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Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay

23rd September 2016

Updated July 2018

Reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay is a private island retreat of swaying palm trees, sugar-white sandy beaches and calm turquoise waters, laden with paradise offerings and ample amenities. Enjoy the paradisiacal surroundings of your own Bahamian Island, with signature Disney Cruise Line hospitality. From the moment you step off your ship, everything you need for a perfect beach getaway is catered for; plenty of sun loungers and parasols, tasty snacks and refreshments, family-friendly entertainment, beach towels, and so much more.

 

 

What You Can See & Do

You’re spoilt for choice at Castaway Cay; there really is so much to see and do! Take advantage of open air BBQ dining with complimentary meals, Disney Character Greetings, complimentary childcare for children aged three through to 12, shops featuring unique Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, great supervised kids clubs, free tram transportation around the island, and hiking trails and biking routes. But that’s just the start of it…

Castaway Family Beach – the main beach on Castaway Cay is the perfect place for family fun. There’s always an activity of some sort going on, plus lively music and dancing. Head out into the blue lagoon and have a great time sailing, kayaking, swimming or snorkelling. At Cookie’s BBQ, tuck in to a delicious feast.

Pelican Plunge – swim from the shores to this 2,400 square-foot floating platform. Take a ride down one of the two splash-tastic slides and get soaked by the huge bucket dump that sprays you with hundreds of gallons of water.

Spring-a-Leak – explore the ‘storm-ravaged’ remnants of this fun-filled water play area, spread out over 2,400 square-feet.

Gil’s Fins and Boats – don’t worry about lugging along heavy snorkelling gear with you; rent it instead. Not only that, you can also hire kayaks, paddleboats and aqua trikes.

Snorkelling Lagoon – be mesmerised by the underwater marine life just off of Castaway Family Beach. There are trails you can follow, including the Discover Trail for novices and the Explorer Trail for the more experienced snorkelers. Remember to look out for the hidden Mickey Mouse.

Scuttle’s Cove – the younger Disney guests can enjoy activities a plenty at Scuttle’s cove. Supervised by Disney counsellors, the huge 1,200 square-foot wet play area provides plenty of fun for the kids, with pop jets, geysers and bubblers only adding to the thrills.

In Da Shade Pavilion – if the sun is getting too much, retreat to this indoor haven of games and activities, such as table tennis, football table and basketball.

Serenity Bay – this adult-only oasis is reserved exclusively to those over 18 years of age. Totally unwind in a serene and tranquil environment, where open-air cabana massages, Air Bar BBQ food and frozen speciality drinks are just waiting for you.

Teen Hideout – it does exactly what it says on the tin; a place where teens can hideout and chill in their very own area of paradise. Teens 13 – 17 can lounge about carefree – without a nagging parent in sight!

 

Shore Excursions

To make the most of your time on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line have specially selected a great selection of shore excursions to provide you and your family with some unforgettable experiences. Top tip - to avoid any disappointment, you can pre-book any port adventure 120 days before your departure. Here’s just a snippet of what you can do…

Extreme Getaway Package – recline on an inner tube, snorkel and meet stingrays in the blue lagoon, and go biking along the offshore trails.

Parasailing – take part in a thrilling aerial adventure and fly high above Castaway Cay.

Watercraft Ski adventure – be in control of your own WaveRunner watercraft on this intense guided tour, whilst learning all about the marine life and history of the area.

Abaco Backcountry Fishing Adventure – head out to South Abaco for a special fishing trip, where you’ll enjoy some catch-and-release fun catching bonefish, tarpon, permit and barracuda.

Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage – hop in to the glass-bottom boat for a crystal-clear view of Castaway Cay’s underwater marine life.

 

 

Know Before You Go

Be prepared before you go to Castaway Cay. The language spoken here is English, with many of the English-speaking Disney Crew Members living on the island.

When paying for things on Castaway Cay, you can use US dollars, but you're more likely to use your stateroom keys as a form of payment, just like you would use a credit card.

