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Old August 20th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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The college I attended was near DW in a segregated area....shot guns & pickup trucks...I could never figure out how a company could be so "inclusive" and yet be in an area where if you were not white you were not welcome......being from the New York I was totally offended and could not wait to leave.

My partner & I are not into theme park entertainment / cruises(restaurants, DW, Malls) so DW has little attraction for us. Then the kid factor....I really like kids but I believe there is a time a place...so dinner @9:30pm w/ a screaming 6 year old does not make a vacation for us(or a pool full of kids...etc.) usually I blame the parents not the kids.

The Gay Days always were very popular at DW...now I understand how DW gets around not "offending" anyone(meaning corporate profits never shall suffer due to doing the right thing outright).
That doesn't sound pretty. I'm not going to try and change your mind - but we enjoy goinng - we go when most kids are in school and eat in most restaurants where kids should behave. Your right - the parents are to blame - but we usually manage just fine. They have a great food & wine festival each year - definitely adult oriented.

By the way there are places all over like you dewscribed - it's unfortunate but true.
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We can highly recommend Disney Cruise Line. We've been on the Wonder and Fantasy and will go on the Magic next year. Why we choose Disney not having any kids? First of all we travel off season, so less kids although still plenty young ones to be honest. You can easily escape them on the adult only decks where you don't have to fight or get up early for your deck chairs as most passengers do travel with kids and avoid the adult only decks. Big plus! Then there is the entertainment which is to us the best there is at sea. Better than Broadway! Dining is a truly unique experience and the quality of the food is really good. We found it much better than Royal Caribbean. And last but not least, the service and attention to detail only Disney has is something you will not find on any other cruise ship. Having written this we always wonder why we don't see a lot of other gays onboard the DCL. The parks are full of them, but the ships not. At least not on both our trips. A must say is that DCL is not cheap, at least not for Europeans. Their rates are at least 20% more expensive than other cruise liners and we are not entitled to onboard credits, unless you book onboard for your next cruise. Nevertheless we are more than willing to pay this for the true Disney experience at sea.
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We can highly recommend Disney Cruise Line. We've been on the Wonder and Fantasy and will go on the Magic next year. Why we choose Disney not having any kids? First of all we travel off season, so less kids although still plenty young ones to be honest. You can easily escape them on the adult only decks where you don't have to fight or get up early for your deck chairs as most passengers do travel with kids and avoid the adult only decks. Big plus! Then there is the entertainment which is to us the best there is at sea. Better than Broadway! Dining is a truly unique experience and the quality of the food is really good. We found it much better than Royal Caribbean. And last but not least, the service and attention to detail only Disney has is something you will not find on any other cruise ship. Having written this we always wonder why we don't see a lot of other gays onboard the DCL. The parks are full of them, but the ships not. At least not on both our trips. A must say is that DCL is not cheap, at least not for Europeans. Their rates are at least 20% more expensive than other cruise liners and we are not entitled to onboard credits, unless you book onboard for your next cruise. Nevertheless we are more than willing to pay this for the true Disney experience at sea.

great review..We are sailing them in Feb for the first time..doing a back to back so that we can go to the private island twice!
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I actually, originally, wanted to go on a Disney cruise for our up and coming honeymoon. I decided not to because it does seem a bit more expensive than some of the other lines.

I think some gay couples may be concerned about the number of kids, or concerns about "will there be enough activities for adults"? And from what everyone has so, there's no issue.

Part of the problem may be, they highlight more of the family and children oriented activities on the website. It's hard to find information if you're two adults going on DCL - or that's my perception.

That said - we're doing 3 days at WDW and then heading to Fort Lauderdale to jump on a Princess cruise. It seems a better fit for what we're looking for.

