Disney Cruise #8 took us to Disney Cruise Line's private island Castaway Cay twice! This was our third time on the beautiful Disney Dream and the third time on this itinerary--Port Canaveral, Nassau, two stops at Castaway Cay, and a day at sea. We have decided that this is our favorite itinerary, but that is another story.
|Waiting at Marge's Barges just as the rain let up.|
After reviewing several port adventures on the Disney Cruise Line website, we decided on the Sandbar Beach Excursion for ages 8 and up. We received the tickets to the excursion in our stateroom when we arrived and were looking forward to our new adventure.
The tickets said to meet at Marge's Barges, the small pier located near the ship on the island, at 1:30 pm. At about 12:30, it looked like it was going to pour so we gathered our gear and headed to the tram stop. Just as we stepped under the cover of the tram stop, the skies opened up and it rained. . . hard! Good thing we were already at the tram stop as other guests were running for cover. After a dash to get on the tram, we made our way back towards the ship and got off at the last stop, walking to Marge's Barges. The rain was letting up at this point, but there were more guests headed to the ship than from the ship. As we checked it, we inquired if the excursion was still on and were given an affirmative. A little rain is an inconvenience but not dangerous, like lightning. As we waited for our boat and crew, the rain moved on and eventually cleared the area. There were moments we debated just heading to the ship, but boy are we glad we didn't!
|The boy ready to take the speed boat to the sandbar.|
We left our shoes on the dock, donned life jackets, and climbed aboard our speed boat. Seven passengers--the three of us, a couple celebrating their anniversary, and a dad and his young daughter--and a crew of three.
|Yes, we know he isn't strapped in correctly! Gotta love him!|
|The boy waved at the guests on the ship who darted out of the rain. It wasn't raining now!|
|Can you see the Disney dream behind the boy?|
|Did you hear the ocean in the middle of the ocean?|
|A conch shell on the sandbar.|
There was also bottled water available for any of the guests along with snacks. Our three member crew took good care of us.
|Tug-o-war on the sandbar!|
|The view of the Disney Dream from Marge's Barges.|
Hints and tips for this excursion:
- Sunscreen! And rash guards and sunscreen!
- Waterproof camera. We were the only ones taking pictures and the other guests wanted to capture the beauty, too.
- We were able to bring our bag on board with towels, sunscreen, etc.
- Know that it is okay to leave your life vest on throughout the excursion.
- It was easy to climb in and out of the boat, even when the boat is in the water.
- It was sand under our feet all the time. I have a thing about muddy bottoms of lakes, rivers, ponds, and this excursion felt good between my toes the whole time.
- Our shoes were right where we left them on the dock when we returned to the pier.
- Bring money for a tip.
We would add "fun" to the subtitle of the excursion, as we had a blast!
I mentioned the post office on Castaway Cay--click here to read about it.