Disney Cruise Line is asking guests about various Day at Sea theme cruises in an all-new online survey. The survey asks users to if they are interested or not interested in 15 different Day at Sea themes. The themes on the survey include current offerings such as Marvel and Star Wars Day at Sea and the Halloween and the Very MerryTime themed voyages. There are two versions of the survey that I’ve seen, one asks users about a theme for the entire cruise while another version asks about the themes as a Day at Sea option.
Below are the 15 different themes and the brief description from the survey starting with the current offerings.
- Halloween Theme (Halloween on the High Seas)
Fall is the time for spooky fun onboard Disney Cruise Line with a Halloween party on the high seas. Get your costumes ready and enjoy spirited fun including themed entertainment, character moments, and Trick-or-Treating around the ship.
- Holidays (Christmas) Theme (Very MerryTime)
Celebrate the joy of the holidays with your family onboard Disney Cruise Line. The spirit of the season comes alive through the magic of Disney including themed entertainment, character moments, and seasonal treats.
- Marvel Theme (Marvel Day at Sea)
Unleash your inner hero and experience the Marvel Universe onboard a Disney Cruise. Your family can experience their favorite super heroes across a variety of entertainment, character moments, and specialty offerings.
- Star Wars Theme (Star Wars Day at Sea)
Travel to a galaxy far, far away on an epic Disney Cruise featuring Star Wars. Your family will enter into the world of the Jedi and encounter a variety of entertainment, characters moments, and specialty offerings while onboard.
Moving along to the next themed cruise which was previously offered during four California Coast cruises aboard the Disney Wonder in 2012. The Disney Wonder to this day offers unique Pixar character moments and entertainment.
- Pixar Theme
Join your favorite Pixar characters for a festive celebration of friendship. Enjoy the magic of your favorite Pixar stories (Toy Story, Monsters Inc, & The Incredibles) as they come to life through unique entertainment, character moments, and specialty offerings onboard
That covers the current and recent slate of themed Disney cruises, lets move along to some new ideas – 10 to be exact.
- Walt Disney World at Sea Theme
Bring the magic of the theme parks onboard with activities representing each park at Walt Disney World Resort, including entertainment, character encounters, and other specialty activities.
- Disney Broadway at Sea Theme
Runs of Disney Broadway shows that tour across the country will be brought onboard offering unique shows to guests, in addition to extended entertainment offerings, character encounters, and other specialty activities.
- International Food & Wine Theme
Prepare your taste buds for a cruise of worldly culinary delights. Special locations onboard will be serving small plates and beverages from various countries, providing your family with authentic cuisine from iconic destinations.
- Disney Music Theme
Join us as we invite past Broadway singers and musicians onboard to perform classic Disney songs in live concert-style shows. Acts would be part of a series, varying by sailing, including other entertainment offerings related to the magic of Disney music.
- Disney Animation Theme
Celebrate your family’s love for Disney animated films from the past and present, from Steamboat Willie to Frozen, while enjoying themed entertainment, seminars, character moments, and specialty offerings onboard.
- Disney Heroes vs. Villains Theme
Embark on a cruise that seeks to find out once and for all….who is the fairest of them all, Heroes or Villains? Your family can enjoy an array of entertainment, character moments, and other activities centered around Disney’s “goodest goodies” and “baddest baddies.”
- Mickey Mouse Theme
Celebrate everyone’s favorite mouse for a magical birthday extravaganza unlike any other! Join your Disney pals onboard to celebrate Mickey with limited time entertainment, character moments, and delicious birthday treats the entire family can enjoy together.
- Disney Through the Decades Theme
Take your family on a cruise that celebrates the magic of Disney movies, both animated favorites and live-action classics. Guests will be able to enjoy themed entertainment, character moments, and specialty offerings onboard.
- Disney Princess & Pirates Theme
Gather your crew for a celebration of Princesses and Pirates onboard, where your family can go from a royal tea party to a swashbuckling adventure filled with themed entertainment, character moments, and other specialty offerings.
- Disney Cruise Line 25th Anniversary Theme
Join Disney Cruise Line in commemorating 25 years of sailing the high seas with a magical celebration including unique entertainment, character moments, and other specialty offerings onboard.
First, I am heading to the 25th anniversary theme. I’m left dumbfounded why DCL chose to publicly ignore their 20th. Sure there is some merchandise and it was acknowledged by cast and crew members onboard and at corporate, but no mention on the Disney Parks Blog or social media on July 30th. Personally, I see this as a missed opportunity to celebrate the milestone and use that momentum to ignite excitement by sharing some new details of the fleet expansion. Oh well, thanks for allowing me to vent.
There are some solid ideas in these last 10 themes, but I think some of them would be better suited as recurring events or seasonal events along the lines of a Day of Frozen Fun offered during the summer on the Magic & Wonder. For instance, DCL could transition pirate night into a Princess and Pirate party akin to the Mickey’s Pirate and Princess Party hard ticket even at Magic Kingdom.
The two themes that really catch my eye and would be great for Day at Sea cruises are the Broadway at Sea and International Food & Wine themes. How great would it be to have one of the theatrical shows onboard be a rotating Disney on Broadway show. Talk about fresh evening entertainment offerings! Part of me wonders if this is a long term entertainment plan for the new ships. Then, take Epcot’s International Food and Wine festival to the high seas with mini booths set up around Cabanas with wine tastings in the adult lounges. I’d jump at the chance to sail for an all-inclusive international food festival – notice I left out the wine part of that all-inclusive, I’m keeping my expectations in check.
At the end of the survey, users are asked a follow-up question for each of the themes they were interested in. The follow-up question looks to determine if the theme in questions would sway your interest in booking the cruise with responses of Would be more likely to sail, Would not impact decision to sail, and Would be less likely to sail.
Overall, I think it is great that Disney Cruise Line is reaching out for guest feedback on potential future Day at Sea theme cruises. What do you think about these potential themes? Would any of them make you more or less likely to book a Disney cruise? Let’s have a public discussion about the various Day at Sea themes in the comments below. Special thanks to the co-host of Be Our Guest WDW Podcast and Touring Plans Blogger, Rikki Niblett for alerting us to the Disney Cruise Line Day at Sea theme survey.