(2:37 p.m. EST) -- Cruisers heading to Princess Cays can now look forward to freshly renovated beach bungalows and bars, new shore excursions, MedallionNet Wi-Fi, a new marina and more.
The private island in the Bahamas -- operated by Princess Cruises and shared with Carnival Cruise Line -- has completed renovations that will be unveiled when Caribbean Princess visits on Saturday, February 17, during a 10-night Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Caribbean cruise. It is a popular call on Princess' Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, and is found on select Carnival cruises.
Among the new shore excursions now available are clear-bottom kayaking through the island's lagoon, an island bicycle tour and a Stingray Beach experience, where cruisers can touch, feed and hold live stingrays.
For those who wish to spend the day relaxing in the sun, the beach -- which spans more than a mile and a half -- features retrofitted bungalows, which can be rented for a fee. Those on the island will also have access to MedallionNet Wi-Fi, Princess' new high-speed internet.
The marina has been expanded to include a new channel and turning basin depth to accommodate larger tenders for a smoother embarkation and disembarkation process. It now features a shaded, security pre-clearance area.
Other updates include touched-up bar areas and shops, replenished landscaping, a new information booth with a shaded lounge area and a guest services station for towel and water distribution at the welcome center.
Princess Cays was named one of the Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations, based on consumer reviews, in Cruise Critic's 2017 Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor