Disney Cruise Line Announces Two All-New Holiday Performances and New Port in 2023

Disney Merrytime Cruise Show
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Whether you plan a Disney cruise for a short time or a long time, you’ll be in for a Merrytime this holiday season.

While some folks embrace the snowy weather in the winter, others prefer white-sand beaches. Disney Guests can get the best of both worlds thanks to the Disney Cruise Line. With Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy dressed to the nines in all-new holiday garb, festive food, carolers, and all-new performances, Disney sets sail on a Christmas cruise for the books.

“Deck” the Halls Disney Style

Disney Parks Blog shared the unique holiday entertainment Disney is rolling out for cruise line Guests later this year. With a very merry tree lighting ceremony on board, Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie will sing holiday tunes while the crowd gears up for a Christmas countdown to a tree lighting in the ship’s atrium. While Disney characters tend to steal the show, Kris Kringle will be the star appearance at the end of the ceremony.

Although a decked-out Christmas tree epitomizes a holiday celebration, the party doesn’t stop there. The Disney Cruise line is debuting Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party later this year, featuring a sampling of classic and new holiday songs. Guests will be invited to the upper deck while Mickey and Minnie sleigh a celebration of friends and family.

Disney Merrytime Characters

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An All-New Spot to Board a Santa Claus Cruise

Good news! You don’t have to hitch a sleigh to the North Pole to get in on the Merrytime offerings. Cruises from Florida and California will be offered, spreading holiday cheer from coast to coast.

The Disney Dream will whisk Disney Guests on a tropical holiday extravaganza from a brand-new spot in South Florida: Fort Lauderdale. With four- and five-night Very Merrytime cruises to choose from, the Dream sets sail to the western Caribbean and Bahamas.

For classic Disney Cruise Line fans, the Disney Wish takes off from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. On the west coast, Guests can hop aboard the Disney Magic from San Diego to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Another option for Disney Cruisers is available in Galveston, Texas, with Santa Claus cruises shipping off to the western Caribbean.

Disney Cruise Ship

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The Cruise Continues Through 2024

Starting mid-November and running through December 2024, Disney Guests can keep the holiday cheer going with Very Merrytime cruises available from two Florida ports and the Galveston, Texas port.

The Disney Wish will ship Disney Guests on Bahamian Very Merrytime cruises from Port Canaveral while the Disney Dream takes off from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and Caribbean. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will include an all-new stop on select voyages to Disney’s Bahamian paradise: Lighthouse Point.

Disney Merrytime Mickey and Minnie

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Starting this holiday season, Guests can immerse themselves in holiday cheer and Bahamian culture on the island of Eleuthera to explore Lighthouse Point. With vibrant decor and Disney’s top-tier service, it’s a tropical holiday fit for Disney royalty.

With cruise ships decked out bow-to-stern with intricate holiday decor, festive food, Christmas characters, and classic carols, the Disney Cruise Line is shaping up to have the merriest maritime adventure.

About Kaitlin Morelli

A Disney World Guest since before she could walk, Kaitlin is a Jersey girl and former Virginia Tech Hokie. When she's not listening to the 'Moana' soundtrack on repeat with her baby daughter, she's writing, singing, and strumming the ukulele. Kaitlin is passionate about finding the best Disney Park tips n' tricks and moments when pop culture and Disney collide. She's looking forward to eventually taking her first Disney trip with her favorite fan in the making: her daughter.

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