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 cannot dock on the island because of shallow waters and has to anchor off shore. Combine that with choppy seas and wind gusts, the Captain almost canceled the excursion!
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.
They had cabanas available for shaded relaxation, horseback riding, snorkeling and other activities.
Denise and I chose to just enjoy the beach! She did a little dancing on the deck of Captain Morgan’s Island Bar as well! 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!
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.