It's mid-summer and winter & spring break planning is in full swing. Great idea to get the best availability and prices, particularly when it comes to cruises. As you look through the cruise brochure or website, you'll often notice many of the popular itineraries include a stop at the cruise lines "private" island. The thing I often find surprising is that most new cruisers consider this a no-stop day, or an empty day of their trip. And I suppose, not knowing what to expect can lead you to believe this. However, over and over again I will hear from people after they return that it's was their favorite day. Especially when cruising Disney, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.
"Private" Island stops are generally land that is owned or leased by the cruise line to offer a perfect beach day on your trip. You'll find scenic beaches where you can relax or play to your hearts content. You'll often find the ultimate mix of beach fun, swaying palm trees, clear blue water and a bounty of watersports. The islands are clean, the food and drinks are brought off the ship, and you don't need anything more than your cruise card for cash.
Don't underestimate the private island experience. There won't be a Diamonds International, there won't be pushy vendors on the beach, there won't be large groups of people waiting for their excursion -- but you will get some great exclusive experiences to make wonderful memories.
Jill is a travel agent located in Prior Lake, MN. After years in the corporate world planning events and meetings, she decided to take those skills along with her love for travel research & planning and created It's a Snap Travel.