Cruise Shore Trips to the private tropical beaches on Half Moon Cay!                               


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One of the Best Cruise Shore Trips - Holland America Cruise Lines' Private Island Half Moon Cay!

If you're looking for cruise shore trips to tropical beaches, look no further than Holland America Cruise Lines. Holland America's private Caribbean island resort Half Moon Cay has shore trips available on most of their Eastern and Western Caribbean cruise itineraries. This shore excursion offers a large variety of activities for young and old alike.

In a news release on November 16 2004, HAL unveiled even more activities added to a trip to the shores of the tropical beach. Their "Signature of Excellence" initiative adds shore adventure excursions like Swimming on Horseback, and a Stingray Adventure.

The Half Moon Cay shore trip resort area is located on 55 acres of the 2,400 acre Little San Salvador Island, an international bird sanctuary in the Bahamas. Purchased in 1997, the shore trip island is about a hundred miles southeast of Nassau. Pirates, who once cruised the Caribbean, used the island as a refuge. Now the island shores are a refuge for nesting waterfowl.

Having a shore line of tropical white sand beaches in a crescent-shape, one would think that the Caribbean cruise islands' name was derived from that formation. In fact, the name comes from Henry Hudson's ship the "Half Moon", which is also part of Holland America's logo. Hudson, although an Englishman, was hired by the Dutch on the third cruise of his four great voyages.

There are various shore beach rentals available at tropical Half Moon Cay. Cabana rentals will keep a cooling cover over your head while on shore. For "water-baby" cruisers, water floats, windsurfers, view boards and snorkel gear are all offered. And for the shore trip that requires more boating, one can rent kayaks, Aqua cycles, sunfish sail boats, and hobie catamaran sail boats. Rentals start at about $6.00 and can run to $220.00 or more for the cabanas.

A large number of excursion trips are offered as well. Boat snorkeling or tank diving may be the trip of a lifetime for you. Perhaps Deep Sea Fishing or Flats Fishing is your idea of an excellent cruise side trip. You may wish to take part in the Eco Lagoon Tour or the Nature Walk shore excursions. Would a shore trip including a Glass Bottom Boat ride appeal to you? Or perhaps your trip would include a Tropical Kayak Adventure.

And if you prefer a more relaxed shore trip itinerary to Half Moon Cay, you can stroll the shoreline or the boardwalks. Of course the tropical beaches beckons to all who arrive to the shores. There are bars, and shopping, and entertainment to enhance your shore trip experience.

If there is a downside to this shore trip, it would be getting to the shore from the cruise ship! One must "tender" to the shore pier. For me however, this would just be another interesting part of the shore excursion experience. If, however, the waters become too rough, the shore trip to Half Moon Cay could be cancelled. And, one must be patient in getting on a tender for shore because of the sheer number of passengers wanting to get started on their exciting shore activities.

For more interesting information regarding Holland America, cruise ships, cruises, and cruise destinations, check out some of the other articles on this site. You may even find a discount cruise to your liking. Then you can book your discount cruise on-line and get excited!


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