Halloween on a cruise ship!

Eat, drink, and be scary!

Edit: This was from our Halloween cruise on Carnival Magic in 2016.  We’ll be on the Magic again at Halloween this year!
 

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Almost as good as Christmas, and you don’t have to buy presents, just candy, so it’s way easier.  So, when we got the opportunity to take a Halloween cruise last year I jumped at the chance.  My Halloween normally consists of me decorating my yard with tombstones and skeletons, and passing out candy to costumed children.  Finally, I was getting my chance to be the one having all the fun.

 

Cruise ship pirates

You get to wear costumes!

I spent weeks figuring out which couples costumes that my husband and I could wear, and then making them.  Of course we had to be pirates, since my favorite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean.  I got creative to save money, going to Goodwill and buying sheets for the shirts.  Then I got lucky and found a pair of boots at a store going out of business for $10.  Went to the dollar store for our props, and ended up buying decorations for our cabin door also.  We were going all out.

Decorating our cabin

We sailed on the Carnival Magic Halloween cruise. First thing we did was decorate our Cabin door with a skeleton, and hang a Halloween Frankenstein and pumpkin from the ceiling.  I also thought ahead and brought a small Halloween bowl with some candy in it for our room Steward, so he could enjoy the Halloween atmosphere a bit too.  I have to admit that I ate a bit of his candy though.

 

Ship door decoration

Walking up and down the cabin hallways, there were quite a few fun door decorations on the ship that cruise.  Seems like everyone was in the Halloween spirit, but then why cruise on Halloween if you’re not going to enjoy?

Amber Cove

On Halloween day we ported in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic.  That was a fun day, with us doing our first zipline ever.  And then, after we ate dinner, where my waiter brought me “Scary Cake” for dessert, we got ready to party! I have not gone to a Halloween party in quite a few years, so it was a lot of fun just getting ready for it.

Halloween Party

The ship was decorated everywhere with inflatable Halloween decorations.  Even a giant Frankenstein in the main lobby.  A lot of people were dressed in costume.  It was a lot of fun just people watching, some of the costumes were so creative.  Kids could trick or treat, there were parties all over, and costumes everywhere.  Halloween music was playing.  The always entertaining Reverend Dr. E was our Cruise Director, and he had the Mad Hatter costume from the Johnny Depp version of Alice in Wonderland, and another crew member, whose name was actually Rufio, looked just like the Rufio from Hook.  I had to get a picture of him for my daughter.  Other creative costumes were Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Captain Hook, the three witches from Hocus Pocus, and Barbie and Ken in their boxes.   People are just so creative.

 

Scary Cake

One of my favorite experiences was something we just happened to stumble upon.  We went out onto the Promenade deck just to get away from the costumed crowd for a while, and out there was a bluegrass band practicing for a private party.  They were so good that we just sat there and listened until they stopped.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

The photographers had Halloween backgrounds of every type for those that wanted memories of that night.  For the kids, there were Dr. Seuss backgrounds.  We didn’t end up getting any pictures that night.  We only buy one a cruise, and we wanted it to be on elegant night.

Later in the evening after all of the parties, they had the costume judging in the main theater.  I can’t remember who won, but there were some amazing costumes.  There was even a transformer.  I have no idea of how he got that costume onto the ship.  It was really tall.

 

Rufeo

His name really was Rufio!

And then Halloween was over, but I have some wonderful memories of my first Halloween party in many years.  I want to do it again.  Maybe next year.  I still have my Pirate costume!

See below for more of our pictures from our Halloween cruise.

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Dr. E Cruise Director

 

Ship Halloween Decorations

 

Sanderson Sisters costumes

 

Ship Halloween Decorations

 

Ship Halloween Decorations

 

Ship Halloween Decorations

 

Ship Halloween party

 

Ship Halloween party

It’s almost time to cruise again! Finally!

It’s been a year and a half since our last cruise on the MSC Meraviglia. Who would have thought that when we got off of that ship in November of 2019, that it would have taken us this long to get back to cruising? And everything else? Since then we have had to cancel two cruises that we really wanted to sail, and two trips to Disneyland, which we’ve never been to.

But we have traveled!

We have missed out on these trips, but we have traveled. Not going to let a little virus keep us down. We’ve been to Myrtle Beach and Savannah. We’ve visited Florida a number of times with two trips for Universal Studios, and three trips to Walt Disney World. We hate masks but have dealt with them for the sake of travel. And we had a lot of fun despite all the restrictions.

And now it’s time to cruise again…hopefully

I have to admit that I’ll believe that we’re going to cruise again when I’m actually on the ship. We’re scheduled to be on the Carnival Magic on Halloween! We have to jump through some hoops first before we are allowed on the ship. Even though we’re vaccinated, we have to take a rapid Covid test on Friday, September 29th to get on the ship. Fingers crossed that we test negative. We’ll also have to wear a mask many places on the ship.

We’re scheduled to visit three ports, Belize, Cozumel, and Costa Maya. We’re not going to do a lot in Cozumel and Costa Maya. In Cozumel we’ll probably take a taxi into town and shop. Cozumel isn’t one of my favorite ports because the shopkeepers are kind of pushy, but I want to visit the Mega Store again. Last time I didn’t have a peso converter so we didn’t shop. Most stores price things in American dollars, but not the Mega Store.

mega store cozumel

In Costa Maya we’ll just stay at port, if it’s open. On the Costa Maya port website, it doesn’t sound like they are open yet. It is normally a very good port with lots to do and see. They even have a dolphin encounter right at the port.

Belize activity

We’ve been to Belize twice before. Both of those times we visited the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Now, Belize isn’t a place where I’d want to sightsee on my own. It doesn’t seem the safest place to walk around. Plus, they do not have a ship dock, so the ship has to anchor out and see and you have to tender into the port. So, we’re taking a ship excursion.

This time we’re going to a different Mayan ruin, Altun Ha. In my opinion, I’d rather pay a bit more and take a ship excursion in Belize. That way you are guaranteed that the ship will not leave without you. Everything is a distance from the port, plus since you have to tender, it’s going to take you longer to get to the port, and then get back to the ship. I just feel more secure on a ship excursion, so that’s what we’re doing with Altun Ha. Our excursion comes with lunch, so I’m looking forward to some good Belizian food. Normally that ends up being jerk chicken, rice and beans, and plantains. Sounds good to me!

And then what?

Our next cruise is scheduled for early April on the Carnival Pride. We’ll be leaving out of Tampa for the first time, and going to the Panama Canal for a partial transit. This is one of the cruises that we had scheduled for 2020 that we had to cancel. We’re really looking forward to that eight day cruise, we’ve never been to the Panama Canal or Limon.

And after that, who knows? We’ve been considering an Alaskan cruise if we can afford it. And we still want to go to Disneyland, we’ve never been there although we’ve been to Disney World countless times. We’re both talking about retiring in the next year, so we’ll see how it goes.

Blogging from the ship

Be sure to check back after Halloween for my cruise blogs. I’m planning on blogging from the ship, so you can see how cruising is going in this new age. Can’t wait to let you know how it goes.

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