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Photo Tour and Commentary
Princess Cays is a private beach resort located on the
island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The island itself is
100 miles long but only two miles wide.
As the name indicates, the resort was developed by
Princess Cruises and has been used by that line since
1992. The resort is a stop on the itineraries of not only
Princess cruise ships but also of ships of affiliated lines
such as Cunard.
The water surrounding the resort is too shallow for
cruise ships to dock so guests arrive at the resort via
tenders from their cruise ship. The boat ride is not
long. There is a small cove in the middle of the resort
area where piers have been constructed for the
convenience of passengers disembarking and later re-
embarking the tenders. It is called "Love Boat Marina."
A number of structures have been built on the island
and linked by paved walkways. These include
information and equipment rental kiosks, shops, several
bars, and dining facilities for lunch. The bars and the
dining areas have roofs but are open on the sides,
affording the passengers views of the beach and the sea.
Interestingly, all of the cooking at the resort is done by
the ship’s staff. While there are cooking facilities on
the island, chefs, food, and supplies have to be tendered
in from the ship and tendered back again at the end of
Ships calling at Princess Cays typically offer excursions
such as deep sea fishing and glass bottom boat cruises.
In addition, guests can rent snorkeling equipment, sail
boats, floats, sea boards, aqua bikes, paddle wheelers,
Princess Cays as seen from the tender
from the ship.
The entrance to the larger northern section.
The harbor where the tenders
disembark and embark
passengers is Love Boat
The beach to the south of the cove is not as wide
as the one to the north and cabanas cover the
The marina divides Princess Cays into two sections -
north and south. To get to the south section guests
cross this small wooden bridge.
Cruise port photo review - cruise line private island - Princess Cays - page 1
Right: Grand Princess off Princess Cays.
Below: Queen Mary 2 off Princess Cays.