After embarking recently on my first Very Merrytime cruise aboard the Disney Dream, let me tell you – I think I have found a new holiday tradition for my family! If you’re anything like me and will gladly trade in white snow for the white sand beaches of Castaway Cay, read below for the top five things to do on a Very MerryTime cruise when you book one of these special holiday sailings!
1. Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic
When you walk onto your Disney Cruise Line ship on day one, your eyes will likely be immediately drawn to the three-deck-tall Christmas tree in the atrium. And while there is garland and other décor filling every nook and cranny, you also may notice one more thing – the lights aren’t on! Once you’re sailing off into the sunset, however, many of your favorite Disney characters will join you to change all of that. With holiday music, stories from different cultures as told by crew members and special opportunities for kids to get involved, this tree-lighting ceremony is much more than just an opportunity to make these festive lights come to life!
2. Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball
What’s a holiday cruise without Santa and Mrs. Claus? That’s right, usher in these very special guests on each Very Merrytime sailing at Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball. This special holiday gathering featuring Broadway-style entertainment, classic holiday tunes, your favorite characters and even a little magical “snow” overtakes the atrium and is sure to leave each and every guest in the holiday spirit.
3. Characters in holiday attire
While your favorite Disney characters are at the center of Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic Ceremony and Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, be sure to check your Navigator App for meet-and-greet times all throughout your sailing. Whether it’s Mickey in his winter sweater, Pluto with antlers or Goofy in a full-fledged Santa suit, these pictures are sure to provide both precious memories and a spot on your family’s Christmas card!
4. Did someone say gingerbread?
Did you know that each Disney Cruise Line ship features a life-size gingerbread house in the atrium? Each year, all four ships in the fleet create a unique house (from scratch!) and compete against each other for the most creative and whimsical creation. And while the competition has become an annual rite of passage Disney Cruise Line, it also fills the atrium of each ship with the smell of fresh gingerbread. If you want to try your hand at your own creation, be sure to check out the gingerbread cookie decorating classes offered onboard! Unlike the one in the atrium – you can actually eat yours!
5. Castaway Cay
As I mentioned earlier, my favorite thing to do for the holidays is trade in white snow for the white sand beaches on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island. But even though you may be in the Bahamas, this slice of paradise is decked for the holidays as well – with a tropical flair, of course! A massive Christmas tree, holiday island music and even “snow” flurries await your family, guaranteeing that the only “blue” you’ll be feeling this holiday season is the color of the crystal-clear waters!
The holiday season is in full swing, and so are Very Merrytime cruises! Whether you’re planning a holiday voyage for this year or next, leave me a message below with your personal favorite cruising memories or what you’re most looking forward to during these special holiday sailings!
Don’t forget, Disney Cruise Line sails out of ports all over the world, including Port Canaveral, Florida; Miami, Florida; Galveston, Texas, and more!
What are your favorite things to do on a Very MerryTime Cruise?
If you’ve already had the opportunity to enjoy a Disney Cruise Line vacation, then you probably don’t need a new reason to take a Disney cruise. And with Disney Cruise Line itineraries sailings from various ports around the world, it can be hard to find the best fit for your family. With the Disney Magic taking its talents to South Beach, I thought I would take some time to share five reasons why you should book a Disney cruise from Miami – and why your family will love it, too!
Miami – need we say more?
The vibrance and uniqueness of Miami warrants a visit to this city in and of itself! Whether you want to visit one of two national parks, shop on designer fashion or local boutiques, dine on the “Floribbean” cuisine or check out the famous beaches, there is no shortage of culture and things for your family to experience together before or after your cruise. Book a pre- or post- stay and treat yourself to a few extra days of vacation!
One of the biggest reasons I like to sail out of Miami is the ship that resides in this port – the Disney Magic! I’m sure you know that this is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, but did you know that it is home to unique offerings such as the AquaDunk (I dare you to take the plunge!), an exclusive Broadway-style show, “Tangled: The Musical,” and one of my favorite themed dining spaces, Rapunzel’s Royal Table? If you haven’t been onboard in a while, it’s time to get reacquainted with this classic ship!
