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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


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 N/A $1,109 $1,499 $3,451 Nieuw Amsterdam October 19, 2019
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 $549 $589 $799 $1,859 Nieuw Amsterdam October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019 $499 $529 $699 $1,599 Nieuw Amsterdam November 16, 2019
December 14, 2019 $529 $579 $729 $1,499 Nieuw Amsterdam December 14, 2019
January 11, 2020 $599 $679 $1,049 $1,599 Nieuw Amsterdam January 11, 2020
December 5, 2020 $699 $799 $999 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam December 5, 2020
December 26, 2020 $1,249 $1,449 $1,699 $2,799 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 $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
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 20, 2019 $849 $1,009 $1,279 N/A Carnival Sunrise October 20, 2019
May 9, 2020 $979 $1,079 $1,359 $1,724 Carnival Sunrise May 9, 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
October 20, 2019 $1,089 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Pride October 20, 2019
August 9, 2020 $1,079 $1,199 $1,239 $1,699 Carnival Pride August 9, 2020
August 16, 2020 $1,029 $1,119 $1,239 $1,639 Carnival Pride August 16, 2020
August 30, 2020 $829 $919 $1,019 $1,427 Carnival Pride August 30, 2020
September 13, 2020 $799 $889 $949 $1,339 Carnival Pride September 13, 2020
September 27, 2020 $809 $909 $989 $1,339 Carnival Pride September 27, 2020
March 21, 2021 $849 $939 $989 $1,389 Carnival Pride March 21, 2021
March 28, 2021 $1,079 $1,169 $1,219 $1,719 Carnival Pride March 28, 2021
April 11, 2021 $889 $979 $1,029 $1,419 Carnival Pride April 11, 2021
April 18, 2021 $879 $969 $1,019 $1,419 Carnival Pride April 18, 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
October 20, 2019 N/A $784 $899 $1,249 Carnival Magic October 20, 2019
January 12, 2020 $609 N/A $1,108 $1,634 Carnival Magic January 12, 2020
February 9, 2020 $609 $749 $869 $1,261 Carnival Magic February 9, 2020
February 23, 2020 $619 $769 $899 $1,469 Carnival Magic February 23, 2020
March 8, 2020 $649 N/A $909 $1,319 Carnival Magic March 8, 2020
March 22, 2020 $709 $849 $959 $1,394 Carnival Magic March 22, 2020
April 5, 2020 $739 $849 $1,029 $1,227 Carnival Magic April 5, 2020
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 20, 2019 $749 $829 $1,099 $1,699 Zuiderdam October 20, 2019
March 8, 2020 $949 $1,149 $1,399 $2,599 Zuiderdam March 8, 2020
March 29, 2020 $949 $1,149 $1,599 $2,599 Zuiderdam March 29, 2020
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; 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 23, 2019 $866 $899 $1,699 $3,799 Veendam October 23, 2019
November 6, 2019 N/A $948 $1,699 N/A Veendam November 6, 2019
April 8, 2020 $1,049 $1,239 $2,099 $3,999 Veendam April 8, 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 26, 2019 $499 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Sensation October 26, 2019
April 25, 2020 $539 $614 $924 $1,059 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 $464 $534 $794 $864 Carnival Sensation September 7, 2020
October 5, 2020 $464 $539 $799 $869 Carnival Sensation October 5, 2020
November 2, 2020 $444 $519 $779 $814 Carnival Sensation November 2, 2020
November 30, 2020 $439 $519 $779 $819 Carnival Sensation November 30, 2020
December 5, 2020 $434 $509 $769 $804 Carnival Sensation December 5, 2020
December 28, 2020 $784 $874 $1,194 $1,369 Carnival Sensation December 28, 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; 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 26, 2019 $499 $549 $749 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam October 26, 2019
November 28, 2020 $849 $949 $1,199 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam November 28, 2020
April 3, 2021 $799 $899 $1,199 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam April 3, 2021
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Jacksonville, FL
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
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
October 26, 2019 $409 $514 $784 $768 Carnival Ecstasy October 26, 2019
December 2, 2019 $409 $459 $739 $739 Carnival Ecstasy December 2, 2019
January 4, 2020 $424 $494 $774 $914 Carnival Ecstasy January 4, 2020

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