Day Four - Wednesday, September
10, 2003 - Castaway Cay
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Trip report by Glenn:
We knew we would be docking
pretty early when we got to Castaway Cay, so we woke up at 8 a.m.
(we weren't going to shower, since we were going to spend the whole
day at the beach). Well, when we woke up we were docking, and it
was RAINING. We were pretty upset, because we were going to head
out first thing. So, we decided to grab some breakfast until the
headed up to Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast. It was pretty good.
Around 11 a.m. the rain let up and we got off the ship.
As you leave the ship, you get
a towel from a Cast Member and then head up the path to the tram
stop, or you can walk the short distance to the beach. On the way
to the beach there was a Disney photographer taking pictures with
the ship in the background, so we posed for a picture. We then headed
past the main beach to the tram stop for Serenity Bay Beach (the
18 and over beach). It was a short tram ride to the beach.
The beach was pretty empty,
since most people hadn't gotten off the ship because of the rain.
We found a couple of beach chairs under a yellow umbrella and plopped
our stuff down. We had purchased a disposable waterproof camera
before the trip, so we got out the camera and went swimming in the
ocean. We would go swimming for about half an hour, then lounge
on the beach under the umbrella for about half an hour, and repeated
this process until about 3 p.m. This was absolutely the best part
of the trip, and we didn't want it to end. If you ever wanted to
know where paradise on earth is, it is located at 26°05.682'N,
77°32.548'W. We didn't even eat because we didn't want to leave
the beach. We did get a Konch Kooler, which was a rum drink kind
of like a pina colada, but fruity. It was pretty good.
Unfortunately we also made the
biggest mistake of the entire trip while on the beach. We didn't
wear any sunscreen. We had sunscreen, but we didn't put any on.
We don't know why, but we admit this was very stupid because we
got VERY burnt. It wasn't too painful yet, but the worst was yet
Everyone had to be back on the
ship by 4 p.m., so we started heading back around 3 p.m. We stopped
at She Sells to look for some souvenirs and bought a few items,
including postcards. We stopped at the post office to write out
and mail the cards, but they didn't have a pen. So we got back on
the Wonder, and headed quickly to our room to write out the cards.
I headed back off the ship to the post office and bought some stamps
and mailed the postcards and headed back to board the ship.
I went to the Debarkation Presentation
in the Walt Disney Theater at 4:30 p.m. while Tammy ordered room
service. The room service arrived pretty quickly and Tammy went
ahead and ate. We didn't know they were going to repeat the presentation
on TV, so it was a waste of my time. But we did learn some important
information, so it wasn't a lost cause. When I returned, I ate my
lunch/dinner (linner). "Hercules" was on TV, and it was
about half way through so we watched that, and then we watched most
of "Bruce Almighty" on TV while we got ready for dinner.
The sunburn was starting to come out, and neither of us felt too
well, but we decided to go to dinner anyway.
Dinner was at Parrot Cay and
it was OK. Tammy had lobster and crawfish bisque for appetizer,
steak and lasagna for entree and "Celebration Cake" for
dessert. I didn't have an appetizer, but had risotto with black
eye peas for entree and apple and cranberry pie for dessert. Tammy
didn't really like her entree and I didn't feel like eating because
he felt horrible because of the sunburn.
After dinner, we went back to
the room, got comfortable and headed back to the shops to get some
aloe vera. We went back to the room and finished packing and put
our luggage outside the room by 11 p.m. We slathered on the aloe
vera and went to sleep.
This was the best day of the
trip, by far. The only bad parts were the sunburns and the rain
in the morning, which shortened our day on the beach. But it was
still a wonderful day, and we were sad that the trip was coming
to an end.
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