Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Treat Yourself to a Cabana at Serenity Bay on Disney's Castaway Cay

When I think of cruising, I think of warm weather, white sand beaches, and turquoise waters so it’s no surprise that the Bahamian and Caribbean itineraries on Disney Cruise Line are some of my favorite offerings. One of the best things about those itineraries are that they include a stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. The island is the ideal spot for a day filled with relaxation and fun!

If you are looking to add even more relaxation and luxury to your visit to Castaway Cay, consider renting a cabana for the day at Serenity Bay! Serenity Bay is the island’s adult only beach and it is the ultimate relaxation paradise. A cabana rental is the perfect way to pamper yourself even more on your cruise!

My husband and I were lucky enough to rent a Serenity Bay cabana with some friends on a recent cruise and it was truly amazing. The night before we arrived at Castaway Cay, we received information in our stateroom about how to check-in to our cabana. We were given wristbands to wear and upon arrival at Serenity Bay, a cabana cast member escorted us via golf cart to our cabana for the day.

The cabanas provide ample seating for you to relax in the shade or lounge in the sun. There is also a hammock that is perfect for taking a nap! There is a freshwater shower outside for you to rinse off and a changing area inside the cabana. The shower and changing area were perfect for us after running the Castaway Cay 5K that morning. Each cabana also comes with a safe for you to store your belongings. With your cabana rental, you get unlimited bottled water and sodas, fresh fruit and snacks, towels, magazines and sunscreen. We ended up taking back the leftover snacks, bottled waters and sodas with us to our stateroom at the end of the day.


Each cabana rental also includes tube/float rental and a one hour bike rental. There were tubes and floats placed right outside our cabana which made it very convenient. The one hour bike rental was also a really nice benefit of renting the cabana. We had never rented the bikes on the island before but since it was included with the cabana rental, we decided to take advantage of them. We rode down to the Observation Tower and took in some great views of the island.


Perhaps one of the most luxurious parts of the cabana is the call button. Press the call button and your cabana cast member will arrive shortly. You can ask to be driven via golf cart to another part of the island, for more towels or sodas, or order drinks from the bar (applicable bar charges apply). Our cabana cast member was so wonderful! He was very friendly and was so kind he offered to give us a ride back to the ship at the end of the day. He really made our day at Serenity Bay even more enjoyable!

Cabanas sell out fast so if you want one, you should book as soon as possible. If this is your first Disney Cruise, you can book your cabana 75 days before sailing. Silver Castaway members (a status earned after your 1st completed cruise) can book 90 days prior to sailing, Gold Castaway members (after your 5th completed cruise) can book 105 days prior to sailing and Platinum Castaway members (after your 10th completed cruise) can book 120 days prior to sailing. If you aren’t able to secure a reservation for a cabana before your sailing date, make sure and check at Guest Services upon boarding the ship to see if there have been any cancellations.

The 2016 price for renting a Serenity Bay cabana, with up to 4 guests, is $399 plus tax. Each cabana can accommodate up to 10 guests. Additional guests can be added for $50 per person, plus tax. Contact your Kingdom Konsultant agent for current pricing.

The cabanas on Serenity Bay are expensive but they can really be worth it if you have a large group or if you just feel like treating yourself to some extra luxury. I highly recommend splurging on a cabana on your next visit to Disney’s Castaway Cay. There’s no better time to treat yourself than on vacation!

- Agent Ashley

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