2018 Disney Cruises – Sail Dates, Ports & More

LAST UPDATE: 2/21/17

Itineraries for 2018 Disney Cruises are listed below, along with a complete 2018 Disney Cruise Line schedule (the portion Disney has announced thus far).

If you’re thinking about taking a Disney Cruise in 2018, you may also want to read our comprehensive Disney Cruise discount guide and Disney Cruise planning tips pages.

Sailings for Winter/Spring (January through May) went on sale for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members on October 26, 2016 and everyone else on October 27, 2016.

New!Sailings for Summer (May through September) go on sale for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members on February 22, 2017 and everyone else on February 23, 2017.

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New!Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy offers 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral for January through September 2018, with two unique cruises in June – an 11-night Southern Caribbean and a 3-night Bahamian.

Complete 2018 Disney Fantasy Cruise Schedule

Date # Nights Type From Visiting Special Features
Jan 6 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Jan 13 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Jan 20 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Jan 27 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Feb 3 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Feb 10 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Feb 17 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Feb 24 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Mar 3 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Mar 10 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Mar 17 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Mar 24 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Mar 31 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Apr 7 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Apr 14 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay  Star Wars Day at Sea
Apr 21 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Apr 28 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
May 5 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
May 12 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
May 19 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
May 26 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Jun 2 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Jun 9 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Jun 16 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Jun 23 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Jun 30 11 Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola, Castaway Cay Unique, Independence Day
Jul 11 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay Unique (for the Fantasy)
Jul 14 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Jul 21 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Jul 28 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Aug 4 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Aug 11 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Aug 18 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Aug 25 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Sep 1 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Sep 8 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Sep 15 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Sep 22 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Sep 29 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay

Click here to download a brochure with details on the itineraries above.

  • If you are interested in booking a 2018 cruise on the Disney Fantasy, we recommend you contact Small World Vacations now, while the best staterooms and lowest fares are still available. Small World Vacations offers onboard credit of $50-$1000 per booking, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab. Small World Vacations also gives you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by phone toll-free. Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them!

New!Disney Dream

The Disney Dream offers 3-night and 4-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral, visiting Nassau and Castaway Cay, for January through September 2018, with a series of 4-night and 5-night double-dip cruises in June.

Complete 2018 Disney Dream Cruise Schedule

Date # Nights Type From Visiting Special Features
Jan 2 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 5 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 8 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 12 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 15 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 19 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 22 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 26 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jan 29 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 2 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 5 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 9 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 12 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 16 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 19 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 23 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Feb 26 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 2 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 5 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 9 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 12 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 16 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 19 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 23 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 26 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Mar 30 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 2 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 6 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 9 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 13 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 16 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 20 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 23 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 27 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Apr 30 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 4 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 7 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 11 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 14 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 18 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 21 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 25 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
May 28 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jun 1 5 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jun 6 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jun 10 5 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jun 15 5 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jun 20 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jun 24 5 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jun 29 5 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jul 4 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip, Independence Day
Jul 8 5 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay (2X), Nassau Double Dip
Jul 13 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jul 16 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jul 20 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jul 23 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jul 27 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Jul 30 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 3 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 6 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 10 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 13 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 17 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 20 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 24 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 27 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Aug 31 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 3 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 7 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 10 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 14 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 17 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 21 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 24 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau
Sep 28 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Nassau

Click here to download a brochure with details on the itineraries above.

  • If you are interested in booking a 2018 cruise on the Disney Dream, we recommend you contact Small World Vacations now, while the best staterooms and lowest fares are still available. Small World Vacations offers onboard credit of $50-$1000 per booking, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab. Small World Vacations also gives you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by phone toll-free. Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them!

