The Princess Cays Island is a Private Island with over 100 acres of white-sand beachfront access and is one of the Carnival Cruise destination ports.
Our first stop on our Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas was the Princess Cays Island. This Private Island has over 100 acres of white-sand beachfront access, with a portion of the land belonging to the cruise line. It is incredibly beautiful! Ships can’t dock on the island, so you have to take small tenders from ship to shore and back. Immediately we loved how clear and blue the waters are as we took the tender to the island.
While at the island, you will enjoy amazing scenery, lounge chairs and swimming in the ocean without having to fight the crowds from other cruise ships. The temperature of the waters was perfect and we loved how calm the waves were. They have cabana rentals and rentals for tubes and other floating devices. We brought our own tubes with us and were able to use those instead of renting tubes.
The first thing the girls noticed about the island was how cool the sand is. Even though the sun was shining, the coral the beach rests upon keeps the sand a perfectly cool temperature. We loved exploring the island with our feet in the sand.
Since the Princess Cays Island is private and owned by the cruise line, lunch and drinks are included in your cruise price. They served a buffet with an assortment of hot dogs, hamburgers, variety of salads, fruit and desserts. We enjoyed eating outside along the beach.
How we spent our day on Princess Cays Island
We booked the Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise excursion. We headed straight to the boat when we got on the island. This boat ride lasted for an hour and we had a great time! The host of the boat was friendly and entertaining. She told us all about their culture and sang us their national anthem. We saw a lot of different fish, corals, sea turtles and even caught a quick glimpse of a shark!
After our boat tour, we walked around awhile to explore the island. It’s a beautiful island full of colorful buildings, some shops and vendors alongside the beach. You can take many other excursions which will take you on tours of the island if you wish to see more.
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We spent the majority of our time in the ocean, floating on the tubes we brought. The water was a perfect temperature and the waves were very calm and relaxing. We literally didn’t want to leave the water, except to take a break for lunch or drinks.
When we finally did take a break from the ocean, we enjoyed sitting at the bars with frozen concoctions (they have kid friendly ones as well). We enjoyed the live beach music as well.
We had an amazing day at the Princess Cays Island. The only downside to this particular stop was that we had to wait in line awhile to get back on the tender to take us back to the boat. We waited until closer to the end of our time to get in line because we were having too much fun. Had we headed back a little sooner, maybe we could have beat the crowds! If you haven’t already, you can read about our second stop on our Carnival Cruise where we stopped at Nassau and went swimming with dolphins.