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Off the southern coast of Belize lies Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) private island retreat.

Surrounded by the lush greenery of Central America, guests are treated to a wide range of activities on the 75 acre oasis. The island was developed in partnership with the Belizean government, and local inhabitants own the businesses and work onsite, contributing to the local economy.

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Harvest Caye aerial

Harvest Caye hosts an abundance of natural wildlife as well as access to a barrier reef, the second largest in the world.

Here is what you need to know to prepare for a visit to Harvest Caye.

What's the weather like?

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Harvest Caye

The weather in Harvest Caye is ideal for cruisers all year long, ranging from the 80s to 90s. December and January tend to have the lowest temperatures of the year, (still high 80s) and the hottest period is between May and October. 

January to May are the driest parts of the year; summer and fall tend to be rainier, with October being the peak. Humidity is high during these peak times.

Sea temperatures are similar in pattern to the weather, and it is warm enough to swim all year long.

Going onshore

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Harvest Caye marina

Harvest Caye is the only port with a cruise ship pier in Belize, a bonus for Norwegian cruisers. Walking along a covered path, it takes about 10 minutes for guests to reach the island. There is transportation available for those who are in need.

English is widely spoken, and both U.S. and Belizean dollars are used. As local people own the island businesses, ship cards are not accepted as a form of payment in restaurants, bars or shops. Do take note: there is no wi-fi available onshore.

The island is on central time, but cruisers should pay attention to ship time. With the sun and heat, it is essential to bring adequate sunscreen, a hat, and a towel. The ship does not provide towel service on the island but there are lockers to rent at a cost of $5.

Things to do

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Harvest Caye zip

Harvest Caye provides a great selection of activities, whether it be the beach, pool, or something a little livelier.

Key Highlights:

Beach - The island has a 7 acre beach area with plenty of loungers and some palm trees for shade. The far end is rarely crowded with lots of spots available.  

Pool – Popular with guests, the 15,000-square foot pool has a swim-up bar and a waterfall. The resort style area is complimentary and includes chairs and umbrellas. The pool is not heated, which is not a big issue given the weather.

Ocean - Harvest Caye allows for access to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world. There is also a saltwater lagoon that hosts several water activities.

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Harvest Caye beach

Activities and shore excursions:

On land:

  • 3000 foot long zipline stretching along the island
  • Double Beach Run zipline (side by side) where guests race facing downward
  • Ropes course
  • Volleyball courts
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Harvest Caye lagoon with kayaks

Water activities:

  • Barrier Reef Snorkeling
  • Rainforest River Tubing
  • Standup Paddle Board
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Wave Runners
  • Boat cruise
  • Monkey River Eco Tour (rainforest)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Ride
  • Catch and Release Fishing
  • Ferry to the mainland (Placencia)
  • Kid’s splash park
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Harvest Caye butterfly house

Those wanting to explore nature can enjoy the free wildlife experience with butterflies and birds, in addition to the island’s botanical gardens.  

There is also an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the region with visits to Mayan ruins and the archaeological site of Nim Li Punit. For a culinary twist, see how chocolate is made and try some locally made sweets.

Just before heading back to the ship, visit the shopping village with locally made souvenirs,  t-shirts, chocolates, and more.

Cabanas

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Harvest Caye cabana

There are two main types of cabana rentals at Harvest Caye, which can be booked through NCL’s website:

Private Canopy Pool Cabana

  • Starts at $350
  • Poolside location
  • It comes with lounge chairs and curtains for additional privacy
  • Easy access to the bar, retail shops and Landshark Bar & Grill
  • Price includes 4 guests
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Harvest Caye cabana family

Luxury Beach Villa

  • Starts at $800
  • Located on a secluded portion of the island by the ocean
  • Includes private restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, BlueTooth audio, a digital safe, mini-refrigerator, beach hammock and front porch
  • Air-conditioned interior space
  • Private butler and concierge service are provided
  • Price includes 6 guests

Food and Beverages

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Harvest Caye pool bar

Unlike most other cruise lines' islands, food and drinks are extra, and the ship card cannot be used for payment. Ensure to bring cash and credit cards.

