Holiday and Special Themed Cruising on DCL…let’s break them all down…
My guess is that when you think of Halloween and the Holidays you think about Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party and why not?? They are magical and we all love to go but did you know that Disney Cruise Line has both Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises? Did you know that Disney Cruise Line also offers themed cruising as well? Not to worry if you don’t, I’m going to break it down for you right here and right now!
Halloween On the High Seas
These sailing are offered on all 4 ships from September through the end of October. The ships are completely decorated for Halloween and feature special events such as Halloween costume contests (we won best group costume for our Gillian’s Island costumes), trick or treating, deck party, and more.
Very Merrytime Cruises
These sailings are also offered fleet wide on all 4 ships and are offered November until late December. These sailings are really magical as not only are the ships decorated for the Holidays but so is Castaway Cay! You might even see snow on the ship, after all, Santa does come for a visit. There is even a gigantic, and I mean life size gingerbread house in the atrium. It’s real but you can’t eat it.
Check out this video that Emily made!
Thanksgiving and New Years Cruises
You might wonder what happens if you are on the ships on Thanksgiving or New Years. It just so happens that you are treated to special holiday magic because, well, it’s Disney and it’s a holiday. In 2018 the sailings will fall in the following dates:
Thanksgiving: 11/16 on the Magic our of NY, 11/17 on the Wonder our of Miami, and on 11/19 out of Port Canaveral on the Fantasy.
New Years Eve: 12/27 on the Wonder out of Galveston, 12/28 on the Magic, 12/29 and 12/31 out of Port Canaveral on the Fantasy and Dream.
I think this has to me my favorite themed cruise, after all, I love Star Wars. The Disney Fantasy is transformed into a galaxy far away for an entire day while at sea. Characters are roaming around, there are meet and greets, BB8 races, and just so much to see and do. The day ends with an amazing deck party and show with fireworks to the Star Wars soundtrack. It just brought tears to my eyes. ( I even got to live out my Dream moment)
The 2018 sailings are coming to an end this month but have been announced for 2019! 1/19-3/19 on the Disney Fantasy.
Marvel Day at Sea
If you are a Marvel fan, this is the sailing for you! These sailings are offered on the Disney Magic and wow, they are fun! Much like the Star Wars Day, the ship comes to life but this time with your favorite Marvel characters, both good and maybe even some evil. The nighttime deck party and fireworks show is not to be missed, some amazing things might happen!
Some of the 2019 dates have been announced with more to come once the fall 2019 Itineraries are announced. So far we have 1/6, 1/11, 1/20, 1/25, 2/3, 2/8, 2/17, 2/22, 3/3, and 3/8. These are all 5 night Caribbean and Bahamian sailings out of Miami.
You might be wondering what happens to Pirate Night on these sailings. Absolutely nothing!! These special nights are in addition to pirate nights so you see fireworks twice. The only exception is on 3 night cruises where Pirate night shares the Halloween and Holiday parties. But you never miss a Pirate night!
Have you sailed any of these special cruises? Would you like to? Drop a comment or contact us for more information.
disney Cruise Line:it feels like home
When I am asked why I only cruise Disney, especially now that my children are adults, I have so many reasons that still raise eyebrows. I hear things like "there are so many children", "there are no casinos", "Disney is for kids", and many more. I believe I have covered many of my reasons for choosing DCL over other lines but here is one of the biggest reasons...It always feels like going home.
The Cast Members onboard go above and beyond to make you feel like you are royalty and because of the rotational dining or even the specialty adult only dining, it gives you the chance to really get to know them and vice versa. You can request the same servers every time you sail. Trust me they will remember you!
When you have Family, friends, or even coworkers sail, tell them about your favorite cast members and have them request them...sometimes things like this happen:
...and it makes you smile because it's like your family is waiting for you to come back!
I have been sailing DCL for many years, I have many sailings under my belt and know so many CM's, while they do rotate ships, it is also a nice surprise when you aren't expecting to see them and you just bump into them on deck.
So a big shoutout to my DCL Family, Selo, Naja, Padrig, Felice, Roland, Nestor, Elean, Eljoi, Dolly, Trent, Clayton, Brent, Natalie, Captain Henry, Commodore Tom, Captain Fabian, Captain John, and all the others that I didn't mention, I hope to see you all soon.
Do you have Family onboard DCL? Let me know in the comments!
So you think you’re kids are too old for Disney?
So you think you're kids are too old for Disney? Even worse, you think that you're too old for Disney? Heck no, Walt built the parks to keep us all young at heart and built them for everyone!
I just returned home from yet another mother/son trip to Disney World, it has become a bit of a tradition over the years. I chuckle when I use the word "tradition" because my son lives by it, regardless of being mocked by those around him. Disney is a huge tradition in our family and we LOVE it.
This trip was a way to celebrate Joseph's acceptance to Grad School, his 21st birthday, and dare I say my 50th. (Full disclosure, both birthdays were celebrated early)
Running through the parks is NOT the same as it was when Joseph was a little boy, there are some aspects of those times that I miss. However, if you think that his eyes don't light up when he sees his favorite characters or he smiles less on his favorite rides, you are very wrong. He still loves to open and close the parks, ride the same rides over and over, watch the fireworks, and take pictures with characters. This is everything to me, it brings me the same joy it did when he was 6. It is still worth every dime to make these memories!
No folks, no one is ever too old to go to Disney Parks as long as you stay young at heart.
How old are your kids? When are you going back? Start planning, go back, feel young, make memories regardless of how old you and your kids are. Truth be told...we aren't getting younger 😳