Updated: Nov 18, 2020
(part 4 of 4)
Compiled & Edited by Nancy Surridge
Today on the MMV Blog, we’re celebrating one of the most popular events on a Disney Cruise...Pirate Night!
What is Pirate Night? On select Caribbean itineraries, you can eat, dance and be merry at a very fun pirate themed evening. Every aspect of the ship takes on a pirate theme! Here’s what you can expect:
A unique, magical and super fun evening for everyone in your sailing party!
Your stateroom host will leave a Mickey Mouse party bandanna and some chocolate gold coins for everyone.
Dinner in the main dining rooms feature servers dressed like pirates who greet you with “Ahoy Matey!” Once you’re seated, you’ll find a dinner menu that looks like an old treasure map where you can make your choice--or choices!--from Disney Cruise Line’s super yummy dinner selections.
It is truly a pirate’s life on this night of your sailing. You can enjoy trivia, games and the popular meet-and-greets with characters dressed in the pirate finery. You’re sure to capture some fun family photos on this special night.
The onboard Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique features special pirate makeovers. Sign up for these as soon as you can--your MMV agent will advise you. Costumes, t-shirts and other pirate gear are available in the onboard shops too. But, many guests bring their own costumes from home and dress up for the evening. Others just don the bandanna they receive in their stateroom and keep it simple. No matter how you dress, this is a magical evening onboard your Disney cruise.
Up on the Pool Deck, you can dance off your dinner with your favorite Disney characters at the “Pirates in the Caribbean” Deck Party. You’ll see a fun, live pirate show and play interactive games too.
There’s a full, pirate-themed buffet available too...in case you still have room after dinner!
And for the ultimate celebration...during the show you’ll see a fantastic fireworks display! That’s right--fireworks at sea! Disney Cruise Line was the first to offer this, and it is everyone’s favorite. It is really amazing to see them shoot off from the ship into the Caribbean sky. See our agent photos and video below! (Note that the fireworks show is weather-permitting and can be postponed or canceled due to weather conditions).
You can find plenty of options for sailings that include a Pirate Night at this link.
Most, but not all Caribbean sailings include pirate night and fireworks.
ALL of these 2021 and Spring 2022 sailings are available to book right now!
Your MMV Agent can help you with pricing, stateroom selection and other details.
MMV Agents share their favorite things about Disney Cruise Line’s Pirate Night!
We loved dressing up in our best pirate gear for pirate night. That afternoon most of the characters on board were dressed as pirates and we had a great time taking photos and getting autographs. Jack Sparrow was extremely entertaining. After dinner we enjoyed a great stage show out on the Pool Deck followed by fireworks! Yo Ho Yo Ho, a Pirate”s life for my family.
-MMV Agent Angela Grisham
MMV Tip- On pirate night you’ll see characters all about the ship, so always be
ready to take pictures! You never know who you’ll run into! Here’s
MMV agent Kathleen O’Neill who met Captain Hook and Mr. Smee!
MMV Agent Kari Kennedy and her family dressed for Pirate Night in their Disney Cruise.
Pirate night is so much fun!! With 4 boys it’s definitely a highlight for any cruise! The fireworks are the best part!
-MMV Agent Christina Broekhuizen
MMV Agent Kim Viravec and her family group enjoy dressing like pirates and planning their group costume theme. Here they are posing with Captain Mickey on their Disney Cruise! Kim and her family love watching the fireworks at sea too.
MMV Agent Lisa Monroe and her friend on Pirate Night
On our first-ever Disney Cruise, we purchased a pirate makeover and a Jack Sparrow costume that we were able to reuse a few months later at Walt Disney World for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. On our second sailing, I brought my own costume--and we were able to still book a pirate makeover and just do the makeup portion. Nothing gets you in the mood for pirate night like a makeover!
Pirate night is always capped off with fireworks at sea, bright and beautiful. However, getting invited up on stage made it a truly unforgettable night!
-MMV Agent Amy Wu Baird
MMV Tip: We enjoy bringing temporary pirate tattoos which my son loves
to pixie dust to other kids onboard. And sometimes, we bring other pirate props
to share with others. On our last cruise, we shared some of our pirate gear
with our newly minted friends, our dinner tablemates, and the four of us were
invited on stage to perform during the pirate stage show!
MMV Agent Melissa Hayes and her family dressed up for Pirate Night
Not sure you want to get dressed up like a pirate? Not to worry! You can keep it simple, by just donning a bandanna. Or you can select clothing that has a pirate feel to it but isn’t actually costume.
MMV Agent Marianne Kline says: “It doesn't matter how decked out you go, just participate & enjoy the festivities!”
Photo credits: MMV Agent Marianne Kline
MMV Agent Amy Miller-Mitchell and her husband dining
in their upscale finery during Pirate Night
MMV Agent Leslie Sacristan and her husband (check out his tie!)
elegantly dressed up for dinner at Palo with Pirate Minnie!
MMV Agents and clients agree--seeing fireworks at sea from the ship is amazing!
Photo credits: MMV Agent Jill Gergel
Photo credits: MMV Agent Kathleen O’Neill
Video Credit: MMV Agent Jill Gergel
Pirate Night looks super fun, right? It’s just one more magical part of a Disney Cruise.
Let’s get your Disney Cruise booked!
Remember, planning well in advance for your Disney Cruise is the smart way to go. Why? Because booking early gets you the best possible pricing for your Disney Cruise. Prices rise as the ship fills. Plus, you’ll have a wider selection of staterooms to choose from, and if you’re sailing with family and friends you can arrange nearby/connecting staterooms more easily. If you prefer the early dinner seating, that is easier to get when you book early. And, best of all, you’ll have something magical and fun to look forward to!
Photo credit: MMV Agent Marianne Kline
MMV Tip: Did you know? You can book your Disney Cruise with a deposit equal to
20% of the cruise fare. And, book with confidence--if you need to, for most bookings,
you can cancel your cruise and you can get a refund of your deposit up until your
final payment date. This date varies by cruise, but in general is about 90 days prior
to sailing. Some restrictions do apply, ask your MMV agent for details.
MMV Agents are Disney cruise experts and can answer all your questions
and offer guidance and tips...all at no extra cost to you.
MMV Agents dressed up for Pirate Night on the Disney Dream.
Photo credit: MMV Agent Ashley Ebey
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Editor’s note: Many thanks to the MMV agents
who contributed stories and photos to this post!
All the photos included in this post come from our talented agents!