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CocoCay, Bahamas

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Royal Caribbean's private, 140-acre Bahamas island — also visited by ships from sister company Celebrity Cruises — is designed to give passengers a fun-filled beach break. It has three sandy beaches, along with such attractions as a floating Aqua Park, beach bars, complimentary barbecue lunch, and snorkeling around reefs and wrecks — including exploring a sunken replica of pirate Blackbeard's flagship.

What We Love

Parasailing: Get 400 feet up in the air, where you can see all of the island, formerly known as Little Stirrup Cay, as well as neighboring islands.

Nature Tours: On a 3-mile nature trail, you can take a walk with a guide while hearing about pirates and drug runners who visited the island. The guide will also point out the indigenous flora, birds, and iguanas.

Best Known For

Caylana's Aqua Park: The floating playground includes climbing walls, a trampoline, and a giant inflatable slide. The park is open to cruisers ages 4 and up — and the adults will have as much fun as the kids.

Scuba Diving: Royal Caribbean's PADI-certified SeaTrek instructors (who offer certification classes on select ships) lead experienced divers on one-tank, shallow-water dives from the island.

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Who It's Best For

All Ages: The cruise line created the stop to appeal to the wide variety of passengers on its ships — especially those who want to be on the move. Small fries get a playground with a Power Wheels fleet and track, while adults can go kayaking and take wave runner tours.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

It's a Tender Port: Be patient. You need to wait your turn to get on a small boat to and from your ship. Make sure you bring a bag with everything you'll need for a day at the beach.

You'll Spend Money: Almost all of the port activities have an additional cost, including the Aqua Park. You can use your SeaPass for activities, but stalls at the market are cash-only.

Fran Golden

Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.

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