Do you have any Marvel fans in your family? If so, Miami is the port for you! From January through March in 2020, the Disney Magic will sail exclusively out of this city on special Marvel Day at Sea sailings. During one special day at sea, the ship will be taken over by the Marvel universe. Picture it now: learn how to be like Captain America, meet Spider-Man, journey into the mystic arts with Doctor Strange and end your day with an action-packed entertainment stage show complete with fireworks fitting of – well, a super hero!
Miami is easy to access from anywhere!
Miami is one of the most popular ports in America, and it’s easy to see why! The “Magic City” is an easy drive from anywhere within the state of Florida, and with a bustling international airport, this is an ideal port city whether you reside in or outside the Sunshine State!
Ports of Call
Cruises from Miami sail anywhere from three-night voyages to the Bahamas to five-night sailings to the Western Caribbean – or if you’re up for an extra-long vacation, a 12-night transatlantic voyage will take you all the way to Barcelona! And best of all, every voyage to the Bahamas and Caribbean makes a stop at Castaway Cay, my favorite island paradise reserved just for Disney Cruise Line guests. Save me a seat on Serenity Bay, will you?
Even though I don’t need a specific reason to enjoy a Disney cruise from Miami, I think these are five pretty good ones (and these are just the beginning)! Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite reason to sail from this city. I hope to see you on board a sailing soon!
5 Places to Find Dessert on the Disney Dream During Your Disney Cruise
Cruising on the Disney Dream is a dream-come-true for anyone with a sweet tooth! Whether you take a three-, four- or five-night vacation aboard this Disney Cruise Line ship, you’ll have plenty of options for indulging in decadent desserts. You’ll need the energy for all the fun you’ll have on board, plus calories don’t count on vacation!
Check out the top five ways you can treat your sweet tooth with dessert on the Disney Dream…
1. Make a pit stop at Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats. Refuel at this dessert shop inspired by the arcade game from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” Your family can celebrate your time aboard with a trophy filled with gelato or an ice cream sundae in a “Sugar Rush” racecar. If you can’t decide which ice cream flavor you want, Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats also has candy and baked treats to satisfy your cravings!
2. Cool down with an Eye Scream or Frozone treat. While you’re enjoying the sunshine up on deck, grab some soft-serve ice cream and scare-tastic toppings at Eye scream Treats. Named after the friendly, one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski from the Disney-Pixar animated feature “Monsters, Inc.,” this eatery has treats and a wide variety of flavors that will make you scream with joy! Or you can chill out with a cool Frozone refreshment by the pool. Inspired by the ice-creating hero from the Disney-Pixar movie “The Incredibles,” this poolside spot has refreshing, fruit smoothies for the entire family to enjoy.
3. Become a dessert connoisseur at Remy. Looking for more than an ice cream cone? Treat your taste buds to a five-course dessert menu served with coffee! The adult-exclusive Remy Dessert Experience features a rich dialogue with Remy’s Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, who will explain the history and evolution of each sweet selection. If you’re a dessert lover, this experience is perfect for you!
4. Save room for dessert at Palo’s brunch. Adults can indulge in a spectacular champagne brunch at Palo, which includes an all-you-care-to-eat buffet of international cheeses, made-to-order entrées, fresh pastries and, you guessed it, plenty of dessert! With tons of mini-sized desserts, you can treat your sweet tooth to a wide variety of flavors!
5. Brighten your day with dessert at Cabanas. Take a stroll along a beach boardwalk and grab a bite to eat at Cabanas. This restaurant offers guests a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations, breathtaking ocean views, and indoor and outdoor seating. Most importantly, it has a whole section dedicated to desserts like sundaes, cookies, cakes and fruit!
What is your favorite dessert on the Disney Dream?
Disney Cruise Line has just announced their sailings for the beginning of 2021 so you can view departure ports and itineraries for an early 2021 Disney Cruise and even book your cruise beginning Thursday, October 3, 2019.
In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line plans to return to New Orleans, giving you even more opportunities to sail from the Crescent City with your family in early 2021. A limited-time engagement with cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay, highlight Disney Cruise Line’s early 2021 lineup of popular itineraries, while voyages will continue across the fleet to tropical destinations from Galveston, Texas; San Diego, California and both Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida.
