Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay
Going ashore for the day at Castaway Cay.

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private tropical island in the Bahamas. From our breakfast table over a cup of coffee, we watched as our big cruise ship was slowly maneuvered alongside the Castaway pier.

Castaway Cay from the air.
Castaway Cay from the air.
Snorkeling Bay.  We saw lots of fish, including some sea bass.  They have huge nets stretched across the mouth of the bay to keep out large predator fish, like sharks and barracudas.
Snorkeling Bay. We saw lots of fish, including some sea bass. They have huge nets stretched across the mouth of the bay to keep out large predator fish, like sharks and barracudas.
We did not snorkel out as far as the underwater Mickey, but a lot of kids did.
We did not snorkel out as far as the underwater Mickey, but a lot of kids did.

Our shore excursion for the day included unlimited snorkeling, floaties, and bicycling around the island. A huge bar-b-que lunch was provided under covered, open air picnic table seating just up from the beach.

Nets across the bay opening to keep out sharks.
Nets across the bay opening to keep out sharks.
Bicycling around the entire island. The island vegetation was so thick it reminded us of Jurassic Park!
Bicycling around the entire island. The island vegetation was so thick it reminded us of Jurassic Park!

We bicycled around the island after lunch from Snorkeling Bay to the adult beach at Serenity Bay, but they also run trams back and forth every 6 minutes.

Serenity Bay, the over 18 beach for adults only.  Deserted!  We counted only ten people on the adult beach.
Serenity Bay, the over 18 beach for adults only. Deserted! We counted only ten people on the white sand beach.
We loved the beach here.  It was shallow with a sandy bottom a long ways out. You could drag your beach chair into the water, and sit and enjoy the waves splashing over your toes.
We loved the beach here. It was shallow with a sandy bottom a long ways out. You could drag your beach chair into the water, and sit and enjoy the waves splashing over your toes.
Collecting sea shells by the sea shore.
Collecting sea shells by the sea shore.

Even after a whole day out on the beaches enjoying the surf and sun, we weren’t ready to go back to the ship at 4pm. Our 40% cast member discount also worked on Castaway Cay, so we stopped in the shops and picked up some t-shirts and special Castaway trading pins.

A perfect Caribbean day at Castaway Cay!
A perfect Caribbean day at Castaway Cay!

They warn you in the morning before you leave the Dream that if you hear the ship’s horns playing and you’re not back onboard, you’re late! Literally, the horns started playing as we walked up the gang plank!

We had won a foot and leg massage at the spa by playing bingo the day before, and we still had that to do before dinnertime! So much to do, so little time! 🙂

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