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We were here with the cruise ship and it was wonderful. Chairs were plentiful and there was plenty... read more

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Conquest Cruise

Clean, well laid out, we got one of the sanctuary bungalows, curtesy cart ride is available... read more

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday

We were here with the cruise ship and it was wonderful. Chairs were plentiful and there was plenty to eat in more than one dining venue. The water was clear and the beach not crowded.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

We took the short tender trip from the Royal Princess to the island. Kitchen staff from the ship set everything up on the island for lunch which was good. Our cruise was during the week long thanksgiving holiday so the ship & the island was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank saxondean
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This 14 day cruise was the best of several cruises i’ve been on. The first stop at Princess Cays was a blast. Perfect weather, great beach, lots of friends and good food. Everyone should experience a trip on Caribbean Princess.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank avidcitytraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was just here on the Regal Princess. It is a very good island and Princess still does it right by supplying a BBQ on the island for their guests so they do not have to go back to the ship.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KenHLondon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first time at a small private Caribbean Beach. This is NOT a resort. We reached it as a Port of Call on a Carnival cruise. If you like laying in the sun, swimming in the ocean, or just taking relaxing walks along the beach...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank Jim B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Clean, well laid out, we got one of the sanctuary bungalows, curtesy cart ride is available. Bungalow was nice, with a cooling system if the heat got to you, direct access to the water... note: no lifeguard at the private bungalows so keep an eye...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank andrewn143
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Went to Princess Cays with Carnival Cruise Line. First visit to the island. Rented a clam shell, rented water chairs.....both were a must! Only negative was the rocks/pebbles just as you walked into the water. Didn't use swim shoes but didn't have any cuts or...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank 4riddles
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The staff on this island were very friendly. Everything was a long walk from the tender port. The picnic was average and the shelters were crowded and finding a place to eat was difficult. The island was pretty though.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We went here unexpectedly due to Carnival changing the itenerary at the last minute... this was the best part of our trip, and the next cruise I book will include a private island!! The weather was gloomy and it rained on us throughout the day,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Global42746975169
Reviewed October 31, 2018

This stop is great if you're on a cruise that includes this beach on the itinerary. Our shipped anchored out in the ocean and we took a tender to the beach. The tender operated every 15 minutes. The beach is clean and you can see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank blackwidowinsc
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December 10, 2018|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry...have never heard of these.
December 9, 2018|
Response from Bradley M | Reviewed this property |
Totally up to you, I am sure that would be a great experience but when you get to the island you can venture where ever you want and snorkel where you want. We did a lot of snorkeling on the island, it was ok. Didn't see as... More
December 8, 2018|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
On Board the ship you can reserve...or when you get on shore...if you think you need one...we never do as we like to sit back more in the shade under trees or open air pleasant sheds. If you like to be up close to the... More
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Salem, Massachusetts
princess cays drink prices (1 Replies)
How are the prices for drinks on Princess Cays? Which is the best bar to get drinks?
November 29, 2015|
Response fromDave A|
Princess Cays is a private beach compound operated by the cruise line. Most folks on this forum have never been inside the fence there. You might have better luck getting answers on the Princess Cays forum.
Santee, California
Eastern Caribbean cruise need recommendations for exursions! (0 Replies)
Has anyone gone on excursions offered by cruise lines (Princess or other line) for stops in: Princess Cays, St Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk. Boyfriend who can't swim so snorkling and water sports are out! Land tours of historic places, shopping, beaches, tasting local cuisine and beverages are all welcome! Can you rent bikes or mopends and get around? We want to experience culture! Thanks!!
May 08, 2010|
Charleston, South Carolina
Best way to spend day during Cruise stop (3 Replies)
We are stopping at Princess Cays on a cruise. We will be there from 8 am - 5 pm and would love to see more of the local culture than the resort beach. Any advice on a local (non tourist trap) restaurant for lunch plus any must see sights would be greatly appreciated!
June 10, 2018|
Response fromsas58|
Check out eleutheratours.com