The Disney Wonder Returns to New Orleans
On sailings from New Orleans, you can experience the flavors and flair of the Big Easy both onboard the Disney Wonder and ashore. The sounds and sights of New Orleans will come to life at Tiana’s Place restaurant, where your family is transported to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with live music and other surprises inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” Before or after your cruise, savor the city’s distinct cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and take in the sounds of world-renowned live jazz music.
The series of magical voyages from New Orleans kicks off in late January 2021 with a pair of four- and five-night cruises to the Western Caribbean. The five-night voyage includes a visit to Progreso, Mexico, a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line on the Yucatan Peninsula. This quaint town is filled with treasures for your family to explore together, from ancient Mayan ruins to hidden swimming holes filled with crystal-clear water.
Three seven-night sailings to the Bahamas with a stop at Castaway Cay, plus a 14-night Panama Canal cruise, round out the departures from the Crescent City in early 2021.
Popular Itineraries from Texas and Californiaon the Disney Wonder
The Disney Wonder will also return to the popular home ports of Galveston and San Diego in early 2021. On sailings from Texas, you can enjoy the white-sand beaches of the Western Caribbean on a series of four- and six-night cruises to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. One seven-night departure will feature stops at Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.
Following the season in New Orleans, the Disney Wonder heads to the West Coast for a variety of sailings to Baja and the Mexican Riviera departing from San Diego. On cruises ranging from three to seven nights, your family can hunt for gold aboard a pirate ship in Cabo San Lucas, embark on an off-road adventure in Ensenada or sunbathe on glittering sand beaches.
Bahamian and Caribbean Getaways from Florida on the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line will have three ships sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida in early 2021, and every cruise includes a day at Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. This award-winning destination, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, is the ultimate escape for everyone in your family. A day at Castaway Cay offers opportunities for adventure and relaxation in a lush, tropical setting filled with classic Disney storytelling.
From Miami, the Disney Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean cruises
From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries
From Port Canaveral, the Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises
With a variety of options from Florida, your family can experience spectacular cruises full of fun and relaxation – featuring Broadway-style shows, immersive themed dining, imaginative kids clubs, character encounters and spaces for everyone in your family.
You can view all of the details for the early 2021 Disney Cruise Line sailings below including itineraries, dates, and more.
Whether you’re looking for a short escape or a relaxing weeklong vacation at sea, our Early 2021 Caribbean lineup has you covered!
2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston: Departure Dates: 1/11 and 1/22
Day 1: Galveston, Texas Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Galveston, Texas
2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans: Departure Date: 2/1
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico Day 4: At Sea Day 5: New Orleans, Louisiana
2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami: Departure Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/20, 3/20 and 4/17
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay Day 6: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami: Departure Dates: 2/6, 3/6, 4/3 and 5/1
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: George Town, Grand Cayman Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay Day 6: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans: Departure Date: 1/27
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Progreso, Mexico Day 4: Cozumel, Mexico Day 5: At Sea Day 6: New Orleans, Louisiana
2021 Disney Wonder 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston: Departure Date: 1/5
Day 1: Galveston, Texas Day 2: At Sea Day 3: At Sea Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman Day 5: Cozumel, Mexico Day 6: At Sea Day 7: Galveston, Texas
2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Dates: 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24 and 5/8
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman Day 5: Falmouth, Jamaica Day 6: At Sea Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1 and 5/15
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: At Sea Day 4: Tortola, British Virgin Islands Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Day 6: At Sea Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Date: 2/6
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: At Sea Day 4: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Day 6: At Sea Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida
Jump-start your tropical Bahamian getaway from Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston or New Orleans. Select itineraries will whisk you off to a variety of idyllic destinations, including Disney Castaway Cay, our private island paradise.
