Monday, February 15, 2016

Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruise Review & Pics....

Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruise Review & Pics

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A Disney Cruise is magical every day of the year, but a cruise with your family over the holiday season is one of the most amazing things I have experienced from Disney, yet.   We boarded the ship on Christmas Eve for a four day Christmas holiday of presents, great food, even better entertainment, no cooking, no cleaning, and most importantly - Star Wars in 3D.

Disney Cruise Line offers these Merrytime cruises beginning in November and ending with a fireworks boom on New Year’s Eve!  The holiday cruises are delightful from the moment that you walk into the port. The gorgeous Christmas tree greets guests as they enter the port area.  Every cast member had Mickey Santa ears on and greeted us with Happy Holidays!

Once on the ship, you will be amazed at the gorgeous Christmas tree and real gingerbread house complete with a fireplace inside.  Immediately, we went to guest services to make sure to get a ticket for our family to make our own gingerbread house.

Belle was in her holiday dress greeting guests on the 4th floor.  It is rare that Belle can be found in that dress, so we were sure to get a picture. 

The first night of every Merrytime cruise gets you in the holiday spirit with the Tree Lighting Magic Ceremony.  First, a few of the cast members tell tales of their special holiday celebrations, then one family is chosen to light the tree with Mickey and his friends in this delightful show.

After dinner, we headed back to the atrium for Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball!

This was a fun show with dancers that would give Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby a run for their money.  It had all of our favorite characters!

The best part of the night, by far, was when Elsa made it snow in the lobby atrium.  It was a perfect way to set the mood for Christmas morning!

Christmas Eve, when we returned to our stateroom, there was a note for the kids to head down to the lobby on Christmas morning to receive a gift from Santa.  The Ship Store was loaded with people buying gifts because the crew members were wrapping them for free!

At midnight on Christmas Eve, we headed to the ship’s Walt Disney Theater for Midnight Mass.  It was amazing! They also had a church service and Mass in the morning if you didn’t want to stay up late.

Christmas morning was amazing. The kids opened the gifts we had brought from the Ship’s Store and wrapped by crew members.

Then, we headed down to the lobby atrium to get the gift from Santa.  It was this adorable 2016 calendar given to all of the “kids” on board.

There were cookies, hot chocolate, and milk in the lobby atrium for the kids to enjoy while they waited to meet Santa.

Christmas night, we had the traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, stuffing, and all of the fixings.  Every restaurant was decorated for the holidays! 

It didn’t end there, though.  That night, when we returned to our stateroom, we had a special gift waiting!  I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you, but it was wonderful! 

After a full day at sea on Christmas, we woke up to a beautiful day in the Bahamas and a pirate night of festivities and fireworks at Sea!

On December 27th, we woke up to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.  If you have never been, it is simply breathtaking.  The sea is clear and blue; unlike anything I have ever seen. There is snorkeling, bike riding, a 5K, and a BBQ with all you can eat!  It simply is the best way to spend a day!!  The decorations for Christmas were adorable from the moment you exit the ship.

We ended our last night with a final farewell.  The characters, including the princess, gave us a surprise meet ‘n greet in the lobby atrium before the show began.

The See Ya Real Soon show ended with the Christmas Carolers joining the kids on the ship in singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.  It was breathtaking and brought to me tears!

Disney Cruise Line offers guests more magic than you could ever imagine! Attending one of these holiday cruises gives you that magic and then some!

*Merrytime Cruises were available on various sailing dates starting November 6, 2015. 
Entertainment and characters are subject to change.

-Christine Battista, Disney and Universal Planner/Hi Ho Vacations

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