Princess Cays Redux

I wrote on December 5th about our first and last port of call. Not actually a port . . . Princess Cays is a resort on the island of Eleuthera, and it may be interesting for some reading of its history (the island, not the resort). 

Our first view of Princess Cays

Our first view of Princess Cays

Princess Cruises owns the resort, but there is no port, and the Royal Princess anchors offshore (difficult to anchor onshore), tendering the passengers to the resort. 

At first I got excited, imagining a people-sized tenderizer, but no . . . tender in this case means to service a ship, usually ferrying people and or supplies to and from shore.

By the way, I just found out the Royal princess was built in Monfalcone by Fincantieri. Monfalcone is not that far from where I grew up, and while my memory is often faulty, I believe I went there once or twice. If not, I’m sure I will be corrected. Regardless, Monfalcone is about a half hour ride from where I spent most of my time in Italy.

Back to Princess Cays . . . here you can see the people onshore getting ready for our visit . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Or, you would see it if you either clicked on the picture to open a larger version on a new window or tab, or if you went to the SmugMug Gallery HERE to look at the full size version of the photo.

Here you can see the chairs waiting for cruising asses to land upon them . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

This is the first tender heading ashore . . . it may include some of the crew from the ship, as the white hats seem an unusual thing to have in common with so many people in one place.

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Eventually we too headed ashore; something that, for reasons that will be obvious, we did not do on our second visit there.

Taken from the tender as we waited for the boat to fill up.

Taken from the tender as we waited for the boat to fill up.

This is the next tender waiting in line to pick up passengers. The tenders kept up a constant stream of trips for either new people going ashore, or people going back to the ship.

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

This is the view of the ship as we headed ashore . . . the second photo shows where our room was, just to the left of center, with center being the magnetic compass (the thing covered with the blue tarp).

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

By the way, those tenders are the lifeboats (if it’s not apparent). All them hatches can be close down, making the thing waterproof. There are also provisions to hook them up in tandem. Luckily, we did not have to test them out other than to use them to go ashore at this one place.

As we neared shore, we could see people already enjoying the beach and shallow warm waters.

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

And here we are, on . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Honest, there is not much there for two people such as us . . . so I snapped a few atmosphere photos . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

. . . some semi-artistic shots of the boat offshore . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

. . . the map of the place . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

. . . and a few flowers (only one presented here . . . the others are on the original post).

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

By the way, Princess Cays was the first of the two rain showers we got caught in during this trip. Only lasted a few minutes, but it got us a bit wet.

This next shot is of something that made me shake my head . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Imagine, if you will, going to a beach and renting one of these one-room cabins. They are air-conditioned, have a sofa a few chairs and a table, and two lounges . . . all for a mere $200 for the day (or the length of time the ship is here).

Now, imagine you have, less than a quarter mile away, a room you already paid for, air conditioning, a pool, food, and anything you might want, except for a beach.

It don’t make no sense.

Here’s another artistic shot of the ship.

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

. . . plus one of the swimming beaches at the resort . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

. . . a couple paddle-boarding . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

. . . and some fish attracted by the bread a few people were throwing at them . . . 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

About the only thing that caught my interest were these things . . . at first I thought they were for the beach, but I think they are meant for the water. 

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

Cruise 2014, Princess Cays,

As interesting as they were, I did not see anyone using them.

Princess Cays was interesting insomuch that I marveled at the desire of people to sit on a lounge chair on land as opposed to a lounge chair on the ship.

We headed back to the ship after an hour and a half, and before the big barbeque event that was planned. We figured the buffett would be almost all to ourselves . . . and it was.

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8 Responses to Princess Cays Redux

  1. oneowner says:

    It looks pretty inviting to me as I look out on a bleak, windy winter day in western NY. I wouldn’t mind lounging and eating barbecue.

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  2. mvschulze says:

    I would love the beach, and water, and great weather – but not the flood of tourists. About “winter advisory” mentioned above, I asked my cousin living in Frisco, CO how he felt about the ” several feet, and more coming” comment he made to me yesterday, and he said, “It’s beautiful, we love it! I would too. All in the moment, all in perspective! Merry Cristmas to you and Melisa. M 🎄

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    • disperser says:

      Don’t get me wrong, I do love snow. I prefer places that have all the seasons. However, a few days ago the snow came with 30-40 mph winds with gusts in to 60 mph (I took some movies of the snow blowing around), and in preparation for the storm hitting later, winds were gusting up something fierce.

      So, while I like the after, during the storm it wears on one hearing strong winds trying to knock your house down. It does make for interesting drifts.

      Now, if it was a gently falling snow, that’s another matter.

      http://www.wunderground.com/US/CO/084.html#WIN

      . . . we live at the top of Monument Hill. We generally get multiple inches more of snow than just a few miles away because we are on the Palmer Divide.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmer_Divide

      Thanks for the wishes, and ours in return to you and yours as well.

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  3. AnnMarie says:

    Your memory is right, we did go to Monfalcone with Don Giovanni at least twice to eat at a wonderful restaurant in Via Portorosega when we were youngsters. Since the area is hilly, Mother remembers that from the road you could see down to the harbor and Fincantieri and see the ships being built. If you go on Google Maps and zoom in on Monfalcone you can see a large cruise ship being built.

    Now, on to the Eleuthera. I read its interesting history and hope that they succeed in keeping much of that natural beauty intact. As for the Princess Cays resort, since sitting on the beach would be of short duration for me, the Aqua Bike (those colorful tricycles you photographed) would be my choice for adventure, along with exploring the nature trails. Perhaps one day, in the not too distant future, I’ll do just that. In the meantime, enjoying your beautiful photos will have to suffice.

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    • disperser says:

      I think I remember watching a storm in the Mediterranean (the Adriatic) when I was young, with what then seemed very large waves.

      We did not do any nature trails, as none were on the resort. Just paved walk from shop to shop and from eating place to eating place.

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  4. Interesting history! And love the photos! Your water shots are so stunning! I love the flowers and the fishes! Especially on this cold Winter day! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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