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5 Best Cruise Line Private Islands

Have you ever wanted to experience a private island on a cruise? Here are five of the best private islands.

By Cruise Booking Team

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Cruise ships are floating hotels meant to host guests while transporting them on dream vacations.

Many of the cruise lines invested millions of dollars in their own slice of paradise.

Cruise line private islands offer you absolute blissful moments to experience local culture, music, dance, and crafts. Your delicious meals will be included in the cruise fare and you can enjoy a leisurely day under a sun umbrella, enjoy a beachfront massage, or even rent a kayak.


5 Cruise Line Private Islands and Where They Are Located

1. Castaway Cay

A private island located in the Bahamas by Disney Cruise Line offers dock debarkation facility to passengers.

Castaway Cay is a private island under a castaway theme where Disney Cruise Line dredged the harbor and built a pier so you could easily walk off the ship without the need of a tender. Besides good food and shops, the island delivers ample space at three separate beaches, water sports, and shore excursions. You can spend hassle-free leisure time as the cruise provides you with onshore child care and other programs for kids that are supervised by counselors. Enjoy the swim platforms waterslides, water cannons, and more with your family. The lush island gives you dry land for a bicycle ride and a Game Pavilion for basketball, billiards, table tennis, and football. The postmark at the post office there is exclusive to the island that mentions Castaway Cay. So, before you leave, mail a letter back home.

2. Half Moon Cay

Holland America Line/Carnival Cruise Line Private Islands located in the Bahamas, offers the tender debarkation to passengers. The island got its name because of the crescent-shaped beach. Half Moon Cay offers you an array of amenities and fun-filled memories. You can choose to rent clamshell sunshades with two lounge chairs or Manta sun shelters, relishing a free BBQ for lunch. There are other activities available for you that you can indulge in like horseback riding on the beach, renting floating foam mats, a water park, and water sports for adults, and biking. Need not worry about your kids' activities as that will include a stingray adventure, a snorkel boat, and a Hobbies Catboat. DJ for late evening dancing and a straw market for shopping will add an exciting element to your trip. If you are travelling with a large group, there is a two-story air-conditioned beach villa that can be reserved.

Half Moon Cay is also an international bird sanctuary in the Bahamas.

3. Great Stirrup Cay

A private island located in the Bahamas by Norwegian Cruise Line/Regent Seven Seas Cruises/Oceania Cruises offers the tender debarkation to the cruisers.

Once a hideout for pirates, Great Stirrup Cay is the first cruise line private island opened in 1977 and is one of the favorite destinations for sun-seekers. If you have the zeal to explore, enjoy the island by parasailing, snorkeling in Bertram's Cove through an underwater sculpture garden, kayaking, jet-skiing, and feeding the stingrays. The island offers you BBQ and frosty drinks. Visit an exclusive lagoon enclave, a Mandara Spa, and private villas to cherish your holiday. Your kids will love the water splashes at the Aqua Park and Hippo Water Slide.

4. Princess Cays

A private island located on Eleuthera in the Bahamas by Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line offers the tender debarkation to the cruisers.

Owned by Princess Cruises, this private island is also a destination for Carnival Cruise Line. Princess Cays is a tender port, but the operation runs smoothly for the short ride from and to your ship.

The island is home to several amenities like beaches, water sports, and a pool for kids, multiple bars, wildlife excursions, dune-buggy riding on the beach, a kayak adventure in the lagoon, and a new Stingray Encounter. The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, food and drink outlets, watersports, beach yoga, volleyball, and shopping sessions add to your memories. A honeymoon couple can enjoy their moments in a private cabana rental. One can also choose to relax with their eyes closed on daybeds for rent or in an air-conditioned bungalow. The most appreciated feature by visitors is the on-island Wi-Fi.

5. CocoCay

A private island located in the Bahamas by Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises, offers the cruiser's dock debarkation facility.

Apart from the water park, pier, multiple pools, bars, and shops, the floating playgrounds with water trampolines have made it a perfect holiday destination for enthusiasts like you. If you love water sports, then book early for snorkeling or scuba-diving. You will also find the largest water slides in North America, and the largest wave pool in the region of the Bahamas.

For others, there are several beaches and beachside sports like basketball and volleyball, freshwater pool, and so on.

The Final Note

If you visualize relaxing on a secluded beach, under natural beauty with cocktails, and sounds of a soft DJ, you will love a stop at one of these spectacular private islands. The best cruise line private islands provide cruisers with dream locations and a clean quality-controlled experience to create many unforgettable cruise vacation memories.

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