I really don’t like that saying, “All good things must come to an end.” It just spoils the fun we’ve been having on this Holland America adventure (to start at Part 1 click here.)
But it won’t deter us from having a lot of fun in our last port, Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas.
One Last Port
After another full day at sea we made our last port stop at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas located approximately 100 miles southeast of Nassau. Unlike the other ports, our foray onto the island was via Tender, the ship slowly disappearing in the background as we made the five minute journey to the dock.
My itinerary this day was simple – sand, surf, frothy cocktails and an island barbecue! Those desiring a little more activity had the option of deep sea fishing, horseback riding (on land and sea), and a variety of watercraft tours, among other excursions.
After about a two minute walk past Half Moon Lagoon, the children’s play area, I arrived at the giant, “shipwrecked” vessel—Captain Morgan on the Rocks Island Bar—with an entertainment stage with Caribbean band and dance floor. Nothing but a bikini or swim trunks necessary! (My kind of place). After procuring a little rum-laced libation with a pretty umbrella, I headed for the nearest beach lounger, and there I laid—reading, soaking in the sun, sippin’ and nappin’ for the next few hours.
My only departure from this position was to enjoy their sumptuous island barbecue in the al fresco, buffet serving and covered picnic table areas—chicken, pork steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and slaws, mounds of fresh fruit, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages and water—then later for a long, leisurely, half- mile or so stroll (the island extended much further than that) along the warm sand crystal clear water lapping at my ankles and shins. Oh yes, life is good!
But alas, all good things sometimes come to an end, and this end was about 3pm, catching the last Tender back to the ship for the overnight journey to Fort Lauderdale.
This Eastern Caribbean was definitely paradise, and one I will remember (and hopefully return to soon!) for a long time.
To start at Part 1, click here.