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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Best Cruise Line Private Islands

Really, any cruise line private island could be on this list of the best: all of them are lovely tropical getaways designed to provide a relaxing experience. While cruise line private islands have that in common, each has unique features, and focusing on the differences enabled us to make these picks:

Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line. We rate this 1,000-acre island in the northern Bahamas highly for its wonderful array of family activities, combined with serene adults-only spaces. There’s a splash playground for the youngest guests, a club for school-aged kids and a teen hideout. Everyone can enjoy kayaks and paddleboats, foosball and table tennis in the Game Pavilion, and snorkeling in the crystal-clear lagoon. Rent a cabana – in the family area or at adults-only Serenity Bay – to enjoy comfortable lounges, a stocked mini-fridge, your own shower, beach gear and butler service. Guests rave about the quality of the food at Castaway Cays’ beach buffet, too.

CocoCay, Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean recently spent $250 million to refurbish this island in the Bahamas, and the results are fantastic. The centerpiece is a waterpark with North America’s tallest water slide (the 135-foot Daredevil’s Peak), a giant wave pool, and a helium balloon that will take you 450 feet up in the air. Grab a bite at the Chill Grill, or enjoy upscale fare at the Coco Beach Club. Visit the swim-up bar at Oasis Lagoon, then lounge on a swim-up island. Rent a clamshell chair or a cabana on the sand; or, try Bali-style luxury in an over-water cabana with bottled water, fresh towels, a USB outlet and a Bluetooth speaker for your music.

Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line
Harvest Caye is distinctive because it’s one of few cruise ship private islands outside the Bahamas. Just a quick ferry ride off the coast of Belize, Harvest Caye has a resort vibe, with a 15,000-square-foot pool, a seven-acre beach, and a splash playground for little ones. Glide across the caye on a zip line; paddle across the lagoon in a kayak; and visit macaws, toucans and other tropical friends in the nature park. Shady cabanas equipped with air conditioning, bathrooms and Wi-Fi are available for rent. Surprisingly, there’s no buffet: instead, select from locally-operated island bars and restaurants.

For more information about these and other private islands – including Princess Cays, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay and MSC Cruises’ Ocean Cay – talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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