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Moms Panel Monday: Christmas in July Heads Out to Sea

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

In our continuing Christmas in July series, this week we are headed to the seas with Disney Cruise Line.

The holidays start in early November with Disney Cruise Line as the cruise ships are magically transformed into holiday wonderlands and another season of Very Merrytime Cruises begin. The special holiday sailings are packed with festive events for young and old, and it is one of the most joyous places to spend your holiday season.

“When we set sail on our first Very Merrytime Cruise, I remember being in awe of the life-size gingerbread house standing in the Lobby Atrium!” explains Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Beth. “From the moment we stepped onboard, the smell of gingerbread filled the air! Since then, whenever we smell gingerbread around the holidays, we always tell stories about our Very Merrytime Cruise!”

A few of the winter parties and themed entertainment on the ships include:

  • Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic
  • Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball
  • Deck the Deck Holiday Party

There will be holiday activities for the entire family including singing Christmas carols with Dickens-inspired carolers and building gingerbread houses. And did you know you can even bring your wrapped presents on board?

Panelist, Stephanie L., explains that guests can bring wrapped packages on board either in checked luggage on in a carry-on.

“There is always the chance that they need to be opened or searched, but that is on a case by case basis. Take a glance at the list of prohibited items and as long as you are not planning on gifting a bicycle or any other prohibited item, there should not be any issue with bringing wrapped gifts onboard. Hint: Disney gift cards make a great gift or stocking stuffer since they can be used in the onboard gift shops!”

To celebrate the holidays, the Disney Magic sails four-, five- and seven-night Bahamian cruises, five- and six-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, and five-night Western Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 10 to Dec. 23; the Disney Wonder sails four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean cruises and seven-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 2 to Dec. 21; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22.

For more information on a Disney Cruise Line vacation, or for general Disney vacation planning tips, be sure to visit for a personalized response from our knowledgeable panel. Next week we wrap up our series with Christmas in July at the Disneyland Resort!


  • Hi I was wondering do you know when they will announce the jingle bell jingle bam dessert party for this November?

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