Posted September 12th, 2009, 04:40 PM
Last edited by crossman2k; September 12th, 2009 at 04:50 PM
Rent a cabana and pack enough sunscreen. The sun is intense! We were using SPF50 then SPF70 and although we didn't burn we still got a dark tan. Luckily if you rent a cabana you will have much needed shade from the sun and the misting fan is great. If you venture off on the trails you will see some amazing tropical foliage. You will also see and hear strange tropical birds, packs of wild black-feathered chickens, and many small lizards.
We just came back from Half Moon Cay two weeks ago and rented Cabana #4 Orange. It was at the edge of where the crowds start to thin out and very close to the BBQ pavillion and the bathrooms. It was our best cruise stop and well worth the $225 that we spent. The island is beautiful and we felt like royalty for the day. Cabana renters get to board the first tender off the ship and there is a shuttle waiting for you that will drive you to your cabana.
The cabana came with an air conditioner, table set for four, two lounge chairs, shower, large misting fan, 4 towels, 4 floating mats, and 4 sets of snorkeling gear. They also give you an iced cooler full of sodas(8) and bottled water(8). Three platters of snacks including chips, salsa, guacamole, fruits, and vegetables. (Note: when you book the cabana from the excursion desk they ask what kind of sodas you want and what sizes for the snorkeling fins)
The cabanas do go fast so if you want to rent one I suggest you get to the embarkation terminal early. We arrived about 30 minutes after the doors opened and were in zone 4. As soon as we got on ship I rushed to the excursion desk and there were only 4 cabanas left. Enjoy!
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