Sometimes, gliding through serene waters, wining and dining in style, having your every need catered to and enjoying top entertainment, just isn’t enough on a cruise holiday. You want something a little more exclusive – a private beach, or a shoreside massage perhaps. Too much to ask? For some cruise lines, even this isn’t a tall order; take a look at these notable ports-of-call that can only be explored if arriving by cruise.

Disney’s Castaway Cay

Escape on a fairytale holiday with Disney’s Castaway Cay, exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests. Located in the beautiful Bahamas, this private island is alive with activities and adventure for kids and adults. Little ones will make a splash at Scuttle’s Cove: a supervised area with a spacious fresh water wet-deck, complete with geysers and bubblers. Meanwhile, you might want to get an open-air massage or refresh with a drink at the adults-only beach bar. The family can then hop into a boat and set off on a sea excursion through the blue waters, where you are free to fish and snorkel. A happy ever after on this colourful cay is pretty much guaranteed.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Grand Turk Cruise Center

Another string to add to their bow of cruise credentials, Carnival Cruise Lines takes guests to this port-of-call paradise. Found in the capital of the Turks and Caicos Island archipelago, this beach-front facility offers some of the Caribbean’s largest outdoor pools with private cabanas. You can even show off your surf skills on the FlowRider wave simulator, or those looking for some quiet time can head down to South Beach. For an out-of-this-world experience, the NASA Interactive exhibit is an engaging centre where you can step back in time and learn about the early days of NASA’s Mercury Program. With bars and eateries aplenty, you’re never short on entertainment here.

Royal Caribbean Labadee & CocoCa

Exclusive to Royal Caribbean guests, these two islands each offer a relaxing haven with beautiful landscapes and serious sunshine. On Labadee, just off the northern coast of Haiti, you can explore its 500-year history via its five beaches, cosy coves, artisan markets and nature trails. CocoCay, part of the Bahamas Berry Islands, is scattered with coconut palm tree groves, coral reefs and shaded hammocks, and you can also investigate its sunken replica of Blackbeard’s flagship: Queen Anne’s Revenge. Both islands are the very epitome of ‘getting away from it all’.

Princess Cays

Princess Cruises know how to throw a party, so why not join in at their exclusive port-of-call? Nestled on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, you are spoilt with half a mile of white shoreline. Indulge at a barbecue and wash down the fresh fare with a cocktail or two, or hit the local markets and shops. If you’re feeling adventurous you can rent out a dune buggy or go wild on a banana boat ride. For a more relaxing day, a sanctuary bungalow is available to book for a perfect tranquil hideaway. One for the grownups, it is total bliss.

With many other cruise lines inviting you to visit their resorts, you have plenty of mini havens to choose from, and you can talk to a expert today to find out which one is perfect for you.

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