2016 Very MerryTime Cruise Dates Announced

Disney Cruise Line recently updated their website with the specific sail dates for the 2016 Very MerryTime cruises. The Very MerryTime sailings will begin on the Disney Magic November 5, 2016, a couple days later it will debut on the Disney Dream.  The Disney Wonder will begin holiday sailings on November 10th (her potential first cruise following re-imagination) and over a week later on the Disney Fantasy (November 19th).

Disney Fantasy Atrium Lobby Christmas Decorations

On Thanksgiving Day, guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast and visits from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. Also during the special Thanksgiving voyages, NFL football games will be broadcast live on the ships’ outdoor, jumbo LED screens – Funnel Vision – located near the family pool.

Disney Cruise Line’s Very MerryTime cruises promise to offer seasonal magic at sea with a jolly fusion of holiday-themed entertainment, activities and décor. Guests may enjoy the festive onboard decorations that include a life-sized gingerbread house, a 24-foot Christmas tree, garlands, poinsettias and shimmering lights, and experience numerous merriments sure to warm the hearts of the entire family, including:

Disney Fantasy Gingerbread House
  • “Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic” in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, where Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
  • “Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball” in the atrium lobby, where Disney cruisers welcome the guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, with a grand celebration featuring Broadway-style entertainment, favorite Disney characters and classic holiday tunes. This evening of enchantment is made complete when a special pair of royal sisters joins the party and causes a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.
  • Dickens-inspired carolers carrying the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends. At the end of the cruise, children will have the opportunity to join the carolers onstage for a special farewell show.
  • Family holiday activities including building gingerbread houses and meeting Santa Claus.
  • Youth holiday crafts such as decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
  • “Deck the Deck Holiday Party,” a tropical celebration with Disney friends leading games such as hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, along with dances for the whole family like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
  • A special holiday edition of the cheerful farewell celebration on the final night of the cruise, with beloved Disney characters and the ship’s crew in an engaging musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.

Christmas morning at the atrium lobby tree Santa Claus and his helpers will have a surprise for all the kids, and guests will delight in a special musical performance from the children. A traditional Christmas Dinner will be served that night in the dining rooms. Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah services will be held each day, Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.

To ring in 2017, voyages during the holiday include a special New Year’s Eve party, complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown.

Holiday Cheer at Castaway Cay 

A winter wonderland awaits guests on Castaway Cay! The island is transformed with snow flurries, a Christmas tree and more. Be on the lookout for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, dressed in their island attire. Plus, the island’s tram is decorated to resemble a reindeer, complete with antlers and a tail.

Castaway Cay Christmas - Tree on Pier

Below you will find the Very MerryTime sail dates for the fleet.

Disney Magic Sailings

Disney Wonder Sailings

Disney Dream Sailings

Disney Fantasy Sailings

For more details check out DCL’s dedicated Very MerryTime page.

7 Replies to “2016 Very MerryTime Cruise Dates Announced”

  1. David Oakland

    Hey Scott,
    By chance, do you happen to know what changes are in store for the Disney Wonder during her re-imagination?

  2. Jeannine

    Hi Scott,
    When do they have Castaway Cay done up for Christmas? I am on the Fantasy Nov. 5th sailing. It’s not a VMT cruise would love to see the Island decked out.


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