2021 Disney Dream 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 and 5/28
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay Day 4: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: Departure Date: 5/6
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: Key West, Florida Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay Day 4: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Dates: 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 and 5/31
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Date: 1/11
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Dates: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Nassau, Bahamas Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: Departure Date: 3/22
Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 3: At Sea Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: Departure Date: 1/14
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 5: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: Departure Dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 and 4/22
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: Key West, Florida Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 5: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: Departure Dates: 2/11 and 4/8
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: Departure Dates: 1/4 and 2/15
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: Key West, Florida Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay Day 5: At Sea Day 6: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami: Departure Dates: 1/18, 2/1, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12 and 4/26
Day 1: Miami, Florida Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Key West, Florida Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 6: Miami, Florida
2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from Galveston: Departure Date: 1/15
Day 1: Galveston, Texas Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Key West, Florida Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 6: At Sea Day 7: At Sea Day 8: Galveston, Texas
2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from New Orleans: Departure Date: 2/12
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Key West, Florida Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay Day 6: At Sea Day 7: At Sea Day 8: New Orleans, Louisiana
2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from New Orleans: Departure Dates: 2/5 and 2/19
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Key West, Florida Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas Day 6: At Sea Day 7: At Sea Day 8: New Orleans, Louisiana
Baja and Mexican Riviera
Choose from a handful of round-trip Mexican escapes departing from San Diego, a laid-back, coastal city worth touring before or after your cruise.
2021 Disney Wonder 3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: Departure Date: 3/12
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico Day 4: San Diego, California
2021 Disney Wonder 3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: Departure Dates: 4/23 and 4/30
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: Ensenada, Mexico Day 3: At Sea Day 4: San Diego, California
2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: Departure Date: 3/15
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Catalina Island, California Day 4: Ensenada, Mexico Day 5: San Diego, California
2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: Departure Date: 3/24
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: Catalina Island, California Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico Day 4: At Sea Day 5: San Diego, California
2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: Departure Dates: 4/7, 4/26 and 5/3
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Day 4: At Sea Day 5: San Diego, California
2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego: Departure Dates: 3/19, 3/28, 4/2, 4/18 and 5/7
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Ensenada, Mexico Day 6: San Diego, California
2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from San Diego: Departure Date: 4/11
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Day 4: Mazatlán, Mexico Day 5: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Day 6: At Sea Day 7: At Sea Day 8: San Diego, California
Soak up the sights and sounds of California in San Diego and San Francisco before making your way to Canada, where you’ll encounter an exciting blend of outdoor and cosmopolitan adventures in the maritime cities of Victoria and Vancouver.
2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Pacific Coast Cruise from San Diego ending in Vancouver: Departure Date: 5/12
Day 1: San Diego, California Day 2: At Sea Day 3: San Francisco, California Day 4: At Sea Day 5: Victoria (British Columbia), Canada Day 6: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Explore the charms of New Orleans before you embark on this 14-night cruise to San Diego. You’ll pass through the famous Panama Canal and enjoy plenty of sightseeing in exotic locations throughout Mexico and beyond.
2021 Disney Wonder 14-Night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise from New Orleans ending in San Diego: Departure Date: 2/26
Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman Day 5: At Sea Day 6: Cartagena, Colombia Day 7: Panama Canal Day 8: At Sea Day 9: At Sea Day 10: At Sea Day 11: At Sea Day 12: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Day 13: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Day 14: At Sea Day 15: San Diego, California
Early 2021 Disney Cruise Line bookings open to the public Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Plus, if you book your early 2021 Disney cruise with Siera by October 31, 2019, you will receive your choice of an onboard credit or in-room gift! Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org today for more information.
With Disney Cruise Line, adventure is out there! On select cruise itineraries, guests have the opportunity to book special Port Adventures with Disney magic and some extra pixie dust.
Here are a few of the ways you can immerse yourself in the lands and cultures that inspired some of your favorite Disney films.
Join in for some “Frozen” fun in Alesund, Norway
Join a special summer celebration in the land that inspired Disney’s hit film, “Frozen.” Explore the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum where you can enjoy live music, play old-fashioned games, look inside the authentic Nordic homes and sample Norwegian specialties such as svelle, a sweet type of pancake. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff even stop by to join the festivities from the neighboring kingdom of Arendelle.
Explore a medieval, royal castle in Greenock, Scotland
After a scenic motorcoach ride and a tour of Edinburgh, guests visit the historic Edinburgh Castle with a local guide. While parents continue to explore the corridors of the castle, the kids can partake in a shield-decorating activity while learn about family coats of arms. Scottish, Disney royalty Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” drops by as well for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity at the castle.
