How to Pack for a Very Merrytime Disney Cruise

by | Nov 29, 2021 | Disney Cruise Line

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Wondering what to pack for your Disney Christmas cruise? We have six essentials to add to your Disney Very Merrytime Cruise packing list that you won’t want to leave behind for this special sailing. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, time for a Very Merrytime Cruise onboard Disney Cruise Line. Can you picture it? The smell of gingerbread cookies filling the air, Christmas trees and lights welcoming you in, and Santa Claus giving you a great big ho-ho-hello?

Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruise is perfect for Christmas fans thanks to a number of festive activities that will get you into the holiday spirit.

But what do you need to pack for your Very Merrytime Disney Cruise? We’ve put together a list of must-pack items for a Very Merrytime Cruise with Disney. 

1. Christmas Ears/Hats

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Don’t forget your ears for meeting Santa! Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

What’s a Christmas cruise without a pair of magical Christmas ears? With all of the exciting activities happening around the ship like a tree lighting and character interactions, you’ll definitely want to be showing off your favorite pair of ears

But there’s no need to be limited to just ears. Bring your Santa hats along too! All festive accessories are welcome to show off during your cruise! 

During a recent trip to WDW, I picked up these new Spirit Jersey ears that would be the perfect accessory on any Merrytime Cruise. 

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Christmas ears are your best bet. Photo courtesy of Jenn Marrazzo

2. Décor

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Mickey and friends will be in the holiday spirit, but you can spread that good cheer to your own stateroom with some decorations. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

While Disney will go all out to decorate for the Very Merrytime Cruise, your room won’t have that magical holiday touch. But you don’t have to leave it that way! 

By bringing a stocking or a miniature Christmas tree, you can bring the holiday celebration to your stateroom. 

This miniature Christmas tree available at Walmart is super easy to pack in your suitcase and will give your room that extra holiday touch it’s been missing. 

3. Apparel/Matching PJs

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Matching PJs are a great thing to pack for your Very Merrytime Disney Cruise. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

If you’ve ever visited Walt Disney World for Christmas, you know guests love to wear matching holiday shirts or even pajamas to holiday events. That’s also the case on a Very Merrytime Cruise. 

From the tree lighting to the Christmas Ball thrown onboard, being in the holiday spirit is essential (and let’s face it—wearing matching PJs is just fun). 

4. Door Magnets/Door Décor

If you read our blog detailing what to pack on a Halloween cruise with Disney Cruise Line, you’ll be entirely familiar with the idea of bringing festive door magnets and door decor. This practice is just as popular aboard a Merrytime Cruise. 

Your metal door is a great way to show off your holiday spirit. Whether you decide to bring just magnets or maybe even a wreath, let your imagination run free and have fun!.

 

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5. Camera (or Phone)

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The gingerbread house is always a great photo op. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

You’re probably scratching your head on this one. Really, they are recommending a camera?

One item that is always a must-have for me is a camera. While any trip warrants a camera to capture those magical memories, holiday cruises are even more important to bring a camera

And I remind you because, with no cell service and paid Wi-Fi only, you might be more likely to leave your phone back in your room. Don’t forget to bring your phone with you!

From the large gingerbread house to photo ops with your favorite characters in their Christmas costumes to the holiday fun on Castaway Cay, you won’t want to miss all of the chances to remember a magical holiday season at sea.

 

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6. Holiday Cards

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Give the gift of Disney to Cast Members onboard the ship.

Holiday Cards can be great to offer magical moments to Cast Members onboard. Whether you want to say thank you for something they did that was extra special or just wish different Cast Members a happy holiday, this will definitely make the day of the people who make your cruise so special

For extra magic, make them Disney Christmas cards!

Have you ever sailed on a Christmas cruise with Disney? If so, let us know what was on your Disney Very Merrytime Cruise packing list. Share with us on our DCL Magazine Facebook page!

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Written by Jenn Marrazzo

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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
Jenn Marrazzo

Written by Jenn Marrazzo

Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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