Disney knows they cannot only cater to families and their kiddos, but also to adults – couples, seniors, single adults, parents who
want need a break. So they have designed specific areas of all their ships to be adults-only and we LOVED this feature since we were traveling without any little ones in tow. They really do a phenomenal job of providing atmospheres and entertainment for everyone.
Adult-only sections of the pool decks are designated by a sign so that it’s obvious to all, but cast members are still stationed throughout to chorale anyone under 18 back to the family area.
Best sign ever! Sorry kids!
The Cove area of the Fantasy is part of the adults-only section forward on Deck 11. Included is the Quiet Cove pool with swim-up bar, glass bottom Jacuzzi, giant lounging chairs and the Cove Cafe.
Behind the series of round portholes on the far side of the pool is the cafe.
The Cove Cafe quickly became one of our favorite drink spots – serving up specialty coffee and tea drinks and a few alcoholic beverages. This is also one of the Wifi spots on board, but it won’t be what you are used to at home, so I say leave those devices and enjoy vacation!
It is also quiet inside if you need a break from the ruckus out on deck.
We stopped in before the show one evening for a few drinks.
Rem ordered the Mint Mocha Latte – Creme de Menthe, espresso, Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce, milk, whipped cream. I wanted to try the Eco-Tini – VeeV Acai Liqueur, Triple Sec, Agave Nectar, Ginger, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, served with a souvenir Acai Seed Bracelet. To view the full menu at the Cove Cafe – check out allears.net or disneycruiselineblog.com.
They also serve up fresh pastries and antipasti daily when you need a snack more suited to adult taste buds (the snack shacks by the family pools can, of course, satisfy your craving for chicken fingers, pizza and french fries).
I will leave you with a funny story from our trip. We hit up the Cove Cafe one afternoon at sea for a shot of caffeine in the form of Chai (p.s. the brand of teas they carry in the cove cafe differs from what is available in the restaurants and it was specialty gourmet tea) and noticed that there were several Disney cast members standing around the pool looking very concerned and thoughtful over something.
The barista brought us our drinks and explained that a man who was still passed out on a lounger had gotten completely drunk and thrown up in the pool and on the pool deck. How embarrassing! So they were figuring out how to clean the pool – clearly cleanliness and safety is a big deal to Disney. Needless to say, they closed the pool and drained it for cleaning.
They also don’t take inebriation lightly. While they are one of few cruise lines to allow you to carry-on your own alcohol, they will cut you off at the bar and if they don’t then that cast member is sent home. They have a strict policy and enforce it by sharing the picture of any guest that needs to be cut off across their network so that you know not to serve them. They want you to have your fun, but safely and not at the cost of someone else. We rarely saw anyone drunk out of their mind, let alone anyone puking off the boat.
Next up in our line of Disney Cruise posts: Dinner at Animator’s Palate