Disney Cruise Line offers itineraries of various lengths and sailings throughout the world--Alaska, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Hawaii, Southern Caribbean, along with Bahamian and Caribbean stops. Currently there are 4 ships is the Disney Cruise Line fleet. I say currently, as at least 2 more ships are scheduled to be built and join the fleet in 2021 and 2022. Two ships are larger--Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy while two classic ships--Disney Magic and Disney Wonder--have two decks less in height and are a bit shorter in length.
Having sailed on all four ships and itineraries on the West Coast, Caribbean, and The Bahamas, I can say that our favorite itineraries include two stops at Disney Cruise Line's private island in the The Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Here's why:
Are there beach experiences as possible port adventures throughout the cruise? Yes. And at the same time, those experiences sometimes require traveling long distances from the ship, purchasing food out of pocket, dealing with crowds and vendors, and even having a cost associated with the experience.
Castaway Cay is a part of the cruise--it's included--as is your lunch! There can be crowds on Castaway Cay, but they are manageable and no larger than the number of people on the ship. And, no vendors!
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Two days on Castaway Cay gives us more time to explore the island and find beaches and lookout towers.
It's hard to leave Castaway Cay. Knowing we'll be returning makes it easier. What's interesting is that I have had more conversations with guests about rebooking on board while at Castaway Cay. Seems this bit of paradise gets guests thinking about how they might return!