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Half Moon Cay (Photo:Holland America Line)

About Half Moon Cay

In 1997, Holland America Line purchased Little San Salvador from its previous owners for $6 million. Today, the 2,400-acre island is known as Half Moon Cay and serves as a private retreat for passengers on the line's Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings. (Carnival ships sometimes visit, too, as Holland America is owned by Carnival Corporation.)

The line invested $15 million to spruce up Half Moon Cay, but just 2 percent of it has been developed. Located less than 100 miles southeast of Nassau, the island houses its passenger facilities on less than 50 acres; much of the remaining land serves as a preserve for migratory birds, with the Bonefish Lagoon on the east side of the island. A small but picturesque 20-person chapel is located on the island to host weddings and vow renewals. Day-to-day operations are handled by nearly 100 employees who reside on nearby islands.

Holland America celebrated the private island's 20th anniversary in 2018 with special festivities like Caribbean-themed entertainment, a beach party with a DJ, a scavenger hunt and a brand-new children's water park.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Baltimore
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Baltimore
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Grand Turk
    • Day 5
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 6
      Freeport
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Baltimore
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    Carnival Pride - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Three swimming pools keep crowds down; good dining variety; great entertainment

    Cons

    Due to the ship's layout, it's hard to get to some areas, and the decor is dated

    Bottom Line

    The Fun Ship 2.0 additions provide great value without the crowds of larger ships

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    Carnival Pride Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Introduced in 2002, Carnival Pride features an over-the-top decor inspired by Michelangelo, the...

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    Dr. John from PG County
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Bucket List Experience
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    mscxd
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    The Divine, Great, Good, Meh, and Bad of Carnival’s Pride
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 8
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 8
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 9
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Zuiderdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Partnerships and Music Walk mean exciting enrichment and entertainment choices

    Cons

    Pool and some public areas appear dated; cabins could use more storage

    Bottom line

    Continual refurbishments and additions keep older ship fresh for a variety of destinations

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    Zuiderdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    With its traditional heritage and older demographic, you might expect a cruise on Holland Ameri...

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    Cruiser Rick1
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mostly misses, very few hits. Would never do Panama again.
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    nodumblond
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Meh.
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Charleston
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Half Moon Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Charleston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Nassau
    • Day 4
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Charleston
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    Carnival Sunshine - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Ship offers updated bars, restaurants and revamped kids' spaces.

    Cons

    Adults-only areas, while lovely, are a bit small.

    Bottom Line

    Former Carnival Destiny underwent $155 million makeover, and the improvements are noticeable.

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    Carnival Sunshine Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Sunshine is the result of a 2012 massive, $155 million, 49-day transformation that saw...

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    kindergartencrocodile
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Pleasantly surprised & pleased
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Family made it fun - ship needs something
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Half Moon Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    4 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Nassau
    • Day 3
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Carnival Liberty - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    The crew goes out of their way to ensure you're enjoying yourself

    Cons

    Enrichment opportunities could be tailored to actually enrich the Bahamian experience

    Bottom Line

    The carefree atmosphere and abundance of activities make it a great value

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    Carnival Liberty Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Launched in 2005 and refurbished in 2011, Carnival Liberty makes the most of its $500 million o...

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    Yogibearadventure
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Dilapidated with poor customer service
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Overall happy
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    • Spa Services
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
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    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Charleston
    Visiting:
    Half Moon Cay, Nassau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Charleston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 4
      Nassau
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Charleston
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    Carnival Sunshine - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Ship offers updated bars, restaurants and revamped kids' spaces.

    Cons

    Adults-only areas, while lovely, are a bit small.

    Bottom Line

    Former Carnival Destiny underwent $155 million makeover, and the improvements are noticeable.

    Reviews

    Carnival Sunshine Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Sunshine is the result of a 2012 massive, $155 million, 49-day transformation that saw...

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    bicandstan
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Please read
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    corvetteatthelake
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    GOOD 5 DAY GETAWAY FROM LOCAL CHARLESTON, SC
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Half Moon Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Nassau
    • Day 3
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 4
      Grand Turk
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Miami
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    Carnival Sensation - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Genuinely fun and friendly vibe onboard with a packed lineup of daily activities

    Cons

    Old ship with fewer dining and entertainment attractions than newer Carnival ships

    Bottom Line

    Short cruises and low prices make Sensation an excellent drive-to option

    Reviews

    Carnival Sensation Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Carnival Sensation's onboard atmosphere is one of endless fun and expectant excitement. Everyon...

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    margarita50
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Pleasantly Surprised
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good Experience on the Sensation
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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