Have you dreamed of spending a day on a private island? It’s easy – just look for a cruise itinerary that includes a call on the cruise line’s private island. These enclaves are designed to provide a wonderfully relaxing day on an island that you can imagine is your very own.
Here’s a quick look at some of these idyllic islands:
Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay is 1,000 acres of sun and sand in the Bahamas. Like Disney’s parks, the island has a tram that can whisk you around. There are lots of family-oriented activities on the beaches, and you can snorkel in the lagoon, try the water slides or hit the water play area.
Holland America’s island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, is less developed than most, and that’s by choice: the cruise line wants you to experience the island’s natural beauty. There are pristine white beaches, private villas for rent, horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, bicycle tours and more.
Royal Caribbean has operated CocoCay in the Bahamas since 1990, where guests enjoy the beaches, shopping and activities like lounging, beachcombing, and nature walk. The island has a beachside spa and private waterfront cabanas, plus excursions for scuba diving, wave jet riding, and parasailing. Royal Caribbean also operates Labadee, a private beach resort on Haiti's north coast. Activities range from flying over the water on a 2,600-foot zipline to taking a great nap in a beach chair.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas has several beaches and snorkeling spots, and you can rent wave runners, parasails, paddle boards or kayaks. Norwegian recently refurbished the island, adding more sand and lounge chairs, plus an underwater sculpture garden. Norwegian also takes guests to Harvest Caye in Belize, which has a nature center, a 3,000-foot zipline, and snorkeling along the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Princess Cruises’ Princess Cays, on the southern end of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, has more than 1.5 miles of white-sand beaches, food, water sports, and shopping. This low-key paradise has non-motorized water sports and private bungalows for rent.
Ask Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, to will help you select a cruise itinerary that includes a day on a beautiful private island.
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