Oh no! It’s Sunday again. The dreaded day of the weekend that goes by way too quickly and the day you remember all the things you need to complete before Monday. Today in Chicago it’s freezing and snowing, actually it’s been freezing this whole weekend, however we were able to do a few outings since it was Valentine weekend. We went to the movies on Friday and saw The Imitation Games and The Kingsmen: Secret Service, which was comedy mixed with lots of fun action – I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. And on Saturday, we went to watch the India vs Pakistan cricket world cup match at a friends house– I won’t talk much about it since I know very little about cricket.
We got to Half Moon Cay on a small boat since there wasn’t a docking area on the island– you would think with $17.5 million they could have made one. Regardless, this was about a 10 min. ride from the ship.
Anyways, back to talking about the last stop on our cruise vacay back in Decemeber, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Again, it has taken me so long to put up all the posts since I’m quite busy with school, however looking back at all our vacation snaps is really making me miss the sun and beaches.
Chicago was only 1297 miles away from Half Moon Cay– we were getting a bit homesick. hehe…
We had heard a lot of great things about this island since it is Holland America’s private island. We were really looking forward to our time on this island, however if you have been following my cruise review posts then you know the husband and I are not the beach bum type, thus this island was a let down for us. I would describe Half Moon Cay as Disney World-meets-a-wealthy friends-private beach. Literally, we walked off the cruise ship and saw the main areas in 10 minutes and were thinking about going back to the ship. However, we had paid for an island tour so we gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to wait around for that. Our original excursion ideas was to go horse-back riding but those were sold out by the time we booked our excursions.
The main area of Half Moon Cay where you meet for the excursions, check out shops, or chill at the bar area.
Private beach overview
Kiddie area at the beach
“Abandoned ship” and bar area close to the beach
The island tour was an hour long tram ride covering the different aspects of the private island. We learned the island was leased for $9 million, and remodeled for another $17.5 million –enough said! The beach sand is made from very fine milled coral, and the whole island is laid out as if you are visiting different shows/activities in Disney World, except you had to pay for them on this island and call it an “excursion.”
Ahhh…envious of the horseback riders. During the tram tour we stopped at each of the excursion areas.
Here a worker is feeding the stingray at the swim with stingray excursion area
Another beach shot with some water excursions taking place
Majority of the worker’s on the island live in other close islands such as Nassau, Bahamas and only a few maintenance workers actually live on the island. There were hardly any shops to visit, a few bar areas, basketball area, and picnic area. Every time a cruise ship stops on this island there is a buffet-style BBQ picnic that takes place with several veggie and non-veggie items. After our tour we decided to enjoy the picnic even though the long lines didn’t make it enticing, and we almost decided to leave and enjoy better variety on the cruise ship.
Enjoying the views from the “abandoned ship”
If it wasn’t for our tour, that cost about $25 but could have actually been free or no more than $10, and the picnic we would have explored the island in under an hour and been ready to head back to the ship. With that said, it was still a nice relaxing last port day of our cruise vacation but I think in the future we would prefer to visit a major Bahamas island –for the real experience.
Of course, photo session during our tram tour breaks
And a photo with the husband!
Our cruise experience overall was a great one and shouldn’t deter any Muslim couple/family from enjoying their vacation, however on AnUblog.com we give our honest feedback on our experiences since we pay for these trips and excursions our self, and give the Muslim/hijabi perspective.
We did dip our toes and feet in the sand and water even though we didn’t swim.
Thank you for visiting our blog and following our cruise travel diary. If you missed any of the posts check them out here (cruise part 1, Grand Turk part 2, Puerto Rico part 3, and St. Thomas part 4) or would like to see more snaps from our cruise then click here.
Goodbye beach and sunshine until we meet again.
Have a wonderful week!