Cruise Line Private Islands

| October 6, 2008

Half Moon Cay (originally called Little San Salvador prior to its purchase from Bahamian owners) is located less than 100 miles southeast of Nassau. Only two percent of Half Moon Cay has been developed for Holland America passengers and the rest is a Bahamian migratory bird reserve. The name "Half Moon" comes from the island's mile-long, crescent-shaped beach as well as the name of explorer Henry Hudson's ship, which is on Holland America Line's logo.

A tram runs between the landing dock and the main barbeque restaurant and there are numerous paved pathways for baby strollers and wheelchairs for grandparents.

There are three water sports centers on the island which rent snorkel gear, aqua bikes, wind surfing boards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, and beach floats.

For kids, Half Moon Lagoon offers Aqua Park, with large, stationary water toys in the shape of sea creatures and a pirate ship water slide that sprays water from its cannons.

The island also offers a few shore excursions ranging from horseback riding, glass bottom boat tours, guided kayak trips, and deep sea fishing. Like Disney's island, Half Moon Cay also features a stingray adventure.

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