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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 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
October 3, 2020 $429 $489 $689 $811 Carnival Sunshine October 3, 2020
October 31, 2020 $429 $489 $689 $1,269 Carnival Sunshine October 31, 2020
November 9, 2020 $449 $499 $689 $939 Carnival Sunshine November 9, 2020
November 23, 2020 $589 $699 $859 $1,279 Carnival Sunshine November 23, 2020
December 21, 2020 $619 $719 $839 $1,324 Carnival Sunshine December 21, 2020
January 4, 2021 $419 $499 $679 $839 Carnival Sunshine January 4, 2021
February 15, 2021 $499 $609 $759 $1,269 Carnival Sunshine February 15, 2021
May 1, 2021 $549 $629 $839 $1,239 Carnival Sunshine May 1, 2021
May 24, 2021 $619 $719 $899 $1,279 Carnival Sunshine May 24, 2021
July 5, 2021 $769 $869 $1,009 $1,489 Carnival Sunshine July 5, 2021
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Breeze
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
October 4, 2020 $559 $649 $799 $1,212 Carnival Breeze October 4, 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
October 5, 2020 $359 $419 $689 $654 Carnival Sensation October 5, 2020
November 2, 2020 $359 $419 $689 $666 Carnival Sensation November 2, 2020
November 30, 2020 $359 $419 $689 $619 Carnival Sensation November 30, 2020
December 5, 2020 $429 $499 $689 $747 Carnival Sensation December 5, 2020
December 28, 2020 $659 $729 $1,099 $1,564 Carnival Sensation December 28, 2020
January 25, 2021 $359 $419 $699 $789 Carnival Sensation January 25, 2021
February 22, 2021 $429 $494 $764 $780 Carnival Sensation February 22, 2021
April 19, 2021 $449 $529 $799 $914 Carnival Sensation April 19, 2021
May 8, 2021 $449 $529 $809 $1,009 Carnival Sensation May 8, 2021
May 17, 2021 $459 $539 $819 $1,009 Carnival Sensation May 17, 2021
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 10, 2020 $359 $419 $689 $798 Carnival Sensation October 10, 2020
November 7, 2020 $439 $509 $689 $769 Carnival Sensation November 7, 2020
November 21, 2020 $379 $429 $709 $911 Carnival Sensation November 21, 2020
January 30, 2021 $359 $419 $689 $661 Carnival Sensation January 30, 2021
March 13, 2021 $489 $569 $839 $1,034 Carnival Sensation March 13, 2021
April 10, 2021 $449 $529 $799 $914 Carnival Sensation April 10, 2021
April 24, 2021 $449 $529 $799 $924 Carnival Sensation April 24, 2021
6 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Norfolk, VA
Ship: Carnival Radiance
Departure: Norfolk, VA
Arrival: Norfolk, VA
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Norfolk, Virginia; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Norfolk, Virginia
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 12, 2020 $789 $879 $1,099 $1,529 Carnival Radiance October 12, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Liberty
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 12, 2020 $279 $319 $414 $715 Carnival Liberty October 12, 2020
October 19, 2020 $279 $319 $409 $590 Carnival Liberty October 19, 2020
November 9, 2020 $279 $319 $409 $645 Carnival Liberty November 9, 2020
December 7, 2020 $279 $319 $409 $708 Carnival Liberty December 7, 2020
December 14, 2020 $279 $319 $409 N/A Carnival Liberty December 14, 2020
January 4, 2021 $309 $359 $464 $605 Carnival Liberty January 4, 2021
February 8, 2021 $309 $359 $459 $795 Carnival Liberty February 8, 2021
March 1, 2021 $354 $424 $524 $769 Carnival Liberty March 1, 2021
March 8, 2021 $389 $459 $569 $809 Carnival Liberty March 8, 2021
March 29, 2021 $409 $489 $589 $869 Carnival Liberty March 29, 2021
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 18, 2020 $649 $749 $949 $1,699 Eurodam October 18, 2020
November 8, 2020 $649 $749 $949 $1,699 Eurodam November 8, 2020
January 3, 2021 $849 $949 $1,089 $1,799 Eurodam January 3, 2021
January 24, 2021 $799 $899 $1,049 $1,699 Eurodam January 24, 2021
February 14, 2021 $899 $999 $1,089 $1,899 Eurodam February 14, 2021
March 7, 2021 $899 $999 $1,089 $1,899 Eurodam March 7, 2021
March 28, 2021 $899 $999 $1,089 $1,899 Eurodam March 28, 2021
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Colon, Panama; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Gatun Lake, Panama; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 18, 2020 $999 $1,199 $1,599 $2,199 Zuiderdam October 18, 2020
November 8, 2020 $999 $1,199 $1,599 $2,199 Zuiderdam November 8, 2020
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
October 24, 2020 $759 $929 $1,359 N/A Carnival Freedom October 24, 2020
November 21, 2020 $1,089 $1,329 $1,729 $2,299 Carnival Freedom November 21, 2020
January 16, 2021 $759 $849 $1,279 $2,053 Carnival Freedom January 16, 2021
February 13, 2021 $849 $949 $1,349 $2,119 Carnival Freedom February 13, 2021
March 13, 2021 $1,109 $1,259 $1,659 $2,439 Carnival Freedom March 13, 2021
April 10, 2021 $859 $979 $1,229 $1,679 Carnival Freedom April 10, 2021
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Breeze
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Aruba Island; Bonaire; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2020 $809 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Breeze October 24, 2020

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