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Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

One of the most spectacular destinations in all of the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay is a privately owned island held by the Holland America cruise line. It is situated approximately 100 miles south of the city of Nassau and is accessible only by one of the cruise ships making stops throughout the Bahamas. Holland America proudly operates these cruises in partnership with private companies licensed to operate businesses on the island, and promotes these vacations to those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the major communities. Half Moon Cay is truly a getaway spot, where one can imagine being king or queen of his or her own personal paradise.

Where the Ship Docks

Half Moon Cay is largely natural area, with few docks and piers. The cruise ship anchors in the bay and all passengers are ferried ashore by small tender vessels, bringing visitors directly to the beach area and docking at modern arrival piers on the waterfront. The tourist shops and souvenir stores are located on this section of beach, where there is also a large restaurant and areas where organized recreation is overseen.

What to See and Do

Over 90 percent of Little San Salvador Island (another name for Half Moon Cay), which has a total land area of only 2.8 square miles, is unspoiled and totally natural. The entire island is a wild bird preserve and beach strolling while enjoying the many avian species is a favorite activity. Holland America operates many recreational activities as well, and visitors to the island can rent a catamaran, sailboat, view board or traditional surfboard while visiting. The beach recreation facilities include a volleyball and tennis court, basketball court, shuffleboard area, fitness trail and exercise stations. Several hiking trails lead from the activities center to various parts of the island, and for the more adventurous, jet skis and snorkeling equipment can be rented. The bay itself is well-protected from strong ocean currents, making Half Moon Cay very family-friendly in terms of swimming and relaxing on inflatable rafts. The Stingray Adventure Program offers guided tours for swimmers and snorkelers and is operated by experts that bring the world of undersea life up close and personal with tourists. The souvenir shop is simple but complete with locally made items such as straw hats, belts, sunglasses, sandals and photography supplies.

Eating/Drinking

The beach restaurant at Half Moon Cay offers cruise visitors an exciting blend of international cuisine, with the large Food Pavilion organized in cafeteria style. There are a number of open air dining shelters. Fresh fruit, buffet-style menu and a full service bar make for an enjoyable lunch or dinner while visiting the island. There is a complete restroom facility, shower station and changing room area located at the Food Pavilion.

Getting Around

Because of its small size, the Half Moon Cay area is basically for foot travel. The island has no highways or long surface roads and all of the activities take place at or depart from the main docking areas. Long walks on the beach or strolls along the hiking trails are the only transportation needed in this beautiful, tiny paradise.

Miscellaneous But Important

Most purchases can be billed to the passenger account aboard ship, so using currency while on the island is unnecessary. The operators of the shops and recreational facilities at Half Moon Cay speak English as well as several European languages. The island is promoted as a getaway vacation, so there are no hotels, Internet cafes or other city conveniences. Passengers can make emergency international calls from aboard ship if necessary. Half Moon Cay is a place to relax and forget about the outside world.

 
A beautiful scene from the Half Moon Cay beach.

A beautiful scene from the Half Moon Cay beach.


Horseback riding is a popular activity on this beautiful Bahamas island.

Horseback riding is a popular activity on this beautiful Bahamas island.


Since the island is wild bird preserve, you'll notice many interesting birds while walking on the beach.

Since the island is wild bird preserve, you'll notice many interesting birds while walking on the beach.


Cruise passengers are relaxing and having a great time on the beach.

Cruise passengers are relaxing and having a great time on the beach.

 

