Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Port of Call with Carnival Cruise Lines

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With staterooms starting at just $659 a person, the Carnival Liberty cruise out of Port of Miami offers everything you need for your next vacation. Chris and I began saving in April of 2012 for the 7 day cruise on the Carnival Liberty to celebrate Angeline’s 16th birthday, and I am so happy that this is what we decided on!Our 7 day Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Liberty cruise ship had four ports of call and two days at sea: Half Moon Cay, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. I’ll be sharing each port of call separately because they were all so amazing that they deserve their own stories!

Our first stop: Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

There are so many things to do in the Half Moon Cay port of call! While you can choose from excursions like a glass bottom boat tour, Half Moon Cay Snorkel by Boat, Horseback Riding by Land & Sea, a Stingray adventure, Parasailing, you can also just get off the Carnival Liberty cruise ship and spend the day on the beautiful beaches of Half Moon Cay.


There are bars and restaurants on Half Moon Cay, and because Carnival is the only cruise line that ports in Half Moon Cay, you can pay for everything with your room key and just charge it to your account.

This is actually the only place where you don’t need to bring photo identification, so just grab your room key, the Carnival beach towel provided in your stateroom and your sunscreen!


Oh, and don’t forget your camera, because the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

The Best Beaches of the Caribbean - Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas

I brought my Sony DSLR and put my iPhone in my waterproof Lifeproof case so that I could take photos on the beach and in the water without worrying about ruining my phone and I was so happy that I brought them both!


Even though you are on your own, so to speak, when just lounging on the beach, there are still a lot of fun Carnival activities that take place on the island.

They had a hairy chest contest (too bad I couldn’t talk Chris into entering…) and my favorite was the sand castle building competition! We didn’t stick around for the judging but I was rooting for this buy and his alligator!


If water sports are your thing, they had lots of water activities right there on the beach!

Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas

They also had floats, cabanas and snorkeling equipment for rent while you were on the beach.


We didn’t bring anything but our towels and sunscreen and spent most of our time playing in the water.

I still can’t believe how crystal clear it was! At one point, we saw an entire school of fish swim right in between us, and not long after that, I saw a barracuda swim right in front of me. I have an irrational fear of barracuda, ever since finding myself swimming in a school of them while snorkeling in the Keys as a kid. It totally minded its own business and left me alone, but I was done with the water after that!


I could spend an entire day just lounging on the white sandy beaches of Half Moon Cay. Whenever I visit islands with beautiful beaches, I become so jealous…our beaches in Miami are okay, but they can’t even compare to the sugary-fine sands of the Bahamas, and the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

It’s enough to leave you breathless!

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There are also nature trails and a water park on Half Moon Cay, and you’ll spot lots of island wildlife on your nature walk!

I recommend taking a nature walk and then going to the beach to jump in the water and cool off.


We had a lovely time on Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. You can find out more about the island and the excursions available on Carnival.com.

I’d like to give a big thank you to Carnival Cruise Lines for providing me with complimentary wifi time while on my cruise – I wouldn’t have been able to share my awesome photos during the cruise without it!

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