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Old October 21st, 2009, 05:11 PM
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We are looking at the Miracle in July. One of the ports is Half Moon Cay. I know nothing about this port except that it is a private island. Would appreciate so first hand info..
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If you like the beach then you will love it..It is nothing to do otherwise.
Just swimming and other water activities...
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Just went there for the first time in September.

Plan on booking as many cruises stopping there from now on.

If you enjoy a day, relaxing on a beach, it is a slice of heaven on earth.

The sand is powdery fine.
The water is crystal clear. (fun watching the fish swim around you, all the way down to your toes.)

We rented one of the 15 cabanas for the day.
For $225 for the entire day, it was well worth it.
You get a table for four under the cabana, with an AC unit blowing cool air and a ceiling fan circulating it.
You get two large and comfy, padded chaise loungers.
One has a misting fan in front of it and the other has a hose mister in front of it.
There is also a shower at the front of the cabana to rinse off after swimming.
You get 4 sets of snorkeling gear, 4 water mats, sodas and water for four, a large bag of tostitos, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and a platter of sliced fruits and melons.

There are hammocks hanging on the trees between the cabanas and rows of cheaper lounge chairs lined up on the shore.
They had some sunshades that you could rent along the beach also.
But they were all navy blue and everybody we saw get one, abadoned it after less than an hour from the heat.

They bring all the food and drinks from the ship, so basically it is treated like a day onboard, where tea and lemonade are free and the food is free, but you use your sign and sail card for alcohol and sodas, just like on board. (the other perk to getting a cabana is that you get to take the first tender over, with the crew and food, instead of waiting until everything is ashore)

They have misting stations strewn along the paths.
A couple of bars, a church and gift shop ashore. (all take your sign and sail card)

There was also a beach volleyball court, basketball court and some other free activities.

I cannot more highly recommend Half Moon Cay......

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Regarding Half Moon Cay - the previous poster said it all. The Cabanas are more than worth their money. However, you have to act quick if you want one. When we boarded the ship (Miracle out of NYC in August) we immediately went to the Excursion Desk, waited for them to open and immediately reserved our Cabana. We had Cabana #5 and it was perfect. Could have spent days there and hopefully, we can return at some future date. If you love the beach, this is the place. Great for adults and children as the water is calm. Getting on the first tender was a plus. They told us to meet at a certain location at 9 AM and escorted us on to the first tender to leave the ship. It was a wonderful day.

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Here is a map of cabana locations..We split the orange on with another couple, several yrs back, the location was perfect, near the rest room and food pavillion....great economic sense, and room for all...

http://www.bajor.nl/images/HMC-777.jpg


We stayed onboard a few weeks ago, since it was so amazingly hot, and enjoyed the pool....I did hear many people went over and came back, due to the excessive heat. For diehard beach lovers, this is a slice of paradise
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I was in Half Moon Cay in September 2007. I was scheduled to go back Sept 08, but Ike forced us to go West. I am now going back in January and I do plan on being in line/or waiting at the shore excursion desk to book both the behind the scenes and a cabana for HMC!!!!

I love that private island, and yes, I hear you on the comment on the heat and abandoning the loungers, thus, I am getting a cabana, probaly #4-7, whichever one I can get....

I can never get enough of Half Moon Cay...never....
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I did the horseback riding there and loved it. Hubby, who is usually hyper active grabbed a hammock and stayed there. Thought I might have to leave him there until my next cruise. They aslo have a small island band and a handful of small open air shops. I did not find the heat that bad, but we live in Florida, so probably just didn't notice. I did love the misting stations. If you walk along the paths, you can just put your stuff down and step inside this 3 sided tent for a misty cool down. Wish I had one in my backyard. I might get more yardwork done!
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Regarding Half Moon Cay - the previous poster said it all. The Cabanas are more than worth their money. However, you have to act quick if you want one. When we boarded the ship (Miracle out of NYC in August) we immediately went to the Excursion Desk, waited for them to open and immediately reserved our Cabana. We had Cabana #5 and it was perfect. Could have spent days there and hopefully, we can return at some future date. If you love the beach, this is the place. Great for adults and children as the water is calm. Getting on the first tender was a plus. They told us to meet at a certain location at 9 AM and escorted us on to the first tender to leave the ship. It was a wonderful day.

Leyla from Long Island
I did forget to mention, you really do have to scramble and quickly grab a cabana.
When we went, we got to the port at 10:30ish and were about 100th in line to board.
There were 3 weddings that boarded and then us.
I went straight to the excursion desk and 6 cabanas were already taken.

We got the pink one, #8.
It was right in front of the bathrooms on the hill above.
Just far enough down the beach, to be away from the crowds.

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Thanks to everyone who replied. Lots of really good info that I could not get anywhere else
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Thanks for asking such a wonderful question! I too am going to Half Moon Cay in early November.

Trip I love the map thanks!!
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Post card beautiful. I wouldd not mind just staying there for the whole trip. Not a lot to do but if you are a beach person you will love it.
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