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Princess Cays Overview
Exclusive to Princess Cruises passengers on Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries since 1992, Princess Cays -- located 70 miles east of Nassau, on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera -- comprises 40 acres that offer more than 1.5 miles of white-sand beaches, food, water sports and even shopping.
Although Princess uses a section of the island, the rest of Eleuthera is inhabited by a population of about 11,000 residents. The Bahamas gained independence in 1973, and the combination of a newly forming country and new tax laws caused many resorts to be abandoned and businesses to suffer.
But, the island has bounced back, and in addition to Princess Cays' attractions, it also offers additional pink-sand beaches, natural formations like the Glass Window Bridge and Hatchet Bay caves, and an annual pineapple festival held in Gregory Town. (The island is known for its pineapples, so be sure to sample some while you're ashore.)
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How You'll Get There
You'll need to take a tender from the ship.
Feel like relaxing? Find a spot on the beach, plop yourself down on a hammock or chair, and enjoy some sunbathing. Or, if you're feeling more active, go for a swim in one of two protected swimming areas on the north and south beaches, rent scuba or snorkel gear, ride on a banana boat, or take an aqua bike for a spin. Catamarans, paddleboats, water floats, sailboats and kayaks are also on offer.
Additionally, you can hit up the volleyball court or take in live music. A picnic area and a lookout tower are also located on Princess Cays, along with Pelican's Perch, a supervised sand playground for kids.
For those who are hoping for some quiet time on land, private cabanas and bungalows are available for rent.
In the way of shore excursions, passengers can book coastal tours by boat, deep-sea fishing adventures, glass-bottom boat rides and scenic tours of Eleuthera.
Princess Cays offers three bars throughout its section of the island.
Princess' Tropical Treasures boutique is located on the island and sells all manner of souvenirs. Local crafters also sell their wares and offer services like hair-styling.
What's for Lunch
Grab a bite at one of two complimentary barbecue pavilions offering hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, salad, fruit, cookies and a variety of other refreshments.
What You'll Pay For
Visitors can use their onboard accounts for things like beverages, shore excursions, water sports equipment rentals and souvenirs from the Tropical Treasures boutique. Cash is required by local vendors.
What Sets It Apart
Unlike other cruise line-owned private islands, this one is partially inhabited. As part of Eleuthera, it also has an accessible airport. Visitors may want to check out Eleuthera's annual pineapple festival, which happens in June.
For More Information
Check out Princess Cruises' Princess Cays excursion page or its port info page.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor