I don't recall tender tickets for Half Moon Cay. The staff gets off first to set up the Bar and BBQ area. Then those with early excursions leave next. You must have seen pictures of HMC on the HAL website. It it very long but not too deep. There is shade under the trees all along the back of the beach. It is very hot so bring a wide brimmed hat. The water is warm and wonderful.
The best picture every taken of myself was by the ship's photographer on HMC. I am in the water with a "man-Prop" in tux with a tray of pineapple beverages. The Amsterdam is in the background and the sea is tourquoise. Don't pass up that photo opportunity. I have never seen a more relaxed and happy picture of myself.
Finally getting back on a Dam ship, Nieuw Amsterdam Nov'11 (My Mom's 80'th B'day cruise)
Navigator of the Seas 2010
Serenade of the Seas 2009, 2011