Pan for gold with some special friends in Skagway, Alaska
Take a step back in time to experience Alaska like a gold rusher! Journey to the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp to learn how to pan for gold, enjoy a puppet show, join in on a scavenger hunt and chow down during an Alaskan Salmon bake, all with your favorite Disney Characters. Don’t forget to make some s’mores!
Follow in Walt’s footsteps in Copenhagen, Denmark
Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests, go behind-the-scenes of the famous Tivoli Gardens – the park that inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland. Opening in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks to remain intact throughout the years. Enjoy a classic Danish open sandwich for lunch and join in on the fun! With a mix of old and new attractions, there are experiences for the whole family to enjoy!
Release your inner artist in Cozumel, Mexico
Discover art, history and culture at Discover Mexico Park. Here, guests can see the alebrijes – colorful animal-like creatures made out of wood or paper mache – that were featured in Disney•Pixar’s “Coco”. Not only are you able to see these beautiful works of art, you get to create your own unique piece! Let your creative juices flow with a figure of your choice and paint away!
In January 2020, the epic Marvel Day at Sea returns to the Disney Magic! This event combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series with the excitement of a Disney cruise during an unforgettable day at sea. You can enjoy the spectacular day-long celebration on select five-night Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami in early 2020.
With Marvel-themed immersive experiences for guests of all ages, here are the top five things to do during Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line.
1. Experience the “Heroes Unite” Deck Show. You don’t want to miss this deck show spectacular! Assemble your family and get ready for a nighttime extravaganza hosted by Tony Stark where some of your favorite Marvel super heroes and villains come together for an exciting battle at sea, including Captain Marvel!
2. Train with Doctor Strange. Have you ever wanted to learn about the mystic arts and join in the battle against the Dark Dimension? Here’s your chance! Meet Doctor Strange and try your hand at creating interdimensional portals and magic spells.
3. Enroll in the Marvel Super Hero Academy. Enter the top-secret command post of S.H.I.E.L.D. and participate in special secret agent training. At the Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids can learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.
4. Test your Marvel knowledge in family trivia. How well do you think you know the Marvel universe? Unleash your inner fan with challenging games designed to test your knowledge of Marvel’s heroes and villains.
5. Learn to draw at Animation Academy. At the Animation Academy you can learn how to draw popular Marvel Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Groot. You also get the chance to discover which Marvel comic is perfect for you.
The thought of traveling with a little one can sometimes feel daunting, which is why so many parents with babies and toddlers choose a Disney cruise for their family’s vacation. Disney Cruise Line caters to all members of the family, and that includes even the youngest sailors.
If you’re setting sail with a child age 6 months to 3 years old, keep these tips for sailing with little ones on Disney Cruise Line in mind for smooth sailing during your family getaway…
1. Take advantage of all that’s included. Traveling with little ones on a Disney cruise is easier than ever with diaper disposal units, bottle warmers, bottle sterilizers, cribs, playpens and high chairs available complimentary for use during the voyage. Strollers are also available, but since there are a limited number, plan to bring your own – one that’s lightweight and foldable for ease of maneuvering and storing it on board. When you visit our private island, Castaway Cay, wagons are available at no charge to facilitate navigating the island’s sandy beaches with toddlers in tow. Most of these items are first-come, first-served, so be sure to add the request to your reservation before the cruise.
2. Reserve time in the nursery before you set sail. Inside “it’s a small world” nursery hosted by Huggies, trained counselors care for and entertain infants and toddlers up to age 3 with toys, books, videos, crafts and games. At the back of the nursery, a separate and serene room is reserved for naptime. The nursery offers some of the longest operating hours and some of the lowest hourly rates for baby and toddler care in the cruise industry, allowing you to enjoy time on your own. You can roam the ship “worry-free,” thanks to an onboard mobile phone service that allows counselors to contact you anytime and anywhere on the ship. And if you want to peek in on your child without disturbing him or her, you can glimpse into the nursery’s main play area through a one-way window.
3. Check the Navigator for special activities and play areas. Toddler Time is a scheduled playtime where parents can join the fun. You can also play with your little one at Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab during Open House. If you have a crawler, do not miss Jack-Jack’s Diaper Dash in the atrium. I repeat, do not miss it! And for water babies, each ship has a fanciful water playground exclusively for toddlers up to age 3—and their parents, of course!
