What’s more relaxing than a cruise to the Caribbean? A cruise to the Caribbean that features a day at one of the many private islands used by cruise lines. It means less crowds, custom features and all the amenities you enjoy onboard, brought to land.

In fact, most major cruise lines have at least one private island experience worked into select itineraries sailing to the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and even some Western Caribbean itineraries.

For a family getaway, there’s nothing that compares to Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.

It’s no surprise that Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay is the Mercedes-Benz of private islands. While most other cruise ships are content to anchor out in the ocean and tender passengers ashore, Disney went the extra mile to dredge a massive channel and construct a dedicated pier for its fleet to come alongside and dock, meaning you can walk ashore without the need for lengthy tender queues.

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Even with that added work, they’ve gone out of their way to preserve the life of the islands beautiful beaches, clear waters, wildlife and fauna. In fact, Castaway Cay researchers are restoring the health of coral reefs by transplanting long-spined sea urchins and fostering their growth.

But what’s all that mean for your vacation? Convenience, beauty, entertainment and family adventure rolled in to one stunning location.

At 1,000 acres, Disney’s private island has plenty of room to grow. The company estimates it has only developed 10 percent of the island. On that 10 percent, however, is a world of Disneyfied fun, with snorkeling courses, watersports parks, lounge chairs and art deco umbrellas.

Stepping off the ship, you’ll immediately feel the continuity of family focus including a Dance Party with Lilo and Stitch. After engaging with the locals, you can secret away some adult time at Serenity Bay while the kids are supervised at Scuttle’s Cove, an on-island kid’s club.

Once, you’re all together again take advantage of the on island features designed to have you splish splashing.

Just a few of the water activities you can enjoy together:

Snorkeling the Discover Trail
Twisting Water Slides
Beach games like volleyball and tetherball
Water play area in a “washed out” beach dwelling
Sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding
Board games when you need a sun break
Bicycle rentals
Fly fishing lessons
Of course all that time having fun works up an appetite and you won’t be disappointed by the BBQ available on the island as well.