I have been having some serious cruise FOMO y’all! It’s been almost a year since I stepped foot on a floating vessel and let it carry me away to the Caribbean. So today I’m reaching back in the archives to bring you a tour of Carnival’s private island in the Bahamas…
Half Moon Cay
Half Moon Cay gets its name from the shape of the island.
If you take a look at this map, you can see why.
This Caribbean gem can only be reached by tender (a smaller water taxi that launches from your cruise ship) and is only accessible when sailing with Carnival.
Upon arrival at the tender pier, all guests make their way through the arches of Fort San Salvador. Beyond the arches, you’ll discover the island’s Welcome Center which includes an authentic straw market, air conditioned gift shops, hair braiding and an ice cream parlor.
From this point you can head straight for the beach or take the island path towards the food pavilion (the beach barbecue is included in your cruise fare), sports center, Bahamian church (yes you can say “I Do” here) and Stingray Adventure.
Don’t feel like walking? No problem. There’s also a tram that will take you into the interior of the island.
In addition to the stingray adventure there are also other outdoor activities to choose from like horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling and taking a ride on a Sea-Doo. If you have littles with you they will love to play at the Half Moon Lagoon Aqua Park and playground.
Adults can kick back and receive a treatment at the Massage Cabana, grab a frosty beverage at the “I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever Bar”, unwind in a two-story private beach cabana or whet their whistle at the pirate themed “Captain Morgan On the Rocks” bar.
But who are we kidding? The real draw here is the white sandy beach and turquoise water.
Ready to book your very own Caribbean cruise? Head on over to Carnival.com or call 1-866-857-7234
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Special thanks goes out to Carnival for hosting me and my husband on this cruise. I was not compensated to write this post and all opinions are my own.