Dive into the best cruise line private islands

Courtesy - Paul Gaugin Cruises
Courtesy – Paul Gaugin Cruises

Fran Golden – USA Today

Private islands and beaches in the Bahamas and other tropical locales are owned or leased by cruise lines for the private use of their passengers. On these scenic patches, the idea is to give guests a perfect day at the beach.

You can frolic in soft sands, dip your toes into clear blue water, lounge in the sun or under a swaying palm tree, partake in watersports such as snorkeling and kayaking, indulge in an open-air massage or hangout at beachside bars and BBQs. Your cruise card serves as cash.

Read more about cruise-line-owned island retreats.