Castaway Cay

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Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay - Wander Hour

Castaway Cay

After a million photo shoots (okay, a little exaggeration there), my MacBook’s startup disk was nearing full capacity. In a quest to free up some space by transferring photos onto an external hard drive and deleting them and what not, I came across these photos that I took in 2012 that I have yet to post on this blog. After another night of watching old Top Chef episodes, the one with the Alaskan cruise aired and I figured I write a post on it a cruise we took! It’s a part two for a Bahamas post I did awhile ago. A little background story if you haven’t gotten the chance to read the Bahamas post is that we were on a Disney Cruise for my cousin’s wedding and they got married at Castaway Cay! Cruises are so much fun and I’m planning on writing a post on the cruise itself but for now, I’m doing a post on the cruise ports!

But anyway, I don’t know if we lucked out or what, but we woke up with the best views from our awesome porthole on the ship (and on the best side of ship since the other side didn’t have a view like this). My boyfriend and I are last minute people (like really last minute). It’s kind of hard to plan trips way in advance so when we were booking the trip, all that were left were cabins with portholes. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, the cheapest cabins are usually the ones without the portholes (interior cabins) which we were aiming for (we try to do trips as cheaply as we can) but since we had no choice, we booked the cabins with portholes. So glad that we did (not that we had a choice) because check out the view!

Enough of that, let’s talk about Castaway Cay! Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas meaning that it’s reserved for guests on the Disney Cruise! Since we were there for a wedding, half of our stay on the island was reserved for the wedding and the second half was spent exploring the island. We spent the second half dining by the beach and soaking up the sun at an adults only beach: Serenity Beach. There were hammocks all over the beach and we were able to grab a hold of one. As we were hanging out, it started to rain (it was raining for a substantial amount of days throughout the trip) so everyone who were swimming at the beach left and headed back to the ship. While we took the tram back to the ship, we saw people riding bikes and saw other parts of the island. We had such an amazing time! I’m really, REALLY looking forward to going on another cruise soon. I’ve been waiting patiently (impatiently I guess) to go on a Mediterranean cruise but my boyfriend and I have never found the right time to do it.

Have you been on a cruise before? Did you like it and where did you go? I spend a lot of my free time looking up trips and I saw one the other night that departs from New York! We all know how much I LOVE New York and I think it would be an awesome cruise to depart from New York and head south to Bahamas!

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things to do in nassau, bahamas

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Things to do in Nassau, Bahamas

Flashback Friday to Nassau Bahamas 2012. I’m writing only about Nassau since it was a port for the Disney Cruise that we went on for my cousin’s wedding (hey Karyn and Mark!)! Just a start of a new series of post that I’m hoping to kickstart pretty soon. Just need to go on more cruises (ahem ahem…. Mediterranean cruise next year hopefully) haha. Anyway, as I was saying, I want to do posts on cruise ports and here’s my first one! This was our second time on a cruise ship and Charles and I LOVE cruising (like a lot). Cruise ship vacations are always fun. Yea, the cabins can be small (we usually aim for the cheapest cabins) but you’re really not staying in the cabin the WHOLE time (and if you do, you might as well have stayed home!). There’s so much to do on the ship!
But anyway, let’s move on to Nassau! I’ve always pictured the Bahamas with blue waters and colorful structures and that’s what I got. As soon as we disembarked the ship, we learned that you can get a stamp on your passport so we asked around and headed to a place (I believe the office was immigration but I might be wrong) where they gladly stamped our passport. I noticed that the people there were really chill and happy. There was so much laughter going on in the office. With that said, the people are incredibly friendly here. The structures here were colorful from pinks to yellows to turquoises. So bright and colorful. I think the only thing that tripped me out was the fact that the cars were driving on the opposite side of the road BUT the steering wheel was the same as ours (on the left side). It there’s one word to describe it, it felt unbalanced? Still had tons of fun here and I’m looking forward to going back!
 
 
Charles and I have been on two different cruises; each with a different cruise line. For this trip, our mode of transportation from Port Canaveral to Nassau was on the Disney Dream. The Disney Cruise is obviously a family friendly cruise ship and they definitely cater to families (and adults who love Disney!). The Disney cruises are definitely on the higher end, price-wise, than other cruise ships but you definitely get what you pay for. I think one of the pluses for the Disney cruise line is that soda is unlimited and free (totally bad if you’re on a diet and such but at that time, I was on that soda machine every single day!). There are tons of activities you can do and if you’re with kids, they’ll love meeting all the Disney characters on board. My favorite part of that trip was the AquaDuck slide. Absolutely fun. Unfortunately, we went on the slide when it was pouring rain and they closed it briefly due to the strong winds but we were able to get on after awhile and it was still fun.
Another thing that I loved about the Disney cruises is that the dining rooms are different every night that we were there (you’re on rotation). My favorite dining room was the Animator’s Palate with Crush the turtle! Super fun how he was talking to our group and especially the soon-to-be newlyweds!
We didn’t get to do the activities while we were there (I actually don’t remember what we did oops) but I know we ate and ate some more! That’s what I love about cruises; food is practically free (not all restaurants are “free” so check the website if they’re additional fees at eating at a particular restaurant). If you’re too tired to go out but hungry, try room service! It was free on the Disney cruise (just don’t forget to tip!).
When I was in high school, Atlantis was one of the places that I wanted to go to so it was imperative that we stopped here while we were in Nassau. When we left the ship, we took a taxi to Atlantis and walked around. Keep in mind that certain parts of the resort is closed off to only guests of Atlantis so we didn’t get to explore too far. We tried our luck with one of the slots (and lost haha) and just browsed inside as well as the nearby shops outside the resort. After browsing the shops, we took a break and had drinks at Starbucks where I ordered a mango drink. Haven’t seen the mango drink in the United States (but you can correct me if I’m wrong!).
 
Vanilla Tortuga rum. Get it and then use it with Coke. Vanilla rum and coke. So good. We bought vanilla rum and used it for Charles’ birthday and people were going crazy for the vanilla rum and coke! We’ve tried ordering it but there’s no way it can get shipped to the United States so when you’re there, definitely pick some up (and you can pick some up for me while you’re at it haha). While you’re there, sample the rum cakes! They’re really good and we bought some to bring home.

Charles and I were on a serious budget for this trip since we were going to Hawai’i the following month and after strolling through Atlantis, taking the taxi to the port, and explored the town, we were heading into the ship to grab lunch in the buffet but we ran into our cousins (hey Aileen and Christine!) who then told us they were heading to a restaurant that was recommended to them with authentic Bahamian food and we couldn’t say no (who doesn’t want to try local food?!). Due to budget constraints at the time, eating at local place didn’t cross our minds but I’m so glad we tagged along! Always, ALWAYS try local foods wherever you go.

The walk is a bit far from the port but it was worth it. Located in The Fish Fry, Oh Andros is definitely a restaurant I would return to the next time I’m in the Bahamas. The place itself was small but felt very home-y. It wasn’t too busy when we were there. Charles ordered a bottle of Bahamian beer called Kalik and he enjoyed it. Along with trying local foods wherever you go, try the different local beers! Whatever we ordered as far as food was really good! The meal consisted of chicken, some rice with a kick (with a really good kick), corn bread, and something else that I don’t quite remember (note to self: always brings a journal so I can write it down). The next time I’m in the Bahamas, I’m definitely trying conch!

 

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