Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook

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Living It Up at Deck Parties

Living It Up at Deck Parties

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Every Disney cruise, regardless of its length, has at least one of Disney’s famous deck parties, and specially themed cruises add even more. These high-energy parties are held on and around the family pool on deck 9/11 midship. No, you don’t have to dance on water—the pool is covered by a large, retractable dance floor during the parties. You can expect to be entertained by some or all of the following: a live band, DJ, dancers, pirates, fireworks, a dessert buffet, big video screen, and “party animals” (Disney characters). Here are descriptions:

Bon Voyage Sailaway Celebration—Every cruise begins with this celebration, held as your ship pulls away from the dock. This is probably the first time you’ll meet your cruise director, who is joined by Disney characters and either a live band or a DJ. As the ship gets underway, the ship’s whistle plays a familiar Disney melody. We highly recommend this party—it really gets you in the mood (see the photo on page 27). Tip: Celebrate your sailaway by bringing bubbles to blow or a small flag to wave! (Party typically starts at 4:15 pm or 4:30 pm and lasts for about 30–60 minutes.)

Pirates IN the Caribbean Night—Ahoy, ye landlubbers! This fun deck party is offered to all Disney cruisers, regardless of cruise length. On the three- and four-night cruises, it’s held on your second to last evening; on the seven-night cruises, it’s held on day 4 or 5 (see page 182 for schedule). Kid-focused activities may start as early as 7:30 pm, either on deck or in D Lounge. The main party starts around 7:30 pm on the Magic Class, 10:30 pm on the Dream Class, after the Pirate-themed dinner earlier that evening (see page 173). Expect lots of infectious music, dancing, and visits from Disney characters (watch out for Captain Hook!). You’re treated to a Pirate buffet with desserts and “pirate fare” such as chili, fajitas, and turkey legs. Pirates invade the party, and weather or local laws permitting, it’s all topped off by fireworks! Night owls can watch a Pirates of the Caribbean movie afterwards, on the outdoor screen. This is a not-to-be-missed experience. Pirate or Caribbean dress is encouraged (we dress up and love it!). Pirate gear is available on board, or bring your own. All ships offer pirate make-overs in Pirate’s League (see page 198).

The music at the deck parties is quite loud and is geared toward older kids, teens, and young adults. If you don’t want to be in the thick of things, you may enjoy watching from deck 10/12 midship. We recommend you visit deck 10/12 during the sailaway party—it’s the best place to enjoy the party while watching the ship pull away (see sidebar below).

Note: In inclement weather, the deck parties are held in the Atrium Lobby (deck 3 mid).

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Top Photo Slice: Sailaway Party on the Dream (℗ 31103) Photo contributed by © Disneydiana



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