During our Summer 2017 cruise on the Disney Dream, we did the Sandbar Beach Excursion on our first day at Castaway Cay. Click here to read our story. We enjoyed it so much, we did it AGAIN this summer!
We greeted the team at Marge's Barge's at Castaway Cay shortly before 1:30 pm , which is the time the 2-hour excursion begins. The 1:30 pm excursion time gives us plenty of time to enjoy ourselves and eat lunch on the beach at Castaway Cay.
Waivers signed, shoes off and left on the pier, we loaded Captain Roval's boat, got life jackets, and found a seat. The crew for this excursion was 2/3 the same as last summer. The missing crew member, though, we said hello to on the pier as he had joined the parasailing boat crew team.
This summer, there were 15 of us on the excursion, compared to a much smaller group last summer.
When we pulled out of the protected area near the ship, I knew right away that something was different, as the boat turned to the right, instead of left. Captain Roval was taking us to a different sandbar than last summer!
After about 10 minutes on the speed boat, and a momentary slow down to get a good look at a shark, we could see the water color lighten, the waves crashing together, and the sight of sand in the middle of the ocean. It was our sandbar! And, it literally was a bar--a long, rectangular stretch of sand surrounded by water.
We threw our legs over the boat and explored the sandbar. We walked from one tip to the other, enjoyed the beverages, saw a living conch, played tug-o-war, snorkeled, learned some Nassau history, and played catch with a football.
As the husband headed off into the distance he said, "I'm channeling my inner Gilligan's Island and Robinson Crusoe." There's definitely a feeling of isolation. . . and peace on the sandbar.
Now, we need to decide what to do on our next double-dip cruise on the Disney Dream!