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Old 11-16-2009, 09:38 AM   #1
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Castaway Cay v Princess Cays

I hope someone who has been at both can help me with this one.

We love Castaway Cay. However, we will be sailing on Crown Princess for a family reunion Christmas Cruise in 2010. Princess has Princess Cays as its beach stop, but we can find little about it other than a list of shore excursions (snorkeling, parasailing, etc.)

Can anyone tell me about Princess Cays? How does it compare to Castaway. Any information would be helpful. I guess I want to prepare myself for the differences in advance.

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Suzanne - I had to laugh because we did a family cruise the week after Christmas last year on the Crown Princess. We are total DCL devotees, and were a little leery about going on Princess, but we ended up loving it. Princess Cay was very nice, but in my opinion, can't compare to Castaway Cay. If you think of it as a nice beach day, you'll have a great time, but if you expect it to be as nice as Castaway Cay, you will be disappointed.

Nobody does atmosphere as well as Disney. My son and niece (both teens) had a great time on one of those giant water tricycles, and we all had fun relaxing on the beach.

The ship itself was great. The service was wonderful, and the food was much better than DCL. We still prefer DCL for the "whole experience" but we will definitely cruise Princess again.

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Old 11-16-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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Thanks, Karen. That helps alot. Anticipating a nice beach day and not worrying that it is not CC is a good approach.

One other question - are there any shady areas on the beach, like the tree areas of CC, where a family can set up chairs and not get too much sun?


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I really like Princess cruises and love Princess Cay.... until I went to Castaway Cay. But that being said, it was beautiful and the highlight of our Princess Cruise.

You tender in, I think still - we did at least. Which is a definite bummer since you have to plan to catch the tenders. But the sand was beautiful, there are tons of hammocks, and the water was lovely and its gated so only passengers are there. The food was very good too - similar to Castaway Cay and Cookies Barbeque.

Atmosphere is just a Bahamian Beach - nothing Disneyfied about it. Its what real beaches, not fantasy perfect Disney Beaches, look like.

You should have fun - its great beach time.
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Thanks!

Looks like it will be just fine, if not a pleasant break.
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