Five Must-Dos for Solo Travelers on Disney Cruise Line
Updated: Jun 10
I'm a Disney Cruise Line superfan. I've sailed now 18 times with DCL, and can't wait to book my next one!
Some might think it's odd to cruise solo on a line that's geared toward families, but I love Disney Cruise Line for the same reasons I love the parks - awesome experiences, the fantastic Disney service, and gorgeous, out of this world surroundings and accommodations. There are also lots of adult-only spaces onboard so you can relax, unwind and enjoy some me time as you look at the ocean. What could be better?
So if you're cruising solo on Disney, what are five must-dos?
1) Cove Cafe
If you love a coffee house vibe, Cove Cafe will be your new favorite morning spot. The drinks (both coffee as well as a selection of alcohol) are an extra charge, but you can get a punch card to earn a free coffee if you're a frequent visitor! They also have a rotation of yummy snacks that are no extra charge. Sit in the Cafe and enjoy your book as you sip a latte, or take your beverage to-go and enjoy it on the open deck!
2) Rainforest Room
On nearly every cruise, one of my first stops after embarkation is up to the Senses Spa area, where I purchase a Rainforest Room pass for the length of my cruise. The Room itself and the amenities vary depending on the ship, but I love them all. On the Disney Dream in particular, I like to take my book, settle in a nice heated lounge chair and then take a dip in the hot tub as I feel the ocean breezes. Total relaxation, and total paradise.
The only sell a certain number of passes each cruise, so don't delay if you'd like to have access. On the 5 night cruise I did in January 2023 on the Dream, the Rainforest pass was about $110.
3) Beverage tastings
If you want to learn more about the history of champagne, tequila or martinis...or heck, if you just love champagne, tequila or martinis, these beverage tastings are for you! You can register and book your spot on the Disney Cruise Line app, after you've paid your cruise in full and your booking window is open.
They're perfect to do solo because most are fairly small (under 20 people) and they often take place at the lounges and bars onboard, so you're able to have good conversations and interact with your fellow cruisers.
I would highly suggest booking one on embarkation day - the perfect way to kick off your cruise!
4) Palo, Remy or Enchante
The adults only dining on Disney Cruise Line is not to be missed. I personally have only so far been to Palo - but I plan to remedy that on future cruises! They are an additional charge and are certainly a splurge, but if you're looking for a meal that's also an experience, you'll want to book one. I've done both brunch and dinner at Palo, and both are divine - although if you do brunch, be prepared to take a post-meal nap on the deck, you'll be full!
5) Serenity Bay, Castaway Cay
Serenity Bay is the adults-only beach area at Castaway Cay. I love to get a drink, take my Kindle and a chair to the water, and sit with my toes in the ocean. Total bliss.
Have you cruised solo with Disney, or is it something on your bucket list? What are you most looking forward to doing?