Looking for a port less traveled? Perhaps one that won’t have six ships in port on the same day? Your best bet is to check out the private islands of the major cruise lines. The majority of them have their own private island paradises that offer smaller crowds and the convenience of using your sail cards in port.

Check out these 6 Cruise line private islands:

Castaway Cay (Disney)

Photo Disney Cruise

Photo Disney Cruise

Formerly known as Gorda Cay, this private Bahamian island owned by and operated exclusively for Disney Cruise Lines, opened in 1998 after a 25 million dollar enhancement. Designed in a ‘castaway’ theme, the island features food service, shops, three separate beaches (including an adults-only option), water sports, shore excursions and even its own 5K race. Guests are able to use their room keys on the island and Disney even offers onshore child care. One of the best features of this private island: no tendering. Disney cruise ships dock directly at a pier on the island. Before you leave, don’ forgot to stop by the post office to mail a letter back home. The postmark is exclusive to the island and mentions Castaway Cay. For even more details and an interactive map, visit www.visitcastawaycay.com. The ship docks at the pier here.

Half Moon Cay (Carnival & Holland America)

Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay

Officially owned by Holland America Cruise Line, this 2400-acre island paradise is used by HAL and Carnival ships. The name Half Moon Cay comes from the island’s 2.5-mile-long crescent-shaped beach. Sadly, it’s a tender port, but many of the amenities and offerings make up for that inconvenience. Free BBQ for lunch, beach horseback riding, a kids’ water park area and a chance to swim with Sting Rays. Carnival.com  has the info you’ll need to plan your trip to this Bahamian island. This is a tender port.

Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean)

photo Royal Caribbean

photo Royal Caribbean

A 140-acre tropical eco-friendly paradise, Royal Caribbean’s private island is a Gold-Level Eco-Certification by Sustainable Travel International™ for its environmentally friendly activities and tours. What does that mean to you? Well, the beaches are unspoiled and you’ll find activities like nature trails and aquatic offerings. Want to just relax and enjoy the beach? Your favorite bar waiter will be there with a frosty drink offering while you while the day away in a hammock. Kids will enjoy Caylana’s Aqua Park, a fun-filled floating playground.

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