10:39 AM PDT, April 2, 2012
CASTAWAY CAY, BAHAMAS
After weeks of christenings, celebrities and preview cruises, the Fantasy, the newest ship from Disney Cruise Line, is finally on its official Maiden Voyage this week, a 7-day sail to the Caribbean, including stops at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
On assignment last week on the preview cruise for the travel industry and media, I had the opportunity to take a GoPro Sports Cameras underwater to check out the stingrays and tropical fish.
Standing at a sandy, sun-soaked Bahamian beach inside the lagoon's protective breakwater, I have to say I had my doubts as to just how many fish I would actually see. But I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing array of tame stingrays in the Stingray Adventure, and the large schools of snapper varieties and various tropicals at the sunken boat sites several hundred yards offshore.
A Mickey statue about 10-feet down in the form of a traditional ship figurehead from an old "shipwreck," was a nice surprise. I spent several hours shooting the colorful underwater scenes on the photo-and-video snorkeling safari, using the GoPro Hero 2 camera, equipped with a special housing designed to correct for underwater optics.
• Click here to see my photo gallery of Castaway Cay underwater. • Click here to see my multimedia show on snorkeling the shipwrecks and Mickey statue at Castaway Cay • Click here to see my video of the Stingray Adventure at Castaway Cay. • Click here to see more of my photos from last week's preview cruise.
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