Cruise NewsDisney Cruise Passenger Drowns on Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Passenger Drowns on Castaway Cay

A Bahamian newspaper is reporting that an American cruise passenger drowned this week on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

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The yet to be identified 38 year old man was a passenger on a 4 night – 5 day sailing to the Bahamas and Key West, Florida on the Disney Wonder.  Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, was the first stop on the cruise out of Miami, Florida.  The incident happened at approximately 4 p.m. local time and police stated that an autopsy will be performed to confirm the exact cause of death.

A Disney spokesman said that medical personnel and crew members responded immediately to the incident and the cruise line is working with Bahamian authorities.  There are lifeguard stationed on Castaway Cay at different locations.  However Serenity Bay, the adults only beach on the island, does not have life guards.

Cruise Fever sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this 38 year old man cruise passenger.  We will update this page when more information becomes available.

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Cruise NewsDisney Cruise Passenger Drowns on Castaway Cay


  1. It was the Wonder. The guy on the fantasy lived.

    Staff was there as soon as they heard about it. They were quick. It was the adult’s only section & there were signs that said swim at your own risk. All the excursions had been canceled because it was too dangerous to go out with the currents. There were also big patches of seaweed.

    It wasn’t Disney’s fault. They did their best to save him.

  2. Is there anyway to get the jewelry they have on ships? I fell in love with a ring on the Carnival Conquest and my hubby wants to get it for me! But I can’t find it anywhere!

  3. Was it the Disney Wonder or the Disney Fantasy (I was on the Fantasy)?
    Were there two drownings? I am confused.

  4. CORRECTION: Castaway Cay was the LAST stop on the cruise returning to PORT CANAVERAL.
    Check your facts. (I was a passenger on this cruise.)

    • How totally irresponsible and cold hearted it is to make statement without knowing the facts of the story. you must be an MSNBC journalist.

    • There are still some parts of the world where, if you go into the water, you are expected to be able to swim. Like hotels, most of Florida’s beaches, and my backyard just to name a few. Agree with Jake, you don’t know the facts other than there were no lifeguards there. It’s not neglegant to have water without life guards.

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