4. Let us help you make mealtime easier. For babies, you can request fresh pureed vegetables and meat, both in the main dining rooms and through room service. When ordering off the kids’ menu, your server will be happy to cut up the food into bite-sized pieces for your little one. And when you’re grabbing a quick bite out on deck, ask a Crew Member to grab a highchair for you. These are just a few of the things you can do to take the stress out of mealtime for your whole family.
5. Don’t sweat it if you forget it. Essential baby supplies are available for purchase at the onboard merchandise shops, including diapers, training pants, rash cream, infant formula (ready to feed), bottles, pacifiers, baby food, baby shampoo, baby lotion and baby powder. We’ve got you covered!
What are your favorite tips for sailing with little ones on Disney Cruise Line?
One of my favorite things about a Disney Cruise Line vacation is that it doesn’t require months and months of advance planning like a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. You don’t have to schedule your dining reservations 180 days in advance or any FastPasses 60 days in advance. A Disney cruise offers both a less stressful planning experience ahead of time and more relaxing vacation while you’re away enjoying your vacation. Although you don’t have to spend hours preparing for a Disney Cruise Line vacation, there are a few things that you can take care of in advance to make your vacation even better!
Here are 11 things to do before your Disney cruise:
Online Check In: As soon as your booking window (determined by your Castaway Club status) opens, you should complete online check in. This provides Disney with all of your important information and in turn, allows you to choose how early you would like to arrive at the port. If you are not taking Disney transportation to the airport, this will get you on the ship as quickly as possible by choosing the earliest time available.
Book Port Excursions: If you are planning to participate in any excursions during your cruise, you can book them in advance, as well. Some of the most popular excursions do fill up before the sailing so booking them as soon as your window opens insures the best availability for you to choose your favorite excursions. There’s also a desk onboard that can help you make changes or book excursions during your vacation, if necessary.
Book Onboard Experiences: There aren’t too many activities that need to be booked in advance for a Disney cruise, but there are a couple character experiences (Frozen Meet and Greet and/or Princess Gathering), beverage tastings, Disney Junior character breakfast (for minimum seven night sailings), speciality dining, and spa treatments that can be reserved in advance. If you forget to book these in advance, they can be booked onboard as well, pending availability.
Choose your Dining Time: Disney Cruise Line offers two dining times, either 5:45 pm or 8:!5 pm which also determines your evening show times and even breakfast on the last morning of your cruise. When you book your cruise, you will have the opportunity to choose (pending availability) your preferred dining time. If main dining is full, you can always waitlist it or even ask to change after you board if you are unable to secure it in advance.
Schedule Character Call: You can schedule a complimentary pre-recorded character call from either Mickey Mouse, Goofy, or Mickey and Minnie. This is a fun way to either tell your kids about your upcoming vacation or get them even more excited to go!
Passports: Although passports are not required for some cruises, they are still strongly recommended. If you’re planning to purchase a passport for your cruise, be sure to order it far enough in advance to avoid any rush fees. If you already have a passport, just double check to make sure that it will still be valid for your sailing (and preferably at least six months afterwards).
Transfers: Whether you are purchasing Disney Cruise Line transfers, parking at the port, or purchasing private transfers, you will want to arrange in advance how you’ll be getting to and from the port.
Join your Cruise group on Facebook: Almost every sailing has a group on Facebook where you can connect with fellow cruisers. The biggest advantage to joining these groups is if you’d like to participate in a fish extender (gift exchange) with your fellow passengers. It can also be nice to find fellow cruisers with kids around the same age, if you have any that are apprehensive about going to the kids clubs onboard.
Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App: You will want to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app before you board the ship, if possible. Disney is eliminating the practice of leaving a paper copy of your Personal Navigator in your stateroom each evening so you’ll need to use the app to find out all of the activities planned onboard each day of your sailing. Plus, they have a fun countdown app that will help pass the time while you wait for your vacation.
Prepay Gratuities: You can prepay your gratuities with your cruise fare so you won’t have to worry about them onboard. If you do not prepay your gratuities, Disney will automatically add them to your onboard account. It is nice to have them prepaid so you can only worry about spending money on souvenirs during your vacation.
