Last month we announced that we’re going on a Very Merrytime Cruise on the Disney Dream on November 18-November 22! We are so close to the cruise, and we’re getting organized with a packing list for our holiday cruise. As we prepare for our fifth cruise, we’ve got a good idea of what we need for the voyage. We already have an article on packing for your Disney cruise that we’ll link to at the bottom of this article. Here, we’ll be sharing other items that we’ve found to be very useful to have on a cruise and some holiday items we’ll be bringing along!
1 – Door Magnets
For our first Disney Cruise, we didn’t bring anything to decorate our door. While we certainly weren’t the only ones, this time around, we wanted to get in on the fun of decorating our stateroom door! If you head to Etsy, there’s an overwhelming number and variety of magnets to choose from. Ultimately, we decided on a seller that sold heavy-duty magnets, not laminated paper with a magnet glued on. Be sure to read the description of the items since many items look identical to what other people are selling. Be sure to order your magnets weeks in advance as it usually takes 1-2 weeks to receive your items, depending on the seller. We’re very excited to get our magnets on our stateroom door!
2 – Holiday Decorations
We also wanted to decorate the inside of our stateroom with some holiday items to bring a little bit of holiday spirit to our surroundings. While you can’t bring stringed Christmas lights on board due to safety reasons, we came up with plenty of other items to decorate our room. First, since the walls are magnetic, we purchased magnetic hooks to hang our Christmas stockings on the wall. Then I went through our Christmas decorations and pulled out some items that would pack easily (so nothing fragile) to add a little bit of holiday spirit to our room. For our “tree,” I was thrilled to be able to bring along this year’s holiday popcorn bucket from Walt Disney World. Check it out at this link.
Looking for some holiday magic for your room without having to do any work? You might want to consider Disney Cruise Line Onboard Gifts. They offer a variety of different themes and items, from cakes and other food items to decorations, that will be placed in your room and be waiting for you when you arrive. Before you sail, you can find them on the Disney Cruise Line website. You can search for items based on your reservation number or departure port. We decided to go all out. We purchased the “Light Up the Holiday Stateroom Décor,” package that includes a magnetic advent calendar, a gift hanger, five garlands, a yuletide Mickey pillow, and a cozy blanket featuring Mickey and Minnie decorating their tree. So, when we step into our room on embarkation day, we’ll be treated to a stateroom that is already decorated! I’ll add our items when we unpack! We’re so excited for this extra bit of holiday and Disney magic!
3 – Holiday Apparel and Accessories
It’s a holiday cruise, after all, so we wanted to be sure to have some holiday gear to wear throughout our week. I’ve heard of many families bringing Christmas jammies to wear for their photo with Santa. We opted for green holiday Mickey t-shirts that we would all wear. I was happy to purchase these early from Kohls with a good sale and discount for only $7 each! We’re also packing other Walt Disney World holiday shirts from years past to wear throughout the week.
We also have a light-up holiday light necklace from a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, some holiday ears, and a Santa Hat to bring along. Just like going to the parks, you’ll want to pack along some fun items to get in the holiday spirit.
Of course, we’re looking forward to exclusive themed merchandise that will be available during our cruise. Still, it’s great to have some items on hand as the cruise begins!
4 – Button for Character Signatures
We love Main Street Buttons Co. We have purchased buttons from them in the past for our different celebrations we enjoy at Walt Disney World, and most recently, our daughter’s high school graduation. I knew that for our holiday cruise, I wanted a unique way to commemorate meeting all the different characters that we’ll find during our cruise. So, we reached out to them for a Jumbo Very Merrytime Cruise button. This six-inch large button has a matte finish and is perfect for getting signatures. After the cruise, we can display the button with its cardboard easel for a great keepsake. It also comes with a black ultra-fine point Sharpie marker, so I don’t need to worry about purchasing an extra one. We can’t say enough about Main Street Buttons Co. We highly recommend their shop if you’re looking for buttons for your next vacation!
5 – USB Charging Hub
On our first Disney Cruise aboard the Disney Magic, we were really impressed with the number of plugs and even USB ports available in our stateroom. We tend to bring a lot of electronics with us during our cruises because we are working. Since power strips, extension cords, and surge protectors are not permitted, we always bring with us a USB charging hub. This hub will enable us to charge up to 4 devices at once and saves a lot of space. You can find a wide variety of power delivery and prices by searching Amazon.
6 – Basic Medicines & Anti-Nausea Medicine
While it’s true that you can visit the Health Center or purchase basic medications in the gift shops, we prefer to have those medications on hand. Usually, you can purchase these items at home for much less than on board or in port. We typically bring Tylenol, antacids, cold medicine (just in case), and motion sickness medicine.
Seasickness is something most people worry about, and the vast majority of people never experience it. I suffer from motion sickness the most, but after cruising four times have been surprised at how well I can do without medication. However, it’s always good to be prepared just in case. We bring a handful of options. Since certain medications like Bonine, Dramamine, and a patch, cause users to feel “off and icky,” I always wait to see how the waters affect me before taking any medication. However, I still bring these if the seas get too rough.
Another item we highly recommend is ginger. You can purchase this as an herbal supplement in tablet or capsule form. Remember drinking ginger ale as a kid when you weren’t feeling well? That’s because ginger helps to settle stomachs. I always start with ginger first as it’s the mildest, and it usually takes care of any motion sickness I have. Finally, for this trip, I’ve purchased the Sea-Band wristband and am looking forward to testing that out since I’ve heard some great things about it.
7 – Waterproof Phone Pouch
One final item we always bring with us is a waterproof phone pouch. Whether you’re sitting by the pool on the ship or lounging at Castaway Cay, I love having my phone available to take photos. Even if your phone is waterproof, I like the extra security of keeping the water and sand out. Plus, you don’t have to carry it in your hands. At home, you can find a wide variety of inexpensive phone pouches from Amazon. While you may find some options on the ship or at Castaway Cay, they will likely be much more expensive, so make that purchase at home and bring them with you!
We’re so excited about our first Very Merrytime Cruise on the Disney Dream from November 18-November 22, 2019! We’ll be sharing our experiences all week long during the cruise from our Instagram account, as well as after the cruise! We couldn’t be more excited, and we hope you’ll follow along!
Editor’s Note: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts is providing us a complimentary Very Merrytime Cruise and special media-specific events during the cruise. However, as always, the thoughts and opinions contained in this article are entirely our own.
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