Disneyland is sometimes called the happiest place on Earth, but a Disney cruise just might be the happiest place in the ocean. When you embark on a Disney cruise, you enjoy all the excitement of a Disney theme park. The only difference is that the fun happens on a huge ship in the middle of the ocean. And not only do you get to visit exotic ports of call, but you also get to travel accompanied by a host of iconic Disney characters.

Are you planning to book passage on a Disney-owned cruise ship? Here are five things you should know before you pack your bags and begin the adventure.

Disney Boasts Four Cruise Line Ships

Disney has more than just one luxury cruise ship to transport you to faraway places. In fact, they have four ships: Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. All of them have their own unique designs and offer a wide array of restaurants, clubs, first-run movies, Broadway-style shows and child-friendly attractions that keep guests of all ages entertained.

Disney Ships Are the Only in the World With 4 Captains

While other ships have only one captain on board, each Disney cruise ship boasts four captains to keep things running smoothly. In addition to the ship’s captain, each Disney ship has Captain Mickey, Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook. With that many captains keeping an eye on things, you should feel confident the ship will enjoy smooth sailing!

Each Disney Cruise Ship Has a Pirate Night

Embarking on a Disney cruise? Well, don’t forget to grab your eye patch and antique spyglass. Disney cruise ships all throw a huge pirate night. During the festivities, guests chow down on yummy food and then celebrate at a deck party followed by a fireworks display. If pirate parties don’t float your boat (no pun intended), each ship also offers other themed parties. Maybe the kids can’t get enough of Ana and Elsa. If so, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic both host a Frozen-themed shindig. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re in luck. Disney Fantasy provides Star Wars aficionados with a Star Wars Day at Sea. Of course, all four Disney ships have parties strictly for grownups, including themed lounges, nightclubs and bars.

Disney Has a Private Island

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Have you ever dreamed of owning your own island in the middle of the ocean, a place where you can kick back and relax as you watch the waves crash against the shore? Well, if you’re like most people, that’s totally not going to happen any time soon. After all,  it’s not exactly in the budget. But if you book a Disney cruise, you can frolic on Mickey Mouse’s private island. That’s right.  Castaway Cay, located in the Bahamas, is an exclusive island offered only to Disney Cruise guests. If your cruise is destined for the Caribbean or the Bahamas, you can bask in the tropical sun, stroll along the sandy beaches, check out the local wildlife, go parasailing or participate in other outdoorsy activities.

Book a Concierge-Level Room and Enjoy Some Luxurious Perks

Do you want to kick your vacation up another notch? Reserve a concierge-level room on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy or Disney Wonder, and you’ll find yourself relaxing on your own private sun deck. The deck comes complete with a private host who offers VIP treatment. Slather on  free sunscreen, stretch out on fancy lounge chairs and wipe your face with chilled towels that make you feel like a Disney princess — or prince.