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Castaway Cay and the Flying Dutchman
REALITY SHOW: Castaway Cay and the Flying Dutchman
Sample '07 Disney Cruise
Where: Western Caribbean on Disney Magic
When: March 10-16, 2007
Ports of Call: Port Canaveral, Key West, Florida; Grand Cayman; Castaway Cay (Disney's private beach island in the Bahamas).
What It'll Cost: Inside staterooms start at $899 per person for first two guests (staterooms sleeping three start at $849 per person); $499 per person for third and fourth guests. Outside staterooms start from $1,099 per person for first two guests; $499 per person for third and fourth guests.
Off the Ship: Find out about Blackbeard and his fellow scallywags at the Pirate Soul museum and join the fun at Mallory Square, Key West; pet the stingrays at Stingray City, Grand Cayman.

If your kids are still young enough to believe in pixie dust, then Disney offers dream encounters. Nowhere else can you take tea with Wendy, kiss Belle, or dance with Snow White. The Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones' ghost ship from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, is anchored just off Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas, where beachgoers may even catch sightings of Captain Jack Sparrow lurking ashore. The 875-stateroom Magic offers ten- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises; the same-sized Wonder embarks on three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas, with packages to Disney World taking up the rest of the week.

Along with Disney movies, the two ships offer first-rate stage shows that weave in Disney characters as well as a Pirates in the Caribbean dinner and deck party complete with fireworks. Although adults can dance at the disco and lounge at the bars, neither the Magic nor the Wonder has a casino.

Disney's kids' program operates for ages three through 17, with age-specific groupings. There's a teen center plus the Ocean Quest room, a place with computer games, movies and crafts target=ed to ages 12 to 14. Flounder's Reef, one of the few nurseries at sea, cares for infants as young as 12 weeks for an hourly fee. Note the facility has limited capacity and hours.'s resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from

Published: 27 Sep 2006 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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