A Themed Disney Cruise with an Uncertain Future
At least one popular specialty cruise is in limbo at the moment.
7. Star Wars Day at Sea (Suspended)
Combining the magic of Disney with the allure of a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Day at Sea became an instant hit among cruise aficionados and Star Wars enthusiasts alike. From its inauguration in 2016 up to 2022, these specialized Disney Caribbean cruises set sail on 7-day voyages, punctuated by a special day where Star Wars reigned supreme, complete with characters wandering the decks, movie-themed events, and even the ship’s horn playing the iconic “Imperial March.”
During these 7-Night Caribbean adventures departing from Port Canaveral, passengers were treated to:
- Epic Encounters: Memorable moments with Star Wars icons, including Chewbacca, R2-D2, and Darth Vader.
- Out-of-this-World Entertainment: Evening celebrations highlighted by Star Wars music and an unforgettable seaside fireworks display.
- Galactic Activities: Engagements ranging from costume events, dedicated movie screenings, and trivia to youth club sessions featuring the endearing BB-8.
Unfortunately, as of 2023, this cherished voyage has been put on hiatus. The event’s future remains uncertain despite being a top destination for Star Wars fans from its birth in 2016 to its final cruise in 2022. There is some speculation among fans that the Star Wars cruises were halted due to the launch of the land-locked Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World, but that experience is no longer being offered. Add in the fact that Disney’s website still features a page dedicated to Star Wars Day at Sea, and you can see why eager fans await any hint of its potential return in 2024 or beyond.
To stay updated – or for suggestions on alternative cruising experiences – we recommend reaching out to The Vacationeer.
Q & A on Disney’s Special Themed Cruises
Q: How kid-friendly are these cruises?
A: Disney cruises, themed or otherwise, are designed with families in mind. Kids of all ages will find entertainment, activities, and characters catered to them.
Q: Are there adult-only areas on these cruises?
A: Absolutely! While the cruises are family-focused, there are adult-exclusive areas such as Disney’s specialty restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, and spas to ensure that adults have their own sanctuary of relaxation and fun.
Q: Can we still enjoy standard cruise amenities on themed cruises?
A: Yes, the themed cruises offer all the standard included amenities like gourmet dining, entertainment, pools, etc., in addition to the special themed activities and events.
Q: Are costumes allowed or encouraged on these themed cruises?
A: Costumes are encouraged, especially for theme-specific days like Marvel Day or Halloween on the High Seas. However, there are costume guidelines, especially for adults, to ensure a safe and inclusive environment. Don’t wear anything that’s “obstructive, objectionable, offensive, or violent”– and don’t bring anything that looks like a weapon (even a toy one). Costume masks that cover the face may only be worn while standing still to have a photo taken with a character. Make sure you consult all of the costume guidelines as you’re making your packing list so you don’t accidentally bring something prohibited onboard.
Q: What if we are not big fans of the specific theme? Will we still enjoy the cruise?
A: While the themes add an extra layer of magic, Disney Cruise Line offers a robust range of entertainment and activities. So even if you’re not a fan of the specific theme, there’s still plenty to enjoy.
Q: Given the slightly higher cost, are special-themed Disney cruises worth it?
A: Weighing the worth of special-themed Disney cruises depends on individual preferences and what one seeks in a vacation experience.
- Pros: These themed cruises present world-class entertainment, exclusive events, and one-of-a-kind experiences, catering especially to die-hard fans and those looking for something more than the usual cruise.
- Cons: The premium price might be a barrier for some, and travelers not particularly enamored with the specific theme might not see the added value.
Final Thought: Disney’s special themed cruises are more than just a cruise; they are an immersive narrative journey that brings beloved stories to life. Jaimie and I love the festive seasons, so Halloween and Christmas-themed cruises are a big deal for us. They are undeniably worth the extra investment.