Overview Half Moon Cay, also known as Little San Salvador Island, is an island is the Bahamas that is owned by Holland America Line. It's Holland America's private island and is featured on many of their Caribbean cruise itineraries. Carnival Cruise Lines, since its parent company (the Carnival Corporation) owns Holland America Lines, also uses this island as a port of call.
Activities on the island include sunning, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and more. There is also a straw market when you first arrive.
Destinations Half Moon Cay is included on several of Holland America's Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise itineraries, as well as many of Carnival's Bahamas and Caribbean cruise itineraries.
Cruise Lines Departing Here
Half Moon Cay is not a cruise departure port.
Currency The official currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD); however, the cruise line sold items will probably only be able to be purchased using your cruise card. This makes it so that anything you purchase is charged to your onboard account. However, cash will be needed to make a purchase at the straw market.
Language The official language of the Bahamas is English.
Tourist Attractions There's a ton of things to do at Half Moon Cay. For instance, you can relax on the beach and sun or swim. You can swim with stingrays and/or take a ride on a horse. There's even a basketball court and volleyball court on the island. Shoppers can check out the straw market.
Of course, you can eat as much as you want while on Half Moon Cay. There is a restaurant that serves a buffet, which is free (just like onboard the ship). The buffet will feature many BBQ items, among other things.
There are many bars on the island. As such, alcoholic beverages and premium drinks are available and can be charged to your onboard account.
Port Location Cruise ships anchor offshore and use tender boats to transport passengers to and from the island.
The Beach at Half Moon Cay
Half Moon Cay's Beach
The Pier at Half Moon Cay
Holland America Tenders Taking Passengers to Half Moon Cay