The Star Wars Disney Cruise


Everything to know about cruising the Star Wars Day at Sea.

This is the comprehensive, intergalactic guide for the Disney Star Wars Cruise. Get all the out-of-this-world details on the Star Wars Day at Sea special Disney cruise event. 

Star Wars at Sea
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What is Star Wars Day at Sea?

The Star Wars Day at Sea is a special day on select sailings of the Disney Fantasy.

It is one of two themed sailing events put on by DCL every year; the other being the Marvel Disney Cruise.

This unique Disney Cruise Line itinerary brings all things from “a galaxy far, far away” to your floating vacation on the Caribbean. 

From characters to fireworks to exclusive shows, passengers can immerse in a full day Star Wars experience on a Star Wars Disney cruise. 

How is Star Wars Day at Sea sailing different than a regular Disney Cruise?

The Star Wars Day at Sea focuses on shows, events, and encounters from the legendary Star Wars saga for a full day. 

Special themed events include the following: 

  • Massive Galactic-Deck Spectacular Evening Show
  • A firework show with the soundtrack playing 
  • Jedi Training for children
  • BB-8 Races
  • Movie viewings of Star Wars films 

The Star Wars experience actually begins the night before Star Wars day with a galactic empire takeover of the ship the night before from Darth Vader himself.

Introduced on the intercom with the Imperial March theme, Darth Vader with his Stormtroopers announce the cruise is now “under their control”. In the main hall area, they then ask passengers who will join the Empire in finding rebel scum.

During Star Wars Day, passengers will have special encounters with Star Wars characters roaming the ship. 

Merchandise onboard switches to all things Star Wars in its boutiques, and the food and drinks served in Disney Cruise restaurants take on a galactic twist to them. 

On top of the things this special cruise provides, the attendees on the ship help make Star Wars Disney cruise unique. You can expect to see more Star Wars clothing, cosplay and gear on fellow shipmates.

Another fun tradition of the Star Wars cruise involves many shipmates wearing Star Wars themed dresses for Formal Night. People are highly encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters on this day.

Once Star Wars Day at Sea is over, the remaining rest of the 7-night Caribbean cruise proceeds with normal Disney Cruise days at sea. In contrast, a regular Disney Cruise will barely show anything from Star Wars and generally focus on its main line of characters.

Example Itinerary of Disney Star Wars Cruise

7-Night CruiseStar Wars CruiseRegular Disney Cruise
Day 1Port CanaveralPort Canaveral
Day 2At Sea – Formal Night with DisneyAt Sea – Formal Night with Disney
Day 3CozumelCozumel
Day 4Grand CaymanGrand Cayman
Day 5FalmouthFalmouth
Day 6At Sea – Star Wars Day at SeaAt Sea – Pirate Night
Day 7Castaway CayCastaway Cay 
Day 8Port CanaveralPort Canaveral

Is Star Wars Day at Sea more expensive than a regular sailing?

Star Wars Day at Sea is generally cheaper than regular sailing. If you compare a Disney Fantasy 7-night cruise around the same time of year, it’s about $1-2k cheaper. 

To break down the costs for a family of four on the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral (based on 2020 sailings): 

Western Caribbean – Star Wars Themed

  • Ship: Disney Fantasy
  • Duration: 7-Night
  • Time of Year: January-March
  • Stateroom Cost Range: $6,143 – $7,863
  • Oceanview Cost Range: $6,255 – $8,045
  • Verandah Cost Range: $6,549 – $8,311
  • Concierge Cost Range: $11,844 – $16,157

Western Caribbean – General Disney Cruise

  • Ship: Disney Fantasy
  • Duration: 7-Night
  • Time of Year: January-March
  • Stateroom Cost Range: $8,359
  • Oceanview Cost Range: $8,471
  • Verandah Cost Range: $9,059
  • Concierge Cost Range: $19,458

Eastern Caribbean – Star Wars Themed

  • Ship: Disney Fantasy
  • Duration: 7-Night
  • Time of Year: January-March
  • Stateroom Cost Range: $6,152 – $6,774
  • Oceanview Cost Range: $6,344 – $6,816
  • Verandah Cost Range: $6,760 – $7,362
  • Concierge Cost Range: $12,149 – $17,873

Eastern Caribbean – General Disney Cruise

  • Ship: Disney Fantasy
  • Duration: 7-Night
  • Time of Year: January-March
  • Stateroom Cost Range: $7,438
  • Oceanview Cost Range: $7,592
  • Verandah Cost Range: $7,872
  • Concierge Cost Range: $18,153

(Source: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com, 5 August 2019)

Do the Star Wars activities cost extra?

