As previously reported in Cruise Industry News (Dec. 5, 1996), Holland America Line (HAL) confirmed it has purchased the 2,400-acre Bahamian island of Little San Salvador for $6 million.

HAL intends to develop a $16 million facility named Half Moon Cay - on 45 acres of the island as an Out Island experience. The facility will include an upscale shop and art gallery. A second phase could include an interpretive nature program.

Construction is expected to start on the facility in a few months, with completion scheduled for December 1997. Once completed, Half Moon Cay will be incorporated into the Westerdam's itinerary in 1998.

Situated about 100 miles southeast of Nassau, between southern Eleuthera and Cat Island, Little San Salvador is a designated Wild Bird Reserve.