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Old 04-08-2018, 06:57 AM   #31
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We are thinking of renting a cabana at Castaway Cay, but I've heard they are difficult to secure, but that would be a great way to have our own space there.

I cannot find any 2-day Castaway Cay cruises when we would go, so may end up on the 5-day Marvel...with a stop in Key West) love it there!! I would spend the mornings swimming with the kids and then we would use the Adventure Club in the afternoons for some adult time at the spa or just to relax.

We may even recruit grandpa to come and then we can split between 2 rooms and have a little extra space!
I would not plan on getting a Cabana. Even Gold level cruisers (with more than 5 cruises under their belt) have trouble getting one as Platinum (10 or more cruises) and Concierge level tend to snap them up before the booking windows open up for lesser deities (lower level Castaway Club tiers) and mere mortals (newbies). It can happen, particularly if you use a wait-list, but it's not likely.

Still, I think a Disney cruise doesn't have to be overwhelming, and there are spots on the Family Beach where it's not too bad. We were early off the ship, staked out some nice loungers near the snorkel area, and then spent about two hours snorkeling, which was fairly empty until we started to get out. We ended up moving on to Serenity Bay, but we weren't in a bad place at all.

If crowds are a concern, your best bet would be to take a cruise on Magic or Wonder that has a Castaway Cay stop as there will be a smaller passenger load on the island. Of course, Fantasy and Dream are the ones with the most itineraries for Castaway Cay. And, as larger ships, have more nooks for getting away from it all.

My secret: The loungers on deck four - almost always empty and a great place to relax, read, snooze.



We usually grab a set outside the Deck 4 coffee bar so snack and refills are right near by, and it's a quick elevator Deck 11 and its sodas and quick service options.

In the adult pool area, these are my favorite chairs:



And Satellite Falls (also adults only) is also fairly low-key:



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Old 04-08-2018, 07:05 AM   #32
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I think the other issue for us is I donít care for just a few hours in a Caribbean island port. Iíd rather just stay on an island (Iím writing this from the beach in Kauai).
For us, it depends on what the our trip goals are. With a Disney cruise, the ship is as much the destination, so a few hours in port is just fine. Plus, I'm not as big on the Caribbean Islands as a vacation destination as I would be in a more diverse place like Hawaii. For most of the islands it's a few hills, some nice beaches, and lots of down time on an island you can walk across in a few hours. I would find a week-long, beach-exclusive vacation very difficult without museums, historical sites, places for leisurely drives and hikes, etc. near by.

That's why I haven't done a European cruise. For the money, I would rather choose 1 or 2 cities and spend several days in each. Still, I certainly wouldn't rule it out - some places are very effectively seen by cruise ship (like Alaska and the Norwegian coast) . Plus, as I get older, I like being catered to!

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Going for first cruise and it is 7 nights. Lets see how it works out.
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My secret: The loungers on deck four - almost always empty and a great place to relax, read, snooze.



We usually grab a set outside the Deck 4 coffee bar so snack and refills are right near by, and it's a quick elevator Deck 11 and its sodas and quick service options.

In the adult pool area, these are my favorite chairs:



And Satellite Falls (also adults only) is also fairly low-key:



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Great tips Dirk!! I can picture myself drinking coffee on those loungers right now!!
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Going for first cruise and it is 7 nights. Lets see how it works out.
Let me know how it goes!! After doing more research I'm thinking...maybe we do need 7 nights to fully experience everything! But then I hear my kids screaming and my idyllic fantasy of sipping coffee in Dirk's secret loungers screeches to a halt and I think, nope, 5, maybe 4!
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