Posted May 03, 2012
Travelers looking to escape from their busy lifestyles will have the opportunity to find a personalized vacation experience on a Caribbean cruise. With the options for 4, 7, 10 and 14-day trips, there are countless options for those looking to take a breath of fresh air while enjoying entertaining and luxurious amenities on a Princess cruise ship. Whether travelers want to work up a sweat on an indoor rock climbing wall, be entertained at one of the many world-class concert stages or be treated like royalty at a five-star restaurant, the dazzling Caribbean islands offer the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable vacation with Princess Cruises.
The Caribbean islands are renowned for their pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Passengers of all ages have the rare chance to snorkel, visit vibrant bird sanctuaries and walk through fascinating natural formations all in a single day while enjoying a personal island getaway. Additionally, Princess Cruises will take travelers on exclusive shore excursions to enjoy some of the best shopping venues in the Bahamas, where they can pick up memorabilia and one-of-a-kind trinkets for loved ones at home.
Experience a private island paradise on Princess Cays
On Princess Cays, passengers on Caribbean cruises have exclusive access to one of the most beautiful islands in all of the West Indies. Families can rent aqua bikes, kayaks, paddle boats and rafts as they slowly make their way around the shallow, turquoise waters. With the shore excursion program, passengers can slather on sunscreen and enjoy countless hours of outdoor adventures, including the immensely popular banana boat ride. During this high-speed ride through the surrounding waters, a large powerboat pulls a group of six young-at-heart vacationers (with life jackets) for a thrilling and unforgettable joyride. After one loop around the island, cruisers will undoubtedly want to have another go.
To retreat further into a relaxing vacation, passengers can opt for one of the many private beach bungalows, which are perfect for a romantic hideaway or fun-filled family barbecue. Painted with bright colors, each bungalow is outfitted with a private shower, air conditioning and a personal staff. Guests can order a tropical beverage and take in their breathtaking surroundings.
Catch a tuna or wahoo on a chartered fishing boat
As a launching point for an underwater adventure, a stop in Princess Cays is the perfect opportunity for visitors to try their hand at deep-sea and surf fishing. On the custom fishing boat, the experienced skipper and his crew will lead passengers toward the most densely populated underwater regions where travelers can attempt to catch tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi and other deep sea fish - all of which are returned back to the ocean as soon as crewmembers capture a memorable photo.
Learn about the Caribbean's geological wonders
Situated in the heart of Barbados, Harrison's Caves contain ancient stalactites and stalagmites, which have been slowly changing for thousands of years. This crystallised limestone cavern features ice-cold streams and deep pools of crystal-clear water, which allow for unforgettable photographic opportunities.
Further along a Caribbean cruise vacation, passengers will have the opportunity to see a live volcano in action on Martinique. Mt. Pelee is perpetually covered in fog and looms majestically over the surrounding villages.
Retail Heaven in the Bahamas
On a Bahamas cruise, Princess passengers can enjoy hours of retail therapy at the Tropical Treasure boutiques, where they can find unique souvenirs and authentic handicrafts such as paradise-inspired hats, freshwater pearl jewelry and floral handbags. A number of local vendors situate themselves throughout main strips and beaches in the Caribbean, selling items that are impossible to find anywhere else in the world.