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New Holiday Entertainment for 2023 Merrytime Cruises (plus 2024 Fall Itineraries)

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New Holiday Entertainment for 2023 Merrytime Cruises (plus 2024 Fall Itineraries)

If you’re dreaming of a tropical holiday getaway that combines the enchantment of Disney with the warmth of white sand beaches, look no further than the 2023 Very Merrytime Cruises offered by Disney Cruise Line.

This year, the high seas will come alive with the spirit of the holidays, featuring two brand-new entertainment experiences and a plethora of festive activities for the entire family.

Here’s what you can expect:

A Festive Start: New Tree Lighting Ceremony

On the first night of each Very Merrytime sailing, gather around the magnificent three-deck-tall tree in the ship’s atrium for an unforgettable and brand-new tree lighting ceremony.

Guests will join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy as they lead your family in singing classic holiday tunes. And get ready for a joyful countdown that will not only illuminate the tree with holiday sparkle, but also introduce the esteemed guests of honor for the cruise…hmmm I wonder who that might be?!

A Decked-Out Celebration: Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party

Get ready to “deck” the halls at Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party, an enchanting new experience exclusively available on these specialty sailings.

Head to the upper decks for a high-energy celebration at sea, hosted by the iconic duo. This one-of-a-kind deck party will feature your favorite Disney friends, who will delight you with a fresh mix of classic and original holiday songs.

It’s a heartwarming celebration of friendship, love, and family that you won’t want to miss.

Immerse Yourself in Holiday Magic

But the holiday festivities don’t stop there.

Throughout the Very Merrytime cruises, the entire ship will be adorned with festive decor, from bow to stern. You’ll encounter beloved Disney characters showcasing their delightful new holiday attire, and find an array of themed activities that embrace the spirit of the season.

From contemporary carolers singing holiday songs to commemorative merchandise and mouthwatering festive food and beverage offerings, the joy of the holidays will be everywhere you turn.

Embark on Your Magical Journey

We did a Merrytime cruise last year on the Wish and had an absolute blast – and these new enhancements have us wishing we had one planned for 2023, too!

Think you might want to check one out? Merrytime cruises depart from both Florida and California:

  • Disney Dream: Sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Offers four- and five-night Very Merrytime cruises to tropical destinations in the western Caribbean and Bahamas.
  • Disney Wish: Departs from Port Canaveral, Florida. Whisks guests away to The Bahamas and Caribbean.
  • Disney Fantasy: Also departs from Port Canaveral, Florida. Offers cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean.
  • Disney Magic: Sails from San Diego, California, to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Concludes the season with Very Merrytime cruises to the western Caribbean from Galveston, Texas.

2024 Disney Cruise Line Holiday Itineraries Announced

Exciting news awaits for the following year as well!

Disney Cruise Line has recently announced the continuation of their holiday magic in late 2024. From mid-November through December, families will have the opportunity to experience the most wonderful time of the year on Disney Cruise Line’s itineraries from ports in both Florida and Galveston, Texas.

Disney Wish:

  • Departure Port: Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Short Holiday Getaways: Three- and four-night Bahamian Very Merrytime voyages

Disney Dream:

  • Departure Port: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Short Holiday Getaways: Four- and five-night cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean
  • Special Destination: Select voyages include a day of fun at Disney Cruise Line’s newest destination, Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera. It’s a vibrant beach retreat that celebrates Bahamian culture with the renowned quality and service of Disney.

Disney Fantasy:

  • Departure Port: Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Very Merrytime Sailings: Variety of four-night sailings to The Bahamas
  • Longer Itineraries: Six- and seven-night cruises in November and late December
  • Special Destination: Select voyages include a day of sun-soaked adventure at Lighthouse Point, a beautiful beach destination that showcases the best of Bahamian culture.

Disney Magic:

  • Departure Port: Galveston, Texas
  • Cruise Length: Ranging from four to six nights
  • Itinerary: Visiting tropical ports of call throughout the Caribbean

Fall 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Announced

But before we jump into the future, let’s not forget about the spine-tingling excitement of Halloween on the High Seas.

In mid-September through October 2024, Disney Cruise Line will transform into a Halloween wonderland. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you sail from Port Canaveral on the Disney Wish or Disney Fantasy, enjoying three- to seven-night Bahamian cruises filled with frightful fun. Whether you’re a Halloween enthusiast or just love dressing up, these themed sailings are an absolute must.

Here’s the summary of the Halloween on the High Seas cruises from Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale for Fall 2024

Disney Wish:

  • Departure Port: Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Cruise Length: Three- and four-night Bahamian voyages

Disney Fantasy:

  • Departure Port: Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Cruise Length: Four, six, and seven nights
    • Four-night sailings: The Bahamas
    • Six- and seven-night sailings: Fan-favorite destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean

Disney Magic:

  • Departure Port: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Cruise Length: Three to five nights
  • Destinations: Tropical ports in The Bahamas and Caribbean

Dreamy Destinations: Hawaii and the South Pacific

In addition to the holiday and Halloween festivities, Disney Cruise Line will also offer unforgettable itineraries in late 2024. These truly sound like the stuff that dreams are made of – and these itineraries are definitely making it onto our bucket lists:

Picture yourself exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands aboard the Disney Wonder.

From Vancouver, Canada, the ship will sail to Honolulu, Hawaii, with stops at picturesque islands like Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island along the way.

Also from Hawaii, the Disney Wonder will then embark on a remarkable transpacific voyage to Sydney, Australia. Explore the stunning South Pacific and visit incredible destinations such as Fiji, American Samoa, and New Caledonia. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will leave you with cherished memories.

Book Your Unforgettable Adventure

Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises in 2023 and beyond.

And, for seamless planning and expert guidance, consider booking your unforgettable voyage with Small World Vacations. With their extensive knowledge and personalized service, they will ensure every aspect of your Disney Cruise is taken care of, from choosing the perfect itinerary to securing the best accommodations and onboard experiences.