Many Caribbean cruises include a stop at some of the Caribbean Sea’s most picturesque islands. Turquoise waters, stunning coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and 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 people busy all day long.
Beach umbrellas, cabanas, and other shady spots are available to those who want to step out of the sun. Beachside massages soothe the senses. Guests who want privacy are invited to visit many of the islands’ 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.
Royal Caribbean offers 2 private island options.
Located in the middle of the Caribbean is the secluded 140-acre private island of Coco Cay, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests. The tropical paradise was recently updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails, and numerous 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 wave runners, snorkeling, and parasailing 400 feet above Coco Cay. The sandy beach and coral reefs of Labadee, their second private island, are also wonderful places to relax and have fun. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing, and bike riding. Become a pirate for a day, ride a waverunner, or just lie on the beach and relax.
Beginning in 2019 Royal Caribbean in will introduce many new offerings on Coco Cay. You’ll find the Thrill Waterpark featuring over 13 slides, including the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak, which will be the tallest waterslide in North America. Oasis Lagoon fresh water pool, 1,600-foot zip line, Up, Up and Away helium balloon ride, and 2 new beaches. Coco Beach Club will be an upscale option with overwater cabanas.
The line’s second island getaway, Labadee, has seen recent enhancements, and now features seven different “neighborhoods” (Buccaneer’s Bay, Dragon’s Plaza, Labadee Town Square, Adrenaline Beach, Columbus Cove, Nellie’s Beach and the Barefoot Beach Club) that have individualized offerings. Play at the aqua park in Columbus Cove or lounge in one of 20 private cabanas at the Beach Club (an experience exclusive to guests residing in a Grand Suite or above).
Whether you are in the planning stages of life, expecting a baby, travelling with children or college students, or planning an event or family reunion, there are plenty of wonderful private island cruise options and choices. Enjoy!
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