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vtgreenboy's Port Reviews of Great Stirrup Cay,
Norwegian Jewel cruise in April 2012
Member Name: vtgreenboy
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bahamas
Member Review: vtgreenboy's Norwegian Jewel Review
Great Stirrup Cay
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Great Stirrup Cay is a basic private island with minimal features but a nice enough setting for a few pleasant hours of sunning and swimming. Accessing the island was easy enough using large ferry boats that appear permanently situated at the island. The total area of the beaches is small and makes "exploring" a non-issue. The beach sand was a bit course with rocky or cement areas interspersed, making shoes or flip-flops necessary when walking to bathrooms or anywhere away from the beach.

The beach itself seems to point north, making sitting in direct sun a bit tricky. The swimming area was average sized giving enough room for swimming but feeling somewhat crowded toward the shore. We opted for the "clamshell" style umbrella and two chairs. This made the beach experience pleasant giving the option of sun or no sun during the day. The "straw market" shops are minimal and without great selection.

The negative features were the food and drink areas. The lines for the "bars" and lunch buffet were long and slow. In fact, the lunch buffet was a crowded mess of people- vacationers trying to get to limited food items and Norwegian staff yelling incomprehensible instructions on how to NOT form lines. Yup, they did not want us forming lines but told us to push in to the food areas and just take what we wanted. It was quite chaotic and the food was not very good. Also, there was just one person at the buffet pavilion "bar" serving soda and drinks. It took a long time to get a small soda.

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