You’ll even find a Post Office on the island, operated by the Bahamian authorities. It isn’t open every day, but guests can still mail their letters to loved ones back home by using the drop box outside the Post Office.


8 Must-visit cruise line private islands

4th December 2013

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination, however due to the increasing popularity and a growth in passengers visiting, some cruisers started to worry that these stunning destinations may lose their tranquil paradise feel. With this in mind, cruise lines responded with the ideal solution and started to invest in their own exclusive private islands.

These stunning destinations have really taken off in the cruise industry and cruisers love them. While most of them offer similar amenities, many boast unique features that give them an edge over the others. Here are some of the most popular private islands:

 

Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line


Disney Castaway Cay

  • Great for families and kids
  • Adult-only beach available

Set in the crystal clear Bahamian waters, Castaway Cay is like a mini Disney World in the middle of the ocean. Disney has only developed less than 10% of the island but in that 10% lies a stunning island jam-packed with fun activities and adventures for everyone.

You can enjoy an array of exciting activities including kayaking, water sports, snorkelling, stingray interactions and water parks. Twenty premium furnished cabanas can be hired on both Castaway Family Beach and on adult-only Serenity Bay Beach to have your own exclusive base for the day. In true Disney style the popular Disney characters enjoy time on the private island too and host various beach activities, so don’t forget to grab a photo when you see them!


Labadee, Royal Caribbean International 

  • Great for families and kids
  • Adventurous, action-packed entertainment

A 260-acre private beach located on the northern coast of Haiti, Labadee is one of the most breath-taking private islands. This sun-drenched area is lined with turquoise blue water, sky-scraping mountains and lush jungles, putting you right in the middle of paradise.

Labadee is home to an extensive array of activities, including a zipline, roller-coaster, water park, sand-dune trips, jet-skis, parasailing, snorkelling and much more. Though the island is completely tourist-oriented, locals will present a Haitian market for guests to purchase beautiful handmade souvenirs. When it is time for lunch you do not need to head back to the ship either, as a huge BBQ is laid out on the island with everything from grilled meat to salads, pastas and desserts.


CocoCay, Royal Caribbean International


CocoCay Royal Caribbean

  • Great for snorkelling
  • Amazing for sea life and diving

CocoCay is another one of Royal Caribbean’s private islands and also lies perfectly in the Bahamian Sea. Although smaller than Labadee, it still offers an array of fun activities including water slides, jet-skis and pedalos. The snorkelling at CocoCay offers some of the best underwater sightings around with a sunken plane wreck that attracts an array of distinctive marine life. After an exhausting day of fun-filled activities, hire a floating beach mat and simply relax in the unbelievably crystal clear water.


Perfect Day at Lelepa, Royal Caribbean International

  • Great for adventure
  • Amazing for snorkelling and cave exploration

Created with sustainability at the forefront of the South Pacific island, Lelepa is a paradise of stunning ecosystems, outdoor adventure and relaxation. By developing a partnership with the community of Vanuatu, Oceania, Lelepa showcases the unique diversity of the island while creating employment and educational opportunities. Perfect Day at Lelepa will have a distinct feel from CocoCay, creating more choice for guests to relax in their ideal destination.


Catalina Island, Costa Cruises

  • Ideal for couples
  • Peaceful and intimate setting

Located off the coast of the Dominican Republic, this relaxing paradise is home to a long stretch of picture-perfect beaches with pure white sand and swaying palm trees. There’s no shortage of activities for the adventurous on Catalina Island, such as jet ski and banana-boat rides, while you can also sit in the shade and learn how to hack into a coconut, or embrace the sun onboard a catamaran.

Engines are banned on Costa Cruises’ section of the island, creating a perfect oasis of peace and quiet for guests to relish in. Wildlife also thrives here, so keep an eye out onshore and among the gorgeous barrier reef which is hugely popular for diving.


Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line


Snorkelling in the Caribbean

  • Travel Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Award winner
  • Great for families and kids

Half Moon Cay is said to be the highest-rated port of call for Holland America Cruises’ fans wanting to cruise the Caribbean. Located on the Little San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, it boasts over 2,400 acres of paradise.

