Sunday, February 4, 2018

What to Expect on a Disney Merrytime Cruise

This can be summed up in three words..Festive ~ Festive~ Festive!

If you love Disney (like I do) and you love Christmas (like I do), then a Disney Merrytime cruise may be for you.
These cruises take place right after the Halloween on the High Seas cruises end, so shortly after Halloween. The pictures in this article came from a November 10th cruise, so not everything was in place when we boarded. It was fun to watch the life sized gingerbread house be constructed. I can tell you it smells wonderful.
As soon as you enter you notice the beautifully decorated atrium. Poinsettias, garlands and bows are on display, as well as the 'you can't miss it' giant tree.
The atrium is not the only area of the ship with the Christmas spirit...little touches abound everywhere you look.
The Merrytime becomes Merry starting with Mickey's Tree Lighting Magic on the first night, and continues throughout the cruise with a Winter Wonderland Ball,  Deck the Deck Party, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, a Visit with Santa and a special Til We Meet Again the last night.
There are plenty of opportunities for holiday themed photos and the characters show off their Christmassy outfits.
The fun doesn't end there. Holiday crafts are abundant for family fun and in the kid's and clubs.
The highlight of the cruise is the opportunity to make your own gingerbread house! (one per stateroom). This event doesn't cost extra, but does require a ticket. As expected, this is a very popular event and tickets are limited, so immediately after you enter the ship head to the Port Adventures desk to get your ticket (be sure and check the Navigator you receive before you board to make sure this is the area to get the tickets). Try and sign up for the earliest  available day for this activity. You are NOT allowed to take the gingerbread house off the ship, so give yourself as much time as possible to eat it! No matter your artistic ability, yumminess is guaranteed.

All regular Disney Cruise activities still take place, such as the dining rooms shows, Pirates Party, Broadway style shows and first run movies. If your schedule allows, try one of these sailings, but if not, every single Disney cruise will be certain to please.

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