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Pirates IN the Caribbean

Ships: Dream, Fantasy, Magic, Wonder
You’ll know it is Pirate Night when you see fellow passengers with eye patches, bandanas and other pirate garb. This themed nighttime deck party, held once every cruise, is not to be missed. During the show, outdoors on the top deck, stunt performers fly from the ship’s funnel; characters including Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook and Captain Mickey, as well as Minnie and Goofy make appearances; there is dancing, music and games; and the fun is capped by a spectacular fireworks display. Costumes are optional. But come on… you know you want to.

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Just for grownups

Ships: Dream, Fantasy, Magic, Wonder
While Disney focuses a lot of attention on kids, the cruise line also keeps adults happy with fun and even inspired adults-only offerings on every ship, such as signature Taittinger bubbly served in the Pink Champagne Bar on Disney Dream, where whether you imbibe or not you’ll see Dumbo in the pink bubble decor. Themed discos (underwater on Magic, London Underground on Fantasy) are open into the wee hours. O’Gill’s Irish Pub and sports bars show top sporting events (thanks to Disney’s connection with ESPN), comedians do late-night shows that may include off-color jokes, and piano players and blues singers keep it low key in beautifully decorated lounges.

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Castaway Cay

Ships: On Western Caribbean and Bahamian cruises, as well as Transatlantic and Panama Canal cruises.
Disney’s Castaway Cay in the Bahamas is the cruise line’s most popular port of call, the white sands and clear turquoise sea so perfect you’d think a sprinkling of pixie dust was involved. The 1,000-acre island has separate beaches for families, teens and adults, as well as all-you-can-eat BBQs, wet fun including on a floating play area with waterslides and water cannons, character appearances, live crab races, supervised kids activities and the Flying Dutchman ship from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Adults can indulge in open-air massages and big spenders can book beachfront cabanas that come with cushy seating, shower and a “host” to deliver food and beverages. Some of the line’s itineraries visit twice. It’s that good.

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First-run movies

Ships: Dream, Fantasy, Magic, Wonder
On all the ships the Walt Disney Theatre and Buena Vista Theatre both host first-run Disney and Pixar movies, including premieres, which are shown at sea on the same date as on land. Both theaters are equipped with Digital 3-D and even have popcorn/candy concession stands. The Buena Vista also shows Disney classics. Up on deck, thanks to a giant Funnel Vision screen, you can watch Disney animation, movies and major sporting events while lounging at the pool.

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