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How to Have a Very Merry Time with Disney Cruise Line

posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Christiaan Abbott, Cruise Director


Our Very Merrytime Cruises have been underway for weeks now, getting Disney cruisers young and old into the spirit of the season. If you’re joining us in December, follow this five-step guide to combine maritime fun with holiday cheer for a very merry time!

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Step 1: Stop and smell the gingerbread. From the moment you walk onboard, your senses will be heightened with sparkling lights, colorful decor, holiday music and—my favorite—sweet-smelling gingerbread. Be sure to pause for a whiff of the lobby’s hand-crafted gingerbread house and pose for a family photo in front of the oversized glittering tree.

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Step 2: Say “ho, ho, ho” to Santa and Mrs. Claus. Friends from the North Pole are onboard for the season, and deep belly laughs are in store for all who visit with this cheerful couple. Welcome the guests of honor at a winter wonderland ball, sit down with Santa to give him your wish list, and gather ’round the tree with Mrs. Claus to hear her favorite Christmas stories.

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Step 3: Meet and greet old and new friends. Mickey and the gang, plus plenty of other Disney friends, are spreading cheer and creating magical moments onboard and at Castaway Cay. Don’t miss your chance to get photos with them in festive attire, dance together at our holiday parties, and wave hello as you pass by them throughout the voyage.

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Step 4: Join the magical festivities. Holiday cruises are jam-packed with fun for the whole family, including a tree-lighting ceremony the first night, a tropical party up on deck and a special holiday edition of the last night’s farewell celebration. Also, be on the lookout for impromptu performances by Dickens-inspired carolers singing holiday classics throughout the ship.

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Step 5: Eat, drink and be merry. The holidays are a time for sweet indulgences, and there’s no shortage of yummy food and drinks aboard a Disney Cruise. Special desserts like the Double Chocolate Yule Log, along with holiday coffees and festive cocktails, are sure to leave your belly full and your taste buds happy.

Happy holidays from Disney Cruise Line. Hope to see you onboard soon!

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First Look at the New Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Christiaan Abbott, Cruise Director


Ahoy! As a Cruise Director, I am surrounded by top-notch entertainment and events aboard our ships all year long. But even I was completely blown away last fall during our inaugural Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream! One of my favorite features was definitely the giant Pumpkin Tree that towered over the atrium lobby, which I want to tell you more about today … and give you an exclusive sneak peek at the spooky sketches for the Pumpkin Trees coming to the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy.

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That’s right … We are bringing the ghoulish fun of Halloween on the High Seas to all four ships, which means each lobby will have its very own Pumpkin Tree! Halloween fun is always part of a the excitement of a Disney cruise in October, but for the first time ever, beginning in September we are offering everyone the extra-special celebration that premiered on the Disney Dream last year. (To learn more about our Halloween on the High Seas cruises, check out the 7 Reasons Halloween is Better on the High Seas video Jonathan shared last week.)

Our Pumpkin Trees are inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic tale about the traditions of Halloween, “The Halloween Tree.” During every sailing, the trees magically transform from eerie and barren into the life of the party, with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns, flickering lights and a booming voice. Each Pumpkin Tree is tended to by a mysterious caretaker, who tells stories of the haunted holiday as guests gather in the ghostly shadow of the tree.

What makes our Pumpkin Trees even more magical is that each one has its own unique look and personality, so guests have something different to look forward to aboard every ship. We’re planting the seeds for these trees right now, but our team shared concept art that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. Here’s a first look at the frighteningly friendly faces that you will meet aboard our haunted Halloween voyages this fall:

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Which ship’s magical Pumpkin Tree will you see rooted this fall? If it’s the Disney Dream, I’ll see you then!

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