Cruise line's private islands

Anyone ever been on a cruise line's private island?  How was it?  I was browsing cruise pictures and came across Disney's Castaway Cay.  Looks gorgeous.  



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Not yet - we will be visiting Half Moon Cay in March, and I've heard it's beautiful.

I have been to Carnivals Half Moon Cay a couple times. I think they are great, since I'm not into water activities I walk around a bit and then go back on the ship when everybody is on the island and I almost have the ship to myself. A relaxing lunch in the Lido with a window table looking at the beautiful island and no lines or noise, no line or kids in the way for mini golf, good Lounge chairs in the shade on the serenity deck. I find it the best time to be on the ship for those that do not like water sports.

The island is beautiful but it is all swim with this, scuba to see that. Some people love it and would do a cruise just to visit the island. I can walk around and see it in an hour or two before it gets to hot and humid, then back on the ship for me. The Island BBQ is OK, but the food on the ship is better. I'm watching my diet and beef is a treat so I do not waste a treat on a over cooked burger, I save it for the Steak House.

Quite frankly, they $uck.

3-4000 passengers running off the ship in order to grab one of 100 beach umbrellas, and save 4 of 300 lounge chairs. Then there is the food. Bad bar-b-q, just hot dogs and hamburgers. Maybe some chicken and fish. The worst part, are the so called locals who set up shop in a make shift bazaar in order to sell you even more crap you don't need. This is usually a good day to stay on board and get a spa treatment or enjoy the ship.

I live on the beach so the private islands don't mean much to me. It all depends on how many ships are in port. If you go, go early to get a good lounge chair if you want shade. I like Grand Turk because it also has a huge pool and a Margaretaville restaurant plus nice shopping.


Similar inputs, thanks for the info!

Does Grand Turk and Mahogany Bay count? I liked them.... Kind of agree with BAK a little bit as well.

Grand Turk isn't a private island - there is a town there and other accommodations for tourists, but I do love the port area that the cruise ships visit. Can't wait to go back there next spring.

I always enjoy Princess Cay - it's easy to walk off the ship and be right on a beach that has nice sand and calm ocean waters to float or play in...I haven't found it to be over crowded ,,, the bbq is good but I really enjoy the fresh fruit they put out in the am. Only tip I would note is that you need to use your cruise card for 95% of the things you buy or rent ...Love Grand Turk too if you count that as a "private" island.

Half Moon Cay


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