Royal Caribbean is bringing The Wiggles on board to take on the huge success that Disney Cruises has experienced during its first season.

In the upcoming summer of 2025-2026, families and Wiggles enthusiasts can embark on exclusive Wiggles Sailings.

The move comes after a record season from Disney Cruises, which sailed the Disney Wonder this year. She is back next October.

Many have been surprised that Disney, with a high price point and a cruise pinned on the pester power of kids, has created a strong new market around characters that children love.

This may be one reason for Royal Caribbean harnessing the Wiggles, a true Aussie icon.

The Wiggles and The Wiggly Friends aboard Ovation of the Seas
Henry the Octopus will be on board too.

Bringing joy to family holidays

Royal Caribbean is partnering with The Wiggles, Australia’s cherished children’s entertainment group, to create an immersive family holiday experience.

Imagine beloved characters like Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog, and Shirley Shawn the Unicorn stealing the spotlight aboard Royal Caribbean’s luxurious ships as families embark on island-hopping adventures from Sydney to Brisbane.

Kathryn Lock, senior marketing director of Australia and New Zealand at Royal Caribbean International, expressed her excitement about the partnership. “Guests will enjoy quality family time and create lasting holiday memories, all trustingly guided by The Wiggles.”

In addition, with a blend of signature Royal Caribbean experiences and the infectious energy of The Wiggles, families are in for an adventure of a lifetime.

Captain Feathersword taking on the FlowRider
Lastly, let’s not forget Captain Feathersword.

Luke Field, general manager of The Wiggles, echoed Lock’s sentiments, highlighting the game-changing nature of the partnership by bringing on The Wiggles, who have been synonymous with fun and learning for kids for three decades.

“Together, we can’t wait to set sail and provide families with the ultimate holiday experiences,“ Field said. “We look forward to guests joining us for a Wiggly good time, where adventure and fun await around every corner.“

From character events and live concerts to exclusive merchandise, families gearing up for the ultimate Wiggly adventure are in for a treat. But the excitement doesn’t end there. What’s more, Royal Caribbean’s lineup offers a plethora of experiences for every family member, ensuring cherished memories both onboard and on land. 

Highlights include the award-winning Adventure Ocean kids program, dedicated teen hangouts, family-friendly dining spots, bumper cars, surf simulators, indoor and outdoor pools, kids splash pads, and show-stopping original entertainment across 27 ships worldwide.

The Wiggles and The Wiggly Friends at the Oversea Passenger Terminal

Disney vs The Wiggles

Disney Cruise Line with its cast of beloved characters and enchanting tales, has long been a favourite among Aussie families. When it launched sailings last year, there was a rapid take up of suites.

The line draws inspiration from Disney’s rich tapestry of heroes and villains, inviting guests to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line, expressed her excitement emphasising Disney’s dedication to celebrating Disney’s legendary stories and characters.

Partnering with The Wiggles

While Royal Caribbean’s partnership with The Wiggles marks a new chapter in family entertainment, it’s not the first time The Wiggles have ventured beyond their traditional stage shows. Over the years, The Wiggles have teamed up with various organisations and brands to bring their unique brand of fun and learning to new platforms. Here are some notable examples:

Children’s museums

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, partnered with The Wiggles to create ”The Wiggles’ World”, an immersive exhibit featuring interactive play areas and educational activities inspired by The Wiggles’ music and characters.

Theme parks

Furthermore, the Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld collaborated with The Wiggles to create ”Wiggles World”, a themed area within the park featuring rides, attractions, and live shows based on The Wiggles’ music and characters.

The Wiggles Dreamworld collaboration

Toy companies

In addition, The Wiggles also joined forces with toy manufacturer Spin Master to develop a line of Wiggles-themed toys and musical instruments, including guitars, keyboards, and plush toys.

Television networks

Finally, The Wiggles partnered with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to produce ”Ready, Steady, Wiggle!”, a children’s television series featuring live-action segments, musical performances and educational content.

Your family cruise holiday awaits

In conclusion, as Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line set sail on their respective adventures, one thing is clear: families have never had more enticing options for their holiday escapades.

What’s more, with The Wiggles bringing their unique brand of fun and Disney Cruise Line weaving its enchanting tales, the battle for the hearts of families has never been more thrilling.

So pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable journey, whether wiggling down under or setting sail with Disney’s finest.