There are a lot of things to consider when you book a Disney Cruise. You will need to think about school and/or work schedules, cruise ports and itineraries, transportation options to get to the port, time of year and typical weather. That’s really just the top of the list as there are many variables to consider before you go ahead and click that “book” button. One thing that we did last year that we have NEVER done before was to sail on a Disney ship over Halloween. We booked a “Halloween on the High Seas” 7-night sailing on the Disney Magic out of New York City. We were pleasantly surprised at how fun it was to celebrate Halloween at sea! There were many holiday-themed events, activities, parties and treats to enjoy. I’m putting them all together in this Halloween Disney Cruise Guide in the hopes that it will be helpful to you as you consider booking your own Halloween Disney Cruise!
When does Disney run their Halloween Cruises? While the itineraries can vary slightly from year to year, the “Halloween on the High Seas” cruises are typically offered on most sailings between mid-September and the end of October. Halloween cruises occur on all 4 ships in Disney’s fleet. An itinerary will be listed as a “Halloween on the High Seas” cruise if it is, indeed, a holiday sailing.
Are the ships decorated for Halloween? In one word: YES! There are decorations all over the place! There is a huge pumpkin tree in the atrium of the ship. Each tree is unique to its ship and they have a backstory which you can learn about in this video:
Our pumpkin tree on the Disney Magic was named “Reap.” Reap had big empty branches when we boarded the ship. The first night of the cruise, there was a show in the atrium where the “caretaker” told the tale of the trees. Over the course of the cruise, pumpkins begin to grow on the tree’s branches! Finally, the entire tree is covered in pumpkins. Since our cruise was over the actual holiday, our pumpkin tree sprouted pumpkins at an accelerated rate so that the tree was in full bloom by Halloween day.