Disney Cruise Lines has announced two new seasonal holiday offers for fall and winter 2016. From September through October, the Halloween on the High Seas cruise sees the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with themed events and activities. Onboard experiences include Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, featuring games, dancing, candy and special appearances by Disney characters in Halloween costume. A Nightmare Before Christmas-Sing and Scream offers an interactive movie experience where guests become part of the action, and is followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally, while Haunted Stories of the Sea invites guests to gather under the stars to hear spooky tales told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.
Adults can also get in on the action as the nighttime entertainment district becomes the supernatural setting for a costume party, while Halloween music is performed live in the atrium by a band of ghostly musicians. Halloween-themed movies will be shown by the family pool and in staterooms, and even the restaurant menus get a touch of seasonal inspiration with spider cakes, chocolate cake with pumpkin filling and “spooky juice.”
The Disney Dream sails 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 2 to Oct. 31; the Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 3 to Oct. 29; and the Disney Magic sails 5-night Canadian Coast cruises, and 7- and 8-night Bahamian cruises departing Oct. 2 to Oct. 29.
The festivities don’t end there, however, as Disney has also announced its Very Merrytime Cruises, which begin in early November and run through to the New Year. Available on the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy ships, these voyages feature activities such as Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, where Disney characters sing holiday carols as the lights of the three-deck-tall Christmas tree are switched on. Other events include Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, featuring Broadway-style entertainment, Disney characters and classic holiday tunes; and the Deck the Deck Holiday Party, a tropical-themed celebration with hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, and a conga line around the pool.
Voyagers on board for Thanksgiving Day itself will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day feast, with appearances by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire; and for Christmas Day, Santa Claus and his helpers will have surprises for children, followed by a traditional Christmas Dinner served later that night in the dining rooms. For those ringing in 2017 at sea, the voyage includes a New Year’s Eve party, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown.
The Disney Magic sails 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises, 5-, 6- and 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, and 7-night Western Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 5 to Dec. 23; the Disney Wonder sails 4- and 7-night Western Caribbean cruises, and 7-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 10 to Dec. 23; the Disney Dream sails 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 7 to Dec. 22; and the Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Nov. 19 to Dec. 24. For more information, call (888) 325-2500 or visit disneycruise.com.