Updated June 6, 2019
If you're a Star Wars fan and love to cruise, Star Wars Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line might just be your ultimate vacation experience. The schedule is already out for 2019 cruise itineraries that advertise this sought-after special day; 2018 dates also are still available.
What It Is
Star Wars Day at Sea is a themed sea day on select Disney Caribbean cruises, which debuted in 2016 and is being continued through 2019. On this day, Star Wars characters and movie-themed events take over the ship, the daily schedule and the restaurant menus. Even the ship's horn plays "The Imperial March."
Star Wars characters are out in full force (pun intended), interacting with passengers on the pool deck and around the ship and posing for photos. (You'll need to sign up for ticketed photo ops, and might not get a chance to meet every character.) Star Wars movies (including recent releases) and cartoons play on the poolside screen and in the movie theater; passengers on 2017 sailings were able to view "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which debuted in December 2016.
Special activities include Star Wars trivia games, a Jedi training show that gets kid volunteers to learn some lightsaber skills and battle Darth Vader, themed arts and crafts in the kids clubs, and a fireworks show and deck party featuring the heroes and villains of Star Wars. Restaurant and drink menus offer special-to-the-day food and cocktails. (Fancy a frozen Hans Solo for dessert? This is your chance.)
As with everything Disney, costumes are encouraged, and a grand costume party is held in the ship's atrium. Just remember, those Storm Trooper uniforms can get mighty hot in the Caribbean sunshine.
All of Disney's Star Wars activities are free of charge, but exclusive themed merchandise and Star Wars-themed cocktails cost extra. Disney cruises are generally quite expensive, so be prepared for sticker shock if you normally sail on mainstream cruise lines, such as Carnival or Royal Caribbean.
Star Wars Day at Sea is only found on Disney Fantasy on nine sailings departing between January and March 2019, and nine between January and March 2020.