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Old 08-29-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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Christmas Themed Cruises

It says that Christmas themed cruises start on November 8th for the Fantasy. Does that mean it will be fully decorated by then? If not, when will the ship be fully decked out in Christmas decorations? When the holiday themes start, do they do activities on board and at Castaway Cay differently apart from normal cruises? If anyone has been on the Christmas themed cruise, all input will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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We were on the Magic for the Nov 10, 2013, sailing. The ship was completely decked out with Christmas trees and holiday cheer. What we did not see was the gingerbread house that I think they do on each ship (maybe only certain ships, you'll have to search that one). Castaway Cay had a really big Christmas tree with giant packages and a sleigh and a family of tropical snowmen on the pier as you stepped off the ship. I know the characters on the ship had one night where they wore their Christmas outfits but I can't remember if they were in tropical or Christmas outfits when they were walking around the island. I'm sure there are many many more experienced cruisers that can give more detailed information. I've only been on two DCL cruises - one in January with no special holiday decorations and one in early November with all Christmas decorations. I'm assuming we won't see any transition to Christmas decorations during our Wonder Halloween cruise this year, since we sail on Oct 31 and get off on Nov 5th.
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We are sailing on the Dream on Nov 14 - 17th. I have the same questions. In addition, I'm wondering if there will be different themed parties instead of pirate night?
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here's a few pic's from the Wonder a couple of years ago. There were trees and wreaths in most of the public areas - Guest Services, Atrium, outside WDW theater, outside BV Theater, Promenade Lounge, Shutters, etc ....



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Old 08-29-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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I don't think they replace pirate night. And I don't recall them having a christmas themed show or "party" so to speak on any other night.
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On my November and December cruises I don't recall any special shows or Christmas-themed shows. The halls were, however, decked from bow to stern.
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here's a few pic's from the Wonder a couple of years ago. There were trees and wreaths in most of the public areas - Guest Services, Atrium, outside WDW theater, outside BV Theater, Promenade Lounge, Shutters, etc ....



I've heard the smell of gingerbread floats through the air on several decks. I would love to see this (and smell the wonderful aroma) one day.
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I was on the Fantasy 11/16/13. Most of the decorations were up when we embarked. Several poinsettias were added during the cruise. Construction of the gingerbread house began, however it was not quite complete by the end of the cruise.
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On these days they will be up.


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Last year I was on the Magic when it switched. While we boarded til we departed a team came in and quickly transformed the ship. The trees and garland were already trimmed they just put them in place. The gingerbread house come at or after Thanksgiving. They had no Christmas activities at the time. I think those start after Thanksgiving. Pirates night is still Pirates night.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:12 PM   #11
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We cruise the itinerary prior to the official holiday sailings. Will they be putting out the decorations during our cruise at all? Just curious.
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:43 AM   #12
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Doees Santa visit the ships?
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We cruise the itinerary prior to the official holiday sailings. Will they be putting out the decorations during our cruise at all? Just curious.
It's normally done very fast just as the first named cruise starts.

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Doees Santa visit the ships?
Yes.

He has recently been taking a summer vacation there.
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Doees Santa visit the ships?
Well, after he had such a magical summer vacation on a Disney ship, I am sure he would love to come back and work there during Christmas season...

Have a look: http://youtu.be/x6jwV3AxSvg
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