Is a Marvel Day at Sea cruise worth it if I don’t like Marvel? I know this seems like a dumb question, but I’m sure it’s one that has been asked before. Sometimes we can’t control when we can vacation. When it comes to Disney Cruise Line, you could end up sailing on a Halloween on the High Seas, Very Merrytime, Star Wars Day at Sea or Marvel Day at Sea cruise inadvertently. When it comes to Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea, it’s more likely that you’re a massive fan of the properties and planned your dates around these cruises specifically. Maybe someone you are traveling with is a huge fan, but you’re not and you’re stuck. The question remains – is it worth it?
The short answer – yes. I’ve been intrigued about the Day at Sea cruises for a couple years now, but never had the opportunity to try one. That changed in 2018 when Disney invited me to sail on a Marvel Day at Sea cruise as part of a media event. Marvel Day at Sea cruises sail out of Miami on the Disney Magic for 5-nights in January, February, and March, and are either Bahamian or Western Caribbean itineraries. Of those 5-nights, only one full day is dedicated to Marvel making the Marvel Day at Sea name very literal.
Some of the cruises have only one day at sea, which is all Marvel all the time, and others have two days at sea, so you have one “normal” day at sea. It might seem like a bad thing if you really don’t care for Marvel and go on an itinerary with only one day at sea, but if you are flexible then you can definitely have two days with only one Marvel filled day. Marvel does take over both theaters during the day at sea along with the atrium, so it can be a little overwhelming, but there are definitely still ways to escape the madness.
Even if you don’t like Marvel, there are still plenty of bright spots. The Marvel Heroes Unite show that happens on the top deck as the nightly show is a must-see for everyone. Some of the acting and choreography leaves a lot to be desired, but the stunts in the show are a lot of fun and it has fireworks! That’s right – you get fireworks twice on a Marvel Day at Sea cruise, because you still have Pirate Night fireworks!
Another highlight of Marvel Day at Sea is the classic Disney characters. I long for the days of Star Wars Weekends where I could meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and the rest of the gang in special costumes and that’s still alive during Marvel Day at Sea. Obviously they are wearing Marvel gear, not Star Wars, but it’s a nice touch. The costumes are inspired by the Marvel heroes instead of being direct interpretations of the Marvel hero costumes and they are all pretty great. They even try to match the Disney character with the Marvel character’s personality.
It doesn’t matter where you are eating in your rotation during Marvel Day at Sea, because every restaurant (minus Palo) has a special Marvel menu. The good news is the food is on par with the food you’d get any other night. I definitely preferred the Marvel Day at Sea menu to the Pirate Night menu, which I just do not care for anymore.
If you can’t tell, there is definitely a lot of Marvel going on during Marvel Day at Sea, but I would never avoid this cruise solely on bad feelings towards Marvel. Maybe I’m not the best person to speak on this, because I love Marvel and I found myself wishing that both days at sea would’ve been dedicated to Marvel, but that also is a testament to how non-intrusive it can be.
From the second I woke up during our Marvel Day at Sea to the last moments spent in the adult district at a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed dance party, my entire day was immersed in Marvel with no break and expanding it would allow more people to experience everything they want to see. You could spend the entire day only meeting characters if you don’t have a good strategy. If you don’t care to do anything Marvel then you can just watch as people run around non-stop on their day at sea instead of relaxing. Whatever your feelings on Marvel are, try the cruise. It’s a great length, with a decent itinerary, on a great ship.