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Old 06-13-2012, 12:33 AM   #151
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You booked another cruise!!! Yay!! I'm so happy for you!

Sounds like a lovely morning on the island--note to self, bring a book!

Sorry about Crap's foot, that's so strange to me that something like that would slip by at Disney. However, I'm sure they can't sweep the sand all day.

I'm not a Crocs person either,but my MiL has been buying them for Maddie for years. Maddie loves them so much that she now has 6 pairs At least they're good for her feet.

Is the lunch on the island included with the cruise like the other meals or do you pay extra? I've always wondered that and never asked anyone. How nice of the CM to take the time to find a hot dog for Xander!

You're not a bad mommy, you were on vacation! Cookies for lunch is perfectly acceptable! (Especially when you've already paid for something that is starting right away and you need the darn kid to get something in their stomach already)

Can't wait to hear about your excursion!
Thank you. While I am bummed I waited too long to get on the Fantasy, I am happy we are taking another cruise.

Yes, bring a book if you plan a relaxing day. There are so many awesome and adventure packed things to do that you may not need it.

We never even found the thing that penetrated him, so it may have been something that occurs in nature, which Disney could not possibly prevent. Even if it was man-made, Crap was not able to find it right after he stepped on it, so I doubt Disney employees would have seen it either.

The funny thing about Crocs is that I have no fashion sense whatsoever. Crap always teases me for my lack of girly-ness. However, I cannot handle Crocs or those five fingered shoes. I will never spend a dime of my money on either of those things, but I will buy un-stylish tennis shoes all day long. If someone bought Crocs for Xander and he wanted to wear them, of course I would allow it. I will not be buying them though. Crap knows that I do not support him wearing the 5 finger shoes around me. I feel badly for telling him that, because I was joking. He never bought them after that comment even though I gave him the green light. I should have kept my mouth closed on that. I have actually seen some of Maddie's Crocs. She is always dressed so girly and cute that I never pay much attention to her feet. It is not a bad look on her.

Lunch at Castaway Cay is included, since it is Disney's private island. Other than the tubes, the items we got at the store and the 2pm excursion, we did not pay for anything else there. We did not even bring any cash out of the room with us for that day either. Most all day excursions to other ports that you pay for include lunch in the price you pay, but I have seen some that do not. It was really nice of that man to find Xander a hot dog, especially since the other man obviously would not have made the effort.

Thanks for the support regarding the cookies. I really felt terrible about that, but I knew he needed to eat something. If I knew all of the kids selections would be gone well before the restaurant closed, I would have brought some of our WDW bounty out (although that was all snack food too.) At home, Xander usually does not get away with that. My Dad really helps me stick to that when we got to lunch every Thursday too. Every week that kid tries to sneak dessert before eating. I am usually distracted with Connor (and Crap is at work). Either my Dad or my brother always catches him, so you think he would stop trying. The kid is nothing if not persistent.

I had a great time on the excursion. Xander did not, but I think it was just another scared moment rather than a meltdown. It was kind of like what happened on the Aquaduck only this time, Crap got pictures to prove it.


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Sorry to see your kids with the allergy flare-ups. It's not nice when it happens to kids and babies.


Hope Crap's foot is better now and that it didn't pose any further problems for the rest of the trip.
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Castaway Cay looks lovely. So nice that it wasn't too hot or too cold. I'm with you, I think sitting on a beach and just relaxing sounds heavenly!

I'm sorry about your Dh's foot, ugg, nothing is worse than getting hurt on vacation. I'm glad first aid was able to get him fixed up and he didn't need stitches! I hope it didn't negatively effect the rest of your vacation!

Good tip about getting to lunch earlier. I would have been upset if all the kids food was gone, my DS is pretty picky also. I don't think I could have gotten him to eat chicken or burgers. I also don't think there is anything wrong with eating cookies for lunch, you're on vacation, and there really was nothing else!

I'm intrigued about your excursion, I'm afraid it turned out to be a bust!
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Sorry to see your kids with the allergy flare-ups. It's not nice when it happens to kids and babies.


