Festive fun planned for Disney Cruise Line’s Winter sailings

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Disney Cruise Line plans holiday-themed adventures for guests on board Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy starting in November 2019.

In addition to traditional Thanksgiving ‘turkey day’ fanfare, the cruise line will offer Christmas feasts and other festive touches.

On Thanksgiving Day, 28 November 2019, the cruise line will offer a traditional feast, and NFL football games will be broadcast live in select venues throughout the ship, including on the outdoor, jumbo LED screen, Funnel Vision, located near the family pool.

Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic will take place in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, with Disney characters leading holiday carols and the lighting of a three-deck-tall tree.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball will also take place in the atrium lobby, with a special appearance by Santa and Mrs Claus, and a celebration featuring Broadway-style entertainment, Disney characters and classic holiday tunes. Among the characters expected are the two royal sisters from the Disney film Frozen.

Dickens-inspired carollers will sing holiday classics throughout the ship with a special farewell show planned for the end of the journey to include children travelling on board.

Family holiday activities offered during the festive cruises include decorating gingerbread cookies and meeting Santa Claus. Youth holiday crafts include decorating stockings, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells. Mrs Claus will host a special Story Time from her rocking chair near the tree.

A traditional Christmas dinner will be served in the dining rooms on Christmas night and Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day, with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah services will be held for eight days, beginning on the 25th day of Kislev.

Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, will also get a holiday makeover, with snow flurries, a decked-out Christmas tree, holiday island music as well as Disney character meet-and-greets.

Image: Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

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