Character Meet-and-Greets
Character Meet-and-Greets / Disney Cruise Line / Kent Phillips
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Serenity Bay
Serenity Bay / Disney Cruise Line / Kent Phillips
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Castaway Family Beach
Castaway Family Beach / Disney Cruise Line / Matt Stroshane
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Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding / Disney Cruise Line / Kent Phillips
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Underwater Sculptures
Underwater Sculptures / Disney Cruise Line / Matt Stroshane
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Castaway Cay Challenge 5K
Castaway Cay Challenge 5K / Disney Cruise Line / Matt Stroshane
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Private Cabana
Private Cabana / Disney Cruise Line
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Pelican Point family beach
Pelican Point family beach / Kayla Becker
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Castaway Cay
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Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Disney’s private island in the Bahamas is paradise in many ways: Hop a tram from the ship to either the family beach or the adults-only stretch and you’ll find exactly what you would hope to see at a resort owned by the king of amusement parks. At the family beach you can meet costumed characters, play in the splash park or the waterslide over the ocean that looks like a castle, and find casual dining. At the adults-only beach, Serenity Bay, you’ll savor blissful peace and quiet.

What We Love

Suitcase Space: You can rent everything from snorkel gear to inner tubes on the island. And you can buy buckets and beach toys to make epic sand castles — a better bet than filling your luggage with pails and shovels.

Best Known For

Character Visits: Forget character breakfasts. Here the little ones can take pictures with Mickey and Minnie by the surf, or join a dance party hosted by Lilo and Stitch.

Beach Massages: Need a break from all the family time? The adult area has three spa cabanas, so you can splurge on a massage by the sea.

Who It's Best For

Everyone (and We Don’t Say That Lightly): Disney has done a spectacular job of creating two distinct experiences in this space: the boisterous family-friendly version (which has everything from crafts to a teen club and — get this — complimentary babysitting for the little ones) and the quiet oasis for adults. Best of all, a tram means you can get around, and back to the ship, quickly and easily.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Extras Come at a Price: At $499 a day, the line’s 20 cabanas don’t come cheap — but they are massive and come with a fridge and a locker, and can hold up to six people. If you’re with a group and plan to spend the day on the shore, they’re a justifiable splurge.

Sherri Eisenberg
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger