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Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

When cruise pros dig a little deeper into The Bahamas’ 700+ islands, they find hidden gems like Half Moon Cay.​

This one’s a private island, and — smile! — you’re absolutely welcome here. Grab a Carnival cruise to Half Moon Cay and from your first toe in the sand you’ll understand why it’s anything but a typical destination. All the features and excitement aboard your Carnival cruise pause for a bit, opening up your vacation with a unique island experience.​

Cozy up and lounge with your personal someone-special in a clam-shell, a shady hideaway for two. Plus, if you’re looking for more private stretch-out space there are cabanas and villas to rent. And who can resist the siren’s call of an expert massage by the beach? You know, relaxing is encouraged at Half Moon Cay... but against this pristine backdrop there’s still so much to do! Play in turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, or gently paddle a kayak through acres of protected lagoon, encountering silky-smooth stingrays and so much more.

This island is a little off the typical cruise path but isn’t a complete mystery — Half Moon Cay was just named Best Private Island by Porthole Cruise Magazine... for the 20th straight year!

  • Smile, splash and survey the island’s incredible scenery from atop horseback.
  • Compare swim strokes with the island’s gentle stingrays.
  • Get hammocking early — they’re first come, first sway, first smile.
  • Check out the beached pirate ship, and order up some refreshing bounty from the bar within.
  • Share a smile — and snap a selfie — with Ted, Half Moon Cay’s resident donkey.


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