DAY 6 - TUESDAY 7th DEC 2004
Castaway Cay day. I get up at 7.00am and Tam and I go up to deck 9 for breakfast at the Beach Blanket buffet. The ship has already docked and I eat my omelette while sitting and staring out over Castaway Cay. Its a beautiful sight and the white sands and turquoise seas are still as lovely as I remember them.
At 8.30am we meet up with Mandy and Mark to disembark. Mandy has a 9.00am appointment for a cabana massage so we have to move quickly. We are first off the ship and first on the tram. We go past the spot on the family beach where we stayed last time we were here. I remember swinging in a hammock in a glade surrounded by palm trees. All this is gone, there are just a few trees and bushes left. The seasons hurricanes have certainly had an effect.
We are the only
people on the tram to Serenity Bay and grab a couple of hammocks
and some sun beds as Mandy goes off for her massage.
For an idyllic 30 minutes we have the beach absolutely to ourselves. Its perfectly quiet and stunningly beautiful. Me and Tam swing in a hammock for a while before Mark and I have a little paddle in the water. Its surprisingly cold on your feet when you first get in. This is quite a contrast to the warm water we experienced the last time we were here.
I grab a chair and carry it down to the waters edge and sit writing up my trip report with my feet in the water. I cant recall ever writing a report in more relaxing surroundings.
Was it something I said?
Deb and Matt join us just before 10.00am and were all set for a day at the beach. Mandy returns in a relaxed state from her massage. There is talk of massage oils and lotions and Tam says to Mandy Ooh, Ill have to sniff you later, which is a bit of a disappointment to me, as I havent had a sniff all week.
10.30am and Mark decides a drink is long overdue. The drinks
waiter is called over and the order placed. 4 of us want
Coronas and the waiter says you can have 6 bottles of beer
in a bucket for the price of 5. Good deal! Matts ears perk
up when he hears we are getting a bucket of beer, but is
disappointed when he finds out it is not actually a bucket full
Unfortunately this is the only Corona we manage to lay our hands on today, as they appear to have run out. Its not many people who can say that they have drunk Castaway Cay dry!
The beer's ok, but what's the water doing there?
A couple of hours of splashing and sunning follow before everyone goes for lunch except Tam and I who swing in the hammocks. When the others return Tam and I stroll up the beach to the hut where they serve the BBQ lunch. Its very nice, but the choice is not as great as I remember on the family beach.
After lunch Tam
and I stroll along the track, which runs at the back of the adult
beach. It twists and turns for about a mile, but there is nothing
much at the end of it.
On the way back there is a rope across a small path, but no keep out signs. Being very naughty people we duck underneath the rope and along a short path to the beach. This is the farthest end of the adult beach and there are no sun beds or umbrellas and no one else about at all.
The water here is crystal clear with no seaweed of any sort. We cant resist a swim and wade into the cool water. Its just wonderful, the sea gets deeper quicker than on the main part of the beach and at one point we have a dozen or so large fish swimming around us. Now this is close to paradise.
Is it Ursula Andress? No, it's Tam with a large blue pancake.
We take a slow
walk back along the shoreline and reach the first of the chairs
and sun beds. As we walk past, we look back at a small sign which
says No entry please. Doh!
Still, we are not the only ones as we see quite a few others strolling along there later in the day. I presume they try to limit the beach to a length that can be adequately supervised and served. The deeper water is probably a concern as well, which is a shame as it is so much nicer for swimming.
The rest of the day is spent lying about in the beautiful sunshine (it must be in the 80s again today) interspersed with bouts of swimming. At one point Mark is in the water and shouts to us to come and have a look. We go to see a ray gliding past not 10 feet from the beach. Its a sizeable beast at about 2 feet across and serenely makes its way along the shoreline, ignoring the gawping humans.
we make our way back to the ship. It has been a different
experience for Tam and I spending all day at Serenity Bay (a very
apt name) from the last time we were here when we spent the
majority of our time on a very full family beach.
Castaway Cay is certainly a wonderful place and the adults only beach makes it just about perfect.
it is time to watch The Golden Mickeys. Im not sure this
isnt somehow linked to David Beckham, as in he was
grabbed by the Golden Mickeys.
Tam and I arrive around 6.15pm and wait for the others. If you dont know this show, it is based around a Disney version of the Oscars. Out front of the theatre they have a rather glamorous lady interviewing stars as they arrive and this is shown live on the big screens in the theatre. A lady comes across and asks if we would like to be part of the show. We agree and are lined up for our interview.
As we are waiting Deb, Matt, Mandy and Mark arrive. They watch and laugh at us as we are asked who we think will win the awards tonight and Tam is asked who designed her dress. Its just as well they didnt ask Matt to take part some of the answers may have been a little too adult!
Stunning. Simply stunning. And Tam looks ok too!
The show itself is a distinct improvement on Hercules. As a Disney fan you have to love it and the interaction with Roy E. Disney is great.
Off to the
Cadillac Lounge to enjoy a couple of pre-dinner drinks and then
on to Tritons. This is the nicest of the 3 main dining areas and
Mandy points out the pastel blues and greens in the lighting that
give the impression of being under the sea.
As an appetizer, both Tam and I have the fried camembert, then we share the duck and the garlic crusted tenderloin for the main course. The tenderloin is particularly good and just melts in the mouth. For dessert I have the crème brulee, while Tam opts for the cherries jubilee. Most of us around the table agree that this is the best meal to date.
decide they want to change after dinner, so we agree to meet up
in the Cove Café as Mandy and Tam want to send e-mails back
When Tam and I arrive at the café, Deb is missing. Matt says that she laid on the bed in the stateroom for a few minutes and fell fast asleep.
The Cove Café
is a new adults only area on deck 9. It specialises in coffees,
liqueurs, spirits and cigars. Its a very warm and inviting
space, nicely lit with comfortable seating.
I have a beer and Matt has bourbon. E-mails are sent and then we sit at the tables outside when Matt pulls out his whopper. He bought a rather large Cuban cigar in Nassau and is now going to enjoy it. This thing is so big that, when sparked up, rivals the smoke coming from the Disney Wonder funnels. Its almost a 2 handed job just to smoke it.
coffee, Mark and Mandy decide to retire for the evening. Tam is
also nodding off, so we say goodnight to Matt and return to the
stateroom around 11.30pm.
Its been a lovely day. Peaceful and beautiful on Castaway Cay, good food and good friends to share the evening with. Lifes pretty good isnt it?
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