Star Wars At Sea – For Kids Of All Ages!
Harness ‘The Force’ For A Holiday To Remember
Step aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship for a Star Wars-themed extravaganza that offers fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Cruise ship holidays continue to grow in popularity amongst families, with more than two million children travelling on cruise lines each year. In response to this changing demographic, many cruise providers are going the extra mile to accommodate families, offering family-friendly dining options and child-centred activities, facilities and entertainment.
One of the leaders of this trend is Disney, whose cruise ships, unsurprisingly, place a significant emphasis on kids’ programmes and entertainment, as well as special ‘theme days’ which appeal to children and adults alike.
Star Wars Day at Sea
The latest theme day offering from Disney is the ‘Star Wars Day at Sea’. Building on the huge popularity of the Star Wars franchise, this themed day offers fun and excitement for all the family.
Throughout the day, cruise passengers will be treated to screenings of the Star Wars films; meet and greets with famous Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca, Boba Fett and Darth Vader; and a wide range of Star Wars-themed games, activities and quizzes.
Wannabe Jedi’s will also have the option to hone their lightsaber skills at a Jedi Training Academy, and can even put those skills to the test in a final battle against Darth Vader.
And adults are not left out of the fun with a nightclub inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina scene, complete with characters from the films and Star Wars-themed cocktails.
The day is rounded off with a spectacular Star Wars deck party which offers an exciting evening full of music, dancing and a firework-filled finale.
Fancy dress is not compulsory on the theme day, but it is strongly encouraged. And Disney cruise goers tend to take their fancy dress seriously, so it’s a good idea to plan your outfits before you travel. If you prefer not to dress up yourself you can still have a whole lot of fun people watching.
The Star Wars Day at Sea takes place on the Disney Fantasy liner and is scheduled to take place on eight western Caribbean sailings in 2016.
If Star Wars is not your thing, there is plenty more to enjoy on the Disney Fantasy cruise line.
Launched in March 2012, the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy has a child-friendly atmosphere and a firm focus on entertainment. Amongst the Art Nouveau setting, cruise-goers can enjoy a variety of recreational and sporting activities, a number of great dining options, a water slide ride high above the sea, and, as you would expect from Disney, spectacular musical shows.
With such a huge number of activities and entertainment to choose from, it can be difficult to keep track. Luckily there is a downloadable ‘navigator’ app available which enables you to plan your days and lets you set reminders for those events that you don’t want to miss.
For those times when you’re craving a bit of peace and quiet, the ship offers several adult-only zones for you to escape to. These include a choice of bars and clubs, several premium restaurants, a fitness suite, a spa centre, and even a whole deck dedicated to over 18s. Well-organised kids clubs means that you can relax safe in the knowledge that your little ones are in good hands.
The western Caribbean route also visits some fantastic destinations, including Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Castaway Cay – Disney’s very own private island in the Bahamas. So, if and when you start to get cabin fever, you can leave the ship to enjoy sparkling white beaches, water sports and organised excursions.
A cruise holiday can be a great adventure but, if you’re a cruise newbie, carrying out some forward planning can really help you to get the most out of your trip.
To avoid any awkward situations, research the ship’s tipping policy before traveling, and make sure you know what is and isn’t included in the cost of your holiday. For example, on Disney cruises soft drinks are included, but alcohol isn’t.
It’s also a good idea to do some research on the ports you will be visiting – that way you can really make the most of your time away from the ship.
And of course, don’t forget to take out a good cruise travel insurance, leaving you free to concentrate on improving your Jedi skills. May the Force be with you!