Princess Cays, Bahamas

Princess Cays is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Princess Cays and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.

Princess Cays, Bahamas

Exclusive to Princess Cruises passengers on Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean itineraries since 1992, Princess Cays — located 70 miles east of Nassau, on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera, one of what’s known as the Bahamas’ “Out Islands” — comprises 40 acres that offer more than 1.5 miles of white-sand beaches, food, water sports and even shopping.

Activities include swimming, rent scuba or snorkel gear, ride on a banana boat, or take an aqua bike for a spin. Catamarans, paddleboats, water floats, sailboats and kayaks are also on offer.

Additionally there is a volleyball court and a picnic area along with Pelican’s Perch, a supervised sand playground for kids.

Private cabanas and bungalows are available for rent.

Shore excursions include boat trips, deep sea fishing adventures, glass bottom boat rides and scenic tours of Eleuthera.

Princess Cays offers three bars throughout its section of the island.

Princess Tropical Treasures boutique is located on the island and sells all manner of souvenirs. Local crafts are also for sale along with hair braid styling.

Unlike other cruise line owned private islands, this one is partially inhabited.

The disabled cruiser visiting Princess Cays

Since the cruise ship does not dock and the disabled cruiser is tendered to the island from out in the harbor; if the water is too rough, the captain may not let the disabled cruiser off the ship. Anyone with limited mobility would have some difficulty. Anyone in a wheelchair would have to be carried on and off the tender.

Where You’re Docked

Princess Cays is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Ships are required to anchor so passengers are tendered ashore.

Good to Know

Visitors can use their onboard accounts for things like beverages, locker rentals, shore excursions, water sports equipment rentals and souvenirs from the Tropical Treasures boutique. Cash is required by local vendors.

Shopping

Princess Tropical Treasures boutique is located on the island and sells all manner of souvenirs. Local crafts are also for sale along with hair braid styling.

Two complimentary barbecue pavilions offer hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, salad, fruit, cookies and a variety of other refreshments.

Visitors can use their onboard accounts for drinks, shore excursions, water sports equipment rentals and souvenirs from the Tropical Treasures boutique. Cash is required by local vendors.

For most people, Princess Cays remains a guilt-free beach day, where you can rent water toys, sign up for a snorkel excursion or simply hang out in a private cabana. Bring water shoes, as the shoreline by the water can have sharp rocks and coral fragments.

Points of Interest

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Princess Cays Accessible Excursions

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Princess Cays Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible