Okay so I got away from finishing up the Disney Dream cruise review so I need to get caught up before I forget it all. One thing that’s easy to remember though is how great the Castaway Cay island is. I had been on Royal Caribbean’s version of the “private island” so I had an idea what to expect but Disney I think kicks it up a notch, just because it’s so Disney in it’s perfect white sandy perfect-ness.
We were one of the first off the boat and grabbed a spot on the beach and then then I took the girls and hit several character shoots. There are several character shot ops lined up first thing and we hit them all.
The spot we choose on the beach was right up from the play thing in the middle. The bathrooms were close behind us and the kids had lots of room to play on the beach.
Note: Notice both my girls are in boy’s swim trucks and long sleeve swim shirts – this is a trick we Florida moms use for long beach days. When you’re going to spend the whole day on the beach forget the cute little bathing suits – you’ll save yourself the effort of piling on 10 tons of sunscreen and they do a better job of keep the sand out of those chafey places. With the right color combos you can create a look that’s plenty cute, allows for real beach play and sun protection for your daughter than a girl suit can provide. Grumpy sun burned, sand scratched raw kids are no fun
Note #2: Even as a Florida mom, I underestimated the strength of the Caribbean Sun. Our normal amount of day at the beach sun screen didn’t hack it and everyone started showing signs of pink after only a few hours. The sun down there is stronger than anything you have at home – even in the south. Bring extra sun screen, and no matter how strong it is apply hourly. Everywhere!
Puddin’ tried her hand at snorkeling for the first time. Another thing to note for the inexperienced – if you’re going to snorkel, the backs of your legs and arms need a lot more sunscreen than you would ever put on them normally … just saying.
Just to prove the perfectness of the whole island they have even trained the fish to swim right up to you – joking! But seriously, I’ve spent years attempting to take pictures of fish while scuba diving and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten on so fully posed as this one! These guys are just so used to people they don’t have the normal “Swim Away!” instinct that fish on the reef normally do.
We spent most of the day in just our one little spot or snorkeling. Late in the day we did head over to the waterslide thing but even that late in the day it was 40 minutes for Puddin to swim out and wait in line to go down the dinky little slide. Totally NOT worth it.
Other than that there is really not a lot else to say, it after all a beach. How much can you go on. The food on the island was great though, and we had heard a lot of complaints that it felt a bit crowded and it was hard to find beach chairs but we did not experience that. There seemed to be plenty of room for everyone around the island and toward the end of the day all the pre-made specialty cocktails were put on 2 for 1 so they could rid of them! Score.
We headed back into the ship about 3 so we had plenty of time clean up and relax before dinner. Saw this interesting perspective of the AquaDuck from the dock.
Bonus .. after dinner we got to watch final 4 action on the the big screen on the deck!
Next I’m going to put together a post about the dining room and few other miscellaneous things.