Please add any useful info as this thread might be helpful to those going for the first time as a one stop shop regarding info on this beautiful island.
"Princess Cays Sanctuary Beach Bungalow -- adults only
Saw this listed on the shore excursions page for Princess Cays. It costs $249.
A gourmet picnic lunch is available as an option. Could it be that certain bungalows are now roped off as "adults only?" None are any farther or closer to the water than the others. They all seem to be the same size and have the same amenities.
Here are the blurbs of each from the personalizer:
Beach Bungalow (Up To 6 People)
Enjoy your own private beach bungalow while at Princess Cays. The colorful beachfront bungalows are perfect for families or for those who want to make the most of their visit to Princess Cays. Located in the picturesque palm grove just behind the beach, each bungalow features air-conditioning and ceiling fan, a table and four chairs inside, two sun loungers outside on the deck, and a private shower. Additional amenties may be included for a supplemental charge such as a gourmet picnic. Ask for details at the Shore Excursion Desk onboard.
Sanctuary Beach Bungalow (Up To Six People) -- New!
Finally, a private island experience which is truly private. Enjoy your own beach bungalow situated in the new adults-only area--The Sanctuary at Princess Cays, an extension of the onboard experience. The colorful beachfront bungalows are perfect for those who seek privacy and seclusion. Each bungalow features air-conditioning and ceiling fan, a table and four chairs inside, two sun loungers outside, and a private shower. Additional amenties may be included for a supplemental charge such as a gourmet picnic. Ask for details at the Shore Excursion Desk onboard.
Princess Cays Bungalows
I did a search on the bungalows and saw alot of good info. I'm not sure, though, if there has been some changes to the amenities. Can anyone who might have been in the bungalows this Spring answer to what amenities were provided ie.... Priority tender, lunch service, etc.
You probably saw the same info? But here anyways:
What to do in Princess Cays...
When you get off the boat go to the RIGHT, up and over the little stairway and bridge, it is not nearly as crowded over there. We never did have the BBQ lunch, we couldn't be bothered with eating when we had a perfect spot underneath a bushy palm which had a table built around it, perfect to hold our cold coladas. It had 4 loungers, 2 on each side of the tree. We were about 15 feet away from the water in the perfect reef area for some GREAT snorkeling. Got some great pictures with our new underwater camera. Very relaxing. This was my fathers first time snorkeling as he would rather stay dry, he's not much of a water person, but we couldn't get him out of the water once he started! We couldn't get him to go back to the ship, he floated around watching the fish for about 4 hours!!! Its a beautiful place, really it is. People say to wear water shoes but I have VERY sensitive tootsies and never had a problem in that area. If anyting eat a large breakfast and swim a while or just relax, I do reccomend a try at snorkeling even just with the mask, they have beautiful Seargent Majors, striped fish that look like angel fish. We have a lot of fun there and always talk about going back.
New Tour - A Taste of Eleuthera Princess Cay Excursion
I like the beach but not I am not a sun person. A couple of hours and I am done. I saw this tour on the Princess website for the island. Has anyone been on this tour and if so what did you think? It is $99 pp so kind of steep. It came out in December of 2008 so kind of new from what I have read. It is 4 hours long.
It is by Princess and it last for 4 hours and tours the island. It costs $99 pp.
I guess they take you into the interior of the Island and you see some historical sights and then you stop for lunch and are entertained. Here is the description. I just wish I could find someone who has taken this tour and see what they thought.
Come along and discover Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Bahamas, on a sightseeing tour in a land that time has almost forgotten. This 110-mile long island is too large to see in a day, but this excursion will serve up a delightful taste.
Once ashore at Princess Cays, board your air-conditioned transportation. Travel through wide open spaces, past lush vegetation with glimpses of ponds. See the national flower called Yellow Elder. Pass through quaint villages with small pristine churches, like the seaside St. Columba in Tarpum Bay which dates back to the 1800s. Enjoy photo stops at Rock Sound Harbor and Castle MacMillan. In the town of Rock Sound, visit the South Eleuthera Mission Library and Museum and visit one of nature's wonders---an ocean hole of which the bottom has yet to be found. At Four Points Marina Village, experience an extravaganza of Eleutheran culture. Enjoy a taste of the island with an authentic native lunch and be entertained with Junkanoo, the Bahamian tradition which incorporates music, costumes, and dance---prior to your return to Princess Cays.
Shady spots and the Clamshells
Can you sit where you want or does princess set up the clamshells in a certain area?
Usually the clamshells are all in a row. You can do some relocating but not much.
I was looking into a clamshell with 2 chairs because I am an Irish whitey. Is that my only hope of nice shade?
We've been there on a couple of Princess Sailings. We are not big beach people but actually enjoyed it. You can sit around if you would like and of course have lunch there. You can also go into the water as you noted. There are some areas with shade but get them first.
We've been to Princess Cays four times and have never had a problem finding shaded loungers. The clam-shells tend to become mini ovens on sunny days. We've only been to the left of the tender area on our last 3 trips.
I highly recommend getting one of the Cabanas. They come with water, Ice, Soft Drinks, Snorkle Gear and Floaties. Get someone else to go in with you and you will love it. Get one down the beach away from the crowds. Everyone seems to just go to the closest area of the beach and it gets crowded.
Music on Princess Cays
I wonder what type of music is playing at lunch at Princess Cays... Where the bands are located, etc...
Beach BBQ - Three bars and live music compliment lunch and the authentic Bahamian barbeque on the beach. Feast on hamburgers, chicken, bratwurst, salads, and fresh fruit. Water, tea and lemonade are available at the picnic area for no additional cost, and a full staff of drink servers is on hand to serve cocktails and soda.
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