Disney’s private island in the Bahamas is paradise in many ways: Hop a tram from the ship to either the family beach or the adults-only stretch and you’ll find exactly what you would hope to see at a resort owned by the king of amusement parks. At the family beach you can meet costumed characters, play in the splash park or the waterslide over the ocean that looks like a castle, and find casual dining. At the adults-only beach, Serenity Bay, you’ll savor blissful peace and quiet.
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Suitcase Space: You can rent everything from snorkel gear to inner tubes on the island. And you can buy buckets and beach toys to make epic sand castles — a better bet than filling your luggage with pails and shovels.
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Character Visits: Forget character breakfasts. Here the little ones can take pictures with Mickey and Minnie by the surf, or join a dance party hosted by Lilo and Stitch.
Beach Massages: Need a break from all the family time? The adult area has three spa cabanas, so you can splurge on a massage by the sea.
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Everyone (and We Don’t Say That Lightly): Disney has done a spectacular job of creating two distinct experiences in this space: the boisterous family-friendly version (which has everything from crafts to a teen club and — get this — complimentary babysitting for the little ones) and the quiet oasis for adults. Best of all, a tram means you can get around, and back to the ship, quickly and easily.
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Extras Come at a Price: At $499 a day, the line’s 20 cabanas don’t come cheap — but they are massive and come with a fridge and a locker, and can hold up to six people. If you’re with a group and plan to spend the day on the shore, they’re a justifiable splurge.
Sherri Eisenberg is the New York City-based editorial director of ShermansCruise.com.