Some cruise lines not only take you to the Bahamas – they’ll treat you to a day on their own private Bahamian islands. These islands are wonderfully designed to give every guest an ideal beach day.
Princess Cruises’ has its own island called Princess Cays. It’s on the south end of the island of Eleuthera, and it’s included on many of its Caribbean itineraries. Among its features, Princess Cays has more than a half-mile of white-sand beach for guests to enjoy. Before you arrive, you can reserve an air-conditioned bungalow or a beach clamshell (a shaded lounge made for two), or just stretch out in one of the many lounge chairs. You can also reserve water sports equipment – including Hobie Cats, Sunfish sailboats and kayaks – or enjoy swimming and snorkeling. There’s an observation tower for marvelous views of the blue sky, blue-green water and deep green of the island. Princess even offers some excursions here, including a trip to the town of Rock Sound, which has a pristine beach and a famous blow-hole.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay drowses in the sun – until a ship arrives. Then, the palm-studded beach becomes an instant party. While the crew fires up the barbecue and strings hammocks between the palms, guests settle into lounge chairs or rentable beachfront cabanas. The hardest thing you’ll do all day is decide whether to ride a paddle boat, sail a Sunfish, or take a WaveRunner adventure. That’s in addition to swimming, sunning, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Kids love getting up close to some fantastic sea life at the Stingray Encounter, too. Great Stirrup Cay is a feature of all of Norwegian’s Bahamas cruises.
Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay, visited by the Magic and the Wonder, is 1,000 acres of family fun. Its sandy beach is lined with lounge chairs where you can rest between swimming, snorkeling, and climbing on the play equipment in the water. You can rent bikes, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats and other fun things. If family members want to hang out with friends of their own ages, that’s no problem. Scuttle’s Cove is for kids age three to 12; the many activities include an archaeological dig. The teens have their own beach, where they can play volleyball, soccer and more. And, parents and grandparents can visit Serenity Bay to enjoy a massage and an adult beverage.
Ask Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, about other cruise lines’ private islands and how you can sail to them.
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