Afternoon cruisers, recently I was having a discussion with one of my loyal customers about their cruise itinerary. The itinerary in question was 14 nights in the Caribbean and It had 4 stops at the cruise lines private island.
While any port of call is better than a day at work – we started talking about private islands and what they involve, the main theme = MAKING MONEY.
When you think about it – it’s a port of call owned by the cruise line, they don’t promote leaving the resort, and everything in the resort is charged back to your stateroom.
So whats the difference from staying on ship,
You get a day on the beach – without having to take taxis from the cruise port.
You get unique experiences that you cant do on the ship – swim up bars, water sports, Barbeques, Snorkeling ect ect.
Of course there are shops where you can induldge in a little retail therapy – these stores are run by the locals and not the cruise line (they pay rent to the cruise line to be there)
Some of the Private islands / resorts
Royal Caribbean (also used by Celebrity)
Labadee = Haiti
i have been to Labadee myself – although it was a beutiful spot – i stayed on the ship and almost had the ship to myself for the day.
Coco Cay = Bahamas
Princess Cays = Bahamas
Half moon Quay = Bahamas
Great Stirrup Cay = Bahamas
Ocean Cay = Bahamas (Coming 2018)
As a designated marine reserve MSC are really playing on the wildlife and ecology of this piece of paradise.
Sir Bani Yas Island
MSC are currently finalising plans for another private resort – this time in Abu Dhabi.
Opening for the winter 2016/17 Emirates voyage season on board the Fantasia
Have you visited any private islands, what did you think?
Ta-rar for now
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