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Tenders Greet Holland America Eurodam to Half Moon Cay
Half Moon Cay Is Perfect Mix of Unspoiled Beach and Accessible Areas
Half Moon Cay was once Little San Salvador island in the Bahamas, but was renamed by Holland America Line to honor Henry Hudson's small ship once featured on the Holland America Line logo. The flat, sandy island is spectacular, and passengers can enjoy the crescent-shaped beach and all sorts of water activities. It is located about 100 miles from Nassau, but this idyllic island is much different from the shopping and historical city.
Half Moon Cay has a small straw market, an ice cream shop, and a few bars, but cruise passengers mostly head for the beach or sign up for one of the adventure-oriented shore excursions. These excursions include kayaking, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, personal watercraft riding, bicycling, hiking, snorkeling, and swimming with sting rays. Once ashore, passengers can also enjoy a lunch barbecue without having to tender back to the ship.
Although Carnival Corporation and... Holland America have developed a small part of Half Moon Cay, crossing it with trails and making is accessible to all via the island's tram, most of the island is an untouched nature preserve. Holland America has kept much of the island natural, while also developing one of the loveliest private islands in the Bahamas.
The tenders were ready to ferry passengers ashore when the Eurodam reached Half Moon Cay.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Tender and the Holland America Eurodam at Half Moon Cay
These tenders based at the island can carry many more passengers than those on the cruise ships. They are also quicker (and easier) to board and disembark.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Sign Post at Half Moon Cay
Half Moon Cay is about a hundred miles from Nassau, but is close to many of the other Carnival Corp. private islands.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Quiet Side of Half Moon Cay in the BahamasContinue to 5 of 16 below.
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Quiet Cabana at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
Some beach-goers prefer to walk aways down the beach to escape the crowds.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas with the Holland America Eurodam in the DistanceContinue to 7 of 16 below.
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Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
Small touches like this old sailboat add to the nautical and beach theme at Half Moon Cay.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Half Moon Cay Beach
Holland America Line guests love the beach at Half Moon Cay!Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Eurodam at Half Moon Cay
Tip--if you walk just a short distance down the beach from the tender drop-off point, you'll have more privacy.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Private "Clamshells" at Half Moon Cay
These navy blue "clamshells" can be rented by the day. They provide privacy and an escape from the sun.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Beach Chairs at Half Moon Cay
The Half Moon Cay beach is very busy near the bar, but you can move away from the crowd if you wish.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Beach Bar at Half Moon Cay
It's not surprising that the beach bar at Half Moon Cay is popular with guests.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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The "I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever" Beach Bar at Half Moon CayContinue to 14 of 16 below.
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Beach at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
I just love crescent-shaped beaches, and this one is a perfect example.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Beach at Half Moon CayContinue to 16 of 16 below.
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Giant Cayman Alligator at Half Moon Cay
Okay, it's now a REAL cayman, but at first glance I thought it was . . .