• On Mar 13, 2020
    Pamela from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are considering a Very Merrytime Christmas cruise for our entire family (children/grandchildren) as their Christmas gift. Will we be disappointed with a 3 night cruise? Cost and scheduling prohibits a longer cruise.

    Hi Pamela!

    News of your cruise puts me in the holly jolly spirit! A Very Merrytime cruise with the entire family sounds like a magical way to celebrate the holidays. No matter the number of days, a Disney cruise makes the perfect gift. Hey, maybe I should put this on my wish list!

    Believe me, I will gladly take a cruise of any length if it means getting to set sail with Captain Mickey and friends! But I totally understand if you feel like a shorter sailing may leave you longing for more days. With these tips, here's how we can hopefully keep that from happening:

    1. Have a game plan going in. Sure, everyone likes to be relaxed and spontaneous to some degree on their sailings. But when you have fewer days on your voyage, it's important to earmark which activities and entertainment are the most appealing to you and your extended crew. If Port Adventures in Nassau and Castaway Cay are high priority, then book those as soon as your advance booking window opens. Since you've cruised with Disney Cruise Line before, you probably know that your Castaway Club level determines how many days in advance you can make your reservations. 

    2. Be prepared once you board to jump into all the fun onboard activities, using the handy Disney Cruise Line Navigator app as your guide. One feature of the app that I find super helpful is the ability to set reminders on events that I don't want to miss like deck parties, Bingo, trivia games, or karaoke.

    3. Don't miss out on some of the festive holiday-themed activities that will make the voyage feel like the family holiday gathering that it is! From Santa's Winter Wonderland Ball to Mickey's Tree Lighting Ceremony, the ship is constantly abuzz with fun seasonal activities and festooned with holiday decor. Plus, imagine cookies on Christmas Eve, caroling, and a gingerbread house certain to have your mouth watering! 

    4. Get some souvenirs that will remind you of this Very Merrytime sailing. Tops on the list would be photos of the whole gang with Santa Claus himself along with Disney characters dressed in their holiday outfits. 

    If you apply some of these tips to your 3-night sailing, it may not make the cruise longer, but you will feel like you made the most of your days!

    Point your sleigh back in the direction of the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you want to chat more as you plan your holiday adventures. 

    Happy Sailing!


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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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