No Kids? No Problem: Couple’s Cruise on the Disney Wonder

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy a cruise on the Disney Wonder.

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Adults can escape the Azure nighclub, which is part of After Hours, an adults-only district on the Disney Wonder. Photo by Matt Stroshane
Adults can escape the Azure nighclub, which is part of After Hours, an adults-only district on the Disney Wonder. Photo by Matt Stroshane

Just for Adults: On Board the Disney Wonder

On past Disney cruises, we’ve always focused on what the kids wanted to do. Pool time? You bet. Playing ping pong, watching Disney movies in the theater and having ice cream snacks? Of course.

But this time, we can do whatever we want. It feels delightfully luxurious.

We read by the adults-only pool, have drinks at one of several lounges mid-day, and eat long leisurely meals. Our favorite area onboard the Disney Wonder is After Hours, an adult district which features the new English-style Crown & Fin Pub, the Cadillac Lounge and the Azure Night Club.

Every evening after the main Disney show, Ben and I head to Azure, where comedians rule the stage. From crazy game shows to one-made comedy acts, they keep us laughing night after night.

The Crown & Fin Pub, an authentic English Pub, is the newest addition to the After Hours district on the Disney Wonder. Photo by Matt Stroshane
The Crown & Fin Pub, an authentic English Pub, is the newest addition to the After Hours district on the Disney Wonder. Photo by Matt Stroshane

One evening, we play cards and enjoy drinks at Crown & Fin Pub. The dark woods, plush leather chairs and English specialty beers provide an authentic English vibe. Ben’s favorite night spot, though, is the Cadillac Lounge. The décor pays tribute to 1950’s-era Cadillac cars, with couches resembling automobile rear seats, and a bar that looks like the front end of a Coupe del Ville.

The bar serves an impressive array of spirits, cocktails, wine and beer, with many high-end whiskeys and bourbons. The Cadillac Lounge is used for wine and spirit tastings throughout the cruise.

While the Disney Wonder may have its biggest fan base in the age 3 to 18 crowd, it fares pretty well with adults too – even those cruising with no children at all.

Frozen, A Musical Spectacular uses puppetry, modern technology and dazzling special effects to tell the story of "Frozen." Photo by Matt Stroshane
Frozen, A Musical Spectacular uses puppetry, modern technology and dazzling special effects to tell the story of “Frozen.” Photo by Matt Stroshane

Frozen, A Musical Spectacular

Quality family entertainment is a highlight on every Disney Cruise. From Broadway-style shows to comedy clubs and piano bars, there’s no lack of things to do. Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, is Disney Cruise Line’s newest on board theatrical show.

Two years in the making, the show combines top talent with puppetry, intricate sets and laser technology to recreate the story of Anna and Elsa.

Watching the show, I’m not disappointed. The combination of a beloved story, strong acting and imaginative sets, as well as Disney’s professional production skills, create a musical that holds you from the very first moment.

The little girl sitting in a princess dress beside me lights up when favorite songs like “For the First Time in Forever” and “Love is an Open Door” are presented. And I’m just as engaged as she is.

At the moving end of the production, snow floats down on the audience, then it turns to colorful leaves as Arrendale warms up.

The Disney Wonder also features several other theater productions, including “Disney Dreams,” a musical that includes appearances by many beloved Disney characters, from Peter Pan to Pinocchio to Belle.

Snuba excursion in Cozumel on a cruise with the Disney Wonder. Photo courtesy Janna Graber
Snuba excursion in Cozumel on a cruise with the Disney Wonder. Photo courtesy Janna Graber

Snuba in Cozumel

There’s so much to do on board the Disney Wonder that we really don’t need to leave the ship, but we do book one excursion – snuba in Cozumel.

Snuba is a mix of scuba diving and snorkeling. Inside of breathing from a regulator on a dive tank, air is supplied from a tube floating from a tank on the surface. You don’t have to be certified to do snuba – and it’s just as fun as it sounds. The water is warm and the seas are clear as we follow tiny fish and discover rows of coral.

Back on board, we get ready for our last dinner at sea. It’s been everything a cruise should be – relaxing, fun and full of memories in the making. On a Disney cruise, even adults can embrace the magic of being a kid again. And we did it with gusto.

The Disney Wonder at port in Cozumel, Mexico. Photo by Janna Graber
The Disney Wonder at port in Cozumel, Mexico. Photo by Janna Graber

If You Cruise with Disney

Disney Cruise Line currently has four vessels – the Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy. Two more cruise ships will be delivered in 2021 and 2023. Disney Cruise Line offers itineraries in the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and Europe.

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