The eastern Caribbean ports of call consist of Freeport; Nassau; the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Virgin Gorda; Key West, Florida; the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
The western Caribbean cruise ship ports of call consist of Grand Cayman Island; Cristobal and San Blas Island in Panama; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Honduras; Calica, Cancun, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen and Progreso, Mexico; and finally, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The southern Caribbean ports of call consist of Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bequia, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barths, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarrten/St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (a 40-mile stretch of 32 islands that together make up the Windward Islands), San Juan in Puerto Rico and Trinidad, the southernmost Caribbean Island.
There is only one cruise ship port in Costa Rica and that is in Puerto Limon, where the dock is only two blocks from the center of the city.
Private islands are small islands owned by the various cruise lines for the exclusive use of their passengers. Most of these islands are quite small and the ship cannot dock at a pier, but must anchor out in the ocean and move the guests to land with small tenders. The only exception to that rule is Castaway Cay in the Bahamas which is owned by Disney. The ports of call for private islands include Castaway Cay, Great Stirrup Cay, Princess Cays, Coco Cay and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic; and finally Labadee, Hispaniola. A note about Labadee, Hispaniola: it is an island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The recent political unrest in Haiti has put it off limits to all but the most intrepid tourists, but Labadee is in a very remote section of the island, owned by the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines which have established a private compound to enable their guests to enjoy this beautiful region in safety and comfort.