Cruise Lines' Private Islands

Princess Cay, Half Moon Cay, Coco Cay - What is your opinion of the "private islands" cruise lines go to?

I really enjoy Princess Cay as a truly great easy beach day.  There are more beautiful beaches of course, buy to kick off my tan, I enjoy the amenities on the beach (lounge chairs, etc), the complimentary food provided by the ship and the short walk to sand and surf.

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I have somehow avoided the private islands. I'm not sure I understand the draw of them, but then again I've never been to one.

It's a necessary stop for some ships leaving Florida.

I realize that it is a stop for most Fla cruises, but mine always seem to bypass that stop. (Although I have very few Fla cruises).

every time we have tried to book one that goes to the private island, it gets cancelled or rerouted. I am thinking it is not meant to be!

Had one cruise that was supposed to go to the NCL private island of Great Stirup Key but that got cancelled because some draft called Sandy went over it a week before and they told us it was not usable. Now I understand they will be closing it or part of it for a major upgrade / overhaul.

Not really a big deal for me. I prefer not to visit.

I would rather visit a port. The private islands would be great if you only want to lay out and tan or do water sports, since I do neither i just walk around the island and get lunch at the BBQ then I go back and enjoy the ship when most people are off the ship.

You missed Labadee!!!

And being I just had a cruise with one, it was a nice beach day, and we enjoyed that our sea pass worked with the bars. My BF is not much of a beach person, but I am. He had his time with the water slide... I don't mind them as long as there is a good balance with other ports.

We usually do not get off the ship on days in port on those private islands. It seems like just another nickel / dime gimmick. Plus, onboard is peaceful and quiet - - everywhere.

I've been to Coco Cay, and I enjoyed it. If we can't go to Freeport, one of our options might be Half Moon Cay.


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