PHOTO: Private bungalows at Princess Cays. (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
Corporate sharing of cruise private islands is not uncommon in the Carnival Corp. Holland America Line shares its Half Moon Cay with Carnival Cruise Line, and now Princess Cruises is set to share its Princess Cays with half a dozen ships from the Carnival brand as well.
Starting in May 2017, Princess Cays private destination will feature on the itineraries of the Carnival Conquest, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Pride and Carnival Sensation. The port-of-call is located on the southern tip of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera and is expected to be visited by Carnival 40 times in 2017 and 98 in times in 2018.
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“At Carnival, we’re always looking for new and exciting destinations for our guests and Princess Cays is a beautiful island paradise with gorgeous beaches and an array of ‘fun-in-the-sun’ activities that our guests will really enjoy experiencing on their vacation,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
The 40-acre Princess Cays features tropical beaches; a scenic observation tower; bars; restaurants and local crafts, souvenir and art retail shops. Among the dining options is a free barbecue lunch, and private bungalows are available for rent. Shoreside tours also include dune buggy adventures, glass-bottom excursions, paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking.
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In preparation for the island’s increased traffic, operational upgrades are underway with larger tenders anticipated to help guests disembark quicker.
Carnival sailings in 2017 set to showcase Princess Cays are as follows: certain 7-day Carnival Pride cruises from Baltimore, 5-day Carnival Ecstasy cruises from Charleston, 8-day Carnival Conquest cruises from Fort Lauderdale, 5-day Carnival Elation cruises from Jacksonville, 4-day Carnival Liberty cruises from Port Canaveral and 4-day Carnival Sensation cruises from Miami.