Aboard the Amsterdam: Half Moon Cay

TWcrossroads Managing Editor Michael Nassaur and his wife Heather are cruising the Panama Canal aboard Holland America's Amsterdam. Today marks his final report from the ship.

ABOARD THE AMSTERDAM -- Our journey wound down today with a port call at Holland America's private Bahamian island, Half Moon Cay.

This was a return visit for us to this sandy playground, but we noticed a few changes since we were there earlier in the year.

Most notable is the addition of a number of activities to make this stop more than a beach day. For example, golf chipping, water aerobics and massages on the beach are good pastimes for those seeking something besides soaking in the sun.

Additionally, since we shared our stop with Westerdam, passengers with a competitive streak could enter into Amsterdam vs. Westerdam volleyball game or tug-of-war.

Interestingly, the competition stops there, for when two ships call at Half Moon Cay, one ship will handle the food arrangements on the island and the other the beverages. This time Westerdam was responsible for the food, since Amsterdam was returning after 19 days away from its Fort Lauderdale home port.

Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to sample the cuisine because rainstorms chased us back to the ship.

When we returned to Amsterdam, final disembarkation information was distributed -- a last reminder that our home for the past 10 days was going to be transfered to a new group of passengers in a fleeting few hours.

So I'll just sign off now and start searching the stateroom for the stuff we need to pack. Reality will be coming early tomorrow.

To read earlier Amsterdam entries, click below:

  • Thought for food
  • A bistro & Coral World
  • Some suite service
  • The Panama Canal
  • Lounging about
  • San Juan del Sur
  • The Internet Cafe
  • Comments

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