Very Merrytime or April Cruise?

mrsgthatsme

Mouseketeer
Joined
Mar 21, 2011
Now that the Early Spring 2022 itineraries have been announced, I feel like we can actually start planning and dreaming about the trip we will reschedule to replace the April 2020 cruise we missed! :) We have always cruised in April, as we find the weather in the Caribbean to be generally good then and I feel like there is less risk that one of us will have a cold or other bug then vs the winter. However, we have considered booking a Very Merrytime on Nov. 27, 2021 or an April 2022 sailing (same itinerary... 4 day on the Magic with CC, Nassau and Key West). If you were given the choice, and the price was comparable, which would you choose? Pros and cons of each? Thanks!
 

readytogotodisney

DIS Veteran
Joined
Nov 7, 2010
We've cruised both times of the year, and both have their pros. I live in the Midwest so getting to the sunny, warm Caribbean in April when the temps might be in the 50's after a long cold winter? Heaven.

Nov though, it is fun to see the ship all decorated and I love seeing the christmas tree at CC.
Big pro? Nov 2021 is sooner
 

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  • ahain

    Thankful & Blessed
    Joined
    Jun 18, 2013
    Thanksgiving is November 25, 2021. This could impact crowds & prices for pre-cruise travel/hotel...Merrytime Cruises also tend to be pricier

    We live in Michigan, so we also like to escape the cold weather and have cruised in April on 3 cruises and had a great time.
     

    Quellman

    Donald Duck
    Joined
    Aug 15, 2014
    Christmas cruises are just so much fun. Especially if you don't mind celebrating the Christmas season early. Don't forget that while the cost of the cruise could be similar, air fare likely will not.
     

    71 Truck

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Nov 14, 2018
    Over the last few years my wife and I have been doing two cruises a year. We would do one in April then we would do a Very Merrytime cruise. We have also done Halloween cruises. We loved both times of the year. It is just the two of us, no kids so that let us go when prices were the lowest for that time of the year. We would do a seven day cruise for each. We normally go on the western Caribbean itinerary. November 2019 was the first time we went on the eastern itinerary in nineteen years.
    That's a little background.
    With that said I absolutely love going on the Very Marrytime cruise. Christmas is our favorite time of the year.
    The decorations on the ship make the cruise all that more special. A lot of people also decorate their cabin doors with holiday decorations. We bring our own little Christmas tree and a do it your self Ginger bread house for our room. The atmosphere is something special for me and my wife.
    I vote for very Merrytime.

    This was our door last year
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    Our little tree lit up in our window
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    The lobby all decorated

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    The ginger bread house in the lobby

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    We even brought some friends with us

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  • GoofTroop4Life

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jan 16, 2020
    Over the last few years my wife and I have been doing two cruises a year. We would do one in April then we would do a Very Merrytime cruise. We have also done Halloween cruises. We loved both times of the year. It is just the two of us, no kids so that let us go when prices were the lowest for that time of the year. We would do a seven day cruise for each. We normally go on the western Caribbean itinerary. November 2019 was the first time we went on the eastern itinerary in nineteen years.
    That's a little background.
    With that said I absolutely love going on the Very Marrytime cruise. Christmas is our favorite time of the year.
    The decorations on the ship make the cruise all that more special. A lot of people also decorate their cabin doors with holiday decorations. We bring our own little Christmas tree and a do it your self Ginger bread house for our room. The atmosphere is something special for me and my wife.
    I vote for very Merrytime.

    This was our door last year
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    Our little tree lit up in our window
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    The lobby all decorated

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    The ginger bread house in the lobby

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    We even brought some friends with us

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    Thanks for sharing the pics! I have planned our first cruise ever, which will be a Very Merrytime in December 2021. I am trying not to think about it too much because it’s such a long way out, but whenever I see pics the excitement starts bubbling up!
     

    Intr3pid

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 2, 2018
    If you are into decorations and such, yes, the pre-christmas cruises will work. We have sailed once before but wouldn't go out of our way to pick those cruises. Halloween maybe - but not in the Caribbeans/Bahamas at that time of the year.

    For every other reason, April cruises win. The temperatures are perfect in Bahamas, you can swim all day long, and there is absolutely no storms or rough waters to contend. There is a reason why Disney doesn't have to sell these cruises with Merrytime/SWDAS/MDAS flavors.

    Just avoid the Easter holidays if cost is an object.
     

    AquaDame

    DCL
    Moderator
    Joined
    Jul 7, 2010
    If you are into decorations and such, yes, the pre-christmas cruises will work. We have sailed once before but wouldn't go out of our way to pick those cruises. Halloween maybe - but not in the Caribbeans/Bahamas at that time of the year.

    For every other reason, April cruises win. The temperatures are perfect in Bahamas, you can swim all day long, and there is absolutely no storms or rough waters to contend. There is a reason why Disney doesn't have to sell these cruises with Merrytime/SWDAS/MDAS flavors.

    Just avoid the Easter holidays if cost is an object.
    The US has a lot of spring break crowds in March & April, which also helps them sell without added themes. :thumbsup2
     
  • n2mm

    aka WALTSGIRL
    Joined
    Oct 9, 2000
    Easter is April 17 in 2022 - just putting that out there because it makes everything that week more expensive.
    the first thing I do is check holidays. I thought of April 16th, then that quickly came off my list. So looking at early March.
     

    CrawfordMomof3

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jun 1, 2018
    Thanks for sharing the pics! I have planned our first cruise ever, which will be a Very Merrytime in December 2021. I am trying not to think about it too much because it’s such a long way out, but whenever I see pics the excitement starts bubbling up!
    I know how you feel! We have our first cruise booked for October of 2021. I keep finding out new information, and I swear I get goosebumps just thinking about it. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone. I hope you guys have a great time!
     
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