If you’re lucky enough to be taking a vacation on the Disney Cruise Line, you might be wanting to keep up with the latest Disney+ Original releases, or wanting something to keep the kids entertained in the room.

Disney Cruise ships offer various internet packages, called Connect@Sea, which can provide internet access to guests on board via a satellite.  There are three different options, which are priced according to how long you want access for:

  • Stay Connected
  • Basic Surf
  • Premium Surf

While Premium Surf offers the highest speed available, it doesn’t allow access to streaming services like Disney+ or Hulu.  The apps won’t connect, nor can you visit the websites of these streaming services, as they have been blocked.  However, when you reach a port, you could connect your device through your mobile data, but the cost of downloading large files maybe expensive if you don’t have international roaming.

So if there is something specific you want to watch on Disney+, you’ll need to download these to your devices before you board a cruise.  You can also cast films and shows from your device to the Smart TV’s in the stateroom.

While Disney+ isn’t available through the normal methods, that doesn’t mean you are left high at sea without any entertainment, as much like with a flight entertainment system, there is a wide selection of movies available on the onboard entertainment platform, which are available on Smart TV’s in the staterooms and are included in the cost of the room   There are movies from Disney, including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Channel and more.  These video-on-demand titles, are exactly like how you’d find them on an aeroplane, since it doesn’t require an internet connection to watch them.

Here’s a look at movie on-demand section:

In addition to the movie on-demand library, the in-room Smart TVs also offer a selection of television channels, including:

  • Disney Channels including Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD
  • Popular TV networks such as ABC, ESPN and other favourite entertainment, lifestyle, news and music channels
  • Exclusive Cruise channels to enhance your onboard experience, including activity listings, previews of Port Adventures, daily schedules and even a Bridgecam that offers a real-time view from the ship’s bridge

There is also a Disney+ Highlights channel, showcasing several films and shows.  During my most recent trip, there was some films shown including “Rise” and “Stargirl”.

And that’s not all. One of the benefits of being on a Disney Cruise is that they also showcase the latest films in the Buena Vista Theatre.  This theatre showcases the latest theatrical releases and also Disney+ Original films.  During my recent trip, films like “Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania”, “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 3” and “Peter Pan & Wendy” were shown, having only recently been released in cinemas.    

Disney also shows classic Disney films on the huge screen on the top deck, so families can enjoy popular films like “Frozen”, “Tangled” and “Monsters Inc”, while in the swimming pool, laid on the sunbeds or even riding the Aquaduck water slide!

So while Disney+ isn’t available onboard, there is plenty of other options to watch some of Disney’s favourite films and shows.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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