This post should have, quite literally, been written to years ago. BUT, the content is still relevant and better late than never, right? Since today is Halloween, I am super nostalgic for our Halloween on the High Seas Disney Cruise we took two years ago today… and so I thought, “You know what? I’m going to reminisce and go down memory lane.” Because that’s about as close as I’m going to get to going on a Disney Cruise right now… My family and I LOVE Disney Cruises. ALL of us! We have been on four cruises at this point (I blogged about our first two here and here)… and to say we love them really is actually an understatement.
Two years ago, we booked a Halloween on the High Seas cruise on the Disney Dream… ON Halloween! We had heard good things about the themed cruises, but this being our first experience at the time, we didn’t know what to expect. To say we were blown away is an understatement!
I still remember this trip and think about it ALL the time two years later!
We left from Port Canaveral, Florida and we TOTALLY lucked out because SpaceX was launching from the Kennedy Space center at the same time we were embarking! It’s always fun to see if there are any scheduled rocket launches on the day you embark!
The whole ship is decorated in really fun Halloween / fall decor! It’s not “spooky” really – my kids (who are easily scared) loved all the decor!
One of the things that I love SO much about Disney Cruises is the ease of interacting with characters. There are a TON of scheduled character appearances and I don’t feel like you are rushed or have to wait FOREVER like you do at Disney world. On this cruise, Lilly was FINALLY excited about meeting characters… Amos? Not so much.
Lilly of course loved meeting her girl Doc McStuffins!
And Sofia the First!!
Gosh, they look like such babies!!!
Meeting Princesses is one of our favorite parts of the trip!! However, it’s important to note on the Disney Cruises PRINCESS greetings need a TICKET. Now, the ticket is FREE, but you should book these in advance. You can also book princess greetings when you get on the ship, but I recommend doing it way in advance so you can get the timeslot you want.
This is what Amos did for all the greetings… he just watched from the background. Haha!
Tiana was, BY FAR, our favorite princess!!! She was so sweet.
We opted to do something special on this cruise and book an appointment for Lilly in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! I will do a whole blog post on this experience, but let me just say, it was totally worth it. We just did the base package and Lilly loved getting pampered by her Fairy Godmother.
We packed SO MANY costumes for this trip (especially since it was a Halloween cruise). There are so many opportunities to dress up – but also totally fine if that’s not your jam. Just don’t think you’ll look “strange” if you do… almost EVERYONE wore costumes!!
On actually Halloween we dressed up and we decided to theme our costumes and we all went as Beauty and the Beast characters.
The cutest Belle and Beast I’ve ever seen…
That’s one handsome Gaston… 😉
Now, they do this for ALL the Halloween on the High Seas cruises, but ours was just a little extra special since we went ON Halloween! On the deck that evening they had Mickey’s Mouse-querade party complete with TRICK-OR-TREATING! It was so well organized and really fun. The kids loved going around to all the stations on the decks to get candy.
We were ported in Nassau this night and so the views were gorgeous!
All the Disney characters were dressed up in Halloween gear, too! It was so fun having a full blown dance party with the Characters RIGHT THERE!
That night we had dinner in our favorite restaurant on the Disney Dream – Animator’s Palette. It’s an interactive restaurant and the food is so delicious!
Crush from Finding Nemo comes around and TALKS TO YOU! It’s so awesome!
The next day was Castaway Cay – which is our happy place. It’s Disney’s private island and honestly it’s the BEST PART OF THE CRUISE! We love Castaway Cay and we spend the entire day on the island.
Is there anything cuter than a sleeping beach baby bum?
I’ve taken a picture of Lilly in almost this exact spot every single cruise we’ve been on!
The BLUEST WATER.
Then, we had Pirate Night – which is a feature of every Caribbean and Bahamian itinerary. Everyone dresses up like a pirate, there’s a big pirate party on the main deck, and the night ends with fireworks at sea. It’s a highlight of every trip.
They cracked me up with their pirate gear!
Meeting Anna and Elsa is also a highlight! Like the other princess greetings, you need a (free) ticket for this one, too! So make sure to book in advance.
Needless to say, Disney Cruises are ALWAYS amazing, but the Halloween on the High Seas cruise was absolutely a favorite for us. We had the best time, made so many memories, and it made us fall even more in love with Disney. Our kids talk about it all the time (heck, John and I do, too!), and we already can’t wait until we plan our next Halloween cruise.
Between trick or treating, special themed Halloween events on the ship (Nightmare before Christmas characters, spooky story times, etc.), there are things to do for every single person in the family!
The kids LOVE the kids club, nursery, and kids activities… and John and I love all the things for adults only like the lounges, adults only pools, spas, etc. Truly! We would go without kids… 😉
What questions do you have about Disney cruises? Any questions about the Halloween on the High Seas cruise specifically?