Beach Vacations

5 Private Islands You Can Visit by Cruise

Last updated 28th August 2019

Land ho! Setting sail to an isle in paradise is easier than you think, thanks to these Caribbean getaways owned by cruise lines. Stepping off the ship and directly onto the private island of Castaway Cay was like setting foot in a sunny family paradise. And Disney isn’t the only cruise line offering aquatic entertainment on secluded shores. Most of the big companies have their own private islands: exclusive spots that can only be accessed via select itineraries. 

Here, we round up our cruise-ship island favorites, places that offer plenty to do for the whole family. Robinson Crusoe would be impressed.

Castaway Cay

Disney is in every detail, from supervised fun at the Scuttles Cove kids’ camp to the self-serve ice cream at Cookies (yum!) to a dance party with Mickey and friends. More family highlights include stingray feedings, bike rentals and even a teen hangout.

Insider Tip: While the kids are entertained by childcare pros, relax on the adults-only beach — with chairside service.