4/10/13

Caribbean Cruise: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Half Moon Cay welcome sign

We've made it to the final stop on our Caribbean Cruise: Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.  It is a private island only used by certain cruise lines.  And it is BEAUTIFUL!  There are no sights to see, towns to visit, or history to learn about.  You are there to relax, eat and maybe enjoy an activity or two.  We signed up for riding horses in the ocean, which I will tell you all about in my next post.  But before we did that, we explored the area and found our lounge chairs that I reserved with some clamshell sunshades.  Here is a little tour of the island...

bar shaped like a pirate ship

There is our ship in the background...and the ship on the beach is Captain Morgan's On the Rocks bar.  We just looked inside and took pictures.  With two teenagers along, the last place we need to be hanging out is in a bar!  Anyway, there was a band and it was really hopping after a while.


Playground

There was also a kids play area.  Just thinking of you when I took the pic because, of course, the teens didn't visit here either! 


bahamas

They did find this little area to show off some sibling love.  Although it looks like my daughter is strangling my son! :)   I loved how I caught the ship in the little view there.  Perfect picture moments make me so happy!


clamshell sunshade

The clamshell shade that I rented came in very handy.  These loungers are at the back of all the loungers, so as not to block the view for others, but you can always go sit in one closer to the ocean if you want some sun or a better view.  However, it was nice to retreat to the shade and read if you wanted to.  There were also cabanas for rent and I checked one out while I was there.  They were awesome!  Part sun, part shade, part AC...with a stocked fridge!

Bahama beach

Bahama beach

Even though the beach looked pretty crowded, the kids always had their own spot in the water.  We never felt crowded during our time here.  It was sooo relaxing!

Caribbean ocean

While I was taking pictures of the kids snorkeling, I was joined by some fishy friends.  There were a lot of them and the water was so perfectly clear that I didn't even need to snorkel, I could just see everything right by my feet!

fish in the Caribbean ocean

fish right by my feet

I did not want to go back to the ship after this stop.  It was so enjoyable in every way possible.  I want to do another Caribbean cruise with Holland America just to go back here for the day.  Seriously!  

Me on the balcony of the ship

Alas, we did have to get back on the ship, but I headed straight for the balcony and filmed what I could of Half Moon Cay before hopefully returning some day.  I didn't realize my husband took this picture of me until I downloaded the photos on my computer.  :)  By the way, remember the ladies selling stuff in St. Maarten?  Well this little cover-up was one of the things I got.  Like I said, I just had a hard time telling them no.  Oh well, it fit the beachy Bahama day.  I haven't worn it since, but maybe another trip to the Caribbean will bring it out of the drawer.  I can only dream....


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24 comments:

  1. Ahhh! It looks like you had so much fun! The water looks gorgeous!!

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  2. I can't believe the blue in those photos - seems unreal. A perfect place.

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  3. What a gorgeous island! I love these private islands in the Bahamas because they're not as crowded and just meant to be like a giant resort or a mega-beach party. We haven't been to Half Moon Cay yet but it looks better than the Princess Cays I remember. Love the picture of sibling love and how clear that water is.

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    1. I love that picture as well (with the kids). You don't get tons of those once they are teenagers. ;)

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  4. Aaaaaa I'm so so so jealous of the beach. I hate cruises, but I would enjoy the water and the weather at the beach ;-). Wish I could swap with you :))) You can come to China x

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    1. Not a cruiser, huh? Oh, I think I would take you up on that for at least a little while. Having never been to China, that is too tempting!

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  5. Look how gorgeous that water is! I am so jealous. Looks like it was beautiful scenery and a gorgeous trip.

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  6. The photos are incredible...I miss blue like that!

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  7. Wow. That absolutely looks divine and really relaxing! I've only been on one cruise, a short Carnival cruise to Cozumel with girl friends and while I was glad I went I wasn't hankering to go back. Holland America looks amazing!

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    1. I really like it. What I hear is that it is elegant and less party...lots of people like party cruises, so they say HAL is not as fun. I've always had a great time, but I am not a big party animal! ;)

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  8. Oh my gosh, that looks super fun!!!!!!

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  9. That water is so blue and clear. I can see why you enjoyed it so much.

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  10. OMG what great photos you took!

    The water is incredible ;)

    I've nver been to the Bahamas but after looking at this I changed my mind. It must go in my Bucket List.

    Well done ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, that is a huge compliment that my pictures convinced you to go.

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  11. The color of the water is incredible!

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  12. Half Moon Cay is such a lovely island! We were there 4 years ago and I would love to go back - your photos made me remember just how much I loved it!

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    1. Glad I could rekindle those good memories!

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  13. Looks divine.
    And I love that the ships docked way out at sea.

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  14. Oh my goodness, how clear that water is; so beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday!

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  15. Oh my lord, I love the Caribbean. The fishes are the best! I hope that Hannah and Logan loved snorkeling! And make sure they know that they are never too old for the playground. Haha. Swings are relaxing at any age.

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