Our Favorite Spooky Halloween Cruises

A little magic and mystery, a few thrills and chills, why not take your Halloween to the High Seas this year on a themed cruise? From creepy costume parties to haunted hallways, these Halloween cruises promise to be a ghoulishly good time!

Disney Magic, Wonder, Dream & Fantasy Ships

Credit: Disney Cruise Line

From not-so scary parties for the littles to eerie entertainment for adults, Disney’s Halloween entertainment is available on most itineraries from late September through Halloween. The fleet takes on a festive vibe with bewitching décor and their famous Halloween tree. Here are a few frightening fun activities that Disney has in store:

Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party

Shiver in delight during a scare-a-bration alive with ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, dancing and some favorite Disney pals decked out in Halloween attire. 

Halloween Activities

 Unearth frightful fun for the entire family, including mask-making and pumpkin-carving. 

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream

 It’s “Season’s Screamings” during this interactive movie experience, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally. 

Haunted Stories of the Sea

Listen to a ghost story or two during an eerie campfire-style storytelling experience on deck. 

Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids

Shudder and shake at this adults-only party that includes a costume contest.

And even more spooky surprises await you onboard! Be sure to pack your favorite costumes and get ready for happy haunts. Three to seven-night itineraries sail a variety of destinations. If you have already planned your Halloween happenings this year, get a head start on next year’s frightful fun. Reservations for 2020 are currently available. 

Carnival Cruise Lines

 Carnival’s “Frightfully fun” Halloween at Sea celebrates a full month of festivities across the fleet throughout October. From deck parties to the ship’s pirate, “Patch” who stands guard at the atrium monster size, merriment awaits. A host of activities include: costume crawl and contest, Patch’s Pumpin Deck Party, a Frightfully Fun Dance Class, trick or treating and so much more. Check Carnival’s website for more information on itineraries. For ghosts and goblins sailing solo in 2020, check out the 8-night Southern Caribbean Singles Cruise on Carnival Breeze departing on October 24, 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian gears up for Halloween with scavenger hunts, trick or treating, and costume contests. Beware, terrified travelers, there’s also a haunted hallway. While Norwegian offers a host of family activities, all you single in the crowd may be interested in the 7- Night Caribbean Halloween Single Cruise which sails from Miami on the Norwegian Breakaway.

Royal Caribbean

Launch of Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest and largest ship.
Ultimate Abyss

Pumpkin, skeletons, scarecrows oh my! While Royal Caribbean doesn’t officially announce Halloween festivities, the fleet is decorated to celebrate the season. From horrifying haunted houses to a Halloween Parade Costume Contest, there’s no shortage of fearful fun!

If you want to step out and create your own eerie experience, consider adding on one of these extensions to your next cruise:

Dracula’s Castle 

Viking River Cruises Bucharest to Transylvania

The Black Forest

Scary fairy tales come to life in the Black Forest. Excursions on Rhine River cruise on Avalon Waterways.

Roman Catacombs  

The underground catacombs said to be haunted are the site of the Christian persecutions. Check out the Italian Catacombs and Countryside Tour Oceania cruises.

Whether you create hocus pocus this Halloween on the High Seas or at home, we wish you a hauntingly good time!

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