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#1
Pittsburgh
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Hey Yall! Hubby and I are booked on the Carnival Ecstasy this august to freeport and princess cays. I want to know, from those who've been and are more experienced than myself - i really dont feel like paying for an excursion at princess cays if at all avoidable. Is it free to just plop on a beach chair and watch the waves?? Im much more agreeable to that, maybe buy a drink or two (not big drinkers) and just....chill for the day.

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#2
Middle of the Sahara Desert
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Joined Aug 2006
Originally posted by moonlitmagik
Hey Yall! Hubby and I are booked on the Carnival Ecstasy this august to freeport and princess cays. I want to know, from those who've been and are more experienced than myself - i really dont feel like paying for an excursion at princess cays if at all avoidable. Is it free to just plop on a beach chair and watch the waves?? Im much more agreeable to that, maybe buy a drink or two (not big drinkers) and just....chill for the day.

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yes to the questions. I would suggest that you at least rent a clamshell for shade. the beach gets very hot in the sun.
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#4
Middle of the Sahara Desert
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Originally posted by moonlitmagik
Oh i absolutely want something to prevent us from turning into bacon, LOL. How much are the clamshells?

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I think about $30 to 35 for the day. Pre order because there aren't many available as a walk up. You can also purchase onboard as well from the excursions department.


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#6
Trinidad
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Joined Apr 2009
There are two drew backs with the clamshell
- they would get very hot as there is no where for the hot air to escape the clam
- they are poorly located, much better bathing areas on other parts of the beach
if you leave the ship early you can get a beach chair under the many trees, located in better bathing areas
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#8
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Joined May 2001
When you get off the tender, the beaches are right there...it's pretty much all beach! The 1st "beach area" you come to will be the most crowded, so walk past it, and you will fine less jam=packed areas! You don't need to pay for shade...pull a lounger under some trees! You can move them about!
#9
atlanta ga
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Joined Sep 2014
Just of the Elation. They do not pre book clamshells. You go to kiosk and pay $30.00 then the set up the one you choose. Take water shoes the beach is very Rocky!
#10
Durham, NC
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Anyone have a price list of everything you can rent ?

I'm asking about Carnival visits, not Princess. Not sure if the prices are different.
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#11
South Carolina
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Joined Dec 2001
Once off the tender, the beach is there.
We've never needed a clam shell to find shade.
The chairs and buffet lunch are at no charge.
Enjoy!
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#13
DC
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Joined Mar 2014
I too would love to hear how the snorkeling is. Another post I read said there is virtually none, but I'm hoping that poster just didn't happen to see any. Really want to snorkel!
#14
Pittsburgh
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I saw some youtube videos where people were throwing food to some fishees on a platform and there were people just swimming around. Dont know if thats a paid excursion or what but it looked fun!

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O.C, California
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Originally posted by sharse
I too would love to hear how the snorkeling is. Another post I read said there is virtually none, but I'm hoping that poster just didn't happen to see any. Really want to snorkel!
We saw allot of fish, star fish and such at the location on the map below:

https://cruisingmartinistyle.shutterfly.com/pictures/45



There are some fish all over in the water but the designated location is really nice!
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#17
Durham, NC
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Originally posted by Ziggy7
We saw allot of fish, star fish and such at the location on the map below:

https://cruisingmartinistyle.shutterfly.com/pictures/45

There are some fish all over in the water but the designated location is really nice!
That map is HMC, not Princess Cays.

Moonlit, yes, you can rental snorkel gear, kayaks, floats, etc. I asked earlier whether anyone had a price list for rentals and there's been no response. I believe I also asked in the "big" comprehensive thread on this port but no response in that one, either.

Guess we'll just have to wait 3 more weeks and find out what the rental fees are.
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#18
O.C, California
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Originally posted by NCTribeFan
That map is HMC, not Princess Cays.
Yikes, I tried deleting it and can't. I have been to both islands and was answering this question for HMC too


Here is a good place to see the snorkel area,

http://www.beyondships3.com/princess-cays-3.html
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#19
O.C, California
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Originally posted by moonlitmagik
Can you rent snorkel gear there and if so how much?

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I have seen others say its between $20.00 - $22.00 for the day per person.
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