Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic docked at this tiny Disney-owned island just after the sun came up.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., about 2,000 adults and children started walking off the gangways loaded down with masks, fins and suntan lotion and boarded a Disney-style tram bound for the beach.A lot of kids went to the Oceaneer Club's camp for arts, crafts, storytelling and games.
Their parents, and the adults without kids, boarded the tram again and went to the quiet mile-long adults-only beach. They pulled lounge chairs into the shallow water and drank beer, eyes closed against the sun.
Nearby were open-air cabanas, where they could get massages, and a beach-side cafe.
Other Magic passengers rented bikes and rode the miles of paths shaded by towering pines.
And back at the main beach, there were kayaks, sailboats, paddle boats and rafts.
Barbecue was available at a covered pavilion with picnic tables that offered views of coconut palms and the ocean.
The 1,000-acre island, formerly Gorda Cay, is in the Abacos. No one lives on the island anymore except for 70 Disney employees, who live here in six-month shifts.
But when the ship is in, the island comes to life. - C.B.