• On Jun 22, 2016
    Kathleen from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    How early do they decorate the ships for Christmas? I know in the parks it is the first week in November. Thanks

    Ahoy, Kathleen!
    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! The ships will be decked out for the holidays in November when the Very Merrytime Cruises begin. The Grand Lobby Atrium will be home to a dazzling 24-foot Christmas Tree and festive Disney-themed garland will hang on Decks 3, 4, and 5. Holiday-themed events will be sprinkled throughout the sailings, and the characters will don their adorable holiday attire for select meet and greet appearances. Even Castaway Cay gets in on the festive fun with its own whimsical holiday touches! When my family enjoyed a Very Merrytime sailing a few years ago, I was able to get some unique holiday photos both on the ship and on the island including one for our Christmas card that year!
    If you plan to cruise before Thanksgiving, you may not see the life-sized gingerbread house that is built for the atrium, as it is typically ready for the last week of November. I'm not sure which ship you are considering for your sailing, so I've included all the schedules below. 
    Disney Magic: November 5~December 23
    Disney Wonder: November 10~December 23
    Disney Dream: November 7~December 22
    Disney Fantasy: November 19~December 24
    I'm excited for you to experience a magical holiday sailing, Kathleen. Please write back if you think of any additional questions.
    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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