FLORIDA, United States, Friday June 16, 2017 – Let’s face it. Everyone deserves a day at the beach, preferably in a tropical place where you can dip your toes in soft sand and clear waters.
And now here’s a well-kept secret: With itineraries in places such as the Caribbean, cruise ships make it easy to get to some of the best beaches in the world.
Cruise ship captains and other officers, when they get some time off, head to head to the sand and surf too. They shared some of their favourite beaches in the world, among them some in the Caribbean.
Steve Howarth, captain of Oriana from British line P&O Cruises, smiles with fond family memories when he thinks of Cane Garden Bay Beach in Tortola.
“There is soft white sand, warm seas, palm trees for shade, and it’s where my son built his first-ever sand castle when he was a year old,” he says.
The beach is about five miles from the port in Road Town.
For Pierre Camilleri, hotel director on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, a goal is finding a great place to swim. Trunk Bay on St. John, US Virgin Islands, is his favourite swimming spot in the world.
“The gorgeous clear waters, soft white sand that feels like powder and swaying palm trees along the shore create a striking, peaceful natural spot,” he says. “This bay revives my body and soul with its tranquility and beauty.”
Trunk Bay is easily accessible on a shore excursion from the popular Caribbean port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
Nearby, when he gets a few free hours you’ll find Renato Bendinelli, captain of another Carnival Cruise Line ship, the Carnival Fascination, making a beeline to famous Orient Bay Beach from the Caribbean port of Philipsburg on St. Maarten.
“It’s a world-famous, sought-after spot where beach chairs are plentiful, the ocean is bright blue and the sand is soft and powdery. Plus, you can head downtown for French food,” he says.
Bendinelli also enjoys Maho Beach close to the island’s airport, which brings the thrill of watching jumbo planes fly only a few hundred feet overhead.
Darren Bowland, captain of Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam, says it’s no surprise that guests give high marks to the line’s private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay.
“It’s fantastic, with a lovely white-sand beach, clear turquoise waters and no outside interruptions. I always hear from guests that this is the perfect, quintessential Caribbean island experience. You know what? It really is.”
Captain Marco Carsjens, master of Holland America Line’s Rotterdam, daydreams about the beautiful pink sands of Bermuda, including the famous, crescent-shaped Horseshoe Bay in Southampton Parish.
“You can catch amazing views from cliff-top trails above, and if you go exploring, there are small and secluded coves such as Port Royal Cove with its shallow water and interesting rock formations,” Carsjens says, adding wistfully, “I wish I had more time at the beach.”