Four of us recently came to Water Island while docked at Crown Bay on the Royal Princess. It's a great rustic beach and the water taxi is easy to use, but it appears that Water Island's Honeymoon Beach is now being visited more often by party boats making it not quite as quiet and romantic as in prior years. Snorkeling is OK but not great. Bring your own gear and swim out from the beach at the far left shore and be careful of sea urchins in the rocks. Still, a $10 water taxi ride to a nice beach beats a $50 ship excursion any day of the week!
Hint: The grocery in the marina is very well stocked and pretty reasonable for shopping on the way back to the ship. Since most ships allow passengers to bring a bottle of wine on board, stopping at the market can make the evening very relaxing and make the savings from an independent day trip even more worthwhile.
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