Castaway Cay Day! Our 17th Anniversary!!! It’s a big day with lots to talk about and tons of pictures to share so I’m breaking it up into parts.
Last night when we entered our room we found an envelope. Inside was a map of Castaway Cay, a lot of information, and 2 wristbands for our CABANA!!!! Yep! I miraculously scored a cabana on the family beach (the best side in my opinion)! Gather round and I’ll tell you how it happened. Our new friends Laci and Rusty sailed concierge this cruise. Concierge gets first dibs on the cabanas and there are only 25 on the whole island! 21 on the Family Beach and 4 at Serenity Bay, the adult only beach. Well, Laci and Rusty ended up with 2 cabanas and they only needed one. So they offered up the 2nd cabana to our cruise group! So generous and nice!!! I plead our case, that it’s our 17th anniversary and we reeeeeaaaalllly wanted one and they let us have their spare! Woot!!! I mean, we still paid for it but just getting the cabana is a huge feat in itself so we are immensely grateful!
Fast forward to this morning. The golf cart island taxi was scheduled to pick us up at 9:30 am. Well you’re allowed to leave the ship for Castaway Cay at 8:30 am. So CSP said SEE YA and went on without us. He really enjoyed having the cabanas all to himself! He was the first of the cabana guests to arrive and instead of stopping to check in like he was supposed to… CSP just bypassed that altogether and walked straight to our cabana with the cabana crew members running behind him yelling “Sir! Sir!!!” because they are all about only letting the cabana guests into that area. OMG! CSP’s causing an international incident! Knucklehead!
Once they determined that CSP was legit, a crew member gave him the grand tour of our cabana, #15! To get to our cabana you walk down this lush path. Our’s was right near the restrooms which is v v convenient!
Here it is!
When you walk in there’s a closet immediately to your right that holds a safe and some towels. Then there’s a counter top with a drink menu and a basket full of snacks. On the wall above the counter there’s the controls for music and there’s a button. Push the button and a cabana crew member will appear to help you! Under the counter are more towels, a garbage bin, and a mini fridge that’s stocked with water, soda, a fruit bowl, and chilled towels. V v fancy! To your left is the main living area. There’s a sofa, a couple chairs, some small tables, a bench, and a changing area. Keep walking forward and there are 2 chaise lounges and a mini sofa with a couple more tables. On one of the tables is a basket with sunscreen in it. Overhead is a sail cloth shade so you’re not in direct sunlight. Walk down the stairs and to the right is the shower and to the left is the hammock. Walk straight ahead and there’s the Caribbean sea and the private beach. Amazing! Just check out our views! Your own private world!
There are sand toys on your deck ( we gave ours to the Atkinson kids next door to play with.) Oh I forgot to mention that our next door neighbors were Laci & Rusty and family! Best neighbors ever! The cabana also comes with usage of bikes and snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, an umbrella, and a huge bin full of floats and inner tubes! Everything you could possibly need for a fabulous day at the beach!
I arrived at around 10am and found CSP snoozing on the hammock. He woke up and I slathered him with sunscreen then he was off to ride a bike around the island and up to the observation tower. Oh, how I wish in that moment I had remembered to slather my own face with the SPF 100 sunscreen I brought with me. CSP put sunscreen on my arms & neck and I did (most) of my legs. I missed one spot on the inside of each knee somehow. Burn, baby, burn. While CSP was out riding his bike I read more of my book “My Not So Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella. V cute beach read, perfect for this trip.
CSP came back from his bike ride and……
More later! Stay tuned for Part 2!