Harvest Caye has eight venues for meals, snacks and drinks. The menus include typical bar food with some touches of the Caribbean with fried plantains and ceviche. Fruity cocktails, rum and beer are all popular drinks, including some local Belizean beer.

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Harvest Caye landshark

For a different view, the Manatee Bar & Grill is located on the other side of the island (which is not far at all) by the marina. Or for a quiet spot, walk to the far end of the beach to Horse-Eye Jack’s Villa Bar & Bistro 

How to visit Harvest Caye?

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Harvest Caye front gate

Harvest Caye is listed on itineraries in the western Caribbean. There are 5 and 7 day cruises leaving from the ports of Tampa, Miami, Galveston and New Orleans.

There is also a 9 day cruise from New Orleans and Miami, or a special Panama Canal cruise spanning 10 days.

There are a number of Norwegian cruise ships that stop in Harvest Caye:

  • Norwegian Bliss
  • Norwegian Breakaway
  • Norwegian Dawn
  • Norwegian Encore
  • Norwegian Getaway
  • Norwegian Jade
  • Norwegian Jewel
  • Norwegian Joy
  • Norwegian Pearl
  • Norwegian Sky
  • Norwegian Star
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Lots happening in the cruise world, and today we have some of the biggest cruise news from this week to share.

Things move quickly with announcements, policy changes, and even new ships.

If you want to catch up on some of the most recent happenings, here's what you should know about.

Wonder of the Seas delivered

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Wonder of the Seas

Royal Caribbean added a new cruise ship to its fleet today when it took delivery of Wonder of the Seas.

Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis Class cruise ship, and is now the largest cruise ship in the world (replacing Symphony of the Seas).

She will begin sailings with cruises from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March and April 2022.

Wonder then heads to Europe in April for cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome). In November it begins year-round deployment from Port Canaveral.

Disney announces Marvel at Sea dates

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If you can't get enough Marvel Comics fun, then Disney Cruise line has the cruises for you.

DCL announced the dates for its 2023 Marvel Day at Sea sailings, which will be held on the Disney March in early March.

Marvel Day at Sea will be held on nine sailings from Miami:

  • January 7, 2023
  • January 16, 2023
  • January 21, 2023
  • January 30, 2023
  • February 4, 2023
  • February 13, 2023
  • February 18, 2023
  • February 27, 2023
  • March 4, 2023

The special day-long celebration will be available on select five-night Caribbean cruises and feature superhero interactions, Marvel-themed activities, action-packed entertainment, and exclusive merchandise.

Carnival will test new Covid-19 proof of vaccination program

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VeriFLY

Carnival Cruise Line wants to speed up the verification process for passengers when it comes to validating their Covid-19 vaccination status.

Carnival said it will test out a new integration with VeriFLY for guests boarding Mardi Gras at Port Canaveral.

VeriFLY by Daon is now widely used in the airline industry, and it will allow Carnival guests to upload their proof of vaccination and testing information so that it can be verified in advance of the sailing – resulting in a streamlined embarkation experience at the terminal. Once the pilot at Port Canaveral is complete, Carnival intends to move quickly to implement the solution across its fleet.

Carnival also said it will expand in-terminal testing capabilities for vaccinated guests prior to embarkation, specifically for short itineraries of 3- and 4-day voyages. 

Bookings open for Carnival Jubilee

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Carnival Jubilee

Want to be the first to sail on Carnival's next Excel Class cruise ship?

The cruise line opened up bookings on the Carnival Jubilee, which will be homeported in Galveston, Texas and offer 7-night cruises beginning November 18, 2023.

Jubilee will visit ports of Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan.

Jubilee is the line’s third Excel-class ship following last year’s Mardi Gras, and this year’s upcoming Carnival Celebration. 

