"Best Shore Excursions" – Editor's Picks, TravelAge West 2013
Anyone can bring you to the Caribbean, but no one helps you truly discover its timeless treasures and carefree tropical playgrounds, its people and personalities, quite like Princess.® And that can mean the difference between a vacation and a life-changing experience.
Located on the tiny Bahamian island of Eleuthera, Princess Cays is a secluded island playground, reserved just for Princess guests. Do some shopping, sample island fare and exotic cocktails, swim the crystal-clear waters or just soak up the warm Caribbean sun and watch the kids play on their own pirate's galleon. For a special treat, reserve a pastel-colored cabana where you can enjoy authentic cuisine, cocktails and some serious "me" time.
Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Dennis Conner for the day and race America's cup yachts in the turquoise blue waters and brisk trade winds of the Caribbean Sea. Grind a winch, trim a sail or punch a stopwatch as you compete against other crews in "the most exclusive sporting event in the world," followed by a victory celebration and some post-race rum punch.
The Western Caribbean is renowned for a wealth of Mayan archaeological treasures, with well-preserved cities full of temples, plazas, pyramids and citadels that rival the legendary ruins of Rome, Athens and Egypt. Marvel at the 2,000-year-old city of Altun Ha in Belize, the famous "El Castillo" castle ruins in Tulum or the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán in the lost city of Coba.
A must-do for experienced divers and novice snorkelers alike. Board a snorkeling boat and sail the azure waters of Caribbean to the Stingray Sandbar, where the memories of swimming alongside graceful stingrays on the sandy seafloor in the North Sound lagoon will stay with you long after you surface.
Soar like a bird through the treetops of Antigua's lush rainforest on an exhilarating zipline adventure. Our award winning eco-tour puts you right in the heart of this verdant forest while an intricate pulley and harness system safely carries you over spectacular scenery and a dramatic gorge filled with rich flora, interesting fruits and numerous bird species.
A trip to St. Lucia isn't complete without seeing the island’s most notable landmark - Les Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness a unique view of these magnificent dormant volcanoes as you sail by catamaran between the Petit & Gros peaks, each stretching over 2000 feet in the air, followed by a refreshing swim in a secluded cove in Marigot Bay.
Discover the secrets of preparing authentic Mexican cuisine from a prestigious local chef, then embrace the region's festive culture by enjoying your very own dish creations accompanied by Mexican wines and National Open Bar—including include cocktails mixed with mezcal, tequila, rum, brandy, vodka, and beer. After a mouth-watering lunch, unwind at Playa Mia Grand Beach Park®, one of the largest and most popular beaches in Cozumel.
Pirate legends and pristine landscapes are all part of the allure of St. Thomas, as are the splendid shops of Charlotte Amalie – warehouses once filled with pirate booty now serve as stores with wonderful duty-free shopping. Here you'll find rum, fine leather, cameras, jewelry and art, as well as quaint, cozy restaurants perfect for refueling after a busy morning of shopping.
Float on a meandering current under limestone arches—through centuries old caverns and down small rapids—as your trusty inner tube takes you through the sacred underworld of the ancient Maya, past underground waterfalls, stalagmites protruding from the river and stalactites hanging from above.
SWIM WITH WILD SEA TURTLES IN A PROTECTED BAY IN BARBADOS
Board a luxury catamaran and indulge in a sumptuous complimentary buffet lunch and open bar, then slip into the refreshing tropical waters of Turtle Beach—a favorite nesting spot for the area's wild sea turtles—and swim among these magnificent sea creatures in their native habitat. If you are lucky, you may even glimpse a hatchling!
From "best of" adventures to those that take you away from the crowds and off the beaten path, Princess offers award-winning shore excursions that bring each port to life — from the history and culture to the wildlife and unspoiled natural beauty — for a truly authentic and unique experience. Every excursion is designed to bring you the best Caribbean experiences, with activity levels from easy-to-handle to those geared for the adventurous traveler.