Halloween on the High Seas With Disney Cruise Line

Mickey dressed up for Halloween on a Disney Cruise

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Every fall, Disney Cruise Line gets into the holiday spirit with special Halloween on the High Seas voyages. Although the itineraries vary slightly from year to year, Disney ships guarantee kid-friendly thrills aplenty, including decorations, unique menu items in restaurants, themed parties on deck, and even a Pumpkin Tree that magically transforms throughout the cruise.

Halloween on the High Seas itineraries take between three and seven days and can travel to Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Ships depart from Port Canaveral near Orlando, New York City, and San Diego.

In 2020, Halloween on the High Seas has been canceled due to all Disney cruises being suspended through at least December 6.

What to Expect on Disney Halloween Cruises

On these festive, not-too-spooky cruises, kids and adults alike can partake in Halloween-themed parties, enjoy lively entertainment, and marvel at elaborate décor, such as the iconic Pumpkin Tree. Other festive touches include mask-making and a ghostly takeover of the ship announcements.

  • Character encounters: Beloved Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes wander about the ship constantly, providing plenty of photo ops throughout the cruise.
  • Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party: Expect games, dancing, trick-or-treating, and familiar Disney faces joining guests at this Mickey-hosted costume party.
  • The Pumpkin Tree: Based on a Ray Bradbury story, the Pumpkin Tree is an autumnal prop that's unique to each ship. It changes, with the help of a storytelling caretaker, over the course of the trip.
  • "A Nightmare Before Christmas" Sing and Scream: During this movie sing-along experience, guests become part of the action. After the film, main characters Jack Skellington and Sally make an appearance.
  • Haunted Stories of the Sea: The bravest cruisers gather under the stars to hear some true—or not-so-true—tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.
  • The Creepy Cabaret: This party in the atrium features Halloween-themed music performed live by a band of ghostly musicians.
  • Halloween Isn’t Just For Kids: The nighttime entertainment district on each Disney ship becomes the ghoulish setting for an adults-only costume contest and Villainous Takeover on the dance floor.
  • Themed eats: Disney Cruise Line chefs conjure some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes, and “Spooky Juice.”

2020 Halloween on the High Seas Sailings

This year's Halloween cruises have been canceled.

  • From Port Canaveral: Three- or four-night cruises depart from Port Canaveral, Florida—near Orlando—to the Bahamas on the Disney Fantasy (September 7 through October 30) or Disney Dream (October 2 through 5).
  • From San Diego: You can board a two-, four-, five-, or seven-night cruise to Mexico on the Disney Wonder (September 23 through October 28) from Southern California.
  • From New York City: Disney Magic launches from the Big Apple toward either sunny Bermuda or chilly Canada on a five-night cruise from October 12 through 27, 2020.

2021 Halloween on the High Seas Sailings

Plan ahead for Halloween on the High Seas' 2021 itineraries, starting September 3 and lasting through Halloween.

  • From Port Canaveral: More than 15 three- or four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's private island, Castaway Bay, are offered from Florida. Another six-, seven-, or eight-night option stops at multiple tropical ports of call on the way to the Caribbean.
  • From San Diego: From California, you can board a three-, four-, five-, or seven-night voyage to Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta on the Disney Wonder.
  • From New York City: Cruises from New York include a five-night venture to Bermuda (including one that ends in San Juan) and a six-night trip to Canada stopping in Saint John, Halifax, and Bar Harbor, Maine.