Our first visit to Castaway Cay, one I remember vividly because I walked out on deck 7 aft to take some photos and the camera fogged right up. Thanks to some modern day post processing, I was able to salvage some of them. Similar to the cruise, I had no idea what to expect – the allure of Disney’s private island did not register in my head, but after a lackluster day in Nassau, I was excited to go to the beach.
However, after breakfast a storm rolled in so we waited it out which meant some more time on deck 7 aft observing the storm move across the island.
As the storm moved out, we made our way ashore just in time for the blue skies to return.
The channel pre-Dream class upgrades.
Castaway Cay is plastered with awesome signage with hidden references similar to windows on Main Street, but we encountered what remains our favorite sign of all, the hurricanes Frances and Jeanne was here sign marking the systems visits in September 2004.
Mickey Mouse was out in his island gear meeting guests just off the walkway.
We singed up for the port adventure that included snorkeling rental, a float, and bike rental. Nowadays, we often bring our own snorkeling gear and grab one of the required inflatable snorkel vests from the lifeguard chair. The one thing we continue to do time and time again is rent bikes to ride around the island. This is a really fun activity during the colder visits to the island.
After snorkeling, biking, and a bit of floating we found some hammocks to relax for the remainder of the afternoon.
Heading back we stopped at Mt Rustmore for one of the few photos of myself from the cruise.
You might have guessed already, but we went out to deck 7 for the sail away.
We left the blue skies as we sailed back towards Florida.
Our final night’s towel animal greeted us as we returned to our stateroom following dinner and Disney Dreams.
The next morning we disembarked the Disney Wonder and headed back to Walt Disney World. There were very few people taking ground transfers back to Walt Disney World as most were headed to the airport. As a result, we were loaded into a van with another family to go back to the parks.
I hope you enjoyed reading a trip report with very little information and some bad photos. Our first cruise was really a blur. 3-nights was not enough time and everything just felt rushed. Keep in mind, the wealth of information we have available at our fingertips now was not what we had back in those days. All I can really say is that we had a fun time and years later when we were looking to take our first cruise with our daughter, I was all for another Disney Cruise.