Not only do cruise ships visit nearly every corner of the globe, there are also exclusive destinations that you can only visit on a cruise. Most major cruise lines offer stops at private resorts in the Bahamas and other tropical locales that are exclusive for guests sailing on their ships. These destinations have come a long way over the years, and this year is shaping up to be the best year yet. From re-imagined and upgraded islands to completely new private islands and beach clubs, you will definitely want to book a cruise to one (or all) of these Hottest Private Cruise Destinations to Visit in 2020.
Hottest Cruise Private Destinations to Visit in 2020
MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve
Debuting late 2019, MSC Cruises’ new private island in the Bahamas in certainly one of the top private cruise destinations to visit this year. MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve is located only 65 miles from Miami and offers some of the most pristine shoreline that you will find anywhere in the world. This former sand excavation site offers cruisers eight beautifully manicured beaches. Further, there are plenty of marine-friendly activities like snorkeling and kayaking and a complimentary food court. At night, guests can enjoy a lighthouse show, junkanoo parades, stargazing, fire pits, and more.
Ocean Cay is a unique cruise destination aimed at preserving the oceans and coral reefs and creating a sustainable environment. The island will also be home to a conservation and research center. Here, guests can learn more about the line’s efforts to help restore coral reefs and its commitment to the environment.
Perfect Day at CocoCay
Royal Caribbean recently updated its private island in the Bahamas. Now, Perfect Day at CocoCay is one of the best family destinations in the region. Offering expansive beaches, a large lagoon style pool, and plenty of rest and relaxation, what’s not to love? Did we mention it is all included with your cruise fare?
Other up-charge experiences including a waterpark with the tallest slide in North America, zip lines, and a hot air balloon are also available. New in 2020 is the Coco Beach Club. This one of a kind area on CocoCay offers guests private dining and an exclusive bar. In addition, cruiser have access to a private white sandy beach and an oceanfront infinity pool. Not to mention, the Coco Beach Club features the first over-water cabanas in the Bahamas!
Stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay are included on select 3 to 7 day cruises, so there is always a perfect itinerary and ship for you to enjoy this exclusive private cruise destination.
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Beach Club at Bimini
One of the most anticipated debuts of the year is the brand new cruise line Virgin Voyages. Scarlet Lady will begin cruising the Bahamas and the Caribbean starting in March. Virgin will not only debut a new cruise ship but also a new private destination in the Bahamas. The Beach Club at Bimini will be a 4.5 acre retreat on the island of Bimini. While the beach club will be a private resort, guests will have the option to come and go as they please to explore the rest of the island. But who would want to leave?
The Beach Club at Bimini will exude Virgin-vibes featuring morning yoga, plenty of hammocks and beach loungers for relaxation, and complimentary food options. Additionally, there will be an expansive lagoon-style pool hosting high energy pool parties led by guest DJs in the afternoons. Every cruise will include a stop at this private oasis in the Bahamas, many featuring late day stays to experience the island after dark. Nighttime festivities will include bonfires, musical performances, and dance parties to round out a perfect day in this exclusive paradise.
Great Stirrup Cay
Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas. Great Stirrup Cay was the first cruise line private island when it was acquired back in the 1970’s. This 250+ acre retreat, which is in close proximity to Nassau, Bahamas, has recently been enhanced as well.
Not to be outdone by the competitors, Norwegian Cruise Line has upgraded its private cruise destination with the addition of a zipline, new shore excursions like swimming with the pigs, and the exclusive Silver Cove. If you are looking for the ultimate day of relaxation, then you will love the new Silver Cove. This exclusive retreat offers cruisers a pristine lagoon, a private restaurant, access to the Moet bar, and new villas. Further, these villas, which are available to rent, offer a private bathroom, air conditioning, and much more. Now that’s paradise!
There have been hints that more big changes will be coming to the island, but no details have been released yet.
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