Mom and child as pirates on Castaway Cay
  • On Oct 17, 2022
    Shari from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    First time cruisers - I hear there are theme nights. we will be on the 7 night Merrytime Carribean cruise. I want to plan accordingly.

    Ahoy, Shari! How wonderful that you're going on your first cruise - and on the incredible Disney Cruise Line! All of the ships are beautiful, with loads of activities. Don't be surprised if you start planning your second cruise before you disembark the first. 

    This is a great question because it's so helpful when packing if you have an idea of what you might want to wear for theme nights or special evenings. The big themed night on your sailing is Pirate Night. You'll find some of your shipmates look just like they tendered over to your ship from the Black Pearl, while others may don a pirate t-shirt or just a bandana. You can't be overdressed or underdressed in your interpretation of pirate attire, just don't miss the swashbuckling good time on deck that evening. 

    Your Very Merrytime cruise will also have a formal night, and it's a perfect evening to put on your holiday best and get some photos taken at the backdrops located in the atrium. Quite a few people will put on holiday dresses and suits and capture a memory of the gang all dressed to the nines. You'll also likely see people in matching holiday t-shirts or ugly sweaters going to some of the main dining room meals, and if you're looking for a unique holiday card photo op, Castaway Cay will have its halls decked for Christmas. Just saying. 

    Side note - your stateroom door is magnetic, and you'll find many doors spreading holiday cheer with magnets. I find it's a great way to spot my cabin door after a long day.

    Have the best first cruise ever, Shari!
    Anna
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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