Celebrity Infinity will return to service in summer 2022

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Celebrity Infinity

Another Celebrity Cruises ships is posed to return to service.

Celebrity Cruises announced the Celebrity Infinity will return to operation and set sail for the Caribbean in Summer 2022. 

Sailing from Port Everglades beginning June 25, 2022, Celebrity Infinity will embark on alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Celebrity Infinity will sail in the Caribbean through the end of November before embarking on a 14-night cruise to Rio de Janeiro, and will remain in this region for the winter season.

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Are you planning to cruise soon with Celebrity Cruises and looking for tips and tricks? You’ve come to the right place!

Celebrity Cruises is one of the three main brands under the Royal Caribbean Group company. If you’ve cruised with Royal Caribbean, then you’ll probably find that Celebrity Cruises offers a similar but more elevated, refined experience. Think of Celebrity as the older, more grown-up sister to Royal Caribbean.

Offering a refined experience doesn’t mean that you’ll feel the atmosphere is stuffy. Celebrity's cruises are filled with plenty of trendy entertainment options and activities. You will find Broadway-style performances in the theatre, glassmaking classes on the top-deck and plenty of spots for live music. Celebrity also partners with American Ballet Theatre to bring exclusive performances.

Celebrity’s cruise ships are very modern and sleek, ensuring you’ll love the upscale experience onboard. Fans of the cruise line love the brand’s big ships, excellent food and personalized service. You’ll find that Celebrity cruises are structured to be carefree, easy and effortless from the moment you step onboard.

We've complied some of the best insider tips for Celebrity Cruises to ensure you're prepared for your experience onboard.

Understand Always Included Pricing

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Celebrity has recently moved to a new ‘Always Included’ price structure when booking reservations. This gives cruisers the most popular amenities conveniently bundled into its cruise fares, including complimentary drinks, internet and gratuities. With everything bundled into one price, you won't have to worry about unexpected expenses onboard. 

This creates an all-inclusive style of cruising, which is more revolutionary and innovative for the cruise industry. Celebrity also offers you the opportunity to upgrade to more premium packages with faster internet, top-shelf alcohol, shore excursion credits and onboard credit. Whether you upgrade your package or not, having everything bundled will cultivate a carefree experience onboard. 

Evening Chic Night

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Evening chic on Celebrity

Celebrity sailings don’t have a traditional formal night; rather, the cruise line features an evening Chic Night on one night during the sailing. On 7-day sailings, you can expect to have 2 evening Chic Nights while shorter sailings will only have one. 

This is a ‘modern reboot’ on Formal Night. Chic Night is meant to be both modern and trendy, which is very fitting for the cruise line’s brand.

For Chic Night, Celebrity recommends wearing something a little dressier than normal. Again, don't mistake this to mean Chic Night has a stuffy atmosphere. The Chic Night is meant for you to feel like you can shine in whatever way you prefer, as the website explains, “Get glamorous. Get chic. Be sophisticated”.

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Celebrity Cruises dinner

On 7-day sailings, you can expect to have 2 Evening Chic Nights while shorter sailings will only have one. Women should wear a cocktail dress or skirt with an elegant top. Men are encouraged to wear a button-up shirt or sweater with pants or designer jeans, with a sport coat being optional.

Those who want to wear a full tuxedo or evening gown are welcomed to do so! It’s your time to shine!

Veranda Balcony Options

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Celebrity's ships reinvent the balcony experience by bringing suite amenities to balcony staterooms. Celebrity offers Aqua Class and Concierge Class Veranda rooms, which are elevated balcony cabins. 

Aqua Class cabins include attractive amenities like early boarding, breakfast and lunch in the Blu Restaurant, unlimited access to Persian Gardens/SEA thermal and complimentary beach towel service. You’ll also receive a 10% discount on spa treatments, close proximity to the spa and a personal concierge to arrange spa treatments.  

