Disney Wish cruise ship: Adults-only sections unveiled

About a year before the inaugural sailing of the Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Lines continues to unveil experiences that make the fifth ship in the line stand out from the rest.

In April, it was revealed the ship would have Star Wars, Frozen and superhero themes in restaurants and lounges, among other experiences.

This month, Disney gave a look at how adults can indulge in its first outdoor spa retreat and standalone salon experiences, plus upscale bars and lounges.

"With the Disney Wish, we wanted to design an experience that allows our grown-up guests to relax, recharge and reconnect in unique ways that only Disney Cruise Line can create," Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement. "Not only did we infuse more storytelling and enchantment into the adult-exclusive venues, but we added more variety and made them more accessible than ever before."

After more than a year without cruises during COVID-19, Disney Cruise Line announced this month it will resume U.S. cruises Aug. 9.

Disney Wish is set to sail in the summer of 2022 from Port Canaveral, Florida.

For the first time aboard a Disney ship, Senses Spa will feature an outdoor relaxation space where guests can enjoy whirlpool spas or take part in yoga sessions.

This open-air oasis is an extension to Disney Cruise Line's signature Rainforest experience, which has been reimagined for the Wish to provide even more ways to relax and rejuvenate. The Rainforest will introduce the fleet's first ice lounge, allowing guests to combine thermal therapies. It will include heated ergonomic loungers, sensory spa showers and sauna, steam and dry chambers.

Senses Spa will feature private treatment rooms and lavish spa villas for couples. In addition to a menu of massage, facial and acupuncture therapies, passengers will be able to select from a menu of specialised treatments customised to their needs, such as pain management and sleep improvement.

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Adjacent to the spa, the reimagined Senses Fitness will offer exercise and wellness facilities, including a main room with exercise equipment, a cycle studio and an aerobics room.

The Disney Wish will premiere two salon experiences — the fleet's first standalone venues for hairstyling and beauty services — where adults can treat themselves in environments designed with inspiration from classic Walt Disney Animation Studios films.

— At Untangled Salon, adults can enjoy an experience inspired by Rapunzel — the Disney Princess known for her long, flowing tresses.

This high-end salon will be adorned in shades of purple and gold, decorated with floating lantern light fixtures and outfitted with custom cut-metal privacy screens depicting Rapunzel's paintings.

One side of the space will gleam and glow with the golden light of a signature chandelier that evokes the flower that gave her hair its magical qualities.

In addition to haircuts and styling, the menu of services at Untangled Salon will include manicures, pedicures, teeth whitening and skin treatments.

— Hook's Barbery will be a twist on a traditional European men's salon, offering cuts, shaves and nail and skin care.

Decked out in dark woods, leather chairs and golden mirrors, the space will brim with narrative details inspired by its namesake, Captain Hook: an inlaid wooden map of Never Land, a hidden pocket watch and — of course — a hook, to name a few.

It will boast the ultimate toast to a pirate's life: a hidden bar. This treasure trove of pre-Prohibition bourbons, vintage whisky and port, aged rum and premium spirits will be a liquor enthusiast's paradise.

Like every Disney Cruise Line vessel, the Disney Wish will offer a collection of bars and lounges reserved exclusively for adults each evening. For the first time, these venues will be spread out among the ship's other core gathering places for a more flexible, free-flow experience that will allow guests — particularly parents — more opportunities to enjoy "me time" throughout their cruise.

Also new is the prevalence of storytelling in these spaces, providing a variety of ways for adults to experience some of their favorite Disney stories in sophisticated ways designed especially for them.

— Keg & Compass is a pub that celebrates the adventure and romance of the sea, designed in the rustic architectural style of a late-1800s Norwegian sailor's map room. Drawing inspiration from the folklore of Norse seafaring, period-style oil paintings will depict tales of the deep, and intricate carvings of tentacles, barnacles, compasses and more will accentuate porthole frames.

Spanning the ceiling will be a grand, fantastical map in old maritime style that features, among other references to ocean lore, an homage to Disney characters and stories related to the sea. In addition to such characters as Ursula and Moana (appearing in the geographically accurate locations of their stories), the map will call out important locales related to Walt Disney and the design and construction of the Disney Wish.

Passengers will be able to kick back and watch live sports, news and more while sampling a specialized selection of beers, including three custom craft brews available exclusively aboard the Disney Wish, along with an assortment of liquors, wines and cocktails.

— Nightingale's is a refined piano bar inspired by Cinderella's lyrical rendition of "Sing Sweet Nightingale" in the 1950 film, offering a menu of fine wines, bubblies and hand-crafted cocktails. Classically modern, the predominant design feature will be a glittering chandelier perched above the piano. The lounge will be a thematic extension of the fairy tale-inspired Grand Hall from which it stems, with large doors that allow the twinkling tunes to spill out across the atrium.

— Passengers looking for a New Orleans-inspired good time can go down to The Bayou, an informal lounge themed to "The Princess and the Frog." The space will evoke the magical marsh where Tiana and Naveen take refuge in the film. A bronze statue of each character will be prominently displayed, and two gazebos inspired by the city's wrought iron metalwork structures will provide intimate seating for small groups on either side of the bar. The centrally located venue will offer creative cocktails, specialty coffees and beignets alongside live entertainment and musical performances.

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