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 Castaway Cay, Bahamas

Castaway Cay, Bahamas Information
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Nancy Norris

Language and Currency
What is Castaway Cay Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
What are my choices for dining and drinking?

Castaway Cay, Bahamas Port Reviews

Language and Currency

English is the official language and your shipboard credit account can be used in place of cash, but US cash is needed if you wish to use the on island post office

What is Castaway Cay like?

Disney purchased Gorda Cay, about 175 miles off the coast of Miami, and using that infamous “Disney Magic”, transformed this secluded island into a private oasis for the exclusive use of their cruise guests. Disney characters greet you on shore, where you can enjoy the crystal clear turquoise waters at one of the 3 separate beaches. There is a beach reserved exclusively for teens, one for adults only and a family beach. Adults can enjoy the peacefulness and serenity of Serenity Bay, their private palm-lined beach, while teens enjoy the volleyball and tetherball courts adjacent to their beach. Families congregate at Castaway Family Beach and Scuttle’s Cove is reserved for children, offering parents an opportunity to enjoy some “adult time” on the island. Lush foliage and hammocks dot the landscape and lounge chairs are abundant.

What is the weather like?

Weather in tropical Castaway Cay is generally warm and sunny, with afternoon temperatures averaging in the 80’s.

Where does the ship dock?

This is the only cruise ship’s private island that can boast its own terminal, whereby the ships can actually dock at the pier. Disney has also constructed a system of trams to transport passengers from the pier to the various areas of the island. The main beach is a ten-minute walk ride from the pier.

Where is the shopping?

There is a small shopping area where souvenirs and Disney logo items can be purchased.

What is there to buy?

Local crafts, wood carvings and Disney logo items.

What is there to do?

In typical Disney fashion, they erected “shipwrecks” and sunken treasures underwater to enhance your snorkeling experience. You can go sailing or paddle a sea kayak, swim or enjoy the calm waters on a tube or raft. Lounge in the midday sun or have a relaxing massage in the open-air cabanas. You can take a bike ride or a stroll or participate in an on-going volleyball game.

What are my choices for dining and drinking?

Cookies Bar-B-Q offers the standard picnic/island fare of hotdogs, burgers, ribs, fries and salads. There is an adults only bar in their part of this island retreat.

 Port Reviews

  • Yvonne Stephens,

    The last stop was our favorite, Castaway Cay. What a terrific stop! I’d booked a cabana massage on the beach first thing that morning, and what a treat! more

    26 users found this review helpful.
  • Mark Hammon,

      Getting off the ship we expected a lot of people to be our already on the island seeing as how it was about 9:30 or so, but there was more

    16 users found this review helpful.
  • Andrea Kaelin,

    This island is Disney's own, and was not well accommodating to the hordes from the ship (dying to beach). The snorkeling area was pathetic, and all more

    19 users found this review helpful.
  • Karen Knowlton,

    Disney’s private island, is a delight. Its biggest advantage is probably the dock – every other private island requires tendering, but not this one! more

    19 users found this review helpful.
  • David Bean,

    Castaway Cay is so relaxing. Part of that comes from splitting the island up into sections, thereby allowing adults to be alone. There are more

    10 users found this review helpful.
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