Thinking of a cruise? Specifically, a holiday cruise? Definitely consider Disney. After Halloween on the High Seas aboard Disney Fantasy, we can attest that while Disney Cruise Line (DCL) does it right year-round, the cruise line does add its extra sparkle to the holidays.
From a magic tree that grew pumpkins through the sailing (later lit to become Jack-o-Lanterns by a storyteller and his magic lantern) to the always offered Pirates Night and Buccaneer Blast featuring the only fireworks show at sea on a cruise ship, there’s plenty of special. The additional Halloween party and costume contest brought out loads of creativity among the passengers.
As we disembarked at Port Canaveral, the transparent decals of giant jack-o-lantern faces were peeled from the large main deck portholes to make room for Christmas decorations going up the next day. They will, no doubt, be magical including a life-size gingerbread house, five and a-half miles of holiday lights, beautiful trees and much, much more.
As the weather turns colder, keep in mind that all Caribbean and Bahamian sailings on DCL include a day on your own private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas, with offerings including a stingray adventure; a snorkeling lagoon; Pelican Plunge for the little ones with giant bucket dump of water; rentals of kayaks, paddleboats, aqua trikes and more; a private, adults-only beach called Serenity Bay; plus bike rentals, a great way to see the private island at your own speed.
For the kids (or growups like us who are still kids at heart), you’ll have lots of opportunities for meeting the Disney characters, too, getting their autographs and posing for photos (easier/more opportunities here than in the Disney parks).
And, this just in today: The new show “Tangled: The Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic — the first time the Disney film favorite has been adapted for the stage — during its Nov. 11 four-night Bahamian sailing. The ship will continue to sail four-night Bahamas and five-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami through the new year.
The show features brand-new music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, stunning costumes by a Tony Award-winning designer, storybook set designs and more. Take a sneak peek here.
Finally, we have to mention that Palo dining on board is a must. We sampled Palo dinner on Disney Dream and now Palo brunch on Disney Fantasy. Both impressed, and it’s definitely worth the add-on cost ($30) for a special meal. There’s also the Remy on-board gourmet dining experience likewise special with an $85 cost. It’s named for the star of “Ratatouille.”
If You’re Going: To find out more on holiday sailings, visit Disney Cruise Line or contact them at 800.951.3532.