For the 2014 holiday season, Disney Cruise Line has expanded their Christmas entertainment with Very Merrytime Cruises aboard all four ships – the Dream, Fantasy, Magic, and Wonder. Each features a slightly different version of the added offerings, which include special character appearances, shows, and plenty of decked halls.
The decorations aboard the Disney Dream are most prominent in the ship’s grand atrium, with sparkling garland lining the floors surrounding a giant twinkling Christmas tree.
It’s here that two special Christmas shows take place on the first night of the cruises: Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic and Winter Wonderland Ball.
Mickey Mouse and pals come together in the atrium between dinner services to present everyone on board an opportunity to see them light up the Christmas tree while encouraging all to sing along to a few favorite holiday tunes.
Video: Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Disney Dream cruise ship 2014
After dinner, the Winter Wonderland Ball brings some traditional Christmas entertainment with a bit of singing and dancing minus the Disney characters. But in the end, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus appear to announce who’s naughty and nice (hint: Disney Villains are always naughty) and, with a little help from Mickey and friends, they make it snow in the atrium.
Video: Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball show on the Disney Dream cruise ship
While they do build a snowman, there are no “Frozen” characters to be found aboard the Disney Dream right now. On the Disney Fantasy, however, the Very Merrytime Cruises do feature a similar moment in which Elsa uses her powers to make it snow, alongside her sister Anna.
The Christmas shows are complete on the very first night of sailing on the Disney Dream, but plenty of decorations hang around throughout the voyage. Christmas trees, garland, ornaments, and even a large gingerbread house adorn the Dream. The added decorations prominent but never overwhelming, contained to select areas of the ship and located nowhere near the staterooms, except for Christmas music playing in the halls.
The most obvious Christmas decorations sit on Castaway Cay, beginning with a huge photo op display just off the ship and continuing throughout the island. It all has a very Blizzard Beach feel, combining snow with sand.
Olaf from “Frozen” makes a special appearance as a giant hula-dancing bobble head statue.
Of course, those traveling from snowy states during these Very Merrytime Cruises will appreciate the warm sand throughout Castaway Cay, with opportunities to relax around every bend.
Characters get into the Christmas spirit with Santa offering meet-and-greets during the voyage along with Disney Princesses posing near the decorations in the atrium.
(Check back for more from these princesses as Christmas comes closer…)
Bringing the Very Merrytime spirit home is easy with a fantastic assortment of merchandise on board in Mickey’s Mainsail, featuring a retro Mickey Mouse design.
Christmas time on board the Disney Dream is quite tastefully done, easy to ignore for those not quite ready to celebrate the holiday but ample enough to enjoy for those ready to get into the holiday spirit.
More photos from the Very Merrytime Cruises on the Disney Dream:
(Photos by Ricky Brigante. Video by Daniel Andersson.)