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Castaway Cay in the Bahamas - Disney Fantasy - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

 

If there could be heaven on earth, I’m pretty sure it’s a beach in the Bahamas. Or maybe in the Caribbean. Either way, pristine sand and sparkling clear blue water makes for paradise, no doubt. This spring break’s Disney Cruise took us to a few ports of call I’d never been to and as I love nothing more than a gorgeous beach, this was right up my alley. I thought you’d enjoy a little virtual vacation too.

First up is the incredibly lovely island of Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. Owned by the Disney company, it’s the cruise line’s private island that  was converted into a perfect little port of call thanks to a $25 million budget back in the 1990s. Last year we didn’t get to visit due to high winds and bad weather, but not knowing what we were missing out on, we weren’t too disappointed. Now that we’ve been, we can say hands-down that it was our favorite stop of the whole trip.

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Castaway Cay - Disney Cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

With all the clear water, clean beach, and tropical fish that you could care to see, the island is split into a family area and an adults-only area (which Simon’s grandmother thought meant nude. But this was not the case. haha). We took advantage of the free childcare after playing around in the water at the family beach and took the tram over to the adults only area. And holy Moses was it gorgeous.2014-03-21-14.00.23

Castaway Cay - Disney Cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Castaway Cay - Disney Cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Castaway Cay - Disney Cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

 

You can rent bikes, snorkel gear, and rafts on the beach right as you get off the ship. The weather was perfection at around 80 degrees, and the water was definitely chilly but manageable. Jude was happy about the general lack of any major waves, as well as all the tiny (and not so tiny!) fish swimming around his feet. I swear it was like a lifesize saltwater aquarium.

But a few days prior, we arrived in Grand Cayman via tender (ugh rocky waters and tiny boat!) and were shuffled off into a bus by a female taxi driver who I swear was 90 years old if she was a day. We sat there for 10 minutes until she came back and put us in a different bus, and then we were off to a beach club. For a low price, we were able to have a couple of beach chairs and access to the gorgeous water. After awhile we wandered up the beach a ways, and I’m so glad we did – I love nothing more than a little real estalking and there were some gorgeous properties further down from where we were at.

Grand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Grand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Grand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Grand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Jude had had his face painted earlier in the day which made for some wacky looking photos. heheGrand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Grand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Tory Burch sandals in Grand Cayman - Disney Fantasy cruise - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

 

Nothing makes me happier than swimming in the sea, pretending like I’m a mermaid. I found myself restored and refreshed and ready to tackle the world.

Or at least Carlton Landing. 🙂

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  • how pretty! Im super curious about the whole Disney cruise thing..people love them and seem to spend 3 or 4 times the price for any comparable cruise. I just can’t get my mind around it. Is it really 4x better than another cruise?

    • I think you should try it now that you’re parents. Simon and I are NOT group travelers,i.e. planned excursions, nor are we your typical cruise people. But that being said, the Disney cruises are super high quality, which again surprised us having not had a great cruise experiences in the past. And they make it SO EASY with kids – that’s probably the biggest part of it. It is expensive, for sure – but I’m already looking at the ones in 2015 that are going to northern Europe! 🙂

  • alison

    we did the bahamas for our honeymoon five yrs ago – Nasau and Eleuthera (and Harbour Island). amazing. your photos make me want to go back. someday!

  • Mary

    We went on our first cruise this January! Such a blast. I feel the need to tell you also that I am in love with the pictures you took on this vacation! So gorgeous!