Adventure is a Short Walk Away
Descending the gangway from the ship, you stop for a photo with one of your favorite characters and head along the pier to the entrance of Castaway Cay. Along the way you get the full view of your ship laying there at anchor next to the pier. It really looks a lot bigger from this vantage point.
For those that decide to walk, you will have the opportunity to get some iconic ship pictures from various vantage points. You can see some of those pictures in our full Castaway Cay 2012 photo album on Facebook.
Your Private Paradise
Reserved exclusively for Guests on Disney Cruise Line Bahamian and Caribbean cruise vacations, Castaway Cay is Disney's private port-of-call paradise. On this island, enjoy tropical leisure activities, such as snorkeling, boating, swimming and sunbathing.
As you can see on this map, there is plenty to do on the island. Much like a Disney theme park, Castaway Cay is divided into various age-specific areas.
Our initial destination for our adventure was Serenity Bay which is reserved for guests 18 years of age and over. Here you'll find a private beach, umbrellas, lounge chairs of various types, and hammocks for you to camp out in for the day. Refreshments and lunch are nearby, so you don't even have to leave the area for food or drink.
You are heading to the furthest point on the island. To get there, you can continue walking or transfer to another tram to the "Kargo Handling" stop. The beach is a short walk along the path from where the tram stops.
If you are seeking peace and quiet - you are now in Paradise
More Adventure Awaits
There is so much to do here, that we will devote another blog post "Castaway Cay Things To See and Do" to share more details. As you play in the water or on the beach, you have a great view of Disney Dream which is waiting for you after your island adventure is completed.
Currency on Island - Ship Bucks
When you go to a beach, you don't want to worry about losing cash. Disney Cruise Line solves that problem by only accepting your ship cabin key for payment on the island.
There is free soda and water in fountain machines available in the dining areas. For those wanting adult beverages, you can find local bars or wait staff to assist you much like while onboard the ship in the pool area.