Hope Crap's foot is better now and that it didn't pose any further problems for the rest of the trip.
Thank you. I hate when they are in discomfort.

He has not mentioned it since that day, so I am assuming it is fine.


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Castaway Cay looks lovely. So nice that it wasn't too hot or too cold. I'm with you, I think sitting on a beach and just relaxing sounds heavenly!

I'm sorry about your Dh's foot, ugg, nothing is worse than getting hurt on vacation. I'm glad first aid was able to get him fixed up and he didn't need stitches! I hope it didn't negatively effect the rest of your vacation!

Good tip about getting to lunch earlier. I would have been upset if all the kids food was gone, my DS is pretty picky also. I don't think I could have gotten him to eat chicken or burgers. I also don't think there is anything wrong with eating cookies for lunch, you're on vacation, and there really was nothing else!

I'm intrigued about your excursion, I'm afraid it turned out to be a bust!
Castaway Cay is stunning. Disney did a great job with the island. It was an awesome day minus Crap's injury and Xander's fear of the excursion. Every once in a while, it is awesome just to slow down and relax.

First Aid was wonderful he said. I am glad that it did not need stitches as well. He has not mentioned it since that afternoon, so I am assuming he is fine.

The day we checked into the ship, Cabanas had slim selections for lunch (luckily out of adult food rather than kid food). I was okay with that, since it is a lot easier to get a picky adult to eat kid's food than it is to get a picky kid to eat adult's food. Also, I am certain that it was much closer to closing like 10-15 minutes away. This was 45 minutes from closing, so it was a disappointing. Thanks to the cookies, it did not adversely affect our day though. Xander was perfectly fine with eating cookies for lunch.

I loved the excursion. Xander did not.
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Chris is currently allergic to Milk, Eggs, Peas, Peanuts & tree nuts and shellfish. He had been cleared of shellfish, but he had some lobster the other night, and had a mild reaction. He used to also be allergic to wheat, rye and barley, but can have those now. He is trying new things, but I am nervous about a reaction on a cruise ship far from an emergency room. He has never needed his epi-pen, aside from his initial reaction at 7 months which is how we discovered his allergies. At that point he was given epinepherine and steroids at the ER. He will be 13 when we sail, and I worry most about him going to eat with friends from the teen club and having an issue then. I did note the allergies on our reservation, so hopefully theu will contact us. If not, I will call and see if there is anything else we need to do.

Ask your Dr. about trying cetaphil facial wash (liquid) and Aquaphor for the eczema. Those both really helped Chris with his (but honestly, avoiding the food allergens helped the most...it was the worst before his allergies were diagnosed, and I was nursing so he was getting all of those allergens via me.)

Ok enough Off-topic stuff! It sounds like Castaway Cay is wonderful! I can't wait for that day! Too bad Crap hurt his foot, though. I am so excited that you booked another cruise. I am so excited for you!
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Chris is currently allergic to Milk, Eggs, Peas, Peanuts & tree nuts and shellfish. He had been cleared of shellfish, but he had some lobster the other night, and had a mild reaction. He used to also be allergic to wheat, rye and barley, but can have those now. He is trying new things, but I am nervous about a reaction on a cruise ship far from an emergency room. He has never needed his epi-pen, aside from his initial reaction at 7 months which is how we discovered his allergies. At that point he was given epinepherine and steroids at the ER. He will be 13 when we sail, and I worry most about him going to eat with friends from the teen club and having an issue then. I did note the allergies on our reservation, so hopefully theu will contact us. If not, I will call and see if there is anything else we need to do.

Ask your Dr. about trying cetaphil facial wash (liquid) and Aquaphor for the eczema. Those both really helped Chris with his (but honestly, avoiding the food allergens helped the most...it was the worst before his allergies were diagnosed, and I was nursing so he was getting all of those allergens via me.)

