In this episode, we continue our conversation with Angie Muma as she tells us about her Disney Cruise Line Vacations with a focus on Castaway Cay and Shore Excursions. This part 4 in this 4 part series.
wdwinfo.com has a great page with information on Castaway Cay.
Disney’s own private island. There is no tendering, the ship has a pier for access to the island. This is a nice for ease of getting off and on multiple times through the day.
Serenity Bay is the adult only beach.
Family Beach as well.
There are trams that can help you get to the beach since the walk could be a little long.
Angie participated on both of her cruises on parasailing with her daughter. They loved it.
Rentals on the island are additional charges. Bikes, snorkel gears and others.
Character meet and greets are available throughout the day.
Splash Pads for the little kids are available.
Pelican Plunge is the older kid play area that has water features and slides. There are life jackets for children if needed.
Lunch is provided on shore at 2 locations with drink stations. Your lunch is included.
Cabanas are available for an additional charge. $549 on the family beach. Angie was able to use one on one of her cruises. They are very nice with a place to get out of the sun, furniture to rest on, a mini-fridge with soda and water, and fruit. The cabana also has hammocks for use and includes your snorkel gear.
Angie went on a couple of shore excursions at her ports and booked through Disney. Pay attention to age limits when selecting your excursions when traveling with young children.
Grand Cayman – Angie and her daughter participated in the swimming with the dolphins. After the dolphin experience, they then went over to the turtle farm.
Costa Maya – They did not book a shore excursion. However, they did venture over to Starbucks to use the Wi-Fi and send messages to family. The ship was less crowded. They enjoyed the pool with low crowds.
Cozumel – Catamaran Boat Ride and Snorkeling. About a 30 minute ride to snorkeling location. She enjoyed the snorkeling and saw a lot of interesting fish and coral. After snorkeling, they went to a beach that had inflatables and slides to have fun at.
Bahamas – Bird sanctuary where you could feed the birds with a flamingo show. It also included a city tour.
You are provided forms you will need to fill out and are provided luggage tags.
2 ways to disembark.
Regular process is you place your luggage outside your room the night before with the luggage tags and your room attendant will take them off the ship.
Express Walk Off is when you leave the ship a little earlier and you keep your luggage with you. Notify your attendant for this option. If you have an early flight this may be an option. Do not book a return flight home before noon.
On the outside of your stateroom is a decorative fish or seahorse that Disney can use to leave (clip) little messages to you. Reminders about dining reservations, etc. People will hang little bags of the fish is how the name fish extender was created. Cruisers would create groups on online Dinsey communities and then do a small gift exchange for the members of the group. This is not Disney sponsored, you will need to seek out a group yourself.
Bring Items on Board to Decorate
You can bring 2 items per room to drop off at guest services and have the characters sign for you. You can choose between the Fab 5 or the Princesses or both. Picture mats, pillow cases, and Vinylmations are good choices.
You can decorate your stateroom door. Do not use any adhesive or advertise for a business.
Tipping is included in your stateroom charges. You are provided envelopes to pass out to the waiters and stateroom attendants.