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Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise Line ships. It is located near Great Abaco Island and was formerly known as Gorda Cay. In 1997, The Walt Disney Company purchased a 99-year land lease for the cay from the Bahamian government, set to expire in 2096, giving the company substantial control over the guest experience on the island.

Castaway Cay was the first private island in the cruise industry where the ship docks alongside so guests do not have to tender to land.

The island is still largely undeveloped: only 55 of the 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) are being used. Castaway Cay now has 90-140 permanent residents who keep the island running daily; the numbers fluctuate between the busy season and offseason.

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Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise Line ships. It is located near Great Abaco Island and was formerly known as Gorda Cay. In 1997, The Walt Disney Company purchased a 99-year land lease for the cay from the Bahamian government, set to expire in 2096, giving the company substantial control over the guest experience on the island.

Castaway Cay was the first private island in the cruise industry where the ship docks alongside so guests do not have to tender to land.

The island is still largely undeveloped: only 55 of the 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) are being used. Castaway Cay now has 90-140 permanent residents who keep the island running daily; the numbers fluctuate between the busy season and offseason.

History

Gorda Cay was first settled in 1783. Gorda' airstrip (now Castaway Cay Airport) was once used as a stop in the 1930s for bootleggers then for drug runners.

Gorda Cay had also been used for filming in 1983. The beach where Tom Hanks first encounters Daryl Hannah in Splash is on the island. Part of the film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was filmed on the island.

In 1996, the Disney Cruise Line purchase Gorda Cay as the line's private island and renamed it Castaway Cay. The company spent $25 million while construction took 18 months This included dredging 50,000 truckloads of sand from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The pier and its approaches were constructed to allow the Disney ships to dock alongside, thus removing the need for tenders to get the passengers ashore. To create the mooring site for the ships, workers dredged sand and used explosives to blast coral, and form a 1,700-foot (520 m) channel about 35 feet (11 m) deep and ranging from 200 to 400 feet (120 m) wide.


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Castaway Cay: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the pier. Everything is within walking distance.  

Get around Castaway Cay


There is shuttle/tram service. 
You can also rent a bicycle.
Walking is a great way to explore the island.

What to see in Castaway Cay


A post office on the island has special Bahamian postage specific to Disney Cruise Line, and a "Castaway Cay" postmark. The island is developed in the theme of a castaway community, with buildings made to look as if they had been improvised after a shipwreck. The facilities are maintained like any other Disney theme park.
Beaches are amazing. Spend a perfect day at the beach.

What to do in Castaway Cay


A variety of activities are available to guests including bicycle hire, personal watercraft rental, massages overlooking the ocean, snorkeling, parasailing, volleyball, and basketball.
There are monkey bars and a rope for children to climb across set about 30 meters (98 ft) in the ocean on one beach and a slide about 25 meters (82 ft) into the ocean on another beach.
There are three beaches for guests: one for families, one for Cabana guests, and another exclusively for adults, called Serenity Bay.

Two submarine-ride vehicles from the now-closed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage ride at Walt Disney World lie underwater in the snorkeling area.

What to eat and drink in Castaway Cay


The food service is operated as an extension of the cruise package.
There are several dining venues, as well as drink stalls where you can purchase refreshing drinks.

Shopping in Castaway Cay


There are lovely shops where you can buy exclusive merchandise, souvenirs, gifts.
The shops accept guests' stateroom keys for payment.

Safety in Castaway Cay


The island is safe. However, don't forget to use your common sense like in any other place of our planet.

Language spoken in Castaway Cay


English is the official language of the Bahamas. 

LOCAL TIME

2:13 pm
September 15, 2019
America/Nassau

CURRENT WEATHER

29.07 °C / 84.326 °F
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27.13 °C/81 °F
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26.56 °C/80 °F
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Photo by Warfieldian/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

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