Very Merrytime Cruise, Disney Dream, part 5
Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) is Disney Cruise Line's Private Island. Most (but not all) Disney Cruise Itineraries stop here. Is is heaven on earth.
If I could go on a Cruise and only stop here, I would be happy.
The day before we docked at Castaway Cay, we were in Nassau and it rained all day. The Captain was unsure if we would be able to spend the day at Castaway Cay because of possible rain. Not only did it not rain, but is ended up being the best weather of our entire cruise.
At Castaway Cay, the ship pulls right up to dock. No tendering needed so you can easily get on and off the ship all day. It is a little walk down to the main beach area. We didn't think it was bad. There is also a tram (more about this later) that brings people around the island.
Make sure you bring you key to the world card whenever you dock to get back on the ship!
Since Castaway Cay is Disney's Island, the theming continues when you get off the ship. We were on the Very Merrytime Cruise. The island was adorned with Christmas Trees and decorations. There are plenty of photo ops you can stop at right as you disembark the ship.
Fun fact: There is a working Post Office at Castaway Cay. Stop with your family and send a post card from Disney's Private Island! They get a special Disney postmark : )
The Island itself is gorgeous.
Castaway Cay is perfect for everyone.
However, we did NOT have a chance to meet characters, because we wanted to get settled in at the beach.
We did use the water slides, however we did not bring our camera. In the picture below you can ALMOST see the slides which are located behind the red building.
You can walk or take the Tram. The Island itself is only 3 miles long.
The tram is a great way to get around the island. Sometimes, it can take a while to catch and could be easier to walk.
Walking from one end to the other could take a while, but it is very well themed and worth the hike. It IS Disney after all.
There is a map and a document called "Legend of Castaway Cay" If you plan to walk the island I recommend printing this out before you go to make it more enjoyable. You will see a plane wreck, and artifacts from the imagineers along the way.
Things to Do/Excursions (most cost extra)
Unfortunately I have no pictures of the food but there are plenty of options.
The food at Serenity Bay differs slightly because they also have ribeye steak, and on occasion, lobster.
There are also bars location on the island that have signature mixed drinks, and beer available for purchase.
I cannot recommend this island enough. Ideally, I would like to cruise only to this island and stay all week. There is truly something for everyone, and an all around feel good vibe.
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Very Merrytime Cruise, Disney Dream, part 4
Ahoy! Like everything Disney does, t'is all in the details, and thar is no shortage of this for the Cruise Line's Pirate Night. The entire day is filled with Pirate themed entertainment including the wee one's club, dining, pirate photo ops and characters dressed as buccaneers.
Pirate night happens on most, but not every Disney Cruise. Wee ones of all ages (that means parents also!) are encouraged to participate. Many clans bring costumes and dress up for the event. Don't worry if ye forget yer costume, because Disney provides all guests with a bandana to wear. Not only is it functional, but t'is also a wonderful and FREE souvenir to take home with ye.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offers pirate makeovers as well, that include beards (or lip gloss), make up, eye shadow, and maybe even a scar or two. This be be something ye pre-book. Thee packages range anywhere from $45-$100.
Here be some pictures of me mateys enjoying Pirate Night!
Alas! Here are some pictures of a few pirates on thee galleon (the boat) that we met. Pirate Stitch and of course Jake! Arrr! Ye could also meet Peter Pan, Cap'n Jack Sparrow, Cap'n Hook and Mr. Smee, but we didn't get a chance to meet them. This is on my must do list for our next Pirate Night.
At dinnertime, all of the restaurants had the same pirate themed menus that looked like treasure maps. The menu items all had catchy menu names like, "Castaway Chicken Breast" or "Sunken Vegetable Treasure." I cannot offer a review of this menu because the adults in my clan dined at Palo this night, and my daughter dined in thee Wee one Club.
Arrr! The show begins after the second dinner seating so you have plenty of time to head back to your stateroom to begin your transformation into a buccaneer. After a long day for the kiddos, some rest time prior to the party might be a good idea. Try to arrive a little bit early because pretty much everyone on thee galleon (the ship) will be at thee party. This way you can get a good spot. We chose to be on the balcony, which was one deck above the party, and our view was unobstructed.
Arrr! The show is jam packed with action. Cap'n Jack Sparrow performs a stage show, and the highlight of the night are fireworks at sea! Can you image being out in the open waters of the Caribbean, and watching a private fireworks show? Truly breathtaking. After the fireworks, there is a dance party. I am not sure how late the dance party goes because we headed back to our room with our tired little one right after the fireworks show.
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