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Our Heroic Guide to Disney Cruise Line's Marvel Day at Sea — Returning for 2025!

by Tad on April 8, 2024

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'Sup?! Tad here, and I see you're on the hunt for the perfect cruise vacation. If you're considering a Disney cruise (because who wouldn't?) you might have seen some of those cruises labeled as With Marvel Day at Sea. Well, that certainly sounds exciting, right? But you're probably wondering what that means exactly. You also want to know what it all entails and if it's a good fit for your family. In this guide, we're sharing everything you need to know about the Marvel Day at Sea Disney cruises. From character greetings to special food offerings and entertainment, we've got all the deets. Let's hop in!

Marvel Day at Sea

What Is Marvel Day at Sea?

In short, Marvel Day at Sea is a special themed event that is offered on select Disney cruises. It is a jam-packed one-day event where the ship completely transforms into a celebration of all things Marvel. The Marvel Day at Sea cruises are filled with superhero-themed activities, entertainment, character experiences and special culinary offerings.

Great news, frog friends! The Marvel Day at Sea cruises are making a return for 2025. Marvel Day at Sea will be held on the Disney Dream for 8 select sailings beginning January 2025 through early March 2025. The itineraries include five-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean cruises sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2025 Marvel Day at Sea Cruises:

The Bahamian itineraries departing on Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 10 include ports of call at Nassau, Disney Castaway Cay and Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. The Western Caribbean itineraries scheduled for Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1 and March 15 include a stop at Cozumel, Mexico and Disney Castaway Cay.

To help you save on your Marvel Day at Sea cruise, your favorite frogs now offer exclusive Disney Cruise savings. Get a FREE in-room decor set for all Disney Cruise Line bookings, courtesy of Undercover Tourist, when you book a Disney Cruise Line sailing (this offer expires April 30, 2024).

Disney Cruise Marvel Day at Sea Character Encounters

Probably the coolest thing about Marvel Day at Sea is the character experiences. You can expect to rub elbows with iconic Marvel characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Black Panther and more. On your Marvel Day at Sea, you'll see over 30 Super Heroes and villains making appearances around the ship. In addition, there are scheduled meet and greets, where you can take photos and get in some coveted one-on-one time with your favorite characters from the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Day at Sea

Encounters and photo-ops include characters such as:

  • Spider-Man
  • Thor
  • Loki
  • Black Panther
  • Shuri (from "Black Panther")
  • Captain Marvel
  • Captain America (Sam Wilson)

But keep your eye out! You might also bump into more Super Heroes throughout the ship:

  • Captain America (Steve Rogers)
  • Okoye (from "Black Panther")
  • Star-Lord and Gamora (from "Guardians of the Galaxy")
  • Black Widow
  • Hawkeye
  • Kate Bishop (from "Hawkeye")
  • Shang-Chi
  • Mighty Thor
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel Day at Sea Entertainment

In addition to character encounters, Marvel Day at Sea includes special events such as deck parties, Marvel-themed trivia contests, movie screenings of popular Marvel films and interactive shows.

Marvel Day at Sea

Marvel Heroes Unite: An exciting nighttime show full of amazing stunts, cool special effects and awesome pyrotechnics. You'll see lots of Marvel Super Heroes and villains in a big battle that travels through different worlds and times!

Strange Academy: A Spellbinding Spectacular: A new show at the Walt Disney Theatre! It's all about the mystic arts, with Doctor Strange, the powerful witch Agatha Harkness and Sorcerer Supreme Wong showing off their powers.

Warriors of Wakanda Show: Prepare to be mesmerized as the Dora Milaje do their thing! Led by Okoye, the leader of Wakanda's elite warriors, you'll see what it's like to train with them. This event is held in the ship's atrium.

Star-Spangled USO Show: You've got to see this toadally rad tribute to Captain America! It's a blast from the past with old-timey music and dancing at the Evolution dance club. And who knows? Captain America himself might even make a surprise appearance.

