Disney Dream Bahamas Cruise Trip Report {Day 5}

Welcome to our trip report! Click here to start reading from Day 1!

Today was the day we were looking forward to the most, our day at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay…and it did not disappoint! This was such a fun day and I can’t wait to tell you about it…and there’s a video too!

We started the day like every other…with breakfast in Cabanas. Each day, I enjoyed pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, eggs, bacon and potatoes. Trent would have cereal and fruit.

After breakfast, we got off the ship and made our way to the beach.

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On the walk to the beach, there were several characters taking photos. Even though we were not the first ones off the ship, there were plenty of available lounge chairs. We decided to set up shop on the first family beach under an umbrella, so that we would be nearest to the snorkeling area…since Brett would be snorkeling for a while.

Brett brought his snorkeling gear, along with the GoPro and GoPro scuba mask, so that he could film his snorkeling adventures. The videos turned out so great! They were so clear and you could see everything he was seeing…I had a difficult time narrowing it down, but managed to get it under 10 minutes. Watch the snorkeling video below!

As I’ve mentioned before, Trent did not like the beach last year, so we got him water shoes and hoped for the best. And he loved it! I was so happy. In fact, once I saw he was ok with playing in the sand, I immediately walked to one of the shops and got a really cute duffle bag with multi-colored sand toys in it for him to play with. It was very reasonably priced and he played with every single toy that came in it.

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Not only did I get a spot with 2 lounge chairs, but there were two regular beach chairs right in front of the lounge chairs. These were easier to sit in to be closer to Trent and play with him without having to actually sit in the sand. There were so many open spots that I didn’t feel bad taking up 4 chairs. šŸ˜‰

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I also brought my chair down to the water (like quite a few other people) so Trent could play in the water and sand down there too.

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And look! No water shoes. I took them off to see if they needed to have sand dumped out and since he kept on playing while they were off, I just left them off.

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There were two little sisters playing next to us and Trent kept going up to them and trying to interact, but they didn’t know how to react, so they just kind of played near each other for a little while. There was another little girl that showed up with her family that sat next to us and she kept playing with Trent. He was a little ladies’ man šŸ™‚

{sorry for the blur}

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Playing at the beach sure is tiring!

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It was so relaxing lounging under the umbrella. While Trent slept, I just took in the scenery and relished in the fact that it was in the forties and raining back at home and I was in the seventies without a drop of rain sight. Perfection.

Yes, even without a margarita…

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Brett came back to us after snorkeling and since Trent was still sleeping, he brought all of his snorkeling gear back onto the ship, showered and changed, and grabbed his camera gear to take photos the rest of the afternoon.

Shortly after Brett got back, Trent woke up and it was time for lunch! Our beach spot was very conveniently located directly across from the one of the lunch pavilions. They serve BBQ type food, ice cream and soda and it’s all free!

After eating way too much, we took a stroll to the splash pad area for Trent to play in and then we went back to our spot on the beach to gather our things up. We had left our non-expensive items there knowing we’d only be a short walk away for a short amount of time. I didn’t have any worries about it…since there was hardly anyone near our spot. When I was packing up Trent’s sand toys, I noticed his blue bucket was missing. I was so sad! He had held and used that bucket the entire time he was playing on the beach, so I was disappointed that it was gone…but I don’t give up so easily! I scanned around and noticed that a family by the water with only one child had two blue buckets just sitting in the sand near them not being played with. Even though I felt extremely awkward, I went up to the mom and told her we were missing a blue bucket and wondered if both were hers. I don’t remember my exact words, but I tried so hard not be rude about it. Turns out, only one was hers! I didn’t even ask how it happened, I just took one and was thankful I had gotten his bucket back. I know this may sound ridiculous to some of you, as Trent wouldn’t even remember the blue bucket or know it was gone, but if I have opportunity to get something back that belongs to him, then I’m taking it…and I’m glad I did.

So the moral of the story is, only leave items at the beach that you are ok if it “wanders off”. I’m not saying someone stole a blue beach bucket, but most kids don’t know boundaries and think anything they see on the beach is for everyone.

After we gathered everything up, which luckily wasn’t much, we walked a bit to the bike rentals, so we could ride bikes to the observation tower on the other side of the island. Trent had never been on a bike before, so he was a bit freaked out, especially because there were a thousand people all in that little area buying bikes, returning them, etc. and the employee that was helping us was like right in Trent’s face and then we had to put a helmet on him…he was not happy! So we quickly strapped him in the child seat, put his helmet on and rode a bit down the road to get away from all the people…then we stopped to adjust the helmet and make sure everything was secure, and then we were on our way.

The bike ride was about 10 minutes and was so leisurely and fun! I recorded Trent…but for some reason I had the hardest time steering straight while recording! I guess it’s like a pat your belly and rub your tummy thing. You’ll have to stay tuned for our trip video to see the fun šŸ™‚

Once we arrived at the observation tower, we parked our bikes and climbed to the top…and enjoyed the view!

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I spy with my little eye…2 hidden not-so-hidden Mickeys!

