Home » Adventures » Cruise » Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape
Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape - Sign

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape

by Mary Chong
本文可能包含聯盟連結。這意味著, 透過連結點擊或購買我們推薦的產品, 能為我們賺取小額傭金。欲瞭解更多資訊, 請閱讀我們的免責聲明網頁。

Share this article with your friends!

Powdery soft sand and clear turquoise water can be found on Holland America Line’s private oasis Half Moon Cay on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

Not all private islands are like this one, and it’s no surprise to hear that Half Moon Cay regularly wins awards for being the best private beach in the Caribbean.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape. View of the cruise ship docked in the harbour.

The sand is incredibly soft with no coral, rocks or shells. There are trees for shade so no need to sit under an umbrella or inside a cabana.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape - Map of the island and facilities

I remember when we first started coming to Half Moon Cay in our early days of cruising (back in the 90’s) and hearing that they trucked the sand onto the island. An exaggeration of course because how could they do it? But, the idea is believable once you experience the sand for yourself. They do groom the sand as witnessed by of the ATVs with giant rakes driving along the beach.

Suzanne recently commented on our Facebook page “Love it there! The sand is as soft as icing sugar!” — and I couldn’t agree more!

The water is very shallow. I’m petite and can walk out quite a distance into the water and still be at 4-foot depth.

No seaweed, seagrass in the water — just clear blue turquoise.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape

TIP: There aren’t a lot of fish to see in the water if you choose to snorkel unless you swim over to the rocks by the tender area.

Cruise Tip Subscribe

The best part about Half Moon Cay is that it is an extension of the cruise ship.

A massive barbecue awaits for lunch. Water, lemonade, and ice tea are complimentary. Bar service is payable via your onboard account courtesy of the waiters that walk the beach and of course the Pirate Ship Bar. The only reason you will need to bring actual cash with you is if you wish to buy a souvenir in one of the shops by the Tender Area.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape. Pirate Ship Bar

Restrooms, showers, beach chairs and shade, are plentiful.

The only problem with Half Moon Cay is that you must tender via small ferry boats that hold 300 or so guests at a time, so there is a long wait to get to the island and return to the ship.

TIP: Start your day early to get the most of this beautiful private island.

The day we docked, we shared the island with another Holland America Lines Ship — the Eurodam. Having both ships at the island made the beach and the food area much busier and more crowded than usual, so much so, that we opted to return to the ship earlier and just hit the buffet on the Lido deck instead.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape
CruiseDirect


If you are looking for a bit more breathing room for your chair, walk past the private villas towards the horse stables. It’s much quieter but be aware that there are no lifeguards past a certain point.

What else is available on Half Moon Cay?

(all at an extra fee)

  • Clam Shell rental
  • Watersport rental
  • Massages on the beach
  • Private cabana rental
  • Horseback riding
  • Stingray encounter
  • Glass bottom boat excursions

Check out this short video of our Private Island Escape

Free amenities and activities at Half Moon Cay

  • Hammocks
  • Beach Chairs
  • BBQ lunch, water, lemonade, ice tea
  • Children’s playground
  • Sports court
  • Misting/cooling stations
  • Lifeguards
  • Nature trail
Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape - water sports

Looking for things to do on Half Moon Cay other than the beach?

Wander over to the Bahamian Chapel for some peaceful reflection, check out the stingray encounter lagoon, or visit the horse stables. You can view all these areas even if you aren’t participating in one of the adventures. There are also some walking trails to pass the time.

Holland America Line Half Moon Cay Private Island Escape | #Bahamas #cruise #private #island # Caribbean #travel

Have you been to Holland America Lines private oasis Half Moon Cay before? What’s your favourite thing about this beach?

CruiseDirect

 Looking for more cruise content?
Falmouth Jamaica Blue Hole Excursion
First-Time Cruise Ship Experiences
Cruise the Caribbean – the best way to see the islands

Share this article with your friends!

發表評論

* 使用此表格, 即表示您同意本網站存儲和處理您的資料。

這個網站採用 Akismet 服務減少垃圾留言。進一步瞭解 Akismet 如何處理網站訪客的留言資料

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More