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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


4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 5, 2020 $309 $369 $459 $664 Carnival Sunrise November 5, 2020
December 3, 2020 $309 $359 $449 $606 Carnival Sunrise December 3, 2020
February 11, 2021 $354 $399 $504 $819 Carnival Sunrise February 11, 2021
March 25, 2021 $404 $464 $564 $864 Carnival Sunrise March 25, 2021
April 22, 2021 $329 $389 $484 $859 Carnival Sunrise April 22, 2021
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
November 9, 2020 $479 $539 $739 $849 Carnival Sunshine November 9, 2020
November 23, 2020 $579 $689 $849 $1,204 Carnival Sunshine November 23, 2020
December 21, 2020 $619 $719 $839 $1,249 Carnival Sunshine December 21, 2020
January 4, 2021 $419 $499 $659 $814 Carnival Sunshine January 4, 2021
February 15, 2021 $479 $589 $739 $1,269 Carnival Sunshine February 15, 2021
May 1, 2021 $499 $599 $779 $1,219 Carnival Sunshine May 1, 2021
May 24, 2021 $549 $659 $819 $1,239 Carnival Sunshine May 24, 2021
July 5, 2021 $719 $819 $959 $1,489 Carnival Sunshine July 5, 2021
July 19, 2021 $699 $799 $939 $1,479 Carnival Sunshine July 19, 2021
August 16, 2021 $559 $659 $799 $1,339 Carnival Sunshine August 16, 2021
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
November 9, 2020 $339 $369 $459 $544 Carnival Liberty November 9, 2020
December 7, 2020 $309 $349 $439 $491 Carnival Liberty December 7, 2020
December 14, 2020 $309 $349 $439 $496 Carnival Liberty December 14, 2020
January 4, 2021 $309 $359 $464 $584 Carnival Liberty January 4, 2021
February 8, 2021 $339 $389 $489 $745 Carnival Liberty February 8, 2021
March 1, 2021 $349 $419 $519 $769 Carnival Liberty March 1, 2021
March 8, 2021 $384 $459 $564 $809 Carnival Liberty March 8, 2021
March 29, 2021 $404 $484 $584 $869 Carnival Liberty March 29, 2021
April 5, 2021 $424 $509 $604 $1,065 Carnival Liberty April 5, 2021
April 26, 2021 $329 $404 $499 $845 Carnival Liberty April 26, 2021
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 19, 2020 $309 $369 $459 $576 Carnival Sunrise November 19, 2020
May 6, 2021 $334 $394 $484 $849 Carnival Sunrise May 6, 2021
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
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 $1,079 $1,259 $1,659 $2,589 Carnival Freedom March 13, 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; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 12, 2020 $459 $529 $719 $961 Carnival Sunrise December 12, 2020
January 9, 2021 $419 $479 $599 $894 Carnival Sunrise January 9, 2021
February 6, 2021 $434 $504 $619 $979 Carnival Sunrise February 6, 2021
March 1, 2021 $444 $544 $679 $1,039 Carnival Sunrise March 1, 2021
April 3, 2021 $534 $624 $754 $1,039 Carnival Sunrise April 3, 2021
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Radiance
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 13, 2020 $669 $759 $999 $1,195 Carnival Radiance December 13, 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; 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 19, 2020 $1,099 $1,149 $1,399 $2,249 Nieuw Amsterdam December 19, 2020
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 19, 2020 $1,149 $1,299 $1,699 $2,699 Eurodam December 19, 2020
15 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Nassau, 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
December 19, 2020 $2,259 $2,499 $3,159 $4,879 Eurodam December 19, 2020

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