Disney continues to integrate Marvel and Star Wars programming onto its cruise ships, the latest development being a renovated Oceaneer Club on the Disney Fantasy
The Oceaneer Club, for ages 3 to 12, is home to two new spaces: the Marvel Super Hero Academy and Star Wars: Command Post.
Disney Cruise Line took the wraps off the renovated kids club and a couple of other new spaces (a Tiffany & Co. jewelry store and the Sweet on You ice cream and candy shop) during a three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla., in May.
The Super Hero Academy on the Fantasy differs from the Avengers Academy on the Disney Wonder (a space that opened last year) in that a whole new cast of heroes delights the kids. Whereas Spider-Man and Captain America can be found on the Wonder, the Fantasy is home to Doctor Strange and Thor.
Doctor Strange shows how to cast a spell in the Marvel Super Hero Academy, part of the renovated Oceaneer Club onboard the Disney Fantasy. Photo Credit: TW photo by Jerry Limone
Doctor Strange teaches kids a spell to fight Dormammu (one of Doctor Strange's foes), and Thor demonstrates how to construct a hammer and use it against his nemesis, Loki.
More imaginative play awaits in the Star Wars: Command Post, where children learn the ways of the Force, using that power to repel stormtroopers and move objects. Also, they can interact with the droid BB-8, visit planets on the flight simulator or play Star Wars games on iPads.
Disney will continue to showcase Marvel in the fall, when the cruise line launches its Marvel Day at Sea on some Disney Magic sailings. The Marvel Day at Sea will involve a deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities and superhero meet-and-greets.
There will even be something just for the adults during the Marvel Day at Sea: a meet-and-greet with the spacefaring misfits of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films. The Fathoms nightclub will become a Ravager hideout where passengers can meet Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot. Star-Lord will be grooving to the 1970s pop tunes on his Awesome Mixtape.
Disney will resume its Star Wars Day at Sea on the Fantasy in 2018; Disney debuted that event in 2016.
Besides the Star Wars: Command Post and Marvel Super Hero Academy, guests on the Fantasy will find two other new spaces.
Up on the pool deck, guests in search of an ice cream upgrade can get that in Sweet on You, where they can purchase gelato, candy and baked goods.
In the Tiffany & Co. store, guests can shop for engagement rings (and receive advice on how to best pop the question on a Disney cruise). Ladies who spot a desired piece of jewelry may drop a "hint" in the Tiffany mailbox, to be sent to her significant other as a gift suggestion.
The launch of the Disney-Tiffany partnership, however, does not include Disney-themed jewelry, which may come as a disappointment to hardcore Disney fans.