New Kids on the Beach

//New Kids on the Beach

halfmooncay.jpgHalf Moon Cay is one of the most beautiful of all the private resorts used by cruise ships. The perfect crescent of beach, on a peaceful island in the Bahamas, is surrounded by a warm, clear sea. The sand is as soft as talcum powder; there are snorkels and pedaloes for hire for the energetic, and sunbeds aplenty for those who just want to lie in the sun. The sign above the beach bar proclaims “I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever” and one of the most popular attractions is horse riding through the waves.
Even with a shipload of passengers taken ashore by tender it’s as tranquil a haven as you could wish for, as I discovered when I visited on Eurodam (above).
nkotb1s.jpgIt was a different place entirely last week when Carnival Destiny arrived, bringing one-time boy band New Kids On The Block. There’s hardly a grain of sand to be seen on the beach as almost 3,000 fans crowd round the specially-erected stage to watch the show.
NKOTB are no strangers to Carnival – this was the third time the group had performed on a cruise, but it’s the first time they put on a show on the island.
My thanks to Carnival’s senior cruise director, John Heald, for releasing these pictures of the event, and to Fascination’s Tim Cabral, head of the in-house production team whose team erected the stage and who reported: “We produced one of the largest group concerts and we did it all on an ISLAND! It was an incredible concert, and I want to thank everyone involved. This was an undertaking that was months in the making, and was a HUGE Success!”
So which British cruise line is going to sign Take That to put on a similar show for UK fans?

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:06+00:00 19 May 2011|Cruise Entertainment|4 Comments

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John Honeywell is a travel writer specialising in cruise ships and cruise travel. Winner of CLIA UK's Contribution to Cruise award 2017.


  1. Kayleigh 19 May 2011 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I was there and it was actually carnival destiny, not fascination 🙂

  2. Anonymous 19 May 2011 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I am from the UK and I was there. It was the most amazing experience of my life and I would do it all over again. NKOTB don’t get the recognition they deserve over here.

  3. John Honeywell 19 May 2011 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for pointing out my mistake, now corrected

  4. ann davison 19 May 2011 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I was on the boat ! Nkotb were amazing and the boat crew and staff worked so hard . I am from the uk and have gained cruise blues since coming home ! The nkotb are the greatest boy band ! And are so great to the fans . They are on the boat the whole time with us all and party each nightand meet all the fans . The concert was one of the best days ever and I don’t think could be topped ! There were over 200 uk girls on the boat plus germeny , brasil , ireland , spain , oz , new zealnad and many more were there ! Its an event and well I am so going next year !

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