Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure
Disney Cruise Line guests clamor for all the time they can get relaxing and enjoying the Caribbean air on DCL's private island, Castaway Cay. When not soaking up the sun or enjoying a meal of delicious BBQ, one of the most popular activities with island guests is the exciting opportunity to swim and interact with Southern Stingrays in a private lagoon. This up-close encounter with the rays is part of a one-hour experience aptly named, Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure, and is open to all guests 5-years of age or older.
Upon arrival at Ray's sunny spot of beach (located just to the right of the boat beach) guests will see their friendly swimming companions milling about in the shallows. Southern Stingrays are often found in pairs or schools, they are opportunistic feeders that use vacuum-like suction to eat their food. Guests are then engaged in a fun information session regarding stingrays, covering topics such as history, interesting facts and the biology of the animals. While the stingrays are usually nocturnal animals, some research has shown that organized feeding is effecting their natural sleep cycles, so the stingrays eat all day and sleep all night, even when in a more wild habitat than Disney offers.
After spending time learning about the animals guests head in the water where a marine specialist leads the group in an interaction experience, allowing guests to feed, touch and interact with the rays. Following the guided interaction, guests who want more time with the rays can snorkel in the approximately 40,000-square-foot area which is fenced off from the rest of the lagoon.
I'm hoping to add this fun excursion to my next Disney Cruise itinerary. Have you made a visit to Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought about it!