Mickey & Minnie's Super Hero Celebration: Have a blast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale as they dress up like their favorite Marvel Super Heroes! Kids of all ages will have a great time hanging out with their favorite Disney pals.

Also scheduled throughout your Marvel Day at Sea, you'll find Marvel-themed hoppenings around the ship:

  • Marvel Movie screenings both in the Buena Vista Theatre and on deck
  • Family Trivia — your chance to show off your knowledge about your favorite heroes and villains
  • Animation Academy — learn to draw your favorite Marvel Super Heroes, such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man or even Groot!
  • Kids Activities — kids from 4 to 12 years old can learn how to be superheroes with different activities hosted in Disney's Oceaneer Club
  • Marvel Origins — get ready to learn all about the Marvel Universe in this interactive session

Marvel Day at Sea Dining Experiences

On your scheduled Marvel Day at Sea, the ship's restaurants and buffet menus transform to include Marvel-themed goodies. You might find dishes named after Super Heroes or villains, such as the "Incredible Hulk Rosemary Roasted Beef Tenderloin" or the "Captain America Crab Cake."

Look out for drinks and snacks inspired by Marvel characters. These range from cocktails such as the themed Multiverse for adults to colorful mocktails for kids, all with creative names and presentations. The dining areas onboard are decorated with Marvel-themed elements, such as table settings featuring Super Hero logos, centerpieces and posters inspired by iconic Marvel scenes. Specialty Marvel-themed coffee drinks can also be found at the onboard coffee bars.

For specialty treats, you can splurge on an assortment of Marvel-themed desserts at Vanellope's Sweets & Treats. An Iron Man brownie?! Yes, please!

Marvel Day at Sea 2025

So is a Marvel Day at Sea right for your crew? It certainly depends on several factors such as your family's interests, preferences, schedule and travel plans. If you or someone in your family is a Marvel fan, then a Marvel Day at Sea cruise just makes sense. But what if you're not into Marvel? Even if you're not, we don't think a cruise that includes Marvel Day at Sea is a dealbreaker. We still encourage you to book the trip, especially if the itinerary interests you or fits your travel timeframe or schedule.

As mentioned above, the majority of the Marvel activities are dedicated to just one of the five days you'll be on the ship. It typically occurs on the day you'll be out at sea. (The Western Caribbean itineraries include 2 days at sea, but only one will be dedicated to Marvel.) While there will be tons of Marvel activities buzzing around the ship, there are still plenty of spaces to duck out if needed. Mommy and Daddy Frog visit Quiet Cove — the adults-only area for a little R&R. Plus, you'll have four other days aboard that won't be completely Marvel-themed. And who knows ... after all the Marvel fun you might leave as a new fan. (But we have to warn you — it's a slippery slope! Next thing you know, you'll be planning Marvel movie marathons on Disney+ and ordering a Thor costume for Halloween this year. It hoppens!)

Marvel Day at Sea Itinerary Planning Tips

Here are a few more tips to help with your Marvel Day at Sea planning:

  • Plan your schedule: Review the itinerary and schedule of events for Marvel Day at Sea as soon as you are onboard. This allows you to prioritize activities and character meet-and-greets and shows what your family wants to experience. You can find the schedule of events in the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.
  • Pack costumes or Marvel attire: Your kids (and even yourselves!) will want to dress up as their favorite Marvel characters. This adds to the fun and allows for great photo opportunities with the Marvel Super Heroes onboard.
  • Bring autograph books and cameras: Don't froget to pack autograph books for your tadpoles to collect signatures from Marvel characters they meet. Additionally, bring cameras or have your phone ready to capture those memorable moments with the Super Heroes.
  • It's not too early to start thinking about your Disney Cruise 2025 getaway. Hop over to this post to check out the new 2025 Disney Cruise Line itineraries!

A Marvel Day at Sea itinerary is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of the Marvel Super Heroes while enjoying all the amenities and activities of a Disney cruise vacation. Do you have plans to set sail on a heroic cruise adventure? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Our Guide to Halloween on the High Seas

Related: Our Super Guide to Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park

Stay cool! 

Keep hopping, Tad!
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