Magical Enhancements Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Holiday Season (2023)

Magical Enhancements Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Holiday Season (2023)

The most wonderful time of the year will be even more joyful this holiday season as Disney Cruise Line unwraps new festivities for the whole family aboard Very Merrytime cruises!

Two brand-new entertainment experiences are on the way! Plus, Disney characters will be dressed in jolly new looks and classic celebratory activities for the whole family will ring in the season. Disney Cruise Line will be filled with the spirit of the holidays in 2023.

By the way, 2023 is a very special year for Disney Cruise Line as it is the 25th anniversary!
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We’re dishing on the festive fun that’s coming to Disney Cruise Line this 2023 holiday season! Plus there Disney Cruise Line will be sailing from a South Florida port.

25th Anniversary Disney Cruise Line Decorations Aboard Disney Fantasy -Dani Meyering

New Festive Enhancements Aboard Disney Cruise Line

  • New tree lighting ceremony
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party
  • Beloved Disney characters debuting new holiday attire

NEW Tree Lighting Ceremony

On the first night of all Very Merrytime sailings, guests will gather around the three-deck-tall tree in the ship’s atrium for a new tree lighting ceremony.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will invite guests to sing along to classic holiday tunes. Then a countdown will not only make the tree merry and bright, but will also introduce the guest of honor for the cruise, Santa Claus!

NEW Holiday Party

Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party, will take place on the upper decks for a one-of-a-kind celebration at sea. High-energy deck parties are a staple of Disney Cruise Line vacations.

Magical Enhancements Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Holiday Season (2023)
Concept for Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party on Disney Cruise Line – provided by Disney Cruise Line

This new festive party is thrown by Mickey and Minnie – featuring favorite Disney friends as they celebrate friendship, love and family. Good tidings and cheer abound with a fresh mix of classic and original holiday songs during this special time of year.

Disney Cruise Line Very Merrytime Offerings

In addition to these new holiday offerings, the Disney Cruise Line decks and halls will be filled with boughs of holly from bow-to-stern during Very Merrytime cruises.

Highlights of these holiday season cruises include:

  • Beloved Disney characters debuting new holiday attire;
  • Themed Very Merrytime activities for the entire family;
  • Carolers singing contemporary versions of songs that celebrate a myriad of holidays; and
  • Commemorative merchandise and festive food and beverage items. 
Magical Enhancements Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Holiday Season (2023)
Goofy, Mickey and Minnie Very Merrytime Cruise Line Costumes – Kent Phillips, Disney photographer

New Sailings from Fort Lauderdale

Disney Cruise Line will set sail from a new South Florida home in Fort Lauderdale, offering four- and five-night Very Merrytime cruises aboard the Disney Dream to tropical locales in the western Caribbean and Bahamas.

Also from Florida, the Disney Wish and Disney Fantasy will continue sailing from Port Canaveral to The Bahamas and Caribbean.

The Disney Magic will set sail to Baja and the Mexican Riviera from San Diego for holiday sailings before wrapping up the season in Galveston, Texas with Very Merrytime cruises to the western Caribbean.

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To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact a travel agent.