Located on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, this 40-acre area is owned by Princess Cruises and is a prime stop on most of the line's Caribbean itineraries. The private beach is about 100 feet long, and you can snorkel, swim, and rent kayaks and other water toys. But there’s no shame if you want to claim a lounge chair and do nothing at all.
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The Lookout Tower: For an overview of the whole scene, including the turquoise sea and sandy beach, climb up to the wooden observation platform known as the Crow’s Nest Overlook.
Rum Drinks: Why do icy piña coladas and rum punch taste so good on a warm Caribbean day? The bartenders and waiters here make sure your glass is never empty (you pay with your shipboard charge card).
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Barbecue: Burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and ribs are prepared on the grill, and there’s a whole tropical fruit area as part of this plentiful, complimentary spread. Fill your plate and head to one of the picnic tables under shaded pavilions.
Day Trips: You’re on Eleuthera, a 100-mile-long, two-mile-wide island with lots to see. If you’re not one to sit on the beach, catch one of the tour boats that leaves right from the resort’s Love Boat Marina and go exploring.
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Sun Worshippers: If your goal is to work on your tan and unplug, you’ll easily find a prime spot on the resort’s long beach. Slather on the sunscreen and soak in the rays.
Families: Princess Cays has multiple recreational activities, including a playground. If parents need down time, they can head to the adults-only Sanctuary Beach while the kids participate in activities with counselors at Pelican’s Perch.
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Tenders: Ships can’t dock here, so you have to take small tenders from ship to shore and back. You may find yourself waiting in line for the boats. And it’s not convenient to go back and forth, so be sure to pack what you need for the day.
Rocky terrain: Water shoes are a must here. There are jagged rocks in the water and even on the beach.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.