Star Wars Day At Sea
One of the newest additions to the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has been the Star Wars Day at Sea, and for many, this is the most anticipated event during the cruise (besides the day at Castaway Cay of course!). We booked our cruise as soon as the dates were released to secure the lowest price possible for the rooms we wanted, but had no idea that it would be a Star Wars cruise. DCL didn’t announce it would be a Star Wars cruise until long after we booked.
To my knowledge, every Disney cruise that takes part in the Caribbean has a pirate night celebration in honor of Pirates of the Caribbean and guests will enjoy a pirate party and fireworks in the night sky. Star Wars day at Sea cruises operate the same for guests, except you can experience both events; Pirates is usually on Tuesday nights and Star Wars on Thursdays all day for most 7 night sailings.
When you are given access to your room on Saturday you should find a small Star Wars themed form that gives you events and meet greets to attend during the Star Wars day at Sea. You will rank the them in order of what you want to do most to what you want to do least. Take note this is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis so I recommend that you fill this out right away and take it to guest services to submit it. This will set the activities you do on Thursday and you will ONLY get two of your choices. When and if you don’t like what you are given you should go to guest services immediately to try and get any changes made. Take note that they scan these forms into the system, so don’t try to go to guest services and say you never got one if you handed one in. They will know you did fill one out and shoot you down.
The Best Part of the Day – Free Roaming Characters in the Atrium!
We chose to do two meet and greets which included R2D2 and C3PO both of which were fully functional and speaking characters on Deck 1, and a meet and greet with Darth Vader in the Tube. C3PO and R2D2 were awesome and you can actually have a conversation with C3PO, and R2D2 will also communicate with you if you can understand R2’s language. C3PO and R2D2, to my knowledge, are two characters you can’t routinely meet in the parks which is why we chose to meet them.
So once you complete your ticketed activities for the day, the best place to go is into the atrium and literally just hangout all day. At anytime you can see characters that you may have only seen at Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can expect to see (but note that these can and may change at any point) stormtroopers, tuscan raiders, jawas, imperial officers, and other miscellaneous characters, check out our photos below!
Personally, I thought this was one of the best accompaniments of the day. The “free Roaming” characters didn’t really stop for long periods to get pictures and continued to roam about from deck 3 to deck 5 in the atrium. This allowed for you to interact with characters but also get a quick picture since a line never forms.
Pool Patrol – Storm Troopers & Boba Fett
Head to deck 11 to see storm troopers patrol looking for spies. If you arrive right when it starts you may see the bounty hunter repel from the funnel.
While we were there, the bounty hunter never left the stage and the stage was roped off so you couldn’t get a good picture with him, but you have plenty of opportunities to get pictures with Storm Troopers. However, if you hang out in the lobby long enough you may just run into some bounty hunters!
In the Buena Vista Theater, you can listen to guest speakers who have had important roles throughout the Star Wars universe. During our cruise Ashley Eckstein who is known for the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series. Arrival early because the theater will fill quickly.
You can also see the Star Wars movies throughout the week and on Star Wars Day. Specifically during Star Wars Day at Sea you can view The Force Awakens and Rogue One! You can view Rogue One in 3D in the Walt Disney Theater after or before dinner depending on your seating.
When it’s time for dinner you’ll find your servers, menus, and the food all have a Star Wars theme for the night. The food was excellent!
Summon the Force Deck Party
The deck party, Summon The Force, was packed by the time we got there after watching Rogue One. The show at the deck party was very similar to what you would see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios throughout the day. It features all the popular main characters like C3PO, R2D2, Chewy, Vader, storm troopers, the bounty hunter, Kylo Ren, and more. I would call it a montage of clips from all the films and at different times during the show the characters come out on stage briefly. It’s a good opening before the fireworks, and the fireworks are great so you don’t want to miss them! For fireworks, I always recommend standing on deck 12 port side to get the best view of the fireworks, but you’ll need to get there early.
Once the fireworks are over you can head into Cabanas for some food for the Star Wars celebration. Traditionally, this after party food is after pirate night, but, at least on our cruise, only occurred after the Star Wars fireworks.
Overall, this is a huge day filled with a lot to do and since your limited on what ticketed events you can participate in we couldn’t cover it all. However, I can assure you it won’t be a disappointing day at sea, not that there ever is one. You will meet a bunch of characters, enjoy another great showing of fireworks, and eat great food as always! Have you taken a Disney Cruise? Enjoyed a Star Wars day at sea? What did you think?
Author: Josh Rippey
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