Whilst anytime onboard a Disney Cruise is magical, there is something a little extra special about the holiday season onboard. Halloween, Christmas and New Years are all celebrated with great glory onboard. All three are celebrated differently – just in the parks – but are all just as magical as they are on land. This post is going to cover how they celebrate and what is on offer.
Halloween usually begins onboard in mid-September till the end of October. As soon as each ship gets back to her home port after the 31st, it completely turns around and goes into Christmas.
One of my favourite parts of the Halloween season is seeing the characters dressed up “to go trick or treating” 🙂
There is also a Magical Pumpkin Tree located in the deck 3 midship lobby that will change gradually over the course of the cruise….check it out everyday!
There’s also various activities located all over the ship for the cruise – like a sing and scream dance party and a scary story telling get-together on the upper deck late at night.
Christmas was my favourite time on board, it was truly magical in every way possible. As soon as the decorations go up after Halloween, the atmosphere on the ship is electric and exciting.
The decorations go up on pretty much every single space on the ship (including restaurants and bars), but my favourite is in the lobby. There’s holly garlands with hundreds of lights, a unique gingerbread-looking style house (different on every ship) and of course the tree. The tree is about 1.5 floors high and is gorgeous no matter what angle you look at it from.
There are, of course, special character costumes for you to have fun with – bring your best ugly sweater to join in on the fun (see mine above haha).
My favourite activity is making a gingerbread house. It is available for both guests and crew members to partake in. You’re given the gingerbread and a bucket load of icing, as well as sweets to stick on. It’s great fun for kids to do and if they have cabin fever, it might be just for them, as the activity is held on Sea days.
If you visit Castaway Cay, you’ll also see the island in all it’s Christmas glory.
Back on the ship, there are also deck parties, plus a big celebration on the last night of the cruise – including a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus, carol singers and a snow flurry – provided by Elsa, of course!
New Years isn’t quite as big as the other two, but there is fireworks right on midnight, with complimentary bubbles and a deck show to provide the countdown.
Have you booked a holiday cruise? Which is your favourite from the three?