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Disney’s Very Merry Time Cruise

There is no better way to get yourself in the Christmas spirit than by taking Disney’s Very Merry Time Cruise. You can experience the Disney Christmas cruise on sailings in November through Christmas.

If you get a chance to go and experience a Disney Christmas cruise, you will not be disappointed! 

You will find the normal Disney magical cruise experience with some other amazing perks you will only get this time of year!

What to do on a Disney Merrytime Cruise

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


The entire Disney cruise ship will be transformed into a Christmas paradise.

Disney Christmas Cruise Decorations on the Ship

There is a beautiful Christmas tree in the atrium along with holiday garland strung from the banister all the way up to the balcony.

Even if you travel in November, this cruise will get you in the holiday spirit!

Gingerbread House on Disney Christmas Cruise

Just off the atrium, you will find a HUGE Gingerbread house with smaller Christmas trees. The gingerbread house has lots of windows so you can peer inside.

You may even spot Mickey and Minnie Mouse by the fire!

Disney Christmas Cruise Party


There isn’t anyone who doesn’t want to spend some time by the pool.

Enjoy sometime poolside and you might see some of your favorite Disney friends in their Tropical Holiday outfits!

Kids can get the chance to play some reindeer games like hula hoop with Goofy and Pluto, do the Limbo with Stitch or dance with Chip and Dale!


There is a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Merry Time Cruise that you won’t want to miss.

It features your favorite Disney characters, Christmas music and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Atrium. 

Christmas Carols on a Disney Cruise

Along with this, there is also Christmas caroling, storytelling and a piano player belting out holiday tunes! 

Disney Christmas Cruise Meet & Greet with Mickey Mouse


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, cruise wear, Christmas sweaters and in formal wear.

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.

Castaway Cay on a Disney Cruise


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 opts as soon as you hit the island!

Characters might also be in their holiday apparel while on the island.

Christmas Tree in Atrium on Disney Cruise

We had a great time aboard the Disney Wonder for our Disney Christmas Cruise!

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

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

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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