We shopped a little in Port Lucaya and then decided to go back to the Dockside shops. There were plenty of local craft-type wares right at the ship. The breeze was nice, the band was good and the products were cheaper than in Port Lucaya. Of course, we weren't looking Colombian emeralds or anything fancy, either, just souvenirs of our wonderful visit.
Our first port was Half Moon Cay, Carnival's private island. Tendering was annoying, as always, but once you are there - delightful! There's a beautiful white sand beach, shallow swimming with no current in aqua-toned water, lots of lounge chairs, clamshells and water toys to rent, fair snorkeling at the far end (on the left as you approach the beach), a few shops (not spectacular), some bars, children's play areas, a Bahamian chapel, and picnic shelters complete with chickens for the Carnival hosted BBQ.
We pulled chairs into the shade of a tree and hit the water. The clarity of the water, even with so many people, was quite good. if you swim over to the left side of the beach area (near the cabana) there is decent snorkeling - nothing to blow your hair back but plenty to see- about 7-8 different types of fish. They have put some sort of circular formations on the bottom to draw corals and fishes. The depth at high tide is probably 7-8' deep. They rent snorkel gear if you don't have your own.
The walk to the BBQ is a bit of a ways from the snorkel end of the beach. The path is good and well-marked with 'misting stations' along the way. Peek through the open beach pathways to see some incredible views. There were long lines which weren't well-ordered for the Tropics restaurant. On the menu there were hot dogs, burgers, jerked chicken, various salads, fruits, desserts, iced tea and lemonade. Plenty of food and good enough.
The lines for the tenders get long later in the day. The ship arrived at 8 and we hit the Cay at 8:30 and left at 2:00. The last tender was at 3:30 and the ship left at 4.