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Can Adults Enjoy a Disney Cruise?

We set out to see if a Disney cruise would be a good choice for two adults. We departed on the Disney Dream from Port Canaveral, Florida for a quick Bahamas four-day weekend. The ship, weather, and stops were wonderful. The adult experience on this Disney cruise ship had its ups and downs.

The ups:

Up #1:  Palo Restaurant: A for- pay specialty restaurant (not expensive) with fine Italian dining. No kids allowed. It was delicious! The sunset view was romantic.

Disney Dream cruise

Sunset from Palo Restaurant onboard Disney Dream

Up #2:  The stop at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas was the best thing about the trip. The adults- only beach called Serenity Cove was exquisite.

Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise

Does it get any better than Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas? Adults seek out Serenity Cove.

Up #3: The fireworks show off of the ship! No pictures because I was so enthralled I forgot to take any. Next time…..

Up #4:  The adults- only pool area

Disney Dream adults only pool

The adults- only pool, spa, and bar area is a lovely oasis of quiet.

So now for the downs.

#1 (and only) down: The sound of kids running through the ship reverberates throughout the stateroom areas!

Since kids will be kids, and parents are hard pressed to control them in a Disney environment, this drawback was not a huge problem for us. We actually had a wonderful time watching the kids with the Disney characters, and seeing all of the children running around dressed as princesses and pirates. All of the children we met were well-behaved and polite, as were their parents.

So an adult couple can have a wonderful time onboard a Disney cruise, given the right attitude and the ability to eat and drink in the adults-only bars and restaurants. As a childless couple, we wouldn’t hesitate to go again, and especially would enjoy going as an extended family. We know now that there are plenty of opportunities for quiet, adult time and would quite enjoy sharing the experience with the younger members of our extended family.

Contact me at 561-841-2224 or susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to plan your next Disney cruise. Even a short getaway like ours was a wonderful break from the routine!

15 Pictures You Should See of the Celebrity Silhouette

Take an onboard tour of the Celebrity Silhouette! Then join us…..

On a special departure fundraising cruise to benefit Free The Girls, an organization devoted to helping victims of human trafficking. We depart from Fort Lauderdale on February 23, 2014 for seven nights on a western Caribbean itinerary aboard the Celebrity Silhouette. Here is your home away from home as she cruises the waters of the Caribbean. Picture yourself here!

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette

The first thing I saw onboard was a beautiful tree growing in the atrium. Elevators surround this beautiful chrome and glass area. A fully-stocked library is opposite.

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Celebrity Silhouette atrium

The grand staircase echoed the modern luxury theme of Celebrity Cruise Lines. Beautiful!

Susan McDaniel Travel, Celebrity Silhouette

Staircase on Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Solstice ships have an upper deck area called “The Lawn Club.” A grassy area with rental cabanas and a grill restaurant highlight this area.

Lawn Club on Celebrity Silhouette bu Susan McDaniel Travel

Grass at sea? Yes, at the upper deck “Lawn Club.”

The pool area (this is the adults-only pool) is on the upper deck, too.

Susan McDaniel Travel, Celebrity Silhouette pool

The Celebrity Silhouette adult pool area

Not to leave the children out, the Silhouette has extensive (and I mean extensive) areas for children. An entire upper deck is divided into different age group areas, complete with their own sports court. Older children have their special lounge areas, No Adults Allowed! Very nice for family travel.

Susan McDaniel, Celebrity Silhouette children's areas

The Celebrity Silhouette has extensive areas for children of any age

Also on the upper deck is the Sky Lounge, a huge area that can be used for meetings, club get-togethers, family meet-ups, and at night is a bar and dance area. It was gorgeous!

Sky Observation Lounge on Clebeirt Silhouette by Susan McDaniel

Sky Observation Lounge

Staterooms were well-appointed in each category.

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette

Stateroom appointments on Celebrity Silhouette

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette bathroom

Bathrooms were modern and elegant on the Silhouette

I really liked the closets and storage space in the various staterooms. The color schemes were calming, too.

