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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


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; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 10, 2019 $649 $749 $1,199 $1,499 Zuiderdam December 10, 2019
17 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 17 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 10, 2019 $1,329 $1,459 $2,199 $3,229 Zuiderdam December 10, 2019
17 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 17 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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 11, 2019 $1,499 $1,669 $2,279 $3,699 Eurodam December 11, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 11, 2019 $399 $499 $849 $1,999 Veendam December 11, 2019
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
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
December 11, 2019 $729 $849 $1,299 $1,799 Eurodam December 11, 2019
January 26, 2020 $999 $1,199 $1,749 $2,599 Eurodam January 26, 2020
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
December 14, 2019 $589 $659 $859 $1,023 Carnival Sunshine December 14, 2019
December 28, 2019 $1,084 $1,299 N/A $1,909 Carnival Sunshine December 28, 2019
January 6, 2020 $489 $529 $639 $950 Carnival Sunshine January 6, 2020
January 20, 2020 $489 $554 $729 $903 Carnival Sunshine January 20, 2020
January 25, 2020 $484 $529 $694 $936 Carnival Sunshine January 25, 2020
February 17, 2020 $599 $709 $849 $1,229 Carnival Sunshine February 17, 2020
April 13, 2020 $799 $899 $1,039 $1,429 Carnival Sunshine April 13, 2020
April 18, 2020 $604 $719 $909 $1,209 Carnival Sunshine April 18, 2020
May 16, 2020 $639 $769 $939 $1,259 Carnival Sunshine May 16, 2020
May 30, 2020 $699 $749 $889 $1,234 Carnival Sunshine May 30, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
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
December 14, 2019 $529 $579 $729 $1,499 Nieuw Amsterdam December 14, 2019
December 5, 2020 $699 $799 $999 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam December 5, 2020
December 26, 2020 $1,099 $1,299 $1,499 $2,499 Nieuw Amsterdam December 26, 2020
January 16, 2021 $749 $849 $1,099 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam January 16, 2021
February 6, 2021 $799 $899 $1,199 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam February 6, 2021
February 27, 2021 $949 $1,049 $1,399 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam February 27, 2021
March 20, 2021 $799 $899 $1,199 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam March 20, 2021
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 14, 2019 $419 $449 $562 $814 Carnival Sunrise December 14, 2019
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 14, 2019 $1,279 $1,339 $1,699 $3,329 Nieuw Amsterdam December 14, 2019
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Carnival Pride
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2019 $819 $889 $909 $1,479 Carnival Pride December 15, 2019
February 23, 2020 $799 $829 $869 $1,532 Carnival Pride February 23, 2020

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