Our first port of call on this cruise was at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Yes, it’s pronounced “key” and yes more than half the guests will still say it incorrectly the entire time. Something I was concerned about was the massive overrunning of guests flooding the island since almost everyone gets off at this stop for the day. There are so many things to do, though, that it really seemed like an uncrowded park day! I am attributing this to the smaller (in comparison to the Dream or Fantasy) ship size/capacity of the Magic and the fact that everyone thought the weather was way too cold. We had signed up to run the Castaway Cay 5K, a free race (fun run/walk) after which you are sweaty, annoyed, and awarded a rubberized medal. I wouldn’t have minded as much if I had actually remembered my headphones; alas, I left them in my stateroom. It’s easily the most boring race I’ve ever done, and I’ve run in some pretty wretched places. Cough, cough Basic Military Training and Mississippi in the summer. Additionally, being in weather over 140 degrees higher than I’d been living in…it was really damn hot. Really though it’s just that the “race course” has almost nothing to look at. We made the best of it and knocked it out. *Editor’s Note: who goes on a Cruise and purposefully does a 5k? Something big would have had to be chasing my ass for that to happen. *
The race is the very first thing on the available schedule so we were able to run, get quick medal pictures with Mickey, and head back onboard for a late breakfast and clean up before heading back to the island. We proceeded straight to the adults only beach. It was nearly deserted. One thing to note here is that it was not a nice sandy walk out into the shallow water, it was pretty rocky without water shoes. Still relaxing and gorgeous, so no complaints. There is also an (included) adults-only bbq buffet on this part of the island. The family bbq buffet is located closer the ship and the family and snorkeling beaches. The vibe at Castaway Cay was awesome, just overall an actual vacation. Guests can rent a bike or snorkeling gear to explore the snorkeling trails, or simply play in the water, at the playgrounds, or sit and do nothing. The kids clubs have special activities as well. We boarded the ship at the end of the day just as it started to sprinkle, which resulted in a rainbow over the island. The Cast Members who stay on Castaway Cay lined up to bid bon voyage to the ship as we pulled out of port and it was pretty freakin’ cool.
This night was the Rapunzel night aboard the ship, so naturally the show for the evening was ‘Tangled: the musical’, and there was a Snuggly Duckling takeover at one of the pubs on board. The “ruffians” were completely eccentric and hilarious, both at the takeover and the dinner. We had Rapunzel’s Royal Table as our restaurant rotation for this night, so we got to enjoy a dinner show celebrating Rapunzel’s birthday. We may or may not have been duped (as a table of 6 adults) into joining in the Kingdom Dance during dinner. After about 30 seconds, and half the dining room away from our table, we realized we were the ONLY adults except the waitstaff. Awesome – Our waiter had jokes.
Every single detail is impeccable in all the restaurants, from the table numbers to the plates to the ceiling panels, and the food selection offers pretty much something for everyone. I have to stress again how fantastic the character interactions were throughout the cruise, regardless of them being a meet and greet or just roaming/ambiance. Mad props to the onboard musicians too. Blown away.