This morning we got up and got ready quickly and went to Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast. We got a table outside at the end of the ship where we had a great view of the island.
Before long we started seeing people walking off the boat so we finished eating quickly and left the ship about 9:00.
We stopped for a wagon and headed to the beach.
It was still fairly empty when we got there. There were even hammocks still available. We got 2 chairs in the front row and parked all our stuff there.
Kate started playing in the sand but this was Ella’s reaction to us sitting her on the sand.
She much preferred to play with her sand toys in the wagon!
Both girls loved playing in the water. We didn’t go out too far but they enjoyed sitting in the shallow water splashing.
The sand was Kate’s favorite though. We had a big bucket of sand toys we had bought at costco and they had a blast.
She decided she could play in the sand as long as she was sitting on a towel!
Ella enjoyed the chocolate chip cookie John found.
At 11:30 we left the beach and found the gazebo where the crab races were.
Look at this hair! While the sea air turned my hair into a crazy mess it made Ella’s hair even more gorgeous.
There was a DJ and some other employees in the gazebo who Kate danced with while they were waiting for 8 entrants to the crab races. They never got 8 so they told us Kate could hold her spot for the 12:30 crab races.
Ella didn’t want to crawl on her knees but she is so determined not to walk that she crawled around like this.
We got lunch at Cookies BBQ and ate at a picnic table right across from the gazebo. They had burgers, ribs, hot dogs, and smoked chicken. They also had a fresh fruit stand with incredible fruit. The kids got so full on the fruit they wouldn’t eat anything else. At 12:00 some of the characters came out for a dance party.
They had 8 crabs and each one had a number on their back. The guy told Kate she was number 3. He also told her to think of a name for her crab. She said she was naming him captain hook. They put all the crabs in the middle of a circle and the first crab to cross the line wins.
Ella decided she’d had enough and slept through the whole thing!
They did 4 races and each winner of the 4 races goes to a final race. Captain Hook won the 3rd race so he made it to the finals. In the final he boogeyd to the outside of the circle and won Kate a medal!
Next Kate and I went to the 1:00 family whale dig. We couldn’t take the wagon with the sleeping Ella down the steps so John sat with her. They had buried big “whale” teeth around Monstro’s skeleton and the kids were supposed to find them. They had scoops, shovels, brushes, etc.
After a while the cast member asked who hadn’t found any then asked Kate to come help her dig.
Kate was so excited to finally find one!
They were supposed to throw the tooth against a tree and if it didn’t break they would know it was a real whale’s tooth.
Kate was pretty worn out so after the whale dig we headed back to the boat.
We stopped at the little shop and looked around and got Ella a Minnie Mouse. Best thing about shopping on a cruise, no taxes!
We took the shuttle and were back on board a little before 2:00.
Since Ella had napped in the wagon she had no intention of napping again so John took her to toddler time in the club while Kate napped. On our way to dinner we stopped to meet Snow White and Dopey.
Dinner tonight was in Parrot Cay. Our server Andrei was the best. When I mentioned I liked the macaroon on top of my sundae he sent a plate of them with me. After dinner John took Ella back to the room while Kate and I met Pinocchio.
Then stood in a long line to meet Captain Hook and Smee.
After we met them Kate said., “Mommy I sure am glad he didn’t hook me!.” Kate and I got to the theater just as Toy Story the musical was starting. It was ok but not one of our favorite shows. Kate did enjoy it but it was just a little long. We rushed back to the room to get her band for the club and John took her to Pluto’s PJ party. John and I watched part of The Great Gatsby and had room service pizza while she was gone but didn’t get to finish the movie before we had to pick her up at 10:30. This was a super fun and super exhausting day. I’m not much of a beach person so I wasn’t really expecting much from Castaway but it was amazing. Think tropical paradise done Disney style. It was the best part of the trip so far and I wish we had another day there!