Ok enough Off-topic stuff! It sounds like Castaway Cay is wonderful! I can't wait for that day! Too bad Crap hurt his foot, though. I am so excited that you booked another cruise. I am so excited for you!
Chris has more allergies than Xander. It is nice to see some of them went away. Xander's Dr says that could happen for him. I do not know if he is allergic to shellfish, because he was not tested for that. Since I do not like seafood, I never prepare it. When he gets over his picky stage, he may try some and like it. There are Drs on board, and I am hoping they carry all kinds if meds. Cast members will probably keep him away from anything he is allergic to. I would just go over the allergies with the staff at the club when you first sign him up. The older kids can check themselves in and out I believe, so it is good you already noted it in case you do not have to do anything further. Make sure the club has his current epipen just in case. I forgot to give it to them the second time I dropped Xander off.

The Dr wants to run the profile on Connor right at his one year check up. He said he does not like blood draws for allergies before age one due to false positives and distress to babies. I will eliminate anything he is allergic to from my diet as well. He will not likely be done breastfeeding by then. At 11.5 months, he still nurses like an infant. Thanks for the tips, and I will discuss it with his Dr.

I did not think it was off topic at all, so no worries. When your kid has allergies like that, you never take a vacation from worrying. I understand the concern and have a feeling the kids' club will stay on top if it. Castaway Cay was wonderful. Thank you. We are so excited about the upcoming cruise. Unfortunately, Castaway Cay is not on the intenerary. At some point, we will get there again.
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Fear of Sting Rays?

I realized that I forgot a couple of tips. Some of you may remember that we opted to forgo the grocery stop on the way to the cruise ship, since our driver was 30 minutes late. We ran out of water overnight on the first night. Before we left for our excursion to Atlantis, we stopped to buy some water. There was no time to go back to the room, so we just bought four bottles to carry with us (and bought more later). Of course it was expensive, but that was not even my biggest problem. The ship only sells one kind of water, Evian Spring Water. Neither Xander nor I like spring water. It was so terrible that I barely drank any water through the duration of the trip. Xander did not have much choice, since he does not drink anything the drink station offers. He really only likes water with an occasional milk (we limit his milk since he is allergic).

Unless you like Evian and/or spring water, make sure you bring your own water on the ship. I was shocked that they did not have Dasani, since it is a coke product. There may be another place on the ship to buy purified water on the ship that I am not aware of, but I would not chance it. You can also save a lot of money. While I cannot remember what we paid, I do remember that it was overpriced.

The other thing I want to cover is the fireworks at sea took place at 10:30pm on pirate night. Crap mentioned he was tired and did not want to see them. I did not push the issue, since the boys were pretty tired as well. If my memory serves me correctly, Disney is the only cruise liner who is allowed to have fireworks at sea. It sounds like an awesome sight to see. Anyone who is unable to go that late without a nap, try to work in a midday nap the day the fireworks are shown. While this may not always happen on pirate night, you would only need to check the personal navigator to see what night they are planned for.

Now, I will get back to the excursion. We were given an adult and child snorkel mask when we checked in. Until we checked in, I had no idea that this excursion even involved snorkeling. Had I known that, I would have gotten there a few minutes earlier. Too bad it took so long to find that hot dog at lunch. After checking in, we went inside a large covered building that had a sand bottom. It looked almost like a tropical barn. Xander was still in a good mood at this point. The instructor was already going over everything. Yikes. I had never snorkeled before, so I needed every piece of information I could have gotten. They either started early, our clocks were a few minutes off or it took longer to check in than I thought it did. The instructions must have been very short, because it was over before it started, and I still had no idea what to do.







When the quick talk wrapped, everyone started putting on their snorkel gear and taking off their clothes. I had no idea how to put them on, so I just stuck them over our heads and hoped someone in the water would be able to help us. Xander started crying the moment I put the snorkel gear over his head. He was uncertain of what it was and did not like it when I told him we would put that on to get a look under the water (as soon as I figured out how to put them on that was). Usually Xander does better when he knows what to expect. This was not the case this time as you can see from his reaction.



Crap and Connor were seated just outside the building where lawn chairs were set up for people who wanted to observe. This was a nice touch. There were no observer fees as there are with some excursions, so I did not know how closely I (now Crap) would be able to get to view everything. Since he was so close, he took some pictures of what we were about to see. He also got some pictures of our beautiful ship, which was parked near this excursion.







There were a few different stations holding sting rays. This excursion is designed for ages 5 and up. I thought Crap and Xander would have a great time playing with them when I booked it. The stingers were clipped, so there is very little danger. Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, was killed by a giant sting ray, so there is no way I would have let Xander do the excursion if they were not clipped. One thing I did remember from the instructions was we needed to shuffle our feet when walking in the water. Even though the sting rays were large and dark, they like to bury themselves in the sand at times. They were everywhere in the water.



Xander was still upset at this point. People were already gathering near the large tanks within the ocean. I noticed that the tanks were not very deep and could tell by looking Xander would be able to walk there. He calmed down once I told him that he would shuffle over there, and he did not have to put the mask (snorkel gear) on unless he wanted to once he saw the cool “fish” we were going to see. After calming him down, everyone else was already at all of the stations. Once again, we would be late arriving. Hopefully, we would not miss any important information.

There was only one station that did not look as busy as the others. We shuffled very slowly over there to ensure we did not step on any sting rays, and because Xander got nervous any time one swam by. It was the one farthest to the left with all of the tall people. Xander and I looked very short in that group. I am 5’6”, so many of these people had to clear 6’. As cute and small as he looks standing in between me and this other lady, he easily cleared the tank. For anyone interested in doing this with a kid, there were other kids in the water. They were just at different stations. One little girl, who was shorter than Xander, was snorkeling like a pro.



We arrived at the tank to the demonstration already in progress. Our group (other than Xander) was very comfortable with the sting rays. The instructors gave some basic information about sting rays and gave everyone a chance to feed one. Xander refused to feed one at all. I have to admit that I chickened out a little when it was my turn. Cast members warn you that you will feel them suck the food up almost like a suction cup, but it will not hurt. As soon as I felt it on top of my arm and the slightest suction sensation, I dropped the food. Right after I chickened out, the next lady went, and I never asked for another turn. The good news is the sting ray was on top of my hand, so Xander never realized I chickened out. I stayed brave for him (as far as he knows).

After the demonstration was over, the cast members told everyone they could explore the area openly. That is probably why snorkel masks were provided. Even though the area was shallow, the rays like to hide in the sand. Anyone willing to snorkel could get an excellent look at them. I quickly asked the lady next to me how to use it. Turns out it was pretty easy to put on and use. Although, I cannot remember how to describe it other than to see make sure the pipe thing is sticking straight up, and the circular piece goes into your mouth. Xander said he did not want to put his on. I told him we could just look at them from the top of the water.



As we shuffled around, we found a highly dense area with lots of sting rays. They keep rubbing against us. This made Xander so uncomfortable that he started quietly crying. He was brave enough to get in the water and check it out. I told him I was proud of him, and he did not have to stay in the water if he did not want to. Very quickly, he informed me that we would like to get out of the water. We were not even the first ones out of the water. There were two small groups who excited before we did. When we exited the water, we were given pins and told that a portion of the excursion fee had been donated to help wildlife. That was a nice touch.

I handed Xander off to Crap and returned to the water to try out the snorkel gear. It took me a couple of minutes to really get the hang of it, because I kept breathing improperly, which fogged up the lenses and made me nervous. Once I got it, I explored for maybe two or three minutes before exiting the water again.

This time I was after the camera. Even though we did not have a waterproof camera, the water was shallow enough for me to take the DSLR in. I wanted to get some up close pictures of the sting rays. To this day, I have not really learned to use the camera well. The pictures that I got were as good as they were going to get. Once I got the shots, I exited the water for good this time. There were still quite a few people in the water, since the excursion did not end until 3pm. That was still about 15 minutes away, so we did all of that in 45 short minutes. It was awesome and relaxing for me, but Xander could have done without the excursion. Something tells me he would have done better with Crap. Whether it is trying to act tough for Daddy or that Crap just has a special touch that I do not, Xander always seems braver when his Daddy is around.









