Have you been thinking of a Disney Cruise with your family this holiday season? Well then, you are in for a treat with Disney Cruise Line’s Merrytime Cruises. And they’re are not just in December! Most ships and itineraries will feature magical holiday experiences and extras from November until the third week of December. What exactly can you and your family expect? Well Mickey and Pals will don their holiday finest, of course, but there’s more. The ships are spectacularly decorated in holiday finery and they even have snow flurries on board!! Starting in mid November you’ll also get to see amazing life sized gingerbread houses.
Here’s a rundown of some of the other fun extras you’ll find on a Merrytime Cruise.
- Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic takes place on the first night of the cruise in the atrium lobby. Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
- Winter Wonderland Ball celebrates the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, offering an opportunity to don your holiday finest and join Disney friends and princesses for a glamorous ball. On this night filled with dancing, singing and festive treats, you’ll witness the transformation of a snowman into jolly old Saint Nick himself before a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.
- Holiday carolers and Dickens-inspired characters carry the spirit of the season throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends.
- Family holiday activities including building gingerbread houses (Free activity but preregistration is required)
- Meet-and-greets with Santa Claus and favorite Disney characters.
- Youth holiday crafts such as decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
- Storytime with Mrs. Claus as children gather in the atrium to hear well-known Christmas stories from her rocking chair by the tree.
- Holiday storytellers sharing tales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, plus a story about the magical feeling of the holidays on a ship.
- Deck the Deck Holiday Party, a tropical celebration with Disney friends leading games such as hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, along with dances for the whole family like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
- Til We Meet Again features a special holiday edition of Disney Cruise Line’s farewell on the final night of each cruise with Disney characters and the ship’s crew in a musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.
If you thought you couldn’t get any more magical than a disney cruise, then try a Very Merrytime Cruise this holiday season!
Jaime Garcia is a mom, travel planner, and vacation daydreamer. Contact her to make your vacation daydreams into a reality. Jgarcia@onceuponavacation.com