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Celebrate a magical holiday season aboard Disney Cruise Line

by Brittani Tuttle

This year, holiday fun awaits aboard Disney Cruise Line, with celebrations on the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

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Magical holiday fun awaits aboard a Disney Cruise this winter.

Starting early this November, Disney Cruise Line will add some holiday cheer to each ship during Very Merrytime Cruises, with traditional “turkey day” celebrations, Christmas feats, “snow flurries” and more. During these voyages, special holiday events include:

  • “Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic” in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, where Disney characters lead guests in holiday carols and the lighting of the three-deck-tall Christmas tree.

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  • “Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball” in the atrium lobby, where guests will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus with a celebration featuring Broadway-style entertainment, Disney characters, and classic holiday songs. Anna and Elsa will also join in on the fun and bring a frozen flurry through the atrium.

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  • Dickens-inspired carolers will carry the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship as they sing holiday classics, occasionally with the help of Disney friends. A the end of the cruise, kids can join the carolers onstage for a special farewell show.
  • Family holiday activities will be available for guests of all ages to enjoy, including building gingerbread houses and meeting Santa himself.

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  • Kids can enjoy youth holiday crafts, like decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cels.
  • “Deck the Deck Holiday Party,” a tropical celebration with Disney friends leading games like hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, as well as dances for the whole family like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
  • Say goodbye with a special holiday edition of the farewell celebration on the final night of the cruise with Disney characters and the ship’s crew in a musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.

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On Thanksgiving Day, guests can take part in a Thanksgiving Day feast and visits from Mickey and Minnie dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. Also during Thanksgiving voyages, NFL football games will be broadcast live on the ships’ outdoor, giant LED screens located near the family pool.

On Christmas morning at the atrium lobby tree, Santa Claus and his helpers will have a special surprise for the kids aboard the ship, and guests can enjoy a special musical performance from the children. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served that night in the ships’ dining rooms.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and Hanukkah services will be held each day from Dec. 2-10.

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When the ship makes port at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, guests can continue their holiday celebrations with “snow flurries,” Disney character meet-and-greets, a fully decked-out Christmas tree, and holiday island music.

To learn more about the Disney’s Cruise Line’s holiday offerings, or to book a vacation with Disney Cruise Line, visit DisneyCruise.com.

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