Posted June 15th, 2015
The Best Private Islands Owned By Cruise Lines
The majority of ports of call around the world can be visited by any cruise line, provided that the ship is small enough to reach it. However, there are some destinations that are exclusive to the cruise line which owns them. By developing private island retreats, cruise operators can offer a stop that no one else can and create an atmosphere that showcases what cruising with them is all about.
We take a look at some of the best private islands owned by major cruise lines.
Labadee, Royal Caribbean
The private resort of Labadee is situated on the north coast of Haiti. Since Royal Caribbean took over ownership of the peninsula, in 1986, they have not only established an excellent spot for their guests to relax and have fun, but also made an impact in the local area. As well as providing jobs for Haitians and allowing more of them to set up business in the area, they also donated one million dollars of relief money following the earthquake in 2010.
Whilst in the resort of Labadee, guests can take part in water sports, ride the Dragon Coaster and shoot along the longest zip-wire over water; the Dragon's Breath Flight Line. In addition, there is a spa area where you can relax and the Arawak AquaPark where you can jump, climb and splash your way to a good time.
Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Lines
Castaway Cay (pronounced key) can be found in the Bahamas, just off the coast of Great Abaco. Disney Cruise Lines have owned the island since 1997 and have developed many different things for guests to do during their time here. Whilst children will love the two water play areas, Pelican Plunge and Spring-a-leak, adults can relax on the golden sands. In fact there are two separate beaches on which to do this, one for families and one which is exclusively for adults.
Teenagers who are looking to get out of the sun for a while can head to the Hideout or retreat to the In Da Shade Pavilion to play some table tennis, table football and other indoor activities. There’s even the chance to send a postcard from the island’s post office, where it will be stamped with a unique Castaway Cay postmark.
Princess Cays, Princess Cruises
The Bahamian island of Eleuthera is home to Princess Cays, the private resort of Princess Cruises. Although it is 100 miles long, the land is only two miles wide in some places and this means there are plenty of sandy areas for guests to relax. If you want to get the adrenaline pumping, there are many water sports to take part in. There are land-based thrills to be had as well though, in the form of a dune buggy ride along the island’s dusty roads.
If you would rather keep things at a slower pace, you can wander in and out of the shops or simply take it easy on the beach. Romantic couples can even take advantage of specially designed clamshells that are made for two people to lounge around in.
Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Lines
Great Stirrup Cay is one of the Berry Islands, located in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Lines have owned the island since 1977 and have turned it into a paradise for their guests. With BBQ restaurants to eat at, cabanas to relax in and activities like snorkelling, parasailing and kayaking to get involved in, you’ll never run out of things to do.
In December 2015, NCL plans to open its second private island off the coast of Belize. Although it has been met with some controversy, the plans have been adapted to ensure the natural beauty of the island is preserved and eco-friendly operations are used. The activities at Harvest Caye will focus on the exotic wildlife in the region and will also include a number of places to relax, eat, drink and shop.
If you would like to visit any of these exclusive resorts, Fred.\ Cruises can take you there. Call us today or submit your request via our online contact form.