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Princess Cays Noob question - Do they have umbrellas or just the clamshells for rent?


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I've never been to Princess Cays but have been to RCI Coco Cay a while ago. I noticed that in the blerb about features, Princess does not mention the availability of umbrellas. It does mention beach clamshells available for rent at $40 per day. Just trying to get a clear picture. No umbrellas, only clamshells. Is this correct?

 

I would need to know to make sure we sign up for clamshell (or possibly cabana) in advance if no umbrellas are generally available as skin cancer is an issue. It's not an option to guess. 

 

Also, We're the crazy ones on the beach with hat, neck gators , UPF rated long-sleeve shirts and long pants. For swimming, it's UPF rated shorts and rash guards and then get back under the umbrella / clamshell ASAP.

 

Thanks

 

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No umbrellas to rent in my experience, just the clam shells.  But there are many permanent shade structures such as this scattered about the various beach areas.  We were also able to park under some palm trees all day for ample shade, which allows for breeze -- something you can't get under the clam shells.  I can relate to your sun issues -- we are the same way and take all available precautions 🙂  You might Google Princess Cays images for more examples of the shade structures.  This is just a small example. Your Ultimate Princess Cays Travel Guide - The Rendezvous Spot

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Been there a lot of times and I haven't seen any umbrellas at Princess Cay, only clam shells.  There may be umbrellas at the bungalows with your loungers but we haven't ever rented a bungalow.  

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There are the pavilion roof covers,  which might fill up fast.

And if you are not down on the water, there are loungers under palm trees that can provide some shade.

So, either one of those two options or a clamshell.

 

There is great video of Princess Cays on youtube!

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As someone who beat melanoma, I understand your concerns.  We tried the clam shells and honestly they are so hot with no breeze at all.  After half an hour, we gave it to some kids.  Get there early and try to find lounges in the shade…they do fill up quickly.  We stopped getting off the ship at private islands a few years ago and we just enjoyed the quiet on board and the many lounge chairs in the shade.  Stay safe!

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40 minutes ago, Lady Arwen said:

As someone who beat melanoma, I understand your concerns.  We tried the clam shells and honestly they are so hot with no breeze at all.  After half an hour, we gave it to some kids.  Get there early and try to find lounges in the shade…they do fill up quickly.  We stopped getting off the ship at private islands a few years ago and we just enjoyed the quiet on board and the many lounge chairs in the shade.  Stay safe!

Thank you! Sounds like great advice. At least the first trip there, we would try either the lounge in the shade or go all the way up to a cabana. I concur about treating some of the shore days as if they were sea days because I can control exposure better.

 

Quite often on private islands, I would be one of the first off the ship early, then go back on the ship for the midday sun, then possibly go back for an hour or so later in the day.

 

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2 minutes ago, CruiseMrB said:

Thank you! Sounds like great advice. At least the first trip there, we would try either the lounge in the shade or go all the way up to a cabana. I concur about treating some of the shore days as if they were sea days because I can control exposure better.

 

Quite often on private islands, I would be one of the first off the ship early, then go back on the ship for the midday sun, then possibly go back for an hour or so later in the day.

 

We booked a cabana the last time at Princess Cays.  Loved it. Will rent one again.  Would advise booking early as they do usually sell out.

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2 hours ago, CruiseMrB said:

Thank you! Sounds like great advice. At least the first trip there, we would try either the lounge in the shade or go all the way up to a cabana. I concur about treating some of the shore days as if they were sea days because I can control exposure better.

 

Quite often on private islands, I would be one of the first off the ship early, then go back on the ship for the midday sun, then possibly go back for an hour or so later in the day.

 

 Cabana is the way to go!  I hope you get one…..so much fun and it will keep you safe and worry free.  Let us know how it goes!

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7 hours ago, Lady Arwen said:

 Get there early and try to find lounges in the shade…

 

But be aware as the sun moves in the sky, your shady spot may change to full sunlight.

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20 hours ago, CruiseMrB said:

Also, We're the crazy ones on the beach with hat, neck gators , UPF rated long-sleeve shirts and long pants. For swimming, it's UPF rated shorts and rash guards and then get back under the umbrella / clamshell ASAP.

not all that crazy. So are we. I have a red head kiddo who is practically transparent, so we are super careful with the sun.

 

They don't have umbrellas, but if you get to the beach early enough, you can get a spot in the shade - PPs already covered it. Try to get one in the middle of the "pavillion" because the sun moves.

 

Princess cay is an enjoyable beach location. When you get tired of the sun, go to the little pier and feed the fish and the crabs off of it - it has a roof. People usually snorkel right next to it to see all the fishes.

 

Our other MUST for Princess Cays is water shoes. There are many sharp rocks in the water and on the beach itself, so we always end up hurt. One time my kid sliced his foot pretty badly on the rock on Day 1 of the cruise and refused to get into any water for the rest of it - be it the shower or the ocean. So, now we bring water shoes whenever we have Princess Cays on the itinerary.

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