I love beaches and I love the Caribbean, so Castaway Cay (Disney Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas), is one of my favorite places to visit. The island is always a special stop on the Disney Cruise Line’s Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries. There’s so much to do on Castaway Cay, but for a special treat, considering spending the day in one of the Castaway Cay Cabanas.
During a girls’ trip on the Disney Cruise Line, we rented a cabana for the day on Castaway Cay. It’s such a fun treat. You definitely don’t NEED to rent a cabana to have fun, but if you have the opportunity and budget, it’s worth doing at least once.
All About the Castaway Cay Cabanas
Types of Castaway Cay Cabanas
There are two different sections of cabanas, and three different price ranges. The cabana that we had for our beach day was on the family beach. These cabanas include six guests but you can add on, up to 10 for an additional fee per person. This would be so fun for two families to share.
There’s also a larger cabana available on the family beach. That cabana includes ten guests but up to 16 can be accommodated for an additional fee.
If there are just adults in your group, you may consider one of the Serenity Bay cabanas (on the adult-only beach). The price for this includes four guests and up to ten can be accommodated at the additional fee. Keep in mind that you can’t have kids at these cabanas or on Serenity Bay.
I don’t generally list prices here because they are subject to change. You should know that these cabanas are pretty expensive, and adding guests over the included number will run at least $50 per person. So, you’ll want to make sure that you will absolutely get value from the cabana if you choose to get one.
What’s Included in a Castaway Cay Cabanas
Not only will you get the cabana, with chairs, tables, and lots of shade, there are other things included with a cabana:
• Snorkels (not included in Serenity Bay cabanas)
• Bikes to ride around the island
• Sodas, bottled water snacks, chips
• A Cabana host to help restock the refreshments
• Sunscreen (usually at this point in our trip we are starting to run out of sunscreen)
• Sand toys
• A hammock right outside the cabana
• Food is already included with your day on Castaway Cay. You can eat at Cookies BBQ, Cookie’s Too, and Serenity Bay BBQ.
As someone who loves the beach but needs to avoid the sun, I appreciate having the extra shade that a cabana affords us. It’s definitely a nice luxury and great for an extra splurge on your cruise.
How to Book a Cabana
Cabanas open up for reservations during your cruise excursion booking window. These will depend upon your Castaway Club level. Cruise must be paid off for you to be able to book excursions including cabanas:
• Platinum Castaway Club members can reserve 120 days before sailing
• Gold Castaway Club members can reserve 105 days before sailing
• Silver Castaway Club members can reserve 90 days before sailing
Because there aren’t many of them, cabanas can book up early. We are gold Castaway Club members, and haven’t seen the opportunity to rent one when my booking window opened. They are often all booked up by concierge and platinum guests. However, it’s always worth checking to see if any cancellations have happened.
Are the Castaway Cay Cabanas Worth it? Should You Rent a Castaway Cay Cabana?
Spending the day in a cabana on Castaway Cay is definitely a special treat and splurge. It’s not cheap, and they can be difficult to reserve. So, you should definitely weigh your options before deciding whether to rent one.
Think about your situation, and how you plan to spend your day at Castaway Cay. If you already plan on renting bikes, floats, and snorkel equipment, then a Cabana may be worth it. Also, you’ll want to make sure that you plan to spend most of the day at Castaway Cay. You really want to take advantage of everything that a cabana offers. If you can’t get one, however, know that you’ll still have plenty of fun at Castaway Cay, and can still find lots of shade.