting through the canal locks - so imagine our happiness to sail through Gatun lake while drinking champagne in air conditioning! We felt bad for everyone else who was outside. I wouldn't venture to say that all the meals were 5 stars - nothing ever is perfect. I would say there were a few misses - but they were the exception to what was consistently a very tasty menu. Listen to the staff recommendations - they tried to steer me in the right direction and I should have listened to them. If you don't look happy with your meal - never fear, it takes them about 10 seconds to notice and they immediately descend upon you like a SWAT team to bring another dish out. Now that's impressive!
Pirate night was something very special, and even though this cruise was more heavily adult laden - it was fun to see everyone festive and quite a few people in pirate gear! We forced our friends to bring costumes, and they ended up enjoying the fact they had. Because the ship had such few children, they opened up their kids areas for adult exclusives - how often do you get to paint Disney animation cels in the Oceaneer Lab?
One last word on the rooms - we opted with an inside standard cabin this time. I worried it would be too small, but it was quite comfy. Our friends thought it was actually spacious compared to other lines.
if you are a kid at heart, or just want some exceptional customer service dusted with tinkerbell - this is the cruise for you. One third of the ship is adults only and we spent more time with unruly children on the air flight then the entire cruise. Plus, the kids are quite fun. So is the fact you can bring whatever alcohol you like onboard - it's not an issue. Less
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