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Old 08-11-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Any tips for Castaway Cay first timers?

We are due to go on our first cruise in a couple of weeks and in all the research can't find much specific info on Castaway Cay unless I have missed something obvious! I have been reading in a number of trip reports people going to get 'their spot' or 'being stuck out back'. I don't know realistically how much time we will spend on a chair or lounger but I am hoping to take the kids off to give DW at least 1 hour peace to relax and enjoy a book, maybe by hiring bikes.

So reading between the lines the etiquette for CC is much the same as a Disney waterpark, i.e. you get there first and stake claim for a day? As opposed to a Disney resort where CMs would remove towels etc. if left unattended for some time?

Either way I am interested to hear what people do when arriving at Castaway Cay? Do you hire tubes? Fav place settle down? Do you rearrange the chairs in a particular way? Always meet Captain Jack?

Any other tips / tricks for a first timer? We are a family of 4 kids 2 and 5 so will be on the family beach.

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Old 08-11-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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People do seem to try to get there early to secure spots. We get off at our leisure after breakfast. We have never had a problem finding a chair or beach loungers. We just did the snorkle excursion on the island, and all we really needed was a chair to throw our stuff. We picked up after snorkling and took to lunch with us. If you have a good beach tote, carrying a bit will be easy. Don't bother taking beach towels with you. You can get towels right as you get off the ship. Towel drop offs are all over the place too, so you don't even have to carry back to the ship.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:55 PM   #3
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It is nice to get a few chairs under an umbrella to allow you to escape the sun. We have had good luck traveling down the beach a bit. We try to get two or three chairs since we have a party of 7.
We have rented rafts and tubes. We enjoy the relaxation of the island. Cookie's Barbeque is easily reached from any part of the beach. Yum! I'm hungry just thinking about the good food. There is a water play area for the kids, but a pail and shovel are great for all ages. We purchased them right at CC. You can bring them from home if you like.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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I have heard many people say it was easy to find chairs. I can't think of anyone saying it was hard.



If you plan to snorkel do that early before the water gets cloudy from people playing in it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:11 PM   #5
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Is there a cost for food on Castaway Cay (not including alcohol)?
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:24 PM   #6
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Is there a cost for food on Castaway Cay (not including alcohol)?
No. Just like on the ship, it's all included. You can buy smoothies in a little coconut shaped thing with straw that my kids liked. It's a souvenir cup so they enjoy using them at home too.

Ice cream cones and non-alc. drinks are unlimited.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:59 PM   #7
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You can buy smoothies in a little coconut shaped thing with straw that my kids liked. It's a souvenir cup so they enjoy using them at home too.
Yummy!
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:08 PM   #8
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We have always just taken our time around castaway- spending some time in the snorkling area, and some on the adult beach. We never have had issues finding chairs- but it has never been a huge priority for us- it's always worked out.

Also, it is nice that you can use your room key on the island to pay for things- so it is one less thing you have to worry about!
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:17 PM   #9
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CC is awesome and big. There are plenty of "spots" but the ones closer to the ship get taken pretty early. Just continue on until you find an open one. If you are looking for a hammock or a special place then I would go early or later in the afternoon some may become available. CC is a paradise all in itself...take time to take in the scenery

Food is free and good! Enjoy!!
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:52 AM   #10
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What time do most people seem to get off the ship in Castaway Cay?
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:55 AM   #11
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If you have folks who like to play in the sand, bring your own toys from home MUCH cheaper! If you have your own mask and fins, you can bring and use your own as well.
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CC is my favorite place on Earth.
We tend to go further down the beach to find a spot, it is less crowded. (the closest spot from the ship fills up quicker.)

Take the tram even if you have kids to see the whole island. There is an adult only section in the back (and its own food place.)

2 years we stayed late and the beach really thins out. They brought pizza out at Cookies Bbq and we took a relaxing walk back to the ship!

I always bring mini sand buckets and shovels from the dollar store.
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We are one of those that get off the ship first thing to secure our spot. We grab the two chairs and the lounger with the umbrella. But we usually give it up around 10 because that's the time Jack Sparrow is on Castaway.(You run over there wait in line and interact with Jack) We drop the kids off at Scuttles after lunch and head to Serenity Bay for a bit. Then it's back to the ship for us. My youngest is tired by this time so we take a nap while my oldest is off to her group or the arcade. I ran into one of my fellow Disers riding a bike around Castaway or you can rent a float, grab a hammock, and have a cocktail. One tip watch your food at Cookies. If you leave your table for any reason you will find little birds in your food lol! There are tons of characters on the island so bring your camera.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:50 AM   #14
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What time do most people seem to get off the ship in Castaway Cay?
I believe that you can begin to leave the ship around 9 to 9:30. You will have a rush at the start with all of us got to get the most folks. Then it is hust people getting off when they are ready. The crowds peak at about 11:00 to 1:00 and then they begin to thin.

  • It has been said but if you move away from the ship there will be chairs available.
  • Snorkle in the morning as the sand does get mixed in the wayter and it is harder to see what you want.
  • Don't forget the sun screen and put it on often.
  • You might want to consider the Stingray Excursion. These are captive ray and they trim the stinger. You get to feed them and they get up close and personal. It is a good excrusion for 1st timers.
  • Remember you can rent floats and bikes
  • Most important just take it as it comes and try to relax and enjoy the day.

Don't try to do it al;l it can't be done and you lose more in the process.
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The water at the family beach gets cloudy from all of the people having fun in the water. If you want to see it at its most beautiful get there a little early. I really love seeing that clear water. The other areas..adult beach and the water bike area stay crystal clear. It's awesome.
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