This is definitely one of the most picturesque of the private islands and is so unspoilt the Bahamian National Trust made it an international wild bird preserve. Miles of powder-soft white sand is lined with crystal-clear water that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling in but don’t forget to leave time for horseback riding, kayaking and deep-sea fishing. With a waterpark for children, this is the perfect destination for families, and for couples, be sure check out the chapel for weddings and vow renewals!

Other Carnival Corporation cruise lines do stop off at Half Moon Cay, but when Holland America Line is in port HAL guests have exclusive use of the island.


Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line


Great Stirrup Cay Norwegian Cruise Lines

  • Many dining and bar options
  • Great for families and kids

This sun-drenched island is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line brought the island in 1977 and have developed it over the years into a popular tropical haven.

Like the other private islands, a wide selection of activities are available including snorkelling, jet-skiing, para-sailing and the world’s largest water slide. A complimentary beach BBQ is held at lunchtime, as well as a selection of bars scattered around the island to grab your favourite cocktail. Reserve a beautiful private cabana to enjoy with friends and family as you gaze out onto relaxing views of Bertram’s Cove, and for animal lovers, don’t forget to take a swim with Bahamian pigs and grab plenty of snaps for Instagram!

Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise line to introduce a private island and also recently developed another private island, Harvest Caye in Belize.


Princess Cays, Princess Cruises

  • Water sports rental activities
  • Great for families and kids

Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and extends over half a mile of sandy shoreline. Located in the pristine islands of the Bahamas, it offers a tranquil beach bursting with fun amenities and even has its own accessible airport.

A market is laid out for you to purchase local crafts with a large lunch spread on offer. A unique feature on Princess Cays is the Observation Tower where you can relish the spectacular views of this stunning island, while there is also no shortage of rental opportunities so you can take part in water sports. For romantic getaways, enjoy a private, air-conditioned bungalow near the beach, creating your own little corner of paradise.


The Beach Club, Virgin Voyages

  • Adults only
  • 'Retox and detox' mantra
  • Exclusive DJ Mark Ronson appearances on select dates

To give guests a true taste of the rock-star lifestyle, Virgin Voyages take guests onboard Scarlet Lady’s Caribbean itineraries to an exclusive beach club in Bimini, the Bahamas. This island will show you how to ‘retox and detox’ with lazy days on a beach, diving to the SS Sapona shipwreck, yoga and meditation, followed by wild pool parties. Whether you decide to catch the sun with your favourite cocktail every day or get out and about on thrilling excursions, this island is a paradise for everyone.

On top of this, on select 2020 sailings, Grammy award-winning DJ Mark Ronson will provide the soundtrack to your holiday of a lifetime. Dance the night away as the sun goes down over an extravagant pool party at the lagoon, with plenty of refreshing drinks and delicious cuisines on offer, or settle down at a beach bonfire with the soundtrack of the ocean and acoustic tunes.


Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises

  • Great for environmentally-conscious activities
  • Perfect for relaxation and enrichment

Designed to give guests the chance to get in touch with nature, Ocean Cay boasts lush natural surroundings with an abundance of vibrant wildlife and marine life.

After undergoing a transformation, the island is now home to 64 square miles of marine reserve, making for great snorkelling opportunities. As well as enjoying watersports, guests will also be able to indulge in award-winning spa experiences at The Spa Ocean Cay. With white-sand beaches and a stunning sunset providing the backdrop to a peaceful yoga session, Ocean Cay will truly transport you to ultimate serenity.


Why a private island should be your next destination


A private island will take you to the 'true' Caribbean so you can experience the unique scenery and distinct Caribbean flare without being in a commercialised and busy port.

Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or going solo, there is a private island idyllic for you with something for everyone to do. Make lifelong memories at an exclusive destination, enjoy a range of delicious dining options and take part in thrilling activities you won’t find anywhere else. Combined with multiple stunning destinations along the journey, a stop on a private island is the cherry on the cake of a fantastic cruise holiday. Take a look at our Caribbean cruise deals and experience a private island for yourself.


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