Princess Cays was a beautiful and relaxing stop. It is nice to just head to the beach with your towel and cruise card. It did not seem crowded at all.
While most people headed to the left after getting off of the tender dock, we headed to the right, over the bridge where it is less crowded. We brought our water shoes to make it easier to walk through the sand and over the rocky beach entrance by the volleyball court. We also brought our goggles from home and enjoyed snorkeling around the rocky area by the lifeguard post. There were lots of colorful fish to see!
There were plenty of chairs and shade to be had. More than one BBQ buffets also helped to disperse any crowds.
I would've given it 5 stars if not for the crowded tender boats.
Our port time was 2pm-10pm, so we decided to explore on our own. The ship docked so we got off the ship pretty quickly. The heat of the day was in full force by 2 but the sea breeze helped a bit. We walked over the bridge into town and did a little shopping and stepped into the casino to cool off and try the slot machines. There were plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy outside, but we did not venture out after dinner.
Aruba - It really is "One Happy Island" as in their motto. As you leave the ship, there is a taxi stand with prices listed for the popular destinations around the island. We took a taxi to Eagle Beach for $13, before tip. The beaches are all public, and there were about a dozen palapas for shade. No chairs to rent, nobody selling us trinkets, in fact it wasn't until about noontime that two other groups of people came to the beach near us. Plenty of hotels within walking distance for refreshment.
It was quick and easy getting back on the ship to take a quick shower and change before heading out to do some shopping. I felt very safe there and not harassed at all by vendors. The larger casinos were clean and the payouts were good enough to keep us playing for quite a while.
Walked down to the shore to the Renaissance Hotel and Casino. Lots of huge iguanas to be seen sunning themselves on the rocks by the shore! Great photo ops of the ship in the background there too!