December 2, 2018

A Guide to Cruise Lines Private Islands

The Cruise Line Private Island Experience

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 idyllic retreats 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
It 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. Plus, see your favorite Disney character!

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family.


Holland America’s Half Moon Cay
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.  Photo credit: 📸:@visionaryinstinct


Royal Caribbean’s CocoCay and Labadee
Royal Caribbean has operated CocoCay in the Bahamas since 1990, where guests enjoy the beaches, shopping and activities like lounging, beach-combing and nature walks. The island has a beachside spa and private waterfront cabanas, plus excursions for scuba diving, wave jet riding and parasailing.  A $200 million renovation is bringing “Perfect Day at CocoCay” to life. It’s 125 acres of Caribbean-themed attractions and experiences that include lots of “largest” “tallest” and “biggest” in the region.  Highlights include the tallest waterslide in North America, the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, and the highest vantage point over The Bahamas. And, that’s not to mention the largest freshwater pool in the region.  Most elements will be in place by the spring of 2019. And the luxury experience, Coco Beach Club, will open in November of 2019.

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.



NCL’s Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye
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. The cruise line recently refurbished the island, adding more sand and lounge chairs, plus an underwater sculpture garden. NCL 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
Princess Cays is on the southern end of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. The private island has more than 1.5 miles of white-sand beaches, food, water sports and shopping for guests to enjoy. This low-key paradise has non-motorized water sports and private bungalows for rent.

Ask your personal cruise expert, Emily Jones with Bliss Vacations, to will help you select a cruise itinerary that includes a day on a beautiful private island.