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Cruises to Princess Cays

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About Cruising to 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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More about Princess Cays

Why Cruise 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.


Princess Cays Cruise Reviews
quick trip to the island, great beach with lots of shade, water temp. just right. Buffet pretty bad; not much selection, food cold and dry and there were more flies than food. Trip back to ship pretty bad. Long haRead More
Swampgas999
Eh - it's just a rocky beach. The water is beautiful and you can use your drink package on the island, but honestly next time I'll stay on the ship and enjoy the less crowded amenities.Read More
MTNest93
It’s own Island, crowded where they charge for water sports and provide a horrendous buffet. It does have beautiful sand beach and clear ocean for snorkeling. We had a nice day.Read More
PositiveVibes1986
I’ve been here a few times. Bring water shoes. The DJ ruined it because of terrible loud music and screaming. I just want to hear the waves.Read More
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