A Review of Star Wars Day at Sea Western Caribbean Cruise

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Our family sailed on the final 2016 Star Wars Day at Sea cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy on April 16th. Our boys are big Star Wars fans so we jumped at the chance to book the 7 night Western Caribbean cruise when it was first announced last year. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at sea and created memories that will surely last a lifetime.

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Character Appearances 

Star Wars characters could be found roaming around on Decks 3 and 4 between the hours of 9:00am and 8:00pm.  They were happy to take photographs but did not sign autographs. Stormtroopers held a pool patrol on the Deck 11 Stage at 11:00am and 1:30pm and multiple characters appeared on stage for Summon The Force at 10:30pm.

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Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Young Padawans could participate in the Jedi Trials and put their skills to the test in a final battle with the Sith Lord, Darth Vader.  A total of seven performances were held throughout the day at the Walt Disney Theatre, Deck 3 & 4, Forward at 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am. 11:30am, 1:15am, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Galactic Dance Party

An intergalactic dance party was held at 7:45pm and 11:00pm on Deck 11, Midship. Red and green light sabers lit up the dance floor as the DJ mixed hit tunes with Star Wars tributes and added his own unique flair.

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Summon The Force

This epic stage show on Deck 11 featured favorite Star Wars characters as they summoned the force and concluded with an epic fireworks finale set to the unforgettable music of Star Wars. Be sure to arrive early before the show starts at 10:30pm for a good view of the stage.

Star Wars 101

This crash course on Star Wars history was held in the Buena Vista Theatre, Deck 4 & 5, Midship at 9:30am and 1:00pm. Star Wars 101 is a fun and entertaining way to bring guests up to speed on all things Star Wars.

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Dinner Menu 

All three rotational dining restaurants, Animator’s Palette, Enchanted Garden and Royal Court, featured a special Star Wars holographic menu at dinner. Entrees from the Planet Coruscant menu included Qui-Gon’s Crisp Chicken, Obi-Wan Shroom Steak, Yoda’s Papardelle Pasta and Jedi Temple Salad. Entrees from The Death Star menu included Lord Vader’s Nerf Steak, Stormtrooper Flatbread, Grilled Bounty Hunter Fish Fillet and Grand Moff Tarkin’s Spiced Pork Tenderloin. The Drink of the Day was Galaxy in a Glass (alcoholic) and Planetoid Punch (non-alcoholic).

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Merchandise

Commemorative Star Wars Day at Sea merchandise was available at Sea Treasures, Deck 3, Forward. Items included apparel, pins, coffee mugs, Tervis tumblers, Doonie & Burke purses and so much more. Guests could even purchase a custom Star Wars Day at Sea Nametag with their name written in Aurebesh.

Guest Speaker Series – Kilian Plunkett

Kilian Plunkeet has worked on numerous Star Wars projects and is currently the Art Director on Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels. He discussed the last 10 years of Star Wars animation and provided a look at the process of animating a show, from rough sketch to final asset. The event was held in the Buena Vista Theatre, Deck 4 & 5, Midship at 11:30am and 3:00pm.

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Star Wars Costume Celebration

Fellow Star Wars fans gathered in the Lobby Atrium at 2:00pm and 4:00pm dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters. Some costumes were so realistic that it was actually difficult to tell them apart from the real Star Wars characters!

Youth Activities

Star Wars themed games and activities were held throughout the day at Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab (ages 3-12). The video game Star Wars Battlefront was available to play at Disney’s Edge (ages 11-14) and Vibe (ages 14-17). Family crafts such as door hangers, memory pages and tile coasters were available at La Piazza.

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Star Wars Films

All seven Star Wars films were shown throughout the seven night cruise. Episode VII Star Wars – The Force Awakens played in the Buena Vista Theatre on Deck 4 & 5, Midship at 4:45pm, 8:00pm and 11:00pm during the Star Wars day at sea. Refreshments along with BB-8 and Chewbecca souvenir cups were available to purchase outside the theater. There was even a limited supply of Star Wars Tie Fighter popcorn buckets available to purchase. Episodes of Disney’s animated series Star Wars Rebels also played on Deck 11.

Padawan Mind Challenge 

Basic Star Wars knowledge was tested in this exciting trivia challenge show held at the D Lounge, Deck 4, Midship at 6:00pm, 7:15pm and 8:30pm.

Star Wars Saga: Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Guests had the opportunity to play a role and become part of the story as some of the most exciting adventures from Star Wars were retold. The event was held on the Deck 11 Stage, Midship at 7:15pm.

Pictionary Challenge 

A game of Star Wars themed Pictionary was held at LaPiazza, Deck 4, Aft at 10:00am and 3:00pm.

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The itinerary included a total of three stops at Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Disney’s Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. There was an additional day at sea in place of a stop at Jamaica in order to accommodate the one-day Star Wars extravaganza. The Star Wars Day at Sea cruises were so successful that Disney Cruise Line has decided to offer them again on the following dates in 2017:

7-Night Western Caribbean sailings

  • January 7, 2017
  • January 21, 2017
  • February 4, 2017
  • February 18, 2017
  • March 4, 2017
  • March 18, 2017
  • April 1, 2017
  • April 15, 2017

7-Night Eastern Caribbean sailings

  • January 14, 2017
  • January 28, 2017
  • February 11, 2017
  • February 25, 2017
  • March 11, 2017
  • March 25, 2017
  • April 8, 2017

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to book a Star Wars Day at Sea cruise or to request a Disney Cruise Line Itinerary for sailings available through September 2017. MickeyTravels is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner that offers FREE Disney vacation planning and advice. 

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