On several Caribbean cruises, my itinerary has included a stop in the Princess Cays. This is a private area of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, exclusively used by the Princess Cruises cruise line. Here, a tropical paradise awaits you as you enjoy outdoor adventure, traditional beach activities, or even just sitting on the beach working on your tan or reading a book.
The Ruby Princess Eastern Caribbean cruise offered a stop at their private beach called Princess Cays, on the island of the Bahamas. This area, Eleuthera, has over 100 acres of white-sand beachfront access, with one percent of the land belonging to the cruise line. It is incredibly beautiful!
Guests can enjoy the stellar scenery, a lounge chair, and swimming in the ocean without having to fight the crowds from other cruise ships. Lunch and drinks are included in your cruise price, but everything else can be charged to your stateroom account.
An Island with Incredible Beauty
The Princess Cays set-up is eye-catching with colorful bungalows lining the oceanfront on one side and hundreds of lounge chairs and clamshells set up along the beachfront. Guests arrive at the Princess Cay cruise port by tender, a small boat that takes you from your cruise ship to the port. It is quite a photographic journey and a quick process; the cruise lines have this down pat.
The only thing you have to decide for your entire day is where you want to sit and how you want to spend the day. You can book activities on the cruise ship before arriving at the island, or you can wait and reserve them once you arrive. A few guided tours are offered that leave from the Princess Cays, but my friends and I always opt to just stay on the island relaxing and working on our tans.
How To Spend Your Day in the Princess Cays
Beginning around 11 AM, you can enjoy a buffet-style lunch in a huge tiki hut on the island. The meals typically consist of hamburgers, ribs, Italian sausages, baked beans, potato salad, and desserts such as cookies and brownies. A nice fresh fruit station was available all day, as well as tea and soda to drink. Alcohol is available for purchase at several different locations on the island.
Beach waiters also come around to take your order for drinks. While lunch is not anything that will knock your socks off, it was filling and free.
Other pay options in the Princess Cays include the rental of floating mattresses, aqua chairs, kayaks, paddle wheelers, snorkeling equipment, and banana boat rides. Clamshell rentals are around $30.
Browse through the Marketplace, which offers local handicrafts and souvenirs. A sundries store is also available for anything that you may need for the outdoors and being in the sun.
Private Islands are an Added Cruise Bonus
Visiting a cruise ship’s private island is an excellent option. I appreciate not having to fight the crowds that can sometimes be overwhelming in the Caribbean, and the fantastic service afforded by the workers. The landscape is one you won’t soon forget.
Be sure to be IN the pictures as well as taking them so that you will have your own memory of visiting the Princess Cays.
Princess Cays Photo Gallery
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