What's so special about a Christmas Cruise? Let me tell you...

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  1. Silly Little Pixie

    Silly Little Pixie <font color=blue>My name is Inigo Montoya. You kil

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    We had the good fortune to be able to spend Christmas 2011 on an 8-night Mexican Riviera cruise on the Wonder. It was everything we could have hoped for in a special holiday cruise! I know I would've liked to see some pictures/get information ahead of time about whether or not it was "worth it". So I thought I'd post some pictures of our cruise, hope it might help others plan or decide to take a Christmas cruise in 2013!

    Gingerbread house making- sign up right away at Guest Services. My family had a blast and it made our cabin smell soooo good!

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    There are lots of pictures of the beautiful decorations, so I won't go into those. I will say there was milk and cookies on Christmas Eve in the MDR so we could leave it out for Santa. I brought magnetic hooks and hung our stockings inside the cabin. Santa had thoughtfully pre-wrapped everyone's stocking gifts in different wrapping papers. Just a tip. :rolleyes1

    Here is the cabin on Christmas Eve:
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    I had brought with us a fiberoptic Disney Christmas tree- bought at Disneyland for about $25 and it came in a box. I had some special ornaments for each of us that I hung on a ribbon and affixed to the walls with more magnetic hooks (no picture). My Secret Mickey on the cruise gave me the light up Minnie Mouse. We only plugged in the tree and Minnie when we were in the cabin. I saw lots of families had Christmas decorations up as you walked past the cabins or on the doors.

    DCL gave us some gifts as well:
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    The lithograph was really nice!
     
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  3. Silly Little Pixie

    Silly Little Pixie <font color=blue>My name is Inigo Montoya. You kil

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    Christmas Day:

    I knew that Christmas morning Santa would make an appearance. So we were sure to get up early, open our gifts, then I sent my kids down quick to get in line for Santa. Luckily for us, our tablemates had the same idea and we joined them in line- family #4!

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    CM's/elves in the atrium, with hot chocolate, cookies, etc.

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    This, I knew, would be the last year I could convince my kids to wear the matching jammies (14 and 11), and they were still young enough to want to go see Santa (or, at least entertain the idea cheerfully enough). They even consented to the Santa hats.

    And here is the perfect moment: Just as my kids got up to see Santa, IT STARTED TO SNOW! I was blown away. I started to cry when this happened! Thank you, DCL, for giving me one last year of real magic with them. :goodvibes
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    You can see the snow by the carpet! So cool.

    The later-in-the-morning folks had a VERY long line for Santa. I heard Santa was there for 4 hours, although the last I had passed by there was at 3 hours. Some people were very unhappy. At least with my kids, Santa really talked with them, not just a photo op. I imagine the pictures of each family/kid/etc took a realllllly long time. Plan accordingly!

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    Another neat thing I saw was a large, extended family opening gifts together in the Promenade Lounge. This was at 9 am or so? They were all in pj's. They looked like they were having a great time, and I thought, what an awesome way to spend the morning together. There was still plenty of room in there if other people wanted to hang out or have their own gathering.

    DCL also had a gift for every child:
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    And of course, special photo ops with Mickey/Minnie and Donald/Daisy! Those were announced in the Navigator, we got there early in line and had very little wait.
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    We had brunch at Palo (fabulous as always), then there was a special dinner menu. It was our last night onboard so it wasn't the usual Til We Meet Again menu:

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    And before bed, our last parting gift:
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    Our cat now has a Santa hat too! :rotfl2: He was not so thrilled.

    We felt like the Christmas cruise was worth every last penny. It was great to have Christmas be JUST our family- no running around, no other relatives to entertain. I know that sounds bad, but it was nice to have it be just US. :love: We enjoyed Christmas with the relatives when we returned home.

    I'd be happy to answer any questions, and others can add their tips or special moments of the Christmas cruises! It was an amazing experience, and we have been on many DCL cruises. This one was just really special.
     
