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Castaway Cay (Photo:Disney Cruise Line)
Castaway Cay (Photo:Disney Cruise Line)
2019 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

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Port of Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay, formerly Gorda Cay, is an ultra-tidy 1,000-acre splash of sun and sand located near Great Abaco Island. Owned by the Walt Disney Company, the island is used exclusively for passengers of its cruise line -- though alert cinephiles may also remember it as the spot where Tom Hanks finds his mermaid (Daryl Hannah) in "Splash." Before becoming one of the cruise line's most popular ports of call, it was a haven for pirates and, subsequently, smugglers. (An airplane runway that runs down the spine of the island is no longer used, though it remains a busy thoroughfare for bicyclists, pedestrians and trams.)


Shore Excursions

About Castaway Cay


A variety of beaches and activities cater to passengers; expect shuttle service and character visits


Some areas can be crowded, despite the island's size, and there will be lines to meet characters

Bottom Line

Disney's attention to detail makes this private island one of the most impressive we've seen

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Port Facilities

Ships dock directly on the island at the Arrival Plaza, from which you can either hop on a tram to traverse the island or walk along well-marked trails.

Good to Know

You'll fork over extra for booze, souvenirs, water sports equipment (paddleboats, kayaks, sailboats, snorkel gear) and shore excursions like the Stingray Adventure, Watercraft Ski Adventure and Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure. One cool extra fee: The island has its own post office with a special Disney-themed postmark, though you'll need cash to pay for stamps. (Your key card will work everywhere else.)

What Sets It Apart

It's Disney, so you're in for a mega-themed day at the beach with family and friends. Happily, you don't have to spend all your time with them. Disney Cruise Line Wave Phones (glorified two-way radios that are provided free of charge onboard) also work on the island, so you can separate and still stay connected.

Castaway Cay Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

2019 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations
2018 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations
2017 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations
2016 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations