Holidays at home are wonderful, of course, but they are also hard work!
Sometimes it is nice to have someone else make the moments magical, at least for a few days. Amazing decorations, food, entertainment… Disney does it best!
My family took a four night Very Merry Time cruise on the Disney Wonder and it was fantastic! It was a really great way to start the holidays and get everyone in the spirit of the season. I mean, how can you not be in a great mood when you step into the ship’s atrium and are greeted with this gorgeous display of Christmas cheer?
The entire ship is decorated with special holiday touches and just looks a bit more fancy than its normal everyday splendor.
As you will find in the lobbies of the Deluxe resorts at the Disney parks, you will find a beautiful gingerbread house to delight your family in the ship’s atrium.
And you may even find a friend or two if you look closely…
On our first night of the cruise, there was a “Tree Lighting Ceremony” for the huge Christmas tree in the atrium. The show was very cute and included some of our good Disney friends singing holiday songs and getting everyone ready for our special vacation.
Being Disney “super fans” we also loved the opportunity to Mickey and friends in their holiday clothes. We were able to see Mickey in his formal wear, Christmas sweaters, holiday vacation shirts and many more… so much fun! The other characters also had holiday outfits on, some that you don’t see in the Parks very often, like Belle in her burgundy Christmas gown.
Character interaction is stellar on the ship. They really take the time to make each child feel special, no matter if they are guests at the Royal Tea Party, or a child having a chance encounter in the ship’s hallway.
And could it be a holiday cruise without a visit from the big guy? I mean Santa, of course! I especially loved this meet and greet because it meant I could skip a long line and expensive picture package with the local mall Santa later on!
Santa brought his magical list… and every child must write their name on the “nice” side. If it disappears and reappears on the “naughty” side… uh oh. Phew, looks like a lot of very nice kids on this sailing!!
I’m telling you, Disney doesn’t miss a beat. Gingerbread man cookies and hot cocoa are waiting for you right after your visit with Santa (all included, of course). Magic.
Another holiday activity we participated in was the Gingerbread House Decorating. Not much instruction was given, but we figured it out. It was just wonderful to do a fun, messy craft and have somebody else clean up after us! It was a great family project, since all ages could participate.
Our masterpiece. Hey, I’d live there…
As you can see, the Very MerryTime Cruise is a blast and a great way to get into the holiday spirit. We were on a four-night sailing on the Disney Wonder, so we did as much as we could do in a short period of time, but there is always something more to see and do. We enjoyed it so much we are considering making it an annual tradition.
If you think this sounds like fun for your family, contact Kingdom Planners for a quote and book one of these holiday cruises. It is best to book early for stateroom choice and price.
What do you think of the holiday cruises? Would you ever sail on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day or do the weeks surrounding the holidays sound better to you?