Star Wars Day at Sea: 9 Fun Facts That Will Make Your Inner Jedi Happy

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    The Force Awakens Onboard the Disney Fantasy

    Darth Vader, storm troopers, and a young jedi aboard the Disney Fantasy's Star Wars Cruise
    Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

    Update: The next Star Wars Day at Sea dates have been announced! The Disney Fantasy will be taken over by the Force for 15 special sailings between January and April of 2018. Here's a look at what was in store for Star Wars Day at Sea in 2016. 

    The Force awakened aboard Disney’s inaugural Star Wars Day at Sea on January 13, when the Disney Fantasy hosted the first of eight themed sailings (through April 16). Timed to coincide with the release of the record-breaking new movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Western Caribbean cruise dedicates one sea day to all things Star Wars. Disney went above and beyond to recreate the galaxy onboard, with Darth Vader and Boba Fett roaming the ship, Gamorrean Guards surprising children, Sand People and Jawas on decks, intercom messages from imperial leaders (“Lord Vader has boarded the ship”) and – naturally – loads of irresistible souvenirs.

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    Guests Dress As Well As Official Disney Characters

    A Star Wars costume contest in the main atrium of the Disney Fantasy
    Molly Fergus

    At a costume contest in the ship’s main atrium, it was hard to tell the difference between the official Disney characters and guests who packed their finest (and most elaborate) costumes. Seeing that passion was hands-down the best part of the day for Dan Fields, the Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Entertainment. "That energy…that was my favorite part of it," he said. "The guests really got to own that day."

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    Even Dessert Is From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Princess Leia's warm apricot pudding
    Molly Fergus

    Holographic menus with items like “Lord Vader’s Nerf Steak” (grilled marinated rib-eye with roasted fingerling potatoes” and “Yoda’s Paparadelle Pasta” (with Provencale sauce, sea scallops, and caramelized tomatoes) greeted dinner guests – including this adorable Princess Leia-themed apricot pudding. Figuring out a brand-new menu for the day was the easy part, said Disney Cruise Lines Hotel Director Lisa Pickett. “We’re very well practiced with new menus,” she said. “What was interesting was that this wasn’t just one movie the wait staff had to learn – it was a whole culture.”

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    The Crew Was Jedi Trained

    Jedi Training Academy onboard the Disney Fantasy
    Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

    “Many of our team members were not well versed or aware of Star Wars,” Picket said. “There was training to see who’s who.” What does training look like for a Star Wars day at Sea? Crew members watched all of the movies about 8 weeks out – beginning with the original trilogy. Guests can sign up for training, too: A "Star Wars 101" course introduces newbies to the universe's major themes and characters, while a shipboard version of Disney World and Disneyland's popular Jedi Training Academy lets little ones defeat the dark side.

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    The Ship Unveiled a Brand New Horn

    Darth Vader and Storm Troopers aboard the Disney Fantasy
    Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

    Cover your ears for the loudest rendition of the “Imperial March” you’ve ever heard. The signature horn (exclusive for Star Wars Day) played three times, replacing the Fantasy’s usual Disney songs (“When You Wish Upon a Star,” “it’s a small world,” “Yo Ho a Pirate’s Life for Me”). Another intergalactic touch: Riffs on Star Wars’ iconic melodies quietly play in the background all day long, throughout the ship. You’ll hear the classic tunes, as well as a few upgrades. Think – “The Imperial March: Jazz Edition.”

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  • 06 of 10

    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Plays in the Onboard Movie Theaters

    Buena Vista Theater on the Disney Dream
    Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

    In 3D, to boot! Fair warning: If you haven’t seen the movie yet, this is not the best time to watch it. Many fans in the theater are cheering on Rey and Finn for the third (or fourth, or fifth) times. Be prepared for some chatter.

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    You Can Eat Popcorn From a Carbonite-Clad Han Solo

    Carbonite Han Solo popcorn holders
    Molly Fergus

    Buy it on the first day for $8.99, and popcorn refills throughout the cruise cost $3.50. Prefer your snacks from the Dark Side? Buy Darth Vader’s mask or a First Order Tie Fighter bucket. Warning: You will eat far more popcorn this way. 

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    Or Drink Soda From a BB-8 Mug

    BB-8 mugs, Han Solo popcorn holders, and more Star Wars movie souvenirs
    Molly Fergus

    Everyone’s new favorite Droid makes an appearance in mug form. He’s as perfectly scuffed up and adorable as the on-screen version. More of a Chewie fan? He’s available in flip-top mug form, too, as is Boba Fett. 

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  • 09 of 10

    The Millennium Falcon Might Fly By

    A Magical Porthole on the Disney Fantasy
    Disney Cruise Line

    Disney’s Magical Portholes in interior rooms typically show real-time video of the sea (so everyone gets an ocean view), plus a few surprise cartoon characters. On Star Wars Day, you’ll spy a Death Star – and perhaps a “Millennium Falcon” flyby.  

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    The Souvenirs Will Break Your Bank Account

    Star Wars-themed ballet flats.
    Molly Fergus

    Star Wars fanboys and girls, you’ve been warned. The souvenirs are irresistible. We're talking gold-embroidered ballet flats that look like C-3PO ($159, Irregular Choice); Storm Trooper cufflinks ($60); R2-D2 knit hats, with Mickey ears ($21.95); and a darling BB-8 cotton dress that you could (almost) wear in everyday life ($49.95).