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Private Islands

 

The Caribbean is still the most popular cruise destination, however, due to the increasing popularity and a growth in passengers visiting, some cruisers have started to worry that these stunning destinations may lose their tranquil paradise feel. With this in mind, cruise lines responded with the ideal solution and started to invest in their own exclusive private islands.

 

 

Things to do on a Private Island

 

 

These stunning destinations have really taken off in the cruise industry and cruisers love them. To give you an idea about what they have to offer, we’ve provided a glimpse into the features available on each island, so you can discover which is best for your next cruise holiday;

 

 

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Locations of the Islands

 

 

The main private islands are located in the Caribbean, mostly in the northern region;

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing which Island to Visit

 

 

With most of the main cruise lines owning or renting a private island, it can be tricky to determine which you’d most like to visit. Read on for an overview of each one.

 

CocoCay, Royal Caribbean

 

CocoCay is another one of Royal Caribbean’s private islands and also lies perfectly in the Bahamian Sea. Although smaller than Labadee, it still offers an array of fun activities, and the snorkelling here offers some of the best underwater sightings around, with a sunken plane wreck that attracts a range of distinctive marine life. After an exhausting day of fun-filled activities, hire a floating beach mat and simply relax in the unbelievably crystal clear water. Here you can share your fantastic experiences with those at home straight away, thanks to the availability of Wi-Fi.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Pedalos
Swimming pool
Waterpark
Beach games
Kid’s area
Kayaking
Snorkelling
Scuba-diving
Hot air balloon
Zip Line
Private beach cabanas

 

Boat trips
Parasailing
Jet Skis
Stingray experience
Swimming with pigs experience

 

Take a look at Royal Caribbean cruise deals.

 

Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line

 

Set in the crystal clear Bahamian waters, Castaway Cay is like a mini Disney World in the middle of the ocean. Disney has only developed less than 10% of the island but this 10% is jam-packed with fun activities and adventures for everyone. In true Disney style the popular Disney characters enjoy time on the private island too and host various beach activities, so don’t forget to grab a photo when you see them! Twenty premium furnished cabanas can be hired on both Castaway Family Beach and on adult-only Serenity Bay Beach to have your own exclusive base for the day. Note: there is no Wi-Fi available on the island.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Kayaking
Paddle-boarding
Snorkelling
Beach games
Swimming pool
Waterpark
Private beach cabanas
Areas specifically for kids, teens, and adults only

Stingray experience
Boat trips
Parasailing
Fishing
Bicycle rental
Banana boat

 

Take a look at Disney Cruise Line deals.

 

Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Find 75 acres of bliss on Harvest Caye, in Southern Belize. This Norwegian Cruise Line cruise port is a fantastic destination for all the family, with plenty of thrilling activities for the kids, as well as areas where grown-ups can relax. Private beach cabanas can be rented for the day, making a great base to return to when you want to sit still and enjoy the sun. Popular features here include the swimming pool and swim-up bar, the 7-acre beach, and exhilarating zip-line. Those interested in marine life will love snorkelling here, as the island boasts the world’s second largest barrier reef.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Swimming pool
Waterpark
Kid’s area
Beach games
Kayaking
Paddle-boarding
Snorkelling
Zip-Line
Private beach cabanas

 

Boat trips
Parasailing
Fishing
Island tour
Bicycle rental
Stingray experience
Swimming with pigs
Tubing
Rafting
Pedalos

 

Take a look at Norwegian Cruise Line deals.

 

Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line

 

Half Moon Cay is said to be the highest-rated port of call for Holland America Cruises’ fans wanting to cruise the Caribbean. Located on the Little San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, it boasts over 2,400 acres of paradise. This is definitely one of the most picturesque of the private islands and is so unspoilt that the Bahamian National Trust made it an international wild bird preserve, and many couples like to make use of the chapel on the island for weddings and vow renewals. Miles of powder-soft white sand is lined with crystal-clear water that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Other Carnival Corporation cruise lines do stop off at Half Moon Cay, but when Holland America Line is in port, HAL guests have exclusive use of the island. You can well and truly disconnect on Half Moon Cay, as there is no Wif-Fi on the island.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Waterpark
Beach games
Kid’s area
Kayaking
Paddle-boarding
Snorkelling
Private beach cabanas

Horse-riding
Stingray experience
Boat trips
Jet skis
Bicycle rental

 

Take a look at Holland America Line deals.

 

Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line

 

This sun-drenched island is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line bought the island in 1977 and have developed it over the years into a popular tropical haven. A complimentary beach BBQ is held at lunchtime, and there is a selection of bars scattered around the island where you can grab your favourite cocktail. Reserve a beautiful private cabana to enjoy with friends and family as you gaze out onto relaxing views of Bertram’s Cove, and for animal lovers, don’t forget to take a swim with Bahamian pigs and grab plenty of snaps for Instagram! You’ll have to upload photos later though, as there is no Wi-Fi on Great Stirrup Cay.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Snorkelling
Waterpark
Kayaking
Paddle-boarding
Private beach cabanas
Beach games

Jet skis
Parasailing
Stingray experience
Swimming with pigs

 

Take a look at Norwegian Cruise Line deals.

 

Princess Cays, Princess Cruises

 

Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres, and extends over half a mile of sandy shoreline. Located in the pristine islands of the Bahamas, it offers a tranquil beach bursting with fun amenities and even has its own accessible airport. A market is laid out for you to purchase local crafts with a large lunch spread on offer, and a unique feature on Princess Cays is the Observation Tower where you can relish the spectacular views of this stunning island. You can make friends jealous by sending your selfies and hotdog leg pics straight away, thanks to the island’s Wi-Fi access. For romantic getaways, enjoy a private, air-conditioned bungalow near the beach, creating your own little corner of paradise.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Swimming pool
Beach games
Kid’s area
Kayaking
Paddle-boarding
Snorkelling
Private beach cabanas

 

Boat trips
Fishing
Island tour
Bicycle rental
Banana boat
Stingray experience

 

Take a look at Princess Cruises deals.

 

Ocean Cay, MSC Cruises

 

Located in the Bahamas off the southeast coast of Florida, Ocean Cay is a true haven of natural beauty and marine life. With their island, MSC Cruises have opted to highlight the flora and fauna, with a particular focus on wellness and rejuvenation. They offer activities and excursions designed to enable visitors to experience the raw splendour of the location, and their fantastic MSC Aurea Spa has been brought to the island too. With this, treatments enable you to reconnect to yourself while enjoying the natural environment. Local and international style food is available, as is Wi-Fi connection.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Beach games
Kid’s area
Kayaking
Paddle-boarding
Snorkelling
Scuba-diving
Private beach cabanas
Spa

 

Boat trips
Parasailing
Jet skis
Stargazing

 

Take a look at MSC Cruises deals.

 

Labadee, Royal Caribbean

 

A 260-acre private beach located on the northern coast of Haiti, Labadee is one of the most breath-taking private islands. This sun-drenched area is lined with turquoise blue water, sky-scraping mountains and lush jungles, putting you right in the middle of paradise. Though the island is completely tourist-oriented, locals present a Haitian market for guests to purchase beautiful handmade souvenirs. When it’s time for lunch you don’t need to head back to the ship either, as a huge BBQ is laid out on the island with everything from grilled meat to salads, pastas and desserts. With no Wi-Fi on the island, visitors can well and truly use this opportunity to escape from the rest of the world.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Zip-Lining
Rollercoaster
Waterpark
Snorkelling
Kayaking
Beach games
Kid’s area
Private beach cabanas

 

 

Boat trips
Parasailing
Jet Skis
Fishing
Island tour
Banana boat

 

Take a look at Royal Caribbean cruise deals.

 

The Beach Club at Bimini, Virgin Voyages

 

To give guests a true taste of the rock-star lifestyle, Virgin Voyages take guests onboard the adults-only Scarlet Lady’s Caribbean itineraries to an exclusive beach club in Bimini, the Bahamas. This island will show you how to ‘retox and detox’ with lazy days on a beach, diving to the SS Sapona shipwreck, yoga and meditation, followed by wild pool parties. Whether you decide to catch the sun with your favourite cocktail every day or get out and about on thrilling excursions, this island is a paradise for everyone.

On top of this, on select 2020 sailings, Grammy award-winning DJ Mark Ronson will provide the soundtrack to your holiday of a lifetime. Dance the night away as the sun goes down over an extravagant pool party at the lagoon, with plenty of refreshing drinks and delicious cuisines on offer, or settle down at a beach bonfire with the soundtrack of the ocean and acoustic tunes.

 

ISLAND ACTIVITIES EXCURSIONS
 

Kayaking
Snorkelling
Scuba-diving
Yoga sessions
Bonfires
DJ Pool Parties

Stay tuned!

 

Take a look at Virgin Voyages cruise deals.

 

Why a private island should be your next cruise destination

 

 

Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or going solo, there is a private island idyllic for you with something for everyone to do. Make lifelong memories at an exclusive destination, enjoy a range of delicious dining options and take part in thrilling activities you won’t find anywhere else. Combined with multiple stunning destinations along the journey, a stop on a private island is the cherry on the cake of a fantastic cruise holiday. Take a look at our Caribbean cruise deals and experience a private island for yourself.

 

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