Island Paradise, Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay

Yes, it’s true Half Moon Cay is Carnival’s private 2,400-acre island, that serves as a private retreat for passengers on the line’s Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings.

The morning of our arrival at Half Moon Cay, the weather was less than desirable. The ship could not dock on the island because of high winds, pitching waves and shallow waters surrounding the Island, and so, we had to anchor off shore.  Anchoring offshore meant that we would have to board shuttles to get from the ship to the Island and in the name of safety, the Captain almost canceled the excursion!  But, these people are pro’s  after all and pulled off the debarment with ease, ok well that is my story and I’m sticking to it!  LOL

Luckily, Denise and I are early birds, we had an early breakfast and were lined up and ready for the first “test” run to the island!  It was quite choppy, and getting on the ferry was “interesting” (for the mobility impaired anyways!) and a bit challenging, but as you can see in the pictures below, the winds died down later and made for perfect beach weather!

What a beautiful island.

Carnival knows how to throw a party, I will say that!  The Island has it’s own bar (Captain Morgan’s “On The Rocks” Island Bar) and huge dining pavilion.  We enjoyed sun, fun and lunch, all on the island. It was quite the BBQ, unlike any we have ever attended!

Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

Fulfill your private island fantasy on Carnival cruises to Half Moon Cay. Sway in the sweet Bahamian breezes to the rhythms of calypso on this tropical island paradise. Cruises to Half Moon Cay deliver you to an idyllic sun-drenched island hideaway where you can play in the turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, and encounter silky-smooth stingrays. If your wish list includes a cruise to private island serenity — and it should — Half Moon Cay is a must. 

They had cabanas available for shaded relaxation, horseback riding, snorkeling and other activities. Want to see a list of the shore excursions on Half Moon Cay?  Click here!

Even with so many options available…

We decided to just stay and enjoy the beach!  This was a full day excursion and we meant to relax and enjoy every minute of it!  We were a mere stones throw from the Captain Morgans on the Rocks, “marooned ship” and were able to enjoy the sounds of the islands as we relaxed in the sand.

Denise loves to dance and so she did!

She did a little dancing on the deck of Captain Morgan’s Ship!  And, look at the view from atop of the ship…Amazing!  What a beautiful day it turned out to be, we were so glad that we were able to experience this gorgeous island paradise.

Oh, and for the mobility impaired…

They even had beach wheelchairs! The pic below shows my chariot for the day! I know that sand is so hard to navigate when you walk normally, let alone when you have problems with your hips, legs or back!  Carnival makes a point of making sure that you can enjoy an experience like this, if you are willing, they will help make the way!  So don’t stay in your cabin, get out and play!


Wheelchairs for the beach!

There was only generator power on the island and no Wi-Fi, but if they would let me, I would live there year around! 

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

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