The itinerary boasts a whole day at Castaway Cay which seems like plenty of time. Trust me, the time goes by fast. . . We were some of the first to disembark the ship around 9:30 am and it was all aboard by 4:00 pm. We had to make the most of our day!
We spent the morning feeding and swimming with rays.
Click here to read about the rays on Castaway Cay.
Click here to read about the first part of our day on Castaway Cay.
After lunch, the boy decided he wanted to go to the kids' club on the island--Scuttle's Cove. So while the boy was playing with friends, the husband and I grabbed bicycles that were a part of our rental package for the day (it included floats, snorkeling equipment, and one hour of bike rental) and headed off to other parts of the island.
After riding our bikes on the left--it's the Bahamas and they drive on the left, we stopped at Serenity Bay, the beach for adults only. The beach is somewhat protected from waves but the bottom is not as soft as the family beach. It was quiet.
We rode back and delivered the bikes then explored more by foot. Pelican Plunge, pictured below, is one of the enhancements being made to the island when the new Disney ships begin to visit Castaway Cay.
We got the boy from the club a short time later and started to make our way back to the ship. The island is made so the ship can dock at the pier which means no tendering to shore. We stopped for a photo opp at "Mt. Rustmore"--get it?
All in all our day at Castaway Cay was. . . too short! Marvelous, but too short. Just as you are getting into the relaxed pace of a island in the Bahamas, it is time to go.
Since we were there on January 1, 2010, our ship's sister ship, the Disney Wonder, was due to be at Castaway Cay on Jan. 2. So, as we were pulling out of the island, the Wonder was docking. The wind had picked up so if the Wonder was going to get to stop, they had to get there soon in order to dock.
Castaway Cay is the most often missed port of call on Disney itineraries. One reason is that it is the port visited most often. . . being on almost all Disney Cruise Line itineraries. The other reason is wind/weather. If the seas are too high or the wind too strong, the ship is unable to dock at the pier.
Tips and Hints:
- Get up and out early!
- Get a spot on the Family Beach away from the snorkeling lagoon. You will have your day punctuated with alerts from the life guards telling people to only snorkel in the snorkeling area--not relaxing.
- When you go to Cookies BBQ for lunch, go to a line to the far right or left. There is a whole other section of the line that people miss which is shorter!
- Take your own sand toys. Of course you can buy them on the ship or on the island. You can also borrow from the kids' club if you ask soon enough. We bring recycled plastic containers and inexpensive bucket/shovel and end up leaving them on the island. And, we have more room in our luggage for the trip home.
- Eat lunch early, as Cookies BBQ closes up shop pretty early. You can also go back to the ship to eat.
- Pick up towels on your way off the ship and return them in the towel return before going back on board. Saves you from toting wet and sandy towels back on board.
- Have fun!