As the cruise industry evolves, it has transitioned into a “one size does not fit all” experience. Cruise lines have introduced new areas onboard to satisfy all of their guests, regardless of age. Many now offer new exclusive areas just for adults.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line led the way with adults-only nighttime entertainment districts onboard the Disney Magic (Beat Street) and Disney Wonder (Route 66). The Disney Dream, which debuted in 2011, has an adult-exclusive area called The District, which includes five venues with different themes, entertainment and ambiance.
When the Disney Fantasy launches in 2012, she will have Europa, a nighttime entertainment district on Satellite Sun Deck. It will feature Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool area with benches and a gently falling rain curtain where guests can enjoy some cool comfort from the sun. This is in addition to the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar.
Princess Cruises debuted The Sanctuary onboard the Crown Princess in 2006. It was an instant success, and over the past three years the line has added The Sanctuary to 14 of its ships. The Sapphire Princess was the last Princess ship to receive this enhancement.
The adults-only area is best described as a serene hideaway. Guests can enjoy an outdoor spa-inspired setting, with massage cabanas, light meals and signature beverages. The plush outdoor furniture includes double loungers for couples as well as deluxe chairs and chaise lounges. Serenity Stewards in The Sanctuary provide personal service to guests, from Evian water atomizers and a chilled face towel to a menu of healthy light fare and beverages. In addition, there are two private outdoor cabanas where guests can take advantage of Lotus spa services.
Half-day passes for The Sanctuary cost $10 per person. A full-day pass is $20.
When Celebrity Cruises’ newest Solstice Class ship, the Celebrity Silhouette, entered service in summer 2011, she included a new way to enjoy views of the sea and lush green lawn from private cabanas. The Alcoves include eight cabana-style settings that can comfortably accommodate two to four guests in an area that is just steps away from The Lawn Club. What’s included? While enjoying scenic views from their reserved cabana, guests can enjoy complimentary amenities that include chilled towels, hand-held fans, bottles of water, a fruit plate and all-day use of an iPad with a wide variety of music, magazines and games. There is a dedicated Alcoves attendant who can handle additional requests. For instance, guests can order themed picnic baskets and beverages at an additional charge.
The Alcoves (open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) can be booked for full-day rentals or even for the entire voyage. The cost is $99 per day when the Celebrity Silhouette is in port (days at sea, $149). Guests who book The Alcoves for several days receive a discount.
Taking advantage of one of these exclusive areas is a new way for your group to enjoy a tranquil escape at sea.