New!Disney Wonder

Schedule in a nutshell:

Complete 2018 Disney Wonder Cruise Schedule

Date # Nights Type From Visiting Special Features
Jan 5 4 Western Caribbean Galveston Cozumel
Jan 9 5 Western Caribbean Galveston Falmouth Reposition to San Juan
Jan 14 7 Southern Caribbean San Juan Antigua, St. Lucia, Curaçao, Aruba Unique
Jan 21 7 Southern Caribbean San Juan St. Kitts, Martinique, Antigua, Aruba Unique
Jan 28 7 Southern Caribbean San Juan Antigua, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Aruba Unique
Feb 4 4 Eastern Caribbean San Juan St. Thomas, Castaway Cay Reposition to Port Canaveral
Feb 8 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Feb 11 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Feb 18 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral St. Maarten, San Juan, Castaway Cay
Feb 25 7 Western Caribbean Port Canaveral Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Mar 4 7 Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral St. Maarten, San Juan, Castaway Cay
Mar 11 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 15 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 18 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 22 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 25 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 29 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay
Apr 1 4 Bahamian Port Canaveral Nassau, Castaway Cay
Apr 5 3 Bahamian Port Canaveral Castaway Cay
Apr 8 14 Panama Canal Port Canaveral Castaway Cay, Cartagena, Puntarenas, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas Reposition to San Diego
Apr 22 5 Baja California San Diego Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas
Apr 27 2 Baja California San Diego Ensenada
Apr 29 5 Baja California San Diego Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas
May 4 2 Baja California San Diego Ensenada
May 6 5 Baja California San Diego Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas
May 11 2 Baja California San Diego Ensenada
May 13 3 Baja California San Diego Ensenada
May 16 5 California Coast San Diego San Francisco, Victoria Reposition to Vancouver
May 21 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
May 28 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Jun 4 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Jun 11 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Jun 18 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Jun 25 7 Alaskan Vancouver Icy Strait Point, Skagway, Juneau/Tracy Arm, Ketchikan
Jul 2 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan Independence Day
Jul 9 9 Alaskan Vancouver Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Unique
Jul 18 5 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Ketchikan Unique
Jul 23 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Jul 30 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Aug 6 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Aug 13 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Aug 20 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Aug 27 7 Alaskan Vancouver Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Sep 3 7 Alaskan Vancouver Icy Strait Point, Skagway, Juneau/Tracy Arm, Ketchikan

Click here to download a brochure with details on the itineraries above.

  • If you are interested in booking a 2018 cruise on the Disney Wonder, we recommend you contact Small World Vacations now, while the best staterooms and lowest fares are still available. Small World Vacations offers onboard credit of $50-$1000 per booking, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab. Small World Vacations also gives you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by phone toll-free. Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them!

New!Disney Magic

Schedule in a nutshell:

