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Cruises to Princess Cays

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About Princess Cays

Princess Cays is located 70 miles east of Nassau, on the southern tip of Eleuthera, one of the Bahamas' Out Islands. The 40-acre island offers more than 1.5 miles of white-sand beaches, with a range of water sports, stores, private bungalows, outdoor bars and a free buffet located within walking distance of the pier.

Princess Cays features on the Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean itineraries of Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line, but only one ship visits per day. Passengers are transferred from the ship to the shore on tenders (smaller boats).

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5 Night
Cruise to Princess Cays

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Jacksonville
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DAY 1: Baltimore

7 Night
Cruise to Princess Cays

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DAY 1: Charleston

10 Night
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4 Night
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Port Canaveral
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7 Night
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Baltimore
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4 Night
Cruise to Princess Cays

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Charleston
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6 Night
Cruise to Princess Cays

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Fort Lauderdale
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Princess Cays, Grand Turk ...
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Carnival Cruise Line
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Baltimore
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4 Night
Cruise to Princess Cays

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Miami
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Princess Cays, Nassau ...
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20 Night
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Fort Lauderdale
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Princess Cruises
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14 Night
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Princess Cays, St. Thomas ...
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Charleston
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Princess Cays, Falmouth ...
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14 Night
Cruise to Princess Cays

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
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Grand Cayman, Roatan ...
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Princess Cruises
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Why go to Princess Cays?

Pros:

From water sports to alcohol, all purchases are charged to your shipboard account

Cons:

Excursions to nearby villages are no longer available

Bottom Line:

This private playground provides everything cruisers need for a beach day

Good to Know?

Shore excursions are no longer offered to the villages outside the resort complex.

  • The beaches have soft sand but bring water shoes, as the shoreline has some sharp rocks and coral fragments. Most people use the provided beach chairs and loungers when sunbathing.
  • Reef-safe sunscreen is recommended and available for purchase on the island.
  • The volleyball court has been moved to the southwest end of the island, near the Reef Runner Bar. Equipment is provided; just turn up to play.
  • There is no ticketed system for returning to the ship on the tenders, so the wait can be more than 20 minutes near the end of the day.

What Sets It Apart?

Unlike other private islands owned by cruise lines, this one is partially inhabited. Cruise passengers uses a small section of the island, while the rest of Eleuthera is inhabited by about 11,000 residents.

On ships that offer Princess Cruises' wearable Ocean Medallion device, passengers can use their OceanMedallion to pay for things like drinks, locker rentals, water sports equipment rentals and souvenirs from the boutiques.

Amenities?

Rentals:

Cruisers can rent scuba or snorkel gear, water noodles, floats, aqua chairs, standup paddleboards, sea boards, paddleboats, sailboats, bikes and kayaks.

Beach loungers are available free of charge. For shaded chairs for two people, "clamshells" can be booked in advance via the line's Cruise Personalizer or at the Shore Excursion desk on the ship. Selection is on shore, on a first-come, first-served basis; fees apply.

It's recommended that beach towels are brought ashore from the ship.

Transportation:

Princess Cays is easily walkable, with signage posted throughout the resort. A small tram service also runs to various points of interest throughout the day.

Free shuttles in small vehicles are offered to passengers who have booked a bungalow, but these venues are also within walking distance.

Kids Club:

There is no dedicated kids club on Princess Cays, nor is babysitting offered on the island. However, Pelican's Perch is a supervised, fenced-in playground on sand. Located at the back of the resort, a couple of minutes' walk from the beach, it has a pirate ship-shaped structure to climb up and slide down, as well as a large sandbox with toys and a 2-foot-deep pool.

Infants in diapers or children who are not potty-trained are not permitted in the pool. Parents must supervise children at all times as this is not a childcare facility. Open hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wi-Fi:

Princess' MedallionNet Wi-Fi is accessible across Princess Cays for use by passengers who have purchased an internet package for their cruise.

Accessibility:

Beach wheelchairs are available on the island upon request.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2017 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations
  • 2016 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations

Princess Cays Cruise Reviews

Regal Princess
MikeJS
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Unfortunately the Princess Cays "port" doesn't feel like anything more than what it is, a beach area owned and operated by Princess. The beach was lovely, but it didn't feel like we were anywhere.... Read More
Sky Princess
Prettygirl
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Always enjoy Princess Cays.... Read More
Sky Princess
macusr
Sail Date: Dec 2019
A beach day is always nice, but it's really time for Princess to up its game with Princess Cays. The BBQ lunch is just OK. The beach (which has never had powder soft sand) has really experienced some serious... Read More
Regal Princess
Culinarycruiseguy
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Love Princess Cays and had an awesome day there once again.... Read More
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