Other than Crap’s injured foot, we had an awesome time at Castaway Cay and felt ready to go. We had barely seen most of the island though. A tram was pulling up just as we were walking down the path. Knowing it would be easier to keep the stroller off the tram, I asked Crap if he minded meeting back up at the ship. I wanted to see some of the other stops, like Serenity Bay. He said he did not mind. Xander insisted on coming with me, so Crap and Connor started back toward the ship on foot without us. The tram made two stops and my plan to see more of the island did not work out very well. It was hard to see a lot from the trams. Even if Xander was not with me, I would not have gotten off the tram. He was not allowed in Serenity Bay, so I really did not have a choice. After the two stops, we arrived at the front of the ship and waited for Connor and Crap. They arrived about two minutes later.

We all entered the ship together and headed straight to the room. Xander was anxious to have more time at the kids’ club. Crap showered Xander quickly, so I could walk him up to the club. It was formal night. To give him as much time as possible in the club, I dressed him in his formal clothes and hoped he would not get them dirty at the kids’ club. That way, we could head straight to dinner after picking him up. This time, I took him to the Oceaneer Lab, because I wanted him to try that one as well.

When I returned from the club, Crap was exiting the shower. He was concerned that his hair looked bad and needed a haircut. With one quick phone call, he was out of there. They had an immediate opening. That left me in the room alone to shower and dress me and Connor. It was a little tricky, since there was no safe place to put him down. I got it done though and settled down to nurse him. Soon after I started nursing, Crap returned to the room with his new haircut. For a short cut, it was all right. Whoever cut it did a good job. He hopped into the shower to make sure no hair got on his formal wear. It was the second day in a row that he took two showers less than a few hours apart. We never got another picture of Crap after the haircut, so I am sorry I cannot show it to you.

Connor had just finished nursing by the time Crap was getting his formal wear on. I placed Connor in his formal wear before nursing just in case he fell asleep. Once he was deep asleep, I put mine on as well. It was too early to head down to dinner, but too late to try to squeeze anything else in. We hung out in the room until right before it was time to head to dinner. Crap walked down to get Xander from the kid’s club and said he would meet me inside the restaurant. I used that time to do a little shopping on the ship.

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Sound like a great excursion to snorkel with the rays. Glad that you made the best of the opportunity.

Such a shame that Xander puts on the "mummy's boy" routine around you and not around Crap. But then they are only little for a short period of time.
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Sound like a great excursion to snorkel with the rays. Glad that you made the best of the opportunity.

Such a shame that Xander puts on the "mummy's boy" routine around you and not around Crap. But then they are only little for a short period of time.
It really was a lot of fun.

Xander really is a Momma's boy. The scary thing is Connor is way more of a Momma's boy than Xander ever was. I worked with Xander and Crap helped care for him a lot more. Connor is with me so much that Crap can hardly pry him from my arms.
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2 How much questions...how much was the excursion and haircut? Thinking of doing both on my cruise.
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What a fun excursion! Poor Xander getting scared.

There's a stingray exhibit at Brookfield Zoo here that Maddie loves where you can pet and feed the stingrays. She talks about doing it again at least once a week so I'm sure that she'd love that excursion! To me, the stingrays feel like firm jello.

The only time I've tried snorkeling (on our wedding cruise) it took me a while to get the hang of the breathing too. I have a really small head and they didn't have any child masks on the boat so my mask was a little loose and kept filling with water in addition to the fogging. It was still a lot of fun though!

I was also curious about the cost of the stingray thing and the haircut. If you don't mind sharing.

I can't wait to hear about formal night on the ship! I hope you have lots of pictures of you handsome boys in their finery.
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The sting ray excursion was $35 per adult. I thought it was worth it, since snorkeling alone usually costs around that much. Disney even donates some to wildlife conservation, so that is a good thing too. Crap does not remember what the haircut cost but remembers thinking it was very reasonably priced. He sees two different people back home who charge either $55 or $65. My guess is it was probably less than that since he considered it reasonable.

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What a fun excursion! Poor Xander getting scared.

There's a stingray exhibit at Brookfield Zoo here that Maddie loves where you can pet and feed the stingrays. She talks about doing it again at least once a week so I'm sure that she'd love that excursion! To me, the stingrays feel like firm jello.

