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My Oct cruise was changed from Key West to Little Stirrup Cay (LSC). I love Half Moon Cay (HMC) but didn't want to do that itinerary in October since we'll be there in May. I guess I'm still not going to Half Moon Cay or Key West either. LOL!
On one hand I've heard people say LSC is a step above HMC and on the other hand, people have said they like HMC better then LSC. I've never been to LSC so I'll just have to see for myself in October.
I have been to both (Coco Cay and Half Moon Cay). I can't get used to calling it Little Stirrup. Personally, I like Half Moon better. It is a more natural setting with a great shoreline, great water. The sand on the beach and in the water is soft and smooth. I remember Coco Cay being somewhat rocky in the water, a bit like Grand Turk. Both are quite nice.
I believe that HMC is further south than CC. Depending upon the time of year, water temperature could be a factor.
Thinking about booking on Fascination, and I am looking for input on these 2 ports.
I have been to both but it's been 9 years since i have been to Little Stirrup Cay. All i can say is that i loved both, however the snorkeling directly from the beach was better at Little Stirrup Cay, did not see any fish at all at HMC. If snorkeling is of no importance, you cant go wrong with either really but i am partial to HMC. If you like to snorkel, go with Little Stirrup Cay, there are many fish to see and there are other things to seek out, like a little "ship wreck" and "sunken stuff." Nothing like that at HMC.
Edited to agree that HMC seems less crowded and most certainly less rocky. At Little Stirrup Cay you can find an isolated area as you go around the island but it's not swimable, too rocky.
There is an island right next to Coco Cay, it is Great Stirrup Cay. This is NCL's private island.
I prefer HMC over Coco Cay. Last year in HMC we had fish swimming around us. The water is clearer there. Last Dec. in Coco Cay I could see a bunch of rays swimming near the shore.
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