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Escape to Serenity Bay

the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil.

With summer drawing to an unofficial close this weekend, I can’t help but think about our vacation on the Disney Cruise earlier this summer and our stop at Castaway Cay.

There’s a ton to love about Castaway:

  • It’s gorgeous.
  • You can eat as much food as you want. (They have soft serve ice cream and cookies!)
  • Shopping! (And no need for cash, all you need is your room key.)
  • Beaches designated for kids, families, and adults.
  • The amazing bike riding trails.

Having Castaway Cay, a private island maintained by Disney, on the itinerary is just another reason why Disney Cruise offers just a little bit more to their guests. You’re hanging out with people you’ve seen on the ship the whole time, and the only thing you have to worry about is getting back to the ship on time.

On our past two trips, James and I have taken a nice bike ride around the island and settled for many hours at Serenity Bay, the area designated for guests 18 and over. Couples without kids are probably least represented on Disney cruises because a lot of the time there aren’t many people enjoying the clear, calm waters of the bay.

In fact, the beach pretty much feels like a private getaway.

Gee. Do I miss it.

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Yes, that’s me.

It’s almost a tradition — halfway through the day — for a sandbar to appear far from the shore. We swim all the way out there and last year, wrote our names on the sand. (It was our honeymoon so it seemed customary.) The silver fish darting to and fro. There was the occasional starfish. (Even the shrieks when someone spotted a stingray!)

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See those people on the right?

On this Wednesday, I’m ready to grab a margarita on the rocks and sit back with my feet resting in some water. Chat with a few people from our dinner table, stick my nose in a book (what else is new), and pretend like this small piece of island is really just for us.

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“I think we’re alone now…”

…Anyone care to join me?

About Estelle Hallick

Estelle is a Disney enthusiast with a soft spot for Muppets, theatre, and small details. She thinks Animal Kingdom is a full day park, the BoardWalk feels like home, and nothing is better than watching Illuminations. When she's not writing about Disney, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and her husband, having adventures in Queens, New York. She can also be found geeking out over books at Rather Be Reading Blog.

MelissaAugust 30, 2012 - 10:18 am

I think this is the part of our cruise that I am most looking forward to. I love your photos, I’ll join you there any time. :)

Estelle HallickAugust 30, 2012 - 10:35 am

Melissa, let’s do it. I have my bags packed! :) You are going to have such an amazing time. I cannot cannot wait to hear all about it.

melissa sueSeptember 1, 2012 - 12:30 pm

Oh man. I don’t even like the beach, but this looks like a little piece of heaven!

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