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Cavorting in Port
Cavorting in Port
We predict that some of your favorite cruise memories will be made at your ports of call! Below are tips to help you get the most out of your jaunts, as well as port memories to get you in the mood.
“You can mail a postcard home from the Castaway Cay post office and get your stamp canceled with a cool Castaway Cay postmark (see page 20). Be sure to bring some cash to purchase your stamps as you can’t use your shipboard charge here. Small bills and change are best, as it can be difficult for the staff to break large bills.”
“The sun can be brutal. Be sure to wear sunscreen on your visits to the shore—you are likely to be in the sun more often than the shade. Sunglasses also come in handy against the glare of the bright sun off sidewalks and water. And don’t forget hats—you’ll find a soft fabric, crushable hat with a chin strap is invaluable!”
“Wear a waterproof watch. Even though we are on vacation, all the rest of the world is on a schedule. On a Disney Cruise ship, there is a clock in the Lobby Atrium, in your stateroom, and that’s it! A watch keeps you on track for all the events of your vacation, especially your shore excursions!”
— contributed by Disney cruiser Jody Williams
“What began as a simple activity on our Castaway Cay day has become a much-anticipated tradition. Nine years ago I decided to improvise a little ‘treasure hunt’ on Castaway Cay for my son, Alexander. I bought a plastic treasure chest—filled with ‘booty’—from Mickey’s Mates onboard ($20). Then on the morning of our day at Castaway Cay, I marked a big, bold ‘X’ on the Disney-provided map of Castaway Cay and presented it to Alexander as a treasure map. He noticed the ‘X’ immediately and was quite excited. He got out his ‘telescope’ and a nice big shovel for digging up treasure. On Castaway Cay, we walked to the end of the family beach and I distracted him while I buried the treasure chest and marking an ‘X’ in the sand over it. Then Alexander came running over, having spotted the ‘X.’ He began digging for that treasure chest excitedly, happy beyond belief. He was so proud of himself! He proudly showed his treasure chest to Donald Duck before re-boarding the ship. I repeated this little adventure on our next seven cruises, including our most recent cruise. It has gotten a bit harder and more challenging over the years, and he now knows I'm actually the one burying the treasure, but he still loves to search for the treasure!”
...as told by author and proud mom Jennifer Marx
“I was on Castaway Cay for just one hour during the Dream’s Christening Cruise (had to get back on board for more press briefings). On the island, I took a tour conducted by Jim Durham, a Walt Disney Imagineering VP who’s worked on Castaway Cay from Day One. Besides sharing all sorts of useful information, Jim told us that Heads Up Bar was named by the island’s construction team, who quickly learned to beware of the pelicans flying overhead (yes, you may want to wear a hat).”
...as told by author Dave Marx
Top Photo Slice: Digging for treasure on Castaway Cay (℗ 34642) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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