Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, is the privately-developed part of Little Salvador Island and about a hundred miles SE of Nassau. It is as pretty a tropical island as you’re ever likely to see. This full-day stop on almost all of Holland America’s eastern and western Caribbean cruises – is a delight for water sports enthusiasts, bird watchers, beach bums and for anyone who likes a day ashore without dealing with the locals. The only “locals” at Half Moon Cay are your fellow passengers.

There is no dock, so passengers must get ashore on the ship’s own boats (“tenders”).  

Half Moon Cay’s name comes from Henry Hudson’s ship, theHalf Moon, which is part of Holland America’s logo. 

Check out the NEW private cabanas on the island. They feature two lounge chairs, a table and four chairs to have lunch, a refrigerator and an air conditioner to turn on while you eat lunch. You can reserve one under the shore excursion section.

Horseback riding and swimming with the stingrays are also popular.

Oh, I almost forgot: the word “Cay” in Half Moon Cay is pronounced “key,” which is a cay fact to remember.