Friday, August 25, 2006

Castaway Your Day

I've finally made it to the end of my Disney cruise blog postings (I think).

The Disney Wonder stops at two ports of call, Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas. Because we only had three days on the ship, we did not want to waste two of them on land. On Friday, we only spent an hour in Nassau just to walk around and see it, but we did not want to shop and did not sign up for any of the excursions. Maybe on another cruise.

Castaway Cay, however, was worth getting off the ship for. There was nobody on the island except for us and the people who work there. There are four beaches--a family beach, a teen beach, a children's beach, and an adult beach. Also there that day in the water was the Flying Dutchman, a ship from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

The family beach was the most crowded, but the water was calm and there were tons of chairs, umbrellas, and hammocks along the white sand. It did start to pour and amusingly enough, everybody ran for shelter even though they were already getting wet from the ocean.

The rain stopped shortly after it started and it started again a few times throughout the day, but always briefly. Lunch was at Cookie's BBQ (free, of course). Luckily, I was not overwhelmed with choices as there was mostly meat, but I enjoyed the corn on the cob and the garlic bread, which was the best bread on the whole trip. Also, for dessert, there was an ice cream machine with cookie dough and strawberry as opposed to the chocolate and vanilla on the ship.

Serenity Bay, the adult beach, is appropriately named as it is the most peaceful location on the island. The only beach that is not within walking distance of the ship, you take a tram to arrive in what can only be described as paradise. Because many parents choose to stay with their children, it was almost empty. The warm water was even calmer there than at the family beach. Every adult on the Disney cruise should drop off their children at the other beaches at least briefly to experience Serenity Bay.

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