From Thanksgiving through the New Year, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) celebrates the holidays – including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – with some Disney touches and traditions all its own, making its family cruises sparkle with the spirit of the season.
DCL ships, like the Disney theme parks, are decorated to celebrate the holiday, with Christmas trees, lights, wreaths, garlands, and special décor for specific locations around the ships.
The four DCL ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – offer holiday events beginning in December for each of its cruises.
Guests may attend holiday religious services while sailing on DCL ships. Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah services will be held each day from Dec. 8-16.
On Christmas morning, at the decorated tree in the atrium lobby, Santa Claus and his elves will have surprises for all the kids. Plus, there will be cookies and milk.
Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, is also decked out for the holiday season. Castaway Cay offers DCL guests aboard the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream and Disney Wonder “snow flurries,” a Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.
Watch a video of Disney Cruise Line’s holiday touches.
Disney Cruise Line Christmas and other holiday activities
Disney guests aboard the ships also may participate and/or enjoy the following DCL holiday activities (all activities not available on all ships, dependent on itineraries, etc.).
- “King Triton’s Tree Lighting”: On the first night of a DCL cruise, a young guest helps Disney characters light the three-deck-tall decorated tree featured in the atrium lobby.
- Holiday storytellers: Guests can listen to stories about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. There’s also a special story for DCL guests that talks about the magic of being on a ship during the holidays.
- Family holiday crafts: Guests can make memories as well as souvinirs by decorating stockings, building gingerbread houses, designing holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
- Holiday meals: DCL’s themed dining rooms will offer traditional holiday meals for a taste of home-away-from-home.
- NFL football games: Guests can see the big NFL football games broadcast live on the DCL ships’ outdoor, jumbo LED screens (each called Funnel Vision) located near each ship’s family pool area. On the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, Funnel Vision is located near Goofy’s family pool on deck 9. On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, it is near Donald’s family pool on deck 11.
- “Til We Meet Again”: The holiday edition of DCL’s farewell, held on the final night of each cruise, takes place aboard the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. During it, Disney characters and the ship’s crew offers a musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.
Families sailing on a destination holiday may also purchase holiday-themed gift packages and treat baskets. And for the first time, DCL offers a holiday merchandise collection, along with its Disney Cruise Line ornaments, aboard the ships.
Disney Cruise Line offers several cruises during the holiday season, from different ports, including those that fall over New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit Disney Cruise Line, call 888/DCL-2500, or contact your Disney travel agent.
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