Port of Call #1 - Princess Cays

The first stop on our Eastern Caribbean cruise is Princess Cays. What exactly is Princess Cays? It is a private resort owned by Princess Cruises and is located on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Eleuthera (pronounced E-Loo-Thra), the longest island in The Bahamas, is generally called the Island of Freedom. Over 300 years ago, English Puritan Adventurers, now referred to as the Eleutheran Adventurers, in search of religious freedom travelled to Eleuthera and founded what was probably the first democracy in the western world. Eleuthera is an island of contrasts. It is just over one mile wide at most places but is 110 miles long with magnificent pink-white beaches, sheltered coves, breathtaking bluffs and cliffs and fine harbors. The cliffs are in the north where the deep blue color of the Atlantic Ocean can be seen on one side and the calmer turquoise Caribbean Sea on the other. In the center of the island is the hilly farming area, famous for pineapples and tomatoes. In the south the island is green and flatter with quaint villages. 

The private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island. The resort boasts outstanding amenities while carefully preserving this natural paradise. Take in the views from the observation tower. Enjoy a complimentary beach barbecue. Sip a cool drink or browse the shops and the local craft market. All of Princess Cays' facilities are linked by walkways. Recreational activities abound. Enjoy volleyball and a full range of water sports, or simply relax on the beach.

Note: Snorkel equipment, sea boards, floats, kayaks, paddle wheelers, the banana boat rides, aqua chairs, beach clamshells, bungalows, etc. can be pre-reserved. Please be advised that all tours and activities at Princess Cays, including equipment rentals and water sports, are sold on a NO-REFUND basis after closing time for cancellation. Please see the posted time on the Tour Order Forms onboard.

Princess Cays is a port where tender boats are utilized to go ashore. Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship's Captain.

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Sources: Wikipedia, Princess, Bahamian Government, Eleuthera Paradise websites