Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bahamas: Disney Castaway Cay

Reserved exclusively for Disney cruise Guests, Castaway Cay is a port-of-call paradise on Disney Cruise Line Bahamian and Caribbean cruise vacations, where you enjoy such tropical leisure as snorkeling, boating, swimming and old-fashioned sunbathing. Disney's private island in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is 3.1 by 2.2 miles in size and features a post office with its own unique Castaway Cay postmark. As the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder pulls into port along dock, observe the Flying Dutchman, the antiquated-looking pirate ship used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Things to Do and See
Castaway Cay visitors find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure, evoking a "happily away from it all" mood. In addition to open-air BBQ dining, a gift shop featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, and island music broadcast throughout the island, you enjoy:

The Snorkeling Lagoon, the Swimming Lagoon, sports and more at the all-ages Castaway Family Beach

Swimming, kayaking, sports and more at the private Teen Beach

Open-air massages with an ocean view, a yoga class and a bar at the secluded, adults-only beach, Serenity Bay

Biking, nature trails and organized walks and runs

Watercraft use such as kayaks and paddleboats in the Boat Harbor

Port Adventures for everyone in the family, including stingray interactions, glass-bottom boat tours, parasailing, fishing, jet ski tours and offshore snorkeling

Free childcare at Scuttle's Cove, an expansive child's area supervised by Disney counselors

Disney Character Greetings, including a Dance Party with Lilo and Stitch

Past and Present
Formerly known as Gorda Cay, Castaway Cay is located amid the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas, an area first occupied in 1783 by European settlers in exile from the American Revolution. More than two centuries later, Disney purchased the island—used as a location in the classic 1984 Disney film Splash—to create a private paradise for Disney Cruise Line Guests. It took builders 18 months to perfect the rustic, "castaway" landscape and motif that lend the pristine scenery additional charm. Of the island's 1,000 acres, only 55 have been developed for Guest use, leaving the remaining land unspoiled and untamed.

Castaway Cay invites cruisers to enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality. You may use your Key to the World cards for retail transactions on the island, and can obtain beach towels after disembarking to Castaway Cay. While still on board, be sure to get the Castaway Cay-vents activities schedule from your stateroom so you know when and where to find all the unique island fun.

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