Cruising to Disney’s Castaway Cay (part 1)

The highlight of a Disney Cruise, at least for my family, is the day we stop at Castaway Cay (pronounced key). Castaway Cay is their private island. And it is very private…and beautiful…and calming…and relaxing. As soon as we are told we can disembark, we head out. First stop is Pelican Plunge, before the lines get long.

Luckily my children only want one or two trips down before they are ready to move on. It can be a tiring swim to get out to the landing and then back to land time and time again. We like to grab a spot on Castaway Family Beach for a little fun in the sun and beautiful clear water. My only complaint is that the tubes you can rent for the water are too big for little ones to float in (without falling through).

After a few hours we are hungry and ready for lunch on the island at Cookies BBQ or Cookies Too BBQ.  Lunch is served as a family buffet with all you can eat BBQ, island spiced rotisserie chicken, burgers, fresh salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, and yummy desserts. And just like on board, the soft drinks are free at the soft drink station!

Serenity Bay
Quality relaxation at Serenity Bay

After lunch we like to split up so the kids can enjoy some fun in the kid’s club on the island while my hubby and I can relax at Serenity Bay, the adults only area. There are tram stations set up across the island to help you get from place to place. 

One tip, if you are driving to the port, you can bring water onboard in your  luggage. This can be very useful for a hot day on Castaway Cay! Bring a smaller cooler and pop 4-6 bottles in so you don’t have to run to the drink station or buy the expensive bottled water they sell.

Stayed tuned…next segment on the history of Castaway Cay

 

Captain Jack Sparrow

Sometimes it’s easier to meet Disney characters on Castaway Cay

Pelican Plunge

Pelican Plunge

splash

Splash area on Castaway Cay