CoCo Cay is a beautiful private island. Because the ship was too large to reach the island (due to the local geography), we boarded smaller “sea taxis” which took us from the ship to the shore. With the exception of the local Bahamians, who come to sell goods or rent beach equipment, cruise guests are the only people on the island. Seeing that the island lacked housing, I was curious to know where the local employees resided.

Food for Thought: A great article has been written discussing the avoidance of actual port cities by cruise lines. This is something to think about, how much are you really learning about the people and culture of a place when you have little to no contact by only visiting private beaches and islands? Why is this a current trend by some cruise lines? How might tourists come to have distorted views of life and culture in the places they visit because of this trend?

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