Let’s breakaway from the norm! Our go-to move is to hold-ff our verdict until the end, however, when talking about Serenity Bay we can’t help ourselves. Oasis is an understatement. Needless to say, since returning from our Disney Crusie we continue to dream about Serenity Bay at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s review what you should know about this piece of Bahamian paradise. It’s time to lounge!
All great things start from the beginning. Our write-up of Serenity Bay is no different. To kick-off it off there is few aspects of Serenity Bay everyone should be aware of. This section of Castaway Cay is an adult-only area. In Disney terms, an adult is defined as anyone 18 years old or older. The second thing to know is beach chairs and lounge chairs are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For a more private experience, you’ll want to look into renting a cabana. You can reserve a cabana via the Disney Cruise app prior to setting sail.
Cruise Insights: On our Disney Magic cruise we found there were plenty of chars at Serenity Bay to go around.
Stepping off your ship you’ll have a couple of options to get to Serenity Bay. The first of our options is to walk. In our experience, it’s about a 15 to 20-minute walk from the ship or about a 10-minute walk from where the Castaway Cay 5k begins. Our second option would be to take an open-air tram or two. On Castaway Cay there is a tram that goes from the ship to the center of the Castaway Cay. From there you would switch to the Serenity Bay tram.
At the tram stop, the cast members on the island will let you know which tram is going to which destination. For us, we walked to the center of Castaway Cay for our 5k, then enjoy the island breeze on our tram ride to Serenity Bay.
Cruise Insights: Around the Castaway Cay tram stop is the shopping area with a few different shops with Castaway Cay merchandise and the good to have beach items, like sunscreen.
Beyond The Book
Once you arrive at Serenity Bay, there are a variety of things to enjoy. Beyond reading a good book, and the breathtaking taking views. And of course, Nate’s favorite, taking a nap, in a hammock. Right next to where the tram drops you off you’ll find a little hut for rentals, called Windsock. They have bikes, floats, and tubes to rent.
Just across from Windsock, is the open-air bar with a patio. With palm trees creating the perfectly shaded canopy, you can enjoy a tropical drink, beer, cocktail of your choice. The patio overlooks the beach and the turquoise colored ocean. So relaxing! If you prefer to enjoy your drink in your lounge chair, no worries there are cast members walking up and down the beach to take your order.
For all shopping, boat rentals, waterslides, snorkeling, and character meet ‘n greets, you’ll want to head back to the family beach. Everything you purchase on Castaway Cay you can charge back to your stateroom.
Cruise Insights: On the backside of the bar area you’ll find the restrooms, along with a shower to wash off your feet, etc. No one needs the extra sand.
It’s island barbecue time! While on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line prepares an island barbecue at both the family beach and Serenity Bay. The buffet-style lunch is filled with grilled to perfection meats and veggies, as well as your staples, like burgers. You can see them preparing your food right in front of you. For us, we always like to enjoy the local favorites like the grilled fish. Around the buffet, you’ll find a variety of shaded picnic tables to enjoy your meal.
Save room for dessert. Beyond the soft-serve ice cream, the buffet offers a variety of tropical sweet treats to taste. It’s a perfect way to cap off your meal, before heading back to your chair for an afternoon siesta.
Passholder Insights: The barbecue lunch usually begins around 11:30 am then runs until 2 pm. We found heading over a little later in the day, had fewer people.
Almost worth missing the ship! Yes, we definitely thought about missing our ship and staying at Serenity Bay. It’s amazing! By far the most relaxing aspect of our cruise. It’s the perfect beach day. A couple of good things to know, you are able to bring your own cooler bag on to the island. Additionally, if you head to any of the bars they will refill your cooler bag with ice. All this cruise talk got us wanting to set sail again. Looks like a trip back to Castaway Cay may be in order!