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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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Charleston, South Carolina
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 24, 2019 $669 $759 N/A N/A Carnival Sunshine August 24, 2019
September 2, 2019 $789 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Sunshine September 2, 2019
October 5, 2019 $729 $799 $949 $1,340 Carnival Sunshine October 5, 2019
November 11, 2019 $708 $839 N/A $1,544 Carnival Sunshine November 11, 2019
December 23, 2019 $949 $1,129 $1,279 $1,559 Carnival Sunshine December 23, 2019
April 27, 2020 $599 $739 $909 $1,359 Carnival Sunshine April 27, 2020
May 2, 2020 $644 $744 $889 $1,259 Carnival Sunshine May 2, 2020
May 25, 2020 $709 $799 $969 $1,389 Carnival Sunshine May 25, 2020
July 20, 2020 $749 $849 $999 $1,489 Carnival Sunshine July 20, 2020
August 17, 2020 $629 $729 $869 $1,339 Carnival Sunshine August 17, 2020
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
August 25, 2019 N/A $1,059 $1,129 N/A Carnival Pride August 25, 2019
September 1, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,901 Carnival Pride September 1, 2019
September 8, 2019 N/A N/A $1,107 N/A Carnival Pride September 8, 2019
September 22, 2019 $899 $949 N/A $1,689 Carnival Pride September 22, 2019
September 29, 2019 $942 $959 $1,089 $1,744 Carnival Pride September 29, 2019
October 6, 2019 $979 N/A $1,159 N/A Carnival Pride October 6, 2019
October 20, 2019 $999 $1,039 $1,189 N/A Carnival Pride October 20, 2019
May 31, 2020 $1,039 $1,139 $1,189 $1,659 Carnival Pride May 31, 2020
June 7, 2020 $1,039 $1,129 $1,199 $1,699 Carnival Pride June 7, 2020
June 28, 2020 $1,109 $1,229 $1,299 $1,739 Carnival Pride June 28, 2020
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
August 25, 2019 $709 $819 $879 N/A Carnival Magic August 25, 2019
September 22, 2019 $614 $709 $809 $1,277 Carnival Magic September 22, 2019
October 6, 2019 $699 $824 $929 $1,559 Carnival Magic October 6, 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
August 31, 2019 $512 $579 $849 $981 Carnival Sensation August 31, 2019
September 14, 2019 N/A N/A $789 $809 Carnival Sensation September 14, 2019
September 23, 2019 $454 $509 $839 $839 Carnival Sensation September 23, 2019
September 28, 2019 $404 $484 $749 $789 Carnival Sensation September 28, 2019
October 26, 2019 $469 $544 $874 $1,139 Carnival Sensation October 26, 2019
April 25, 2020 $529 $619 $879 $969 Carnival Sensation April 25, 2020
May 9, 2020 $539 $639 $914 $964 Carnival Sensation May 9, 2020
August 10, 2020 $629 $719 $989 $1,029 Carnival Sensation August 10, 2020
September 7, 2020 $459 $529 $789 $829 Carnival Sensation September 7, 2020
October 5, 2020 $459 $534 $794 $834 Carnival Sensation October 5, 2020
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
September 8, 2019 $639 $704 $829 $1,071 Carnival Magic September 8, 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
September 14, 2019 $919 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Magic September 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 $939 $1,144 N/A $1,774 Carnival Magic October 12, 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
September 14, 2019 N/A N/A $1,539 $2,614 Carnival Freedom September 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 $929 $1,149 N/A $4,029 Carnival Freedom October 12, 2019
December 7, 2019 $959 $1,019 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom December 7, 2019
February 15, 2020 $944 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Freedom February 15, 2020
March 14, 2020 $1,079 $1,209 $1,559 $1,989 Carnival Freedom March 14, 2020
April 11, 2020 $1,009 $1,139 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom April 11, 2020
May 9, 2020 $989 $1,099 $1,489 $2,184 Carnival Freedom May 9, 2020
June 6, 2020 $1,269 $1,449 $1,829 $2,189 Carnival Freedom June 6, 2020
July 4, 2020 $1,209 $1,419 $1,789 $2,169 Carnival Freedom July 4, 2020
August 1, 2020 $1,189 $1,359 $1,649 $2,119 Carnival Freedom August 1, 2020
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
October 14, 2019 $939 N/A $1,229 $2,204 Carnival Sunrise October 14, 2019
October 20, 2019 $819 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Sunrise October 20, 2019
May 9, 2020 $979 $1,079 $1,359 $1,724 Carnival Sunrise May 9, 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
October 19, 2019 $578 $579 $799 $1,859 Nieuw Amsterdam October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019 $499 $529 $699 $1,599 Nieuw Amsterdam November 16, 2019
December 14, 2019 $499 $549 $699 $1,499 Nieuw Amsterdam December 14, 2019
January 11, 2020 $599 $679 $849 $1,599 Nieuw Amsterdam January 11, 2020
December 5, 2020 $699 $799 $999 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam December 5, 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 $799 $899 $1,199 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam February 27, 2021
March 20, 2021 $799 $899 $1,199 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam March 20, 2021
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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 19, 2019 $996 $1,053 $1,471 $3,380 Nieuw Amsterdam October 19, 2019

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