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  • On Nov 5, 2023
    Emma from Australia Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, My family and I are looking forward to travelling with you this Christmas on the Australian Cruise and I was wondering if we can bring along a pop up christmas tree? (Approx 1.8m tall) Thanks Emma

    Ahoy there Emma, and welcome to planDisney! 

    It looks like you're getting ready ahead of your 4-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Sydney for a Christmas experience unlike any other, and a first for Disney Cruise Line in its inaugural Disney Magic at Sea Australian season! Now I personally just got off of a Very Merrytime holiday cruise yesterday and got a chance to glimpse a bit of the decorating process as the ship's decks were decked with boughs of holly, tinsel and lights; I inquired at the Guest Services Desk on board about your specific question and am glad to share my findings with you:

    • Now while guests in the past have been able to bring on board small, artificial Christmas trees to decorate their staterooms, the Crew Members were shocked when I told them you were intending to bring one nearly two metres in length! They directed me to the official Prohibited Items list and wanted to convey that though there isn't a listing that directly specifies height restrictions for Christmas trees, the security personnel at the Port terminal in Sydney who are in charge of scanning your luggage may not allow it through as it is up to their discretion as to whether it would be deemed admissible to be brought on board the vessel.
    • According to the official policy, it states that: "Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to seize and secure any item deemed to be dangerous or pose a security or safety risk." In this case, the Crew Members let me know that any larger items that future seafarers attempt to bring on board have a tendency to be denied if they cannot be secured safely, especially in the event of rough waters. (On select ships and sailings, Disney Cruise Line has offered instead a 53-centimetre tall tree to be purchased through its Onboard Gifts offerings, which may be a good indication of the permissible size of personal Christmas Trees on board.)

    As an alternative, keep an eye on whenever the Disney Wonder undergoes her own Christmastime transformation as the large tree that typically occupies a place of honour in the Lobby Atrium is a spot where I've experienced and observed families bringing their presents on Christmas Eve for a picture-perfect moment to open them together! (Typically Christmas Morning is a busy flurry of activity with a very special visitor from the North Pole, so folks and families have found it much easier to do in the quieter hours after midnight.)

    I hope that you found this helpful Emma; do come back to planDisney again for any other tips or advice and let us know whether you've decided to risk it and if you're successful in bringing on your larger tree!

    Here's to the Most Merry Maritime holiday celebrations at sea!
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