2018 Very MerryTime Cruise Offerings

Disney Cruise Line is celebrating Christmas in July by showcasing the 2018 highlights planned for the upcoming Very MerryTime sailings aboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy.

Disney Fantasy Gingerbread House

In early November, Disney Cruise Line’s ships will transform with seasonal decorations bringing a sparkle to each ship during Very Merrytime Cruises, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries” and more. During these voyages, special stem-to-stern holiday events include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

On November 22nd, 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. The following are the 2018 Thanksgiving Disney Cruises.

On 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. The following are the 2018 Disney Cruises where you can spend Christmas Eve and Day on a ship.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah services will be held each day, December 2nd to December 10th.

When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

Castaway Cay Christmas - Tree on Pier

To celebrate the holidays, the Disney Magic will sail the following 4-, 5- and 7-night Bahamian cruises, 5- and 6-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, and 5-night Western Caribbean cruises departing November 10th to December 23rd. The Magic will offer Very MerryTime cruises from three different home ports, New York, San Juan, and Miami.

The Disney Wonder’s Very MerryTime cruise will all sail from Galveston, Texas with a mix of 4-, 6- and 7-night Western Caribbean cruises and 7-night Bahamian cruises departing from November 2nd to December 21st.

The Disney Dream’s Very MerryTime cruise will all sail from Port Canaveral. The Dream will offer the normal 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises departing from November 9th to December 24th. The November 19th, Thanksgiving Cruise features two stops at Castaway Cay.

Last, but not least, the Disney Fantasy will be offering the regular 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from November 10th to December 22nd.

For those of you that are planning further ahead, the 2019 Very MerryTime dates are also available to book.

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