Concierge Class amenities are slightly different from Aqua Class. These cabins include personalized concierge service, embarkation lounge access, pillow menu, exclusive embarkation lunch, and (rumored) better cabin location. 

Incredible Suites at Sea

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Iconic suite

Celebrity’s ships have some of the most spacious, over-the-top suites available for cruisers looking to truly elevate their experience. Iconic Suites on the cruise line’s Edge Class ships have nearly 2,500 square feet with 2 bedrooms, a dining room, a living room, master bathroom with massive whirlpools and even marble showers. 

If you don’t need that much space, Celebrity’s Edge Class ships also have multi-room Penthouse Suites. These are closer to 1,600 square feet, still offering plenty of space for your travel party. The Edge Class ships have the most suites with nearly 190 suites of multiple types. You’ll be cruising in luxury if you choose to stay in these incredible rooms!

Martini Experience

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Longtime cruisers of Celebrity love to rave about the cruise line’s Martini Bar & Crush Experience.

This isn’t your typical bar onboard a cruise ship. This is a totally cool experience where talented bartenders put on a high-energy show and prepare a wide array of martinis.

Choose from classic to contemporary martinis served on an ice-topped bar. You won’t want to miss this experience during your Celebrity cruise!

Free Room Service

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Between 6am and 11pm, cruisers will enjoy free room service onboard Celebrity's ships.

While other cruise lines have started to charge extra for room service, Celebrity has continued to offer complimentary room service. This is a nice perk when late night munchies hit or you have an early morning excursion.

Even if you have no reason other than wanting to enjoy the simple luxury, complimentary room service is a great perk.

It is important to note that orders for room service between 11pm and 6am will have to pay a small fee during these hours.

Try Cafe al Bacio

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Cafe al Bacio

Longtime fans of Celebrity Cruises will tell you that Cafe al Bacio is a favorite option for not only the European ambiance, but the delicious treats and food offerings available.

Many first-timers on Celebrity think that Cafe al Bacio costs extra, but it’s complimentary! From pastries to layered cakes, treat yourself to Cafe al Bacio while sailing onboard your Celebrity cruise.

Craft coffee is also available at the cafe and included in some beverage packages. 

Prepare for Relaxation

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You won’t find roller coasters, zip-lines, go karts or waterslides on the top deck of your Celebrity Cruise ship. Rather than packing the top-deck with tons of thrills, Celebrity has chosen to keep its top decks focused on relaxation by keeping a very serene atmosphere. The lounges, pools and hot tubs are very stylish and covered with plenty of areas to relax. 

One of the more unique features for a cruise top-deck is the half-acre Lawn Club onboard Celebrity’s Solstice Class vessels. The lawn features real grass that is maintained by full-time greenskeepers who manage the lawn and ensure the irrigation works properly. You can also find hammocks, Adirondack chairs and lawn games in the Lawn Club. 

Check out the Magic Carpet

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Have you noticed the orange section on the exterior of Celebrity’s Edge Class ships? This is the Magic Carpet, which is an incredibly engineered system of platforms that move up and down the side of the ship.

The Magic Carpet serves multiple functions depending on its location and need. It’s designed to have comfortable seating with a full bar and space for live music performances. Late at night, the Magic Carpet moves to the top deck and becomes a venue for unique, mouthwatering experiences like Dinner on the Edge.

During the day, you might find the Magic Carpet serving as a tender boarding area. 

The Little Details

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Cruising on Celebrity means you will be treated to thoughtful attention to detail for your entire cruise. Be prepared for welcoming champagne drinks, upscale lounge chairs, cooled towels after a hot day in port, hand rolled towels in the public bathroom, and rotating spreads with the bread basket each night.

These little touches contribute to Celebrity’s goal for offering a refined and upscale experience - so be sure to look out for the little details throughout the ship!

Know Your Loyalty Perks

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Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club

Celebrity has its own loyalty program called Captain’s Club that allows cruisers to earn points for each night spent cruising. The program features 6 tiers and points are earned based on the number of nights you are sailing and type of cabin booked. The higher tier you earn, the more perks you’ll receive on your Celebrity sailings. These can be very lucrative benefits, so be sure to enroll and plan accordingly based on your Captain’s Club status. 

For example, cruisers who earn Elite status will have access to daily coffee house-style breakfast and an evening cocktail hour. Elite-Plus members receive the same perks as Elite but receive two complimentary bags of laundry and discounts on Internet packages and specialty dining discounts. Those who earn the coveted Zenith status will receive a complimentary 7-night cruise along with complimentary streaming Internet, premium beverage package and laundry. 

Sail the Galapagos Islands

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If you've dreamed of seeing the Galapagos Islands from sea, you will want to consider sailing with Celebrity onboard its Xpedition, Xploration and Flora ships. Celebrity is one of the few cruise lines, and the only mainstream cruise line, that offers sailings to this remote destination.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime sailing that will take you on an unforgettable voyage to one of the most untouched islands in the world. Filled with nature and history, the Galapagos Islands are situated off the coast of Ecuador. Celebrity offers a truly all-inclusive experience on its Galapagos sailings with complimentary shore excursions, Internet, drinks, flights, and tips. 

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Disney Cruise Line is launching its first new ship in 10 years, Disney Wish. Set to debut in the summer of 2022, it is the first of its new Triton class series.

In the decade since Disney last launched a new ship, a lot has changed, and they have taken the opportunity to develop great new amenities and entertainment options, in addition to incorporating technology for the best interactive experiences.

Whether you love the classics like Mickey and Minnie, Frozen, Star Wars, or Marvel there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are the top 10 new things on Disney Wish.

Bigger and better

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The Disney Wish is 10% bigger than its predecessor, Disney Fantasy, being both longer and wider. This extra room allows for some great new amenities onboard which guests will no doubt love.

Breaking new ground for the cruise line, Disney Wish will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), a good move forward in lessening its carbon footprint.

First-ever attraction at sea

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AquaMouse, celebrated by Disney as the first-ever attraction at sea, is what people love most about the Disney parks, great rides and slides.  

A Mickey and Minnie themed water slide set amongst a colorful cartoon world, it features music, lights, and other special effects as guests slide down a 760 foot slide, culminating in a drop into a lazy river.

Interactive experiences

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Disney Wish to Debut First-of-its-Kind Interactive Experience, Disney Uncharted Adventure

Truly innovative, the Immersive Family Experience tasks guests with saving the universe by going on a hunt for pieces of a shattered Wishing Star.

With the help of mobile devices that act as enchanted spyglasses, families look for clues across the storybook worlds of Nemo, Peter Pan, Moana and Princess Tiana while battling Disney villains.  

Located in a high-tech cargo bay of the future, Star Wars Galactic Creature Keepers is an interactive adventure where kids join the resistance, helping Rey and Chewbacca battle their foes.  

Next level dinner theatre

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Disney has taken dinner theatre up a notch, with original and diverse settings where cruisers are part of the show.  

Arendelle, a Frozen themed dinner theatre takes guests to the Kingdom of Arendelle to celebrate the engagement of Queen Anna and Kristoff. It features Norwegian inspired cuisine along with musical performances.

Across the universe in the World of Marvel, participants partake in an Avengers mission, the ultimate dinner adventure. Food includes American cuisine and flavorful African delights.

New shows

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Hero Zone on Disney Wish

Disney has developed an exclusive musical production for Disney Wish. The ever popular, Little Mermaid has been revamped into a Broadway style show that amplifies the original story with new design and set production.

The Hero Zone is a game show style competition where families compete head to head in a futuristic sports arena.

Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas host movies, showing both Disney classics as we as new Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.

Adult fun and relaxation

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The fun isn't just for kids, with some new dedicated venues that let adults have their own space.

The Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge features out of this world cocktails and first hand views of foreign worlds like Batuu and Tatooine.

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Keg & Compass

Keg & Compass is a Viking inspired pub serving craft beers unique to the Disney Wish. For a different vibe, enjoy drinks at The Rose, which evokes the sophisticated atmosphere of the enchanted castle from Beauty and the Beast.

For those who want to enjoy the sun and relax, Quiet Cove is an adults only retreat with an infinity pool and lounge located on the ship’s upper decks.

Dining

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Marceline Market

As always, there is a wide selection of dining options onboard. Families will love Marceline Market, a café style venue that lets guests choose from 10 different food stations themed with popular Disney characters. Fun fact, Marceline is the name of  Walt Disney’s hometown in Missouri.

1923 is named for the year that Walt Disney Studios was founded. This upscale restaurant features Californian fare in a retro atmosphere with storyboards, sketches and early animation.

Adult only restaurants include a new itineration of Palo as a steakhouse, along with its famous classic Italian dishes. The ultimate in fine dining, Enchanté offers international cuisine from a Michelin star chef.

Royal accommodations

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Disney wish cabin

Disney Wish features twice as many suites and concierge level rooms onboard, a great option for those wanting to splurge.  

Want to have the same view as the captain? Try the first-ever cabin located above the bridge. With the best views onboard, guests enjoy their own lounge with a private sun deck.

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DIsney Wish Tower Suite

Any princess will feel at home in one of four of the new Royal Suites, luxuriously designed and decorated to host up to six guests with all the perks you expect. Two of them feature two level suites, with a spiral suitcase.

Enhanced staterooms

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Cabins aboard Disney Wish have been refreshed to create an elegant new look, with natural tones and pops of color from Disney artwork.

Verandah (balcony) cabins make up 70% of the staterooms,  re-designed to improve functionality, including split bathrooms in most.

Other improvements include more connecting rooms, a bonus for larger groups who want to share spaces. Oceanview rooms have gained in size with an extra 14 square feet in space.

Itineraries

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Want to sail on Disney Wish?

With its homeport in Port Canaveral, the Disney Wish is scheduled for 3 and 4 night Bahamian Cruises with stops in Nassau and Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Special sailings include “ Halloween on the High Seas”, a  spooky celebration with festive treats and activities, and  “Very Merrytime”, a holiday event to celebrate the best of the season.

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Carnival’s private island, Half Moon Cay, is a largely undeveloped island, located in the southeastern Bahamas.

It provides guests with a stunning crescent-shaped beach to swim and lounge, as well as a variety of activities to fill the day.

Named “ Best Private Island” 20 years in a row by Porthole Cruise Magazine, it is clearly popular among its guests.

To make the most of your day, here’s what you need to know when visiting Half Moon Cay.

Overview

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Half Moon Cay

Many cruisers are familiar with Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. About 100 miles southeast is a quiet uninhabited island, Little San Salvador, which is home to Carnival’s Half Moon Cay.

The island was purchased by Holland America (also owned by Carnival Corporation), and both cruise lines make use of it during the year.

It has a lot of natural beauty with 2400 acres of mostly trees and bushes, along with a 2 mile long beach. There is lots of room to explore.  

What’s the weather like?

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Half Moon Cay

Being one of the most northerly islands in the Caribbean, Half Moon Cay is not super hot all year long but rather has some mild fluctuations.

Winter months tend to be drier with temperatures in the high 70s for both the air and sea. A great time to explore the walking trails or to try a bike excursion.

Spring begins to warm up to the 80s, ideal weather. Summer sees heat in the 90s , with higher humidity and the occasional rain shower.

Although early fall can bring the odd storm, the weather moves back into the 80s with less rain.

Going onshore

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Half Moon Cay

The waters around Half Moon Cay are quite shallow preventing docking. Cruisers need to tender ashore, which can take around 15-20 minutes. There are trams that run from the welcome center to the main areas on the island.

Guests should make sure to bring everything they need for the day, lots of sunscreen, towels, Sail & Sign card, and anything else required for activities. There are locker rentals priced at $10 per person.

There is no wi-fi onshore, but some guests have reported being able to access cell coverage with Bahamian cell providers.

What is there to do?

Beach

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Half Moon Cay beach

The major attraction on the island is its beautiful beach. Not surprising since the Bahamas has some of the best beaches in the world.  

There are free chairs and loungers on the beach but do take note, the main beach area lacks adequate shade.

Consider either renting a clamshell chaise for $30 or pick a spot a little farther back near the trees.

Activities

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Although there is no pool area, Carnival provides guests with a good array of activities. Ideally, book ahead of time so as to not be disappointed.

Activities under $50:

  • Island Bike Tour $20
  • Nature Walk  $20
  • Water floats $20
  • Water bikes $40
  • Eco-Lagoon Tour $40
  • Stand-up paddleboard $40
  • Swimming with stingrays $45
  • Kayaking  $45

$50+plus:

  • Snorkeling by the boat $60
  • Watercraft adventure $95
  • Horseback riding $105

Other things to do

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Pirate ship Half Moon Cay

Younger kids can play at the Half Moon Lagoon Aquapark which has some slides and a pirate ship. There is also basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard and a playground.

Buy some local handmade souvenirs at the straw market or the gift shop.

There is even a small church for wedding ceremonies or vow renewals, a perfect backdrop for a romantic event.

Cabana Rentals

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Half Moon Cay

For those who want to relax on the beach, and perhaps splurge a little, there are additional options.  

Cabana:  Starting at $360, rent a beachside cabana with air-conditioning and a private terrace, featuring:

  • A ceiling fan, refrigerator, table and chairs inside, outdoor dining table and chairs, 2 deck loungers, and a misting shower
  • Water floating mats and snorkel gear are provided for use during the day
  • Light snacks such as chips & dip, fruit, along with water and soda
  • Price includes 4 guests
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Half Moon Cay cabana

Beach Villa: Starting at $600, this vibrantly colored 2 story villa includes:

  • A private deck just steps from the beach.
  • Hot tub
  • Fridge, dining area and misting shower
  • Guests are provided with floating mats and snorkel gear
  • Light snacks, water a soda
  • Price includes 8 guests

Private Oasis: Starting at $1600, this is the ultimate in rentals:  

  • 1,620-square foot grand cabana
  • 8 person hot tub
  • Heated indoor and outdoor showers, misting stations and privacy gate
  • A personal chef, bartender, butler, cabana steward, and lifeguard
  • BBQ lunch, snacks such as chips, dip and fresh fruit.
  • Domestic and imported beers, house wine by the glass, and various tropical cocktails

What’s for lunch?

A free buffet “Island Barbecue” is provided between 11:30am-1:30pm.

The menu features typical bbq fare with some added Caribbean touches like Jerk Chicken and banana rum cake, along with some tasty sides like salads and coleslaw.

Guests seeking something different may be interested in the Lobster Shack, not to be confused with the new England style Seafood Shack onboard ships, it has a different menu. Enjoy lobster, Caribbean rice and beans ($20) along with a glass of wine.

Bars

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Half Moon Cay

There are four bars on the island. Captain Morgan’s Pirate Ship has three levels featuring a bar with great views.

There is also Lookout Bar, a more tranquil spot, on the opposite side of the island from the beach.

Sadly, you can’t use Carnival’s “Cheer Package” to pay for your drinks. Prices are the same as onboard

What ships visit Half Moon Cay?

A number of Carnival ships stop at Half Moon Cay, on 5-8 day itineraries that include the Bahamas, eastern and southern Caribbean:  

  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Dream
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Legend
  • Carnival Magic
  • Carnival Radiance
  • Carnival Sunrise
  • Carnival Sunshine  
  • Carnival Vista
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