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Disney Very Merrytime Cruise

There is no better way to get yourself in the Christmas spirit than by taking a Disney Christmas cruise. The Disney Very Merrytime Cruise is a special holiday-themed cruise available during the holiday season, specifically between early November and late December.

As part of these sailings, Disney Cruise Line ships are transformed into winter wonderlands with festive decor, activities, and events.

Disney's Very Merrytime Cruise
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Things You Will Experience on Disney’s Very Merry Time Cruise

When you take a Disney Christmas cruise, you will get to enjoy all the great things about taking a Disney Cruise with the bonus of holiday theming.

Disney Christmas Cruise Characters
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Throughout the ship, you will find characters dressed in their holiday attire and special onboard activities to get you into the holiday spirit.

Atrium on Disney Christmas Cruise
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Christmas Decorations in the Atrium

During a Very Merrytime Cruise, the entire Disney cruise ship will be transformed into a Christmas paradise.

The atrium is adorned with garlands, wreaths, and twinkling lights.

Disney Christmas Cruise Decorations on the Ship

The centerpiece is the 24-foot tall fully decorated Christmas tree. This tree is simply stunning and creates the most beautiful backdrop for all the different events during the cruise.

Gingerbread House on Disney Christmas Cruise

Just off the atrium, you will find a HUGE Gingerbread house with smaller decorated Christmas trees.

The gingerbread house is intricately designed both inside and out.

Peer through the windows and door to see how it is decorated. You might even see Mickey and Minnie Mouse by the fire!

Guests will also find special holiday-themed touches in their staterooms, such as holiday-themed towel animals and chocolates on their pillows.

On the first night of the Very Merrytime Christmas cruise, guests will get to experience the tree lighting ceremony. 

Christmas Tree in Atrium on Disney Cruise

At this event, everyone gathers around the Christmas tree in the atrium to see the tree light up for the first time.

Minnie & Mickey at Lighting of Christmas Tree

All your favorite Disney characters appear at this event and there is plenty of singing and storytelling to keep you entertained.

Get there early because it will be packed since it only happens once during your Disney Christmas cruise!

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Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball

Also on the first night of the Very Merrytime Cruise, you will be invited to attend Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball.

Santa on a Disney Christmas Cruise
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This theatrical event features plenty of singing and dancing, but the main event is seeing Santa!

Be sure to stay the entire time because this is the only time it will snow on your Disney cruise.

Disney Christmas Cruise Party

Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party

There isn’t anyone who doesn’t want to spend some time by the pool and what makes it even better is seeing your favorite Disney characters performing.

During your holiday cruise, Disney characters will put on a deck party where they will sing and dance.

Kids get the chance to be part of the fun as well. They can play reindeer games like hula hoop with Goofy and Pluto, do the Limbo with Stitch, or dance with Chip and Dale!

Disney Christmas Cruise Meet & Greet with Mickey Mouse

Holiday Character Meet & Greets

On a Disney Christmas Cruise, you will have several opportunities to meet and greet your favorite Disney characters.

They will appear in their tropical holiday outfits and Christmas sweaters in addition to the normal pirate night attire and formal dress.

Be sure to pack your Disney Christmas shirts (or Disney pajamas!) so you can take special photos with them in front of the Christmas tree.

Christmas Movies

This is the only time of year that you will be able to see Christmas movies on Funnel Vision and at the Buena Vista Theater!

Some of the movies playing include:

  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  • Christmas Carol
  • Santa Clause
  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Christmas Carols on a Disney Cruise

Christmas Carolers

During the final evening of your cruise, there will be a See Ya Real Soon event.

There will be a piano player playing holiday tunes, holiday beverages like hot cider and cocoa and even Christmas carolers.

It is a magical way to end the cruise.

Castaway Cay on a Disney Cruise

Christmas at Castaway Cay

As if it wasn’t enough to see the ship decorated for Christmas, you will also find that Castaway Cay has been transformed into a winter wonderland!

Meeting Stitch on a Disney Cruise

There will be tons of great photo opportunities as soon as you hit the island!

Characters will be in their holiday apparel while on the island.

In December, you don’t know what the weather will be like at Castaway Cay, but for the most part it was warm and sunny.

The water was a bit cold, but it didn’t keep the kids out of the ocean.

Renting Bikes at Castaway Cay

Plus, there is so much else you can do at Castaway Cay that even if it is a bit chilly, you won’t get bored.

Have you been on a Disney Christmas Cruise? What was your favorite part?

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Tuesday 5th of July 2016

The amazing thing about Very Merrytime Cruises is that they happen during Thanksgiving, too! I've taken 3 Very Merrytime cruises, 2 during Thanksgiving and 1 at Christmas. My favorite thing about these cruises is the decorations. I also love the caroling and the opportunity to meet the man in red. On our November cruise, Anna & Elsa opened the holiday season by bringing the snow to the atrium of the Disney Magic. Everything on the ship has an extra dose holiday spirit.


Thursday 7th of July 2016

It is so magical! We love the decorations too. I haven't see the snow, though! Maybe this year!

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