Star Wars Day at Sea (SWDAS)

Here are some of the things you can expect to see and encounter on a SWDAS cruise.  These are not all inclusive as I am sure I missed a lot.  I had made a point to hit certain things I wanted to see.  There were so many things to see and do you had to plan on doing them.  My son and I had a blast and definitely would do it again.  It is just a one day affair so if it’s not your thing, there are ways to avoid it.  Most all of the activities are on Decks 3, 4 and 5.  There are a few things that happen on Deck 11, but they are annotated in the Navigator.

Something to keep in mind is will it be perfect? No.  Will it have some flaws?  Yes.  You have to remember you are on a ship at sea and they do the best they can.  2016 was the first year doing this and it had a few bugs.  In 2016, there was a Pirate night with no fireworks or special menu.  The day starts early and ends after the buffet.  There will be activities for the whole family from Jedi Training to seminars to Star Wars Specific Crafts in the clubs.  Make sure you read or look at the navigator for the day and find things that interest you.  The Storm troopers generally do patrols of Deck 4 hourly and you can run into them there.  There will be Troopers roaming around the inside along with Tuscan Raiders and Imperial Guards.  Keep an eye out for the Imperial Officers as they will want to see your papers.

2018 Info

Blast off from January 2018 through April 2018 to experience the heroes, villains and rousing action of the legendary saga up-close. Star Wars Day at Sea—available on select 7-Night Caribbean cruises—combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney in an engaging, day-long adventure unlike any other.

Epic Encounters
Feel the Force during surprise sightings and stellar character experiences with over a dozen Star Wars Characters—including Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO and Darth Vader.

Character Experiences
Reserve a time and then prepare to come face-to-face with the likes of Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader during scheduled Star Wars photo sessions.

Star Wars Sightings
Be on the lookout for surprise shipboard run-ins with roaming characters including Boba Fett, Jawas and First Order Stormtroopers plus some of your favorites from Star Wars Rebels, including Sabine, Ezra and Ahsoka Tano.

Star Wars Resistance Base
Younglings must defend against the dreaded First Order during this puzzle-solving adventure game inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

Recruitment Effort with BB-8
Little rebels can join in the Resistance when BB-8 and a pilot turn up inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club looking for recruits.

Out-of-this-World Entertainment
Train to be a Jedi, witness the power of a stirring, Star Wars-themed stage-show spectacular, and be moved by the saga’s signature music as fireworks light up the night out at sea.

Summon the Force Show
Behold the sensational saga’s most iconic moments on deck during this thrilling nighttime stage show celebrating the Star Wars story.

JEDI TRAINING: Trials of the Temple
Younglings are invited to train in the ways of the Force—and then test their new skills against the power of the Dark Side. Family and friends can watch the younglings test their lightsaber-wielding skills against the villains they love during this impressive and fun show.

Fireworks at Sea
Sail the ocean to a galaxy far, far away as fireworks—set to John Williams’ Star Wars score—light up the sky above you.

Galactic Activities
Guest speakers, costume celebrations, movie screenings, family trivia, a ship-wide scavenger hunt and youth club fun with the lovable BB-8 make this Star Wars sailing a blast.

Special Guest Speakers
Get the scoop on what it’s like to bring the Star Wars universe to life during panel discussions with those who know firsthand.

Costume Celebrations
Suit up as your favorite Star Wars hero or villain and join other fans for unforgettable cosplay parties in the grand Atrium.

Movie Marathon
Relive the mythic journey of the Skywalkers during screenings of all 9 films—including Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
Think you’re a worthy bounty hunter? Find and decode secret messages to solve a ship-wide, Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt.

Family Trivia
A battle of wits! Unleash your inner fan with challenging games designed to test your knowledge of Star Wars heroes and foes.

Star Wars Drawing Academy
Calling all Padawans: Learn to draw some of your favorite Star Wars characters, including Yoda, BB-8, Darth Vader and more.

New to the Star Wars Universe, young rebel? Brush up on the acclaimed story during this eye-opening, interactive session.


Update for 2017 SWDAS

Having recently returned from a March SWDAS, Wanted to update a few things.

For the most part it is the same as last year.  However, the Meet and Greets are a little more streamlined in how they are run.  This year, they are allowing people to chose to do the Trials at The Temple, which is a good thing.  Last year it was a random selection process that didn’t work out too well.  The meet and greets for this year were:

Droids: R2D2 and C3PO
Darkside:  Darth Vader
First Order Kylo Ren
Rebels: Chewie

Now, those are the ones I saw.  I don’t know if there were alternate ones at different times. For the Roaming characters notably missing were the Imperial Guards. I did notice that the characters were much more approachable and amiable to taking photos.  A word of caution with the Tuskan Raiders: they will take your phone and hand to someone else.  Don’t worry, you will get it back.  Also different for this year is the backdrops were only for family photos, none of the characters were in the photos there.  The Summon the Force show at 10:15 p.m. was different than last years but great none the less.  I didn’t take near as many pictures or videos as I wanted to experience the day.  Here is the link to some of the videos and pictures.

SWDAS 2017 pictures

2017 SWDAS Eastern – March 11-18 2017

Imperial March Rintone:
Imperial March

SWDAS videos:
SWDAS videos from 2016/17

SWDAS Pictures:


SWDAS Navigators Feb 6-13, 2016

SWDAS Activies as seen from APP, Feb 6-13, 2016

Basic SWDAS room decorations:

Link to Amber Wood Star Wars Day At Sea posted at DCG on April 20, 2017

Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

Departing Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1 and 15, 2017, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25; March 11, 25; and April 8, 2017, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.


Star Wars Day at Sea will be on 15 Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Departing Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; April 14, 2018, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 10, 24; March 10, 24; and April 7, 2018, the Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney Castaway Cay.


Star Wars Day at Sea 2019 will only be on Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., departing Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2.