Captain Morgan on the Rocks?

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Posted on 09 February 2011.

Half Moon Cay – the crescent-shaped private Bahamian island that is one of Carnival Cruise Lines’ most popular ports of call – now features a truly unique watering hole called Captain Morgan on the Rocks.

Inspired by the adventures of real-life privateer Captain Henry Morgan, the nautical-themed bar resembles a 101-foot-long twin decked, three-masted schooner that appears to be “washed up” on the island’s sand-swept beach.

With a capacity of 326, the two-level Captain Morgan on the Rocks features engaging maritime and historic references, including rum casks for seats, cannon barrels for bar stools and palm leaf-styled ceiling fans. The mid-deck features another bar that is surrounded by cannons that release mists of water to keep guests cool in the Bahamian sun. The crafted wooden walls, decks, surfaces and fittings also include logos, messaging and images that are “burnt” into the wood to tell the story of the famous captain, who sailed Bahamian waters 350 years ago.

Outdoor seating is available on two awning-covered, themed decks, with the open upper deck offering sweeping vistas of Half Moon Cay’s turquoise waters, a beautiful white sand beach, and an unspoiled migratory bird sanctuary.

Naturally, the bar features different varieties of Captain Morgan rum products as well as a wide selection of premium drinks from across the Diageo portfolio.

Located less than 100 miles from Nassau, Half Moon Cay is a 2,400-acre private island offering the quintessential Caribbean experience, with a 700-acre lagoon, private cabanas, a children’s water park, and a wide variety of shore excursion opportunities.

Half Moon Cay is currently featured on itineraries of six Carnival “Fun Ships” — Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty from Miami, and Carnival Legend from Tampa.

The new facility is a joint project between Carnival Cruise Lines, Diageo and sister cruise company, Holland America Line.