When you cruise with Disney Cruise Line, most itineraries have one night during the voyage that’s dedicated to the “Pirates IN the Caribbean.” A pirate-themed dinner is followed by a deck party featuring Captain Hook, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Captain Mickey and the evening concludes with fireworks at sea.

Guests are encouraged to bring costumes from home, but fear not, if you forget or weren’t aware of Pirate Night prior to your sailing, the gift shops aboard the ships sell full costumes for the littlest cruisers, T-Shirts for the adults, and all kinds of pirate accessories for everyone in the family.

Pirates League packages are also available (on Pirate Night only) at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique onboard for young guests ages 3-12 who are looking to transform into pillaging pirates. Parents should be sure to set up appointments right away once onboard as they do fill up quickly.

Your stateroom attendant typically leaves a Mickey Mouse pirate bandana for each member of your party along with some chocolate gold coins to kick off the evening. Guests can wear the bandana as a simple costume if they don’t want to get too dressed up for the festivities. We should note that you are not required to dress up at all; it’s completely up to you.

A pirate-themed dinner with a special menu is part of your main dining room rotation and will take place in whichever restaurant you’re scheduled to dine at on Pirate Night. Your servers will be dressed up in swashbucklin’ garb and will speak like pirates too! Pirate Night is a good opportunity for repeat cruisers or those who don’t care for the Pirate menu to enjoy premium dining at Palo or Remy depending on which Disney ship you are on.

The Pirates in the Caribbean Deck Party is not-to-be-missed and you’ll want to be sure to check the DCL app for the listed time as it will depend on your seating time for dinner. You can watch the full performance in the video below.

The perfect finish to Pirate Night is Buccaneer Blast – DCL’s fireworks show at sea! Whether you have the first or second seating for dinner, head to the pool deck and find a spot to view the fireworks show. This is a cruise industry-first and can only be seen from the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Though the show is not as long as the fireworks shows you see at the Disney theme parks, it is amazing and a must-see! Take a look at the video below to see the whole show.

On the Disney Wish, Pirate Night will have a rock and roll twist!

Hosted by Captain Redd — a descendent of the famous red-headed rogue from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attractions — Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party will feature live music, remarkable stunts, special effects and plenty of surprises. Throughout the party, she and her band of head-banging buccaneers will perform famous radio hits from the genre, plus a rockin’ rendition of the classic pirate tune “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).”

When Redd assembles a fearsome council of captains, including the notorious scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, they’ll unlock a sparkling treasure that lights the night sky: a fantastic fireworks display underscored by an original arrangement of the sensational soundtrack from the Walt Disney Studios Pirates in the Caribbean films.