Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Aug 9, 2015
    Colleen from MI Asked

    Hi! I am planning a DC with my youngest brother (12) for Fall/Winter 2016. It will be his first Disney experience. When do Xmas decorations begin to appear? Hoping for cheap fare (kids in school)+ Xmas. Also do CM's wear Dpins aboard ship? Can kids trade?

    Ahoy, Colleen!

    How exciting that you are in the planning stages of a Disney Cruise! For the past couple of years, Disney Cruise Line has celebrated "Halloween on the High Seas" from mid-September thru the end of October and had "Very MerryTime Cruises" from mid-November through early January.

    The official holiday dates for 2016 have not been released, but be sure to watch the Disney Cruise Line website for the announcement. I am sure that your brother will have an amazing time, no matter the decorations onboard!

    For a lower cruise rate, you are right to be searching in the late November/early December time. Since children tend to be in school during these times, the cruise fares are lower than over the school holiday breaks. 

    As for Disney trading pins, the Crew Members who work in the shops onboard all have trading lanyards or hip lanyards hanging from their belts with pins on them to trade. You can also ask to see the "pin book" in each shop to trade there as well. There might be an "Officer Pin Trading" night as well, be sure to check the Daily Navigator to see when this event might be happening.

    I hope you and your brother have an amazing cruise! Please come back and visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel with more questions as you are planning your fantastic vacation.

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

“If you can dream it, you can do it” just about sums up my life. I am a mother of two amazing girls and wife to a fantastic man, all of whom support my passion for all things Disney. I am a thrill seeker, and have been fortunate enough to go parasailing high above the Disney Fantasy, zip-lining in St. Lucia, and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman – all while sailing the seas with Disney Cruise Line. I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Tracy

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