Complete 2018 Disney Magic Cruise Schedule

Date # Nights Type From Visiting Special Features
Jan 5 3 Bahamian Miami Castaway Cay
Jan 3 4 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Jan 7 5 Western Caribbean Miami Cozumel, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Jan 12 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Jan 17 4 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Jan 21 5 Western Caribbean Miami Cozumel, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Jan 26 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Jan 31 4 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Feb 4 5 Western Caribbean Miami Cozumel, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Feb 9 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Feb 14 4 Bahamian Miami Nassau, Castaway Cay
Feb 18 5 Western Caribbean Miami Grand Cayman, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Feb 23 14 ??? Miami ??? Drydock?
Mar 9 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 14 4 Bahamian Miami Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 18 5 Western Caribbean Miami Cozumel, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Mar 23 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Mar 28 4 Bahamian Miami Key West, Castaway Cay
Apr 1 5 Western Caribbean Miami Cozumel, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Apr 6 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Apr 11 4 Bahamian Miami Nassau, Castaway Cay
Apr 15 5 Western Caribbean Miami Grand Cayman, Castaway Cay  Marvel
Apr 20 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Apr 25 4 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Apr 29 5 Western Caribbean Miami Grand Cayman, Castaway Cay  Marvel
May 4 5 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
May 9 4 Bahamian Miami Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
May 13 13 Transatlantic Miami Ponta Delgada (Azores), Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga, Ibiza Reposition to Barcelona
May 26 7 Mediterranean Barcelona Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Cannes
Jun 2 7 Mediterranean Barcelona Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Villefranche
Jun 9 7 Mediterranean Barcelona Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Cannes
Jun 16 7 Mediterranean Barcelona Marseilles, Villefranche, Genoa, Livorno, Naples Reposition to Civitavecchia (Rome)
Jun 23 7 Mediterranean Civitavecchia (Rome) Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Cannes, Marseilles Reposition to Barcelona
Jun 30 7 Mediterranean Barcelona Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Villefranche Independence Day
Jul 7 10 Mediterranean Barcelona Marseilles, Villefranche, Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Palma De Mallorca Unique
Jul 17 5 Mediterranean Barcelona Cannes, Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome) Unique
Jul 22 7 Western European Barcelona Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, Cherbourg Reposition to Dover
Jul 29 11 Northern European Dover Amsterdam, Warnemunde, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Talinn Reposition to Copenhagen
Aug 9 7 Northern European Copenhagen Talinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm Unique
Aug 16 10 Norwegian Fjords & Iceland Copenhagen Kristiansand, Stavanger, Alesund, Reykjavik, Invergordon Reposition to Dover
Aug 26 7 Norwegian Fjords Dover Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger Unique
Sep 2 7 British Isles Dover Cork, Dublin, Greenock, Liverpool Unique

Click here to download a brochure with details on the itineraries above.

  • If you are interested in booking a 2018 cruise on the Disney Magic, we recommend you contact Small World Vacations now, while the best staterooms and lowest fares are still available. Small World Vacations offers onboard credit of $50-$1000 per booking, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab. Small World Vacations also gives you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by phone toll-free. Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them!

2018 Special/Themed Cruises

Disney Vacation Club Cruise

The Disney Vacation Club member cruise for 2018 has not yet been announced.

DVC member cruises are only open to Disney Vacation Club members who have purchased at least some of their vacation points directly from Disney (rather than from another member via resale). Members can use their vacation points to book the cruise or can pay cash rates. Typically DVC cruises are significantly more expensive than similar cruises for the general public, but guests will be given a wide variety of DVC special gifts and will get to experience some exclusive member events including talks by special guests including artists, imagineers and/or actors from classic Disney movies.

Whether the DVC member cruise is worth booking is a personal judgment call. The extra events are difficult or impossible to experience any other way. The various DVC gifts are usually a mix of the usual kinds of tote bags, pens, and so forth you can get by attending a DVC meeting or buying a new DVC contract, plus at least a few special and unique items. Some people love the DVC member cruise and try to go on each one. Others go once and feel it’s not worth the extra money.

Double Dip Cruises

A “Double Dip” sailing is one that visits Castaway Cay twice on the same cruise. Many people (including us) feel the Castaway Cay day is the highlight of a Bahamian or Caribbean cruise, and this gives you a double dose! The Castaway Cay days are usually not consecutive. Most commonly you go first to Castaway Cay, then Nassau, then back to Castaway Cay. Both days follow the typical Castaway Cay schedule: off the ship at 8:30 am (depending on sea conditions), and all aboard at 4:45 pm. The same excursions and activities will be available both days, though if you want to do the same activity or book a cabana for both days, you’ll need to book each day separately. If you want, you can run the Castaway Cay 5K twice!

In the rare event that the ship visits Castaway Cay two days in a row, the ship will not stay docked overnight. It will leave the island at the usual time on the first day and come back the next morning.

Unique Cruises

Unique cruises have an itinerary that is different from other cruises that ship is sailing around that time. They either visit an unusual location or locations or visit a unique combination of common locations. Repositioning cruises are all unique as well.

