Princess Cruises has just given an exciting makeover to its Caribbean island, the 40-acre retreat: Princess Cays.
Set in the Bahamas, the island is used exclusively by Princess guests and now boasts enhancements like the following:
-Refitted beach bungalows
-A new water sports rental area, with snorkelling, swimming and diving equipment
-Extensive landscaping of all areas
-Wifi connectivity ashore, making Princess Cays one of the first private islands to offer internet access
-A new marina, giving guests more time ashore
Three new shore excursions will also be available for guests:
-A clear-floor kayak ride through the island’s lagoon, offering guests an ocean view of local marine life
-A bicycle ride to local notable sites including a market, the lagoon and remnants of the island’s 19th century salt industry
-A hosted ‘stingray beach encounter’, allowing guests to feed, touch and hold live stingrays
Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, Tony Roberts, said: “By making these subtle changes we’re continuing to develop Princess Cays as the premium Caribbean hideaway.
Its powder white sand and crystal clear seas make it the ultimate place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself.”
Princess Cays is found at the southern end of the island of Eleuthera, and it includes a mile and a half of shoreline; picnic and bar facilities; a lookout tower; and a shopping marketplace.
There’s a supervised children’s play area for families, complete with replica galleon and sand playground, alongside a beachside barbecue and bar is provided on every visit, with ships calling an average of seven to eight hours.
In other Princess news, the line will offer seven new shore excursions to guests sailing on Sapphire Princess, one of its Southampton-based ships for this spring and summer.
The vessel will head to northern Europe and the Mediterranean from May to October 2018 on voyages ranging from three to 14 nights.
The new excursions are in addition to hundreds already on offer, which encompass a wide range of activities at the 42 destinations the ship will call at.
For guests sailing to northern Europe, the new shore excursions include:
-A coach tour to some of the most famous sights and landmarks of Copenhagen, Denmark, including the Little Mermaid statue and Amalienborg Palace Square, home to the Danish Royal Family. Following this, guests will experience a trip to the Carlsberg brewery with taste testing
-A visit to the Skagen Odde Nature Centre, also in Denmark, which was designed by Sydney Opera House’s architect and demonstrates the effects of sea, sand, light and wind on the environment. This will be followed by beer tasting at a microbrewery and the chance to sample regional delicacies at a local restaurant
-A walking tour of the medieval centre of Tallinn, Estonia, followed by a private pastry and truffle making lesson with the head chef of a local speciality café
-A journey by boat through the waters off Tromsø, Norway, taking in the local fjords, waterfalls and islands
-A Nordic food walk in Stockholm’s Hötorgshallen food market, Sweden, including the chance to sample local dishes
For cruisers travelling to the Mediterranean, the excursions comprise:
-A guided walking tour of ancient Rome, Italy, including time to explore the Basilica of Saint Clement. This first century church contains original medieval paintings, mosaics, frescoes and monuments
-A visit to the reopened Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a prehistoric underground burial site in Valletta, Malta, with remains dating back to 4000 BC, followed by a stop at the National Museum of Archaeology
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “We’re continuing to tailor and enhance our shore excursions as we appreciate just how important it is for guests to immerse themselves in the destinations they visit.
The new excursions complement our aim of providing experiences that cover all tastes and budgets, from foodies to history lovers, from those looking to conveniently take in the sights to those who want to head out by themselves for their own mini adventure.”
What do you think of today’s Princess news? Are you keen to experience the new enhancements of the line’s private island? How about the new excursions? Which one would you do without hesitation? Leave us your comments!
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