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April 30, 2007
Dreaming of visiting a private island this summer? Think about booking it
soon, summer Caribbean cruises selling now.
Looking to make a lasting memory? This will do it. Stunning turquoise
waters, coral reefs, beautiful beaches, native fauna and wildlife draw the
awe of visitors. For the more active crowd, a variety of optional island
exploration and water sports activities keep island visitors busy all day
long. Exquisite beach barbeques, entertainment, food pavilions and
beverage services keep people fed and refreshed all day long. For those
who want to get out of the sun, beach umbrellas, cabanas and other
shelters are available. Beachside massages sooth the senses. For those
who want more privacy, some islands offer more isolated and secluded
beaches. Families are more than welcome, with plenty to do for all ages,
including aqua parks, hiking trails and other kid-friendly activities.
Many areas on the islands are handicap accessible.
Holland America - Rated the "Best Private Island" by Porthole Cruise
Magazine, Half Moon Cay is located on three mile-long Little San Salvador
Island in the Bahamas, only two percent of which has been developed. Half
Moon Cay was built on a crescent-shaped white sand beach more than a mile
in length. Island attractions include horseback riding, snorkeling with
stingrays, personal watercraft tours, kayak lagoon tours, parasailing and
the Half Moon Lagoon Aqua Park.
Disney Cruise Line - Disney's Castaway Cay provides plenty of magic and
fun for people of all ages. The three-mile long island, of which only ten
percent has been developed, provides plenty of opportunities for guests to
enjoy its natural beauty. The island caters to guests in true Disney
style. This is the only cruise line private island featuring cruise ship
docking capabilities - versus shuttle boats between the ship and island -
allowing guests to come and go as they wish. Attractions include the
Castaway Family Beach, Serenity Bay, Teen Beach, and Scuttle's Cove for
kids plus numerous water sports, snorkeling and water tour excursions.
Royal Caribbean - Located in the middle of the Caribbean is the secluded
140-acre private island of Coco Cay, reserved exclusively for Royal
Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise guests. The tropical paradise was recently
updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great
places to relax. A favorite attraction is the new 20,000 square-foot
Caylana's Castle Cove, a fun-filled floating aqua playground. Other
popular activities include SeaTrek adventure waverunners, snorkeling and
parasailing 400 feet above Coco Cay.
Princess Cruise Line - Princess Cays is located on the southern portion of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, featuring white-sand beaches and
turquoise waters. Island activities include seaboards, aqua bikes, Hobie
Cat sailboats, Sunfish sailboats, paddle wheelers, Banana Boats or
transparent hull kayaks at the water sports pier. For those who want to
just relax, there are plenty of beach umbrellas, tiki huts and hammocks
slung between shady trees.
Norwegian Cruise Line - Travelers set foot on Great Stirrup Cay, located
120 nautical miles east of Fort Lauderdale in the Berry Island chain of
the Bahamas. There are two maintained beaches on the island, plus several
other more isolated beaches. Visitors enjoy native fauna, animals and
marine life at every turn. Water sports activities include snorkeling,
paddle boats, sailboats, kayaks and parasailing. Special cruise line
"Olympics" competitions are frequently held on the island for guests, as