Castaway Cay, Bahamas - Disney Cruise Lines Private Island

Port Overview

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Castaway Cay is an island in the Bahamas that is owned and operated by Disney Cruise Lines.  It is located near Great Abaco Island and was formerly called Gorda Cay. Castaway Cay invites cruisers to enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality.  After disembarking to Castaway Cay, you can obtain beach towels and use your convenient Key to the World cards for retail transactions on the island.  Don't forget your Keys to the World or you can't get on and off the ship!  One great thing that Disney went over the top with on their private island (unlike the other cruise lines) was to put in a cruise ship dock to allow walk off / walk on access without the need of tender boats. 

General Information

Time zone

Castaway Cay is in the Eastern time zone on the same time reference as the east coast of the US. 

  • Eastern Standard Time: GMT - 5 hours
  • Eastern Daylight Time: GMT - 4 hours

Language

English is the language of the Bahamas.

Money

The US dollar is the official currency of the island however the only place on the island that accepts cash is the post office.  All food on the island is included in your cruise package and all others purchases require your stateroom key (Key to the World card).

What Not to Miss

Shopping

Disney Castaway Cay Shops - Castaway Cay merchandise is only available on the island so be sure to get all of the souvenirs you want prior to returning to the ships.

  • She Sells Sea Shells...  and Everything Else
  • Buy the Sea Shore
  • Cultural Illusions

Disney History Buffs

The 20,000 League's under the sea Nautilus submarines from Disney's Magic Kingdom were relocated to Castaway Cay and sunk to provide an artificial reef and snorkeling attraction.  Don't miss it!

Views / Scenic spots

  • Overlook Tower

Kids / Children

Family Beach

Water Play areas

  • Pelican Plunge
  • Spring-A-Leak

Scuttle's Cove - Childcare area

Dance Party with Lilo & Stitch

Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure

In Da Shade Game Pavilion

Snorkeling

Gamblers

One difference between Disney Cruise Lines and all of the other cruise lines is the absence of a casino on the ships.  This is no different on their private island which means there is not a casino on Castaway Cay.

Places to Avoid

Castaway Cay is a Disney Private Island and is completely family friendly and safe.

 

 Map provided by  Worldatlas.com

Map provided by Worldatlas.com

Stay Connected

Cellular Service

Cellular service is available through Cellular at Sea providing service for the major carriers but is extremely expensive.  You would have to add international service to your plan to avoid paying even higher rates (even with international plan the rates are relatively high).  Verify cost with your service provider prior to departure.  The best way to contact anyone is through the Wave phones provided by Disney for the duration of the cruise and work both throughout the ship and on Castaway Cay for both voice and texting.  These do not work for contacting anyone or anywhere outside the cruise you are on.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

There are no Wi-Fi hotspots on Castaway Cay.  Wi-Fi is available on the ship for an additional cost.

Getting Around

Walking

Castaway Cay is 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide and can be easily explored by walking.  The better way to make the most of your time on the island is to use the complimentary tram service.

Trams

Disney provides tram service throughout the island and are constantly adding tram paths to aid guests in getting around the island.  Overall the trams are the best way to get around the island and the way to make the most of your time on the island!

Getting around with small children

Disney provides complimentary use of strollers, wagons and jogger strollers for those with small children to aid in getting around the island easily and comfortably.

Disabled access  to the beach

Disney also provides complimentary beach wheelchairs for those needing additional disabled access to enjoy the beautiful beach which also are allowed to go into the water.

Bike Rentals

Beach cruisers and tandem bikes are available for rental on Castaway Cay for those feeling adventurous, wanting to get some exercise or just wanting to feel the warm Bahamian breeze blowing through their hair.  The bike paths are for the most part flat and paved for an easy and fun ride. Child seats and kid's bikes are also available for rental.