Have you ever wondered what it was like to visit Disney’s private island?
When I first sailed on Disney Cruise Line, I wasn’t new to cruising, but I also didn’t know what to expect on a cruise line’s private island. While Disney isn’t the only cruise line to own its own private island for its guests, Castaway Cay has certainly made a name for itself. In fact, it was voted 2019’s Best Cruise Line Private Island by Cruise Critic. On my first visit to the island, I was hooked. I love seeing the world and visiting new destinations, but there’s something to be said about being able to relax on a “private” beach. We simply got off our ship and enjoyed the sunshine.
Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why you need to visit Disney’s private island – Castaway Cay.
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Everything is seamless and easy
When getting off a cruise ship at any other port, you have to arrange transportation, rent a car, or stay within walking distance of the ship. We usually booked a port adventure to make things easier. Sometimes meals are included in your outing, but other times they are not. Needless to say, planning ahead for your particular adventure out is a must as many of the best excursions fill up quickly. But getting off the ship at Castaway Cay is different.
The island almost becomes an extension of the ship itself. You can use your Key to the World card to make purchases and a buffet lunch is included. And unless you purchase a special port adventure, it’s easy to experience a day in paradise without spending a dime. You don’t have to pay for transportation to and from the beach as you do at other destinations.
Castaway Cay is family-friendly
One of our biggest concerns when traveling with our children is safety. We want our kids to experience other cultures and have fun, but we are also very mindful about what we do when we disembark. On the private island, we have no worries.
There are no locals pressuring us to purchase merchandise, no transportation necessary, and no exposure to things our young kids aren’t ready to see in a foreign country. (Although to be fair, Disney Port Adventures have been amazing, and I have never once felt unsafe with my kids.)
The island truly is an extension of the ship. There are characters to meet, kid-friendly food items to eat, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Did someone say food?
As I already mentioned, there is a lunch buffet offered on the island that is included in the price of your cruise. There are three locations: Cookie’s BBQ, Cookie’s Too, and Serenity Bay BBQ. Both Cookie’s locations are found on either side of the family beach, while Serenity Bay BBQ is located at the adults-only beach (and rumor has it that this location often serves a more diverse menu). They all serve similar foods such as BBQ ribs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, fish, salads, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, and ice cream for dessert.
Enjoy unique adventures and experiences.
If you’re looking for one of the best reasons to visit Disney’s private island, look no further. There is truly nothing more relaxing than enjoying the day with your family on a private Bahamian island! My kids simply enjoyed spending the day playing on the beach.
But if you’re looking for a bit more adventure, Disney offers a wide range of Port Adventures on their private island. For an added price, you can enjoy sailing, parasailing, snorkeling, fishing, stingray adventures, kayaking, biking, and more!
There truly is something for everyone
If there’s one thing Disney knows how to do, it’s to please every member of the family. Those 18 and over can relax on their own kid-free beach. Kids can build sandcastles, spend time at Scuttle’s Cove, play sports, or enjoy the amazing water play areas. Teens have their own “hang out” spots as well. Families can bike together or enjoy other family-friendly activities including dance parties and character meet and greets. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s shopping and even a special 5K morning race to enjoy!
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