Day 9: Castaway Cay

When we wake up this morning, our ship already docks at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, which is part of the Bahamas. Weather looks pretty awful, a thunderstorms seems to have passed. We have breakfast at Parrot Cay restaurant – the buffet is just awesome, stocked which all the good things Americans love to eat in the morning, like scrambled eggs, waffles (in the form of Mickey heads), Muesli and so on. Fortunately, the weather improves a lot during the time we eat breakfast and it’s pretty sunny when we get off the ship. In the morning, we take a guided walking and kayak tour to explore the island. The walking part is not so much fun – it takes part on a paved bike trail. But the kayaking is very nice. At first, we explore some Mangroves and then, we set off to a secluded beach.

Around noon, we’re back at the island’s adults-only beach at Serenity Bay, where a BBQ has been set up. After lunch, we head for the beach and go swimming in the crystal clear waters. Unfortunately, we didn’t bring our snorkeling equipment, but at least, we brought our all new waterproof camera. Therefore, we were not able to directly observe the fish and especially the huge stingray we encountered, but we were able to take pictures of them – which you can see on today’s photo page.

We have to be back on the ship by 3 PM. We leave Castaway Cay for today, but will be back for a second stop towards the end of our cruise (that’s why people also call this a “double dip” cruise). Back on the vessel, we attend a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Member Celebration, where we’re provided with some DVC goodies and even more information about DVC’s future projects and how to get involved. After that, we spend some minutes outside on deck in order to warm up – air conditioning on the ship tends to be too cold for me. We see quite a lot of other vessels – the seas in this area seem to be pretty busy. After having dinner at Lumière’s, we go to see a magician-comedy show before we return to our room for a good night’s sleep.

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