Half Moon Cay vs Nassau

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#1
Lincoln, CA
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I'm trying to plan our next cruise for Jan. 2013. I really wanted to go to Half Moon Cay, everyone rants and raves and I want to see what it's all about. The problem is we can only travel within the first 3 weeks of January. The first 2 weeks on January would be more ideal than the 3rd week. That being said, my only choice is Fantasy out of Charleston, SC for Half Moon Cay. Or, out of Miami on Liberty, and it goes to Nassau. Unless I'm missing something.

DH really wants an Ocean Suite and with the Fantasy your choices are Junior Suite or Grand Suite. We just sailed on the Liberty this last November and he fell in love with the Ocean Suite. So I wouldn't mind the Liberty again it was a beautiful ship. I've sailed on the Paradise, and to me I think the Fantasy looks just like it.

Is Nassau just as nice as Half Moon Cay??? Someone help me decide? All you experts out there, any pros and cons??? We did like the 2.0 stuff on the Liberty, and we loved the size of the bathroom.

Thanks in advance for any info/help.
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IMO Nassau doesn't hold a candle to HMC...HMC is a little slice of heaven...
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#4
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No comparison as far as I am concerned. My signature photo was taken at HMC.
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Half Moon Cay and what's the other stop? The ship just doesn't go to HMC? Unless they have made a major change recently, it's usually HMC and Nassau or Freeport. HMC is a must if you are a beach person! It is a private island. Nassau is the the Capitol of the Bahahas, there is a city there, along with excellent beach choices, but HMC is just an island, no city, just the most beautiful beach in the world. IMHO. Check again and see if you don't have another port attached to that cruise. Half Moon Cay is a tender island, meaining no dock, and if there are rough seas, you may not even go there. January should be fine.
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There are other stops on the Fantasy to HMC, but I'm trying to figure it out based on HMC or Nassau. The other stops on both cruises are fine with me. Can't remember off hand exactly what they are at the moment.

I know we will love the Liberty as we have already been on that ship. If the Liberty was going to HMC in January it would be a no-brainer. Just not sure about the Fantasy. My DH really likes the bigger rooms.
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#8
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HMC is a must see. Way better than Nassau.
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#10
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Half Moon Cay vs Nassau
There is no comparison. HMC all the way....
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#11
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Been to Nassau three times, been to HMC three times. I'd take HMC in a heartbeat. Gorgeous beach, nice swimming, and no one crowding around you to offer hair braiding. As for sailing on Fantasy - we sailed her in August after 14 cruises on larger ships. We loved her. No, she doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the larger ships, but she has a lot to offer.
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#12
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HMC is a must
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#13
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I booked my Destiny cruise in May so I can go to HMC. Already have my cabana booked and so looking forward to feeling the soft, powdery sand and relaxing. One of my other stops is Nassau. After being there 2 times, I'm staying on the boat. Not that its a bad port, just really nothing there to make me venture off the ship this time.

My vote, HMC
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#14
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I guess it's working out to be pretty unanimous. I did really want to see HMC. How far out can you actually book your cabana if I choose that cruise?
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#15
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If you want a great beach day, you'll love HMC.

If you want obnoxious street hustlers, crowds & overpriced shopping, you'll like Nassau.
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#16
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Hands down Liberty to half Moon Cay...

Reason #1: Funship 2.0 upgrades
Reason #2: D-uh, Half Moon Cay!!!

Nassau is nice, but HMC is a day at the beach and no fuss, no money needed, no problem....
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#17
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Nassau is eh, HMC is beautiful and relaxing. No comparison. Very sad our cruise missed it last week. The winds were too strong and we couldn't tender, made me want to cry. It was the only reason we had booked this cruise.
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#18
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Originally posted by Shutterlady
I guess it's working out to be pretty unanimous. I did really want to see HMC. How far out can you actually book your cabana if I choose that cruise?
We booked our cabana 9 months out.
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#19
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Half Moon Cay... if you get a chance, GO!!

Almost every cruise ship and line goes to Nassau. You can go there anytime, it's pretty easy to find a cruise itinerary that goes there. But Half Moon Cay truly has the most beautiful beaches on earth.
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#20
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Originally posted by Lyncoya
IMO Nassau doesn't hold a candle to HMC...HMC is a little slice of heaven...
Agreed! Even though I haven't been to HMC, Nassau is kind of blah and I have seen and heard so many awesome things about HMC. It depends...do you cruise for the ship or for the ports?
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