Princess Cays - Compiled Info : Beach/Water activities, Food/Drinks, Bungalows, Facts

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That's helpful. Really sounds like there's very little reason to cough up the extra dough for the Sanctuary bungalow.

Carnival's descriptions are virtually identical...

air conditioned, ceiling fan, table & four chairs inside, 2 sun loungers on the deck, private shower, 2 complimentary float rentals; staff available to take drink orders; priority tender tickets; use of motorized cart for transportation.
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Originally posted by Ziggy7
Lets see if this works On this first map they call them Bungalows

https://sharemytraveladventures.shut...cruise2017/114

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Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing.
The snorkeling photos, are they snorkeling at the Princess Cays? If so, approx. where? Near the bungalows or another "easy to find" spot?
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Originally posted by 1lizette1
Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing.
The snorkeling photos, are they snorkeling at the Princess Cays? If so, approx. where? Near the bungalows or another "easy to find" spot?
Snorkeling is in front of the bungalows. There is a stairway to enter and exit from. Swimming is farther down the beach.
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These are old photos but you will see much has not changed when you visit there

http://s14.photobucket.com/user/Zigg...?sort=3&page=1
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We're going to pass on the bungalow after all. But my friends will probably want to snorkel, so good to know where we should head once we're ashore.
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When we were there people were abandoning their rented clamshells complaining of heat and no air flow. There is plenty of shade available under palm trees and easy to pull a free lounger under.
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I used to always rent a clamshell on HMC. I'd prop up the back on my tote bag, which let a little air flow in. Last time, I just tendered over early and walked way down the beach and found a lounger in the shade. Since we'll all have priority tender next week (!) at Princess Cays, my plan is to get over there early, head down toward the cabana area and stake out some loungers under the palm trees. Looking forward to it!
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Can someone tell me about the Picnic/BBQ area? How many areas, just one? How far from the swimming area and what type of walk is it, hot, up hill, rocky?

I ask because my husband has mobility issues and we are traveling with our mothers. And when we stopped one year at Half Moon Cay it was a LONG, HOT walk.
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Originally posted by USERBOYD66
Can someone tell me about the Picnic/BBQ area? How many areas, just one? How far from the swimming area and what type of walk is it, hot, up hill, rocky?

I ask because my husband has mobility issues and we are traveling with our mothers. And when we stopped one year at Half Moon Cay it was a LONG, HOT walk.
The walk ways are bricks or concrete, the walk is a little bit of a distance. As for how hot, that depends when your there. Posting a map for you so you can see where everything is at, but it looks farther away than I remember. If you go right everything is very close


Also here is a good site with photos and a video of Princess Cays: http://beyondships.com/Princess-PrincessCays.html
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I am just passing on info given to me, I have not gone over the bridge and eaten there. Also most of the island is pretty level, not hilly like HMC.

Hopefully someone who has been there recently can answer these questions as well If you rent a cabana (has a/c) they will drive you there, and they are close to restrooms and the food pavilion
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Here is an old photo

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Originally posted by USERBOYD66
Can someone tell me about the Picnic/BBQ area? How many areas, just one? How far from the swimming area and what type of walk is it, hot, up hill, rocky?

I ask because my husband has mobility issues and we are traveling with our mothers. And when we stopped one year at Half Moon Cay it was a LONG, HOT walk.
I could swear there were small carts carting people around, like hayrides.
My dad has mobility issues as well, so I hope I am right. It could have been in Labadee....

Don't forget water shoes for Princess Cays. My kid sliced his foot really badly last time, and I cut my feet in a few places on the sharp rocks both in the water and on the beach as well.
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Thanks Ziggy and Itchy-


I loved our time in Labadee-wished we could have spend 3 days there. But, Half Moon Cay was a terrible experience, but my husband's health had deteriorated at that time. I am hesitant about getting off the ship for Princess Cay. What I am thinking is have a BIIGGGG breakfast and everyone decide to skip lunch and eat when we return to the ship. Hubby tells me to calm down, but I don't him to be miserable and then the moms won't enjoy themselves. Never mind if either of our moms will be hot or not able to walk to the food.


Less than 40 days to worry about it. Thanks for the help!
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