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Half Moon Cay (Photo:Holland America Line)

About Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay is a 2,400-acre private island retreat for passengers on Holland America Line's (HAL) Caribbean, Bahamas and Panama Canal sailings. (Carnival ships sometimes visit as well, since HAL is owned by Carnival Corporation.)

Located less than 100 miles southeast of Nassau, the island (previously known as Little San Salvador) was purchased in 1996 for $6 million. The line initially invested $16 million to spruce up Half Moon Cay, with island-wide upgrades in 2017 to mark its 20th anniversary. Nearly 100 employees who reside on nearby islands handle day-to-day operations.

The island boasts a dreamy, 2.5-mile-long crescent-shaped beach (the source of the name Half Moon Cay). But, those looking for some solitude needn't look far -- There's plenty of this heavenly beach to go around.


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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.

    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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    kindergartencrocodile
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Pleasantly surprised & pleased
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Turk, 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
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Turk
    • Day 4
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 5
      Nassau
    • 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

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    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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    CB0341
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good Experience on the Sensation
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    • 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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  • 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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    • 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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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Key West, Freeport ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    8 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Key West
    • Day 4
      Freeport
    • Day 5
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Galveston
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    Carnival Freedom - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Free dining options and age-appropriate activities, including Seuss-themed events

    Cons

    Layout forces passengers to climb stairs to access other main areas of the ship on the same deck

    Bottom Line

    Tremendous value to passengers and families, with fun-for-all-ages atmosphere

    Reviews

    Carnival Freedom Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Freedom is a major step on a trajectory that is quickly hurtling Carnival Cruise Lines...

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    Komorowski
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    The Virgin cruise
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First and Last Carnival Cruise
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Key West, Freeport ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    8 Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Key West
    • Day 4
      Freeport
    • Day 5
      Half Moon Cay
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Galveston
    Ship Details

    Carnival Dream - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    All entertainment and most dining is included in the cruise fare

    Cons

    No dedicated sports bar; games are streamed at the casino bar

    Bottom Line

    A ship with a happy vibe, where passengers have fun and crew is friendly

    Reviews

    Carnival Dream Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Even before its January 2017 makeover -- which welcomed Carnival favorites like Guy's Burger Jo...

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    tubacka
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great trip!
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    RJBrown
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Horrible Service!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 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)
    Ship Details

    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

    Reviews

    Carnival Liberty Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    towert7
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Overall happy
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    Yogibearadventure
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Dilapidated with poor customer service
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Half Moon Cay

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Amber Cove, Grand Turk ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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