Disney Cruise Line’s Specialty Cruise Themes

Disney Cruise Line offers guests a variety of uniquely themed and specialty cruises throughout the year.  From specialty themed holiday celebrations to a day celebrating favorite characters, Disney brings these experiences to the next level on board their magnificent ships.  See what theme would be the best for your next Disney cruise adventure.  


1. Marvel Day at Sea

Ships:  Disney Magic

When:  select 5-night sailings from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean starting January through early March 2020

What:  Guests can enjoy a daylong celebration of all things Marvel during these special sailings.  Special photo opportunities with Marvel villains and heroes, a unique superhero stunt show and deck parties all will make this a day that Marvel fans won’t soon forget.

2. Star Wars Day at Sea

Ships:  Disney Fantasy

When:  select sailings from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean starting January through early March 2020

What:  Guests can sail to a galaxy far, far away on these specialty cruises.  For one day, guests will be able to meet a variety of Star Wars favorites from Darth Vader and Kylo Ren to R2-D2 and C-3P0.  Unique Star Wars themed shows, activities and food will help in the celebration as guests enjoy stage shows, training options and end the day with “Summon the Force” deck party and fireworks set to Star Wars music.  The force is definitely strong with this cruise.

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3. Halloween on the High Seas

Ships:  all ships

When:  most itineraries late September through Halloween

What:  Guests can enjoy haunted tricks and delicious treats while sailing on Disney’s Halloween on the High Seas.  The ships are decorated for the celebration and both the parties and entertainment take on a not so scary theme on these sailings.  Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party as well as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream are highlights.  Don’t forget to pack your favorite costume for the costume contest.

4. Very Merrytime Cruises

Ships:  all ships

When:  starting early November through December 24th

What:  Disney’s Very Merrytime Cruises are a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season on board one of Disney’s four magnificent ships.  Each ship is decorated for the season with gingerbread houses and a 24-foot tree in the atrium that is absolutely breathtaking.  Guests on board can experience special tree lighting ceremonies, unique character meet and greets including Santa and Mrs. Clause, as well as fun, season focused activities.  Even Castaway Cay gets in on the fun with additional holiday cheer on the island itself.  Disney takes Christmas to the next level on these themed cruises to wrap up the year.

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5. Thanksgiving at Sea

Ships:  all ships

When:  Thanksgiving day

What:  Guests can enjoy a wonderful, traditional Thanksgiving meal while sailing with Disney over Thanksgiving.  Leave all the work to Disney as you enjoy your favorites.  Have a football fan sailing with you?  Disney will also have football on throughout the day to make you feel right at home.

6. New Year’s Eve

Ships:  all ships

When:  December 31st

What:  A special celebration to ring in the new year.  Guests can ring in the new year with a special deck party, unique dinner options and meet and greets with beloved characters.  Disney offers special parties for teens and tweens as well.  This is a fantastic way to wrap up one year and magically sail into the next.

From wonderful holiday celebrations, to out of the world experiences, Disney’s Cruise Line does an outstanding job of bringing magic to these specialty themed cruises.  If you are looking for something a little extra on your next cruise, consider celebrating with one of these fantastic Disney cruises.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.