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Lou’s Inbox: Disney Cruise Line Activities for Adults

Lou’s email inbox is often full-to-overflowing with questions from listeners.  As such, he has enlisted the WDW Radio Blog writers to assist him in answering some of your questions.

This is a question from WDW Radio listener Bill Murrell:

Bill writes to us about on-board activities for adults aboard Disney Cruise Line.

“We have been debating taking a [Disney] cruise but I have some concerns and questions. I have read a lot about the cruise, and I listen to a bunch of podcasts talking about the cruise (Including all your podcasts), but I have not learned what I need to know. I understand and am excited by the night time opportunities (dining, shows etc.), but what is there to do to keep older folks active during the day. We both are not interested in spas and shore activities etc. (I was a Marine and spent a lot of time in the Far East), so what is there to do during the day? Thanks for you and your many activities. Bill Murrell”

Hi Bill!  My name is Kristin, and I am part of the WDW Blog Team. Thank you so much for your question about on-board activities for adults on the Disney Cruise Line ships and thanks for your support of the the WDW Radio Podcast.

You are in luck: There are a host of wonderful activities aboard each Disney cruise that I am sure will delight and entertain you.


The Traditional: Aboard each Disney ship is an ‘Adults-Only’ section with private swimming pool, hot tub, sun deck, bar and cafe. The ‘Quiet Cove’ deck affords adults a chance to relax with full 360 views of the ship and surrounding ocean. On days when many families go ashore for land-based activities, the mid deck recreation areas are quiet, making it a perfect time to enjoy the family pools and waterslides.

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Culinary Demonstrations: You can watch the Executive Chefs of the Disney Cruise Line make their masterful food. Dishes like European Apple Strudel, made with classic lacquered pastry dough are broken down in to easy-to-follow steps. Questions are encouraged, along with tasting. Full-sized samples of each dish are provided to cruise guests.

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Wine & Cocktail Tastings: Adults-only demonstrations showcase premium wines and spirits. Learn from the staff as they break down the how-tos of selecting, paring, and tasting wine. Learn how to craft your favorite drinks from master mixologists so that you can easily recreate them at home. Full recipes, product information, and step-by-step lists are provided to each guest.

Animation & Drawing Classes: Each cruise offers classes on how-to-draw your favorite Disney characters. All the drawing supplies (paper, pencils and erasers) are provided along with thorough guided instruction. It’s a great place to make a cruise keepsake. (Of note: Some cruises offer adult crafting classes as well! All supplies are provided.)

The Art Gallery: All of the ships are home to extensive galleries of Disney Art. Each ship has gorgeous vintage art pieces adorning each hall and a dedicated gallery is located mid ship. The gallery showcases the best Disney-inspired work from many of the artists who work at Walt Disney Studios. Take a self-guided tour through the galleries and marvel at the creative skill-set and rich colors of the artwork.

Pin Trading with the Crew: Meet face-to-face with the ship’s senior staff and trade pins with them from their voyages near and far. My husband and I are pin collectors, and we have scored pins from Disney Parks and Ports-of-Call from around the world at these events. It is a great way to get to know your senior crew members and to chat with them about their travels.

Games: Trivia and Interactive Game Shows are a great way to share both your general knowledge and Disney know-how in a fun and lightly competitive setting. The cruise staff engage the guests as retro-style game show hosts. Guests can win prizes and share in a ton of laughs with their shipmates. (This is one of my favorite activities to do with my husband!)

Sports & Fitness: All Disney cruises offer fitness clubs that include weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes. You can workout before you indulge in brunch or dinner at Palo. Cruises that stop at Disney’s Castaway Key offer an early morning 5k around the island. Guests who partake get a scenic tour of the full island and finisher’s medal.

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Comedy, Classic Music, Variety Shows & Acappella: Each cruise hosts top-notch performers who cater to adult and family crowds. Daily shows run in the afternoon and late evening hours.

Captain’s Reception: Enjoy a meet-and-greet with your ship’s captain. Get your picture taken with the ship’s officers and enjoy live music as you mingle with the crew.

Movies: Each Disney cruise ship is home to a full-sized, state-of-the-art movie theater. First-run films and Disney Classics play aboard the ship, round the clock. The movies are free as part of your cruise, and you can purchase popcorn, drinks and candy, the same way you would at your local theater.

And then, there’s more: Our fellow WDW Radio blogger, Vanessa Prince makes a great suggestion – Check out the most recent Disney Cruise Line offerings via the Disney Cruise Line Blog and view the “Daily Navigator.” Each Navigator lists all of the on-board activities for each sailing so that you can plan your vacation.

Good luck with your cruise plans, and keep us posted with new activities as you find them!

Answered by:  Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons @kafcooks

(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)

Do you have a favorite ship-board activity you enjoy? We would love to hear more in the comments section below!