  4. cflmom

    cflmom Earning My Ears

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    What were the gifts that your children received? I can't really tell from the picture.

    Thanks!
     
  5. cruisecrasher

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    Based on the shape, I'd guess a calendar?
     
  6. Annabell

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    Thanks for posting this. Makes me want to take a Xmas cruise next year ! :)
     
  7. gumbo1009

    gumbo1009 ...flawed product of a deranged mind...

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    THANK YOU!!!!! There are so few Christmas week cruises which means there's not as much information "out there." Thank you for sharing - we don't go on our Xmas week cruise until next year, but your post makes me SO excited!
     
  8. neg58

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    Thank you for posting. We leave on the 23rd on this year's Wonder Christmas Cruise and I just can't wait. I have teens, but I believe I'll make them have the traditional Santa visit (the pj's might be asking too much).

    All other tips would be greatly appreciated. I'd really like to bring small gifts to our servers and host, but don't even know if they'll be male or female! I don't like to think of them without gifts on Christmas. It is a sea day for us, so all will be working all day.

    Nancy:santa:
     
  9. nhgirl

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    MMMMM Double Chocolate Yule Log on the menu. That's what I would have!!!:thumbsup2
     
  10. goeva

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    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. UConnFan

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    Thanks for posting! We want to do a Christmas Cruise before we have kids.
     
  12. Silly Little Pixie

    Silly Little Pixie <font color=blue>My name is Inigo Montoya. You kil

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    We made homemade chocolates and white chocolate covered Oreos for our servers and stateroom host for Christmas. We made little cards for them as well. We were so appreciative that they were away from their homes at the holidays.
     
  13. jgura

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    Great Post! I would have been the family in the 2 hour Santa line. How early did you get in line? :santa:

    Thanks, Jill
     
  14. Silly Little Pixie

    Silly Little Pixie <font color=blue>My name is Inigo Montoya. You kil

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    A little before 7 maybe? I want to say Santa arrived at 7, but I could be wrong. As soon as I heard the CD Jimmy come on the intercom and start talking about a "mysterious object approaching the ship" I had them run to go get in line while DH and I finished getting dressed. The way Jimmy announced it, over a series of messages about what turned out to be Santa's arrival, was really cute.
     
  15. Meghatron

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    Thank you so much for posting these. I doubt if we will ever get to go on a holiday cruise, but I can do it vicariously through lovely people like you who are willing to share your experience!
     
  16. kimwhitt93

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    Thank you so very much for posting this. We will be on the Magic this Christmas. Reading your post and seeing your pics put a tear in my eye. I'm so excited but getting very stressed out. My kids are 18, 11 and 5. I am really stumped at what presents I should bring on board for them to open. It looks like you had a lot of big presents, did you take those or buy on board?

    Thank you again for sharing you memories!:santa:
     
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    Also wondering about the presents. Want to bring some with us, but not sure allowed to bring wrapped presents in baggage on the airline. Does anyone know?
     
  18. neg58

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    They may make you unwrap them, especially if any (and I mean ANY) metal parts.

    Nancy
     
  19. Silly Little Pixie

    Silly Little Pixie <font color=blue>My name is Inigo Montoya. You kil

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    They look kind of big but they weren't. A couple things like a Lego build book, a shirt,etc. I think there was one of those per person, plus the wrapped items that went in the stocking. The only gifts we gave as a family were those. The kids each got an excursion of their choice as their Christmas present, and DH and I did the Spa Villa as our gift to each other. We did not do any more gifts at home. I am usually a last minute wrapper so it was stressful to wrap all the stuffers etc before we even left!

    You will love the Magic at Christmas! :goodvibes
     
  20. Sparrow78

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    Thanks for sharing, it totally brought tears to my eyes. I doubt we'll ever afford a Christmas cruise so I'll live through those that can!
     
  21. lundve

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    I love this!!!

    As a SAHM we couldn't afford this unless we didn't vacation at all for the next four years. But if I ever go back to work, we are so doing this.
     

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