No one on the beach for weeks, pink sand, warm people and tropical island fun
No-see-um bugs!!!, lot of fried and unhealthy food
The best vacation we've had!
There is an area where you can snorkel from the beach or Princess had a boat trip you could take. There is a place to rent snorkel gear which is an extra cost, or like us you can bring your own. The snorkeling was OK here, nothing out of the ordinary but I understand that there is no reason to pay for the ship's excursionmore
Most people get off the ship and head to the private beach, only cruise passengers have access to this beach. The lounge chairs are free to use and there is plenty of shade to plant your lounge chair under. If you just can't stand the idea of mingling with all the riff raff from the ship, Princess also provides, at an extra cost naturally, private...more
Our day on the beach of Eleuthera was wonderful. We arrived via cruise ship; Emerald Princess to this lovely stretch of beach. The beach area was a large stretch of sand with plenty of beach chairs dotted along the water's edge.My husband and I found a set of chairs on a little cove area of the beach. It was far enough away from the large crowd of...more
The Banana Bear Bar is a nice sized bar right on the beach of Princess Cays. The bar is a rectangular shaped hut styled structure with stools along the perimeter. Frozen drinks, soda, beer and hard liquor are served. They also dispatch a team of waiters to serve the guests lounging on the beach.Liz and I took advantage of this beach drink service...more
Princess Cays has its own BBQ lunch Buffet for the passengers of the cruise ship. The buffet is under a large wooden pavilion with two lines that shuffle through the food area. There are several areas with picnic tables in the surrounding area to sit and enjoy your meal. The buffet has a variety of items such as : burgers, hot dogs, chicken ribs,...more
Each Friday night, there is a fish fry next to the library in Governor's Harbour.
It is not just food and drink, but also music and dancing on the street.
Quiet relaxed, and a good chance to meet people!
Dress Code: Come as you are
Liz and I hopped aboard the Emerald Princess for a Caribbean Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Princes Cays, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Grand Turk and St. Thomas. I was a nice seven day cruise with beautiful weather and a great ship.Princess likes to give the big ship feeling without it being...more
Due to the coral reefs surrounding the island; cruise ships cannot dock. Tender boats must be used to ferry passengers from the ship to the island. The Tender boats are an easy and quick way to get ashore. The boats are a nice size and comfortable. It's takes less than ten minutes to get from the ship to the shore.**Be careful if you get motion...more
The Straw Market was filled with local people selling crafts, souvenir items and beach themed goods. They had a large variety of straw baskets, beach bags and hats decorated in island themes and even Hello Kitty (Liz liked that). We didn't see anything "eye" catching so we didn't buy anything.
As soon as we got off of the tender there was a band playing Calypso music. This is the customary greeting at the port and adds to the island party mood.
The sun is strong in the Bahamas so make sure to apply plenty of sunblock and re-apply after swimming. Don't forget to apply to areas like feet and ears to avoid a painful burn on those sensitive spots. We wore sunblock 100 and still managed to get a bit of color on our noses and shoulders.
Luggage and bags:
To go onshore I took a bag for my camera and sunglasses. Liz took a small bag for the sunscreen and towels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bathingsuits, coverups, sunglasses, flips and towels.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!!!
Photo Equipment: A small camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Towels
Island Farm is located on the Queens Highway in Palmetto Point. It's owned by Annie (from New York) and her husband Clyde. They offer fresh organic seasonal veggies and other food items like hot sauces and jams made in the Bahamas. If you are making your own food, this is a MUST stop since all the veggies in the grocery stores are old and moldy. You can also buy handmade jewelry made by their 14 year old daughter Rea.
Annie also rents houses in the area. So stop by if you need her services.
Island Farm is located about a mile south of Church Street on Queens Highway in Palmetto Point.
On Princess Cays there are several water activities such as scuba, snorkeling, catamarans, jet skis, banana boats and water cats. Arrange an excursion with the Cruise ship ahead of time to get the optimal time. Gear such as snorkel and scuba equipment are available for rent for your excursion.
Princess Cays is another of the growing number of cruise ship sponsored ports that are open only to cruise passengers. I don't believe there is ever more than one ship in port since it is Princess' own port and I think two ships would overwhelm the small space. This is a tender port so you have to take a smaller boat to get to and from the island. Princess serves a complimentary lunch on the island so you don't have to tender back and forth or pay for lunch. There are places to get drinks and I believe they let you use your cruise card so you don't need to bring any cash or credit cards with you.
One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is
Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Private Islands forum board was very useful in planning what to do while on shore, and there is also Princess Cays port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to get around.