Very Merrytime Cruise, Disney Dream, part 3
One of the first things you will notice when boarding the Disney Dream for the Very Merrytime cruise, are the decorations. There is a very large Christmas tree loaded with ornaments, festive decorations and even a large gingerbread house that smells like the holidays! The sheer size of the gingerbread house is absolutely impressive. When we were admiring the house, cast member were serving hot chocolate (OR warm chocolate for the kiddies) next to the gingerbread house.
In addition to Disney Cruise merchandise, there is also holiday themed merchandise in the gift shops. We purchased a Christmas tree ornament for our keepsake.
The first night on the ship, there is a tree lighting ceremony with carolers. We were a little late for the tree lighting, however we were able to catch the end but didn't have the best viewing spot. I would recommend arriving about 15 minutes early if you would like a great view of the ceremony. Here are some pictures of the tree!
The following night at 10:15pm, we watched the "Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball", featuring the Cruise Director, and the Holiday Snowbells welcoming the arrival of Santa Claus. We got there a bit early and secured a spot on the balcony above. This spot was excellent. The performances had a bit of an old fashioned feel good vibe to them. Many of the characters were there in their holiday outfits, and there were special guests, Anna and Elsa! If you were not able to snag a ticket for their meet and greet, this was a great way to see them up close. They even made it snow in the Atrium!
Santa was available for a meet and greet the next day. There was a "good list" set out for the kids to sign. It was adorable. I loved looking at all the kids names and their handwriting.
Castaway Cay is also decked out in Holiday decorations. Right when you get of the ship there is a giant Christmas tree as well as other holiday touches throughout the island. Make sure to stop for the wonderful photo ops as you exit the ship!
There was so much to do on the ship, that we missed some of the holiday actives offered:
Amara Lucci McShain
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