Eating around Half Moon Cay: What to Expect

There are 55 acres of sun-drenched beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters on Carnival Cruise Line's private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay. Carnival has only developed 2 percent of this island oasis, probably a big part of the reason Half Moon Cay port been rated as "Best Private Island" by Porthole cruise magazine for 4 years running. Where do you head for a bite to eat while you're here? Here's a peak.

On the Ship

This private island does offer on-shore food, but the selections are slim. If you have a picky eater on your hands, it may not be a bad idea to eat on board or pack a light lunch that is not heat-sensitive to take with you.

Welcome Center

Of course you can eat while onboard during your Half Moon Cay cruise, but if you're already off the boat there are other dining options. For snacks you can stop at the welcome center for lighter fare including ice cream and sandwiches.

Beach Side Food Pavilion

For a real meal, you'll want to stop in the nearby food pavilion. This buffet-style dining facility has up to 6 open lines at time and about 5 open-air shelters where you can eat under the cover of an umbrella while listening to steel drums. The food is generally considered to be the equivalent of the onoard buffet. Because the island itself is owned by the cruise line, your food has been paid for by your cruise fare. You should bring your sail and sign card, though, as additional alcoholic beverages and souvenirs can be purchased this way.

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