Living in Florida, one would have thought that by now our travels would have taken us to all ports of call near us. Some how we have missed Half Moon Cay. All the reading and pictures from other reviews have been the motivation. This short four night, long weekend fit the timing. I'll fill in the hurricane thing later.
We drove from Orlando to Port Canaveral on the Beach Line, (toll road) can't remember the amount of the tolls. They have added a new toll plaza. Total of three now. The construction work appears all done at the new terminal and shared parking garage. We chose the nearest parking, the open lot. 75 bucks for four night stay. Time check 11:05 AM.
We walked right up to the VIP security check in. They reviewed our carry on's. 20 ounce cola, water, tea and Gatorade. One small cooler, (for ice). She shook the water and sent us to the escalator.
The regular lines were very short. The VIP was over filled. We were escorted to the first available agent. Should have just gone there anyhow. Quick pit stop, then walked to the photo and "Ding" on the ship. Time check 11:30 AM
The whole debate about the room being ready. The main hall way was locked. We went to the Lido, aft. Then down to the Serenity, used the back stairs to the Empress, around the corner, E228. And the cabin was ready. This was the best cabin location to get Serenity we have ever had.
The Serenity area have bright yellow towels, no need to carry the blue ones from your cabin. And NEVER saw chair hogs or children.
I enjoyed the theme of City Lights. They changed color, never boring. The house band was very good. Six piece band named Ecstasy Band. real simple.
Ship activities. too many to do, so just picked a few. Our friends wanted a ship on the stick, so we did the digital scavenger hunt. Then tried the slot tourney. Both were on the sea day.
First port of call was Nassau. With no plans for excursions, we went to Athena's Greek Diner for conk fritters. Returned to the ship and Serenity again.
Half Moon Cay. It is a tender port. arrived prox 9 AM the sky was slow to show sun. The guest services escorted a small group to the tender. We were allowed to get on before the rope was opened to passengers. Good perk. Our friends rented a clam shell. I think for 20 bucks. When the sun came out, I then thought good move.
I enjoyed the beach, water and relaxed. The passing of the hurricane may have eroded the shore line some. We could see a few areas where fresh sand was replaced from washout. May be some buried trash was uncovered, but minor.
We dined using anytime dinning. 6:45 was perfect to miss any line. Food was quick, no delays and always hot. Did remember ribs and elegant night don't mix. I had the ribs, normal cruise attire won.
Debark was good. We ate breakfast with friends, then simply waited for a few zones to clear, then walked right off. Did the self assist. Cleared customs, 10 minutes tops.
We will include HMC whenever it is on the itinerary.