A cruise is just like DisneyWorld - there’s really no way to describe it until you’ve done it. I’ve taken 11 cruises (2 on Disney). I’ve been on some pretty terrific ships - but nothing compares to a Disney ship - the attention to detail is amazing.
Are the shows cheesy? In a word - NO! Their entertainment is the best - the musicals are Broadway-worthy. Best of costuming, music, dance. Best everything. I guess whether your dh will like them is a personal thing - I know some “dudes” aren’t into musicals, etc. Does he enjoy the shows at WDW?
The movies - don’t worry about having to see the movie you saw last year - the movies on the ship are all currently running movies - because as they tell you - “we own most of them anyway”. So, you could get on a ship and be watching the new Monsters movie. And yes, we absolutely went to the movies. They run all day, if I remember correctly.
What to do on Board? Hmm - well of course there are the pools. The spa. Classes. Trivia. Wine tastings. Food demonstrations. Dance classes. The gym. Shopping. Eating. Sports deck… Disney dining is a totally unique experience on a cruise.
My favourite thing to do on board is lie by the pool (the adults only) with a good book. I like to sit on my balcony and watch the ocean. I like to shop. Nothing really too special - I go on a cruise to relax.
I don’t remember (or they may have changed) the alcohol rules on Disney. We’re on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas in Sept. and we’re allowed to bring on two bottles of wine per cabin, but no hard liquor. Every ship has different rules.
If you want up-to-date info on Disney cruises, I’d suggest you join CruiseCritic.com and visit the Disney forum. CruiseCritic is a fabulous site and have the answers to any questions you’ll have.