On a Disney Cruise when you stop at their private island Castaway Cay, adults have the option of escaping to their own private side of the island. The adult-only beach is called Serenity Bay and if you’ve got the chance, it’s worth spending some time there.
The activities are endless when you’re traveling with the kids and Castaway Cay caters to them just as much on the island as they are treated with care on the ship. However if you’re traveling with only adults or have grandparents, other family or a babysitter along for the trip that can be with the kids at the family beach, then take some time for Serenity Bay. Those will mobility issues will appreciate the special (and really cool) beach wheel chairs!
The wait staff is very attentive, strolling the beach and will bring a drink (or a bucket of beverages) right to your chair. Charges are just as they would be on the ship…charged directly to your room. Or there’s the Castaway Air Bar right there if you’d prefer to serve yourself.
There’s a full lunch at Castaway BBQ which is very filling, plenty of meat and seafood to fill you up, but the hours are limited, usually 11A-2P only and the smell of the food cooking on an open flame is very enticing.
Don’t think that you’ll walk it from the ship. Castaway Cay is small, but it’s a long walk to get out to Serenity Bay. There is a convenient shuttle stop so take advantage of that to get to and from the ship.
Cabanas are available, just like there are on the family beach. If you’re interested in booking this oasis for your day at Castaway Cay, do it as early as possible. If they’re already booked, be sure to check with Guest Services when you board the ship and let them know that you want one if there is a cancellation.
The beach is white sand, the water is crystal clear but my only complaint is that it’s pretty shallow. I’d like to get up to my neck in the Bahamian waters, but that’s not typical at Serenity Bay.
Afraid you’ll miss character meet-and-greets? No worries, Captain Jack Sparrow has been a regular at Serenity Bay every time my wife and I have visited.
I’ve recommended to some guests that if they’re looking for lower crowds on-board at the pool and waterslide that they stay on board when in Nassau, but I certainly wouldn’t miss Castaway Cay. It’s a great place to take in the 5K first thing in the morning, spend some time on the beach, enjoy lunch, and if you want some ‘quieter time’ on board the ship, maybe head back after lunch to beat the rush just before the ship departs this gem of an island.
And finally, if you’re a history buff or just like a good story, it’s worth reading more about the island prior to your arrival. Was it a haven for real-life pirates? Who actually used the airstrip? Does it have a little bit of a shady history? Absolutely it does and it’s fascinating to see what a magical little island is has become.
Pete Herrick has been with Once Upon A Vacation since 2013 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over 30 times and takes every chance to travel to just about any fun location in the world. He and his wife Tessa live at Lake Norman near Charlotte, NC. Find him on social media @peteherrick (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)