Susan McDaniel Celebrity Silhouette stateroom

The stateroom decor was understated elegance. Soothing.

You just have to have a veranda. It makes cruising so special.

Susan McxDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette veranda

Veranda on the Celebrity Silhouette

Loved the casino area, and you will, too!

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette casino

The Celebrity Silhouette casino has something for everyone

Everywhere you look there are gorgeous architectural details and design elements.

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette bar

If you can’t find a bar to suit your taste onboard the Silhouette, then you’ll never find one. There are so many to choose from. This is the casino bar.

Celebrity is known for its fabulously fresh food and the offering at lunch did not disappoint. The wine they served was delicious, too.

Susan McDaniel travel Celebrity Silhouette lunch

Food on the Silhouette is top-notch

I’m not leaving without dessert!

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette lunch

Does it get any better than this?

Give me a call at 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to experience the Celebrity Silhouette up close and personal. The Silhouette is part of Celebrity’s Solstice Class of ships which includes the Equinox and the Reflection, so those ships will look similar to what you saw here. Has anyone sailed on her?

Visit www.susanmcdanieltravel.com to begin planning your next cruise.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Clients are in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas this week aboard a Holland America cruise. I ran across this picture I took last spring while I was there and thought I’d share it as I think about them. This is a private island in the Bahamas that HAL cruisers get to enjoy. The crescent beach is beautiful, the sand is powdery, and the colors are obviously magnificent.

The Bahamas sport such wonders on all their islands. I’d love to help you plan a vacation there, whether by land or by sea. Call 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanielttravel.com.

Willemstad, Curacao: Do You Think it’s a Successful Mix of Old and New?

Willemstad, Curacao: Is it old? Is it new? Is it a successful mixture of the two?

Royal Dutch/Shell Company built one of the world’s biggest refineries on the island of Curacao to refine Venezuelan oil. After all, Venezuela is only 35 miles away. The influx of refinery workers from around the globe created a diverse and lively population, a mix of many cultures and races. Then tourism grew and the resultant growth created a mix of colonial treasures and modern attractions. Cutting-edge shopping, entertainment, and dining live side-by-side with historical reminders of the island’s legacy of changing colonial rule. Integrating all of these changes has been a challenge. Look at these pictures and see if you think the integration has been successful.

Lovely pastel Curacao and a great place for people watching on the waterway

Pastel Dutch-colonial buildings house luxury jewelers and designer retail stores

Cruise ships stay in port late enough for dinner ashore or a casino visit

Cruise ships stay in port late enough for dinner ashore or a casino visit at the ultra- modern resort complex right next to ancient Fort Amsterdam

New resort infinity pool in front of colonial fort and historic buildings

The resort’s infinity pool in front of colonial Fort Amsterdam

Modern cruise ship docked by centuries old fort

Cruise ships dock right in Willemstad too. Notice the fort in the foreground.

Ancient Curacao fort in shadow of Caribbean style skyscraper

Fort Amsterdam in the shadow of one lone Caribbean version of the skyscraper

Crystalline waters against a backdrop of wastewater treatment plants and landfills

Curacao’s crystalline waters exist against a backdrop of wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and oil refineries

Curacao port area

Curacao’s modern port area, designed to look colonial

Great port area to shop and relax

The relaxing port area is adjacent to the neon-enhanced ultra-chic resort/casino complex

Do you think the integration of old and new was a success in Willemstad? As a cruise ship visitor you will love the easy access to many great points of interest, all an easy stroll from the ship.  Still, the contrasts of Curacao are not subtle. But the sometimes jarring juxtapositions do not detract from the fairy- tale feel of the historic area, or the energy that exudes from the island. You’ll have a great time here whether by cruise ship or a land vacation.

Contact me at 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to arrange your next vacation to the Caribbean. This area is my specialty and I will see that your trip is custom designed for you. Start your planning at www.susanmcdanieltravel.com .

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