Sailing on a holiday often means activities specific to that day and food you won’t otherwise see on the menu. Major holidays also bring decorations around the ship.
For Halloween blow-up decorations are popular – after all ships have limited space to store things they aren’t using and these store flat, but then blow up into large objects. Most are stationary, but some have moving features.
We’ve spent Halloween on cruise ships a couple times, once on Carnival Vista and once on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas.
Vista had blow-up decorations all over the ship.
Explorer mainly had them around the ice skating arena.
The photo desk on the Explorer of the Seas sat next to the doors to the ice arena and it too had some decorations.
A blow-up outhouse on the Explorer of the seas had some animation with a working door, which a blow-up pumpkin opened, snickering. The mummy inside was not so happy.
Not all the decorations were blown up. Like the photo shop on Explorer, Vista’s photo shop was also haunted by a hanging ghoul. Spider webs all over the displays added another element of creepiness.
Sometimes passengers get into the spirit of Halloween with their own door decorations.
Halloween activities on a ship might include things like pumpkin carving, costume contests, a Halloween party, or games. The ship’s kid’s clubs arrange activities for the little ones like their own parties or trick-or-treating at the ship’s shops.
Some people like to dress up, like these people heading to dinner on the Vista.
Halloween menus are likely to contain things like pumpkin soup and special desserts.