Princess Cays Cruise Port
Port of Princess Cays: An Overview
Exclusive to Princess Cruises passengers on Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean itineraries since 1992, Princess Cays -- located 70 miles east of Nassau, on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera, one of what's known as the Bahamas' "Out Islands" -- 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 cruise line does run excursions to some of the smaller villages outside the complex, such as Rock Sound (known for its bottomless blow hole) and the picturesque fishing village of Tarpum Bay. (Although it's Eleuthera's best-known tourist draw, Harbour Island, with its tony shops and restaurants, is too far away to visit.)
But, for most people, Princess Cays remains a guilt-free beach day, where you can rent water toys, sign up for a snorkel excursion or simply hang out in a private cabana. Bring water shoes, as the shoreline by the water can have sharp rocks and coral fragments.
Feel like relaxing? Find a spot on the beach, plop yourself down on a hammock or chair, and enjoy some sunbathing. 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. Water noodles and floats, see-through sea boards, aqua chairs, sailboats, standup paddleboards, windsurf boards, paddleboats, sailboats and two kinds of kayaks -- ocean and transparent hull -- are also available for rent.
Additionally, you can hit up the volleyball court or take in live music. A picnic area and the Crow's Nest Lookout tower are also located on Princess Cays, along with Pelican's Perch, a supervised sand playground for kids.
In the way of shore excursions, passengers can book coastal tours by boat, deep-sea or surf fishing, glass-bottom boat rides and sightseeing tours of Eleuthera.
For those who are hoping for some quiet time on land, private cabanas and bungalows are available for rent, including several within the adults-only Sanctuary area. Meant for groups of four (up to two additional people can come by paying an additional per-person fee), the cabanas are air-conditioned, and each comes with a ceiling fan, table and four chairs inside, two sun loungers outside, and an outdoor, open-air shower. Other perks include priority tender tickets, transportation to the cabana if required, two free float rentals, a staff member to take drink orders and light snacks. You can order a "gourmet lunch" for an extra fee.
"Clamshell" beach chairs for two that provide some sun protection can also be booked for a fee. Selection is on shore, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Princess Cays offers five bars throughout its section of the island. The Reef Runners Bar is on the south end, while Coconuts, Palm Groove, Banana Beach Bar and Bahia Bar are north of the Marina.
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.
Good to Know
Visitors can use their onboard accounts for things like beverages, locker rentals, 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.
Princess Cays: Carnival ElationWendyrn1We loved our time on the beach. We didn't shop, eat or buy anything other than alcohol. We chose to walk to the end of the island farthest from the tender and that was a good choice. It was not crowded, the swimming area was not populated, and we ... Read more
Princess Cays: Regal Princesseden roseOur first Carribean beach with white sand, cool drinks, ... ... Read more
Princess Cays: Regal PrincessWander58Rented a Clamshell and had an enjoyable day at the beach. Princess does a very nice job with the BBQ on shore. ... Read more
Princess Cays: Royal PrincessIsmereldaVery lovely private island. ... Read more
It's private beach - no hagglers and very clean. ... Read more
Princess Cays: Regal PrincessKBoltinPrincess Cays was amazing, wonderful customer service, many activities whether in the water or lounging around...BOREDOM did not exist!! ... Read more
Princess Cays: Royal PrincessBudinFlaSame old private Island experience. I would not bother with the lunch buffet. Better food on the ship. ... Read more
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