Disney Cruise Ports of Call

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The four-day Disney Wonder cruise makes two stops, one in Nassau, Bahamas, and the other on Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay.

We docked at Nassau after a night at sea. Once on land, we took a Segway tour through what looked like a trail specifically for the sport of Segwaying (I think this is a real term).  I wasn’t thrilled when I discovered a Segway was that upright two-wheeled gizmo that you operate with your heels and toes.  (I thought it was some sort of boat).  However, once I got the hang of it, I even let go of the handlebars once or twice.  Not with the fortitude our fearless leader used and not with the speed one fellow traveler used for jumping and wiping out on hills, but I did it.

The day ended with a visit to the Rainforest Spa, which is a big recommend.  For $15, you get a one-day pass to two saunas, two steam rooms, heated lounge chairs and calm.  Top that off with a massage in one of the private villas (careful of neighboring ships) and you get advanced to the front of the relaxed line.  Expect commissioned sales people to offer you everything from a whiter smile to wrinkle-free skin.


The rest of the day was spent in the Nassau straw market, eating conch fritters and conch salad and turning down offers to have our hair braided.  I would have liked to have seen more of Nassau’s gorgeous beaches and less of the markets.

Disney’s Private Island

Castaway Cay was the highlight of the trip for me.  Spending the day on a pristine island, feeding stingrays, practicing yoga on the beach and then going on a leisurely bike ride was my idea of a day at the beach.  There are roughly 60 “regulars” who live on the island, caring for the landscape, fish and animals.  They also conduct research and train the stingrays.

Entering and exiting the ship requires having your card swiped along with a photo ID.

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Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of TravelingMom.com. She also is the mom of two terrific teens who have traveled with her since that first, fateful plane ride when one preschooler discovered a barf bag in his seat pocket and his sister, finding none in hers, demanded, “I want a barf bag too!” She has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, an editor at Chicago Parent and Catalyst Chicago and an instructor in the graduate school at Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

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