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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; Grand Turk Island; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2019 $667 $689 N/A $1,129 Carnival Sensation April 27, 2019
May 11, 2019 N/A $692 N/A N/A Carnival Sensation May 11, 2019
July 6, 2019 N/A $884 N/A N/A Carnival Sensation July 6, 2019
July 20, 2019 N/A $904 N/A N/A Carnival Sensation July 20, 2019
August 3, 2019 $659 $759 $1,054 $1,139 Carnival Sensation August 3, 2019
August 17, 2019 $614 $669 N/A $1,079 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 $469 $529 $794 $879 Carnival Sensation September 28, 2019
October 26, 2019 $454 $549 $809 $859 Carnival Sensation October 26, 2019
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Jacksonville, FL
Ship: Carnival Elation
Departure: Jacksonville, FL
Arrival: Jacksonville, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Jacksonville, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Jacksonville, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $994 Carnival Elation April 27, 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
April 28, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,913 Carnival Pride April 28, 2019
May 12, 2019 N/A N/A $1,189 $1,622 Carnival Pride May 12, 2019
May 19, 2019 $1,069 N/A $1,279 $1,571 Carnival Pride May 19, 2019
June 2, 2019 $1,139 $1,199 N/A N/A Carnival Pride June 2, 2019
June 9, 2019 N/A N/A $1,429 $1,677 Carnival Pride June 9, 2019
June 16, 2019 $1,239 $1,249 $1,374 N/A Carnival Pride June 16, 2019
July 7, 2019 $1,119 $1,269 $1,309 $1,799 Carnival Pride July 7, 2019
July 14, 2019 $1,179 $1,319 $1,419 $1,701 Carnival Pride July 14, 2019
July 28, 2019 $1,134 $1,344 $1,359 $1,772 Carnival Pride July 28, 2019
August 4, 2019 $1,069 $1,209 $1,219 $1,671 Carnival Pride August 4, 2019
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Norfolk, VA
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
Departure: Norfolk, VA
Arrival: Norfolk, VA
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Norfolk, Virginia; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Norfolk, Virginia
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 29, 2019 N/A $1,089 $1,459 $1,808 Carnival Sunrise April 29, 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
May 4, 2019 $954 N/A $1,639 $2,770 Carnival Freedom May 4, 2019
May 25, 2019 $1,114 $1,264 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom May 25, 2019
September 14, 2019 $864 $969 $1,429 $1,954 Carnival Freedom September 14, 2019
April 11, 2020 $869 $989 $1,189 $1,659 Carnival Freedom April 11, 2020
May 9, 2020 $889 $1,009 $1,299 $1,819 Carnival Freedom May 9, 2020
June 6, 2020 $1,179 $1,329 $1,619 $2,069 Carnival Freedom June 6, 2020
July 4, 2020 $1,209 $1,359 $1,669 $2,169 Carnival Freedom July 4, 2020
April 10, 2021 $859 $979 $1,229 $1,679 Carnival Freedom April 10, 2021
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
May 5, 2019 $844 N/A $1,109 $1,904 Carnival Magic May 5, 2019
6 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Norfolk, VA
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
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
May 6, 2019 $969 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Sunrise May 6, 2019
October 14, 2019 $799 $959 $1,169 $3,199 Carnival Sunrise October 14, 2019
October 20, 2019 $829 $959 N/A $1,779 Carnival Sunrise October 20, 2019
May 9, 2020 $849 $979 $1,139 $1,529 Carnival Sunrise May 9, 2020
6 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Charleston, SC
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Departure: Charleston, SC
Arrival: Charleston, SC
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Charleston, South Carolina; Freeport, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Charleston, South Carolina
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 9, 2019 $879 N/A $1,279 $1,756 Carnival Ecstasy May 9, 2019
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New Orleans, LA
Ship: Carnival Glory
Departure: New Orleans, LA
Arrival: New Orleans, LA
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Louisiana; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 11, 2019 $854 $1,024 $1,419 N/A Carnival Glory May 11, 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
May 18, 2019 $879 $969 N/A $1,529 Carnival Sunshine May 18, 2019
May 27, 2019 $819 $919 N/A $1,384 Carnival Sunshine May 27, 2019
June 15, 2019 $864 N/A $1,074 $1,439 Carnival Sunshine June 15, 2019
June 24, 2019 $889 $984 $1,079 $1,317 Carnival Sunshine June 24, 2019
July 13, 2019 $829 $979 $1,059 $1,259 Carnival Sunshine July 13, 2019
July 22, 2019 $819 $929 $1,064 $1,304 Carnival Sunshine July 22, 2019
August 19, 2019 $689 $729 $839 $1,074 Carnival Sunshine August 19, 2019
November 2, 2019 $609 $689 $819 $1,109 Carnival Sunshine November 2, 2019
December 14, 2019 $599 $709 $779 $1,179 Carnival Sunshine December 14, 2019
December 28, 2019 $939 $1,019 $1,229 $1,689 Carnival Sunshine December 28, 2019

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