Star Wars Day activities, shows, and character greetings are no additional charge, and are included in the normal fare. Star Wars themed cocktails and merchandise cost extra. 

Star Wars at Sea Deck Party

Image: Disney Cruise Line

When are the Star Wars at Sea Disney Cruise sailings in 2019?

The Star Wars cruise 2019 sailings occurred from early January through March of 2019. Star Wars Day at Sea began in 2016 and usually happens every year from January to mid-April.

When are the Star Wars at Sea Disney Cruise sailings in 2020?

The Star Wars cruise sailings will occur from early January through March of 2020

Here are the 5 specific dates planned for the 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise on board the Disney Fantasy: 

  • Jan 4 – Jan 11, 2020
  • Jan 18 – Jan 25, 2020
  • Feb 1 – Feb 8, 2020
  • Feb 15 – Feb 22, 2020
  • Feb 29  – Mar 7, 2020

The western Caribbean cruise’s destinations include the following: Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Disney Castaway Cay. 

And here are the 3 dates planned for the 7-night Eastern Caribbean Star Wars Cruise in 2020: 

  • Jan 11 – Jan 18, 2020
  • Jan 25 – Feb 1, 2020
  • Feb 22 – Feb 29, 2020

The Eastern Caribbean cruise’s destinations include the following:
(Option 1) Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Disney Castaway Cay.
(Option 2) Tortola, British Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Disney Castaway Cay

When are the Star Wars at Sea Disney Cruise sailings in 2021?

There will be 9 Star Wars Disney Cruise sailings in 2021.

Each will take place on the Disney Fantasy on seven-night sailings from January thru March.

Western Caribbean: Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay

  • January 2, 2021
  • January 16, 2021
  • January 30, 2021
  • February 13, 2021
  • February 27, 2021

Eastern Caribbean: Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay

  • January 9, 2021
  • January 23, 2021
  • February 20, 2021

Eastern Caribbean: St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay

  • February 6, 2021

Which Disney Cruise ships feature the Star Wars day?

Only the Disney Fantasy features Star Wars Day at Sea. The cruise with the Star Wars theme offers trips to either the Eastern or the Western Caribbean. No other Disney ships have featured the Star Wars day at sea. 

While the Disney Dream doesn’t feature Star Wars day, it includes Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon ship as part of the Oceaneer Club.

What Star Wars characters will you see during a Star Wars at Sea itinerary?

Photo sessions with:

  • Chewbacca 
  • R2-D2 
  • C-3PO
  • Darth Vader

Shipboard run-ins with roaming characters including: 

  • Boba Fett 
  • Jawas
  • First Order Stormtroopers 
  • Sabine (from Star Wars Rebels) 
  • Ezra (from Star Wars Rebels)  
  • Ahsoka Tano (from Star Wars Rebels)

Other characters seen during Star Wars day:

  • Rey 
  • Kylo Ren
  • BB-8
  • A resistance pilot

Is the Disney Cruise fireworks show different on a Star Wars at Sea sailing?

The Disney Cruise Fireworks show will play John Williams’ Star Wars soundtrack. It will occur during the deck party after the Star Wars evening show. The evening show features video reels from the saga and a live show with lightsaber duels from the show’s characters.

Star Wars at Sea Fireworks
Image: Disney Cruise Line

The Star Wars evening festivities replace the traditional Pirate Night that would take place on regular sailings.  

From which ports does the Star Wars Day at Sea Disney Cruise originate?

Star Wars Day at Sea only leaves from Port Canaveral, Florida at this time.

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