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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Amara Lucci McShain
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