The only time I've tried snorkeling (on our wedding cruise) it took me a while to get the hang of the breathing too. I have a really small head and they didn't have any child masks on the boat so my mask was a little loose and kept filling with water in addition to the fogging. It was still a lot of fun though!

I was also curious about the cost of the stingray thing and the haircut. If you don't mind sharing.

I can't wait to hear about formal night on the ship! I hope you have lots of pictures of you handsome boys in their finery.
It really was a fun excursion. I am sad Crap was hurt but glad I got to do it.

That is an excellent way to describe the way they feel, firm jello. I like it, and that is so true. Was Maddie brave enough to keep her hand still while they suctioned the food out? If so, she has me beat. She would probably love the excursion. There was a little girl their age who loved every minute of it.

I am glad you got the hang of it too, because it really was a lot of fun. The foggy feeling creeped me out a little. Every time I fogged up, I felt one near my leg and was afraid to move. Luckily, no water came in. That would have really creeped me out if I was stuggling with that and accidentally stepped on a sting ray. They were everywhere.

For kids, the sting ray excursion was $29. The adult price was $35. Crap does not remember the haircut price. He said it was reasonable. At home, he pays $55 or $65, so I am guessing it was less than that. They probably charge more for women. The same lady that charges Crap $55 charges me $75.

Crap was in charge of the pictures unfortunately, so he did not get very many pictures at all. I was so sad reviewing the pictures. He did not take a single picture of the final day, so that report will be without any pictures at all. At Disneyland, I am going to make sure I take pictures when he does not. He really does not care about pictures, so I was foolish for leaving him in charge of that. It will be hard to hold Connor, constantlly nurse, ensure Xander has not run off and take pictures, but I have to do it to get more shots this time. Luckily, we ran into the big cheese after dinner, so I have those pictures with the boys dressed up. If we did not see him, we probably would not have gotten any. Crap never got a single picture of himself that night.
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Thanks for the reply. Did the haircut include a shave? I cut my hair for less than 20bucks here but Im not picky...whereas my wifes cost close to 300 each time. Heck my 2 poodles cost 75each every two months.
DEFINITE on the stingray thing...that is cheap and looked fun...definitely will get a water camera.
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Thanks for the update!! Do you think there is enough to do at Castaway Cay if you don't do any paid things? I would like to just hang out on the beach, and let the kids play on the water structure. The snorkeling looks very cool, but I think I would be the one who chickened out!!
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Thanks for the reply. Did the haircut include a shave? I cut my hair for less than 20bucks here but Im not picky...whereas my wifes cost close to 300 each time. Heck my 2 poodles cost 75each every two months.
DEFINITE on the stingray thing...that is cheap and looked fun...definitely will get a water camera.
You're Welcome. It is rare but whenever Crap gets his haircut at a barber shop, he pays $20 with tip. On ship, it is a salon, so it charges closer to salon prices. I doubt they shave, but if they do it is a separate price. He was not clean shaven when he returned to the room. If you need a haircut on ship, I say go for it. I go 2-6 months in between haircuts (depending on my hair color). Crap needs cuts far more often, so he was due. Your dogs get more expensive grooming than you do. I've paid over $300 for services but that is when I get a haircut with a double process (color and highligts or stripped color and highlights) and deep conditioning. I'll bet your wife has fabulous hair.

The sting ray excursion was a lot of fun. You will love it. I regret not buying a water camera, but Crap said no when I tried to get one. Hopefully, he lets me buy one before our next cruise.


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Thanks for the update!! Do you think there is enough to do at Castaway Cay if you don't do any paid things? I would like to just hang out on the beach, and let the kids play on the water structure. The snorkeling looks very cool, but I think I would be the one who chickened out!!
You're welcome. As much as I liked the stingray excursion, I liked relaxing on the beach too. You could easily spend a day there without paying for anything. The water structure looks like a lot of fun. That could occupy your time between relaxing on the beach and playing in the ocean. Castaway Cay is larger than I expected too. Just exploring the island if you wanted something a little more exciting than relaxing would take some serious time.
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