I think at some point we will do a Disney cruise. Just not this time.
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We just returned last week from cruise on the Disney Dream. We both love to go out to the clubs, dance and live life. However this was not that. It was a very nice, relaxing cruise for us. The ship is amazing! The food was very good! Service was excellent! The AquaDuck was fun! The shows were magical! The downsides: small pools, the adult pool was secluded and didn't have much breeze(however the didn't allow anyone under 18 in the area), the nightlife was all for families but adult activities were offered (just no one there) and kids EVERYWHERE!
Overall, we loved it and are already planning on another cruise in January. It's a great vacation and recommend it if you want to go for a fun, relaxing cruise. If you are wanting to "live it up", you may want to look at some other cruises.
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Surely Disney should be supported for the fact that it is one of the few family friendly institutions in the US that is not overtly anti-gay. The company could in some ways be described as anti-discrimination and even pro-gay. Disney's neutrality upsets the Christian right.
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Surely Disney should be supported for the fact that it is one of the few family friendly institutions in the US that is not overtly anti-gay. The company could in some ways be described as anti-discrimination and even pro-gay. Disney's neutrality upsets the Christian right.
I agree - That's why we're doing WDW before our cruise.
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With three restarts and two seatings in each, they have 6 'restaurant groups' Disney knows what they are doing, our dinner seating did not have any kids, there are quiet adult pools, nighttime bars for adults only. e loved seeing the kids enjoying, but ewe certainly had our time away from that. Even Castaway Cay has an adults only beach.
Of course if you don't lie kids/families it is not your cup of 'mad hatter' tea….but then you likely would not be a Disney Maniac like me.
Service impeccable, food excellent, kids generally well behaved, no casino and that was just fine. We will go again…and again….and again….

Oh and the gay thing was not a problem, we did not bring it up,,,and it took our dinner companions 4 days to ask (We enjoyed knowing they wanted to ask but were a bit afraid--Cackle cackle!)

As far as Disney not sanctioning Gay Days….well lets just say there is no official proclamation, but the smiles on the faces of the cast members let us know we were among friends. Truthfully I was more offended at how some of the gay day guests acted…Did really need to see a queen on a light pole waving a 'latex imitation of a male private part'…a few of the more immature ones felt the need to be as shocking and offensive as they could be--but I guess that is to be expected. But it was a very small minority. There is a time to be Royalty, and a time to be an Ambassador.
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There is a time to be Royalty, and a time to be an Ambassador.
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I'm afraid that's the risk of these gay public events. It's essentially an invitation to the exhibitionists and provocateurs amongst us to let it all hang out. As my mother would say, "why do they have to run around naked?"

I suppose some of us refuse to fit in.
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I actually, originally, wanted to go on a Disney cruise for our up and coming honeymoon. I decided not to because it does seem a bit more expensive than some of the other lines.

I think some gay couples may be concerned about the number of kids, or concerns about "will there be enough activities for adults"? And from what everyone has so, there's no issue.

Part of the problem may be, they highlight more of the family and children oriented activities on the website. It's hard to find information if you're two adults going on DCL - or that's my perception.

That said - we're doing 3 days at WDW and then heading to Fort Lauderdale to jump on a Princess cruise. It seems a better fit for what we're looking for.

I think at some point we will do a Disney cruise. Just not this time.
My husband and I recently went on the Dream as part of our honeymoon and we were treated like royalty. The housekeeping staff wrote us a card and decorated our bed with two kissing swans with rose petals all over the bed. When we went to Remys, the staff presented us with a special box of chocolate and an edible congratulations "card" (all writted in French).

It's a bit of a misnomer that DCL is for kids. Disney does a great job in keeping kids in their areas, adults in their areas, and providing a neutral spot for "kids" of all ages to enjoy together. Their daily Navigators have a detailed scheduled divided into three parts: kids activities, adult activites, and activities for everyone.

We were so impressed with our cruise that we went ahead booked 2 additional cruises while on board. This is something we never do.

So don't let the Disney name scare you into thinking it will be a ship full of screaming kids. Except for the shows at night, we hardly ever noticed the kids.
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My husband and I recently went on the Dream as part of our honeymoon and we were treated like royalty. The housekeeping staff wrote us a card and decorated our bed with two kissing swans with rose petals all over the bed. When we went to Remys, the staff presented us with a special box of chocolate and an edible congratulations "card" (all writted in French).
Now THAT is cool! Hmm... Too late to switch. LOL
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