All-New Christmas Experiences to Help You Celebrate the SEAson On Disney Cruise Line

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This SEAson there are more reasons than ever to set sail with Disney Cruise Line with Disney’s Very Merrytime Cruises. Each year, Disney Cruise Line goes all out for Christmas. The decks are decked in their finest holiday splendor, and a massive tree takes center stage in the atrium. Disney characters don the most festival apparel and greet guests with holiday cheer.

Disney’s Very Merrytime sailings are offered on select cruises in November and December. Each sailing combines everything you love from a traditional Disney cruise plus all of the magic of Christmas! This year, Disney has all-new magic in store for 2023 that is sure to put a little jolly in your holly! From all new shows to exciting first-time events, there’s something for everyone aboard!

Tree Lighting

Disney very Merrytime Cruises

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On the first night of every Very Merrytime sailing, Mickey, Minnie, and the gang will invite you to the atrium to kick off the magic in a very special way. The tree lighting begins with a Christmas carol sing-along followed by a fun-filled countdown. Once the countdown reaches 0, the tree will light up in a dazzling display that will take your breath away. Once the tree is lit, Mickey will introduce the guest on honor sailing aboard your ship- the big guy himself! Santa will make an appearance to the delight of all the kiddos on board.

Who doesn’t love a good tree lighting? Even the simplest tree-lighting ceremony fills hearts with joy. A Disney tree lighting? It’s unforgettable. Pro-tip: to really get in the Christmas spirit, stop by any of Disney Cruise Line’s fabulous coffee shops for a festive hot cocoa before the tree lighting begins!

Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party

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Join Mickey and Minnie on the upper deck for a one-of-a-kind holiday party for the whole family! This party is brand new for 2023 and sure to become a fan favorite. Mickey, Minnie, and all of your favorite Disney friends will lead you in a high-energy party that features singing, dancing, and even a surprise or two! Join in their celebration of friendship, love, and family with a fresh mix of classic and original holiday songs.

Whether you’re a wallflower or the life of the party, you won’t want to miss this one! This original show can only be seen on Disney’s Very Merrytime sailings. Unlike Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World, Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party doesn’t require a separately priced ticket. The party is included in your cruise fare!

From Disney’s exclusive rotational dining to exciting ports of call (including Disney’s own private Castaway Cay), there is so much to love year-round about sailing on Disney! Add in an extra sprinkle of holiday magic, and these cruises are sure to become a family tradition! Prices from Disney’s Very Merrytime Cruises start at $2,877 for a family of 4, making this an affordable way to get away for the holiday! To book, contact your favorite travel agent or cick here.


About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.