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Half Moon Cay marks its 20th anniversary in 2017

For two decades, Holland America's award-winning private island in the Caribbean has been delighting guests with its perfect crescent beach and an astonishing array of activities. Now, as Half Moon Cay marks its 20th anniversary in 2017, this little piece of paradise proves that it’s only getting better with age.

It's the private-island fantasy guests have always dreamed of. Half Moon Cay is the premier private-island experience in the Caribbean. Uninhabited and unspoiled, it combines the unparalleled natural beauty of a protected preserve with access to a wide range of amenities and activities. Guests can stay busy all day or simply luxuriate in tranquil solitude.

Half Moon Cay is a 2,400-acre private-island paradise. A mere 50 acres have been gently developed — allowing guests to enjoy activities such as snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling and hiking. Guests can even ride horses in the warm surf. There's a barbeque lunch and a cold beverage never far away, and even a seaside wedding chapel to say "I do" or renew your vows.

A handful of cruise lines offer stops to what they describe as private islands or private resort beaches. But if you ask experienced cruisers and Caribbean cruise experts, one private island stands out from the rest: Half Moon Cay. For sixteen straight years, Half Moon Cay has been named the "Best Private Island" in Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. And, Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards also recently rated Half Moon Cay the best. Guests can visit Half Moon Cay on most Holland America Line Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries.

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