Repositioning Cruises

Repositioning is when a cruise starts in one port and finishes in another. These cruises can be a good deal, as they usually are cheaper per day than conventional round-trip cruises. They also tend to go to more unusual locations. The longest repositioning cruises are the Panama Canal and Transatlantic cruises, which are almost always the cheapest cruises (per night) of the whole year. All repositioning cruises (so far) are on the Magic and Wonder, because the Dream and Fantasy stick to round-trip cruises from Port Canaveral.

Other Special/Themed Cruises

The complete schedule of themed cruises has not yet been announced for 2018. However, some of the themed cruises that have been offered in the past include Halloween-themed cruises for sailings in late September through the end of October, special Christmas decorations and activities from early November through the end of the year and special holiday cruises for sailings that include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, that will often include special meals and events on the actual holiday.

Star Wars Day at Sea Sailings:

Star Wars Day at Sea cruises feature a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, at-sea screenings of Star Wars films, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. Guests are encouraged to bring their costumes and participate in the costume celebration held in the ship’s atrium.

Star Wars Day at Sea will take place on selected Disney Fantasy 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises in early 2018. The Eastern Caribbean cruises are January 13, 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 24; April 7. The Western Caribbean cruises are January 6, 20; February 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; April 14.

Marvel Day at Sea Sailings:

Marvel Day at Sea will be a special all-day celebration of the Marvel Universe, taking place on multiple cruises on the Disney Magic in Late Winter/Early Spring 2018. Special features include multiple Marvel character meet-and-greets, Marvel-themed activities for families, Marvel movie screenings, special merchandise and food, and an exclusive Marvel deck party.

Marvel Day at Sea will take place on 5-night Disney Magic Western Caribbean cruises departing from Miami on January 7, 21; February 4, 18; March 18 and April 1, 15 and 29, 2018. All will include a stop at Castaway Cay.

Independence Day Sailings:

On sailings that include July 4th, there is usually a special celebration with characters dressed in red, white and blue outfits. There has not been a special fireworks show in the past, but sometimes on sailings in the Caribbean or Bahamas they move pirate night to July 4th so they will have fireworks on Independence Day. (There is no pirate night or fireworks on sailings outside the Caribbean and Bahamas.)

The following sailings include Independence Day (July 4th, 2018):

Halloween Sailings:

During this period there will be special Halloween events onboard, including Halloween-themed parties, storytellings, movies and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. You will also find characters dressed in Halloween costumes, as well as a costume party for families and, just for adults, a costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor in the nighttime entertainment district.

In the past there has not been any special menu for Halloween night itself, over and above what they do on all the Halloween themed cruises during the whole period, but there will be some special Halloween-themed treats.

Thanksgiving sailings:

In the past there has been a special menu that day, and pictures with Pilgrim Mickey and Minnie. The Christmas decorations will usually be fully up by Thanksgiving, and there will be a full set of holiday activities and events.

Christmas sailings:

Typically, Christmas decorations will be up from early November through the final New Year’s sailing, and there will be special holiday events during that whole period, including meet and greets with characters in special Christmas outfits. Some of the more elaborate Christmas decorations, including a huge, real gingerbread house, will not be up until later in November.

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, will be transformed with “snow” flurries, a Christmas tree and more. Be on the lookout for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, dressed in their island attire. Plus, the island’s tram is decorated to resemble a reindeer, complete with antlers and a tail.

In the past there have been unique special events and a special menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve sailings:

In the past there has been a special party with countdown and balloon drop on New Year’s Eve.

  • If you are interested in booking a holiday or themed cruise in 2018, we recommend you contact Small World Vacations now, while the best staterooms and lowest fares are still available. Small World Vacations offers onboard credit of $50-$1000 per booking, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab. Small World Vacations also gives you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by phone toll-free. Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them!

2018 Drydock Plans

No drydock plans have been officially announced for 2018 yet, but there is a suspicious 14-night gap in the Disney Magic’s schedule in February that might be for a drydock.