There’s just something about Disney Cruise line that has us hooked. Maybe it’s the food, the service, the fact that we can actually relax while traveling. Or maybe it’s the beauty of their beautiful fleet, activities and port options; frankly, we can’t seem to get enough. And with so many itineraries, and special themed cruises, the options for enjoying these cruises seems endless! After our recent Disney Halloween Cruise, Halloween on the High Seas on the Disney Magic, we got asked which holiday cruise we’d pick. Would a Disney Christmas Cruise be better?If you’re wavering between the Halloween on the High Seas Cruise or Disney’s famous Very Merrytime Cruise, here is our comparison of each.
How Much Does a Disney Christmas Cruise Cost or a Disney Halloween Cruise Cost?
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that both cruises are themed cruises. Halloween on the High Seas and the Very Merrytime Cruises will generally be a little more expensive than a standard Disney Cruise. We have found that cruising earlier in the season tends to be a bit cheaper. But these cruises will often run you a bit more than a similar cruise not offering the holiday theme. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business. Before we get too involved with our opinion, let’s start with the facts.
While a regular Disney Cruise costs about $2300- $5600 for 4 people on a 3-4 night cruise. A themed cruise for the same number of people and nights is closer to $2600-$6300 depending on which room you choose. This will be largely dependent upon what ship you choose, your destination and your itinerary. The price also depends on demand. Be prepared to pay more during those highly desired times.
Halloween on the High Seas vs. Very Merrytime Entertainment
If you’re familiar with Disney Cruise Line, then you probably know that their entertainment is first class. This is especially true if you’re a Disney fan. Their Broadway-style shows are often a highlight of every cruise. They are a must-see in our opinion. And while the Broadway shows are amazing in their own rite, they don’t really have any holiday-themed Broadway shows.
Never fear though, there is plenty of other themed entertainment to enjoy. From parties to storytelling, the entertainment is always top notch. We’ve highlighted our favorite Very Merrytime must do’s on a Disney Christmas Cruise and Halloween on the High Seas must do’s . These highlight some of our favorites. Overall, we preferred the entertainment on the Very Merrytime Cruise as we thought they really just offered more.
Disney Halloween Cruise vs. Disney Christmas Cruise Activities
One of the best things about a Disney Cruise is that you can do as little or as much as you want! From craft making to trivia, wine tasting to anyone can cook events, there really is no shortage of fun to be had.
Halloween on the High Seas had a super cute Anyone Can Cook Spider Cake demo while we were onboard and one Halloween craft during our 5 night cruise. On the other hand, Very Merrytime offered Gingerbread Cookie decorating, several different Christmas crafts, a special Christmas themed trivia session, 2 Christmas themed Anyone Can Cook demos and Christmas themed drawing classes. And that was on a shorter, 3-night cruise.
Overall, the Very Merrytime Disney Christmas Cruise just offered a lot more in the activities department! It could be argued that there are really just more Christmas things to do in general. And this translates to what’s available on the cruise; but we are pretty big Halloween fans too, so we would dare to say Halloween on the High Seas could have offered more activities than they do. Keep in mind, this is dependent on your specific cruise! Some of the activities really depend on who the activities director is, so keep that in mind as well.
Halloween on the High Seas vs. Very Merrytime decor
We are all about the decor for these themed cruises! The atrium is magically transformed for these cruises and it really sets the tone for the entire trip. During a Halloween on the High Seas cruise, generally, just the atrium is decorated. The adorably spooky Pumpkin tree, pumpkin garlands, and jack-o-lantern pumpkin faces on the atrium portholes will greet you upon arrival.
Many people will bring their own decorations for their doors which adds a lot of spooky fun to the stateroom hallways, but outside of that, you’re really only going to find full decor in the atrium. We highly recommend decorating your door and joining in on the fun! It not only adds some festivity, but also will help you find your stateroom later.
The Very Merrytime Cruise is also beautifully decorated in the atrium, complete with garlands and a grand Christmas tree, but they also have decorations throughout the ship. Christmas trees and wreaths can be found all over the main decks. Trees are often found near restaurant entrances. And even the theater has some festive touches. It’s the perfect setting to help you get into the holiday spirit!
Castaway Cay Holiday Decorations
In addition to the decorations onboard, Castaway Cay gets in on the fun. If you are sailing to Castaway Cay, the island will also have a fun holiday display waiting to greet you as you disembark the ship. There are a few little holiday decorations throughout the island as well to help keep your Island holiday spirit up. Our Halloween cruise didn’t sail to Castaway Cay, but as of the date writing this post, there are currently no Halloween decorations on Castaway Cay during Halloween on the High Seas.
Halloween on the High Seas vs. Very Merrytime Themed Treats
By now you probably know we are big fans of Disney snacks. Whether we are enjoying them in the Disney Parks or making some of our own at home, we love a good treat and are always on the lookout for them. So when we board a Disney Cruise, we are always looking forward to what kind of snacks and treats they will have in store.
It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of what snacks and treats you will find onboard will depend a lot on your specific trip. Your itinerary and the actual ship itself may lend to more or less themed treats. So even if you see some cute holiday-themed treats on Instagram or other online sources, that doesn’t always mean that’s what you’re going to find on your cruise. In general, The Dream and The Fantasy have more since they are bigger ships. We are excited to see what the Disney Wish has to offer!
Both Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime have a great selection of holiday-themed treats. Again this is a hard one to judge since it’s mostly going to depend on your ship. We call this category a tie, because, well, we can. And in all honesty, it’s one that’s going to change from year to year and ship to ship. And that’s what keeps it interesting!
Is the Disney Halloween Cruise or Christmas Cruise Better?
Our conclusion to this showdown is that the Very Merrytime is the overall winner if you’re looking to get the most “theme” out of your buck. As I mentioned earlier, it can be argued that in general there are more Christmas activities, decorations, and entertainment options in general and that may be why the Very Merryime on Disney Cruise Line is the clear winner. But either way, Halloween on the High Seas does leave a little bit to be desired if you’re hoping to be fully immersed in the spookiest season on the seas. The Very Merrytime is pretty much all Christmas, all the time and we are here for it.
We love both cruises, and would recommend either; but if you’re trying to decide between these holiday cruises, Christmas is our pick. Much like how we prefer Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Parks over Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, they’re both good; in this case, we just think Christmas is done better. What about you? Have you done either cruise or both? Let us know your thoughts!