Castaway Cay Excursions for the Not So Adventurous

We’ve talked about Castaway Cay excursions for the adventurous, but what about those of us who’d rather take it easy on Disney’s private island? Well we’ve got you covered there too!

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  • Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage ($42 for ages 10+, $29.50 for 0-9) For this excursion you’ll board a glass bottom boat for a voyage to the north side of the island. There you’ll experience Castaway Cay’s barrier reef system. The boat has viewing windows at the bottoms where you’ll have  a great view of the coral reefs and all the tropical fish and other sea creatures that live there! All without even getting wet.
  • Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure ($51 for 10+, $40 for 5-9) Ok, this excursion does have “adventure” right in the title, but it’s of the very mild variety! First you’ll hear some educational facts about sting rays and have a quick orientation before heading out to feed and even pet these amazing animals! After your sting ray experience you’ll be able to enjoy some time snorkeling further in the lagoon where you’ll find even more rays.
  • Equipment Rentals: If you really want to relax, rent an inner tube or float to use in the ocean all day long! Only $10.75 for an entire day’s relaxation isn’t bad at all! If you’d rather do some leisurely snorkeling there is also snorkel equipment for rent at a cost of $31.18 for ages 10+ or $15.05 for ages 5-9
  •  For adults only you have the option for the ultimate in relaxation at Serenity Bay, a massage at an open air cabana! Not a typical “excursion” these are booked through the spa on the ship.

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Castaway Cay Excursions for the Adventurous!

Did you know there is more to do on Disney’s Castaway Cay than is shown on the map? Well, there is! Disney also offers excursions for their adventurous cruisers. Here are some of their offerings:

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  1. Fishing Disney offers four different types of fishing excursions, including fly fishing and fishing by troll boat. You’ll see barracuda, snappers, groupers and more during these catch and release fishing excursions for ages 6+ (several are for 8+ but there are fishing excursions for 6 and 7 year olds to enjoy too!). Prices vary.
  2. Snorkeling You’ll board a boat for a 30 minute ride to a coral reef abundant with fish. You may even see sea turtles, whales and/or dolphins (though not guaranteed). The cost is $102 for ages 6-9 and $113 for ages 10+. Cost includes a mask, snorkel and snorkel vest.
  3. Parasailing Adventurers aged 8+ (children 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult, ages 13-17 must be escorted by an adult) are able to parasail for approximately 5 to 7 minutes at heights of 600 to 800 feet over the waves enjoying a breathtaking view of the open water and Castaway Cay. Cost is $102.25.
  4. Kayaking A one hour kayaking adventure follows a 45 minute walk through the rural terrain of Castaway Cay. The kayaking trip will bring you to an exclusive deserted beach where you’re free to swim and explore for 30 minutes before kayaking back to the launch. Cost is $67 for guests aged 10+.
  5. Waterskiing For 45 minutes you’ll pilot a Wave Runner while following a guide to two stops where you’ll learn about the history of the region. You’ll even pass right by the Disney Cruise ship you sailed in on! Cost is $100.25 for a single rider (aged 18+) or $168.75 for double (age 8+ can ride as passenger with an adult, age 16/17 may drive with adult as their passenger).

Guest Blogger: Chris Gardiner’s DCL Excursion review – Atlantis Aquaventure, Nassau

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Last July, I went on my first Disney Cruise with my two tween sons and my two best friends. There were many decisions and choices to make and excursions were no exception! We did the 4-night cruise on the Disney Dream with a stop in Nassau, Bahamas.  After reviewing all of the excursion choices, my boys said that they really wanted to see Atlantis (probably based on all of the TV commercials they had seen is my guess) and so the decision was made.  We signed up for the “Atlantis Aquaventure” and all were excited for the day.  The 4-6 hour excursion included transportation to and from Atlantis, passes to use their water park, a tour of the property, and lunch.

The morning we arrived in Nassau, all who had signed up for this excursion met in the IMG_0003 (1)
Walt Disney Theater.  This is where they checked us in and gave us our ‘admission bracelets’ and lunch vouchers.  From there we disembarked the Dream and walked through the port till we got to a series of buses, which is where we waited to take the bus to Atlantis.  One thing to note is that there was quite a bit of walking involved with this excursion – so I would recommend wearing sneakers or comfortable swim shoes.

When we arrived at Atlantis, we were met by a tour guide and given an ‘orientation tour’ of the resort as we walked to the ‘Aquaventure’ water park.  I must say that the resort is extremely large but was truly beautiful!  We walked through the huge lobby of the Royal Towers (which is a site to behold in itself), through the hotel grounds and various marine exhibits and over to the water park.  The water park is the best I have ever been to.  It is 141 acres in size and features state of the art water slides, river rapids, waterfalls and IMG_0005pools.  Our personal favorite in which we spent most of our time was their ‘Aquaventure river’ that went around the entire water park.  Unlike ‘Typhoon Lagoon’s ‘lazy river’, this one at Atlantis actually uses special escalators and waves to transport you around it.  It was a great way to spend a good deal of the day and kept us nice and cool in the hot July sun!  Traveling in the ‘Aquaventure river’ is also a great way to see the entire water park and figure out where you want to explore next.

After we spent a good deal of time in the lazy river and exploring some of the water slides we got hungry and decided it was time for lunch.  The lunch vouchers we were given were good for any one of the quick service restaurants that were located around the water park.  The food was pretty standard fare (burgers, wraps, pizza and salads) but it hit the spot.  One thing I did notice is that there was not a lot of tables or seating for the quick service restaurants; but, I assume that most people get their food and go back to their beach chairs.

When we were done with lunch we hit the water park again. We ended up spending some more time on the Aquaventure river and then the (somewhat) famous water slides that go through the shark tank!  The wait times were not very long for the water slides, in my opinion, and there were so many of them it spaced everyone out evenly.

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Once we were thoroughly waterlogged, we decided we would check out the ‘ruins’ of Atlantis called “The Dig” before heading back to catch the bus. Buses left every half hour back to the port, which was nice, because it really did allow you to spend as much time as you wanted at Atlantis and gave you some flexibility. “The Dig” was an amazing themed walk-through labyrinth of sea life in large viewing windows.  The added benefit is that it was cool and these areas were air conditioned which made for a welcome relief from the hot sun.  The marine life and presentation was truly wonderful and very extensive.

As we made our way out of “The Dig” we walked back through the lobby of the Royal Towers and rested a little in the lobby, taking in all of the grand architecture and design.  We then headed back to the bus, where we were brought back to the port, and boarded the Dream again.

Atlantis is so large that we could go there again for another excursion and probably not doIMG_0007 the same things twice.  There are actually many Atlantis excursions to choose from.  So if you are not a big water park fan you can book the “Discover Atlantis Tour” and basically walk around and look at the marine exhibits, shop, play at the casino and eat.  There are also Atlantis excursions that feature Dolphin interactions at their Dolphin Cay, snorkeling and golf options as well.

In my opinion the Atlantis excursion was well worth the money –especially if you have tweens, teens or older kids. The orientation tour at the beginning was good for first timers to the resort but a bit long – if I booked another Nassau excursion I would probably bypass the tour.

Hands down though, the best part of the day was being able to walk back onto the Disney Dream (we were greeted at the port with ice cold lemon water and frozen facecloths to wipe our faces with – heaven after a day in the hot sun!).

Have you been to Atlantis? What excursions have you done with DCL and what did you like best?