Over on Disney’s Castaway Cay — a private Bahamian island reserved for use only by Disney cruise guests — there’s a little adults-only section called Serenity Bay. You have to take two trams to get there, but boy is it worth it!
Here you can rent floats and tubes for a lazy day in the crystal-blue waters of the bay, find a hammock for a mid-morning nap, or treat yourself to some Disney Cruise Line specialty drinks at eats at two locations.
Castaway Air Bar
First up — the Castaway Air Bar — a ramshackle building next to the beach decorated with all things 1920s air travel.
You see, Serenity Bay sits at the end of Castaway Cay’s small airstrip. As the legend goes, the corrugated tin bar was built by an expatriate pilot who’d been stranded on the island during the storm that beached the namesake castaways. His downed plane was the source for the materials, thus the name Castaway Air Bar. (Everything Disney does has a story…)
On the menu are drinks and more drinks — the famous Castaway Cay Konk Kooler made with rum, coconut, pineapple and orange juices, and passion fruit; the Island Navigator with Frangelico, Amaretto, Pina Colada, and ice cream; and more. While the drinks here tend toward the sweet, there are a couple for those of us who tend toward the sour
I couldn’t help but try two of the menu items… first up the classic Konk Kooler. (While these are served primarily on the island, I’ve heard they will make them for you on the ship as well.) Because of the ingredients, I was expecting something sickeningly sweet. I usually avoid coconut in my drinks at all costs — I like sweet in my desserts, not in my drinks.
But for the sake of research, I took a good, long sip and…. Wow! I was amazed at my reaction! This drink is excellent! Creamy, frothy, sweet, and fruity. I have no idea why I liked it so much — it goes against all of my personal beliefs about what a mixed drink should be — but it was excellent.
Next up was a “Deep Blue Sea,” which included Bacardi Rum, Blue Curacao, and Sweet Lemon Mix. Again, I was worried that this would be too sweet — and I’m not a huge rum fan (hard to escape it in the Caribbean). It tasted much more alcoholic than sweet, and the lemon gave a little zing. I liked the Konk better (wonder of wonders!), but would happily have finished the Deep Blue Sea if I’d been in the mood for stumbling back to the ship at 11am.
So, back to the hammock I went with my two drinks in hand. Have you ever tried to get into a hammock with two drinks? Not easy, my friends; not easy…
Serenity Bay BBQ
So, since I only had an hour or so to spend on Castaway Cay (the cruise was less than 48 hours, and I had some serious eating to do!), it was soon time to pack up and take a look at the lunch that was just being served over at the Serenity Bay BBQ.
As it turns out, this lunch is almost exactly the same as what’s served at the other BBQ spots on the island, so there’s no need to jump on a tram for a meal. Just sit back and relax right here at Serenity Bay!
Here they’ve got burgers, steaks, and fish grilling on an outdoor grill, chicken and BBQ Pork Ribs heating up, salads and side dishes, hot dogs, desserts, and that ever-flowing soft ice cream (veggie burgers are available throughout the island as well). While the quality isn’t five-star, it will definitely fill you up enough to fuel a bike ride around the island!
And all too soon it’s time to head back to the middle of the island for more pics, then back to the big ol’ beautiful ship!
Have you spent the day at Serenity Bay? Tell us what you thought in the comments section below!
Just a reminder — I was invited by Disney on this Christening Cruise, and my expenses were paid by the company. I am under no obligation to review or discuss the event, and all opinions are 100% my own.