Purchase a Photo Package: If you’re interested in having any of the pictures taken onboard or at Castaway Cay, you will want to purchase a photo package in advance to take advantage of a pre-cruise discount. One big difference if you’re used to Disney PhotoPass photographers in the parks is that the cruise photographers are not able to take a picture on your device in addition to theirs.
Next, it’s time to start packing for your Disney cruise! What do you think are the most important things to do before your Disney cruise?
What’s one of the best things about a Disney cruise? All of the incredible entertainment that’s included! From the time you step onboard to when you wave goodbye, your cruise includes everything you could hope for in a family vacation…including top-notch entertainment. With Broadway-style musicals, interactive deck shows, fireworks at sea and much more, there’s tons of fun for everyone onboard our ships!
Check out this guide to the entertainment on your Disney cruise vacation:
Cruise ship entertainment reaches new heights with our extravagant live shows and entertainment at sea. Each of our ships has a unique lineup of live musicals offered throughout your Disney cruise, taking the most imaginative elements from your favorite films to bring the stories you love to life onstage.
Some guest favorites include:
“Beauty and the Beast” on the Disney Dream: Inspired by the live-action movie, our “Beauty and the Beast” stage show is a unique theatrical experience with high-definition projections and dynamic scenery, plus master puppetry that bring Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth to life in their true scale.
“Tangled:The Musical”on the Disney Magic: “Tangled: The Musical” immerses you in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music, including three new songs developed exclusively for the show by Academy-Award winning composer Alan Menken and “Tangled’s” Grammy Award-winning lyricist, Glenn Slater.
A Disney cruise brings the fun to the upper decks with lively deck parties throughout your vacation!
Some memorable deck parties include:
“Sailing Away” on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy: Jumpstart your Disney cruise with this lively “welcome aboard” deck party extravaganza! Join the official cruise countdown with Mickey and friends, and listen for the mighty blast of the ship’s horn that signals the beginning of your cruise vacation!
Pirate Night on all Disney ships: For one night on each cruise, your ship will transform into a pirate vessel for an evening of buccaneer fun! Enjoy stunt performers, pirate battles and a spectacular grand finale – fireworks at sea like only Disney can do!
Mealtimes are also entertainment experiences on your Disney cruise! Elaborately themed restaurants and distinctly Disney touches combine world-class cuisine with a full course of fun.
The unique dining on your Disney cruise includes:
Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic: Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the first table service restaurant inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The experience features live entertainment and characters, including spirited singing and dancing by Flynn Rider, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and Princess Rapunzel herself!
Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder: Inspired by the animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” Tiana’s Place transports you to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations, with a menu influenced by Southern-style cuisine. You’ll even find Tiana’s personal touches in the menu, the live entertainment and throughout every detail in the restaurant, from Tiana’s family photos to her framed culinary awards!
Animator’s Palate on all Disney ships: One of the most popular restaurants on our ships, Animator’s Palate features animation-covered walls and high-definition flat-screens to give you the best view of the animation magic that takes place during your meal.
We also offer special days at sea and holiday cruises throughout the year, bringing a wide variety of different entertainment experiences onboard and giving your family so many ways to make memories during one-of-a-kind celebrations!
Themed Disney cruises include:
Halloween on the High Seas: Set sail for spook-tacular Disney fun in the fall, including costume parties and contests, a “sing and scream” movie experience and haunted stories of the sea beneath the night sky.
Very Merrytime Cruises: Unwrap holiday magic when our ships transform into winter wonderlands for our Very Merrytime cruises in November and December! Celebrate the holidays onboard a Disney cruise with festive tropical deck parties, carolers throughout the ship and Disney friends dressed in their holiday best.
Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic: These popular cruise itineraries let you spend one day at sea with your favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Villains. From heroic encounters to secret agent training sessions to a spectacular stunt show at sea, everyone in the family will find an epic adventure!
Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy: Blast off on these cruises to experience the legendary encounters of the Star Wars saga up close with character encounters, Jedi training, a deck party spectacular and more on a day-long adventure!
A Disney cruise is a vacation for the whole family that is unlike any other. In addition to the family fun you will find onboard the ship, these itineraries include visits to beautiful destinations like the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and of course, Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay! With Disney Cruise Line vacations sailing out of Florida year round, you can (almost) always enjoy a warm and tropical cruise vacation.
Even if you are a veteran cruiser, packing can still be tricky or intimidating…so we’ve compiled an all-inclusive list! It’s perfect for warm weather itineraries to the Caribbean or Bahamas, filled with all of your must-haves plus a few items for fun! Here are some of the essentials for your Disney cruise packing list:
Daytime Fun on the Ship
With everything from fun family pools to exclusive spaces for kids and adults alike, Disney cruises are jam-packed with activities for the whole family! Here are the important items you should consider bringing:
Swimsuits and cover ups – Pack at least two options to ensure you can spend as much time at the pool, in the hot tub or riding the AquaDuck as possible!
Shorts, shirts, tank tops and sundresses – You’ll be spending lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine, so pack accordingly for the warmer temps.
Athletic wear and gym shoes – There’s lots of ways to break a sweat on a Disney cruise! Bring clothes to play basketball on Goofy’s Sports Deck or to squeeze in a quick workout at the fitness center. The ocean view from the treadmill can’t be beat!
Evening Entertainment, Dining and Deck Parties
On your Disney cruise, the fun lasts all day! From family and adult-exclusive dining options to Broadway-style entertainment and high-energy deck parties, make sure you come prepared for a different experience each night:
“Cruise casual” dinner attire – Plan to dress “cruise casual” in our main family dining rooms, which means no tank tops or swimwear.
Dressy dining outfits – Bring dressier outfits for semi-formal and formal nights so you can take advantage of the onboard photography services. Those of you who plan to eat at Palo or Remy, be sure to dress to impress while you enjoy your adult-exclusive dinner! Men should pack dress pants and a collared shirt, while women should bring a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse. For more information, click here for dress codes at Palo and Remy.
Pirate attire – There’s no better place to become a pirate than IN the Caribbean! You’ can transform into pillaging pirates and become a part of the crew during “Pirate Night.” Your “pirate style” can include anything from pirate tee shirts and bandanas to eye patches, pirate hooks and even stuffed parrots!
Light sweater – Temperatures can be cooler in the dining room and theater or out on deck with the evening ocean breeze, so don’t forget to pack a light sweater or jacket, just in case.
From exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico and ziplining through the trees in Jamaica during a Port Adventure, to lounging on the warm sand of a sun-drenched beach, there’s an exciting adventure ashore to fit everyone in your party!
When you visit Disney’s award-winning private island, Castaway Cay, everything you need for a perfect day is included, like an all-you-care-to-eat buffet lunch, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, hammocks and more … but you can still pack a few extra items to make the most of your day!
No matter what shore excursions you experience, here are a few helpful packing tips to prepare:
Backpack or collapsible tote bag – This will come in handy for carrying your personal items, as well as toting souvenirs you may buy in port. Considering throwing in some plastic zip-top bags as well in case your belongings get wet during your time ashore.
Lightweight pants, capris or leggings – Shorts and a t-shirt are great for many shore excursions like historical village tours or sightseeing at the ruins…but more active experiences like hiking, climbing or ziplining will be more comfortable with pants.
GoPro or underwater camera – There’s a lot to see and photograph under the water (including some hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay) so make sure you have a way to capture it all!
Appropriate shoes – Prepare to be on your feet! Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, sneakers for hiking or biking activities and flip flops or water shoes for a day at the beach.
Just for Fun!
There are lots of small ways to enhance your Disney cruise experience! Consider packing these fun items as you prepare to come aboard:
Door magnets for your stateroom – Unique decorations will always bring a smile to your face as you return to your room, and it helps families distinguish their door as they head down long hallways. You can bring your own fun magnets, or buy them onboard.
Pajamas – Make sure your kids have at least one pair they are comfortable walking around the ship in. They won’t want to miss pajama parties at the kids clubs or on the last night of your sailing!
Autograph book – Never miss an opportunity to grab a special moment with your favorite Disney characters…and commemorate it with autographs! Disney Cruise Line autograph books are also sold onboard the ship.