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There are some props scattered around the area to look at, but it’s mostly a rocky, marshy area.

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We then rode around a bit more, parked our bikes at the Serenity Bay bike return and took the Tram to the 2nd Family Beach, which has a fun slide/play area! If we ever come back, I bet Trent will love it. Oh, who am I kidding, can I go on too???

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While we were walking, I noticed a few beach wagons parked in a small area off to the side of the walkway, so I grabbed one, put Trent and our stuff in it and pulled that instead of carrying it all! So much better! These are in several spots on the island and are free to use if any are available, with the unspoken request that you return them to a designated spot when you are finished..

{You can see the container of those duffel bags with the beach toys in them in the background. They were everywhere and like 50% of the kids on the beach had one lol}

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Before getting on the Tram to be dropped off at the closest stop by the ship, we took some more photos by the recreational rentals.

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These look fun!

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That’s a big tire!

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Hush mom!

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So beautiful.

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The lines to get back on the ship were pretty long. There were two but we still probably waited in line at least 15 minutes.

After we got back on the ship, we quickly changed and brought Trent to the Open House hours at the final Youth Club we hadn’t visited…the Oceaneers Lab! This was where the Toy Story room was…and where Trent had the most fun out of the three Youth Clubs.

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I mean, how fun is this room?!

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There was also a Monsters Inc room.

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When we got back to the room, Toy Story was on the tv…how convenient! Just a boy and his sheep watching tv in the Caribbean.

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Tonight was Pirate Night! Of course, we couldn’t attend a theme night without dressing up too! Trent as the adorable, swashbuckling matey and me as the pregnant wench lol.

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For dinner on Pirate night, you go to the restaurant that you attended the night before, which for us was the Royal Palace. No matter which restaurant you’re at, everyone gets the same Pirate menu.

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Unfortunately, we had the hardest time choosing our dishes tonight…nothing really stood out.

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For Trent’s appetizer, we asked the head waiter if we could get just a bowl of strawberries, since that is what he had been eating the most of at the time. We were a bit shocked when we were told “maybe” and that he would check. What?! The HEAD WAITER needs to see if he can grab a bowl of some strawberries for a toddler on a cruise ship that serves them at all the bars with alcoholic drinks that don’t get sold because everyone brings their own alcohol on board??? (Say that three times fast) You have to search the ship for some strawberries? Sorry, but we would never have heard that on the Royal Caribbean boat. He ended up bringing a small bowl with not nearly as many as we would have liked, but at least we got some…and Trent ate them all.

We both started withĀ The Buccaneer’s Sun-Ripened PineappleĀ – fresh island pineapple with a coconut covered banana and orange glaze.

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Brett got theĀ Jerk Chicken SaladĀ – jerk-seasoned chicken strips over fresh crispy greens with a citrus dressing and plantain chips.

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I got theĀ Mr. Smee’s Bibb Lettuce SaladĀ with bibb lettuce, baby greens, chicory, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and raspberry vinaigrette

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For dinner, Brett had theĀ Treasures of the Seas Grilled Shrimp and Seared ScallopsĀ – served on strings of pasta and fresh creamy tomato sauce.

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I had theĀ Captain Hook’s Macadamia Nut-dusted Mahi MahiĀ – Jasmine rice and sautĆ©ed pineapple on a mild curry sauce.

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Trent had pizza for dinner and for dessert, had the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.

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Brett had theĀ Floating IslandĀ – crisp meringue, vanilla anglaise and marinated fruits.

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I chose theĀ Banana-Chocolate CrepeĀ – with mango coulis and coconut. I was expecting something like the crepes at the France pavilion in Epcot, but instead got a banana wrapped in a tortilla…like a children’s snack. Blech.

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Overall, we were not really impressed with any of the dishes. šŸ™

Before dinner, we attended the Pirate Party on the deck, but it was only just a short little play…like only 15 minutes. We were disappointed that we had dressed up for such a short event…in fact the entire “Theme night” wasn’t as much as it’s hyped up to be and we were expecting much more.

Luckily, the fireworks were awesome. I had asked a cast member where they would appear in the sky and we found a great spot that wasn’t crowded one bit. It was so neat that we were watching fireworks in the middle of the Caribbean.

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After the fireworks, we called it a night and looked forward to our day at sea the next day…little did I know what the day would end up being like for me…

 

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  • Ashley Culp
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    These are great trip reports I really enjoy reading them. Amazing pics too!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Apr 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you are enjoying it šŸ™‚

  • Carrie
    Apr 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I am completely enjoying the trip reports! We would love to go on a Disney cruise, but with our family of 5 (plus 1 in college), that’s a big expense!

    One tip – and it sounds strange, but I bring a sharpie with me to the beach (and pretty much everywhere, I’m an art teacher, too!) – and write our kids names on their stuff. That helps us keep track of our things (and keeps our youngest two from arguing!).

    looking forward to more! LOVE the photos!!

    • Lynn Svenson
      Apr 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Yes that is a great tip, thank you! Even when we go with family, all of the toys get mixed up and we spend 5 minutes going through everything at the end saying “Ok this is ours, this is yours” lol