Cruises to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas


5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Havana, Cuba; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 17, 2019 $774 N/A N/A $1,634 Carnival Sensation June 17, 2019
July 15, 2019 $839 $919 $1,279 $1,394 Carnival Sensation July 15, 2019
August 12, 2019 $704 $829 $1,119 $1,104 Carnival Sensation August 12, 2019
September 23, 2019 $489 $584 N/A N/A Carnival Sensation September 23, 2019
November 4, 2019 $484 $559 N/A $1,404 Carnival Sensation November 4, 2019
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2019 $1,354 N/A N/A $2,414 Carnival Freedom June 22, 2019
July 20, 2019 $1,269 N/A $1,899 N/A Carnival Freedom July 20, 2019
August 17, 2019 $934 $1,054 $1,409 $1,984 Carnival Freedom August 17, 2019
September 14, 2019 $904 $1,089 $1,569 N/A Carnival Freedom September 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 $959 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Freedom October 12, 2019
December 7, 2019 $839 $959 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom December 7, 2019
February 15, 2020 $884 $1,079 $1,419 $1,954 Carnival Freedom February 15, 2020
March 14, 2020 $1,079 $1,209 $1,519 $1,869 Carnival Freedom March 14, 2020
April 11, 2020 $919 $1,009 $1,299 $1,659 Carnival Freedom April 11, 2020
May 9, 2020 $889 $1,019 $1,329 $1,919 Carnival Freedom May 9, 2020
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2019 $844 $984 N/A N/A Carnival Sensation June 22, 2019
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Aruba Island; Curacao; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2019 $1,279 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Magic June 22, 2019
July 20, 2019 $1,239 $1,519 $1,829 $2,779 Carnival Magic July 20, 2019
August 17, 2019 $934 $1,209 $1,399 $2,204 Carnival Magic August 17, 2019
September 14, 2019 $894 $1,049 N/A N/A Carnival Magic September 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 $929 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Magic October 12, 2019
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Charleston, SC
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Departure: Charleston, SC
Arrival: Charleston, SC
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Charleston, South Carolina; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Charleston, South Carolina
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 24, 2019 $939 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Sunshine June 24, 2019
July 13, 2019 $889 $999 $1,109 $1,218 Carnival Sunshine July 13, 2019
July 22, 2019 $897 $979 $1,094 $1,291 Carnival Sunshine July 22, 2019
August 19, 2019 N/A $769 $859 $1,025 Carnival Sunshine August 19, 2019
November 2, 2019 $649 $709 $859 $1,109 Carnival Sunshine November 2, 2019
December 14, 2019 $649 $729 $779 $1,179 Carnival Sunshine December 14, 2019
December 28, 2019 $979 $1,039 $1,249 $1,714 Carnival Sunshine December 28, 2019
January 20, 2020 $529 $589 $749 $1,099 Carnival Sunshine January 20, 2020
January 25, 2020 $519 $599 $739 $1,099 Carnival Sunshine January 25, 2020
March 2, 2020 $509 $639 $839 $1,259 Carnival Sunshine March 2, 2020
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Charleston, SC
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Departure: Charleston, SC
Arrival: Charleston, SC
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Charleston, South Carolina; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Charleston, South Carolina
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 29, 2019 $964 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Sunshine June 29, 2019
July 8, 2019 $929 $1,049 $1,129 $1,378 Carnival Sunshine July 8, 2019
July 27, 2019 $869 $999 $1,109 $1,228 Carnival Sunshine July 27, 2019
August 5, 2019 $834 $889 $1,009 $1,240 Carnival Sunshine August 5, 2019
August 10, 2019 $744 $789 $909 $1,059 Carnival Sunshine August 10, 2019
August 24, 2019 N/A $739 $844 $1,004 Carnival Sunshine August 24, 2019
September 2, 2019 $649 N/A $859 $1,026 Carnival Sunshine September 2, 2019
October 5, 2019 $689 $799 $879 $1,149 Carnival Sunshine October 5, 2019
November 11, 2019 $629 $739 $869 $1,159 Carnival Sunshine November 11, 2019
December 23, 2019 $889 $1,009 $1,149 $1,559 Carnival Sunshine December 23, 2019
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 30, 2019 $1,019 N/A $1,319 $1,887 Carnival Magic June 30, 2019
July 28, 2019 $929 $1,104 $1,219 $1,554 Carnival Magic July 28, 2019
August 11, 2019 $839 $1,009 $1,059 $1,290 Carnival Magic August 11, 2019
August 25, 2019 $729 $859 $959 $1,561 Carnival Magic August 25, 2019
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 6, 2019 $829 $964 $1,259 $1,524 Carnival Sensation July 6, 2019
July 20, 2019 $819 $919 $1,199 $1,329 Carnival Sensation July 20, 2019
August 3, 2019 $744 $824 $1,089 $1,304 Carnival Sensation August 3, 2019
August 17, 2019 $679 $709 $969 $1,139 Carnival Sensation August 17, 2019
August 31, 2019 $509 $569 $839 $964 Carnival Sensation August 31, 2019
September 14, 2019 $499 $549 $849 $929 Carnival Sensation September 14, 2019
September 28, 2019 $449 $504 $764 $854 Carnival Sensation September 28, 2019
October 26, 2019 $469 $544 $874 $1,139 Carnival Sensation October 26, 2019
November 23, 2019 $469 $529 $789 $849 Carnival Sensation November 23, 2019
December 21, 2019 $714 $819 $1,149 $1,249 Carnival Sensation December 21, 2019
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Carnival Pride
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 7, 2019 $1,219 $1,269 $1,339 N/A Carnival Pride July 7, 2019
July 14, 2019 $1,229 $1,349 $1,399 $1,701 Carnival Pride July 14, 2019
July 28, 2019 $1,139 $1,339 $1,374 $1,657 Carnival Pride July 28, 2019
August 4, 2019 $1,139 $1,199 $1,209 $1,600 Carnival Pride August 4, 2019
August 11, 2019 $1,099 $1,159 $1,179 $1,610 Carnival Pride August 11, 2019
August 25, 2019 $952 $1,059 $1,059 $1,409 Carnival Pride August 25, 2019
September 1, 2019 $799 $889 $919 $1,496 Carnival Pride September 1, 2019
September 8, 2019 $779 $839 $889 $1,338 Carnival Pride September 8, 2019
September 22, 2019 $789 $819 $899 $1,699 Carnival Pride September 22, 2019
September 29, 2019 $759 $789 $859 $1,799 Carnival Pride September 29, 2019
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 14, 2019 $1,009 $1,104 $1,249 $1,749 Carnival Magic July 14, 2019

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