Snow flurries aren’t something usually promised to—or wanted by—travelers on cruise ships. But this winter, they’re just one of the features that’ll some cruise companies are using to help travelers get into the holiday spirit.

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Holiday themed cruises promise snow in the Caribbean. 

Helping guests get in the mood from the onset, on the first night of the Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises, characters will lead travelers in holiday carols and lighting the ship’s three-deck-tall tree during Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic.

And while the host of Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball is clearly going to be the main draw at that snowy celebration later on in the cruise, the appearance of “Frozen’s” Anna and Elsa will likely give him a run for the money (it seems likely though that they’ll be no mention onboard of what happened to the royal sisters’ parents).Very Merrytime Cruises sail in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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Cruise ships go all out for the holidays.

Travelers on American Queen, which offers steamboat river cruises in the United States, will experience Antebellum Southern, Cajun, and Creole holiday traditions on its Christmas Market cruises.

Christmas decorations from Serbia.
Never mind the weather, it's Christmas indoors on sunshine cruises.

Running on the Mississippi between Memphis and New Orleans, the steamboats will visit Christmas markets at Nottoway Plantation in Nottoway, La. and in Greensville, Miss. And departing Nottoway, the levees of the Mississippi will be aglow with Christmas bonfires. Also, local choirs, bands, and carolers will perform holiday classics.

Santa will be sailing on Royal Caribbean cruises this holiday season, taking part in parades and posing for pictures. And, when he’s not interacting with travelers, he’ll likely be in his stateroom, reading the letters cruisers dropped off for him in the boat’s promenade.

There’ll also be holiday stories and movies, ornament making, and cookie decorating. And on ships with the DreamWorks experience, Shrek and Puss in Boots will be decked out for the holidays. Royal Caribbean holiday sailings are for cruises departing Dec. 15–31.

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