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Cruise Line Private Islands – Vacation Like Royalty

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a private island? You could relax in the sun or splash in the water without the crowds and vendors on most beaches. The thing is, if you go on a cruise and one of the stops is a private island, you can have that experience. 

Ok, maybe not “exactly” that experience. Sir Richard Branson has a private island. If you were there could probably count all the people on two hands. But a cruise line private island is the next best thing.

Go to any beach on a vacation-centric island – St. Marteen, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands – and there will be someone there trying to sell you something. Even if you’ve made it clear that you only want to relax, the same individual may approach you repeatedly in an attempt to sell you their wares.

A private island is different. There are stands to purchase souvenirs and food. Although depending on the cruise line, even the food may be covered. But no one is going to bother you. Rent yourself a cabana and lay there until it’s time to return to the ship. Read a book. Bounce around in the ocean. Go zip-lining. Slip down the water slide. There’s everything and nothing to do on a private island.

Because the island is owned by the cruise line and the ship is usually docked there all day, you can go back and forth from the ship to the island. That being said, they make it pretty easy to stay on the island once you get off the ship. But you do have choices. 

The best thing is that access to these private islands is available to everyone, not just those in the high-rent cabins on the ship.

To experience this for yourself, contact the Dream Team for them to book the perfect cruise with a private island.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of private islands offered by some cruise lines. If you’ve been to one of these private islands, tell us what you thought in the comments below.


Castaway Cay

Holland America Cruise Line

Half Moon Cay

MSC Cruise Line

Ocean Cay Marine Reserve

Norwegian Cruise Line

Great Stirrup Cay

Harvest Caye

Blue Lagoon

Princess Cruise Line

Princess Cays

Royal Caribbean

Perfect Day at Coco Cay


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