Home for the holidays! Isn’t that the norm? Turns out more and more families are vacationing during this time and holiday cruises are becoming so popular that they tend to be in high demand over Christmas and New Year’s. I priced out a Christmas cruise for kicks last year and most of the cruise lines I checked were completely sold out by October. Think about it: vacationing with your family during one of the most joyous times of the year on a floating resort that entertains 24/7. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
Turns out Christmas isn’t the only holiday suited for cruising families. Disney Cruise Line is dressing up their ships for Halloween and we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect when sailing during both holidays. From activities to special events exclusive to the holidays, here are some perks you can expect when cruising with Disney Cruise Line during the holidays.
Holiday Cruises For Families 1 of 10
From Halloween to Christmas, Disney Cruise Lines offers themed cruises with exclusive events, attractions and perks not otherwise found onboard. Click through for all of the exciting details!
Halloween on the High Seas 2 of 10
For the first time, Disney Cruise Lines is bringing Halloween on the High Seas to their ship, the Disney Dream. From September 22-October 31, guests will be able to enjoy a Halloween-themed cruise with all sorts of perks. Haunted Stories of the Sea will be told by a mysterious guest/sea captain. Haunted parties, spooky movie viewings, and ghoulish treats such as spider cakes, "Witch's Brew," and chocolate cake with pumpkin filling are just a few of the yummy delights that will be served during the cruise.
Spooky Spectaculars 3 of 10
Guests can look forward to all sorts of exclusive events, such as "Mickey's Calling All the Monsters Mouse-Querade Deck Party." This special event will not take the place of Pirate Night, rather in addition to it.
A Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream takes movie viewing to a whole new level. Guests will get in on the action during the interactive experience and afterwards they'll get to meet Jack Skellington and Sally.
Adults get in on the fun with a Creepy Cabaret played by ghostly musicians and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor (adults only).
Christmas on Disney Cruise Line 4 of 10
Christmas on Disney Cruise Line is nothing short of magical. This is not a new experience to DCL, however it is a very popular one. The entire ship is decked out in holiday cheer and there are special events each and every day. Snow flurries, Christmas trees, and feasts create a festive atmosphere.
Holiday Itineraries 5 of 10
Families can choose between a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy, a seven-night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Wonder, a five-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic, and a four-night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream.
Thanksgiving Fun 6 of 10
If you're traveling on Thanksgiving Day, you're in for a real treat! The cruise ship will serve a bountiful feast with Mickey and friends as honorary guests. NFL football games are broadcasted live on the ship's outdoor LED screen!
Lots of Surprises In Store! 7 of 10
During Christmas and New Year's cruises, look for special events exclusive to these themed itineraries including:
- Family holiday activities and crafts
- Holiday storytellers sharing traditional stories from Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas
- The famous "King Triton's Tree Lighting Ceremony," which occurs during the first night of the cruise.
- "Deck the Deck Holiday Party," with all sorts of games and fun on the pool deck
- "Till We Meet Again," a holiday edition of Disney Cruise Line's traditional farewell
Snow Flurries In The Caribbean! 8 of 10
If Castaway Cay is on your itinerary, don't expect the holiday cheer to end when you step off the boat! Disney's private island in the Bahamas continues the celebration with magical "snow flurries," meet and greets, holiday music, and a special Christmas tree.
Tradition Reigns 9 of 10
Santa Claus and his elves bring a special surprise for all kids on board to be opened Christmas morning. The crew choir performs a caroling special and there is even a musical performance from the kids. Of course, we can't leave out Christmas Dinner, a traditional feast served in the dining room.
New Years is celebrated in a grand way with a special party to ring in 2014, complete with a countdown and balloon drops.
A midnight mass is held on Christmas Eve, Christmas services on Christmas Day, and there are Hanukkah services held each day between November 28-December 5.
Merry Christmas! 10 of 10
The celebrations start early this year. Very Merrytime Cruises depart November 9, 2013 with the Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder, and November 10, 2013 on the Disney Dream and Disney Magic. You can find out more information by visiting disneycruise.com.
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