Thursday, April 22, 2010

Princess Cays

Our first stop was Princess Cays in the Bahamas, in the southern portion of the Island of Eleuthera (discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492).

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The island is mostly flat, with beautiful white sand beaches, mangrove trees, and gorgeous clear turquoise waters.

P4121255 It was really amazing what these guys can do with fruits and vegetables.  There were delightful displays of their talents in many of the dining areas on the ship.

There was plenty to do for those not inclined to lay and bake on a lounge chair.  There was swimming, snorkeling, aqua bikes, sailboats, kayaks, paddle wheelers, beach volleyball and the banana boat.  I must admit that the temperature of the water almost caused me to skip swimming, but once we got in it was wonderful and refreshing. 

P4121258A barbeque lunch was served on the island.  It included the usual hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, grilled chicken, salads, fruits and desserts.

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The scenery was beautiful.  We could have spent a couple more hours here, but we decided to take an early tender back to the ship for some of the other activities. 

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It’s hard to believe that the Bahamas were called the Islas Inutiles (Useless Islands) by the Spanish because of their lack of resources.  They remained uninhabited until the 17th century.

Next port will be St. Maarten – more to come.

7 comments:

Marilyn said...

What a lovely trip. The beach, blue water, and even the hotdogs looked delicious.

Appleshoe said...

Beautiful. The watermelons are amazing.

Hootie said...

WOW! That's about all I can say! The blues of your first picture...AMAZING! The carvings of the watermelons...AMAZING! I can't wait to hear more!!! :)

Rosemary said...

Gorgeous! Loved the watermelon carvings!
Nancy

Susan said...

I remember that color of the water!
I also remember the stingrays !

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A Happy Belated Birthday to you! What a wonderful way to celebrate on a cruise! I enjoyed reading all the posts about the tea, ETC!

Thanks for sharing!

Katherine

Angela McRae said...

That food looks just delicious, and I do believe those are the most beautiful sparking blue waters I have ever seen!

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