Thursday, January 31, 2008

Carnival Imagination In Port: Half Moon Cay

The day began somewhat cloudy and, while it looked like it wouldn’t be the ideal “beach break” we were blessed with an absolutely perfect call at Half Moon Cay. Carnival Imagination passengers enjoyed ‘private island’ amenities and facilities to the fullest. If possible, it was an even nicer day than we had ashore last week while cruising on Holland America Line’s Westerdam. Carnival Imagination was the only ship anchored off Half Moon Cay today and we tendered ashore in the island’s large and efficient boats.

Even as early as 10am, children and adults alike were creating masterpieces in the sand to compete in the “Giant Sand Castle” competition. A buried treasure scavenger hunt pitted passengers against one another as did “Beach Survivor” where winners return to the ship and losers must remain on the island—someone will have to tell me how ‘losing’ that contest is bad.

Mel and I intended to take an eco-tour through the island’s lagoon, but the boat had problems and our excursion was cancelled. As it turned out, that wasn’t all bad as we were in the lagoon area last week and the tour cancellation meant we had more time today to spend with friends in the Private Oasis Cabana, one of the most exclusive areas of Half Moon Cay. With an over-water thatched roof deck, hot tub, cushy lounge chairs and our own bar and bar-be-que, it was the ultimate private island experience. Perfect for large groups, the Private Oasis is some thing you’ll want to look into booking if you are cruising with family or friends. Drinks and food are included and steps lead from the deck to the pristine beach and clearest water for swimming and snorkeling you can imagine.

We hated to leave, but we’re back onboard and looking forward to another excellent dinner and late-night show. Jorge, our cruise director has just announced that his “disembarkation talk” is about to begin… is it that dreaded time already?

Tomorrow’s another day—and we’ll be in Nassau—so we won’t worry about it until then!

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