A Beach Day in the Bahama Cays

When Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World, he did so in the Bahamas. With a total landmass of more than 5,000 square miles spread over 100,000 square miles of water, the Bahamas chain is larger by far than any of the Caribbean island groups yet only 30 of its 700 islands are inhabited. Swimming, fishing, scuba, and snorkeling enthusiasts love the Bahamas as they occupy two shallow marine plateaus separated from each other—and from North America and the Greater Antilles—by deep ocean trenches.  When the sun’s rays reflect off the white sands and waters, the blue tones are breathtaking! Very unique outgrowths to this amazing island archipelago are its 2000 islets called cays and pronounced keys.

Princess Cruises passengers often stop at the historic pineapple cays of Eleuthera for a relaxing white sand beach afternoon in a 40 acre parcel called Princess Cays. This flat, arid land mass has no streams or rivers which means no run-off into the surrounding brilliant clear turquoise waters. Princess Cays offers a lot of fun-filled activities and amenities, while carefully preserving the natural paradise. If you have never snorkeled, this is an perfect opportunity as the calm shallow waters are ideal to experiment with flippers, a face mask, and air snorkel to capture a glimpse of colorful marine species. 

But, if going underwater is not your thing, hitch a ride on the glass bottom boat to see frolicking fish and underwater creatures. Other water sports include sailboats, kayaks, 3 wheel aqua bikes, and even wave runners. Check with your ship’s excursion desk to see what activities can be booked in advance to allow you to make the best use of your time on the islet.

Back on the shore you can climb the observation tower, join a beach volleyball game, hike a few trails or visit a local craft market. Your ship’s crew will stage a beach barbeque for your casual carefree day in the sun.  Be sure to leave enough time to relax on the beach though.  There is nothing better than sipping a cool drink while listening to the waves, and soaking up a few rays.

Remember, at any time you can pack up your beach bag and return to your ship on the small tender boats to enjoy a massage, shower, or snooze before the ship sails off to the next port of call.


Why Princess Cruises?

7 Reasons to Cruise with Princess®

  1. Warm, Welcoming Service
    Just unpack and let them handle the rest. That's their goal as The Consummate Host® — to make you feel content and comfortable starting the minute you set foot onboard.
  2. The Best Itineraries
    As cruise destination experts, their experience and meticulous planning have earned them "Best Itineraries" by Cruise Critic and Recommend Magazine. Cruise with Princess® and you can be sure to experience the best of each region you visit, no matter which of the over 100 itineraries to more than 300 ports you choose.
  3. A Relaxed, Rejuvenating Retreat
    Their primary goal is for you to come back new. That's why you'll find every detail — from the friendly stateroom steward who greets you by name to the comfortably elegant venues that range from lively to intimate — is designed with your relaxation in mind.
  4. Delicious, Fresh Food
    They take dining seriously because they know how important it is to your cruise experience. Every sauce is made from scratch, breads and pastries are baked fresh throughout the day, and their chefs use local products to create dishes inspired by the region you're visiting.
  5. Exclusive Amenities
    Only on Princess® can you enjoy evenings spent watching Movies Under the Stars®, with complimentary blankets and popcorn. Meet friends for a small bite, wine by the glass and enjoy street performer-style entertainment in the Piazza. Or spend a few hours of tranquility in The Sanctuary — a retreat just for adults where you can enjoy a massage, signature drinks and snacks or the spectacular sea views from your plush lounge chair.
  6. Stretch Your Vacation Dollars
    Compared to a land vacation, a cruise with Princess provides a great value for your vacation dollars. Your fare not only includes the comfortable accommodations of your well-appointed stateroom, but also many of our fresh dining options, dazzling entertainment and access to their health and wellness facilities.
  7. The Experts Love Princess®
    They have been sailing for more than 40 years, and their officers and crew are intimately familiar with the ports you'll visit. But don't just take our word for it — they're continually being honored by the industry for their carefully planned itineraries, spectacular ships, and the way they make everyone, of every age, feel relaxed and happy.

Featured Vacations


Eastern Caribbean Voyager

10-Day Cruise on Royal Princess®
Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
November 24, 2014
(Other dates available at varying prices)

Starting at $1099* | $50 Onboard Credit

Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda | St. Lucia | Barbados | St. Kitts, St. Kitts & Nevis | St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | Princess Cays, Bahamas | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Eastern Caribbean Cruise

7-Day Cruise on Regal Princess®
Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
November 30, 2014
(Other dates available at varying prices)

Starting at $699* | $50 Onboard Credit
Category IF, Rate Code RDA

Ports:Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Princess Cays, Bahamas | St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | St. Maarten | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Western Caribbean Getaway

4-Day Cruise on Caribbean Princess®
Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 4, 2014
(Other dates available at varying prices)

Starting at $279* | $50 Onboard Credit

Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Eastern Caribbean Cruise

7-Day Cruise on Ruby Princess®
Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 6, 2014
(Other dates available at varying prices)

Starting at $554* | $50 Onboard Credit
Category IE, Rate Code RDA

Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Princess Cays, Bahamas | St. Maarten | St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | Nassau, Bahamas | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Eastern Caribbean Cruise

7-Day Cruise on Regal Princess®
Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 7, 2014
(Other dates available at varying prices)

Starting at $749* | $50 Onboard Credit
Category IF, Rate Code FIT

Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | Princess Cays, Bahamas | St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | St. Maarten | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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*Please note that prices are listed per person, non-air cruise-only and based on double occupancy. Launch Fares are offering fares and may not have been in effect for the past 90 days or resulted in actual sales in all categories. Intermediate discounts may have been taken and fares may remain at discounted levels after this promotion. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are subject to change and Princess reserves the right to collect any increases in effect at the time of sailing even if the fare has already been paid in full. Prices are subject to change based on availability. Stateroom views are considered unobstructed unless noted otherwise. Photos, floor plan diagrams, and amenities represent typical arrangements and may vary by ship. Obstructions do not include certain nautical items like handrails, dividers or ship hardware. For balcony staterooms, the view is determined from the perspective of the balcony railing. Prices shown in USD. Please review Passage Contract for Cancellation Policy. Ships' Registry: Bermuda.