So after our 24 magical hours in Walt Disney World and boarding the gorgeous Disney Dream in Port Canaveral, it’s time to tell you about our shore adventures in the final part of our photo diary. From Port Canaveral, we cruised south east to Nassau and then back north towards Disney Cruise Line’s private island, Castaway Cay. Here’s what we got up to:
For our first port of call, Nassau in the Bahamas, and we booked the Blue Lagoon Island beach day excursion. We hopped off the Disney Dream nice and early (and said hello to Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, docked next to us) and walked to a small ferry docked a little way away from the ship. Jumping on board, we cruised out into the small channel, past Atlantis and out into the blue, blue Atlantic ocean…
As we watched the shoreline, a little gap appeared and we steered towards it. Through the gap, the most gorgeous view awaited us: Blue Lagoon Island – a shallow lagoon surrounded by soft white sand and lush palms. We couldn’t quite believe our luck!
If you want to, there are all sorts of water activities: kayaking, inflatables, slides… but we just slobbed out, swam in the warm water, nibbled a delicious barbecue lunch, sipped cocktails and basked in the sunshine:
After a perfect day, glowing from the sun and lips salty with the spray, we caught the ferry back to the ship, saying hi to the dolphins on the way:
It really does go down as one of the most perfect days I’ve ever experienced. Heavenly.
Back on the Disney Dream, we waved goodbye to Nassau and set sail into the sunset, on towards Castaway Cay. In case you didn’t know, a cay is a very small island (less than 1 mile across), and Disney’s stunning island, strictly reserved for visitors arriving on Disney Cruise Line ships, is tiny but perfect, with beautiful white beaches, brightly painted wooden buildings and swaying palms. Wandering around the island, you’re likely to bump into Lilo and Stitch, and maybe even Captain Jack Sparrow!
Getting around is easy – there are walking trails, bike hire and a series of trams that can take you anywhere on the island. We made our way to Serenity Bay, the adults only area of the cay. Amy and I indulged in an amazing open air couples massage in one of the cabanas at Serenity Bay spa overlooking the beach. Our lovely ladies were so good, both of us fell asleep and woke up so relaxed it was all we could do to return to our sunbeds and flop down for a snooze!
If you’re feeling energetic, there are all sorts of things to see and do: boat hire, water play areas, snorkelling and even jet skis. We did partake in a little light messing about with our inflatable ring, but apart from that, there were far more important things to indulge in:
Lunch is served beachside, at an open air barbecue, and of course, being Disney’s private island, there’s unlimited ice cream too. As the sun started to set, we took a leisurely walk back to the ship, just in time for a last swim at Quiet Cove before heading to our stateroom to get ready for dinner:
What a wonderful, wonderful trip. We so enjoyed our time at Walt Disney World, and the cruise was heavenly: relaxing, invigorating and so wonderful to have the chance to explore the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Massive thanks to Lydia and Nikki and everyone at Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World.
If you’d like to see more, why not check out our YouTube video featuring all the fun of our Disney stay and cruise experience.
Ten nights at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort including return flights and 4-night Bahamas Cruise on the Disney Dream – From £1546pp
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